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
02 March 2013 @ 11:38 pm
Done vs. to-do  
sleep in to catch up on sleep.
have porridge with unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of peanut butter for breakfast.
inspect piles of assorted stuff that have grown on our floors during the past week and throw away half of it.
vacuum everything.
clean all floors.
clean bathroom and dramatically recite "Crossing the Bar" while scrubbing shower.
wipe down all surfaces with furniture polish.
load and run dishwasher.
reorganise kitchen closet.
cut off cables and plugs from lamps to prepare them for being put up in hallway.
nearly electrocute myself doing so because, contrary to what common sense would indicate, the lamps in the hallway are not connected to the fuse labelled "Hall", but to the "Kitchen" fuse.
celebrate fact that growing up I was drilled to use a screwdriver test light before attempting anything on anything electrical.
call my mother to inform her of my near-death experience as she is the one responsible for my test light training.
mope to my mother about fuses, school, and students for an hour.
defrost freezer and peel about 1kg of solid ice off the evaporator coils.
do laundry, including curtains.
play a merry game of sock memory to reunite long-lost sock brethren.
buy black leather coat on eBay for under €6.
buy soft shell coat that looks like a cross between a diving suit and a raincoat but which the reviewers said is very comfortable.
attempt to draw something. Give up when it turns out it sucks.
research short city sightseeing trips Crocky and I could take in the Easter holidays.
research courses offered by the local university and debate feasibility of pulling off completing one while working a full-time job.

Actual to-do-list:
- correct my seventh year's exam.
- talk to the kind crazy cat neighbours.
- draft an exam paper for my other seventh years.
- prepare exercises for my eleventh years for Monday.
- finish minutes of Wednesday's workshop.
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: Mumford & Sons - The Cave
Current Location: Home
27 January 2013 @ 06:07 pm
Vaguely disappointing insect exhibition with surprise reptiles  
Crocky and I went to a local insect exhibition today. It was at a tiny community centre around the corner and the poster had promised all manners of exciting large exotic creatures and they charged a rather hefty entrance fee. However, we soon realised in the first room that it was two small and rather dingy rooms and most of the all insect exhibits and also most others were pinned, some already very old and discoloured, and therefore not all that exciting - even though the organisers had clearly attempted to make them look more interesting by arranging them in terrariums. 

The second room was a very pleasant surprise because the organisers had brought their pet reptiles, spiders and myriapods and were showing them to visitors. Espeially the boas and the tortoise petting zoo were a big hit, though was a bit worried for the tortoises in particular. But the owners always watched out for their animals, and especially the teen handling the snakes and spiders seemed to know what he was doing and always made sure that the visitors treated his charges with respect, so I suppose they were fine.  

Spiders, insects, myriapods, and snakes. )

I want giant millipedes as pets. Crocky favours the boa we met today, but I think that these tiny plant-detritus eating creatures that don't grow to a length of 6m and don't live on live piglets are infinitely preferable. 
Current Mood: okay
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
01 October 2011 @ 10:12 pm
Witches Abroad  
Crocky and I went to foreign lands today!

Or rather, we took a short roadtrip to see Gröningen or Grunnenn two hours down the road. 

Gröningen )

Way home )
26 March 2011 @ 12:54 pm
Awesomeness over at BioWare  
You've all probably heard it already but I'm still slightly gobsmacked at the amount of sense written by this BioWare person (much better write-up over at ontd_p here and sf_d here).

What happened is this: they put out a game in which the fe/male main character can be romantically approached by both male and female NPCs. And everybody sees what's wrong there, clearly not enough content for exclusively straight males! But FEAR NOT, STRAIGHT MALE FANS!

One straight dude takes it upon himself to let BioWare know that they've neglected their main demographic, straight males (emphasis mine):

I'm not surprised, but what did floor me was the reaction of the company. Rather than say things on the lines of "but it's cheaper that way" or "focus on the F/F romance, it's hot", Daivd Gaider talks sense about privilege (with costliness thrown in, though, sadly):

Not that this makes me more likely to buy the game which still sounds pretty failtastic for various reasons, but this is nice.
Current Mood: sleepy
06 February 2011 @ 10:36 pm
When subtext =/= buttsex.  
Lots of sensible things about LGBTQ representation are being said over at [ profile] sparkindarkness' journal on how problematic subtextual and Word of Gay type of "representation" in canon are.


No, it’s not enough. Your hot men who have what may be a lingering look or touched each other a little longer than you thought was strictly necessary or y’know are just “so gay together” do NOT count as GBLTQ representation. I don’t care if you’re sat there with your slash goggles and you’re going to run on home and dash off a ream of steamy steamy mansexing (but hey, if you’re going to, maybe you can avoid tropes like making one of the men shorter than he is on screen so he can ‘bottom properly’ and other such badness? Ugh, yes really) your slash fantasy is not a GBLTQ representation.


There are also smart things in the comments on how problematic platonic and asexual relationships are being made if every platonic on-screen relationship is automatically seen as sexual by [ profile] kazaera  here.
Current Mood: chipper
17 December 2010 @ 10:05 pm
Good things  
  • The endless amounts of white, fluffy snow! now that I get to enjoy it from inside)! Reading "A Child's Christmas in Wales" aloud three times must have worked some kind of charm.
  • Going to Ikea with N. and coming home with stuff we don't really need. Like this mirror and these covers. I'm thinking about this lamp, too, but I don't like the way you can see the lighbulb and I think I'm going to get a candle instead. Or this one, which is also pretty.
  • Föhn mich nicht zulooks like fun - pretty much all of this year's trainees have purchased this book which is apparently a humerous memoir of a bad trainee's exploits.
  • Looking forward to baking cookies tomorrow
  • The Horrible Histories series which can be found on YouTube. Have some Charles II:
  • This aritcle
    «The cultural genome: Google Books reveals traces of fame, censorship and changing languages»
    Abstract: We constructed a corpus of digitized texts containing about 4% of all books ever printed. Analysis of this corpus enables us to investigate cultural trends quantitatively. We survey the vast terrain of "culturomics", focusing on linguistic and cultural phenomena that were reflected in the English language between 1800 and 2000. We show how this approach can provide insights about fields as diverse as lexicography, the evolution of grammar, collective memory, the adoption of technology, the pursuit of fame, censorship, and historical epidemiology. "Culturomics" extends the boundaries of rigorous quantitative inquiry to a wide array of new phenomena spanning the social sciences and the humanities.  Entertaining summary here.
    Summary with brief overview here.
Current Mood: full
28 November 2010 @ 01:18 pm
Good Things  
  • during and after my exam phase and my brother's first couple of weeks of term we didn't play WoW together much, so I let my subscription run out and didn't log on in months. Then I suddenly got an e-mail informing me of the fact that my account may have been compromised and could I please go on the page they gave me and change my password. I did. Three days later my account was banned. Thank you, phishing mail. After a lot of back and forth my account has now been un-banned, thankfully, all my characters and most of the things that I lost restored, too - though my characters were all naked and they'd sold or destroyed everything - which is annoying, because I only got to go along on some of the runs the equip for my main dropped in as a charity case (I'm not a terribly good DD and I think I ought to stick to healing). I hope I'll get to play with my brother again, soon.
  • Correcting my student's essays is awesome. It's interesting not only to see the types of mistakes that first year students still make, but also what kids of topics they touch upon in their stories on"Dreams are nice when..." - they were supposed to portray people in bad situations and write about what kind of good dream they might have.  They mostly mentioned bad marks and not having any friends which they had talked about in class, but some of them also mention poverty, changing schools, or fights. One of them wrote at length about how changing to a different school form can positively affect a person's learning motivation, which is remarkable especially considering that his best friend was told he might fare better at a different school form. They're smart kids.
  • I get to plan the unit on fairy tales for aforementioned first years. I want to invite a story teller, and if my students get far enough with their free speaking and oral presentation skills until January I'm planning on making them tell their own or favourite fairy stories if at all possible, too. Otherwise I'll have them write their own collection of fairy tales, if I get enough time. 
  • after two days of apparently acute forgetfulness my computer has remembered his slave drive. I'm thinking that the data cable broke somewhere and the contact is loose or something - after I moved it it had been loose, but I thought I'd fixed it. Seems the cable itself is broken. Well, for now things are working.
  • Crocky's coming to visit on Wednesday and I'm thinking of taking her to the Christmas market. ♥ I can't believe how much I miss her now that we're not living together anymore, and how much I look forward to each next visit. Work-wise, this arrangement does have it's upsides because I have more time to get stuff done, but other than that I'm looking forward to March, when we'll be living together again.
Current Mood: cold
15 November 2010 @ 07:05 pm
At least I have roll-up bamboo blinds.  
My Crocky-less flat is coming together and is actually starting to be quite comfortable. Now all I need is a big, green leafy palmtree, a proper lamp that gives actual light for my desk, and probably a more comfortable chair.

I'm lucky, though, because it's going to be plant flea market at my school tomorrow and they'll be donated plants. Maybe there's going to be a nice one among them for me.

Shoulda have tidied up before posting... ahem.
Current Mood: content
01 October 2010 @ 09:51 pm
Good things  
I love coffee, though I'm not so much a gourmet rather than a gourmand when it comes to it. I partly blame my upbringing for the early destruction of my taste buds and their lack of ability to distinguish good from bad. Everybody in my family drinks a lot of coffee, and usually spoons can stand up in it and it smells and tastes like what I expect tar tea to taste like.

Still, this thing has seriously improved my life this week: 

It has a grinder and a timer, and even though it's about as much fun to clean as my French press and my moka pot due to the reusable coffee filters, but the coffee is still really good as far as I can tell.

Now the only thing I need to find is a source for affordable ethical coffee, though I gladly bought the expensive beans because [ profile] niaseath is staying with us this week.
Current Mood: caffeinated
25 September 2010 @ 03:18 am
Good things  
I've been rather too happy about my discoveries on Etsy lately and decided to treat Crocky and myself.

First off, I got myself some earrings because I needed accessories that underline my decorous, understated professionalism, seeing as how I'm going to be a teacher and all-around respectable person soon: 

And I got this for Crocky: 

Quite apart from the possibilities to tattoo on her own arm, there's always the possibility to adorn either her uni work or deserving student's work with the Dark Mark.
Current Mood: bouncy
23 August 2010 @ 12:17 am
In Bremen!

For the Referendariat, that is. Yeah. Buten un binnen- wagen un winnen, I suppose.

It's a nice little town city, Crocky's birthplace, and in the North of Germany, so I'm quite content. EDIT: Right now, I'm too terrified to feel excited, because there's so much to organise until then in the two months until November. I have to move, I have to hand in my notice at my current job, I have to wait and see if Hamburg accepts me, too, I have to prepare for teaching there, and, and, and.

Come on, Hamburg, come on come on, come on...
15 June 2010 @ 12:56 pm
Good things  
One of the things I missed most of all during my exam phase were relaxed mornings with Crocky without having pressing issues in the back of my mind all the time.

Like this morning.
After an extended and late breakfast, we lounged on the great, big comfy beanbag that was my birthday present together cuddling, reading out the essays in Heterotopia to each other.

Geek-out sessions like these were far and few between in the last month, and I'm savouring them all the more now.
Current Mood: happy
09 June 2010 @ 09:10 pm
I've had my last final exam today.

It went really, really well, much better than expected, especially considering all the things that went wrong with my final exams.

And it's over!

I'm going to be a teacher!

Fireworks myspace profile -
Current Mood: indescribable
06 May 2010 @ 05:49 pm
Good things.  
Because I survived my oral exam I went on a brief shopping spree and got myself some gratuitous goodies.

Like this: 

Yes, that is an Auryn replica. Sadly, I couldn't find an affordable one with both colours (or one with the inscription, or one created by people who know how the thing is connected with the necklace and don't turn it on its side. Seriously, how hard can it be...?), but this one was cheap, and I like it better without the gold, even though the geek appeal is not quite the same.

Oh, also something that I guess qualifies as pride earrings.
Current Mood: pleased
27 April 2010 @ 02:36 pm
Good Things  
I received this in the mail today:

"Vielen Dank für Ihre Bestellung. Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Freude und viel Erfolg (falls es für eine Prüfung ist :D) mit dem Buch. Herzliche Grüße, SR."

"Thanks a lot for your order. I hope you enjoy it and are successful (in case it's for an exam :D ) with the book. All the best, SR. "
Current Mood: good