Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

This was a tiring week.
I didn't sleep enough and I got sick as well.
I caught a stomach bug.
Normally I don't go to see the Dr for something like this but this time it was BAD.
So I went to see the Dr on Thursday.
I called in on Tuesday to schedule an emergency appointment.
Needless to say, I already felt better on Thursday.
But I didn't eat much since Tuesday and on Thursday, she gave me some more instructions what to eat and what not.
I also got some medicine.
She also said it is a good idea to eat special diet for 5 days or so.
Since I already started it on Tuesday I decided that tonight I will be allowed to have some real food again.
But I think booze wouldn't be a good idea, and that's why I will not attend any Halloween party. :(
I did get some candy, just in case some kids show up, but secretly I am hoping that there won't be so many so there is more candy for me.
Am I a bad person now?

Well, happy Halloween everybody!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

I know...

It's been over a week again.
But either nothing happens or too much to fit in some time for blogging. :)
Right now I should do my math and chemistry worksheet but I figured I could let them wait a bit longer.
Last Monday we got the mark for our first lab report, and what should I tell you, it was one of the best. :)
Last Thursday we had a practical class on fingerprints.
We got to take our or better our lab partners fingerprints, we secured traces and compared them to the fingerprints we took, the whole stuff like on TV with the powder and the foil and stuff.
That was a great day!
Those are the two events of the week that are worth being mentioned here.
Beside this it was mostly classes, exercises and homework.
Today I went to school for only one lesson.
I got to sleep in but right now I feel really tired again. *ugh*
I better get back to math and chemistry before I lose my motivation.
On one of my prior posts I said something about a new design... well I am working on it but it is not working like I want it to work and so maybe I will skip a fall/Halloween design and just start Christmas a little early.
We will see....

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

crazy/busy week behind me...

Last Saturday I got up early, went to language class and then back home to meet the guy that finally connected me to the world again.
I then enjoyed some short hours of internet, went to the store and then went to a birthday party.
We hat a great time there and I made it home only in the early PM hours of Sunday. :)
There I found out that the heat didn't work and I had a very chilly Sunday.
On Monday I had school til 2:30 pm and was home by like 3:30. I had so many plans what to do with the rest of the day (exercises and stuff) but when I arrived at my front door I had to realize that I would have to change my plans.
When I put in the key and turned it, nothing happened.
That's right, nothing.
I could turn the key again and again, but the part of the lock that turned with the key didn't get any grip inside the lock and therefore I was unable to open the door.
I rang all my neighbors doorbells but of course, nobody was home...
So I called my Mom, and asked her if she could google my landlord, since I had his phone number but it was inside, next to the phone.
I had to call him in the AM because the heat didn't work and had to google him myself then.
So my Mom googled him and called me back.
Then I called him and he didn't answer the phone, just like in the morning..
I left him a message, just like I did in the morning.
Then I took the next bus back into town, since I had to go to the bathroom really bad.
Actually I already had to go, when we left school, but I figured I would just go at home. *haha*
So, back to town I went, rushed into the next McD and did what I had to do.
Then I strolled through the stores for a while to kill time and stay warm.
Around 6:30 I went back home and found my neighbors in front of the house, who couldn't get in either.
I tried to call the landlord again and this time he picked up.
He came right over and took care of the lock.
15 minutes later I was back in my apartment which soon warmed up since he took care of that as well.
On Tuesday me and a fellow student made a trip to IKEA after classes were over.
We spent like 5 hours there and she blew a lot of money.
Since I already had my big moment at IKEA a few weeks ago, I kept it low and only spent the amount that I had on a gift card. I even have 3 Euros left on there.
I am so proud of me. :)
Since we went there by public transportation, she wanted to get the bigger stuff delivered.
But first we had to pick up one piece, that was not in the shelves since there is such a low demand for it.
After we spent 30 minutes in line there, we spent some more time in line at the transportation desk.
When it finally was our turn, the guy compared the to-be-shipped items with the receipt.
First we thought he was teasing us when he told us that one item is not on the receipt.
We double (her) and triple (me) checked the darn paper, but no, it was not on there.
Means the cashier didn't scan it.
So my friend had to take the thing back, through the whole store to pay for it and get a receipt.
In the meantime I waited and tried my best to give the transportation guy the information he needed to speed up the whole process.
We finally made it out there at 8 pm, just to discover that the last bus back to the subway left at 7:30 pm.
This doesn't make any sense since it is the IKEA- line and IKEA is open til 9 pm but oh well.
Fortunally the bus in the opposite direction was still running.
So we took this one, got to transfer to a subway line and were able to get back home just a little later than anticipated.
On Wednesday morning I forced myself out of bed to meet my lab partner at 8 am to finish a protocol which was due on Friday, just to discover that we misunderstood each other and she wasn't there.
When she finally showed up she was really apologetic though.
The rest of the week was busy with lessons and lab work.
Today it is Sunday again, and I have to finish some excercises and then find something relaxing to do, which will probably include a new design for my little blog here. :)

//edit: Actually I found plenty of stuff to do and now I have to do those exercises.
Wish it was the other way around and I could relax now.
Doing nothing is exhausting. ;)

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

finally back

Now I am finally back!!
the phone company screwed up several times, but now I am back!
Below is an entry that I wrote on Tuesday while still looking forward to being connected that day...

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a little catch up (which I wrote a few days ago)

It is Tuesday, Oct 6th 09 and I am writing this offline, in hope of being connected again the latest by tonight.
Today is the day this should happen, they said.
My phonenumber is already available, I just can't take the call yet.
The days before I still got a voice telling me they don't know that number, when I called it from my cell.
That changed now, so I think this is a good sign.
I didn't write in a while, because I had no internet and I didn't feel like sitting in internet cafes writing long entries.
I didn't write offline to post when back online either.Bad me. :)
Well, what happened after my last entry?
I spent the whole week packing. Well that sounds more than it was.
But let me put it this way:
By Saturday I was all packed and when my Mom got home in the afternoon, we stuffed the room and off we went...
We stopped at a supermarket to get me the first food, cleaning stuff etc and then we spent like 6 hours on the road, plus a stop for dinner.
We got here around 11 pm, carried the stuff in, pumped up the airbed and went to sleep.
I was sleeping on the airbed the first week, which was not very comfortable but better than the bed my landlord offered me.
They thought about renting out this place furnished, but I opted to bring my own stuff.
We agreed that I keep the stuff that was in here until I get my own and that was ok for the first time, but now I am happy that I have my own nice furniture.
So back to the first weekend here.
First thing we did on Sunday morning was setting up the coffee maker. :)
After breakfast mt Mom left and I unpacked the kitchen stuff as far as I could.
I have only limited space in my kitchen cupboard.
After this I went out to explore the town.
Well, mainly to find an internet cafe, which I did after a good while.
First thing I did here was ordering my landline and internet and being mad at myself for not doing so earlier.
But when I checked the homepage before, it said that it would be easier for them to get me a new landline if I plug a phone into the wall, dial any three numbers and listen to
what I hear there (supposedly a number) and let them know this number during the process of ordering my new connection, so I waited until I got here with a phone in tow.
I didn't bring one when I went here to look at that place and sign the contract, stupid me.
So on Sunday morning I plugged in the phone and heard....nothing!
Right, nothing.
And I didn't have the number of the previous tenant which would have been another option to put in there, because he took it with him, when he moved, as my landlord told me.
(previous tenant is the son of the landlord)
So, while doing the ordering on the internet, I called the hotline that was shown there and asked, what to do and the lady said, "Oh just leave it empty".
So I left it empty and sent everything and was told that the estimated date of connection would be Sept 28.
Not that bad, I thought.
A few days later I got the letter which told me the right date...
Well, back to Sunday.
I checked my mails and stuff too and I got a message from a future fellow student, that asked if I would like to meet for a drink or so.
I happily agreed, and so we met for dinner.
We had a good time and I found my future lab mate. :)
After this I went home and to bed.
The next morning we met again, at the station, to take the train to campus.
Soon we gathered some other new fellow students around us.
The welcome speeches were nice, everybody told us, how lucky we can be to be at such a great school and what opportunities we would have.
And they told us, how happy they are to have us there.
After this was over I went to the store and got myself a cable that I needed to get the TV running.
Imagine how boring the first days here were.
No TV, no internet, and I left the books and dvds at home, because space in the car was limited and they were nothing I would need right away..haha.
The following two weeks were filled with instructions, what to do and not to do in the lab, whe had a fire drill, including the use of a fire extinguisher (well a fake one that
was filled with water only) and putting out a burning person (which was a dummy of course!)
Looks like there are lot of dangers in the lab...
And we went to the maths bridge classes which should help to get the minds into math thinking and catch up on or remember stuff from school.
On the weekend (26th/27th) my Mom came back and we made a trip to IKEA.
Well actually we made two trips but the second one she did alone to pick up the closet which would never have fitted in with the first load.
It took us like 3 hours to find all the stuff, pile it up in two carts and check it out and then it took us 30 minutes to get it into the car.
The fact that my Mom had to bring the dog, because my brother, who was supposed to watch him over the weekend, let her down, didn't help much.
We couldn't leave him in my appartment since he has some issues, separation anxiety that is.
He is from the shelter, somebody abandoned him at a autobahn reststop shortly after Christmas and now he is always scared to be left behind somewhere.
He can stay alone at our house for some hours now, which is a huge accomplishment for him, but leaving him in a place he doesn't now, all by himself? No way!
So he had to come.
Now imagine hauling home a load of furniture and a dog that is so big that he normally haS the trunk of my Mom's station wagon for himself...
We made it home safe and after unloading all the stuff my Mom went back to get the closet.
She only got half of what we planned because we needed two frames and they only had one left.
While she was gone, I started to assemble the furniture.
This is the best part about IKEA.
I just LOVE to put together all the furniture afterwards!!
This time it was not that easy because the dog didn't feel comfortable about the fact that his human left him in this strange place and he tried to sit in my lap all the time.
After a while he finally calmed down and I was able to put together a shelf and start a chair, the night stand and the kitchen table until I got to the point where I needed
the screwdrivers that were conveniently stored behind the front seats of my Moms car.
So I had to wait until she got back and then we finished those.
We also did the second chair, the bed and the desk.
The closet we left for Sunday.
On Sunday we built said closet and my Mom went home again.
I busied myself with emptying some boxes I think.
This weekend also was an important weekend for the whole country since it was election time!
I cast my vote already some days ago by postal vote.
Let me put it this way: I don't like the outcome but it could have been worse.
At least people got their brains back in time and didn't vote the NPD in.(and as I heard, they lost, compared to the last election)
Last Thursday we had an English test and I was not that happy with the result.
I think I should have done better after spending 2 years in the States.
The grammar part was not that good, but I did great on the vocabulary part.
That is a small comfort.
My overall result still put me in the best group.
I now have to find out if I can do two languages, or if I have to choose between English and the other one and if my score allows me to choose at all.
Some say I can do two languages, some say I have to pick one...
I also got myself a lab coat, a used one for 5 Euros.
We are required to have 2 coats, but I ordered the second one new, since all the used ones really looked like that, used.
It took me like half an hour to find an acceptable one that didn't have sweat stains as big as dinner plates or some writing like stupid idiot all over the back on it.
I think that is a good compromise.
On Friday me and some fellow students went to Cologne to see the exhibition Koerperwelten.
I was mightly impressed, this was better than any biology class!
Over the weekend I didn't do much.
I slept in, cleaned my place, unpacked so more (lazy me) and then went out for an adventure.
I wanted to do a little hike but by the time I got to that place I was worrying it would get dark while I was there. Beside that, the weather didn't look that nice anymore.
So I postphoned the whole thing.
I went back to town and walked over the little fair thing they had there.
It was October 3rd, our national holiday, so of course all stores were closed.
But they were open on Sunday from 1 to 6 pm.
So I took a stroll through the stores then.
I also found some nice stuff which I might get myself.
I mean, everybody needs a calendar, right?
And I think the one I picked would look great over my kitchen table. :)
Yesterday we had yet another instruction and then, finally, the first lesson.
Math it was.
And we were told that todays lesson was cancelled.
All the other things for today were already cancelled but math wasn't.
So we were really happy to hear that!
I was especially happy because I went to a concert last night and it would have been a pain to get home very late and get up at stupid o'clock to go to math class.
I went to see Green Day!
I saw them back in 05 (?) when they were in Berlin for live8 but that was only a 15 minutes show.
Last night they played 2 and a half hour!
Great music as expected.
But there were some things I didn't like.
First, when it says 8 pm on the ticket then I don't expect the support to already start around 7 pm.
For me the support band is part of the concert and when the ticket says the show starts at 8 pm then I expect the support to start at 8 pm.
Green Day themself didn't start at 8 iether though...
Then I had a great place. Great to watch hockey games and stuff but baaad to watch a rock concert.
I would have needed binoculars to see what is going on on stage.
But I also think that I should have been in the crowd right in front of stage.
I think I am lucky that I still got a ticket but still...
And there were a few to many "Are you readyyyyy Cologne??" and stuff, but beside that, the concert was great.
I got home around 1 am, and was really happy that I was able to sleep in today.

Now I am sitting here, typing down this catch up, having some coffee and waiting for the green light on the router to turn from blinking into steady...

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