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4 keepers & 3 washable pads...

posted Jun 29, 2009, 3:23 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard

Interested in alternative menstrual products?

I have 4 keepers & 3 washable pads to give away / sell. I would rather know they're used than carrying them across countries again. Suggested contribution = 5 Euros for the keeper, 1 for the pad. If you don't have money, fine, pay it forward.

Drop me a line here of come see me.. I'm leaving on Friday morning, and Im willing to take some time to answer your questions about this too!

After being Tau*ed, I got Pauled...

posted Jun 28, 2009, 11:21 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard


Overload

posted Jun 21, 2009, 3:15 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard

To much.. in my private life, in my CS life, in my European life, in my nomadic life...

Back to Berlin later than expected (Wed. night, hopefully), leaving Berlin earlier than expected... and with my stuff.

I need time off. Off communities, off self-analysing... I need some direction in my life.

I'll eventually turn off the "all site updates" for a few months and keep only the main log.

I'm in love. I'm in the Netherlands.

I had a fabulous hh day: 16 hours of delight: arrested by the police, changed destination on the way, feet bleeding, 25 km walk, ride in a ferrari, got in an accident with a truck.  the tough and the real.

I'm alive and that feels wonderful.

Impressions of the live-in project

posted Jun 6, 2009, 6:59 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard

First of all, I decided to contribute 2/3 of my living budget for June to the flat because I heard we didn't make rent: 100 Euros. I won't be in the flat so much during June, but will be back in July and assess the situation then, seeing if we make rent or not. I'm worried about it, but have not fully understood how the money is collected yet, so don't feel like making any intervention yet. I know that people here had a meeting about it and recorded a lot of info on the website, but while recording is important, organizing the info to make it legible is critical. Information that can't be understood is .. useless!

I heard so many things this week. Little frustrations, mostly around the project's "direction". I find it healthy if people criticize and get their ideas together... but then it has to lead to action. And at all stages of change, some communication / recording. Example: I record in my log that this frustrates me. People comment on my log giving me their opinion or additional info. I gather it somewhere and propose my own change. People comment. If they don't have a very strong opposition, I try to integrate their comment, then act. Then I try to get feedback. If there is strong opposition or feelings about the issue, I organise a focussed meeting and record everything. This way, nobody can blame ME for not communicating enough. If they don't voice their opinion when they have a chance, THEY will have to go themselves through a similar process to get things done.  I think this process is good for small changes that has impact on how we feel while living in the house, or even as regular visitors, guests.

I think the stickers in the kitchen were appreciated and are generally useful. I think once we find them useful enough (after a little test period), it would be great if Paul would airbrush them directly. Aesthetics have an impact on our well-being in a flat, and the kitchen is Ugly with a big U, but the people in it are truly beautiful. I think my impac on the kitchen won't end there: some food tends to be more lost, and some basic food tends not to be there in enough stock. I wonder if we could list what we tend to need and give suggestions of places where to obtain them at a fair price. Or even invest in collective buyings of industrial-type stocks. I'm thinking of Olive oil, flour (or grains and grinder..), dried food (why don't we have more dried beans in stock? dried fruits?), some cleaning products (what do we REALLY need on a regular basis?). This way we also make it easier to evaluate our consumption, to act on it and to help contributors to know what they can buy to contribute. I want to make Resources the July focus, as I am here and I have some experience in that matter.

As for the project's direction, I think it's time to clarify some basic principles the core group agreed on - live research-action and why we record everything. How comes this was not recorded in the first place? I don't know. We were not that experienced, it doesn't matter much, but thing is, we need it now, before the initial vibe gets lost and this flat just becomes a cool place to hang out. There are two concepts that I believe are vital:

WeekPlan June 7-13

posted Jun 6, 2009, 6:18 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated Jun 7, 2009, 4:47 AM ]

Physically & Mentally
- Do more handstands (using the wall to balance myself) - 5 times per day until I can hold it two minutes. 0/3
- Watch Clayton when he's sleeping for 30 minutes per day (my way of "doing nothing" that actually works!) 1/3
- Stretch once a day at least
- Smile!

Projectvolunteering.net
    Keep in mind that I want to wrap up the OUE.. and I never did. And it's important for me
    Gather initial info about Action-research
yay! and Learning Community
    Toilet paper-free info.. implement some stuff?
    DIY workshop and pilot the OFFline privacy debate on Sunday.
    A not-my-language day?
(Not too much as I am leaving on Tuesday morning)

Couchsurfing
 Translation Team
   Turkish team updates
   Jim's emails
   Write to Walker
   Swedish Team - Thesaurus and Tool
   Other general follow ups


 Safety Team
   Safety Presentation Final review and powerpoint
   10 CUQs 6/10
 AMT
   No direct work (just reply to threads)
 Hitchhikers
   No direct work (just reply to threads)
 Others
   Follow ups in my mailbox

Writing
   3 blog posts. Really.
   2nd section of the book about Turkey

Languages
   No objectives this week

Other
- Finish cleaning my docs (Offline), my Google Docs and my Gmail
- Buy a portable HD
- Résoudre Paypal + Emmanuel
- Installer Dragon NaturallySpeaking et commencer l'entraînement...Done

Heading Back to Berlin!

posted May 22, 2009, 1:08 PM by Anick-Marie Bouchard

I'll be back in Berlin on May 29th (my birthday!) and will be at the Berlin Beach Camp until June 2, then at the Caravanserail until June 6.

Heading for Vienna after, then Back at the caravanserail for about 2 weeks... Yay!

WeekPlan May 18-24

posted May 17, 2009, 3:04 PM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated May 17, 2009, 6:34 PM ]

Physically & Mentally
   Learn to notice when I'm holding on to things for no reason - worrying too much
   Stretch more
   Smile as much as possible
   Get mentally ready to leave Istanbul and go back to Berlin...
   Tell myself I'm beautiful at least twice a day..
 
Projectvolunteering.net
    Keep in mind that I want to wrap up the OUE.. and I never did. And it's important for me
    Intelligence types - A workshop on it?
    
Couchsurfing
 Translation Team
   Presentation Vienna Calling
   Individual Check-in with Turkish Team
 Safety Team
    CUQs - 15
    Print the MM Agreement
 AMT
    Prepare a Safety Workshop and the presentation for Vienna Calling
 Hitchhikers
    Post about cats and dogs
 Others
    Women-only meeting in İstanbul take II
 
Writing
    Post 1 blog posts per day.
    Realize a 2nd section of the book about Turkey

Languages
    Break time

Arrived in the flat and...

posted May 11, 2009, 6:11 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated Jun 2, 2009, 7:33 AM ]

Ideas I want to take note of right away:
- Risk Assessment workshop for residents and guests in relation to the project
- Repetition of my Vienna safety presentation
- Waste management
- Toilet paper free
- Kitchen Cleaning (done 2 hours with Fabio already)
- Free stuff
- Common resources (stationeries, etc)

I have been warmly greeted by the other residents, though I feel a tension. I think it was foreseeable, it makes me think of:
- http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=14031&post=1558636

And that people should read this:
https://sites.google.com/a/projectvolunteering.net/permanenthospitality/how/questionnaires-1/participant-evaluation-questionnaire/results--discussion
To understand where the project comes from.. Or how it was dreamt!

I'm glad to be here and need to catch up with the website, life, the universe and everything. Come and speak to we whenever!

WeekPlan May 11-17

posted May 11, 2009, 6:10 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated May 17, 2009, 3:04 PM ]

Physically & Mentally
   Learn to notice when I'm holding on to things for no reason - worrying too much I'm on my way. Friday night was hard, as I was the only non-drinker and non-smoker, and I did not have a place to stay. I got disappointed by people around me, as they were insisting for me to be someone I am not. I didn't know how to react, and I held on to my gut feeling. Yesterday I wrote a letter about it, and I feel relieved. After all, it's not my problem. It's a pity to say I can't count on them and my autonomy is very precious in those circumstances.
   Enjoy my new boyfriend's presence and my new peace of mind This one's an energy sucker. Why would I need a boyfriend anyways?
   Smile Oops. Forgot that one.. :)
   
 
Projectvolunteering.net
    Keep in mind that I want to wrap up the OUE.. and I never did. And it's important for me
    Intelligence types - A workshop on it?
    
Couchsurfing
 Translation Team
    Turkish team - Thesaurus
    Turkish team - Rating
    Translate the Guideline Template
 Safety Team
    CUQs - 15
 AMT
    Read and reply to the threads, clarify my position there
 Hitchhikers
    Post about cats and dogs
 Others
    Women-only meeting in İstanbul take II
 
Writing
    Post 1 blog posts per day. Missed. :(
    Realize a 2nd section of the book about Turkey

Languages
    Break time

Thomas, Lewis V., Elementary Turkish, Dover Editions, 1967, 187p.
Lessons 1-5 completed

Cheap book to Learn turkish in 30 lessons:
Lessons 1-3 completed


Week Apr 27 - May 3rd

posted Apr 29, 2009, 6:07 AM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated May 11, 2009, 6:10 AM ]

Physically
    Get my ass back to İstanbul
 
Mentally
    Stop thinking about love and Taylor. I'm on my way
 
Projectvolunteering.net
   Reply to the email regarding Garp and organise my visit there in May. Cancelled
    Keep in mind that I want to wrap up the OUE.. and I never did. And it's important for me
    Intelligence types - A workshop on it?
    
Couchsurfing
 Translation Team
    Turkish team - Thesaurus
    Turkish team - Rating
    Translate the Guideline Template
 Safety Team
    CUQs - 15 this week-end as as starter to warm myself up. 11 done...
 AMT
    Present actualized training material framework for upcoming Monday Sent the partial one
    Organized and moderated a Turkey Amb meeting - need to post the minutes
 Hitchhikers
    Post about cats and dogs
 Others
    Women-only meeting in İstanbul Done, but we'll do another one
 
Writing
    Read/correct the book about Poland Done, received the money for it too.
    Retype 3 blog posts from my travel diary 2 done, but focussing on the emails for blog posts at the moment...
 
Languages
    Break time
    
 
 

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