Red pepper and goat cheese muffins

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Tell us about a recipe you learned to make from the Internet.

Today I want to share my – and probably my partner’s – favourite recipe: red pepper and goat cheese muffins. I found this recipe a few years ago on the culinary blog of a high school friend and have since made it my own. Truth be told, if red peppers weren’t so expensive and these muffins didn’t take me an hour to make, I would make them every week and probably would have come up with a few variations by now!
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Make a weekly planner in 10 easy steps

Sticking to it is up to you!

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: teach us how to do something with a how-to lesson.

Remember how there’s no such thing as too much planning? Today I wanted to share my method for making a weekly planner to set aside time for things that matter to me, from work to language learning, including blogging. It isn’t that hard but not everyone knows where to start, so here are some tips.
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I have a PhD in Horribleness

No I don’t

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could go back to school (for free) for a new degree, what would you want to study?

I tend to think that I have spent enough time in school and there is no way I am ever setting foot in a classroom again. But there are so many things I want to learn that I can’t discard this possibility entirely. The next time I decide to focus on a subject other than languages, though, it will probably be via distance learning e.g. MOOCs.
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Gratitude for the past and hope for the future

No longer anyone to drive me around

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: How did/do you get to school: bus, walk, drive, or bike?

In school

As a child, my house was only a 5 or 10-minute walk from school. At first, I would get there by foot with my mum or dad, or they would drive me there if they were in a rush or the weather was too bad, but as I got older, I was able to bike to and from school. I would have rollerbladed to school if my parents had let me, but it wasn’t very practical!
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5 mistakes I made that you should avoid

a.k.a. Please don’t follow my lead

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What are some of your best worst tips for getting your day off to a good start?

I can’t tell you what to do

Judging by my post on the delicate art of advising and being advised, I figured that I wasn’t qualified to share tips on something that I fail at on a regular basis. Of course, I have read a lot of tips on the subject, but despite my best efforts good intentions, I most often than not act against my best interests and miss my morning goals.
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12 things blogging taught me

a.k.a. August in review

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What do you now know about yourself at the end of this month-long challenge?

7 things I learnt from NaBloPoMo

About blogging

  1. I needed a writing space.
    I started this blog to share my self-tracking efforts without realising how much I needed to go back to writing. Now I know – and I intend to keep at it. Continue reading

NaBloPoMo Roundup #04 – And possibly the last one

a.k.a. Not much of a roundup now, is it?

With September around the corner, a lot of us are busy with professional and personal matters – especially for those who have kids – which probably explains why so few bloggers answered the NaBloPoMo prompts this week. If I missed any answers, please let me know in the comments so I can add them later – thank you!
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How I found my calling

a.k.a. Reaffirming my number one passion

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What was your best subject back in school? Did you choose a profession that uses that subject?

My best subject

My passion for English began around the age of 9 when I started listening to pop songs by British and American artists and learning them by heart. At the time, I either had just began learning English at school or hadn’t even taken a class, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying myself. My friends and I would re-enact music videos in the playground to the sound of our own voices. I am sure it was gibberish to trained ears, but I can still remember the lyrics to those songs.
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It’s the end of summer again…

…but I’m not going back to school ever again

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Did you like returning to school at the end of summer, or did you always dread the start of the year?

In school

The way I remember it, I always looked forward to a new school year for the following reasons:

  1. I would get to see my friends again, most of whom I hadn’t see all summer.
  2. There would be some new friends, too – or at least I hoped there would.
  3. With some luck, new teachers would replace those I didn’t like or that didn’t like me.
  4. I would start a new subject that already interested me (e.g. initiation to technology).
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Drawing with ones and zeros

a.k.a. Binary for dummies

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Tell us one thing you remember learning in school as a kid.

Grid drawings

One thing I remember fondly is learning to do grid drawings. Our teacher would give us an empty grid with the same number of rows and columns (either a multiple of 10 or a power of 2, e.g. 10×10 or 16×16) and one sequence of ones and zeros per row.
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