Sunday, September 14, 2014

Currently.

Hallo meine Lieben,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I found the idea for this post on Christina's blog and I thought it would be a fun idea to do something similar to sum up the week. 



Current book - "Suspect" by Michael Robotham. I saw another book of the series during on of my book store visits and decided to start with the first one (obviously). It's about a London psychiatrist who solves crimes. I do not like this cover of the book, the German cover looks a lot better, just saying. 




Current playlist - Old songs from the 50's and 60's.

Current color - Grey. I might need a new couch at some point soon and I want it to be grey.

Current food - This Chia & Coconut Roo'Bar was so good that I want to try some other flavors now. Especially licorice. The cola wasn't bad either. 






Current favorite show - Still obsessed with Chicago Fire. Also ER will be my all-time favorite. 

Current need - Motivation to work out today. 

Current indulgence - Hot chocolate, made with almond milk. Fall is coming. 

Current mood - indescribable. 

Current favorite quote



Current wish list item. - Black booties for fall and a ton of books. 

Current movie - Fack ju Göhte. There aren't many German movies I like but a friend recommended this to me and I have not laughed that much in a long time. 

Current magazine - Kochen ohne Knochen, a German magazine full of articles about animal rights and vegan recipes. 




Current item of clothing - My black, back-stichted faux leather jacket. Finally the weather to wear it again. And my Jill Milan bag which I love dearly. 

Current drink - Hot chocolate and tea. As I said, fall is coming. 

Current beauty product - MuLondon moisturisers. They are the best. 

Current shoes - warm, fuzzy house slippers because I hate having cold feet. And I am still in love with these beauties.

Current hate - I have read so many horrific animal abuse stories in the last couple of days and it makes me sick and sad and angry. 

Current item to make my home prettier - This is just fantastic. 



Current workout routine - Still trying to do my Jillian Michaels workout three times a week. Only did it twice so far which means that I have to force myself to do something today. On a Sunday. 

Current worry - Tiffie has some problems with his skin/fur right now. He got a shot and I am treating him with balm twice a day so I hope it will be better soon. He does not seem to mind, he is eating and playing like usual. 

How was your week? 




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Party never, organic cola and my cat population friends. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all doing great and enjoying your week. You can link up with my friend Alyssa here.



1. I enjoy watching the SciShow which covers topics such as "How do animals re-grow limbs (and why can't we?)?", "How do we measure the distance of stars?", "What happens after you flush?", "Inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone", "The science of chocolate" and "What we do with dead bodies". 

2. Roo'Bars taste pretty fantastic. That cola was good as well. 100% organic. Sometimes I really need my sugar.



3. Did you watch ER? If so, which ones was your favorite and least favorite character? I am totally in the mood to re-watch this show. The "problem" is that there are 15 seasons and I won't be able to watch those anytime soon.

4. Saw this on Instagram and it made me laugh. 


5. I need to do some fall shopping. I need some new black booties, that's for sure. Also a beanie and a warm sweater would be nice. 

6. That's me. Surrounded by books. 


7. I discovered a fantastic company called "Animal Hearted" and I feel like I need one of their shirts. You need to show your support for great companies and a great cause. 25% of the proceeds will go directly to fund a no kill animal shelter. 


(Not just the cat population...)

8. My current food addiction is anything sweet. It's pretty bad. 

9. Last week was Jerry's 11th birthday! I love her!



10. Why do cats usually like the box better than the gift that was in the box?


Have a fantastic rest of the week! Thanks for reading!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Don't worry be happy.

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here is a list of things that have the potential to make me happy. I try not to worry to much and concentrate on the positive things in life. 



- having animals around
- reading a book
- nature
- vegan cookie dough ice cream
- my family & friends
- making David laugh
- when my pets want to cuddle with me
- when my bunnies yawn
- being in a book store
- going to flea markets
- beautiful plants
- reading a magazine
- learning something new
- getting mail (good one)
- all the wonderful friends I made online
- salt & vinegar chips
- drawing
- painting
- re-decorating
- looking at all my books
- helping animals
- being vegan
- knowing that I can count on my friends
- vanilla pudding
- tea
- helping others
- going (window) shopping
- finding vegan products
- cooking
- pursue my dreams
- making others smile
- traveling
- candles
- sleeping
- a movie night
- a sunny fall day
- hot chocolate
- peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
- feeling appreciated
- fall colors
- having warm feet
- animals
- watching old ER episodes
- laughing
-baking
- being in relatively good health
- when my loved ones are happy and healthy
- having a big pile of books to read
- when I can stay warm
- hot water bottles
- chocolate
- warm blankets
- music
- museums
- libraries and book stores
- looking at old pictures
- seeing animals
- trees
- being creative



This is clearly not the end of the list so I might have to add some things to it. But those are definitely some of the things that brighten up my day.

What makes you happy? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A batcat, a cat pretzel and the three meowskeeters. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

and happy Tuesday! You can link up for Ten On Tuesday with my friend Alyssa here!


1. I am having a really annoying headache for days and I don't know why. I am definitely drinking enough so that can't be the reason.

2. I feel bad for this little dude. He seems brave and determined though. And so adorable! Must love penguins. I am glad his mama comes over to check on him. 

3. Bat cat. 



4. Last weekend I was invited to a birthday party. I was the only vegan there so I offered to bring some vegan food which the host refused. More than once. So when I got there I was surprised to see that there were lots vegan options for me - I even got a "cheese" plate. I felt a little bad that they made such an effort for me but on the other hand it was really really nice and I felt so thankful. It must have been a lot of extra work. I usually bring something to eat when I am invited somewhere. 

5. A goat who relaxes is a hammock - which she build all by herself!

6. My cats have mastered all of them. 


7. I bought some chocolate cookie dough ice cream made of oats last week and my only complain is that there could be a lot more cookie dough for my taste. I love cookie dough. By the way, the best part of baking a cake is to eat the remaining dough out of the bowl. 

8. I need a beanie for fall. Even tough I always feel like I look like an idiot wearing them. But I prefer having warm ears so I do not care that much. The best option would be to knit one myself but I still need to finish the scarf I started knitting last year. Fail. 

9. Are there any new shows starting this fall which you are excited to check out? I don't know about new shows yet but I am definitely excited for more Chicago Fire. 

10. Crazy cat lady. 



Have a fantastic rest of the week! Thank you so much for reading!




Sunday, August 31, 2014

55 questions about books - part II.

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here's part 2 of the questions about books. You can find them on my friend Em's blog. She writes the best books reviews.



28. Favourite reading snack?

I don't really have a favorite reading snack because that depends on my mood but I do have snacks I love: salt and vinegar chips, pretzels, banana chips, chocolate, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.


I don't think that hype ever ruined a reading experience. I mean, I can decide on my own if I like a book or not. 

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?


That depends on the critic. If the critic has a similar taste then I often agree. Obviously. 

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

Well, I am not a book blogger but I think I should really start to write some book reviews. I think I would always say my true opinion when I do not like a book but I would not "trash" it just because it is not my taste. Okay, some books are really poorly written (50 shades of grey, at least the first couple of pages I have read)...

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, Hindi, Arabic...There are so many languages I would love to be able to speak. 

33. Most intimidating book you have read?

The Stranger and The Plague by Camus I guess. 



34. Most intimidating book you are too nervous to begin?

I always wanted to read Ulysses but never started it. I am not really nervous about it but kind of hesitant to start. 

35. Favorite poet?

Edgar Allen Poe. 

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

Currently, I do not use the library. But I always came back with way too many books in the past. 

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

A couple of times. I often went crazy in the library and checked out more books than I could read. 

38. Favourite fictional character?

Adrian Mole. He is hilarious. Hedwig. Dumbledore. Carl Mørck and Assad from the Adler-Olsen books. Nick Twisp. 

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Lord Voldemort. Patrick Bateman. Hannibal Lecter. 



41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

I don't think I have gone a long time without reading. I usually read every single day. So since I learned how to read maybe a day or so when I was terribly busy. But even then I try to read at least a couple of pages before I fall asleep. I am always in the mood for reading, that's for sure. 

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

One Day by David Nicholls. I started this book a couple of times but always had to stop at some point because it annoyed me. I like the idea of the book but I don't really like the book itself. I tried to watch the movie a while ago but did not like it either. 

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?



Nothing really I would say. Well, maybe the pets. When they are hungry then I have to stop to feed them. But you can pet a cat while you read so giving them attention in that way does not distract you very much. 

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

Harry Potter. The Silence of the Lambs. American Psycho. Bridget Jones' diary. Forrest Gump. Brokeback Mountain. Trainspotting. The Graduate. The Lord Of The Rings. 

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Youth in Revolt (Nick Twisp diaries). 

46. The most money you have ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

225 euros (295 dollars). But that was for textbooks. I think for all other books it was probably 100 euros (130 dollars).

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

I would never ever show such a weakness. 



48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

When it bores me to death. 

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?

Yes, I would love to have my own library which I would keep well organized. Right now my books are not very organized, they are at different locations in different bookshelves and even boxes. I hope that will change soon. 

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Keep them. I do not give books away. 



51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Not really avoiding but I only read the books I am interested in so I avoid the books that I know I would not enjoy. 

52. Name a book that made you angry.

A statistics textbook I guess. 

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

1984.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

One Day by David Nicholls.

55. Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?

I never feel any guilt when I read. But to give an answer: I do not feel guilty about re-reading the Harry Potter books a million times. Or the Adrian Mole diaries. 


Thank you for reading! I would love to see your answers! 
Have a happy Sunday!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The one with the food and book addictions. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

you can link up for Ten On Tuesday with my friend Alyssa here.


1. You can watch Noddy's (an orang-utan) first day at forest school here (and see lots of other rescued orang-utans). 

2. My favorite smoothie consists of a banana, a nectarine, orange juice, cinnamon, a pear and vanilla almond milk. 

3. I feel like I need to re-watch ER and Breaking Bad at some point. 


4. My current food addictions are Müsli with nuts, chocolate peanut butter, watermelon and vanilla pudding. I don't know why but I always get obsessed with different kinds of foods and then I want to eat nothing else for a couple of weeks. 

5. This is my friend Moritz, the mini horse. He loves to eat carrots and apples. I often go and visit him and his friend Helena when I go out for a walk. Spending time with animals always makes me happy. 


6. I am still doing my workouts, 5-6 times a week. I originally planned to do them only 3 times a week but it is kind of addictive. Never thought that would happen. Today I did one called "6 week six pack" and it's a pretty mean one. I would not want to do it every single day. 

7. Must love books. 


8. Tiger loves to sleep. And always looks cute. Animals always make me happy. I am so thankful to have my cats and bunnies in my life. I am hoping to be able to adopt more animals as soon as possible. 



9. Before I start to read I make sure to have enough food and drinks around so that I do not have to get up and get interrupted. 


10. Sad but true. Meat, milk, eggs....



Thank you for reading! Have a good rest of the week!







Sunday, August 24, 2014

55 questions about books - part I.

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I found these questions on my friend Em's blog and I had to answer them...because I love talking about books. 

1. Favourite childhood book.

"Das alte Haus", a book full of stories about an old lady and all her animal, the potato king etc. My mom always read it to me. Also detective stories like "Die drei Fragezeichen" and "TKKG". I was that kind of child who read under her blanket with a flashlight at night.




2. What are you reading right now?

Several crime novels by Ake Edwardson, Max Bentow and Karin Slaughter. Also a book about sewing because I want to learn how to. 

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

None. I have to admit that I rarely go to the library. I am a book hoarder and need shelves full of them. They make me happy. 




4. Bad book habit?

I don't know if this is a bad habit but as you can read in the previous question, I love to collect books which is why I can never resist buying them (I do buy lots of books at the flea market though) so I just keep adding more and more books and I can never say goodbye to them (it would hurt to much to give them away). 

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? 

None. See question #3. 




6. Do you have an e-reader?  

Yes, I read a lot of books on my Kindle Fire and my iPad mini. They are perfect for traveling because I can take hundreds of books with me. 




7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? 

Several at once. 100%. I never just read one book at a time. 




8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 

Well, I guess this question is meant for book bloggers and I am not one although I should maybe start to write some book reviews. But to answer the question, no I still love crime novels as much as before but I guess I am getting more book recommendations now. 

9. Least favourite book you read this year so far?

It's not a new book but I forced myself to re-read "One Day" by David Nicholls to see if I like it this time but I just don't. I also started to watch the movie but had to stop after half an hour. I don't know what it is but this book just isn't my friend. 
10. Favourite book you've read this year? 



I started to read the crime novels by Max Bentow and really loved them. My first German crime novels to be precise. But yeah, I love so many books!

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? 

When people recommend books to me or when I get a book as a gift which I would not buy for myself. 

12. What is your reading comfort zone? 

Crime novels. 

13. Can you read in the car? 

Not always. Sometimes I get really sick. I prefer trains and planes. 

14. Favourite place to read?

My couch. At least until I have my own library with a fireplace, a cozy armchair and a globe bar. Where nobody interrupts me.




15. What is your policy on book lending? 



16. Do you ever dog-ear books? Break the spines?



17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? 

No. way. 

18. Not even textbooks?

That's different. I write in textbooks all the time. They are meant to be written in. I also use different colored highlighters and post its. 

19. What is your favourite language to read in? 

I love reading Scandinavian crime novels in German but otherwise I read a lot of books in English. Scandinavian crime sounds better in German. 

20. What makes you love a book?

A good story line and characters I either love or hate. And of course a good writing style. And lots of blood and murders.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

I recommend books all the time because I want other to love these books as much as I do. 



22. Favourite genre?

Crime. Fiction but also non-fiction. I know it sounds like I only read crime novels but that's not the case, I swear. Just a lot. 

23. Genre you rarely read but wish you did?



24. Favourite Biography?

I rarely read biographies. But maybe I should. Any recommendations? 


25. Have you ever read a self-help book? 


I don't need any help. 

26. Favourite Cookbook?

Right now, "Isa does it". I think it is very exciting that you can find more and more vegan cook books out there now. 



27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Well, I mostly read crime novels and since I am not a psychopath I am not very inspired to commit a murder by them. But all books are kind of inspiring. The book about sewing inspires my to sew. My cooking books inspire me to try new recipes. My books about traveling make me want to discover new places....sorry I cannot come up with a fantastic answer to this question. But stay tuned for part II. 


Thanks for reading, I hope you don't want to punch me because of the gif-overload. Have a happy Sunday!