I'm back

Sep. 30th, 2011 03:20 pm
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I haven't posted in ages. Studying has taken it's toll.

In the last couple of months, I :
-survived semester 1 & 2 in my quest to get a bachelor's degree in Information science.
-turned 31 (I'm old :-))
-went on vacation to Copenhagen & Sweden
-bought myself a Kindle

The icon is from my current obsession. I watched Downton Abbey online, then bought the Season 1 DVD's and I seriously ship Matthew/Mary hardcore. They need to get together and stop breaking my heart every episode. Last Sunday, I stayed up til 2 o'clock to watch the newest episode, just because I couldn't wait to see it.

The third semester has started. I'm mentoring a group of first semesters. And two weeks into the semester, I'm already developing a serious hate of the constant group work. I get the uses, I just don't like it.

I'm very much in love with my Kindle. I read so much more now, I've started to read even in the short time between me getting off the bus and arriving at work. And the text-to-speech is very practical for the times, when you have to do the dishes, but want to keep reading. Obviously, it's not the same thing as an audiobook. I doubt for example that the robotic voice of the Kindle would have made me cry the way Stephen Fry did with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".
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I'm back from my vacation. It was great. The weather really was very summery, except in the evening, when you needed a sweater. The group I traveled with was also nice. I took like 300 pictures. I still need to sift through them, but there will be a picture entry or two. I took some great sunset pictures and other pictures that look like postcards. The cyclades are very picturesque.

I already had two job interviews this week. No 1 was good, the work sounds interesting, I possess the skills necessary and the people are sympathic. No 2 was a wash. The good news is the I got a call from company No 1 and I have a second interview Monday in a week. I'm cautiously optimistic. It would be great if I got that job. They did show me around already, which is something that usually happens when you have your second interview. I like my maybe new boss and the coworker I would share an office with.
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There's so much stuff I should be doing and I just keep pushing it back. One would think that updating my CV wouldn't take that long and they would be right. Especially considering how I already did most of the work. All I have to do now is describe what I do at my current job and I'm good to go, but do I do it? Of course not, 'cause I can't possibly spare the five minutes it would take now... Or take the fact that I still haven't bought new kitchen chairs, although I have my kitchen table since July. And it's not that I did not find the right ones, it's that I haven't even bothered to look or think about it, that's making me angry at myself. I'm great at letting things slide. I so need to pull my shit together, it's not even funny. But I simply avoid making decisions and face stuff I don't like. Grr!
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I'm done with work for two weeks. Vacation, yay! I've got this work thing done that I was so worried about and in time as well. We had our two yearly staff party yesterday. It was fun. There was a lot of dancing, food and some games. Shirley was on fire yesterday. Alcohol loosened her tongue, she was flirting up a storm and talking nonstop. And I can't help but feel envious. I will never be as outgoing as she is, with or without alcohol. I will probably never be able to just get up to a guy I like or find attractive and just dance with him. I'm fine talking to women, even women I don't know. Thinking about it, I'm surrounded by women in every area of my life, with a few exeptions. And it's not that I mind that, because Sisterhood yay! But I can't help to think that maybe having more men around would help me not reverting to my 12 year old self of an insecure, shy teenager when I see a guy I find cute.
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This time next week, I'll be at our staff party and off work for 2 weeks! Obviously, I'm looking forward to that. I'm also a bit anxious, the long flight and the new security measures make flying very stressful and exhausting. I hope everything goes well. As soon as I am in San Francisco, it will be awesome. There will be lots of shopping and sight-seeing. I can't wait for that. And I hope Martina and I have fun together. I'm pretty sure about that, actually, but you still never know. I'm freaking about about the packing though. I need to study some websites about airtravel to get a clue about what I can bring as handluggage.

The next week is gonna be stressful at work I suspect. On Wednesday, I'll have Excel training. And on Friday, I have to do the Reporting all by myself. It's the first time I have to do this and Ariane, my boss, is reachable in Moscow, but only via E-Mail. Great... I'll be so relieved on Friday evening. I hope I'll be finished in time to go to the staff party.


Sep. 17th, 2006 10:07 pm
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I drove for the first time in over a year and the car is still intact. After that, I spent some quality time with my really nice smelling mom on the couch, watching Gilmore Girls. Dad was there too and later my sister and her boyfriend came by. I totally craved hanging out with my parents, especially after being sick on Friday. I invited my parents over for dinner in two weeks. I have an agenda though, I need to ask my parents real nicely to help me put up my pictures. My mom recently commented on me not having these up yet. I refrained from snorting "Hi, remember me? I'm your eldest daughter, the one that doesn't own any tools, apart from a few stray screwdrivers?". I will probably ask my dad, I think he's more accessible for my plea, because he's a nice guy. Another thing I really like about my dad is that he's very accepting of people just the way they are. My mom might think she's very tolerant, but she's trying to change people. My dad can just accept people. That's a quality I hope I inherited from him.
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I had a nice weekend. On Saturday, I went to get my hair cut. After that, I called Cornelia, we met to take the same train to Zurich. Knabenschiessen was fun. We went on pretty lame rides, just because we felt like "we're too old for this shit". You know, the really crazy rides, the ones where you're turned upside down and shaken abruptly. After the rides we bought our dinner and then all the unhealthy, but oh so good stuff, like Magenbrot and caramelised almonds. I felt slightly sick after it.

Cecile, Shirley and I went and had Lunch at Knabenschiessen today. I had a corncob and a hotdog, Shirley just a spring roll and Cecile had something Chinese. I just love hanging out with these two and I'm gonna miss Cecile when she leaves at the end of November. By the way, a temp started last week to take over some of her responsibilities. And it's a guy. It's like a miracle or something. After years as female only team, Compliance now has a male member. Daniel actually is the brother of Helena, one of the Lawyers working in Legal. He's doing fine so far. He will work part-time, 30-40 %.


Aug. 28th, 2006 06:45 pm
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It's been a bad day.
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day.

I'm annoyed, pissed off, bummed, depressed and cranky all at once. Man, this weather sucks. It's raining all the time. I was cold wearing pants, closed shoes and a longsleeved shirt. This is not how the weather in fucking August is supposed to be, okay? This is probably the coldest and rainy-est August in the past 50 years or so. Damn it. I want to wear T-shirts again.

Martina is still waiting to hear back from the place she interviewed 3 times already. Now all of a sudden they're not sure whether or not they still have a job to offer, because there have been changes in management. Now she'll hear from them in about 2 or 3 weeks. This sucks.

Cecile, my coworker, quit today. She's going to work in the Compliance Department of our mother company. I'm happy for her, of course, because I knew, she wasn't happy with Ariane and stuff. I'm still kind of bummed though, because it just reminds me once again, how I should get off my ass and update my CV, so I can start applying for jobs. It also hurt that she didn't tell us earlier. She never even hinted she was actively looking. Seriously sneaky. I might have to ask her for tips, when we have lunch together on Wednesday.
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I should stop watching, but I can't. I love watching them, but as soon as the credits roll, they make me sad. The reasons for this are obvious. I love watching these cinematic fairytales, where the boy get's the girl and they live happily every after. I know it's not reality. I just love to wallow in the emotion. It's pathetic that I live through stuff on televion and films, I know, but I can't help it. These movies also inevitably bring up one of my biggest fears: I fear that I'm never gonna find someone who loves me, all of me. With all my strengths and my flaws and someone who I can love back. *Sigh*. But I'm not gonna settle for a relationship with some guy just that I have one. But I do want to fall in love *stomps like an impatient child*

Work kinda sucks at the moment. Shirley's on vacation and I really miss having someone to talk to at work. On wednesday, I have a meeting with the future boss of my boss. He wants to get to know his employees and have a little talk. I'm nervous and I seriously hope that there are none of these "where do you see yourself in 5 years" questions. I hate lying and I don't think I'm very convincing.
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I love my iPod. I use it everyday, I don't go anywhere without it. Last night I even had a nightmare about my iPod getting stolen. So subconsciously I must really worry about ever being parted from it. But it is really helpful. I totally would have missed my dentist's appointment today, if it hadn't beeped 15 minutes before my appointment. I packed up my stuff and left work in a hurry.

It's the third day I'm living with my roommate and I've barely seen her. On Monday evening, she came home at 11 pm, yesterday after midnight and while she's here now, so is her boyfriend from Germany, so I don't want to intrude. It just feels weird to be living with someone I know next to nothing about. I hope that changes.

I got the changed reservation notice from my hotel in Ascona for next week. Apparently because I am single, I get to be punished for that by paying 50 bucks more for my room a night than two people. I get that there would be a higher price for one person, but I'm practically paying double the normal price. And of course, there is not one mention on their damn website about that. I don't have the nerves to find another hotel, but it still annoys me to be taken advantage of.

On a positive side, I booked my ticket to San Francisco. I'm going, I'm really going!!

New Icon

Jun. 19th, 2006 11:16 pm
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I made a new icon today. A Doctor Who themed one because I've seen a couple of episodes of the New Doctor Who Series and I must say I quite like it. Unfortunately, it's gonna take at least a couple of months until it's shown on German Televison.

Of course, I rather make a new icon than something real productive, something I should do, like clean, or have a look at my Italian Homework. At least, I did my laundry today. Because I was away 2 weeks ago, I had 4 weeks worth of laundry. I must say, I'm surprised that I have underwear for more than 5 weeks. Things you learn when you can't do laundry for a while.

The football (soccer) fever in Switzerland has reached new heights. Today Switzerland played against Togo. They played at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when everybody was working. We don't have a TV at work. I didn't need one either, because I could hear people everywhere cheer when they scored the first goal. It ended 2-0.
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Yesterday I turned 26. I can't believe I'm already that old.

I had a wonderful day yesterday. My godmother (from Brasil) and my godfather sent me textmessages. Many of my friends sent me emails and my mom called me. She almost made me cry because she remembered how happy she felt when she first held me in her arms and how happy she felt the many times since. My grandma called me from her health retreat where she's recuperating from the stroke she had when I was on vacation. Shirley, my coworker, was sweet too. She gave me roses and scented candles. Shirley, Cecile and I had lunch together. The whole day, I felt very loved. To top it off, I had dinner with Martina and Daniel at the Thai place close to where I live. That was great, because it's been a while the 3 of us spent time together. We planned our trip to Locarno this July. We might even travel to San Francisco together. That is, if it is possible for me to take off work, which is doubtful, because Cecile is going on her honeymoon in October. The question is, when exactly is she going. Because if my vaction only overlaps a week, then maybe I can go. Otherwise no luck....
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I'm tired as hell and have like zero energy. I have a feeling that this has more to do with my current job situation than anything physical. This merger thing is really bugging me. On one hand, I don't want to lose my current job, on the other hand I'm hoping and planning that by the merger takes effect, I have a new job. My job is still up in the air. My motivation at work plummeted as soon as the merger was announced. I'm gonna miss my old job, pre-merger, that's for sure. Today I had to translate an alert from German to English, which was a real challenge. Making and wading through lists however, I will not miss. The most favorite part of my job, publishing directives, has practically ceased to exist. I dread to go to work every morning.

On Saturday, I'm flying to Sicily for a week. I'm somewhere between not really wanting to go, because I hate packing and really looking forward to it. Hopefully, the weather is better there than here. Today, I wore a scarf to work, because it was that cold.


May. 1st, 2006 09:53 pm
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It's spring, finally. Spring also awakens everybody's hormones, including my own. There's nothing more annoying than seeing happy couples everywhere when you're single. There are no prospects around either. The last crush I had on someone was 3 years ago and I really, really miss it. Not only would I love to have a crush on someone, I also would like to have a boyfriend. At the moment however, I think I'm dying an old spinster, I'm never finding anyone ever. I really don't know why that is. It's not like I have high expectations. All I want is a nice, sympathic, smart guy whom I'm attracted to. A nice sense of humour and a non-smoker would be nice too. That doesn't sound impossible, right? *sigh* I'm gonna die old and alone. On the bright side, if I ever get laid again, that guy will be in for something. All these years of pent up sexual energy...


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