alexdegenhardt: (Waiting KO)
I've successfully finished my degree. The last two years of it have been especially stressfull.

Now that I've got the Bachelor's Degree in Information Science, I'm looking for a new job. I like my current job okay, it's just that I feel underchallenged. And with no challenge from my studies, I'm downright bored sometimes. The problem is that there are very few jobs in the field that I'm even close to qualified for, are in Zurich and surrounding area, and offer a 60-100% job, so that I could live on it. So far I've exactly sent off one application. I feel trapped in a holding pattern and I want to do something, but I can't.

My love life is still non-existant. I think the older I get, the more cynical I get. My life is good without a partner, it's just sometimes I wish there was someone to share my life with. And I've dipped my toes into online dating, but they either can't spell, read or have age ranges that cuts off at 5 years younger than them. Meanwhile I get hit on by guys 50 years or older. I just find that creepy. To me, it just shows that they want someone that adores them, but could never challege them. As I want a relationship with an equal, not a guy whose ego I need to prop up, they are definitely not for me. Online dating platforms have just been depressing me.
alexdegenhardt: (Smiling DLM)
I've been writing a Wordpress Blog. But don't worry, it's strictly for school purposes. We have to maintain a blog for a whole semester for "infomation society, -ethics, politics". Our subject is SOPA and ACTA. It's in German, but if you want to read it anyway, here it is. Or here's a semi-decent online translator.

School has been trying to kill me since the start of the new semester, yet again. I still love it, but I could do with less presentations and paper writing. In the next 3 weeks, I have to plan a lesson and interview a person for about an hour for a survey. I'm gonna be glad when it is the middle of April and the worst is over. But on the upside, this weekend, I can and will take it slow and relax for once.

In a couple of hours, I will see the Hunger Games and I'm very looking forward to it.
alexdegenhardt: (Monday again? Community)
I managed to survive exam week. The day after I went to two seperate birthday parties. One was more of a tea/coffee and cake affair, but the other was a drinks in a bar/clubbing all night thing. Because I wasn't tired for once, I was dancing all night and took the first bus home. It was fun dancing, I don't do it enough.

What wasn't fun was the flu I got not 48 hours later. I spent the next 6 days in bed. I had a 10 days off school between the fall and spring semester and I was sick most for most of them. Great, but it gets better. When I returned to work on Monday, my wallet got stolen, containing all my cards and the train tickets I'd already bought for Chur. So my evening consisted of calling to block my cards and going to the local police station to report it stolen. Not what I needed, especially because I still got a cough, so I didn't feel a 100%. I feel naked without my cards.

I survived this week and the four days in Chur. Part of the days were a complete waste of time. But there were bright spots: Information/Media Law was way more interesting than expected. The prof loves to hear himself talk, but he's entertaining. As usual the start of the semester is very demotivating, because you haven't even started and they tell you all the presentations you have to hold and the papers you have to write and so forth.

On a positive note, we got our grades back. I passed the Assessment-Level! Yay! And I managed a passing grade in Information Retrieval, the one exam I really felt I screwed up. And I rocked Programming. I'm really happy with my grades. Now off to semester 4!


Dec. 4th, 2011 06:31 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Trouble Novels HP)
I don't like winter. I feel like I could sleep all the time.

Today I had brunch with two of my friends at a restaurant close to where I live. It's a bit on the expensive side, but the food was good.

I continue reading like it's going out of style. I finished the 10 or 11 books of the Diane Fry/Ben Cooper Series by Stephen Booth. I also finished the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. And I'm on the second book of the "Mortal Instruments" Series. I have to say, I'm getting sick of the supernatural series with a love triangle thing, even though in this it's acutally just one love interest, the other one turns out to be her brother. That's one way of mixing it up, I suppose...

Knowing that Jamie Campbell Bower is playing Jace in the adaptation is marring my enjoyment a bit. I don't think he's attractive and after seeing a couple of episodes of Camelot, I doubt his acting abilities.


Oct. 23rd, 2010 10:02 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Sunshine & Optimism Glee)
Long time no post.

I've started my new job. The first two weeks I spent doing nothing, just listening to people explaining me things. This week I finally got some things to do. On one hand, it's great that they really take the time to bring me up to speed. On the other hand, I'm very impatient and I like to be able to do stuff on a practical level. I think next week, I'm gonna get to do more. Yay!

I really like the people I work with. The company is relatively small, only 25 people and it's a familial atmosphere. They have a nice breakroom with a microwave, so I can take my lunch from home, which is important, because I'm now on a budget. Also every week, we get a basket of fruit delivered to the breakroom, from which we can help ourselves. I like that a lot.

Meanwhile on the school side of things, I'm stressed. There are two papers due in December. A small one which is supposed to be 8 pages and a big one that's 12-15 pages. And I've never written a scientific paper in my life, so it's scary. There's something else due Mid November. And 10 smaller things where one is due every week. I'm trying to balance all these things and eventually have more of a social life again. This week there was no school, so at least I had time to research a little bit. We'll see how it goes.
alexdegenhardt: (Fun Briefcase Inception)
I'm officially a part time student and on the way of getting a "Bachelor in Information Science". I was in Chur from Wednesday to Saturday for our first block weekend. They dolled out a lot of information everyday though. My fellow students are nice and as much as one can tell after 4 days it is how I imagined it to be. It's a bit scary and I have serious doubts on my ability to plan and time manage everything. I've never written a paper with like citations and stuff. But I know, everybody else is in the same position.

The cool thing is, I feel like I'm among my people. They all love books as much as I do. Several of them are working in libraries and book stores. Agewise it's quite mixed, the ages range from 20 to midforties. I hung out mostly with one of the three Barbaras. Tomorrow, we have the first 4 regular lessons.
alexdegenhardt: (I Want Brains Heroes)
I got the job. Yay! I'm starting October 1. I even managed to negotiate my salary somewhat successfully. I'll start off with slightly less than I wanted, but after 3 months, when my probationary period is over, I'll get slightly more. I have all that in writing. I'm happy and relieved. I just hope I can fulfill their expectations of me... And I need to refresh my french a bit, since I'm gonna come in contact with people from the french speaking part of Switzerland on the phone from time to time.

The other thing I'm nervous about is my school. Tomorrow I'm gonna go to Chur for a 4 day introductory week of sorts. I'm excited and very nervous. I'm gonna meet my fellow classmates. God, I hope they're nice. My friend Martina, who did the whole part time student thing already, told me that it's very likely that they have similiar interests. After all, they chose the same branch of study. I hope she's right. I think I'll feel much better tomorrow evening.
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Afraid)
I'm having a little panic attack. It will pass in a bit, I'm sure. It's just that I've gotten the stuff for school yesterday, more information and things. It makes it real, you know. And it's starts very soon. From September 15-18 we have a block week and on September 21 regular class starts.

The other thing is that I had a second interview at the same company this week and I think it went well. It would be something quite different from what I've done in the past. Nothing finance related, although my job would be mostly about numbers. And if I get the job, my start date would probably be September 1, which is even sooner than the whole school stuff.

And it's just a bit much. The uncertainty is killing me and I'm a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of starting both a new job and a new school in the next 4 weeks. It's scary and I don't know if I can do this.
alexdegenhardt: (Today sucks PD)
My job search is going badly. I keep applying to jobs, from time to time getting interviews and then promptly getting rejections. It's getting to me. I feel like a gigantic loser. I know, I shouldn't take it personally, but with time you start asking yourself, whether you're the problem. It's just so frustrating. I just want this to end. I'm also starting to get bored. I miss the structure of a work day and the feeling of having done something even vaguely useful. Monday I have another appointment with my unemployment government advisor.

In the meantime, I'm hanging out with friends and family from time to time. Sunday I had dinner at my parents place, Monday I went to see a movie with my aunt, Tuesday Drinks with the girls from my Dance Aerobic Class and Wednesday BBQing with 2 of my friends. I get on well with my new roommate. We talk a lot at sometimes weird hours (a lengthy talk at 3.30 am comes to mind ;-)).


Jun. 1st, 2010 11:59 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Dread one day at a time)
Something's off with my body. I don't know what exactly, but my digestion is in an uproar, I feel woozy sometimes, my skin feels itchy and more breakouts. I don't know if it's hormones or the onset of my spring allergies. Either way it sucks and it can stop anytime now, please.

Today is the first official day of my unemployment. Apparently it's not quite as easy as I thought getting a temp job. I've spent the afternoon completing step 2 in the uphill battle on getting umemployment benefits somewhere down the line. Only about a million left to go. Step 3 is I have a meeting on Thursday with my unemployment advisor. He'll probably scold me for only applying for 8 jobs.

My application file is at 4 different job placement agencies. I have a job interview on Thursday. We'll see how it goes. I want to get back to work, but I'm also spoiled, because that job would entail a 40 min. commute to work and my commute used to be 10 min. If it happens, it happens.

I get along really well with my new roommate so far. I might even like her more than my old one and I liked my old one plenty.

Sometime in the next two weeks or so, I'll find out whether or not I got into the school I've applied to. Man, I hope so.

Also in the next two weeks: I'll be turning 30. Whooooo. I don't quite know what I'll do to celebrate it. I'm thinking something lowkey. I'll have to ask my friends if/when they're free.
alexdegenhardt: (High Five PD)
-After a year long search, I found a new roommate. She's German like my previous one, 33 years old and works in a restaurant. She came by on April 29, signed the contract on April 30 and moved in on May 1. Everything was really quick.

-I sent off my application for the school I want to start in the fall. Today I received a letter saying that I fulfill all the necessary requirements to start studying there. I won't know if I got in until June, but I'm still excited and more than a little scared. I'm a little step closer to becoming a part time student in the fall.

-I cleaned out my closet, went through all my stuff. I ended up getting rid of 4 big bags of clothes. I finally have a little space in my closet. It felt really good to get rid of all that.

-I participated in a raffle to win tickets to see "Dear John" and I won. That was very unexpected! I went with my oldest friend. We had fun and got a goody bag from ELF afterwards. The movie itself is not bad, but nothing you need to see. Amanda Seyfried is adorable as always. I have a little girlcrush on her. And they filmed it in South Carolina, which looks very pretty.

-I wrote two job applications. One got me a meeting on Thursday at a job placement / temp agency. It was weird wearing business clothes after about 6 or 7 weeks of wearing very cashual clothes. I should totally write more job applications, will do that this weekend.
alexdegenhardt: (WTF? SV)
I looked up something online. Turns out I need at least a 9 month internship before I could start studying what I want (which takes 8 semesters). Fuck my life. It took me ages to find something I was interested in and now that. I don't know whether I'm willing to give up 5 years for something I'm not even sure I like. 2010 really, really sucks so far for me!

ETA: I wrote to them and they said I don't need the internship (the phrasing was unclear on the website). My degree plus my years of work experience is enough. Yay!


Apr. 8th, 2010 01:09 am
alexdegenhardt: (Dread one day at a time)
It's been 3 1/2 weeks since I stopped working. Time really flies. I'm all shopped out (for the moment). I've gotten massages, spent time with friends and family, did my taxes and so forth.

My sleeping schedule is a bit off. In the beginning I usually went to bed at 2 o'clock. These days it's more like 4 o'clock and then it's still half an hour of tossing and turning before I fall asleep. I'm trying to get up at 11 am, so I don't sleep all day. Let's hope I'll be able to settle back into a normal rhythm.

I got my reference letter a week and a half ago. I sent it to the Legal Department of my union. They looked it over and it's okay. It's got some room for improvement, but it's acceptable. There are no hidden negative meanings. I still sent an E-Mail to my HR person to give them the notes they had on it. We'll see if I get a revised version. Another thing is how long it will take. It took them ages to write this one, hopefully they're faster the second time.

I'm still a master procrastinator. I've started watching several new shows (Cougartown, The Good Wife) and caught up on others (Supernatural, Smallville (only the Green Arrow episodes). I'm dragging my feet deciding on what I'm gonna do. I'm scared. It's like if I don't do anything, I can't do anything wrong or fail. Stupid but true. I still have a little time, but as soon as my new reference letter arrives, I'm gonna have to start applying for jobs and also go to fill out forms for my unemployment benefits.
alexdegenhardt: (Being an adult sucks)
This day last week I had my last day at work. It was weird and emotional. They manage to get me flowers, a card and a 300 bucks gift card to a bookstore (yay!). I shook everybody's hand to say goodbye. I'm proud of myself, I've walked out of there with my head held high.

So for the past week I've done stuff I haven't had time for or always put off. You know, cleaning this and that, buying this and that, sleeping in a bit. I've had a massage, dinner with two of my friends and went to a matinee during the week. It's awesome so far. Of course, I can't putting off decisions regarding my future forever. That's the scary part. But I'm working real hard to repress that for a while.
alexdegenhardt: (Career family AT)
I bought myself a new computer. I'm writing this on my new MacBook Pro 13''. It's awesome and pretty and so shiny! Although I'm trying not to touch the screen as much as possible, I'm pretty sure if need be they could pull my fingerprints off it without problems. The wireless capability is nifty. I managed to pull everything off my old iBook without a hitch.

Christmas was nice. Nothing special happened, my family was as loud and funny as ever. I got to see two of my cousins again. They've grown so much. They're full on teenagers now. The older of the two wore high heel shoes and makeup (she's 14). I couldn't even walk in those shoes. Kids these days. They grow up so fast!

Work still sucks. I need to start thinking about what I really want to do and getting a new job. I had my performance appraisal on Tuesday. It wasn't bad, it was pretty much the same as last year. The thing is it was so impersonal and failed to take into account my actual performance, it was a huge letdown. I swear, if there wasn't my name on top, you would have no idea it was mine. It's just not motivational at all.

I obviously could have started to think about all that this long weekend, but I didn't, because I'm great at procrastinating. If only I could put that on my CV ;-)
alexdegenhardt: (Sunshine & Optimism Glee)
Loved the fall finale of Glee. Can it be April, like now?

I was sick again this week. I think it's because my coworker only works 60% since September. Because I basically do 140%, I'm tired all the time and lack energy. I need to take this up with my boss. I can't go on like this. Why is so hard to ask for help?

I still haven't found a new roommate. There were a few that were interested, but a lot of them never showed up for our meetings. It's really annoying. There must be someone out there, who I like and who wants to live with me, right?
alexdegenhardt: (Oh noes PD)
I'm sick. I don't know whether it's just a normal flu or swine flu. I don't have a fever, but I have 5 of the symptoms on the NHS list (unusual tiredness, headache, loss of appetite, aching muscles, diarrhea). In short, I feel like I've been run over by a truck. Unless my one day of bed rest prompts some sort of miracle, I'll stay home tomorrow.
alexdegenhardt: (Hey there PD)
Wow, it's been a while since I last posted anything on here.

Life has been going on as usual. I was in Morocco on vacation. Morocco is a beautiful country. The group I traveled with was good as well. No oblivious jackasses like my trip to Greece this year. I took over 400 pictures. I've weeded it down to 318 and uploaded the best ones online. I might do a photo post later. We started in Casablanca, than Fes, than went to the desert, Marrakech, spent 2 nights in Essouira and then back to Casablanca. There is a serious downside to being a tourist in Morocco and that is there are always people trying to sell you something. It's seriously annoying. Also as a woman, you feel really vulnerable. Once I went to the ATM around the corner from our hotel by myself and was immediately followed by a guy on a scooter, hitting on me and trying to find out what language I was speaking. Thankfully, when I ignored him, he went away, but it's just not pleasant, you know.
alexdegenhardt: (5 More Minutes DLM)
I had a nice vacation last week. I chose a great week weather wise. It was almost too hot. I bought a small table for my balcony on Monday. So the rest of the week I spent a lot of time having breakfast outside and reading. Such a simple pleasure. I also got 2 massages and spent some time with my parents on Wednesday. I even got lunch out of it. My dad is such a good cook. Afterwards we went swimming in the local pond. Too bad my vacation is already over.

I got some stuff done too, I cleaned a bit, did some laundry and cleaned out my closet. I got rid of 2 bag full of clothes and 3 pairs of shoes.

Stupid DHL

Aug. 12th, 2009 08:28 pm
alexdegenhardt: (Lilo Huh)
I ordered some shoes from Shoebuy two weeks ago. Turns out they arrived in Switzerland 12 days ago. Shoebuy contacted me to verify my address. So apparently DHL attempted delivery and didn't leave me a slip. Asses! I want my shoes. I will call them tomorrow and try to sort it out.

Also, no massage today, because my masseuse is still in Poland. Hopefully I can go on Friday.

On the plus side, I took next week off. I'm so looking forward to it. My motivation is non-existant at the moment. Yesterday I was so tired I went to bed early. I slept 7 1/2 hours on a week night, which must be a new record.


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