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The castle in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

I was reminded that I had these shots when I watched The Avengers in my habitual after-work coma. I could easily fix myself some dinner during the first thirty minutes without missing any crucial information. Anyway, there are some scenes set in Stuttgart. That really surprised me because Stuttgart usually isn’t among the top ten of the coolest European cities – rightfully so. At least they have a baroque castle with a fountain.
I really like the symmetry of the architecture on the inside (first picture), and the dynamics of the fountain on the last picture.

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My sister’s garden has really been giving all it has got these last weeks. I took this picture about three weeks ago. Spring and summer started chilly here, so nature might be a little behind.

The old wheel you can see here used to hang outside a shed that is now a garage. My sister noticed that everybody in her area (they all live in similar old, half-timbered farm houses) was starting to decorate their walls with these old cart wheels. A fit of individuality prompted sis to take her wheel down and give it to the creepers in her garden to devour instead.

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While Americans are sweating in an unprecedented heat wave, and Russians are suffering from floods from the constant downpour, the weather has been comparably benign here in central Europe. In my part of Germany, we have only been complaining about the occasional chilly spell with rain. I had been pining for some real summer weather with the right amount of sweat and summer rain.

After looking through Samantha Pleet’s Fall collection, I can take Zeus’s eccentricities in stride. The colors in this collection are beautiful, perfectly toeing the line betweeen romantic and gloomy, which happens to be what I associate most with the waning of summer. I also love the way the fabric falls into folds on many designs- very reminiscent of ancient Greek dress. Maybe the gods’ ire can be softened by these pretty dresses on young nymphs like me? If only I could afford one of them…*sigh*ImageImage

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Inside and outside at the same time in these beautiful remains of a church.

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Ross Errily Friary in County Galway, Ireland.

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It is true, fellow procrastinators: Procrastination can be overcome. It only took me around 25 years to overcome this seemingly insurmountable obstacle once.

I have a presentation due on Tuesday. Since I’m working a full shift on Monday, I decided to try to work ahead a little, and voilà! Here I am, with a beautiful Sunday evening stretching emptily ahead of me.

And I guess I’ll just have to find something else to do on Monday night at 3 am. Maybe something boring and ordinary like sleeping will help me cope with the loss of the adrenaline rush that I usually enjoy at that crucial point of my industrious “preparation.”

Would you like to know how I did it? I guess it was kind of a freak accident. But I also pursued a strategy this time that was different from what I had been practicing the last two years. Over the course of these two years, my procrastination had gotten worse continuously and I kept cutting deadlines closer than the ones before. One of my friends, a psychology student, spoke about “handicapping yourself on purpose”.

Whatever you want to call it, I’ve been trying to do things differently this last month. So, instead of waiting as long as possible and then delving into the job without thinking much, I tried to get more of an overall perspective of the work ahead of me instead:

For articles or essays that were due, I wrote outlines and structured my arguments (basic procedures, I know…). For my presentation, I had to come up with some activities, so I did a little research and then started brainstorming. After that, I structured the job ahead of me into steps. And suddenly, everything fell into place, and everything seemed so simple, and that was when I had my epiphany. My mind is now as serene as the beach on the picture above.

Do you guys have any tipps on how to deal with procrastination?

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There’s no place to believe in creatures from dreams and myths like Ireland. Who knows what other creatures are hiding in the fog? Even cows don’t seem quite as ordinary there as elsewhere.

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