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Feststellungen

Hier ein paar Dinge, die ich in letzer Zeit festgestellt habe, und die mir entweder Freude bereiten oder mich verwundern:

Das grüne Ende von Frühlingszwiebeln schmeckt auf Butterbrot genau so wie Schnittlauch, und man kann es im Gegensatz zu Schnittlauch fast das ganze Jahr über frisch bekommen. Huiii!

Englischer Schwarztee mit Milch und Zucker ist total lecker, wenn man den richtigen Schwarztee nimmt. Momentane Favoriten: Twinings Orange Pekoe und Tetley Extra Strong.

Twinings Früchtetee ist der leckerste auf der ganzen Welt, und enthält überhaupt keine künstlichen Aromastoffe. Momentane Favoriten: Strawberry, Raspberry & Loganberry und Apple & Blueberry.

Wenn ich vor zwölf ins Bett gehe, habe ich keine Probleme, vor neun (oder wenns sein muss sogar vor sieben) aufzustehen.

Erstaunlich viele Leute, auch in meiner Bekanntschaft, nehme selektive Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitoren. Nicht, dass ich von allen wüsste, aber zumindest drei, die alle unter 30 sind. Was das wohl über unsere Gesellschaft aussagt...

Dublin war toll. Howth war wunderschön. Wenn ich groß bin, will ich am Meer leben. (Nicht, dass ich noch in die Höhe wachsen würde...)
16.3.09 10:40


a change of pace

I've been thinking a little, today. I've been spending a whole lot of time on the Internet the last couple of days, mostly reading English stuff, for my essay (on oral antidiabetic drigs of plant origin, if anybody's interested) and also more pleasure related stuff, plus listening to English podcasts while I was on my way through the city. It makes me think in English, and I was thinking about blogging stuff - mostly about this totally awesome podcast, which was the first I've ever listened to, and which made me smile the whole way from home to uni - and it's really strange to have to translate what I'm thinking back into German to blog it, so I decided that it was ok to have English blog entries in between the German ones. Since sometimes I'm thinking English and sometimes I'm thinking German. And sometimes I'm thinking a garbled mishmash, but I'll try to spare you (my imaginary readers) from that.

Anyway, here's what I've been thinking about blogging today.

It all began a couple of months ago, when I was watching the Star Trek TNG episode where first Captain Picard and then Dr. Crusher shout "Shut up, Wesley!" at Wesley Crusher. I was giggling at that (because, haven't we all thought that at one point or the other? Though, actually not at that point, because what he was saying really had merit, but anyway...) so, of course I googled it and found this funny review of the episode by Wil Wheaton, who is the actor playing Wesley, and it was so much fun to read, I read a bunch of others, giggled at them, googled Wil Wheaton and found his blog.

Now, I personally think that while Wesley Crusher was totally obnoxious during first season, he actually came to be really cute during season two (and he lost those really ugly jumpers, too, so that's a plus) and... anyway. I was talking about Wil Wheaton. Well, he's got a really active blog, and I read some of it, and it sounded interesting (also, I'm a really nosy person and love reading blogs about people's day-to-day life, yeah, I know, strange) so I read some more, and somehow, in the months since that, started doing lots of funny things I never did before. Like, microblog on twitter with stunning regularity. Read more blogs. Especially Wil's (and here, for the nonexistent people reading this and wanting to see what the fuss is all about: a link). And the newest? Listening to podcasts. Wil's, for the moment.

I've never been into podcasts or audio books or anything like that. Mostly, because I bought an audio book of some Miss Marple mysteries for my great-grandma some years ago, started listening to it with her, and was so appalled by the slow pace of the reading, I never touched another audio book again. (I bought the original BBC radio series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and liked listening to it, but I never got past Chapter 5 or so. It was fun, but much too long to listen to the whole thing.) So, I'm not sure why, but I downloaded some of Wil Wheaton's podcasts today (probably thinking: I like reading his blog, I might like him talking the way he writes it) and just listening to the first two on my way to uni made me smile and giggle continually during the train ride. Wich is great, because I'll be on a plane to Italy really early tomorrow, and I'll probably be too tired to read, so I have a couple of hours of funny commentary to listen to.

So... I guess that's all I wanted to talk about today. Yes, I know I'm totally more talkative writing in English than in German. It's the mental language barrier (thinking I can write more freely, because not everybody will understand it anyway. Which is totally a lie, because obviously there's a lot more people speaking English than German. But it's psychological. Also, during the time I spent in the US, I spent way more time talking about practically nothing then I ever talked about anything substantial in Germany. So it's a habit).

;-)
19.3.09 23:34


die Freuden der Spontanität

Nachdem ich ein wunderbares Wochenende mit meiner Mami + Freund in Italien verbracht habe, habe ich (in Anbetracht dessen, dass ich 6h auf meinen Flug hätte warten müssen, die Fahrt 3,5h dauerte und an ihrem Ende ein leckeres Essen zum 18. Geburtstag meines kleinen quasi-Stiefbruders wartete) spontan meinen Billigflug sausen lassen und bin mit nach Hause gefahren. War auch alles sehr lustig, meine Schwester hat sich riesig gefreut und der Rest der Verwandt- und Bekanntschaft natürlich auch. Großes Plus auch, dass ich die leckeren italienischen Schweinereien (Olivenöl, Salami, Parmesankäse) und spontan gekaufte ganz tolle Schuhe auch gleich mitnehmen konnte, Flüssigkeiten im Handgepäck mitführen ist ja verboten und Zusatzgepäck bei Easyjet auch nicht ganz billig.
Die Mitfahrgelegenheit nach Berlin war für heute verabredet gewesen, nur leider hat die Person, nachdem wir um 17:00 Uhr fahren wollten, heute morgen um 8:00 Uhr per Email abgesagt.

Toll.

War auch nicht so ganz einfach, für heute noch was zu bekommen. Eine Person, die noch einen Platz frei hatte, klang am Telefon total creepy, nach dem Motto: hmm keine Ahnung ob ich noch nen Platz frei hab, schreib mir doch erst mal ne Email... Adresse? Hmmm ja... war auch ne total komische Stimme, klang fast stoned. Da hab ich doch mal lieber abgesagt. Fahr ich halt Bahn. Kostet zwar 50 Euro mehr, aber da kann ich mir sicher sein, dass der Fahrer nicht unter Drogen steht.

Ein Vorschlag wäre ja noch gewesen, über Tuifly bluemiles einen Prämienflug für mich zu buchen. Wir mussten aber leider feststellen, dass die (im Gegensatz zu allen anderen Bonusmeilen-Progerammen, die ich kenne) nicht übertragbar sind. Hmpf. Und Steuern und Gebühren kosten sie auch. Da lob ich mir doch Southwest, deren Meilen übertragbar sind und deren Bonusflüge tatsächlich ganz kostenfrei sind.

So auch ein Addendum zu meinen "Drei Dingen...":

... die ich nicht mag
unzuverlässige Leute

... die ich an den USA mag:
Bonusmeilenflüge von Southwest sind übertragbar und kostenfrei (im Gegensatz zu Tuifly-bluemiles-Flügen)
Supermärkte, die 24/7 geöffnet haben
das Wetter in Nashville vs. das Wetter in Berlin

... die ich an Italien mag:
leckerster Capuccino der Welt für ca. 1 €
die Sprache hört sich so wunderschön an
leckeres Essen. Sehr leckeres Essen.
26.3.09 12:30


A Head full of Sky

I've got my head fully of sky tonight. Yes, that's a deliberate misquoting. If anybody gets it, brownie points for your taste in literature.

I love clear spring evenings. I love clear evenings, period, but tonight was really beautiful. I went grocery shopping before it got dark, and on my way back, I walked by an office building with mirrored glass fronts. It was incredibly beautiful how the still-bare tree branches were shilouetted by the shining sky. Yes, the sky shone. It usually doesn't, not during the day. Even when it's cloudless, the cerulean almost absorbs the sunlight, and doesn't reflect it. But in the short minutes of dusk, when the sun is just down but the darkness hasn't come yet, it reflects the sunlight and shines. The sky just over the horizon is yellowy-white and the higher up it gets, the more blue it turns. The clouds that hang low over the sun that has already set, glow orange with her light. On the other side of the horizon, the sky already turns lapislazuli and the first stars twinkle, if you don't happen to live in the city. Look at it, and you will see: the sky really does glow, even though the sun is down. And the light is only obstructed by the row of houses, and the trees in the little park. They're shilouetted darkly, and reflect in the glass.

Beautiful.
30.3.09 20:06


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