“There are worse things than being a sheep”

… and other search terms.

The Frauenarzt got back to me last night… it seems she made a mistake. Their long days are on Tuesday and THURSDAY, not Tuesday and Friday, so I’ll be off to pick up my pill on Tuesday. Still plenty of time before I need it (yes, today is Thursday, but it’s a holiday here so everything is closed). She also said they have no appointments for Krebsvorsorge (that’s the cancer checks… you can learn German with me!) until July, so I get a whole month to psych myself up. Hurrah!

In the absence of anything else to tell you, here are some of the search terms that have found me in the last 30 days.

Eddie Izzard quotes force majeure

This one is not particularly amusing, but it’s found me three times and I want to address it. Seriously, anonymous searchers? You want quotes from Force Majeure while the world tour is still in progress?! No!! If you couldn’t manage to buy tickets you can wait for the DVD like everyone else!

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

“There are worse things than being a sheep”

With quotation marks around it and everything. Somebody really wanted to find this phrase! Yes, indeed there are worse things than being a sheep. You could be a slug!

When Primark really opens in Karlsruhe blog

You mean it’s not really open now? Have I only imagined making purchases there? Oooh, a conspiracy!

What state is my relationship in?

You’re asking Google that? Really? Do you actually expect an answer as well?

What should I have accomplished at 30?

I find it ironic that this landed someone on my blog of all places. Me, who was so convinced I hadn’t achieved anything that I ended up making a whole list of the things I have done purely for reassurance purposes. Personally, there was only one thing I actually wanted to have done before 30, and that was have a baby. Fail! (And yes I could not go and pick up my pill next week and just wait and see what happens, but I can’t bring myself to deceive anyone like that. I want a baby who is wanted by both parents…)

Confuzzled dandelion

Awww, bless. I can just picture it…

OK, that’s all. The others are fairly boring and normal (“No, give me something fun to do” is among the best of the rest). Come on Internet searchers… you’re slacking 😉

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It seems I’m not the only one that’s excited by Primark…

This is an extract from my blog stats for the last 7 days, specifically from the search engine terms section – it’s an extract because I decided to spare you the remaining 20, which weren’t too interesting, really (other than the one that said “squirter janjab” and I’m not even sure I want to know what that means…):

As you can see (I hope – it’s a little blurry. Try clicking on it for a more readable image), “primark karlsruhe” is well in the lead. I knew I wasn’t the only one who is pleased that Primarni (as it is known in certain circles) has finally arrived in my little corner of Deutschland.

The people searching for “happy no housework day 2013” are getting a little ahead of themselves, I feel. It is still 2012, you know!! Please don’t wish next year on me already. However, I do admit I was intrigued enough to go and look up No Housework Day for myself. It’s on 7 April, apparantly. I had never heard of it, but I may feel the need to join in next year. Not that I’m brilliant at keeping up with my housework at the best of times (as long-time readers know), but on an official day I won’t even have to feel guilty about it 😀
Who’s with me?

Dull women have immaculate homes
(Photo credit: shawnzrossi)

Primark comes to Karlsruhe

Primark opened in Karlsruhe on Thursday, and being basically an excitable teenager trapped in a 29-year-old body, I naturally went along on the very first day it was open. Being a weekday, I was obviously at work, but I had to go into town that evening anyway to pick up some bits for breakfast, so I decided to head to that end of Karlsruhe for a change. When I first got into Post Galerie, I actually ended up deciding to leave Primark for another day – people were queuing up just to get in the door! So I headed downstairs to Rossman instead and grabbed the bits I needed, then went to the Asian place next door and treated myself to a noodle box with mini spring rolls. Back upstairs, I saw that the queue had gone, so after standing myself in a corner by the lift to finish my tea, I headed inside Karlsruhe’s newest shop. It was very exciting, let me tell you! I wasn’t actually planning on buying anything, just looking around, but of course I gave in. I only purchased three items though. Here they are:

Primark purchases

A pair of tights, which cost me a grand total of €3. That’s THREE tiny little euros. The cheapest pair of winter tights I’ve seen in Karlsruhe ever!! I also got some fluffy foot attire, which Primark refers to as slipper socks although I would personally call them slippers, and finally, a scarf, which was the reason I gave in and decided to buy something after all, mainly because I was invited to a party the next evening and really wanted to own the scarf before then (the original plan was to makea note of what I liked and come back after payday). Here’s a close up of the pattern on the scarf. Sorry, the flash reflected back a bit, but the room was just too dark to do it without a flash.

It’s a scarf with foxes on! How on Earth could I possibly resist!

Actually, I thought I showed a great deal of willpower only buying those three things (and spending less than a tenner on those – something I never thought would be possible in Germany!). I have a whole list of things to go back for though, including another scarf – this time black with little white scotty dogs printerd on it, another pair of the slipper things in dark blue with stars on (they will match my dark blue starry pyjamas perfectly and only cost €1.50), possibly a black dress with tiny swans printed on it (I haven’t decided yet whether I like it), an owl teatowel that I spotted just dumped somwhere it wasn’t actually meant to be and also some Christmas wrapping paper. They had loads of gorgeous ones lined up by the counter and only €1.50 for a huge roll! And I didn’t even look in the homewear part (presumably where the owl was meant to live).

My feet all snuggly in their slippers

I felt right at home being in a Primark shop again, and I must have looked like a real wally wandering round with a grin on my face soaking up the atmosphere. I loved that the UK/IRL sizes were always listed first, and Primark must have flown in some experienced people for the opening because I heard several members of the security/shop-floor staff talking to each other in English, with Irish accents. Gotta love an Irish accent! Leaving the shop with my brown paper Primark bag, and seeing just how many other people were walking around town with them, I must admit I did feel like a bit of a sheep, but there are worse things than being a sheep (like not owning an amazing fox scarf :-))

More Friday letters

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Photo5_red_ribbon (Photo credit: Jayegirl99)

Another week over, and another busy one it’s been. Ill colleague always means lots of extra work  for me. It’s over now though, thank goodness. Will have to make this a short post as I’m off to a birthday party tonight and need to get ready. Here are this weeks Friday letters:

Dear Americans at the bus stop. In the 4 minutes we were standing there, I actually lost count of how many times you used the word like – and the phrase I was like/we were like. Way to reinforce stereotypes! (Small sample: “Some people like come to class early and they like leave their bags on seats. Then they come back at like 10:15 and I’m like ‘who the hell are you?’”)

Dear “likers” of my blog. While it is nice to have people liking my blog, it’s a little scary when you do it within seconds of me pressing publish. The fact that you never actually comment does not make things better. Who are you and what do you want from me? (To those of you who like posts and leave a comment, I don’t mean you!)

Dear man at the train station. Thank you for rescuing my chocolate bar from the vending machine for me!

Dear weekend. I know I have lots of plans again, but could you please go by a little slower than the last one. After the week I’ve had I seriously need some rest!

Dear Primark. It’s probably kind of sad that I’m this excited about you opening in Karlsruhe, but I really don’t care. I LOVE my purchases (blog post on that to come).

Dear Newcastle United players. Could the injuries please stop now.  Six of our key players are out with injuries (plus a few I’m not sure about) and now Cisse is doubtful. It won’t be long before there are none of you left to play…

Dear sleep. I miss you. How does a lie in on Sunday sound?

That’s all from me. Party time!

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