Question of the day.

What’s your favourite comfort viewing and what would you chose to snack on and sip whilst watching?

My answer:

Well, I don’t really have a lot of comfort viewings. I could say “Rännstensungar”, (“Guttersnipes”), that film with Vreeswijk, or any other film with Vreeswijk playing even in one scene, as we’re at it, 😀 but I mentioned it so many times it’s boring even for me hahahaha. I mean saying this, not the film. 😀 I So other than that I like to watch some British films or series or shows on BBC, which I usually, well, always, do with my Mum, we watch stuff like “Happy Valley” for example, or some programmes about houses or interior design made in Britain. Also for linguistic purposes sometimes I like to watch some Welsh series on S4C, but it’s not much lately. Oh well I guess I’ve talked about all of this before too! 😓 I’m definitely not a movie expert or binge watcher though haha. OK, another thing I like to watch is any not too boring movie in some rarely heard language, be it Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Flemish or Estonian, not necessarily one of my most favourites, but of course films in my favourite languages are always great. And snacks? Some salty or spicy things. Like crisps, peanuts, pistachios, nachos, krackers, sometimes popcorn. In the past I often had a drink, like whisky, or whisky with Pepsi, or hot tea with lemon, honey and a tiny little bit of whisky at winter, particularly at times when we didn’t have the heating in our old house hahaha, but nowadays it’s not my routine while watching or anything, but I like to drink Pepsi or orange juice if there is any, particularly if it’s my Mum’s home made orange juice.

You? 🙂

Question of the day.

What do you hope for in the next few months?

My answer:

The first thing that comes to my mind is for Misha to settle down, I mean I’d like him to feel comfortable now that Sasha is with us. He is getting better and better, but I can still feel he’s very insecure at times.

I also hope that I’ll be able to catch up quickly on all that time I was not able to ride. By the way, haven’t updated you guys on that, I’m going to the stud tomorrow and ride for half an hour. Usually it’s a full hour, but this time, because I’m still having this yucky skin infection, it’s gonna be half an hour, I don’t want to irritate it more, but I also don’t want to wait God knows how much longer until it heals. Oh yes and I hope my leg heals quickly, not for months as always.

I hope for doing some more visible progress in therapy. I can see that at this point there is something going on but so far it’s very small progress and I hope that with time I’ll go a bit further. And I hope I’ll get funding for all the tech stuff I need, or at least for a new Braille-Sense, my old one, as you may remember, is Zofijka’s age, so quite a senior as for a tech device, and is driving me crazy more and more with each day. So I also hope that in case I won’t get the funding, I’ll have the patience to get me through it all.

What are your hopes? 🙂

Question of the day (2nd October).

A Song/Book/Movie/Cocktail/Food/Activity/Item of clothing/Colour/Country. Chose four to give us a better idea of who you really are.

My answer:

Song – “Evacuee” by Enya.

Book – “Emily Of New Moon” by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Movie – “Rännstensungar” (Guttersnipes).

Food – anything spicy, but please, spicy, not sour or sweet and just imitating real spicy food.

You? 🙂

Question of the day (1st October).

Let’s assume I’m popping to yours next evening, so what have you got planned?

My answer:

Well if any of you guys were going to visit me next evening, I’d definitely feel more comfortable if you’d let me know a bit earlier. If so, I could prepare some yummy food with my Mum. I’d ask my Dad to smoke some meat for ya, we’d have homemade bread and my Mum’s great fruit crumble, we have still so much fruit. I’d ask Mum to make some delicious dinner, maybe something particularly Polish like pierogi or something like this. We’d have some snacks too. I’dintroduce you to Misha and Sasha, although please don’t expect too interest from Misha, he’s got too many surprises recently and may not seem overly enthusiastic. I’d show you around our house and backyard, we’d talk about whatever we’d like to talk about, and do other things you’d like to do, I’m sure we’d come up with something else when you’d be already here.

You?

Question of the day (30th September).

What are you most likely to win?

My answer:

Scrabble, well at least when I’m playing with my family. I’m not a scrabble master or anything like this definitely but when I play with them I am usually much better than them, even than my Mum who likes word games, only my grandad is a hard opponent to me, and I like to play with him the most. Probably that I usually win is why other people than my grandad aren’t particularly winning to play with me. I’m also likely to win any sort of word games, ones that aren’t graphic. Like when we – my Mum, Zofijka and me – are bored, like waiting for something, it is our go to activity to play anagrams meanwhile, and I usually come up with the biggest amount of words. 😀 Yeah I know I’m very MODEST, but, what can I do, that’s how it looks! And if you’re wondering, yes, there is scrabble for the blind, and I have it. It IS like normal scrabble but with both Braille and normal letters on it. I haven’t played it for ages now, but I used to quite a lot years ago.

Also, if anyone in Poland would ever organise a competition for only Polish people which would be about pronouncing the Welsh place name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, I think I’d have quite a high chance of becoming a winner, ’cause nowadays it isn’t a big challenge for me pronounciation wise, though I haven’t memorised the entire name and if I would need to be sure I didn’t forgot any part of it I’d have to read it, so if there’s someone in Poland who has memorised it, they’d win I guess. But I think it’s highly unlikely. Though I wouldn’t be disappointed if I wouldn’t be a winner, it would be cool to meet someone who is better than me and is also Polish.

How about you? 🙂

Question of the day (28th September).

When was the last time you had to follow instructions?

My answer:

Today, from my Mum, when I was learning to clean our little kids’ new litterbox. It’s the kind I can clean, when you shake it the poo is separated from the sand so you can take it out easily.

How about you?

Question of the day.

So this week is the week in which you…?

My answer:

…feel a bit better than last week. Have a lot of changes to get used to. Have my laptop back and am catching up on things and getting used to all the new things in it. Am getting to know my new cat Sasha and still worrying about Misha. Thinking hypothetically about a new name for Sasha because Zofijka now says she doesn’t like Sasha, and although I think the names match well together, I also am not sure now if Sasha is actually a good choice. We’d like a Russian name, although Zofijka comes up with loads of very common-sounding names like Lucky, Rocky, Happy, Ozzy. Ozzy’s good, but, uh… Ozzy Osbourne… I have mixed feelings. And it certainly doesn’t match Misha at all. Misha and Ozzy… Meh. We thought about Dima, Mitya, Pyetya, Nikita, ugh, no, it doesn’t fit him at all. My Dad suggested Grisha, but it’s way too matchy, he even suggested Putin, but, oh well, do I have to comment? 😀 So we just don’t know, I silently hope he stays Sasha, even though I’m doubtful myself if it’s the right decision. Am looking forward to horse riding, but still don’t know when that happens exactly.

How about your week? 🙂

Question of the day (26th September).

What do you turn to for relief when things are tough?

My answer:

Depends, but most often I try to write to let things out, either in my diary or on the blog, or some short stories or other more creative writing. Music also helps me greatly. I often cuddle with Misha, if he’s in the mood as well. I distract doing stuff online. I read. When the “tough thing” is anxiety, I take my extra meds, or sometimes I drink whisky. Sometimes I turn to some yummy food. Sometimes I go for a walk with my Mum to the forest or somewhere where there aren’t many people walking. Horse riding gives me a lot of relief though it’s not available whenever I want and I haven’t done it in a while. I sleep. When I’m not too overwhelmed I learn my languages in any way, even just listen to them and it kinda comforts me. Sometimes I cut or self harm in any other way. I pray, or try to, it isn’t always easy when you feel mentally unwell or have a lot going on in your mind. I play with Zofijka at times. I dream… and so on and so forth. I guess the strategy depends on the circumstances.

How about you? 🙂

Question of the day.

Hi guys. 🙂

Here’s the last question from our little series about various people we know, and it’s inspired by the thread on Behind The Name message board. It’s to do strictly with names, and I realise not everyone has their own list of favourite names, the more other people to talk with them about it, but still I don’t think that the topic of names isn’t so very uncommon even for those who aren’t name geeks, so I decided to ask this question. So here it is, and my answer to it.

Have you ever known anyone who hates your very favourite names?

My answer:

Yeah, my Mum. I don’t know why actually, because pretty often we seem to have a bit similar styles in many things, but definitely not in names. We both like traditional names, but I also like some very original names and a lot of names from other cultures, and even the traditional Polish names which we like or some vintage ones are different in their feel. Sheesh, she even hates the name Jacek, despite it’s her husband’s name. I don’t think I could live for 20-ish years with someone whose name I’d hate. He’d have to be really really perfect in all other regards. And by the way, I think if I’d have a husband, and wanted to have kids, I’d also have to look for someone with the exact same taste with names as mine, or not colliding too much with mine haha. I can be a very conciliatory person usually, but I just can’t imagine naming my child a name I really dislike – even for a middle name – just because my husband likes it, and so many mums I know seem to do it. My Mum says my name tastes are to quirky and sophisticated for her. Whereas I can agree for sophisticated somewhat, because I like a lot of quite classy names, particularly for girls, but for boys too, I don’t think my tastes in names are really very quirky. Like I am quirky, and many things I like are quirky, but not necessarily names, I don’t like too much originality with them. Just a bit is OK. Also there are lots of name lovers I know, and I know quite a few whose tastes seem to be definitely different than mine.

How about you?


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone whose house has caught fire?

My answer:

My Polish teacher at the integration school where I was for two years in primary. She had terrible scars after that and I remember she once told me that since then she’s deadly afraid of anything to do with fire. Also at the time when I was in the primary school the boarding part for girls of the school for the blind where I was going to has caught fire. I also know about my Dad’s friend to whom it happened, but I don’t know him personally.

How about you? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who has written something that was published? My answer:
Yes, quite a lot of people actually. One of my Polish blind friends is regularly publishing short stories, well I haven’t had any contact with her in a while but she was at the time we were talking regularly. I had a chance to meet my favourite writer, Małgorzata Musierowicz, and talk to her, and I was in her house, and we hugged, so I guess I can say I know her somewhat. I know some people I was going to school with ended up as writers and I knew them to a varying degree. And one of my school tutors was one of the authors of a few specialised books on typhlopedagogy as far as I know.


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Question of the day.

Hi guys. 🙂

Here’s today’s question for us all. 🙂

Have you ever known anyone who has hunted for their own food?

My answer:

Yes, one of my uncles, who is a farmer, does it. As far as I know, hunting is his greatest passion.

How about you? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Hi people. 🙂

Here’s another question for you in this little series about people we know.

Have you ever known anyone who had a birthmark in a place people could see?

My answer:

My Mum has quite a big mole on her decolletage so it maybe isn’t visible all the time but when it’s summer so you’re not completely covered up in clothes it is visible, but it’s not like particularly gross or anything or at least she doesn’t make a lot of fuss around it or isn’t uncomfortable with it so I don’t think it makes any difference for her. I have a lot of small moles all over my face, I guess it’s because my skin is like very light, which aren’t very nasty but I don’t really like it, and as far as I know my uncle on Mum’s side, who is also actually my Mum’s uncle so I don’t know whether that’s still called uncle in English, or some sort of grand uncle or whatever, anyway Olek, who is always making fun of people and seeing some embarrassing details about them, he says that that uncle has like an extremely visible and unappealing birthmark next to his lip. Well I don’t know if that’s true that it is really so so bad, but it definitely doesn’t sound cool. I also believe some people on my Dad’s side have some freckles or stuff as they are Kashubians with German descent and some even say Nordic however I don’t know where they got it from, anyway they’re still generally rather light-skinned.

How about you? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who ran a marathon, or runs marathons?

My answer:

I don’t know him very well, just passed him a few times i the past and heard this and that, but my classmate’s dad was running marathons. He, my classmate, was very proud of him in this regard and often talked about it.

How about you? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who named their child after a living relative?

My answer:

Plenty of people. I have two cousins who got their middle names after their grandmas, my another cousin has both his names after his grandads, my other cousin’s middle name is also after his grandads, who bear the same name, and my another cousin’s first name is also after our grandad. My another cousin on Dad’s side is named after one of his uncles. One of my aunts is named after her grandmother, who was living at the time she was born. Not to mention all those in my family who have their middle names after their parents’ first names, it’s a common thing in our region and so is with me and my siblings, my Dad’s middle name is also after his dad. And also lots of other people who aren’t my family, I guess most people call their children after someone from their family, which in my opinion is not always good.

How about you? Have those people you know got just the same name as their family member or is it a variation or something that honours them otherwise? Are you also named after any of your relatives? What do you think about doing so? Would you also name your child after a living relative? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who named their child after a historical figure?

My answer:

Honestly I don’t think so, or just no one comes to mind.

How about you?


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who dated, or was friends with someone famous?

My answer:

My school friend’s cousin dated a pretty famous Polish rapper. My another school friend’s dad is a friend of a guy who is a presenter in one of the local radio stations in our region, and he’s quite well known, the presenter I mean, not the girl’s dad. Also, as some of you may remember, I was writing for quite a while with one of my music crushes – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – sadly we don’t write to each other any longer, but I have lots of great memories from that time and I loved it, I think he liked me and it turned out we had quite a lot in common regarding our likes/dislikes. It was a very spontaneous thing to do for me to write to him, but I never regreted it and I think of Gwil as my friend, because our conversations were always rather friendly. I don’t know whether you’d classify him as famous, but he is somewhat famous in Wales, so I guess that may count. I’ve been thinking on writing some longer post on that since a long time already, but I’m still hesitating for many reasons.

How about you? 🙂


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Question of the day.

Have you ever known anyone who has been on any kind of reality TV show/competition?

My answer:

Yes. The school for the blind where I was going to was pretty much set on music, there was a music school and even many of those students who didn’t have any particular talent for music were attending it, to a point that it felt more than a bit like pressuring for many, not only those without a talent. But there also were lots of people who thanks to this discovered their passion for music, usually singing but often also playing different instruments and many people were participating in different kind of competitions, also sometimes TV competitions. Some of them I knew better, some just a little bit – the school was generally pretty small so people at least heard about each other. Other than reality shows and talent competitions, I had a friend who played in a series as a kid, and became quite known for this, and when I was in nursery – the same place where the school for the blind was practically – they were making a film about it which was once on the TV, and as I mentioned some time ago I was also in it, and a lot of other kids whom I know and with whom I went to schol later on.

How about you? 🙂


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