As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been blogging less since the semester started, so I really like these weekly wrap-up posts to tell you what’s happening. I’ve been in a bit of a funk today for no particular reason, but tuning in to my favorite Indie station (which is running a Ramones mixtape right now – I approve), blogging and, oddly enough, cleaning seem to have done the trick, so now I’m feeling more like myself again. Moving on! This week I…
went to the university cinema (namely a lecture hall) and watched Guardians of the Galaxy again. I didn’t love it the first time round, but I actually fell in love with it this time! I still think the villain sucks, but it’s hilarious and awesome and all the good things.
went to a housewarming party and danced to 90s music, which is clearly the best music
watched Disney’s Anastasia with my roommate, which is creepy and beautiful and another good 90s thing
only ate out, like, twice, so clearly I have impeccable self-discipline
decided that sentimental literature REALLY isn’t my thing. Unfortunately, I still have to take a seminar on it
decided it’s time for my yearly move to another apartment, so I’m looking for places to live (I don’t actually plan to make this an annual event, but who knows – everyone has a thing. Ellen DeGeneres and her wife move around every six months, so… Actually that’s totally stupid; they can afford beautiful houses, why would they move? Moving is stressful. Someone tell them)
FINALLY watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and I even got to watch it in English
University started again! Mostly I’m happy about all of my friends returning (almost everyone leaves for the semester holidays, and I hate it), but I got into some cool classes as well. I’m taking two Media Studies classes, which is great, because I’ve decided I want to do my Master’s in Media Studies if I get in. I’m also taking a lecture about classic Hollywood with my own department, which I’m loving so far. I have some peskier classes as well, but overall I’m happy with my schedule. Plus, no early mornings, so that’s a win. I’m also looking into getting a job again, so I’m hoping that works out soon!
This week was busy! Tell me, how do people go to work, have a social life AND blog several times a week? I didn’t work per se, but I finished my last term paper on Monday, and then I had a seminar on graphic design all day from Tuesday to Friday. I am SO glad I’m done with my term papers. I have no idea how they turned out, but I’m hoping for the best. It’s very nice to have some guilt-free relaxation time, but of course the next semester starts in a couple of days. The graphic design seminar this week was voluntary, and I think I learned a lot! I’m pretty sure those skills will come in handy in the future, so I’m glad I went and that my university offers things like that for free.
I don’t have a lot of time to write a post today, so I figured I’d let YOU do all the work, little genius that I am. I love all the games I’ve been seeing on other blogs lately, so I figured I’d make one of my own. My game is mostly inspired by this Author Memory Test, but it’s more about the books than the authors and some of the questions require you to get creative. It seems I actually like taking tests when there’s a chance I’ll know the answers, so I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
I’ll keep it short this week, because I have essays to write, chocolate cakes to bake and places to be. My week was good, but I have a deadline on Monday and then Tuesday the week after, so most of my time when I’m not procrastinating is going into finishing my essays and going to family birthday parties. I hope you’re having a great week!
Photo of the week (because I just decided to do these): Spring is finally here!
Edit: I almost forgot – Reviews and Cake reached 50 followers on bloglovin’ this week! Thank you guys so much; I genuinely appreciate it, and basically YOU ROCK. Next Stop: 100! Read more »
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Today’s post is all about music and books! I love music; I love books; what could go wrong? This is for the Fantasy Favorites Read-A-Thon prompt, and one of the books I chose is even fantasy. I hope you’re all proud of me.
Lots of stuff happened this week! I was basically driving around, visiting people and doing stuff all week long. I finally found some decent clothes when I went to Heilbronn, then I visited a uni friend, and had a movie night with another friend. This week registration for next semester’s uni seminars ended, and I didn’t get into any at first (our system kind of sucks), but I have all the classes I need now. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into all the courses that actually interest me (did I mention our system sucks?), so I’ll have to take some stuff I’m not all that crazy about, but all in all it’s an okay schedule. Plus, I’ll probably only have to be present 2-3 days a week, so you now… I’ll live. In astronomical news (when can you ever start a sentence that way?), there was an eclipse where I live yesterday, and I… slept in and missed it. Guess I’ll catch the next one. When’s that again? OH RIGHT IN 24 YEARS. It’s okay though, it was only a partial eclipse. I’ve seen a TOTAL eclipse as a child, so take THAT suckers. Hmph. Pictures above and below are from my visit to Heilbronn, a nearby city where I went on Monday.
…that’s right, the Fantasy Favorites Read-A-Thon! If you’re just now checking out this blog for the first time, because of the link up – welcome! Get comfortable while I tell you a little something about me.
1. Introduce yourself!
So this is where I get to talk about myself again, hence the title. I did a post with 21 Random Facts About Me two months ago (you will quickly notice I’m one of my favorite subjects), but here’s the short version: student, rebel (I always wear two different kinds of socks, so I kind of feel like I have a rightful claim to that title), tv show addict, Queen of procrastination (gotta be queen of something, right?), overuser of brackets. I still feel like this gif describes me best as a person:
Hello cake enthusiasts! Let’s see what happened this week, shall we?
I handed in my presentation paper that was due on Monday on… well, Monday, and then proceeded to catch up on all of my tv shows. I actually need to write two more term papers, but the pressure of approaching deadlines is something I have a lot of practice in ignoring. I discovered some good music, checked my social media sites about one million times and wrote one page. As you can see, it was a very eventful week so far.
Almost all legitimate comments people left on my blog all suddenly went to spam, and I didn’t notice until Shannon kindly pointed it out to me. I might or might not have fixed the issue by deactivating some plugins (the next couple of days will show), but it was VERY upsetting. On the positive side, I got a really nice surprise seeing all the comments at once. It also seems that a lot of my comments are disappearing from blogs that use Disqus for comments, because they keep getting marked as spam, which is almost more annoying because there’s little I can do about it.
If anyone has had similar problems and has ideas on how to fix them, please let me know in the comments! In non-bloggish news, I’m going to my cousin’s birthday today, and then I’m Doing Stuff next week, but as of right now I have nothing more interesting to tell you, so let’s watch this beautiful video together instead, savvy? Savvy.
I showed great restraint the past couple of weeks, but I have space on my shelf again, so I ordered a couple of books this week. Two of them already arrived, but in my post-The 100 finale emotional breakdown distraction, I had them sent home instead of to my grandma’s, where I am currently residing, because the disadvantage of living in a university town is that it turns into a ghost town during the lecture-free times.
Points if you can tell me what movie that bag is from. Anyways, these are the books that I technically now own, but won’t hold in my hands until next week:
Motocross me is a contemporary about a girl in Texas who’s working at her father’s racing track. The blurb sounds like there’s going to be a love triangle, but… racing track. I think that pretty much settles it. Night Broken is the eigth book in the Mercy Thompson series, which is an urban fantasy series that I really like. I haven’t reviewed the books on the blog, because I first read them a couple of years ago, and then I reread and caught up on the rest of the series last year, but I’m very much enjoying them, so check the series out if you’re into urban fantasy and you haven’t heard of it yet.
On the Blog
I finally finished reviewing the books I read during my wifi-free time! Read my opinions on In the Afterlight and Eleanor and Park, and tell me what you thought of the books or whether you’re planning on reading them!
I discovered The 100 two weeks ago, marathoned all the episodes and then reviewed the show and wrote an essaytalked about the season 2 finale. It seems like a weirdly high percentage of book bloggers are watching the show (which is GREAT), so come and talk to me about it, so we can support each other emotionally
I reblogged a post from my old travel blog on the Seven Annoying People You Will Meet On Trains and people seem to think it’s funny, so check that out if you’ve ever been frustrated by public transportation (by which I mean if you’ve ever taken it)
I also did the Cake Book Tag, because how could I not? It features cake and books, and there’s no reason for you to deprive yourself of that, is there?
Let me start by saying I don’t hate trains. Traveling by train is slow, but for shorter distances, I much prefer it to flying. I do, however, take an issue with the people on trains. So, without further ado, my list of pet peeves and people who incorporate them. Beware of clichés and stereotyping.
I’M BACK ONLINE. You guys probably didn’t notice, but I didn’t have wifi for weeks. WEEKS. That’s decades in non-internet times. I might as well have been frozen in solid ice only to wake up in another millennium. What do you mean I watch too many movies? I dare you to say that again. Anyways, I have wifi again, which means I’m finally able to respond to comments and stalk your blogs write posts again. I only use this gif for special occasions, but I’m pretty sure this qualifies.
I moved into this place about a year ago, and ever since then, there has been a wide, sad expanse of wall above my couch. I always meant to hang up a big picture there, but I never quite found the right one. Then I visited a friend, and she had a shelf full of books up on her wall. You might be able to guess what my next Christmas wish was. After a trip to hell Ikea and some near misses with the wiring in my wall, the shelf was finally up. I expected to have a lot more space for my books now, but somehow my other shelf is still almost as full as before (bottom right). Read more »
2015 is shaping up to be a great year when it comes to movies! Here are some of the movies I am most looking forward to this year:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
I’ve been waiting for this movie to finally come out for so long that I’m almost over it. Except I CAN’T WAIT OMG. Avengers is like one of my main obsessions and I got on the nerves of everyone I knew for AGES after I saw it. In fact, I probably still do. If you forgot to turn off your bluetooth and you find a “StarkPhone” or a “StarkBook” nearby, I’m probably close. Or someone stole my phone and my laptop, in which case please contact me.
I haven’t talked about myself in at least a day, so I thought a list was in order. Inspired by Cait at Paperfury, who I hope won’t mind me kidnapping her idea. I am also doing 21 things because I am also 21.
I have a terrible singing voice, but I sing ALL THE TIME. Sorry, not sorry.
I also love to master the rap parts of songs. My current favorite is Airplanes.
I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I never had the discipline to actually do it. If you recall, “participate in NaNoWriMo and win” is on my list of goals this year, and I’m already terrified.
I have no idea what to do with my life (and the answer won’t change no matter how many times you ask, grandpa). I’d kind of just like to hang out, watch tv shows, read a couple of good books and blog. Can someone pay me for that please?
I’m doing my bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary American Studies, but all jokes related to important events in history go right over my head. I also have a history exam that’ll make up 20% of my grade coming up soon. Oh, well.
I have no siblings, and I’m not sure I can imagine how it would be like to have them. My mum raised me by herself, and I’m very close with my grandma and my cousin, even though both are very different from me.
I once didn’t clean my room for two years because, dare I quote myself, “I’m going to move out soon anyway”. I’m better at it now, I promise.
Declarations of love or affection make me panic. I prefer to coat everything in a heavy layer of sarcasm and wrap it up with a neat little bow of eye-roll. I also tend not to believe people when they’re being genuine (or are they?). This is probably why people think I’m being sarcastic when I am being serious.
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but my all time favorite album is Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
I feel simultaneously too young and too old for my age.
I used to have really bad self-esteem, but I thought this was normal. I’m working on it.
I’m not a beach person. It’s sandy and salty, and I always get sunburn. I love watching the sunset at a beach, and jetski is like the most fun thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve never been able to just lie and get a tan for hours and hours and hours. It’s so boring I can’t even. No, not even with a good book.
My friends are really important to me. I’ve always liked the saying “friends are the family you choose”. Everything in life is easier and more fun if you have someone in your corner rooting for you. Due to being a bit on the introverted side of the spectrum, it takes me ages to make good friends, but once you’re in the circle of trust you’ll probably stay there (Meet the Parents reference intended).
I hate clubbing. I do like having a couple of drinks and dancing from time to time, but after a while it gets boring, and I just want to go home and do something more interesting instead. Like this:
My favorite childhood tv shows are: Gilmore Girls, King of Queens and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Honorary mentions go to Charmed and Xena: Warrior Princess. Other great 90s/early 2000s shows that I didn’t watch much as a child, but love: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends.
I get distracted easily. For example, I went looking for the Airplanes video earlier and saw a Neil Patrick Harris video recommended in the sidebar. It was a music video of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, so I watched the trailer for that and a performance of a song from the movie, in which he kissed his husband. That led to a search for interviews with Neil Patrick Harris and his husband. I watched them do a newlywed quiz and then went on to watch a couple more videos before I returned to this list. My grandma came in and asked me to change the setting for the TV downstairs. Since I was already downstairs, I figured I might as well get a piece of cake for all that hard work. Then I Googled for 90s TV Shows to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. The list I found linked to a video, so I was back on YouTube. Maybe it’s just YouTube’s fault. (Edit:It is now about five hours after I wrote this last part. I’m not even going to attempt to list all the things that distracted me in the meantime, but I rest my case.)
I’m a night person. School and me never got along because it was just TOO DAMN EARLY. I am now at university and don’t attend classes that start before noon out of principle. If I’m longing for sleep all day long, I’ll still be wide awake at night. I can focus best at night as well.
My middle name is Sylvia. I have had to check my own ID card at multiple points throughout my life because I can never remember where the y goes.
When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping …you will most likely find me inside. I despise it when people pity you when you stay inside on a warm summer day (hey mom). It’s not that I can’t appreciate a day at the lake, but most of the time I just don’t care that much about the weather. In fact, I think summer is too hot. I much prefer spring and sunny fall and winter days.
My first language is German, and I am fluent in English. I have also had lessons in French and Spanish, but I can’t really hold a conversation in either because I never practiced much. When I last went to France, the waitress asked me how the food was, and I replied “muy bien, gracias”. Needless to say, she gave me a weird look and walked away before I could correct my mistake.
One of these points was going to be that I am fearless when it comes to placing mugs of tea in close vicinity to my laptop, but right after I came up with that I knocked over a cup of tea, so I didn’t want to tempt fate. I also drop my phone so much that I’m honestly surprised it still works. I might or might not have accidentally dropped it onto my face when I was lying on my back and typing. Several times.
Aaaalright, that’s it! Tell me something random about yourself in the comments. :)
I’ve been dreadfully sick all week, but I decided to crawl out from under my blanket for long enough to let you participate in my misery. Sound like fun? Yes, I thought it did.
Okay, let me paint a picture here: After several nightmares in which my tongue is stuck to my gums, I wake up to find out my tongue is actually stuck my gums because my mouth is so dry it might as well be the fucking sahara. I have a massive headache and my floor is a sea of snotty tissues (as in they were actually full of snot, not as in they were stuck-up).
I love YouTube. I just adore the concept of a creative space where everyone with access to the internet and a camera can upload their videos for everyone to enjoy. I’m sure it has a positive impact on my life to watch people to whom I can relate. I’m honestly so grateful I was born in the age of the internet! I thought you might enjoy some of these too, so I collected some of the videos I find most inspiring and/or fun:
This video is called popularity, but it’s also about self-confidence and getting out of your comfort zone. I like Christine for her positive vibes, and I love this video for reminding me to be more self-confident and to trust in myself. Read more »
You know those weekly wrap ups and update posts? Well, I’ve been wanting to do something like that for a while, so here it is!
I feel like I’m introducing a new feature every other day, but hey, I’m still in the learning process; cut me some slack. Cake Conversations gives me a chance to show off my new books STS style and tell you about exciting things happening in my life. Basically, it’s just rambling in disguise. Read more »
I know there are some book bloggers, who are also nerdfighters, so I’m just going to put this out there.
EXCITEMENT. I haven’t decided whether or not to go, but I’m definitely considering it. I’ve never been to a convention, and it always seems like all the fun ones are in the US, so I’m THRILLED there’s something like this happening.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a vlogbrothers fan, and I’ve read all of John Green’s books, so I suppose I’d consider myself a nerdfighter. Even though I start running in the other direction when I see the Okay? Okay. combination because ARGH HYPE. Just kidding. I don’t run.
I can’t find much information yet, so I’m going to wait before I spent all my money (oh, right… I should probably get some of that first), but I’M KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THIS. There will be an indiegogo campaign soon, so make sure to check that out if you want this to happen. Even if the convention for some reason sucked, I’d still like to go to Brussels because I’ve never been before. I have no clue what the organizers are planning for this event, but I suggested they better invite some book bloggers in their survey. :D