Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Resolutions of 2008

Here is what I had planned for 2008:

* I will put more effort and time in my writing - Well, I did start a whole new WIP and became a M:A member
* I will lose weight and get fitter - CHECK
* I'll save money for a nice autumn holiday - CHECK
* I'll see my friends more often - CHECK
* I will win the lottery *g* - Unfortunately no :)
* I might do a language course (Spanish adult education course) - CHECK, did a Dutch course with my sister

Looking at this I surprised myself with how many things I actually did, considering that I never looked at the list again after writing it. :)

M:A Progress

Aim: 500 words

Result: 806 words

Monday, 29 December 2008

M:A Progress

Aim: 500 words

Result: 643 words

Mission: Accountability – 29 December 08

I want to write 500 words on Monday to Wednesday each, 1000 words on Thursday to Sunday all together.

And I want to finish the books I’m currently reading by Wednesday.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Monday, 22 December 2008

Thursday, 18 December 2008


Rachel tagged me :)

The whole idea is that you pick up the book closest to you, open it to page 56, and copy the fifth sentence down, followed by the next 2-5 sentences.

Okey, here's mine.

Closest book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I haven't started this book yet, so let's see:

Page 56 is the instruction on how to fold a paper plane, the next pages are pictures as well, so I'll look at page 68.

Stan touched my face, which he never did.

And the next:

I took the elevator for the last time. I opened the apartment door, put down my bag, and took off my shoes, like everything was wonderful, because I didn't know that in reality everything was actually horrible, because how could I? I petted Buckminster to show him I loved him. I went to the phone to check the messages, and listened to them one after another.

Well, that sounds rather boring, but from what I've heard so far, this book is anything but. And I've read Everything Is Illuminated by the author and loved it.

ETA: I've read quite a bit of the book by now. It's about a little boy who lost his father on 9/11 and is trying to cope in all kinds of ways. The sentences above belong to the part where he listenes to his father's last messages on the machine (only two of five are revealed up until now)

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Friday, 12 December 2008

Fun with Ralf Schmitz

This is totally random and most people won't know what I'm talking about anyway, but I'll still post this :)

We had tickets for one of our German comedians (my absolute favourite) who visited my hometown last night.
And what can I say? I'll probably have aching muscles from laughing so hard the rest of the week :)

The thing with him (his name is Ralf Schmitz, BTW) is that he just has to appear on stage and I'm starting to laugh my head off (even while writing this and thinking about it, I have to grin *g*). He was in really excellent form last night.
They were doing a TV recording at the same time and maybe I'll be on there somewhere :)

After the show he was signing photos of him for those who waited and what can I say? He's even more slender (if he was a woman, you'd even say petite) than me and I think a few centimeters shorter. And cute ;) Not that I didn't know that before :)
I was too tired to think to ask my Mom to take a photo of him and me with my mobile, but oh well... Next time, better chance.

I had a wonderful evening and would and will go to see him anytime I get the chance again.

Monday, 8 December 2008

And what am I to read NOW?

Finished Breaking Dawn today. Another finished series. *sigh*

I've got Im Aufruhr der Gefühle (aka Smuggler's Bride), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Beedle the Bard. And then what? I'm not in the mood for new things. I want comfortable, cozy things to read right now (comfortable and cozy do not necessarily need to apply to the content of the books).

I think I'll have to read Lord of the Rings over the holidays and then a complete reread of the Outlander books and then maybe Harry Potter again. And hopefully I'll be in the mood for new things then.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Holiday Food

You Are a Trifle

No doubt, you have many intricate layers. But deep down, you're a little squishy.

A Fun Christmas Survey

I was tagged by Carol.

Insert your own answers and pass it on to whomever you feel would respond – including the person who sent it to you

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real. My very first, very own this year :)

3. When do you put up the tree? When I get a nice one that I like

4. When do you take the tree down? – First working day after 6th January (when the city cleaning collects them).

5. What do you do with your tree after you take it down: To the curb (see above - the trees are burned)

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hm. Books probably... :)

7. Hardest person to buy for? My sister's boyfriend

8. Easiest person to buy for? My sister

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No. But got a advent wreath like every year

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Thankfully my family has always given me nice things.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Don't have one.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually round October. But really, I buy what I think fitting for Christmas regardless of the month.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Any holiday food

16. Lights on the tree? Of course!

17. Favorite Christmas song? Depends on my mood

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Since I have a big family we travel to all the various homes, but I'm always in my own bed at night, so no real travelling.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? No. Here in Germany Santa's reindeers are not as famous/popular. Only Rudolph really

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A star

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? I think traditionally in Germany presents are opened on Christmas Eve (at least in my family) but more and more families switch to Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Hectic people.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? None

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Something special

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? The things I wanted the most I got for my birthday and since I'm a person that hasn't that many wishes, the only thing I can think of is a warm winter cloak for over my medieval dress