Just a quick one!

A lot has been and is going on at the moment, which is totally normal when moving across the world, so I am very sorry for the lack of information and posts on this blog for the moment.
I am trying to create a new, better side and have my whole yarn adventures a bit better presented for you. When it will be done you ask? I don’t know. I am writing applications for jobs and helping my boyfriend with his uni work at the same time while trying to find some time to knit, too.
So you see, it is very busy over here. And it’s winter! I have been to Melbourne during winter before and it is the same over again. For me this is just a very long autumn. It’s around 10-15 degrees every day but very windy and grey. But at the same time the sun can be very bright and warm you up in an instant but then, just wait a few seconds and you’re in the middle of a rain shower and you don’t know where to take cover!

Ok, I should better get back doing this data extraction for R.
I hope you all are spending your day with a bit more fun than I do 🙂

FIVE days left…

Time is running and there is still a lot to do and then I am going away this weekend… Well I would probably not have done anything on Saturday even if I would have stayed in Berlin but, it does feel bad. Shouldn’t I be in front of my computer even if I would just stare at the screen? Well. I decided not to.
So in a few hours I am going away with my Lacrosse team for the last time in a long while probably and this is exactly a perfect reason why I decided not to stay home. Who cares if my thesis has these few mistakes? I won’t remember that in a few years but the fun I had on a weekend away with my lovely team girls! This is what I want!
And because I have a lot of finished knitting projects flying around that just need to be blocked, I did this during the moments when my internet was not working. And no internet, no work on my thesis. Bähm.

Blocking on my bed

Sorry for this very poor iPhone photo. The lighting is awful. My top lightbulb has been broken for a few days now, just have no time for stuff like this!
You can see my Nurmilintu, Saroyan and the Olivia Shawl. And yes I do double block so fronts and backs of cardigans match each other! Anyone else doing this too?
You might also notice that two shawls did not quite fit onto my bed, or was it me starting wrong? Anyway, even if I would have been more cautious, they are too big! Well too big for my bed, not too big for me 🙂

ok. this was quick. I still have to pack and have dinner.
Lovely weekend everyone!

What time is it again?

It is almost four o’clock, in the morning my dear readers! It’s insane. I don’t feel tired at all. I’m one of the many people that work better when it’s dark outside and there is less traffic and almost no people are online (but then with friends all around the world, this is not a reason anymore). But, working until almost four is maybe a bit, aehm, let’s call it problematic. Especially when one has to work at nine o’clock on Friday. So to break the habit I stayed awake until nine (!!!) on Tuesday and then had a four hour nap and hoped to get tired early but no, worked until late again. This is not a good rhythm. But I have no idea what to do about it… 

At least I got a lot of writing done and I am now onto the analysing part of my thesis and then conclusion and results and stuff. But mostly I am afraid of quotes and the appendix and list of references… Or maybe the statistics for my anlysing part? Aaaaah! This is all insane! 

Deadline 4th of June!!! 

I’m alive

life had been very busy lately but I have something really fun coming up and am in a very happy place right now, or just as happy as one can be with the deadline of the final thesis being like end of May?! Haha. 

So what has happened? I went to Desden with my lacrosse team and we came second in the Lax in the Box tournament! Which is just insane! My knee was and is still hurting a lot though but coming second?!? So awesome! We even got a medal!!!

  
I’ve been at university almost all week long and working with the data from my eye tracking experiment! It has been nerve wracking but also very interesting and the whole thing has so much potential, I have to watch out not to get too much into it all as I’m only writing a bachelors thesis right now and not yet a masters! 

  
On Sunday is the last game of this season and it is a win win situation as in its either us or the other team who will get a place for the play offs! So we want to win this game so badly and it would be just amazing to go to the play offs!!! It would be such a great ending to my time playing for Victoria Lacrosse Berlin! 

Time is flying bye so so quickly. I still have so much things to organise before my move to Australia and I can’t really do any of them as I have my head focused on my thesis! 

Weather in berlin is getting nicer and nicer and I’ve been wearing my Birkenstocks and dresses without tights! So awesome! Well I leave the house in the mornings with leggings and as soon as I’m at university the leggings go straight into my backpack 🙂

  
I went to a talk about the Russian Ukrainians crisis at the GMF in berlin and it was very interesting and I’ve learnt a lot! 

But now I’m going to sleep. I have to get up extra early tomorrow cause the train personnel is on strike and I have no clue how easy it will be for me to get to work tomorrow morning as I have to take the Sbahn and not the Ubahn which I take to get to university… 

Oh and tomorrow night we have lacrosse team night at my place! All the girls at mine and we will order food and talk and have a great time 🙂 

I also hope to record a new podcast episode on Saturday with a special giveaway coming up! 

Monday already?

Time is flying fast right now people! It’s only 97 days until I fly to Australia! So excited!

So what has happened lately?
I have done my first two pre tests for the experiment for my thesis and both of them went very well. Or of course I had little problems with the equipment but the actual thing I am doing and investigating or how ever you would call it, worked just as I hoped for! Bähm! Great.

We have had wonderful weather over the weekend, which was great! On Sunday after the test a friend of mine and I went and had some soy icecream in a newly open cafe in my neighbourhood, which is crazy, we then went to a garden around here and enjoyed the sun. Lovely.

I’ve been writing with Nina (fuzzyloveknots or nlafountain) and she motivated me to finally finish my Amber vest !!! I was so worried the whole time that I wouldn’t have enough yarn, and yes, I did actually buy one more skein of the one yarn (the whole garment is knit out of four different yarns!)  and I got to use some scrap yarn as the other type has still not arrived at one of my LYS… don’t care anymore. And I’ve been wearing it ever since 🙂 I hope I will get some nicer pictures at some point (wow I’m hoping this about my Riddari too… so it won’t happen probably…)

The week ahead:
Monday: work on my thesis, do washing, grocery shopping
Tuesday: work, maybe another test, then university
Wednesday: experiment! 10-17 o’clock
Thursday: experiment!
Friday: experiment!
Saturday: experiment Hopefully only one

Other then that, I have also finished my Nurmilintu shawl as I though I would need the needles for the test knit I am doing for the above mentioned lovely Nina 🙂

So now I will continue watching Juniper Grace, look at some more apartments in Melbourne and think about dinner…

Taking Stock

missing spring again. Berlin weather is unpredictable.

missing spring again. Berlin weather is unpredictable.

Making : I’m into my Hermione’s Everyday Socks, actually onto the second one now! fighting the second sock syndrom!
Cooking : homemade fries in a honey, sea salt, thyme and olive oil marinade!
Drinking : good old plain water.
Reading : Just finished reading Hunger by Knut Hamsun, interesting one.
Wanting : More time and be able to sleep well.
Looking : At maps, the whole time. Maps, Maps, Maps… being a cartographer that is…
Playing : Candy Crush, to help me get tired and fall asleep faster, not working :/
Wasting : Soy and Coconut yoghurt, as it is not yum at all.
Sewing : The Maya dress 
Wishing : I had more time for my thesis, but then time should go faster so my boyfriend would already be here!
Enjoying : Getting back into listening to music!
Waiting : For an appointment about my knees…
Liking : Knitting, being in bed, listening to music and drinking tea.
Wondering : How my parents managed to find my lost gloves in big Berlin.
Loving : The fact that I’ll move soon.
Hoping : I won’t fail my lecturer with my thesis.
Marvelling :
Needing : To get to bed sooner.
Smelling : Nothing as my nose is blocked.
Wearing : Pj’s, the whole day, my Lacrosse sweater and, of course, hand knitted socks.
Following : Too many people and feeling a bit stressed about it sometimes.
Noticing :  I’m so much more relaxed since my parents have left again, they were visiting for six days!
Thinking : I should get this presentation for tomorrow done and then sleep.
Feeling : Not tired, even though it is past 1 am
Bookmarking : Places in Melbourne I want to go to.
Opening : Vegan chocolate I got for Easter. so yum!
Listening : Asgeir

What have you been up to?

thanks to Veggiemama for this.

Not according to plan…

so this morning I somehow ended my alarm and continued sleeping just until I woke up by my flatmate leaving for work, at around ten. Wasn’t I supposed to be in university for a meeting at ten? Oh shit. So I wrote a quick mail to my colleague asking if it would be ok to reschedule to tomorrow, no biggie. So instead of then using the time and read for my thesis my knees hurt so badly I just moved to the other side of my bed and continued sleeping, until midday or rather one thirty… Worried about my knees still being in pain I finally got up and dressed and on my way to a friends uncle who is supposed to be a really good doctor… I missed my bus stop and had to walk in this shitty rain, as weather in berlin just sucks atm, arrived and it was bad. The waiting room full with people and the line to get to the reception almost leading out into the hallway… So I waited for like 45 min, nothing really happened during that time but my knees getting worse from standing the whole time, so I then decided to just go home again and try again, maybe tomorrow… 

Back home I took some time to get my papers organised and to clean my desk, a never ending story, did some mapping but still can’t decide on a route and three rows of unravelling and one row of knitting. 

Now time to sleep as tomorrow’s sure can’t oversleep again! 

Sorry, not sorry.

So. I had big plans, very big plans. And then my normal routine came back and all the motivation and energy had run away…
I created so many posts and things I wanted to share in my head, I actually have a list written down of what I want to share but, life gets in the way…

So, today is Monday and I’m going to tell you a little bit about my week, what my plans are and what I want to do, and hopefully this will help me to organise my life a little bit better…

Monday: work on my thesis, go babysitting, organise with my flatmate for someone to sublease one of our rooms, transfer some money
Tuesday: work on my thesis, go babysitting
Wednesday: working, go to the library and get a book (Potsdam)
Thursday: working
Friday: have the option to work, but not sure, if not, thesis!
Saturday: work on thesis
Sunday: work on thesis

My main goal for this week is to finish writing my research proposal!
Talk to my lecturer about the questions I have and
finish knitting my Nurmilintu, or well, I will run out of yarn soon anyway so should think about what to do then…

Back in Berlin

So I arrived back in berlin already a few days ago but, life is a giant mess right now. While I was gone our landlord finally decided to start fixing our flooring and bathroom problem, which we had since begin of July!
So in mid December a bunch of tradies came and started demolishing our bathroom and the room next to it, like completely demolish! A giant hole in the flat kind of thing, it only took them a day! And then new structure got in and before Christmas the new concrete floor was in and supposed to dry until after new year so they could continue working to be done by the time I would be back in Berlin. Ha ha. Let me laugh here, heavily. Of course they are not done, not even nearly.
I arrived to a flat almost completely covered in dust. My room, just grey, everywhere. I have to wash just everything. Thanks to my flatmates not covering my door properly :/ bummer.
So now I’m sleeping in one of my flatmates room while he is visiting his girlfriend, debating every time I need to use the bathroom if I really have to as I have to leave my building and enter another one via the courtyard and then three stories up again. Bummer.
So I’m not in a happy place right now, and some really important uni dates are coming up too, as in exams and projects and presentation and the finalisation of the topic for my thesis! All by the end of January.
And all I want is stay in bed (preferable my bed which I still have to wash) and knit while catching up on podcasts and tv series…

:/

It’s packing madness here at my place right now.

My train to my parents place is tomorrow at 11:38 or so and until then I have to figure out what to take with me, not only to my parents where it is really cold right now, but also for my holidays in Australia. Who again thought it would be a good idea to fly from Munich and not Berlin? Arg, I could kill myself!!!
Well, well. That’s how it is now. not much to do about it. So I’m cleaning up my room and getting it tidy and packing… A few friends came over and we had a beer or two and some red wine and I’d rather sleep right now but my suitcase won’t pack itself unfortunately!

I’d guess, next time you here from me is from down under.