Hotel Sacher, Vienna
It’s Stephi’s Friday question time again (already ??). How has your week been? Did you get some late summer sun, did you start to smell autumn? It’s getting dark at 7:00pm already now. Sigh. Our week felt like 2 weeks compressed into one, but it was mostly very good: G’s finding her feet in the new job, and we had A over from Hanover for the week. This (obviously) meant (girls) talk until late at night, going out for coffee(s), some amazing cooking (Mexican this time), ranting over our studies, getting new ideas (I have 2 MB of new stuff to try out…) – a great time, which helped put my problems into perspective (I need more of this!). Before we hit the Open House London weekend (actually it starts already today – and we still have to figure out what we want to do) Stephi wanted to know 5 things we’re going to be watching on TV this autumn. Well, we confess: we don’t own a TV anymore, but we use the computer – this way we can also watch some programmes from home. So what will we watch…
- The Third Man – because we did the tour in Vienna and couldn’t remember much of the movie… some people came really prepared (gulp), but fortunately the guide was prepared as well and had a folder with pictures from the movie to show us. Great tour, I wish our brains would have been more receptive, they were a bit over-challenged after the third day of conference presentations
- The West Wing – because we can never know too many clever ways of worming our way out of tight spots
- The Good Wife – because (let’s face it) everyone needs at least one not too challenging series
- Saturday Kitchen – cooking ideas for the week
- Some selected TED Talks – for ideas on how to present your ideas for my upcoming upgrade presentation
Sorry, not many pretty pictures today, but I’m writing this from college in between meetings. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your ideas. Today is a special day, because it’s my birthday (yey!) and I will try not to work like a maniac. I hope all of you will have a fantastic Friday (because it’s part of my birthday wish) and a great weekend.
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 20 September, 2013
Think I found my new coffee shop office :-)
Eeek… a week has passed and I realise, I still haven’t published the holiday post… It feels a bit like walking on quick sand: G started her new job and had a fantabulous send-off from the old one! It was sooo nice to see that almost the entire office came to the farewell party (plus, she got some amazing gifts, but that would be a post for her to write…. hint, hint…) I am writing like a maniac – this time for the upgrade – nothing new here, but I got a perfect outfit for the presentation, yep a girl has to set priorities!
So, now time for Stephis FFF before I have to work on the correction for the upgrade proposal. Stephi wanted to know 5 of our beloved books – ooh this is so difficult! Currently my most ‘beloved’ (read: most read/used) book is a scientific book about pain and pain perception – somehow I don’t think that counts.
1. Ottolenghi ‘The Cookbook’: because you will always find a recipe and something that you haven’t tried yet
2. Antonio Damasio ‘Descartes Error‘ : because we always need new perspectives
3. Susan Wiggs ‘The Ocean Between Us‘ not only because it was on a New York Times best-seller, but because we need good novels (preferably with a happy end), even though it took me a while to get into it. (I’m sure there is a German version of it, but I couldn’t quite find it.)
4. Kathryn Stockett ‘ The Help’, (see above) after I finished the book I felt like I had just said goodbye to good friends
5. Elizabeth Peters ‘ Crocodile on the Sandbank’ (preferably as an audiobook read by Barbra Rosenblatt) because when you have insomnia you need something fun and exciting to listen to
I have mostly linked the German version of these books (you can find the originals quite easily as well).
I hope I can catch up with what you guys read, I’m always in need for good books! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 13 September, 2013
Aaand we’re back! This is the first FFF September version – which is a great month because my birthday is in it I drafted a summer post, but G still needs to edit it, so FFF come first. Stephi had a condensed version of her 5 questions this week: 5 wonderful things we plan to do this weekend, so here we go:
1. ListsBoth G and I love looking up new recipes and with G starting a new job on Monday and our friend A coming over to stay next week, some structure will be good. Also, technically, G doesn’t need to worry about lunches any longer as her new job has an in-house restaurant (sigh), but if I don’t know what I’m going to eat for lunch, I won’t eat… I know, I know, not good, but I simply forget and then I ask myself why I feel funny in the afternoon….
2. Meeting friends for coffee and exploring new coffee shops (if you’re coming here and love good coffee I recommend the “London’s best Coffee” app – totally worth it for finding lovely coffee shops all over London)
3. Sunday breakfast with pancakes (do I have to say more?)
4 and 5 are not necessarily wonderful but it will be wonderful once they are done
4. Finding an answer to some of my questions for my study
5. Cleaning up and finding a calm a peaceful place (also making some space for A, otherwise she has to fall over the mountains of clothes in the living room waiting for the washing machine)
Ok, after having written this (and seeing what you guys are doing over the weekend) is it time for the weekend now??? Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 6 September, 2013
And this is what we shall do! We’re taking off and joining family and friends for hopefully some great sunshine, walks in the woods, for catching up, for some talking (great talks and some next-to-brainless chatter), great (and ordinary) meals, eaten on the terrace overlooking the small valley (the view makes up for it if it’s an ordinary meal :-)) some swimming in the sea, hanging around on the beach (we plan on taking some games this time ), non-science-related (!) reading, possibly some sight-seeing (weather dependent), possibly observing how a new drain-pipe will be installed (money dependent), for some games and some good old hanging out. We might blog occasionally when/if we cross free wifi… need to check that out… otherwise hope you have a great time as well!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013
It’s photo Friday time again and the last weekend before we go on holiday – double yay!! I can’t wait to go, I’m so done with work- and everything that is connected to it currently. Steffi is now on a Spanish Island for August, but she still found time to get some questions out so here we go:
1.) Ich lese… I read…
My submission for the upgrade, not necessarily fun, but I really don’t want to take it with me on holiday! The chapter section is nearly there, so I’m (only?!?) missing about 3000 words for the overview… I’ll get there- eventually.
2.) Ich empfehle... I recommend…
…to sing more Bach in the morning – alternatively you can listen to it if you don’t want to sing. Like Pablo Casals said: “It cleans the soul.”
3.) Ich trage… I wear…
.. a new clutch, unfortunately not for long, because it is for my sister… I could make one for myself … after I conquered the fear of sewing with faux leather, it should go faster now.
4.) Ich trau mich… I dare…
It seemed that I dared at lot this week – mostly I dared having an opinion which didn’t go down very well. Apparently doctoral students shouldn’t have that – wonder at which stage thinking will be permitted….
5.) Ich lache über.. I laugh about…
….German pop songs. G’s totally absorbed into listening to the Wise Guys and I’m constantly getting earworms, especially from their earworm song: hallo, hallo ich bin Dein Ohrwurm (hi I’m your earworm). It pops into my head at very odd moments…..
I’ll throw myself into work and hope to finish it today (keep your fingers crossed for me). The weekend will see some sewing for some holiday clothes and maybe going out for coffee. What are your plans? Anything exciting?
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 9 August, 2013
I’m going back over my old and carefully restored family summer holiday pictures – this one is from the Alhambra; the Court of Myrtles to be exact: pretty much straight after they opened in the morning. Doesn’t it look fantastic? At that time the whole thing was practically deserted – try this now, and there are bus loads full of people everywhere… We’re counting down the weeks until we’re going on holiday (x-3!) but there is still soooo much on the to-do-list thanks to the ever-changing rules for the upgrade (now it’s 10.000 words to hand in by 9th Sept. Let’s see what it will be next week….) But first things first: Stephi’s Friday questions are here to start the day and mentally prepare for the weekend (yey):
1.) Biste happy mit? You’re happy with…?
.. how the last weekends turned out. I have a tendency to work through the weekend if not stopped… This is from last weekend: our tour of the British Museum with D and his sister.
2.) Biste stolz drauf? You’re proud of…?… having painted the entire flat – we’re loving the new colour on the walls – a slight green (the shade is called highland falls – lovely, don’t you think?) and the bathroom – but this is a different story.
3.) Biste erleichtert? You’re relieved…?
That it’s the end of term – which usually means a slower work mode – except that I have the upgrade in October with a submission deadline in September…
4.) Biste verliebt? You’ re in love…?
… with the rose garden near the river – I miss having a garden (sigh)
5.) Biste glücklich gesättigt danach? You’re happily satisfied after eating it?
Baked herbed falalel – our most favourite picnic food this year – we made it grain free, but it is vegan (as far as I can see) and pretty much low in fat (they are baked not fried) – but think before you switch on the oven in this heat – you need to do it in the morning :-). We swapped the pistachios for almonds (or hazelnuts) and exchanged the buckwheat flower with almond flower – see the original recipe here…. in case you don’t know what to make to eat over the weekend. What are your plans for this weekend? We might have a friend of G’s over on Saturday and finally have a go at sewing the rest of our summer wardrobe, such as another pair of shorts. I made this from the left-over material from my dress – super comfy and super easy to sew (it’s in German, but I think it works ok with G*translator). Happy weekend everyone!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 26 July, 2013
It’s nearly weekend! We just have to make it through one more day! And yes, that’s me or rather us (my Mom, my sister and me) in front of the Hieronymites Monastery (or Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and it so reminds me of summer (and holidays …) Summer actually has finally arrived here (apparently we didn’t have that much ‘heat’ since 2006… ). I think G has caught Stephi’s schwabble-adé-strand-olé bug (I’ll attempt a translation here: good bye wobbly fat and hello beach figure) and has gone for a run (of 4,5km no less) every morning before work since Saturday. How do I know? I cycle next to her ( in the way of “run faster, your grand-mother could run faster”-way, lovely person, that I am) – But now, let’s get on with the Friday questions for this week:
1.) Ich liebe…. I love…
… picnics- this one was our impromptu picnic in St James Park where I managed to sit on a hidden cherry in the grass – wearing a beige skirt (wouldn’t you know it?)
2.) Ich bin dankbar für… I’m thankful for…
…. having such a wonderful friendship with G- we know each other for 11 years this month (that’s G holding the Yellowstone Park mug) I got to know her in a rather terrible year for me (cat died, dog died, horrible break up story and successive break down of my body, which couldn’t deal with that amount of stress), but because of her, I still have lovely memories from that year!
3.) Ich wünschte… I wish..
… apparently… I wished for a “Gone with the Wind” moment…. We went to an open house costume try-on last Sunday and G made me get into this (and yes, it was really hot)
4.) Ich brauche... I need…
… holidays. Unfortunately (due to the new job and especially the conference) we will only have a week of this view for breakfasts, but hey, better short than never!
5.) Ich werde jetzt… Now, I’m going to….
… eat my second breakfast and then cycle to college (to upload the – hopefully – last round of edited papers – yessssssssssss!) and then probably sit somewhere with air conditioning so I can do a bit of work on my own study or read through your guys’ answers (your guess, what comes first here…. ). We have planned to meet up with D and his sister (who is over for a visit) for the weekend and most probably have some more picnics. We also are trying to get a new feature on the blog with regular posts (probably once a week) so keep watching this space. What are your plans this weekend? Hope you have lots of fun!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 19 July, 2013
What a crazy week this was! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments last week, they really made me smile! Before we start the weekend it is time for Stephi’s Friday questions (she totally cracks me up with her new Thursday fitness posts though). Right, now let’s start this:
1.) Was hast du vor? What are you up to
Restoring my bibliography which (sort of) self-destructed this week. To cut a long story short, I finally decided to migrate everything from the office citation tool to papers 2 (which I was using anyway) = major migration process going on.
2.) Was hast du an? What are you wearing?
The (finally) finished summer dress (cut in half by our only “full” mirror in the closet) – I have to say it was less complicated than I anticipated, even though I seem to have 2 different dress sizes here (and maybe I can still take the upper part in a bit) and, okay, I could have been more careful when doing the pockets…
3.) Was findest du “wow”? Wow?
G’s new job – there, I said it out loud – after weeks of interviews (4 rounds) and what seemed endless waiting, she got offered a new job last week! Of course she’s sad to leave some wonderful colleagues, but since there was no way to grow further in her current company, the time for leaving was somehow obvious (for us) and she is super happy – I would say almost floating
4.) Was hättest du gern? What would you like to have?
Peas… those from the balcony, success of our urban gardening. The salad wasn’t one though: it had micro-leaves – and very pretty flowers.
5.) Was muss heute sein? Must-do/have/be today?
Pizza! We finally figured out how to do a grain-free pizza with cauliflower crust – the next best thing to the real thing! I have planned another sewing session for the weekend (last weekend I managed to finish/mend 2 dresses and G almost finished her red top) and maybe a picnic, in any case it probably involves coffee and sunshine and no computer. Have a great weekend!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 12 July, 2013
It’s already time for Foto Freitag – how did this week creep by? We had a wonderful Sunday in the park (in the sun!!!) and apparently this weekend is supposed to be sunny too! Do I hear a picnic…? There are only 5 more papers to edit as far as official work for college goes (yey!) and then I can work on my own project again. So let’s tackle this and then the weekend can start, but first Stephi’s Friday questions:
1.) Jemand, mit dem du gerade viel Zeit verbringst? (kann sonst auch ein Gegenstand sein) Someone (or something) you spend a lot of time with?
At lot of time is spent with my computer (either like this or with the big screen) – it’s time to bring some regular schedule into my day again and not edit until my eyes pop out. I have no idea though what the person heard when I said my name – the scribble on the cup is not even close to my name…
2.) Etwas, das du gern dabei hast? Something you like to have with you?
Some make-up (and pain killers – not pictured) – I love this foundation: the best even skin tone ever – if it covered up the red spots my face develops when I get upset or angry (and I had a lot of that in the last 3 weeks), it would be the ultimate tool – but one can’t ask for everything in one product, right?
3.) Was tut dir im Moment gut? What makes you feel better?
Meeting friends – and, incidentally, have a good rant and (much needed) hugs.
4.) Was fandest du sehr lustig? What was very funny?
Meeting in a musician’s lab… without words
5.) Gerne morgens? What do you like in the mornings?
Pancakes – although to be fair, I can have them at any point in the day – and with basically no grains left in my diet, not much transforms into fat on my hips – ha! And G makes great pancakes (sorry T). Usually we only have them for Sunday breakfast though… but technically I could eat them every morning…. Now back to some work and then I will finish this dress and might be able to wear it. Strangely, in this Burda pattern I have a size 2 in my upper body and a size 10 for my hips – go figure… I have to add some correcting seams for the neckline and the hem and then we’re done. What are your plans for this weekend? Are you going to have a picnic, read, sew? Whatever you do, I hope you have a lovely time!.
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 5 July, 2013
This is supposed to be summer? Why did I sew a summer dress? Ok, I almost finished it, but where is the motivation to work on the last seams? I have to put it away sigh. I’m sitting here with a jumper and hot coffee - not fun! Well, the coffee is fine, but a jumper in almost July? And… is that rain?? Maybe I should switch music? I’m currently listening to
depressive meditative viola da gamba music… but first Stephi‘s Friday questions and then, maybe, some more coffee…
1.) Immer wieder gern? Gladly, time and again
Take a break in the park – although not necessarily with such a dramatic backdrop! It did not rain though!
2.) Immer Samstags? Always on Saturdays?
Usually G and I go out for a coffee to talk about what happened in the week or how to sort things out. Normally we go to see P in his little coffee shop – it’s like having an extended family This time we tried out the one next to our bike repair shop while we waited for G’s bike to be fixed.
3.) Immer wieder schön? Always lovely?
Some renovating: in this case painting, note the subtle green on the wall? Don’t you love it? It feels like we opened the space up – and it helped me to get rid of negative energy – of which I had a lot (and you would have it too, if you found out that your ideas that you have hatched and nurtured for a year are in the process of being stolen. I’m still not sure how to deal with the whole situation, but it’s been great to see that all my friends and family have my back. There were some moments when I felt like I was Paula Alquist in Gaslight. What, you don’t know the film yet? Go and watch it, it’s really great and for a while you might not even realise that it’s raining and supposed to be summer.)
4.) Immer ‘ne gute Idee? Always a great idea?
Walking across Waterloo bridge at night after a having been at the opera and having heard some great singing (and some mediocre singing) and watched an incredibly unconvincing production.
5.) Einfach immer? Simply always?
Music – always. I would have said friendship and family – but we had that last week And it’s almost time for the weekend! Yey! I will do the blog round to see what you guys came up with. What are you plans for the weekend? Are you going to do something nice? G has a celebration dinner at her old college and I will have the flat all to myself – since we just painted and cleaned everything it is safe for G to go without then coming home to a totally exhausted me – having just turned everything upside down Have a great weekend!
Posted by dotsandyarn on Friday, 28 June, 2013