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This journal is closed [July 31, 2008 @ 11:32am]
I have moved! dancewildly

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I'll be posting the same kind of stuff as here, and maybe some original fiction. I certainly hope so. Friend me there!


Creativity rush! [July 30, 2008 @ 3:09pm]
Woah, what's up with me today? After weeks of writing nothing except my German story that still doesn't want to let me know what it's actually about, I wrote a short (really short) story and a poem/song type thing today, and it's only three o'clock. Where is all this creative energy coming from? I need more!

Writer's Block [July 29, 2008 @ 3:05pm]
[ mood | why will time not pass faster? ]

Are you prepared for a zombie outbreak, or are you just going to wing it?

Totally prepared. My aunt has a nuclear bomb shelter (well, it's a cemented cellar with a really, really thick cement door, but still), that's where I'll take all my books and music until the zombies go away. Food? Who needs food?


Has anybody read Fun Home by Alison Bechdel? You should. It's about a young woman coming to terms with her father's suicide and that he had affairs with younger men, and her own homosexuality. Also, it's a graphic novel, and I have lots of love for graphic novels lately.


I'm thinking about starting a new journal. Really it's incredible that I've had this one for so long (almost 4 years, egads!), as usually with my (handwritten) diaries I only have the patience to fill one thin notebook before wanting something completely different. And this one has all my high school musings in it, which I would like to just forget. :P

I'll let you know when I open a new account, if I do.

ETA: Argh but choosing a new username is difficult! It was easier when I started, back then I loved dragons, easy as that. I didn't really have any other interests. Now... literature! History! Music!

Howabout dancewildlyalso? "Then the minstrels, which were disguised, danced; and the lords and ladies did wildly dance also, that it was a pleasure to behold" - it's a quote from The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.

Or sallygardens? "Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree; But I being young and foolish, with her would not agree..." - Down by the Sally Gardens by W.B. Yeats.

Or pon_rep "'Pon rep!" was a polite exclamation in the regency period.

Anyway I won't bore you. That was just a demonstration of how difficult it is to find a name. :P

You're now of age, and you're thrown in a different cage, and you're faced with another blank page [July 22, 2008 @ 7:42pm]
My birthday was... interesting. I saw Mama Mia at the cinema with my best friend and my sister - and two bottles of cheap wine. By the end of the movie we were singing and dancing along :P I think even without the wine I really would have enjoyed the movie, I definitely want to see it again.

But the alcohol led to Sarah and Kimberly having a pointless (and endless) argument in the park after the movie. So I left them in the park and went to a museum just near there that I'd wanted to go to for ages. So all in all, it wasn't that bad.

I'm twenty now. I thought I'd be taller :P

ETA: Sarah made me the best cake.

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It's shaped like a book! Hee :D
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Oh look, there goes another year [July 21, 2008 @ 10:44pm]
I'm turning twenty tomorrow. Do not want!

Also I think I'm suffering from post-holiday depression. Or maybe pre-birthday depression? It's some kind of depression for sure. I feel horrible.
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[July 20, 2008 @ 10:48pm]

Oh god, this song. I watched it once and it made me teary eyed, then I watched it again with my mum and burst into tears. If you don't know Lusy Knisley, go check out her stuff NOW, either on lucylou or Stop Paying Attention.

"I would hug my grandpa..." :(


Hello, I'm back from France! We had a great time. One of my favourite things was seeing the ocean - living in Switzerland I'd forgotten how much I love the smell of the sea. Mmm, seaweedy.

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Montreux Jazz Festival [July 11, 2008 @ 5:03pm]
I saw Travis at the Montreux Jazz Festival last night. In the front row :D It was so amazing and if felt kind of weird, it's hard to explain why (though I'll try anyway). I discovered Travis when I lived in Geneva (I knew of them before, but I didn't actively go out and look for their songs, I just enjoyed them whenever I heard them on the radio). One night when I was babysitting the kids, I turned the TV on to a Travis gig. I came in just when they were singing the harmony part of the Beautiful Occupation, and I thought hey, I know this song, who is this band? Then they played Turn and Dougie did his little solo and I fell in love with them then and there. I went and bought an album the next day. Their music really got me through a lot in Geneva. And also while I lived there, I kept seeing posters for the Jazz Festival and thought I'd like to go there one day, even though I don't really like jazz, it just sounded so cool. So when I saw them on the stage with the Montreux Jazz Festival signs in the background, it felt like something was coming full circle.

I don't have much time so here is a kind of short review.

The gig:

Oh. My. God. When we (eledh_3, sheentylla, my sister, another friend and me) finally got inside, there was a bit of worry about if we'd be able to stay in the front row (there were barriers between the stage and the crowd that obviously weren't going to hold) but that problem resolved itself nicely when, about three songs into the gig, some staff members took the barriers away and we could actually lean on the stage. Eeeee! :D

We were standing right in front of Dougie, I wish we'd been allowed cameras. :( Dougie dropped a plectrum on the floor and after the song I asked him if I could have it, and he handed me a new one from off the mic stand :D THAT'S HOW CLOSE TO HIM I WAS. And damn, the way that man plays bass should be outlawed! It verges on porn, honestly. Also, he totally knows what he's doing when he smiles. He flashed a huge grin at the girls behind me and they all screamed like it was the Beatles or something. Not that I find that silly, I was screaming the whole time too, especially after his Turn solo. :P

They played a few new songs, which was fantastic (Chinese Blues (aaaaahhh brilliance), Song to Self, J. Smith and a few others I can't remember). And Indefinitely and Slideshow! And Blue Flashing Light! But while we were waiting for them outside after the show, I kept thinking of songs they didn't play, like My Eyes and Why Does It Always Rain On Me (!). Also, during soundcheck someone played the first few notes from the intro of Humpty Dumpty Love Song, so I was really expecting them to play that. But they didn't. :(

After the gig, we waited outside for them.

Neil: *very quiet* He came out first and signed some stuff for people and left pretty quickly. I didn't ask him to sign anything because I was too shy DX

The others took aaaages to come out, I was almost asleep when they did. Maybe that's why I wasn't nearly as star struck and nervous as I was last time.

Fran: *had a sore throat* He told us how panicked he was on stage because he'd woken up that morning with a sore throat and kept thinking he was about to loose his voice on stage. You could only tell his voice was a bit off when he spoke, though, the singing sounded fine.

Andy: *SO DRUNK omg* He was really chatty and hugging people all the time, it was cute. :D I walked past him (I didn't see it was him because he was hugging someone) and he looked at me and went "heyyy, hi!" and I said "Hey, good gig!" and he said thanks, then went to hug someone else. :D

Dougie: *take me now* I have such a crush on this man, it's not fair. Me and about a fourth of the entire Travis fandom.
He talked about his son! Someone asked him how he's doing.
Him: He's doing great! *whips out phone, shows picture*
All of us: Awwwwww!
Him: He rolled over for the first time yesterday and he's learned to laugh!

Then he and my sister (who spent the last year working as an au pair, looking after a new born baby) had a really long chat about watching babies grow up.

Then he asked if we wanted anything signed or photos taken, so...Collapse )
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More celtic pics [July 08, 2008 @ 2:42pm]
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Me doing Sarah's boyfriend's hair and two moreCollapse )

Being celtic [July 07, 2008 @ 10:07am]
This weekend I was at a celtic festival. Sarah is in a celtic reenactment group and asked me to come along for the weekend. It was fun :D Basically we sat around all day telling people about the celts in Switzerland (there were celts in Switzerland!), I was making thread out of flax and and getting sunburn (very celtic). I slept outside the tent in the straw for two nights in a row, which was an interesting experience.

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I'm in the brown peblos. Check out that celtic truck in the background :P

Doctor Who [July 06, 2008 @ 11:39pm]
I wasn't home this weekend, so I only finished watching it nowCollapse )
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i can see the future... it's a long way away [June 24, 2008 @ 8:14pm]
This is the third week in a row I've skipped my ballet lesson. I'm starting to feel bad. I've told my teacher I can't come regularly, and she said it's fine, she'll just charge me per lesson. But I wanted to go at least every two weeks, otherwise what's the use?
It's a bit impractical that it's on Tuesday nights, when I have school on Wednesday and could use my Tuesday evenings for doing homework. Like right now I should be reading some stuff for a test tomorrow (a test featuring my favourite crazy, Heinrich Heine) instead of wasting time on LJ. I can see me tomorrow:

Q: What point is Gottfried Keller trying to make in A Village Romeo and Juliet when Vreneli and Sali fall in love?
A: Well, I don't know about that, but did you know Heine was suspended from Uni for dueling? Imagine!

There's an F if I ever saw one.

I need to take school seriously this next school year. I'll start the last year of my apprenticeship in August. It'll pass really quickly and I need good marks now so I don't totally fail the end-of-apprenticeship exams. Argh.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate bookkeeping? :/

I must take school more seriously. I've been thinking about what I want to do after my apprenticeship, and basically I've been certain I want to go to Uni since I was in primary school. I've never really been sure what exactly I want to study, but I know it has to be something with languages or literature.
Lately I've been thinking I could imagine studying in Switzerland after all. I might regret not going to England, when I'm older, but right now I actually like Switzerland enough to stay here a few more years. And I've finally come around to the fact that German literature isn't as boring as I thought it was. Especially the romantics are fascinating, I'd love to learn more about them. I wonder if I can study German and English literature?

After my apprenticeship there are two courses I'd have to do, to qualify for Uni, and those would take me two and a half years to complete. That's if I do them full time. But full time school needs money, and I have, er, none.

I just hope studying and the whole Uni experience won't be a complete disappointment after spending so many years working up to it. If I even get there at all.
My mum just did a test to get into Uni. All she had to to was brush up on her maths, and she did the test and passed. She didn't need all these fancy qualifications. But she did nursing and it was Newcastle University in Australia, so maybe there's a difference. Some universities in Switzerland expect you to speak Latin for certain courses. Such as English or German literature.
No, I never learned Latin. I wanted to, though. Does that count?

Writer's Block [June 24, 2008 @ 10:51am]
Know any great comebacks?

Only Boosh quotes, such as "That is a kind of fresh madness." Which isn't really a comeback but I like saying it. :P

Dead people I would like to meet, #1 [June 23, 2008 @ 2:30pm]
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), a German poet. Seriously, the guy was crazy.

I'm reading about him for school. Here are some of my favourite things he did: When he was young, he threw his dancing teacher out of the window. In university, he was suspended for dueling. Later, he killed his wife's parrot with rat poison, because he was jealous of the attention she gave it.

Oh, those romantic poets.


And on a totally unrelated note: I went to watch Made of Honor last Friday. Oh my GOD it's such a stupid movie.

Doctor Who [June 21, 2008 @ 10:53pm]
Spoilers for Turn LeftCollapse )

Some photos from last weekend... [June 19, 2008 @ 6:27pm]
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Moi. And some other pics as well.Collapse )

Also, here's a video of us singing the "Tourdion" (a medieval French drinking song).

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post-party post [June 16, 2008 @ 1:10pm]
Sarah's party was fun. Everyone had to wear medieval-style clothing, and I found my skirt and blouse combo way more comfortable than the jeans I wear all the time. Which means I should wear more skirts, but I own a grand total of NONE. What kind of a girl am I? D: Also, there was medieval music (played by her family) and dancing (though not many people joined in). I understand how "dancing until your feet bleed" works now. My feet weren't bleeding, but they hurt like hell.


Last night, Sarah and I dressed as goths (with corsets! they hurt.) and went to watch the Sex and the City movie. Dear god, the only thing that made it bearable was the bottle of wine we smuggled into the cinema. It was empty by the end of the movie. It was like a drinking game: Every time something annoys you (so in my case about every five seconds), drink some wine.
It's one way of enjoying a movie :P

When we left the cinema, the football just finished, and we were greeted by yelling Switzerland and Turkey fans, waving their flags and holding up the traffic. Well, I don't think the traffic minded being held up much, what with all the beeping of horns and holding flags out of windows. I felt like yelling at them all "I don't fucking care!!"
It was annoying. Damn Euro 08.

est-ce que tu veux un pie? [June 13, 2008 @ 10:42pm]
You know you speak a foreign language well when...

1. You spontaneously recite this sketch in French with your sister. (We didn't know the French word for pie, though.)

Pourquoi tu n'aimes pas mon pie??
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Is that a bandwagon I see passing by? [June 13, 2008 @ 7:56pm]
Would you look at this: A meme!

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Behind the cut: Two Kylies, lots of words and also some French.Collapse )

Draw yourself as a teen. It kind of evolved into "Draw yourself as a teenager and as you are now, to compare, and also draw all your accessories and label everything."

So I did. Well, I've always been convinced that I can't draw, so considering that I think this turned out quite well.

Sorry about the handwriting and lack of hands and face on 19-year-old me, but look at 17-year-old me's face and you'll see why I didn't give it another go. Also, I'm not that short, I just suck at proportions. I always draw legs too short.
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you spent the evening unpacking books from boxes [May 31, 2008 @ 7:27pm]
I went to town for a haircut today and had time to waste before the appointment. There was a market on so I browsed for a bit, then I saw this bookCollapse )

Dante's Divine Comedy. You know, the one with the several circles of hell. From 1921. Awesome :D

The conversation that led to me buying it went something like this:

Me: *takes book very carefully and strokes it* 'Scuse me, how much would this cost? (Expecting 30 francs or something. Which I would have paid.)
Bookseller: Erm... say four francs?
Me: *quite loudly* FOUR??
Bookseller: ...what, is that too much?

I think he thought I was a bit weird. Actually, I am. Who else goes around stroking books? But anyway. I'm slowly building up a little collection of old books :D

0.o [May 30, 2008 @ 5:23pm]
A cat turned into a woman after being hit by a motorbike. Right.

...Three cats were crossing the busy road when the okada ran over one of them which immediately turned into a woman.Collapse )

The part of me that reads Neil Gaiman and believes in ghosts totally wants this to be true. :P

EDIT: My mum went to a restaurant for dinner last night, called the Alp Rock Restaurant or something. It's actually a big disco, thus very groovy.
So groovy they had a dish called Pimp My Fondue on the menu :D It's all go in Switzerland!
(Fondue. Instead of just bread, you could pick all different things to dip in it.)
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