Welcome to my home-cooked journal.
Here you will find my rants about every day life and things that keep me busy.
In the past I have frequently written, but there's no saying if I'll continue on that path. It all depends on how busy I am.
Have fun reading my scribbles.
Facebook list of questions
Nope, I still don't do Facebook, but via this LJ post of querca-robur this game of questions spilled over. It works like this: someone gives you a number and you need to state that amount of personal things about yourself, preferably things that people don't know yet. I got the number 9 (!) from querca-robur, so here goes in random order. I hope I can think of things..
And there you have them: 9 things about me.
Now back to a busy week. This evening we have to spent a total of 3 hours in the car to visit a possible location for a new Exit, in Limburg (!). Tomorrow I will go shopping for a bra for my belly dance outfit, and perhaps a new pair of sweatpants for streetdance. Then in the evening we have to work on the new registration system for EE, Saturday we celebrate Sinterklaas in Harderwijk, Sunday we go to the Maker Fair in Hengelo and afterwards have dinner with my grandparents in Ermelo. And then we're already at the new workweek which has only 1 free evening left (Thursday) and another packed weekend.
In other news. The 17th of January there's a belly dance party again with performances and free dancing. I will be doing 3 or 4 dances that evening! Two of them are with our current group and 1 or 2 solos depending on if my teacher has the time to prepare a solo. The first plan was for me to do 1 solo, but I have added another one so one of my 'classmates' has time to change costumes between her solo and the next group dance. If my teacher has the time to prepare a solo she will take over the slot of my extra solo, but she said I shouldn't count on that. So, if you come to see me (and the rest of the show) on the 17th of January, you will really get your money's worth. ;-)
Cadansa, weight loss and belly dancing
Last weekend was Cadansa, a balfolk festival in Utrecht. Had a great time with lovely dances and nice people. It had been a while since I danced balfolk but the dances are so simple that it all came back rather quick.
I even had the guts to ask a particular Frenchman that I had noticed before on Damada and last year Cadansa (because he's handsome) and I got asked by various gentleman. This was good for my self esteem! What helped for my 'happy feeling' too was that I fitted the green dress again that I made back in 2008. It had been too tight around the chest area so the buttons would be under pressure. That's all fixed now that I've dropped a total of 7,5 kilograms.
The dieting is doing wonders for my self esteem. I feel prettier. The only hard thing is to ignore all temptations and keep my calories around 1500 a day. Last weekend the sound guys (among them of course Matthijs) had a huge pile of snacks and all I got to eat (self imposed) was tangerines. (which, fortunately, tasted good) The other hard thing is that with a few basics like whole grain bread and a big apple or pear a breakfast or evening meal races towards the 400 calories, and that's without stuff to put on your bread. That is disheartening sometimes.
The weight loss is going slower now. I only dropped half a kilogram last week. However, I'm a woman so this might have something to do with hormones and periods and stuff. Still, I'm "worrying" that I might need to add more exercise to my schedule to drop the last 2,5 kilograms (and perhaps a bit more to be more on the safe side of the BMI 25). Last weekend might have helped, however I "splurged" on lasagna for dinner yesterday (food for the volunteers) and got to about 2050 calories. I haven't weighed myself today because what good would it do? I'll keep on trying to stay near 1500 this week and on Friday I'll weigh myself again.
Yay for feeling prettier! Let's keep going. Oh, and I continued working on a new belly dance costume (second one this year) for which I'm planning to pimp a bra, so bare belly! The skirt is lovely and I'm working on the belt now. I used a pattern that I made in the first year I started belly dancing (2009/2010) and I had to take it in for a better fit! I still need to buy the bra for the top and make some loose sleeves. I've got lots of beads for decoration but still need to decide on a design. Next to actually performing for an audience, this is the best thing about this hobby: creating costumes.
On a diet
Perhaps not very smart with the shorter days and all the holidays (Sinterklaas, Christmas) coming up, but I'm on a diet. It's no official "you only get to eat one package of our very expensive powder a day" diet but it's more like checking "what goes in". The 'eetmeter' at the site of het voedingscentrum is helping me check (approximately) how many calories and nutrients I eat every day. I try to stay around 1500 - 1700 calories (kilocalorieen) a day while this tool tells me that a non lactating, non pregnant woman of 29 years old an 1.73 meter tall needs about 2100 calories a day.
Next to Amersical, which might or might not be physically challenging, belly dancing and streetdance, the latter being quite a workout, I have started some short exercises of weight lifting every morning. I think more exercise might be a good idea and would speed the weightloss but I do not want to 'sacrifice' another evening a week and for a workout at home I still need to find the right thing to do.
I'm into week 6 of this diet now and last Friday I had lost 5 kilograms already, dropping from 84 to 79 with my BMI dropping from 28.1 to 26.4. However, Moots 2 happened this weekend and on Saturday and Sunday I was off the diet for two days since I had no scales to measure stuff and it is easier to snack at larps or eat unhealthy food. So Monday I weighed myself again and it looked like I had gained 1 kilogram over the weekend. :-(
Next up is the challenge of Matthijs' birthday this weekend. It can be quite a strain on the will, such a diet with all kinds of snacks in front of you. However, I have already received compliments. Apparently some changes are visible, so let's keep it up.
My goal is to get to a BMI of 25, which is on the good side of the edge between good and not-so-good. For this I'll need to drop to 74 kilograms. So I still have some way to go. The feel-good goal is to feel good enough about my body to dance with a bare belly at the next belly dance party the 17th of January. Go me!
I've got an ipad...
I've got an ipad. Technically it's not mine but property of Brevidius, my work. I only have it to debug a very nasty problem with a videoplayer I've been implementing. I've tried the thing out for about 20 minutes and already hate it. Either my fingers are too clumsy or big or this really is a device that should only be used for simple games, watching videos and reading texts... Ugh.
I have to find out, somehow, why this @#$#@$ player is not displaying the video but only playing the sound. There's no convenient F12 button to open up a webdeveloper toolkit or anything, the only thing I've found so far is that you have to hook up via usb to a normal desktop computer to be able to debug. Joy. I can see a very frustrating future....
I hate mobile devices/handhelds like these. First of all they fuck up social live as it is, people having more interest for their device than the actual people in the room. Second of all they're a danger in traffic. I've had to dodge many a cyclist, pedestrian and even a car once because the people concerned were busy with their tiny little touchscreens. Third it's a royal pain in the arse for developing websites for because most screens are just too small to supply decent sized controls. You have to practically restyle your whole website for a smaller screen. Why the @#$#@$ do people want to browse websites on these inapt devices?
This was only a 20 minute try out... not looking forward to more.
Vacation report 2013
I'll keep it short since I've been working on my computer long enough for today. The report of our vacation is finished and it is available online. It has a link to a gallery/slideshow of all 98 photos. Enjoy.