Monday, August 23, 2010

The living room makeover

I want to repaint and put some paintings on the walls. Then we need a few nice flowers. We do actually have a nice carpet but we don´t use it for some reason. I just have to have it cleaned.
For the moment the room is divided into a playarea and a tvarea, the two areas don´t look connected at all. The bookshelfs are full with stuff and books so I have to go through them all and see what will end up in the cellar.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Children´s room - makeover

The children´s room also needs a lot done. My daugher needs a new bed. I want to paint the wardrobe doors pink. Also we need a rack to put on the wall close to the ceiling for the children´s bags and put up paintings since the walls look kind of empty.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hallway makeover

The hallway needs a lot done. I have to contact the landlord since we need the walls repapered. I don´t think me or my partner have the knowledge to do them ourselves.
We need a nice carpet and a rack to put on the wall for the kids jackets. We need to move the shoecabinet and fasten it to the wall so it doesn´t fall down on the kids. And perhaps a nice mirror aswell. And a chair of somekind to sit on.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kitchen makeover - what needs to be done

I have decided that we need some pictures in the kitchen, a nice tablecloth, a carpet (which I´m crocheting right now) and flowers. One wall needs repainting.
I have been looking for pictures of fruit, vegetables or food but haven´t found any. Instead I might try to develop some of my photographs.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Week six - refurbishment planning

This weeks challenge is refurbishment planning. We have been living for 3 1/2 years in the same apartement, and it looks like we just recently moved in. It really needs some pictures on the walls, painting here and there, carpets and so on. This week I´m going to figure out what to do.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Enhanced reading skills

I have practised speed reading techniques, from a book and with the help of a software, for a week now. I haven´t superincreased my ability to read, but from the earlier online test were I scored 142 ewpm I score today 270 ewpm (measured with the software). The test with the software is similar, a short text to read and 10 questins to measure the comprehension.
While using the software I have read text at the speed of 600 wpm with ease, but I don´t know how well I comprehend the text since that was just for practising. Probably I read a lot slower knowing I will be tested later.
I will continue practising speed reading until I come up to a speed I´m happy with. Increasing the reading speed benefit a lot of areas in your life. I merely wish I could find a software in Swedish!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Why do you read slowly?

The reason people read slowly is because while reading they try to pronounciate every word. Even if you don´t read out loud the vocal cords are moving as if you were speaking. This comes from when we learned to read as children by slowly pronounciating every syllable out loud, mainly so the teacher could hear that it was correctly read. The vocal cords are controlled by muscles and muscles can only move so fast, so this has to stop if you want to read faster.
Also the eye movement has to change. There are certain eye movement techniques that increase the ability to see text differently than most people do today while reading, scanning actually instead of reading.
So if you want to read faster, get on with it! We have learned the wrong way to read,  it´s time to correct it.