mk_tortie: (alone)
Today's was that my mother has surprisingly more conservative views than I ever thought. Funny really, that just because she never thought to mention certain things she disapproves of, I grew up really very open-minded, and now I keep getting surprised when I bring things up in conversation that I have no problem with and she gets all conservative! Ah well. We all choose our own path sooner or later, I suppose.

I wrote a long and angst filled post about birthdays etc yesterday, and then realised that it was a load of wank that nobody (including myself in days to come) would want to read, so I got rid of it and set about something more productive instead. So I have had rather a good day, all told. I got to play the Sims for a bit (hurrah, I am such a geek) and worked out when I'm going to do all my essay reading over the next few days. I've just started brainstorming for the first of those now, and it's going quite well - the primary material's interesting, and the secondary material so far seems to have been written by very human people (and I do love reading academic stuff written 40 years ago - there's something very warm and fuzzy about the image of old professors wearing tweed and writing about the source author as if he's an old chum). So it should be fun.

My other aim for this weekend is to come up with some meaningful resolutions. I know a couple already, but I'm saving them for the 31st - it means more if I set them in stone then, I think. But I want some to do with personal aims - psychological development, relationship with others, widening my circle of friends and socialising - and some to do with on here - some kind of project I stick to, probably in fandom - and some to do with academia and career - songwriting, academic development, getting more "culture", the german play/singing lessons/music theatre review... anyways, I need to go through and clarify all of those into things I'll vow to stick to. I'm taking it seriously this year. I think it's time to.

On another note (and because everyone else seems to be doing it!) Christmas has been good to me :) I got lots of nice stuff - an 8GB Sony mp3 player (a lot better than an ipod - and it's all shiny and pretty and black! and it shows fireworks on the display screen!), a really good wok, which I needed desperately!, some artwork and a belt from my sis, and some nice stuff for my room at uni - a massive fan from the Pier for my wall, and a really cute ornament of a black cat looking down at a mouse. Plus I got some good books - Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road, a book on propaganda in the films of Stalin's Russia and Nazi Germany, and a digital photography guide. Oh, and the DVD of Pleasantville - such a good film! Trev bought me an absolutely gorgeous necklace whilst we were in Berlin, too (and a stuffed penguin! It's an in joke...) and I got the usual selection of chocolate and stuff... enough to keep me going for a while. So all has been good at home!

Speaking of Berlin, photos are here, if anyone's interested.
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Ack, I so far only have 128 words for Yuletide.  And I'm not even writing it now, I'm just sat here singing along to songs from the musicals and Glashaus :)  I will finish my Yuletide story, but I have a horrible suspicion it's going to be last minute, before I go to Berlin... ah well.  I come up with good stuff last minute!  And to be honest, if I don't get that much more done tonight, it's not so much of a problem.  I have some things I need to do for uni anyway - namely, deciding which essays I'm actually going to write over Christmas.  I know that for medieval, I'm going to do the Wagner one - it's interesting, because I can discuss the music quite closely as well as the text, which is always good.  But other than that...  hmm.  Maybe I'll go look now, actually. 

musings on essay topics behind the cut - v boring! )

Other than deciding on essays, I'm so busy until Christmas, anyway.  This week I don't have so much to do, but next week it's my housemate's 20th so we're having a party on Tuesday night, and on Monday night I'm going to a gig that a guy from my course is playing.  Wednesday night some of my hallmates from last year are having a house party, and Thursday I'm working.  Then I'm off to Berlin on Sunday!  Hurrah!  And when I get back I'm going straight home.  In between all of that I've got to make a real start on the songs for the German play, because I met with the producers today and so now I actually know what I'm doing, finally!  It should be fantastic, but gosh, the pressure.  I'm now definitely committed to playing the Chesire cat and Tweedledum, writing the music, arranging the music, recording the music/providing a live band, and teaching the cast the songs.  I may also be playing the piano during the show itself (they quite liked the idea of a cat playing the piano, hehe) and singing some of the songs for those people who can't/won't sing.  So I'm going to be busy, then!!  I also need to find time to write Yuletide, and also somewhere in amongst all that, finish my Guiding warrant - ie, send off for all the signatures from different people. 

And I still haven't heard back as to whether I got into the Music Theatre revue...  although apparently they liked me!  If I have, then I definitely need to have finished my essays over Christmas, because next term is shaping up to be this busy for the whole term!  Why do I put myself through all this?  Actually, I can answer that.  It's because last year I didn't do anything musical or on stage, and I ended up miserable and stressed.  I like being busy, I really do.

Ack, I just remembered I promised I'd try and set up the choir society over Christmas too.... *makes a scared face* 

Still, I have Berlin to look forward to before facing my first Christmas in the new house, and essays.  It's going to be sooooo cool.  I've never been to Germany for any kind of festival before, and this time I get to go to the Weihnachtsmarkten, so it should be fantastic.  Plus, I get to show Trev the city I'm going to be living in next year, and show him all the bits I love about it.  And drink beer and eat sausage and Turkish food and sushi.  And go up the Reichstag at night and go and look at the canopy in the Sony centre and go and see what the East Side gallery looks like this time, and talking German to random people on the street, and going to KaDeWe, and Alexanderplatz and Hackischer Markt...  can you tell I'm obsessed?!?  I'm just so excited! Seriously, it's my favourite city in the world... and I live in London.

OK, I'll stop now, because if I babble on any longer it really will turn into total nonsense! Tschuessi all :) xxx

France!!!

Apr. 30th, 2006 02:10 pm
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Trev and me are going here!!! in the summer, so long as it's not already been booked by someone!! Hooray!! It's going to be sooooooooooooo fun :)

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