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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 )
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Let me sum up.

1. I've been doing a lot of paperwriting (in the course of which I've read some brilliant essays in Transforming a Rape Culture, which is basically an assortment of awesome feminist stuff, but more on that soon), so I haven't been able to read much this past month. I read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones which was sweet and funny and also kind of heartbreaking, and then I read The Castle of Otranto which was oh so ridiculous. These gothic novels, they have potential, they really do, but all this being in love forever after only having known each other for two minutes? Nah. Cranky banter's much better than endless chitchat about how you will never leave each other yadda yadda yadda, So, in conclusion, Howl's Moving Castle = much better than The Castle of Otranto.

2. I went to France! For about... two days? We had a horrible ride there with lots and lots of traffic jams and not enough coffee, but we had sushi when we arrived, and we went to see Sweeney Todd the next day which was all kinds of awesome. It was soooo good, and the cast was amazing. Downright amazing. Only the guy playing Anthony was a bit old-ish for the role, but apart from that, it was all perfect. <333

3. I have finally seen The Social Network! And I thought it was a pretty boring film which was mostly due to there not happening a lot of things, or at least not a lot of things I understand, but I fell in love with Erica and the Winklevoss twins, and then I was all, "MARK AND WARDO, WHY ARE YOU SUING EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF INDULGING IN SEXYTIMES?", and then laliandra pointed me to the fix-it fic, AND I STILL HAVEN'T GOT ROUND TO READING IT YET. Which, uh, moving on, is probably due to #4.

4. Almost done (re)watching season 1 of The Mentalist! It's my favourite tv show right now, and I think that I was huge amounts of too innocent when I first watched it because I missed all the slashy subtext, and also, upon rewatching, I have found my first OT3. Oh, the goodness that is Cho/Rigsby/Van Pelt. ALSO. I totally want an Inception/Mentalist AU where Cobb is Lisbon and Van Pelt is Ariadne and Minelli is Saito. And then Cho would be Arthur and Rigsby would be Eames, only that leaves Jane with Yusuf. IDK. BUT I WANT THIS. SERIOUSLY, THIS IS TOO GOOD TO JUST LET IT GO. Aaaanyway. THIS IS OWAIN YEOMAN. HE'S MY FAVOURITE AT THE MO. And he has this lovely Welsh accent he has to drop for the show, and it makes me sadface all the time. :(((

Owain Yeoman

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First things first: I already wrote a post about the Spring Awakening show I saw on January 14 over on my German blog, and I usually leave it at one post about a show, except when the cast is very different. But last night's show was so incredibly amazing that I wanted to type up something a bit more thorough than last time. Since I was already acquainted with the plot, the characters and the actors, it was easier to take in more details which added to the overall experience. And then there's also the fact that there was one of the cast's cabarets after the show, so there's also something completely new to add to this.

The show. This is still quite coherent. )

The cabaret. This is not even remotely coherent. )

Anyway, this last part of the entry has kind of got out of hand and become rather incoherent, but the gist of all this is: they rocked the stage. I love them. I want to keep them and never give them back. Now, how do I arrange this? *stealthy ninja mode*
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Hello there! It's been more than a week... which is an almost unusually long absence for me, since I tend to badgering you every few days or so. :D Lately, though, I just can't be bothered to make a proper blog post... even though I have so much to blog about!

I've almost finished my epic Harry Potter reread for one. I reeeeally love the Half-Blood Prince which might just be my favourite of the HP books. I love how it's more grown-up than the ones preceding it, and the plot is rather dense, and yes, there is actual stuff happening, not just whining. Also: the whole Malfoy sub-plot. <3 The memories in the Pensieve. <3 Snape. <3 Everything. <3 Deathly Hallows, on the other hand, is quite disappointing. I thought that I'd maybe like it better now after loving the film so much but I just think it's downright stupid most of the time. The film really is much less stupid. Which makes it so good, I guess. But the book just pales a lot in comparison. Anyway, I've been sobbing my eyes out over Deathly Hallows today and yesterday because of all the unnecessary deaths. It started with Dobby's death which kept me crying for at least another twenty pages or so. And then Fred died. And I still think that this is one of the saddest, most cruel deaths in all the series. I mean WTF. Robbing one of the twins of his counterpart... I teared up so badly about this that I was still crying when Snape was killed. :(

Aaaanyway... I went to see musicals too, of course! In November (aaaages ago), I saw Come together on Abbey Road which is a Beatles musical with the music from their last CD. I didn't know the music before I went, but I quite liked it. That was one of the few things I did like though. CtoAR is a veeery weird musical, no plot, just one disconnected scene after another. It's just not something I can connect to. I like a plot to come with my musical.

I also went to see Hair for a second time and it seems that I just couldn't spot the plot there the first time round. :D No, honestly, I think it's quite confusing on stage (as opposed to the film) and it really does help to see it multiple times. It was much clearer to me this time, and it was even more awesome than the first time I went. Tickets for the third show are already booked. Hee.

So, last but not least... last year, I went to see A Christmas Carol with my English class, done by an English theater group. They give a guest performance here every year, and since last year was not so pleasant because of a few of my classmates doing everything to disrupt the show, and the audience being generally noisy and annoying, I grasped the chance to go a second time when I heard my brother was going with his class (same teacher, you know :D). Getting there was a bit of a pain in the arse since we couldn't go by car because of the weather and the trains were delayed, of course. But in the end, I'm really glad I went. The actors were even better than last year, but that might also be because I could really appreciate them without noisy classmates next to me. My favourite moment is by far the one when Charles Dickens, functioning as the narrator, asks the audience a favour, which is to turn to the person sitting next to them and wish them a merry Christmas. It's a lovely thing when a whole theater full of people wishes each other a merry Christmas. <3 Naturally, they received standing ovations.

I think that's all for now. I had to keep this rather short because I still have to revise for my biology test tomorrow... urgh. Wish me luck. :)


Sep. 1st, 2010 08:17 pm
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I told you in my last entry that I was rereading Die Medlevinger by Kirsten Boie. As some of you may know, I spent four years in France. I didn't have many friends there, and therefore I spent a lot of time in the school library, on my own, trying to find a book there I hadn't read already. Books have always been my friends, but during that time they were my best friends and I cherish all of the things I read in France a lot. Among those things were, for example, The Lord of the Rings, Torture the Artist, Das blaue Mädchen, and Die Medlevinger. Which is of course the reason that prompted me to snatch it from my sister and reread it, to get that fuzzy feeling of meeting an old friend again.

Die Medlevinger is the story of Johannes who lives with his mum Britta. One day, two small people, Nis and Moa, enter his world through a tunnel in the flower-bed in the backyard. Nis and Moa are looking for Nis's dad, who just disappeared shortly before Nis's 13th birthday, a great day for every Medlevinger, the day he comes of age, which Vedur wouldn't have missed at any cost. It turns out that he, along with another Medlevinger, Antak, has been kidnapped by the Cain, the Medlevingers' archenemy, who won't let his prisoners go until the Medlevingers bring him the one from among them that can turn anything into gold - Antak's own son.

I loved the book. It's a children's book, and those are usually pretty intelligent. That's the case with this one; it's witty, fast-paced and full of adorable characters. The most awesome thing is, that although I'd already read it once, I didn't know who the Cain was for a long time. I caught on eventually, but it took the characters a bit longer, and my nerves were close to snapping because HOLY CRAP, it got so suspenseful at the end. It was brilliant how Kirsten Boie had hidden in clues from the very beginning, but so astutely that you didn't notice them at all until you got to the chapter where they were relevant, and then you would be frantically leafing back to the beginning to check whether you'd read those clues correctly.

And there are also some awesome women/girls in there! Johannes' mum, she raised her son on her own, she never finished school because she had him so early and is doing that now and working as a waitress. But she's not stupid and she has a sharp tongue. Then there's Line, Johannes' best friend, who likes to talk about girl stuff with the girls from her class, about pop singers and nail polish. And she likes to show Johannes that he can't just boss her around when he wants to talk to her, but she's there for him when he really needs her. She also thinks like a criminal and would make a brilliant detective. And theeeen there's Moa-Belle who's destined to be a fairy when she's older and not at all thrilled by the prospect. (All the purring and floating about and being generally embarassing... nah.) She's really brave and snarky at times and vulnerable and cute.

Best of all - the girls are not Mary Sues, and the boys are just as awesome. Nis, who's easily scared but horribly curious and always jumping to conclusions, Thomas, Line's dad and Johannes' father figure, and of course Johannes himself, who can be an incredibly annoying teenager at times, but is usually pretty sensible, determined and intelligent. And I almost forgot to mention Thoril, who's willing to sacrifice himself for the others, and who's just so clever. Oh, I just love them all.

I also love Glee now, for that matter! I was bored today and clicked through my folders to see if there was anything unwatched in there, and then I stumbled across the Glee Pilot. I have no idea how that even got onto my computer, but since there wasn't anything else, I decided to watch it. And then I fell in love. <3 Will have to hunt the rest of the series down on the internet. In other musical news, I sang I Dreamed a Dream in singing lesson today. It was my second try; the first was one and a half years ago and didn't go over very well, and I realised that I'd gotten much better. It really wasn't perfect, but that was to be expected, especially since my tonsillitis is not completely gone. But the faith in my voice is growing, and I'm starting to get more and more self-confident! Still don't know what to think of my new singing teacher though, but we'll see!


Nov. 16th, 2009 08:27 pm
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Looky, I'm still alive! And since I'm no use NaNoWriMoing today anyway, I thought updating my lj would be nice, as I must seem to be dead to all of you.

NaNoWriMo is going astonishingly well for me. I've already reached the 35k on Sunday and I plan on hitting the 40k on Wednesday at the latest. Half an hour ago, I was panicking slightly because I didn't know if one of my characters should go to the forest (with a huge, huge army) and discover that someone he left there has died in the meantime, or head towards the ocean to find the guy he's in love with and who's only presumably dead. In order for the plot to provide me with enough... well, plot, to reach the 50k, I decided to let him make that trip to the forest first and then go look for his One True Love. Ain't I a genius? :) Oh come on, admit it!

So... other random things. Driving lessons are going rather well! I have now understood that driving takes some getting used to and that coordinating all of these things all at once is quite tricky.

And did I mention some time that we are doing Shakespeare's Tempest with our school theater group this year? Luckily, I got a part I was rather keen on playing, namely Gonzalo. (Yeah, we're doing it the other way 'round: women play men. Really, that Men Play Women Business was rubbish, I tell ya.) And we have an open day at our school on Friday, which means that we'll do some funny stuff for kids with the theater group, show them how cool we are and stuff, and then laugh at them because they can't join until they're about fourteen.

Being nasty is fun.

Oh, and speaking of theater! I've been to see King Oedipus last week, which was a staging done by a group of... six or seven actresses, I think. It was quite interesting, although I thought the atmosphere first set was much too aggressive and I also didn't see a real logic behind the interpretation of all of the roles by women. I mean, I know why they did most of the things they did, but it mostly just wasn't brilliantly passed on to the audience. It's nice to have seen a play again, though.

And only two weeks to go until my third show of Wicked! And did I mention I had some new recordings of musicals? I've been listening to Shrek and Mary Poppins an awful lot lately = LOVE. I'll get to the Dutch musicals later.

Enough randomness. Hooray. I'm still alive. :)


Jul. 11th, 2009 08:57 am
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... finally. And this will be an awesome six weeks! Today, I'm headed to Cologne where I will meet up with a friend. We'll go and look at the gorgeous Kölner Lichter (fireworks! music!) and leave for the Netherlands on Sunday. Where we will meet up with another friend and go and see the musical Ciske de Rat, which I'm excited for like whoa. But fear not! I will be back on Tuesday. Only to leave again on Thursday, I believe, for a beach holiday in Normandy with my family.

And after that, the Great Move begins. ;) I'm looking forward to living in the new house, because really, it's beautiful, but I hate putting away my books (which I did yesterday) and not being able to see them for weeks! On top of that, I don't know when or how I will have internet again after the Move, but I hope that will be one of the first things my dad sets up in our new place.

Anyway, take care, everybody! And I'm sorry I haven't been in the chatroom for so long, dear fish. Busy times, busy times indeed.

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I am so incredibly happy I HAVE to post before going to Strasbourg. I've been hoping and waiting for a recording of The Tale of Two Cities for months (mainly because of James Barbour and because Broadway is far, far away), but judging by James Barbour's latest blog post, it seems that there will be a recording. And a DVD even!

How amazing is that? *faints*

I'm sure I will be very annoying for the remaining part of the day (which is a long part, mind you).


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