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Month: September, 2016

Random 16-09

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Monthly Post of Random Pictures / Thoughts & Questions / Links and other things that happened during the past month (or since writing last random post) and would not fit into another post…

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left: Pumpkin spice latte transitioned to a frappucchino because it is that time of year again but far too hot for a regular coffee! center: Job and flat hunt is keeping me busy but I refuse to transition to a no-makeup & jogging pants look. right: Sometimes it is the tiny things you enjoy, ripped fabric that randomly creates pretty shadows on your walls for example!

Maybe these thoughts / questions would be useful as inspiration or someone knows the answer? (If none of these, hopefully at least they would be entertaining.)

list-bat-png So I bought my new hairdyes on eBay just to find one tube has already been opened. that and paying 10GBP shipping for each item bought while they send all in one package… No communication with the seller or they at least won’t answer. Not so happy but the only place I currently know about where I can buy the dyes these days.
list-bat-png 2016 obviously is a year when, once again, the quality of Halloween decoration that is available here in Germany, has increased. Due to moving and my ‘kind of’ shopping ban I didn’t buy a lot though. (Compared to my usual Halloween shopping habits, but was a bit weak on my ban, but it is Halloween season and for that I did good… Maybe will do a haul post / video within the next weeks?)
list-bat-png Wondering why we get random nightmares, I do understand when something related to the topic happens in your life those days but I don’t remember having a bad experience with my teeth lately (got them done after 10 years of fear and panick attacks on my way to the dentist in 2015) and now I had a nightmare about them being the way they used to be over night and doctors telling me they could not do anything about it anymore. Ugh, so happy it was just a dream!
list-bat-png My facebook feed somehow exploded, Rob Zombie was futured on a vegan something cover. Being vegan is not a bad thing but somehow there are people you would not think that they were vegan unless you follow them on social media, good to know though!

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This month I had nearly no freetime due to job hunt, so I am a month behind answering your lovely comments even though I’ve read them all but since I also want to visit your blogs when you comment on something those comments will have to sleep a little longer… Sorry for that, I will catch up as soon as real life is coming back to normal! I also am aware of the fact that there was a lack of posts and a lack of everything (and a lack of links and music in this monthly random post) and I am afraid, I don’t know how much I will be able to do for the blog in October since the job hunt was successful ( very ❤ , yay! ) and now I have to look for a flat 200kms away from my current home. This means to drive 2-3hrs x2 each time that there is a flat to look at / to apply for (maybe 2-3 times a week). Since I am still working fulltime as well you can immagine how little time is left for everything else (aka packing, meeting friends, blogging, sleep,…) Please wish me luck for the flat thing is driving me insane!

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What has been inspiring for you this September? Any plans for October? Have a nice evening!

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My 26th…!

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Oh how much do I wish I was talking about a birthday here but nope, talking about another house moving. Never thought it would happen this soon but there are people I miss having close to me and there are jobs and there are my gypsie feet. So soon you will be able to find me in Oldenburg (which is quite close to Bremen and Hamburg, lovely, I smell some clubbing nights!), job-hunt is already done now looking for a tiny 1-room flat, which hopefully will be available for October, 1st already. I don’t mind paying a month of double rent but I really don’t want to stress too much moving this time, especially since it is happening during Halloween season.

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So, traffic jam during one of the million hours I spent in the car during the last few weeks, looking totally relaxed, don’t you think?

Whatever, I also did some extra Halloween shopping already for the annual Halloween giveaway, but I am sorry I first want to get this moving thing under control before I start, hoping my readers are Halloween-all-year-long people like I am so you don’t mind if the giveaway is happening right after Halloween!

Anyone knows any nice locations, nature spots, clubs around that area? Have a nice evening!

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

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The lovely Shameful Narcissist tagged me in one of her latest blogposts for the entertaining blogger award. She was one of the first blogs I followed after returning to the blogosphere and I am happy to have met her here on wordpress (and actually nearly all social media sites excisting as well). It always is impressing how fast she can read the books on her list and write detailed reviews for them and how many interesting posts she can throw out, take a look at her fanfictions for example!

And sure, since I think those tags and awards are a lovely way to get to know other bloggers / blogs you might not know about yet, count me in!

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sorry have to break that rule of posting the picture but whatever I did it would look strange in this post…

The Rules of the Entertaining Blogger Award:

list-bat-png Write a post including the award picture. (which can be found here)
list-bat-png Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most importantly entertaining!
list-bat-png Add these rules to the post.
list-bat-png Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
list-bat-png Also, answer the questions below.

The questions:

list-bat-png Why did you start to blog in the first place? It was 2010 on blogspot, I wasn’t really aware of big blogs, thought they were just some kind of online diary, maybe like myspace to connect people. And since it is always nice to meet new people I tried and really enjoyed what happened. Then I had to take a break (due to real life stuff) but came back with a fresh blog (Justkeepbrains) in February 2015.

list-bat-png What is your favourite book? This is a difficult one already, I usually like those books the best that are for studies but some other books are in my (currently very small, stupid moving addict!) collection that I really love, one would be something I doubt there is an english translation for: Das Selbst war ein Grufti, Leben und Tod eines Frankfurter Gothics. written by Stefanie Neuberg. Another amazing book with story and a lot of information would be by Peter Hook – Unknown Pleasures, the Joy Division Story.

list-bat-png What do you dislike the most? Mankind ignoring what is happening around them in general, be it nature, be it politics, social, whatever. We tend to care about so many things but the important ones get ignored. That and double standards, I know everyone sometimes does it but in case of court or work this should not happen since it is not part of any professional behaviour.

list-bat-png What is your favourite food item from the mall? Well, since my doctors told me to stay off gluten (which caused my migraines) it is quite impossible for me to find food at the mall that I can eat. Maybe sushi without soy sauce? Maybe some of those smoothies? Or maybe something from Starbucks?

list-bat-png What is your favourite past time activity? Spending time with friends. No matter what we do, I even enjoy to help them clean their houses, meeting those people does not happen often enough though.

The blogs I would like to nominate (and sorry if you already did this, only nominating 6 though simply because I love all blogs I follow and you can see some of them in my monthly random posts anyways!)

list-bat-png Stacy from Magic Love Crow who always shares the most beautiful crow art with us!
list-bat-png Samm Sanity from Blood, Lace and Faeries who I still owe to do the hair tag, will do that one later this month though! (unless I mess everything up again) and who is on her way doing her sewing and writing things!
list-bat-png Lenelein from Mindless Indulgence whose sewing projects are SO amazing!
list-bat-png Lauren from Alien Scribe, even though I’ve heard rumors of a blogging break, love her stories!
list-bat-png Lynoire from Space Unicorn Attack getting better at her Cosplay projects all the time!
list-bat-png Lorkyn from Dark Wooden Path, Love the mixture of her DIY projects, nature, sewing and so on!

What do you think about awards / tags in the blogosphere? Plain annoying or a nice way to discover new blogs? Have a nice evening!

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DIY: Bat lamp alteration!

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Probably everyone owns one or knows someone who does, that lovely, cheapest of the cheap IKEA lamp ‘Not’. When looking for furniture everyone who has a tiny limit or is simply starting that new life you usually won’t have too much of a budged. Personally I prefer having basic furniture that I can alterate without feeling guilty, even if the result won’t look or work the way I wanted. Some things stay basic for a while, so did my Not lamp.

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So this it is, simple, basic, black and white floor lamp as you can buy it from IKEA. Does what a lamp is supposed to do, lighten the room and is available with a reading light as well. The version I bought. After a while though I thought it was too basic and I remembered having one of these covered in crows. Took a pencil and Sharpie and started drawing bat silhouettes. Then continued with simple black color varnish. Let it dry, another layer, let it dry and so on until I thought the bats were opaqu enough to look good with light shining through them. The strange way the vanish seemed to dry on the plastic surface made me add some grass like streaks on the bottom part of the bigger lampshade.

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left: clean tiny lampshade, center: with sharpie lines, right: final result, on the lamp!

Especially next to my black and white walls I think it now looks a lot better, with and without light! Sorry, currently I seem to be in some DIY-mood!

What are your current projects? Have a nice evening!

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