Friday, December 27, 2013

Yearly Review 2013

This year is mainly over, so I thought I might make a yearly review. Maybe I can go on doing these in the next year(s)?

1. Lost or gained weight?
Stayed the same. A little less would be better... ;)


2. Cut or grew your hair?
Grew it back after cutting the damage of.

3. More short or wide sighted?
About the same I guess, since my glasses still work well for me.

4. More or less money?
More.

5. More or less spending?
Also more (hey, I need to compensate! ;) )

6. More or less physical activity?
About the same. But I enjoyed it a little more.

7. Most stupid plan?
Sewing a full 1860s ball outfit in one week. It didn't work out!

8. Most dangerous plan?
Preparing my PhD thesis before the May session. Also didn't work out!

9. The best party?
Was right after my PhD defense

10. Most expensive purchase?
The car!

11. Most delicious food?
Salted caramel. I love it!

12. Most appreciated book (s)?
The Monstrumologist series. Loved it to pieces! And also the Game of Thrones series. We had a hard time initially (what with all the names and my bad name memory), but in the end it got me hooked. Also, the "His dark materials" series by Philip Pullman which is far from being the children's books I expected! The "River of London" series by Ben Aaronovitch was also really good. 

13. Best movies 2013?
Django unchained, The Hanibal series, Warm bodies, the British Sherlock series, Hunger games - Catching fire

14. Best album 2013?
Disturbed - Believe (I'm not so current on music. Sorry!)

15. Best concert 2013?
VNV nation at the WGT

16. Most time spent with...?
I guess my boyfriend. But that's just because we live together ^^

17. Greatest time spent with…?
With my boyfriend, friends and family. No specific person singled out, I love all of them the same!

18. Could have spent more time with ...?
My boyfriend. I loved our Hamburg vacation and look forward for our next trip together.

19. Main feeling in 2013?
Anxiety (before PhD) and happiness

20. First in 2013?
PhD thesis, trip to Barcelona and Vienna, buying a car, writing a grant proposal and getting it through reviews, photo shootings, visiting a historical ball, having all of my outfits prepared before WGT, made jewelry

21. Done once again in 2013?
WGT, visiting Hamburg, visited friends and my family, written a paper, worked a lot, had Zumba classes 

22. Three things I could have done without?
All the stress, being sick (was it just me or did I really all ill a lot this year?) and much of the stuff I bought

23. Most important thing I wanted to convince someone of?
I can do this, trust me!

24. Best gift I gave away?
A family portrait for my mum.

25. Best gift I received?
A day with horses!

26. Best thing someone told me?
Don't make such a fuzz, everything will work out in the end!

27. Best thing I said to someone?
Take your time, you'll know when you are ready!

28. In short, 2013 was...?
Amazing!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A merry (ancient evil) Christmas!






If you are still looking for Christmas Carols to sing under the tentacle hung Christmas Tree, I might have a solution for you. H.P. Lovecraft inspired Carols!




Friday, December 20, 2013

Week in Review - 51/2013

What did I see?
I wanted to go into the Hobbit part 2, but I was too sick. Maybe we will do this next week? But I saw two medieval Christmas markets last weekend and had a lot of fun with old and new friends.

What did I listen to?
I discovered "Welcome to Night Vale" which is creepy and awesome and hard to explain. It is a podcast about a radio station in a fictive town called Night Vale, where all the crazy conspiracy theories are true. Just go and listen to it, it is free!
Also, this weeks song is Turbonegro - F*ck the World. You are welcome! ;)

What did I ask myself?
What happens if I can't make it?


What did I read?
Still working on the Simon Fitzek book.

What did I work on?
Nothing. I was a bit under the weather and preferred to sleep a lot.

I was happy about...
My boyfriend also having some job offers! Yay!


I was annoyed about...
Being sick-ish. Like not really sick but always tired and blergh!

I bought...
Nothing. Surprisingly!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vienna 2013 - Part 1

As promised I will make a short report about traveling to Vienna. This time I went together with my mum who gave this trip as a present to me for graduation! Thanks, mum!

On our first day in Vienna, we first wanted to head for the Josephinum which is a collection of medical exhibits from the last century. My mum is a Pharmacist and as a Biologist I'm naturally curious in all things body related... On our way to the Josephinum we passed the Servitenkirche (church of the Servites, pretty nice and small) and one of Vienna's many second hand markets and took a short peek inside. We didn't buy anything, though... If you are looking for one, the one we found was directly opposite Sigmund Freud's Museum! We also passed the Liechtenstein house which houses a large collection of art and a beautiful garden.

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Once we found the Josephinum after a little search, we realised that it was closed. Obviously the entrance dates changed and the travel guides where not current enough. If you plan going there, it is only open on the weekends! Bummer...
Next we made our way to the Town Hall and the Christmas market right in front of it. Actually, inside a part of the Town Hall was a center for children to make presents like cookies and cups for their family. But we only had a hot chocolate in the Cafe and entered the Town Hall's main Hall.

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This was also when my boss informed me that the DFG proposal was granted and that I will be employed until Mid 2015! So of course my mum and I went to the Christmas market at the Town Hall to celebrate by buying Christmas tree decorations (mum) and cookie cutters (both of us)!
Our next stop was to get back to the hotel and then to the Naschmarket which is a large consistent market. There are booths like little houses and you can buy everything to eat there; meat, fish, poultry, spices, vegetables, fruits, cheeses... It was overwhelming enough to make me forget to take any pictures!

The last stop of the day was the inner city centre with the Secession (the Viennese call it golden cauliflower ^^) and the Stephan's dome, where we celebrated a little more with gourmet hot spiced wine!

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The next morning we started relatively early to visit Vienna's main cemetery, My mum wanted to go (so it is not only a gothic thing to visit cemeteries) and let me tell you this thing is huge. Really huge. There are 3 tram stations for the cemetery plus a system of several bus lines! There are huge graves and monuments for many of the families there! We had the most spooky cemetery weather as you can see in the pics:

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Our next stop was the fancy fabric store Komolka. It seems to be the largest fabric store in Vienna and really has lots and lots of fabrics. The prices are relatively high (for me, I'm a cheapskate when it comes to fabric) and range from about 7 Euros (for crushed velvet and organdy) to several hundreds (for silk lace with rhinestones or fabrics with sewn on feathers). I just got 2 meters, one of the amazing fake fur and another of black jacquard.

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Since we could not visit the Josephinum, we went to the Narrenturm (= Fool's tower) instead. My mum who visited the Josephinum before said that the Narrenturm was even better! For 4 Euros we got a guided tour and saw a lot of deformations, diseases and even a Situs inversus (= all organs are mirrored)! We were not allowed to take pictures, but it was really cool! The Narrenturm is open Wednesday and Fridays.

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After yet another Christmas market (this time at the University), we went for a pizza and did a late night trip to the Museum of Natural History. It. Was. Great! Absolutely amazing venue, the exhibitions were great and you have to go there when you are in Vienna! The Museum of Natural History is opened on Wednesday until 9 pm and costs 8-10 Euro.

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After one last Christmas market (right in front of the Museum on the Magarethenplatz (= Magareth plaza)), we went back to the hotel.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shop Review - vonUebel Design

After the last -not so nice- shopping experience on the Internet, today I will present to you a shop that always makes me happy. I ordered the first time by vonUebel Design years ago when I fell in love with the little dragonfly earrings. Since then, the owner had a little baby break but now the shop is back in full glory. When she put up the matching necklace for my earrings, I was head over heals. So I bought it and wasn't disappointed!

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I included my earrings in this picture which I have worn for over a year and I do not see any damage. I simply love the playful elegance of the pieces!

And since I took a deeper look at the store, I instantly saw another thing I needed (no, really, my life was depending on it! *cough*): These lovely earrings!

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The blue gem is really interesting as it looks a bit like oil slick. And the earrings are feathery light which I love. Heavy earrings rarely get worn because I hate the feeling of something tugging at my lobes!

I'm all full of praise for vonUebel's shop although I was not paid for this review. If you have some spare money (or a little space in your jewelry box ;) ), take a look at the shop and maybe you will also find something to fall in love with!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Victorian (Russian) Wrap

You may remember that I was in Vienna in the beginning of December? Of course I visited a fabric store there (Komolka) and of course I had to buy some fabric! I promise to show some Vienna pics soon, but I'm so happy how this wrap turned out, I just had to post it!

So anyway, I bought the most amazing mink fake fur in black (for only 12,20 Euro per meter! Why oh why was my suitcase so small?! -.-) with every intention to use it for my planned Victorian wrap together with the coat fabric I ordered from Stoffkontor.eu. And since I was to cheap to buy the Talma Wrap pattern by Truly Victorian, I simply improvised the pattern from another TV pattern (TV410)'s back and winged the rest. I know that this is how many catastrophes start, but luck was on my side:

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Front, now it looks like a simple cape...

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Side view, here you can see the green lining (present from my aunt) and how nice the fake sleeves hang...

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Sexy back!

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Look at that amazingly sewn in fake fur! All by hand!

I also made a matching Russian (fake) fur hat and wore it right after finishing to the Natron und Soda community meeting at the medieval Christmas market:

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Sweet - Selfmade chocolate brittle

If you are still on the lookout for some easy, cheap and still cool gift, you should try this tutorial by MissChievous which helps you to make excellent chocolate brittle yourself. All you need is chocolate and some toppings, so if you don't like the caramel almond salt brittle or the cranberry orange brittle she does in the tutorial, just spread your chocolate and add whatever you like and have at hand!

Now to the sad part of this post: I may have been a little stupid and might possibly have taken pictures of the whole process while forgetting to insert a memory card into my camera. So maybe you`ll have to work with the following pics taken in a hurry before leaving to give the brittle away to some friends... Sorry, guys!

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Cranberries and orange peel in milk and dark chocolate

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Almonds, salt and caramell in white and milk chocolate

Friday, December 13, 2013

Week in Review - 50/2013

What did I see?
I was in "Hunger Games - Catching fire", the second adaptation of the Hunger Games series. I really liked the movie and think many of the characters have been casted perfectly. I still prefer reading the books, but the movie is highly recommended!

What did I listen to?
The Ventura Klezmer Band playing Disparition "Eliezer's Waltz"

What did I ask myself?
Why am I so lazy?


What did I read?
Instead of the Jersey Devil, I spent my time reading another Simon Fitzek book. I need to give them back soon!

What did I work on?
A wonderful cape and the matching hat. Wait till you get to see the pictures! ^^

I was happy about...
Seeing my friends today at a medieval Christmas market!


I was annoyed about...
Spending so little time on the stuff that matters and so much time on procrastination.

I bought...
A Lush shampoo bar and Christmas gifts.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday sweet - Mini Chocolate cake

Yesterday, my friends *wollmaus* and Neisella visited me for a sewing get together. And since we spend some of the time together chatting and eating, I prepared some cake for us. I know that Neisella is a huge fan of chocolate cake, so this is what I made:

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Week in Review - 49/2013

What did I see?

A lot of stuff in Vienna! I was so looking forward to this vacation and it really lived up to this expectations! We saw the Naschmarkt, a gazillion of churches, the main city hall, 5 different Christmas Markets, a collection of medical preparations and the Museum of Natural History (including the Venus of Willendorf O.O):



What did I listen to?
ASP & Chamber - A tale of true love

What did I ask myself?
Can 2014 be any better than 2013?


What did I read?
I read some lines of "The Call of the Jersey Devil" by Aurelio Voltaire, but I didn't have much time to read. Too much to see in too little time!

What did I work on?
Nothing. I was on the run all week.

I was happy about...
My DFG application was granted, I have a full Postdoc position until mid 2015!


I was annoyed about...
Nothing. I was just truly blessed and happy!

I bought...
Leather gloves and spices and the most amazingly soft fake fur in Vienna.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Week in Review 48/2013

What did I see?


Another episode of Bones. What can I say, I'm boring! ;)

What did I listen to?
Feindflug - Roter Schnee

What did I ask myself?
Where will I work 4 weeks from now?


What did I read?
"Das Kind" (="The child") by Simon Fitzek. Creepy and intense and strange, but I already recognize a specific style Fitzek uses. I might need more time between books...

What did I work on?
Nothing. I'm in a creative drain currently. *sigh*

I was happy about...
Next week I will be in Vienna with my mum!


I was annoyed about...
Why aren't the people responding to my job applications? At least tell me you are not interested!

I bought...
Nothing

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A book and a blanket - part 3

Today is the last part of "A Book and a Blanket" although I really liked the series and I'm contemplating doing a book review per month. Anyone interested? Like last week, I'm participating in Marfi's challenge to write something about the books I read. Since today is my birthday (Go, party! ^^), I'm going to present my all time favourite book.



As I said last week, my taste in literature is pretty diverse. I'm naturally curious, so even if I think a book might not be exactly my case, I'm usually willing to try it out.  Although I'm not religious, I read the Bible front to back about 3 times. I like Shakespeare and Steven King, Cassandra Clare and Tolstoy, Science fiction and historical novels. My favourite book is a bit of all of these (and more):

The book I'm talking about is "Spares" by Michael Marshall Smith. A friend of mine lent it to me years ago and I devoured it within one night - remember that was during my days as a student, so allnighters were still possible! ;) I never heard of the author before and chose to fill my book boards with his other works soon after. Unfortunately he is not very productive - or at least he could write more in my eyes- because I love every single book of him!


Spares is a mixed genre book. It starts out as a kind of science fiction crime novel when the main character Jack Randall enters a flying mall which can't fly as it is defective. He is hunted by some criminals after he tried to escape with some fugitives from a clone farm. In this future vision, rich people are cloned right after birth and these "spares" are kept in tunnels in case the rich have accidents and need body parts to fully recover. At this point the book turns into an harsh ethical critique on science and questions what makes humans human.

With the escaped spares, Jack Randall tires to relive old relations ships in the (not) flying mall New Richmond, but looses his friends while having flashbacks of his old live where his wive and child were murdered. The book now takes a try on being a crime novel when he investigates what happened to his friends and family. There is also a huge part where the future society is criticised for their behaviour and the large gap between rich and poor is demonstrated (Critical novel).

While they are escaping there persecutors (in a very interesting fashion, now the book is highly technical), he also experiences flashbacks from his life as a soldier in another dimension. This part was emotionally really draining for me as the described scenes do not spare with brutality! The book takes yet another turn and is now between psycho drama and thriller.

I won't tell you the end, but if you ever see this book, go buy and read it, you will probably not be disappointed! I had several copies which I used to borrow out to friends, but they have a tendency to get lost because everyone wants to keep them for themselves... ;)