Posts tagged ‘YouTube’

2018, July 27

What a real work-from-home morning routine is like

Like I said before, I like to pop a YouTube video in the background while I’m cooking or doing other house chores every once in a while. And lately, from what I have noticed, full time you tubers are trapped in this world where (because they can stay home all day and just receive free PR products) feel that they have to give life advice when they have no experience in working in a job that requires them to leave the house or answer to someone else. All these lifestyle gurus come up with videos about their morning routines. They have catchy titles like:
“Productive Morning Routine!
Positive morning habits to work on!
Build Your Perfect Morning Routine!”

Most of these morning routines are summed up easily by saying that these people proceed to laze around in bed or on the sofa for an hour with their phone on “airplane mode”, cook breakfast for half an hour, work out for two hours and plan an empty day for another hour.
I might be judging by the minority (so, sorry if that’s the case), but I think these people will be in for a shock when the YouTube bubble bursts eventually, and they’ll have to leave for a full time job 5 days a week at 7 AM and not get home until after 6 PM.
To me, it’s one of the funniest and most frustrating things to hear these people say “I wake up an hour earlier to do these things.” An hour earlier than what? Their fictional self-enforced “normal wake-up time” before they get to do whatever they want all day with maybe editing a video and hitting the “publish” button sprinkled into the day?

Personally, I started working from home most of the time as of March this year. I work normal shifts of 40 hours a week.
However, I still don’t have the time to do two hours of jogging and yoga before I cook a fresh, wholefoods macro-filled low-calorie home-cooked breakfast before I start work /head to work on the days I go to the office!

My morning routine is wake up, feed the cat, make the bed so the cat doesn’t undo it later, drink coffee the BF made and get dressed lastly so the cat doesn’t mess up the outfit – with the added don’t fall on face on the way to the car from the 4th floor and drive to work, on days I’m heading to the office.
Most days, I have the first meal of the day at/after 12 PM and the morning dishes stay unwashed until way into the afternoon.
I do like the flexibility working from home gives, but if I throw in a load of laundry for example, I usually forget about it and they stay in the machine for an extra hour or more before I hang them to dry on the balcony.
When I sometimes get to duck out for a run before work, I am the happiest! I do have to quickly catch up after I get back though, sometimes not even having time to shower right away.
And, just to make a note of it: I don’t have the luxury of putting my phone to “airplane mode.” Real life just doesn’t work like that, and emergencies do happen.

I’m waiting for helpful suggestions to improve the above… and “read a book before starting work” is not good enough, thanks ;)

Once one gets into a routine, I guess the flip side is also true – breaking that routine.
“Routines are a very weird thing, because on the one hand we are always being encouraged to make routines and to stick to a solid routine. We;re told that the most successful people in the World have a routine and stick to it. But on the flip side, by breaking out of your routine and trying something else, you might actually find a better or a simpler way of doing things. And you might learn that you can feel more present and get more out of your day just by doing some simple things like putting your phone down or taking a walk outside with your head up.” – Lucie Fink

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2018, January 26

Over-used YouTube expressions lately

Sometimes while being a very busy bee with house chores, I turn on my laptop, and either have some music playing in the background, or listen to different youtuber channels. I like the occasional make up tips, maybe a vlog or two and I especially enjoy DIY videos and recipes.

However, lately I start getting antsy when I hear youtubers say certain things/expressions. Here are a couple of examples of these pet peeves, in no particular order:

  • “I’m obsessed with x,y,z” – It seems like *everyone* is obsessed with *everything* from floral buttons, colors, lipstick, tank tops and decorative pineapples to working with a certain type of food processor, and everything else in between.
  • “Super natural” – Nope, not for make up tips. It always comes out pronounced as if it were “supernatural.”
  • “If that makes sense/If you get that” – If it didn’t, you wouldn’t include it in a video. That simple.

What expressions turn your radar on, either on Youtube, TV or real life?

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.

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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, October 7

#itsgonnabeokay

Lately, I find that I have less patience for things, situations and people. And I don’t like it, but can’t help it either. And I start feeling semi-depressed and just want to sit in bed and do only the bare minimum, to survive. It’s hard to stop crying. It’s hard to force oneself to get out and go for a run, or walk and not become a hermit. It’s hard to keep from falling apart.

On some days I think too much.
About how people now living abroad come home to visit and don’t have time to get together. How they’d expect a meet-up on a two hour notice. How something always comes up. It takes two months to schedule a meeting with someone. And it takes 18+ back and forth texts to finally meet up on a day and at a time which don’t really suit one of the parties involved, but they can’t bear the thought of putting it off again so they change their whole schedule around. People don’t call/or get back to someone when they say they will. They only reach out if they want something. And even when they want a favor, they make one jump through hoops to be able to help them, making one go out of their way for them. Everyone is way too busy at work, there is not enough time to discuss something as small as how they are doing instead of discussing only work – even during lunch breaks or after hours.
People just don’t have time for each other anymore. Every single plan made gets changed. I feel like I did when I was a little kid and was the last to get picked for things, which is more like stuck with than picked.
Somehow, everything else comes first…

Then on one of the above described days OKAY, by ThePianoGuys, popped into my YouTube feed. And let me tell you, it truly was exactly what I needed to hear that day. I immediately shared it on my social media. And wished the whole World would listen to it and share it, and especially, to think about it. “No matter what you’ve been through, here you are; no matter if you think you’re falling apart, it’s gonna be okay.”
Go ahead have a listen, and make sure to read the story behind the song, in the video’s description box. It’s so worth it!

As closing, I will leave you with the words of ThePianoGuys who summed it up nicely:
As Oscar Hammerstein once said, “It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.” Please share this song with someone you think might need it today. Thank you!

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)!

2009, December 8

Christmas flower decorations

These flowers that resemble Euphorbia plants are a great decoration for your house at Christmas time, but also throughout the year. They can be placed almost anywhere like on the festive holiday table, furniture in general, on top of your PC monitor, etc.

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I wasn’t sure my simple written instructions would be enough (because of my lack of sewing terminology…), I also posted a video of my mom sewing a flower decoration so you’ll be able to see what I’m writing about and have a clear vision of how exactly should it be done.

How to make – Christmas (and not only) flower decorations

colored fabric (you might have laying around and can reuse)
needle
thread
beads

Cut your templates for 6 bigger and 6 smaller petal. Place the smaller ones in the middle of the bigger petals.

Making sure your needle goes through both petals start from the bottom in the center of the petals.

Place one bigger or two smaller beads.

Get your next petal and poke the needle through the top to the bottom then proceed to the top.

You’ll see your flower get shape even with just the two petals already.

At this point you’re back at the first step as you got your needle and thread from the bottom to top. After placing the bead(s) again, repeat the next steps until your flower is completed.

Finish your sewing on the back and arrange the petals.

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

2009, October 29

Why you should be alone in these situations

A few weeks ago my fiancé was testing his microphone after installing the Windows Voice Recognition program right in front of me, making me laugh ‘till tears.

Somehow I managed to type the funniest ones, so here they are, hope you have a laugh too! ;)

“wait. don’t laugh. I’m just testing the microphone. I mean never mind, you’re going to laugh anyway… just saw the sentence I have to read out loud.”

“one, two. two! two two two! two already! not to, two!”

“press see. press see as in cat. press c.”

“say enter. oh… enter”

“next. next! start.”

“down. down! scroll down.”

"I love my bunny" (turns to me and says what the pc wrote: "I love my body…")

"love. L L! L as in load. L!" PC constantly writes "nove, N, N"

"insert. send. send! enter"

“inbox.” error so says “close.” program closes the whole window. don’t close that…

"stop listening.” says something to me, turns back to the monitor and find his sentence written “delete that." don’t write delete that… "stop listening! stop listening. cancel" finally…

This definitely is among the reasons you should be alone in situations like this if you don’t want anyone to publish your pearls :P

Many times, he sounded like Steve Martin in The Pink Panther when learning the famous phrase: “I want to buy a dahmbehrgerr, ehenber, embebber, ömbögarrrr, damburger”

I can’t get enough of this video!

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