It’s time for music!

Wow, another year past… and it was a pretty good one (on a personal, definitely not a political level – and I’m still so sad about Carrie Fisher and the other great people we lost this year), ending with the absolute highlight of 4 weeks in New Zealand. So here’s my annual mix, following the same rules as always:

1. Only songs I added to iTunes in 2016 (i.e. new to me, not new per se)
2. Only 1 song per artist
3. Not more than 25 songs

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Happy birthday, Papi…

I still miss you. Today I was very busy with our annual conference, but it just hit me again. I think this space in my heart will never be not broken, but I’m lucky to have so many amazing memories with you. Love forever, your loving daughter.

Oh, and to end on an up note: May the Fourth be with you… 🙂

Happy 2015!

I passed into the new year on the train back home after a great evening with friends Milo & Mindy and their lovely family. I’m feeling rather optimistic about 2015 – even not taking into account the truly low lows I had in 2014, I’m in better shape mentally than I’ve been in forever…

Here’s hoping all of YOU will have an amazing year ahead, filled with joy and friends and geeky goodness! *massive cuddles*

And here’s an annual tradition: Music for you – my 2014 mix, consisting of 25 songs I acquired over the course of the year.

Welcome Home - a 2014 mix . Tracklist
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Welcome Home – a 2014 mix

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1. Harry James feat. Kitty Kallen – It’s Been a Long, Long Time
2. Radical Face – Welcome Home
3. It’s Cliché – California Calling
4. Santigold – Disparate Youth
5. Tori Amos – Oysters
6. Cro – Traum
7. Ed Sheeran – I’m a Mess
8. Florence & the Machine – Hardest of Hearts
9. Mat Kearney – Breathe In Breathe Out
10. The Dø – Slippery Slope
11. Bastian Baker – Follow the Wind
12. Vienna Teng – Stray Italian Greyhound
13. Estelle feat. Janelle Monáe – Do My Thing
14. VV Brown – Samson
15. The Hundreds – Song for a Sailor
16. Regina Spektor РApr̬s Moi
17. Fall Out Boy – Immortals
18. John Spillane – There Was a Man
19. Natalia Kills – Problem
20. Bastille – Pompeii
21. Peter Fox – Haus am See
22. Matt Nathanson – Faster
23. Daniel Gannaway – Achilles
24. Club de Belugas feat. Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On the Ritz
25. Billy Boyd – The Last Goodbye

Happy holidays!

In a little while my mom will be here. We’ll celebrate this afternoon/evening at my brother’s, and she’s spending the night at mine. It’s Elias’ first Christmas, so it’ll be a bit different, but I’m looking very much forward to it.

I hope each and every one of you is also able to spend this holiday with people you love. Thanks for sticking with me for another year! <3 Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Yesterday I returned home from an amazing four weeks in what still feels like my second home. You can read about my time in New Zealand in my travel blog and also look at the photos, but today I just wanted to say “hi!” and wish all of you a wonderful holiday, in whatever form you celebrate – or not…

Happy holidays! Happy holidays!
This year’s “greeting card” comes to you from Wellington, to be exact from Scorching Bay. 🙂

I’m off to my mom’s today – tomorrow my brother and sister-in-law will join us for our family celebration. It’s the first one in my mom’s new, smaller flat, making it kind of officially her home, if that makes sense…

Off to New Zealand!

After five years of missing my second home, I’ll be leaving for Aotearoa tomorrow morning! I’ll be spending four weeks there (until just before Christmas), not so much traveling than visiting friends and simply basking in being back there. During this time you can find me on my travel log, Fernweh as well as on Twitter (see sidebar).

Aotearoa, here I come...

Don’t comment on my weight, please!

For this year's birthday we went to the Cailler chocolate factory (This has been brought on by bumping into an old school friend who barely recognized me because “it’s the hat – and you’ve grown wider, haven’t you?” Really? I didn’t know until you pointed it out to me! /sarcasm) So seriously, what is it with people feeling the need to comment on the fact that I’ve gained some weight over the last few years? I have depression, my dad died – honestly, a few kilos gained by comfort eating (chocoholic for life, baby!) are the least of my worries. Especially since my health hasn’t suffered and I’ve got the blood results and RunKeeper account to prove it (not that this is anyone’s business but my own).

Honestly, the most annoying thing is that old clothes (especially trousers but also blouses etc, most of which I’ve owned for 10+ years) no longer fit. Even that has an up-side, though: NEW CLOTHES! *g* Still, it’s a good thing I’ve always disliked going into high-street shops because if it was difficult to shop for my “big” bottom (big only in comparison to my teeny tiny teenaged waist), finding clothes that fit my not-thin-but-not-quite-fat shape is next to impossible.
In this article on XO Jane, Emily quotes Tim Gunn and calls women like me (and her) “on the cusp”. I mean, most high-street shops seem to stop at 42, possibly 44 (US sizes 14-16), size-wise, and in plus-size stores 44 is pretty much the smallest they have and often not really flattering on my body.

I’ve had some really good experiences ordering dresses on Etsy, maybe because it’s US-based and clothes are possibly a bit bigger there, or maybe just because cute dresses fit both my body and my brain. (I like looking cute, don’t judge! *g*) And for trousers I’ve discovered (on the opposite end of the moral spectrum in my mind, since it’s mostly big brands) that Zalando has free returns, so I can try out as many pieces as I want in the comfort of my own home.

And even if I was “truly” fat rather than “on the cusp” – isn’t it MY body, on which I, as a mostly competent adult, am the expert? The whole body weight concern trolling is so annoying (by which I mean all those well-meaning people going “but but but I’m just concerned for your health!”), especially because a) health is every person’s own concern, b) you can, as a matter of fact, be fat and still be fit, and c) if it’s just about health, how come women are SO much more policed about their weight than men? All of which boils down to this: Fat acceptance, baby!

Well, finally…

Tonight I felt like doing something “webby”, so I finally went looking for a new Twitter plugin, because Twitter Tools no longer supports daily digest posts since its integration with Social. I feel rather awful about the flood of separate tweets that were posted – but thanks to Twitter Digest, this is a thing of the past (I hope)!

I also changed the theme, just because I was bored of the old look. I might change it again if I ever find a theme that seem appropriate for a rarely-updated blog like this one…

In other news, the year has started, my birthday has passed, and with some new meds I’m hoping that 2013 will be decidedly more cheerful than 2012. Last Saturday I invited a bunch of friends (and their kids, because that’s how old we are *g*) on a very Swiss outing: first the cheese making exhibit in Gruyère (my favorite cheese!) and then the chocolate factory of Cailler. It turned out to be an excellent day, especially the chocolate exhibition was very well done and exciting. This is my new favorite picture of myself:

A very Swiss birthday

The handful of other pics I took can be found, as always, on my Flickr.