but i’m learning that it really does have its place. in the last few weeks i’ve reconnected with several lovely school and uni friends, had long phone conversations with two of them, and am planning visits to manchester and ireland in the next few months.
C has found some fabulous photos of Helly and also been in contact with her assistant. here’s another excerpt. it means a lot to me to hear about Helly’s “later life”.
It’s always nice to hear from an old friend of H’s and I do love seeing photos of the younger H and hearing such great stories about her earlier years. I think we’re all incredibly lucky to have spent a small part of our lives in H’s company. She was such an energetic and lively individual who entertained us all here with her quick wit, smutty sense of humor and slight craziness. It’s because of this that life here at XX is a little less brighter these days. I loved working with H and I spent a lot of time laughing with her. She was also very kind and loving. H and I would hug a lot which isn’t the usual way to carry on business between solicitor/secretary! I miss H and her hugs very much and still can’t believe that she’s gone.15 months ago
it went without complications, but it’ll take a while to see whether things are sorted. 15 months ago
the nimbus. it’s like crocheted gold. hooooray for escape from certain electrocution thanks to triangular-dress lady. 15 months ago
definitely! ooooh, i quite fancy having a go myself…. 15 months ago
what can i say? never before have i seen trousers of such beauty. blimey. 15 months ago
my own paws are going to be very much uncrossed, if you see what i mean ;) 15 months ago
that’s lovely, well done! must have been loads of fun to make. and sweaty …?! 15 months ago
paws crossed, eh. 15 months ago
how are you doing? haven’t seen you round much lately. 15 months ago
now i just have to get myself one of those swiffer brushes and we’re all set. 15 months ago
appointment at 7am tomorrow morning. hope that’s going to sort things out. 15 months ago
if i can join her curling team. you know, apart from being president of germany, learning to curl is one of my top ambitions.
not sure why neither of them are on my so-called “life list”. ah well.15 months ago
wah! congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 15 months ago
seems like they’ve filled the position already. i hope they’ve checked out Herr Gauck’s knowledge of cake and the Kriminalpolizei, i really do. ah well, maybe we can do a dual candidacy thing together in 5 years’ time! ;) 15 months ago
loan lots of money for a house and stay in business people’s places for free when you’re on holiday you should be ok. especially if you say it wasn’t you at all with the champagne yoga. you can borrow my ID card, because i believe you actually have to be german to apply, strangely enough. good, we have that sorted then. i can’t wait to hear your speeches about the kriminalpolizei and kuchen. 15 months ago
now you realise stine, that bagging loads of free stuff and traveling by limousine and being given champagne breakfasts and top-notch yoga coaching is perfectly acceptable … as long as you don’t later become president of germany. in which case it will all come back to haunt you and you will have to resign. whahahaha. 15 months ago
just had some more money come back so joined you on this one. :D 15 months ago
that work fills the time available for it and that i really need a PROPER BREAK with no list of “should be doings” hanging over me all the fecking time. and having spent the day struggling through a dire article from one research group, and discussing things with alb, i mustered the strength to turn down a new inquiry from the same research group. which was particularly difficult seeing as (a) i know them personally and (b) it’s a post-review revision of an article i’ve already worked on.
but really, at this point it’s all or nothing. no moderation in all things. 15 months ago
everything you said is so right. the shock of losing helly has opened up a tiny glimpse of the big picture. and the silver lining is that i’m connecting with lovely friends i haven’t seen in ages. in fact, i’m about to ring one now… 15 months ago
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. 15 months 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. 15 months 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!!!)15 months ago
bonne chance und viel glück! 15 months 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. 15 months 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. 15 months 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 15 months 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 :) 15 months 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.15 months 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! 15 months ago