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Proudly presenting (as promised a couple of blogposts earlier) my very odd, really colorful and wonderfully weird pair of self knit socks:

My very first pair of oddly colorful self knit socks

And here is a picture of my modeling them. It took me quite some time to get them into the right light! (Well turn my feet in a way as to make the mistakes less visible. ;)). Btw. I’m sitting on the kitchen floor… best color for a nice contrast and best light! πŸ˜‰

Me, sitting on the kitchen floor modeling my socks

Me, sitting on the kitchen floor modeling my socks

Ok, done showing off! A very Happy New Year, Everybody! πŸ˜€

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How LotR should have ended ;)

Traditionally my family and I spend the 25. watching all three parts of “The Lord of the Rings” in one go! That more or less takes from morning till night and always is splendid fun! But here is a version that would have saved them a lot of time and trouble! πŸ˜‰ (Thanks Ryan for twittering about it…. that’s just too funny to miss!)

Btw. did you also wait for that bird to just drop Frodo with the ring and everything? πŸ˜‰

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Another really awesome LibriVox podcast is up. It’s a kind of review of the year 2009 hosted by Cori, who did a fun poem inbetween the various parts.

The podcast is about various LibriVoxateers, who are talking about their very personal favorites, remarkable events and many other things. Also Neeru and I one again did a feature! It’s about the blooper thread on LibriVox. (The best thread ever, if you ask me…. I nearly laughed myself silly the first time!)

Listen, it’s fun! πŸ˜‰

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Merry Christmas, everybody!

Here is a very special (and again very LibriVoxy) Christmas treat. This year’s Mulitlingual Christmas collection has just been cataloged. It includes Christmas stories, poems and carols in English, German (one is read by me 😎 ), Hungarian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish! Happy Holidays and have fun listening!

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A super-awesome LibriVox project made it to the catalog today! It was one of those projects, that are the reason, why I love LibriVox so much! So a huge drum roll please for the Christmas Carol Collection 2009!

It consists of 30 carols, which are all unique, very personal and just a lot of fun to listen to! But let me forwarn you, listening will spoil your liking for commercial ones forever! πŸ˜‰ There is nothing commercial, slick or overproduced about them… and they certainly don’t make you wonder, how the singer got through all the verses without dropping dead from lack of breathing. They are just the real thing and more fun to listen to, then I can say! (Btw. don’t worry I’m not singing… I just did the prooflistening. ;))

Btw. if you liked them, you might like the Christmas Carol Collection 2006!

Angelina and Tom hanging the Christmas Angel on the tree

Oooo, I almost forgot. While you are at it, listen to Jan’s beautiful recording of “The Christmas Angel” by Abbie Farewell Brown! It’s one of the loveliest Christmas stories I’ve read (in this case heard) so far!

At first it strongly reminds one of the more-than-well-known-and-I’ll-probably-start-to-scream Uncle Scrooge thing…. but first impressions can be misleading. Anyway here is Jan’s summary:

Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the Angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas…

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Advent

D’oh, completely forgot to blog about the “German Advent Kalender” on LibriVox! We “German Speakers” spent all of November recording poems, stories, single chapters from books, short stories… with some relation to Christmas or winter!

Anyway we did manage to get a really nice collection with a story for each day of December till Christmas… just like an advent calendar!

Here it is: http://librivox.org/adventskalender-2009-by-various/ Have fun listening! πŸ˜€

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St. Nick

A Visit from St. Nicholas” by C.C. Moore (better known as ‘Twas the Night before Christmas and which of course is in the Public Domain ;)) is one of my very favorite Christmas poems!

So here is my reading of it: http://drop.io/aravisc/asset/visitfrom-st-nicholas-moore-elli-mp3

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s napβ€”

When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter,
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzenβ€”
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So, up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With a sleigh full of toysβ€”and St. Nicholas too.
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack;
His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plumpβ€”a right jolly old elf;
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle;
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

As it happens, it’s this fortnights poetry at LibriVox, come and read your own version or pick a one you particulary like! πŸ˜€

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Playmobil me ;)

Meg (fellow LibriVoxateer and twittering friend) is doing a nativity scene with Playmobil this year (awesome idea if you ask me). But the best about is that she is including portraits of people she knows! So proudly presenting my Playmobil self:

Don’t I look cute? πŸ˜‰ Acutually the likeness is amazing… with the only exception, that I’d never wear lilac boots! (I hate boots!)

Speaking Playmobil… I love Playmobil… this is my incredibly childish but really awesome Advent Calendar so far:

Aren’t the fairies just too cute to miss? But the part I like best so far is the tiny golden frog on the lily pad… If you look closely, you see him right in the center of the pond next to the turtle doves!

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During the last two weeks I’ve been incredibly busy with work, weekend courses, a bad bout of sniffles and lots of other stuff. (Sorry everybody for not checking responses and answering in time! :() Anyway now I’m back in full force…

First of all another of my BCing projects had made it into the catalog. It’s Frances H. Burnett’s “Theo“, which is a sprightly love story. (That’s how Project Gutenberg discribes it at any rate!) I’ve prooflistened a couple of chapters, but well listening to a group project with chapters coming in all over the place it’s hard to keep up with the story. It’s a really good book, but it somehow lacks the charm of F. H. Burnett’s children’s books…. anyway I’ll probably blog about it seperately once I’ve listened properly!

Speaking of BCing, I’ve started another project… Ok I admit it, I’ve started two… somehow my plans of cutting back a bit never seem to work out! πŸ˜‰ One of them is the “Orange Fairy Book” by Andrew Lang, who collected, translated and edited fairy tales from all over the world. I love fairy tales and his colorful fairy books are a real treasure. Acutally there are already a few of them in the LibriVox Catalog… but the rainbow is not yet complete!

The second new project is “The house of Arden” by Edith Nesbit! The story sounds lovely… so far I’ve skimmed the first few chapters. Besides Meg, who’s prooflistening (YAY!!!) has talked so much about it, that I couldn’t help but get really curious… Can’t tell you much about it yet, just that it sounds like splendid fun. At any rate, come and join us in getting it recorded!

Something completely “unlibrivoxy” now… I’ve started to knit socks! Why I let myself be talked into it, still is beyond me. The last time I did anything of the kind was way back in school… I *think*I did a shawl (or was it gloves… never mind, I never wore it, it was ghastly), which grandma ended up doing for me. Oddly enough I’m really enjoying it now… perhaps it’s the age! πŸ˜‰ So far I guess my knitting is going ok… at least judging by Kara‘s instructions and the vids, she sent me. If I ever pluck up the courage (and if it’s starting to look like a sock), I’ll post pictures…

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