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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Christmas In July

Filed under: Blogging — by For you, Daddy! @ 4:30 am
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Nah, this has nothing to do with cleverly titled summer sales in North America nor is this about Christmassy activities at this time of year in the southern hemisphere. In this newsletter, I am (finally!) going to do what I was to have done this past December i.e. in my last newsletter of 2013. Back then, Mum went and usurped my plans. 😉

 

 

I want to thank you, my readers, for, well, reading my blog last year i.e. 2013. There must be many who don’t make it to the end of my classic long winding posts, and that’s okay. Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks and all that.

 

 

In this post, I’m going to focus on you, the diff’rent streak o’ folks, who e-pampered me by Sharing pictures from your blogs with me to use here, and those of you who read my posts. Some of you left a mark in the form of a Like or a Comment. Then some of you got horribly reckless and signed up to Follow my posts.

 

 

The format of my acknowledgement will be as follows:

 

Name of your blog* (Name hyperlinked to your blog.)

The theme of your blog (Not all of you have one.)

Your blog URL (For those, like me, who like to see the address before you click on it.)

 

*With those of you who shared your images, your personal name will precede the name of your blog.

 

 

*dun dun dun*

It’s revenge time, people.

*rubbing my hands in gleeful anticipation*

I’m gonna e-pamper you right back! Ka-POW!

 

 

You Shared

 

Jessica

Vinyl Walls Decals

http://www.vinyl-wall-decals.com/

 

 

Fiona Hugosson-Miller

Lady Fi

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

http://ladyfi.wordpress.com/

 

 

Matty Byloos

http://www.mattybyloos.com/

 

 

Sekhar Chakrabarti

FLAGS and STAMPS

This blog is all about “Flags of the World” on Stamps & other Philatelic items

http://flagstamps.blogspot.in/

 

 

 

You Liked

 

Art en Motion

Handing you pieces of artistic wonder

http://artenmotion.com/

 

 

HOPPING ACROSS CULTURES

The World is just ……. Awesome!!

http://hoppingacrosscultures.wordpress.com/

 

 

usmanhashmi

Smile! You’re at the best Wordpres.com site ever

http://usmanhashmi.wordpress.com/

 

 

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog

The Joy, Sorrow, Fear and Humor in Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities

http://5kidswdisabilities.com/

 

 

You’ve Been Hooked!

Observations from the trenches….

http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com/

 

 

A Clown On Fire

Because Every Day is F#%&ing* Magical.

http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/

*Sorry, Clown, but I just couldn’t type out the word.

 

 

Moolta

Do amazing challenges for amazing causes

https://www.moolta.com/

 

 

FLOWERSBLOOMS by “Elvie”

MY WORLD IS A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR! Paintings of my life’s journey, experiences, cherished memories, emotions, thought, ideas and other interesting stuffs.

http://flowersblooms-elvierose.blogspot.in/

 

 

Coffee, Camera & Kids – My Crazy Life

Food, Family, Life, Whatever takes my fancy. I am the original Mother, Beader and Coffee lover.

http://jenbeads.wordpress.com/

 

 

Șic și clasic – “Chic & Classic”

Luxury fine arts, handmade work, original design

http://sicsiclasic.wordpress.com/

 

 

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Food…cooking…eating….tools – What works, and what doesn’t!

http://rantingchef.com/

 

 

Kathryn Darvill

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” – Buddha

http://kathryndarvill.wordpress.com/

 

 

Shogun 360° Marketing

http://aaronchenonline.com/

 

 

WordsFallFromMyEyes

“Until this ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns” (Coleridge)

http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/

 

 

Dog Leader Mysteries

Saving Dogs’ Lives and Dog Lovers’ sanity

http://dogleadermysteries.com/

 

 

LEAF AND TWIG

WHERE OBSERVATION AND IMAGINATION MEET NATURE IN POETRY

http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/

 

 

Work Less Live More

http://www.worklesslivemoretoday.com/

 

 

Brandye Dague

http://brandyedague.com/

 

 

MJ Monaghan

“It’s like taking a nap on that little rug when you were in kindergarten.”

http://www.mjmonaghan.com/

 

 

 

You  Commented

 

You’ve Been Hooked!  

Observations from the trenches….

http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com/

 

 

The Book of Terrible

Shining a Light on Mankind’s missteps…

http://thebookofterrible.wordpress.com/

 

 

FLOWERSBLOOMS by “Elvie”

MY WORLD IS A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR! Paintings of my life’s journey, experiences, cherished memories, emotions, thought, ideas and other interesting stuffs.

http://flowersblooms-elvierose.blogspot.in/

 

 

WordsFallFromMyEyes

“Until this ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns” (Coleridge)

http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com/

 

 

The Ranting Chef

Food…cooking…eating….tools – What works, and what doesn’t!

http://rantingchef.wordpress.com

 

 

MJ Monaghan

“It’s like taking a nap on that little rug when you were in kindergarten.”

http://www.mjmonaghan.com/

 

 

misslisted

Every single story has a beginning at its end.

http://misslisted.com/

 

 

 

You Followed

 

ATTILA OVARI

A Blog about my life’s adventures

http://attilaovari.com/

 

 

The Real Facts

The Official Blog

http://team1million.wordpress.com/

 

 

A Clown On Fire

Because Every Day is F#%&ing* Magical.

http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/

*Sorry, Clown, but I just couldn’t type out the word.

 

 

ROHAN7THINGS

HAPPINESS IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT

http://rohan7things.wordpress.com/

 

 

The Ranting Chef

Food…cooking…eating….tools – What works, and what doesn’t!

http://rantingchef.wordpress.com

 

 

Taking Back Earth

One Life At A Time

http://takingbackearth.com/

 

 

ArchangelTravel

This WordPress.com site is the bee’s knees

http://archangeltravel.org/

 

 

GLENN FOLKES

http://www.glennfolkes.com/

 

 

Shogun 360° Marketing

http://aaronchenonline.com/

 

 

JoshRhyne.com

http://joshrhyne.com/

 

 

Iaconis

http://www.drewiaconis.com/

 

 

JIMMY 2 HATS

http://jimmy2hats.com/

 

 

Tash Thomas

No website

 

 

Equatours

Home of Tailor-Made Travel below the Equator

http://equatours.me/

 

 

Julian Sherman

http://juliansherman.net/

 

 

Marissa Riback’s Blog

inspiration, motivation, empowering

http://marissariback.com/

 

 

Project Light to Life

A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/

 

 

Gotta Find a Home

The plight of the homeless

http://gottafindahome.wordpress.com/

 

 

Tanner Hawryluk

Work Less. Live More

http://workwithtanner.com/

 

 

 

 

::   ::  ::   ::   ::  ::  ::  ::  ::     SUMMER OFF!   ::  ::  ::  ::  ::  ::   ::   ::   ::   ::

Upon weighing the pros and cons, I came to this conclusion easily and fairly quickly – I’m going to take the summer off; with my blog, I mean. My reasons are below.

 

 

I. I begin a 10 day (oral) Sanskrit class today, 1 July 2014. Why Sanskrit? Because:

 

 i. The course is affordable; in terms of the cost of the fees, the duration of the course, the timings of class and the location of the school.

 

ii. Learning a new language is supposedly good for my brain.

Learning a New Language at Any Age Helps the Brain

http://www.livescience.com/46048-learning-new-language-brain.html

 

iii. Sanskrit is completely alien to me. I’m looking forward to mouthing gibberish new sounds and annoying people I know. (So much fun! Hee hee!)

 

iv. Sanskrit is a “root” language. I like, um, digging around.

 

 

II. I begin (written and spoken) Portuguese classes in early August. This is a 6 month, fairly intensive course. Why Portuguese? Because:

 

i. The afore mentioned trying to be forever young by learning to speak in tongues. 😉

 

ii. There is a good enough number of Portuguese speaking people I know in my neighbourhood and at work. Good enough to help me use it and not lose it; the way I lost French and Arabic, and the way I smartly prevented losing Chinese … by jumping the slow boat ship after merely two classes. I’m clever like that. 😉

 

 

III. I will have guests from other states and other countries; no, not all at the same time. I’m clever, remember? My friends/relatives will be with Mum and me for a minimum of 10 days each over the next three months i.e. July, August, September. I know I will not get the solitude that enables me to think and write my posts. I also prefer to be with my guests as much as I can during the brief times that we will be together. I do not want to compromise my night sleep to sit here and write either.

 

 

So these are the three reasons, I will not post over the next three months.

 

 

Subscribers, you will still safely receive posts as usual when I resume.

 

 

Those of you who have RSSed me, I honestly wouldn’t take it amiss if you choose to knock my name off your RSS list. I have 25 sites that are visible right away in my list of Feeds. While I have removed about 3 sites or so to add new blogs that I found more appealing, I will not mind one bit if you do the same to my blog. I do what works best for me. Why should you be any different, yes?

 

 

I’m sorry? *sheepish grin* Yeah. I have, haven’t I? I’ve gone done made a post about ‘no posts’. Could I be more, um, me?

 

 

Hope you enjoy

your

summer up North

and

winter down South

as much as I’m going to

enjoy my time

with

loved ones from the North and South.

 

 

 

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Thank you, Opinionated Man and MuseBoxx, for signing up to follow my posts.

Thank you, storyshucker, for liking my last post.

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P.S.: Cheerful Monk adds a footnote to every post acknowledging those who comment on her previous post. She also links the commenters’ names back to their own blogs.

 I like both these practices of acknowledging the time and effort made to comment, and the free advertising! So I’m doing what I do well – being a copycat! 

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Challenge: Below The (Poverty) Line, Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Bestie Boy,Food,Personal Beliefs — by For you, Daddy! @ 4:30 am
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Last week, I began a series on the two challenges I set myself up for this year. This is the second and concluding part of the first of the two challenges.

 

 

To read about how I got started on this challenge, please read my last post:

 

 

Challenge:  Below The (Poverty) Line, Part 1 of 2

(https://foryoudaddy.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/challenge-below-the-poverty-line-part-1-of-2/)

 

 

To find out how I fared with that challenge, well, read on.

 

 

A reminder. Bestie Boy’s text in green and mine in brown.

 

 


 

 

Me: Duuuuude! I so limbo’d through the week, yo! Uh huh, shimmy’d ‘n duck’d below that frakking line! 

 

 

 

Oppan! This NO Gangnam style! 😉

 

 

 

Okay, okay, I know I foolishly compare something as horrific as poverty to happy times like dancing. What I was getting at is, I’ve just completed my dinner that capped a (work) week of dieting below the poverty line. (Dieting – again, a wrong choice of word, I know, but I think that’s what dieting feels like.) Quite tempted to celebrate right now with a slice of chocolate cake that’s oozing my name in trickles in the box it lies in.

 

 

Right. Ditching the drama; cutting to the crux.

 

 

Refraining from the beyond-basic extras wasn’t as hard as I suspected it would be, thanks to my ability to move a few gears in my head. Yes, yes, I really want to show off attaining the spiritual goal I hoped to with this challenge.  

 

 

First, the ‘give the devil his due’ stuff. I hadn’t read about this challenge anywhere. So a very special ‘Thank You’ for sounding me about it, Bestie Boy.

 

 

Thanks to this challenge, I also finally know what I’m going to gift Liam* for his birthday this year!

*Liam is my friend who is a (Catholic) priest.

 

 

In Liam’s name, I’ll do something with the money I have saved skipping the frills this week. It’s a toss-up between giving him the amount for his street boys’ shelter or giving someone something edible right here in my city. As you know, I don’t give donations per se. I like to deny myself something and “donate” the money I would have spent on that temporary luxury. My travelling second class on long distance trains make sense now? I feel like a flippin’ saint when I suffer through stuff like that for this reason! I find this manner of giving fulfilling.

 

 

Liam doesn’t like receiving personal gifts, but he likes it when someone more deserving gets whatever-it-is instead. What’s that saying again? Ah, this.

 

 

Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what you are. “ ~ Daddy

(Google doesn’t know the true source.)

 

 

Bestie Boy: Poverty and its resultant deprivations are something I think about often, anyway.

 

 

Me:  Oh? Oh-kay. I know you’ve experienced periods of deprivation on occasion during your student days at uni, but I did not know you were aware in times of bounty.

 

 

Bestie Boy: I’m a [the university he studied at] student; of course, I think about these things! Just by process of osmosis, I think anyone who has ever stepped foot inside [the university he studied at] will be instantly made aware of these kinds of things.

 

 

But sadly, I did not take part in the ‘Under the Line(https://www.livebelowtheline.com/) initiative. It was much-talked about in the office, so I guess we raised some awareness.

 

 

Me: Fo sho! I learned about it through you. In any case, awareness is the first step towards making any kind of change.

 

 

Remember how I cribbed because I did not read about this challenge anywhere? Well, I found an article in some business section after the event, and I saved the following excerpt to share with you whenever we got down to talking about this.

 

 

The article is about the writer’s experience. He focussed mainly on how he budgeted for the challenge, but this excerpt is what I found more interesting. The writer’s text in blue; my two bits in … yeah, you know.

 

 

Of course, as a friend pointed out, many genuinely poor people wouldn’t bother cooking at all – they would simply buy £5 worth of spaghetti hoops, spam and own-brand biscuits and get by on them. Well, maybe so, but I reckon part of this challenge is to try and live in a sustainable, reasonably healthy way. And I did feel quite detoxed by Friday, after five days with no booze, very little fat and no sugar (almost). (I did not think of this benefit! Detoxed – ha ha!)

 

 

But I wouldn’t want to have to live below the line for any more than a week at a time [Me neither. I didn’t enjoy the process. 😦 ] – it really made me realise the luxury of choice that you take for granted when you have enough money. 

 

 

Bestie Boy: I liked the last line of the article you included in blue: – it really made me realise the luxury of choice that you take for granted when you have enough money. 

 

 

I think that’s what the campaign is all about really: realising how lucky we are.

 

 

Me: “Realising how lucky we are (/I am)” wasn’t the reason I jumped at it. Noble and worthy and all that jazz as the thought was, I dove into the challenge to challenge myself with something else.

 

Deprive myself of my favourite food – check!

Go a whole day with no food*  – check!

*Good Friday and the times I emulated my Muslim colleagues in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.

 

Both have been checked off several times to not make me bat an eyelid anymore over the thought. But eat the absolute boring-ish basics and get myself to not just refrain from not eating the fun-nest parts of the meals*, but not crave these luxuries? That was the biggest test for me.

 

 

*Raisins, flax seed, dates, jaggery and saffron strands with my porridge

Fish at lunch

Meat at dinner

Dessert after both meals

and

My fruit, veggie, nuts and junk snacks 

 

 

 

This is typically how I eat.

This image is from www.rd.com 

 

 

Thank you, Team at Chapter Q8,

(http://www.chapterq8.com/)

on whose page

10 Ways to Right-Size Your Meals

(http://www.chapterq8.com/?tag=healthy

I found this image. 

 

 

 

Everything Isabella cooks at home is stuff I like. The simple, healthy variety, mostly. Mum and I get a lot of food gifts, but tempting as it all is, that’s pure junk. So I restrict our consumption of that and I give away most of it to those who aren’t as fastidious as Mum and I are.  

 

 

Every time I eat, out of habit that I’d cultivated shortly before I moved to China, I am conscious of what goes into my belly as part of my mindfulness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness) and gratitude practices. 

 

 

 

Thank you, Susan, John and Erin, for granting me permission to use your article to explain the

Attitude of Gratitude

(http://www.happylifeu.com/Attitude-of-Gratitude.html)

on your website,

Happy Life U’.

(http://www.happylifeu.com/)  

 

 

Not easy to be (the one on the) right.

This image is from

http://thinkwonderfulthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/mindfulness/

 

 

 

Me: As you’ve seen, being aware and being thankful are now routine for me. These two practices (along with a few more) are why I believe that my vita is dolce indeed.

 

 

This image is from dreamstime (http://www.dreamstime.com/)

 

 

When darkness rolls into my life,

I remind myself

that the sun will rise from behind the clouds.  

 

 



Thank you, Alberto Monnar and JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project, for signing up to follow my posts.

Thank you, You’ve Been Hooked!, for commenting on my last post.

Thank you, The Ranting ChefYou’ve Been Hooked!, and mj monaghan for liking my last post.

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P.S.: Cheerful Monk adds a footnote to every post acknowledging those who comment on her previous post. She also links the commenters’ names back to their own blogs.

 I like both these practices of acknowledging the time and effort made to comment, and the free advertising! So I’m doing what I do well – being a copycat! 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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