mousetail: Sleeping mouse with a pink box (iaia)
I've officially failed at NaBloPoMo - my original personal goal was to have a blog post at least every other day on average; well, that didn't happen, but I did get some things posted and overall blogging is fun again - and that is already an achievement. I don't know if I wish I did better.. Every time I get more active on social networks my prayer time suffers, and I already have to work hard to keep my Twitter addiction at bay, so I'm kind of glad LJ will never pose a problem - although if you think of the time I spend several times a day reading f-list.. Oh well, let's not go there. Obviously, my priorities are prone to sliding, and that's it. I will post about working on putting the first things first one day... But first things first! ;)

I was very determined this time and would have not dropped out if my schoolwork did not require 6 posts of 400 words minimums week on the class's discussion board. This amount of writing leaves me with great desire to write something else, but no power or time whatsoever. I think I even tweet less.. Anyway, it could be 6 decent-size posts a week. But not that I regret being at school :) I just wish I had time for both types of writing +million things more, like some people I know, whom I admire ;)

At this, I bow out & say goodbye to NaBloPoMo tag - at least for a year!
mousetail: Sleeping mouse with a pink box (ardvark)
I have had following questions appear on the Aardvark, and to be frank, didn't get all that brilliant answers. I know that best place for each of them would be appropriately themed community, and I'm even already a member of some, but it has taken me so incredibly ling to get them out there... So, as s step in that direction and in a hope that maybe some of you know the answers, here: my question for the Universe :)

- Is 'Handling a Young Child with Cerebral Palsy' really the best CP book on young children out there? It is really expensive and even though has great reviews, I'd like to know more about it.

- Anybody knows someone or has a child with hydrocephalus that has never been shunted? Looking to compare the notes..

- What is the easiest way to learn to knit: DVD or book or starter kit suggestion welcome.

- I am under impression that knitting is a bit easier to learn for a poorly coordinated person, am I right?

- How much hours weekly one needs to plan for practice with realistic expectations to learn how to play aqoustic guitar? I'm most interested to know, what is the minimum below which simply no progress is happening?

- I have two male guinea pigs that have never been around a female, thus never exhibit those pesky mature adult behaviors ;) Is it safe to house a female bunny in an adjuscent cage?

- Which of the special health needs are considered a reason to delay vaccination? I know German stance on it from our pediatrician, US experience is needed.

I'm making this post public in case you decide to refer to it / ask anyone for me. Thanks in advance for ever taking a look!

mousetail: Sleeping mouse with a pink box (imho)
Dear [livejournal.com profile] evilvillan_1 suggested I write about healthcare. Somehow she could tell it would be a rant ;), and she was head on. But first of all, a bit of explanation/disclaimer:

I have an opinion on US healthcare reform, but I also have a very strong opinion about not speaking up where totally incompetent. I have about 0.0001 experience with US healthcare system, so I won't write about that. Neither will I write about Ukrainian healthcare, because, due to my family's totally negative experience with it, I have huge phobia towards Ukrainian doctors, hospitals, and overall medical system. In fact, it took me a lot of growing up to learn to trust any doctor. I'm not totally there yet, in fact. Nevertheless, I will talk about German healthcare, since I do have some experience with it, in fact since the birth of my daugter quite hands-on. But bear in mind that all opinions provided are those of doctor-hating hospitalphobiac with innate distrust for everything medical :)

long but de-ranted as much as possible :) )
mousetail: Sleeping mouse with a pink box (beautiful tea)
Ok, I know it's nearly cheating to make the first entry about the thing itself, but I was actually wondering... Why NaNoWriMo, guys?? I know some of my friends participate, so I just want to understand why, psychologically, people love the idea. For me personally, I feel like writing every month, but I have no time and no month of the year, be it November or August, is going to give me more of it. But for those of you who have time, why don't you write the whole year round? I know you're good writers, so the urge should be there all year. Or is it actually just a myth, that urge they say a writer feels to put the words on paper, and is NaNoWriMo the kick you need to finally type down the story that has been living in you for a while?

Now, if someone cares to know why I do NaBloPoMo... They say it takes a month to form a good habit. Posting in my blog is something I enjoy & would like to do more often, so I consider it a good habit. In other words, if I make it through NaBloPoMo, odds are high I will keep on posting here fairly regularly, that's the goal. Plus, I have a lot of things I want to write about but sometimes they don't seem important enough to share. Artificial 'obligation' to post daily may let some of those things see the light :)

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