It’s done. With the end of April comes the end of the A to Z Challenge which means that I don’t have to wreck my brain anymore coming up with a post about the first word for the specific letter that came to my mind. So I thought I would dedicate my roundup for this year’s challenge to the letter Z. Zesty is what came to my mind.
It was fun. And just like a zesty fruit that leaves a certain note in your mouth this challenge has left me with some thoughts.
Yellow is such a wonderful happy color and I figured why not using it for the “Y” post (I’m only slightly behind here) of the A to Z Challenge. But it’s also one of my favorite songs by Coldplay. So I figured I combine the two and I hope you will enjoy the pictures and also the song.
I know, I know… first of all you’d write Cross-Fit and not use the X. But X is the letter of the day and hey, I’m just writing about the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. So I wonder if the X-Men gang is doing X-fit? I mean look at all those muscles and that’s what cross-fit is about, right? A fit and toned, muscular body. At least it seems so.
“Wanderlust Definition: A strong desire to travel.”
I love traveling and for my liking it’s almost been too long since we last boarded a flight. I do feel that strong desire to travel or the Wanderlust, if you want so. For me heading out there discovering the world always has something exciting and I love that we always had the philosophy that our kids should experience the world with us. What I thought would be a normal thing obviously is seen very differently by other people. I was surprised to learn that some people actually think it’s a waste of time and money to take your kids along your trips rather then seeing it as a fantastic chance to make memories and discover this planet together. Each to their own…
What I have also learned is that although it’s great to get out of your hood your area can provide you with as many adventures and sights to see as an overseas trip. Sometimes beautiful things are right outside of our door and we just have to head out and discover them too…
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Many years ago when I thought about starting blogging for the first time I had this vision. A vision of a successful blogger, typing away, changing lives, educating people, making a change in the world. I had this vision of this blogger who knew what he was writing about, never doubting that what he or she put out there would be right. I had this vision of a blogger who never struggled to come up with words or subjects to write about, filling page after page after page. And I had this vision of all those people reading every single post that was written, soaking it up as if it was the first rays of nice warm sunshine after a icy cold night.
Maybe it was my vision that kept me from starting my blog earlier.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre” and probably one of the must sees if you visit Australia.
Don’t you sometimes watch in awe when little kids do their first steps and on their wobbly feet march towards their parents to then fall into their open arms? They are so sure that they will be caught, that their parents will prevent them from getting hurt. They simply trust.
The stargazers are a family of perciform fish that have eyes on top of their heads (hence the name). The family includes about 51 species (one extinct) and are found worldwide in shallow and deep salt waters.
In addition to the top-mounted eyes, a stargazer also has a large, upward-facing mouth in a large head. Their usual habit is to bury themselves in sand, and leap upwards to ambush prey that pass overhead. Some species have a worm-shaped lure growing out of the floors of their mouths, which they can wiggle to attract prey’s attention. Both the dorsal and anal fins are relatively long; some lack dorsal spines. Lengths range from 18 up to 90 cm (giant stargazer).
Stargazers are venomous; they have two large venomous spines situated behind their opercles and above their pectoral fins. Some species can also cause electric shocks and have a single electric organ consisting of modified eye muscles, while other species have theirs derived from sonic muscles. They are some of the few marine bioelectrogenic bony fishes, the other being the striped catfish.
Stargazers are a delicacy in some cultures (the venom is not poisonous when eaten), and they can be found for sale in some fish markets with the electric organ removed. Because stargazers are ambush predators which camouflage themselves and some can deliver both venom and electric shocks, they have been called “the meanest things in creation”…
Now, originally I didn’t want to write about stargazer fish. I wanted to touch base on star gazer babies. I’m not even sure if it is a thing in English but when my son was born or better during birth of my son, he sort of got stuck on my pelvic bone while on his way out. He was what they called a star gazer baby and lifted his head up in a way that is not part of the normal movement a baby goes through during birth. This then led to his head getting stuck and in the process we needed a little bit of help to get him out. I loved the description they gave it as it made things so clear but also gave it kind of a nice touch.
“A Posterior baby (Occiput Posterior, or OP) means that the baby is also head down BUT the back of its head is towards mom’s back and baby is facing towards mom’s front. Other names for the OP position include “stargazer” or “sunny side up” because the baby seems to be looking “up” at the sky when mom is lying down.”
So while I was trying to find the right way of describing it on Google I also found the stargazer fish and it’s pictures made me share it as a Did You Know post…
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Earth is beautiful and we really need to take care of her. She is home. In all her beauty and diversity.
When I was pregnant with my son, our first child, I had a wish. The wish that he will grow up to respect the earth, its animals, nature and of course people. I would say that he is on the right path so far.
It makes me sad to see what a lack of respect a lot of people have. When you walk you see rubbish everywhere. People through it out the window while driving. Some don’t care to recycle although it’s really not that big of an effort.
I know that there are people out there doing much more than I do. I drive my car, I heat the house, I cool the house and so on. But I try my best to do my best.
Sometimes I think we should consider the world for what it is. Our home. And I think you would probably not mess our home up the way we mess up the earth…
I often am amazed about how something that is made out of the same ingredients can turn out so very different. You use the same quality of ingredients and the same quantity and yet it all reacts differently.
Just like the other day when I made my home made Turkish bread. I put in what I always put in and with this I actually follow a recipe. I was distracted though and only remembered to put the yeast in when the dough was kneaded already. It turned out pretty good but it was almost like a different dish.
Now this is not about my Turkish bread or any other of my dishes. This is actually about people. Little people to be precise. My two little people. It’s also about quantity and quality. And it’s about friendship.