30 March 2015 @ 09:25 pm
Holidays with The Walking Dead  
Two more glorious weeks of Easter holidays lie ahead and I'm surfacing from work once more. I haven't touched the pile of student papers yet at all.

I haven't even glanced their way.

Crocky and I have taken a short trip across Germany and I've knitted a lot while watching The Walking Dead, but that's about it. I've backdated seveal posts about the trip with photos and notes with memories.

Short thoughts on TWD )

I'm going back to doing drop stitches on my Gyre cardigan now. 
Current Mood: lazy
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
23 December 2013 @ 02:23 pm
Happy holidays!  

I hope you get to spend some time with your loved ones and will have some time for yourselves, too, to wind down. 
Current Mood: okay
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
22 December 2012 @ 11:30 pm
Crocky and I are leaving for her family's tomorrow and I'm not sure if, between the in-laws, their internet connection and the paper I'm taking with me to grade I'll get online, so I'll say it now: 

I wish all of you restful, relaxing, happy holidays with your loved ones!

Current Mood: thirsty
22 December 2012 @ 09:57 pm
Christmas Bakery  
Sorry, this is a baking post. This year I made a bunch of thumb print cookies for everybody! They don't look very Christmassy and I can't make cookies look pretty, period, but at least they taste good.

Below are thumprint cookies with mint icing, white chocolate icing, rum icing with sugar hearts. I also made thumprint cookies with salted caramel. It's my favourite things at the moment, they're amazing. 

I'm also thinking about making peanut butter pillows

Current Mood: cheerful
12 December 2012 @ 07:39 pm
Seasonal decorations  
Bremen is snowy at the moment, the annual Christmas market is in full swing, and our house is becoming more Christmassy, too - all the other windows are blinking or light up at night.

To join in, I put up some decoration as well, though compared to the lavish display of our neighbours mine is half-hearted at best, but then, I never really know what to do in terms of window decorations. I don't really like things that blink or light up, and thus I went for red sisal stars. And there's our tree and wreath, too. 

Close-ups of decorations. )
Current Location: Bremen
Current Music: TYT on youtube
Current Mood: calm
30 July 2012 @ 06:06 pm
Ladby Skivet  
At the beginning of the twentieth century a Viking burial ship was discovered in a burial mound near Kerteminde.

Today, there is a a museum about the burial mound as well as a replica. They also have a shipyard in which they rebuild findings from the tenth century (with period tools!). 

Read more... )
Current Location: Kerteminde, Denmark
Current Mood: happy
29 July 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Esbjerg and Ringkøbing  
I've been to Esbjerg before with [ profile] angie_21_237 and her family when I was a teenager, and the most vivid memory I have of the place is eating my first hot dog, pretty buildings, after, if memory serves, a visit to the Artillery Museum in Varde (which these days is advertised as "a great day for father and son", so I suppose I don't have to feel bad about giving it a miss, being neither). In short, I don't really remember the city. Crocky really wanted to go, though, because she's liked the city for a long time. 

So along we went. I'm glad we did, too, the weather was lovely, we had a picnick in the park, and we found the most flattering bathing suit that I have ever owned. Since I am self-conscious about my size there isn't a lot of swimwear that will make me get excited to get in the water, but I feel rather good about my newest aquisition of a swimming-dressy-kind of garment. 

Ringkøbing and pictures from the road - with extra cygnets! )
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Location: Esbjerg, Denmark
28 July 2012 @ 11:29 pm
Bork Viking Harbour  
I was born in Hamburg. The city has a big harbour, and excursions to said harbour and prerequisite tours of it by boat are a school trip staple of all towns in a 50km radius. There is also the annua Hafengeburtstag a street festival celebrating the anniversary of the harbour, and plenty of other, harbour-and-boat-related activities. I get seasick and somehow never caught the any romantic ideas about a seafaring lifestyle. 

Thus at some point I did mention to Crocky that I am not, really, that interested in boats. She gave me a long look and said, "I may have bad news for you." She was not wrong. Still, the reconstructed harbour we visited was very nice. It's another living history museum and very much worth the trip. 

There were some boats. 

This is Bork... )

Modern Bayeux-style-tapestry on the history of the harbour )
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Location: Bork Vikingehavn, Denmark
27 July 2012 @ 09:01 pm
Ribe Viking Centre  
The Ribe Viking centre go look at that page!) is a living history centre which uses volunteers from Denmark to play Vikings and introduce visitors to their various crafts. To boost their numbers they also take volunteers without any special skills (who then get to camp close to the centre for free in exchange for being a Viking for a few weeks), and Crocky and I were seriously tempted. They get lot f German visitors, after all, and need to translate for them, too. 

It has three different sites, a marketplace from around 710, a town from around 825, and a manor farm with a long house from 980. The buildings are all reconstructions from buildings archeologists found on the site, and they're fascinating to walk through. 

Inside the longhouse on the manor farm. 

Read more... )
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Location: Ribe, Denmark
26 July 2012 @ 08:31 pm
Hvide Sande  
Our journey was really relaxed and pleasant. We packed our car, drove to Hamburg to pick up our tent and were welcomed with a great breakfast my mother had prepared. We spent some time there, then left for Denmark. 

And arrived in Hvide Sande that evening. The camp site was alright, and the highlight of the trip were the gigantic moths which always came to the kitchen and bathrooms during the night, most notably the garden tigers (see the last two pictures under the cut).

Also, I'm marvelling at what the Danes think of the infestation of my country(wo)men every summer. There are more Germans than Danes on the campsite we are on, and most natives we've run into had a frightfully good command of both English and German. Of course, German must be easy to learn for speakers of Germanic languages as close to ours as Danish, but my Danish is not even good enough to get me through a casual chat at the supermarket, so I can't help but be very impressed, and feel a slight Fremdscham or some of my more noisy and impolite compatriots. 

Tonight at a tiny seaside restaurant the German family next to us, confident in the knowledge that we wouldn't understand their language, talked about us and then pointed out our meals and commented on it to each other. They did stop after a pointed look (and after we started a German conversation), but even without us being German, given the language expertise of the natives and basic human decency, I wonder what got into them. 

Read more... )
Current Location: Hvide Sande, Denmark
25 July 2012 @ 11:13 pm
As of tomorrow, Crocky and I will be away on vacation in Denmark on an impromptu Viking-sight-themed-camping-tour. 

See you all in a week!
Current Mood: cheerful
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
25 December 2011 @ 09:44 am
Happy, merry, relaxing holidays!  
I hope all of you dear flisties had a great and not too rainy Winter Solstice this week, a nice and quiet Christmas Eve with friends and family yesterday and I wish all of you great and relaxing Christmas days with your loved ones and great food. May it be all that you hoped for this year.

My own pictures of the Christmas market were not inspiring, but here's a great one I found by Jonas Ginter, who is a local photographer. 

Current Mood: cheerful
11 December 2011 @ 07:57 pm
Christmas decoration, or the lack thereof  
There isn't a lot going on with decoration going on in our house this Christmas. I simply didn't have the time or the energy.  I did put up some fairy lights around the window, but other than that I passed on Window decoration. The only other things I've done is distribute some tealights in glasses and paper bags and distributed those around our flat. Pretty, simple, perfect right now.

Our neighbourhood is into the Christmas spirit a lot more than us. They have blinking things, deer that light up, climbing Santas, the works. 

One street even turned all the houses into a giant advent calender. I'm absolutely in love with this. The idea seems to be that every house puts a number inside their window, and on the corresponding date, children who come to the doors receive sweets or similar things. Great way to meeting the neighbours, spreading the Christmas spirit and creating a community. I wish we could do something like this in our house. 
Current Mood: awed
31 December 2010 @ 05:50 pm
A Very Happy New Year!  
Dearest Friends,

here's hoping you had a great year 2010

and will have a great year 2011!

Beautiful shot of the fireworks over the Außenalster in Hamburg I discovered online.

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Current Mood: chipper
24 December 2010 @ 05:52 pm
Christmas Eve, alone  
Crocky's conducting a church service and I chose to stay home in the warmth, lazy that I am, because her choir is in the middle of nowhere. We'll attend midnight mass and listen to parts of Bach's Christmas oratio together, though. I'm looking forward to that, because we don't get much time together this Christmas, what with work and parental visits.

Current Mood: melancholy
22 December 2010 @ 02:40 pm
Merry Christmas  
Just finished packing for my trip to Hanover today to see Crocky and spend Christmas Eve with her, head to Hamburg on Christmas Day to see my family, then maybe to Hesse to see the in-laws on Boxing Day.

I hope all of you have great holidays and a lovely Christmas!

(Yesterday's lunar eclipse)
Current Mood: busy
31 December 2009 @ 09:56 pm
Have a great start into the new year!

I hope that 2010 will treat you kindly.

Whee, fireworks )
Current Mood: cheerful
23 December 2009 @ 11:25 pm



Happy Christmas to all of you!
Current Mood: calm
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
02 December 2009 @ 09:59 pm
One of the downsides of studying at home is that I get far too distracted. While reading my texts for my didactics exam I caught myself doodling lesson plans, tried to come up with exercises for Friday (something I scheduled for Friday morning), tried to make up games for my students, tried to think of think of fun writing exercises I can use to get the other students to write, of songs I can use for the listening comprehension crew. I watched a blue tit, planned a story.

But I suppose productivity is a good thing.

Blue tit (3) )

Also, the moon is particularly beautiful today:
A round, yellow moon. Very pretty.

It's made of cheese (3) )

I hope everyone had a good first Advent Sunday. Do you do anything to celebrate it? Crocky and I lit the first candle of our wreath (a tradition which was supposedly invented by the theologian who founded the school where I did my second internship, Johann Hinrich Wichern) and read together in the evening. I would have liked to sing with her, too, but she was busy on Sunday, so we're doing that tonight. I love singing with her.

Current Mood: calm
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
31 December 2008 @ 11:28 pm
Happy New Year!  
Happy New Year, everyone!!

Have a great night and a great year 2009!

There are already good news for the new years, too: Terry Pratchett is now Sir Terry.

Why I'm on LJ half an hour before midnight? Crocky's caught a cold and is fast asleep. I think I'll just wake her briefly at midnight and then let her sleep again and watch the fireworks in the city centre from our window.

Edit: We did watch the fireworks from our window. Our neighbourhood is thankfully full of very rocket-happy people who all live in apartment building, so more fireworks come per square meter of street than in my part of Hamburg, resulting in a multicoloured sky for hours.

Open the window... )
Current Mood: calm
26 December 2008 @ 02:08 am

I hope all of you have a very happy Christmas!!
03 December 2008 @ 07:53 pm
Christmas cards!  

Goodness, it's already December.

If you'd like a Christmas card from Crocky and me, please comment with your address or e-mail us at mothwing at web dot de.

We'll put them in the mail next week so that they'll arrive on time and won't get lost in the annual Christmas postcard avalanche like they did last time. I hope the post won't mess them up the way they did this time  - for some reason, two thirds were returned or never arrived back then.

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Current Mood: cheerful
11 February 2008 @ 06:53 pm
Assorted Christmas Pics  
These were made before Christmas and I never got round to posting them until now. So. Here they are.

Christmas market and decoration of the main station )

Fun with food - cookies and radish mice. )
I didn't take any pictures of the tree at home this year - funny thing, usually I do, but since things were a little different this year, anyway, it might have been more fitting to post a screen shot of the virtual Christmas trees in Ogrimmar with my character and my brother's instead, as that would have been a more representative picture of what Christmas was like.
Current Location: Uelzen
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Sagradar trobar - In Extremo
24 December 2007 @ 05:44 pm
Merry Christmas!  
I hope all of you have great holidays and a lovely time!

Current Location: Hamburg
Current Mood: awake
25 May 2007 @ 12:37 am
Which equals a week offline, at Crocky's.

Sadly, "holidays" is definitely not the appropriate term here, there's too much stuff I have to do. Including a solo group work, as it seems, as my group miraculously disappeared and didn't get in touch with me, either. I love that kind of shite. Ah, well. At least I'm not here.

I hope that by the time I'm back my treat to myself, Love That Dog will have arrived, too. I am really looking forward to that!

See youse in a week.
Current Mood: cheerful
09 April 2007 @ 05:29 pm
Happy Easter!  
I am so glad that I have my own internet at home, seriously. These internet cafés are just soo expensive! Well, maybe that's because it's easter and everything's closed. 

Spent a very lovely weekend with Crocky so far. I don't know why, but whenever I get here, I am always in the mood for going places and visiting all the tourist attractions or going for a walk on the banks of the river, holding hands - but as soon as we reach her flat, I am no longer in the mood to do anything except for curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and we never, ever really do go out. 
This weekend was the same. After the prerequisite chocolate bunny hunt I sent Crocky on we've been watching movies (The Perfume, PotC II) and cuddling. Which is the best way to spend a weekend, really.

The bonfire on Saturday was nice, although it was smaller than I had hoped and there were more people than I had hoped, too. It was nice, though. 

I really don't want to go back on Tuesday. I have to go to an interview for a prospective internship this summer. I am really not looking forward to either the internship or the interview, but I have to do it for my course of studies. If I don't manage doing one this semester it may be that I get in trouble with my final exam later on, because I need it for signing up for the finals. I also need to do a Latin course in the holidays, but the final exam for that is not in the middle of next semester, the course related to the stupid internship is. I really, really hope this will work out. 

It's in a day-care centre around the corner that also offers supervised homework. They've got children from the age of 3 to 14, the latter only after school. I really, really hope they take me. I am also pretty miffed that I wasn't really able to look for a place a LOT earlier. 
If I hadn't been able to change courses, I wouldn't have needed to do that kind of internship, and if they hadn't taken so long I might have looked for the place earlier. The deadline for submitting the paper stating the address and the date of your internship is *drumroll*  next Friday. 
I could swear it used to be in May, but no, April it is. That really did not leave me a lot of time between being accepted for this course of studies and the deadline to search. Because I thought it was in May I did start later than I could have, and got a lot of friendly e-mails thanking me for my interest but sadly, they really didn't take any internees at all. 

This is pretty much a last resort kind of internship, and I am really not looking forward to it. I would have loved finding something that's actually useful and interesting for me, like working in a support centre for teenagers or even at an international day-care centre, or a language school, but no, day-care centre it is. 


No, it couldn't have really been worse. I am really, really NOT good at dealing with that age group. 
Out of curiosity I have done an internship at a kindergarten before, and that ended in mutual incomprehension. I liked the children, they were really nice and clever and sweet, but I am just not very good at pre-schoolers. Poor kids. 
Current Location: Linden, Hanover
Current Mood: calm
07 April 2007 @ 06:34 pm

I am in Hanover right now.  It is so nice to see Crocky again, there's not a minute in which I don't want to reach out and hug her. 

She's fairly ok again, thank goodness. I hate not being able to be there when she needs me, and the time it took for that seminar to finish was just... torture. I've been sitting on hot coals during the entire train ride, too. That's really bad about different cities.

Today, we're going to a big bonfire some people have organised close to home, and then we'll maybe watch another movie, all nice and quiet stuff. 

I love being here, with her. 

Current Location: Hanover
Current Mood: good
14 February 2007 @ 10:44 am
Always a good excuse to post poetry and kitschy pictures...  
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

3 Photos. )

Even though I like having another excuse for celebrating my relationship with Crocky, I hate Valentine's Day. Of all invented holidays it is the most superficial one by far. The sheer amount of red roses! The piles of pink hearts! The postcards with excerpts from great poetry yanked out of context and pasted into something adorned with teddy bears and flowers! The piles of chocolate boxes! The expectations floating in the air! The disappointments! It's like being trapped in a teenage nightmare.

And it's another day that draws attention to the fact that people are alone everywhere, another day that makes people shop to quell their guilt for the chances they missed the other 364 days of the year. It's almost as depressing as mother's day or father's day.
Current Location: The Basement
Current Mood: busy
29 December 2006 @ 02:44 pm
Have a great New Year's Eve!  

All the best of luck for the new year! 
May 2007 bring you lots of happiness!

Won't have internet access during the next few days because I'm going to be staying at Crocky's. Wheee! I am so exited! 
Well, I am also scared of her flatmates, but they are really nice... 
... I'd love to be able to spend some time alone with Crocky, though. Really alone, desert island alone, not "someone is behind that thin wall" or "someone else is in this flat" alone. I miss having her all for myself all the time and not having to share her with people

Lots of *hugs* to all of you!!

Current Music: The humming of said computer. What's wrong with that fan??
Current Mood: happy
Current Location: My Mum's Computer because mine's already in its bag
25 December 2006 @ 12:40 am
Mirth and good cheer...  
When the Yule tide comes in like a bride
And holly and ivy clad
Twelve days in the year must mirth and good cheer
In every household is had
The popular guise is then to devise
All manner of holiday play
Both women and men do best that they can
To drive the cold winter away...



Will now go back to wiping my hard drive and re-installing Windows, because repairing did not work.

Will the procede to re-write the nine pages of my essay which I had saved to my desktop, brilliant as I am.

Ho, ho, ho.
Current Location: My brother's room
Current Mood: pissed off
04 December 2006 @ 09:56 pm
I found Jesus!  
Rejoice with me! Now our Christmas festivities will no longer feel as though there was something missing. My family and I have been looking for him quite a while now, and finally, this year, there will be no strange substitutes any more! He was in a basket on the upstairs corridor all along, buried among old wrapping paper that had piled up in it for a reason.

Don't worry, I am talking about the wooden figurine from our nativity set. I know these things are dangerously kitschy, but they are part of my Christmasses like the tree, like the annual fights, like wobbling cassettes with carols because none of us can sing, like the smell of pine and the fight about who is going to try and untangle the fairy lights this year, who tangled them last year, whose fault everything is, etc.

Edit: Take that, you Christians with your leaflets on campus who assume that everybody around you must be a heathen fiend.
Now, when they go, "Have you found Jesus?" I can always go, "Oh, yeah, he was in the basket in the corridor all along, but thanks for asking!"

The little wooden baby Jesus belongs to my grandmother and has been part of Christmas for longer than I can remember. It was a magical and special treat to be allowed to help her setting it up, and especially to place the holy family in the stable - although I have to admit that I was much more preoccupied with the donkey and the oxen as a child than with, say, Joseph.

After me and my mother had moved to another house with my father (who had been living in Hannover prior to that for job reasons), my mother and I made our own, with ceramic, self-painted figurines. Oh, I can remember painting those sheep! They are easy, and easy enough for a six- or seven-years-old. Our five shepherds had a flock of five apologetic, forlorn sheep in the beginning, but by and by, the flock grew to a couple of dozen. The same happened to the multitude of the heavenly host, which was, at first, actually only one host, and because we did not have anything for him to stand on, he had to stand on the roof of the stable. He's got lots of company, now. I loved painting the angels. Due to my expert taste in colours, most of them do not only have silver wings, but also are wearing bright, pink or green garments.
The one my grandmother has is not colourful, it's made from wood, and my grandfather built the little stable himself. My grandmother always has the three magi advancing a little every day, and only has them reach the manger on Epiphany. I remember checking in on them every day, to see how they were getting on, how far they still had to go until they would reach the stable.

Sometimes I think that the Christmasses at my grandparent's were the only times, with the possible exception of last year, when Christmas actually felt right, and not just like one, big awful family gathering that everyone wants to be over as soon as possible.
In Crocky's fairy-tale family, the house is full of people who love each other so much it actually becomes visible in their eyes, especially at Christmas, people are actually happy it's Christmas, happy to see each other, not faintly worried, and there is always, always music - half-played piano tunes, or carols, violins from rooms upstairs, brass instruments...
In my family, there are always fights at Christmas, fights and wounds and tempers and tantrums and tears, and I am always glad when Christmas is finally, finally over. The atmosphere is always tense and uncomfortable, and everyone draws back a little more into their shell, ready for the attacks the others might want to levy on them, because emotions are running high.

The holy family in their stable is actually quite lucky, I faintly remember thinking once, because the stable does not have any doors, and there are lots of people looking in on them, and people always behave better when there are strangers around.
Current Location: My Room
Current Mood: thoughtful
31 October 2006 @ 07:34 pm
Gender meme  

So. Off to await trick-or-treaters. And if any of those filthy little would-be scary snotrags so much as thinks about throwing eggs at our windows they're going to feel the full force of our garden hose, I'll see to that. 

At least the weather is pretty discouraging, that's nice - the wind is howling and it's more or less raining, wet leaves are everywhere and the temperature is just below the comfort level. Mwehehehe.

Oooh, I love Halloween.
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Current Location: My Room
Current Music: My brother or possibly one of his friends swearing
Current Mood: curious
31 October 2006 @ 12:26 pm
Happy holidays!  
Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating it and a happy Reformation Day to the rest!

Typical of the German government to change its status from a public holiday back to a regular working day, I could strangle them. Grrrr. Although there seem to be a few states who still list it as a public holiday, so maybe it's just Hamburg. If that's the case, even more grrrrrr. 

Here's a picture that does not really fit any of the aforementioned occasions - or both, if you are thus inclined: 

(click to see the big picture - although some of the leaves aren't what they were before I uploaded it)

So, nearly time to head off to the Minnesang-seminar. 
I don't want to go out there, it's all so cold and grey! I'm inside at the moment and already the cold and damp air is creeping into my joints... And the Bachelor/Master students are always so... keen. Can get on your nerves sometimes. And after that seminar I'll be squashed for a while, in Prof. Berg's seminar, which is a complete nightmare for the fire regulations (should we have any) and thus a typical German seminar. We're around 70 people in a room designed for maybe 20. 
The thought of squeezing myself into that room alone gives me the creeps, and it always seems to go on forever and ever...

Ah, well. Off now.
Current Location: My Room
Current Music: Baker Street - Foo Fighters
Current Mood: calm
18 April 2006 @ 02:49 pm
Happy Easter Again!  
I hope everybody had a great weekend! We did.

Of course, my fretting was completely superfluous. Meeting Bilks and Mel was really great and they are, of course, as expected, really, both absolutely lovely and I wish they'd be staying longer so we could see more of them!
Funny, how you feel you know people you have ever met online and then suddenly meet them in the reality of Glasgow. I thought it would be a very curious transition which would be a lot scarier, but the day we spent with them was a lot of fun. We briefly toured around the Main Building of the Uni, had lunch at Russell's on Byres Road - which sells the biggest baskets of fries I have ever seen - toured the Byres bookstores (I really had to pull myself together not to buy all those books I'd love to read but really don't need) and went to a book fair in the Botanic Gardens where Bilks found among other things a nice American first edition of Keat's poems (... which I had lusted after, too. It is really a very pretty edition.) and I two books of the Worst Witch series.
It was lovely to meet them. I hope they had a wonderful weekend, too, and I do not doubt it, because no one touring the Highlands can really ever have a bad time. I am really jealous of their tour to the States. I wish I could get to know more of you guys!

Well, and then Easter. Thanks to Mama, who is thoughtfulness incarnate, the latest parcel we received contained little egg-painting kits which we duly used to paint our Easter Eggs. Of course, my grandiose plans were impeded by my laziness, so they were not quite as colourful as I had planned them to be. Well, they tasted good all the same, even though, as always when I paint eggs, some of the colour had seeped through so Crocky was treated to a green egg with greenish yolk and green instead of white.

Oooh, and I have fallen madly in hate with Eavan Boland, whose poems just irk me beyond reason. I know that I used to love some of her poems because she celebrates suburbian life instead of seeing it as a death sentence for poets, but her the way she relates the private and women's topics to the history of Ireland and her sufferings is so overdone in places they make me want to jump through the page and kick her - especially the way she related the personal tragedy of an infertile woman and her diagnosis as such to An Gorta Mór and it's Famine Roads. That really was not necessary, not like that.

Apart from ferociously hating Boland and reading her works to find more reasons for and against that, I have a Roth overdose. Funny, after seeing the adaption starring Anthony Hopkins I never thought I would ever read "The Human Stain", and now I have to, grudgingly started and now love every bit so far.

I can't believe that it is the end of April already... In May, Exams are coming up... the middle of May, already, then we're off. Then July and the wedding of a friend of mine, then August and I am back home. One year. The years are shorter than they used to be.

Today I was surprised by a mail of one of my best friends at home, [profile] jaywalker23 . That was really the best surprise of today, since I have not heard from her for a while and now I realise that I did miss her. She is a very special person, a very good artist and a great friend. 

Off to finish The Human Stain and to reply to [profile] jaywalker23's Mail.

Hugs to all of you!
Current Location: Glasgow University, Main Library
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: Person next to me logging off
17 December 2004 @ 03:12 pm
Am officially off to see Crocky in Hanover and after that off to Hesse.

I am SOO looking forward to seeing her!

Have fun and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you - just in case, in the unlikely case I do not update again until next year. :)

Love and *hugs* to all!
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Nickelback - How You Remind Me
16 December 2004 @ 08:43 pm

Christmas is drawing nearer and nearer..

Hm, this is the first Christmas I don't spend with my family.
I wonder what they think about that - they don't actually seem to care. Well, my brother already told me he was going to miss me, but my parents and grandma don't actually seem to mind or care - they didn't react at all. I am not sure about whether that is good or bad.

Both, I guess. Ah, well. I'll better go packing again.

Current Mood: pensive
Current Music: Christmas carols