Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

All In

I did not get the chance to turn on my computer until now, which is an hour before dinner time.

The reason is because I have been busy making little spring rolls, rebuilding my inventory of home-made appetizers.

And I love it this way. There is no half way for me most of the time. If I am into something, I am all in!

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Snowy December Errands

Frozen roadways full of slushy two-day old snow did not stop D and I from going out with the car. First, we went to our baker for a loaf of fresh bread. Then we proceeded to the Asian market in Kortrijk for a bag of rice and a few food items I needed for my hobby. After that, we purchased enough groceries at our local store to get a free bottle of sparkling wine. We got home just before lunch time after a quick stop for potatoes.

The snow is melting gradually. My pantry is full. And I am going through my pile of reading materials in the comfortable warmth of our living room…

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Yet Another Friday Bike Ride

It rained earlier in the day. Then it got a bit windy in the afternoon. Sunset would be around 5pm. And my dear man wanted us to bike to the Lokaal. He would bring along a backpack to carry our grocery. Along the way, we would need to do a small detour to replace a pyjama set which was a size too small.

Despite my somewhat weak protests in the beginning, we ended up accomplishing all of the above. On the way home, I had to bike with a non-working front bike light which decided to die on me today. All I can say is that I am glad I am now sitting in front of the computer writing the tale of surviving yet another bike ride. Ah, the things we do for love…

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Sunday Hospital Visit

After a good and simple Sunday lunch at D’s parents, the four of us attended the open-door-day of the dialysis department at the hospital. Our visit came with a guided tour around this specialized wing of the hospital, explanations on how the machines work and coffee at the end. I find the provided information rather bland, and boring at certain points. There is a possibility that the medical team wanted to keep things clinical and non-emotional. Nonetheless, I think a bit of human touch would not have hurt.

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Give Me A Normal Friday

I first came to know about Black Friday 20 years ago. The concept baffles me till today. Even after having worked in the retail sector, I cannot say I was ever fond of this shopping bonanza madness.

Like the commercialised celebration of Halloween, this American event has blown over from the US and is becoming more and more popular amongst the Europeans. Damn, I am tired of the endless media bombardments. I wish it will go away like the pilgrims. That… I will be thankful of! Pfft!

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Writing

The fact that I love to read is not a secret to anyone who knows me well. Great books are simply one of life’s best treasures!

Aside from loving to read, I tend to also have this need to write. I started writing a diary entry every evening before bed when I was in my early teens. When my life got too busy for these quiet reflections, my written entries morphed and took the form of wild scribbles, and multiple to-do lists.

Now, I have my blog posts.

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One Magazine Left

After weeks of diligently going through the pile of unread magazines which I have neglected during the months of my parents visit, I am finally down to one magazine. I have learned many a new and interesting things – in Dutch nonetheless. It is great that my brain is still pretty spongy.

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Mathematics

A few days ago, I suddenly felt this weird urge of solving some mathematical problems. Ah… my long term love-hate relationship with mathematics. Even though it was never a subject which totally excites me, I did have much opportunity, exposure and experience in the matter. At its peak, my computation skills reached university level in the mid-90s and I was able to solve really complex calculations. It all seems unreal now. I just cannot imagine myself solving any advanced mathematical problems. The once solvable complexities look like an alien language from beyond the stars. Damn, I used to have a super power! And I tossed this away when I changed course in life and went to business school.

Reading about mathematics led me from one obscure topic to the next. Despite the fact that I can hardly make any sense of the things I read regarding the topic, the fascination and the urge to be able to once again possess this ability is lingering.

Are there any websites out there which provide mathematical entertainment to people like me? Why this sudden need to dive back into a subject that I left behind so long ago?

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Too Much TV?

Lately, I have been sleeping longer due to the drop in temperature and the darker mornings. I also found that I tend to dream more during the wee hours of the morning. What I find to be a bit peculiar and atypical is that I am no longer ‘part’ of my dreams. There is no walking, driving, flying without wings, looking for something, meeting people and seeing new places anymore. I am often just a passive observer of my own dreams. Seeing things happening in front of me.

Non-participatory dreams – a phenomenon caused by spending too much time watching TV?!

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Deep Fryer & Barbecue

The deep fryer has been cleaned two days ago after I dumped the icky old frying fat. This morning, I filled the clean fryer with seven blocks of frying fat, which have to be melted beforehand. Having completed this ‘quarterly’ task, I shall be able to use the deep fryer till end of this year. Yeah!

In the afternoon, I started on an unpopular task of cleaning the barbecue before winter. It is going to be a two to three day task again. The cooked on grime is simply nasty, but someone has to do this. Well, I am definitely grateful that I only have to clean the entire thing once a year! And oh… the unusually warm weather makes this chore less daunting. So, that’s cheerful.

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