Saturday, 24 November 2012

You know you're Scottish when...

I recently did a post called "You know you're British when..." and here's another one for Scotland. Obviously, I'm not Scottish either, but I can still relate to these. Enjoy! (oh, and they're from here.)

You know you're British when...

Recently Laura made a post with some of these signs, so of course I had to go and have a look at them and make one myself. Obviously, I'm not British, but I recognise all of these, and can relate very well to some of them. Maybe they could be called "You know you've been in Britain too long when..." as well.

Anyway, here is my selection! The rest can be found here.

and my personal favourite:

I'll be doing one for Scottish things soon!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

New songs

John Lewis always has lovely Christmas adverts, and this year's is no different (I've seen it a few times, and it's still making me a little teary-eyed). This year, the advert also introduced me to a new artist, Gabrielle Aplin. I'm not sure how long she'd been making music, but I hadn't heard of her before. I'm glad I did now!

Here are two of her songs; the first one, The Power of Love is obviously a cover, and the song used in the John Lewis advert. The second one, Home, is also lovely:

'Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you're alone
Is where you go to rest your bones

It's not just where you lay your head
It's not just where you make your bed
As long as we're together, does it matter where we go?

5 pictures

I'd like to share five pictures with you that describe my life as it currently is 
(and has been for some weeks, but hopefully won't be for very much longer).

 This is where the magic happens - or, quite often, fails to happen.

 Thesis calendar - approaching deadline.

 Notebook that I keep with me and write down any ideas in.

The view from my window from around 5pm onwards.

How would your life right now look in 5 pictures?
If you get inspired and make your own list, let me know in the comment box!

Ps: No idea why the pictures are that blurry, they really shouldn't be...

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Vill ha, måst få!

(i.e. I wan' tha' one!)

Yesterday, I found this:


I mean, just look at it! Has there ever been a more perfect watch (for me) in existence? I think not! Must have it!!

The watch is from Urban Outfitters, which sounded good, as they seem to have a campaign this month where they'll ship to Finland for only 4.95 or something. But then it turns out they've sold out. Oh no!! I simply must have that watch! Luckily, they still had it in stock on their US site. So I ended up paying nearly the same amount of money for shipping as I paid for the watch. But to be honest, I don't care. The watch is lovely, I've been looking for a new one anyway, and the price was quite reasonable. Sure, what I paid might not reflect the quality of it, but oh well.

Isn't it pretty? <3

Urban Outfitters

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Drowning in work

Last summer I wrote a post about NaNoWriMo, and that I planned to join this year. Now November is here, but I'm not spending all my spare time writing a novel. I wish I could be, but I have to be realistic - not only have I got my thesis to write, I've also gone from having 6 hours of classes last period to 17 this period. That's 6 courses, and 4 of them require tons of work. The deadline I gave myself when I started on my thesis was 13.12, so not long to go. I also really need to find and do some work, because cash is really tight at the moment. Really not a great combo.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel: this crazy schedule will only be on for 1½ months, then it's time for the Christmas holidays, and come spring, I shouldn't have as many courses. I still quite enjoy working on my thesis, even though the "official" fun bit (i.e. the trip to Scotland) is over, and it's starting to get a bit more difficult.

Also, one of those courses that require a lot of work is a course in literary translation, where we'll be translating the upcoming novel "Anglopolis" by Danielle Trussoni. This means I'll be part of a group that are translating an actual novel (no made up assignments) that will be published, and my name will be listed as one of the translators! I have to say, that's pretty cool!

The novel in question. Battery added for size reference.

It's dark, and cold, and at times pretty wet outside, and there are occasions where I feel like I'm drowning in work, and that my head will explode, but I have to keep telling myself that I can do this. Not long to go, I promise.

It's a real shame I can't join NaNoWriMo this year, but I think it's ok to leave that particular challenge for next year.
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