27 April 2008

Cache, ToyVoyagers, Work

Today, Yolanda, Martijn and I went for a walk. Martijn and I each took our photo cameras with us and our GPS receiver. And we found a cache! As you can see on the picture, we haven’t mastered all the settings yet, though most of the pictures came out quite okay. You can check them out at: http://www.charda.nl/gallery2/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=478 It was nice to be outside again. We hadn’t been outside like this since last October. But the next time won’t be that far away. I joined a website called Toyvoyagers: http://www.toyvoyagers.com It’s basically what I have been doing with Yolanda for a long time, except that Yolanda lives with me. The basic idea is that you send a teddy bear of some kind to another person and that person shows the teddy bear around where he or she lives. The person, the host, will take pictures of this and post them online in the travelogs on the website, or on the teddy’s own weblog. My own ToyVoyager (TV) is on her way to the US. The TV’s name is Sussy Greenfeet. This is her link: http://www.toyvoyagers.com/index.php?a=topic&t=210838 I am waiting for the arrival of Garfield. I’ll show him around the house here, and I’ll have to show him my part of the Netherlands of course. I’m quite excited about it and I hope he’ll arrive soon. I expect him somewhere next week.

Next week I’ll have to work all week because my colleague has the week off. But there are two holidays in the middle of the week, so it’s not even a complete week. And that’s about all the news I have right now :)

17 April 2008

New Old Blog, New Job, Postcrossing

Phew, I did it. I just manually deleted all the files of my Wordpress blog. There are still things on that ftp account that aren’t mine, but I’m not sure which of those I can delete, so I’ll leave them on for a couple of days until I know which to delete. Hmm, for those of you who hadn’t noticed yet: my blog was hacked. Martijn noticed it because he saw that a lot of spam was added to the blogposts that were imported into Hyves and Facebook. And I never updated my Wordpress account. I was too lazy for it and I didn’t really know how to do it. But now the spam was getting worse and worse so I had to do something. So tonight I decided to just delete it all. Luckily I can still access my account. I never made a back up of my blog, so I can’t put it back. I did save all the text files, so if I’m very active I can put the text back on one day, but I don’t think that will really happen. You’ll just have to live with a gap of 12 months in my online history.

But now about me. I’m doing okay. I started at my new job two weeks ago. It was quite difficult to settle there and get adapted to the new environment, but it’s getting better as we go along. It’s very different from my previous work of course, but it’s also a lot closer to my house, which is good :)

I have been very active at Postcrossing these last few weeks. I went to the Postcrossing meeting on the 29th of March in Rotterdam which was really cool. I took a lot of pictures of Rotterdam. I had never really visited that city, only passed through it. But ever since that day I have visited the forum more often. I now also send postcards through ‘tags’ and ‘round robins’. You post a reply on a specific thread on the forum like ‘cat-tag’ and then you promise to send the person you ‘tag’ a cat card. And the next person tags you and sends you a cat card, which is great :) We exchange our addresses through the personal messages system of the forum. And with a round robin you make a group in a certain thread and then you send every person in that group a card, so you send four cards (in a group of five) and you receive four, usually with a specific theme. And I also exchange teas in this way with people. It’s just so much fun. I love trying to find cards, buying stamps, writing the cards and eventually also receiving cards from all over the world. Yes, I found a hobby :)

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