Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cogito, ergo sum- I think, therefore I am

Although  Latin wasn´t my favorite language at school, I had to think of this quote today.

Sometimes I have the feeling that some people don´t like to reflect because this process could be too much work for their brains, could be too exhausting. For others it is a worthless brain-process because they are told by others what to do in any situation --so no need for them to think ....

But where is autonomy? What about self responsibility?

Some people seem to have lost the ability to think for themselves-- or even think at all...frustrating to realize.
Has education failed in these cases??

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October breast cancer month.

Fight cancer- support Pink Ribbon.

Tomorrow - September, 30th , in Vienna:
Pink Ribbon Night and Pink Ribbon Clubbings.
Visit one of these restaurants and support cancer research.

On Facebook:
Breast Cancer Action
The Pink Ribbon

 Photos: http://www.pinkribbon.org/?tabid=374

The best protection is early detection! (http://www.pinkribbon.com/)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I did it again;-)

Last weekend I spent 2 days in Vienna- a beautiful city.

I really enjoyed the time there but therefore I had no time for reading and writing...

On the one hand I feel a little bit guilty for not having done anything but on the other hand I had a good time. And sometimes everybody needs some days off.
"Kaiserschmarren"- a delicious dish!!!!! See my distractions?:-)

The whole time my inner voice tried to remind me of my writings but I ´ve ignored her this weekend very successfully.

Now the result: a bad conscience! So what?

It´s ok the way it is. I´m glad about having this guilty conscience; better this  than no conscience at all;-)

So I ´ve started to work on my writing today and I hope, I´ll be able to write a little bit every day. Writing some paragraphs should become my daily routine. During NaNoWriMo I was able to write about 1600 words a day, so it has to be possible to do it (although it´s another sort of writing).
But no excuses anymore for today!

At the moment I often wonder, how people manage it to pursue a strict daily time schedule.

Emperor´s Pancake

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
5 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons butter
powdered sugar

Directions:Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 18 mins
1 Sift the flour, sugar and salt together into a bowl. 2 Add the milk gradually, beating constantly. 3 Add the egg yolks 1 at a time and beat until well blended. 4 Beat the egg whites until stiff and STIR 1/3 into the batter. 5 Carefully FOLD in the remainder egg whites. 6 Over moderately high heat, melt 1 Tablespoon butter in an 8 to 9 inch skillet with sloping sides. 7 When the butter is sizzling, pour in 1/2 the batter and cook 3 to 4 minutes. 8 Loosen the edges of the pancake with a spatula and slide it onto a plate. 9 Invert the pancake back into the skillet and cook about 1 minute until the underside is brown. 10 Invert onto a heating serving plate and keep warm. 11 Prepare the second pancake in the same manner. 12 Sprinkle with powdered sugar. 13 Tear the pancakes into rough pieces with 2 forks and serve immediately. (Source: http://www.food.com/)
Enjoy!! ...and serve it with stewed plums or apples;-)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Life is Funny.

What a statement. Just came to my mind, because I´ve started to read a banned book called "Life is Funny" by E.R.Frank. It ´s a well written book with realistic characters, and the MCs have to deal with real teenager problems...all I can say at the moment.

Life is funny, sometimes. Hopefully very often in our lives.

It hasn´t been funny to hear about banned books.I was not used to banned book lists, banned book weeks, banned book clubs,... in my homecountry.
But now I appreciate having read books at school which are banned in other countries. Unfortunately, not every person has the freedom to read everything. So, to celebrate the freedom to read-check out my link to banned book week on the right:-)
Be brave and read a dangerous book and tell me about it:-)

So, as a fighter against censorships I think, I have done today´s job.

Back to some other fights.
Life isn´t funny all the time, we all are familiar with that reality.
But sometimes there are many times, when you need to fight. OK, right, it´s called life;-)
I like the photo on the top- reminds me to push myself. Not always easy.

My time-management? Horrible at the moment...
Need a 48 hours day! Maybe Harry Potter could help me...
Enough moaning and dreaming, it´s time to act and face reality.
I just need a working daily schedule, I need more discipline, positive thinking,I need to....
I love to write these self motivating sentences but now I have to
do what I´m writing about.

But that´s another chapter...

So, readers and writers, fight for your books!
...and enjoy reading a banned book or writing a new one!
But simply, enjoy your lives and have a great weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010


...my weekend. Full of writing, reading and practicing an instrument.Another b-day tomorrow-and S+R wanted to play some songs for D. Trumpet, accordion and...? Which instrument does fit to these two ? Organ? No, won´t hear the accordion. Flute will be not loud enough besides the trumpet...Guitar. Think , that´s the best choice--and I don´t have to practice a lot therefore:-)
My time management at the moment isn ´t the best- have to improve it. Need to do it. At the moment I have no idea how I wrote a novel, some assignments for the course besides my daily work -at the same time- nearly a year ago. I´m stuck in my writing,..... Makes me worry a bit. A bit? Just a bit? lol
Have to overcome my fears and do what needs to be done.
Well, time to think in a more positive way. So, have to get my guitar.
Music-corner: heavy mixture of genres...but take a break and enjoy it.
Life is a Highway-rascal Flatts
Johann Pachelbel Canon in D Major

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vive la vie!

Pics of my hiking tour yesterday-cold but beautiful...I love the trees and the soft green color here and the hidden mountains.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Forget the jam

Well, think, this week isn´t mine.
Had to drive to V. again because I had forgotten something yesterday.
Today I forgot my cellphone, so I couldn´t make the promised calls.....OMG!
Have to take care that I won´t forget anything tomorrow.
....and I was stuck in a traffic jam (over 10! miles)...horrible! just came home --it´s nearly 10 pm.
All because I wanted to take the car and not the train.
So, now I wrote down my anger about my mistakes and I feel a bit better .
Time for bed to forget about that week.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Challenges for Body and Mind

What´s the difference between a lot of writing and a lot of talking???
Well, one leads to muscle tension and the other one to "voice problems", in other words vocal chord ailment (just learned another new word;-))
I like the first better --but who can choose ?

Activated my heater (!!!!)´cause of the nice and warm late-summer weather here;-/ sometimes I have to be a bit cynical--especially when it´s cold outside and the weather forecast announced a warmer week !

This week I´ve really tried to organize myself better-otherwise I won´t be able to handle the job and all the other things around like assignments, family, friends and hobbies. Great challenge to do this and I really have to handle that in a fitting way.

While I´m writing these lines, I´m hoping to find more motivating words for myself. My job will challenge me much more than expected and ever wanted. Bad timing this year...
So........hmm......have to keep a bible-quote in mind that "For everything there is a season, and a time for very purpose under heaven.” I love that sentence.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Banned Book Week (Sept. 25 to Oct. 2)

Too many banned books out there...so it´s time to fight ! Fight censorship and read a banned book! The Ineluctable Bookshelf pointed me to Steph Sue Reads´blog and the banned books reading challenge. So, everybody out there, join the fun and read a banned book. I´ll do the same and ordered the first book yesterday. (Unfortunately I don´t get all books here).
I´ll read "Life is funny" by E.R. Frank.
What about you?
...and by the way, I really have no idea, why some of these books are banned. Many of them I read at school.