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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Favorites

Here's what I loved in February!


Listening

Today's Top Hits on Spotify

Reading

February Favorites - Kate the (Almost) Great



Wearing

February Favorites - Kate the (Almost) Great



Watching

February Favorites - Kate the (Almost) Great


This month, my cat and I have been watching a whole bunch because of my surgery and infusion. Why yes, you read that right, my cat watches with me. She sits on my lap facing the screen or on the headboard behind my bed and very clearly watches.

Flashpoint / Crossing Lines / America: The Story of Us / House of Cards

Past Favorites



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Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Travel By Train in Europe


Hi, Kate the Almost Great readers. I’m Olya, and I blog over at The Siberian American. I love writing about our travel adventures and our journey through medical school. Today, Kate asked me share some European travel tips.




For me, there is nothing better than being on a train in Europe, looking out at the beautiful countryside or reading a book while getting to my destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. When we traveled in Europe for the first time, we had quite a few mishaps. Here is what we learned:




Book early. 

Book train tickets at least three weeks in advance, especially if you are using a Eurail pass. If you are going to a popular destination like Prague or Paris, book as soon as you can. We had friends who tried to book a night train from Cologne to Prague five days in advance, and they found out every night train was booked for the next two weeks. We always tried to book as soon as we decided on our destination.




Check platforms often. 

I will never forget the name Herzogenrath-August-Schmidt-Platz. Never heard of it? Neither had I. Trains can change platforms at the last minute. When we were traveling to Berlin with a big group, the regional train in Aachen arrived before our train to Berlin. We thought it was our train because it was at the correct platform and time so we took the train and ended up in Herzogenrath-August-Schmidt-Platz. We didn’t make it to Berlin until 2 a.m. Also, be aware that some trains will split off in the middle of the trip and head in different directions. Make sure to listen to announcements that tell you if you are in the right compartment, especially if you are in the food compartment.




Write down the number of the train leaving after yours. 

Trains are sometimes late, so you should look up and record the number of the next train to take in the case of a late train. For example, when our train from Frankfurt to Brussels ran 20 minutes late we missed our train from Brussels to Liege. However, we had written down the next train we could take, so we were able to get to the platform in time to hop on the next train to Liege.




Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spoonie Spotlight: Sarah

Happy Sunday and welcome to this week's Spoonie Spotlight. Today I'm featuring Sarah! Spoonie Spotlight is my way to use my platform to share the stories of others living with arthritis or an arthritis-related condition. The point is to share the realities of living with arthritis and to make others' voices heard. (New posts every 2 weeks.) If you would like to participate, fill out the form!

Spoonie Spotlight | Sarah


What's your diagnosis?

Fibromyalgia

When were you diagnosed?

2011

How long have you had symptoms?

Six years

Have you been limited in any way from your illness? If so, how?

My work and my social life have changed, and I struggle to do many jobs around the house.

What's your story?

I suffered from migraine and anxiety a lot as a child, but when I was 24 I started developing a myriad of physical pains all over my body. I had to quit my job after so much time off sick and was eventually diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

In 2012 I started my blog, A Life Less Physical, as a way of finding new hobbies and fun things to do that fit in with my heath and mobility issues. It keeps me positive and focused on the things I can do, rather than the things I can't.

Spoonie Spotlight | Sarah


How has your illness changed your life?

It was really tough at first. It's changed the type of work I do, the jobs I apply for and the energy I have for my life outside of work. It's also changed the kind of things I can do to socialise. No more long country walks...

What are your goals for the future? (Not related to your health)

To grow my blog and (hopefully) attract a wider audience. Although my blog was born from a health issue, it has become a lifestlye blog with recipes, fashion, hobbies and DIY.

My goal is to find my 'voice' in the bloggersphere and create a clear identity.

What are your goals for the future? (Health related)

To completely respect my condition and listen to my body, slowing down and enjoying a good rest instead of becoming frustrated by pains or lack of energy. (That's a big goal, right?!)

Also, to talk more openly about it and encourage people to understand what it means to have Fibromyalgia.

Do you consider yourself handicapped or disabled? Why or why not?

Aaagghh! The killer question! Depends what day you catch me but, no, not today. I am definitely less-abled or have restricted-mobility but on a good day I am not disabled. There's no consistency which makes the question so difficult!

What would you like readers to take from your experience?

I would love them to take something positive away. I do address the challenging side of things in my blog, but I am out and about doing what I can and I would hope to inspire one or two people to get out and try something new.

You've still got to live your life, it's just a life less physical! :)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Crime Show Deal

If you follow me on Twitter (psh of course you are - why wouldn't you?), you might know that I spend lot of time watching crime shows when I'm not feeling well. This has made me a bit of an expert on the different kinds of shows out there.

For pure crime and punishment, maybe or maybe not with a continuing storyline through the season:






Of course, we all know that SVU is the best. CSI: Miami is my personal favorite, though, even though I fully acknowledge that SVU is the better show. Be careful, though, because these shows can get pretty gruesome and/or feature absolutely horrible criminal acts. (Please note that Law&Order: Criminal Intent and CSI: NY are not included. Don't watch them. They're stupid.)

For crime and humor, where there is a heavy focus is on the crime-fighters' lives and you get to know and love them, and there is a higher chance of some sort of episode arc:



NCIS

NCIS is my all-time favorite, and Bones has been a love of mine for a while, but it's slowly being replaced in my favorites by Rizzoli & Isles. Castle is also awesome. NCIS: LA is good, but not incredible.

Which crime shows are your favorite?


None of these images are mine.
This post was originally published in July 2013.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Two Faced Eye Shadow Collection Giveaway

Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection Giveaway




Elizabeth & Luke - Something Saturdays
Alison - Simply A

For this month's giveaway, we're doing something a little bit difference: the winner will get to choose which eye shadow collection from Too Faced they receive! The choices are: Natural Eye, Cat Eyes, Boudoir Eyes, Country Nashville, and Rock n Roll.

Details:

- The giveaway goes from 2/23/15 12:01 AM - 3/1/14 11:59 PM.
- You must be in the USA to win.
- You must be over 18 to win.
- I always choose the winner through Rafflecopter within 48 hours. Sometimes I forget to announce the winner on the widget, but I always email the winner, so if you don't receive an email, you can assume that you did not win. (I will/do, of course, try to remember to announce the winner, I promise!)
- The winner must respond to that email within 48 hours. If they do not do that, I choose another winner, and they also have only 48


Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!