The last half-year of uni is eating me alive :< Got an exam Wednesday, please keep your fingers crossed for me! I’ve had very little time to study, which sucks, but I hope I’ll be okay. I handed in the paper for the course last Tuesday, which was a relief. Also, we handed in our second draft of the introduction to our thesis last week, which was approved of which made it our final draft, too! That sure felt good. However, work just continues to present itself – we’re now working on the methods section and it’s proving to be really tough. Lots of decisions need to be made.
As for Derby, I got real derby skates last week! Really happy with them, tried them out on a asphalt walking trail last Saturday and they felt like pure bliss on my feet (okay a slight exaggeration but compared to the other skates – hot damn!) Wednesday is my next training so we’ll see how they fare, then.
Tim and I went to see the Swan Lake Saturday evening. I gave him tickets to the show for his birthday [in April]. The Dutch national ballet danced and they were amazing! We’d only seen the Nutcracker before (also national ballet), but the Swan Lake is something else – I do understand why it’s so insanely popular. I loved it and now I really want to see it again ^_^. This also leads me to this week’s bit of music, enjoy:
I wish all the school stuff was over :< Man, I haven’t been able to focus on writing (or my blog) since this term started. I hate it. Luckily I’ll have a half-year break from February. Can’t wait.
This week’s theme song is Agnes Obel’s Riverside. I’ve been completely obsessed with her cd for the past week, I love it. Get your hands on it if you can!
Tomorrow, Tim’s returning from South Korea I’m absolutely ecstatic, I expected him to return Thursday (he had an open ticket). He’s been gone for nearly three weeks but it feels like much longer. When you live together, the house really is too empty if one of you is gone. Hopefully next time he has to go abroad, we have our kitty to keep me company
Remember I bought my very own skates last week, for roller derby? Well, I had my first training on them last Wednesday and they suck X_X I’m so disappointed. The wheels are rigid so they don’t roll smoothly and the left skate goes to the right even if I tell it to go left. Bah. I got really bad blisters, because I had to force them so much. Ah well.
Tuesday I have to hand in the revised and (hopefully) final version of the introduction to the thesis, and my 5000 words paper on the Chinese black organ market. I hope to have it all finished by tomorrow so I don’t have to stress too much about it, but you know. It’s had me extremely busy, so much so that I forgot to write a proper blog earlier this week. Bad Manon, bad!
Tonight I’m going to carve pumpkins with my best friend at my mom’s, heh. We don’t really celebrate Halloween here in The Netherlands, but it’s fun to carve pumpkins nevertheless! Actually, instead of Halloween, there’s two other holidays we Dutch celebrate, although they’re mostly kids’ events. There’s Saint Martin’s Day, which actually resembles Halloween a lot – it’s celebrated on November 11th. The kids go out with paper lanterns and ring doorbells. When the doors open, they’ll burst out in typical St. Martin’s Day songs and when they’re done, they get candy. It’s very cute and I remember I loved doing it when I was little. And not just for the candy! :p Adults don’t participate in St. Martin’s Day at all, though, maybe only to listen to the songs and give the kids candy, but if you keep the light by your front door off, they won’t bother you (I’m not sure if that’s still the rule these days but that’s how we knew on whose doors we could knock).
The other holiday is Sinterklaas, celebrated on December 5th. It’s also mainly for kids, but grown ups usually play some games or what not and exchange gifts on “Sinterklaas eve” too. I’m personally not a fan. I was always really scared of Sinterklaas and after 22 years of celebrating the event (if not as elaborately as when my brother and I were little), it bores me to no end. Plus, the typical Sinterklaas treats and music (often horrible children’s choirs on cd) already take over the shopping centers in September or so, so when it’s finally Sinterklaas eve, I’m sick and tired of it. I wonder maybe this is the reason why I enjoy Christmas so much more, lol. What I also really hate about Sinterklaas is it’s extreme racial background. Sinterklaas has loads of helpers, called “Black Petes”, zwarte Pieten. Usually, these are white people with black face paint on. It’s just very outdated, but it’s tradition, so I guess it won’t go away any time soon.
Now, on to the blog mash up!
Blog Mash up!
Fun & Interesting stuff
Don’t Make me Over @ Books of Adam – this guy takes pictures of friends on FB and then draws them in a quite ridiculous but funny way!
50 best movies of the 00′s @ AV club – I like lists like these. How many on this list have you seen? (counting…) I’ve seen 26! What I like about this list especially is that it has more than just Hollywood movies on it.
I just got my first very own skates! I’m very excited. I also ordered knee and elbow protection, a helmet. I bought a mouthguard and wristguards, too. I guess I’m stuck, now! No turning back!
Additionally, I have something pretty neat to announce! My Roller Derby name Every derby girl, worldwide, has a unique derby name. Because I already knew I wanted to play for some time, I’d already been thinking about it for a few weeks before my first training session. My name is…
Other than that, last week’s been calm. Worked a lot on both the bachelor thesis and the other assignment (for International Organized Crime) I have to hand in November 1. Thank goodness I’m working on that one with someone else, she’s been a life saver so far. I’m spread way too thin!
Tomorrow’s the last International Organized Crime class – already. It’s pretty insane how fast time flew by, I feel like this school year only just begun and we’re already almost through October. Insane.
And also, for the sake of randomness, this song is stuck in my head.
Today’s theme song is “Want You Gone“, the credits song from Portal 2. I finished the game yesterday and it was amazing and I wish it didn’t end. I’m a geek, sue me. (Btw, the song has some spoilers so if you’re playing the game and haven’t finished it yet, don’t listen to it! :p)
This week I get to tell you something really excitiiiiiiinnnnggg [insert girly squee here].
Tomorrow is my very first training with Utrecht’s Roller Derby Team, the Dom City Dolls.
[insert another girly squee]
I’m so excited but also so nervous!!!
I wonder how often I’m going to crash and burn (not only because I’ll be stomped down, but because I’m so out of shape that I’ll probably already crash during warming up). Also, I have not worn skates since I was 10.
If you don’t know what Roller Derby is… Watch this:
…And another interesting bit of news… Tim and I have been looking for a Bengal cat for a long time (I finally convinced him to get a cat YAY [girly squee]) and well, there have been newborns at the breeder on whose waiting list we’re on… So this week, not a lolcat, but what might be our own kitty in the future (although I took a random pic from the breeder’s site).
Today’s theme song is Flutter by Bonobo. One of my favorite songs ever, on one of my favorite albums ever. Enjoy
Last week was an interesting one. My boyfriend recently (finally) got a job. Last week was his first week, and last Thursday he got the news that he would be going to South-Korea for ~ three weeks, next Wednesday. Holy shit! I’m so excited for him! How cool is that? Secretly, I’m very jealous, heh.
Downpoint is that my house will be very empty the next three weeks :<
Pluspoint is I’ll be able to focus on work a lot better ;p
Fun thing about this job is that in two years or so, he’ll be sent abroad for a year or two. Know who’s coming with him? Yes, you guessed right: me! I’ve always wanted to live abroad. I feel you can only truly explore places if you live there. The possible places we could go to (that I heard about so far) are Canada (the Head Office is located in the Middle of Nowhere though), USA (Houston), Australia (Perth) and Singapore. I wouldn’t mind going to any of these, holycrapwtf .
Honestly, now I can’t wait for these two years to pass by. I hope we won’t be sent off before I complete my master’s though, that would be inconvenient.
Dutch 23-year-old SF/F YA writer, BSc in Psychology and soon MA in Global Criminology. She is creative, easily bored, and craves tea all the time. Also: "science isn't about why, it's about why not" - Cave Johnson.