branquignole: (doctor who: hugging)
 I have decided that my plan for this year (and life in general) is 'do things and be excited about them'. So far, I'm doing quite well.

1. I participated in a Big Bang for the first time ever, which was pretty dang scary but also exciting! I made two fanmixes (my first ever!), and I'm super happy I managed to meet the deadlines without too much panicking or disaster. My fun was dampened a little by my quietly failing out of The Mentalist fandom at the moment, which is a kind of inconvenient thing to do when you're participating in the Mentalist Big Bang, but gosh has the show become tedious. I stopped watching about two weeks ago and unfollowed a lot of The Mentalist tumblrs, and while I feel slightly sad about it (it used to be my favourite tv show! D:), I'm also kind of relieved I can continue failing out of fandom now that the Big Bang is done and over with.

2. I watch both series 2 and series 3 of Doctor Who in January! I HAVE SO MANY SAD FEELINGS ABOUT THE ENDING OF SERIES 2 AND SO MANY AWESOME FEELINGS ABOUT MARTHA. But Rooose. Rose will always be in my heart. Because.


ROSE AND NINE FOREVER. (I don't know okay. I love them much more than I expected to and I still miss them GOD I MISS THEM SO MUCH.)


Okay, sorry, back on track. Martha. Martha omg Martha. She really is kind of crappily treated by the writers, but she is still absolutely fabulous. She's so clever and strong and TRAINING TO BE A DOCTOR. So there. There was so much fabulousness in series 3! I absolutely adored Human Nature/The Family of Blood because it was basically ALL ABOUT MARTHA AND HOW AWESOME SHE IS. So I'm a little sad to see her go, but I'm also looking forward to finally seeing Donna again. DONNA. AMAZING DONNA. 

(PS: Blink = best Doctor Who episode ~ever, y/y? I WANT SALLY SPARROW TO BE A COMPANION. OR TO HAVE ANOTHER CAMEO. ANYTHING. JUST GIVE HER BACK TO ME.)

3. I sat my written Abitur exams in German, English, and History! (Yeah, I know. Priorities. Doctor Who is definitely above this on my List of Important Things in Life.) I wasn't really worried about them a lot in the first place, but I'm still glad they're in the past now, especially since I have a feeling they all went exceedingly well. :D :D :D I have about a month of school left, and I still have to pass my oral exam in biology, but the way things seem to be going, that's going to be a breeze. I CAN'T WAIT TO MOVE OUT AND DO THINGS ABOUT WHICH I WILL BE VERY EXCITED. I applied for a summer job at my dad's company in Paris so I won't laze around all summer waiting for uni to start and hopefully make some money instead. I haven't heard back from them yet but if this works out, it should be absolutely awesome. \o/ Ooh, and speaking of that...

4. I still need to decide when to go to London. It'll probably be some time in April/May, and I yet have to inform my aunt and uncle that I plan to invade their house around then, but if you have any preferences/suggestions/whatever, THIS IS THE TIME TO TELL ME. WHEN SHOULD I COME TO LONDON. I WANT TO MEET ALL OF YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. :D?
branquignole: (orange)
Everybody who knows me also knows that I really love me a list. I make lots and lots of them - so have some to sum up 2011!



books read in 2011 )


films watched in 2011 )


musicals & concerts )

I travelled rather a lot this year; I went to Paris twice, I finally got to visit London, I was in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, and York, and I travelled on a ferry for the first time in my life, which was really exciting (even in spite of the seasickness). All in all, it was a great year, even though I was in a bad spot every now and then, but I tackled some of my problems, and 2012 will be the year of coming to grips with them. It's also going to be a year of adventures! I'm going to finish school and move out (for the second time, but this time on my own), and I seriously cannot wait to start uni. Inbetween, I hope I'll be able to go to London (for funtimes and marmfishery!) and Paris (for work). I don't know whether everything will work out, but I'm certainly determined to try. OPTIMISM FTW.

Thank you all for being fabulous friends and for making my life all the time. <3 Here's to 2012!

branquignole: (gaga)
Hi hi hi! Happy New Year, everybody! I realise I haven't been around except to ask for your addresses the better to stalk you, and things have changed! For one, I finally created a DW account in light of LJ's recent idiocies to secure my name. I imported my LJ and I will give crossposting from DW a try for a while. I'll still be on LJ (and mainly read and comment there, most likely), but I just like having a back-up, just in case. So, that's that.

I'll be sitting my Abitur/A levels in a little less than three weeks, so I should probably be revising, but I still haven't done a lot of that, since a good day of flouncing about just sounds so much better than a good day of revision. You could also say I'm taking it slow, which is either because I'm far too optimistic or far too lazy. Your choice. :D But let me tell you about the fabulous things I have been doing instead of revising!

1. I watched so much awesome tv! All of my shows are currently on hiatus, so I started watching Band of Brothers which I ended up having more feelings about than I would have expected. SO MANY FEELINGS. SO MANY PRETTY PARATROOPERS IN LOVE. *___* I still have two episodes left which, if I am correctly informed, are the ones starring Tom Hardy's Cock, so um... yeah. Looking forward to that. 

I also decided to give Doctor Who a second try since the first time I watched Rose, I ended up being all "wtf what is this" and not watching the show after all. But I have since reviewed my life choices, and Doctor Who is a most valid one. It's ~fantastic! It has its terrible moments, but asdjh;sldk so good! I am absolutely in love with Rose. Also the Doctor, even though I have yet to get used to David Tennant who just ~replaced my beloved Christopher Eccleston, outrage etc etc. I hadn't even realised I loved him so much, but now that he's gone, I miss him like whoa. D: I mean, seriously. Just look at him:

 

2. I went to Paris the weekend before last! We stayed at my dad's, which is always fun when there's one bed, five people, and a lot of controversy of who should be allowed to sleep in Just That Corner of the room, but we managed. We went to see The Sound of Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which was really really nice. I love the music, and the actors were all stunning and had great voices, so yay yay. After the show, we had dinner at a Korean restaurant, and I'm sorry, but there goes my coherency because OMG SO DELICIOUS YOU GUYS AKSJD;SDFLK. Kimchi! Seaweed salad! SO GOOOOODDD GET BACK IN MY FACE FOOD.

3. Christmas! Christmas was nice. It was, as always, spent with the family. On Christmas Eve (which is the day we do presents in Germany), we had raclette at home, and I made everyone listen to my Christmas albums. I'm a little sad we didn't go to church, but we always have to compromise because while I and my mum usually want to go, my siblings don't care much for church. But anyway, happy-making presents! I got a Wobble Clock (which I'd discovered the previous weekend at Nature & Découvertes, and just ~had to have), the Red Riding Trilogy DVDs (Andrew Garfield! Sean Bean!), Kraken by China Miéville, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and The Flawed Master by Logospilgrim (essays about Snape! BEST EVER Y/Y?), which I've basically been wanting forever, plus some money and lots of chocolate. 

I caaan't wait to read these books. Right now, I'm reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I understand about as little as I thought I would, but I'm also enjoying it far more than I'd expected!

And because everybody loves a meme, have one that is long overdue. [personal profile] laliandra gave me four fandoms, and I will try and tell you who my favourite characters are, ONLY I AM VERY INDECISIVE AND HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS, so proceed at your own risk.

but I like all of their faces )
branquignole: (Electricity Failure)
Tonight, I'm not going to write sophisticated stuff on art and literature (ha! like I ever do...) as is my way, I just want to share some beautiful moments from this week.

This week has been one thing above all - exhausting. I've been really tired lately, and no matter how long I sleep, I just can't seem to drag myself out of bed and I just drag on for the rest of the day. It's not doing wonders for my motivation, my homework, or even poor Moby Dick, which hasn't been getting much attention from me although I've been at it for about a week. This all made me need those little moments that make you smile even more than usually.

Well, what are things that make me smile? Books, of course! I have made it a habit to go to the school library whenever I have a little bit of spare time, even though there aren't many books I'm interested in. That is mainly due to the fact that they don't really have a lot of English books, so not much to choose from, and I don't really like reading the German translations. I'd decided that I'd like to read something German again though, and so I stood in front of the shelf, waiting for something to jump out on me. I left with Frühling by Thomas Lehr and Pascal Mercier's Lea. Both pretty books on the outside, but I'm not so sure about what's inside them. We'll see!

On Tuesday, I was walking home from the train - which I rather like to do since it is a rather beautiful walk. At the bus stop, there were two interestingly clad hikers asking a little boy for the way. They made to start again, but then the woman turned back and searched through her flower-print bag for a coin which she gave the boy with a "And thank you kindly for the information!". His face was positively glowing afterwards, it was so adorable!

And now on to the rabbit poo! Um. I always go out in the evening to give the rabbits hay and water before I bolt the hatch. When it's not too cold, I go out barefoot because I can't be bothered to put on my shoes. So what happened when I put my naked foot outside? Yeah, it landed in rabbit excrements. I was delighted. Anyway, I learnt from my mistake and went out on Wednesday with my shoes on. And it was just so beautiful outside! It was all still and cool and a little windy, and there were really dark grey clouds with a patch of sky visible just where the moon shone through. And it was not a pale moon that doesn't really give any light at all, but a very intensely yellow moon that was almost orange. When I looked up a little later, it could be seen for a few seconds just before it disappeared behind a huge mass of clouds. That was such a perfect and touching moment. :)

But I want to end the entry with a hopefully funny anecdote! I take the train to go to school in the mornings, and although it isn't a long ride, it's always pretty annoying because of all the stupid kids. There are some eleven- or twelve-year-olds who like to show off by using strong language and stuff. On Thursday, one of them yelled something along the lines of "XY said that the girl behind us already has boobs!". I wasn't really sure if they meant me, since I think there's nothing unusual about having boobs when you're almost eight-teen, but when the train stopped, they waited to get out so I had pass by them. When I did, one of them whispered to the other with an almost awe-struck tone, "that's the one with the boobs!". Me: "Yeah, it's more than you've got brains." And then he made a shocked little face and all that came out of his mouth was "oh". It kind of made my day. :D
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But there were reasons, like LotR and driving lessons... and I come bearing good news! I'm glad to announce that I passed my driving test today. It was close, since I had to go and kill the engine four times in a row, until my driving teacher told me to pull myself together unless I wanted to pay for the driving test again, and after that, everything went really well. It had all gone very well beforehand too, the only thing that went wrong at all were the bloody engine stalls. But I guess something had to go wrong, and I'm incredibly content and happy with the way I drove today. :) As a reward for me being such a superheroine, I've just treated myself to some books from amazon. This is what I ordered:

A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; Damsel by Susan E. Connolly (who is one of the debs of 2009); a German historical novel about Rembrandt, Der Gehilfe des Malers; Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I also preordered Ilona Andrews' Magic Bleeds, and I'm really looking forward to reading all of this stuff. I also can't wait for The Demon's Covenant, which I preordered some two weeks ago. I think that I won't die for lack of books; but lack of time for reading them could become a problem.

So, it has been a rather awesome week up until now - not counting the days when I was out cold because of a horrible headache, primarily caused by the weather, which decided to go from warm to cold and rainy to warm again.

I got the three class tests I had written back in March, and I have 13 out of 15 points in two of them (German and History), and 15 out of 15 in my English class test. I'm as happy as happy can be because those were the first marks that count for the qualification for Abi (it's kind of the German equivalent of what English people call A-levels), and it couldn't be much better really. I'm going to spend the weekend revising for my Biology test, though, which I'm going to write on Monday, so as to carry on with the good marks.

Before I do anything that requires much thinking, though, I'm going to watch the latest episode of Vampire Diaries. Yay, weekend!

Oh, also: I spent the last... three weeks or so reading the Lord of the Rings which was great but kind of exhausting. I love the books, but reading them always makes me want to watch the movies so badly, only I don't have time for that. I realised how much the scenes from the films stuck with me though. I kept picturing them while reading which wasn't the case during my first read, since I had only seen part of the movies back then.. Since I recently bought the Hobbit, I'm concluding my Tolkien reading with Bilbo's adventures, and I want the movie to come out now. Spread the Tolkien love and so on.

So, what have you been up to lately?
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I hope typing up this entry keeps me from falling asleep. If weird rows of letters appear in this entry, picture me with my head on the keyboard, snoring loudly. (And don't laugh at me. I've had two horrible nights because my cold is keeping me from getting enough sleep.)

Anyway, I thought a "This was the first month of 2010" entry was in order. Since I've done a few things. Which I usually do too, you know. But not in the first month of 2010. (Oh dear, I can see the incoherent coming on. I'm sorry, guys.)

Well, first of all, I've been to two musicals, namely Elisabeth and Wicked, which was extremely awesome, as well as to some musical show, which is called Musical Highlights, where awesome people sing awesome songs from awesome musicals. It's pure awesome, you see. I haven't been to the cinema during this month at all, but I'll go next week or so to finally see Holmes and Doctor Parnassus is also waiting to be seen.

Cut for rambling. )

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