MeMe & Blog Action Day

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

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Now, let’s talk about the future. Blog Action Day wants bloggers to dedicate a post today to the environment. I’m going to discuss my future (dream) house. Not really discuss, ok, just give a few hints on what I’d love to have. Let’s start:

  • Solar panels, for electricity, and for heating. Why use coal / petrol / etc, when you can use the Sun to provide energy? The first inversion is expensive, yes, but you start “earning” money in less than five years (both in Spain and Belgium the electric companies are forced to buy the energy you produce at a higher price than you buy it from them)
  • Water recycling systems: all the tap water used for washing hands and showering is recycled via mechanical ways (no chemicals at all), and then used for laundry and toilet flushing. Give your water a second chance!
  • Rain water deposits: can be used to water the garden when it doesn’t rain enough, and also for showering & toilet flushed if rightly treated.
  • Double or tripple layer window panes: you know, the kind that has inert gas between two layers of glass. Thermal & acoustic isolation all the way.
  • North-South Orientation: Getting the best orientation on a custom build house can save you money, making the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  • Local gardening: by this I mean planting local trees and flowers, and not trying to grow a tropical fruit tree in below zero conditions.
  • Veggie garden: Grow your own food, or, if you can’t do this, buy locally produced food. Are you sure you want to eat that tomato that has rippened in the truck refrigerator? Of course you can’t buy everything local, but at least you can try. Also helps buying in season. Speaking of that tomato, fresh tomato salad in winter?

Now, I don’t want to preach. Those items up there are just things I’d love to have, and will do my best to get whenever we can afford a house. Pss, good isolation means tax cuts in some countries *cough*Belgium*cough* Gotta love it!

Randomness provided by: a cup of koffie verkeerd, two double chocolate chips ahoy, and cold medicine.

Can I Skip Today?

  • I woke up at 3 am, after 4 hours sleep. Thanks family, I love you too. Sleeping this little gives me migraines. I’ve been having this kind of migraine for the past two weeks. Not happy.
  • The metro took twice as much to take me from point A to point B this morning, meaning I arrived with one minute to spare before classes started. How come I had one minute to spare? I always leave way too early because you never know when the metro service will break down. The same metro service that advertises itself saying that you can save 20 minutes in the morning if you take the metro instead of the car. That only happens one in five mornings, if you’re lucky.
  • Uni’s Wifi kicked me out more than usual, and in the end, it kicked me for good.
  • Lunch consisted of two sad uber thin slices of bread, one leaf iceberd lettuce that had seen better days, three or four slices of tasteless tomato, three slices of hard boiled egg, one canned asparragus, and spoonful mayo. They call that a “vegetarian sandwich”. At least, it was cheap (1.40€) and made to order.
  • Tried to use the wifi again after lunch: seems the building that is marked as WiFi area is not such. Zero signal
  • My phones’ batteries died. The other university buildings have plugs to spare. This one (the no WiFi one) has none. Thus I was left: phone-less, clock-less, and unable to send a message to tell Jan the building had no WiFi.
  • Exam revision: The problem I thought I had more or less decent solved? I got a zero. I got a zero on two problems, actually… I got a frigging 8 over 60 !

Now, really, can the day PLEASE finish? I’m exhausted, and it’s only 3pm.

Update: 6.30 pm, I found out they changed my Fluid Mechanics I mark, from a 4.7/10 to a 5/10, which means I passed the course(!). Do I have to start cursing my bad days to get some small good thing back? Inquiring minds want to know ( :p )


This recipe was requested by YarnTalk, and since one has to eat, one can as well take a picture and post the recipe, making someone happy at the same time. Good karma this way, please!

Green Beans with Potatoes and Carrots


and its recipe

Bon Appétit!

P.S.: Yes, I’m knitting, it still looks the same as in the previous post, only a bit taller. I’m not going to bore you to death with the progress of cables and calf shaping. Wait till I start knitting the fold over, that will be fun :) I promise!