alianne82: (dw - amy pond)
writing. Is going okay-ish again? I've managed to finish a lot of things lately. None of my WIPs, but. It's a start. And I have big plans to tackle the bounty hunter Klaine I've been working on since 2011 next. Maybe I should find a brainstorm buddy to work out some things. There are atill a number of plot holes.

reading. I did the goodreads challenge thing with the goal of reading 50 books this year and, uh, yeah. No. If fic would count, though, I'd have reached the goal in January probably. ^^

computer problems. Windows 10 is seriously pissing me off. I work with two monitors and it keeps changing my screen resolution and reorganising my desktop icons and the only fix is using 3rd party software. Like. ??? I think I'm gonna switch back to Linux. I had Ubuntu on the old laptop and it was miles better than Windows anyway, so maybe over the holidays I'll have some time for that.

TV. I've finally started watching Eyewitness and I'm already addicted. And now it might not get a second season? Ahh! But on that note, LOOK AT THIS PROJECT TO SAVE THE SHOW!!! You don't even need to watch the episode, just get it and stream it while you go grocery shopping or whatever.

Hope you're all doing well! <3

yikes

May. 28th, 2016 05:50 pm
alianne82: (Klaine - BIOTA)
I forgot how much I hate listening to recordings of my own voice. I made myself listen to the Todaydreambelievers Glee podcast I did and OMG that is NOT how I usually sound like I DO NOT ALWAYS SOUND LIKE I HAVE A COLD and I also don't always sound like a complete moron and okay yes the accent is real, I do have a horrible German accent. Good thing I signed up for like three more of those, haha. I am looking forward to recording them, but HOLY CRAP what is my voice. But I don't get many chances to *speak* English so YAY I'm not going to pass up this opportunity!

On a less awkward topic, I hope you're all having a good weekend!
alianne82: (tree)
writing. My side characters are trying to take over the story. I can't pin down my two main characters at all - I'm not quite sure why. But this is annoying. Especially since I'm almost 20k into the story. Another 30-40k and I should have finished the first draft. And I still don't really know who they are. I have four side characters who I can see quite clearly in my mind. But the two main characters - nope.

writing II. I'm considering signing up for the Check, Please! Big Bang. Somebody talk me out of this. But it's only 10k and I love big bangs and IT'S ONLY 10K and oh who am I kidding of course I'm signing up. Maybe.

reading. How soon after finishing a book series is too soon to reread? I mean, I am a rereader. I reread things. But I still have a massive TBR pile to get through and ugh idk HOW SOON IS TOO SOON.

and also. Do you ever remember really old arguments and still get inexplicably angry because YOU WERE RIGHT DAMMIT.
. . . I need a cup of coffee.

Also I can't believe it's only Thursday. How much longer until the weekend???

ahoy

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:47 pm
alianne82: (blaine - reading)
Others are doing it so I am doing it too - because I love LJ and because I'm doing everything I possibly can to avoid going back to one of the million things I should be doing right now (worked 12 hours yesterday, feeling a little wrung out today) - where was I going with this sentence? Oh yes! LJ! I'm saying it here so that I'll have to do it. I plan to use this place more again. I miss having actual conversations with people. Tumblr just sucks at that.

I was going to say something witty, but I'm coming up blank. Really looking forward to the end of March right now when I'm actually going on holiday, yay! I'm trying to compile a holiday reading list right now. (Well, not *right now* obviously.) In case anyone has read anything good lately, GIVE ME YOUR RECS!!

In other news, I'm writing. I've started a new thing, and then I started another new thing, and then I started another new thing, and ... basically I have some beginnings of some new things and trying to work out which one of them is worth spending more time on. (Some of them are fanfic, some are original stuff. Ideally I'd like to pick one of each to work on over the next few weeks/months/however long it takes to get it done.) You guys working on anything? Reading anything good (fic or books I NEEDS RECS DID I MENTION THAT?)?

And now I should do some stuff. But I'll be around. Have a good Tuesday, talk to you later, peace out. <3

*waves*

Jul. 5th, 2012 06:49 pm
alianne82: (jess)
Home from work, took a quick shower, and now have to finish packing and then spent several hours on a train. It's going to be almost morning by the time I get there, but who cares because I AM LEAVING THIS CITY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A YEAR. I'm excited.

Three-day weekend AND I get to see my family.

I'll be back Sunday. I'll also be tired as fuck, but whatever, there's TRAVELING so all is well.

Have to run now. *Hugs* for all of you.
alianne82: (Default)
Coworker: So. We've had a few weeks with almost 10% double entries. You have to be more careful about that.

Me: Oh crap. When was that?

Coworker: December 2011.

Me: Oh. Well, I've only been working here since February.

Coworker: So?

Me: So I wasn't here in December.

Coworker: ...So?

Me: So, it clearly wasn't me.

Coworker: How do you know?

Me: Because. I. Wasn't. Working. Here. In December.

Coworker: Do you remember who it was?

Me: "..."

Coworker: What?

Me: Yeah, I'm kind of pretending I can't hear anything you say right now.

-

I think I need a beer now and then maybe something to read.

oh hi :)

Apr. 2nd, 2012 10:18 am
alianne82: (Default)
I guess I haven't posted here in a while - I've been hanging out over at tumblr. The pretty pictures just kind of draw you in. *sigh* But here, have an actual written update for a change.

I have a new job - have been there for over a month, actually, and not only does it pay better (I can actually live off what I make there, which is a great improvement), but it also doesn't suck. Now, work is just an incovenience distracting me from books and fanfiction, instead of hell every day.

Actually, I finally started buying furniture this weekend - I am now the proud owner of bookshelves. (And yes, I'm still sleeping on the floor. I'm buying a bed next month. Sorry, but I had to buy a home for my books before I worry about my own comfortableness, and YES I AM COMPLETELY SANE. SHUT UP.)

It looks like spring outside - I already spent an entire weekend out on the balcony reading (not this weekend, the weather was shit). So I already had my first (very mild) sunburn of the year.

As far as writing is concerned - yeah, that's not going so well right now. (In case some What Are The Odds reader stumbles across this post - I'm sorry, I'm doing the best I can. It's just that everything I write comes out and complete and utter crap at the moment.)

Have a nice week, everyone. :)
alianne82: (Default)
So, I finally had the job interview at the bakery/coffee shop today, which wasn't so much an interview as a two-hour trial period. I was originally supposed to show up Monday, but then they called me and chaged it to 7am on Tuesday. Which, I thought, was cool, no problem, whatever.

Went to bed (relatively) early on Monday (midnight? That's like... really early...) and set the alarm for 5:30, leaving enough time for breakfast, a shower, and looking up what tram to take, which I had neglected to do last night (figuring there'd be enough time in the morning). So far so good.

Of course, when the alarm did go off at 5:30, I just turned it off and went right back to sleep, to wake up again an hour later. You know how when you oversleep, you go right from "just five more minutes" to being wide awake within a nanosecond when you see what time it is? Yeah. I practically jumped from my bed right into the kitchen (which is quite an accomplishment, my flat isn't that small) to start the coffee, and somehow I must have dressed myself mid-jump, because I have no conscious memory of doing that.

Everything else is kind of a blur until the moment I almost left the house five minutes later with only one shoe on and the toothbrush still hanging out of my mouth.

Bless the genius who invented smartphones, because that way I could check for the right tram while waiting for the lift.

And you know what? I was outside the door of the shop by 6:58. Proving that I can be really fast when I want to.

So. The first thing you should know about me, in case you don't already, is that I have a very high tolerance for dirt. So when I tell you that I stepped through the door and thought "Holy shit, this place is a mess," ... well. But hey, it's a job and if it pays the rent, whatever. Or so I thought.

First I was (ironically, almost) put on cleaning duty, meaning I spend a good twenty minutes scrubbing grime off the filthiest baking trays I have ever seen in my life.

After that initial test of my endurance, I was then deemed worthy to be put into direct contact with the customers. Oh, this was when the fun really started, though. I must say that the customers' racist jokes about the Turkish family who had apparently owned the place before already annoyed me quite a bit, but when the boss actually joined in... let's just say it didn't really make me warm up to the idea of working there.

I was then informed by a very drunk old guy who smelled like he hadn't showered since 1998 that he used to work as an underwear model and that if I ever needed to get laid, I should feel free to give him a call. ... Um. No. Thank you. He then went on talking about several of his special "skills" while I just kept thinking to myself "the simple fact that there's a pair of scissors right there next to you on the counter does not mean it's a good idea to perform an emergency operation on a customer, no matter what a disgusting old tosser he is." According to the boss, though, it's a regular occurrence there. Ooookay. Good to know.

Following that, the boss decided to teach me how to use the coffee maker, offering helpful instructions such as: "For a large cup of coffee, press the large cup and then 'coffee.' For a small cup of coffee, press the small cup and then 'coffee.' For a large cup of cappuccino, press the large cup and then 'cappuccino.' For a small cup of cappuccino, press the small cup and then 'cappuccino.'"

After I had promised her I had remembered everything correctly, she 'taught' me how to use a tin opener so I could get the soup ready. Once I had accomplished this very demanding task, I was even allowed to make sandwiches.

Next up, the boss decided to test my knowledge on things like the wheat to rye ratio in dark bread, and yeah, I guess I didn't do too well, because first of all, I have no idea, and also, I was a little distracted by something large and brown-ish with eight legs poking its antlers out from under the refridgerator. It all pretty much went downhill from there.

Eventually, she told me she didn't believe I had enough professional experience, at which point I may or may not have said something along the lines of "I didn't know you needed a Master's degree to sell donuts." (Impulse control. I'm working on it.)

Was sent home fifteen minutes early with a "we'll let you know." Right. Uh... I think not.

I think I'm going to have a look at more job ads now. At least it was interesting. :)
alianne82: ((ff) kaylee)
Original Plan For The Day:

- clean the bathroom
- write things
- finally respond to unanswered email
- buy food
- do something about that pile of dirty clothes on the floor

Things I Did Today:

- read
- played the piano for several hours
- got drunk with my sister while quoting Buffy and crying over the fact that no one ever liked Tara even though she was The Awesomest
- finally started watching Sherlock and instantly fell in love with it

Yep. That went well. LOL. I need more days like this.

FYI

Sep. 2nd, 2011 05:49 pm
alianne82: ((sg1) undomaesticated equines)
I'm alive, I just have very limited internet access until September 8.

I'm always kind of looking forward to not having internet, because I think I'll have more time to read actual books or to get some writing done, or to clean the bathroom or something. Doesn't seem to work that way, however, because I feel like I have actually less time for everything. I swear, there aren't as many hours in a day if you don't have internet access.
alianne82: (tww - waste of makeup)
WHAT IS IT WITH THIS STUPID DAY? Or: Things That Are Annoying But I Don't Have The Energy To Really Do Anyhting About Today.

--

Dear Mr. Co-worker Who Apparently Has Some Kind Of Serious Problem,

I do have a face, so kindly stop talking to my breasts all the time. Or, you know, just don't talk to me. At all. Actually, yeah, I think I'd prefer that.

No love,

A PERSON

--

Dear Ms Person Whose Turn It Is To Clean The Kitchen,

I think some of the plates I saw there are gonna grow legs and walk to the sink by themselves if you don't do anything about it soon. Also, I saw something in the fridge that just probably needs like maybe a day or two more before it will acquire the powers of speech. Kindly take care of that, please.

Not much love right now,

Someone who HAS done her share of the cleaning already.

--

WHEN IS THIS WEEK OVER ALREADY?

WEEKEND!!

Aug. 20th, 2011 12:06 pm
alianne82: ((ff) river)
Best thing about this week? That it's finally OVER. Seriously. /negativity

I'm finally gonna get some writing done this weekend. (Well, at least that's the plan.)

Also, I have no food in the house. I should probably buy some. On the other hand, eating's totally overrated, right? Right?
alianne82: (ace)
Emailed a job application two hours ago and they already called me back. I have a job interview on Monday. YAY.
alianne82: (on purpose)
Nothing is happening today. Like, NOTHING. At all. I'm so incredibly bored, it's not funny.

Random fact: I really hate looking for roommates. No matter how many nice people you meet, the ones you get stuck with are always the ones you are afraid will axe-murder you in your sleep.

Another random fact: it's always a good idea to check whether your cell phone battery died before you bitch at someone for not calling back.

Did I mention that I have nothing to do? I'm actually so bored, I wrote fanfiction. Ahh. Which I have no intention of posting, don't worry. :P (It's Glee, specifically Klaine, and it's the result of what my brain does when I am bored and in the mood for mindless fluff.)

I really need to find something to do now.
alianne82: (Default)
Sometimes, I wonder what my life would be like if I could be a student again. And then I think, what if I just go back to university?

Because...

...I want to sit in a library again for hours, surrounded by all the books I could ever want to read.
...I want to do research for a term paper on some complicated topic that no one but me cares about.
...I want to stay up all night working on an assignment that is due the next day.
...I want to have highly intellectual conversations about linguistics and literature and the fall of the Roman Empire.

but then I think about it some more and I realize

...I would have to sit in a library again for hours without ever seeing the sun.
...I would have to do research for a term paper on a topic that not even I care about.
...I would have to stay up entire nights working on assignments that are due the next day.
...I would have to have conversations about linguistics and literature and the fall of the Roman Empire not when I want to, but when someone tells me to.

Nah, my life rocks.
alianne82: (mental)
The downside of living in a big city? It never gets dark. Not even at night. There are lights EVERYWHERE, like, street lights, neon signs, the lights in the shop windows... and I CAN'T SLEEP. I am so tired. I guess all I can hope for is that at some point I'll be so tired, I'll just fall asleep anyway. Hopefully, that will be at night. A few nights ago I was so wide awake, I actually watched half a season of The Vampire Diaries, and maybe that's the sleep deprivation talking, but I didn't even hate it. (Actually, I kinda liked it and spent the next few nights I couldn't sleep catching up on all the episodes that have aired so far.)

Anyways, I'm starting to figure out how to get from place to place, you know, how to use the trains and stuff. Actually, I haven't got lost in almost two days now. Yay. Also, I apparently don't look lost anymore, because two different random people have already asked me for directions. (Of course I couldn't help them, but at least they thought I knew my way around here. That's step one: blending in. Step two: stop pretending and buy a map so it doesn't take you three hours to buy groceries from the shop two blocks from your building.)

um...hi.

Sep. 26th, 2009 09:51 am
alianne82: ((gg) lorelai + coffee + car)
Hey, remember me? Yes, that's right, I still exist.

Well, I graduated from interpreter school, top of my class, and am now a translator/interpreter for German and English. I already have a job, only for four weeks, but it's a job. They call me junior consultant, even though it's more like slave labor. I work 10-12 hours a day seven days a week (deadlines are FUN.) and at the same time, I'm moving to a new apartment. Coffee keeps me alive (and awake).

So, how are you all doing?

(I'll try to stick around this time, I PROMISE!)
alianne82: (Default)
Okay, I totally didn't expect that:

By PB

Many thanks to whoever nominated me. Made me feel all warm and tingly inside. However much my awkward writing exercises don't deserve it, (which is probably why I usually don't get nominated,) I appreciate this. For real.

Also, there are people who ship River/Jayne? WHY? This is an honest question. I'm not judging, I just never thought of that. (And I'm not sure I get it.) For explanations, hit the reply button at the end of this post.

Non-fandom: Where go summer? It's been raining forever. Not good for earning money, if your ridiculously underpaid job is cutting hedges and being a human lawn-mower. Oh well.

EDIT: random rl happy dancing )
alianne82: (Default)
Organising things is fun. Band decided we want a book with all the pieces for the concert, cos it makes turning pages easier. So I hunt down good copies, get copyright permission for the pieces (which was a bitch, I hate publishing houses), make the layout, get ready to print it, and by that time they have thrown out half of the songs and decided on others. So I hunt down the copies, get permission, design the layout, and then they decide they want a different version of this one and that one exchanged for another and I start over again. Then I finally have it ready and start on the layout, when I'm told the order of the songs needs to be rearranged. (By this time it is three weeks later already and I start bashing my head against the nearest wall simply when I see one of them.) Now it's all done, everything's the right order, I print it and do a little happy dance because it is FINALLY over, and now the consensus is that we really need one more piece. Of course not at the end, cos then I could just print it and add it to the whole thing, no, of course right at the beginning. Which means another couple hours of work. *headwall*

I'm going to Denmark in about twelve hours and haven't even started packing. And, believe it or not, I'm the only one of this perfectly organised bunch of people who isn't afraid of computers and doesn't have exams at the moment.

But call me crazy, I somehow really like the stressing. It's so much better than the boredom that was before. Most of the time.

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