…is what we call our competition series with friends. Basically it means that once a month we get together with friends and compete in different activities. For extra motivation we keep a scoreboard and at the end of the season in December the winner gets a special trophy cup. Hence the name :).
This is actually already the third season I’ve initiated this and already tomorrow there will be the second competition of the season (where going go-karting). In the first 2 seasons there were 6 of us but now our group has grown to 15! Of course not everyone can attend to each event but I believe 10+ people will participate each time.
I got this idea several years back when I saw a group in a pub celebrating the end of the season. i just went over there and asked what’s going on and since then this idea has just stuck with me. So I cannot take the honors of being the original author but I can definitely pass this idea on! And that’s exactly why I’m writing about this. I would strongly recommend to organize something similar in your group of friends. Nowadays we’re always so busy and quite often don’t “have time” to even get together once in while. This kind of series is a good way to enjoy quality time while also taking part in a friendly competition. I can tell you from experience that if in the beginning of the season there’s not much thought about the scoreboard then at the end everyone is keeping track point by point :)! Our group is guys only and each event is organized by a different person but you can do it in whatever format suitable :).
Here are just some examples of the different activities we have done through the years: disc-golf, archery, darts, laser battle, strongmen competition, mini golf, fencing, poker, shuffleboard, darts, orienteering, bowling, song battle, target shooting and much more. Besides just having fun you can also try out new things and you never know what you might like or in where you can find a hidden talent :).
So once again, I urge you to try it and feel free to share feedback about how it went :)!
Here’s the picture of the first year trophies (1-3rd place and a special prize for the best event by a democratic vote)
I have really missed writing these blog posts and yet for the past 10 months I haven’t written any :). Seems controversal but that’s how life is sometimes. I do have written down several topics and ideas about what I’d like to share my ideas about, now it’s just time to start writing :).
The main “kick” for starting a blog was (as I have mentioned in the first posts) our journey through SE Asia. Most of the content was about our trip with some posts on various subjects and I was quite surprised to see that now, nearly 1 year after our trip, there are still several hundred visitors reading the posts every month. Quite often I find myself thinking about different adventures we had during our travels and as said before I/we definitely want to go back to Thailand at some point but now life has made room for a lot of new challenges. In one of my last posts in April I briefly mentioned taking up a new job so to say. Well, that chapter is currently finding an end in some sense at least. But what a journey it was! There will be a separate post about it for sure.
Meanwhile our dog, Triksi, is already a year and 3 months old. I can honestly say that having a dog was extremely awesome already in the beginning but it just goes even better and better by the day :). Once again, I will write about our adventures in separate posts.
Generally I have learned so much in these pasts 10 months so I don’t even know where to start. There have been many things going on and a lot of plans for the rest of the year to come :).
I also made a new logo for my blog. I was out one night a few weeks ago trying out once again a new experiment photography wise – steel wool photography and one of the pictures just caught my attention. So I modified it a bit and voila! I now have an official logo :)!
If you’re wondering this is the photo where the logo came from
Be sure to check out my photography Instagram, there have been a lot of additions :). You can find it https://www.instagram.com/lauriaarop.photography/ or just at the left of by blog.
That’s it for this time! See you (not literally but as a figure of speech 🙂 ) already tomorrow!
All the best!
It’s been a while since I posted in here but sometimes small breaks can be very refreshing :)! Quite a lot has happened during the last month. Workwise it has been an extremely interesting period doing a lot of things I haven’t done before starting from renting saunas and freezing chambers in order to conduct different tests up to holding a zeppelin on the ground right before the start. I’m eager to see what the next few months will bring!
Secondly Triksi has grown quite significally and from June we will take her to puppy school. First time for her (logically 🙂 ) and for us also! Should be interesting! Luckily for some strange reason the weather in Estonia during the whole May has been great! Basically no rain, warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine! It would be awesome if it stayed like that throughout the summer!
I’ve actively continued creating Meetups at least 2-3 times a month from playing boardgames to enjoying the thrill of Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve also met some really great people with whom I also communicate outside Meetup community.
Generally every chance we get we go out for a walk or a picnic. These things were great before but now with Triksi it’s even better :). I’ve also had a chance to play discgolf a couple of times which I really like and many other great adventures from discovering underground tunnels to shooting from a badass shotgun and Desert Eagle! I can say that the latter has quite a kick :).
In the next few weeks we also plan to renovate our kitchen. Most of the things have already been chosen and bought – now we just have to roll up our sleeves and get to work!
All in all it has been an awesome last month and I’ve also written down many great blog post ideas so you’ll hear from me soon!
Enjoy the summer! (Or winter if you’re from Australia 🙂 )
All the best!
I am talking about the last movie in the Marvel saga – Avengers: Infinity War. I went to see it because I really liked one of the latest Marvel movies Thor: Ragnarok and I hoped that they continue the theme in this movie also. And I can happily say that they did. They have found a way how to make fun of themselves without making it look ridiculous. They don’t try to be serious as they did in the beginning. Since how serious can really this kind of movie be, right :).
But as the caption of this post says, they really pushed it a bit too far regarding the logic and reason in this film. Of course it’s totally common that a sense of logic is never priority over entertainment in these kind of movie but it just seemed that they tried to pile as many superheroes as possible into one chapter without truly considering what to do with them. I think you will get the idea when you see the movie. If the Avengers and the team would have hired a strategist it would have been over in 10 minutes :).
Nevertheless it was actually a pretty good movie filled with funny dialogue and action. I think that the mainstream audience nowadays just requires more action-packed movies with a lot of things going on at the same time. By the way the runtime of it is exactly the same as one of the sci-fi classics 2001: Space Odyssey (149min) but there’s literally 10x more things going on. I prefer more action personally although Space Odyssey was also a great mind provoking masterpiece. Just go and see for yourself, all in all I’d recommend it :)!
Triksi has been with us already for a month and a half and we’re gotten used to the happy life of being dog owners :). Everywhere you go you’ll meet other people walking their dogs and of course we want Triksi to socialize with as many other dogs as possible so she would get used to it. But while our furry friends are doing their business (and by that I mean playing 🙂 ) it’s just natural that at the same time you’ll be talking with the other owners. And you can really meet many nice people like this :). Quite often we’ve also went to the nearby dog playing grounds (ok, mostly it’s Anna who’s done that 🙂 ) and in there you can sometimes find even groups of people with their dogs. We also try to bring her with us whenever we can. Luckily she really likes driving with a bus/train/car and she just sits quietly in our lap waiting for the arrival. Also she is rather small so if needed we can just pick her up or place her in a special bag with windows. In that sense it’s much easier with a smaller dog, I wouldn’t imagine bringing for example a St Bernard everywhere, although they are also really awesome as are actually all dogs! They are just so loyal, loving and all they ask in return is some attention and of course food and water. It sometimes really seems that we don’t deserve them.
Triksi sending some sunshine vibes 🙂
I believe that in every part of your life there should be a balance. For example it’s great to communicate with people, spend time with others but you must find time for yourself also. You should do some exercise, keep your body moving but not to an extent that already in your forties you’d feel an aching back and knees. Occasionally it’s totally fine to spend on yourself and buy something that you really want but you mustn’t forget your long-term plan. There are times when it’s great and even necessary to take a time out, relax, clear your head and just enjoy the moment while it’s also good to have periods when you’re giving all you have, focusing, thriving towards a goal. And so on and so on…
So currently in my life there’s a bigger change going on. For the last half a year my life tempo has been really relaxed and I’ve given a refreshing break and a new start to my mind and my body. Just a few days ago I took up a new challenge workwise doing something that really hasn’t been done before. At least here in Estonia. It will be tough but interesting and fun times ahead so I’m really eager to get going :)!
Always keep in mind to have this balance in your life. Being off-balance might not show in the beginning but after some time you’ll probably start noticing some effects that it has on your life – not only in that specific area but generally. Everything is connected and before we can direct our energy outside, we must manage our inner self 🙂
I know that Steve Jobs’ s last words were actually “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow” but this story that has been circling around in social media and other places for the past several years really has a significant point. It doesn’t matter that it’s made up, the message that it holds is what matters. For those who haven’t read it, here’s how it goes:
“I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world’s most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbours.”
Big shout-out to the person who actually wrote this!