Hannah Peel -Sunrise Through The Dusty Nebula.

Hi. 🙂

Today’s piece is instrumental, and quite long, so you can immerse fully in it. It’s beautiful. And Hannah Peel is an Irish singer and composer. This track comes from her last album “Awake But Always Dreaming”.

Liebster Award.

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Carol Anne at

Therapy Bits.

Thank you so much, Carol Anne, it means really a lot to me and it is hugely appreciated. 🙂

The rules are to answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you, post on your blog, nominate seven more and make up 11 new questions for them to answer.

Questions from Carol Anne:

1 who made you smile lately?
Zofijka, we always laugh from the silliest things. Even just her laugh makes me laugh.

2 what types of videos do you like to watch on youtube?
I watch a lot of videos about languages and language learning, Youtube is an important resource for me in learning languages. Also I watch Youtube channels about names, above all Tulip By Any Name, but also others. Sometimes I watch some Youtubers vlogging about their mental illness, I try to regularly watch bloggers I follow if they have their channels, also I listen to a lot of music on Youtube. And lots of videos in my target languages, about anything. Sometimes I may also watch good quality ASMR videos if I feel like it, but it’s rather rarely nowadays, I know my ASMR triggers myself well enough to be able to surround myself with the pleasant and relaxing sounds that just work for me, and ASMR videos most often don’t work, even though I definitely do have ASMR.

3 Do you like quotes?

I do. Particularly from my favourite books. I also like learning about proverbs in other languages or remember quotes to make my vocabulary wider.

4 Spring or summer and why?
Nowadays, rather spring. I hate too much heat and don’t tolerate it too well. For years I loved summer because it meant holidays so that I’d be at home, but now I don’t have to care about it.

5 What were you hoping for when you started your blog?
To find like-minded people, maybe some friends, get an outlet for my feelings and thoughts, have some support network, share my passions with others and maybe infect someone with any, challenge my English skills and develop them, and maybe other languages in future.

6 Hot or cold drinks and why?
Depends on the weather, I guess. Right now only cold. Icy!

7 Bath or shower and why?
I prefer taking baths, but my skin definitely prefers quick showers.

8 If you had a wish any wish what would it be?
Uh, very very tricky. Hm, maybe for my best friend to get back in touch with me? Maybe sounds a bit selfish, so at least I’d like to know why is he so silent for months now, no matter how serious or ridiculous the reason is, I much prefer to know it even if it’s terrible than to not know anything and not hear from him at all for months. and I wish I could do something about it and change things, whatever went wrong.

9 Kids or animals? Who are your favourite?
Misha. 😀

10 What are the qualities you like in a friend?
Similar sense of humour, intelligence, some similar interests, rather introversion than extraversion, creativity, good listening skills, sensitivity, loyalty.

11 What is the worst thing about your depression?

I guess the worst is when my energy is so low I can’t do just anything and it’s hard to even pretend you’re OK. I also hate it when I get overwhelmed by feelings and that expressing them is always so tricky for me.

My nominees:

Alice at That Girl Called Alice

Jess at RubiksCat

Kat at From The Wings

Sunshine For Your Sorrow

Depressed Mermaids

Take A Ride On My Mood Swing

Michelle at

Bella’s Babbles

Rosie at

Rosie Blogs

Samantha at

My Bipolar Mind

Lauren at

A Gentlewoman And A Scholar

Lydia at

On The Borderline

Questions for my nominees:

1. What is one quirk about you that you particularly like?

2. Were you popular at school?

3. Do you have any tattoos?

4. What would be the title of your autobiography?

5. How would you describe your childhood in three adjectives?

6. What is your favourite vegetable and what dish do you like with it the most?

7. What one thing would you change about your past if you could?

8. What is your all time favourite book?

9. What/who is your biggest inspiration?

10. Do you think you’re likeable? Why, or why not?

11. What is your favourite post on your blog?

Remember you’re not obliged to do an award post yourself, it’s just to let you know I appreciate you and your writing.

Thanks once again, Carol Anne. 🙂

 

Which ones do you prefer?

OK so traditionally, because I am slightly bored, I am doing another, fourth I guess, round of this or that with girl names. As always, I’m curious what your favourites are, so do let me know, and you can find my answers at the bottom of the post. Keep yours as much or little detailed as you wish.

Amanda or Miranda?

Aoife orAthena?

Billie or Bernadine?

Christel or Mellissa?

Dolores or Daphne?

Emma or Emilie?

Georgia or Grace?

Gina or Bettina?

Greta or Gerda?

Haf or Hali?

Hanna or Hana?

Ida or Ingrid?

Isabella or Daniela?

Jennifer or Jessica?

Joan or Nan?

Judith or Jean?

Kajsa or Keshala?

Karen or Kandace?

Megan or Moira?

Ruth or Rita?

Róisin or Ronit?

Sophie or Sabine?

Sunny or Susannah?

Ylva or Yuta?

My choices:

Amanda or Miranda?

Pretty much the same feel for me, both are nice but nothing I would really really love, but Miranda is a computer programme, so I’d rather pick Amanda, because there was a time when I used Miranda all the time and that’s my main association, or the drink Mirinda, which I don’t like.

Aoife orAthena?

Aoife definitely.

Billie or Bernadine?

I like Billie a lot. It’s nicely tomboyish and cheekily girly at the same time.

Christel or Mellissa?

Hm, that extra L in Mellissa makes me think… Because I love both Christel and Melissa, but Mellissa with two L’s, looks a bit like a typo for me, or anyway I don’t really think that second L makes it more elegant, it looks unnecessary. I often like double L’s in names, but not in this case. So just because of that, Christel is my choice. Otherwise I’d have much harder time deciding haha.

Dolores or Daphne?

I think DOlores, despite its sorrowful meaning and the fact that in Poland it’s almost only borne by nuns.

Emma or Emilie?

Emilie. I was once quite a fan of Emma, and I still kinda like it, and would like seeing it more popular over here, but I’ve got a bit sick of it via American name communities, it’s soo popular, and in many other countries too. And Emilie has some gothic charm thanks to EMilie Autumn that I absolutely love.

Georgia or Grace?

Grace.

Gina or Bettina?

Neutral about both, but, um, Gina is a nickname for so many names I like, so yeah, Gina.

Greta or Gerda?

You’d think it’s such a little difference, almost the same sounds make these names, they sound both rather harsh and very Nordic. But I generally dislike Greta, and at the same time I find Gerda really lovely. It has its strength, but also melody, which Greta lacks.

Haf or Hali?

Haf. Haf may look odd and a bit too short for my tastes, but I like it because it means summer in Welsh, and makes for a great, Celtic-themed middle name. And Hali doesn’t say anything to me. I just don’t know anyone with this name, haven’t heard much about it, it’s quite new to me.

Hanna or Hana?

Hanna seems more complete.

Ida or Ingrid?

I like both for the Nordic feel and great feminine strength, but I’ll be loyal to my favourite writer, Małgorzata Musierowicz – one of the characters in her series “Jeżycjada” bears the name Ida, and thanks to her, this name is full of personality and vibrance to me. Isabella or Daniela?

Love both, but Isabella more.

Jennifer or Jessica?

Hm, quite the same feel… Jennifer, for its Arthurian roots.

Joan or Nan?

Again, they feel pretty similar to me. Maybe Nan? I guess Nan is more dynamic.

Judith or Jean?

Jean. I rather dislike Jean because it doesn’t have much of its own character for me, but I dislike Judith even more.

Kajsa or Keshala?

Kajsa. So Swedish.

Karen or Kandace?

I think Karen, but neither is my style.

Megan or Moira?

Both so delightfully Celtic… I guess Megan. I suppose it’s the only form of my legal name I truly like.

Ruth or Rita?

Ruth, sounds vintage.

Róisin or Ronit?

Róisin, Ronit is completely new to me and it says nothing to me.

Sophie or Sabine?

Sophie Sophie I love Sophie.

Sunny or Susannah?

Susannah, Sunny looks more like a nickname than an actual name, I feel like it’s a bit too childish.

Ylva or Yuta?

Ylva. Not my favourite of Scandinavian names, but in this set it’s the nicer sounding name for me.

Question of the day.

Do you use any e-reader? If so, what was the last physical book you read?

My answer:

Of course, I do use e-readers. On a daily basis, I use my PlexTalk, also, because I like to read on my own, in Braille, I often read books on my Braille-Sense, which is a Braille notetaker with a Braille display, and among other things you can use it as a reading device. I feel like I absorb and learn more if I can read something by myself, rather than listen to it, so if I have the choice, I use my BrailleSense, though PlexTalk is much more comfortable option like in bed or while travelling or something. My Braille-Sense is quite portable but because it’s now over 10 years old, the battery is pretty much screwed up and I can’t get a new one at the moment so I have to have it on the charger actually all the time nowadays. But when I read books in other languages, if they’re not audiobooks, I almost always do it by myself. Also sometimes I happen to read books on my laptop but it’s rather rarely nowadays.

The last physical book, hm, as much as I love physical books in theory, it’s rather tough in practice to read physical books in Braille regularly. They’re way larger than normal, way more expensive, and generally not the most handy on the Earth. They’re very limited, you can’t get just whatever you want in Braille, I mean sure, you can order it in some printing house or something, I was once forced to do so, or my Mum was, and the costs were a pure nightmare. So if you were blind and wanted to only read physical books, I guess you wouldn’t read a lot since in most cases you should be rather prepared that the book you are looking for isn’t available anywhere. I theoretically am subscribed to our Polish sort of main Braille library, but since there are so many comfier, cheaper and useful alternatives I don’t see much of a point in doing so, unless I really wouldn’t have any way of reading anything on my own, then I would probably read at least some physical Braille books just to not become a secondary illiterate, as it’s not quite a tempting perspective for me. In the past, when I didn’t have as many reading devices, it was a regular thing in our family life that we were getting HUGE bags with books in mail from that library, there was always a lot of hassle around it, they were heavy, my Mum had to go back and forth to the post office quite often, often even was shipping the books forward to my school so that I could read them as I wasn’t at home most of the time, but I’ve always been a bookworm so there was no other way. 😀

What I borrowed from the Braille library for the last time, were tables with mathematic formulas that I needed to prepare to my finals, and, quite obviously, if you know me well enough, I’ve never thought about reading it whole like a book, there are so many more interesting and important things to do in life, right? 😀 I just got what I needed from it and that was all. So, hm, do I actually remember what was the last physical, actual book I’ve read? I guess nope. Had to be like four years ago, if not more, because even already in my last years at the school for the blind I was reading very few physical books other than textbooks or compulsory readings or such. Wow, I didn’t even realise it before. 😀

How about you? And which way do you prefer to read? 🙂

Question of the day.

And the actual question for today is also related to books:

Do you think you would be happy working in a bookshop, or being a librarian?

My answer:

Hm, I certainly do like reading, even if I am picky with books in a sense, and I guess it could be a nice job, although nothing I’ve ever dreamt about. Other than that, it’s a bit hard for me to imagine myself working in a bookshop or library because I am blind, unless it would be really adjusted, or I’d work in a library for the blind, the latter would be doable theoretically, i guess. But, usually, libraries for the blind are a part of schools for the blind, at least here, apart from one main library, and schools for the blind is definitely not an environment I would like to have close connections with them, I already puke with them all. So no, I think it’s not the best option for me. Or even if I’d have quite good conditions at such a work place and would like it, I don’t think I would be so professionally fulfilled that we could talk about happiness in this case.

How about you? 🙂