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Meirav M. (Berale)
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but I really should go to sleep.

you know the drill, folks. talk to the penguin, he has the cookies. and remember: no running around with scissors.

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I'm secretly convincing your penguin to keep you awake all night
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Actually, in all seriousness, I've been training myself to say this stuff. Because really, if I say I can't then I expect people to respect that. And unless it's something that I have a duty to do (e.g. I've promised to do it) then I don't feel I owe anyone an explanation or an apology.
Use it wisely.  (Also, print it before attempting to cut it out)
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Just one? I'll need a dozen or more for almost every night (sigh)
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messing with tulips pic - the less unrealistic version

I think this still counts as #flowerphotography :)
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ghost flowers
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today is day 4 of my #fivedayquest and this is when you get to share in the great excitement of my weekly supermarket shopping trip ;)

(no, I don't seriously find it exciting, I just do it because it needs to be done, and now and again I try to remember to be grateful that I have a car and a driving licence and don't have to lug my shopping on a bus or walk 20 minutes wheeling a trolley as I used to in the bad old days.)

And today I'm going to tag +Dryade Geo and invite her to play along. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to post a pic once a day for 5 days in a row, showing something from your life, and tag someone else each day to invite them to join in. The hashtag is #fivedayquest and I'm playing because +Kat Meredith tagged me and, well, why not :)
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I have them.... and forget 90% of the time to bring them with me on shopping days!
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so, people, it's a bright sunshiny day here and I'm bracing myself to venture out to supermarketland and engage in food forageation.

(yes, I know today isn't tuesday, but yesterday was the first day of Passover and it just didn't feel right to go do my big shop as if it was a normal day.) (and yes, I know that for diaspora Jews today is a non working day too, but I'm an Israeli and I go by the Israeli calendar.) (also, I'm running out of milk.) (not running out of parentheses though. can never have too many of those. and the lovely lakes.) (the person writing this post has been sacked is being sent off to eat something before she fills the entire universe with parentheses.) (if you don't get this reference, that's ok, you just need to catch up on ex-parrots and stuff.)

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Achievement: unlocked!

\o/happy dance 
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because sharks need tummy tickles too, obvs.

right, +Fluffy McSharkah Khan?

h/t +Jill Huxtable.
I just found it. Seriously. I have no clue on its origins. I just know I'm alternately weirded out and dawwww about it.
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ooh, everybody RUN! run for your lives! SHARK!
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so I redid this, because I could see bits I'd missed with the paint brush in the first one. but of course the texture is now not exactly the same, and... oh well, perfection is overrated ;)

(In my defence, this is a technique I've only recently started learning.)

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I didn't either, and they both have their charms, but I think I do prefer the other one just a little. :)
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so I've been messing with that tulips pic

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Imma draw one of these versions... 
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so I was thinking of tagging a few people on +Sonya Lee's post, but, who am I kidding, I'd need to tag half my circles.

amirite, +Mz Maau? and +Annie Yim and +Gilliom Werner Claessens and... 

Fans of the original Zebra disposable brush pen should definitely check out Zebra's newest offerings, which have even more options for brush size and hardness. 

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ok, peeps, it's twenty to four. enough shenanigans. time for sleepies.

the penguin will, as usual, be available to take your tea/coffee orders and to hand out cookies before the in-flight entertainment starts.

#goodnightgoogleplus  and remember: no matza crumbs on the carpet.
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+Jennifer E oh, good job you remembered! I look forward to seeing your texture pic!
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Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself.

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.) I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus. I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social networking so valuable. I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

I keep rewriting the bit about photography here, because it's been evolving so much. I started out (in 2010) just pointing at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera to create visual art.

In terms of the technical side, I'm a pretty clueless beginner with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value. Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.


If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever. If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to getting to know you more.

p.s. I don't do Hangouts. I much prefer typing to people than doing that face-to-face live conversation thing where you have to think up answers on the spot and you can't edit and rephrase or delete that totally stupid rash comment - it's bad enough having to do that offline, I don't come to G+ for more of the same. I'm a socially awkward penguin. That's just the way it is.

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