Interviews with the ladies from the “polygamist” ranch

April 29, 2008 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Lifestyle | 3 Comments
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Are they for real? Is that a stunt from a comedy show? They’re like puppets!

Lent: Day 2 of 40

February 22, 2007 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Consumerism, Food, Lent, Lifestyle, Religion | 6 Comments

LentLent is going to be harder on me than I initially expected. I am about to meet a colleague in an hour in a restaurant and I won’t drink alcohol (!). But that’s what I wanted.

Up to this moment, this is what I consumed in the course of this day:

  • a pot of black tea with milk (no sugars)
  • a small bowl of oat meal (no sugar)
  • a serving of cottage cheese
  • four hardboiled eggs (on offer, as Easter is coming)
  • a banana (fruit sugar must be allowed – what’ s funny is that I couldn’t eat bananas as a teenager with an eating disorder; I was too afraid they would give me constipation;-) I actually only started eating them again about a year ago. I had practically forgotten about the existence of bananas)

And I really like the wines that they have in the place we are going to… (Gabriel’s Cucina)… money could buy me things… but I will desist!

EDIT: I survived, but picking from the menu alone is more difficult than it was when I was ‘just’ a vegetarian. Find a meal that has neither sugar nor meat in it! And they had a fresh redcurrant soup for starters today, sigh. The baby turbot with black rice also sounded divine, but I felt that it was unappropriate to indulge in such a treat if one meant to take lent seriously. Instead, I had a salad for starters and very wholesome spaghetti with potatoes, hot sauce and parmegiano, mineral water to drink – and an espresso without sugar to finish:-( All the food was really really nice – I need to think of taking my mother there one day.

40 days is a long time – but the last time that I didn’t drink alcohol for 40 days was probably before I started drinking at all (i.e. around 15 – probably the average age for a German… back in the days, that is). And as you can see in the top right corner, I have even created my own Lent logo now;-) I have to be careful, or the Christian fundamentalists will begin hanging around this page (interesting though how any engagement with Christian practices holds the danger of leading to unwanted affiliations).

Fighting Consumerism with Lent

February 21, 2007 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Consumerism, Food, Lent, Lifestyle, Religion | 2 Comments

noun [U]
in the Christian religion, the 40 days before Easter, a period during which, for religious reasons, some people stop doing particular things that they enjoy:
The children have promised to give up sweets for Lent. [CALD]

I am giving up sugar, alcohol and meat for Lent. I have never given up anything for Lent before, but considering the role that the addiction to consumerism played in a couple of discussions I was involved with or had with myself, it can hardly do harm to learn to give up things. The 40 days before Easter are nothing but a welcome opportunity, and also a reason that one can offer if people ask why one declines their Mousse au Chocolat, and a better reason than saying that one wants to shed some weight.

Fancy Dress & Birthday Party

December 1, 2006 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Lifestyle | Leave a comment

The world’s most handsome man turned a year older yesterday, and this gave rise to a fancy dress party (it was also something like a class-reunion of the final year students). Not my first fancy dress party, but the first one I took seriously, I suppose. It’s really NICE to dress nicely, and, miraculously, people seemed to be more behaved than normal (not that they’d normally misbehave… but something about their demeanour just seemed more sophisticated than usual).

Here’s us after having gotten into our gear (selftimer pic, excuse my blurred face).

Fancy dress party

Pics of the party itself are supposed to appear here some time soon.

I’m officially 29!

October 28, 2006 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Lifestyle | 4 Comments

Here is some good news. I entered my biological date (32.5) and 18 more items (health of family, eating & drinking habits, friends and relations, work and spare time) into a socalled biochronometer (ok, it’s from RTL = private television) and after having done its calculations the machine tells me that I am:

Ihr kalendarisches Alter beträgt 32 Jahre. Ihr biologisches Alter beträgt etwa 29.4 Jahre.

You’ll have to speak German to take this tests, and while the result is probably a lie, it is still quite comforting:

Wie alt sind Sie wirklich?

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