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3 posts in (what counts more or less as) one day! That's a new one. :D Just got back from a small fireworks display one village over (30 min walk to get there and 30 min back =.=) and am just about ready to fall asleep, but tradition is tradition. My start into the year involved fireworks going past my head way too close to comfort and a random trash can on fire (it was melting! Actually looked kinda cool? But we called the fire brigade and it got put out, don't worry), so I hope that's not how the rest of 2016 goes. <.< BUT on the other hand I started it hanging out with the most awesome of friends. That we can keep going. :P

Looking back on 2015 is a bit weird, because it feels simultaneously like a lot happened AND not a lot happened. I'm not sure how to describe that feeling, but it might have to do with how I've been 'just' working since the end of 2014, instead of school/Uni/something else with a clear goal in mind. It's still strange to think that I'll be doing this job for the next 40 years or so. I still love my co-workers, but my boss is...somewhat trying at times and the commute is annoying as hell, so I'm gonna put in that transfer request pretty soon.

The biggest thing of 2015 for me was when I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] rhea314  in September, which I had been looking forward to and planning for months. We had a good three weeks to hang out and travel and discover Germany and it was the most wonderful time. It's interesting how I never really think of my own country (and especially my own region) as a tourist destination, and seeing it from that perspective was a great experience. We went to Cologne, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Konstanz and Meersburg (with [livejournal.com profile] fishpatrol ! Who I got to see a lot this year, which was A+++++++++++ excellent), Ludwigsburg, Baden-Baden...but the highlight for me was probably Neuschwanstein. I'd never been there before, but it really looks like you imagine castles as a child. Giant rooms and hallways, fancy decorations and all. It really is worth a visit, even though it's crowded as hell and hard to reach. Other than that it was just really cool to hang out with a fellow fangirl, as always. We even recorded couple podfics together, so that was awesome. <3

Less awesome was how I twisted my ankle in October. :/ I had to wear a giant moon boot and stay home for almost 4 weeks and still don't feel quite back in shape, but hey, at least it gave me plenty of time to play video games (I finished Tales of Zestiria in a little over one week, which is a personal record that I don't ever want to attempt to beat tbh) and record and edit podfic, but I'll make a different year in review post for that.

Fannishly I feel like I've been all over the place this year. I should probably stop comparing every fandom I fall into to SGA, because nothing will ever be as all-encompassing as that. But I'm looking forward to finding out what my next fandom love will be. <3

Right then, that's about it, short and sweet. Tomorrow I'm going to a spa/pool and also to see Star Wars (after watching all the previous movies over the last couple of months). And then I'll see what the new year brings. But hey, I'm turning 24, that age should bring me luck, right? Right. <3

Happy New Year and good night. <3 <3 <3
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I stayed with my sister on New Year's, so I couldn't write my usual, lack-of-sleep fueled retrospective of the year. I'm not gonna get the same level of emotion without that, which might be why I've been avoiding it. Also the last couple of days I've been rather preoccupied with video games, but it's time to stop procrastinating and get some words down before I have to go back to work.

Looking through my 2014 calendar, the most important things go something like this:

I graduated, getting my fancy-sounding Bachelor of Laws, and started working properly. That's...a lot of stuff summarized in one short sentence. Uni was exhausting, this final year obviously even more so than the previous two, and I'm really glad it's over. No more exams for me, thank god. And I even got an entire free month after classes ended, which I really, really needed.

Now that that's all over, I finally feel like I have more energy for socializing, keeping up with friends that I don't see regularly, and renewing contact where it got lost. And oh wow, that is a good feeling.

All in all it was a good time for me though, and I'm at a bit of a loss now that I'm looking towards to about 40 years of working. But I'll get over that, I'm sure. Honestly, there've never been many periods of time in my life where I was uncertain about what came next, education and career wise, and I'm really grateful for that. I'm really not one for spontaneity or taking big risks.

In other things that stood out and made the year special, I got to meet my favourite [livejournal.com profile] fishpatrol (keeping my 1-new-fangirl-meeting-per-year streak alive, aw yeah), saw Amsterdam again (still lovely, A++, would visit again), discovered the joy of snarking my way through a museum, went to Hamburg with my parents and went to the Bodensee with my whole family. I started the year a bit disgruntled because I had no big vacation plans, but in the end it turned out super awesome.

There's Japanese vocabulary all over my calendar, which is mostly a sign that I procrastinated a lot during classes, let's be real. But studying Japanese provided a much needed balance to studying for Uni, and I really feel like I improved this year. In December I took the next level of the JLPT and hopefully I'll get good news about that soon.

On the fandom side of things, I've now been part of it for half my life in one way or another. Lurking, mostly, but also more actively in the last few years. Between everything that was going on in my life I couldn't really put a lot of time into creating podfic, which is why I'm not doing an end of the year stats meme. However, I did make some progress on the project of my heart and will do my best to finish it soon.

So, yeah. It's a bit weird to not have this clear "This is what you need to accomplish next" feeling that I've had basically my whole life, but I'm planning on enjoying the hell out of it. I have super exciting plans for this year that I'm looking forward to like you would not believe and I'm pretty sure it's going to be awesome.

<3


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Previously on Chrisi's Eternal Summer / Who's That Seiyuu / Did You Know I Have A Lot Of Feelings About Anime / this series of write-ups I did:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6

Like I already said, writing these posts regularly was super fun and actually much easier than I'd anticipated. I'm thinking about how best to keep doing these - now that I'm back at work I really won't be able to watch so many things, obviously, but maybe I can write one post a month or so.

For now I thought I'd pick the new-to-me things I liked best and that I'd most recommend. (Keeping it short because, well, I already wrote about them.)


1. In The Flesh (week 1), definitely! My new life goal is to make everyone I know watch this show because it's amazing and really, really special. Hands down among the top shows I've ever seen, it deserves all the awards.

2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (weeks 2 and 4). I'd go with the anime over the manga, though both are very good. I just prefer the episode format over the four panel strips. Hilarious beyond belief, never mean-spirited, with a great cast of characters. I love every single one of them. Perfect for when you just want to feel good and laugh for 20 minutes straight. (ongoing series)

3. Haikyuu!! (weeks 1 and 6) I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS ANIME, OKAY? I keep squeeing about it on twitter because it gives so much joy. It avoids a lot of the things that can make other sports anime seem silly, it usually makes me laugh for half the episode and then cry from being overwhelmed with (super positive!) feelings the other half. Emotional investment level at 110%. (ongoing series)

4. Saving Face (week 5). HELLA CUTE. Also code-switching. We all need more happy LGBT movies in our lives, don't we?

 
Aside from watching/reading a bajillion shows and movies and manga I also had plans to do some other things.

life stuff )

Finally, I also wanted to mention some other stuff going on in my life at the moment. more life stuff )

Week 2

Jul. 15th, 2014 09:50 pm
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Belated post is belated because I didn't have time on Sunday and straight up forgot yesterday. Why didn't I have time, you ask? I was busy watching the world cup final, duh. And speaking of which: WELTMEISTEEEEEEEEEER!!!  world cup stuff )

Anyway. There's actually not that much to talk about, since I spent most of last week on a trip to Hamburg with my parents, which was fun. But also exhausting, dear god, my feet. In the remaining days I didn't revisit anything, so let's jump right into the new stuff:

Kuragehime / Jellyfish Princess )

Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler )

Next up, another section. Because I keep wanting to talk about my regular shows that don't meet the criteria I initially had for these recaps.

Ongoing stuff:

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun )

HunterxHunter )

Week 1

Jul. 5th, 2014 08:18 pm
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Hello there, Internets! How's it going? Guess who's (almost) done with Uni? :DDDD Final exams are over, and as long as I didn't fail horribly, all that's left is the oral exam in September and then I'll get my Bachelor of Laws! Hopefully. <.<

While I wait for the results, I have the entirety of July off from work/classes, and aside from editing podfic and exercising, I want to use all this free time to watch A LL OF THE MOVIES and ALL OF THE TV SHOWS and read ALL OF THE MANGA. I made a list and everything. And then I figured, hey, might as well write up some of the stuff I do. So here it is, week 1 of the stuff I watched! (More like 1 and a half weeks, really.) (Whatever.) (Also I contemplated naming this series of posts 'Eternal Summer' b/c Free!, but in the end I didn't.) (Y'all should appreciate my restraint.) (Hah.)

First up, things I ended up revisiting.


Kingdom Hearts )

Baccano )

Sword of the Stranger - Soundtrack )

On to the new-to-me stuff!

In the Flesh <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 )

The Raid )

Pacific Rim )

Haikyuu!! <3 )

Drama CDs - xxxholic, Weiss kreuz, Project K etc. )
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Three entries in (almost) three days seems somewhat excessive, but I wanted to keep the tradition of this personal year in review post (which always ends up a it weird and emotional, but whatever). It's 2 AM and I just got back from a night out with my parents, which we spent at my favourite Italian restaurant, with way too much food, fireworks and live music. I am slightly tipsy and 5 seconds away from crying over Beyoncé's XO because I have too many feelings. But in a good way.

So. 2013.

Thanks to the podfic friending meme late in 2012 I started following and talking to a lot more fandom people over the last year. Once again I feel more involved and I got to develop a few deeper relationships that have been truly, incredibly good for me. I hope I can sustain and grow them, as well as add more. I couple more every year, that sounds like a good goal to have.

I got to meet two fangirls this year, one of them more than once. I spent some 3 days in Munich with [personal profile] sylvaine and [personal profile] hananobira that were simultaneously a bad idea because exams and a no-brainer, because I will always take any chances I get to meet people who are important to me face to face. Let's see how many I get to meet next year. 

I continued to create fanworks and got more comfortable and confident as a podficcer. And like I mentioned in my last posts, I also go to do some collaborations, which is something that I will hopefully keep doing in the years to come. I participated in challenges. I started an incredibly ambitious project that love to pieces. I told my parents more about my fannish life! Especially about podfic, which was partially because I asked for a microphone as a birthday present, granted. 

I started watching hockey, which I can't even pretend to regret, even if it means getting up in the middle of the night way too often. I got to see my team, the first (non-national) sports team I've ever been invested in, go all the way. And dear god am I way too emotional invested in these idiots. I got into new fandoms an fell back into old ones way too often to count.

I gave in and got a tumblr. I started listening to podcasts. I tried my best to exercise regularly, even if I was out of commission fairly often. It feels like my body still hasn't adjusted to working full time, especially with the latest, raher frustrating developments my health has taken, but hopefully it'll get better soon. I'm looking forward to the consistency I'll get back into my life once I'm done with Uni and won't be constantly in transit between two places and lifestyles. Which, yeah. The next few months, my last as a student, will be incredibly stressful. But hopefully worth it in the end.

My sister got married in the fall. It was such a beautiful and gorgeous and perfect days, all about two of the most important people in my life. I love them so much.

I continued to read more about feminism, as well as all sorts of other things. Reading about them in English and trying to apply them in German continues to be difficult, but I'm trying. I keep developing my own style and try to be comfortable in my body. I got a fucking awesome haircut. I hope I'm growing as a person, even though growing up is still really scary.

2014 will a very significant year in some ways. I can't count it to the day, but I'm taking my birthday as my fandom anniversary, which means that as of February 24th, I will have been in some form of fandom for exactly half my life. I don't know where I would be without it, and I don't even want to speculate on it, because I like where I am and who I am.

Aw fuck, now I'm really crying. 

I love everyone in this bar.

Good night. <3

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Hey guys!

Like last year I'll be writing christmas/new years/winter cards pretty soon, so if you'd like one, please DM me (and let me know if you'd prefer a holiday-other-than-christmas or a non-religious card). I very much enjoy going to the post office and sending of cards to as many different countries as possible, so don't hesitate to request one. ;D



RL and christmas )


 
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Hello ladies! It's been a while. Since I use twitter (and now my new tumblr, le sigh) to keep the Internets updated on my life, I don't really feel the need to update my lj/dw unless I'm putting out a new podfic, but I do kinda miss it, so.

- I've just had a two week break from Uni, during which I have done...uh...not a whole lot. Part of that was due to an inflammation in my right wrist (which is mostly gone now, thank god) but mostly it was me being lazy, let's be honest here. I did go shopping though! Excitement!

I came across some pretty interesting articles on body shapes and how to dress them recently. The advice for my body shape basically came down to 'Skirts are your friends!', which suits me just fine. I've been buying more and more skirts already and just changing my wardrobe in general. I haven't always felt all that comfortable in my clothes over the last few years, and I think this change will help me feel more comfortable in my body, too. Yay!

Also on the agenda: bra shopping. Shopping for well-fitting bras is haaaaard. \o\ It's not like I need a large or unusual size, but it seems like the shape I need isn't a common one. :/ And proper sports bras are expensive. \o\

- I started doing my nails in an effort to stop myself from chewing them up and it's been working wonders. In fact, it's been going so well that I now own a rather excessive amount of nail polishes and have been trying out some nail art designs. It's a good thing that I have a tumblr now and can use that to post all the pictures I keep taking instead of spamming my twitter feed with them every few days. And now my sister has asked me to do her nails on her wedding day which, uh, no pressure. <.<'' (DID I MENTION THAT MY SISTER AND HER BF ARE GETTING MARRIED THIS FALL AND I'M SUPER HAPPY ABOUT IT? :D)

Mostly I've been doing game day nails though, because if there's one thing that'll help my team win, it's me wearing their colours on my nails, right?

Hockey! )


TV Rec: Person of Interest! <3 )


Persona 4 Arena! )

So that's what's been going on in my life lately. I've also been working on an epic-length podfic project that I'm really excited about, but that'll take a while yet (Ahaha understatement of the year). Let's see if I can get off my ass and write some more updates before it's posting time for that one. ;D

Meme time!

Jan. 31st, 2013 05:38 pm
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FIRST NAME: Christiane; Chrisi for most people (This includes you, fandom peeps.). 

AGE: 20, but I'm turning 21 in a few weeks.

LOCATION: A tiny village in the south-west of Germany, on the very edge of the Black Forest (apparently). Though I mostly call Karlsruhe, the next bigger city, my home town.

OCCUPATION: I'm almost half-way through my 3 year program to get my Bachelor of law in tax law/administration, while also being in training at the tax office. It's a dual system we have over here - I switch back and forth between Uni and work for a few months at a time.


PARTNER: No.

KIDS: Mmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaybe. At some point. In the far future. At the moment, I still prefer kids that I can give back to their parents after a few hours.

SIBLINGS: I have a sister who is 2 years older than me and who is one of my best friends. We always got along really well as kids, which is why I had trouble understanding friends who always fought with their siblings. The only source of conflict was apparently that she wanted to play with me more often while I was quite happy to keep myself occupied. My sister got her degree the same year that I started working on mine and is now working in an IT sort of job, where she is doing really well. She is fannishly adjacent, having been in fandom herself for a while, and is the one person in my family who really understands everything I'm talking about whenever I mention fannish things. Her boyfriend, aka future bro-in-law (THEY ARE POSSIBLY GETTING ENGAGED NEXT WEEK, EEEEEEEEE~ <3), is like a brother to me. He's ridiculous and awesome and he's basically been part of the family since he and my sister got together...7 years ago, I think. They moved into an apartment in a nearby village about 4 years ago. They always look out for me and are basically the best. 

PETS: We had a dog for about 2 weeks when I was a smaller, but then my Dad discovered he's allergic. So no more pets for us after that. My sister and I looked after the ponies of an acquaintance for a long time, though.

3-5 BIGGEST THINGS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE: Uni and work take up most of my time. I'm currently at work, but in March I'm going back to uni for 5 months. This year I also have to write my Bachelor thesis and we have to work on a big group project, so there isn't much time left for other commitments. I do, however, always make time for fandom because it makes me so incredibly happy. Recently I've made a lot of new friends in podfic fandom and interacting with them everyday is just awesome. I also started practicing Jeet Kune Do/Filipino martial arts last year, through which I've met a group of great people that make me feel welcome and comfortable every time I go to training. And JKD brings me more joy and self-confidence than any other sport I've ever practiced.

PARENTS: My Mum works for the city administration, specifically in the cultural office. She's from a carny family, which meant that we used to get lots of free stuff at the fairs and at the christmas market. She has some difficulties understanding many parts of fandom and was very cautious when I started making noises about meeting people, but she's become more comfortable and even enthusiastic about it. I often don't want to talk about things while she has to talk everything out, but we get along well despite of all that. Honestly, I take more after my Dad in a lot of ways. Our sense of humor is very similar and I used to watch Star Trek and Hogan's Heroes and all kinds of old cop shows with him when I was younger. He works for a software company, doing things I don't understand, and he has worked from home since I was really young. He was always around when we came home from school, which was pretty cool. He's content to just let me do my thing, not asking too many questions, but he's still really supportive. Both of my parents are, and we've always gotten along great, which I'm really thankful for. <3
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Oh wow, 2013, huh? 

One year ago, when I first wrote a post like this, I wasn't in a bad position, life-wise. I was, however, still pretty fresh out of school, had just been dumped and was a few months into Uni, still not sure if I could make it in my chosen field of studies or if I'd even like it. I guess I was a bit wary and glad to leave some stuff behind. The year that followed was pretty great, ngl. 

For the first time in my life, I went to work and Jesus fucking Christ was it exhausting (remember, 41 hours a week) but also exciting and new and good. I met a lovely and smart and awesome friend through work and continued to meet great people at Uni. I started practicing a martial art, which was hands-down one of the best decisions I've ever made. It brings me so much joy and balance, it's amazing. I bought a lot of skirts and went to see a lot of movies. For the first time in years, I went to a concert (fun.!) and for the first time in my life I went to see musicals (Wicked! and The Lion King!). I traveled to another country by myself, I got to see London again and unexpectedly I got to meet not only one but two fangirls face to face. And as we all know, fangirls are the best.

I posted my first podfics this year! I took me a long time and so far I only have two of them out there, but I'm incredibly proud of myself and so happy about having found a way to involve myself more in fandom. I got to know a lot more people in podfic (twitter) fandom and I look forward to getting to know them even better this year. I actually committed to a collaborative project, which makes me feel incredibly insecure but also extremely fucking excited. I got to enjoy so many amazing fanworks this past year. Hockey and Teen Wolf teamed up to RUIN MY LIFE and it continues to be the best thing ever.

I did some things I regret and some stupid things but I also made some fucking awesome life choices. I got things to be proud of, I got good grades, I took N5 of the goddamn Japanese Language Proficiency Test. I got shit done.

There's probably a lot of stuff I'm forgetting right now, but my calendar is in my other room and my sister and future-bro-in-law are crashing on my couch tonight, so. I think this is enough recapping anyway. It was a good year, is what I'm saying. Here's to another one. I love you, good night. <3

Fun.!

Oct. 18th, 2012 02:46 pm
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Yesterday me and awesome new-ish colleague L, who just started at Uni, went to Frankfurt to see fun. and it was AMAZING. Oh. My. God.
Because Frankfurt is pretty far from here and I had to drive all the way, we took a break in Mannheim, where we went to the hippest (or maybe most hipster-ish) vegan café I've ever seen in my life. Their pumpkin quiche and chocolate muffins were really, really tasty.

Eventually we made it to the venue in Frankfurt - a small club ('with character' as a woman in line behind us said) and had the pleasure to see Walk The Moon (who were very insistent we know they're from Ohio) perform as support. I bought their CD after the gig and having listened to it, I'm even more impressed with their performance - there was such an energy in their music that doesn't come across in the studio recordings, sadly. The audience really loved them and I found them to be a really good fit for fun., right down to the clothes. Tanktops for everyone! :D We REALLY appreciated those. The bassist of Walk The Moon had the loveliest arms, not to mention Nate, when he finally took of his sweater (which, ha, it was fucking hot in that club, why were you wearing a sweater on stage, bb?). Seriously, when you look at photos of Nate his face doesn't seem all that (conventionally) attractive, but having seen him in person he definitely gets my vote for sexiest man alive. *fans self* Sorry Clark Gregg, you have been outdone by some frankly obscene tongue action. Not to mention Nate's smile. Or, you know, his utterly amazing voice.

ANYWAY. fun. came on with their tour members (among them a super cute young woman who played saxophone, keyboard, guitar and did back-up vocals) and had some audio issues, despite the half hour they spent setting everything up. :( Soon enough I didn't mind anymore, though, because fun. had an EVEN BETTER stage presence than their support. I was kinda blown away by it. It also had to do with the size of the club, I guess, though I was a bit disappointed with some of the audience members. If you're just standing around, not dancing or singing or even visibly enjoying the show, why are you blocking other people from standing closer to the stage?

There was a lot of bantering going on on stage (and a lot of swearing, fascinatingly :D), which I, and everyone else, enjoyed greatly. While they were playing At Least I'm Not As Sad, Nate cracked up at a part of Andrews piano playing, stopped the song altogether to tell him he was like a guiding light in his life (d'awwww), then tried to start singing again only to crack up again and again. It was utterly adorable. <3 They also tried to play a christmas song for us (because the only words in German they knew were 'Fröhliche Weihnachten', wtf :D) and failed hilariously, amongst even more bantering.
I was a bit sad that their set didn't last all that long, but their whole performance was just so AWESOME that I couldn't really bring myself to care all that much. I had sung myself hoarse at about half-way through, anyway. I even really liked We Are Young, which is one of my least favourite songs on the album. Stars was also much better without all the auto-tune. They didn't play too many songs from their first album, but hearing Barlights live (and participating) was really, really great.

We bought ourselves some merchandise after the show and then made our way to L's place to sleep a few hours before we had to drive the rest of the way up to Uni this (very, very early) morning.

My ears are still ringing a bit, my feet hurt like hell and my concert (and day-after-concert) high has worn of a while ago, but I'm still in the best mood. L was the best company and I'm really glad we decided to go to this concert together.

Now, though? Now I really need to get some sleep.

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Alas, here I am again, in an...okay dorm room in my University town. Classes start tomorrow, so technically I could use the remaining hours to read up on everything I've forgotten. ...Yeah, no. :P

Sadly, this is a rather old dorm without Internet access, so I now have a fancy mobile Internet stick - let's see how long it takes me to reach the limit, shall we? Keeping up with my shows has been relegated to the weekends, though.
Speaking of shows, I went ahead and watched 2 anime series in my last few days of freedom at home, both of which were really cool:

- Tsuritama:  Fishing! I have no right to have feelings about fishing, but this series gave me a LOT of them. Or maybe those were just my feelings for the characters, IDK. I had to skip quite some bits of the first few episodes because of my embarrassment squick, but the story and animation were interesting enough that I stuck around. It really feels longer than 12 episodes, in a good way. There's a lot happening, but I thought the pace was perfect.

- Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit: I was made aware of this series by an actualfax ad on TV. The premise immediately reminded me of Sword of the Stranger, which is pretty much my favourite anime movie, so I decided to check it out. And then watched it over the course of two days. Which I shoul've spent packing. Oops.
Anyway, the premise is kinda the same, but Moribito has the advantage of being a 25 episode long series and having a kick-ass female protagonist. Seriously, Balsa is the best. Think Korra, but older and more serious. There are supernatural elements and martial arts and a light sprinkling of court politics, making for an altogether awesome show. I wasn't able to stop watching until I was at the end.

London!

Jun. 16th, 2012 05:13 pm
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Over the last weekend I spent a few days in London (7th-11th), which was awesome, and met the lovely [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski, who is the bestest. <3

This was actually the first time I went on vacation by myself, which started out the tiniest bit weird but turned out really, really relaxing and nice. I arrived late in the afternoon on Thursday and was promptly introduced to the joys and horrors of taking a taxi, which I'd previously done only once, years and years ago. Yay?

On Friday I went to South Kensington, specifically to the Victoria&Albert Museum, which is amazing. They have a great Asia Department, some great sculptures and my favourite part: The Theatre and Performance Department. I was too early for the tour you can get there, sadly. But I got to sit down for a bit and watch excerpts from different plays, among then the strangely intense one where Daniel Radcliffe, shirtless, rides the shoulders of some dude with a horse head. Uh, okay. Also, Karen Gillan!

I went to the Science museum next, before making my way first to Westminster Cathedral and eventually to meet torakowalski. We went to see Wicked, which was asdfghjkl OMG AWESOME! First Musical I ever saw and so far my favourite. I want to see it again as soon as possible, which, let's face it, will be the next time I go to London. It's not playing in Stuttgart anymore and I don't really want to go to Hamburg. :/ Anyway. It was really funny and moving and also sad and I cried a lot. Possibly at things that weren't meant to make me cry, but whatever. I really liked it, is what I'm trying to say here.

On Saturday we went to Camden, which, while a bit overwhelming, was really cool. The photos I took of the market there don't really convey the scope of it and how winding it is. Winding may not be the right word here, but I couldn't find a translation for 'verwinkelt', so that will have to do. Languages, man. *sigh* Anyway. We had Fish n' Chips and watched people in canoes. Also I got souvenirs! I'm not very good at souvenirs, usually. Later that day we also went to Forbidden Planet, where I bought lots of Doctor Who stuff as well as Nick Fury's Big Week. I'd really like to have one of those stores over here.

Then it was time for The Lion King! I always wanted to see The Lion King and it was very cool, but I definitely liked Wicked better. Wicked is more story-driven, while The Lion King relies more on the costume and the dancing, I think. Among the cast were some people with really amazing voices, though. And the kids were the cutest. <3

On Sunday we went to see The Avengers, which is still the best thing ever, and was made even better by watching it with a fellow fangirl. I really liked watching it in English and in 2D, too. The 3D really doesn't add anything, does it? We squeed a lot and were very amused by a woman sitting behind us who was REALLY into the movie. She was always laughing and quoting and had clearly seen it before. :D

I had to go home on Monday, sadly. :( My flight was delayed, so I killed some time at Heathrow, where there is no free wifi, what the fuck, by spending my last twenty pounds on CDs by fun. and Adele.   

So yeah, that was my trip to London. I kind of wish I could have stayed longer and maybe watched some more Musicals. And The Avengers again. And again. And again. Seriously, why do we have to wait until September for that bloody DVD (Or rather: special edition blu-ray)? <.<''

In conclusion: London is awesome, Musicals are awesome, fangirls are awesome and the Avengers are also awesome. <3

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I meant for my next post to be a Chihayafuru pimp post, because I still think it's a thing of beauty and everyone should watch it and then come squee with me. That will have to wait for now, though, because I'm currently busy with WORK and TRAINING and BEING AN ADULT (well, kind of) and when I get home I just flop down on the couch and play video games/try to keep up with the Internet. And sometimes I buy giant, over-priced Anime merchandise, just because I can. No regrets!

I did go and see The Avengers on the 27th, though, and it gave me a lot of feelings (understatement). I had the most amazing viewing experience - the cinema was packed and everyone was laughing and enjoying the hell out of the movie. I was really surprised by just how funny it was, but hey, Joss Whedon, maybe should've expected that. I loved the attention given to all of the characters and I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED, the way they portrayed Black Widow. Dear god, I still have all of the Natasha feelings. <3 I hope they hurry up and make that Black Widow movie already. And also the next Avengers movie, because I want to see it ASAP. :D I just wish I could've seen it with fellow fangirls, that would've made the experience even better. Alas, fate still hasn't led me to any local fangirls. :(

I have, however, met a lovely lady through my JKD training who used to study at my university. We geeked out over our respective fields of study and how awesome uni/work is. Seeing as people usually react...not so enthusiastically when I tell them what I do, this was really refreshing. <3 And hey, actually managing social interaction like a not-awkward person FTW!

Back to fannish things: Aside from watching my regular shows (The Legend of Korra, Community, One Piece, and HunterxHunter) I've been mainlining Fairy Tail. I used to watch it back in the day and I've had a blast catching up to the newer episodes. Fairy Tail has a rather large cast of characters, but it knows how to use them. Like One Piece, it's one of those Anime that give you a feeling of family (NAKAMA~), if that makes any sense to anyone who's not me. <.<'''
It's making me cry a lot from an abundance of glorious feelings, and the more an Anime makes me cry the more I like it, apparently. Which is why most of my tweets on my Anime Sundays are me saying how much I'm crying right now. Sorry about that, people who follow me on twitter. ;D

As for video games, I'm continuing my usual circle of buying new games while still playing other games. I think I'm currently playing 3 RPGs simultaneously, 4 if you count occasional replays of Kingdom Hearts 2. ^^'' Oh well, at least I finally finished Persona 4. I'm probably half-way through Persona 3 and not quite as far with the first Kingdom Hearts, which I once played...IDK, 7 years ago, but never owned. Another game I already played when I was younger is Shadow Hearts Covenant, which I started playing over the long 1st of May weekend. After putting in about 40 hours I'm finished with the first of two discs by now, which is kind of crazy when you think about the fact that I've only had this game for a bit over a week. <.<''' Oh well. They're wonderful games, all of them. I should probably finish them before I get around to buying a PS3. (Which I'm only getting because I want to play the upcoming Persona Arena fighting game. I'm so weak. So, so weak.)

I wanted to post a photo of my new giant stuffed toy Chopper, but that will have to wait as well - I have to go to bed soon and still haven't seen today's One Piece (le gasp!).

Good night! <3
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Hello Internets, how are you today?  I've been meaning to do a post FOREVER, but as it turns out having a 41 hours per week job is kinda counterproductive to that. @.@ We started our first practical phase right after exams and we're not going back to Uni for another 5 months. Yay? 

All complaints aside (Oh my god, I have to get up at half past 5 every morning, whyyyyyy?), I'm really enjoying myself. And I might not have as many free time as I've used to, but this way, once I'm home I don't have to think about anything work or studies related. So that's nice. And being home > staying at the dorm. Obviously. 

Aside from working, I've started learning martial arts (A mix of Jet Kun Do and Filipino martial arts, it's awesome) and bought a LOT of really expensive but also really cool Anime merchandise. And exercise clothes. I just really like how they look, okay? 

Fannishly, I ...uh, haven't done a whole lot. <.< As anyone who follows me on twitter can attest, I mostly just squee (and cry) endlessly about various Anime and video games. Especially over the last few days, because I had to call in sick and didn't really do anything but watching the entirety of Hikaru no go (OMG so good, even while hilariously outdated) and assorted other things. Like Community! Community is back, yay! :D 

Though I have also been working on my first ever podfic. Yay? I'm inching ever so slowly towards someday actually finishing and posting it while making interesting discoveries about my accent. Apparently I'm incapable of pronouncing the word 'stupid', who knew? At some point I should probably make use of my native language and record some X-Men fic. :)

Well then, time to take advantage of my last sick day and the nice weather to get my motorcycle inspected.

See ya. <3
the24thkey: (Dino-sigh)
Guess who came home to not only the Sherlock OST but also to Avatar - The Promise? :D Aw yeah. *settles in to read*

The state of affairs at home is less than cool, though. We have no warm water, the insurance people are being jerks and my poor parents are about an hour away from a nervous breakdown. D: But hey, at least the house didn't burn down because of the damge to the fuse box next door and neither did my Dad die when he stepped into the water without thinking. So. It could've been worse, I guess.

Seriously though, why does this shit always happen during my exams? /o\
the24thkey: (Dino-sigh)
So on this fine morning, while I was contemplating why Valentines Day* is called a holiday when we don't even get the day off, and whining about how my grades weren't quite as good as I wanted them to be, my parents were BATTLING FORCES OF NATURE! By which I mean our basement was flooded over night because our neighbours' water line broke (which was totally their fault, yo). AGAIN. Neighbours ruin everything, even when they're barely in the bloody house more often than once or twice a year. *sigh*

By the time I get home on Friday, the electricity and heating will be sorted out, but because the water was about 40 cm high, a lot of appliances (expensive ones, but insurance will take care of that, thank god), food and other things are probably ruined, not to mention that the last time this happened, drying everything out took about three months. /o\

Not cool.

Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Like Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, which is a pairing for which there should be more fic. <3 Reading the ones that are out there has gotten me even more excited for The Avengers! Sadly, I have no fangirls to go watch it with, though, which is going to make the whole experience a bit less fun (but not too much). American superhero comics are just not a very big deal over here, so the people I'm most likely going to drag to the cinema with me, my sister and her bf, have no idea who these people who I'm going to squee over are. <.<

Another fandom I'm currently obsessing about is Hockey RPF, because fandom is apparently kind of a hive mind. Thankfully, you don't need to know anything about Hockey itself to read about emotionally stunted boys in love, otherwise I'd be completely lost. Hockey is not all that popular here either, seeing as we're a football country all the way - but apparently my home city's team is one of the better ones nationally? Who cares, all I know about hockey I know from a children's cartoon about ANTHROPOMORPHIC, HOCKEY-PLAYING, CRIME FIGHTING DUCKS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Ah, Mighty Ducks - better than it sounds. I only just remembered that I used to watch this as a kid. The show is really old, so I couldn't find a lot of pictures to show you, but here you go:

Reference pics and the intro behind the cut )

As you might have guessed, those are not their real names, aside from Mallory, Tanya and Duke L'Orange. Yeah, that's just how awesome this show is, they named one of their characters DUKE L'ORANGE.

The lot of them come from a planet of ice hockey playing ducks (lol) that was invaded by...an evil dinosaur over lord. In order to fight him, they flee to earth (logic? IDK) and become ice hockey superstars by day, vigilantes by night. It's hilarious, trust me.

Mallory is my favourite - she's a weapons and fighting expert, how awesome is that? And the other girl on the team is a genius tech expert. When I think about it, those were really cool female role models!

Duke L'Orange (that name will never stop being funny) used to be a gentleman thief before joining the, uh, 'resistance', for lack of a better term. And the other three guys...honestly, I don't remember anything about them. *shrug* It was a really cool show, though, and it's still quite funny.

I found some episodes on youtube the other day, dubbed in German for extra nostalgia. I swear though, there is this one voice actor who also was the voice of a billion characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender, who must be super rich, because I've heard his voice in every show ever. <.< He's the German voice of House, too.

Ah well, after this nice trip down nostalgia lane, I'm gonna go watch Chihayafuru - maybe the gods of Anime will grant me some Chihaya/Taichi development today?

(Probably not. But a girl can dream. <3)


*Also, is it Valentines Day or Valentine's Day?

the24thkey: (Dino-sigh)
So on this fine morning, while I was contemplating why Valentines Day* is called a holiday when we don't even get the day off, and whining about how my grades weren't quite as good as I wanted them to be, my parents were BATTLING FORCES OF NATURE! By which I mean our basement was flooded over night because our neighbours' water line broke (which was totally their fault, yo). AGAIN. Neighbours ruin everything, even when they're barely in the bloody house more often than once or twice a year. *sigh*

By the time I get home on Friday, the electricity and heating will be sorted out, but because the water was about 40 cm high, a lot of appliances (expensive ones, but insurance will take care of that, thank god), food and other things are probably ruined, not to mention that the last time this happened, drying everything out took about three months. /o\

Not cool.

Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Like Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, which is a pairing for which there should be more fic. <3 Reading the ones that are out there has gotten me even more excited for The Avengers! Sadly, I have no fangirls to go watch it with, though, which is going to make the whole experience a bit less fun (but not too much). American superhero comics are just not a very big deal over here, so the people I'm most likely going to drag to the cinema with me, my sister and her bf, have no idea who these people who I'm going to squee over are. <.<

Another fandom I'm currently obsessing about is Hockey RPF, because fandom is apparently kind of a hive mind. Thankfully, you don't need to know anything about Hockey itself to read about emotionally stunted boys in love, otherwise I'd be completely lost. Hockey is not all that popular here either, seeing as we're a football country all the way - but apparently my home city's team is one of the better ones nationally? Who cares, all I know about hockey I know from a children's cartoon about ANTHROPOMORPHIC, HOCKEY-PLAYING, CRIME FIGHTING DUCKS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Ah, Mighty Ducks - better than it sounds. I only just remembered that I used to watch this as a kid. The show is really old, so I couldn't find a lot of pictures to show you, but here you go:

Reference pics and the intro behind the cut )

As you might have guessed, those are not their real names, aside from Mallory, Tina and Duke L'Orange. Yeah, that's just how awesome this show is, they named one of their characters DUKE L'ORANGE.

The lot of them come from a planet of ice hockey playing ducks (lol) that was invaded by...an evil dinosaur over lord. In order to fight him, they flee to earth (logic? IDK) and become ice hockey superstars by day, vigilantes by night. It's hilarious, trust me.

Mallory is my favourite - she's a weapons and fighting expert, how awesome is that? And the other girl on the team is a genius tech expert. When I think about it, those were really cool female role models!

Duke L'Orange (that name will never stop being funny) used to be a gentleman thief before joining the, uh, 'resistance', for lack of a better term. And the other three guys...honestly, I don't remember anything about them. *shrug* It was a really cool show, though, and it's still quite funny.

I found some episodes on youtube the other day, dubbed in German for extra nostalgia. I swear though, there is this one voice actor who also was the voice of a billion characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender, who must be super rich, because I've heard his voice in every show ever. <.< He's the German voice of House, too.

Ah well, after this nice trip down nostalgia lane, I'm gonna go watch Chihayafuru - maybe the gods of Anime will grant me some Chihaya/Taichi development today?

(Probably not. But a girl can dream. <3)


*Also, is it Valentines Day or Valentine's Day?

the24thkey: (Chihaya)
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a great time celebrating. We just came back from our own little festivities at the house of family friends, after an evening that I can actually compare quite fittingly to the last year when I say it was better than expected.

For me, 2011 was a year that I both anticipated and dreaded - a lot of big changes happened in my life. I finished my secondary education and got my Abitur with grades that made me cry with joy. The last year of school was probably one of the best. After a few years of...not enjoying going to school, to put it lightly, I was finally comfortable enough with myself to make it a sometimes annoying, but also fun part of my life.

I got the metal plates out of my jaw and my braces were removed - this may not seem like much, but it means a lot to me. The past 9 years were definitely worth it.

By the time I graduated, I'd already accepted a combined university/job...thingy with the tax office. I was honestly not sure if I'd like it, because it was very different from what I initially wanted, but now I'm so glad it turned out this way. Couldn't have made a better decision. In the 3 months I've been there, I have made friends with some extraordinary people, and, according to my Mum, I've grown a lot personality-wise. I'd like to believe that.

I went to Japan, which was one of the single most amazing experiences of my short life. I can't wait to go back and experience such kindness, hospitality and amazing food again.(Priorities, I have them. ;D) Hopefully it won't be too long until I can visit again.

And of course, fandom has been a constant in my life for a few years now and as always, I was unbelievably happy to be part of this over the course of 2011. Nothing quite compares. <3

Well then. I just removed a lot of people from my facebook friends, which I guess is my way of closure for a part of my life. Goodbye, douchebags. I don't have to concern myself with you anymore. Let's see what the next years bring with them.

Bring it on, 2012. I think I might be ready. :)

 
the24thkey: (Chihaya)
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a great time celebrating. We just came back from our own little festivities at the house of family friends, after an evening that I can actually compare quite fittingly to the last year when I say it was better than expected.

For me, 2011 was a year that I both anticipated and dreaded - a lot of big changes happened in my life. I finished my secondary education and got my Abitur with grades that made me cry with joy. The last year of school was probably one of the best. After a few years of...not enjoying going to school, to put it lightly, I was finally comfortable enough with myself to make it a sometimes annoying, but also fun part of my life.

I got the metal plates out of my jaw and my braces were removed - this may not seem like much, but it means a lot to me. The past 9 years were definitely worth it.

By the time I graduated, I'd already accepted a combined university/job...thingy with the tax office. I was honestly not sure if I'd like it, because it was very different from what I initially wanted, but now I'm so glad it turned out this way. Couldn't have made a better decision. In the 3 months I've been there, I have made friends with some extraordinary people, and, according to my Mum, I've grown a lot personality-wise. I'd like to believe that.

I went to Japan, which was one of the single most amazing experiences of my short life. I can't wait to go back and experience such kindness, hospitality and amazing food again.(Priorities, I have them. ;D) Hopefully it won't be too long until I can visit again.

And of course, fandom has been a constant in my life for a few years now and as always, I was unbelievably happy to be part of this over the course of 2011. Nothing quite compares. <3

Well then. I just removed a lot of people from my facebook friends, which I guess is my way of closure for a part of my life. Goodbye, douchebags. I don't have to concern myself with you anymore. Let's see what the next years bring with them.

Bring it on, 2012. I think I might be ready. :)

 

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