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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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School has begun again, and that means that the times of adventure are gone. Good times, those. We had one last adventure on Saturday, when we went to the medieval fair that is held not far from here every August. Okay, our visit there consisted mainly in buying and eating food, especially the obligatory tarte flambée we eat there every year. We also had some date tea (very sweet and so very yummy), and bought lots of date, fig and raisin pastries. I'm sure you can't count the calories you consume by eating one of those pastries, but they're so worth it. And I ate baklava! IT WAS SO DELICIOUS.

Anyway, now that the second day of school is past (we're slowly trying to get back to normal. Lessons? D'you mean that time when you sit around doing nothing? Yes, let's do that!), I've decided to dramatically look back on the holidays, on three weeks in Normandy and one in North Rhine-Westphalia which seemed much longer than those three in France. I believe that I read six books in six weeks, as well as another six books from the Bible. I posted 28 entries during the holidays, and wrote three poems. I went to see five musicals, planned tons of other musicals for the next year, listened to dozens of great songs, and now I have loads and loads of cherished memories. I was in two countries and in about eight cities apart from my own home town. And I spent about 200 €, most of which was for the hostel we slept at in Tecklenburg. The only thing I didn't do was buy books. But as soon as I have money, I'll be sure that's the first thing I do. :)

In other news, I went to the oculist's yesterday, and they gave me some eye drops to widen my pupils so they could look at the retina, and they're still huge. Here's hoping I can go to school tomorrow without my sunglasses on (especially as it's rainy and grey outside and I only go out with a raincoat on). But I'm finally getting new glasses! WHOOP!

 

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You're not intrigued? EXCUSE ME? I can only guess that everybody apart from me leads a life of sin and wild and exciting adventures one should never blog about! For the sake of the children, I mean.

Anyway, I haven't been napping all the time since we last left off. On Monday, we went to the horse races that take place on the racecourse in a small and lovely town near us. It's the same town where we visited the market. It turned out we should have come a little later because we had to leave before any actual galloping or country cross took place, and we only saw the trotting races. Those are quite exciting too though. I don't have any actual idea about what is important, and I would never ever bet on a horse (knowing my luck, I would lose horrendous amounts of money!), but when everybody gets up and claps their hands and cheers the horses on on the homestraight, you can't help but get up with them, and you can't help but go "oh NOOOO" when a horse gets disqualified for galloping or something. There was one race where I was crossing my fingers for Sissi Impératrice, which is partly due to my obsession with musicals (there's one about the empress Elisabeth of Austria), and she was overtaking all the other horses, and then when she was ahead of them, she passed into a gallop for a fraction of a second... and was disqualified. Oh, and we also witnessed a false start! Though I have no idea what actually went wrong, because those starts always seem pretty unorganised to me.

Of grumpy Frenchmen and Alan in a Brasserie. )
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Okay, so this might be a slight exaggeration. But it is nice here in Normandy! :) We've had great adventures in the marshlands when we actually just wanted to go for a walk, marvelling at the infrastructure the sheep have great. (As in, trodden paths.) We wanted a shortcut to the road, so we went across the marshland, only there are all these arms of rivers meandering through them, and you cannot see them from further off. So when you finally think the path is clear, you stumble across one the next minute. And it takes aaaages to find places to cross or to walk around them. And it's even less fun when it's rainy and stormy...

We did do actual nice things though. )
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So, a happy new year to everyone. :)

I finally got a new laptop which is much better than the old one that made weird sounds, was, uh, "quite" slow and was a bit scrap in the end because it had fallen down on the floor once. Yay, I take care of my things. :)

2007 ended great for me. After [info]veradee had mentioned it, I bought the DVD of Snow Cake, watched it right away and loved it. I love watching films on my own anyway, so that was a really good evening for me.

I have burnt all my fingers, and if it's not that, then at least all the right-hand thumbs I have.

All in all, 2007 was a great year, except the fact that I'm still living in France. I hope to move to Germany this year, I hope to participate in a writing contest, to sit and pass the First Certificate in June...

Aaaand I have some resolutions, too: be more patient with children and myself, translate more often and more regularly, try to study instead of just leafing through my notes (even if that works well, but I have to learn how to study -), take the time to read more this year and so on.

And now I'm off to have breakfast. :)

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