Posts tagged ‘personal’

2016, October 21

The “I Am the Reader” book tag

There is a book tag floating around among YouTube channels, called “I Am the Reader” and people get all chatty answering the questions.
I’m not sure who started the tag, and I’m not going to go search for them either, but the questions did sound interesting when I happened upon a vlog this past weekend.

i-am-the-reader

Here are the “I Am the Reader” book tag questions and my answers:

  1. Choose one word that describes being a reader.
    – Magical.
  2. What’s the very first book you fell in love with?
    – For Christmas when I was in second grade my mom gifted me the book called “Me and My Sister Clara”, by Dimitar Inkiow, which is the only book I’ve read as many times as I’ve read the HP series. I recall that I even colored in the drawings in my Hungarian version of the little book.
  3. Hardcover or paperback?
    – I love a good hardcover, but usually I buy paperback books for the simple reason that they’re cheaper. And along those lines, I have a lot of e-books which I either won, found for free or bought when they were on sale.
    As long as the book is good though, it really doesn’t matter what form it comes in. I just want to read.
  4. How has reading shaped your identity?
    – Reading the Harry Potter series and a question from a friend prompted quite an interesting list of what my seven Horcruxes are, because, I now believe we all have horcruxes in real life.
  5. What book do you read when you need to be comforted?
    – Lately I don’t have a go-to book to read when in the need to be comforted so I just pick up a book from my TBR pile. But if I had all of my books living with me instead of in my old room at mom’s, it’d most likely be the HP books.
  6. Who taught you to be a reader? (Or did you do it all on your own?)
    – I read books since I learned how to read, but mostly off the Required Reading Lists for school. I usually didn’t like them.
    The reply to this question coincides more with what I call My Harry Potter Story:
    one of my friends hasn’t shut up for months and made me watch the first Harry Potter movie with her. I loved it and when I got home my first question to my mom was: when can we buy the book?
    This was right before the beginning of the 9th grade when I went to high school, and my new Hungarian literature teacher’s first request was for the class to read the first Harry Potter novel. So the next day, I got the book and read it in a heart beat. For Christmas and birthdays I got the rest of them as presents over the years, and I bought the last four myself.
    I started reading more and more while waiting for which ever happened to be the next book in the HP series to get written/published and haven’t stopped ever since. That is also when I started reading more in English.
  7. Describe your dream reading lounge.
    – One of these chairs in the corner of a quiet room, next to a fireplace, with a warm knitted blanket, an endless supply of Toblerone and tea, and my Pixel kitty purring in my lap.
  8. What book changed the way you act or see the world?
    – I loved the reality  “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, presents. I’ve talked about it before, if you want to have a look.

That completes the tag. If you feel like sharing, go ahead and answer the questions in the comments below. Or if so inclined, write a blog post of your own and let me know where I can find it – I’d love to hear all about your reader’s experiences!

2016, August 19

My first time

Usually on weekends while cooking and cleaning, or in the evenings while tidying up I watch (ok, more like listen to, and glance up at) TED Talks, music and YouTube videos. DIY ideas, home organization, cooking, and sometimes even makeup channels on the latter.
There is a tag floating around on there among beauty channels, called “My first time” and people get all chatty answering the questions.
I’m not sure who started the tag, and I’m not going to go search for them either, but the questions did sound interesting when I happened upon a vlog this past weekend. In 2010 I wrote a blog post regarding multiple firsts during my trip to Sicily, and in 2011 a shorter list of firsts after a weekend trip to Paris, so figured it’d be fun to give this tag a go.

Here are the “My first time” tag questions and my answers:

  1. What was your FIRST job?
    –  Introducing data sets into a database using a custom made interface application.
    Sounds fancy, right? In translation, it means I received in between 500-2000 handwritten ads and worked day and night over the weekends to introduce them into a local newspaper’s database.
    I started working there in July after finishing high school. I liked the writing. I hated losing my weekends, the Monday morning deadline, and deciphering everyone’s weird handwriting made worse by grammar errors. I lasted about four months.
  2. What was your FIRST car?
    – I don’t own a car. However, the very first car I drove was a friend’s BMW, and I drove it on a village dirt road, in the dark, during my trip to Sicily.
  3. Who was the FIRST person to text you today?
    – One of my friends.
  4. Who was your FIRST grade teacher?
    – I can not for the life of me recall her name, but my first grade teacher was in her first year ever of teaching and wasn’t any good at it unfortunately. She left the school at the end of the school year and starting second grade we got a man teacher who was awesome, Mr. Terebesi!
  5. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane?
    – My parents took me to the Romanian seaside, to Constanta. I was around three years old though, so don’t remember the flight at all.
  6. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk?
    – A girl who lived next door to us while I was growing up. We kind of lost touch when I moved at the end of fourth grade. There was no internet or cell phones at our every step back then!
  7. Where was your FIRST sleep over?
    – In the summer of either fifth or sixth grade, when I went to Aghiresu village with two friends to their grandparent’s place for a weekend.
  8. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today?
    The cat. My boyfriend.
  9. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time?
    – I was flower girl in the wedding of close family friends, in the summer of 1998.
  10. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning?
    – Coaxed Pixel kitten off of me so I could get out of bed.
  11. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to?
    – My mom joined the church choir in 1996, so probably some kind of choir concert – when ever they went on concerts I was taken along. I later joined myself, so I was “in” the concerts. Same with the high school choir I was in.
    The first non-church-related concert I went to was in the summer of 2005, when I visited a friend of mine in Hungary. We just happened to be in Tiszaujvaros right when the concert started. We saw REPUBLIC, and I even got an autograph from the lead singer on the only piece of paper I had on me: a slip from school which my pastor needed to sign, proving I went to church all summer. I still feel pretty badass about that!
  12. FIRST broken bone?
    – Haven’t had any broken bones, just turned my ankle one evening four years ago. I don’t even want to know what a broken bone feels like, since the turned ankle hurt quite a lot!
  13. FIRST piercing?
    – My mom got my ears pierced right after I was born.
    I wanted a third earring, which I pierced my ear for in the summer of 2002 before starting high school.
  14. FIRST movie you remember seeing?
    – I’ll assume this means at the cinema, and not at home.
    The Bodyguard. My mom took me because she wanted to see the movie, but has never been to the cinema it was playing at. When we got there, it turned out to be a restaurant with a cinema (like Foreign Cinema, in San Francisco.) I was the happiest and enjoyed being waited on. Too bad that cinema closed and nothing like it opened here ever since… it’s a fun idea, I think.
  15. When was your FIRST detention?
    – We didn’t really have detention at my school, but if I recall correctly, we all got a time-out in first grade and had to stay after school for like ten extra minutes.
  16. Who was your FIRST roommate?
    – My second boyfriend. We lived together for a few years, until 2010.
  17. What were the FIRST lessons you ever took?
    – I did Aerobics in fifth grade if that counts; and had English lessons at church with Bruce, a pastor from the Netherlands who was in Cluj-Napoca for about a year.
  18. Who was the FIRST person “beauty-related” on Youtube you ever watched?
    – I used to watch Ingrid Nilsen when I first started watching YouTube videos/channels around 2008.

That completes the tag. If you feel like sharing, go ahead and answer the questions in the comments below. Or if so inclined, write a blog post of your own and let me know where I can find it – I’d love to read about your first time(s)!

2015, May 19

My Artist’s Date and my Personal Manifesto…

I’m a bit late in posting about my Artist’s Date, which was the assignment for Week 18 in the year of loving ourselves fearlessly.

In my last blog post, I said how great it’d be to take yourself on a date and do something that inspires you. And I was hoping that for me, it would be as simple as a walk in the Botanical Garden which I’ve been meaning to write about (and a relaxing walk through it while taking lots of photos sparks my creativity, and at the end of said walk I’d rush home to put all my thoughts to paper).

Well, needless to say that walk never happened. The Tulips aren’t in bloom anymore, so I put the walk off and haven’t realized it until the week had past.
So my big date turned out to be a Saturday in. I went out to toss the trash and buy bread, and walked back on a different route. Children were outside playing, mom’s were chatting by fences and dads were fixing cars in the background.
After that short walk, I came home to Pixel and started cooking. Nothing fancy, just normal, yummy food to have over the weekend. But I realized it has been way too long since I cooked and baked every weekend. Life is harried on most days, and it’s so easy grabbing a bite at lunch in the city during the week, that it made me all the more happy to just be by myself and cook. It cleared my mind like nothing else could have!

Then, for week 19, the assignment was to Write our Personal Manifestos. From the guide…

“I love manifestos. I love the certainty of them, the optimism of writing out your aspirations as faits accomplis, the boldness of life plans deeply rooted in personal values.

They’re mission statements with personality, business plans for the soul.

This week, write a personal manifesto. Dig deep. Put it all down on paper – where you’re going, how you’re getting there, the beliefs and principles that guide you, consciously or not, every step of the way. Get conscious. Take your time. Add to it daily. This is you, as art.

Even though I initially wanted to flake on writing one, luckily I followed j’s suggestion and typed “manifestos” into Google. The Image results definitely inspired me, made me want to play with image editing – and so, below is my own manifesto:

Estrella's Personal Manifesto

The assignment for week 20, this week, is to Leave Love Lying Around. As j suggests in the guide:
“Choose any (or all) of the options listed below.

Write lipstick messages on the mirror.
Bomb your neighborhood with tear off posters.
Make post-it note art.
Draw love in chalk on the sidewalk.
Leave love notes in surprising places.
Declare yourself (boldly, beautifully).
Leave bookmarks in library books.
Bake something heart-shaped.
Light some candles.
Tuck a flower under a windshield wiper.
Leave a Scrabble note.”

Oh, how much fun I had leaving love notes behind every day for a full month a few years ago. This will be a great week, I just know it!

How were your past two weeks? Did you take yourself on an Artist’s Date? Have you written a Personal Manifesto? Or have you had one written for a while now? I’d love to see!

PS: If you’re interested in joining us, you don’t have to have the e-guide to play, but if you’d like it, you can buy it in the shop.

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