12 April 2015 @ 03:21 pm
I finished my first ever cardigan, the Gyre Cardigan.

Even though I did cave and knit a swatch (I hate swatching. It seems like such a waste of time), I got worried at first and started out with thirty stitches more at the beginning because it seemed too small, and several larger things that I'd knitted turned out far too small. It was very difficult at first to judge whether or not the cardigan would when it was still on the needles.

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I should be doing several things for work at the moment, instead I'm learning how to do cable projects, starting with, what else, a scarf. It'll go well with my green hat, though.

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
03 November 2013 @ 10:09 am
It was Crocky's sister Teddy's birthday party yesterday, or rather, one of them- this was the "queer adult edition". I was reacquainted (do people still use this word?) with Crocky's and Teddy's older bisexual foster sister and Crocky's bisexual godmother. I've often marvelled at the fact that my MIL, who died in 1991, had so many queer friends and foster children, and then wound up having a bisexual daughter, too.

Teddy, my former Russian learning partner, is still at it because she's planning to spend a few months in that country on her world tour. I'm slightly jealous because I could never do the same. I'm worried for Teddy, too. Still, I hope she's going to have a great time touring the globe and will return home safely. She cooked a tasty dish from her Russian cuisine cook book for us.

We spent the time eating, laughing, and trying to fold Fröbel stars. which their foster sister brought. The English Wikipedia has this to say:

"Froebel stars are very common in Germany, although few people know how to make them."

To which I can testify- IRL I don't know many people who can do Fröbel stars. I know that my grandparents could make them and my mother can, too, but I am convinced that in my generation I think that only the incredibly crafty like [ profile] angie_21_237 can do it- and the latter is the head of a kindergarten, so it's probably basically her job to know these things.
I have the shrewd suspicion that you talented flisties are probably experts at paper crafts happily fröbeling away, too.

We did end up with things resembling the stars, though and were quite proud of ourselves.

If you want to have a go yourself or need a refresher on how to make them, here's something that looks a lot like the directions we had:

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
31 March 2013 @ 04:53 pm
Dear flist,

I hope you all have a happy, snow-free and relaxing Easter if you are celebrating or similar spring-related holidays!

It's a blessing to have you in my life. ♥

Current Mood: okay
30 October 2012 @ 11:01 pm
It's a relief to see that so many of you storm-tossed flisties out there have checked in to say they are fine. 

I'm still waiting for FB confirmation that a friend is alright, but someone said that they'd heard they were fine, which hopefully will turn out to be true. 

Stay safe, and warm, everyone. ♥
24 June 2012 @ 02:32 pm
Trip to Honeydukes  
Crocky, Pirate and I had a lovely time yesterday. We had perfect weather, great for showing Pirate around the inner city. It's vaguely creepy into how many students (4) and staffmembers (3) we ran into, but I suppose in a city as tiny as this one, that should not be a surprise. 

Sadly, I did not bring my camera, otherwise I would have loved to take some pictures of the best sweet shop in Bremen. I love going. It's in the Böttcherstraße, which is one of the main tourist attractions of Bremen. Crocky and I have been munching on their "summer  mix" all day, guessing the flavours. Their sweets are tasty and immensely pretty and the shop is really cute, and sadly packed now that it is summer. 

Today it's raining cats and dogs again, which is good for my kitchen herbs on the balcony, but bad for my photography plans. 
Current Mood: awake
10 April 2012 @ 06:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who won the Spring Fanfic Polls - you all deserve it and I feel proud to have you on my flist! ♥ 

I hope you celebrated your own abilities accordingly and had a lovely Easter. 
Current Mood: bouncy
15 February 2012 @ 10:02 pm
Thank you so much for all the pretty glass hearts, [ profile] kellychambliss, [ profile] pale_moonlite, [ profile] lordhelleboreand [ profile] moonystone! ♥

I hope you all had a pleasant day on the 14th, however you spent it. 
Current Mood: touched
31 December 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Happy New Year  
Have a great start into the new year, my dears! 

Hope 2012 will be kind to you. 
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
02 March 2010 @ 04:41 pm
FIC: Treehouses.  
Title:  Treehouses
Pairing(s): Petunia/Severus
Rating: PG-13.
Warning(s): -
Summary: Always constructed around Lily, always overshadowed by other things and people, their tentative relationship offers only a very transitory shelter.
Author's Notes: a series of ten drabbles for and inspired by [ profile] lordhellebore, queen of drabbles. I don't usually write fic and these are my first attempts at drabbles, hopefully, it doesn't show.

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08 February 2010 @ 10:29 am
5429 so far.  
Oh, you guys. You deserve celebratory sparkle text:

Thanks to those of you who signed the petition!

Yes, I'm a creepy stalker and spotted some of your names among those who did sign, so a big THANKS for that. On the family front? Well. )
Current Location: Germany, Hanover
Current Mood: cheerful
08 February 2010 @ 01:26 am
I'll shut up about this come the Ides of March  
So, I asked my family to sign this petition I keep harping on about and was told by my father that he doesn't really see the point because only so few people are taking part, so he doesn't see a reason to bother with it. Edit: but he did sign it in the end, yay! Leaves only my brother and my mother who are deterred by ... having to sign up?

That doesn't really sound all that logical to me, especially as a reason to not bother as well if it's something you even moderately care about, but it's true. It is doomed, really - to be seriously considered it needs to gather 50k signatures within a month - it has roughly 5k now, and it needs 45k more until March 3. Plus you need to - gasp- sign up to sign it and people are lazy and don't care whatever the fuck is in our constitution, so both the people who actually would be protected by this law and the majority can't really be bothered.

The third article of our basic law reads as follows:
Article 3: Equality before the law
(1) All persons shall be equal before the law.

(2) Men and women shall have equal rights. The state shall promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and take steps to eliminate disadvantages that now exist.

(3) No person shall be favored or disfavored because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavored because of disability.

The changed version looks like this:
Suggested change:
(3) No person shall be favored or disfavored because of sex, sexual identity, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavored because of disability.

According to our government, the term "sexual identity" covers bisexual, lesbian, gay, intersexed, transgendered and transsexual people because all components of the LGBTI acronym are the same to them. For once, this might be a really good thing and generally A Step In The Right Direction, regardless of the weirdness of having all those different things subsumed under the term "sexual identity".

Well, before, back in November, people in our government thought that the other parts of our Basic Law already nicely cover all relevant aspects and voted it down, it's now being brought back to attention by major parties, and there is also this petition. But, well, you need to sign up. D=

People like our more conservative and sillier folks thought back in November that would will mean paedophiles would be protected under the law and there would be a need to change the legislation to include something they refer to as "bisexual marriage", which turns out to be polygamy. No, I'm not making this up, these people really are that dense, and judging from the comment section of the petition, they're not alone.

Now I am not a legal expert, but I am pretty sure that there are ways to define what exactly they mean by "sexual identity". Having to define terms that sound incredibly vague is a bound to be a central feature of a legislation in which the first article of the Basic Law is "Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority". What is this "human dignity", exactly? And how can state authority protect it? Maybe I'm being naive here, but I can't help but have faith in our lawmakers to get down a definition that says pretty clearly what they mean by "sexual identity".

As for the petition and this matter in general, it seems that there are three basic possibilities to view this - not to give a damn, to be for it with or without knowledge of the legal implications, or to be against it with or without knowledge of the legal implications. So to my mind, you either don't give a damn and I dislike you, you're on the side of the "bisexual-marriage-is-group-marriage"-people or have a more sane legal reason I'd really like to know about, or your name is on that list already or bloody well should be.

This petition, even if it doesn't lead to momentous changes, at least seems to be pretty good a way of showing on which of the three sides people are in this matter. I signed it because I'm still hoping against all reason that this could go somewhere and because also I want to show my support for this publicly, even if this does turn out to be futile. Sometimes that seems to be all I can do, really.

I'd also be much a happier person if more people I know were not completely failing to give a damn or against it, especially my own family, bloody hell.
Current Music: Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waitng, Wishing
Current Location: Germany, Hanover
Current Mood: annoyed
30 December 2009 @ 12:38 pm
Heute kann es regnen,  
Stürmen oder schnei'n,
Denn du strahlst ja selber
Wie der Sonnenschein.
Heut ist dein Geburtstag,
Darum feiern wir,
Alle deine Freunde
Freuen sich mit dir,
Alle deine Freunde
Freuen sich mit dir.

Wie schön dass du geboren bist,
Wir hätten dich sonst sehr vermisst.
Wie schön dass wir beisammen sind,
Wir gratulieren dir, [ profile] angie_21_237 !

Current Mood: cheerful
15 December 2009 @ 12:27 am
Cookie marathon  
We had a cookie baking-and-decorating marathon on Sunday. A few of the guys from the theatre group came round to see us and between the five of us we baked and decorated eight trays of cookies for us and for the pre-Christmas rehearsal on Wednesday. We had brought out the green food colouring for the occasion and finally had an excuse to use the shiny new cookie cutters we bought on the Christmas market two weeks ago.

And what could be more festive than green Apatosauri, chocolaty clefs, notes, butterflies, dogs and bats? Oh, and some stars, too.

I was so busy organising the actual baking and arranging the trays in the oven that my cookies did not turn out as absolutely gorgeous as the ones of the others, who were working wonders with icing, sprinkles, and especially the lilac sugar colour. Except for S., who formed a whole zoo with the help of the dog shape. We understood how she got the goat - slightly shorter tail because of a spot of drier dough, slightly odd ears - even the seal made sense, somehow - hind legs pressed together, the head being roughly the same shape, anyway - but we have no idea how she got to the cock, the mouse or the elephant.

Really festive cookies )
Current Mood: accomplished
12 December 2009 @ 06:02 pm
Though belated...  

We hope you had a very happy birthday, Bron!!
Current Mood: embarrassed
09 December 2009 @ 04:39 pm

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Happy Birthday, Lordhellebore!

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Current Mood: busy
30 November 2009 @ 03:06 pm
Changing tastes and ever-fixéd marks  
So, I invited my grandmother to my registration thing the other day. She said that she might find it difficult to visit me in Hanover because she doesn't feel so good and hasn't been feeling that great overall, lately, then rallied and asked what it was that I was inviting her to again. I repeated and explained. She was quiet for a while and then got worried.

"That is something I wanted to talk to you about anyway - do you really think that is such a good idea?
What if your tastes change? What if one starts being interested in younger women at some point? What if it means your education was wasted because you can't get a job, being gay? )

You know one thing I really don't appreciate about my beautiful relationship?

Having to dig through conversations like the one above, looking for the bright side. I am really not the person to be gooey and gushy about my relationship. Maybe we're not going to make it, maybe we won't be together forever, but during that conversation with my grandmother, I was itching to tell her that love is an ever-fixéd mark, damnit, which looks on tempests and is never shaken, that we possess one world, each hath one, and is one, and all that, that there is no doubt that we're going to make it as a couple and that we'll face those problems we do encounter gladly, together, that things will work out and she does not have to be worried.
But I couldn't think of anything that'd be sensible to say, so I just pointed out I disagreed and left hoping she'll just need time.

[ profile] angie_21_237 told me later about a lesbian couple her mother is friends with. I don't know them, but they heard about my misfortune through the grapevine and said to say hello and tell me that they've been together since 1955, and that in their experience, no, tastes don't change.

So, in terms of marks evér-fixed, there is hope after all.
Current Mood: hopeful
24 October 2009 @ 06:15 pm
Crocky and I are invited to a Halloween party. I'm not very creative when it comes to costumes (I was briefly toying with the idea of going as a bottle - putting on a cork-imitating paper hat and otherwise dressing in green), but I'd rather go as some kind of witch, because I have a hat for that.

Given my curviness I'm considering going as Nanny Ogg, which would be pretty bad-ass. Now the only thing I need are a stein, grey hair dye, possibly a pipe if I can get hold of a cheap one, and I'm good to go.

Also, I bought this: 

...with which I plan to bake Magrat's bat cookies. Not entirely IC for Nanny Ogg, I realise, but I'm not about to buy these
Current Mood: cheerful
09 December 2008 @ 01:51 am

A very happy birthday, [ profile] lordhellebore!!
Current Mood: cheerful
14 November 2008 @ 08:37 pm

A very happy birthday, [info]moonystone !
Current Mood: cold
13 June 2007 @ 08:37 pm
Israel Kamawiwo'ole - Somewhere over the rainbow  
A friend ([ profile] jaywalker23 ) showed me this version of Somwhere over the Rainbow back in the day, when we were still at school, and it's my favourite version of the song.

Well, it's everybody's favourite version, really.

Click me )

For me, it's of course connected with memories of her as well, which makes it even better.
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Current Mood: happy
Current Location: at home
Current Music: Somewhere over the Rainbow
27 November 2006 @ 07:41 am
Peptides and Partners  
Ooh, I am so tired... I have just come back from seeing Crocky off. Her seminar starts at ten, so does mine, so the tantalizing possibility exists to take the direct train to Hanover at seven. We have never been mad or desperate enough for the few hours of extra time to risk it, but since we are not going to see each other again until after Christmas if there is not some miracle that permits me to see her in spite of the workload and my father occupying our basement, it had to be done this time, so we quietly sneaked out of the house at six. Hamburg is strangely empty at this time, even at the central station only very few people were around, which was nice. It was horrible to see Crocky go, though. I know that I do repeat myself and keep moping about that every week, but sometimes it does make me wonder about the future. Every time she leaves, she takes a part of me with her - what will there be left in a few year's time?

[ profile] jaywalker23's birthday on Friday was great, and it was fun to meet some of her friends and seeing old school mates again. I am very exited about the fact that Crocky likes my friends, I had hoped she would. Well, I should not have worried, of course - Genghis is a great person and I don't think there's anyone who would not like her. I had virtually no time at all to choose a present, so it turned out not to be what I had had in mind and really poorly wrapped, it was really a shame - but she was very nice about it. Ooh, I hope she likes it!

I spent most of Saturday afternoon translating a text for my father. Well, proofing, really, although I was originally going to translate it... Chemistry texts... I did not even understand the German text, what with all the details on processes of validation, the purity evaluation of the decapeptide and technical details, so how was I supposed to translate it? The chemistry dictionary is not here, there was no way to translate any of the technical terms. We solved it by my father writing a sketchy translation of the technical terms in easy sentences and me correcting and rewriting the English sentences. Sounds easy, but even with the technical terms it took hours. I don't think I have ever spent so much time on any two pages of writing. It was fun, though, in a sense.

And now I have to leave the basement once more, taking with me everything that reminds me of another great weekend that was far too short.
I hope this week will be better than last week, there were times when I felt like just walking out of this university, this course, this city, this life, without ever turning back and just seeing where I end up - suddenly, especially in the middle of Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, everything was better than the thought of having to stand this situation, all of it, much longer. I don't know what it is that gets to me so much, but I hope it stops soon. I don't want to have to fear that soon I won't be able to get up in the mornings anymore, that I become snappy, that I hurt people I like. It's a weird sensation, but it seems as though all those small moments of happiness are just not enough in the long run, there is just too much undifferentiated sadness, and those moments are becoming islands that are farther and farther apart. I daresay it is, as always, just a matter of attitude and your point of view, but my point of view is a what's the point-view at the moment. I hope it'll go away again.

Well, it's Monday, it's early, the week's ahead of me, let's get busy.
Current Music: Beyond The Sea
Current Location: The timeless basement
Current Mood: determined
20 June 2006 @ 01:27 pm
*jaw drops*

Draco's birthday is on the same day as mine...? 
Why, of all people...? 

Oh, and... hey, do I already know this? I have the feeling that I talked about this before with [personal profile] lordhellebore. Hm, maybe not. Boy, I'm really getting old... Well, at least he's three years older than me. Ah, well. Gemini are nice and creative people who love to talk and to socialise, if I remember correctly. And we're easily bored, artsy and have many interests. Hmm... well, film-Draco can do origami and he writes poetry. Hmm.

Oh, other fandom activity than checking up my least favourite character on the Lexicon for an RPG I've been dragged into - I am on this PG-13 RPGing site, yes? It's a Harry Potter RPGing site. I know, it's a waste of time, but it's fun writing stories together with very creative people while being able to mock the non-sapient.

Today, I'm just browsing about, and what do I find in my inbox apart from the usual junk?
A request to be the "online slave master" for someone. I had the hopes that she is a non-native who was looking for someone to join her in some peculiar RP, but no... she, 16, meant it. She wants an online "master".
Which leaves me with three questions - why on earth do I qualify in her eyes? 
Secondly - do I report her to the mods and hope for the best? I guess I should. 
And thirdly - why on earth does she look for such a person on a PG-13 Harry Potter role playing site? Kids today... here's hoping it was either a dare, or someone I had a row with a while ago who wants to have me banned.

Sorry about the randomness, I have to kill my time somehow. 
I'm waiting for Crocky to return, their bus left Oban at ten, I, in an optimistic spirit, thought it would take them only around two hours to get here, but apparently, I miscalculated that. But maybe they left later they wanted to or something. 

I guess I'll fulfill a promise and read a bit, if I can retrieve the address of the account...

Special *hugs* to Rye.
Current Location: Glasgow University Library
Current Music: Silence
Current Mood: amused
03 June 2006 @ 05:07 pm
*takes a deep breath*  
Seriously, I need a break, this weekend is going to be STRESS... although in a fun way. Well, for me, I think it must really suck for Crocky.
My well-deserved holidays have been great so far with lots of time spent either at home with Crocky or going out. And it's so HOT outside, you wouldn't believe it...

It all began on Thursday. On Thursday, we went clubbing with Julez, who is about to go back to Germany. We'd been there fairly early, so half the time it was rather empty in the coziest bar in Glasgow. Seriously, I wish I'd taken some pictures, the decoration was just great. It has a really friendly atmosphere and you somehow don't get drunk as easily as usual in that pub and therefore somehow end up spending stupendous amounts of money on drinks. I have never had so many drinks in a row, me, who is usually quite tipsy after one Bacardi Breezer or a half-hearted glass of wine... 
We had a lovely time talking to a whole pack of gay guys. Actually we had just taken the sofa opposite them because all the others were occupied and had thought they wouldn't talk to us because we were speaking pointedly in German, but once more, we had to find out how amazing the language skills of the Glaswegians are - half of them could speak German, had just come back from a year abroad in Germany or had taken German courses at the uni. One of them, the one I wanted to smack around the head for his annoyingly impolite questions ("What do you think about semen in the face?" - "Is it true that all German women have a lot of hair in their arm pits?" - "Hey, petal, why aren't you talking to me? What was your name again? Ah, never mind - oy! You! Gretel!"), reminded me oddly of a very stupid version of Kat from my Russian and Psy class. Sca-ry.

Yesterday, I took a day off from cleaning the flat and throwing away the uni stuff I am not going to take home with me and finished the books which have been lying around in the flat since before the Exam period. I had almost forgotten how great it is just to sit in the living room and read for hours on end...

I somehow don't really like the end of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, it seems so by-the-by and leaves so many things open. Well, at least nothing terrible happened, which I had feared after breaking my vows to myself and reading the last paragraph before I was half-way through. 
I loved, loved, loved  Ignorance by Milan Kundera. Although I really did not like the first chapter, the rest of the book is just so perfect. There are so many passages I read through only to go back and read them again because they are so mind-bogglingly great. I can't wait to borrow more of his books from the library. He is such a great author! Well, obviously, why am I surprised. Still, it's stunning. Well, and it makes me afraid to go home. What if my time here will be unreal when I come back home? What if it also gets "amputated", the whole period between the fall of 2005 and the summer of 2006 gets thrown out and the fall of 2005 becomes the fall of 2006 directly? Will I find the people at home as alien as those here first seemed to me? But then, it was only a year and I am not really an Emigre.
Next was The Spirit Level, which is a short anthology of poems by Seamus Heaney. Who is awesome
Currently, I'm reading The Prince and the Pauper. How could I forget how great Mark Twain's style is? I can remember that I did not like him when I was younger, and I truly can't understand why today. 

Today, directly after Crocky's choir rehearsal for the concert on Sunday, we are first going to a pub crawl with Kirsi and some other guys from Russian and the clubbing with Julez.

Tomorrow, Crocky has a final rehearsal, then we're meeting Julez again because she flies home on Monday (on my birthday!! Yeah, go on, guys, desert me! Seriously, everybody's going home either tomorrow or on Monday...), then Crocky has a concert, and then, it's Monday. My birthday, and everyone's gone because the exam period is over. Growl. Well, never mind, I had contemplated going to see Carmen, but I forgot to book seats in advance, so maybe that won't work out.

On Monday, I want to try to find a job. I am in two minds about that whole thing. I could work here, I do not have time to squeeze work into at home due to my full time tables. It would also make the two month ahead less empty, but it would also interfere with my traveling plans. Still... I wish I'd find something with flexible times. 
There are a few things I'd love to do, but seeing as I'd only be able to work for two month and since I haven't been doing anything apart from tutoring kids so far, I'm not all too comfortable with the whole thing. There are some pubs who need staff, but I am not too sure they need an ex-tutor with zero experience in pubs. Some charities need someone to do fund-raising, but they're looking for someone for door-to-door tours on a full-time basis.  And I am not really that good at fund-raising. I'd so love to do something in a more social sector or to do something with languages... Tutoring was the first thing I thought of, but since there are SO many Germans in Glasgow, that proved to be rather unsuccessful already. 

Anyway. Off now. Have a nice weekend!
Current Music: The heat buzzing
Current Location: Glasgow University Main Library
Current Mood: happy
29 May 2006 @ 03:27 pm
X-Men III  
*snortles* It was sooo much fun to watch this movie with Crocky and Julez, it nearly did noy matter at all how horrendous the movie was. 

And it began promisingly enough, with us missing the bus, being late, that Card-Collection thingy not taking our Switch card, me walking into the glass wall of a revolving door at full steam... *cringes* Thankfully, Julez pretended not to have seen it and nobody laughed, so possibly really nobody saw it at all, us being nearly late for the beginning of the movie... Yeah. 

So, it was a completely fun experience, watching the movie, although the actual getting to the cinema and into the seats was already a lot more exiting than the actual film. 

What bugged me about both this film and The Da Vinci Code, which is also featuring one of the most predictable stories I have ever seen, was the rating. 

12A??? Excuse me??

"Well now, children. You are twelve, so today, Mum and Dad are going to take you to watch a nice film. 
Oh, that guy? Yeah, he is chastising himself. You know, the whip which you can see there, in all it's closed-up glory, is a cat o' nine tails. Yup, there's something at the end of each individual whip which makes it more painful. As you can see there. Yup, his back's bleeding now. But don't worry, he is only the bad guy.
Oh, that on his leg? Yes, that is also painful. Note how the blood starts to drip down as he fastens it around it." 

And x-men?

"Oh, she? Well, you know how a microwave works? She just pulled his particles apart. No harm done. It does not hurt like it did Wolverine when those strange things the punk thug shot at him were sticking in his stomach. But he's fine now, see? The professor has just been blasted apart, sorry."

And movies like Closer
Nooooo. Can't have children watch that, sorry. Not until they're 18. They cannot be confronted with bad language and OMG!! sex before they are at least 15. They do say the "f-word" a lot.  And that one guy says the c-word for female thingies. Tut, tut. 
Homicide and ritual self-mutilation are much nicer and child-safe.  

I mean, I know the ratings are crappy, but it is becoming completely ridiculous, especially US American and Irish ratings. I know that there is a trend which condones violence in TV and forbids sexuality, but why does this have to go further and further? It has become so absolutely ridiculous.
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Location: Glasgow University, Student Information Desk
Current Music: Someone having crisps
18 March 2005 @ 01:05 pm
Many Meetings  
Yay for Fridays. Finally I have holidays. Well... almost, if it wasn't for the term paper in the Advanced German Literature course... Sigh. It never ends.
But I do not regret doing practical training at school at all. Teaching is... absolutely great, satisfying work without the dull changelessness of offices I have always feared.
I think I have found the direction I was looking for. This seems to be worth keeping up, although preparing for lessons takes me ages and I tremble at the thought of teaching when I plan... but when I finally do, I love it.
And they apparently don't mind me doing it, either. I gave them a sheet of paper on which they could give me some feedback, the pros and cons of me becoming a teacher and a ballot paper on which they could vote for me becoming a teacher or not.
They apparently do want me to become a teacher (the class 9/3 voted as follows: "Yes, you should": 13, "No, get another job": 0, "Never mind": 8), and interestingly, the reasons were nearly always the same. They liked the way I taught them and my way of teaching. Yay!
The con reasons were also always the same - "You talk to fast!" - "You read too fast!" - "You should be more strict!"
Alright. Maybe I should be more strict. A lot of people were nice and told me: "You are too nice to us". Tehe. I love children.

Met Sad and her significant other last Tuesday! We had a good time in spite of the lack of cozy little cafes in Hamburg. It was great to see her. Funny to see people you have met online in real life, and at the same time - it is a bit like meeting someone you know already, even though you don't really.
Er. You all know what I want to say.

Crocky and I are going back to Hanover today. Well, she is going back, I am tagging along. My father comes up from Hesse to visit my family and therefore we have to give up our cellar - his cellar, originally. The only hair-free room in our pet-ridden house.

She is sitting next to me now humming along to the In Extremo- song I am listening to and telling me that it is in minor. Now she's watching TV - I think I'll better stop now, I have to stuff a few things into my rucksack and a few books to carry back to my room and Crocky seems bored. Have a nice weekend, everyone!

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Current Music: Crocky watching TV
Current Mood: cheerful
22 January 2005 @ 01:18 pm

Saw a play of the Hamburg University Players yesterday with [ profile] jaywalker23.

 It was great to see her again, I haven't seen her in ages because I am lazy and unorganised and busy on top of that. I really wonder what's going to happen when I don't live in Hamburg anymore. I don't even manage to see people who live here, 10-15 minutes per bike away from me, to be precise.

The Players... let's say they made a spirited attempt at Macbeth. Strangely, all minor characters have been really, really good, and most major characters rather.... boring. Which is strange, because they are all rather gifted actors. They have taken the best actors they have for the major ones, and their acting was good, but somehow, they did not really manage to "enthrall" the audience. "Lady Macbeth" for example is, without a doubt, a very gifted actress, but her monologues have somehow made people yawn and check the watch all the same.
The modern elements they tried to introduce went well, but not all of them. They added some things to the plot, left some scenes out which they found unimportant - and indeed, no one seemed to miss any of them, they erased half the minor characters, added ... I guess I have to call it "music" in want of a better word... I guess it's what happens when you tell someone who is musical: "Hey, we want something sad, dramatic that sounds vaguely highlandish in some parts! But be ... Different!" and then leave them alone with a xylophone and some undefinable instruments.
The wyrd sisters have been very good, but maybe I only think so because I really like Third Witch, whom I know from a couple of courses and who's really nice.  
They also managed to get most of the actors in skirts (they did have a tartan pattern, but they were faaaar too long to be kilts), which definitely looked rather nice.

On the whole - hey, they tried! They were really good for a group of students! But: hey, they have been better than that. [ profile] jaywalker23 did not seem all too thrilled, either.

Ah, well. Now I have to see to the synopsis of my term paper we have to do in my Gothic Novel course and the summary I have to do in Language and Religion.

I think those things are really pretty, somehow. Not really informative, but nice.

Click here to see! )
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19 July 2004 @ 10:18 am

One week without work and family!

Well, not really without family, because I am staying in the hair-and-animal-free flat of my granma with Crockster. It'll be great, we'll see more of Julez, watch Spiderman II and Traumschiff Surprise if we can.
Hm, ok, both also practically family. Time with Crockster and Julez! YAY!

I am looking forward to the next week - to this week! - like children to their summer holidays.

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