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Even though I still can't speak or read or write anything resembling a sentence in Irish (Gaeilge), it still feels good to achieve a level in #Duolingo after close to 220 days at a stretch without a single break. #achievement #personal #photography #phoneography #photoeffects #snapseed #snapfilters #language #learning #irish #Gaeilge #app #fun #dedicatedeffort #canspeakafewwordsinirish
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I’d Rather Be completing today’s crossword that is giving me trouble with just one word left. We are getting into the habit of doing crosswords every day now. Mr M is helping me build up my vocabulary 😉
(This image was taken a couple of days ago)
I have already spoken about my journeys this year as part of the weekly photography challenge. So I thought, why not talk about other stuff.
WordPress: I wrote ~260 posts this year on this blog. Fewer posts since August but then I have tried and kept my weekly posts as much as possible.
Instagram: I posted ~215 photos on my Instagram. The number might have increased since last year, but that might be because I compensated my lack of blogging by photo blogging in Instagram 🙂
Goodreads: 108 books recorded (which is less than last year but given my current work conditions I do take a very long time to read one book especially during school days) I also moved my Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited account from US to the one in the UK because payment was becoming an issue and I couldn’t get hold of any local novels that I find in some of the shops around here.
TV/Movies: Didn’t watch many movies except for the odd ones here and there. We recently watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We did complete a couple of series which we miss so dearly. Inspector George Gently & New Tricks were our favourites. A Touch of Frost is coming very close to the end. We miss the old group in Are you being served? The ones from Season 8 is alright, but they do miss something from the earlier seasons.
Apart from those, well, I moved to this new country, got my residence card, quit my 13-year job and an 18+-year-old career, moved to my favourite career of Teaching, gave up my Zumba creds (can no longer teach Zumba), travelled to a new city (Padua), missed a friend’s wedding in India and she eventually moved to the US, enjoyed my snow for a couple of days and so on and so forth. Too many things crammed in a year. All exciting and leading the way to another hopeful year.
I am not going to talk about all the other news items that have happened over the year because those have been talked about everywhere. All I wish is that people be more sensible in terms of their own self and that of others, be more hopeful, be more truthful, be more supportive, be more considerate, and be healthier in the years to come.
Wishing you all a very Happy and a Healthy New Year.
I have got three surprises for you this week 😉
As part of the Christmas decorations in a shop here in London, this cute little creature is the surprise gift from inside a stocking. Would you say no?
As you all know already, cats and I don’t get along very well. But this little fellow surprised me when I was taking photographs of these decorations in a Temple in Chennai. These decorative pieces usually adore the outer walls of the temple.
and last, but not the least is my homemade carrot and coriander soup, which surprisingly came out very well (not that it takes much effort but given that I am not a great fan of cooking …well, you know…) and it went well with some sunflower seeds and a cashew nut.
Cat and I haven’t got along very well, ever. No wonder, this one also wasn’t too happy to see me. I half-expected him/her (can never figure that out) to jump on me…But then I guess he/she didn’t want to be strained to have a go at me on a weekend.