Goats....

So.... I'm doing some volunteering work and I want to find infos about communal goats farm...
Yes, I know, the topic is really unbelievable but there is a group of women in Africa (I don't go into details because I'm not sure how much I can divulge outside the volunteering association), I was saying, there is a group of women who decided to improve their situation investing some money in goats.
Now, they can't afford to have each one her own little "farm" but they have to share the goats...
They are looking for informations, examples, of communal goats farms to see how can they do the same.
I searched online but I found only random website without any real knowledgeable information or insight.

Maybe some of you can find something better or relevant?
I would appreciate it TONS and mostly you'll be doing something *good*!

Spring

I like Spring and I have nothing to complain about it... beside that little thing, yes, that little inconvenience : I always want to sleep.
I'm lethargic and I could just sleep all day, laying on the bed with the windows open and the light wind filtering in the apartment.

I had to restart my workout twice because I felt so tired it was crazy!
I wanted to do Tae-Bo Cardio today but honestly I was done after only 15 minutes! I switched to Turbo-Jam, which is lighter in my opinion.
So, I have been good and did my Cardio but not as "hard" as I wanted it to be.

Tomorrow I'll do it in the early morning, probably I'll have more energy.

Still losing weight, good for me!

News

I changed the layout and I think this one looks nice!

I booked the hotel in London, I'm going to be very close to Victoria, and that's perfect, so we can move around without any trouble.
My mother has never been to London before so it's going to be very nice for her!

Spring arrived even here and we are having beautiful days with sun and glorious weather overall.

I'm still thinking about the last episode of Battlestar Galactica and I watched it again a couple of times....
WTH! I think it's the best Season Finale EVER!
I'm just glad I'll have a busy life ahead, otherwise it could be tough to wait until January 2008 for the next season! LOL
Even if we'll see two episode next autumn about the Pegasus' story line... Interesting!

Here in Sweden don't sell Easter Chocolate Eggs, such a shame :p
In Italy they sell them in different weights, from 100 gr to 8 kilos! (and more if they are handmade in some pastry shop!).
Usually inside there will be surprises... people even had them custom made and hid inside engagement rings, car's keys...
Nice presents, don't you think? ;)

Going out for a walk now. Still low-carbing and doing fine.

Today I don't want to think much, just relax and enjoy the good weather.

Catch you later! :)

P.S. : Finally I'm going to have a mentee! LOL (TarValon.net related)

Novel

I finished my "novel"! That's something to be happy for :)
It's a first draft but it's done!
I started editing and now my head needs to rest.
Today I need a beer! Guinness possibly ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Raining....

.... and my boyfriend had the brilliant idea to download the song "Singing in the Rain" and now it's playing on the background like a bloody cheese soundtrack of this boring evening.
I already feel in the '50s considering I'm checking alternatives for healthy meals and so on, of course the cheapest ones possible!
Oh God Bless it! The song just got stuck in the middle! Yeah for me!!! *grins*

As of today I lost 3 kilos in 12 days, not bad at all!!!!
Monday I'll start working out as well, I don't want to be a flubby-flubbity thing. Oh well, boy do I hate working out!
I guess it's because I don't like sweating, not really the moving part but the sweat part.... TMI for you? It could have been worse.

My current study block is about globalization and it's boring... I should really put myself to finish it and then start immediately the TMA so I can get rid of it!

I'll be in London for a couple of days in April with my mother. We are going to have some "girls time", ehehe.
  • Current Music
    silence right now!

This song made me think.....

Melissa Etheridge I Need to Wake Up 

Have I been sleeping?
I’ve been so still
Afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings
Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I can’t see

Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

And as a child
I danced like it was 1999
My dreams were wild
The promise of this new world
Would be mine
Now I am throwing off the carelessness of youth
To listen to an inconvenient truth

That I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
[ Lyrics found on http://www.metrolyrics.com ]

I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I am not an island
I am not alone
I am my intentions
Trapped here in this flesh and bone

And I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I want to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Oh, Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

26th February 2007

February is almost at the end, this month really went away fast.

I came back before from teaching Italian, it's very rewarding and it makes me feel good about myself, beside giving me a bit of cash of course :p
I discovered a new commercial center and I stopped for some shopping.

Lately I watched the whole first season of Supernatural, it wasn't bad at all even if it still freaks me hearing the name "Dean" coming out of the mouth of "Sam" since he was a former "Dean" on Gilmore Girls. Oh weirdness!

Snow, snow, snow!
It looks nice when it's white and fluffy but not so nice when it's greysh and all dirty.
I prefer to look at it but not to deal with it daily!

I'm on the way to finish my novel but the editing is scaring me. I never finished a novel before and I am just plainly SCARED :p
I think the story has potential and it deserves its space, I just need to keep writing and hopefully I'll finish this week! *fingers crossed*

Stolen from Naedys! Books Meme


Instructions: Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won't touch with a 10 foot pole, underline the ones on your book shelf, and *asterisk the ones you've never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)

10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)*
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)*
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)

17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)*
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)*
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)*
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)*
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)*
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)*
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)*
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Gift & Award Bible NIV (Various)*
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)*
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)*
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)

60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) *
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)

65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)*
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brahares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)*
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)*
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)*
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Tery Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)*
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)*
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)*
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)*
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)*
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)


Well, there is a website very cool called "librarything" where you can add your own books and then it has nice suggestions about other books and also you can find other people with your same tastes about books. Anyway give it a try! :)

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I'm having some bad days so I spent money shopping hoping to cheer up but of course that's not a therapy in the long run.
Anyway, my tutor answered to my mail but not at all in a pertinent way connected to what I wrote her. She doesn't seem interested in giving advice and I'm tired of this. Honestly, being abroad, I'm paying tons of money to do this course with the OU and I think I deserve a better service.
Anyway, since there is always room for improvement, today I'll sit down and I'll write the next TMA. It's a weird one actually because we are supposed to write only for one hour and that's it. If you nailed the essay good, otherwise bad for you. One hour is not much but I'll try my best.

I have the apartment just for myself this afternoon because Martin will go to his parents place for his siblings' birthday. I should have gone but.... I'm not in the mood, I'm asocial and right now I don't want to deal with people. It's bad enough that tomorrow I have to give the first Italian lesson and I'm preparing the material and how I want to structure the studying. Since time is quite a matter for me I need to teach them enough to be able to have a conversation and take care of themselves this summer in Italy.

Oh well.... what else is new? Mmmmm... I bought "The Stand" by Stephen King and I know I'll feel excited and battered at the same time after reading it. I wish I was so prolific writing as he is!
Plus I really like all the stories connected to the Dark Tower.

I watched "Eragon" yesterday. The special effects were quite good and they helped the movie but the story wasn't good in a book so it's even worse in a movie.

I'm reading some LJ very interesting lately. You guys have interesting lives! ;)

Anyone watching the BBC show "Lilies"? I think it's well done and I'm enjoying it very much! :D