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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.
This isn't going to be a long post, because I have to finish up homework, and honestly, I don't think too many people who read this would be thrilled if I just posted my homework.

(Though I just want to post this one line from Branwen Uerch Lyr.

'Mi a welaf longeu racco,' heb y brenhin, 'ac yn dyuot yn hy parth a'r tir.
'I see ships yonder,' said the king, 'and they come boldly towards the land.


ok, I'm done.)

Tutorial this afternoon was alright. Books are still not in, and I'm starting to get annoyed and anxious, because I have homework to do that already requires these books. Like reading for History of Medieval Wales. I'm supposed to read two chapters in the text book for tomorrow, but I don't have the book yet. It's actually pissing me off some. I would like to get my work done, dammit.

It's my off-week, so everything gets kind of magnified, and I find I'm annoyed at a lot more things. It's not overly pleasant, and it's really tiring.

Tuesday had its own whole thing, because I messed up classrooms and missed half of a class. Tomorrow I have three classes, but at least I'll have some time at the borrel. That should be nice.

Mark said we'd have a date night this week, but I'm doubting that it will happen. He's still sick, and it just seems unlikely to happen.

I'm tired.
This isn't going to be a long post, because I have to finish up homework, and honestly, I don't think too many people who read this would be thrilled if I just posted my homework.

(Though I just want to post this one line from Branwen Uerch Lyr.

'Mi a welaf longeu racco,' heb y brenhin, 'ac yn dyuot yn hy parth a'r tir.
'I see ships yonder,' said the king, 'and they come boldly towards the land.


ok, I'm done.)

Tutorial this afternoon was alright. Books are still not in, and I'm starting to get annoyed and anxious, because I have homework to do that already requires these books. Like reading for History of Medieval Wales. I'm supposed to read two chapters in the text book for tomorrow, but I don't have the book yet. It's actually pissing me off some. I would like to get my work done, dammit.

It's my off-week, so everything gets kind of magnified, and I find I'm annoyed at a lot more things. It's not overly pleasant, and it's really tiring.

Tuesday had its own whole thing, because I messed up classrooms and missed half of a class. Tomorrow I have three classes, but at least I'll have some time at the borrel. That should be nice.

Mark said we'd have a date night this week, but I'm doubting that it will happen. He's still sick, and it just seems unlikely to happen.

I'm tired.

Tired

Nov. 11th, 2008 09:45 am
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)
So I have a little bit of time before I have to head off on my bicycle, to catch my train, to get to class. Still waiting on my textbooks, which is very annoying, as I'd like to get started on assignments already! Otherwise, today it is History of Medieval Wales and more Middle Welsh 2! I will not be in rooms with suitable plugs, so I'll have to hop by the Hema or something and pick up notebooks again, so that I can take notes. I'm using an old one at the moment for all my classes, but that really is not going to cut it.

Good news, in a sense, Wednesday's Intro to Medieval English class is a 'tutorial' as they call, for only one hour and I'm in the timeslot of 13:00 - 14:00. Which is pretty nice. I have a slightly later day, and a bit more free time to do mounds of homework. I'm certainly going to get plenty of homework this quarter, and I really want to stay on top of it, if not ahead of it! We had to translate for today (assigned yesterday) one paragraph of Branwen Uerch Lyr, as well as read a few pages from the introduction to this story and read a few pages from the Welsh grammar book we have.

I still have to finish up the assignment for Intro to Medieval Wales, but luckily I've done the reading bit, so I'm about half done. However, we're supposed to start reading Beowulf, but that requires one of my textbooks that I still don't have. Agh, I hope they get in quickly. Anyway, I need to pack up and get ready to go. Hopefully I'll have time to post again later, to tell you about History of Medieval Wales.

Tired

Nov. 11th, 2008 09:45 am
tricster: (Urecht rabbit)
So I have a little bit of time before I have to head off on my bicycle, to catch my train, to get to class. Still waiting on my textbooks, which is very annoying, as I'd like to get started on assignments already! Otherwise, today it is History of Medieval Wales and more Middle Welsh 2! I will not be in rooms with suitable plugs, so I'll have to hop by the Hema or something and pick up notebooks again, so that I can take notes. I'm using an old one at the moment for all my classes, but that really is not going to cut it.

Good news, in a sense, Wednesday's Intro to Medieval English class is a 'tutorial' as they call, for only one hour and I'm in the timeslot of 13:00 - 14:00. Which is pretty nice. I have a slightly later day, and a bit more free time to do mounds of homework. I'm certainly going to get plenty of homework this quarter, and I really want to stay on top of it, if not ahead of it! We had to translate for today (assigned yesterday) one paragraph of Branwen Uerch Lyr, as well as read a few pages from the introduction to this story and read a few pages from the Welsh grammar book we have.

I still have to finish up the assignment for Intro to Medieval Wales, but luckily I've done the reading bit, so I'm about half done. However, we're supposed to start reading Beowulf, but that requires one of my textbooks that I still don't have. Agh, I hope they get in quickly. Anyway, I need to pack up and get ready to go. Hopefully I'll have time to post again later, to tell you about History of Medieval Wales.
Since we came back from vacation. Well, my classes started up again, and I'm really enjoying them. Today I have Seminar Letterkunde Iers, and for the entire quarter we're studying the Other World in Irish literature. Yes, folks, I'm taking a class on elven hills and magic. It's fantastic. Middle Welsh is also proving to be pretty interesting, and Old Irish 3 needs a little more time before I can say yea or nee. Though, I mean, I think I'm going to enjoy it.

Otherwise, we finally had our hot water heater replaced. I'm so incredibly glad about that. It used to be that you had only a few moments of perfect temperature and then you had freezing or blisteringly hot. Now, it actually works like a shower should!

We also had the wedding of Mark's brother, E, and his girlfriend T. It was a beautiful wedding, which included a ride around in a large park in trams pulled by Frisian horses. The dinner was very tasty afterword, and it was just all around good fun. E looked a bit like Prince Charming as he had borrowed a dress uniform from the cavalry (he's an officer in the cavalry, which doesn't use horses any more, but tanks.) T had a gorgeous dress, so it was a little bit like watching a couple from a fairy tale. If I get a picture of the two of them, I'll post it here (under friendsonly, of course).

Uhm, let's see. I visited my friend, W, in Utrecht Monday night. Last night was a very early night, because with the wedding and then visiting W, I was utterly knackered, and so was Mark. We had turned on Mythbusters, but Mark just kept nodding off while we were cuddling on the couch, so at 21:00 we called it a night and crawled into bed. It's nice to feel a little bit more rested for a change. Tonight I get to eat all by myself because Mark has a meeting. Don't know what I'm going to eat yet, but I'll figure something out.
Since we came back from vacation. Well, my classes started up again, and I'm really enjoying them. Today I have Seminar Letterkunde Iers, and for the entire quarter we're studying the Other World in Irish literature. Yes, folks, I'm taking a class on elven hills and magic. It's fantastic. Middle Welsh is also proving to be pretty interesting, and Old Irish 3 needs a little more time before I can say yea or nee. Though, I mean, I think I'm going to enjoy it.

Otherwise, we finally had our hot water heater replaced. I'm so incredibly glad about that. It used to be that you had only a few moments of perfect temperature and then you had freezing or blisteringly hot. Now, it actually works like a shower should!

We also had the wedding of Mark's brother, E, and his girlfriend T. It was a beautiful wedding, which included a ride around in a large park in trams pulled by Frisian horses. The dinner was very tasty afterword, and it was just all around good fun. E looked a bit like Prince Charming as he had borrowed a dress uniform from the cavalry (he's an officer in the cavalry, which doesn't use horses any more, but tanks.) T had a gorgeous dress, so it was a little bit like watching a couple from a fairy tale. If I get a picture of the two of them, I'll post it here (under friendsonly, of course).

Uhm, let's see. I visited my friend, W, in Utrecht Monday night. Last night was a very early night, because with the wedding and then visiting W, I was utterly knackered, and so was Mark. We had turned on Mythbusters, but Mark just kept nodding off while we were cuddling on the couch, so at 21:00 we called it a night and crawled into bed. It's nice to feel a little bit more rested for a change. Tonight I get to eat all by myself because Mark has a meeting. Don't know what I'm going to eat yet, but I'll figure something out.
So, again, time has passed. The biggest reason for the lack of updates is that we have no internet connection yet at the house in Gouda. The other reason is mainly that we have been extremely busy with the house. (I don't want to keep calling it 'the house', so I need to come up with a name for it.)

Currently, house-wise, we are camping in one of the bedrooms, while we paint the living area and the main bedroom. We haven't gotten to the master bedroom yet, still working on the living room. We have, luckily, had lots of help from Pa this week, so the living room should be done by the weekend. I'll try to take some pictures of it when it's done, but we left the cameras in Enschede. Of course the cameras will come when we have everything done (well, everything = living room and master bedroom). So, I could take pictures when the house is full of our stuff. In either case, it has to wait until I can access the internet with one of my own computers.

Otherwise in Old Irish we've started translating Táin Bo Cúailnge (aka, The Stories from the Táin) from Old Irish to English. It's tough trying to help with the house and translate the Táin.

The rats have settled in nicely in Gouda, enjoying their temporary (but quite large) cage.

Further, we have plans on going back to Enschede on Sunday so that we can do laundry, check mail, and pack a few more things we need. So, I'll be able to get online Sunday. It's the only time I'll have to get our shows up to date. Monday morning will have Mark going back to work (he took this week off to work on the house) and me doing (once again) the horrible commute from Enschede to Utrecht. Having now had the luxury of travelling to class from Gouda, it will be hard to do the old commute once again.

I'm looking forward to getting the house 'finished' enough to get our bed back. Currently we're sleeping on an airbed we've borrowed from E and T, and it keeps leaking. It has not helped my shoulder, which I pulled or something last Sunday.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, I've been very busy. I'm just glad I managed to grab a computer to check things. My cell phone is still on and charged, so that is the best way to get in touch with me currently, otherwise, leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I can't promise quick responses yet, but one of the things we hope to do from Enschede is order an internet connection for the house in Gouda, so hopefully the silences won't be too long. We'll see.
So, again, time has passed. The biggest reason for the lack of updates is that we have no internet connection yet at the house in Gouda. The other reason is mainly that we have been extremely busy with the house. (I don't want to keep calling it 'the house', so I need to come up with a name for it.)

Currently, house-wise, we are camping in one of the bedrooms, while we paint the living area and the main bedroom. We haven't gotten to the master bedroom yet, still working on the living room. We have, luckily, had lots of help from Pa this week, so the living room should be done by the weekend. I'll try to take some pictures of it when it's done, but we left the cameras in Enschede. Of course the cameras will come when we have everything done (well, everything = living room and master bedroom). So, I could take pictures when the house is full of our stuff. In either case, it has to wait until I can access the internet with one of my own computers.

Otherwise in Old Irish we've started translating Táin Bo Cúailnge (aka, The Stories from the Táin) from Old Irish to English. It's tough trying to help with the house and translate the Táin.

The rats have settled in nicely in Gouda, enjoying their temporary (but quite large) cage.

Further, we have plans on going back to Enschede on Sunday so that we can do laundry, check mail, and pack a few more things we need. So, I'll be able to get online Sunday. It's the only time I'll have to get our shows up to date. Monday morning will have Mark going back to work (he took this week off to work on the house) and me doing (once again) the horrible commute from Enschede to Utrecht. Having now had the luxury of travelling to class from Gouda, it will be hard to do the old commute once again.

I'm looking forward to getting the house 'finished' enough to get our bed back. Currently we're sleeping on an airbed we've borrowed from E and T, and it keeps leaking. It has not helped my shoulder, which I pulled or something last Sunday.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, I've been very busy. I'm just glad I managed to grab a computer to check things. My cell phone is still on and charged, so that is the best way to get in touch with me currently, otherwise, leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I can't promise quick responses yet, but one of the things we hope to do from Enschede is order an internet connection for the house in Gouda, so hopefully the silences won't be too long. We'll see.

So..

Oct. 12th, 2007 03:24 pm
tricster: (Celtic Dogs)
It's, erm, been awhile since I've written here. I'm afraid that life has just been really busy, and the few times I had the time to write here, I preferred to play on my brand new PS2 (we bought it last weekend, along with Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts) or sleep. So, let's update this thing.

Classes:
On October 4th I had a mid-term for Introduction Celtic and on the 9th of October I had a mid-term for my Old Irish 1 course. In a change from my first tests last year I've passed both. In fact, I got an 8,3 on my Intro mid-term. I got a 6 on my mid-term for Old Irish, but I was just thrilled to pass. Otherwise, classes have kept me quite busy. Old Irish continues to prove itself as a really insane language that defies logic. No, seriously..

Old Irish Mid-term: Just the translation sections. )

In any case, I hope to spend some time translating the poetry in my Old Irish Primer and posting it in [livejournal.com profile] taalmisbruiker. I think that would be kind of neat, and would help with my vocabulary. I figure it won't be as interesting to people with no interest in language, thus the separate blog.


Social Stuff:
Haven't done a ton of social stuff, though I had a drink with the Celts last night in the Mick. Though way back on the 29th, Mark and I went to a company dinner that was themed after the American Roaring Twenties. It was fun and I got a red boa from it, as well as delicious food. Yum. However, not much of the music was actually based from the Roaring Twenties, which saddened me, and had Mark listening to me light heartedly complain about it as well as sing (just for us) some of my own music. Though, I think most of what I sang actually came from the 30s. Otherwise, I have stuff for Asterix next week (though I might not make it to the film night, because of redecorating of course) and I have a van Hamel lecture, which should be pretty cool.

Mark and I have seen Stardust, and I enjoyed it greatly. No, I haven't read the book, though I have started reading it multiple times (in both English and Dutch) in bookstores.

House:
We get the keys on Monday! We'll be 'camping' as such in the house while we fix up the main room downstairs and our bedroom. We've had some moving people come in to get some options on what it will cost to have them haul everything from Enschede to Gouda. We've got a new (temp but big) cage for the rats, so that they can enjoy the new house in Gouda as well, since we can't leave our sweet fat lumps behind. So Monday, our car already filled with stuff, we will hie ourselves off to Gouda and to the notary's office to sign things and come into official possession of our house.
I'm wondering, though, if we should name the house. Thoughts on that?


Things that I'm wanting to do: translating Old Irish poetry and writing up that review of Stars Fall Home from [livejournal.com profile] cadhla.

I will post in a separate, friends-locked entry our new address as of next week.

Also, gifts wise. I have received my birthday gift from my sister and brother-in-law. Fabulous shirts from BPAL and all of the Dark Tower comics. *love* I've enjoyed it greatly!
Ali, I know you read this. I forgot to mention that we have bought D a present and I will try to pin Mark down so that we can order your gift for you and then have that sent off. I still have to get stuff together for Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa. Just wanted you to know that some progress had been made towards the gifting thing.

That's kind of it for the moment. I'm sure there is stuff I'm forgetting, but the comment function still works, so if people have questions....

So..

Oct. 12th, 2007 03:24 pm
tricster: (Celtic Dogs)
It's, erm, been awhile since I've written here. I'm afraid that life has just been really busy, and the few times I had the time to write here, I preferred to play on my brand new PS2 (we bought it last weekend, along with Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts) or sleep. So, let's update this thing.

Classes:
On October 4th I had a mid-term for Introduction Celtic and on the 9th of October I had a mid-term for my Old Irish 1 course. In a change from my first tests last year I've passed both. In fact, I got an 8,3 on my Intro mid-term. I got a 6 on my mid-term for Old Irish, but I was just thrilled to pass. Otherwise, classes have kept me quite busy. Old Irish continues to prove itself as a really insane language that defies logic. No, seriously..

Old Irish Mid-term: Just the translation sections. )

In any case, I hope to spend some time translating the poetry in my Old Irish Primer and posting it in [livejournal.com profile] taalmisbruiker. I think that would be kind of neat, and would help with my vocabulary. I figure it won't be as interesting to people with no interest in language, thus the separate blog.


Social Stuff:
Haven't done a ton of social stuff, though I had a drink with the Celts last night in the Mick. Though way back on the 29th, Mark and I went to a company dinner that was themed after the American Roaring Twenties. It was fun and I got a red boa from it, as well as delicious food. Yum. However, not much of the music was actually based from the Roaring Twenties, which saddened me, and had Mark listening to me light heartedly complain about it as well as sing (just for us) some of my own music. Though, I think most of what I sang actually came from the 30s. Otherwise, I have stuff for Asterix next week (though I might not make it to the film night, because of redecorating of course) and I have a van Hamel lecture, which should be pretty cool.

Mark and I have seen Stardust, and I enjoyed it greatly. No, I haven't read the book, though I have started reading it multiple times (in both English and Dutch) in bookstores.

House:
We get the keys on Monday! We'll be 'camping' as such in the house while we fix up the main room downstairs and our bedroom. We've had some moving people come in to get some options on what it will cost to have them haul everything from Enschede to Gouda. We've got a new (temp but big) cage for the rats, so that they can enjoy the new house in Gouda as well, since we can't leave our sweet fat lumps behind. So Monday, our car already filled with stuff, we will hie ourselves off to Gouda and to the notary's office to sign things and come into official possession of our house.
I'm wondering, though, if we should name the house. Thoughts on that?


Things that I'm wanting to do: translating Old Irish poetry and writing up that review of Stars Fall Home from [livejournal.com profile] cadhla.

I will post in a separate, friends-locked entry our new address as of next week.

Also, gifts wise. I have received my birthday gift from my sister and brother-in-law. Fabulous shirts from BPAL and all of the Dark Tower comics. *love* I've enjoyed it greatly!
Ali, I know you read this. I forgot to mention that we have bought D a present and I will try to pin Mark down so that we can order your gift for you and then have that sent off. I still have to get stuff together for Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa. Just wanted you to know that some progress had been made towards the gifting thing.

That's kind of it for the moment. I'm sure there is stuff I'm forgetting, but the comment function still works, so if people have questions....
Well, it's weekend. It's a nice, long, four day weekend. Monday is Koninginnedag, so I don't have any lecture that day. Tuesday I have my morning class, but my evening class is canceled due to a movie premier taking over the theatre we usually use. Which is actually kind of sad. I mean, yeah, Spiderman 3 and PotC 3 are coming out, that's nice, but I really want to have my Who's Who class!

Since no one reminded me, my classes are pretty darn good. My work group for Eigentijdse geschiedenis seems really good, and I think the teacher will actually be able to teach stuff, instead of just boring everyone or saying interesting stuff but not explaining it well enough.

My Who's Who classes are awesome. The teacher is quite funny, and it's just going to be really interesting in general. I'm really looking forward to more of them. They are also packed full, as in, Tuesday night we had about 500 people and the class on Thursday was also insanely full.

I really want to move.

Plans have been made for Monday the 7th, for me to hang with F and W, and their friend D while I'm in Utrecht. Until I have to head to Schiphol to pick up [livejournal.com profile] thearcher777, at any rate. It should be plenty fun. Hopefully, I will not die from tiredness.  The aim is not to die from tiredness at any point during the next quarter, seeing as we're probably not going to move before I finish this year. Despite me asking Mark to not make me have to do this commute for my entire first year.

Whatever. We'll move this summer then. I don't know what my plans for the summer are, but that depends on where I'm living and what's going on.

Until then, I (hm, I just noticed that apparently I have to clean the apartment. Why don't I ever type that we have to clean the apartment, after all, I don't live here all alone. Forget that.) We have to clean the apartment. I've reorganised a few small things, but the table is still covered in crap, there are still boxes of books behind the couch, along with other miscellaneous crap. It's really starting to irritate me, all the stuff on the floor and piling up everywhere. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow, just start picking up and what not. Get rid of things like the dead plants on the windowsill. Or not, we'll see.
Well, it's weekend. It's a nice, long, four day weekend. Monday is Koninginnedag, so I don't have any lecture that day. Tuesday I have my morning class, but my evening class is canceled due to a movie premier taking over the theatre we usually use. Which is actually kind of sad. I mean, yeah, Spiderman 3 and PotC 3 are coming out, that's nice, but I really want to have my Who's Who class!

Since no one reminded me, my classes are pretty darn good. My work group for Eigentijdse geschiedenis seems really good, and I think the teacher will actually be able to teach stuff, instead of just boring everyone or saying interesting stuff but not explaining it well enough.

My Who's Who classes are awesome. The teacher is quite funny, and it's just going to be really interesting in general. I'm really looking forward to more of them. They are also packed full, as in, Tuesday night we had about 500 people and the class on Thursday was also insanely full.

I really want to move.

Plans have been made for Monday the 7th, for me to hang with F and W, and their friend D while I'm in Utrecht. Until I have to head to Schiphol to pick up [livejournal.com profile] thearcher777, at any rate. It should be plenty fun. Hopefully, I will not die from tiredness.  The aim is not to die from tiredness at any point during the next quarter, seeing as we're probably not going to move before I finish this year. Despite me asking Mark to not make me have to do this commute for my entire first year.

Whatever. We'll move this summer then. I don't know what my plans for the summer are, but that depends on where I'm living and what's going on.

Until then, I (hm, I just noticed that apparently I have to clean the apartment. Why don't I ever type that we have to clean the apartment, after all, I don't live here all alone. Forget that.) We have to clean the apartment. I've reorganised a few small things, but the table is still covered in crap, there are still boxes of books behind the couch, along with other miscellaneous crap. It's really starting to irritate me, all the stuff on the floor and piling up everywhere. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow, just start picking up and what not. Get rid of things like the dead plants on the windowsill. Or not, we'll see.
So, today was my first class of Wereldgeschiedenis. It was really boring. He didn't talk about the history of the world in general, he talked about the damn history of the writing of world history. Frustratingly boring. However, the hall was the most full I've seen it in awhile.


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The big lecture hall in the Educatorium at the Uithof. I snatched a quick picture after the break, before class started up again, just so you on LJ can enjoy the largeness of the hall. I was about two or three rows from the very back left corner of the room. And there weren't very many empty seats in the hall. My response class for Moderne geschiedenis is supposed to have about 120 people in it, and there are 3 groups around that size. We all meet together for one lecture, so we are a big group. I imagine the numbers will go down for attendance quite a lot as time goes on.

Uhm, anyway, tomorrow is my 9am class, and I'm going to cry or fall asleep just thinking about it. Ugh.

Finally watched Serenity last night. Awesome, but why'd they do what they did? There, near the end? :( It made Mark and I quite sad. However, good movie.
Got home pretty late last night. Ran into W and F and their friend J at Utrecht Centraal. We talked (a lot) and I got home around 20.30. It was really nice to see them again.

Anyway, Mexican tonight, woo! I have no idea what else to say so.. Ta.
So, today was my first class of Wereldgeschiedenis. It was really boring. He didn't talk about the history of the world in general, he talked about the damn history of the writing of world history. Frustratingly boring. However, the hall was the most full I've seen it in awhile.


Click for bigger picture.


The big lecture hall in the Educatorium at the Uithof. I snatched a quick picture after the break, before class started up again, just so you on LJ can enjoy the largeness of the hall. I was about two or three rows from the very back left corner of the room. And there weren't very many empty seats in the hall. My response class for Moderne geschiedenis is supposed to have about 120 people in it, and there are 3 groups around that size. We all meet together for one lecture, so we are a big group. I imagine the numbers will go down for attendance quite a lot as time goes on.

Uhm, anyway, tomorrow is my 9am class, and I'm going to cry or fall asleep just thinking about it. Ugh.

Finally watched Serenity last night. Awesome, but why'd they do what they did? There, near the end? :( It made Mark and I quite sad. However, good movie.
Got home pretty late last night. Ran into W and F and their friend J at Utrecht Centraal. We talked (a lot) and I got home around 20.30. It was really nice to see them again.

Anyway, Mexican tonight, woo! I have no idea what else to say so.. Ta.
Well, yesterday was interesting. Ran a little late in the morning, but Mark was kind enough to drive me to the train station. It was about when I was entering the station that I realised that I had forgotten my phone. Luckily not many people call me, and I usually have to turn it off or put it on silent for classes anyway.

Lecture was in a cinema yesterday. (Bioscoop Catharijne). Comfy seats. Really soft. No desks, of course, but I had my monster of a history book with me and it is quite sufficient. However, the teacher is not very interesting. He didn't hold the microphone properly for the first part of his lecture, though they did up the volume, which helped somewhat with his fading in and out. Beyond that he was just boring. What really me was that I couldn't check the time. I didn't wear my watch and, as previously mentioned, I forgot my mobile phone. Agh, it is so not fun to sit through something boring and have no idea how much longer it will last. This lecture was just a general overview and him blathering on about periodization and historical writing. Explaining terms like modernisation and so forth. It sounds like he wrote this for some other purpose and just wanted to use it again.

Read lots on the train, wrote up some notes. I napped. Mark and I have finished the first season (the only season, alas!) of Firefly. Tonight is my late course (15.15 - 17.00, which means I'll be home at the earliest at 19.30), but I hope we get to watch the movie tonight. I received it for Christmas from my family.

Anyway, must be off! Write more later or tomorrow.
Well, yesterday was interesting. Ran a little late in the morning, but Mark was kind enough to drive me to the train station. It was about when I was entering the station that I realised that I had forgotten my phone. Luckily not many people call me, and I usually have to turn it off or put it on silent for classes anyway.

Lecture was in a cinema yesterday. (Bioscoop Catharijne). Comfy seats. Really soft. No desks, of course, but I had my monster of a history book with me and it is quite sufficient. However, the teacher is not very interesting. He didn't hold the microphone properly for the first part of his lecture, though they did up the volume, which helped somewhat with his fading in and out. Beyond that he was just boring. What really me was that I couldn't check the time. I didn't wear my watch and, as previously mentioned, I forgot my mobile phone. Agh, it is so not fun to sit through something boring and have no idea how much longer it will last. This lecture was just a general overview and him blathering on about periodization and historical writing. Explaining terms like modernisation and so forth. It sounds like he wrote this for some other purpose and just wanted to use it again.

Read lots on the train, wrote up some notes. I napped. Mark and I have finished the first season (the only season, alas!) of Firefly. Tonight is my late course (15.15 - 17.00, which means I'll be home at the earliest at 19.30), but I hope we get to watch the movie tonight. I received it for Christmas from my family.

Anyway, must be off! Write more later or tomorrow.
So, I have recently taken to writing in a journal when I have down time and I don't have much to do or can't concentrate. Napping on the train has proven to make me groggy, so writing it is!


08.57
The first page of this journal. Decided to use it instead of my small sketch book. Better use for it than just sitting in my night stand drawer. Don't remember any dreams from last night, but I had plenty of fun at F's party.

Ok, let me set this up a bit: several months ago I had a class (onderzoeksseminar 1) where I met a girl who shared some interests with me, such as literature, Stephen King and tv shows. It was fabulous, because before that I hadn't really gotten to know anyone. She also happened to share some of my commute. We got to know each other better and she invited me to her birthday party. I agreed because, well, duh, I wanted to go and have with someone other than Mark's family.
So, yesterday (Sunday the 3rd) I went to F's 21st birthday party. It was me, her parents, her brother, and two of her older friends, H & W. (Initials used to protect the innocent)

Anyway, I hopped the train to Deventer where F picked me up, then we went to her house and ate cake. We sat around from 15.00 until 18.00 chatting with each other (to be honest I was a bit quiet but I did participate). At 18.00 all of us (except Flora, the dog and Max (?), the cat) went to a wonderful Indian restaurant. My first time in an Indian restaurant was fabulous, the food utterly delicious. After dinner (I had mixed kebab, chicken madras (spicy!) and mango & papaya ice cream) we dropped W off at the train station to meet her brother, then went back to F's where we watched Howl's Moving Castle (in het Nederlands) until about 23.30. I finally got home at around 00.40. Mark picked me up at the station and we were both very happy to see each other again.

Now, of course, I'm on the train to Utrecht for my Medieval History lecture. But, last week I had been feeling so defeated, lacking energy. It was horrible. Now I feel far more confident. I can do this! However, now I should do some reading.

11.13
In my lecture, I've never seen it so empty. Apparently people just read the stuff in the workbook, which this professor just reiterates. Came a little late, as usual. Dammit. Don't seem to have missed much though. Lots of people are whispering to each other, which is annoying. Why come to the lecture if you're just going to chitchat through it? (We're currently covering the "family" of a cloister - klooster in het Nederlands).

I felt ill on the train, someone had some strong perfume on, damn near had me gagging. Yuck! I feel much better now, though I still feel vaguely ill, but I think that's more hunger than actual illness. Today I have to really start on my essay for Vroeg-Moderne Tijd (Early Modern times). Also have to do more reading for both classes. Almost everything is read for Geschiedenis van de Middeleeuwen (Medieval History), still have a few things to read for Vroeg-Moderne tijd. Ugh, so much to do! I wish my commute wasn't so long, then I would have more time to do some of my work. Reading is easy enough on the train if everything is on paper, but it takes too much time to try and get things written while on the train. There isn't enough space to write and do anything except small things. Homework requires books open, these journal entries only require me, a pen and this little book. Big difference! We should be getting a break soon, as it's now 11.45 -> class is only from 11.00 until 12.45.

(So hungry, must wait until end of lecture. Argh!)

Later this week I will, hopefully, have another outing with F, H, and W. Maybe also F's brother, J. In Utrecht, I mean. That would be nice.

14.45
Just pulling into Deventer. I ate lunch in the cafeteria at the Uithof. Broodje worst, goulash soep, grapefruit sap and een koekje. Also hopped onto one of the computers there and managed to catch Mark to say hello. I just caught the 13:53 train to Enschede (which I'm glad about) and I did more reading. I have finished all the reading for Medieval History tomorrow, and I only have one article left to read for Early Modern times. Old Dutch is kind of hard and tire me out a bit more than other reading does, so I'm taking a break. I still have 45 minutes until we reach Enschede (maybe a little less than). Once I reach Enschede, I'll grab the bus and stop by the post office to pick up my new OV kaart. Need to do that before Dec. 9. Then I'll grab the bus again to Wooldrik, where I get off and walk a few blocks back to the apartment. At home I'll try to get an outline started for my essay, read the articles I have to read (they're bookmarked on for me to read on the 'net). I'll want to go over Plakkaat van Verlaatinghe with Mark, to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. I wish it was Old English, I understand that far better. At least Old Dutch has similarities, makes it easier for me.

Eww, I have goulash soup burps!

Keep thinking about phoning the family on my cellphone, but I think that it's too expensive to really do. Besides, I have more money on my Skype account, I can always use that. Admittedly, I have more to do at home than here on the train. I'll ask Mark about it, he probably knows. At least he'll have some sort of an answer.

Our holiday plans are still unsure. We need to use the certificates for Bilderberg (a string of luxury hotels) before Feb. 2007. We hope to use it for the Christmas break (mine starts the 22nd!) and so we have to pick something from them to do. Otherwise on the 9th we celebrate Sinterklaas with Mark's family and on the 25th we're going to celebrate Christmas with his family as well. It seems unlikely that we'll set up our own Christmas stuff, because the apartment is a mess. We might as well unpack the books, because now the boxes are in the way. So frustrating.

Coming with the New Year will be our 3rd anniversary. 3 years! Unbelievable, huh? And I still am madly in love with my tall Dutch man. How he deals with my unending silliness, I don't know, but I'm glad he still likes it. I'm still amazed it will be 3 years coming up. Doesn't feel like it has been that long.

I have no idea how things are going with Mark's family, to be honest. Things are going well, I guess. We haven't seen them since E & T's party in October. So, over a month. Of course, it's Mark's responsibility to keep up with his family while I keep track of mine. I think I have the easier part of the arrangement, really, because my family is so far away.

Very much looking forward to the upcoming break. I hope we get snow for Christmas, but I doubt we will.

Agh! Forgot to buy a highlighter -again-. Maybe when I get to Enschede I'll remember. Either at the Ako at the station, or in the Post Office. I'm pretty sure they sell a small amount of office/school supplies.

Other things to do:
- grocery shopping; tonight
- send another e-mail to my mentor about writing things in English
- start more laundry. Clean laundry = good
Hmm, station Hengelo, so another... 10 minutes or so until we reach Enschede.


Could not get OV kaart, didn't have pasfoto with me, will have to do it tomorrow. Did buy a highlighter, however, so at least one thing was done!
So, I have recently taken to writing in a journal when I have down time and I don't have much to do or can't concentrate. Napping on the train has proven to make me groggy, so writing it is!


08.57
The first page of this journal. Decided to use it instead of my small sketch book. Better use for it than just sitting in my night stand drawer. Don't remember any dreams from last night, but I had plenty of fun at F's party.

Ok, let me set this up a bit: several months ago I had a class (onderzoeksseminar 1) where I met a girl who shared some interests with me, such as literature, Stephen King and tv shows. It was fabulous, because before that I hadn't really gotten to know anyone. She also happened to share some of my commute. We got to know each other better and she invited me to her birthday party. I agreed because, well, duh, I wanted to go and have with someone other than Mark's family.
So, yesterday (Sunday the 3rd) I went to F's 21st birthday party. It was me, her parents, her brother, and two of her older friends, H & W. (Initials used to protect the innocent)

Anyway, I hopped the train to Deventer where F picked me up, then we went to her house and ate cake. We sat around from 15.00 until 18.00 chatting with each other (to be honest I was a bit quiet but I did participate). At 18.00 all of us (except Flora, the dog and Max (?), the cat) went to a wonderful Indian restaurant. My first time in an Indian restaurant was fabulous, the food utterly delicious. After dinner (I had mixed kebab, chicken madras (spicy!) and mango & papaya ice cream) we dropped W off at the train station to meet her brother, then went back to F's where we watched Howl's Moving Castle (in het Nederlands) until about 23.30. I finally got home at around 00.40. Mark picked me up at the station and we were both very happy to see each other again.

Now, of course, I'm on the train to Utrecht for my Medieval History lecture. But, last week I had been feeling so defeated, lacking energy. It was horrible. Now I feel far more confident. I can do this! However, now I should do some reading.

11.13
In my lecture, I've never seen it so empty. Apparently people just read the stuff in the workbook, which this professor just reiterates. Came a little late, as usual. Dammit. Don't seem to have missed much though. Lots of people are whispering to each other, which is annoying. Why come to the lecture if you're just going to chitchat through it? (We're currently covering the "family" of a cloister - klooster in het Nederlands).

I felt ill on the train, someone had some strong perfume on, damn near had me gagging. Yuck! I feel much better now, though I still feel vaguely ill, but I think that's more hunger than actual illness. Today I have to really start on my essay for Vroeg-Moderne Tijd (Early Modern times). Also have to do more reading for both classes. Almost everything is read for Geschiedenis van de Middeleeuwen (Medieval History), still have a few things to read for Vroeg-Moderne tijd. Ugh, so much to do! I wish my commute wasn't so long, then I would have more time to do some of my work. Reading is easy enough on the train if everything is on paper, but it takes too much time to try and get things written while on the train. There isn't enough space to write and do anything except small things. Homework requires books open, these journal entries only require me, a pen and this little book. Big difference! We should be getting a break soon, as it's now 11.45 -> class is only from 11.00 until 12.45.

(So hungry, must wait until end of lecture. Argh!)

Later this week I will, hopefully, have another outing with F, H, and W. Maybe also F's brother, J. In Utrecht, I mean. That would be nice.

14.45
Just pulling into Deventer. I ate lunch in the cafeteria at the Uithof. Broodje worst, goulash soep, grapefruit sap and een koekje. Also hopped onto one of the computers there and managed to catch Mark to say hello. I just caught the 13:53 train to Enschede (which I'm glad about) and I did more reading. I have finished all the reading for Medieval History tomorrow, and I only have one article left to read for Early Modern times. Old Dutch is kind of hard and tire me out a bit more than other reading does, so I'm taking a break. I still have 45 minutes until we reach Enschede (maybe a little less than). Once I reach Enschede, I'll grab the bus and stop by the post office to pick up my new OV kaart. Need to do that before Dec. 9. Then I'll grab the bus again to Wooldrik, where I get off and walk a few blocks back to the apartment. At home I'll try to get an outline started for my essay, read the articles I have to read (they're bookmarked on for me to read on the 'net). I'll want to go over Plakkaat van Verlaatinghe with Mark, to make sure I'm understanding it correctly. I wish it was Old English, I understand that far better. At least Old Dutch has similarities, makes it easier for me.

Eww, I have goulash soup burps!

Keep thinking about phoning the family on my cellphone, but I think that it's too expensive to really do. Besides, I have more money on my Skype account, I can always use that. Admittedly, I have more to do at home than here on the train. I'll ask Mark about it, he probably knows. At least he'll have some sort of an answer.

Our holiday plans are still unsure. We need to use the certificates for Bilderberg (a string of luxury hotels) before Feb. 2007. We hope to use it for the Christmas break (mine starts the 22nd!) and so we have to pick something from them to do. Otherwise on the 9th we celebrate Sinterklaas with Mark's family and on the 25th we're going to celebrate Christmas with his family as well. It seems unlikely that we'll set up our own Christmas stuff, because the apartment is a mess. We might as well unpack the books, because now the boxes are in the way. So frustrating.

Coming with the New Year will be our 3rd anniversary. 3 years! Unbelievable, huh? And I still am madly in love with my tall Dutch man. How he deals with my unending silliness, I don't know, but I'm glad he still likes it. I'm still amazed it will be 3 years coming up. Doesn't feel like it has been that long.

I have no idea how things are going with Mark's family, to be honest. Things are going well, I guess. We haven't seen them since E & T's party in October. So, over a month. Of course, it's Mark's responsibility to keep up with his family while I keep track of mine. I think I have the easier part of the arrangement, really, because my family is so far away.

Very much looking forward to the upcoming break. I hope we get snow for Christmas, but I doubt we will.

Agh! Forgot to buy a highlighter -again-. Maybe when I get to Enschede I'll remember. Either at the Ako at the station, or in the Post Office. I'm pretty sure they sell a small amount of office/school supplies.

Other things to do:
- grocery shopping; tonight
- send another e-mail to my mentor about writing things in English
- start more laundry. Clean laundry = good
Hmm, station Hengelo, so another... 10 minutes or so until we reach Enschede.


Could not get OV kaart, didn't have pasfoto with me, will have to do it tomorrow. Did buy a highlighter, however, so at least one thing was done!