Creative Business, Jibber Jabber

Who’s Recording?

Just read What Google Knows About You.

Out of the six suggested methods of limiting what Google knows, I am only able to protect myself with the first three. I am constantly signed in and use email regularly. To my surprise, I also seem to watch quite a number of YouTube how-to videos – and Google knows!

My question is, who exactly is the watcher? Is it like your creepy nosy neighbor? Or is it more similar to your loud mouth cousin who cannot keep any secret? The general consensus says that it is a humongous emotionless electronic brain which filters out the juicy stuff, trading these off to businesses, which will then haunt you with your own regurgitated data.

Which is it?

Jibber Jabber

Life Stories

Each of us are composing our own life stories everyday that we live. Some among us will be fortunate enough to have an incredible story to tell. An exceptional few will have their wonderful tales continued on in the form of legacies.

Having read many autobiographies, I know that I am in the process of writing my own life story, each day that I live. However, it is not until today that I realized that I am not just the writer, but also the editor and reader of this story. As long as we still breath, there may always be reviews, rewrites, and for our life stories to move onto an unexplored path.

Damn, I have just wowed myself!

Flashbacks, Jibber Jabber

Math Progress

In the period of two weeks, I have moved from basic arithmetic to algebra II. I could not help feeling a bit proud of myself when I discovered that I was still able to solve semi-complicated mathematical problems. Who would have thought that I have retained so much from my school days, more than 25 years ago!

My objective is to progress to the point where I can understand and solve calculus problems. That was my mathematical level (limit) before I went to business school in the 90s. Business mathematics and case studies only required easy statistical analysis which were mostly solved with the help of computers.

Yep, calculus, the final challenge.

Health, Jibber Jabber

Cold Phase Four

It has been four days since I caught a cold from D. I was counting my blessings the first three days because all I had was some sneezing, a slightly sore throat and mild congestion. In comparison, I was doing rather well.

Today, things took a turn for the worse. I woke up from a restless night sleep, my head feeling heavy and pressured. After I read (an activity which is also a habit), my vision got blurry. I do not feel that well and I do not like it.

Maybe I should give up the struggle to stay upright and active; and go take a nap. It is, after all, a luxury I can afford.

Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Howling Winds

It has been windy for days. With sudden downpours and wind gusts at more than 20 km/h, there is no way one can do any yard work.

Today, I just took it easy and completed my indoor chores at a comfortable pace. When there was a short break in this deary Belgian weather, I would step out to the shed and back, quickly doing what needs to be done.

This is also a good moment to go through my food storage, using up some items from the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Into my dump soup goes some homegrown endives, pumpkin puree, and a few late summer tomatoes. Healthy, yummy and with minimum food waste.

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Time & Attention

In my part of the world, I have learned and thus made it a common practice to end formal communications with the phrase ‘thank you for your time and attention’.

Time is general. Everyone has 24 hours a day, without exception. Attention however is how we treat and use time in our own unique way.

There is an endless number of things that we spend our time and attention on. A finicky baby, a growing child, a needy spouse, friends, playful pets, a sickly parent, and so on and so forth. And now more than ever – the damn smart phones with all the frills!

Time stays the same, 24 hours a day for each and everyone of us. Our attention on the other hand has become a valuable commodity. Our attentions are being harvested by big companies, which will then process, digest, and regurgitate this back to us in the form of advertisements, suggestions and bias opinions.

Simple common sense allows us to manage our time wisely. But guarding our attention and fighting off all the worldly distractions is an entirely different battle of this age. A battle in which some of us are not even aware of…

Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Summing Up

The snow carpet has completely melted away this morning. Temperature is currently at 8°C. Not much of a winter anymore, just rainy and gloomy. This allows me to quickly empty out the kitchen scraps bin. Dumping and burying the contents of a full bin into my back-of-the-shed compost area felt good.

One of Belgium’s most influential philosophers has passed away last week, but the sad news was only made public this week. A man with a stubborn logic but gentle manner, he had advocated laws concerning abortion and euthanasia in a very Catholic Belgium. He was a strong believer that overpopulation is the source of human miseries. We are on the same side here, Mr. Vermeersch. Rest in eternal peace…

I have borrowed my in-law’s sewing machine. With all the sewing projects planned, I shall be an industrious squirrel next week. Next week, D and I would need to go on our shopping and grocery errands for we are low on sparkling water, beers, drinks, and so forth. And because it is still January, I shall probably have to tolerate a visit to the shopping mall to look for some fancy pants. Ha!

Soon, I shall be implementing the Swedish Death Cleaning into my life. Cleaning out my crap so that those surviving me will not have to dump my stuff away heartlessly. The Marie Kondo ways are too mild for me. Because of all the moving around since my twenties, I find my organizing habits very similar to a lot of the KonMari applications. Yep, Death Cleaning is the next level for me.


Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Snowfall 2019

Today, we woke up to the first snowfall of the year. Yeah!

A pretty snow carpet laid in our backyard before the morning was over. In the mean time, I managed to conjure up an excuse to go to the shed. I just wanted to walk in a snowfall, leave some footprints in the fresh snow and revoke my strange liking for white winters.

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New Plates

After 10 years of white square plates, D and I decided that it is time for an update to our dinnerware. So with the gift certificate we got from the parents, we bought ourselves a set of rounded, non-white plates and bowls.

Dinner does look fancier on these plates, even if I am serving the normal fare.

Creative Business, Jibber Jabber

Backup Plans

D and I have until next Monday to complete our New Year’s gifts purchases. But since neither of us like last minute shopping stress, we decided calmly what to buy and which store to go to this afternoon.

Before leaving the house, I casually did a search for alternative stores. Just in case. Well thank my lucky stars I did! One of the stores we needed to go to was close for Christmas holidays. Score one for backup plans.