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,ย  I’m not including many photos this time because there’s only so many times I can show you my shower ๐Ÿ˜‰ (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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Whatever you’re doing, Deutsche Bahn will be happy to screw it up

I managed to spontaneously get a doctor’s appointment today (spontaneous because, although I emailed him last week, the doctor only wrote back to me last night and I didn’t see the message til I was at work this morning), so I had to leave an hour early than I had intended to catch the train back to Karlsruhe.

For about 45 minutes, I kept an eye on the Deutsche Bahn website, watching my train arrive at and leave each stop along its route punctually. By the time I had to leave, the train was at the station before mine, but still on time and preparing to leave. So everything was hunky dory, or so I thought!

Arriving at the train station pretty early, I decided to treat myself to some chocolate before heading to the platform (don’t look at my like that, I know you would too!). Once on the platform, I saw that my train was displayed on the board with no extra messages. Woo hoo! 4:24 p.m. then arrived, the time the train was meant to arrive, but no train to be seen. Still, I wasn’t worriedย  this particular train hangs around for 8 minutes so it still had plenty of time to catch up. Down ticked the minutes, and still no train until finally, two miutes before it was supposed to leave, the display was suddenly updated. “Approximate delay 10 minutes”. Right, a 10 minute delay. That would leave me 20 minutes to get from Karlsruhe train station to the doctor’s surgery. It mightbe possible, if I could get a tram straight away. Hmm, dountful. Then the thought struck me that there was another train due to leave for Karlsruhe shortly after mine. Relief! I dashed off to the other platform with four minutes to spare only to find – have you guessed it yet? Yep, that one was also delayed. By ten minutes. So back to the original platform I went, where the delay had now gone up to 15 minutes. Chances of making it to the doctor’s on time with either train? Zero!

Zeitverschiebung
Zeitverschiebung (Photo credit: thosch66)

At 4:52 p.m., the train finally pulled in and, once everyone had taken their sweet time getting on, we were off! The announcer promised faithfully that we would arrive in Karlsruhe on platform 2 at 5:13 p.m. Actually, it was 5:17 when we got there. The door I was right next to was on the correct side of the train though. At least he got the platform right! I was at the front of the queue, so as soon as we pulled in I opened the door, leapt on to the platform and dashed down the escalator. Outside I saw a number 4 tram and literally ran over to it, hitting the open door button while said door was still a tiny bit open. The door did not open all the way. Instead, it closed completely and the tram waited a few seconds, while I pounded on the open button over and over, before driving off. Thanks tram driver! That was the point where I almost broke down in tears (I should probably mention that I had approximately 3 hours sleep last night and my head has been aching all day. I’m not always this pathetic… honest!). There were no more trams heading in that direction, so instead I got one going the other way, changed at Marktplatz (in the rain!) and finally made it to the doctor’s 7 minutes late – practically a capital crime in Germany (unless you’re Deutsche Bahn. From them, it’s expected!). Luckily the nice receptionist was on today, so instead of ebing shouted at I was told not to worry as the doctor was still in with a patient and instructed to take a seat in the waiting room And so, despite Deutsche Bahn’s best efforts, I was able to get my pill – which I had come for (yes, I am a sinner. Good job I’m not religious…) – and also my first ever flu vaccination, which hadn’t been part of the plan. But when the doctor said “Here’s your prescription and I’m going to give you the flu jab as well. It won’t cost you anything!” what could I do but agree? It’s actually the first injection I’ve had since we got given the meningitis injection in school (about 12 years ago) and, while the jab itself didn’t hurt, I’d forgotten about the after effects. My arm is currently sore! But at least I won’t get flu…

Snow is falling…

It’s difficult to know how to continue after a post like yesterday’s. Do I act like it never happened, go back to telling you all the mundane, everyday stuff that nobody really wants to hear about. Or do I comment on it again, try to explain myself better. Answer your questions, defend my boyfriend (I don’t mean to make him out to be the bad guy in this!). I just don’t know. So we’ll have a bit of both. I would like to thank those who commented on yesterday’s self-indulgent rant anyway. I know it’s something that needs to be sorted out between Jan and I, and it’s not like we don’t talk about it, but it seems we always go in circles while standing in one spot. Or else we take a few steps forward only to gradually slip and slide right back to where we were as soon as we stop paying attention. I don’t want to sound too dispairing though because mostly things betwen us are pretty good.

So, it’s been snowing non-stop today. It doesn’t seem to cause much of a problem around here though – despite the BBC’s claim that German households have been advised to keep three or four days worth of provisions and only travel if they really have to. I don’t know which part of Germany they’re talking about, but I certainly haven’t been told anything like that! So I went to work as usual this morning. My train was only delayed by 15 minutes (and the one coming home by 10) Pretty good considering other trains had delays of up to 85 minutes due to adverse weather conditions (Deutsche Bahn really don’t like to use the word ‘hour’ in their announcements – as if informing us of a 75 minute delays makes it sound any better!).

I saw a mouse while I was waiting for my train home. I guess he’s living under the vending machine at the train station. He kept popping out, sniffing the ground then scurrying back in. A threw him a piece of crisp and was perhaps a little more pleased than necessary when he came out and fetched it. I tried to take a picture, but Mr. Mouse was speedy and I didn’t want to scare him by getting too close so the best I could do was a blurry brown blob with a tail. I know what it is though and that, I guess, is what matters.