Hello! Alaaf, Helau and all that jazz.
Nice to see you.
Perfect timing, the kettle’s just boiled. Would you like coffee or tea?
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve been studying a lot, but I’m finally making progress. This week alone I managed to hand in 3 assignments, and I’m already working on the fourth. I also got one assignment back already: B+ on the first assignment on that particular course. Not a bad start (even though I’m a bit peeved I missed getting an A- by 1%…).
If we were having coffee, we’d talk about books at length. I’ve spent ages compiling my lists for the Read Harder & Popsugar Reading Challenges, only to find that the lists include some of the same categories. So I spent time altering them, and adding my own categories, which resulted in Study. Read. Write’s 60 Books Challenge. If you feel up to it, join me at #60Books. I might actually make this an annual event.
Speaking about books: I got to raid my gran’s attic yesterday. She has hundreds of books hidden away up there and I took 21 of them with me. But I also put about that same amount to the side for me to take next time I’m at her house. Many of her books are not exactly to my taste when it comes to literature, but she does have a very interesting cross-section (I suspect some of my dad’s old books would have ended up on those shelves as well).
If we were having coffee I’d ask you about what books you’d read for my challenge. Or are you doing either of the other two challenges? What are you reading for them? Where are you getting your books from? I don’t have too much money to spare, so I try to buy second-hand and usually end up on Amazon Marketplace or Abebooks.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that despite all the studying I’m already doing, how flat-out I’ve been and how I still have loads to do, I’ve signed up to a few complementary courses on FutureLearn and Coursera that will hopefully come in handy. They only last a few weeks each and require about 3 hours per week each, but they should help in the long run. The courses include “Cultural Studies and Modern Languages“, “Promising Practices in International Development” and “Theatre and Globalisation” as well as a three-week intro to Dutch. I can read Afrikaans and a bit of Dutch, but never had any proper language training. But living so close to the Dutch border (about 1 1/2 hours by car to Maastricht) I thought it’d be pertinent to learn and I’m hoping the other courses might provide ideas of what to look into for my Master Thesis in Cross-Cultural Communication or at the very least give me a slight professional edge.
If we were having coffee today I’d tell you I don’t care for Valentine’s Day at all. And I’m not saying that because I’m a grumpy single on the day of love. No, I just don’t see the point of the holiday. If you love someone, you should tell and show them every day, in my opinion. Not just once a year with overpriced flowers and chocolates on a socially sanctioned day. (Oh, I’m so gonna be a crazy cat lady and die an old spinster, I know….)
I’d tell you that I care just as little about Karneval, which is currently in full swing in this part of Germany. Word of advice: unless you’re in fancy dress and not in a hurry to go anywhere, don’t venture into Cologne until Ash Wednesday. Especially not on Rose Monday, with it’s parades and everything. See, over here, they celebrate Rose Monday, while other cultures celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday (seeing as “Mardi Gras” mean Fat Tuesday in French).
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that a colleague and I have signed up for a diet course that’ll start in May. Here we go again, but maybe this time it’ll stick. Having a buddy along to keep your spirits up does help. This way (as we sit directly opposite each other) we can keep each other in check as we’d notice if the other is drinking or eating something she shouldn’t.
I’ve still got a bit of writing and studying planned for today, including the much-anticipated review of The Imitation Game, as well as an article that should offer readers help with the book challenges we just talked about. Oh, and plan what I want to blog about for #1000Speak.
Thank you for having coffee with me!
Same time, next week?