Monthly Archives: April 2010

Project365: 309 – 315 (Week 46)

Without further ado: Week 46 of the project365…

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2010-04-23: Green Party pin

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Grey’s Anatomy 6.20 – “Hook, Line and Sinner”

I’m pretty sure that ever since I’ve become a Grey’s fan in 2006 I read about 7-years contracts of Ellen and Patrick and back then I thought 7 seasons are a long time and that I’d be happy if they actually both fulfilled these contracts till the end. Now all of a sudden at the end of season 6 I read that it had been 8-years-contracts from the start and that neither will leave after a season 7.
And my first thought with all of this was: TWO more years of this show? Really? Do I really have want to watch this show for two more years? Rethorical question, obviously, because it’s up to me if I keep watching or just drop it. No one is forcing me to keep watching. Well, no one except the hotness of Derek Shepherd and the cuteness of Meredith Grey and the fact that I spent four years of my TV viewer life to see these two get together for good and I want to enjoy seeing them enjoy their relationship. But the writers are really not making it easy for me…

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Birthday Celebrations at Zollverein…

Before another whole week passes I should post these few pictures from the “Coffee, Culture & Cocktails” Event on Saturday. Although there are neither coffee nor cocktails visible ;-) I’m not a huge “throwing a party” kind of person, so I knew I wouldn’t do anything big for my 35th birthday. I choose to spend it with just a few people at a nice location, doing something I planned on doing for a while: Visiting the new “Ruhr Museum” at the extraordinary former coal mine industrial site “Zeche Zollverein”. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and even though I’ve been there a couple of times already, it still amazes me every time. It’s just fascinating to see how nature seized back it’s place on this large former industrial site. And of course the industrial relicts are still impressive after all this time…

On Saturday afternoon I picked up Hai_di and we met oceans77 and ripper-girl on the site. First stop for birthday coffee and cake (well waffles in that case) was the Kokerei Cafe. It’s a very unique location for a cafe, beneath and among the relicts of the former coal mine. Unfortunately the service was unique as well. But not in a good way. I can’t remember ever having experienced such a unorganzied group of waiter/waitresses. Plus the one who served us in the end (after they had figured out who should serve which table) was rather grumpy and not the most friendly person.She forgot some of the order and she couldn’t do math. Oh, it was so bad. On the other hand, we had something to talk and gossip about and we’ll definitely remember that afternoon :-) I felt rather bad for some tourists from southern Germany though, because they waited over 30 minutes for their salad and in the end they left without having gotten any food, because they had to be somewhere else afterwards. I usually always tip the waiting staff, but this was the first time in a looong time, that I didn’t. Seriously, those folks did not deserve any tip.

Sunshine, blue sky and an extraordinary location to roam around made up for this experience though. We spend a lot of time just walking around, taking pictures, talking about movies and TV series and the internet, all those common interests ;-) And of course we gossiped a little bit about the guest of the several wedding parties which took place on the site that afternooon. In the end we choose to not visit the museum, because it would have been a waste of the wonderful weather to spend time indoors. So we just went up onto the top of the museum where we had a fantastic panaroma view of the Ruhrgebiet (our metropolitian area).

Around 7 PM we headed downtown for some cocktails and yummy, yummy mexican food. And more talks about movies and TV Series and and and… It really was a wonderful, relaxing, sunny, happy birthday. A few of my presents were in fact invitations to similar activities so I’m really looking forward to these. Getting a year older really isn’t that bad after all :-)

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Project365: 302 – 308 (Week 45)

Last week’s project365 photos. After lounging on my patio for a while I’ll head over to my Mom’s for a bit to see if there is something left of my birthday cake :-) And to pick up my wallet, which I obviously forgot there. I have no idea why I even took it out of my bag, when I returned the car keys. I wasn’t drunk and confused. Well, confused maybe *g*

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2010-04-16: New News Magazine

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Sleeping Disorder ?

Could anyone explain to me why I’m so tired so often recently? It’s really unusual for me and I don’t like it. I actually think that I sleep enough, but obviously my body needs more sleep. *sigh* Or maybe I just don’t sleep good/deep enough? But I used to, so I have no idea what’s wrong at the moment. But it sucks. This week was kind of busy, when my mom was admitted to hospital on Tuesday unexpectedly. Her GP thought it’d be best if she got a thorough check-up for her current cardiac arrhythmia and her general not feeling well. It all probably was caused, because she is getting very nervous about the catarct surgery which is supposed to happen next week. And being nervous of course leads to arrhythmia in her case *sigh* She’s fine though and was discharged two days later (on Thursday). Things like this still totally mess up my week. But I shouldn’t complain, because she is doing fine and thank god it usually is no big deal to take a day of from work on short notice for these kind of things. It was still a very strange week.
I went to a great concert last night in Cologne: Revolverheld at the Live Music Hall. I’m not a huge fan of their new album, but I really liked the first two and Hai_di and I had a great time last night. It’s always fun to see that those guys up on the stage have so much fun and enjoy being there. Their joy really seemed genuine.

I have not much more to tell, because not much more happened this week. I still didn’t manage to catch up on “Flash Forward”, because even when I would have time to watch an episode I’m already so exhausted already, that I’m afraid my mind wouldn’t be able to process all the new information. And I’m so so tired again already :-) I should head to bed soon to be well rested for tomorrow’s “Coffee, Culture and Cocktails”. (This alliteration looks so much better in English *g*). And I actually wanted to post the project365 photos with this post as well, but then I got hooked on a new game I downloaded for my Palm Pre and took a break from writing this post *headdesk* Now it’s even later and I really should head to bed. I have to get up in the morning to campaign for my Greens in the morning. Tomorrow of all days….But I signed up for it, so I shouldn’t complain now, I knew what date it would be ;-)

Project365: 288 – 301 (Week 43 & 44)

The trip to London delayed posting of the week 43 photos, so here are the ones of the last two weeks in one post. Some of them have been already posted to the London Vacation album, but I liked them too much to not choose them for this selection too.

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2010-04-02: Bicycle track
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Wonderful Days in London

I love this city. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s the buzz of big city life, which exist in big cities in Germany as well, I know. But it’s different in London. There is just so much to see and do. I had a looong list of things I wanted to see and do this time and only managed about half of it. Or maybe 2/3. Anyway, I have to get back. Sooner than later :-) Until then here is a report of my latest trip to London. If you want to take a look at my photos while you’re reading this and not just afterwards (I’ll post the link at the bottom of this entry as well) , you can find them in the London, April 2010 album at ipernity.

The weather was mostly really nice. Sunny and blue skies except for Monday, where the sky was rather cloudy. But it didn’t rain, at least not around where I was roaming that day. It was still pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, but it was around 15-17 °C during the day and that’s not bad for an April vacation. I got to London without any problems on Thursday and reached my hotel around 2 pm. Checked in, unpacked and was off to Little Venice, from where I did a boat tour on the Regent’s Canal up to Camden Lock. Strolled around the lively and colorful Camden Markets for a while, before I went to the West End. Had some very good dinner at Wahaca and saw “Private Lives” with Kim Cattrall and Matthew MacFadyen at the Vaudeville Theatre afterwards. Great play, great performance and I really enjoyed watching it.

On Friday I went to the Natural History Museum, which is a really great museum. (Is there any not-great museum in this town?). I really loved the wide range of topics covered in this museum and that it’s all very educational without being boring. I have no idea if the Dinosaur exhibition really was worth waiting for over 30 minutes to get in, because I refrained from joining that queue. For Dinosaurs? No, thanks. I had bought a ticket for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 exhibition and there were some incredibally wonderful pictures on display.

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