Monday, June 27, 2011

Just 4 more days ...

... than I will be on my way to Australia!

There is just one more portfolio to write and one more exam to pass.

Right now I downloaded some books to my Kindle to take with me to Australia, I got my visa, updated my MP3-player and collected adresses for cards.

Now I will pack my bag, attend my last lecture for this semster and meet with a friend of mine who was in Great Britain this last year.

So, I will leave you now with this wonderful quote:

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thank you university

Right now, I start to get a little dizzy from all this sounds.
Sounds strange – well, it is.
I am preparing for my PPOCS exam, which is a kind of conversational course. There I have learned the CORRECT General American way of English. I mean I am speaking English – American English – since I was about three but I wasn’t speaking it correctly. Thank you!
So I need to practice my th-sound and my voiced s and all this …
And yes, I am kind of annoyed with all this. It is just one course for crying out loud. After that no one will ever ask me if I speak British or American. We American English speakers are the minority at the department anyway. There are just three to five professors who speak American English and there sometimes I get to hear things like “Yeah, that is an American pronunciation. We don’t use that!”! I mean, people! Come on!
I think it is not necessary to read between lines to see that I am not happy with that situation but I have to deal with it and make the best out of it.
So I will now turn back to my prepared three pages of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” and read it once again to my room. I so hope that I will pass this exam because I am not sure if I can do this over again without turning crazy. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What shall I do?

There are so many options....
Should I visit Diagon Alley, Narnia, the Hobbits Shire, ....
Or must I go back to reality and study?

Read in May...

May, was a really good month for me!

As I said, I had some really hard weeks university-wise, so I divided my time into chunks.
  • studying
  • going to university and attending my courses
  • reading
  • sleeping
  • and did I say studying?
Well, I made it!
I even received some good grades!

I also read several books (all good, by the way):
  • Joanne Harris - Chocolat
  • Walter Moers - The Alchemaster's Apprentice
  • Janet Evanovich - Eleven on top
  • Sophie Kinsella - Remember me?
  • Emily Giffin - Something borrowed 
  • Maggie Barbieri - Murder 101 
  • Jill Smolinski - The next thing on my list
I really really like Maggie Barbieri's "Murder 101". I have already ordered the next three books of this series via my good old friend Amazon!

So now, I will only have to keep my pecker up until the end of June (which will also be a hard month) and then I am going on vacation!

I am really interested how many books I will read this month. Right now I have only finished one and time is running.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Some news!

Can you remember that I took part in a raffle at "Beauty & Books". Stephanie asked us all to leave a comment and tell her how high our pile of unread books is right now. I decided to reveal my well kept secret and told her about my many many many unread books.
It was worth it!
I won! I won! I won! I won! I won! I won!

Three of my friends celebrated their birthdays this week. So we had three major birthday bashes this week. So much fun. Last one was yesterday. We did some barbecueing, sunbathing, played "Cluedo" and laughed and talked a lot. I am so grateful for all my friends and I know that they are really something super special!

So now, I am so (not) looking forward to the following week. One presentation at university, one paper to finish and prepare for exams....I am really looking forward to July!