We’ve been going through some issues with Siggy’s food. The brand we had been feeding him, Pedigree German Shepard, isn’t readily available near our new apartment (it would involve two subway trains and a bus), and since we’re just down the street from Hundemaxx (a great pet supply store!) we decided to get him a better-quality brand that was nearby. Continue reading
So I’m still gathering paperwork for the Ausländeramt — the Immigration Office — here in Nürnberg, trying to get my visa renewed so that I can stay and teach English for a while. The mountain of paperwork is incredible! As I’ve said before, everything in Germany takes three weeks and a stamp… but for this it’s now more like three months! Continue reading
So I’ve been really bad about posting regularly, or in fact at all. Life just kinda gets in the way, ya know? I keep saying “I should really blog this” or “this would make a great blog post” when I’m doing things, but then it seems I never get around to it. Continue reading
Just found this bit of gadgetry wonderfulness online: The Pocket Cinema. Have iPod, will travel…
So, as you all (pretty much) know, I’m spending a year in Germany on an exchange fellowship from UGA. It’s administered by UGA’s Office for International Education, and every year numerous grad students travel abroad on these fellowships. I have a Credit Approval form signed by the Dean of the Graduate School, so that the courses I’m taking here in Germany count toward my degree requirements (5 hours fall, 5 hours spring).
I tell you all this now so that I can share with you the following email I received on Friday from the Graduate School: Continue reading
I’m so mad right now I can’t see straight. Continue reading
I’m tired of having birthdays. Birthdays mean getting older, and I don’t want to think about getting older.
Instead, in the tradition of the role-playing games I love, I achieve a “LEVEL UP”!!
I admit, I didn’t come up with the idea, but it’s damn cool anyway. Kevin is making me a GURPS-based character sheet (Level 41!) with all my stats and achievements. My favorite? “Summon Coffee”! When he finishes it, I’ll share it here.
The Germans are known for their efficiency. At least Hitler made the trains run on time, as the joke goes.
It’s true that, for the most part, the transportation system in Germany runs like clockwork. Unfortunately, when it fails, it fails BIG time! Continue reading
I lost my favorite pair of jeans yesterday.
No, I didn’t misplace them, although you wouldn’t be foolish for thinking that, given my proclivity for stashing things under the bed, in boxes, etc.
My favorite pair of jeans was a pair I bought while my buddy Linda and I were shopping in Athens one afternoon. As PhD students, occasionally our need for stress relief would outweigh our need to be frugal, at which point we would head to the nearest clothing store and try on stuff, assuming that we could replace our feelings of inadequacy stemming from dissertation trouble with feelings of inadequacy stemming from poor body image. Anyway.
I happened to find these jeans while on one such shopping trip. They fit me perfectly, didn’t bind at all, didn’t need to be hemmed (a minor miracle in itself!), and were decorated with a subtle embroidery pattern down the left leg. I loved these jeans! I wore them all the time. They were dressy enough to wear in the classroom, yet comfortable enough for shopping and such.
Unfortunately, even the best jeans won’t stand up to years of constant wear, and the fabric finally wore through in places. So alas, I had to retire these jeans to the trash bin. Sigh.
So I realize it’s about two months late, but today’s topic is my March trip to Paris. No, I didn’t visit the Eiffel Tower — I promised Sheridan I’d wait until she would go with me.
I went to Paris in March to interview a director for my dissertation — remember that LONG paper thing I’m supposedly writing? Continue reading