The arrival of autumn

So Google says today is the first day of autumn. Personally I thought autumn had arrived weeks ago. I guess this just makes it official though. Oh, and apparantly today is one of only two occasions in the year when day and night are exactly the same length. It’s called Equinox apparantly. That means as of tomorrow here in Germany there’ll be more darkness than daylight. *sigh* It’s a good job autumn means pretty colours or it would have nothing going for it.

I’m tired. Very tired in fact. Dreaming about ghosts trying to kill you will do that to a girl. So will copying and pasting. Yup, that’s what I’ve been doing again today. Thankfully not all day though – I actually got to do two translations this morning. But from 2pm onwards I was back to the old copy, paste delete routine. It’s a good job I’ve only got ten more pages left to go or I’d end up with repetetive strain injury… just in time to go to head back to the island.
Yeah, that’s right. I’m off to the UK next Wednesday. A whirlwind visit involving flying via Dublin (complete with 9 hour stay at the airport), a day trip to Edinburgh, going out for a meal with the family in Newcastle, a visit to the doctors (because contraception is not free in Germany. Oh, and they want me to have a smear test. Aarghh!), then the return flight to Germany via Heathrow, but this time without a 9 hour wait in between. Phew! I shall explain more about the reasons for the trip some other time. Oh, and I also plan to have a bit of a rant about the German health system at some point (where is my health insurance card? Bastards!) But right now I have to go and get something to eat.

Sorry about the slightly confusing blog. A disturbed night and an afternoon of copy/paste have done odd things to my brain…

Happy Friday

I only worked for 5 hours today. Yes, you read that right. Five! And half an hour of that was lunch break. First I was told to come in an hour late so that a colleague could use my computer to proofread a translation I did (complicated story involving different versions of software and documents that can’t be printed) then I was sent home at 2:30pm. All I’d been doing since I arrived was more copying and pasting, so the bosses wife said once I was done with the German I could just go home and leave the English til Monday. Yippee!

Anyway, I saw this music meme over at sleepyjane‘s blog and I wanted to give it a go. Basically you put your mp3 player (or in my case computer playlist cos the mp3 player has no battery) on shuffle and complete each sentence with the song that comes on. Could be fun…

My alter ego is: Scattered (by Green Day)
When I’m in the shower I sing: Trucks and Trains (by Alkaline Trio)
My day will be like:
Bitch (by Meredith Brookes – ooer, I hope not! It’s been good so far…)
When I’m drunk I say: Tell Me Ten Words (by Idlewild)
Somewhere in my wedding vows I will include:
Perfect One (by Lit – wow, that’s actually quite appropriate. I swear I didn’t cheat!)
My makeout song is:
Stop Crying Your Heart Out (by Oasis – errm, ok then :-/)
My deepest secret is: Apple Shampoo (by Blink 182)
Next time I’m in front of a crowd I’ll say: Drop Dead Gorgeous (by Republica)
Highschool was like: Is This Thing On (by Less Thank Jake)
At my funeral they will play: Numb (by Linkin Park)
If I reached the top of mount everest I would scream: I Don’t Know (by Bowling for Soup – lol, good answer 😉 )
My ultimate song for dancing is: Steamer Trunk (by Alkaline Trio)
What makes me happy is: Happy in the Meantime (by Lit)
To cheer myself up I: Locking up the Sun (by Poets of the Fall)
The best thing about me is: Chasing Cars (by Snow Patrol)
I’ll have a good day if I can just hear: 1989 (by Less Than Jake)
My last words will be: I Miss You (by Incubus)
My best friend is like: Be Like That (by 3 Doors Down)
What I did last night was: I Wanna Go Where the People Go (by The Wildhearts)
My theme song is: Look What Happened (by Less Than Jake)
The story of my life is: Superman (It’s Not Easy) (by Five for Fighting)
At my wedding they will play: You Were Right (by Badly Drawn Boy)
My favourite thing to do is: Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night (by Bon Jovi)
Happiness is: Denial. Revisited (by The Offspring – gosh, that’s a bit depressing isn’t it)
I often think about: If I Had a Million Dollars (by Barenaked Ladies – hahaha)
My best friend always says: Hey There Delilah (by Plain White T’s)
This is what I want to be when I grow up: Crawling in the Dark (by Hoobastank)
My biggest fear is: Swallowed in the Sea (by Coldplay)

This is how I feel today: For Me This is Heaven (by Less Than Jake)

OK, that’s it. I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you’d like to do it too go ahead 🙂

Copy, paste, delete

What is it with old people? My tram was full of them today. Literally full. I had to stand up all the way home. It seems like every single old person between Ittersbach (where the tram starts) and my work place had decided that just after 5pm was the perfect time to take a tram. And they do it every single evening. What is that all about? They have all day to take trams, why do they insist on taking them when other people are trying to get home from work? Grrr.

Anyway…
This morning I finished the translation that I’ve been working on for the last few days. That meant there was no more proper work for me to do today, so I spent the afternoon copying the French text out of a trilingual document, pasting it into a new word document and deleting all the unnecessary hard returns. A hard return is what us normal people would call pressing the return key. This is different to a soft return, which is where you press the return key and the shift key at the same time. Fascinating stuff.
So that was my day. Much fun. Thank goodness it’s Friday tomorrow!