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From my Tumblr

  

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#MQ…

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#MQ – Benedict Cumberbatch backstage at the 25th annual Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills

#HOLMIES

I already linked these on twitter but they’re bringing so much joy. SO MUCH JOY.

OH GOD THIS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.

Two of the best ‘Sherlock Holmes’ hanging out together. 

Yet, Jeremy Brett is still the Best. Sherlock. Holmes. EVER!

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All I need this winter is a nice cup of tea. And hugs. And talks.

  

I feel weird. I feel down. I feel empty. I feel bored. I feel hyper. I feel tired. I feel happy. I feel intense. I feel alone. I feel too surrounded. I feel bouncy. I feel cold. I feel energetic. I feel exhausted. I’m a bundle of weird emotions, all making me think these days.

I don’t know why, but I have a bit of the winter blues. Especially this year, I felt it hitting harder, or maybe I’m just seeing this now about myself? No clue, but still, trying to make myself smile at the tiny daily stuffs that happens in my life helps: my daughter laughing hard at a new thing; the husband just hanging around, playing with the kid or talking to me; the cats taking adorable poses so I just can’t say no to scratching their bellies; taking my first cup of coffee of the day as I look the sun rises up outside…Tiny stuffs that keep me smiling, at least that a good thing!

But I kept feeling…weird, in a indescribable way since my daughter was born almost three years ago. Or maybe a little bit before we even considered having a kid. I feel like I’m searching for myself, not sure what I’m actually doing is the right thing. The only thing that is quite right – and holding me together, I guess – is my own family, the one I create in the last few years. Our ‘trinity’, in a way: The Husband, Nano, and myself. THAT makes me all warm and cuddly inside.

I kinda feel like I would throw everything else as far away as possible from me. Start anew. But I’m also tired of this “new”, of always waiting up for ‘new events’, new ‘experiences’ to come up to me. I’m tired of waiting for something that I don’t know if it will finally satisfy me. I’m also tired of these ‘new year, new you’ things, always thinking “well, maybe it WILL be my year to shine and thrive”, always searching about me, who I am, what I want to do, what I want to leave as a ‘mark’ in the world…

I’m tired of keeping this all in my head, I guess. I feel like I’ve been ramblings nonsense in my head for decades. Stuffs I never said to anyone, stuffs I keep inside but maybe shouldn’t. I have a friend who told me he started seeing a psychologist in the last couple of months, and it seems to make him a little better. Maybe that would help me too. Unloads stuffs, seek advice from an unrelated person of my entourage.

Or maybe I just need tons of hugs. And a cup of tea around a nice table of friends, just talking away. For now, I consider it would make me quite happy and content.

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Barbie’s Restaurant on #Yelp: I hope I never have to go back there again. EVER!

  

From my Yelp profile, a critic of a place I went during the Holidays, and just HATED the experience.

I hope I never have to go back there again. EVER!

I’ll start with my only positive point of the night: the waitress was good, polite, fast to serve us. I almost pitied her, having to deal with narrow alleys between rows of tables and no space what-so-ever to do her job in a huge reception room. Even if there was many waiters that helped each others to do the food service, the restaurant had just overbooked the place with so many groups in the same room.

Otherwise, the food was very average (I took the seafood casserole), my veggies were saturated with olive oil and overcooked/burned. The chocolate cheesecake was stiff and not creamy at all. My husband took the langoustine (scampi) plate, and was very disappointed with the size of it for the price he had to pay.

Since it was really crowded that night, it was very difficult to talk to our neighbors at our tables. Also, if you have toddlers: this is NOT a family restaurant. Your kids will get bored, and there’s no room for them to play. You can’t let them roam around the tables, because they’d get in the way of the waiters.

Overall, a bad experience.

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Retrospective sur mes résolutions 2013

  

Pour 2013, je me souhaite de continuer ces bonnes habitudes, mais aussi d’en acquérir des nouvelles:
– apprendre à faire de la conserve et du cannage (je me suis achetée quelques livres sur le sujet, et mes confitures me confirment que je suis sur la bonne voie)
– commencer un jardin de fines herbes
– faire du troc avec des dumpsters divers: ils m’amènent de la bouffe, et je fais pleins de cannages/conserves/plats pour eux et moi! (Contactez-moi si ça vous intéresse ;) )

Ouais ben, on peut dire que je n’ai rien fait de tout ce que j’avais en tête côté résolutions culinaire 2013! À part mes confitures aux fraises et framboises (qui ont fait fureur avec ma gardienne ;P ), j’ai très peu fait de cannage et conserve, par paresse; je n’ai pas du tout commencer de jardin de fines herbes; et je n’ai trouvé personne avec qui justement faire du troc de conserves en échange de nourriture :P Mais bon, peut-être vais-je avoir du temps en 2014 pour faire mes expérimentations culinaire?

Je dois dire, par contre, que j’ai maintenu ma ligne directrice côté cuisine et recettes: le plus souvent homemade et non du “tout préparé”, pas beaucoup de fast food, bien que beaucoup de sorties aux restaurants (je blâme ma communauté Yelp de m’avoir donné le goût de sortir au resto et faire des critiques ;) )

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Sinon, voici la liste de mes résolutions que j’avais prit en 2013, et voyons voir si je les ai tenus:

Donner une conférence dans mon domaine de travail

Oui bon, on peut l’oublier celle-là! Je ne l’ai pas du tout tenue. Même que j’ai eu la trouille juste à y penser! Le syndrôme de l’imposteur, vous connaissez? Ben je l’ai vu revenir dans mon psyché big time en 2013!!! Je n’arrivais juste pas à trouver de sujets sur lesquels élaborer une session pour une conférence tech/web, trouvant toujours quelqu’un qui l’avait fait/mieux fait auparavant dans une autre conférence, me sentant trop nulle pour même oser penser discuter sur un sujet tech/web quelconque. Mais je dois admettre que l’idée de faire une session en combo avec une autre personne m’attire. Peut-être pour 2014?

M’améliorer au travail

Oui…et non. Autant en 2013, j’ai réussit à exécuter le redesign de notre site web au boulot, autant j’ai commencé à ressentir la solitude d’être toujours seule à la maison, sans autre support moral/technique ni équipe web avec qui échanger sur les problèmatiques de mon emploi. Je l’avoue, j’ai souvent soupiré en repensant avec nostalgie à la merveilleuse équipe web que j’avais du temps que je travaillais avec Émile, Yanik, Stéphane, Josianne, Aude, Anne-Caroline, Carl… chez Branchez-Vous! C’est la seule chose dont je m’ennuie énormément (avoir des collègues envers qui me retourner pour leur poser des questions, ou juste lancer des avions de papier), et bien que j’ai souvent organisé des sessions de co-working à la maison avec mes amis travailleurs autonomes, reste que sur le plan d’échange technique/web, ça me manque. J’ai remarqué que ça a beaucoup joué sur ma motivation, et c’est bien quelque chose que je veux améliorer en 2014.

Réoganiser ma présence virtuelle

HAHHAHAHAHHAH Biggest. LOL. EVER!!! Moi qui voulait abandonner Facebook: Fail! Moi qui voulait passer moins de temps sur les médias sociaux: MÉGA-fail! Ma solitude et mon manque d’interactions humaine et sociale m’ont tellement poussé vers les médias sociaux que je n’ai pas du tout prit mes distances, je m’y suis COLLÉE! Et en 2013, beaucoup, BEAUCOUP de monde m’ont fait hurler et grimper aux rideaux tellement j’y ai lu des inepties, des niaiseries, des mensonges, des extravagances, des aberrations, des chicanes, des mémèrages, etc… Bref, 2014, on décroche un peu SVP???

Continuer à bien manger, bien cuisiner, et m’intéresser au compost, jardinage et cannage

Résolution à peu près tenu si on considère que je mange mieux, prend le temps de cuisiner pas mal tous nos repas, et m’informe sur tout ce qui entre dans nos assiettes. Ah, et je me suis inscrite aux Fermes Lufa et encourage cette entreprise locale d’agriculture urbaine: un panier de légumes et fruits frais bio à chaque semaine, ma grosse B.A. de l’année je trouve!

Me remettre au dessin

J’étais bien partie pour recommencer à dessiner, grâce à l’initiative d’un ami sur Facebook (M.A.L.), mais par manque de temps, j’ai abandonnée. On se réessaie en 2014? Surtout que Nano semble avoir la fibre créative artistique elle aussi :D

Prendre des cours d’hindi et/ou arabe

Résolution semi-tenu en 2013, du fait que je n’ai pas prit des cours de l’angues, mais reprit mes études universitaires en Histoire à la place. Mais bon, ceci est un autre FAIL qui sera gardé pour une autre fois…

Plus de sport!

HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA on passe à un autre appel…

Mieux consommer et dépenser

Pas mal respecté dans son ensemble: j’ai tenté d’acheter le plus local/bio/organique possible, et je me suis restreinte au niveau des envies coup-de-tête du moment. Par contre, encore une bonne amélioration est à faire pour 2014.

Passer au travers de ma pile de livres

Euh…FAIL! J’ai juste rajouter PLUS de livres dans mon To Read list…

Have fun!

Ah ça, ce fut respecter À.La.Lettre! J’ai eu énormément de plaisir en 2013 à découvrir de nouveaux endroits, à passer du temps avec ma fille, mon mari et mes amis, et à découvrir de nouvelles personnes rencontrées au gré des hasards de l’Internet (des nouvelles connections sur Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, etc…). Je voulais diversifier mon groupe de connaissances et d’amis en 2013, et je considère que c’est réussit. Maintenant, continuer à connaître tout ce beau monde encore mieux, et faire de belles rencontres en 2014!

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My 3 words for 2014

  

Just saw this concept at my friend Fred’s blog, and I thought it would be a nice exercise for me too.

For 2014, here are my 3 words that I want to use as an inspiration in my daily routine, while thinking about any situation/event, at work, while thinking on any subject, etc.

Truth

Truth was always an important concept to me in my life: being truthful to myself, but also to every one else around me. I always preferred to be told the truth, be it hurtful or not, and I always liked the people who were totally honest and truthful with me on any subject, no taboo or restriction imposed. I just can’t stand lies and deception, and I found out that the truth always came out no matter the time passing by.

Why I want to prioritize Truth in 2014? It’s always been my life’s motto, but I want to give truth more space – and importance – in my life this year because I think there’s been a lack of it in the last couple of months around me. People around me trying to ‘glamorize’ their miserable lives; big companies, societies and leaders lying to the public for different reasons/purposes; me feeling more depressed as I repressed lots of thoughts and feelings I had in mind, and just wanted to shout out to the rest of the world; etc.

So, in 2014, I’ll try to be as truthful and honest as possible, starting with myself. And also starting not to care too much about potentially hurting someone somewhere in the world with what I’m saying (unless it’s really a dumb thought).

Family

Family. Ahhhhhh, family. If there is a word that had immensely disappointed me and caused major shitty events in my past, family is one.

In 2014, I want to focus on the only people that really matter to me: my close family. You know, the one I created as time passed by, the relatives I choose to add in my personal life. Not the ‘blood’ relatives: most of them have greatly disappointed and hurt me big time in the past, so I am striking them out of my life. I tried giving second chances to most of them, but the emotional roller coaster they still manage to create in me are not worth it. In my mid-twenties, I managed to build a shell, to consider myself an orphan and move on in my life. But then, some events led me to give them another chance after their first screw-ups. Big mistake! I never felt so disappointed and, overall, abandoned at the end. Last Christmas was a swift kick in the butt from ‘Reality’:  nothing had changed, and I still felt so fucking sad.

So, for 2014, I thought this one would be a great time to do just that: kick them out of my life again, and just tell them to screw themselves. Because I’m tired of waiting after their approval for anything in my life; tired of waiting for their love of me; tired of waiting for some appreciation. I’ll only concentrate on the two most important person I choose to have in my life: the husband, and the kid. And also my best friends who I consider family.

Knowledge

I’m a junkie for knowledge: always reading, always dissecting new knowledge related to my work field, always seeking new knowledge to add to my skills. I don’t remember who/when/where I heard the phrase “Knowledge is power”, but this has proven to be so true in the last few years in every sphere of my life.

In 2014, I want to focus my search for good-quality knowledge: knowledge that will help me be a better front-end web developer; knowledge that will help me understand better the world we live in; good knowledge that will help me improve my quality of life; and knowledge that will help me to be a better historian.