Update on me – May 2012

Update on me – May 2012

The month of May is nearly over! At the beginning of the month I gave you an overview of what I was going to do and now I’d like to reflect on the things I’ve done this month and also my general well-being. This month promised to be busy and it was. So busy that I even had to make sure to step on the brakes just a little. Just a bit of a heads up before you start reading: it’s a long post!

At the end of April I wasn’t doing very good. The combination of my busy job, uni classes, a uni resit AND the job application process ended up being a bit too much. However, the first week of May was a vacation, which left me with plenty of time to rest up and get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, due to my being tired and feeling out of it, I didn’t attend the Band of Skulls concert. I simply wasn’t up to traveling to Amsterdam to see them. The rest of the vacation was thus spent quietly with sleeping, shopping, a visit to the hairdresser and some visits to my physiotherapist as my back muscles decided to jam up again.

The rest of the month was great. I had a bit of a relapse during the Ascencion Day¬† weekend, but now everything is just fine again. I had friends over for dinner, where I made pancakes and the most delicious cheescake. I went to Antwerp for the first time in my life and my parents came over to visit me and I now have an amazing new desk chair. It’s all executive looking and super comfy. Apart from that I have been enjoying the nice weather we had over the weekend, I went to a 1920s party, had a BBQ with some friends, went to a birthday, read a book for the first time in months and I did go to three other concerts.

The first one was by Perfume Genius. They make dreamy melancholic music that you should just sit down for and listen to. The location of this concert was amazing. It was in De Duif an old renovated church in Amsterdam. It wasn’t a long concert. After about an hour I was outside again, but despite the short length it was amazing. The location definitely added to the atmosphere and made the music really come to life.

Another concert I went to was Tim Christensen and the Damn Crystals (TC/DC). I already wrote about TC/DC before as I have been raving about their album quite a bit. The concert was quite long, nearly 2 hours, but that’s because this band has been around for quite a long time. They played plenty of songs from their latest album, but mixed it up with some older songs. I really liked an older song which was called Time is the Space Between Us. Earlier in the day, the lead singer played a few songs in an acoustic set in my local record store so I also checked that out. Overall it was great music: fairly polished rock songs with a raw edge to them.

Tim Christensen & The Damn Crystals @ Paard van Troje

I had another concert last night: White Denim. This is a concert by a band of which I only know one song. I have one of their albums and I liked that but I haven’t listened to it enough to really know the music. I was therefore curious what they would do. As I am writing this before the concert took place, I cannot say anything on whether I liked it or not.

Lastly, work has been kind of crazy lately. Students are begining to feel the end is near and so some have started to panic. So my schedule has been filled to the brim with students wanting feedback or extra tries for final presentations. Luckily there are only a few classes left and then it’s time for exams which means grading. But I won’t have a tight schedule which I have to stick to, so that will make life easier.

University is also coming to an end for this year. In fact, I will have my very very last class this afternoon. Scary idea when you think about it. All I have to do is write two papers and then I can work on my presentation for the symposium in Berlin in August. And then I hope that I will have already worked enough hours on that paper to have finished my research training, which would mean that I only have my thesis left for next year. A whole year for writing a thesis should be enough don’t you think?

In a way I’m glad May is over, but I am also a bit sad as June will mark the end of a lot of things for me. But I have plenty of fun stuff coming up with more concerts, friends, work and school. All I know is that I will be keeping busy. How about you: what have you been up to?

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Update on Me!

Update on Me!

My first week’s vacation is already over and what a week it’s been, plus I’ve got more stuff coming up. Wanna know what’s been going on and what I’ll be up to? Keep on reading!

First of all, I am getting a new house mate today. My old one left yesterday. She packed all her things and will be away on an internship in the US for 8 months. So as of today, I will be getting a new house mate. I don’t even know her name, but I’m sure it will be okay. And if anything goes wrong, she’ll be gone after 8 months anyway. Good thing is that she has a cat!

And that’s a very good thing. If you follow me on twitter, than you’ll know that I’ve had a bit of a problem with mice who have decided to take up my house as residence/ food supply. I don’t mind mice. I don’t find them scary and as long as I don’t see too many of them, I don’t really care. I just put out a trap, catch them and let that be that. This time, however, the nasty little creatures hadn’t just decided on going into our kitchen, but they also decided my room was a nice spot to call home. I was nearly driven mad by sounds of scratching and gnawing as well as by the occasional mouse shooting across my room from my peripheral vision.

After a few very restless nights (I kept dreaming they were making a nest out of my mattress and were crawling over me), 3 attacks on my plants (including one where a mouse had dug its way into one of my pots at 6 AM) and having to shoo one away from my wardrobe after I saw it leaping inside it, I finally found the hole through which they entered my room. I closed it up and haven’t seen a mouse in my room since. They’re still in the kitchen but with a cat entering the scene I reckon they’ll be gone soon. Plus someone will come in to seal off the hole in my wall, as my current solution is only valid as a temporary one. The mouse problem should be over soon.

So that was eventful for a nice and quiet summer vacation right? In any case, if you ever need tips on how to catch mice. You know where to find me. I have become quite the expert over the past week. Other things I’ve done this week apart from the stuff I have already written about is reading more of Harry Potter. I still haven’t finished, books 5, 6, & 7 take so much longer to read than the first 4. I’ve also done some cooking, making a delicious pasta salad (my go to summer dish) and I even watched some TV. I happened to come across the remake of Sherlock Holmes by the BBC. I knew of these series through a friend and he has the DVD so I’m gonna make sure to borrow that from him, because it was really good.

This week will be less eventful. Just some groceries, and I’m trying to go back to the gym again. I haven’t been able to go yet since I hurt my knee falling up the stairs almost 2 weeks ago. Walking is fine, but if I do anything more intensive exercise (I tried dancing in my room) it starts to hurt again. So we’ll see. I’ll also meet up with my mom: we’re going shopping in Amsterdam tomorrow. So be on the look out for a haul post on Wednesday! And I will be planning what to do in Dublin some time this week as and when I’ve finished HP 7 I will finally get to go see that movie too!

Q: What are you up to this week?