Random #41

Aug. 30th, 2013 12:40 am
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I vanished again. *sigh* I don’t even have a good reason for it, only the weather and a decline in mental health. But to be honest, mostly it was just a number of small distracting things like

☞ Dusky being sick. I just can’t deal with sick kittens, even when the sick kitten in question knows how to deal with herself. She mostly wanted to sleep and cuddle but when I saw the pus (OMG, so much of it), I sort of freaked and became a bit overprotective.

☞ the finale of the third season of Game of Thrones. Predictably, I cried my eyes out. I dealt with it by reading every light!AU I could find – which is not nearly as many as I would like, but I think I might have lost a month or two that way. Seriously, that is one fandom that needs more X-did-not-die AUs.

☞ the subjunctive. I thought I was done with it when I ditched French, but no, Spanish has it too. At least I now understand somewhat what the point is. In school it was mostly “use it with these phrases, just because” and that did not help.

Meet ...

May. 31st, 2013 05:56 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
kitty photo kitty_zpscae98d85.jpg

... and there lies the problem: I can't decide on a name. At first I thought Dusky because she has the same colours as the dusk in these parts. But her mother's humans called her Pünktchen because of the little dot on the tip of her tail (the kittens looked so much alike that that was the defining characteristic). I like that one too - in English I suppose it would be "dotty" or "little dot", but less grandma-ish.

rodo: mucha's autumn allegory (mucha's autumn)
I was supposed to meet friends today, but when I went to the train station, it wasn't there. Well, it was there, the platforms, tracks and trains, however, were not. And so I had to trek back on foot, which gave me the opportunity to take photos of the wild flowers blooming right now, and a blister.

flowers photo wildblumen_final_zps4d82adad.png*

* Some of these names might not be accurate - I had to look up five of the flowers.

More under the cut )

PS: Should I finally kick myself in the ass and write the meta post about AUs that has been on my mind for a while now?
rodo: rose of versailles: marie antoinette, happy (marie antoinette)
krokus photo krokus_zps4141dfec.jpg

It is really astounding how long it took me to write this post. For some reason I feel anxious about posting, which is a first for me. Stupid neuroses.

Anyway, I took that photo at the end of March. The crocuses and snow drops are still blooming in other people's gardens and my mother saw a left-over patch of snow today. Which is crazy - we're about two months late with everything and nature is going nuts. My body goes nuts along with it.

In other news: I have a mini-job. It consists of overseeing a gallery exhibition on Sundays and yesterday afternoon was my first day of work. I learned Spanish instead of paying attention to the guests and hopefully nobody stole anything. It was also at least 25°C inside because the people working in the museum apparently didn't expect warmth and thus locked the windows and left the heating on. I can't really fault them. I got unexpectedly wet last week while doing the groceries. My brain sort of forgot that water falling from the sky can make you wet.

Fandomwise, I've played a lot of video games and not much else. And I've continued reading Hobbit fanfic, even the slightly crappy one's. I miss being totally crazy about a fandom. It used to help fighting depressing thoughts - the euphoria and love could help during the bad patches.

... anybody know where I could learn Khuzdul? That might be sufficiently geeky and obsessive.

Random #40

Feb. 15th, 2013 11:22 am
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☞ I have a new haircut. It's the shortest it has been since ... well, since before I had enough hair for a haircut. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but it sure feels nice that it's not in the way at all for once.

☞ Tomorrow, I will visit [personal profile] sevilemar in Leipzig and stay for a week - if any of you want to meet up or anything, don't be shy. I might not be on time, though, because I have no idea if my trains will be on time in Bremen. A train derailed there yesterday and it's even more annoying than stubborn WWII bombs, it seems.

☞ I finished The Old Man and the Sea! This is an epic achievement, even if you won't believe it, because I've only been trying to do that for fifteen years. I just didn't want to admit defeat in the face of something that's not even a novel. It was the baseball that was the most tedious. Oh, and I also read North and South and was reminded that I like it so much more than Pride and Prejudice. I don't get why everyone makes so much fuss about the latter and not the former.

☞ I swear, I took photos with my new camera and wanted to post them, but I would have to edit and upload them and it seems I am just too lazy.
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter with a santa hat (christmas)
Okay, so I promised photos - which I was about to post when the memory chip of my new camera malfunctioned. Lesson learned, the new one cost four times as much as the old one and has a proper warranty. Also, I bought myself a present: a puzzle. 3000 pieces and I am making progress, but now I also have sore muscles in my legs (yes, I know, I am the least sporty person ever). Other than that, it has been an okay Christmas so far, although that might change because of my mother's CAF, who might or might not visit and might or might not whinge at us for the rest of the day.

ETA: Okay, CAF did not visit but did whinge and ruin the day.

But on to other things: Yuletide! This year's experience was pretty much a lesson in "never doing that again". I didn't get around to properly work on the story until the last two-ish days before the deadline and the story got so freaking long, I barely managed to finish and upload the draft before the deadline. The editing was done during the next two days. Unfortunately, those days were the first of my period and by the end I had the worst brain fuzz since I started taking my meds. Until about yesterday evening, I was pretty much out of it and on pain pills for a head ache that wouldn't end. And all that for a story in a fandom of two. I hope my recipient appreciates the work, although it could have been better had I actually been running at more than 30% brain capacity. Hopefully, I learned my lesson.

My present:

Changing Colors (1925 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Three Musketeers (2011)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Olivier d'Athos de la Fère/Milady Clarick de Winter
Characters: Athos, Milady Clarick de Winter, Porthos, Aramis, d'Artagnan

The airship battles brought a dangerous prisoner.

Random #39

Dec. 18th, 2012 10:24 am
rodo: cropped mucha picture (rodo)
☞ This is me, still procrastinating on Yuletide. I have 2000 words by now, though, but still haven’t started on the important part of the story. It doesn’t help that my Fluchtfleiß wants me to bake or clean or order stuff on Amazon instead. At least I managed to get some other things done that way.

☞ I won 175 DW points! (Thanks to [personal profile] blnchflr and [personal profile] dancing_serpent, which means I could upload and use this icon, which makes me happier than it should, really.

☞ A while ago, [personal profile] falena posted pictured of her Christmas decoration and asked us to do the same, so I begged my mother to let me have my Christmas/birthday present early, which allowed me to take some pictures. As soon as I figure out how to upload and post them, I will, I promise, but it will have to wait until after the Yuletide story is done, or it will never get finished.

Random #38

Oct. 20th, 2012 04:03 pm
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Sorry for the long silence, but I’ve got reasons:

☞ A month ago, Rani was killed by a car. Writing this sentence hurts and I still love my little monster like crazy and miss her. She was just over a year old, dammit, and she just didn’t get along with the cat from across the street, so when that cat intruded on her territory, she chased her out, and on this day, over the street. The driver was speeding, and the other cat got away. Okay, I’ll stop writing about this now, I’m tearing up again.

☞ Afterwards, I was constantly ill. I just got over my cold, but the other thing is still a mystery. My left jaw joint ached for two weeks, I had to take ibuprofen daily and right now there’s still a slight pain. My dentist is stumped, and while I have a theory, it’s pretty hard to fix if it does turn out to be because my mandible, teeth and skull don’t fit together. I blame the orthodontist who did my braces.

☞ My mother has one of her renovation bursts again. She can’t do it all at once or spread it evenly, so she dragged me into furniture shops and wanted me to look at wallpaper and so on for the third time this year. At least this means that if I am lucky, I’ll have a room for my books soon, where they can be alphabetically shelved and I don’t have to dig through piles whenever I want to re-read something.
rodo: rose of versailles: marie antoinette, happy (marie antoinette)
Today is a special someone's first birthday. She couldn't care less and just wants to have a quiet nap, snack on human food and gnaw on my story notebooks without being disturbed. And wool, let's not forget the wool. The following catspam was taken with my phone camera, which sucks unless you're taking photos in full daylight, so ...

Catspam! )

Random #37

Jun. 30th, 2012 05:36 pm
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Okay, I definitely need to write more posts. I always forget and forget and a month later my head is so full of stuff I want to write about that I can’t keep my thoughts straight. So, yeah, another entry with assorted info.

☞ First, a couple of links: I have come to love Smitten Kitchen (thank you, [personal profile] starlady), and would like to recommend both the strawberry summer pie and the strawberries and cream biscuits, since they are delicious. Und für die Deutschsprachigen unter euch: ein Artikel, der einen etwas anderen Blick aufs Fandom gibt. Zitat: „Das Fandom, wie viele es kennen, wird zu einer Seniorenveranstaltung.“

☞ Rani is now eleven months old and a fully grown cat. Unfortunately, this also means that she outgrew her good behaviour once she learned that you only have to behave if the humans are watching. So she tries to sneak a bite of my food whenever she can (the strawberry and cream biscuits are recced by her as well), and generally tries to get her way. This week, I even let her run around outside while I was working in the garden because, well, I was busy and she was adorable. I’m a bad cat mum, I know. Back to the belly scratching.

☞ I’ve also been a bit fannish again lately. I have Opinions, for one, which I should probably write about some time (yeah, as if). Well, after [community profile] parallelsfic, that is, which I signed up for again this year. The prompt should arrive today or tomorrow and I’m nervous already. Apart from that, I have, as I mentioned, Opinions, mostly on Teen Wolf, which I still love, and Legend of Korra, mostly about why I don’t think Mako is the worst person ever. I’m also playing Mass Effect 3, read a bit and watch dramas, as always.
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If I had known ordering books and mangas from YesAsia would be so much trouble, I wouldn't have done it.

I had ordered stuff from overseas before, with a credit card, and so far it hasn't been any trouble. Thus the letter that I received on Wednesday came as a surprise; apparently YesAsia doesn't put the receipt on the outside of the package, which makes it impossible for customs to figure out the contents to tell you the fee. I had to go to the "local" customs office in Bremen, with a copy of the receipt and credit card statement, the letter and possibly proof of identity. So I copied the stuff and looked up the route to the office. Center of Bremen. And because of the price of train and tram tickets, I would have to drive. This is probably where I should mention that I have driven a car in a city exactly once before, during the mandatory driving lesson on the topic.

Yeah, turns out driving wasn't really the problem. The problem was my navigation system, AKA mum. It's her car, she was even more afraid of driving into the city than me and she's the type who would get so distracted by a navigation system she'd crash the car within a day. My mother insisted I should drive left all the time until I figured out where exactly I was, which was nowhere near where I was supposed to be, on the opposite side of the city centre. Then, she couldn't decide whether I should turn right or not until it was too late and we ended up at the harbour, amidst a lot of cargo. When we finally arrived where we were supposed to be, I was dreading what would come next.

I had to open the package, that was all. Seriously, that was why I had to come, open the package, because apparently they're not allowed to do that on their own or something. The guy looked inside, figured he had no way of knowing whether those were the right books or not (the receipt inside being in romaji and the titles in kanji) and handed me the package. I didn't have to show any of the copied paged. I didn't even have to pay customs because the books weren't expensive enough. I bet it would be easier and cheaper for everyone if they just delivered the package.

Luckily enough the way back was mostly uneventful. Except for that pheasant that ran in front of the car and almost got run over.

Random #35

Feb. 23rd, 2012 06:02 pm
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☞ I’m supposed to be studying, I have far too few days left to cram two lessons of Spanish into my brain, I have a tutorial today and I still can’t manage. Doesn’t help that I feel as if I’m clawing at my skin from the inside to get out and that all I really want to do is hide under a rock somewhere until it’s done. Fuck depression (yes, finally got a preliminary diagnosis of that and sociophobia, but it doesn’t cover all my symptoms).

☞ RL sucks, sort of. Family trouble (my brother and I in the same house, yay!) and my mother’s friend has fallen off the wagon twice this month already, phoning when she’s in a panic and begging my mother to solve her problems. It’s not unexpected (everyone but her and her son saw it coming from miles away), but it’s stressful anyway. It bleeds over into my life too, since I have to console my mother and assure her that staying here and not doing anything is the right choice.

☞ On happier note: I splurged and bought a couple of things, among other things some books, one of which I already read and loved, and Skyrim, which does wonders for my sleep for some reason. I often get that with open world RPGs. If only I could choose between the factions, my character is a patriotic Nord, but she dislikes the racism, having grown up in the Empire.

☞ And last but not least: a recipe for mushroom bourguignon, via [personal profile] starlady. It is delicious, it is everything I’ve missed about meat and you absolutely have to try it.

Random #34

Feb. 6th, 2012 03:30 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
☞ I went ice skating today. On my still brand new (15-year-old) skates. I lasted maybe ten minutes, fell on my knees once and I’ll probably have sore muscles later. I really am the least sporty person in the world, but maybe the weather lasts a few more days and I can try again.

☞ Rani is fine. Finally. She’s been spayed and her diarrhea is gone, hopefully for good. Since then, she’s been even more active and had a growth spurt during which her weight doubled. She likes to run around like crazy half the day and even toppled over my giant stack of books.

☞ I have an X-Box! And X-Box LIVE account (predictably called rodototal – in case someone knows how the friending thing works), that it took me three hours to set up because the help pages were singularly unhelpful. Yesterday, I tried a shooter for the first time (Crysis 2). I am still very bad at the shooting thing (why do the enemies have to move?), but at least I don’t die all the time in casual mode.

☞ If any of you have recs for Spanish language media or fic, now’s the time to tell me, since exposure has proven to be the most useful for me in learning and I am actually taking a course I don’t want to fail. I know someone on my dwircle recced a TV series with angels and demons a while back. I am also thinking about acquiring a book with poems, maybe Neruda, if the local shops have them. I am also open for comics and series/movies with subtitles (still a beginner, after all).
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It's not everyday that your favourite poet dies. Yesterday was that day. The cat toppled over my stack of books as well, so when I got up this morning, I dug my copy of one of her books out of the rubble.

Rest in peace, Wisława Szymborska, and may your poems be remembered forever.

Freude am Schreiben.
Möglichkeit des Erhaltens.
Vergeltung der sterblichen Hand.

As translated into German by Karl Dedecius.

Random #33

Dec. 19th, 2011 08:03 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter with a santa hat (christmas)
☞ Due to RL troubles, I didn't get around to updating yet again. That's especially dumb of me because I have actually been writing fic. [personal profile] lian was kind enough to support me by betaing, so after years of not managing it, I wrote an advent calender (hopefully it's finished soon): Mass Effect Adventskalender 2011. As the name suggests, it's a series of ficlets, written in German, and the fandom is Mass Effect.

☞ While we're on the topic: I am hopelessly addicted to ME. Still. I can't wait for part three. I always thought shooters weren't for me, but I was obviously wrong. The more I play it, the more I think that Male!Shep is dreadfully boring too. Which is probably kind of odd, since Fem!Shep is more or less like Male!Shep, but she still rocks. Maybe it's because of the voice actress, or maybe because she does everything the male version does.

☞ I'm thinking of acquiring an X-Box 360 (mostly because it seems to have most of the games I'd like to play), but since the last gaming console I owned was... ehrm... a Sega Master System, if I'm not mistaken, I have no idea what is most useful or what type of equipment/TV I'd need. Any advice?

☞ I went to the Christmas market in Bremen today. Really late, but I still needed to buy food for the holidays (ramyeon), so of course I had to have fried mushrooms and garlic sauce (my favourite Christmas market food). Which meant I ended up buying manga as well, some paper, a ring that almost fits on my ring fingers and sweets. It's not as if I don't have enough Christmassy food, though. I made mincemeat pies for the first time yesterday, for example.

☞ If anyone has a recipe for marzipan, especially low sugar marzipan, please tell me. I tried to find marzipan for my mother, only to find out that the EU outlawed diet food. Which means my mother now has the choice between no sweets etc. ever or run of the mill sugary stuff she's not supposed to have. I'd rather try to make some on my own and substitute sugar with artificial sweetener or something. My mother loves her marzipan.

☞ Cat news: Rani still has a bit of diarrhea, but she didn't poop anywhere in the last week. She's got E. coli in her bowels (you know, the EHEC stuff), and if the current treatment doesn't help, she'll have to take anti-biotics. She's otherwise healthy, though.

Cat News

Nov. 21st, 2011 09:26 pm
rodo: feet from an old photo (feet)
I think I mentioned that I now own a cat already? And at least some of you have already seen her. She's cute, black and called Rani. She's also very into human slaves and beds (meaning me, mostly) and that makes it sort of difficult to type a lot, work on stories or anything useful. I need two arms for that and one is occupied by a dozing cat about 50% of the day. Right now, Rani is dozing on my legs, so I can still not get up, but at least I can type. Oh, and she goes berserk when anyone tries to eat human food near her. I know, I tried. And ended up with a cat in my stew.

Unfortunately, she also has diarrhea. She has had it since I fetched her two weeks ago, and I think it might be getting worse. We went to the vet twice already, but he just gave her something against worms and said it would be fine. The next time, he took her temperature and looked at her teeth, and apparently didn't see anything wrong, so he gave her her shot (which she coped well with). I hope it's just something harmless like food intolerance, but it definitely doesn't help that my first pet, a guinea pig, died a week after we got her. From diarrhea.

So if any of you have any advice: I'm all ears.

And to save your dwircle, a photo of Rani in her favourite sleeping place behind the cut )
rodo: blackadder goes fourth and crazy (blackadder)
Okay, so I have been silent for ages again. I didn't exactly plan on it, but I kept putting everything off, and other stuff I'm not supposed to talk about, and... well, most of you probably know what it is like.

So, to ease myself back into posting, I'll post some pictures of my Shepard from Mass Effect 2 a great game that I've played way too often, although Rani isn't particularly fond of all the shooting. Rani would be my new miniature panther who is currently running around somewhere, probably trying to catch her persistent stalker (AKA her tail), or begging for human food (which she isn't allowed to eat). So far, she seems to be a powerful anti-depressant. Maybe I'll post a little video with her under flock.

Anyway, [personal profile] lian, I hope you are happy:

Four Shepard pictures behind the cut. )

Maybe I'll elaborate on me quitting the OTW later, or rather most likely quitting, because I don't see the board doing what I need them to do to stay on. Well, we'll see next month.

Random #32

Aug. 17th, 2011 05:06 pm
rodo: blackadder goes fourth and crazy (blackadder)
☞ I'm sick. I'm a terrible sick person. I'm as whiny as a stereotypical man, only I get way more clingy. So I try to compensate by writing an entry.

☞ My entry for [community profile] parallelsfic: The Taming of a Crazy Horse (2278 words, fandom: Sungkyunkwan Scandal, pairing: Yong Ha/Jae Shin. I'll repost it once I get around to sorting the epic amount of screencaps I took during the rewatch.

☞ Another series you should definitely be watching is Teen Wolf. You didn't see that one coming, I bet. But seriously, it's good entertainment. Not necessarily intelligent entertainment, but good anyway. It's also definitely a series for girls. There's just no other reason for featuring so many half-naked men. Apart from that: the series plays with your espectations (Lydia!), there's a star-crossed romance, the dumbest main character ever (which is awesome, I promise), a best friend with ADD (<3 Stiles) and decent horror and humour.

And now I'll crawl back into bed and curl up with Ghost Story. Or maybe I'll watch Personal Preference instead. Way too many choices.

Random #31

Jul. 29th, 2011 04:58 pm
rodo: * raufasertapete (set to the end by the doors) (raufasertapete)
Okay, so I disappeared again. I swear I didn't mean to, it's just... well, you know. Shiny that distracts you, like City Hunter, the awesome Korean drama that ended yesterday, my meds and the weather, who I think might be responsible for me requiring 16 hours of sleep per day some weeks, the fic exchange that I sighned up for (more on that later) and me just generally being distracted, lazy and short-attention-spanned.

So what have I been doing? I finished the fic for the exchange, which is now in need of an English native speaker who could beta read it. Because it is due on August 1st and I my English has become worse lately. And possibly rather purple. So if any of you feel the strong need to procrastinate on something important by betaing fic, I'm the person to talk to. I also have two Highlander drafts in German (triple drabble and ~10k) to offer by the way.

Regarding the fandom of the exchange fic: I will reveal it next month, and I took a lot of screenshots while I did the review, so I might post a picspam too. Provided my laziness etc. doesn't get the better of me.

And now I have to go earn some money, since I'm all out of reasons not to. And drink some sparkling wine to fight the tiredness.
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You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a lot lately. One reason for that is, as I mentioned, my recent obsession with dramas. Another reason is far more difficult for me to write about, since I lack all the vocabulary. Which is odd, really. My English is very good by now, but in some areas, I just don’t know how to express myself. Two of them being cooking/baking and gardening.

So while I spent a lot of time outside, I thought about what kind of flowers I would pick as a child, how vicious some weeds are, when which herbs were to be planted, which flowers to pick and so on and so forth. Oddly enough, I found out I already know most of the words – I might even feel confident in using them in fiction or a poem – I just had no idea what the thing behind the word is supposed to look like. I knew that lady’s smock is a wildflower with small blossoms of a pale violet, but I didn’t know that I used to pick them and arrange them with buttercups (which I am not supposed to call that, since this particular flower is only called that in the southern parts of Germany, according to wiki). I knew parsley was a common kitchen herb, but I didn’t know it referred to Petersilie. In a way, I think my knowledge of these words was as theoretical as the knowledge a blind person has of some visual terms.

So this post means I’m working on my vocabulary, mostly. )

My next project is going to be the old herb garden, which is … well, there is no ivy and an immense redcurrant bush (my fault, too) instead of holly, which means it should be easier, right?

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