31 Dezember, 2006
today is new year's eve and some of our relatives are coming over to have a nice evening here. I hope it will be fun and my little cousin (4years old) won't be too moody.
Have a happy new year!
22 Dezember, 2006
17 Dezember, 2006
11 Dezember, 2006
now it is just two more days until I am off home, I am so excited about seeing my family and maybe even a few friends. Not that much has been happening over the past few days. I went to my last Spanish class, we had our "office" christmas meal at the Taj Mahal (it was really lovely. So much food and it wasn't even that expensive in the end!), I went to see 'The Holiday' at the Picturehouse with a friend, and last night we went to see some friends had a lovely dinner (Thank you again!) and had a go at their very new Wii machine. It was fun!
ok I need to get ready now, catching a train in an hour... not looking forward to go out in the rain though.
08 Dezember, 2006
Not much else has been going on really. Wednesday we went to see Little Children at the Picturehouse, which was really diappointing. The film started out so good, the story was set up well and you started to feel for the main characters but then about half way through it lots it all and just turned into this typical American film where all ends had to be tied up properly. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for tied up ends, but this one really was trying to do too much in too little time. Some of the side stories just were too much really. But oh well, I am still glad i saw it. Yesterday we had a visiting speaker from Germany in department and a bunch of us went out for dinner at the Hour Glass with him. It was a lot of fun, and the food was really nice. I had only been there once before with Neil for drinks, and never expected the food (or the food) to be like this. It was like you were in a different place. I don't know how to describe it, but the pub part just looks completely different from the restaurant part. Anyway, highly recommended...
03 Dezember, 2006
30 November, 2006
We were going to watch "Children of Men" at the Picturehouse last night, but just when we got there they had sold the last ticket. So we just stayed in the bar for a couple of drinks and then went on to the Well House by the Cathedral.
Not much else been going on this week... just trying to get all the marking done so I can finish my upgrade before I go home.
27 November, 2006
I sent a first draft of my upgrade report to my supervisor so we can have a good look at it tomorrow in our meeting. I really hope he likes what I have. I put a lot of work into it, and I don't think I could take it if he said it's not good at all. I met a friend over the weekend to go over it, and he said it was fine just needs a bit of a face life with the way it is structured. I'll see what Brian thinks and then start panicking.
Also got a large pile of essays delivered to my desk this morning for marking. We have quite a bit of time to get them done, but I think I will try and get most of them done before I go home, so I don't have to worry too much about them while I am away and if I need to change a lot on my upgrade I will need the time after I come back to make all the changes before the 2nd of February.
oh some exciting news... my parents actually agreed to give me a new mac laptop for christmas. Now I have to make a decision about which one I want to get. Well, really I would like the MacBook Pro, but I might just go for the MacBook as it is cheaper. The Pro is more expandable, but then again who knows I really need to expand things that much. As long as I can put my music on it, play DVDs and use the internet and word processor I will be happy. So I can't wait to go home. Leaving on the 13th of December and coming back on the 4th of January. It will be a nice long break!
17 November, 2006
talked to my mom and dad yesterday, and I don't think they feel generous enough this year for christmas to give me one of these or at least some money towards one of them. Oh well, my mom was asking a lot of questions about that photography class I was interested in at the college, so I think they might be going out to get me a SLR camera. Maybe I will be able to afford the computer from the money I am getting from the uni for the work I have done the last few months. It should be quite a nice amount I am getting for both November and December. And there is still some marking coming my way, that again is another larger chunk. Very boring to do, but worth it in the end...
ok it is after 8 am already now so I better get in the shower and then get ready for my day. Tonight Neil and I are going to a free lecture at the Uni, a presenter from the BBC Worldservice will be talking about something that sounded quite interesting.
Once again here is the link to my survey fill it in if you have some time and get the men in your life to fill it in as well... Once again I am getting a lot more women than men. It needs to be much more balanced than what it is at the moment for me to be able to say anything about it at all.
14 November, 2006
10 November, 2006
Besides that I've also started knitting more and I am quite proud of myself to be able to say I have become quite good at knitting winter hats. I have made two already and I am in the middle of finishing a third. I will need to make a few more because two of the girls in my office now want one as well. I don't really mind as long as they buy the wool/yarn for me. It is a good way to relax and finally get a chance to listen to some of the audiobooks I have bought but only ever listen to half way because I put them on when I go to bed (and by the time the book gets to about half way through I am fast asleep).
time to get going now more work to be done and I need to get a few things done in town before I go to the office.
03 November, 2006
My students are finally stopping to bother me so much and they are settling into uni life as much as they can. A few of them are thinking about quitting uni all together or switching courses, but I can only help with thinking through decisions and then telling them where to go and what forms they need to fill in. I am starting to care less about them aswell; that's what stressed me out in the beginning as well... I always worried about them forgetting or missing things because they just can't be bothered to follow simple directions like reading the handbook so they have all the info that no one else will give them again. I scared them all in the first week when I said their first essay deadline was in week 5 and no one would mention much about it as the title was in the handbook and all the rest of the directions as well. most of them didn't think that was appropriate, but I guess it is hard to go from school to uni if you have been told exactly what to do when and how before... But like I said, they are starting to settle in and the first essay was handed in yesterday. I am curious about the marks they are going to get... but we will see when I get to hand the essays back in three weeks... ok I need a cup of tea now...
29 Oktober, 2006
a bit later...
the film was a lot of fun, although it was a typical storyline. Oh well I still enjoyed it.
23 Oktober, 2006
21 Oktober, 2006
16 Oktober, 2006
Today I have some meetings and then I teach in the afternoon for 3 hours (the same thing three times.) Shouldn't be too bad, it is first level, so it isn't too difficult. I am just a little bit worried about the subject... I have never actually taken developmental psychology in my university life. it never really interested me and I never had to. Oh well, I just need to make them think I know more than they do... that should work, most of them can't even follow the most simple directions (like please read through your handbook for the next meeting... but I am not complaining really...)
ok time for breakfast now and then I am off to another week of stress and work at uni...
13 Oktober, 2006
08 Oktober, 2006
I am also teaching on one course this term, but that should be ok. It is only one class for the first years and I just have to teach 2 tutorials and help out with two practical classes, and then mark their practical reports. I have done that last year for another course and it wasn't so bad. The only thing really annoying was the marking, but the pay is worth it in the end!
Not much else has been going on really. I have been really tired and not been sleeping too well, and now I keep going to bed at about 9 every evening to catch up.
We went to see Little Miss Sunshine last week, very funny film!
24 September, 2006
23 September, 2006
A brilliant synthesis of love story, melodrama, ghost story and thriller, VOLVER stands as a towering achievement even amongst Almodóvar’s superb canon of work. Calling VOLVER "the deepest return to my roots”, Almodóvar goes back to his birthplace, La Mancha, to tell the story of a group of women, all inspired by women from his own childhood. Three generations of women survive fire, insanity and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality. They are Raimunda (Cruz), married with a teenage daughter, Sole (Dueñas), her sister, and the mother of both (Maura), who died in a fire but who appears before Sole. Visually sumptuous, the performances are equally strong; Cruz delivers arguably her strongest showing yet.
I am not sure I can see the thriller part, but the rest I totally agree with. It was fantastic and not just because it was in Spanish. But I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed that she didn't cook the dead guy for that film crew...
21 September, 2006
16 September, 2006
I think this is one of the few pictures that actually exists of Neil and I together... We took it on the "beach" in Seaton - I say "beach" because it was a rather pebbly beach
... my mom would have loved it with all those rocks. It was so nice and peaceful down there now that it is out of season...
11 September, 2006
10 September, 2006
06 September, 2006
Based on legendary science-fiction author Philip K. Dick's own experiences, A SCANNER DARKLY tells the darkly comedic but deeply tragic tale of drug use in the modern world. America's futile war on drugs has become one and the same with its war on terror. Reluctant undercover cop Bob Arctor (Reeves) follows orders to start spying on his drug-addicted friends, Jim (Downey Jr), Ernie (Harrelson), Donna (Ryder) and Charles (Rory Cochrane). When he is directed to step up the surveillance on himself, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. A SCANNER DARKLY plays like a graphic novel come to life, with live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process. Faithful to his source material, Linklater has succeeded in creating a haunting version of America, seven years from now.
I did enjoy it, and it was sometimes quite scary, but there were a few things that Neil saw coming that I just didn't. But I don't want to give anything away...
I was just thinking that we have been members with the Picturehouse for about 6 months already. We have seen 17 films, each time saving £ 1.50, and I have used up my 2 free tickets, but I still think I have already got what I paid for the membership back. Being a member there has really paid off, but I also did say to Neil yesterday that I have never seen so many confusing films... oh well... I am rambling...
That's really all that's going on at the moment here... had my meeting with Brian and he said my literature review is too chatty and I have to make it sound more technical. I guess that's what rough drafts are there for. Now he wants me to send it off to Jonathan to see what kind of feedback he has to offer. I'll do it, but I don't really want to hear from anyone else that my writing is not good enough... I know that already!!!
04 September, 2006
03 September, 2006
Today I met Neil in the afternoon at Boston Tea Party for a coffee (me a Hazelnut steamer) and then we wandered around a bit. When we walked along the cathedral green we heard the strange noise and then a branch broke off one of the trees and crashed down. It just happened so quickly. Now I am doing the washing and watching more Gilmore Girls.
02 September, 2006
31 August, 2006
Let's see what else has been going on... yesterday Neil and I went to see "The Notorious Bettie Page" at the Picturehouse. An interesting film about a Pin Up girl in the 50s. The first bit dragged on a bit, but the second half was quite good, and there were so many familiar looking actors in it...
27 August, 2006
Today I have just been pottering around not doing much. I went into town to enjoy the sunshine in the afternoon and then spoke to my mom on the phone. That's about it...
20 August, 2006
18 August, 2006
lets see what else did I do while I was here... oh I read a book by Haruki Murakami called Norwegian Wood. It was really good, a very sad melancholic mood all the way through, but a very beautiful story still. I will see if I can find another one of his books as they sound very interesting.
oh I also promised to put more pictures up... so here they come:
My mom collecting shells and stones on the beach... you won't believe how much she found, we had an extra bag for shells and one for stones, and then another one for some sand from the beach. She has all these ideas for decorating, I will tell her to send me pictures when she is done ;)
In the background you can see a few of the sand scultures from the sandsculptures festival we went to as well.
Here you can see some islands in the background, but primarily I took the picture because of the sailboats that were floating around on the sea. The windconditions must have been extra good those few days, we saw them wherever we went.
open water... in the background you could see the opposite coast of former East Germany, but the photo doesn't show it. It took us forever too to figure out what we could see all the way over there. At first we thought it would be Denmark, but when we looked on a map we realised that the coast where we were didn't even point towards Denmark...
And here now a few more pictures from the sandscultures festival
13 August, 2006
These things are called "Strandkörbe" in German and are fairly typical for the beaches in Germany. I have no idea what they are called in English... the literal translation would be "Beach baskets", but I doubt that would be correct. Anyway, we rented one for a day, and it was quite nice and comfortable!
We also went to a sandsculpture festival, it is amazing what they can do with sand. Here a little overview of a few of the sculptures, but more later...
08 August, 2006
we went to a garden and flower exhibition today... so I thought I'll put up some pictures... some are good, some are not so good, but who cares really ;)
these two will have to do for now, as it takes forever to upload them. more to come soon...
07 August, 2006
03 August, 2006
Yesterday was another family birthday, my other aunt, but that was just a small gathering probably because it was in the middle of the week and most people had to be at work still. Today not much has been going on.
27 Juli, 2006
Anyway, still lots to do before I can leave Saturday, I need to clean my room and bathroom and need to do the washing and then of course pack. Tomorrow night we are going out for a friend's birthday and then Saturday I leave on the 15:05 train to Reading and then the flight leaves Heathrow at 19:25, and I should be at home with my family just around 22:00 :). Might not write that much while I am away, but if I get the chance I will try and take come pictures and put them up.
25 Juli, 2006
Not much else has been going on. Spent the weekend with Neil being lazy, but we finally managed to watch Memento. A great film, and only slightly confusing since the whole plot is backwards, so you see the end first and then slowly bit by bit learn how things happened. We also went to a little farm shop just outside Exeter which had just opened up an ice-cream parlour and had some very nice ice-cream.
19 Juli, 2006
might try out the outdoor pool at uni later, might be nice and refreshing
17 Juli, 2006
The weekend was nice though. Friday we all left work early and came down to the Imperial to have lunch together for Daisy's birthday, and after that I met Neil at the Continental Market which was visiting town. He decided to wait for that to have lunch, then pottered around town for a while and then went to a friend's house for dinner. It was really nice, after dinner we sat outside on a little - well actually quite large - balcony and later we watched "I heart Huckabees". A very funny film about existential Detectives played by Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman. Worth a watch if you are into quirky funny films.
On Saturday I went to Glastonbury with a friend. Again another hot day, but we had a good time walking around the Abby grounds and the town.
Here are a few pictutres of what used to be the Abby:
15 Juli, 2006
14 Juli, 2006
The continental market is in town again this weekend, and going by on the bus yesterday I saw that the German Bratwurst stand is back again :)
ok just about another hour that I have to pretend to do work now ;)
13 Juli, 2006
09 Juli, 2006
05 Juli, 2006
04 Juli, 2006
The only slightly bad thing about the trip was that I couldn't spend that much time with Neil. Both conference days I pretty much was away all day from 9 am to 5pm, but I guess I shouldn't complain too much. I still had a chance to see the city on Thursday and half of Sunday, and it is a beautiful city... Immer eine Reise wert!
Here are a few pictures:
this is the top bit of the Scott Monument. I took a few more pictures to get the whole thing in sections (or well I thought I did) but the camera must have not saved them because the battery was coming to an end.
This one is the view from Carlton Hill over the city with the Castle at the other end.
This is the view again from Carlton Hill but to the other side. You can even see the sea in the back
28 Juni, 2006
Tomorrow morning we have to get up way too early, but at least we get almost the entire day in Edinburgh before the conference starts. I am hoping the weather will be nice...
25 Juni, 2006
Friday evening there was a party at Neil's house which was quite fun. Lots of people we didn't know, but from what Neil had said before I thought there weren't going to be that many people, so it was good that it was like that. But it did feel a bit claustrophobic at time, because the house is very narrow. Still a nice evening.
Saturday I went home after lunch time to get some work done (that annoying report), on my way into town I bumped into a friend and we had a quick coffee and chat at Starbucks. That was nice, but for some reason I had a really bad headache. then I went home and did a bit of work, basically just finished the report and emailed it off and then tried to get rid of the headache until it was time to head back to Neil's. We were going to watch "Memento", but again didn't get around to it and rather enjoyed the nice evening outside.
Today I felt really guilty that I hadn't done any work and I really needed to go through the presentation a few more times, so I went home after we had some food. Been working on figuring out how to analyse my data properly and also ran through my presentation a few more time. I can manage it in just over 15 minutes which is what it should be. Jonathan approved it, but also recommended more reading, and tomorrow I will see what Brian thinks.
After that I watched some DVD, uploaded some old pictures into my flickr.com account, made some food, avoided the football and now I am just about to get ready to go to bed.
Just three more days now until we head off to Edinburgh. I am both excited and scared. I hope the excitement will overpower the being afraid and I will enjoy this first conference experience. Should be good... after all I am a PhD student, they should encourage me and give me some good feedback so I can improve my work.
21 Juni, 2006
Yesterday I spent all day helping out with the open day at the uni. Talking to mostly parents but also a few students about why Exeter would be such a good choice. Some were very eager and wanted to know loads of things, and others you could clearly tell that they had no idea about what they wanted to do at uni, only that they wanted to go to uni. But it was fun anyway, and I am getting paid for it as well ;)
Also this upcoming conference is really starting to get to me, I am trying to tell myself that I shouldn't be nervous but it just isn't working. I am just not convinced enough about my research, and the more I read the more I start thinking that my topic is stupid and trivial. But Brian is being really good about it and keeps telling me that I will do fine and that I will have a good time.
a bit later...
the concert was great... very nice pieces they played and they were very good. Well this is according to my friend Andrea who knows much more about classical music than I do. But I did enjoy it, and decided that I need to have a lookout for these sort of things more. But now it is time for me to get to bed. Tomorrow is another day to get more work done on my presentation and to build up my confidence!
Happy Solstice by the way!
18 Juni, 2006
Neil took some pictures with his camera, they are a lot better, and you can find them on his blog
In the evening we were invited over for dinner by some friends, which was really nice. A semi German dinner cooked in a Römertopf. And I had real Spätzle for the first time!
Today was very lazy. We had planned to have breakfast at Goerges, but we didn't quite get up in time, so we went there for lunch. After that we had a quick stroll through town and then I went to meet a friend for coffee at Starbucks. She was as excited as I was when I told her that we now have a Wagamama Restaurant in Exeter as well now.
14 Juni, 2006
Ok dann mach ich mich mal auf den Weg. Tee austrinken und dann ab zur Uni!
12 Juni, 2006
Today we had the PG conference which was organised by two of the other PhD students in the department. As much as I hated the idea of being bullied into presenting my work, it was quite a good day. Mainly I liked hearing about other people's research interests and projects, because even though we are in the psychology department we don't really mix and mingle with people outside of our research groups. So I guess this was a success, and I got to practise my talk for Edinburgh (but Jonathan emailed me some suggestions for changes... so more work needs to be done). It was nice too, Brian came up to me during lunch and said that someone approached him and said that his PhD student (i.e. me!!!) did very well presenting. I really don't understand it, everyone said I seemed very relaxed and confident, but I felt the complete opposite. I was totally nervous, and had to remind myself to breathe properly all the way through... but I guess it is a good thing that I don't portray it outward. Hopefully that will also be true for the "real" conference in a couple of weeks...
It was a long day though of sitting and listening to talks, which is quite hard in the stuffy weather... so as a fun thing for the evening we went to the new WAGAMAMA restaurant in town. It is so nice to have one here now. The two things I had been missing from London were Starbucks and Wagamama, and now we have both of them here in Exeter as well. I really enjoy the the food there, they say it is a japanese noodle bar, but they serve rice dishes as well. I had something called Chicken Katsu Curry... VERY YUMMY!
07 Juni, 2006
ok better get back to my work now... I have to prepare a presentation for Monday and Brian wants to see it Friday, so I have a day and a half to get it all ready.
06 Juni, 2006
ok it's time to sit out in the sun for a bit and then go home and have some dinner.
04 Juni, 2006
Here are a few pictures... unfortunately I had forgotten to set my camera back to colour mode, last time I had taken a few black and white pictures. Oh well they still turned out nice.
Here is one of the sea... it is so nice to see the sea!
Here is Neil in the contruction of a miniature Stonehenge...
and here it is completed. I think it looks quite good! I know in colour it would have been better... We also built a sandcastle and looked for thin rocks for skipping. I found a few nice shells and rocks that I will be taking home for my mom next time I go.
02 Juni, 2006
I just saw that I can post to my blog by using an email address. Let's see how this works. Although I shouldn't be so surprised, I can post from within flickr.com as well. Well I think I am pretty much at the end of my work week now. The weather outside is beautiful and I am still sitting in the office, I really should get outside and enjoy the sunshine. To all who are reading this have a wonderful weekend and I hope it is sunny where you are too!Ah it only leaves it in the drafts folder so I still have to go in and publish the post. Oh well maybe there is something I am missing. I'll figure it out some other time.
Here are some pictures I took with my mobile earlier today... The phone takes quite good pictures!
There are no clouds at all to see in the first one, and the second one just has a few.
Last night I went Bowling with Neil and a few people from his work. Apparently they had planned this for quite some time and in the end only two other people from his work showed up. Oh well, it was still fun. I managed to raise my total score from 55 to 83 by the third game, but the other three were much better than me. I think my main problem is that the bowling balls are too heavy and I can't get a good grip on them... but then last time I went I only got about 30 points for a whole game, so this was much better.
30 Mai, 2006
I am starting to think that I can kiss my £ 150 goodbye with the way the banks are dealing with me. I am being sent from one to the other and no one is willing to actually help me. The UK bank (I won't mention their name) is telling me that my German bank needs to make the claim since they are the only ones who can confirm that my account was actually debited, and the German bank is simply saying they wouldn't know whom to contact in the UK to even make the claim, which is besides the fact that it apparently is ridiculous of the UK bank to say that the German bank has to do some work, because the UK bank's ATM is screwed up. And I am caught up in the middle of everything. I am really getting worried that it will all end up being that they turn around and tell me that the time limit within which a claim needs to be made has passed and that the money is lost in the system somewhere. I wouldn't worry so much, but £150 is a lot of money for me. Oh well, I have now given my mom all the info from here and she will try again to go to the German bank to see if they are now anymore willing to help.
Not much else has been going on today. I went to uni and got my new computer on the desk. Then I tried to do a bit of work, had lunch, and then spoke to someone at the bank on campus. They sent me back to the bank in town and when I came back to my desk after that there was a paper I have to mark. I was really annoyed so I thought it's not really fair to the student to mark a paper when I am in a bad mood so I decided that had to wait until tomorrow...
29 Mai, 2006
Also found this test (once again on Sarah's blog)
|You Are Bert|
Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!
You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you
You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil
How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others
I am not sure how right this is about me as well... I don't think I am that logical and much more emotional, plus if you saw my room you knew I wasn't a total neat freak. I am not a slob either, but still I am not that neat. But then again it is just something fun to do. I wonder what Ernie's characteristics are though :P!
I had a nice day today, even though the start to it hasn't been the greatest. Well really it started a few days ago when the ATM on the high street refused to give me money but when I checked my account it was actually taken out. So now I am £150 short on my German account and when I went to Natwest (as I used their cash machine) to report the problem they said they couldn't do anything about it and I had to contact my German bank. Well my mom went to the bank in Germany this morning, and they said they can't do anything and I have to go to the bank here. It was a bit odd as I had just woken up when my mom called and handed the bank teller the phone so I could explain to her what the bank people here had said. So now I have to go back again tomorrow and see if the Natwest people can do something... Well after that and a bit more waking up I had some breakfast and then cleaned up a bit, and then Neil came over for lunch and we watched a film (the guy who plays the british guy was actually born in England...) and after that we went to the Imperial for a meal and a few drinks. It was quite nice so after we finished our food we sat outside for a while enjoying the sunshine (and the wind).
Just remembered... I am getting my new computer on my desk at uni tomorrow!!! It will be so nice to have a flat screen monitor. Should make working a lot more comfortable...
28 Mai, 2006
Hmmmm mal sehen was war denn so los in der letzten Woche, nicht so viel irgendwie. Ich habe fast jeden Tag Aufsätze korrigiert, und danach hatte ich nicht mehr viel Lust was anderes zu machen. Na ja, so ist das eben, wenigstens wird es relativ gut bezahlt, und ich bin ja jetzt damit fertig.
21 Mai, 2006
Saturday started out rather dull. I got up fairly early to get laundry done, then watched a bit of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and then went into town to have a look around before going to see Neil. In the evening we went to friends of Neil's to watch the Eurovision Song Contest on tv. It was a lot of fun actually, and not just because of the pizza. The German entry was not too bad, but my favourite was the Latvian a capella entry. The winning entry was just a bit too strange for me... But I guess they still deserved to win. A few days ago at uni someone mentioned that a few years ago there was an academic paper published that looked at the relationship between voting in the Eurovision Song Contest and political relationships between countries involved. I must have a look for that, would be quite interesting to see what they made of it.
Today we started the day with a friend breakfast at George's Meeting Hall and then went to see the Da Vinci Code at the Picturehouse. I thought it was really good, finally a film that actually stayed true to the book, and it made me junp a few times. I know lots of people wouldn't like that too much, I have heard that about the Harry Potter films, that it is boring to see them and things like that. I don't really mind. I didn't actually read the book, I just got the audiobook sometime last year and I thought it was really good. Then I read Angels and Demons which was really good as well. I think if they turn that into a film it would be a lot creepier. Anyway, I did enjoy it, even though I knew the story beforehand, and Tom Hank's hair wasn't actually that bad.
18 Mai, 2006
17 Mai, 2006
16 Mai, 2006
14 Mai, 2006
really wanted to be stuck inside infront of a computer. Ok here is what I have been up to since i last posted something...
Last Sunday with the nice weather I met Sarah for a cream tea in town. The Michael Caines Cafe Bar makes a nice one, although that is the only one I have had here in Exeter. After that we went into town for a bit, looking for a nice pair of sandals for Sarah, and I ended up buying a new mobile phone. I had had my eye on the Motorola V3 for a while now, and now I have one. It is really nice and it even came with the data sync software, so I have been playing around with all those things lately as well.
Monday I had a bunch of meetings and then in the evening met Neil for dinner at the Imperial and then we went to see C.R.A.Z.Y. at the Picturehouse. Very funny and at times very sad story about a boy growing up with four brothers and realising that he is gay. A lot of other family issues were included as well, and I didn't even mind the French so much ;)
Tuesday I went to out for dinner with some of the people from the department, at first it was just going to be 5 of us, and then it turned into this huge occasion which I wasn't really prepared for. Most people got drunk fairly quickly and my food was really bad. Never order lasagne in that place by the Quay, order pizza instead!
Wednesday and Thursday were really nice days, so I tried to sit outside in the sun a bit during the day. I had a meeting with Jonathan about about the conference, and he gave me some good tips about speaking and also about networking. Who should I introduce myself too and things like that. But at the same time this conference now sounds very daunting, he said that most people would attend every session, and there will be like 50 or so people there. I really hope I become more convinced that my research is actually good and worth while by then. At the moment I sometimes worry that they will just tear me to shreds and tell me that what I am doing is all complete rubbish. I guess everyone in the beginning of a research career had these doubts, and maybe i am in the wrong department here at the Uni... but we'll see. Maybe it ends up going well as well. With the reviewers it was fairly mixed in what they thought, all said though that the ideas and questions were relevant, so I don't know. I guess I will have to wait until after I come back...
Friday I got quite a bit of work done on the write up of my first study. I was surprised how easy it was coming along too... anyway, in the evening I went to Neil's and since it was nice enough to sit outside for a while we enjoyed the nice weather for as long as we could.
06 Mai, 2006
I also volunteered to attend this Employers Event that the University ran last Thursday to make employers more aware of University of Exeter graduates, and we represented the Graduate School Skills Programme as Skills Ambassadors. It was fairly boring as almost no one wanted to talk to us all day. It was worth it for the free lunch though ;)
Yesterday was a fairly lazy day again, I went to a talk in the afternoon by a fairly well known Social Psychologist from the US about the female leadership advantage. I really enjoyed it, the topic was interesting enough and she was a great speaker, plus sometimes I just like listening to a proper American accent. Recently people have been telling me that my accent, when I speak English, is changing slightly; I guess I am starting to pick up more of the British accent. I guess it was bound to happen since there are more British people than Americans I hang out with these days.
In the evening I met Neil at George's Meeting House for dinner and then we went back to his house. And since the weather was so nice we spent a few hours sitting outside in the sun reading the paper and chatting. It was really nice and we both enjoyed the sunshine.
Today was not the greatest weather, but after a quick run to the uni to find my bus pass and home to drop my things I met Neil in town. We started with a drink at the Pheonix Bar, then went to get Neil a new phone - the upgrade was needed - and then did some more shopping around in town, and the day was finished with a nice dinner at The Old Firehouse.
Oh yeah I have also been trying to keep up with my learning Spanish. I bought this audiobook in the iTunes Music Store quite a while ago called "Quick and Simple Spanish", but I am not sure how much I am actually learning from it. I guess I just don't have much opportunity to practise it...
Und jetzt auf Deutsch:
Hmmm, mal sehen was war denn so los in den letzten paar Tagen..... ? Nicht viel! Die letzte Woche ist schon ziemlich schnell rumgegangen, aber ich hab wenigstens endlich den Beitrag für die Konferenz in Edinburgh fertig bekommen und auch alles eingereicht. Als ich dann meinen Namen im vorläufigen Programm gesehen hab, ist mir schon ganz schlecht geworden vor Aufregung, und da habe ich erst mal ein Meeting mit Jonathan abgemacht. Der ist ja auch mit in Edinburgh; Brian kann ja nicht weil der am gleichen Wochenende hier in Exeter an der Uni ein Seminar leitet. Na ja, wird schon alles irgendwie gut gehen!
Am Donnerstag war ich dann den ganzen Tag im Finance Centre hier an der Uni, weil ich mich hab breitschlagen lassen das Graduate School Skills Programm da zu vertreten für den Tag. Am Ende war es einfach nur langweilig, weil kaum jemand an uns interessiert war, aber für das Mittagessen umsonst hat es sich doch gelohnt. Und ich war dabei.
Gestern war auch wieder ein Tag der fast so vorbei gegangen ist. Am Nachmittag war ein Vortrag von einer Amerikanischen Sozial-Psychologin, der war echt interessant. Das ging so um Frauen in Führungspositionen und ob Frauen in solchen Positionen besser geeignet sind als Männer. Und ab und zu ist es einfach mal gut einen ordentlichen Amerikanischen Akzent zuhören. In letzter Zeit haben mir ein paar Leute gesagt dass sich mein Akzent ändert. Na ja das war wohl vorrauszusehen, wo ich jetzt eher mit Engländern als mit Amerikanern zusammen bin.
Am Abend habe ich mich dann mit Neil zum dinner getroffen, und danach sind wir zu ihm gegangen. Das Wetter wat echt schön und so haben wir noch eine ganze Zeit draussen gesessen und haben Zeitung gelesen und uns unterhalten und das schöne Wetter genossen.
Heute war's nicht so toll, aber wir sind trotzdem noch in der Stadt gewesen. Erstmal haben wir in der Phoenix Bar einen Stop eingelegt und was getrunken. Danach wollte Neil ein neues Handy haben - nach über 2 Jahren war das auch mal nötig - und dann habe wir so noch ein bisschen run geguckt und der Abschluss war ein nettes leckeres Essen im Old Firehouse...
oh ja, ich bin ja auch dabei Spanish zu lernen :) Na ja, ich versuche es wenigstens. Ich hab mir vor 'ner Weile im iTunes Musik Laden ein Hörbuch zum Spanischlernen gekauft, aber man weiss ja nie genau wie viel man wirklich lernt wenn man keine Gelegenheit zum üben hat...