Graduating and more… | Mezuniyet ve dahası…

It’s been a while since we wrote our last post. In the mean time we graduated from college and freaked out about graduating even though we are starting graduate school this fall. We are so used to school life – having many friends around all the time, and having some kind of duty like assignments or projects – that finishing this kind of life style seems hard. We feel like we don’t know any other way of life, because school has always been the center of our lives.

For a long time, it did not feel real that Continue reading

One of those twin problems…|İkizlik sorunlarından biri…

We are getting closer to our graduation. So senior portraits, caps and gowns, rings and all the other graduation-related things are in queue. We recently got our senior portraits, and again, being twins caused some misunderstandings.

In the past, especially when we were in elementary school, our yearbook pictures used to be a problem. Usually the photographer cancelled one of our pictures, thinking Continue reading

First Year Anniversary – 1. Yıl Dönümü

A couple of days ago our blog had its first anniversary! We wanted to share what motivates and inspires us to continue writing for this blog. Here are the highlights of our blog for the past year:

  • Communicating our love of Life with Louie cartoon, and connecting with its creator Louie Anderson. He liked our post and followed us on Twitter! We love the power of writing and communication. If someone told this to us when we were little twins watching Life with Louie, we would go crazy – we still did. (You can read that post here.)

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Wrong names on Starbucks cups – Kahve bardaklarında yanlış isimler

When you have an unusual name, it is hard to get a Starbucks coffee with your name written right on the cup. My name is Öykü and after living in the US for some time, I already gave up hoping people to understand my name for the first take. With the dots, or umlauts like in German, my name is already hard to pronounce. Ö sounds like Continue reading

Some thoughts for such a pink day… | Böylesine pembe bir gün üzerine düşünceler…

For the past week we have came across with so many conflicting comments on Valentines Day; some think it is narrow-minded to celebrate your love and valentine on a specific day, while some believe that it is just a nice excuse to spend a day with your significant other. We all acknowledge that these kind of days (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.) are found for the sake of economy, that the gifts and chocolates we buy on these days help the economy grow. It is a commercial day, but it can be a nice way to remember love.

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And it snows again – Karlar düşer…

There is something peaceful with snow. Everything gets covered with soft white flurries and after some point quiescence fills the streets. Get something warm to drink while covered with a blanket and look up to the sky and try watching the snow flakes fall down; it is greatly soothing, like meditating.

Snow is joyous especially for children. We used to pray for it to snow, so that we could build snow man and just play with it until we got so cold. Not to mention Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions – Yeni Yıl Kararları

New year brings new dreams and decisions, and we promise to make some changes in our lives. I made a small research on new year’s resolutions and found out many lists of ‘most broken new year’s resolutions’ and recommended resolutions for new year. I guess we love promises as much as we love breaking them.

One of the resolutions that I break the most is becoming fit, and I think most people struggle with this decision. However, I don’t wait the new year to come to realize that I have broken this decision, so I promise myself every season again again.

Another decision that we love to break is Continue reading

Does Santa Claus exist? – Noel Baba gerçek mi?

I believed in Santa Claus until I was in third grade. Santa – Noel Baba – as I called him, would bring Ovgu and me presents every new year.  Jan 1st mornings Ovgu and I would search for our presents and sometimes it would be under our pillows or the small tree in the living room. Sometimes we would get presents even during the year, because we were good children (Thanks mom!). That was enough of a reason to realize something was off, but I was young and naive and happy to hear that I was a good child.

 

One day I was sitting in the class and I wondered what Santa brought to my desk mate. It was a couple days later than the New Years day.

-Mehmet, what did Noel Baba bring to you?

-Noel Baba? There is no such thing! Your parents lied to you!

While he was laughing, I understood that he was a Continue reading

First Thanksgiving with Hot Pot

Although we had read or watched things about Thanksgiving since our childhood, our first Thanksgiving was nowhere near the traditional American way.

For our first Thanksgiving (first year of college), we went to a Continue reading

Life with Louie – A Humorous Approach to Childhood 

Media carries cultures across borders. Movies, TV shows, songs, and even cartoons teach cultures, values and assumptions more than we can imagine. Much of what we learned about America and American culture was rooted in an American cartoon called ‘Life with Louie’ that takes place in Wisconsin. We always watched it in Turkish, so when we saw the original version Continue reading