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.

Random snippets from my brain

  • This morning I overheard a phone conversation in which someone was apparantly explaining the concept of changing trains. “I’ll be travelling for a while yet, I have to change trains now” *Pause while, presumably, the other person spoke”. “We’re just pulling into Mannheim now then I have to get out of the train, go to another platform then get on a different train”. He wasn’t even speaking to a child either (unless I missed the point where it became normal to address children as Mr. so-and-so). The mind really does boggle. Or at least mine does.
  • Currently wondering whether working at a place where I actually know how to use the coffee machine (and don’t feel guilty every time I dare to so much as think about leaving my seat) is a blessing or a curse? I think I may have overdoed on caffeine today, all in a desperate attempt to stay awake. (Sooo tired…)
  • Having spent the last two evenings  searching every clothes shop in Karlsruhe for something to wear over a dress at a wedding I’m invited to next month. I’ve come to the conclusion that the colour white is an endangered species this season. I even resorted to looking in United Colours of Benetton today – the first time I’ve been in there since I was about 12. Unsurprisingly I found nothing I liked.
  • Despite not finding the top I wanted, I have spent a small fortune over the last few days. A serious dent has been made in my wages already and November isn’t even here yet. Not good people!
  • The first assignment for my science course is due on 4th November. I haven’t written a single word of it yet. I guess I know what my plans are for this weekend…
  • Snippets is a fabulous word. I feel like I should use it more often.
  • That is all.

Vee are very sorry for ze late

I am just not finding the time to do anything lately, despite now having a ticket for the fast train. There are dishes from 2 days ago still waiting to be washed, I really need to clean the fridge out before I go away on Friday (it still stinks of mouldy raspberries even though I threw them out like a week ago) and I wanted to have a shower tonight to save me going out with wet hair in the morning, but it’s 8:05 pm already and I’m still waiting for tea to cook (stupid ridiculously slow oven!) so I shouldn’t imagine too many of those things are going to get done tonight. OK, I could probably be cleaning out the fridge right now instead of typing this, but do you honestly think I’ll still want to eat anything if I do that? See… point made!
So instead let me tell you a few things I learned over the weekend…

  1. Never, ever go food shopping at 8 o’clock on a Friday night when the Saturday is a holiday.
  2. Teenage wannabe goths dress exactly the same way now as they did when I was 15
  3. No amount of chocolate covered marshmallows can make up for a lack of sex. They will, however, make you feel sick and cause your teeth to hate you. (Before anybody makes any comments I would just like to add that this is no longer relevant. And now we change the subject, ok)
  4. Getting dressed on a Sunday is totally overrated
  5. So is exercise
  6. Amazon is incredibly hazardous to my bank account

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering about the title… my train to work was delayed this morning and that was what the English announcement sounded like. German rail workers’ accents are so much fun 😀

So many plans

My mum called last night. She wants to come and see me at the beginning of AUgust and has asked me to book a hotel! This is the 4th time she’s said she’s coming to see me and the first time it’s got as far as flight bookage… I’d better get the hotel sorted before she has time to change her mind and decide staying in Munich with my uncle is a better idea after all (she’s actually flying to Munich with my Grandma and Aunt, then her and my brother are coming down to Karlsruhe by train to visit me for a weekend).

We also booked tickets to Hamburg last night. Yes, I’m actually going now. YAY! We’re flying there but have decided to take the train back (cos it’s cheaper). Believe it or not, it actually worked out cheaper to buy first class train tickets than second class ones. Bizarre or what? (The special deal cheap second class tickets are all sold out and a normal price second class ticket costs more than a special deal first class ticket). So that’s the weekend after next sorted. And next weekend (or this coming weekend if you prefer to look at it that way) it’s Das Fest in Karlsruhe, the biggest free (as in for no money) open air music festival in Europe. Excellent! They usually have fairly decent / biggish name bands on too. This year, for example, Katy Tunstall is there on one of the days.

So that’s the next few weeks. How did my life end up so busy?