You’re Not Even Prepared

February 7, 2016 miscellaneous 16

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Goooood day, blogglings. I have been informed that I said I’d be back in February and it is now one week into the month without a post from me. All I have to say to that is well… yes, BUT I never said I’d be back on the first of the month, so it’s really not my fault if you don’t read the fine print.There was no fine print. Also, when am I ever early to something, give me a break. One week is still fashionably late. Now two weeks, that would have been rude. To make up for the fact that you had to live without me, I decided the best way to celebrate my reappearance would be with some baking pictures. Never let it be said that I don’t put the cake in Reviews and Cake. Sometimes. But first things first.



I’d ask what you’ve all been up to, but obviously you can’t answer me now, so there’d be an awkward pause, kind of like when you send someone a recorded message on whatsapp and ask them a question before you realize they can’t reply and then you have to keep speaking as if you weren’t just expecting an answer. Just me? Ah, well. I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to in the last month then. Brace yourselves; it’s an exciting list. Many adventures were had.

– I FINISHED MY TERM PAPER AND HANDED IT IN. Yes, that’s right. The one I’ve been complaining about for months. I did actually get it done the last couple of weeks and then handed in what I like to call 20-pages-of-pure-awesome and what my professor likes to call what-even-is-this-I-can’t-what-I-argh.

– I’ve been looking at Master’s programs and realized that apparently I’m already late in applying for universities in the UK!? You usually can’t even apply until April in Germany, so I thought I was super early and was in the process of giving myself a clap on the back when I realized NOPE I should have started getting all my documents together weeks ago. It was a bit uncomfortable because my hand was already hanging in the air and then I had to pretend I was reaching for something instead of clapping myself on the back and it turned into this whole thing.

– I discovered The Great British Bake Off.

– I watched two seasons of The Great British Bake Off in less than two weeks.

– I baked.

I didn’t have that many ingredients, so I just added ALL THE COLORS and put some chocolate in the middle and hoped for the best.



The taste was oookay, but I think the colors are fun.



– I baked some more.

I decided to make scones. Unfortunately I have never had scones, nor did I know how the dough or the end result was supposed to look, so they turned out like flat, slightly underdone rolls that were only golden-brown on the underside. They tasted good with self-made (not by me) jam though. I think it was mostly because the jam was good, but my mum and my grandma ate it anyway. Possibly to be polite, but I’ll take it.



– The Harry Potter audiobooks are finally available on audible, so naturally I decided to listen to all of them. I’m doing a running commentary on Goodreads, so look me up there if you’re interested. I couldn’t focus on reading while I was writing my term paper, so listening to the audiobooks was my way of making up for it. Also, while we’re on the topic – has anyone else seen all the new information about the other Wizarding schools JK Rowling released? They all sound really interesting!

– I did another radio show! I have a radio show about student stuff and with good music once a month with a friend I’m so good at descriptions. There’s about as much student-related content as there usually is cake on this blog, but I thought this month went rather well! Naturally we were very well-prepared and everything was thought out to the last detail and we totally didn’t wing it at all.

– I travelled the lands (literally, there are no English cinemas close to me) to watch The Revenant and The Hateful Eight in English (because we all know the dubbed German versions are my foes). They were both good, but The Hateful Eight was better. In Oscar news, I technically think Leo deserves an Oscar at some point in his life, but I’m rooting for Matt Damon because I loved The Martian. And because the Leo-didn’t-get-an-Oscar again jokes amuse me a disproportionate amount.

So there you have it. Do not despair, I have another term paper coming up, so the procrastination and complaining won’t stop anytime soon. I actually have time to do everything before the deadline now though, so I don’t have as much underlying anxiety and stress anymore, which makes for a nice change. I won’t be able to post as often as I did before my hiatus, but I’ll be around when I can. I look forward to reading you!

The Shiny

I didn’t buy a lot of books the last few weeks, because I didn’t have much time to read, and I have about 292.202.230 unread books on my shelf, but I got a gift card from a friend and bought these:



I don’t really know what Wicked Appetite is about, but I liked some of Janet Evanovich’s other books. Ghana Must Go isn’t usually something I’d gravitate towards, but I’ve had it in my hands at bookstores at least ten times, because I love the colors on the cover it’s not shallow if it makes you happy and it has great reviews, so I thought I’d give it a try. I also preordered A Gathering of Shadows and the Kindle version was ridiculously cheap!? It was like three or four bucks, and I’m sure it’ll be good, so obviously I couldn’t resist.

Tune of the Week



I can’t even with this song; it’s so beautiful. I basically listened to it on endless repeat and now I should probably take a break, because otherwise it’ll get on my nerves, but I had to share it with you first.

Okay, NOW I can ask: What were you guys up to in the last month? Did anything exciting happen? Did I miss anything? Let me know below!

I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

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16 Responses to “You’re Not Even Prepared”

  1. Ardis @ Pondering The Prose

    You have such a fun blogging style! All those pictures of cupcakes and scones has me hungry! This past month has been non-stop reading. i had a long cold, so I got to read all day!!! You have a fun voice with your blog and I hope you get to do lots of posts this month (and please DO complain about school stuff, it’s what blogs were made for). Have a fun week.

  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    HIIIII! So glad to see your lovely face- well okay, I didn’t see your face, but I DID see multi-colored cupcakes and that’s just as good, especially since I can eat them, and I probably should refrain from biting your face… I digress.

    Anyyyyyway. Scones… I don’t know what they are. I mean, I remember an episode of Friends where Ross asks Gunther for one when Emily is getting remarried and he slams it on the table and pounds it into pulp yelling “stupid British snack food!”. That’s the extent of my scone knowledge.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Thanks for the enthusiasm haha. I love that random Friends fact there. I’m pretty sure I watched all ten seasons in about three months a couple of years ago. :D I should probably actually try some professionally prepared scones before I try eating them again! Or, you know, at least look at a picture or something before I bake them.
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  3. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Yay you’re back! (I’m loving the song, btw. Totally listening while I’m typing this comment.) You’re colorful cupcakes look so fun and festive, and I would totally eat them. I’ve never had scones though, so I don’t know if they’re supposed to taste like underdone rolls lol. I’m just gonna go with yes so that you feel good about your scone-baking skills :-) That’s great about your term paper and the radio show! I’m glad you’ve had a good month!
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  4. Valerie

    WELCOME BACK. Totally expecting you on February 1st. Come on now. Hahaha. And wow for all of your baking. I’m sure it tastes so much better than you say they are. Please bake me some.

    Speaking of grad schools, I had my interview for a program in the US! (for cognitive neuroscience) And it was a ton of fun, and I’m hoping to go there next year! But yeah, I would totally apply to schools in the UK, but I am a little scared of leaving my own country. BUT I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK and getting everything in on time! :) :)
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      THAT’S AWESOME, VAL. I’m glad you had fun and I’m crossing my fingers for you. Cognitive Neuroscience sounds great. Thanks! It IS scary, and I have yet to decide whether I’ll do it even if I get in, but I’ll worry about that if I get accepted!
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  5. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    YEAH! Welcome back Vlora! I’ve missed you and your fabulous posts, but I am so glad to hear that you’re back and ready to go. Thanks for sharing this and, as always, fabulous post! <3
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  6. Jackie

    Isn’t the Great British Bake Off the best? Everyone participating in the competition is so pleasant and kind, which is totally different from American cooking competition shows (I think we have one called Cutthroat Kitchen where the competitors have to outwit and literally sabotage their opponents.) Anyway, I watched the one season that was available on Netflix, and I have no shame in admitting that I cried during the last episode because I was so happy. Then, the following weekend, I baked red currant yogurt cakes (muffins, actually), and they were okay. I also had to use a lot of odd substitutes too because I just wasn’t prepared(like olive oil instead of canola oil and lime zest instead of lemon zest). They were a little dry, but the batter was exquisite, and I should have probably stopped there. Also, I’d never had a currant before (they are a rarity in US grocery stores, but they’re so pretty!), so I didn’t know what to expect.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Yes, it’s great! There’s certainly some competition, but no one’s being mean and what amazed me most that I actually agreed with the judges a lot of the time. Usually with shows where people are judged I always go WHAT but X deserved to advance so much more than Y, but with this show I usually feel like the judgement was pretty fair. And I love that it’s got you baking too! :D Red currant yogurt cakes sound amazing actually. I use substitutes all the time too; I don’t always find the exact ingredients the recipe suggests, but it usually works out fine! I don’t have currants that often (though they’re not a rarity here), but they have really vivid colors and I quite like them together with other stuff.
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