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A day in my life: Monday, 26 May 2014

This is a post for the May 2014 Day in the Life linkup with Manda from Break the Sky. I meant to do it for Friday, but I completely forgot to record my day so you’re getting a Monday in my life instead. Also,  I’m not including many photos this time because there’s only so many times I can show you my shower ;-) (Plus, I am running out of photo space on the blog and I’m still undecided about paying actual money for the upgrade…)

6 a.m. The alarm goes off. As usual, I hit snooze a couple of times, finally dragging myself out of bed and towards the shower at 10 past.

7:20 a.m. I’m showered, dressed and my work bag is packed… time to go! On the way past the zoo, I look out for the red pandas and spy one of them (there are two, but it’s rare to actually see both of them at the same time). YAY… that’s my morning made :-)
The panda was curled up in the tree when I first went past, but as I was walking away I turned back and saw him (I’ve decided it’s a he) climbing around in the tree, so I grabbed another photo. If you click on the pictures, you might just be able to spot him (I hope).

8 a.m. I get off the train and head outside for the tram to work. Once I’ve arrived in the office, I eat my breakfast (a yoghurt) while waiting for the computer to start up, then it’s work time. I’ve received lots of jobs back from proofreaders, so my morning consists mainly of entering corrections for my translations.

12:00 Lunch time! I have a microwave meal (oh the shame! I promise I don’t always eat instant crap for lunch…). On the way to the kitchen, I notice that my colleague who was on holiday in Ireland brought back Chocolate Digestives for everyone and I can’t resist taking one for dessert.

12:30 p.m. Lunch over, back to work. Now I actually have some new texts to translating. Doing those and finding proofreaders for them takes up the entire afternoon and the time goes fairly quickly.

5:10 p.m. Home time! After a bried conversation with a colleage about Bookcrossing (she’s just joined), I head off back to the train station.

6:30 p.m. My normal train was massively delayed and I had to take a regional, but now I’m finally home… half an hour later than usual! I’m so tired that I could quite happily go straight to be, but instead I force myself to do some situps and crunches – I recently discovered that a favourite skirt has become way too tight since last summer, which has given me the last bit of motivation I need to lose the final 2 kilograms I was aiming for (but apparantly not the willpower to resist chocolate Digestives…)

7:10 p.m. A text from Jan saying he’ll be working late and not to bother cooking for him. I decide that this is the perfect excuse not to eat at all and instead use some of the bread I bought on Saturday. It’s ciabatta with walnuts and it’s YUM! I have it with some cheese.

I decide to follow my bread and cheese with a Rose Lassi I have in the fridge. I don’t know why, but I love the taste of roses!

8:30 p.m. I decide to treat myself to an early night and head off to bed with a cup of fruity tea and a book. I’m currently reading book 3 in the His Dark Materials series (among other things!). After about an hour, I put the book down, have a quick nose on Facebook then decide to listen to an episode of Welcome to Night Vale before going to sleep.

10 p.m. Time to switch off the light, ready for another 6 a.m. start in the morning…

The May 2014 Day in the Life linkup is still open if anyone else would like to join :-)

A Day in the Life: A Linkup by Break the Sky

 


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The latest from my life

In between recipes and throwbacks to when I was cute, I thought I’d give you a few updates on how my life looks right now…

  • I logged on to Facebook this morning to find that my dad’s cousin has become the father of a little girl and one of my cousins has got engaged. Meanwhile, I’m over the moon that my boyfriend managed to make time to come to a party with me at the weekend…  How does this committed, long-term relationship thing work again? Cos I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong.
  • My grandpa was moved to a different hospital just over a week ago – one in the same town where my grandma lives, so it’s much more convenient.  The doctor there has said the way he’s looking now, it could be weeks rather than days but nobody can really say for sure. He could still go at any time… or he could hang on until after his birthday (he will turn 80 if he does).
  • I’ve actually been given a  “nice” (i.e. interesting and challenging) text to translate thanks to my colleague being on maternity leave and everyone else being busy. Now I’m terrified I won’t do as good a job as said colleague and will have to spend the rest of my life translating only technical and financial texts. Aaargh, the pressure! (I am a good translator, but my colleague is an amazing translator, so she usually gets all the texts that have even a chance of reaching an audience other than IT support people.)
  • I’ve been cross stitching lots of cards recently. I’ve just finished one for my grandma and started on a Mother’s Day card for my mam.  I’m actually quite enjoying stitching the smaller designs – it means I get to finish them before I get bored!

And that’s it for today. I hope you weren’t expecting more. If anything truly interesting had happened I would have blogged about it before now…

 


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All around the Internet

I don’t really have anything to say today, so have some links from around the web instead:

And finally, a video. The translators among you will appreciate this the most, but everyone should check it out. Make sure to watch it all the way to the end!


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My life in music

I stole this idea from The Laughing Housewife, whose version you can see here.

Put together a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.

I was born in 1983, precisely 18 days after my mum turned 20 (product of a teen pregnancy. Shock, horror!)

My dad and later my step dad were both in the army, so the family moved around a lot. I got used to always being the new kid.

When I was 12, my step mum died. She was only 29 years old – the same age I am now!

A year later, I moved up North to live with my dad.

For university, I went to Nottingham (half way between my parents at the time!) to study German and International Relations. My degree included a year abroad. I came to Karlsruhe – the first time I’d left the country by myself!

After a turbulent three month relationship with an American (who I’m still friends with – he’s now married with his second kid on the way), I started a relationship with Jan. Six months later, he went of to the US while I returned to England to finish my degree.

After nearly two years of long distance relationship (after graduating I moved to Austria for 10 months), I moved back to Germany to finally be with Jan. I had been a language assistant in Austria and loved it. In Germany, it was hell and a major part of why I decided becoming a teacher was not for me! So I signed up for a Master’s in Translation instead.

While I was studying for my Master’s (online), I did an internship at a translation company, then got a job as a translator, which ended after 10 months for economic reasons, before ending up at the translation company where I work now just over three years ago.

And my hope for the future?

(Apologies if any of the music doesn’t work – for some reason the sound isn’t working on this computer).


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More Friday letters

Yep, it’s that time again! I haven’t really had much to post about this week (as you may have noticed…). January is such a blah month, don’t you think? Nothing really seems to happen – at least not in my life. Nevertheless, here are my Friday letters for the week…

English: Wormgate letterbox 19th century lette...

19th century letterbox in Wormgate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear snow. You are very pretty, but must you also be so slippy? I’m sure I’m going to break my neck before long!

Dear self. I know Amazon is really tempting with its e-mails full of recommendations and ridiculously cheap second-hand books, but  you really need to stop spending money… at least until pay day!

Spending Money

Spending Money (Photo: 401(K) 2013)

Dear weekend. I’m so glad you’re here! I know we’re going to have lots of fun together.

Dear exercise DVD. I have done a circuit from you three times this week (I skipped Wednesday for no other reason than laziness, and tonight I seriously don’t have time! Been home long enough to type this and as soon as I’m done I’m off to put some washing on and start cooking tea). When do I get to start seeing results?

Dear self (again). The answer to the above question is when you stop allowing yourself a treat every. single. day.

Dear new gloves. You are soft and fluffy and, most importantly, warm. I think I’m in love!

Dear brain. One day you are going to produce a translation in which my colleague doesn’t have to suggest stylistic changes in every other sentence. Please work with me on this because seeing so many corrections every single day is starting to make my wonder whether I’m actually in the right profession.

Dear lips. I know it’s cold outside and central heating sucks the moisture out of everything, but please could you stop being dry and chapped and sore? I can only put lip balm on so many times a day, you know!

Dear tea. You (and chocolate) have kept me sane this week. Thank you!

For more Friday letters, see: http://www.thesweetseasonblog.com/2013/01/fridays-letters_18.html

Happy weekend, everybody!


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Resolutions time

I am back in Karlsruhe, it’s 2013 and so it must be time to post my new year’s resolutions…

  1. Get back to doing my exercise DVD. What with illness then the stress of Christmas I’ve been neglecting it lately, and I can tell! I feel weak, sluggish and some of my clothes are getting tight. Must get my Jillian on again this year!
    Little N Large

    Little N Large (Photo: Will-Joel-Taylor)

     

  2. Keep on top of the housework better. I’m a firm believer that life is too short to spend it cleaning, but over the past few months the flat has looked bad even by my standards.
  3. Become a better translator. I want to improve my style this year and maybe get at least one or two translations back from the proofreader without any corrections or style suggestions. Maybe then I will also get to do some nice translations for a change, instead of always being responsible for the technical ones!
  4. Finish visiting 30 German towns before I turn 30 and blog about them. I believe I am up to 7 blogged about (although I have visited loads more!) so I have a lot of work ahead of me…
  5. Save up and do some OU courses. I have a whole list of short courses that sound interesting and this year I actually want to do a few.

That’s all. I think 5 is enough for one year!
Now that I’m back I’m going to atempt to visit all the blogs I read and see what I’ve been missing out on – providing this computer will let me! If you don’t get a comment from me it’s probably because Mr. Computer has taken a dislike to your blog and decided to freeze rather than actually loading it…


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Four month review

Now that the year is one third over (What? How? Why?), it seems like a good idea to see how I’ve been doing with my resolutions for the year. Sooo lets take a look at what impossible tasks I set myself this time ;-)

  1. Eat more healthily! I said that this one didn’t have to involve giving up the things I love, but I did want more of our meals to feature actually vegetables. And I have to say I’ve been doing rather well on this one. Almost all of our meals have involved some form of veg, even if it is just peas from a tin, or some chopped up cherry tomatoes (yes, I’m aware that tomatoes are technically a fruit). And I’ve discovered that I actually like more healthy foods than I used to think I did. I swear parsnips taste different over here…
  2. Think before I speak! Well, I have at least been trying… That counts, right?
  3. Improve my translation style. I went to a seminar that I hoped would help with this. It turned out to be useless. Oh well, I still have another 8 months to get someone to compliment me on a translation well done…
  4. Visit my friend in the Netherlands. Done! After a mere three years I finally made it to Delft. And I loved it! :-) Read all about my trip here.
  5. Keep up with my blog. I shall let you be the judge of this one, dear readers…

For those who missed the original resolutions post, you can find it here.

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