• Books

    Book review: The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (H.G. Parry)

    Today, I finished The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry. This is a long book but I still wished it was a bit longer because I liked the characters so much and I did want to keep reading about them. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What is the book about? The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a fantasy book. The main character of the book, Charles Sutherland, is a literature professor with a very special gift. He can bring books characters to life. Charley grew up in New Zealand with his parents and his brother Rob and he showed…

  • Life and blog

    Coffee time

    I am not a big coffee drinker. I drink a cup of coffee with my breakfast and I sometimes drink one or two additional cups during the day. It also took me time to start enjoying coffee. As a young adult, I liked hot chocolate much better than coffee and even now, I tend to prefer milder coffees. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. How do I drink my coffee? We usually buy Dallmayr Prodomo coffee. I prefer the milder variety. It is very good and not as bitter as other coffee varieties. I usually mix my coffee with oats milk (half coffee,…

  • Creativity

    10 inspiring quotes about writing

    I am currently doing Blogtober and I have been writing every day since October 1st. As this is sometimes difficult to get motivated to write, I collected 10 inspiring quotes about writing. “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” – Ray Bradbury “Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It’s a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.” – J.K. Rowling “Almost…

  • Languages

    Funny German Words

    I have now been living in Germany for ten years. In these ten years, I have met several German words that I found strange or funny. Here are some words or expressions that I found particularly funny or interesting. 1) eine beleidigte Leberwurst Translated into English: “an offended liver sausage”. This expression is used to describe someone who gets easily offended and moody. 2) Scherzkeks Translated into English: “joking biscuit”. This word is used to describe someone who is always joking and playing pranks. 3) Mutterkuchen This is actually the German word for placenta. It is composed of two words: Mutter (mother) and Kuchen (cake). When I first heard that…

  • Life and blog

    My goals for Q4 2020

    2020 is coming to an end. This has been a very special year for all of us and I am wondering which surprises may come in the three next months. Anyway, as the last quarter of the year begins, it is a good time to set some goals and I made my own list. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. My list of goals for Q4 2020 Blogtober challenge in October Teach my daughter to ride a bike Potty-train the boys Complete a new course on Coursera Finish reading The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (it is a great book. If you like…

  • Languages

    German Unity Day

    Today was Germany’s national holiday: der Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day). It commemorates the reunification of Western and Eastern Germany in 1990. How do German people celebrate German Unity Day? In comparison to other countries however, the Germans are relatively uninterested in their national holiday. There are celebrations and the media are speaking about it but that was. When I was a child, in France, I was very excited about the French national day because there were beautiful fireworks to celebrate the national day. In Germany, I never met anyone getting excited over the German national day. As today was a Saturday, I hardly noticed that we had…

  • Books

    Book review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)

    I have not read all the books of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, only a few ones. My daughter was the one who discovered the series. During the lockdown, she began reading a lot. First, she read many books of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and Little Miss series. Then, she discovered the first book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and she loved it. After that, she wanted to read all the books of the series. She is currently reading the book 9. Diary of a wimpy kid is written under the form of a diary. This is the life of Greg, a young teenager with a…

  • Life and blog

    Blogtober, day 1

    During the last months, I did not write much on my blog. First, the coronavirus pandemic brought some chaos in my life. Fortunately, I am not sick and no friend or relative is sick either. However, the sudden obligation to work at home and homeschool at the same time was tough. It was difficult to find time to blog and to say the truth, I was not really motivated either. I felt the all time very tired and did not really felt like writing a new post. Now, I feel ready to resume working on my blog. I often heard of Blogtober in the last years and I felt it…

  • STEM

    What is data science?

    I completed the data science specialization from IBM on Coursera last month. It took me several months to complete all the courses of the specialization and a lot of work. Now, I would like to share on the blog some of the knowledge I gained through this specialization. First, I would like to answer to a very simple question: What is data science? Indeed, we hear a lot of data science lately but for most people, this is a very abstract concept. What is data science? The concept of data science is relatively new. People really began to speak about data science around 2009 and the field has been increasingly…

  • STEM

    Data science project update

    I finally completed my IBM data science specialization. I completed the 8 first courses of the specialization very fast but the last course took me for ever. I met all kinds of technical issues and had to simplify my final project to the point that I feared I would not get a passing grade. However, this worked and I am really relieved the course is finally over. This does not mean I am over with data science. I want to learn more about this field. The IBM data science specialization was great to have a broad view of different aspects of data science and improve my Python skills. However, I…