Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
it's really hard to find out where you can adjust the font in blogger. Or maybe it's just me. You know when you google something so obvious there are no pages explaining it? Anyway, light purple was so five years ago. Now I have this slightly less ugly blue. Enjoy! And no, I'm not procrastinating on this factory equipment translation. At all.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
So rather than talk about important life events like pets and vacay, I'd like to air a grievance. Maybe it's apropos of that frivolous suit where that woman thought Starbucks put too much ice in her drink, or maybe it's been bothering me for a couple years now. And that grievance is called Latte On The Rocks. Because yes, that's what someone somewhere in Berlin decided was going to be the official German word for lukewarm, watery coffee with no remnants of ice in it by the time it's served to you. I was fine with it when there were no iced lattes, of course. They aren't native to Germany the way Eiskaffee with ice cream in it is. But then LOTR appeared on cafe menus all over town, giving me false hopes of a refreshingly cold espresso beverage. If anything, this drink should be called latte on the ROCK, because you're really lucky if there's ever more than one ice cube in your cup. But that wouldn't be the end of the world if you weren't pouring scalding liquids onto that one sad and lonely ice cube. Because yes, for some reason, everyone feels like you really need to steam and froth the milk that's going into what's supposed to be a cold drink. Honestly, I feel like some people should see how they like a tepid latte on one rock before they take Starbucks to court. And yes, this blog post IS as frivolous as that suit. But also doesn't come with any court costs.
Monday, February 1, 2016
A trip to the Baltic Sea in late January may not sound like a great idea at first, but there's something to be said for beaches in winter. The ice floes where the tide comes in, snow falling on the sand and fog obscuring the distances between jetties were all very scenic. Plus there are great deals on spa vacations in Meck-Pomm in the off season, so you can end up staying at a hotel that's way out of your league with everything from breakfast to all-day saunas and pool included. We didn't get very far into the Polish side of the island since we were just there for the weekend, but the pine forest along the Europa Promenade was very scenic and offered some welcome greenery. Anyway, it's always amusing to walk to another country in such a short amount of time. In Heringsdorf and Ahlbeck, we enjoyed the old-timey spa town feeling, like people in a 19th century novel going to take the waters somewhere. The only drawback to off-season (other than the obvious fact that it was winter) was how hard it was to find a cup of coffee the day we arrived, but that might just have been the beginner's mistake of not knowing where to look.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Super excited to say that my novel (I won't mention the title here since judging is anonymous) has been longlisted for Mslexia's Women’s Novel Competition 2015! The news was especially thrilling since, competitions being the way they are, I'd totally forgotten about entering by the time I heard. What with connections being so important, it's a great feeling to know my work made it this far on its own. Wish me luck for the next round of judging!
Monday, October 19, 2015
Yesterday I ran my first ever half marathon around scenic Müggelsee lake (and through some surrounding neighborhoods and forest trails). I was really nervous about finishing at all, but once I got started I thought, hey, this is great. The first point where things got tricky was when we had to go up and down these huge flights of stairs to get through this tunnel. At that point I felt like, sure, run 21 km, no problem, but STAIRS?! I managed to keep motivated with a good playlist (Blondie, Pat Benatar, Islands and Wolf Parade -- "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" is perfect race music) and felt great for the first 12 km or so, thinking how I was saving plenty of energy for the finish. But then around kilometer 17 or 18 it was like, hey, where'd that energy go? I did manage to keep up my pace, but I wasn't having as much fun as earlier, and between 20 and 21 km I did have a minute where I was like, man, I hope I'm not about to puke. At the very end of the race, the guy ahead of me was joined by his toddler, which would usually be cute but I was so eager to finish I spent the last 100-200 meters trying in vain to dodge around them and finally be done. As soon as I was past the finish line and came to a stop, I felt like I couldn't stand up, but, after getting a drink, I did have the energy to wait in line for my time. Not amazing for people who actually run races like this, but I was proud to have even kept running the whole time. Hanging around too long after the race turned out to be a mistake, though, because I'd been pouring sweat and it was quite chilly out, plus it takes ages to get from Müggelsee back to town. Still waiting for my muscles to stop hurting (especially going downstairs, so brutal!), but I think I'd do it again. Maybe with more prep next time...