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Stigmatizing gaming – challenge yourself to perceive it differently

gaming stigma

As I got older I started realizing how much video games and gaming gave me over the years – languages learned, strategic thinking, boyfriends, versatility, diminishing social anxiety, and friends from all corners of Europe (mostly). I was told, that when I will grow up, I won’t have time for that. Now at 32 years old, I realized that this time still did not come. Because I will always need…

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Slavery and ignorance of having a pet

Betsi the dog

In a tv-show Mediana once liked the main character once said an interesting phrase about pets. Brennan considered having a pet as a form of slavery as we control every aspect of our pet’s life. That phrase keeps Mediana’s wheels turning until this day. We live with 2 dogs and a cat, two of them are from the ‘black market’ aka buying a pet without pedigree documents. It was back…

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Unknown treasures in second-hand shops

second hand shop

This story of my success in second-hand shops has foundations lain in my home town and evolved when I moved to Kaunas and latter, to Vilnius. I found out that bigger cities had bigger and better second-hand shops where you could find almost new but off-fashion clothes. Frankly, I was never interested in fashion, rather I had my own idea of how I wanted to look and what suited me…

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Smart BIFL choices

‘Batteries not included’ or why you should use rechargeable batteries

batteries

One rechargeable battery can take a place of 100 ordinary batteries. Have you ever thought about that? It takes some time to understand how many things you have at home which runs on AA & AAA batteries: various remote controls, children’s toys, flashlights, keyboards, mouses, etc. The list goes on and on. While rechargeable batteries do not last forever but it’s definitely a more sustainable solution than single-use non-rechargeable batteries.…

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Life recipes

(Re)seasoning your cast iron pan

cast iron pan

Although seasoning your cast iron pan might seem like a very long and tiresome process, you won’t need to repeat it often. As a matter of fact, I did it only once – when my new pan just arrived. That was maybe 3 years ago. After that, I only washed it and did the basic preparation, described here. That is why I needed to google this process to remember everything.…

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Washing your cast iron pan

cast iron pan spicing

The Internet is full of various recipes on how to properly wash a cast iron pan after cooking. As I am quite lazy on that matter, I probably shortened most of them and developed a process fit for our family. We basically repeat this process every time after we cook or stew something with the pan and there is food left stuck to its walls or cooking surface. If there…

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House plants from a supermarket – naivety versus reality

amaryllis

Mediana always loved tending for house plants, especially the ones that bloom (because you can see how efficient your care is), but recently the majority of our plants were left for their own demise. It simply became too much to care for each type of plant individually. Especially when all the windows in our apartment are facing the same side – north – west. So if the plants wanted to…

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Cast Iron Pan – first thing in the list

cast iron pan buy it for life (1)

Once upon a time, we needed to buy a new pan because the old one got ruined. As ceramic or Teflon pans already have failed our hopes we were facing a hard decision – which pan to buy to make it last longer than the previous one. Mediana thought Edmu went nuts when he offered to buy cast iron pan (trauma from the childhood and memories that cast iron pan…

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