it had to be done! things were getting Out of Hand!
i believe congratulations are in order on at least two counts. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my dear!!!! it’s a round one, right?
for you: both chocolate and cake (no crisps!). hope you’re having a lovely day. 2 years ago
in the middle of the month when the repayments are made and your account is suddenly full of money to relend :)
just made my 27th loan, to lovely ladies in 27 countries. splendid. 2 years ago
it’s so much easier for me when i don’t know the clients personally/haven’t worked for them before. and this one would have been really difficult to fit in anyway (before the lux seminar). so no need for much rumination.
(but will they come back later if/when i need them? argh!!!)2 years ago
there’s a little saphire missing, and the little gold “fingers” that keep it in are very short. so i’ll need to buy a new sapphire from ruppenthal (gah, where are their opening hours?!) and then go to the Fasserin that inga recommended. or the other way round. egal, will have to do this on a weekday sometime. 2 years ago
i’ve just said i could do a translation at the end of march. the job is incredibly boring/technical, but there’s a lot of repetition and they pay well/promptly. i am a monkey.
i keep thinking back to long ago days when all this language-related stuff was fun.
on the one hand, i really need a rest. on the other hand, ... i’m scared that if i tell everyone to go away i will end up in the poorhouse at some point. if i just take on only a very few things and do them sensibly. as in, get them done, rather than sitting round staring at the computer for weeks. and one thing about this client is that he’s completely unconnected to my others (as far as i know). oh dear, in this respect i still am struggling with my all-or-nothing tendencies. 2 years ago
after seeing the real thing, because you can get up so close and have a good nose around without setting off any alarms or inciting the wrath of the guards. :D 2 years ago
i stole it out of the newspaper. but that’s charlottenburg palace and the park i run round. they’re hockeying on the lake i was running on today :) 2 years ago
ok, this is a new one. bit warmer today (minus 6 and sunny), but it feels just as cold because it’s damper. anyway, long lap of park plus a turn OVER the lake, round the skaters who had cleared a circuit free of snow. cheery cheery. walking back up the road i was fiddling with my hair, trying to find my hair clip. but no, i had lost yet another somewhere en route. i think i lose one every other run. anyway, couldn’t find the hair clip in my hair, but there were some hard bits of … ice! my profuse sweat had actually frozen in my hair! blimey!
i bet you were glad to hear that.2 years ago
back in the supexellent gemäldegalerie, looking at giotto’s emtombment of mary. just got home and found the completely amazing google art project page, where you can look at the picture in detail and even walk around the gemäldegalerie. and plenty of other places. must finish editing this scheißchapter first and THEN have a proper look! 2 years ago
i know that feeling of expecting to be relieved … but then just falling into a big sad hole. do take good care of yourself. big virtual hugs xxxxxx 2 years ago
editing job to do by next weds, so impossible really anyway. and, yeah, i had worked on a previous version of that article, but evidently not the last version … so it would have been a whole load of work. same stock reply: sorry, but unavailable for freelancing until july 12. 2 years ago
ha! not a difficult job to turn down—for a nice client, but she was writing on behalf of some colleagues i hadn’t worked for before. and it was an editing job. so no qualms really. have told them i’m unavailable for freelancing until july 2012. ha. 2 years ago
that may have been my coldest run ever. it’s beautiful out there though, fresh and bright. and it doesn’t take long until the blood gets pumping and you’re warm from the inside :) 2 years ago
in the south of berlin at least, maybe a degree or two warmer here. so added gloves and long johns (+ sunglasses!) to normal kit and had an ace run around the park and OVER the water, behind a chap on skis. will have to do that again wearing garmin so have evidence of running-on-water miracle. makes my arse happy :) 2 years ago
last night, H cooked a delicious and filling meal for us. and then because there were crisps around i ate about 4 kilos of them. peanut wotsits and pretend pringles. and it’s not just a one-off thing, am eating far too much rubbish stuff almost every day at the moment. perhaps i should declare a moratorium on all c-foodstuffs: crisps, chocolate, cookies, chips, cake … um, crap?? what foods of healthinessfullllllllness begin with C? carrots, cauliflower, clementines, crinkly cabbage. OK, then fruitstuffs and vegetablestuffs are not affected by the moratorium.
i declare that the moratorium shall last until April 8th (am starting Lent a bit early).
hmm, need to think about sanctions to be imposed if the moratorium is not applied. and/or, the other way round, about a top-notch reward at the end of it. 2 years ago
by which i mean TURN DOWNall freelance inquiries coming in until June at the earliest. no need for excuses, just tell them am not accepting work at the moment. any of it. and, for accountability purposes, record progress here.
jeez, just imagine the freedom! weekends! evenings! permanent bad conscience ade!
edit: by June i clearly mean after our swanage holiday. so essentially that’s July then!
another edit: surely it is not sensible to start working again in the summer? october then? but i’m going to venice then. might as well take the run-up til xmas off too … ach, we’ll stick with july (or september?) for now and see how it goes. 2 years ago
“Also you know when people say that they don’t regret the things they do, they regret the things they didn’t do? Well firstly you should do everything. Every single thing you want to do you should do. I don’t mean like steal a hat or something, I mean things like sky dive, go on a glass blowing course, get that job you’ve always dreamed of. All the things that you see or hear someone else did and think oh I wish I’d done that – No, don’t say you wish you’d done it; just go out there and do it! That brings me onto my second point, if you’re saying you wish you could have done it, then that means you’re still here, so go out there and do it! Don’t make excuses, just have to work round them! Hear what I’m saying?”
i hear ya, rosie! 2 years ago
that she was. have just revived my stupid FB account and gone around befriending as many uni people i can find. i’m having to make sure … well, you know. 2 years ago
but actually, i think they have been washed and are drying there. of course i couldn’t actually use that beautiful teatowel for drying, had to display it for decorative purposes only. now that you mention it, i still had that teatowel not very long ago. i hope it’s not still hiding in the cupboard somewhere. as for the t-shirt, hmph, i really don’t know what happened to it. i found a load of tie-died t-shirts and Cure t-shirts and S&Banshees t-shirts at my parents’ at xmas and brought them back for going to the Kieser muscle factory. but i really don’t know what happened to that one. it’s the magic roundabout—did you have that in norway? i also had an ermintrude (the cow) hot water bottle cover at one point. and now “ermintrude” is the term in our house generally applied to all hot water bottles. so if alb asks you “ist dein ermintrude noch warm?” you will know what he’s talking about ;)
ah, falling off walls. i think that was another pair of glasses, actually. i think this one just died of exhaustion. (guess what though, still have them in the bathroom cupboard. just in case of terrible emergency.) 2 years ago
definitely norwegian weather here at the moment (minus the snow). bright and sparkly and everything’s freezing up … including my brakes. 2 years ago
at minus 6 degrees—and it’s still light at 5pm! am going to run through this. 2 years ago
I don’t remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must’ve thought you’d always be around
Always keeping things real by playing the clown
Now you’re nowhere to be found2 years ago
lovely to see you! 2 years ago
a lovely reply from helly’s assistant. here’s some of it:
“I’ve received quite a few emails from H’s old friends and there is always a wonderful story mentioned. H did love her languages and she would often start talking to me in French. I had no idea what she was saying to me but I liked it all the same. We all miss her very much here and things are definitely a lot quieter these days! As I’m sure you can imagine, H was always one of the most lively and energetic members of our team – more often than not laughing and an absolute pleasure to work with.”
plus she included a note from helly’s parents. helly had written a book of short stories for children, and her mum and dad are going to get it illustrated and published, proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. so now i have an idea of what i can do in her memory.
i’m so glad i wrote.
here’s another photo from the munich trip. helly in the centre in all her glory, along with my neighbour alex and helly’s roommate jane. 2 years ago
through old letters and photos, and found most hilarious photo of self. anner spanner and dick don’t look bad, either. no, we weren’t complete stoners, honest. this was our bijou flat on salford precinct, 1990/91. it looks like we were moving in or out or sth because there is no artwork to be seen, and our walls were covered in artworks. our cleaning lady, alma, once brought her colleagues round for tea and crumpets and a tour. shame i broke those glasses falling off a wall or something, otherwise i could probably sell them to a young person. 2 years ago
yes, she was. lovely, hilarious, brilliant, beautiful. and what a linguist. in a strange way, revisiting all these memories is reminding me of how i loved languages back then. before i started doing them as a day job. hah. 2 years ago
your words meant a lot to me. yes, today i just remembered that on the same trip that this photo was taken we found ourselves at one point in munich train station, waiting for some friends who’d been on a day trip to salzburg. we’d treated ourselves to a couple of cans of beer and were chatting away in what you might call an animated fashion … until a beardy dutch backpacker came up to us, completely bewildered, and demanded an explanation for our linguistic diversity: “i don’t get you girls: you’ve been talking in english, in german, in french … what ARE you?” i’m pretty damn certain that wouldn’t have happened with anyone but helly. 2 years ago