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Ro recair in ben. Adgladadar mnaí "n-óic n-alaind soceneoil nad fresci bás na sentaid ro charus Condla Rúad cotgaraim do Maig Mell inid rí Boadag bidsuthain rí cen gol cen mairg inna thír ó gabais flaith. Tair lim a Condlai Rúaid muinbrec cainelderg barrbude fordotá óas gnúis corcorda bid ordan do rígdelbae má chotuméitís ní chrínfa do delb a hoítiu a haldi co bráth brindach."

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Jan. 6th, 2009 10:01 am
tricster: (Dear Diary)
and boy, am I late.

Last week was all vacation, and vacation was pretty nice (though Mark got a cold and punched a hole in one of the windows of the front door.) We celebrated our 5th anniversary together and in general just hung out a lot. I baked lots of things for family, and I got new cooking stuff! I finally have a muffin tray, so I can make cupcakes and muffins and such. I got a boxed mix for muffins and gave it a try. It was okay, but I think the next batch of muffins should be blueberry. (I love blueberry muffins.)

This morning we woke up to cold, as our heater needed to be refilled, which had to wait until the hardware store had opened so Mark could go grab the necessary hose. We are now reattached and working, but it's still about 13.6C/56F here, in the house. I have to go in about 30 minutes, so for now I'm huddled under a blanket and glancing occasionally to see if the temperature has gone up any. And, honestly, being this cold inside already does not make me want to go outside where it is even colder. My little widget thing is claiming it's -8C/17.6F outside. I don't want to go out in that! Not with the wind here, tearing through clothing and stripping away all hints of heat.

(woo! It's 14C/57.2F)

I had more I wanted to say, but I can't think of it right now. Still haven't had breakfast. We'll see if I have the time, I'm doubting it.

Happy New Year

Jan. 6th, 2009 10:01 am
tricster: (Dear Diary)
and boy, am I late.

Last week was all vacation, and vacation was pretty nice (though Mark got a cold and punched a hole in one of the windows of the front door.) We celebrated our 5th anniversary together and in general just hung out a lot. I baked lots of things for family, and I got new cooking stuff! I finally have a muffin tray, so I can make cupcakes and muffins and such. I got a boxed mix for muffins and gave it a try. It was okay, but I think the next batch of muffins should be blueberry. (I love blueberry muffins.)

This morning we woke up to cold, as our heater needed to be refilled, which had to wait until the hardware store had opened so Mark could go grab the necessary hose. We are now reattached and working, but it's still about 13.6C/56F here, in the house. I have to go in about 30 minutes, so for now I'm huddled under a blanket and glancing occasionally to see if the temperature has gone up any. And, honestly, being this cold inside already does not make me want to go outside where it is even colder. My little widget thing is claiming it's -8C/17.6F outside. I don't want to go out in that! Not with the wind here, tearing through clothing and stripping away all hints of heat.

(woo! It's 14C/57.2F)

I had more I wanted to say, but I can't think of it right now. Still haven't had breakfast. We'll see if I have the time, I'm doubting it.

SQUEE

Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:23 pm
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Mark is coming home today! In just a little bit I head off to Schiphol to meet him. I'll have to stop at an AH to go to pick up some meat and milk for dinner tonight.

But! Mark! Is! Coming! Home! YAY!!!!

(I have now used up my exclamation point quota.)
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SQUEE

Nov. 23rd, 2008 01:23 pm
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Mark is coming home today! In just a little bit I head off to Schiphol to meet him. I'll have to stop at an AH to go to pick up some meat and milk for dinner tonight.

But! Mark! Is! Coming! Home! YAY!!!!

(I have now used up my exclamation point quota.)
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So, I lost track of time and kind of didn't get out to get groceries today. Luckily in Amsterdam, grocery stores are open on Sundays, so I should be able to get dinner stuff there. I don't really need all that much..

But, yes, Mark helps me be responsible. I don't need him to be responsible, but he helps me. I get him back tomorrow, which thrills me beyond belief. I get my guy tomorrow! Yay!

*dance*

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So, I lost track of time and kind of didn't get out to get groceries today. Luckily in Amsterdam, grocery stores are open on Sundays, so I should be able to get dinner stuff there. I don't really need all that much..

But, yes, Mark helps me be responsible. I don't need him to be responsible, but he helps me. I get him back tomorrow, which thrills me beyond belief. I get my guy tomorrow! Yay!

*dance*

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So, I said good bye to Mark today. I saw him off at Schiphol, and watched him head off into security before he would fly to London and then from London on over to Canada.

It's always hard to do these things, to say good bye to him. It's not that I can't live without him (I can and I'm sure of that), it's that I don't want to live without him. I don't need him to survive, to get on with life, but having him makes life better. He's my best friend, and I share everything with him. He's such a part of my life now, that at times it does seem like I've suddenly lost a part of me.

However, I will not linger on sad thoughts. Mark asked me to try and be happy, to hang out with the rats, do my homework and not get too down. I will, sincerely, try not to get too down about this, and I think I can manage.

The journey home was pretty boring. I read some stuff for History of Medieval Wales and then napped for a very short time. The buses only run once an hour on Sundays, which is annoying, so I just walked home.* The walk was alright, nothing exciting. At least the weather is quite nice today.

Now I suppose I'll do some more homework, maybe have some lunch. I may or may not crash for a nap, because I'm pretty damn tired. It will be weird to watch Top Gear tonight without Mark.


*I got at Gouda Station at about 20 past the hour, the only bus runs at 11 past. I was not going to wait another hour to take a bus when I can walk it in 15-20 minutes.
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So, I said good bye to Mark today. I saw him off at Schiphol, and watched him head off into security before he would fly to London and then from London on over to Canada.

It's always hard to do these things, to say good bye to him. It's not that I can't live without him (I can and I'm sure of that), it's that I don't want to live without him. I don't need him to survive, to get on with life, but having him makes life better. He's my best friend, and I share everything with him. He's such a part of my life now, that at times it does seem like I've suddenly lost a part of me.

However, I will not linger on sad thoughts. Mark asked me to try and be happy, to hang out with the rats, do my homework and not get too down. I will, sincerely, try not to get too down about this, and I think I can manage.

The journey home was pretty boring. I read some stuff for History of Medieval Wales and then napped for a very short time. The buses only run once an hour on Sundays, which is annoying, so I just walked home.* The walk was alright, nothing exciting. At least the weather is quite nice today.

Now I suppose I'll do some more homework, maybe have some lunch. I may or may not crash for a nap, because I'm pretty damn tired. It will be weird to watch Top Gear tonight without Mark.


*I got at Gouda Station at about 20 past the hour, the only bus runs at 11 past. I was not going to wait another hour to take a bus when I can walk it in 15-20 minutes.
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Buried alive

Nov. 13th, 2008 10:56 pm
tricster: (zombie)
So, I'm looking at a mountain of homework this weekend. I have at least a page of Branwen Uerch Lyr* to translate, I have lots of stuff to read, though unfortunately, some of it is in books I do not yet have, and I have a couple of paragraphs of some Old Irish law texts to translate (law texts are apparently very interesting but amazingly difficult to translate, because even then, they had legalese). Also, Mark is leaving Sunday. Life, she is hard.

Things that certainly do not help, having some really major headaches and feeling utterly exhausted. Also, the whole not having all my books thing. That really doesn't help.

Mark and I had our date night. It was very nice. We went to the only Indian place here in Gouda, and once again, we ate a little too much because their food is delicious. Like you would not believe, so delicious. There was a little left over (some of the mixed grill stuff and naan) so I'll probably have that tomorrow for lunch while I do homework. Yeah, working is going to be something of a theme this quarter.

Let me explain for people who don't know. University here expects you to spend a lot of time on self-study. So, if you have 4 hours of actual class, you should then have 16 hours of self-study (homework, etc) as each class should be about 20 hours of work each week. I am now taking 4 classes. Since Old Irish goes all year, it's slightly different, but it's high level, so they still expect several hours spent on it's material. However, Middle Welsh 2, I have 6 class hours, Intro to Medieval English is 5 hours, History of Medieval Wales is 4 hours. Those 3 will all require at least 20 hours of work each week. This is my job, people. Expect to hear a lot about it. Watch out, I may end up eventually posting my translations as well. I don't know if anyone would actually want to read them, but whatever.

I suppose the one up-side of Mark going to Canada will be that I'll have nothing and no one to distract me from my work. Maybe I can get ahead? We'll see. Either way, I'm not sure if I'll ever get time to read a free-reading book this quarter. Maybe over winter break I will, so long as no one decides that's the perfect time to assign extra work. I hate when teachers do that, don't you?

But I'm going to be sad to see Mark leave. I'll of course see him off at the airport, and haul along some of my reading so that it's not completely wasted time. It is just so hard to say good bye to a loved one like this, even when you know you'll see them again in a week. I expect I'll post again, complaining how much I miss Mark. I'll try to keep the wallowing and such off the journal, but this is a personal journal, so expect some of it.


*In my book, that will be from the word tangneued at the beginning of the third paragraph to 'a Branwen uerch Lyr gyt ac ynteu.' I was told at least 1 page, so.. we'll see. Oh, and here is a pretty good translation of the story, at least from what I can tell glancing over it.

Buried alive

Nov. 13th, 2008 10:56 pm
tricster: (zombie)
So, I'm looking at a mountain of homework this weekend. I have at least a page of Branwen Uerch Lyr* to translate, I have lots of stuff to read, though unfortunately, some of it is in books I do not yet have, and I have a couple of paragraphs of some Old Irish law texts to translate (law texts are apparently very interesting but amazingly difficult to translate, because even then, they had legalese). Also, Mark is leaving Sunday. Life, she is hard.

Things that certainly do not help, having some really major headaches and feeling utterly exhausted. Also, the whole not having all my books thing. That really doesn't help.

Mark and I had our date night. It was very nice. We went to the only Indian place here in Gouda, and once again, we ate a little too much because their food is delicious. Like you would not believe, so delicious. There was a little left over (some of the mixed grill stuff and naan) so I'll probably have that tomorrow for lunch while I do homework. Yeah, working is going to be something of a theme this quarter.

Let me explain for people who don't know. University here expects you to spend a lot of time on self-study. So, if you have 4 hours of actual class, you should then have 16 hours of self-study (homework, etc) as each class should be about 20 hours of work each week. I am now taking 4 classes. Since Old Irish goes all year, it's slightly different, but it's high level, so they still expect several hours spent on it's material. However, Middle Welsh 2, I have 6 class hours, Intro to Medieval English is 5 hours, History of Medieval Wales is 4 hours. Those 3 will all require at least 20 hours of work each week. This is my job, people. Expect to hear a lot about it. Watch out, I may end up eventually posting my translations as well. I don't know if anyone would actually want to read them, but whatever.

I suppose the one up-side of Mark going to Canada will be that I'll have nothing and no one to distract me from my work. Maybe I can get ahead? We'll see. Either way, I'm not sure if I'll ever get time to read a free-reading book this quarter. Maybe over winter break I will, so long as no one decides that's the perfect time to assign extra work. I hate when teachers do that, don't you?

But I'm going to be sad to see Mark leave. I'll of course see him off at the airport, and haul along some of my reading so that it's not completely wasted time. It is just so hard to say good bye to a loved one like this, even when you know you'll see them again in a week. I expect I'll post again, complaining how much I miss Mark. I'll try to keep the wallowing and such off the journal, but this is a personal journal, so expect some of it.


*In my book, that will be from the word tangneued at the beginning of the third paragraph to 'a Branwen uerch Lyr gyt ac ynteu.' I was told at least 1 page, so.. we'll see. Oh, and here is a pretty good translation of the story, at least from what I can tell glancing over it.
So, I seem to be catching whatever Mark had, and my brain doesn't want to work. I tried to get ahead on some of my Middle Welsh translation, but I only managed to fully translate one sentence and start up the second sentence. Yay for tired and non-functioning brain.

We did, unfortunately, have to cancel on the birthday party tonight. I feel bad about that, so we'll certainly have to set up another time to hang out with E & T, play some more Munchkin (they bought the Dutch translation of it, and apparently some extensions). So we should really get together to give it a whirl. Preferably when no one is sick, and Mark isn't in Canada. And when I don't have a ton of homework to do... we'll see if that ever happens in the second quarter.

Right now, we're watching the Shining. I feel horrible admitting this, but I've never actually seen this classic before. So far, so good.

Oh, talking about horror stuff, I had some bad dreams last night, I don't remember them all, but I remember being quite afraid. Fun, huh? Man, I hope we feel better soon. It sucks being sick on a sunny day like today. It looks like a day when someone should go out and enjoy the good weather.


This is neat for people into roleplaying.
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So, I seem to be catching whatever Mark had, and my brain doesn't want to work. I tried to get ahead on some of my Middle Welsh translation, but I only managed to fully translate one sentence and start up the second sentence. Yay for tired and non-functioning brain.

We did, unfortunately, have to cancel on the birthday party tonight. I feel bad about that, so we'll certainly have to set up another time to hang out with E & T, play some more Munchkin (they bought the Dutch translation of it, and apparently some extensions). So we should really get together to give it a whirl. Preferably when no one is sick, and Mark isn't in Canada. And when I don't have a ton of homework to do... we'll see if that ever happens in the second quarter.

Right now, we're watching the Shining. I feel horrible admitting this, but I've never actually seen this classic before. So far, so good.

Oh, talking about horror stuff, I had some bad dreams last night, I don't remember them all, but I remember being quite afraid. Fun, huh? Man, I hope we feel better soon. It sucks being sick on a sunny day like today. It looks like a day when someone should go out and enjoy the good weather.


This is neat for people into roleplaying.
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Poor Mark..

Nov. 7th, 2008 02:25 pm
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)

My sweetie is unfortunately sick. He has a fever and is curled up in bed as we speak with tea, throat lozenges and his laptop. I hope he feels better soon, and that I don't get whatever he has. But, all things considered, he may end up being too sick to go to E & T's birthday party tomorrow. He'll definitely be too sick to head out tonight to do shopping. Poor guy.

Uhm, otherwise, we ordered my books yesterday and they should be in in the next 5-7 work days. So I may, or may not, get my books in the first week of classes. Otherwise, from the build-up of my schedule, it may not be possible to use my laptop to take notes, as I did last quarter. We'll see. The first few days I'll use an old notebook that still has some paper in it, and keep an eye out for plugs.

Poor Mark..

Nov. 7th, 2008 02:25 pm
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)

My sweetie is unfortunately sick. He has a fever and is curled up in bed as we speak with tea, throat lozenges and his laptop. I hope he feels better soon, and that I don't get whatever he has. But, all things considered, he may end up being too sick to go to E & T's birthday party tomorrow. He'll definitely be too sick to head out tonight to do shopping. Poor guy.

Uhm, otherwise, we ordered my books yesterday and they should be in in the next 5-7 work days. So I may, or may not, get my books in the first week of classes. Otherwise, from the build-up of my schedule, it may not be possible to use my laptop to take notes, as I did last quarter. We'll see. The first few days I'll use an old notebook that still has some paper in it, and keep an eye out for plugs.

So, I have just woken up. I have a serious headache going on, and so I'm vaguely cranky, but Mark and I did stay up (all fucking night) and watch the US elections. Some of our commentary? If McCain had shown that side of him, the side he showed in his concession speech, it would have been a much tighter race. And, damn, Barack Obama can speak, can't he?

Anyway, enough with the politics. I'm just a little blown out on politics right now, though I'm glad it ended the way it did. But Mark and I crawled into bed around 6:30, 7 this morning, so Mark is now working from home. I'm going to try and study a bit more, and not just do what I want, which is veg out and try not to die.

Other note, the teriyaki pork last night? Really damn delicious, went very well with the stir-fried green beans and paprika.

I'll post more, coherent, thoughts later.
So, I have just woken up. I have a serious headache going on, and so I'm vaguely cranky, but Mark and I did stay up (all fucking night) and watch the US elections. Some of our commentary? If McCain had shown that side of him, the side he showed in his concession speech, it would have been a much tighter race. And, damn, Barack Obama can speak, can't he?

Anyway, enough with the politics. I'm just a little blown out on politics right now, though I'm glad it ended the way it did. But Mark and I crawled into bed around 6:30, 7 this morning, so Mark is now working from home. I'm going to try and study a bit more, and not just do what I want, which is veg out and try not to die.

Other note, the teriyaki pork last night? Really damn delicious, went very well with the stir-fried green beans and paprika.

I'll post more, coherent, thoughts later.

So I've finished up my essay before the deadline, which is always nice. I continue to love LaTeX, as it makes writing these things so darn easy. Seriously, just type in one or two words and then I have the footnote and the bibliography all set up. It's fantastic.

Otherwise, tonight is horror movie binge night, to go with Halloween. I haven't picked up any candy and such, which I suppose I should go out to do.. I need to know what Mark would like though.

Movies that may be watched tonight:
Hellraiser
The Descent
The Ruins
The Fog
Candyman
The Shining

There is no specific order yet, and I'm still trying to figure out in which order we should watch them. Any tips? :)

Hm, though he's only suggesting popcorn, which we already have stuff for here in the house. I don't mind not going out.

Another bit of news from today, dates have been set and Mark is heading back over to Canada. Yes, once again it will be just me for a week. You know what that means right? Big, raucous parties and nearly burning down the house Me, sitting around the house, slightly mopey, but mostly being boring. Doing homework, browsing the internet.. probably not making the best decisions regarding dinners, what with being lazy and all.

So I've finished up my essay before the deadline, which is always nice. I continue to love LaTeX, as it makes writing these things so darn easy. Seriously, just type in one or two words and then I have the footnote and the bibliography all set up. It's fantastic.

Otherwise, tonight is horror movie binge night, to go with Halloween. I haven't picked up any candy and such, which I suppose I should go out to do.. I need to know what Mark would like though.

Movies that may be watched tonight:
Hellraiser
The Descent
The Ruins
The Fog
Candyman
The Shining

There is no specific order yet, and I'm still trying to figure out in which order we should watch them. Any tips? :)

Hm, though he's only suggesting popcorn, which we already have stuff for here in the house. I don't mind not going out.

Another bit of news from today, dates have been set and Mark is heading back over to Canada. Yes, once again it will be just me for a week. You know what that means right? Big, raucous parties and nearly burning down the house Me, sitting around the house, slightly mopey, but mostly being boring. Doing homework, browsing the internet.. probably not making the best decisions regarding dinners, what with being lazy and all.

Busybusybusy

Mar. 31st, 2008 05:49 pm
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)
Hey everyone,

Well, I know it's been awhile since I've written here. Mark came back safely from Canada, and the we went to his Mum's for Easter.

I've been baking a bit lately. I baked some Riley chocolate chip cookies* for Mum, because Mark brought back a few small bags of chocolate chips as well as some baking soda for me. They were a bit large and they caused us to be late for brunch, but they were quite tasty. I have since made another batch of smaller cookies (more, but smaller) for Mark and myself. I did that last night while Mark played some of my new game. I also cooked up some yummy cottage pie (loosely based on this recipe).

Which, by the way, brings me to the fact that last Thursday I finally picked up a (used) copy of God of War. It is full of awesome and I'm really enjoying it.

Otherwise, I have a few things waiting to be finished. I've started a review of [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's cd, Stars Fall Home. I'm not sure when I'll finish it up, as I have exams next week and we have to finish painting the main bedroom so that my parents have the guest room when they come on the 10th (also next week). Luckily, we're now down to only having to paint the walls, which is good. Then we have to move our bed in and unpack more of our stuff into the closet. (A real closet, big enough to actually hold our clothes!) This should, hopefully, be done during the weekend and then everything will be pretty much set in time for everything.

Erm, anyway, yeah, so.. can you see how it might get a little busy and hectic?


*These cookies are famed with those who have enjoyed the culinary arts of the Rileys. I will not share the recipe, as it's not just given to any random person. There are a few Riley recipes like this. Yummy, guarded secrets.

Busybusybusy

Mar. 31st, 2008 05:49 pm
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)
Hey everyone,

Well, I know it's been awhile since I've written here. Mark came back safely from Canada, and the we went to his Mum's for Easter.

I've been baking a bit lately. I baked some Riley chocolate chip cookies* for Mum, because Mark brought back a few small bags of chocolate chips as well as some baking soda for me. They were a bit large and they caused us to be late for brunch, but they were quite tasty. I have since made another batch of smaller cookies (more, but smaller) for Mark and myself. I did that last night while Mark played some of my new game. I also cooked up some yummy cottage pie (loosely based on this recipe).

Which, by the way, brings me to the fact that last Thursday I finally picked up a (used) copy of God of War. It is full of awesome and I'm really enjoying it.

Otherwise, I have a few things waiting to be finished. I've started a review of [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's cd, Stars Fall Home. I'm not sure when I'll finish it up, as I have exams next week and we have to finish painting the main bedroom so that my parents have the guest room when they come on the 10th (also next week). Luckily, we're now down to only having to paint the walls, which is good. Then we have to move our bed in and unpack more of our stuff into the closet. (A real closet, big enough to actually hold our clothes!) This should, hopefully, be done during the weekend and then everything will be pretty much set in time for everything.

Erm, anyway, yeah, so.. can you see how it might get a little busy and hectic?


*These cookies are famed with those who have enjoyed the culinary arts of the Rileys. I will not share the recipe, as it's not just given to any random person. There are a few Riley recipes like this. Yummy, guarded secrets.