The last few weeks have been really busy! Last weekend, I went back to England to go to my graduation ceremony, and I can proudly say, I have a Master’s degree now! The ceremony was really traditional, and it was good to see my friends who I haven’t seen since I came back to Germany a few months ago. The reception was a little rushed, but someone from my course organized a get-together in the evening, so there was time to catch up then. My mom was also there, which was nice.
Even though my graduation was in Newcastle, we booked our flights from Germany to Edinburgh, because it was cheaper, so after graduation we took the train back to Edinburgh. We had the entire Sunday, so we booked a trip to the highlands. I’ve been wanting to go for ages, so I was looking forward to it even more than the graduation ceremony. I wondered whether winter was the best time to go, but it turned out to be a fantastic idea. It was freezing, but the snowy mountains and partly frozen lochs were beautiful. We had a lot of stops, and not that much time at each one of them because it got dark at 4 pm (I do not like this about winter), but since it was so cold, it was always good to get back to the bus and warm up a little. I’d love to return in summer and go to Loch Ness though. Here are some pictures. Read more »
A month without uploading
she comes back with a tag
that no one even tagged her in
she’s not a challenge to drag
Sorry if you’re not familiar with this masterpiece of music, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I started writing this post. I saw this tag on Shannon’s blog, and decided to steal it, because I’m in the last stages of writing my dissertation and it’s either a tag or nothing. Hope you enjoy!
Title That’s the Story of Your Life
I literally picked this book up because of the title, so I feel like that’s pretty accurate.
This post is probably completely irrelevant to anyone who reads my blog on any sort of regular basis, but maybe someone will be redirected here by a random Google search. As you may know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (which you probably haven’t for the aforementioned reason), I’m a student. Having to Write an Essay is a constant state of anxiety for me. I’m not saying my essays are perfect (I feel like they would be much more entertaining if I could use my authentic writing style, but apparently informal writing and mediocre jokes are frowned upon in the academic world), but I did manage to get my B.A. last summer, so I must be doing something right. Obviously this qualifies me to share my wise knowledge with you.
Disclaimer: I am not actually any sort of expert or authority on this, so if you mess up your essay don’t point to me.
If you come back after weeks of absence, come back with a bad pun, I say. I haven’t been around much due to both my laptop and my netbook breaking and being swamped with essays I should be writing (but why am I even mentioning that? Procrastinating an essay is a permanent state of being for me at this point). Nevertheless, now that my laptop is repaired, and I can use it again (fingers crossed it’ll stay that way), I’m continuing the great tradition of setting goals for the new year. I did this last year as well (and the year before that), so let’s see how I did first. I also noticed some of you wrote down your goals in the comments of last year’s post, so if that’s you feel free to go ahead and see how you did along with me. :D
My goals for 2016 were
I want to get good grades and finish my Bachelor’s
Hey, I actually did that! What a good start. I got my BA this summer, and I was pretty satisfied with the grade as well, so I’ll count this one as a win.
…so I can apply to university in Glasgow (I might not get in and if I do it’s going to be one hell of an organisational and financial challenge to move to Scotland for a year, but I think this is an excellent idea, so wish me luck!)
HA! Another one I accomplished. I have a good feeling for this year. So I’m not studying in Glasgow, but that was kind of random, because someone told me there are no student fees in Scotland (or at least that they’ll be payed back by the government), but it turned out that that’s not true for postgraduate degrees, so instead I applied to universities all over the UK and ended up in Newcastle, where I’m currently living and studying. (And you were right, Vlora of the past, it was one hell of an organisational and financial challenge, but it was worth it so far!) Read more »
First things first, mark your calendars, because Olivia from Olivia’s Catastrophe and I will be hosting an I Like Big Books (and I cannot lie) read-a-thon in mid-August, more specifically Aug 12th to Aug 21st! We’re still looking for co-hosts, so here’s a quick overview to give you an idea of what’s gonna happen:
The idea started because I decided I finally have to read the A Song of Ice and Fire series after watching the Game of Thrones season finale (how epic was that by the way? I’m still not over it). I thought I’d do a read-a-long, but we decided we’ll just make it about long books in general to give people that extra boost of motivation to tackle them. ASoIaF will be the featured series, and there will be some posts focused on it, but you can read everything you like and set your own goals (heck, you can even start watching the series if that’s what you’d like to do). There will be more announcements about this in the next few weeks, but if you’re interested in co-hosting, please comment below and/or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
What ISN’T new would be the better question. The last few weeks have been kind of crazy, but mostly in a good way. I’m writing this from the sofa of my temporary flat in Berlin, where I’m staying for six days to participate in a film journalism seminar. It was all very last minute and stressful, because I was also visiting a friend in Dublin last weekend, but now that I’ve had some sleep and rest again I’m very glad I did it. I love movies and writing, and we’re learning a lot about Polish films, because the seminar is organized by the Polish Institute, so overall I’m having a great time.
I hope you’re all well and swell. My week has been busy, but good busy. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been a little stressed, because I always had all the things I need to do for university at the back of my mind. I wasn’t doing them because of all the other stuff, but I still had this nagging feeling all the time. Because of this, I’ve decided I’ll concentrate on one thing – the internship – and somehow do all my university things after. So technically nothing has changed, but it’s making all the difference, because I can focus on what I’m doing instead of resenting the time it takes me to do it.
I recently read a story whose moral it was “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing exquisitely” (or something like that, I forgot where I read it exactly). Obviously it’s the same thing as “If things are worth doing, they’re worth doing well”, but exquisitely is a much more fun word to say and write, so I’m sticking with that one. From now on, I’ll try to do things exquisitely more often.
Well, well, well. I did not get books this week. I got something a little… bigger. I GOT A CAR. Okay, technically, I didn’t GET it. It’s not mine; it’s just borrowed for a couple of months. It’s the most unlikely thing to happen to me ever, but in short: a friend of my grandma doesn’t need it the next couple of months and somehow thought of me and let me borrow it for free. I only have to pay for gas, which is still expensive, but it doesn’t use much, so… EFF YOU PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I mean… it’s important to be green and stuff. BUT EFF YOU. Just goes to show you never know what life throws at you, I guess. I can do everything so much faster now! Mucho convenient.
Tune of the Week
O… Saya by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A.
I was a huge fan of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes even before I watched Slumdog Millionaire, but that’s not the only song worth paying attention to on the movie’s soundtrack. The theme song (Jai Ho), for example, won a very deserved Oscar. Let’s focus on O… Saya for now though. I love how it starts out almost otherworldly and then builds up until M.I.A. comes in and nails her part. I feel like the music fits the lyrics, and the whole song is just perfectly restless. Awesome stuff!
What’s your favorite movie soundtrack? Do you have/make book soundtracks? What’s the most unlikely good thing that’s ever happened to you?
caught up on Teen Wolf and Suits (both awesomesauce)
had a veeery minor skin surgery on my head that led to some stitches and self-indulgent reading time
recorded but didn’t edit a new video
talked to my teacher about a term paper subject and
read The Rosie Project and a play for uni
I’m starting an internship at a small local radio station on Monday, so wish me luck! I’m going out with some friends later on, and then I’ll try to actually get term paper related stuff done tomorrow. I probably need more luck for that than for the internship. There’s just always something better to do, isn’t there? Also, my first blogoversary is coming up! I can’t believe it’s already been a year! I’m not sure whether I’ll do anything for it yet, but if you have any suggestions, let me know. :) Read more »
The semester ended! Well, technically it’s still the summer semester until September, and as always I have to write approximately ten thousand term papers (okay 2 or 3, but they’re LONG), but at least classes are over. I had an oral exam yesterday, which went well (not thanks due to my diligent studying).
Other random things that happened the last three weeks:
I finally watched Birdman, and it was slightly confusing, but good (even though it made fun of superhero movies)
I went to my old school’s summmer fest and decided I don’t understand other people’s nostalgia (except for arts, which I miss)
My laptop broke, so I stole my grandma’s new one until I get mine back. She hasn’t even used it yet. Yes, I’m a horrible person, you can’t be surprised? I literally just got my laptop, so it was sliiightly frustrating, but at least I could rescue some of my data, so I’ll live.
I continued to make videos every week, so please check them out if you want to be my new favorite person forever (#shameless)
hang on, I feel like that’s someone else’s signature greeting.
I don’t know! It’s been weeks. Lemme see… I’m “busy” “doing” university stuff. By the quotation marks you can see that means I’m busy reading, catching up on my favorite TV shows (heeeello Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black and Community, I am deeply ashamed I haven’t watched all of your new episodes yet), and doing all sorts of random stuff. Read more »
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!
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 »
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?
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’ve been so busy with university and things™ that I hardly got around to posting, so I thought I’d just share some of what I did with you!
First things first, check out my guest post at So Obsessed With. It’s more of a recommendation than an actual guest post, so make sure to find out what classic I recommended. :)
I meant to post an image of the website design I worked on my Digital Medie Design class this week here (just the home screen in photoshop, no coding or anything) because it frickin’ took me all night yesterday, but then I thought that might not be such a good idea because since the site’s not going online anyway, I used some icons off the internet that I’m not sure I’d be allowed to post. I planned to make them myself, but I don’t have the hang of Adobe Illustrator yet, so I used placeholders.
Actually I’ll share it with you anyway, but I painted over the icons and removed the social media icons, so now it just looks stupid. Imagine it like that, but better. :D Read more »