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  1. graefin says:

    You know that it will be hard for me not to correct small mistakes ;) But I try not to do so.
    It’s a very brave decision to blog in english now! I will bookmark you now°°°

  2. liljan98 says:

    I’ll probably make even more mistakes in German, because I type very fast (and think and “talk” very fast) and I sometimes don’t pay that much attention to it :-)

  3. graefin says:

    äähh yep, I know. The same for me!

  4. Chikatze says:

    Och neee! Auf Englisch?
    Sorry, aber dann verlierst Du leider gerade eine Leserin…!
    Schaaade. WP ist so eine gute Entscheidung!!!

  5. Jules says:

    Hm. Ich hab nichts gegen ein auf englisch geführtes Blog. Darf ich auf deutsch kommentieren?

  6. liljan98 says:

    Hier darf natürlich auch auf deutsch kommentiert werden. Den Hinweis müsste ich vielleicht noch mal irgendwo deutlich sichtbar machen :-)

  7. Heimathafen HH says:

    Oh je, Du Arme! Ich drücke ganz fest die Daumen, dass das Meditonsin seine Wirkung tut und Du bis Canada wieder richtig auf dem Damm bist!

  8. liljan98 says:

    Danke… Im Moment hat es sich aus dem Hals in die Stirnhöhle verlagert, ich hoffe mal morgen/übermorgen ist es wieder ganz weg. Bis dahin vegetiere ich hier vor mich hin :-)

  9. Heimathafen HH says:

    Oh man, das hört sich echt sch*** äh…mistig an!!! Ruh’ Dich schön aus, ich schicke liebe Besserungswünsche :-))

  10. strandkiesel says:

    Have a great time! ;o)
    Gute Reise und viel Spaß.

  11. Nadia was buried in Iraq. Ben was in Tunisia when he saw Sayid on TV, but after that, they’re in Iraq. You must have missed the subtitle.

  12. Heimathafen HH says:

    Einen wunderschönen Urlaub und ganz viel Spaß!!!

  13. graefin says:

    Have a great time!!!
    (oooohh and lots of fun watching Grey’s AND Icehockey!)

  14. graefin says:

    Hi there! Welcome back! I already received your postcard a few days ago and wanna say a BIG THANKS!
    Hamburg during Pentecost was also wonderful! I got sunburned today (outch) while watching the ships leave the harbour for Hafengeburtstag.

  15. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. I still have to catch up on a lot of stuff online and offline and I hate having to go to work tomorrow.

  16. graefin says:

    I’ve the week off. Almost. I have to work on Friday and then next week on Monday and Saturday!

  17. Heimathafen HH says:

    Willkommen zurück! Gegen den Arbeitsfrust hilft nur eines: schnell die Urlaubsbilder in ein Onlinealbum stellen und Stunden damit verbringen, in den schönen Erinnerungen zu schwelgen :-))

  18. liljan98 says:

    Bevor ich ein Fotobuch zum Kanada Urlaub mache, muss ich erst mal noch die Urlaubsbilder von Norderney 2006, Sizilien 2007 und Jersey 2007 in ein Fotobuch packen. Das kann alles dauern… :-)

  19. Heimathafen HH says:

    Hihi – kenn ich! Habe seit Monaten NY und Rom ’07 auf dem Schreibtisch liegen, sie sollen in ein richtiges Album… Naja, Juni ’09
    habe ich es dann bestimmt geschafft…

  20. graefin says:

    hah! I’ve watched both episodes as well! And I loooved Baileys talk to the nurses and George!! I want to see more of George, and I want Izzy to be “normal” again…:-(
    Cristinas singing was sooo great! I felt so sorry for her. Merediths psycho session was also great. The therapist is sooo right!
    Looking forward to tomorrow evening, after work I will search for the torrent of tonights episode.

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  22. C. Fraser says:

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it. I enjoy seeing how people from other parts of the world view Canada. I put a link to this post on my blog, hopefully some people will check it out.

  23. C. Fraser says:

    Great experiences! I recently took the Winter Garden theater tour too, and really enjoyed it. It is a beautiful building and something the city can be proud.

    The ROM is a very good museum and if you ever make it back I recommend checking it out.

  24. C. Fraser says:

    Another great post, I enjoyed reading. I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Canada. I’d love to make it to one of the World Championship tournaments some time. I’d prefer to go see one in Europe, I think it would make the experience even more memorable.

  25. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. This was my second world championship of hockey, the other one in Vienna (Austria) in 2005. No matter where it’s hosted, just meeting all these hockey crazy people from all around the world is really fun. I hope one day you’ll be able to be part of it.

  26. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for the ROM recommendation, I hope to return to Toronto one day with a bit more time on my hands and then I’ll definitely will check out some museums.

  27. graefin says:

    ahhh I still haven’t found the episode on the net!!!

  28. graefin says:

    OMG, this ONE last scene! I’ve already shed enough tears during this episode.

    (i was somehow reminded of Dr.Quinns Washita episode…remember the scene when Mike comes in the not yet finished house and discovers the bed?! *g*)

  29. liljan98 says:

    I remember the episode and the scene only vaguely… which makes me a little sad, because I used to know most of the DQMW episodes by heart. In another fandome phase of my life…

  30. graefin says:

    I watched it a few days ago ;)

  31. graefin says:

    (mal auf deutsch *g*) Durch meinen Grey’s Marathon vor Beginn der 4. Staffel konnte ich mich ja nicht wirklich ganz frei auf die Serie einlassen, so dass ich erst im Laufe der 4. Staffel endlich wußte, was ich mag und was ich nicht mag in der Serie. Ich bin immer noch nicht ein “freaky fan” *g* wie ich es schon bei so vielen Serien war, aber so langsam wirds ;-). So langsam bekomm ich endlich eine Meinung zu den Charakteren.
    Es ist aber auch immer anstrengend sich auf was neues einzulassen, wenn man anderes bereits so intensiv geschaut hat / immer noch schaut.

    zur Folge: Die Trial Sache hat diesmal WIRKLICH Sinn gemacht (vorher fand ich sie zu zwanghaft), auch die Psychotante war echt gut diesmal. Die letzte Szene war WOW. Baily war toll, Izzie hat endlich das was richtig für sie ist. Mit Alex komm ich immer nocht nicht klar, Lexie und George…mhhh könnt was werden ;)

  32. liljan98 says:

    Ich glaube auch, dass es ein Unterschied ist, ob man eine Serie allmählich kennenlernt oder im Marathon :-) Es freut mich aber, dass du allmählich auch so richtig auf den Geschmack kommst. Und freakier als ich kann man vermutlich eh nicht werden *g*

  33. Ex Worker says:

    I work for a mid-sized company. I’ve taken all I could for a little over three years, but now I’m at a point where I just can’t stand the place. The biggest problem is the “Boss” is a complete idiot. He screws up every good project we ever do. Everyone who works on it does their bit perfectly and then it gets to him and he just messes it up. We’ve probably spent over $10m messing things up this year. He never lets people do their jobs (which is what they were ostensibly hired to do). Instead, it’s all about making all the business concerns appear more than they really are so that it will make HIM money, and god knows we do that. And most of it is from highly dubious overseas business ventures and he doesn’t pay tax on any of it! (If the IRS wants to know, I have all the details.)With each day, I feel more and more like Tom Cruise in “The firm”. They bring someone new in, throw money at them, and then when you realise just how crooked and illegal their business practices are, it’s too late because you’re in too deep. If nothing else, you’re used to the money and it’s hard to walk away. And that’s the main reason anyone is still working there. The other is that some of them are so stupid, they couldn’t GET a job any place else. All the people with any sense have left already (couldn’t tolerate the daily swearing) . . . or have been fired for actually DOING their jobs and not standing for being walked over!When the indictments come, I won’t be there and I’m taking all my clients with me! I would say that the nets are closing in and the folks who think they’re so clever are about to come undone. In six months, they’ll all be in jail!

  34. graefin says:

    How I hate those mobiles with integrated mp3 player! They are even more tedious than loud headphones! And I almost always tell them to turn down the volume or to switch the thing off because their music is crap. And most of the time they do what I told them…
    These kind of teens are the most annoying ones, I agree. There are still “normal” ones around but they never use busses, trams or other public transportation.

  35. Ulli says:

    WTF ist Lanxess??

    Also das solltest Du doch wissen Susanne *g*!
    War mal ein Teil von Bayer (Chemiesparte) und ist dann vor einigen Jahren in eine eigene Firma überführt worden. Lancer und success ergibt eben “lanxess”, vorausgesetzt man hat findige Marketingstrategen am Werk *g*! Immerhin habt ihr da einen “einheimischen” Sponsor und nicht einen wie etwas Gasprom…

    Auf diesem Weg mal wieder ein Lebenszeichen von mir… bin heile zurück.

    Schöne Grüße aus WÜ
    Ulli

  36. liljan98 says:

    Als ich später gelesen hatte, dass Lanxess ein Teil von Bayer ist bzw. war musste ich doch auch gleich an dich denken :-) Dass es ein regionaler Sponsor ist, ist natürlich in der Tat schöner als Gazprom oder sonst wer, aber dennoch ist es blöd, dass die Köln-Arena nicht mehr Köln-Arena ist. Ist aber wohl der Lauf der Zeit…

  37. izikavazo says:

    SPOILER – Don’t read if you haven’t watched the season 4 finale.

    What I’m confused about is whether Christian Shepard still has the same personality or if he’s just a mouth piece for Jacob. It appears that he does still remember his old life, he was cradling Aaron like he wanted to interact with him. And he is occasionally stocking Jack. So then you have to ask what about him isn’t alive? Maybe he has a good deal, he’s still corporeal and he still has his personality and memories, likely nothing can harm him now. Hmmm that’s something to think about.
    Also me and my friends believe that Claire is dead, when Sawyer found her under her house in the Others village she was dead and that’s why she went to live with Christian and Jacob. I’ll bet that’s true, and frankly it’s an improvement to the character.
    come visit my blog: http://ncjl.wordpress.com/

  38. Monika says:

    Ich kann Dir nur gratulieren zur Idee, mal wieder nach London zu gehen. Ob es ne gute Idee ist, im Sommer zu gehen, kann ich Dir Anfang Juli sagen, weil ich dann in London sein werde. Aber ich kann Dir sagen, wie lange man von London Stansted in die City (Liverpool station) braucht: 45 Minuten. Aber der Zug fährt alle 15 Minuten, glaube ich, geht also ruck-zuck. Und falls Du mit Ryanair fliegst, das Ticket gleich im Flugzeug kaufen, ist billiger.

    Und warum London? Weil es einfach ne tolle Stadt ist, viele Sehenswürdigkeiten hat, tolle Theater, superschöne Plätze, die Stadt hat einfach ein tolles Flair. Sie ist aber leider auch relativ teuer. :-(

  39. liljan98 says:

    Danke für die “moralische Unterstützung” ;-) Am Preisniveau dürfte es vielleicht wirklich noch scheitern oder zumindest die Länge des Trips bestimmen. Bei Opodo hab ich aber erst mal relativ günstige Angebote gesehen, da muss ich noch mal nach Hotel-Bewertungen googlen…

  40. graefin says:

    you should definitely get one of those fold-out pocket maps or do you already have a city map?! I can lend you mine! It was great to have such a small plan which fits into the smallest pocket.

  41. liljan98 says:

    I don’t have a city map yet (I just came up with this trip idea plan on Friday night *g*). I’ll get a travelguide tomorrow and I guess there will be a map included. I’m really excited at the moment…

  42. graefin says:

    :D
    oh I hate those travelguide maps. They’re so small and most of them are somewhere integrated in the guide and you can’t take them out…

  43. liljan98 says:

    I bought the travel guides (without a seperate map) this morning. I guess I’ll get a pocket map at the visitor centre in London…

  44. graefin says:

    I envy you :D, seriously.
    I wanna go to the UK again!! I miss Bristol and I miss London and I definitely miss talking English! Writing is not the same

  45. suz says:

    I know a place to talk English :) but never admit you like the UK (hehe)

  46. Heimathafen HH says:

    I don’t know how much you are willing to pay for your room, but in case you don’t find one by yourself I’d recommend the Brompton Hotel. I have been there two times and have been and rather content with the choice.

  47. liljan98 says:

    I already booked at Wardonia near King’s Cross. 40 GBP (single room, no breakfast), which I think is a rather fair price. But thanks for the Brompton recommendation, I’ll keep that in mind (in case I’ll visit London again any time soon).

  48. Heimathafen HH says:

    Well, the Brompton surely won’t beat THAT price :-) If my memory doesn’t fool me, it costs about twice this price (but incl. Breakfast)…

  49. Markus says:

    Hi! hab gerade versucht auf deinem alten Blog zu kommentieren. Doch da bekomm ich nur ne Java Script Error Meldung. Also zwar jetzt nen bisschen übelst offtopic, aber macht hoffentlich nichts:

    ______________

    Oh! Ein neuer Blog. Kann das echt verstehen mit dem englisch schreiben, aber es dann regelmäßig durchzuziehen ist auch wieder eine andere Sache. Ich bin auch ein Fan von englischen Büchern und besonders auch TV Serien :D
    Den Blog nach so langer Zeit “aufzugeben” ist natürlich auch ein krasser Schritt. Sicherlich wird es bei dem neuen WordPress Blog erst mal wieder ein bisshen dauern, bis der Besucherstrom wieder fließt.

    Besten Gruß und viel Erfolg.

    Markus

  50. liljan98 says:

    Komisch mit dem Javascript, denn es haben noch Leute kommentiert nach der “Aufgabe”. Vielleicht einfach ein temporäres twoday.net Problem?
    Krass war der Schritt, keine Frage, aber mir gefällt’s nach wie vor. Ich muss gestehen ich hatte im alten Blog nicht so die Übersicht über die Besucherzahlen, also weiß ich nicht, ob es nun weniger oder mehr sind. Ein paar die den Sprachwechsel nicht mitmachen wollten, hab ich verloren, das weiß ich, aber vielleicht kamen auch schon neue dazu inzwischen.
    Und mir geht’s hier ja auch nicht darum möglichst viele Besucher anzuziehen, ich will mich einfach mit meinen Gedanken zu Wort melden und wenn es dann wer liest, wunderbar. Wenn man kommentiert, noch besser, aber das ist alles nicht Hauptzweck der Sache.

  51. Hi
    If you are into WWII exhibitions etc then I really recommend Churchill’s Britain At War Experience. You get free entry with the London Pass and it’s a really great quirky museum. I went recently and really loved it.

    Hope you enjoy your time in London and get to see and do everything you want to.
    Best Wishes
    Sparkly Songbird x

  52. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, I might add that to my list. The loooong list :-)

  53. juliane says:

    hey :)

    I just saw the link to your page on the greysmcboard…and I had to read your latest blog.
    and I have to say I can really relate to what happened to you when you wanted to watch the game because the exact same thing happened to me…I didn’t get into the westfalenhalle for the first half of the game either… but you and your friends should have just went down to the stadium and watch the game in “rote erde” or in the bar next to it…that’s what we did, and in half time we went back to the westfalenhalle and got in(!!!) so we were able to watch the second half of the game there… though that wasn’t worth too much…
    really disappointing game I have to say….and I am still suffering from my post-em down…

    kind regards and all that ;)

  54. liljan98 says:

    A fellow German on the McBoard. Hallihallo :) We didn’t know we could have watched the game at the stadium or in a bar next to it, as we don’t know our way around Dortmund. Or that part of it at least.
    And looking back I’m relieved that I didn’t have to deal with frustrated fans on the parking lot after the game… :)

  55. bishu says:

    I like james, he is nice actor especially if can take beating from angelina and donot get upset, he got to be good.

  56. tonk17john says:

    I’m a huge movie fan! Check out my Blog sometime

  57. juliane says:

    jap, hallo :)

    that is true…though I didn’t know either but the police told us where to watch the game, whenever they wouldn’t let us in….

    the atmosphere wasn’t angry or violent after teh game… everyone was just sad and disappointed… but peaceful and also proud… we actually continued celebrating almost as if we had won ;)

  58. I’m looking at it, and looking, but I still do not like it… Such glasses were worn by women in 90´s maybe… Sorry, but I do not like it. He looks like a woman to me in those glasses…

  59. liljan98 says:

    What’s the saying? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…” :)

  60. ljauss says:

    Thanks for the link, chica! Love that you love the site ;)

  61. Sluff says:

    Hi lilian98… thank you for your entry!

    You’ll in the list of participants for my “giveway”-contest :D

    I wish you good luck!

  62. strandkiesel says:

    Ich hab’ gestern gerade gehört, dass Coca-Cola jetzt auf den Bionade-Zug mit aufspringen will. War mir gleich nicht sehr sympathisch.

  63. Eric Lee says:

    I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  64. strandkiesel says:

    Ich wünsch’ Dir einfach mal viel Spaß und dass sich das Wetter als möglichst wenig regnerisch entpuppt!

  65. strandkiesel says:

    Churros haben wir auf Mallorca immer gegessen, die sind wirklich großartig. Hmmh….
    Sind sehr schöne Fotos, da hast Du ja mit dem Wetter wirklich Glück gehabt! Mir ist jedenfalls klar geworden, dass ich auch unbedingt mal wieder nach London möchte….

  66. liljan98 says:

    Ich bin auch sehr froh, dass das schöne Wetter auf den Fotos festgehalten ist. Zwischendurch zog es sich zwar mal zu, aber es blieb immer trocken. Und heiß!

    Churros kannte ich vorher gar nicht, aber in der Kombination von heißer Schokoladensauce und Ahorn Sirup fand ich die wirklich genial.

  67. Heimathafen HH says:

    Hey, Du hast es ja tatsächlich geschafft, das Amato einzubauen!!! Und?!? Habe ich zu viel versprochen???

    Liebe Grüße!

  68. liljan98 says:

    Nee, hast du nicht, es war sehr lecker. Und ziemlich voll :-) Und es lag quasi auf dem Weg, daher war da gar kein Problem…

  69. orangorang says:

    Hmm I watched Pride and Prejudice twice. It’s an interesting movie. Plus, I love Kiera’s acting. She’s really something. Perhaps you can try ‘Atonement’ also.

    MahsihLuzd

  70. graefin says:

    I really envy you!
    I’d so much love to go London again and be my own city guide for just ONE time!

  71. Janet22 says:

    Cool. It took almost a day to find this info. Thanks, great job. :)

  72. liljan98 says:

    I can’t believe it’s already been a week. *sigh* It’s such a great town…

  73. oceans77 says:

    Oh je, autsch!!! Mit dem unteren Rücken hab ich auch immer mal wieder Probleme. Seit ich ‘kiesere’ hat sich das aber deutlich gebessert. Trotzdem kommen längere Fußmärsche auf Pflaster bei meinem Rücken auch nicht so ganz gut an. Naja, was will man erwarten, über 30, da ist der Lack ab*g*.

    Jaha, Billy, der ist echt der Knaller, der lässt sich nicht zweimal bitten*g*. Aber putzig ist er ja schon. Was Jack’s Spielproblem angeht, da verrate ich wohl nicht zuviel, wenn ich sage, dass sich das ab 4.2 zwar kurzfristig gibt, aber das (ganz, ganz) dicke Ende mit 4.18 erst noch kommt. Nee, nee, man möchte ihn würgen! Hast Du schon 3.26 gesehen? Sehr nette Aaron/Jack Folge ;-).

  74. liljan98 says:

    Ich hab gestern bis 3.24 geguckt, das mit der Verlobung und Hochzeitsplänen hat sich ja doch in Grenzen gehalten, schade. Aber eigentlich auch typisch für die beiden.
    3.24 fand ich aber schon cool, also vom Stil her mit diesen Rückblicken und den verschiedenen Sichtweisen und so. Klasse gemacht.

    Was ?!?! Das Spiel-Problem zieht sich letzendlich doch bis 4.18 ?!?!? Ich dachte so wie es mit Jack bergab geht, müsste da bald mal der ganz große Knall kommen.

  75. oceans77 says:

    Jap, stimmt, das fand ich auch cool gemacht, sehr gute Idee.
    Naja, das zieht sich ja jetzt nicht durchgänging bis 4.18. Wie gesagt, von 4.2 bis 4.17 sieht das alles erstmal vielversprechend aus, aber dann wirft ihn ein Ereignis in 4.18 doch wieder übelst aus der Bahn.

  76. anni says:

    LUCKY! i hate you

  77. anni says:

    it mustve been fun and brandon richard flowers is sexy

  78. liljan98 says:

    Don’t hate me… there will be a report today :-) It was a lot of fun.

  79. LOL. My parents are building a house, it’s always an interesting process.

  80. CaroleS says:

    Yes, it IS a right-handed world – even thought 10% of us are southpaws. But yesterday (Aug 13) was Left Handers Day – because lefties have rights, too.

  81. movie buff says:

    i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted…

  82. graefin says:

    I couldn’t understand a word :-D
    But the date is now in my head and can’t wait to the the season premier! (damn it I will be in Cologne at that time!)

  83. liljan98 says:

    I probably understood what was said, because I read a recap of the promo before I actually saw it. Here it is…

    -Rose says she’s carrying Derek’s child and he looks confused and tilts his head.

    -Callie talking to the Chief about feeezing someone.

    -Little Lexie and George scene.

    -Mer asks if Derek wants to move in with her.

    -Derek says they could just go ahead and get married.

    -Mer says “I’ll be Mrs. Shepherd.

    -Cris says “Meredith! Shut up!”

    -Richard is yelling at someone.

    -Cris says “I’m done!”

    -Derek tells someone to get out of his patient’s room.

    -Then they show the promo we saw yesterday.

  84. mazmatters says:

    Oh my God. I can NOT tell you how much I can relate to that! Procrastination is a b****! I have an exam tomorrow which I havent studied for. It’s now 9:20 pm and I somehow still beleive I’m going to get to study for it. I think I’m in a very delusional state hahaha…

  85. graefin says:

    Timeline thing: I think they said it was spring and that the snow and ice was simply too much for spring!

  86. liljan98 says:

    I think they said it’s the fall. I’d have to check it again though.

  87. Claudia says:

    Hoffe, ihr habt gut gefeiert am Freitag, mir wurde es zu viel, weil ich am Samstag schon wieder nach Hannover gefahren bin, deswegen dann doch noch die Absage… Zum 15. bin ich aber dabei, versprochen ;-)
    LG, Claudia

  88. Heimathafen HH says:

    Tell this someone who had to endure the whole tragedy of the German Horsejumpers in Hong Kong :-( Know exactly how you feel ;-)

  89. liljan98 says:

    Oh, I remember that must have been hard for you too :-) The Sharks won last night, by the way. But they need to win so many games more…

  90. Heimathafen HH says:

    Congratulations on their match ;o) I sure hope there’ll be happier news about “my” riders soon, too…

  91. strandkiesel says:

    Halt auf jeden Fall die Ohren steif. Ich finde das sehr bewundernswert, dass Du so gut damit umgehen kannst und ich wünsch’ Dir, dass das nächste Woche mit den Infusionen alles gut läuft, mit möglichst wenig Nebenwirkungen.

  92. liljan98 says:

    Danke für die lieben Wünsche. Ich hab wirklich auch einige Jahre gebraucht um mit dieser Krankheit so relativ gelassen umzugehen. Aber ich hab gemerkt, es ist so doch irgendwie stressfreier :-)

  93. Heimathafen HH says:

    Von mir auch die allerbesten Wünsche! Ich hoffe, Du kannst Dir ganz viele schöne Stunden mit Deinen Büchern machen und insgesamt einfach “einen Gang runterschalten”. Liebe Grüße!

  94. liljan98 says:

    @ Heimathafen HH: Danke! Ich hoffe mit dem runtergeschalteten Gang komme ich endlich mal dazu deine Mail zu beantworten. Ich hab sie nicht vergessen :-)

  95. Heimathafen HH says:

    …da mach’ Dir mal keine Gedanken ;o) Ich freu’ mich dann, wenn ich von Dir höre – wenn es bei Dir passt :o)

  96. strandkiesel says:

    Gab es denn bei Deinem Arbeitgeber einen bestimmten Anlass für das Sperren der Seiten? Oder hat er das “vorsorglich” gemacht?
    (Mein Chef hat mal im Verlauf des PCs sowohl ebay.de als auch studivz gefunden, und da der PC ausschließlich während der Arbeit und nicht in den Mittagspausen genutzt wird…sagen wir mal, he was not amused. Ich war heilfroh, dass ich nichts damit zu tun hatte.)

  97. liljan98 says:

    Meinem direkten Arbeitgeber ist es im Prinzip ziemlich egal wohin ich surfe, aber wir sind IT-technisch nur “Mitnutzer” eines anderes großen IT-Netzwerks und dort wurde nun mal alles gesperrt. Und ich glaube, mein direkter Arbeitgeber hätte dann auch wenig Verständnis, wenn ich sage, ich möchte aber diese IT-Infrastruktur auch für eindeutig private Zwecke nutzen :-)

  98. strandkiesel says:

    Oh Mann, wie schade das Bremen nicht auf Deiner Route liegt! Ich hätte Dich direkt auf ein Getränk Deiner Wahl eingeladen. ;o)

  99. graefin says:

    ähm, everything okay with you?
    This will cost a) a lot of money b) you will have either a coffein overdose or too much sugar in your blood :) and c) why Starbucks?
    (I love Balzac, sorry…Hanover just got it’s first Starbucks and in Hamburg there is Balzac all over the place).
    mhh okay, I get it that you want to do something crazy again :). I’m still a TV show enthusiast and happy enough that my fave show still runs. And I do crazy set visits every now and then – this is crazy and spontaneous enough for me (It always needs a lot of time to plan those visits because our “maulwurf” isn’t that reliable *g*).

  100. liljan98 says:

    @graefin: everthing’s fine, thanks for asking :) I’m glad that you’ll understand my need to do something crazy every once in a while. And it’s Starbucks, because I just like it. I’ll try to not overdo it with the sugar and I won’t buy a coffee in everyone (sometimes just a cookie or something) so it won’t be THAT expensive. It will cost some money, that’s for sure but I’ll allow myself to spend that, as I haven’t spent much money on anything crazy recently.

    I miss being on a TV set though :-(

  101. graefin says:

    I already suffer from withdrawals because we haven’t managed to get our monthly”TV-set dose” in October. Sounds totally crazy, I know, but I think by now we somehow “belong” to the team. But we (it’s always me and a friend, and we don’t go there alone) will try to catch the team next week ;). Wish me luck!

  102. suz says:

    Here’s an idea… All six Starbucks in Hamburg CBD on foot within an hour :)

  103. liljan98 says:

    You’re still alive … :-) It sounds like an intersting challenge, just go ahead and do it. You can always make up your own rules :-)

  104. HeimathafenHH says:

    All my best wishes for your mom! And so happy it’s “just”arrhythmia.

  105. suz says:

    Alive again, I suppose. Well, wouldn’t be that much of a challenge, really. Waiting to see when they’re going to open the first Starbucks whithin one of the existing stores…

  106. graefin says:

    there are already SIX Starbucks in Hamburg? I only know two of them.

  107. HeimathafenHH says:

    CHANGE the world – YES, we can! THANK YOU AMERICA!!!

  108. suz says:

    In fact, there’s eight, but six within a triangle between Jungfernstieg, Europa Passage and Roedingsmarkt.The other two are in the outskirts.

  109. oceans77 says:

    Mmmmhhh, tja, was machen wir denn mal? Route der Industriekultur an einem Tag? Äh, nee, ich glaub, das könnte eng werden. Jaa, da müssen wir wohl noch mal ein bisschen grübeln*g*.

  110. liljan98 says:

    Ich hatte schon Fußballstadien überlegt, aber das sind nicht so viele, auch nicht wenn man 1. + 2. BL zusammen nimmt. Stadttheater wäre auch ne Möglichkeit, die liegen auch immer schön zentral :-)

  111. steffi says:

    such a sad story, guess the whole hockey world, no matter which team, is shocked.
    what an amazing guy to find the energy to keep playing and going strong…

  112. liljan98 says:

    It’s so terrible. I bought the “Spiegel” this afternoon and read the article on the train and it almost made me cry. It’s just… terrible. I hope he and his family find the strength to get through this…

  113. Anna says:

    i total agree edward cullen hot but not as good looking in the movie what do you think

  114. graefin says:

    puh! Anstrengend :). Also ich bin nach einem Caramel Macchiato ja schon high.
    Ich finds immer wieder faszinierend, wie so viele große Städte direkt nebeneinander sein können!
    Für Hannover macht Starbuckshopping keinen Sinn bei einem :-p. Aber in HH könnt man ein Balzachopping machen :D. locker! (ich geh eh immer da hin)

  115. graefin says:

    mhhh. I thought the Denny thing was just there to give Izzie a chance to let him go. All she wanted was to touch and to feel him one more time. And he offered her that over and over again. So I hope that with this final (stupid) kiss he will be gone forever and never re-appear. Because it was that one kiss that let him stay and the one thing that makes him finally dissapear.
    I didn’t like it either that he was there all the time because I was so happy for Alex and Izzie.
    The rest of the episode was o.k. but I really have a problem with Hunt. I don’t like him at all! And although he may be good for Cristina…he get’s on my nerves! Hope the next ep. is better — I go and see if there is a trailer.

  116. liljan98 says:

    I hate to disappoint you about Denny being gone for good now… Take a look at these trailers

    http://spoilertv-greysanatomy.blogspot.com/2008/11/episode-509-in-midnight-hour-abc-and.html

  117. suz says:

    This is weird – my blogstats say that you have a link in this post… Can’t find it :) (being vain as I am).

    Forgive me for taking this chance of illustrating my masters thesis’ subject (non-canonical use of the definite article in Irish English)…

    “my mom is still in the hospital”

    I know it’s quite rude to reduce this rather unpleasant topic to purely linguistic matter :) Hope you know me… And as the linguist that I am, I’m not saying you’re wrong, you’re just using it in a non-“standard” way. Very interesting indeed from a applied linguists perspective, second language acquisition in the widest sense (though I don’t consider myself to engage too much into AL)

    Anyways, shut up, Suz.

  118. suz says:

    Oh yes, should but doesn’t go without saying I have my fingers crossed for your mum’s well-being. Good luck.

  119. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed.

    When I started to read your comment I was indeed worried that I said something terribly wrong :-) How would a native speaker say it?

  120. suz says:

    That’s the thing you see. For a linguist, there is no “right” or “wrong”, just different varieties. Whether native or not, is not the issue. For classfication only, phenomena are said to be “standard” or “non-standard” (although there is considerable disagreement over what “standard” actually is or if there is such a thing at all).

    In your case, you said “the hospital” in a case where you probably meant a general institution, not “THE hospital around the corner with the red roof” (or such thing). That’s a typical feature of Irish English, but also occurs in Singapore and Indian Englishes – all native varieties. If you allow me to be technical, it would be a case for a contact variety, for which – it could be argued – second language acquisition cases also qualify.
    In general, prescriptive linguists would urge you to say “she is still in hospital” or “she was taken to hospital”, however, I’m a descriptive linguist and you would probably never hear from me that you say things “wrong” (although I have detected a slight tendency to double the negative past in “didn’t + past participle” :))…). Prescriptive linguists (e.g. teachers) dwell on the “standard” being the varieties of British and American Englishes, although they are only spoken by a minority of the people. Descriptive linguistics aims at analysing why people “deviate” from a “standard” and how grammar is realised in different geographical areas, social backgrounds, gender etc., all without fingerpointing. In which case it is possible to say – probably unthinkable to the German ear – “I could have went” (last heard two days ago from an educated Irish-born monoglot English native speaker). However, he’d probably not use this in written English.

    My mission is never to “correct” people, but to fight the general notion (and idealisation) of a native speaker and correct English. That’s yet the harder task, trust me :)

  121. liljan98 says:

    Now I get a glimpse of what you are actually studying and I have to say it sounds really interesting. Probably because I’m a bit of a linguistic freak myself. At least in some ways, like being annoyed be this terrible terrible “Denglish” everywhere.
    I don’t know why the “didn’t + past participle” happens to me that much, because I absolutely know it’s wrong. But somehow my linguistic instincts (? if I even have any) never catch the mistake in advance. Sometimes (quite often, actually) I realize it’s a mistake, when I read the post again, but then I’m usually to lazy to correct it :-)

  122. graefin says:

    Ich weiß ja nicht…also Izzie hat mich wieder total irritiert und gut find ich das absolut nicht. Da denkt man, dass sie endlich die Kurve gekriegt hat und dann das.
    Marc war super!
    Die interns – naja. Ich fands sehr heftig was da abging aber ich kann die auch verstehen! So wie mit ihnen umgegangen wird. Aber die OP war echt zu viel des Guten! Total blöde war die Aktion mit George – so nach dem Motto: ach der muss auch nochmal nen Satz bekommen und ihm muss mal erklärt werden was Lexie will. Ein bißchen wirre Storyline, überall mal was angekratzt.

  123. liljan98 says:

    Das inzwischen zu viele Charaktere dabei sind und manche dadurch zu kurz kommen nervt mich auch schon länger. Bzw. dass um die neuen herum (Sadie und irgendwie ist auch Lexie noch eher neu *g*) eine eigene Story aufgebaut wird, anstatt sie in die Stories der “alten” einzubauen. Das klaut eben den alten so viel Sendezeit :-) Die intern OP an sich war schon krass, aber ich fand es halt doch irgendwie gut zu sehen, wie sehr es aus der Kontrolle gerät. Rein von der Dramaturgie her, wenn du verstehst wie ich das meine. Bei Izzie fand ich die “Ich glaube ich werde verrückt” Momente von Katie Heigl ganz gut gespielt und JDM muss einfach nur rumstehen um mir zu gefallen. Aber die Story an sich ist dämlich und ich weiß nicht wo das enden soll. Angeblich ist es laut den Autoren kein Gehirntumor. Aber es gibt hoffentlich ein andere wissenschaftliche / medizinische Erklärung, alles andere wäre Schrott.

  124. graefin says:

    Na hoffentlich! Ich mag Izzie!!! Die “Ich bin verrückt” Szenen fand ich auch grandios und hab dauernd gehofft, dass das jetzt endlich aufhört. Wenn kein Tumor was dann? Sie war doch eigentlich zum Schluss wieder ganz normal und dann passierte das mit dem Herzpatienten und “wumms” kannst du sie wieder vergessen.
    jetzt wieder warten wie es weitergeht. Wieviele Folgen kommen noch???
    Habe festgestellt, dass ich mich jetzt endlich in die Charaktere einfühlen kann. Damit hatte ich dank Schnelldurchlaufgucken erhebliche Probleme. Inzwischen weiß ich immerhin was mir gefällt an Story und was nicht. War ein wenig ungewohnt, das nicht genau zu wissen wo es mir bei anderen Serien immer so klar war/ist

  125. doublebitch says:

    Hey! I found you through the tag surfer after I wrote a post on the denny izzy mess on greys. I totally agree, there are so many great stories going on underneath the dead line that are getting totally ignored because of the shock factor that JDM wont stay dead.

    check out my post too if you have time:
    [url]http://jerkdoublebitch.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/jeffrey-dead-morgan/[/url]

  126. Tami says:

    I too have fallen for Edward. I can’t believe how much I love the books and the movie.

  127. oceans77 says:

    Ah, Katie Herzig. Die singt auch auf Peter Bradley Adams’ “Leavetaking” bei einigen Stücken die Background Vocals, und das nicht schlecht.
    Gebäude 9 hätte mir jetzt auch nichts gesagt, aber gut, dass wir dann jetzt wissen, wo’s ist ;-).

  128. graefin says:

    I can’t find the episode!! waaaahhh

  129. graefin says:

    found it and I totally agree with your short entry! Where was Derek?!?! And why is Denny still there! ahhh.

  130. steffi says:

    tja, das sind dann exakt 0 übereinstimmungen, und ich habe dieses jahr wohl so viel gelesen wie in keinem jahr zuvor. “eine billion dollar” habe ich zumindest vor einigen jahren schon mal gelesen.

  131. liljan98 says:

    Dann wäre ich aber mal gespannt deine Liste zu sehen :-) Vielleicht sind dabei ja ein paar Bücher, die noch ungelesen in meinem Regal stehen oder sonst wo auf meiner “To-Read” Liste…

  132. dazu müsste ich meine tagebücher von der neuseeland-tour mal durchforsten, da habe ich mir zumindest die guten immer notiert. wenn ich irgendwann mal zeit habe…

  133. livingtruth77 says:

    Hello, I don’t know you but I’ve been looking for a fan blog on grey’s anatomy and I found yours … so yeah. =) I agree with almost everything you said except the thing about Lexie/Mark. I was amused by him trying to resist her and I was glad he was because it showed him FOR ONCE trying to do the right thing. BUT, we mustn’t forget who Mark Sloan is a manwhore. He doesn’t get into relationships, he just sleeps around. I highly doubt this sexual liason will turn into anything substantial. Either they will become sex buddies like him and Callie OR she’ll want more, he won’t and it’ll end

  134. oceans77 says:

    Da du die F3 nicht machst, wäre mein Tipp, dass die Schmerzen im Rücken von A3 kommen. Da hab ich mir auch schon mal ganz übel im unteren Rücken was ausgerenkt. Deshalb hat meine Instruktorin empfohlen die schon vor Zeiten aus dem Plan gestrichen und seitdem ist es besser mit dem Rücken. Würde auch nicht empfehlen, den Rückentest zu machen zu lassen, wenn du Schmerzen hast. Da wird arg viel Druck auf den Rücken ausgeübt und wenn irgendwas nicht stimmt, machst du es nachher noch schlimmer.

  135. liljan98 says:

    Rückentest werde ich wohl auf jeden Fall erst mal absagen und am Montag erst mal versuchen bei einem anderen Chiropraktiker Arzt nen baldigen Termin zu kriegen. Und dann muss ich mal schauen wegen Trainingsplan Umstellung.

  136. STEPHANIE says:

    OMG. I am in love with Edward

  137. strandkiesel says:

    Die Uhr sieht super aus, die hätte es mir auch angetan!

  138. liljan98 says:

    Ich war schon leicht verzweifelt, weil ich im Karstadt und diversen Uhren/Schmuck Geschäften entweder sehr teure oder eben nur häßliche (meiner Meinung nach zumindest) Uhren gesehen hab. Und dann hab ich im letzten Geschäft in dem ich im Limbecker Platz geguckt hab, diese gefunden.

  139. graefin says:

    Puh, ja die Episode war ziemlich genial.
    Denny geht mir so auf die Nerven! Ich finde das auch einfach too much. Ganz nebenbei will ich gar nicht, dass Izzie krank wird. Denny soll einfach nur verschwinden!
    Bailey war grandios! Da konnt ich nicht anders als mitschluchzen. Einfach wahnsinnig klasse diese schauspielerische Leistung.
    Owen und Cristina: Sorry not for me. Ich mag den Typen einfach so überhaupt gar nicht. Schön für Cristina und auch wie es sich entwickelt. Aber Owen Hunt ist für mich echt ein rotes Tuch.
    Ja und nun nächste Woche keine Folge :( mannooooo.

  140. liljan98 says:

    Ich find den Schauspieler McKidd auch schon nicht so doll, aber die Rolle als solche ganz nett. Daher bin ich diesem Paar gegenüber doch ganz positiv eingestellt. Aber nix geht für mich über MerDer, mit Abstand gefolgt von Mark und Lexie.

  141. Martin says:

    Ich war ein wenig enttäuscht von der neuen LOST Folge, mein Eindruck verstärkt sich, daß niemand die Handlung bis zum Schluss kennt und jetzt wild “rumerfunden” wird …

  142. graefin says:

    Da stimm ich zu was MerDer und Mark und Lexie angeht. Für mich ist Lexie auch die einzige der Interns die soviel screentime einnehmen darf ;).

  143. graefin says:

    Izzie: I like her and I liked the scenes with her but it already took so long to get rid of Denny and now it will take even longer until she finally knows whats wrong with her.
    George: I miss him!
    Cristina & Hunt: Hey, this was the FIRST time I liked the scenes with them! I loved this slow-mo moment on the floor and the last scene in the on call room!
    Mer: She was great and her look when everyone stopped talking as soon she approached the group.
    Derek: bah too much roses, too many candles! The heart would’ve been enough! I almost though he would propose when Mer said all about the crappy babies!
    Arizona: I also like her but I forget her name all the time :)

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  145. graefin says:

    Fasten.
    Ich dachte an dich und den Schokoverzicht und habe es nur 1 Woche geschafft. Ich KANN einfach nicht ohne Kakao morgens. Es geht nicht.

  146. graefin says:

    Ahhh I can’t find the damn file!!! ahhhhh

  147. lisa says:

    also watch The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight., two movies on lesbian relationships.

  148. Belle says:

    You said this all so much better than I could have!

    I think he *finally* gets her. I always felt that he kinda felt she needed to change to fit with him, it was all about waiting on her to “catch up”, but he’s finally realized that she completes him just the way she is. So not only has she matured and grown a lot, he really has too.

    I loved Alex’s voiceover. He should do it more often.

  149. liljan98 says:

    She completes him just the way she is. You got that 100% right. That’s what made this proposal so special to me. And I just had too much time at my hands today :-)

  150. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  151. L says:

    Wait a second – you have MS? How did I not know this?

  152. liljan98 says:

    It’s not the first thing I tell people, so that might be why :-) It’s a topic around here every once in a while. Like… now! But all in all it’s not that huge part of my life. Just a piece…

  153. L says:

    Gotcha – you and Josiah Bartlett ;)

  154. liljan98 says:

    Well, it happens to best of us :-)

  155. Lindsay/LJ says:

    That interview was SO adorable. I do love how he really adores his wife and family – if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be the Patrick we love…

    Go team Jillian! :D

  156. liljan98 says:

    I’m glad your on Team Jillian as well. A lot of fans seem to not like her, because she seems to be not that “outgoing” on red carpets or whereever. But he is so in love so she has to be someone special :)

  157. graefin says:

    nice list :) It’s better for me to not start such a list…would be too long and full of useless things.

  158. graefin says:

    I was so busy the last days that I completely forgot about Greys!! I thought about it on Thursday and just now I remembered that I forgot to dl the eposide! shame on me :). Waited for such a long time and then I forgot the whole thing.

  159. L says:

    That’s a brave move with the paper…but admirable!

  160. liljan98 says:

    It’s desperate and stupid. I won’t get a new assignment, but just get more time to finish this one. That really changes my whole plan. :-( I guess I’ll do it anyway, because I won’t be able to finish this within the next few days in any decent way.

  161. netmarie says:

    Hej, so you actually recommend the FernUni Hagen? I’m still a regular student at a German University and in no financial position at all to pay for distant education but I would love to obtain another degree one day… are classes in German or English?

  162. liljan98 says:

    Classes are in German only. I guess a recommendation depends on the program and the respective staff. I can’t complain about mine, but I know that’s different in other programs.

  163. netmarie says:

    … if I really take action I will ask again for some gossip. ;-)

  164. michaelsean says:

    Great review! Garth just joined Twitter so if you are into that, you might check it out. I guess he is heading to Italy and plans to tweet his way across the country.

    http://twitter.com/garthstein

  165. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for that information, I will follow him right now :)

  166. L says:

    How do they not have experience with this? That’s baffling to me.

  167. nylusmilk says:

    do read the book thief first if you’re looking for something meaningful. it’s really quite sad but a good read nonetheless. couldn’t get my head around jonathan strange and mr norrell for me – too thick and winding!

  168. liljan98 says:

    Baffling to me too. Maybe it’s because I didn’t fail the paper by writing the incorrect answers, but by just not handing it in, because there must have been other failed papers before me. Maybe no one ever wanted to repeat :-)?

  169. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for the rec, I will put this book on top of the stacks :-) I actually read Strange & Norell a few years ago in English and enjoyed it, but it was sometimes very complex English, so I wanted to read it in German some day as well. I never got around to do it though

  170. L says:

    It’s nice to be able to reflect on the good in a week, even…or especially not everything was positive.

  171. liljan98 says:

    I tend to dwell on the negative things too much, so this will help keeping things in perspective…

  172. Lindsay/LJ says:

    I have pictures just as wacky – but with a blond jew-fro (like an afro for a little white girl). And aside from loving that song, I’m smiling knowing we’re pretty much the same age. You can never tell on the ‘net.

  173. liljan98 says:

    I would have loved to have curls! But probably just because my hair was so straight.
    One of the things I love about the internet is that I get to know and connect with people I would have never met (or talked to) in real life for one reason or the other. I would have missed out on so much :-)

  174. Mareike says:

    … oooh, those stories are so much fun to read! Enjoy the following books. ;-)

  175. L says:

    Oh yay! It sounds like you’re having a well deserved great time! Is it bad that your title made me think of “Made of Honor”? That’s cool that there are computers in the rooms there…I can’t wait to see your pictures.

  176. enjoy the rest of your trip!

  177. liljan98 says:

    That’s not bad at all :-) I’m not 100% sure (but about 90%) that on the Isle of Skye I was at one of the locations they used for the movie. Well for an exterior shot anyway. And every once in a while onh that island (and especially in the small town of Portree, which is the biggest settlement there with about 2.500 people) I thought Paddy was here some time as well. Such a fangirl-y thing to think *g*

  178. liljan98 says:

    I so did! Scotland is just magnificent!

  179. Lindsay/LJ says:

    Aww! Awesome pictures! Glad you’re back online :)

  180. Lindsay says:

    At least you could let go of the work junk during the vacation. I hope your mom feels better soon!

  181. liljan98 says:

    I definitely could let got of all the junk during my vacation. My mom is feeling better, thanks. What caused the heart to act up like that still has to figured out though

  182. Lindsay says:

    Oh no! That sucks so hard, that’s not fun at all! :P

  183. Lindsay says:

    That’s plenty scary, ugh!

  184. liljan98 says:

    I think the shock was bigger than the actual problem :-) It still sucks!

  185. liljan98 says:

    Yeah. She is doing fine at the moment and is pretty bored in the hospital :-)

  186. Lindsay says:

    That’s so interesting with the stones. When I was in Aruba last year, they did the same thing, saying it was a fertility thing.

  187. liljan98 says:

    Well, our guide told us it didn’t mean anything, but maybe he just didn’t know *g* It might have had some meaning centuries ago, who knows…

  188. Lindsay says:

    Or similarly, our tour guide could have been full of shit. He did call the random stray dogs “Aruban Tigers”.

  189. suz says:

    Cool stuff. Reminds me of my trip to Skye, but all I was getting was heavy rainfall and misty skies… Unreal cool stuff!

    BTW – geht weiter mit der Arbeit ;)

  190. liljan98 says:

    You came back from Scotland when we first met in real life (in Cologne), didn’t you? Jeez, that seems like so long ago :-) Believe me I appreciated the sunny weather a lot…

  191. suz says:

    yep, August 2002 – time flies, ay!?

    I LOVED the rain in Scotland though. Added to the drama of a rugged landscape. Plus, it made pub stints super cozy and rendered all ghost stories in the highlands quite real ;) (Only topped by a Runrig vid they used to show before they came on stage, or in the encore…)

  192. liljan98 says:

    2002 ?!?!? That’s unbelievable!

  193. Steffi says:

    schön das alles! könnte mir auch gefallen…

  194. suz says:

    Congrats, iPods are the best thing invented, probably since the invention of bodums ;) (I was going to suggest an iPod before I found out what had cost you 150 euros)
    Regradless of the fact that I have been looking for my iPod for 10 days, I’m seriously considering an iPod touch, not so much that I need it, but that I want it… They’re incredibly sexy things! Though I don’t like the iPod nano 3G as compared to 2G’s design, but what the heck, ey!

  195. liljan98 says:

    not so much that I need it, but that I want it…

    That was exactly my thought once I stood in front of all the mp3 player at Saturn. I didn’t necessarily need an iPod, I just wanted it so badly. Once I stood there and had touched it. Oh, well…
    The iPod touch looked very tempting as well, but I could stop myself. I might buy an touchscreen phone next year, so the iPod nano had to be enough for now.

  196. suz says:

    Well, the iPod beats any mp3 player. If I didn’t have an mp3 player, the choice would be clear.

    It’s just that I have misplaced my little friend and eversince I cleaned up the flat I can’t find it anywhere… Quite mysterious!

  197. Keiv says:

    Blue October has more than three albums. I recommend picking up all of them, especially the live album “Argue With a Tree.” Their albums are:

    The Answers (1998)
    Consent to Treatment (2000)
    History For Sale (2003)
    Argue With a Tree [Live] (2004)
    Foiled (2006)
    Teach Your Baby Well [Live] (2007)
    Approaching Normal (2009)

  198. liljan98 says:

    Well, these three (Approaching Normal, Foiled, History For Sale) were the only ones that were available for me in Germany/Europe. But I might try to get my hands on the other ones too.

  199. JR says:

    I agree totally. “Fetch” would have been verbal abuse which the character of Derek would not have said, along with Patrick Dempsey would not say. Shonda created this character and now she’s trying to take away from this characte. Hmmm less screan time, changing the character, what does that mean???

  200. well i think you can call it “talk”!
    and i’m looking forward to it as well although i go by car to essen tomorrow, and take an aeroplane to munich on saturday morning :-)

  201. LJ says:

    Oh, I know that feeling – just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. One thing that has helped me is to live the life you wish you were living. Think about the things that will make you happy (or if you don’t know what that is, try things until you find what you like). Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can be terrifying but also get you out of a rut. A few years ago, I signed up to take a 12-week cooking class, and now I can make amazing food. I met all sorts of new folks in the process. Maybe try something you’ve never done before?
    I’ll shut up with my advice now ;)

  202. liljan98 says:

    I don’t know if I’m ready to push myself out of my comfort zone right now :-) I’d love to get back in the mood for working on my grad school stuff, as nerd-y as that sounds. I hope to get most of the campaigning stuff done this week, at least all the stuff that requires my brain.

  203. LJ says:

    All interesting, and if I were still in a place where that way of planning my food was a good idea for me, it sounds like it would be fun.

    Cooking fish is easier than I expected if you follow two simple rules (at least for white/light fish) try not to disturb it, and cook it a hair less than you think is done for it to not taste rubbery.

    Also – studies show recently that things like coffee that were formerly considered “not as good as water” are just fine, and drinking all the water plus other liquids in your day could tax your kidneys a bit much. Basically, to not be TOO gross, if your pee is light/clear, you’re getting more than enough water in your diet.

  204. liljan98 says:

    I tend to drink too little during the day, so even drinking 3 liters of whatever liquid will be a challenge.
    I like to to drink tea/juice mixed with water any way, know I just have to change the mix, much more water and just some tea for the taste. And drink about 1 liter more each day :-)

    Living by these rules is definitely a challenge as I realize in my current training days :-) I have to get used to saying NO when I’m offered a cookie or some sweets during the day. But I need some kind of rules (my own or somebody elses) if I want to loose some weight, which I really need to loose.

    The permission to disregard every rule once during the week, will possible motivate me much more to follow the rules for the whole week. I’ll have to wait and see…

  205. Jennifer says:

    Hello :)
    I was just surfing the web and ran across your site. I too, have been diagnosed with MS. I live in Maryland, USA with my husband and 4 year old son. I think your writing s terrific and cannot imagine being able to write in another language. I can’t even blog on a regular basis lol. Oh! I love Diana Gabaldon novels too. I just can’t help myself ;o) I haven’t read Echo yet, but it’s on my Christmas wishlist. I just wanted to let you know I stopped by. Be well and have a wonderful evening. Cheers!

  206. liljan98 says:

    Thanks a lot for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear from someone at the other end of the world (well not quite, but far away anyway) and to have something in common. The Outlander series is my biggest guilty pleasure, at least at the moment :-) All the best to you as well…

  207. KitCat says:

    Ich werd Dir mal kurz meinen Kommentar auf Deutsch schreiben, will jetzt nämlich nicht umschalten auf Englisch ;-). Das mit den unbekannten Charakteren in AEITB stimmt, ABER: das war pures Kalkül seitens Gabaldon. Gabaldon wird nämlich noch ein zweites Kompendium zur Saga schreiben, wahrscheinlich noch 2 weitere Outlander-Romane plus 1 Buch über Maitre Raymon, 1 Buch über Jamies Eltern und eines über Rogers Eltern. Sowie 2 Graphic Novels, die die Geschehnisse aus den ersten Bänden ergänzen. Es gibt nämlich einige Dinge die erst in diesen anderen Büchern aufgelöst werden. Vor allem einige Geheimnisse wie die Sache mit dem Schatz der Seehunde ist noch nicht geklärt und hängt mit den Ereignissen in Paris in Teil 2 zusammen. Da sind Sachen passiert die Jamie und Claire nicht wissen und die wir dann in den folgenden Büchern erfahren werden. Auch diese Sache mit dem Mädchen in Paris, deren Tod Jamie zu verschulden hat wird in den Graphic Novels aufgelöst. Also keine Sorge wenn dir einige Personen und Geschehnisse unbekannt vorkommen, das ist Kalkül und Strategie von Gabaldon. Und PR für die Folgebände ;-) Mit den Lord John Romanen allein wirst du da nicht viel weiter kommen, ausser die Sache mit seinem Stiefbruder mit dem er mal eine Beziehung hatte. Die wird da etwas Näher erwähnt. Alles andere ist für die Highlandsaga unwichtig.
    Und Du hast natürlich ganz recht: Gabaldon entwickelt ihre Geschichte während des Schreibens und plant sie nicht weit voraus. Sie meinte selber mal, es entwickelt sich sowieso immer alles anders als geplant ;-). Das erklärt viele Ungereimtheiten. Geplant waren nur Band 1-2. Ab 3 hat sich die Geschichte verselbständigt. Hilfreich dazu ist ihr Blog: Voyages of the Artemis und die Website: Ladies of Lallybroch. Aber auch im Forum Fraser’s Ridge von Steffis Bücherkiste kriegt man viele Infos.
    Ich hoffe ich konnte Dir etwas weiterhelfen.
    lg Grüsse KitCat

  208. liljan98 says:

    Danke für die lange Antwort. Die Lord John Serie kostete ja nicht die Welt, daher werde ich die auf jeden Fall direkt mal lesen, wenn sie Montag geliefert werden.
    Hilf mir aber bitte mal auf die Sprünge was mit dem Mädchen in Paris gemeint ist. Jamie hat deren Tod verschuldet? Ist das was aus Band 2 ? Wenn dann hab ich da was überlesen oder schon wieder vergessen :-) Ich glaube, ich muss das erste Kompendium doch auch noch bestellen.

  209. KitCat says:

    Nein, irgendwo in Band 7 sinniert Jamie darüber nach, dass er bereits einigen Menschen den Tod gekostet hat. Ich kann jetzt nicht mehr auswendig sagen wo genau, habs auch in einem Zug gelesen. Darunte dürfte wohl auch ein Mädchen sein, aus seiner Jugendzeit in Paris. Davon erfahren wir eben das erste Mal in Band 7, nähere Aufklärung und Hintergrundinfos kommen dann in den Graphic Novels und im zweiten Teil des Kompendiums. So hats Diana Gabaldon jedenfalls verlautbaren lassen. Ich bin ja auch schon so gespannt aufs Ende der Saga. Vor allem interessiert mich wies sein kann, dass genau in dem Moment als Ian den Schatz von der Insel holen will das Sklavenschiff auftaucht. Das ist niemals Zufall, meiner Meinung nach. Diese Ganze Story um Geilis und Duncan Kerr und dem Schatz fasziniert mich total, daher hoffe ich sehr dass wir endlich mal die Auflösung bekommen. Wir wissen ja, dass Geilis in Paris als Wahrsagerin tätig war und wohl auch zum Comte St. Germain eine Verbindung hatte. Sie hat ja in Band 3 sein Notizbuch. Laut Gabaldon sind in Paris einige Dinge vor sich gegangen, von denen Jamie und Claire noch nix wissen. Wir werdens aber auf jeden Fall noch in den Graphic Novels, den weiteren Bänden der Saga und vermutlich auch in dem Buch um Maitre Raymond erfahren was genau vor sich ging, weil hier irgendwie der Schlüssel zu den ganzen Geschehnissen seit Band 2 liegt. Ich bin jedenfalls schon sehr gespannt.

  210. L says:

    It’s funny, it was just an okay episode to me. There were cute moments – I loved “Mr. Bear” and the Mer/Der actual conversation, but a lot of it seemed off to me. Kinda forced to move some story lines along, if that makes sense. I like where they are going, but I find myself cringing at some of the dialogue at times. Kinda like the difference in the first few and last few seasons of The West Wing.

  211. flabbybrain says:

    I agree on the Lord John series — which I also have not read. It was annoying to realize I was missing all the backstory on several characters who showed up in An Echo in the Bone.

    Re: Jamie’s death, Gabaldon did let the reader know that he had taken a different ship. I don’t think we were supposed to be in suspense about that, but rather in suspense about what his reaction would be when he met up with Claire again. And hers, for that matter.

    What a terrific series. I’m sorry to have to wait for the next book.

  212. liljan98 says:

    It’s funny indeed, that our opinions differ that much. I haven’t watched West Wing in a long while, because my DVD player is broken (and I’m busy). I’m not sure I’m going to like season 6 + 7 as much as the early ones though. Yes, wikipedia spoiled me so I know what’s going to happen and change… I’ll have to wait and see.

  213. liljan98 says:

    The german comment above mentioned that these backstories were new for the readers of the Lord John series as well. Gabaldon is just trying to get all of us interested in the future Lord John novels and other novels from the Outlander universe as well.
    I started reading the Lord John series and like it, but it’s just nothing without Jamie :-)

    I was in suspense about the moment he and Claire were reunited, even though I was a bit disappointed that it was just such a short meeting. Perfect way to keep us anxiously waiting for book 8

  214. liljan98 says:

    Das in Band 7 muss ich dann wohl noch mal lesen, das ist mir entgangen. Vermutlich zu viele Infos auf einmal. Ich hab mit der Lord John Serie angefangen und die gefällt mir ganz gut, auch wenn ich mich immer dabei ertappe, dass mir jede Andeutung zu Jamie ganz besonders gefällt ;-) Der arme John, hat es schon nicht leicht *g*

  215. L says:

    I know! It also could be with where I am now versus then. Grey’s was this oasis for me to escape to, and now, it’s still a fantastic vacation spot once a week, but not as much a hideaway for me. I’m still an addict though. :)

  216. Derek McCrea says:

    The best way I beat procrastination is when I remember to do something I have to do it immediately, I have found that once I have made this a habit I feel compelled to never procrastinate. And in the end, the results are usually better if we just do things as they arise, we never know what is over the horizon that may take more of our unplanned time so it is best to get ahead instead of getting behind.

  217. L says:

    It goes along with the show as I see it these days. A fine 43 minutes of tv, but not great and not horrible. The only thing that keeps it from being horrible, I think, is that I am invested in the characters. When I had a friend over who had never seen the show but knew I loved it, I was cringing and found myself justifying why I cared so much.

    Also, can they just stop with the soliloquies? Normal human conversation doesn’t happen like that. Usually, it’s a dialogue, you know? Now, there’s a time and a place for a a monologue – like the “You don’t get to call me a whore” speech and “It was a Thursday morning”. They are more poignant when used sparingly. So too with the pained staring. The elevator scene where Mer/Der opted not to speak, it made it that stronger because they had just screamed at one another. This time? I wish we had seen Derek express that maybe he wouldn’t want to see his “wife” (still annoyed by that, and have said from the beginning they are going to use it to fuck with them) unconscious in the OR again. I’m elated that he is supporting her, but really, it’s a cop out for them never addressing any of the things they really would if the writers didn’t ignore their original cast in favor of the new bright and shiny characters.

  218. L says:

    oh also, for some reason I can;t see you on my IM list. If you want, you can add:
    rebbylynn AT yahoo.com
    ljauss on AIM
    ljauss on gTalk

    :)

  219. liljan98 says:

    Added you via yahoo and AIM, hopefully I will show up in your list now. I try to always have the IM open when I’m online, but sometimes I just forget it :-)

    I have to agree that there is a lack of real conversations on the show, at least among the main characters. I like Lexie (and Mark) most of the time, so I don’t mind that they sometimes have more screentime than MerDer. But you are right, there is just so much screentime for all the cast and if they bring on new characters (like the whole batch of new interns) and new attendings (the whole Dr. Dixon storyline was so bad as well) it steals time for my favourite characters. And without enough screentime they can’t really tell any kind of background story or just a ordinary “how to deal with being ‘married’ ” storyline. What happened to the blueprint of candles and the plan to build a house and move there… Let them move forward as a couple, please. And even though I liked the post-it wedding (for the time being) I wouldn’t mind if they made it official anytime soon as well.

  220. LJ says:

    The fact that it was for a volunteer opportunity makes it even worse in my mind. At least if it’s for something like a job, you’d be getting paid to sit through something.

    Plus study after study shows that people retain only about 10% of information if delivered in the manner you had to sit through. Of course, making it terrible in your situation is that she wasn’t even giving you useful info. Blech!

  221. liljan98 says:

    I’d say about 10% of the information was useful to me, because I already know a lot about the Capital of Culture, events and such. These 10% I could have read myself in about 15 minutes. *headdesk*

  222. LJ says:

    I have hashed it out with a few people today, and it’s just not even fun to rag on at this point. I wonder if they are just trying to kill any love for existing characters so that they can garner new, less discerning, fans with crappy stories that can go on forever with no point.

  223. liljan98 says:

    At the moment it definitely feels like they want establish those four new guys into something more than supporting characters. I don’t know… it sucks either way. I guess I should get back to watching the earlier seasons on DVD :-)

  224. LJ says:

    How scary! I’m glad everything is okay for now!

  225. liljan98 says:

    Yeah, I really could do without the health scares for a while. They will also run some test on her stomach now because she still feels nauseaous.

  226. LJ says:

    I agree with the Brandi/Nanci similarities. However, at a concert with a friend she hit the nail on the head – Brandi is very much like Bonnie Raitt. I don’t have a ton of her stuff, but that alt/rock/country almost yodel of hers is so right on…

  227. LJ says:

    I’m so sorry you all have to go through this – it stinks. I hope she’s feeling better soon.

  228. liljan98 says:

    Bonnie Raitt? I know her from name only (Ok, and I know what she looks like), I don’t really know her music. I should find some songs on the net to check out of that theory is correct :)

  229. LJ says:

    Definitely – Start with Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw. You’ll know some of the songs, I bet.

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  231. LJ says:

    I’m actually getting the H1N1 shot tonight with V and my friend and her little girl. It’s around like wildfire over here, and I have quite a few friends that have had it.

    I, too, have never gotten the flu shot, but this year I’m putting it in the better safe than sorry camp.

    I think that the benefit of vaccines in healthy persons far outweigh the risk, so while I can handle a cold, I don’t want to put that on our son.

  232. liljan98 says:

    We didn’t have too many cases around here yet. Well in Germany all in all of course, but not too many in my town or metro area. But it’s starting, there were a couple of schools closed down and all, so I’m sure it’s the right decision for me.

  233. LJ says:

    I have hair that with one wrong snip of the scissors has me looking much like Mariah Carey, circa the “Someday” video. When I have a hairdresser, I am loyal to the nth degree.

    I had one woman who did my hair from 7th grade up and through my wedding, save for a few ventures with cheapo cuts in college.

    Here in DC I have a woman who has curly hair herself. She’s into pop culture as well, so we have a blast talking each time I go in. I pay about what you do now, but I admit that when I was younger (and my mom paid) I went into New York City and had my hair cut and colored (and once chemically straightened – ugh) at a swanky salon. The cost was ridiculous, but worth it.

  234. liljan98 says:

    Yes, I can imagine that your hair needs special attention ;-) So it’s good that you managed to find the right person to cut your hair for you.

  235. LJ says:

    I’ll at least say that I *appreciate* hockey. I have never been inclined to watch it on TV, but when I have been to games in person, I am riveted. Maybe it’s from growing up in New York, where the Rangers didn’t have a title until I was a senior in HS (1994, oy vey).

    I was raised on baseball, and that held me for a lot of my youth. I’d play soccer in the fall, moan about boring football in winter, and then play baseball (not softball) in spring.

    When I dated my husband, I began to take an interest in football, and now I have my full fledged love of it. I didn’t get to my first game until 2005, but that was an amazing experience.

    I love hearing about how you came around to hockey!

  236. LJ says:

    I agree about loving the train. We were a train ride away from Manhattan growing up, and so I went in all the time. Once I went to college, I would take Amtrak (Our private but national rail system here in the US) from Philly back home. So long as it wasn’t a super crowded train, I loved it. I still can sleep on trains, and there is something romantic about staring out the windows along the way.

    That being said, what I love about my car – or at least did prior to V being my constant passenger – was the ability to blast music loud enough to cause damage and sing at the top of my lungs.

  237. LJ says:

    I saw the promos for PP this week, and was cringing as the little people saying “selective implantation” with regards to IVF. The correct terminology would be selective transfer. The difference to the general populace is small, but to someone who dealt with it, it’s huge. They transferred many embryos for us via IVF and not one of them implanted itself (a defining factor of pregnancy).

    It drives me up a wall. But it’s good to hear that more or less, The West Wing got it right. Then again, it isn’t surprising. One of the things they diagnosed us with was the issue that Toby and his (ex)Wife were dealing with when they were getting pregnant – the whole thing where she was allergic to his white cells or something like that. When I saw it, it made my day! Of course, the treatment that she used has since been banned in the US (no idea why) and we didn’t feel like going to a random Mexican hospital for treatment.

    It’s hard to be simultaneously tuned in to your body while brushing off things so that you can live your life. I love your attitude about it, and I think it speaks more to your philosophy on life. No sense in waiting for life to happen to you – if you sit around worrying, you’ll miss it.

  238. liljan98 says:

    Baseball and football are the two sports I don’t get at all, but I guess that’s because it’s just not a big sport (almost non-existent) in Germany. I’ve seen some baseball on TV once and watched one football game of the European league and I just didn’t understand what’s supposed to be interesting about it. It was so boring! (Maybe it was just a bad game *g*)

    But seriously: I think I don’t get it because I don’t really know the rules and I don’t know anything about strategy or moves or anything. I just don’t understand the game and it’s hard to find it interesting if you don’t understand it, right?

    It’s probably easier with hockey or basketball or soccer: there is the one basic strategy which is easy to understand: Get the puck/ball into your opponents net as fast and often as you can. :-)

  239. liljan98 says:

    Being able to blast the music in your car is definitely one major advantage of it :-) I sometimes love doing that as well.

  240. liljan98 says:

    I remember that Andy and Toby had problems getting pregnant, but of course I don’t remember what was the exact problem. I can imagine that it made your day :-)

    I might seem to have the right “stay positive” attitude about MS, but I have to admit I don’t necessarily have that about life in general. Or at least I didn’t have that, I’m slowly learning to see lift that way, but I slip back into the “glass-half-empty” and “this or that is not going to work out” way of thinking. I’m working on it, though ;-)

  241. lillibelle says:

    I totally agree. I was such a huge fan of MerDer from the beginning and knowing me, I will continue as long as both are on the show, but Shonda et al. lost their touch.
    I kind of liked the breakfast scene in this episode too, but when I realised only Christina is part of the original cast I was quite shocked. How many people are there? Since the moment Callie joined the cast I had the feeling there are too many people. She did finally grow on me as well as Arizona and Owen did, but what about those Mercy Westers? I don’t want them. Stupid storylines (I’m fearing some love triangles) since the Izzie-George-disaster. And strange change of personalities – what has become of Owen? He’s sometimes worse than Burke. And has anybody a storyline for Mark? And is it possible to finish some storylines? How is Mers father? Where lives Alex now?
    As I said, I’m still watching it. But it was for me too the highlight of the week, now I fear sometimes it might make my already bad week even worse.

  242. LJ says:

    Yep, you know that I’m 100% on board with what you’ve said. Such a shame.

  243. liljan98 says:

    I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one annoyed by this season :-)

  244. liljan98 says:

    Such a shame sums it up pretty accurately

  245. LJ says:

    Even when I have been at my most depressed, that’s just never been an option. How sad.

  246. liljan98 says:

    Turns out he was depressed and treated for it even since 2003. The public (and probably most teammates etc) didn’t know. At the pressconference his wife said, that he was so afraid that it would come out and that he’d lose his job, which was one of the few things he held on to. That he recently was afraid they’d lose their adopted daughter because authorities would think he’d not be fit to be father, because of his depressions.

    He obviously has been suicidal before and in his last letter he apologized to his wife and therapist, for lying and pretending to be ok during the last few weeks. And that he had set his mind to end his life and couldn’t have done that if they had know about his recent suicial tendencies.

    Oh my god, this is so so heartbreaking. I’ve been really sad and down in my life and it’s so easy to say “Oh, I’m depressed”, but really being depressed is so so so much worse.

  247. suz says:

    Well, I know both sides.

    I’ve never actually tried, but it was more than just an option. And just a few weeks ago I received a suicide note from one of my closest friends and I moved heaven and earth to try and stop him. Sometimes there’s no stopping.

    What Robert did was not particularly tragic, nor particularly brave. It’s much harder to not end it all. It’s tragic what happened to him and his wife. And, it’s tragic he never sought help. Although I fully sympathise with his motives and emotions, I can not join in with the general media’s rhetoric of “tragic events”. He wasn’t tragically run over by some dunkard, he CHOSE to depart this life, even more so in the least “clean” manner. Train driver(s), paramedics – most likely without saying good-bye to his family. If you’re in a situation like this, you CAN’T think of the loved ones. The fact that you can’t – or don’t for that matter – think of them is tragic.

    I knew last night he was suffering from depression. Anyone with a “serious” history of this illness could have told the media beforehand (I put “serious” in inverted commas here, because of the inflational use of the name/concept in a non-scientific context). Surprise!

    I might be slightly cynical on this, sorry. It might have needed this whole superhype in the media throughout today to realise how much depression is still surrounded by tabooing and lack of knowledge. And probably my own personal events in recent weeks made me realise what suicide announcements can do to those who love you. In my own case this was the most egocentric and cowardish thing someone could do to me – it’s emotional betrayal. It’s – though probably not intended – blackmail and shifting blame: those left behind will blame themselves, no matter how much that person (well, him) assures them that they love them. I know this clashes with everyone’s right to decide what to do with their lives, but it’s a fine example that your right to free decision-making is hardly ever exclusively a question of individualism.

    (Above all, the hypocritcal media coverage that somewhat exploded throughout the day is tragic, actually.)

  248. liljan98 says:

    I’m sorry to read that you know both sides from personal experience just too well. I completely agree: the tragic and heartbreaking thing is, that his depressions were so severe that he couldn’t think of the ones he will leave behind.

    I also agree 100% on the taboo surrounding depressions. It’s such a hypocrisy to say “If we had known, we would have done anything to help him”, all the while the football business and the media expect you to be functioning. Just imagine the B*LD coverage if they would have gotten word of Enkes mental state anytime before.

  249. suz says:

    Well, I could imagine that BILD would not have made anything public, just like they don’t make any footballer’s homosexuality public – the gays in the Bundesliga are their best and most reliable informants.

  250. suz says:

    Besides, even if anyone knows about someone’s illness, they CAN’T help in the sense that they can’t relief it. They can help to show that there is someone behind the door of that room that you’re in. You will have to find the door yourself, and can use the lightswitch to find it – family friends, psychiatric and psychological help, both of which Robert had at his disposal. He opted not to use it.

    I have to come to terms with guilt – although, rationally, I know it’s not my fault my friend rejected any offers.

  251. liljan98 says:

    No matter if they had made it public or used the knowledge to use it against him in any other way, it still would have destroyed him.

  252. liljan98 says:

    I’m really really sorry to read about what you’re going through at the moment and hope you have someone around to talk to. If not and you feel the need to talk, give me a call.

    That you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped (whether this decision is rationally or caused by his illness) is the tragic of all of this. And something everyone left behind has to learn to live with and trying not to blame themselves.

  253. suz says:

    Thanks for offering – I’m dealing with it quite well actually. I’ve done everything I can. It’s just another corner on life’s journeys, I guess. I learnt a lot in the last two years!

  254. oceans77 says:

    Oh, tolllllll, Urmel!!! Wie süüüß! :-) Sogar mit Deutschland-Schal im dritten Bild. Super! Nee, huch, hab die Brille nicht auf. *g*

  255. LJ says:

    Yep, I did my cop out post yesterday. But quite the week ahead for you, it seems!

  256. liljan98 says:

    Luckily I have got two posts almost ready, so I can easily post them tomorrow evening and Tuesday morning. Wednesday night might be a short post about the Ingrid Michaelson concert and after that… I’ll just have to wait and see :-)

  257. LJ says:

    That is too cute a picture :)

  258. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. It was fun to do it and it’s just such a cute mascot.

  259. LJ says:

    You clearly need to start “overheard in Germany” to go along with Overheard in NY and Overheard in DC.

  260. LJ says:

    It must have been a great concert to knock you out through Saturday ;)

  261. liljan98 says:

    We’ve got something like that in Germany as well. I read it, but maybe I really should think about participating with my tiny stories as well

  262. liljan98 says:

    Well, if it were only that one concert :-) Just a busy, busy week. But I prefer that to the days when there is nothing going on and I’m left to think and worry too much. Being busy (with nice stuff) is much better

  263. LJ says:

    I can’t even begin to write about the episode. I missed about 1/3 of it, and was so put off by the other 2/3 that I didn’t care to go back and watch.

  264. suz says:

    Reminds me – jeeeezus! I just digged out my complete Runrig anthology, occupying 40% of my iPod music. They’re absolutely fucking awesome.

    The best memories – three Runrig gigs in 364 days in 2007-8 including a backstage party in Hamburg (it’s about who you know :) ). I’m not the biggest fan, but we just happened to bump into someone my friend knew and that guy had backstage passes in his hands (not for long tho). Some of the Hamburg Scottish gang went to their gig in Loch Ness in 2007 (google it, massive!)

    No Runrig gig is complete without “Loch Lomond”. It’s always their last song. Always.

  265. Lillibelle says:

    Congratulations on your safety net. I’d like to think of me the same way. That I would immediately go, maybe call someone for help, but never return. I can’t imagine being so dependent on someone. I mean, I need my space, I just can’t understand couples who are doing everything together. So I’m quite sure, I’m not in danger of getting in such a situation. But you’ll never know. So I’m hoping that I’ld be really strong enough to leave or to call for help. I know my parents would come all the way through Germany (700km) and get me if I call them. And I know that apart of some of my closest friends one of the oldest friends of my mom lives nearby, so I guess my safety net is as good as yours, even without three brothers. But it’s a shame on which important fields budgets were cut.

  266. Christine says:

    Sounds like all the signs to just veg. I’m in a funk myself. But in my case I just need to straighten up my house. Hope you shake it off soon,

  267. liljan98 says:

    Until this Wednesday I never really thought about the fortunate circumstances I live in with having this safety net around me. It’s such an important and precious thing to have.

  268. liljan98 says:

    Straighten up the house is the plan for today. Has to be the plan anyway. Feeling ok this morning, so I guess I really just was in funk yesterday and not starting to get sick…

  269. LJ says:

    Writing is freaking hard, and I’ve loved the prompting that NaBloPoMo gave me. I’m with you, I want to write more real posts, and I think that getting help from prompts, be it Friday Five or whatever, to keep the juices flowing on a regular basis.

    I’m glad you gave this a spin though – it’s been fun to read every day.

  270. LJ says:

    Blogs are good that way. They are around when you have a need for an outlet or just to pop in and say something that doesn’t fit into 140 characters. I blog far less since getting twitter, but do love it for the bigger posting needs – even if I sometimes go months without a post.

  271. steffi says:

    dann sollten wir bald einen termin für die mond-beguckung im gasometer ausmachen, damit hier etwas leben in die bude kommt! am besten nach dem 18.12. dann bin ich aus wien wieder da. wie wärs?

  272. liljan98 says:

    Gerne! Ist ja nicht so, dass ich nix “erlebe”, aber meist bin ich dann zu unmotiviert hinterher drüber zu bloggen. Wie wär’s mit dem 22.? Oder die Woche zwischen Weihnachten und Neujahr oder bist du dann nicht im Ruhrgebiet? Oder irgendwann am Wochenende 9./10. Januar?

  273. steffi says:

    gerne der 22. oder auch zw weihnachten und neujahr. 9/10 ist die eröffnung von der kulturhauptstadt, da gibts das bürgerfest auf zollverein, das ist sicher dortmehr zu sehen. wobei ich nicht weiß, ob ich da dienstlich oder privat sein werde…

  274. Kiwein says:

    Great post! I promised myself to see one NOTP show next year as well. I loved it, too, and I really don’t care who will be there. It’s just something I don’t want to miss anymore. But then: One will be enough, I don’t think I will ever see 14 shows of the same event again, except MF decides to do a solo tour… (which most probably won’t happen)

  275. Lillibelle says:

    I guess, I am not so much of a fan person. If I am addicted to a show, I want to know how it continues and I have to see everything about it. Regarding my favourite TV-Shows it’s always connected to a person or a couple. I stopped watching Beverly Hills after Brendas departure and she was the only reason I had a look on the new 90210. Emergency room: I watched occasionally after Dr. Ross was gone and finally stopped with Dr. Greene’s death. Charmed: Prue died and I stopped watching (well I saw some episodes afterwards, but those stories were so stupid – at least for me -, it doesn’t made sense anymore). But I never was really interested in the private lifes of the actors. Sometimes I looked them up, wanting to know which other roles to played. But I don’t see the point in those paparazzi pictures portraying anyone going down a street or lying on the beach. What’s so exciting about it? Even with musicians – who are at least real persons – I’m not really interested in their private life. They get a divorce – so what? I buy their CDs or go to their concerts and that’s all. But I try to keep updated if there any new songs and I try to have every CD of them (but I hate this new trend of a deluxe version of a CD with two more songs just a few weeks after the original CD-release).

  276. liljan98 says:

    I definitely will try to see a NOTP show next year as well. It’s such a unique event. And of course it was so wonderful to see Marie & Per back on the stage together…

  277. liljan98 says:

    I have been collecting all kinds of articles and TV appearances of “my stars” back then, but I hardly do that anymore with anyone (musician, actor) I like anymore. You can find it all online just a few days later anyway. And I always draw the line at paparazzi pictures or – even worse – fans acting like paparazzis themselves.
    I’m like you when it comes to TV shows. If I’m really addicted to a show I NEED to know what’s going to happen and I read all the spoilers I can get. It’s also most often linked to one character/couple if the character or couple would leave the show I would stop watching as well…

  278. LJ says:

    Whoa, you guys name your blizzards? Then again, we name our Hurricanes…

    Good luck in the blustery cold!

  279. liljan98 says:

    Well, Daisy actually is the name of the low-pressure area and we name those (and the high pressure systems) in Germany since the 1950s.
    Until the late 1990s the lows were always female and the highs were male, but protest of women groups changed that. I’m not making this up. They had objections because low pressure areas mostly come with bad weather and the male highs with sunshine and everything.
    So since the beginning of this century lows and highs are named in turns male/female.

    But we do in fact also name our Hurricanes and big storms. Until now Daisy is merely the low pressure area though. Ask again in 24 hours, maybe the blizzard itself will get a name too. Don’t ask me what distingiushes one name-worthy hurricane/blizzard from the one that remains nameless ;-)

  280. suz says:

    For crying out loud, keep it low, will ya? Blizzard? I know Northern Germans run maggot at the sight of a few snow flakes, but this is rediculous. :D

    It’s a wee bit colder than usual (alright then, actually too cold to have snow) but what’s this in our society that we inflate a non-incident to a major national tragedy? I recall two meter snow dumps over night in my childhood and what did we do? Grabbed a spade and got on with it. But hey, nowadays we gotta keep them journos happy, don’t we?

    Weirdly, it’s been snowing in Hamburg almost every day for two weeks yet it’s still only a few inches – measured by length probably.

    Relax! :D

  281. liljan98 says:

    Hey, it wasn’t me calling it a blizzard first, the folks on the news and weather forecast said it :) I seriously didn’t know what to expect when I read (and wrote) about it yesterday, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as it was said it would. Well, except that it did mess up the train service much more than usual, which sucked. And my toes were frozen after a few hours out in the snow, but apart from that (and the fact that the people on snow duty don’t do their job!!)…everything’s fine :)

  282. suz says:

    It’s a media drama. Nothing more. Did anyone actually call it a “Blizzard” in German, too?

    Well, if I hear on the news that there are up to 20 minutes delays to be expected at Frankfurt Airport, then they just haven’t got anything better to gibber about. (Some airlines would win awards with a 20 minute delay record.)

    And they tell us on the radio that several townships in Niedersachsen are cut off from the outside world. Boy, that’s got nothing to do with the weather, they are marooned by definition!

  283. liljan98 says:

    Well, they called it “Schneesturm” and Leo translated that to “blizzard”, so it’s not my fault ;-)

  284. suz says:

    Yep, but from a meteorological point of reference, a blizzard is quite a different thing altogether. But I give you that, the media are trying to tell us we’re facing one. (They should be given a free ticket to Canada to experience the real deal)

    And from a linguistic perspective, try out dict.cc – I know in the case of “Schneesturm” it yields similar results, but I’ve been using it for a few months now and find it quite more accurate than Leo. My translator friends confirm that.

  285. LJ says:

    Fun! I’ve been and loved London, but Mr. Badger hasn’t been and I want to get him there someday.

  286. liljan98 says:

    You should definitely take him there, because there is so much to see and do. But that’s true for a whole lot of other places in the world as well :-)

  287. LJ says:

    Yeah, I mean, I can’t even care enough to follow and remember what I liked, but I agree with your assessment. Kind of like how the writers’ blog talks about how one day you just change? Granted this has been a long time coming, but last night, I just didn’t care that it was on. I watched, mainly out of habit, andthefactthatPatrickDempseyissodamnedhot, but it felt hollow to me. I recognized the faces, but aside from Bailey’s storyline, I didn’t recall the sounds.

  288. liljan98 says:

    Oh well, you care even less than I do :-) I watched the episode a second time (like I always do) to get all the stuff together for this review. But there was a lot of fast forwarding. Much much more than it used to be even during the first episodes of season 6. Sloan and Sloan, Teddy and Cristina…. *yawn*

  289. Lillibelle says:

    As you know I didn’t like the episode too much. After thinking about it a while, letting it sink in, I think it’s because of the ending or how they dealt with the alcoholism-storyline. Why all of sudden the chief has to operate again? I guess it would have been better to force him into retirement and not to go the board. Doing the right thing. I mean we are talking about a tv series. You don’t expect so much real life, especially after some of the recent storylines ;-)
    The patient’s story was to obvious to me. Callie – not funny or anything at all. Mark – they should have let him without any storyline.
    Yes, there were some scenes that reminded me of old times, too. Mer lecturing, the “twisted sister” comment, the lunch, I could even live with the cute MercyWester, MerDer in the beginning, but it wasn’t enough to make me like the episode.

  290. Lillibelle says:

    I know the feeling of being behind with all the stuff I wanted to have done by now. And I know the feeling of discovering new functions on my electronic gadgets. It took me one year to find out how to reach the menue of my mp3-player. One year later I even discovered I can delete songs in the player and don’t need to connect it to pc for that purpose. Maybe sometimes I should read the manual ;-)

  291. liljan98 says:

    I’m so happy I’m not the only one who gets to know her gadgets a long time after the initial purchase :-)

  292. LJ says:

    yep, I hear you. We’re about to get snow tonight and another storm over the weekend. DC got maybe 2″ last year total, and this year, ugh. TOO MUCH. I’m over it, and ready for spring. I hate the lack of sunlight and all of it.

    At least Lost is on tonight, so that’ll be good, assuming I can stay awake.

    Sorry your day sucked, it really is a crummy time of year.

  293. Lillibelle says:

    I join the club, can’t see any snow anymore. What said a colleague today: “Why is it snowing again? There is still snow, no need for more!”
    Driving home today was an awkward experience: Happy guessing where the right lane is, getting too near to some other cars (at least for my taste) and don’t forget the slippery roads, can’t wait till tomorrow morning …

  294. suz says:

    I guess in the old days we’d call this winter.

    I mean, really, girls walking around in high heels in this weather and complaining, that’s a real laugh, if you ask me. The guy who rang into the radio last night letting people in Kiel know that Hamburg has about 80cm of snow – gee, no one who’s ever actually seen 80cm would never claim that. He’d probably measured by length.

    I’m not too sick of the weather. I’m just getting increasingly annoyed by people who call for spring when clearly we’re at least another eight weeks away from it. If you can’t fight it, join it! Look at the positive things of it – my flat has never looked airier with the reflections of the snow from buildings across the road. I spent the weekend on the Alster – I’d never thought to see the day! This city is not only beautiful in the rain, it boast with sheer romance in this weather. (I guess a positive look on things would change any city to an adventure ride)

    And I’m saying this although I work on my thesis 24/7 with trips to the library, so it’s not just cozy stay-at-home-stuff – I do get a fair dose of this weather, too. And to be frank, Hamburg authorities are not exactly experts when it comes to clearing roads. I haven’t seen one snow removal thingy. Take it easy, it’s worth it, saves ya heaps of valuable energy :)

  295. Lillibelle says:

    After the last episode I wasn’t quite so optimistic what to expect from the next episodes. But apparently I lowered my expectations as well, because I actually enjoyed the episode ;-)
    I have nothing to add since I agree with you on most/all points.

  296. LJ says:

    As my mom would say – we’re all connected. I was wondering, when you said you weren’t feeling well last week if it would lead to an MS issue this week. Sorry you’re feeling crummy, and I hope it passes soon.

  297. Lillibelle says:

    Sorry to hear about your attack. I don’t know if it’s any solace to you but I guess in a way it’s normal to ignore bad thinks and to hope they disappear all by themselves. So try to concentrate on the better side (Grey’s – no chief at all!) and get well soon!

  298. liljan98 says:

    Maybe the bad cold I had last week did indeed play a part as well, my immune system obviously was compromised. I hope I won’t get too many of the annoying side effects of the steriods, but I’ll just have to wait and see.

  299. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. Grey’s is definitely something that helps with the cheering up and positive thinking. And rational I know that it’s the right way to NOT think too many negative thoughts, but sometimes I just get back to that. I’ll try to stay more on the positive side..

  300. LJ says:

    The episode, in my opinion, was the epitome of filler. It served no point in terms of giving us any new information at all. It was a way to pull a few sight gags with “the way they were” and for the “Superfans” as Shonda says nuggets to point out: same old anesthesiologist, Callie’s old look, anatomy jane in Mer’s hands, etc.

    Total dullsville that not only did not develop storylines, it was inaccurate in its portrayal of established fact of the show.

  301. Lillibelle says:

    Yeah, I had my problems with this episode too. I think, I wrote the shortest of all my reviews about it and couldn’t even think about more. Bailey was very amusing. But especially the Alex / Callie didn’t work for me either (and I didn’t even thought of Alex mentioning the Mark thing to George). As said above, there was no development in the show.

  302. Slamdunk says:

    Wow, that does sound like a full week. I hope your planned sleep goes well.

  303. LJ says:

    I will strap V to me until he needs to check me into an insane asylum ;)

    That’s a lot to deal with in one week – no wonder you’re exhausted.

  304. liljan98 says:

    It’s weird to be reminded that we are still our parents’ children, no matter how old we get. It is also a nice feeling though :-)
    And I finally got a good night’s sleep (8 hours). Yay! Almost forgot what it felt like to be well rested.

  305. L says:

    Every now and then I buy a CD. It feels weird to do it, even though I remember buying actual albums. There is a part of me that is a little hesitant on iTunes. It’s the part that knows how many computers I have killed over time, and the possibility of losing it. Then again, I always treat my CDs like crap, so what do I know?

  306. liljan98 says:

    I didn’t even think of computer crashes. Ugh! But on the other hand I do make backups of my music files, so I shouldn’t worry too much :-)

  307. oceans77 says:

    Wow, super, ich kenne die 11 – Flugzeuge im Bauch. Große Überraschung *g*. Klaue aber mal dreist das Meme :).

  308. oceans77 says:

    Darf ich nochmal? Nr. 22 könnte Matthew Perryman Jones sein, Amelia. Hihi, den hab ich auch dazwischen.

  309. liljan98 says:

    Bingo. In deiner Liste ist auch MPJ? Ups, den hätte ich doch erkennen müssen…

  310. L says:

    She puts on a PHENOMENAL show. You will enjoy it!

    23 is “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall

  311. L says:

    I back up too. My brother’s lost his library more than once, so it’s a good cautionary tale. I still get nervous even with all that…but do primarily itune my music

  312. Lillibelle says:

    Nr. 8 Robbie Williams – Bankräuberlied (Road to Mandalay – den Titel an sich musste ich allerdings googlen, mir fiel nur bambambamba … ein)
    Nr. 18 Alphaville – Forever young

    7 und 10 kommen mir auch bekannt vor …

  313. Lillibelle says:

    This episode left me untouched, too. The Harper-Avery-Prize – well, I didn’t think it were two doctors, but I join you in the long-dead-and-gone-thinking. And I wondered why he didn’t know that Ellis Greys was not any longer at the hospital. Apparently she was away some time, so he should have heard (well, so I think).

  314. LJ says:

    I too figured it was the two dead doctors award!

    But also yeah, just ho-hum. The show is stagnant, and dull. Instead of storylines that run over time that connects us deeper to the characters we love, we get trite attempts to MAKE! US! LOVE! LEXIE! or give a crap about the Chief’s pain. The issue is that even if they had a good storyline at this point, it wouldn’t be something we could follow over time – it’d be relegated to the episode and then done.

  315. LJ says:

    Ooh, you’re a southpaw!

    We have a Vapiano near Mr. Badger’s office, and it’s quite delicious. I don’t blame you :)

  316. liljan98 says:

    Southpaw? Never heard that before, had to google it to make sure it means what I thought it means. Yes, I am. My parents nudged me to take the pen (for coloring, first letters etc) into my right hand, so I’m a right-handed writer, but a leftie in everything else.

  317. suz says:

    REWE, quick, look for the jam section and find peanut butter, sunshine! Crunchy or smooth, jarred to your liking!

  318. liljan98 says:

    REWE, seriously? I didn’t know that and will have to check it out. Thanks!

  319. suz says:

    Yep, the even have organic peanut butter. I usually don’t shop anywhere else, but I guess you’d find peanut butter in any “decent” supermarket (off the Aldi-track).
    While you’re at it, look out for Schwartau’s Samt Strawberry-Vanilla jam. I normally hate any processed strawberry stuff (ice cream, yoghurt and the like) but this jam on a P&J sandwich – I’d kill for it, honestly.

  320. liljan98 says:

    I never thought about looking for peanut butter in the jam section of a supermarket. I once searched for it at the ordinary butter section, without luck though. I’ll give it a try next time I’m in a decent supermarket

  321. mrasherkade says:

    I love your conversational way of writing. My spouse is German too. What part are you from? Your life sounds so much more exciting and interesting. Be very thankful. You could have a life that does nothing.

  322. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. My life at the moment isn’t boring, that’s for sure. I’m from the German State “North-Rhine-Westfalia” which is in western Germany. I live at the outskirt of the metropolitan area “Ruhrgebiet”. About 50 miles from Cologne (which is NOT part of the Ruhrgebiet, but probably the most known town in this state.

  323. mrasherkade says:

    I’ll pass this on to my wife…I regularly mention her family in my posts.

  324. steffi says:

    die mobile geocaching apps sind eine nette sache, aber für “richitge” caches zu ungenau und zu wenig akku-kapazität und im tiefen wald oft zu wenig empfang. geh mal lieber mit jemandem mit, der sich auskennt ;-) gerne demnächst mal ein feierabend-cache in essen oder so!

  325. liljan98 says:

    Ich würde sehr gerne mal mit dir auf “richtige” Cache suche gehen, im Pott irgendwo. Wenn das Wetter demnächst mal mit spielt und unsere Termin-Kalender. Bis dahin teste ich weiterhin mit meiner App ob mir das Ganze überhaupt Spaß machen könnte :-)
    Was genau hast denn du für ein GPS Gerät?

  326. steffi says:

    ich mache jetzt öfter mal früher feierabend und sonne scheint demnächst auch wieder mehr…
    ich habe ein garmin etrex venture hc, wobei ich demnächst eigentlich upgraden möchte. such mal nach caches in der essener innenstadt z.b., manche davon gehen sogar ganz ohne gps gerät.

  327. janelle says:

    i agree with most of what u said here. i loved this ep much more than most of the past ones in season 6 too. hope it keeps getting better.

  328. JJ says:

    What a great trip! Mook and I want to do a big European trip sometime in the next 5 years–Ill have to get some tips from you!

  329. liljan98 says:

    Europe definitely is worth a trip and I’d be more than happy to provide some tips then…

  330. Lisa says:

    I never would have figured that one out without looking it up, and English is my only language.

  331. Lisa says:

    I’ve got to respectfully disagree on the watching them enjoy their relationship thing. As much as I love Meredith and Derek, they are boring to me when they are all happy shiny in love. My favorite season will always be 2 because they were so hot with all of their stolen glances, jealousy, and the hot exam room sex.

    I think that’s why I enjoyed this episode, there wasn’t so much happy togetherness, but there was the two of them getting horizontal where they shouldn’t be…

  332. liljan98 says:

    LOL. I’m a bit torn about the happy vs angsty relationship stuff. I loved the angsty in season 2, but in the end I think I enjoy the happy stuff more. Even though I admit that it can be (and has been sometimes) a bit boring when they don’t have any more relationship storyline than being happy. If you know what I mean… But horizontal is nice to watch when and wherever :-)

  333. liljan98 says:

    Even in the original sense “to perambulate” seemed rather oldfashioned (and maybe typical british) to me. So it’s a relief that you didn’t know the word either…

  334. suz says:

    Capitalisation doesn’t necessarily indicate a technical term – but it will most likely always denote something unique, at least something unique by context. In this case, there could be half a dozen Perambulations in any part of the world, but it would be a very specific one by context. Think of the term ‘labour’ (as a political party). It’s usually not capitalised if you’re on about the party concept, but it will be when you talk of it in specific reference: ‘Gordon Brown of the Labour party today announced…’

    Likewise, I’ve never heard of Perambulation – but I pretty much had the same notion when I first read your quote. Not too much guess work here, but Perambulation with ‘P’ derived most obviously from the more common concept realised with ‘p’. So, technically, you looking up the word actually confused your intuition :D

  335. LJ says:

    I’m with you, my dear, I thought the episode was dullsville. I just am not invested in the characters that they continue to push on us. Basically, if they can’t take the time to tell the stories of the people they HAVE sold me on, what hope do I have if I chose to invest in these new people? I just don’t have the emotional energy to care for them.

  336. Lisa says:

    I thought the Owen thing was really tacky. For one, Meredith really didn’t *say* anything to him, so I don’t know what she personally did to offend him. She literally just looked at him funny. DEREK is the person Owen should have a problem with. He walks right up to Derek and says his piece, but gets underhanded when it comes to Meredith.

    If he was trying to punish Derek somehow by treating his wife badly, that’s tacky too. Either way, it was a crappy way for Owen to handle it.

  337. Lillibelle says:

    Owen has lost so much since he first came to SGH. At the beginning I liked him very much, but now he’s acting more and more like a jerk. I don’t like the way he treats Christina and especially I don’t like how he uses his authority to punish Mer. Sometimes I don’t even understand why he should be the right man for Christina because he totally doesn’t get her.

  338. liljan98 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ll write more about that in my 6.22 review, because he was even worse in this episode. “I shouldn’t have to explain myself to you”. Douchebag! He is not the right man for Cristina, messed up as he is.

  339. lisa says:

    I have to admit, I don’t get foursquare. I don’t quite understand how it works. I guess I might figure that out if I used it :-

  340. lisa says:

    I’m getting so tired of the writers beating us over the heads with the Cristina/Owen/Teddy thing. We get it, Owen is conflicted!

    Bailey having sex was SO AWKWARD. We should not see Bailey and anything resembling sex. I know she was married and has a kid and all, but still. We don’t have to SEE her getting romantic on the couch with candles all around. Creepy!

  341. liljan98 says:

    It’s definitely one of these “you have to try it to understand how it works” :-) But it was the same with twitter for me…

  342. liljan98 says:

    Sooo sooo awkward. Creepy is the right word. It felt just as wrong as the scene of Richard and Adele in post-sex bliss in the montage at the end of season 4 (?) finale.

    I’m so so over Owen’s turmoil. Especially as it hasn’t been consistent. His PTSD wasn’t mentioned for half a season and suddenly it’s full back on and all. Meh.

  343. LJ says:

    Last night I slept so awful. My back just had this twinge, and it wouldn’t go away no matter how I slept. I kept thinking all day today that “this is how it begins”. Of course, one day we’ll look back and think how good we had it!

  344. LJ says:

    I hear you on globalization. I know Mr. Badger has ordered many thinks from Europe and what not.

    An interesting phenomenon here in the States. Because of our Puritanical beginnings and state rights, there are many states where you can’t ship wine to. Mine is one. So lame.

  345. LJ says:

    The free coffee is pretty awesome. I’ll admit, while I haven’t deleted my account, I’m taking a foursquare break for a bit. Maybe it’s the facebook privacy blowback concerns, maybe it’s the fact that I was feeling an urge to check in everywhere, maybe it’s that most of my friends using it are in other cities. I’ll probably be back though…maybe if I got cool mayor offers!

  346. LJ says:

    I used google translate for the German quote, and I LOVE IT. Also love that you have a Calvin & Hobbes quote. I loved that comic!

  347. liljan98 says:

    “This is how it begins” was my thought when the pain in my hip started. I mean.. the hip to me is the typical body part which bothers OLD people!

  348. liljan98 says:

    You can’t order wine from another state? Seriously? I’m not a wine drinker myself, but I can still imagine how much that must suck for you!

  349. liljan98 says:

    I know the urge to check in everywhere :-) About the privacy thing: I try not to check in too close to home, an attempt to not give away too much of personal details. Neither at my work place. And there are a few more “no-check-in” locations for me, for several reasons. I probably don’t use 4sq the best way, because I don’t let just everyone be my friend there or seldom ask other users to “friend me”. I’m not really a big fan of the whole network aspect of the “social network” communities in general. It’s more the game aspect that I like about 4sq. And the possible special offers :-)

  350. liljan98 says:

    I checked google translate and the translation (of this quote and probably in general) is pretty awesome. Nothing compared to bablefish and all. The “reason to suspect” quote is from a character played from a female comedy duo. This character is an alcoholic writer and the alcohol makes her speaks pretty straight forward. Another one from her goes something like this : “There should be tests for the permission to speak. Failed = Shut up! Oh God, there would be such a silence”

    Calvin and Hobbes are so full of win!

  351. LJ says:

    Oh yes, totally. Hips and aching backs. We’re quite a pair.

  352. LJ says:

    Yeah, it’s super weird. I don’t ever order, but I wonder if I would if I could. The US has seriously weird laws.

  353. Lisa says:

    Shonda answered some fan questions on Ausiello Files, she explained a little bit about the miscarriage and the SWAT stuff. She claims they had Seattle SWAT consulting on the episode, but I’m still not buying it.

    http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/05/21/greys-anatomy-season-finale-scoop/#more-8519

    I’m kind of irritated by the miscarriage stuff too cause it’s just sooooooooo Shonda. She even said on the writer’s blog, she doesn’t know any other way. There was so much other stuff in that episode, I don’t know why Meredith couldn’t have her husband and the pregnancy. (Honestly, I don’t think they can make it a big deal next season. It was so quick Mer barely even realized she was pregnant, and I don’t think Derek’s going to really “get it” when she tells him.)

    Honestly, I wanted Owen to get shot. For real shot, not grazed a little. And I’m irritated that he picked Cristina. He’s not good for her.

  354. liljan98 says:

    I read the Ausiello interview and I’m not buying her SWAT statement either :-) And I’m so glad I’m not alone when it comes to my deathwish for Owen! He is really getting on my nerves!
    I hope the issue of the miscarriage will be acknowledge in earlier season7, even if it’s not a big deal then, but it might be a trigger for them to start trying for a baby.

  355. Lillibelle says:

    Mandy Moore was one of those teenage-acting-singing-talents Hollywood exported a few years ago. Just like Lindsay Lohan, but without the crappy life.
    Totally agree with your review. Especially the Chief-part and the scene with Christina and Mr. Clark in the elevator. I was so scared that she might say something in her typical way, annoying him. And I found most scary about the shooter that he was alway so polite. With Callie, with Christina, even with Bailey when she was down on the floor, telling her that he was sorry.

  356. liljan98 says:

    I only know Lindsay Lohan from the gossip columns nowadays and I didn’t like her back when she was still a kid/teenage star either. So I’m grateful it wasn’t her but Mandy Moore on Grey’s *g* Mandy did a great job, I think. I liked her a lot.
    Clark’s politeness creeped me out a lot. Especially the “Have a nice day” when he got off the elevator.

  357. Hehe am I literally the first comment to this incredible article!

  358. suz says:

    I have been living without a desktop computer since 2004 – but I’ve only upgraded to wi-fi earlier this year. (Like almost back to reading the SPIEGEL in the loo!) Laptops and cableLAN are not mutually exclusive, it’s just a bit of a hassle to install your cable connections to move about. But I did it for almost six years and never regretted givin my desktop computer the boots.

    But maybe you should have consulted me on this issue :). I got my first IBM laptop last summer…. And I will NEVER EVER have anything less but a ThinkPad. It’s 1.3kgs, just like air in your backpack, a 12” screen, everything you need and what netbooks don’t have. The keyboard is an absolute plus (IBM’s keyboards are world-famous, robust, sturdy, a vacation for your fingers and all), almost like a full desktop board, just condensed in the same space as a netbook keyboard. They got rid of the touchpad, downsized oversized enter and backspace keys. A six hour battery life on a used 6-cell-battery. And the best of all – it was less than €300 for a refurbished version. You’ll need raw force or a tank to destroy an IBM. Okay, you gotta love IBM’s rather rugged design, but it’s the IT lover’s dream and I love it.

    Meanwhile, the follow-up model to my X41, the X6X series has become affordable at around €300 as well. Okay, my model first came out 2004 and it was still “expensive” – in comparison: my previous laptop is also a 2004 Compaq/HP model and was worth little more than €40 last summer.

    My new company is about to change to laptops for all employees. A weird thought at first, but a pretty smart one two, especially the part-timers can always change work stations to suit how busy it is any given work day. I’m using a Toshiba – what a lot of crap! I’m constantly and automatically looking for the TrackPoint. Plus, it’s got one of them shabby glossy screens! Eeeeek! :D

    As far as working outside is concerned – the laptop for outdoor purposes will probably have to be invented still.

    You do realise, I’m a ThinkPad deciple :) So if you’re ever after a real computer (what’s it with those netbooks?!?), yell out!!

  359. liljan98 says:

    I will yell out, when I’ll have to give up my desktop computer and go for a real laptop then. Until then I’m fine with the desktop and now the netbook, I think.
    But yes, you seem to be quite the ThinkPad deciple :-)

  360. Lillibelle says:

    I got my first desktop computer on my 18th birthday. Looking back, it was a better typewritter ;-) Than I “inherited” my dad’s old pc. It could even handle internet. In 2003 I finally bought my laptop and replaced all desktop computers. The official reason was my exam (Magisterarbeit), but I like new technical gadgets, so this was the other reason. Funny enough, I had to write my exam the old-fashioned way on paper, because I didn’t get started on the computer ;-) So typing it all in an electronic document was my first correction draft. Until today I love my laptop (yes I still have it), most of the time it’s on my livingroom table. Only if there are really time consuming projects I take to my home office. And yes it has a name, not really creative, but my whole family knows it. I call it “Baby” and I have even filed the invoice under “B” …
    I’m thinking of replacing it, but everything on it is customized for me (and because of the money thing – new MacBook with all the programs I’d like to have … sigh), so I wait patiently when it is not as fast as I’d like it to be and hope it survives another summer.

  361. LJ says:

    I ditched desktops back in 2000 or so and have been so happy. Battery replacements are a pricey annoyance, but I do love my laptop.

    And I love that you named it Desmond.

  362. suz says:

    @liljan: that’s the point – I guess it’s either a netbook OR an X-series IBM. They are somewhat competitors, basically for their low weight and incredible mobility. X-series laptops are definitely NO multimedia machines, but you can do the ‘basics’, like YouToube or Zattoo or tv’s ‘mediatheken’. They aren’t gaming computers or anything you would need more than 1.5 or 2mbs of ram. Suits my purposes. A lot of people have warned me against a x41 (its name is KIP :D) to be my ‘main’ computer – but I haven’t regretted it. It does get a bit tiring with AI or PhotoShop, but it does the job.

    However, IBM has several series to suit your purpose – but they can get fairly bulky and heavy (by comparison). I have been using a T40 for several months in 2008/9 and loved it. Ah well!!

  363. Simone says:

    Der fehlende Zahn beeinträchtigt Dich heute aber nicht, oder??

  364. LJ says:

    I’m with you. I’d love to be the kind of person who didn’t always need/want to be connected. But I am. Yay for distractions at least.

  365. LJ says:

    You know what one of the coolest things about you is? You show what it’s like to live, really live, with a disease. You’re doing more in your spare time than many perfectly healthy people I know.

  366. liljan98 says:

    Awww, thanks. What a nice thing to say. Like I wrote in that post: What kind of life would it be, if let this disesase (or just the fear of a severe decline in my health) keep me from living my life. Jed Bartlet didn’t let it stop him from being POTUS either ;-)

  367. lisa says:

    I hate steroid side effects. They always make me all anxious and jumpy, and I puff like crazy. And that’s not at the doses you are on! I’m glad you’re feeling better though, side effects aside.

  368. liljan98 says:

    Anxious and jumpy is a good way to put it. I’m glad it’s over and that I’ve already got a rather good nights sleep.

  369. LJ says:

    I’m totally all about taking care of yourself when the moment and availability strike you. Whatever it takes, especially since you’ve been through the ringer.

  370. liljan98 says:

    Today I definitely feel like I’ve been through the ringer. Too crappy to even pamper myself today, so I’m glad I did that 2 days ago :-)

  371. LJ says:

    I’m glad your bloodwork came back okay, but sometimes that can be even more frustrating. If there’s something you can point to, you can treat it, you know? Hoping you’re feeling better in the morning.

  372. LJ says:

    Who is to say that the procrastination isn’t bringing you joy, though! See, I say take note of what you do in that procrastination time, and think of it as time to indulge your senses a bit.

    And Indian food? Yum!

  373. liljan98 says:

    Procrastination can be a lot of joy, until the bad conscience kicks in :-) I’ll try to find the right balance though. And cooking and trying out new recipies instead of eating unhealthy junkfood is always a good thing.

  374. suz says:

    Temperature not above 25C? Lucky you… I’d be lucky if the temperature in my flat would actually fall below 25C, which it hasn’t over the last four days – not even at night.

    (While I love the heat and can usually handle it pretty well, the exam preparation is still considerably affected… Just adds to the excitement!)

  375. liljan98 says:

    I’m very very grateful for this apartment :-)

    Good luck for your exams!

  376. LJ says:

    I hope today was at least a tiny bit better…

  377. Simone says:

    Super, der Vergleich! Die Stelzenläufer sehen auch cool aus. Ich hab von einer Brücke aus (als ich die endlich erreicht hatte!) jemanden auf einem Hochrad fotografiert, sieht man auch nicht alle Tage. Schon gar nicht auf der Autobahn :-).

  378. Claudia says:

    Wir haben heute erfahren, dass auch eine Studentin unseres Hauses ums Leben gekommen ist. Das ist dann schon schockierend wie nah sowas dann kommt!

  379. liljan98 says:

    Ich bin auch mit mulmigen Gefühl ins Büro gefahren heute morgen, weil ich Sorge hatte, dass irgendjemand der vielen Mitarbeiter ein Kind oder andere Angehörige verloren hat. Schrecklich das Ganze…

  380. LJ says:

    Very exciting to move, I can’t wait to see pictures.

    And yeah, I feel like I twitter anything I want to blog, leaving me nothing to blog about. Somehow you do a good job of it though!

  381. Hope says:

    I feel rested and relaxed after the weekend – but still a bit foggy! I blame my sinuses and ears, which are both completely clogged. :p

  382. liljan98 says:

    I sometimes miss blogging. But most of the times I’m just too lazy :-)

  383. liljan98 says:

    Clogged sinuses and ears suck! I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  384. LJ says:

    Love the picture! And what, wasn’t my prompt on her LJ good enough ;)?

  385. liljan98 says:

    Your prompt would have been fine, if it had included, that the alien actually IS Stewart, who was turned into said alien by a bad witch 200 years ago and can only be rescued by … ehm, I don’t know… the baby you mentioned ? Stewart is a MUST for any new Aria story :-)

  386. LJ says:

    Have a phenomenal time!

  387. Nat says:

    I can only agree that there are things that put everything into a different perspective and that we need that from time to time! People tend to become whiny about everything (the other day I found myself complaining that I had to walk 10 steps to the new printer *sigh*) while there are so much more serious, worde things that happen…

  388. nikeboyz says:

    Everyone seems to have Nike’s at the tip of their tongue. It’s evident most of you of you own or are currently even wearing a pair of Nike’s. Even big girls with abnormal shoe sizes like 30 are all over the place with Nike’s right this minute. Due to the stronghold that they have over the shoe world, who wouldn’t have a pair. If you have any information on the history of Nike besides what we have, please provide it here: http://www.squidoo.com/the-brief-history-of-nike

  389. Hope says:

    Feel better soon!

  390. liljan98 says:

    Thank you! My stuffy head feeling is almost gone, but the cough is still troubling me.

  391. LJ says:

    That is one cool ship!

    Sorry you’re getting bugged while you’re trying to mend…

  392. LJ says:

    I hope you got paid for a work day, or at least not charged with a sick day. Though since you aren’t in the US, they probably are much nicer about taking leave…

  393. liljan98 says:

    In general it’s no problem to take sick leave here, we get paid for the work day, whether we’re sick (and working ;-) ) or not.

  394. liljan98 says:

    It’s really annyoing to be bothered with work stuff, when all you want to do is curl up in bed and rest. But sometimes that just happens.

    The Vasa is just awesome!

  395. LJ says:

    Gorgeous photos, all of them. You really are quite the traveler!

  396. liljan98 says:

    Thanks! I try to travel a lot, but there are still so many places I want to visit and haven’t managed to yet ;-)

  397. LJ says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss, even if you weren’t in touch. Sometimes it’s those loose connections that really strike our hearts…

  398. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. Our families weren’t really close, but I like them and we always had a nice chat when we ran into each other on the street or in town somewhere. He’s the second person from the neighbourhood who passed away this year. That’s kind of scary. And sad…

  399. Kristin says:

    Losses like that can feel way too close for comfort. It sucks that it happens but it’s good that you got the reminder to be thankful.

  400. JJ says:

    Sorry for your loss…it does remind us to really appreciate and acknowledge those we love and cherish in our lives. Thanks for sharing this

  401. liljan98 says:

    It’s sad, that I sometimes need these kind of reminders to be thankful for what I have. But it helps to get perspective…

  402. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. As sad as it is, it really does help to remind us of what we have and to be thankful for it…

  403. Hope says:

    I’m in the process of throwing things out. It’s surprisingly difficult!

  404. liljan98 says:

    I’m actually surprised how easily I manage to throw out things this time. There are still more than enough items I’ll keep, even though I probably won’t use them in the future either. But with a lot of other stuff the decision to part with it was pretty easy. Which actually was weird in itself :)

  405. sannekurz says:

    Heya,
    I am born in a small town in Germany and my name is Susanne – from Shoshanna in Hebrew.
    I was convinced all my life it meant “lily” – only when I studied Hebrew a few years back I learned it actually comes from Shoshanna meaning “Rose” (Shoshanna shel Jericho – Rose of Jericho…)
    But than maybe your name is not Susanne :)
    I SO like I found your blog and this Ikea aritcle… i stumbled upon it via my own site http://sannekurz.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/ikea/
    Thanks for sharing!! xx S.

  406. Hope says:

    I have some VHS tapes that I really need to throw out!

  407. liljan98 says:

    My videorecorder broke down years ago, so I wasn’t even able to watch these tapes for years. Not that I felt the urge to. It was really about time to throw them out!

  408. JJ says:

    Its tough to see the “good” in things when we are swamped and busy–but glad feel that there are lots of things to be be thankful for :) Take me on vacation with you!

  409. liljan98 says:

    I read your tweet at the right time to forget the feeling of being totally swamped for a moment and remember the good things. I needed that. I’m not sure our rental car will have space for a fifth woman and her luggage, but I’ll be thinking of you on the road… :-)

  410. LJ says:

    Maybe we’ll keep you on this side of the pond!

  411. LJ says:

    Now that’s pretty darned funny! That’s what you get for finding a Red Sox shirt!

  412. Hope says:

    Wow! I’m so jealous!

  413. Hope says:

    You were only a few miles from my sister’s house! (She lives near Hanover). It’s such a beautiful area. We’re debating wether or not to head up there for the day this weekend.

  414. liljan98 says:

    You really should head up there this weekend! (If it’s not raining) It was so beautiful during this time of the year. I already miss it…

  415. Lillibelle says:

    I have to agree with most of your “rant”. (As you may know if you’ve resd my whining about Greys ;-)) I think we mostly disagree about Bailey, but I think from my experience that I would react the same way with Ben. The other things: Teddy can go (I was so annoyed about her loooong scenes I almost forwarded during my first watching), Callie and Arizona – I guess Arizona is by now too girlie for me. The Chief has lost too much with me during the last seasons, I’m happy if he’s not on the screen. Mark – I never understood why he was regarded as attractive, must be some American thing ;-). Lexie – that’s also something I don’t understand, who says she can sleep now. Alex – with a bullet, avoiding elevators, is free to operate. Mer, who showed herself capable of surviving bad things several times, must wait. And what you said, no further mentioning of the baby (although I hope that will change during the next episode). Christina – I’m a bit surprised that she’s affected so much, regarding the fact that she saw her father dying after a car accident and not being able to help. And this time everything went fine (more or less). That shows she is way more vulnerable that she appears. (And Sandra Oh a great actress.) Owen and Jackson – I totally agree with you. I only tolerate Owen because he means so much to Christina and I’d love to see Jackson with her (I’m totally spoilerfree, so I don’t know what to think of your hints). The moving-in-thing – I was also surprised to learn that they’ve already moved in. I mean the house is a bit crowded by now with Alex, Lexie, Jackson and April. But I’d like to see some scenes in the house with them altogether.
    Sometimes I think it would be better if the fans write the show. (And I wouldn’t mind watching happy everyday-life-scenes of Mer and Der 42 minutes of every show ;-))

  416. Lillibelle says:

    I started writing my review about the episode and stopped right in the middle of it, because I didn’t know what to write. It didn’t feel like my favourite show, it was almost like some random story I stumbled upon.
    The baby-thing: I regarded the OB thing just as a check to see if there are any problems after the micarriage and the “Ausschabung” (Sorry, too lazy to search the medical term in english). And when you’re there, you talk about the baby plans. So I was okay with that, although I don’t know how much time usually goes by between Ausschabung and check. The hostile uterus: That doesn’t sound like a real diagnosis, so I was also okay with the “Take it easy”-attitude of Derek. The Alzheimer-Test: I always wandered why this wasn’t mentioned more often, because Mer said during the first season that her mother’s Alzheimer was inherited (or something like that). Mer and Der talking about it: I’m looking on the bright side: This was the first time that they discussed (really discussed) something important, as far as I remember.
    Most of the other stuff: I didn’t like it and I watched this episode a second time. There were some moments – boob talk, the father of the boy, but the rest, I don’t know. And I’m wondering, where in the house is Jackson sleeping.

  417. liljan98 says:

    I probably expected too much of the baby thing because of my (very) limited knowledge about female infertility. I’ve heard the term “hostile uterus” in that context, but just figured that diagnosis would take a longer time. Later in this episode Meredith mentions “baby squishing fibers in her uterus” and that is NOT what I considered the diagnosis “hostile uterus”. I don’t know, probably my own fault that I went into this episode with a clear idea in my head who it should play out. But the rest of episode was still rather boring to me anyway..

  418. LJ says:

    That’s actually the size of my brother’s place in NYC – nice upgrade! I’m sure it’s a relief to finally be in your space.

  419. Hope says:

    I think I must be weird… because I really, really love unpacking.

  420. Hope says:

    I am so envious of your ginormous bookshelves. So. Envious.

  421. liljan98 says:

    Hehehe, the bookshelves are my pride and joy. Seriously I just had two of them in the old flat and the other books on shelves whereever there was space for a shelf on the wall. THIS is so much nicer.

  422. lisa says:

    I’m not a fan of Owen. I think it’s really unfair that he is understanding when it comes to Cristina and doesn’t cut Jackson any slack. I mean, they were there together, Jackson is the one that was quick on his feet and disconnected the leads. Why is it OK for Cristina to be broken, but not Jackson?

  423. liljan98 says:

    I’m not a fan of Owen either, but I didn’t mind him that much in this episode. I agree that he should not cut Cristina but everyone who was in the hospital that day more slack. But I’m not quite sure if Jackson really is still so off his game because of what happened during the shooting or if there are other things going on. Because if it’s a result from the shooting the writers are really took (or still are taking) an awful lot of time to start telling his story. He seemed ok for so long now (like Mer and Alex), so I’m surprised that he supposedly is still deeply affected by it. Well, everyone actually should be deeply affected and not back at work at the same place, but it’s just TV fiction after all :-)

  424. Hope says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about all of this! I hope you get some time to relax.

  425. KitCat says:

    Wärst Du vielleicht so nett und könntest mir den Link zur Gabaldon Fanpage schicken ? Bin selber grosser Fan der Serie und würd mich sehr drüber freuen. lg KitCat

  426. liljan98 says:

    Hätte die Seite ja auch mal direkt verlinken können, fällt mir da so ein :-)

    http://www.sinijari.fi/linkit/outlander/myoutlander.htm

    Die Excerpts findest du unter “Outlander Series Book 8” und ansonsten sind da halt wirklich noch andere nette Sachen zu sehen/lesen. Viel Spaß

  427. Hope says:

    Your tea set is adorable! I have been drinking lots more tea lately.

  428. liljan98 says:

    It is, isn’t it? I paced to and fro the shelf it was on in the store, because it wasn’t cheap, but then I couldn’t not buy it ;-)

  429. Nat says:

    OMG, that tea set is so cute! Def. a good “ueberbleibsel” :D

  430. suz says:

    Have you tried Ritter’s winter special creation “Vanillegipferl”? It’s a pretty weird (and considerably sweet) blend of vanilla cream stuff. I’m not sure whether I think it tastes like the cookies because they are or because I know they’re supposed to [taste like vanille gipferl].

    Ups, sorry, just thinking of them when you mentioned the vanilla scent – which is way too heavy in candles for my liking, but I guess that’s just very personal. :)

  431. liljan98 says:

    I might have to try the “Vanillekipferl”, even though I’m not a big fan of Vanilla as a taste (in sweets or icecream and such), but I like the scented candles. I guess it really is a personal thing :-)

  432. Hope says:

    I like leftovers. It’s a good description!

    And now I want cookies.

  433. Hope says:

    It seems really unfair that someone else’s dithering would postpone your holiday!

  434. liljan98 says:

    It depends on how fast the print shop will get the cards done. And how much other stuff I’ll have to do before I can think of getting all the envelopes ready (adress + stamps and such). I really thought with so much else going on, we’d skip this christmas card idea this year, but then all of a sudden they finally wanted to do it anyway *sigh*

  435. Hope says:

    That snow is so lovely! We haven’t had any snow yet and it actually makes me a little sad.

  436. liljan98 says:

    You haven’t had any snow yet? That’s really sad. It has been quite beautiful around here in the last few days (as long as you don’t have to use a car). I hope it won’t melt till Christmas because it would suck to have a Not-White Christmas after all the snow we had so far…

  437. suz says:

    And, again, winter took Germany by complete surprise. I thought we’d learnt our lesson earlier this year, but there you go.

    Righto, I might not be objective – but do we think it’s justified to have TV specials over and over covering an absolute natural phenomenon called winter? We had an American linguist at the research centre last week (she’s from the north-east). Before commencing her talk, she thanked everyone “for coming out in what I understand is a blizzard for Hamburg”. Hilarious. We had a massive dump of an inch and a half – and people go crazy. In fairness, though, I believe it’s mainly the media who’s stirring everyone up.

    However, even my dad got infected by this hype. He’s a proven winter person (being from the Black Forest AND equipped with three decades of experience in winter sports administration). He asked me if I had plan B for Wednesday as I am due to fly to Switzerland to spent Christmas with the family. Hamburg Airport is fine, so is Basel, with only flights to Heathrow cancelled and every other flight to Frankfurt as well, but I guess with half-hourly flights to Frankfurt that’s not a real problem. In fact, I guess I’ll have a better chance getting home on a flight than on a train. (At least as far as comfort is concerned…)

    No, I don’t have plan B. And I won’t be needing it. The whole media frenzy is – looking back – a good justification for getting rid of my telly four years ago.

    Merry Christmas, luv :)

  438. liljan98 says:

    Don’t get me started on the media and their hysterical “OMG it’s winter” special news editions. I just accidently caught one (while I was turning on the TV to watch some DVD) and it drove me mad! I’m glad none of my family fell for that and got nervous. We’re all relaxed (for now *g*) Merry christmas to you, too. Travel safe!

  439. suz says:

    I guess you’ve come across this:

    Schneechaos der ARD

    But it does prove one thing: Germans can do subtle humor.

    (On a side note: I met a guy today whose customers have apparently been stuck in Basel since Thurs. I am definitely more worried about my expired passport… and the new one is well overdue… ordered err… in October. Let’s see how serious the Swiss take Schengen.)

  440. Hope says:

    I continue to have bookshelf envy!

  441. liljan98 says:

    Hihi… well, these shelves are my pride and joy. To look at and to have enough space to put new books and… Well, I really like them a lot.

  442. Hope says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. :(

  443. LJ says:

    I have a spice rack just like that and ADORE IT. My only complaint is not having more room for more spices!

  444. liljan98 says:

    This one’s from IKEA :) I had to keep my spices in a box in one of my cupboards in the old tiny kitchen and I’m so happy to have them right at hand next to the stove now…

  445. Hope says:

    Thanks for the link! I’m pretty likely to run out of ideas, so I’m going to need some!

  446. Hope says:

    You poor thing! I hope you feel better, and soon!

  447. liljan98 says:

    Thanks, I really hope so too! How is your foot doing, by the way. You haven’t mentioned in on your blog in a while, so I figure it’s not troubleing you any longer? At least I hope so…

  448. Hope says:

    If hanging out makes you feel relaxed and happy, I’d say that’s something accomplished!

  449. LJ says:

    This is totally spot on. I agree, it’s so-so simply because the characters are strangers to us now. I am happy to see them, like old friends, but something’s missing.
    Bailey yelling at God and begging for him not to take another Charles from her was great. Anything other than sniffly Bailey, that’s the worst.
    Also, Derek’s mood swings were almost bordering on bizarre. First he’s mad then he’s gushing? I mean, I get they want to show that he gets it, but it was like he was PMSy or something. I loved the “THEN ROLL OVER” – that was awesome.

  450. Lisa says:

    I too thought everything wrapped up too quickly. It just seemed a little too convenient.

    I haven’t always loved McDreamy (I picked McVet, personally), and it’s because of that side of him. He seems a lot more human now and acts less like a jackass neuro god. She has the patience of a saint for putting up with it, and I’m glad she finally came out and told him what she had been through.

  451. liljan98 says:

    PMSy Derek… now that’s a thought *g* But I have to agree, it was a strange change of his mood. And why did perfect McDreamy never ever considered what it must have been for Mer in the first place ;-). Just thinking about the bedroom scene puts a big grin on my face, now that I’ve got it. So so funny!

  452. liljan98 says:

    I really think he should have considered what it all must have been for Meredith so much earlier. Did he never ask her or did she just never answered in case he ever has asked her? In any case I’m happy about all the MerDer screentime we get these days with strange cardiac surgeons marrying even stranger strangers ;-)

  453. Hope says:

    I think that taking care of yourself is an *excellent* project!

  454. Lillibelle says:

    First of all “Gute Besserung”, I hope you’ll be soon ok.
    To Greys: I wasn’t disappointed by the episode, it was just average. I’d liked to see more of MerDer, but as long as they’re happy I can live with that. And there were no ghosts ;-)
    But when I saw this week’s episode of Doctors Diary I was totally caught and I can hardly wait next week. I almost spent a complete night reading fanfic and rewatched the episode. And I remember, it was this way with Greys and it’s not anymore. I used to look up every spoiler, I rewatched old episodes (funny enough – I never read fanfiction about Greys), today most of the times I’m not even watching the trailer for the next episode. The feeling is gone. And Greys is just a habit.
    But you’re right about the music. I’ve also bought several CDs because of Greys. My favourite song is Butterfly Boucher’s “A bitter song” (Mer drowning), but Anna Nalick is right behind this song.

  455. liljan98 says:

    “Grey’s is just a habit” sums it up perfectly. And it’s sad to see this happen and to let go of the excitement and involvement that was there in the early seasons. I don’t watch Doctor’s Diary, I was never home the nights it first aired and I actually can’t the leading actress.
    “A bitter song” is in the top ranks of my fav. Grey’s songs as well :-) Too much awesome music to choose from.

    Thanks for the “Gute Besserung” wishes ;-)

  456. Mella says:

    Ich weiß genau, wie du das mit dem Mer/Der shippern meinst. So gehts mir grad mit dem Großstadtrevier. *seufz* Und bei Greys nervts einfach, dass die beiden zusammen nur noch zu Beginn und Ende zu sehen sind. Callie ist momentan einfach unfair zu Arizona und Teddy geht mir ebenfalls aufn Keks. Sonst ging die Folge eigentlich.

  457. liljan98 says:

    Ich glaube es ist einfach der Lauf der Dinge, dass nach so vielen Staffeln die Luft raus ist, bei den Autoren und den Fans. Schade aber wohl nicht zu ändern… Ich werde trotzdem weitergucken jede Woche :-)

  458. Hope says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better!

  459. liljan98 says:

    Unfortunately I’m feeling a bit worse today. The sideeffects of the IVs, I guess….:-(

  460. sdame says:

    I remember hearing a song on a radio show that highlighted unknown artists. I missed the intro to it, so I had no idea who it was until about 5 years later when a friend had the band’s CD playing in his car. It was like a miracle to hear it and remember it like that. While I’m so thankful to have more music at my fingertips, sometimes having a musical connection like that gets lost these days.

  461. LJ says:

    Illnesses are so scary, even now with so many pieces of information at our fingertips, we still don’t know everything we need to. So rarely is there a “right” choice, but rather the best choice we can make with the information we have in the moment. Whatever you choose will be a good choice, and I hope it has you feeling better.

  462. Hope says:

    I hope that you feel better soon!

  463. I wish the show would be on more. I don’t like all the weeks off as of late.

  464. Hope says:

    I hope you feel better, and soon!

    Your computer will last longer and run better if it’s not full of dust. :)

  465. lisa says:

    I thought the Twitter storyline was so lame. I love Twitter and advocate its use in a lot of professional situations, but the OR is not one of them. For one, would patients really agree to that? Actually sign a release saying “Yes, you may live Tweet my surgery”?

    Here’s my thing with the Mark/Lexi stuff — I liked the show a lot more when Meredith and Derek weren’t together. I LOVED the drama that surrounded them and their whole struggle to have a relationship. Now they are together, the big “will they or won’t they” question has been answered, so it seems like they are trying to make Mark and Lexie the next couple to carry that on-again, off-again drama. And they can’t. We barely even saw them together and then she’s storming out again because Mark is bringing a kid into the situation. Again.

    I just don’t think the writing is very good anymore. A few years ago, they might have been able to make the Callie/Arizona/Mark/Baby story compelling, but they’re doing a poor job of it now.

  466. liljan98 says:

    I agree 100% to everything you said! They really should have ended the show a few seasons ago, after Meredith and Derek got together. Give them a few episodes to settle into this new shared life and that’s it! Sadly enough, despite all that I still can’t stop watching :-).

  467. lillibelle says:

    I somehow started checking the quality of any Greys episode by two questions: Any MerDer scenes? Any ghosts? If nobody else annoys me during the 42 minutes, the episode is okay for me. I also stopped putting to much emotion in it or I would constantly complain that the cast is too big and I’m not interested in Teddy’s storyline or the baby-triangle. Or that I knew from the start how the twitter-story would end (and I didn’t even thought about the messing up with or-machines but about the paperwork to get stuff from another hospital). And I also knew that the husband will get the placebo stuff. I’m now just wendering whether the show was always this predictable … Anyway, as I said some tiny MerDer-moments, no ghosts – an okay episode for me.

  468. liljan98 says:

    I’m happy about all the MerDer scenes we get too, but I’m also still a tiny bit disappointed that they are just one of many couples nowadays and that we don’t get to see more of their relationship. Shouldn’t he explained / talked a bit more about why he lets her be on the trial after all?

    No ghosts? I like that :-) This storyline was so so so bad. Ugh, I don’t want to remember that.

  469. Hope says:

    I’ve been bad about taking pictures lately. I need to fix that!

  470. LJ says:

    I haven’t taken any pictures either. I need winter to be over to regain my mojo.

  471. Hope says:

    I’ve been forgetting to take pictures! But I am refusing to admit that I gave up. :p

  472. LJ says:

    Oh magnetic words! I remember what a big deal those were. What a blast from the past.

  473. liljan98 says:

    I had neither my own fridge or a magnetic board to put them on, when the magnetic words were a big deal years or even decades ago, and I always regretted that. When I saw them in this shop yesterday and I thought about my laaaaarge magnetic (well metal) board in my kitchen, I had to buy them. Just because ;-)

  474. Lili says:

    You are right. Very old school Grey’s it’s fantastic. I really enjoyed this epi and the nursery scene was a nice tribute to the amazing Season 1.they really should focus back on Meredith and more exploring Alex, Cris, Derek, Webber an Bailey. Calzone and Mark SL is annoying and really dies not feel like the shoe I fell in love to

  475. Hope says:

    We have lolcat magnetic words. They always crack me up!

  476. Lillibelle says:

    Just a minor correction: It’s Simon Beckett. But anyway “Whispers” is really good, I’ve read in German and found it way better than the second book.

  477. liljan98 says:

    Ups! Well, both names start with an S and there is a M in both… easy to mix it up :-)

  478. Hope says:

    Looks good!

  479. Lisa says:

    I really wish there was a way to quit this show! I watched most of it on fast forward. And I don’t feel like I missed much.

    I liked Adele’s part, and I totally think Meredith’s onesie was intentional. Oh, and I would have failed their little Alzheimer’s trial test. I tried to the backwards from 100 in multiples of 7 thing and made it as far as 79.

    I don’t think I can watch next week. That part where they showed everyone running down the hall with the gurney and Callie is riding on it singing? UGH.

  480. Lisa says:

    Oh, and the Cristina/Owen thing. I don’t think Cristina should be chief resident, I don’t think she has the people management skills, but I think it’s pretty crappy of Owen to agree to be the person deciding on chief resident. He should have said he wouldn’t be able to be objective.

  481. Hope says:

    I always feel better when the sun comes out!

  482. liljan98 says:

    I definitely needed the sun to get me out of this gloomy mood. Now the weather just have to stay this sunny and everything will be fine…

  483. liljan98 says:

    I forgot to mention O/C but I completely agree. Cristina is lacking the social skills (just remember how she treated her interns) and Owen shouldn’t have agreed to be the one to pick.

    I also wouldn’t have got too far with the counting backwards. And what stupid test is this anyway? What if you really are just bad at maths? You don’t have to Alzheimers to fail at that :)

  484. Lisa says:

    One more thing I forgot… What’s up with Shonda and the gay characters? I’ve never cared whether storylines had gay, bi, or straight characters before (they usually make sense, as much as things can in Shondaland), but it’s starting to get a little weird how Shonda seems to be focusing on sexuality so much. I know sex has always been a big part of Grey’s, but the patients’ (or family’s) sexuality is now important?

  485. Lisa says:

    I’m also channeling hate into the musical episode. We were just talking about it at work. It’s safe to focus hate at Grey’s! I think it might have been tolerable if they’d left SaRa singing in her out of body experience, but everyone else singing just gets even crazier. And I’m so tired of Mark, Callie, and Arizona…

    OK, weird thing, I think Shonda believes she is really doing some good for the gay community by having gay characters. But I find so much of what she’s written insulting. Maybe I’m misreading it since I’m straight, but I’m not thinking that Arizona talking about the “bisexual dream” or “he gets the straight you” are positive things. Hello generalizations and labels. They used to be doctors! Save lives! Now they fight over what percentage gay Callie is, WTF????

    So now she’s reduced Callie and Arizona to labels, stuck Mark in the middle, all but kicked the Grey out of Grey’s Anatomy, married Cristina off during the haze of PTSD, and now they’re all going to sing. PURE. INSANITY.

    Ice cream in a cup. I’m way too clumsy to eat it in a cone. Most likely half of the cup is going to end up all over me anyway.

  486. Lisa says:

    I don’t feel like I have a clue what happened. Like Teddy going off on Cristina, what was that about? I was distracted by all the singing in the OR.

    I get so irritated by Shonda’s belief that OBs have anything to do with the baby. Baby is born and the OB cares for it? No, the OB needs to care for the mom she just cut open. A NICU team should be there for the baby, and they definitely would be for a 23 weeker. The Grey’s docs aren’t the world’s experts in anything and everything.

    They ruined Grace for me. I love that song, it has great Grey’s memories, and then they put Callie riding a stretcher in slow motion? Ugh, no.

  487. liljan98 says:

    It feels so good to have something simple to focus all my hate at. And it was well deserved, because the episode really was so so bad all in all.

    I have no idea why Shonda messes with the gay characters and has to use the most clichéd storylines for them. A bisexual woman accidently getting knocked up by a male friend, but actually in love with a lesbian? Blah… I miss the good old times when the show was less soap opera and more medical drama.

  488. liljan98 says:

    The singing was distracting for sure.

    The thing is, I think Addison is specialized in both obstetrics and neonatal medicine (I watched old Grey’s episode recently where she mentions her credentials). So SHE should have been taking care of the baby and Lucy should have taken care of Callie. But what does Shonda know… *sigh*

    “Grace” really was all kinds of bad. I try to forget about most of the episode asap.

  489. Lillibelle says:

    I see – I could have saved me some time and just copy your review. Because I totally agree. I didn’t recognise all the songs from earlier episodes, but I appreciate the thought. But what Shonda made out of it, was horrible. And all of the time so forced. I wonder why the chief hadn’t to sing either. Didn’t they once celebrate him for his wonderfull singing? Anyway I’m glad, it’s over. And I also never want to see this episode again.

  490. Tina says:

    Ich habe mich jetzt entschlossen die 7 auf deutsch zu gucken. Ist mir einfach zu anstrengend im Moment. Heute hab ich angefangen.

  491. Hope says:

    The thing I did that I always said I wouldn’t do was to go bungee jumping.

  492. liljan98 says:

    You did go bungee jumping?!?!? Ok, that’s one of the things I would remember if I had done it despite saying I wouldn’t ;-) Answering that question I thought more of silly and embarrassing things I probably did even though I said I never would…

  493. Lisa says:

    I quit the show. We’ve removed it from our DVR lineup. After the musical episode, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore and I hate what Shonda has done to the characters this season. I feel like she’s turned Arizona into a completely different person with all her snippy little comments to Callie. I haven’t understood that; I know Arizona has said she just doesn’t like Mark, but her comments about the “bisexual dream” and the “straight Callie” seem demeaning to Callie (and bi women in general, IMO) and barely related to Mark at all.

    I liked it a whole lot more when Meredith and Derek were sneaking around. And unfortunately, I think a lot of shows are like that – they make the will they/won’t they stuff so central to the show that when THE couple gets together, it’s boring. You just go “well, what now?” I think The Office is like that too now that Jim and Pam are together.

    I think Patrick has been tired of it for awhile too. I remember seeing a quote quite awhile ago where he said that shows just run their course, they can’t go on forever. I read it to mean he expected Grey’s to end any day now, that even he thinks they are digging trying to come up with some storylines now.

  494. liljan98 says:

    I wish I could quit the show that easily as well :) My hope right now is that Patrick and Ellen really only have one year left of their contract and that the next season will be the last. But as long as I can see Patrick Dempsey on TV on a regular basis I just can’t leave him. He shouldn’t have to go through this all on his own *g* Even though… he get’s paid a lot for doing it and noone is paying me! :-)

  495. Lisa says:

    I think that’s what made it easier for me to quit, I felt like he was never on the show anymore! I probably would have stuck around a little longer just to see him, but instead we get the threesome fighting about something new in every single episode.

  496. sara says:

    Hi, My name is Sara I am dermerga on fanfictions sites about meredith and derek. I have just read your post and I agree completely with you. I also started when a friend of mine told me about it, in the middle of season two. I got hooked and I watched on dvd from the beginning the show. I fell in love with mer and der, and as you said in season 1 and 2 the stories of the other characters were interesting as well. I enjoyed season 3 until the middle, before the ferryboat accident. I kept on watching and was disappointed with season 4, but there were still good moments on each episode, even if I didn’t like how mer and der’s relationship (and rose) was going on. and from then on it has been getting worse and worse. Like you, I still watch it for mer and der, but I don’t watch the whole episode I just fastforward until they appear, because I don’t care about most of the storylines. I think the moment shonda decided to create private practice the show has been on decline instead on focusing on doing the best show possible with the best writers, she decided to have two mediocre shows and get more money, but for me the quality of grey’s has been slowly on decline. Nevertheless, we will always have the great season 1 and 2, and part of season 3 and the rest of the merder moments of the other seasons. I hope it will get a little better for our beloved couple.

  497. ana says:

    Hi,
    My name is Ana. I have just read your post and I can only say that I admire you so much. You are really an example. After reading your post I feel ashamed of sometimes complaining about stuff that I shouldn’t complain or be worried about things that aren’t important. I wish you the very best of luck with this new treatment. I hope everything works out for you. I wish you the very best from Spain.

  498. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for these kind words :)

  499. Hope says:

    Wow, scary! I think you’re doing a great job of weighing your options and making smart decisions. I’m going to think good thoughts for you. :)

  500. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. It took me a long time to make this decision and now that I did I feel likea weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Thinking good thoughts is highly appreciated regardless :)

  501. Cherszy says:

    Very informational post you got here! I am planning to visit Vasa Museum soon, and I found your post to be really helpful! Thanks for this! :)

  502. ana says:

    Happy Birthday! I think you are completely right, and I also like Izzie’s words: it makes a lot of sense. Like you, I tend to have low steem and I also question myself a lot, and but I fight always with myself because the only way to be happy in general and with onself in particular is to have good thoughts and good feelings. (I’m sorry for my English, I wish I could express this with better words, but I hope I made myself clear). I admire your strenght, and your words are just so inspiring. I just want to wish you the very best of day and a great new year of your life.

  503. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes. Don’t worry about your English, I absolutely understood what you were saying and I agree 100%. We have to have good thoughts and be hopeful and optimistic instead of being pessimistic and worrying too much. It’s not always easy, but I am trying to live like that at least.

  504. ana says:

    I am from Spain, so I have never watched hockey in my life, but from what I could read, hockey for you is like soccer for me, I enjoy watching soccer on the tv and it is such an excitement.
    I completely agree. If you asked me a few years ago if it would come to a point where I wouldn’t care about grey’s anatomy and about mer and der (what they are showing us right now) I would have say that would never happen. I am really sad that the show has gotten so so bad. I has been slowly but for me now is unwatchable. Probably on the summer I will read online or watch a few clips of mer and der to see if it has gotten any better. At least we have the first seasons to enjoy.

  505. Hope says:

    I’m so sorry that you’re sick again. :( I hope you get better soon!

  506. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. After one day with meds it already feels like it’s getting better.

  507. Tina says:

    Hört sich wirklich an, als wenn wir alles das selbe haben. sobald ich angefangen hab zu sprechen musste ich husten. Gute Besserung weiterhin !

  508. liljan98 says:

    Bin zumindest auf dem Weg der Besserung, also der Husten ist bei weitem nicht mehr so schlimm und alles andere auch… Zum Glück

  509. LJ says:

    A) What kind of mattress? I love my memory foam one.
    B) I’ve found that I generally am less annoyed with Grey’s now that I watch it in the background :)

  510. LJ says:

    I remember when you got your Pre!!

    I do love my Android, and haven’t felt the pull for an iPhone yet. It’s got a lot more things that are free in terms of apps…

  511. liljan98 says:

    Having Grey’s only on in the background (or fastforwarding through 80% of the episode) definitely helps with the “being less annoyed” thing :) The mattress is a pretty ordinary but still very good foam one. Such an upgrade from the worn out spring core mattress I had.

  512. liljan98 says:

    It wasn’t that long ago that I got the Pre so it really sucks, that it’s broken already. Oh, well maybe they can fix it without any costs for me. The thing is, the new Androids are very very tempting even if I get my Pre back. The weird attraction of “new” technology. I’ll probably won’t get an iPhone after all for the reason you mentioned above.

  513. ana says:

    Thanks for the link. I loved the song. As you said, I have never paid attention to the lyrics before, I just liked the rythm, but now in this version , it made me think so much, and the lyrics are so profound, and so true. I am just 26 years old, and I cannot help thinking how fast time goes, I just can’t believe I am 26, it seems just yesterday I was playing with barbies and being just a little girl. Thanks for the link.

  514. Hope says:

    I hope that everything goes according to plan!

  515. xj2608M says:

    I’m always amazed at how much thought people put into things! My profile information includes a cartoon that my husband drew that amused me and some very basic info. But I don’t really like to try and describe myself…

  516. JustHeather says:

    I like what you have done for your “about me” page. I need to take up this challenge too in the very near future.

  517. Karen Henry says:

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about my contest! I really appreciate it. :-)

    Karen

  518. JustHeather says:

    Oh, I think I’m gonna have to write a little something too. :)

  519. liljan98 says:

    Please do that, I’m always curious to find out what others love about Outlander.

  520. Karen Henry says:

    Great! I would love to have as many people as possible participating.

    Karen

  521. Hey sweetie!

    I just updated my about me page. I read through the pages of successful bloggers and then just went for it. It’s kinda silly…I dunno if i like it or not…

  522. JustHeather says:

    Nom nom nom. I don’t think I could have written a better description on why I love Jamie Fraser. Very loveable indeed!

  523. bonalibro says:

    Don’t display your ignorance. Neither character comes from a work of “literary fiction.”

  524. liljan98 says:

    Maybe I should have chosen “written fiction” then, because it was merely meant to distinguish it from fictional characters in movies or on TV.

  525. Keiko says:

    Anne of Green Gables… I love it! For the longest time I wanted fiery red hair just like hers. Great post! (Stopping by from Prompt-ly.)

  526. Hope says:

    I’m so sorry that you’ve been sick. :(

  527. Hope says:

    I think that, when you’ve been sick like you have, you are entitled to a little procrastination.

  528. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. Sadly it feels like it has been more than just a little :-)

  529. steffi says:

    so macht urlaubsplanung spaß! in 10 tagen gehts los :-)

  530. msathlete says:

    Hi – sorry to hear your MS has taken a turn. I find that one of the hardest things about having the disease.

    Gilmore Girls are great therapy! Stay positive.

    susan@msathlete.org

  531. Hope says:

    That amusement park sounds really cool!

  532. Hope says:

    Don’t dislike yourself! You’re awesome!

  533. steffi says:

    super, das freut mich :-) viel spaß noch, und vielleicht schaffen wirs ja doch mal irgendwann zusammen. komm doch mal nach münchen!

  534. liljan98 says:

    Vielleicht schaffe ich es wirklich mal nach München (zum Deutschlandcup fahren mein Bruder + seine Clique diesmal ohne mich), dann müssen wir auf jeden Fall gemeinsam mal auf die Suche gehen. Es macht echt Spaß, auch wenn ich bisher noch gar nicht so viel unterwegs war…

  535. Hope says:

    Enjoy your time off!

  536. Hope says:

    Sounds like an awesome vacation!

  537. This is not a simple choice, and you processed it well, and not took it lightly. Researching the internet I found out that many patients are getting better using Tysabri and the Pml complication rate is low, well at least according to the news releases.
    I hope is going to work out for you and keep us posted.

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  540. JustHeather says:

    I knew I recognized that quote from somewhere. *grin*
    Your post resonated a lot with me. I too have been feeling that way for quite a while. I’d say for the most part of the last 2 years, although it comes and goes in intensity. At the moment, it is less and I have hopes of getting off my behind and not procrastinate for a while. So far, not much has been done. Doh!

    Glad to hear things have been looking a bit better lately, I hope they continue to be that way.

  541. liljan98 says:

    Well, you had so much going on this year, it’s no wonder if you might feel that way. I’m happy to read that the feeling isn’t too intense for you at the moment. Take Care…

  542. JustHeather says:

    I love tree porn! Especially with the beautiful all foliage. 99% of the trees have lost all their leaves here already. Even the rowan trees have had most of the red berries eaten too! I should find a stand of birch trees and try to get a good picture of the black and white-ness of them.

    Have fun with geo-caching. I’ve never tried it, but I have friends who love it. And anything that gets you outside and enjoying nature, whether you find the caches or not, is a great hobby!

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  544. liljan98 says:

    We’ve been really blessed with beautiful fall foliage this year. I hope the memories of these colourful trees will get me through the winter, if it will be such a long and cold and stormy winter than the one we had last season.
    I’d love to see some photos of fall foliage from Finland…

  545. Hope says:

    Tree porn! Love it!

  546. Hope says:

    I think I’ll stop procrastinating. Maybe tomorrow…

  547. Hope says:

    Sounds like fascinating stuff!

    I try to do all the reading for my grad school courses, but sometimes you just can’t finish everything.

  548. Hope says:

    It didn’t take much to beat me. :p

  549. Hope says:

    Adding to my “to read” list!

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  551. Hope says:

    Those look like good promises!

  552. JustHeather says:

    Thinking of a positive and stressfree 2012 for you! The year past did seem to have it’s ups and downs (although, I suspect all years are like that), but like you, I’m glad it’s over. I’m ready to see something different.

  553. Hope says:

    Here’s to a healthy and happy 2012!

  554. Hope says:

    Yikes about heart palpitations! I hope you feel better soon!

  555. Hope says:

    I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better!

    I’m anxiously awaiting the first season of Sherlock to arrive from Netflix.

  556. lachgas says:

    Oh die Hockey-Tasse ist ja großartig! Die wäre was für eine Freudin die großer Eishockeyfan ist *g* Aber ich find sie auch toll!

  557. JustHeather says:

    I like the idea of “mug shots”. hehe.
    I too love mugs!! I don’t purposely collect them, but I do have quite a few and many that are my favorites. And a few that I’ve threatened bodily harm to hubby if anything happens to them. *innocent grin*

  558. Nat says:

    Awwww, I love the moose one! My best friend’s a left-y too and the moose is her fave animal, she’d prolly kill you for it :D. Very cute!! I used to collect mugs, (btw. would’ve loved mug shots…) my parents now enjoy a range of starbucks city mugs and many sentimental possessions… couldn’t take them when I moved continents. I took two with me, one of which once went AWOL at work and we had the head of school sending out an email to get it back to me. Can’t wait to see more of yours (there will be more, right?)!

  559. liljan98 says:

    Ich hab noch ein paar Hockeytassen in der Sammlung… :-)

  560. liljan98 says:

    I have no idea how all the mugs got into my cupboard LOL I also have a few that I would threaten bodily harm to anyone who’d ruin them

  561. liljan98 says:

    Hehehe, I had no idea there are so many other collectors out there. There will be more, of course. With moose and one from Starbucks and well… other stuff. How many mugs did you buy in Australia yet, now that you don’t have your own collection anymore? I also have a few I’d sent a company wide email if it went missing ;-)

  562. JustHeather says:

    As I said before, I love “mug shots”!
    I’d love to have your coldness right now. We’re battling -20 to -25C here and it is COLD! I’m enjoying huge cups/mugs of tea also!

  563. Nat says:

    Oh, I remember the Elchtest!! That mug is very funny, even now. How many mugs do you own, in total?

  564. Nat says:

    Looking forward to your Starbucks ones too!! I have like 8 mugs by now, which is pretty reasonable I think! None from starbucks tho, I should start collecting those again, I love their city mugs! Do you have some of those?

  565. Hope says:

    Looks like a mug that was worth the wait!

  566. Hope says:

    Would your mug be able to avoid a moose? :p

  567. Hope says:

    It sounds like you’re doing really well!

  568. Nat says:

    OMFG, you had coffee with Walter?!

    I am very jealous, but most of all I think you very much deserve this :). This blog post is great, for two reasons, first of all I didn’t know you had the M&W Page and were a Fan!! I adored them growing up, Nikola was my favourite show! While I liked them individually, their acting together was simply priceless! It’s so cool that you started a WP back then. Also, I think your attitude is priceless! (I just read the FAQ section :)).
    Second, I can relate to this A LOT! I never had a fanpage, but being a fan girl I made so many friends and had experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise. I loved ER when I was younger and one of my best friends is coming to see me down under this march, we met online 10 years ago and it’s one of the most important friendships I have. Also, I had very low self-esteem growing up, I still do in some ways, and reading this is just awesome, how things changed and how (I think) being timid does pay in the end. Thanks for sharing, it really made my day!

  569. Claudia says:

    Mal wieder in deinem Blog unterwegs :-) Klingt gut! Und irgendwie auch irre, dass unsere ganzen alten “Aktionen” schon sooo lange her sind.
    Viele Grüße, Claudia

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  571. liljan98 says:

    Wir sind einfach schon steinalt ;-) Aber einiges ist ja auch wirklich schon ewig her.

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  573. suz says:

    Kaffee hatten wir auch schon mal. Nicht, dass ich mich noch so wahnsinnig doll dran erinnern könnte, gell?

  574. liljan98 says:

    An die Tatsache, dass wir in Hamburg auch mal Kaffee trinken waren, kann ich mich auch noch erinnern. An mehr zum Kaffee-Date eigentlich auch schon fast nicht. Da hab ich sogar noch mehr, wenn auch nicht viele, Erinnerungen an das, was wir an dem Wochenende sonst noch so gemacht haben. :-)

  575. Hope says:

    My office mug has rainbow hearts all over it. I work with all dudes. I don’t need to worry about anyone else using it. :p

  576. JustHeather says:

    Liking the mug shots! I think I’m going to do a few at some point myself. I’ll let you know when I do.

  577. Hope says:

    I love the lighthouse on the handle!

  578. Hope says:

    I should probably stop doing so much mindless iPhone gaming, but I don’t think I could give up podcasts on my commute. I’d go crazy!

  579. liljan98 says:

    I already modified this resolution to letting me use iPod on the train, as long as I’m not also reading. I will at least try to concentrate on one thing only. Giving up mindless gaming/checking twitter on the phone worked ok so far…

  580. Hope says:

    Nifty mug! :D

  581. Hope says:

    Hopefully, these stresses, like the previous stresses, will fade away over the next couple of weeks! If not, there’s no harm in putting some job feelers out.

  582. Marina says:

    Absolutely no to giving my iPhone to someone. It is locked and your post gave the idea to delete half of the info I have there. Just in case.
    PS: Great post!

  583. liljan98 says:

    I have my phone locked as well, to avoid that just anyone could have access to it, but my “problem” *g* are those people I know and who want to have a look for actually rather innocent reasons, if you know what I mean.

  584. Lillibelle says:

    First of all, I should probably say that I don’t own a smart phone. I can browse websites with it or download my mails, but then I would have to change my contract details, and that’s too much trouble for something I don’t need. (Although we probably all know that owning a technical gadget isn’t about needing it in the first place. )

    But I think I can relate to it. I don’t like anybody to use my laptop for instances. It is set up the way I like it and if I choose to have an actor as desktop picture I don’t want to explain it (and yes, there are questions about that). I don’t want to have people look into my bookmarks or my personal data. Or worse see my open twitter or blogaccount and snoop through it. That’s why it’s password protected and I’ve created a total neutral guest account without a password. Since smart phones turned into little computers on their own, I guess most people tend to store personal data on them – I already store some data on my normal mobile phone.

    So sharing your phone or your laptop has created a level of intimacy which probably can only be topped by giving someone your diaries. In my experience what people have in their wallet or purse is mostly what you expect, mostly things you need for your everyday life. Sometimes the more minimalistic approach, sometimes the ready-for-every-situation-approach. But on our technical gadgets we don’t necessarily store things we need for everyday life, but what we enjoy, what we want to keep. So even if it is nothing embarassing or intimate, it shows who you are. More than you are willing to show. So for me it makes perfect sense, not to give your smart phone to anybody else.

  585. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for this wonderful comment! You are so right about all of it, especially about keeping stuff on phone/laptop that we enjoy and like, in contrast to the ordinary stuff, we all keep in our wallets or purse, which I guess are pretty similar items (creditcards, driver’s license etc) I actually never thought about it from that angle. Thus thanks a lot for the input.

  586. Daisy250 says:

    Really interesing post, I`m so glad to read that I`m not the only one who is paranoid :)
    I hate, hate, hate it when somebody takes my smartphone. I`m a very private, even shy type of person. This whole social network thing scares me. Mark Zuckerberg says he aims a total loss of privacy, which sounds like a terrible nightmare to me. I really learned that Twitter is a nice place to be, but I feel safer hiding behind a nickname.
    I agree with Lillibelle, the items on my phone show who I am, it is intimate like reading my diary. It shows what interests me, has personal pictures on it… all stuff which gives a detailed insight to my core and that is really not something I want to share with a random person. Once my sister in law took my phone to take a closer look, and although I hadn`t nearly as much stuff on it as I have now, I felt naked and very uncomfortable and took it away from her. Or last year my daughter had an accident and the paramedic asked for my phone to call his deployment location. He looked really confused at my background screen (it was MD in the bathtub, lol) and that made me cringe.
    I`m even paranoid to use my phone in public. There were a lot of incidents in my city where robbers snatched Iphones out of peoples hands while they were using it or stole it from tables at a festivity while the owners sat in front of the tables. I`m not exactly wealthy, so I still have a guilty conscience for spending so much money on a phone and I`m really paranoid about the thought of it get stolen. Yesterday I had to use it in the middle of a busy pedestrian area, and I felt like surrounded by a lot of potential robbers ;)

  587. Nat says:

    Uhhh, just saw the POTT, love it!

  588. Hope says:

    I don’t know that all that many people have asked to use my phone, so it’s never really come up. My husband and I use each other’s phones all the time, but I don’t think that counts. :p

  589. JustHeather says:

    Liljan, thank you for sharing this. I hope this ability to use your disability when in need helps you be more at peace and less worried when it comes to MS issues. I’ve only seen MS from an outsiders view point and it does not seem fair or right. I hope you continue to be able to manage it as much as possible.

    I agree health care systems world wide are so very different. I am very thankful to have the Finnish health care benefits over the US (lack of) health care benefits. The US is insanely more expensive when it comes to health care, medications and even just the basic services one needs.

  590. JustHeather says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you! And as you say, whether you get it or not, it sounds like this has been a great start to a process of looking and thinking about what you do want for the future!

  591. Mel says:

    Love this! I’m working on my complimentary post now and will link to this one. I’m going to read them aloud to the twins and let them know this was how we used to live :-)

  592. Hope says:

    *Hugs* I know this is all really awful for you to have to deal with, but I’m seriously impressed with the way you’ve handled it. :)

  593. Hope says:

    Wow, job searching in Germany seems like a lot more work than here in the US! Most jobs here just require a resume and cover letter.

  594. Nat says:

    Hey, have fun in Stockholm ;). You are getting around this year it seems :D. Btw. I’m sooo jealous about the data plan, it was about time for them to rethink the whole EU deal. I always longed for sth like that commuting between NL and D during my practical master’s year. It’s about time they stop ripping ppl off!

  595. Hope says:

    I’ve been trying to blog more and pretty much been failing miserably. :p

  596. Hope says:

    It’s so cool when a big-name writer responds to one of your tweets. Hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’ve seen a couple of friends get responses and I get really happy on their behalf. :D

  597. Hope says:

    Good luck tomorrow!

  598. Hope says:

    Love the mug!

  599. Hope says:

    What a loverly looking day!

  600. Hope says:

    Fingers crossed for the new job!

  601. Wow, that seems like quite an impressive ride to me. And what gorgeous scenery you have!

  602. JustHeather says:

    Congratulations!! That’s wonderful to hear you’ve gotten the job (even if you haven’t signed anything yet). May this be fulfilling and something you really like.

  603. Hope says:

    Congrats!!!!

  604. liljan98 says:

    Just a test comment

  605. Sam says:

    Phase 10! On your phone!?! I haven’t played that in more than a decade. *runs off to download it*

  606. hoperoth says:

    I *hate* playing the waiting game. I hope you get official word soon!

  607. hoperoth says:

    Cool exhibition! I would take ice cream over drinks any day. :p

  608. hoperoth says:

    The way the train fills up these days, I wish I could drive to work!

  609. Wow, I love it! Didn’t know that Starbucks had such a series

  610. hoperoth says:

    You poor thing! I hope you feel better soon!

  611. Hope says:

    Boo urns for being sick. Yay for a new car. What kind did you end up getting?

  612. liljan98 says:

    Feeling sick-ish for over two weeks now sucks indeed. I got a 2011 Renault Twingo, I don’t think it’s a common car in the US. It’s a small car, but not too small (light etc) to make commute of 30minutes on the highway uncomfortable. It’s also a special edition, in cooperation with Rip Curl (Surfer company) which makes it look pretty sporty. Neat! I’ll post pictures once I’ve got it next week.

  613. Hope says:

    Cute car!! Have fun on vacation. :D

  614. JustHeather says:

    Love this mug.
    Someday I’ll post a few ‘mug shots’ of my own, but I just haven’t gotten around to them yet. :)

  615. liljan98 says:

    Oh, please post your “mug shots” one day, it’s fun to see various kinds of mugs from other places. Keeping my fingers crossed that you can hold Paxlet in your arms asap ;-)

  616. JustHeather says:

    Hehe, I know I knew they were Finnish, but it didn’t fully occur to me until I saw the names of the band members. I’ve listened to them a few times. I do like some of the songs.
    Glad you had a great time at the concert. I’ve never seen anyone that many times in concert, unless you count our small town local band, whom I saw probably (almost) every weekend for a year or two when I was 18 or so. Those were fun times. :)

  617. Hope says:

    That mug speaks the truth!

  618. liljan98 says:

    It does, doesn’t it :)

  619. liljan98 says:

    I’m happy to read that you know them and like some of their songs. They really are amazing on stage. There is no other band I have seen so many times either, Roxette in the 90s might come close, but I don’t think I saw more than 7 or 8 shows and that was within 10 years or so…

  620. Hope says:

    Sounds like a darn good month!

  621. liljan98 says:

    All in all it was a darn good months. Busy, but exciting…

  622. Hope says:

    I’m late to the party… but I hope the new job is going well!

  623. Hope says:

    Cuuuuute!

  624. liljan98 says:

    You have the best excuse to be late to the party, don’t worry. The new job is going really well.

  625. liljan98 says:

    It is, isn’t it? I had to buy it, even though the size is rather impractical.

  626. suz says:

    Congratulations! See where you were a few years ago and look at where you’ve got to. Thumbs up :)

  627. Hope says:

    Yay! So glad to hear that you’re loving the new job!

    It’s amazing how enjoying your job makes life seem that much better. We spend so many hours at work… if they’re not enjoyable it tends to spill over into the rest of our lives.

  628. Hope says:

    Well, I think that your english is very good!

  629. liljan98 says:

    Thank you!

  630. KitCat says:

    Hast Du schon mal was “Once Upon a Time” gehört ? Bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass dir die Serie gefallen könnte. :-) Nur für den Fall, dass wieder mal zuviel Zeit zur Verfügung steht natürlich. Aber ich finde die Show echt gelungen muss ich sagen und die Macher von “Lost” stecken dahinter. Anschauen lohnt sich.

  631. liljan98 says:

    Hab schon davon gehört, klar, aber damals hatte ich eh schon zu viele Serien am Start und mit dem Seriengucken will ich ja eh etwas kürzer treten :-)

  632. Hope says:

    I’m pretty sure I will never sleep normally again. :p

  633. liljan98 says:

    Your lack of sleep has an adorable reason, at least :)

  634. Hope says:

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! I am so jealous that you got to sleep in. :p

  635. JustHeather says:

    Ooh, how I dream of getting to see all of that! Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures.

  636. Hope says:

    I love Scotland! You are making me want to go back there. :p

  637. Nat says:

    Go you! :D *cheers*. I reckon it’s probably even easier to write in English :). Less complicated in my opinion. I’m sure you’ll pull this off! I’m about to start #AcWriMo, sooo excited! Can’t wait to read what you wrote in the end!

  638. Hope says:

    Good luck! You can do it!

  639. ariaadagio says:

    You can do it, and it’s not crazy! 50,000 words sounds like a lot, but I promise you it flies once your muse starts hammering your brain. My #1 recommendation is, don’t try to make it perfect, don’t even try to make it good. Save editing for later, after Nano is done. Just keep going until you hit The End. Then worry about making it a masterpiece.

  640. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. And good luck with #AcWriMo. I really have to do that one in December LOL

  641. liljan98 says:

    Thanks! I’ll do my best and I’m having fun so far. Well for the first 1000 words at least ;-)

  642. liljan98 says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I already realized (after 1000 words *g*) that the hardest part will be to turn off the inner editor, because it’s so tempting to go back to the previous paragraph and work on improving what I’ve already written. Right now I’m counting on my muse to keep pushing me to just tell the complete story first and to think about editing later.

  643. JustHeather says:

    Hehe, I do the same! Skittles come to mind for me. Green first (not a lime fan), then orange/yellow and then purple and last red, because it is strawberry!

  644. liljan98 says:

    Very nice to know that I’m not the only one. I’m not a fan of strawberry, so when red equals strawberry it usually comes between the orange and the white/yellow.

  645. Hope says:

    I do that too!

  646. JJ says:

    Love it – very similar to my M&M sorting – we know how to eat candy the correct way ;) Thanks for playing along!

  647. Hope says:

    I do the same thing with my car! Good thing I have a clicker for it. I can hit the lock button remotely and then hear the chirp.

  648. Nat says:

    What a Christmas for you! I’m very glad that all went ok for your mum. I guess she was lucky after all it happened on the day you all were there. Do you have the few days between XMas and NYE off? Have a good, merry time then. ;)

  649. JJ says:

    Oh No! Im sorry Im just now seeing this – how is she doing?

  650. JJ says:

    Thats so funny – you had me looking at my fists in the middle of Starbucks :) Mine dont look the same either!

  651. liljan98 says:

    Isn’t that weird? Or is it just weird that we expect them to look the same?

  652. liljan98 says:

    She’s doing fine again, thanks for asking. She was discharged from hospital on New Year’s Eve, after not even one week, so all is well on that account. She’s back to “only” the usual heart issues, but that’s also ok, because we know about those

  653. JJ says:

    Go you! Congrats :)

  654. liljan98 says:

    Thanks! I still sometimes can’t quite believe it myself :)

  655. JustHeather says:

    Love it! And I couldn’t agree with you more. :D

  656. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. It’s so much fun to listen to all of it once more and to really pay attention. So many things had already slipped my memory.

  657. I can not believe this – but I did not realize that YOU HAD A BLOG!!
    I have no idea how I did not know this.

    Out of all of the social media platforms twitter is my favorite and facebook is my LEAST favorite.

    I love twitter because it allows me to connect with dear friends, meet new friends, and learn about the world in the way that I would not be able to anywhere else in the world.

  658. liljan98 says:

    My blog flies under most radars, I guess :-) I don’t post that much and I don’t really promote it. Anyway, thanks for checking in.
    Nice to know that there are other people who prefer Twitter over Facebook. I totally agree that it’s so much easier to meet new folks or to learn new things via twitter than via FB. At least that’s my experience as well

  659. Jenna says:

    That’s a lovely header photo!

    There are seasons of ebbs and flows in writing, blogging and life in general.

  660. liljan98 says:

    Thanks. I really just hope that the writing flow will start some day soon again. I kind of miss it…

  661. Jenna says:

    That’s great! I do sometimes miss that interaction, though I have it in different level via chat with my coworkers. But now I want to have a really good conversation about music with someone… anyone!

  662. liljan98 says:

    It’s such a nice change from the previous job, that I still marvel at it. And talking about music or movies with co-workers is a really nice way to take a break from work. I hope you’ve found someone for that conversation about music :)

  663. Tinaskywalker says:

    Das hast du schön gesagt: Samu Haber’s voice is to die for… Ich würde dann auch gern eine Kopie von Hörbuch “Phonebook” haben. :)

  664. liljan98 says:

    wenn der mal keine Lust mehr auf Musik hat kann er als Vorleser wirklich immer noch Karriere machen, das ist echt unglaublich :-)

  665. JustHeather says:

    Heh, I’ve been playing too much Candy Crush on FB. My phone is too old/slow to play on it..maybe that’s a good thing.
    As for Outlander, I’ve only listened to one audiobook, but would love to listen to them all. In fact, I need to read at least the last one again before this next book comes out in the fall. Exciting!

  666. liljan98 says:

    I’m listening to all the audiobooks in my car for the same reason: to get back into all of it and refresh my memory before book 8 comes out later this year. Have you checked out audible.com? They’ve got great deals going on, if you’re satisfied with just downloading one book per month.
    I can’t wait for the next book of this series and to see how it will all play out for all the characters I grew to love over the last few years.

  667. Hope says:

    Yikes!!! I am sooo behind on my blog reading (so sorry!!!) and I can’t believe I almost missed this! And I’m soooo glad that your mom is ok!

  668. Hope says:

    How’s it going? :p

  669. Hope says:

    Nicely done! :D

  670. Hope says:

    I still haven’t seen Django. I’m not sure if I want to, but I kindof do.

  671. Hope says:

    All of my half finished blog posts are still in my head. :p

  672. Hope says:

    Oh man, I want a lazy weekend so bad!

  673. Hope says:

    I get backed up in blogging, because I don’t blog about something when it happens, and then I think “well, how can I write about [new event] when I haven’t even written about [old event] yet?And I can’t write about [old event] because I don’t have the pictures from it.” But then it’s weeks and I haven’t written *anything.* So now I just write when I can, and I don’t worry too much about missing stuff. I tell myself I can go back later, but I never do. :p

    I also get backed up in blog reading, then I get overwhelmed by how backed up I am, and so I just read fail blog. But, as you can see, I’m making an effort to get caught up!

  674. liljan98 says:

    You definitely catch up with leaving comments, yikes! Thanks a lot :) I always want to leave more comments but then I often postpone/forget about it because most of the time I read blogs in my feedly reader on my phone and leaving comments via the phone sucks. I’ll try to do better in the future though.

  675. Piers Steel says:

    There is the bullet point version at the back of the paperback. I wrote it with you (and those like you) specifically in mind. The story of your life, up to now.

  676. Sam says:

    Hello! I’m lefty too.

  677. Sam says:

    I’m a lefty too. What is wrong with my brain today?

  678. Mel says:

    Oooh, living vicariously through you and your island visit. Pictures in a future microblog monday post to let those of us who live on the other side of the Atlantic see it?

  679. JustHeather says:

    Enjoy your holiday!

  680. Turia says:

    I have had shocking problems with my sleep for the last four years. Cutting out caffeine (I am a tea drinker) never helped. The only thing that has helped is my mother’s advice- she told me that when she wakes up too early in the morning (i.e. before 6:00 a.m.), she just lies in bed. She won’t read or get up or anything. Even if it’s 2:30. She said it took a while, but eventually she retrained her body to learn that it might as well go back to sleep because nothing else was going to happen.

    I started doing this at Christmas. Before that I had weeks at a time where I would be up for the day at 3:00 a.m. It took a couple of months, but now I almost always go back to sleep, even if it takes me an hour or a bit more to do it. It’s really helped me.

  681. Mel says:

    That sounds like the best cup of coffee ever. I cannot think of the last time I had a cup of coffee, by myself, and didn’t do anything at the same time.

  682. Mali says:

    I make it a rule not to have a coffee after about 2 pm, otherwise I risk insomnia. It can be tough sometimes though. But I never feel guilty about having one before then.

  683. Susanne says:

    My problem is, that I can’t shut my mind up whether my body is willing to go back to sleep or not. It’s my constant thinking and worrying and fretting that is keeping me more awake than I would like. I usually stay in bed to do it though :-) Unless it’s close to a “normal” time to get up anyway…

  684. Susanne says:

    You should give it a try, it’s quite relaxing. Caffeine or not. But I admit it’s not easy to really do nothing else and to just be…

  685. Susanne says:

    Maybe I should avoid coffee in the afternoons as well. But a quick stop at a Starbucks when I’m out running errands and feeling tired is always soooo tempting :-)

  686. JustHeather says:

    I’m about halfway through with MOBY and LOVING it!!!! I re-read all books and was totally shocked at how much I had forgot in book 7. (I had only read that one once and all others twice before.) Also, even though I had read the previous ones a couple of times, I still LOL and cried during several scenes that I remember doing the exact same before. Such amazing stories and writing!

  687. Mel says:

    Very pretty picture. I like the steps leading somewhere for the Jean Valjean-like criminal. Not so much for the real criminals :-)

  688. Mali says:

    I love this – it’s very romantic.

  689. Susanne says:

    Yeah, that’s the type of criminals I want to imagine escape from there. The others… not so much :-)

  690. Susanne says:

    Yes, I thought so as well

  691. Mel says:

    I am very short, so my feet often dangle. I would say I have a dangling moment almost every day. And yes, it does make your feet swing!

    It reminds me of the scene in Dead Poet’s Society where he tells the boys to see the world from a different angle.

  692. My feet dangle more often than not since I’m just 5ft 4 inches tall..But it is fun isn’t it :)

    Random Thoughts Naba…#MicroblogMondays: I Wish To Read It Again……

  693. What a great idea for a simple and retro pleasure!

  694. JustHeather says:

    I have no idea when my feet dangled last. I’m keeping this in my mind…

  695. Susanne says:

    I’m not too tall either, which was why I was surprised when I realized I didn’t remember the last time I did the dangling/swinging thing.

  696. Susanne says:

    It is fun indeed. I have to do it more often…

  697. Susanne says:

    It really was. I have to remember to do it more often…

  698. Susanne says:

    You do that. It’s fun. And such a simple thing to do…

  699. Mel says:

    I could have written this post, beginning with the note at the top (that’s what I usually go) and moving on to the social thoughts. Glad you went to the party :-)

  700. Good for you for being brave!

  701. Susanne says:

    Thank you

  702. Susanne says:

    From reading your blog for a while now, I knew YOU would understand :-)

  703. Oh, Susanne, these are wonderful pix! I feel like I spent the day with you at the zoo.

  704. Mel says:

    You captured some amazing pictures! Like those ones of the bears?

  705. Mrs T says:

    I love the zoo, and you got some amazing shots!

  706. Susanne says:

    Thank you! It really has been a perfect day.

  707. Susanne says:

    Thanks, Mel! The bears were fun to watch, just like the racoons. My favourite might have been the sea lions this time, but it’s really hard to choose :)

  708. Susanne says:

    Thanks! I love the zoo as well and this day has been so perfect. And we’ve been lucky weather-wise, as it’s been raining almost nonstop since the day after the visit.

  709. JustHeather says:

    I’m fighting those exact urges and thoughts right now… It might be a “tomorrow at work” thing instead of this evening. I’m too tired. :D

  710. Susanne says:

    Haha! I just got around to writing the original jumbly post. And I’ve wanted to go to bed as well, but the new season of “Voice of Germany” is on and I like to watch it.

    By the way, you are growing another person, you have every right to be tired! xoxo

  711. Mel says:

    Whine away. Sometimes you just need to vent it out so you can move on. Hope tomorrow is better.

  712. Mali says:

    The blog’s looking good. Hope a good night’s sleep, and some deep breaths have helped.

  713. JustHeather says:

    I hope you got a good night’s sleep and are feeling better. I know the type of day you were having. Sleep helps!

  714. I really like how clean your blog looks.

    I hope things are looking up and the cycle is back on the upswing. Why is it sometimes a challenge to be gentle with ourselves?

  715. a says:

    I feel you! That’s why my blog has been pretty much silent for a looong time – to the point where I don’t even include it in my comment info.

    But, there’s always a point to expressing things, even the negative (I hope the small way in which you did so here helps), so don’t think that a momentary downslide means you have nothing to say.

  716. Susanne says:

    Thanks, in hindsight the week turned to be out not as bad as I expected it to be on Monday…

  717. Susanne says:

    Thanks. Sleep always helps…

  718. Susanne says:

    Yeah, sleeping did help after all.

  719. Susanne says:

    All week I was worried about (work) stuff and expected the other shoe to drop, but in the end all was well. My biggest challenge is might be to stop worrying so much :)

  720. Susanne says:

    Thanks. I really want to use this blog to express my feelings and collect my thoughts more than I used to in the last couple of years. Because in a way it does help. I hope you get in the mood to use your blog more again as well… It does help. I think

  721. Mel says:

    We have one of those magnetic dart boards. Not quite as exciting, but you can’t take an eye out with the magnetic ones. So a win on that end.

    Better to have fun and be last than to be first but have felt stressed/miserable during the evening trying to get to be first.

  722. It is funny how there’s a big difference between seeing something beautiful and capturing it in a photo. I think our mind edits out a lot of the details, so we don’t notice the building obstructing our view, etc. so much. At least you got to see it while driving around! And maybe discover an interesting back road-?

  723. Mel says:

    No, I get that desire to record the moment, even if all it does is live on the camera for you to scroll past in the future. I would have done the same thing.

  724. Susanne says:

    It’s a relief to know that I’m not the only one doing it :)

  725. Susanne says:

    I agree that the mind often edits out the annoying details and that’s probably a good thing. And I was lucky to get a long good view of the sunset while I was driving around.

  726. JustHeather says:

    Ugh!! I feel for you! I hope you are able to get everything, as much as possible, replaced quickly and with minimal costs.

  727. Mel says:

    That is so so so frustrating. I am so sorry you’re dealing with that.

  728. Susanne says:

    Thanks. Unfortunately the items which mean a lot to me, but weren’t expensive, are the hardest to replace. The other stuff, like driver license, ID, keys, are rather expensive :-( I guess the new TV I had planned to buy myself for X-mas will have to wait…

  729. Susanne says:

    Thank you. It’s really frustrating and so time consuming to get all the stuff replace. And expensive, of course.

  730. Mel says:

    Pretty! Looking forward to more pictures.

  731. Mel says:

    I heard a great quote today from Anne Lamott: “I would be just fine most of the time, if it weren’t for my mind.” Isn’t that perfect?

  732. Mel says:

    Hope tomorrow is better, though I totally know what you mean. I have three work situations — two primarily male and one primarily female. And it is completely different as I move between the groups.

  733. Hope says:

    The picture isn’t loading for me. :( Maybe I’m too late?

  734. Hope says:

    Those are beautiful!

  735. Hope says:

    I’m sorry you’re dealing with that. :( I find that it can be helpful to write the things that are bothering me down somewhere. Otherwise, my brain just keeps replaying them over and over, and making me feel worse.

  736. Hope says:

    And I was just getting caught up on my blog reading tonight!

    I enjoy having old posts to look back on, but the pressure to write regularly sure can feel like one extra bit of stress. And who needs extra stress? I can totally understand wanting to take a step back.

  737. Hope says:

    My industry is like 95% men, so I’m pretty used to being the only woman in the room. :\

    I’m pretty good at holding my own (I think I have a sorta masculine personality, plus I like to talk about stereotypically “guy stuff” like sports, etc). But it makes for all sorts of other problems. “Is this guy being a jerk because he’s a jerk? Or because he’s sexist?” “Do I really want to deal with the hassle of telling that guy that his comment was sexist? Because there’s nobody else who’s going to say anything.” Sometimes I worry that it’s going to put a big chip on my shoulder. But, I also see things improving a lot.

  738. Susanne says:

    No idea why the photo disappeared, but I replaced it with a working link now :)

  739. Susanne says:

    Thank you!

  740. Susanne says:

    Yes, writing those things down, does help. I haven’t managed to make it a habit yet, but I’m working on it

  741. Susanne says:

    Taking a step back did help. I’m slowly finding my way back to wanting to post something (and then to actually write a post, even though I still “not write” 3 out of 4 of my ideas. Maybe I’ll write more during my christmas break when I’m not feeling so exhausted all the time…

  742. Susanne says:

    I think I’m getting used to it by now and feel a bit more secure in these all-male-situations. But it still would be nice to have a all-women-project as well to balance things out :)

  743. Susanne says:

    I’m so glad that I don’t feel like I have to deal with any kind of sexist comments or behaviour in these work situations so far. It’s all nice and fair and all, but the vibe in the room is just different. At least it feels like that to me. But I’m doing ok so far, once I got used to it.

  744. Gil says:

    I too always wish I were better at the whole “being a grown-up” thing. I cannot fathom that I’m in my mid-40s already; I still feel 18 inside! Life’s too short to focus on a silly number though. So while I try to believe that I can handle all the grown-up problems that life throws at me, I wish I didn’t have to handle them at all. Alas, such is the desire of many of us. One day at a time. One step at a time. One moment at a time. That is the best we can do, some days.

  745. Mel says:

    I am also going through a time period where I am finding it very difficult to be an adult. Sending deep, calming breaths while you figure out what is what at work.

  746. Hope says:

    I’ve struggled with this a lot lately, as well. I find it very helpful to write things down. Just putting them down on paper (or on my iPad!) gives my brain permission to let them go. It’s… sortof working.

  747. Hope says:

    I often find myself yelling “I need an adult!” and only half-joking about it. :p

  748. Hope says:

    I didn’t read as much as I’d like to have read this year… but I listened to a *lot* of audio books.

  749. Hope says:

    I want to read more in 2015. I will have to check her out. :)

  750. Hope says:

    Sounds like there was some good stuff in there. :)

  751. Susanne says:

    Writing those nagging thoughts down more often is one of my plans for 2015…

  752. Susanne says:

    Please do check her out and let me know what you think. “The One Plus One” is my favourite of her novels, “Me Before You” is very good as well, but it’s going to make you cry soooooo hard. “Ship of Brides” might be my 3rd favourite, but the other also are a good read, I think

  753. Hope says:

    It’s impossible to score just one point in football. Oh… you meant soccer…. ;)

  754. Paul Mac says:

    Nice review!

    My recollection is that it was Matt’s mum who was there and got the shout-out. I can’t swear to it absolutely, but I was sober at the time. :)

  755. Paul Mac says:

    Great story and a nice pic, sort of matches my approach to these situations. The one time I met Frank, I didn’t even manage to get a pic!!

  756. Susanne says:

    Thanks! I guess it was good that it was happening so suddenly, because I really didn’t have time to get too nervous or freak out or to talk myself out of asking him for a photo :-)

  757. Susanne says:

    Thanks! Might as well have been Matt’s mum, I only remember it was one of the guys on stage LOL Was a lovely thing to do regardless…

  758. Sara says:

    Hey there, cool pic! E-mail me and we can set up a time to meet before the show in Luxembourg maybe??

  759. Isabel Monteith says:

    So glad to find another person who finds these characters so fascinating.

  760. Sara K says:

    Nice post. Glad you had such a good time. And those photos are super cool – looks like you were practically standing on stage with everybody!

  761. Sometimes I wonder if massive amount of wealth and power is required to be happy. But this post reaffirmed by belief opposite of it. It’s possible to be happy and live great with just enough money to cover expenses.

  762. I really enjoy reading you blog. I hope in the future to start my own very similar. It’s a nice public diary.

  763. Karen Rogers says:

    Sam is a definite GBBO fan ! He was rooting for Flora on twitter and commiserated with her when she went out of the competition. At one point he asked her for baking lessons but she didn’t take him up on the offer – the mad fool! If he popped to Yorkshire I could teach him how to make scones!!!!!

  764. Susanne says:

    Now that you mention it, I think I even saw that tweet. Darn, could have led in my question even more directly. But it was a very cool moment either way

  765. Elizabeth Graziano says:

    What a great moment that must have been. Sam is a generous man with his answers and yes I know that intense stare when he is concentrating, shows great intelligence and respect.
    Thank you for sharing.

  766. Debbie Kaye says:

    Susanne you lucky little GBBO watcher! Just too bad you could not have exchanged a one pot recipe or ask for his recipe on porridge. Which I have never had in my life. Thank you for tell us this wonderful experience you were lucky to have with Sam.

  767. Susanne says:

    Thank you. The way Sam totally got into the whole topic and started chatting away, really helped to put my mind at ease about the whole “OMG, I’m standing here in front of 1000 people asking Sam something about a cooking show!” experience. :)

  768. Susanne says:

    Thank you! Next time (hahaha) I might just remember to ask about the porridge recipe. Don’t remember ever having eaten that myself either…

  769. Cherie says:

    Great article! Looking forward to reading more of your Blogs.

  770. Vicki carver says:

    Thank you for sharing you experience at ring con lm glad you were able to ask Sam a question and present him with his g Ift and he guenually was interested in the people there thsnk you so much expecially for the poople who were inable to travel all the way there

  771. Vicki carver says:

    Thank you for sharing you experience at ring con lm glad you were able to ask Sam a question and present him with his g Ift and he guenually was interested in the people there thsnk you so much expecially for the poople who were inable to travel all the way there

  772. sherry allen says:

    Thank you for an excellent article! You made me feel as if I was there, looking over your shoulder! I’m so glad that Sam is still kind, gracious, and humble. He truly cares about his fans!

  773. Diane Riddell says:

    Just wonderful , thank you so much, so,pleased you enjoyed the weekend and your meeting withnthisntrulyntalented and extremely kind man

  774. Mike Harvey says:

    Saw Frank a few weeks ago in Houston, Texas at the House of Blues. I actually went to see Skinny Lister (huge fan). Frank literally blew my mind. What a huge talent! Crossing Springsteen with punk rock is absolute genius. I can’t get Four Simple Words out of my head. I’m definitely a fan for life and can’t wait for Frank to tour the States again. Best show I’ve seen since catching Van Morrison in San Francisco.

  775. Lisa Skorupa says:

    I am so glad to see you take my suggestion and raise the goal to represent 16 GG’sfor Sam!

  776. S says:

    I shared your fundraiser page with the Outlander facebook group I’m in (395 members, just for people in my state), as well as the Outlander subreddit on reddit.com!

  777. I agree with you about Richard Armitage being the perfect William Monk if they should make a series, or a film. I haven’t read all the books in the series, either series, but may get back to them some day.

    I read many of the Monk and Inspector Pitt books after the Pitt series was on TV, I think in the 90’s. Only one they made I think? This was before I knew who Richard Armitage was. Hope there’s a TV producer out there that reads your post.

  778. Jali says:

    Hey, glad to see i’m not the only one who likes Anne Perry and Elizabeth George. Did you try Perry’s Pitt-novels, too? Additionally I’d recommend Martha Grimes, Peter Robinson, Caroline Graham, Charlotte MacLeod and Elizabeth Peters. Have fun!

  779. Katherine leigh says:

    When I feel good it’s like I don’t have to rest I am NORMAl then after a few straight days of this back in bed ache and tired don’t have a desire to do anything but exist and do research I felt like your story was my story hope your feeling good today

  780. Katherine leigh says:

    I can manage this ms does suck

  781. Teresa says:

    I agree, on the whole the episode was very very good. I think Jamie’s portrayal of his PTSD is of benefit for seeing the real impact of abuse, and Sam does a great job. His frustration over the weakness of his hand lends to the after effects of the torture. I’ve been reading that most everyone feels the dressing of the king was far too long and could have been used for more important scenes. They did a wonderful job of casting a close resemblance of Alex Randall to the Randall family. I guess my main criticism though is that they went a little too far with Claire’s bossiness. She seemed condescending when she said “I’m proud of you Jamie” like he was a child, and the tone she used when she told Murtaugh “I do hope you don’t offend anyone”, then ushering Jamie off so she could talk to the Duke. In the books she’s bossy, I know, and cusses like a sailer. But now she seems controlling. Just my opinion for what it’s worth :)

  782. Donna says:

    I was googling, trying to remember in which book Jamie gave the poison ivy bouquet to Claire, and found this blog post.

    I think this might just be my favorite gift from Jamie to Claire.

  783. Lydia Milnar says:

    I have read voyager but would love to see Jaimes face at the stones when Claire disappears falling to his knees crying just like she did then going to the battle – then go back to Claire in the 1900 then back to Jaime when he realizes he’s not dead

  784. In one of those really weird coincidences on the web, someone I follow on Twitter RTed a link to this, and, as I’m wondering whether to try for tickets for Frank Turner’s UK tour (on sale 2 days + it’s probably too late all ready!), I thought I’d have a read. Stunned to have found it’s the John Allan show! I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a really lovely guy, but sadly not well known here in the UK. http://maryomsthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/not-one-but-two-gigs-at-nottinghams.html

  785. I’m glad to see you had sunshine for at least some of your travels. I usually take my holidays in Scotland but with my parents’ ill health and age I haven’t been able to go this year so I’m catching up by following other people’s holidays on line

  786. Sherry A says:

    Thanks for your thoughts about the book and how it might be the same or different for the show. I’m enjoying reading your blogs about rereading Voyager (and everything Outlander!) ! I have one small question… When did the Starz series show the Boston home in the production? I’ve read that it will probably be an apartment, which is okay, but a single family home (IMHO) would suit the Randall family better.

  787. Susanne says:

    That’s the great thing about Twitter, isn’t it? Thanks for dropping by. I did enjoy John Allan back then, but admit I didn’t follow up on how his career went on. But I admit he is a lovely guy, at least he was back then at the merch

  788. Susanne says:

    There are so many ways they can start the series, aren’t there? I recently read that it’s going to start in 1948 with pregnant Claire in Boston, which might confuse a few TV viewers as well. :-) I guess we have to wait and see.

  789. Susanne says:

    Sorry to hear about your parents. Yeah, I was kind of lucky in Scotland this time. Like I said, I had the occasional shower, but most of the time it was dry. Not too warm though, but that’s to be expected up there.

  790. Susanne says:

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy my rambling about how I would do the adaption ;-) Gary Steele posted a photo of a two-storey structure on Twitter some time ago and I just guessed that it might be for the Randall’s Boston home. I honestly can’t quite see them in just an apartment. Frank earned enough money to buy a house and I think a house would be much more traditional (aka proper for a professor’s family *g*)

  791. Sherry A says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip!! Two of my special high school and now Outlander (also) friends are planning to go to Scotland in 2017 or 2018. Through your eyes, we are learning some of the many places (too many, actually) that we want to visit. I’m enjoying your pictures, too!! Again. Thank you!!

  792. Sherry A says:

    I actually remember that picture from J. Gary Steele, Susanne!! I do appreciate you “jarring” my memory!! I’m glad that you agree that they should be in a house, but I’ll take the show anyway it happens.. I just love it!! Since I was in college in the 60s (whew!) many of the professors, especially the heads and top profs of the departments, gave cocktail parties (without the cocktails for students) for important people on campus. However, I do believe from my interpretation of the books that the Randalls didn’t live on campus. As I said, I’ll be happy just to see them in Boston.

  793. It looks like a wonderful day. Here in England we’re moving towards mist and rain – the not-so-nice side of autumn!

  794. Sherry A says:

    Absolutely LOVELY pictures!! Thank you for posting them. Your walk had to be amazing.. We’ve had extremely warm temps for our area for the months of September and October. Next week will bring more seasonal temps.. from highs in the mid to high 80s F to highs in the mid to high 60s F. That will be a big change for us here. I am in SE Tennessee where the Summer and Fall have been very dry. However, aside from the fascinating topic of “weather”, I am looking forward to more of your blogs about Outlander as your time table permits!!

  795. Sherry A says:

    It will be interesting to see how they portray these scenes from the book in the show. I’m not sure that time will permit it all.. and for that, I’m sad.. But, I still love the show and am looking forward to seeing it back on Starz (in the USA). Thank you for your thoughts on the “book to show” challenges.

  796. Susanne says:

    Thank you Sherry. I was so glad my friend asked me to come along, because it was such a lovely day. The last beautifuly one for now around here it seems. Today there was heavy rain almost nonstop *sigh*

  797. Susanne says:

    To me it’s fascinating to “deconstruct” these scenes from the book and think about what will make it onto the TV show and in which way. Voyager is such a huge book with so much happening and they’ve only got 13 episodes! I have no idea how Ron and the writers will manage that. But I’m sure I’ll enjoy watching it next year. And the books will always be there as well. If I miss something on the show, I just get the book and re-read the scenes :-) I will try to put up my next post (the printshop!!!) this weekend. Lots of thoughts on that one :-)

  798. Ruby says:

    I love this post. Thank you for writing it. I too would be lying if I said I didn’t care AT ALL about stars’ private lives. Naturally, I’m interested. But to discuss and dissect someone’s private life online, when that someone has said that they want their private life to be private (as opposed to, say, a Kardashian whose bread-and-butter is making people care and talk about their private life).

    When an actor or artist has said they want to have a boundary around their private life, I don’t see how any self-identified fan can think it’s OK to speculate about their sex life or their reproductive decisions (which happens A LOT in OL shipper fandom). Or make up stories about what they do or do not do on their vacations or weekends or whatever. Maybe I’d be more understanding if there were plausible deniability, but these are people who have said explicitly that they want to have privacy.

  799. After years of my teenager going along to Frank Turner gigs alone or with her mates, she’s now agreed to take me …so… in a couple of weeks I’ll see him live for the first time!

  800. Susanne says:

    That’s awesome that your girl is taking you. You’re in for a special night. Which show will you go to?

  801. Nottingham – first we’re going to the ‘ordinary’ gig, then she’s going back with friends the week after for the special 2000th show!

  802. I love your ‘next best thing to a tattoo’ ring, and the pics of Portobello sunrise. I wen to Edinburgh once in January, and was shocked that standing on Princes Street the sun barely seemed to rise above the castle all day!

  803. I know it sounds simplistic but I think we’re better to look on the bright side, to note all the good, positive things that happen to us. I’m working on a round-up blog post of the new, exciting things I did this year, and yes, it does include Frank Turner!

  804. Jacquie Wade says:

    What a lovely blog, thanks for sharing. So jealous but so happy for you and your experience.

  805. Susanne says:

    Thank you so much! I had the best of times indeed and Richard was such a darling!

  806. Such sad news – and so sudden. Thinking of you, and your friend’s family x

  807. Susanne says:

    Thank you. I’ve thought about him a lot these past few days. It’s really so sad.

  808. Amanda says:

    I’ll leave a comment here because 140 characters doesn’t cut it.
    It’s impossible to explain to most people what Frank means to us. I’m constantly having to smile at comments from people along the lines of ‘You’re a stalker’ or the inference that I’m a saddo because I go to so many gigs. The music plays a huge part in my ‘obsession’; so many songs that resonate, so many times that I am going through something and a lyric from one of Frank’s songs pops into my head. There are lots of artists/bands that I have loved and followed since m teens, but none of them speak to me the way Frank does.
    It wasn’t always like that. His energy on stage has always made his shows a joy to watch, from the very first time I saw him. But everything changed the moment I ended up on stage with him. That he had looked at my Tweets and decided that he’d do something for my birthday. That he was so so nice and humble when I spoke to him afterwards. That elevated him to something beyond fandom for me.
    And I love hearing you ur stories of your interaction with him. Partly because it furthers my belief that he’s a good person but also because I know that excitement that you feel. Never be afraid or ashamed of shouting about it from the roof tops.
    And I am happy that I have met you and Emily through Frank’s music, people I can share my excitement with.
    So, good blog post, well done! We get it too!

  809. Bev Scott says:

    Congratulations on bagging your first Munro! A great achievement and you should justifiably be very proud of yourself.

  810. Wow! Well done. what an achievement!

  811. Isa Graf says:

    Well done! I just stumbled across your blog browsing websites for travel inspirations and munro hiking next year.
    Since I was in the UK for the first time in 1986, England with London in particular had been my only true love until I visited Glasgow and hiked the highlands this summer…. Although I did see a lot, I wasn’t prepared to do a munro on my roadtrip. So that’s on my bucket list for 2018!
    Hope to reading from your other adventures soon: I really like your blog and the way you’re writing but I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t heard anything about F. Turner, MPC or Outlander before. However, I alwys like being inspired.
    Best Wishes

  812. Amanda says:

    ‪This is my favourite Frank record. It’s taken me a while to realise but it’s my go to music when I’m driving and I think several of the songs are amongst his best – Journey for one. I think Our Lady of the Campfire is superb musically – it is one of those songs that sounds perfect to me. Can’t wait to hear it live one day.

  813. Amanda says:

    Broken Piano should be consigned to the back of a cupboard and never let out again.

  814. Susanne says:

    I love that you’re not a fan (to put it mildly) of that song either!

  815. Stephen Lombardo says:

    I believe I own every album Nancy has ever recorded. True fan since the early 80’s! I have even visited Anderson’s Fair in Houston, Texas just to get a feel for the atmosphere of her recording (looking for a spin on the old brick floor).

    Brandi’s Artful Style was only recently brought to my attention…I immediately heard the similarities!

    They are both AMAZING song writers! Together they would be an unstoppable team!

    Now I will purchase all of Brandis recordings for my enjoyment!

  816. If you really like songs with nautical references listen to the Waterboys albums This is the Sea and Fisherman’s Blues.

  817. Writershelp says:

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  818. Amanda says:

    Speedy recovery to your Mum. Don’t feel guilty about thinking ‘Do I have to?’ That’s a natural thing to do when something upsets your day. I know I am guilty as charged of thinking ‘I suppose I should ring my parents’ rathe than really appreciating having them there.

  819. I wish I could get my husband to take those lyrics on board. He’s always getting angry at things he can’t fix. Maybe it’s some sort of coping mechanism but I’m not sure it’s helpful at all

  820. Sounds like a really frustrating day. I’d be annoyed by it all too!

  821. Susanne says:

    Thanks. I was in a weird mood which wasn’t helping matters. Off to the Welsh countryside tomorrow

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  824. Sara Kopp says:

    Thanks for this.

  825. Angie Taylor says:

    I’m curious and considering joining also. Definitely need to do something and the thought of watching our gorgeous Scot as inspiration and instruction…yeah, sounds good to me. I am interested in the menus as well. I don’t want to have to do too much prep but prepared to put in a bit of effort if it is simple enough and will see the payoff. Cheers :)

  826. I’m not as totally committed a Frank fan as you but so often his lyrics pop into my mind as just the right words for the moment. Right now I’m in the first stages of grief after my mother died in September, so One Foot Before The Other (my dad even wanted to scatter my mum’s ashes in a river near where they met! Not quite a ‘drinking reservoir’ but close) and Brave Face are my earworms

  827. Susanne says:

    First of all: sorry for your loss! I always like to hear / know that other people can relate to and find comfort or inspiration in some lyrics, Frank’s or anyone else’s. Music has such a healing power and I’m so grateful for that.

  828. Amanda says:

    Ah, nothing ever happens by chance. No doubt in my mind that your Dad drew you there today.

  829. Jan D. says:

    Beautifully written. x x x

  830. Paul Hodges says:

    Great post! Lots of chimes for me and the Manchester show.

  831. Susanne says:

    Thank you xo

  832. Susanne says:

    Thanks, very nice of you to say