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I am a bad, bad LJ friend... 
2nd-Mar-2011 12:19 pm
Wintery!
By my reckoning, it's been over three months since the last time I updated my LJ. Wow.

So, in that time, I have:

* more or less moved to Munich. Most of my stuff is still in storage in DK, in the old apartment being used by our renter, at my mother-in-law's, or at the summer cottage, but my butt is here the overwhelming majority of the time, so that's where I'm calling home now. Still no luck selling the apartment; we're about to knock 50k kroner off the price (about USD $7,000) for the second time and hope that more people will be likely to want to buy apartments and move in the spring/summer rather than the worst winter Denmark's had in ages. :P

* finished my thesis. It was a hard haul there at the end, and finances have not allowed me to reward myself with shoes as much as I'd like (paying both rent and mortgage sucks), but it's deposited, and I should have my grade and my degree in another month.

* started figuring out the whole "what to do next" question. I'm signed up for intensive German lessons in March, I'm putting together my CV and figuring out where to apply for part-time jobs teaching English to adults, and have made many mind-map posters for my various creative efforts. First priority is working on my Master Plan(TM) to revolutionize the world of plus-size clothing design. Wish me luck... I also plan to do some writing, both non-fiction and (for the first time ever!) a bit of fiction. Ever since I switched to Cymbalta as my anti-depressant, I've had increasingly vivid dreams with narrative-logic to their structure instead of dream-logic, and some of them just beat at the inside of my head afterwards demanding to be turned into stories. I'll see if I can do 'em justice...

* gotten sick a couple times. Dunno if it was the cold perial caught on his last trip to Mountain View, or something icky from his students that glad_laks so kindly vectored to me when he visited last week, but I have a serious case of the Creeping Crud right now. Hence my having the time to update my LJ!

* started finding a social life here in Munich. Fantastically enough, there's a huge online community for Germany's English-speaking population, so I have lots of opportunities to make friends without language issues being a problem. I also go to the Wednesday-night game night at Google, and have been going to a roughly-monthly Polyamory Stammtisch, so I'm even making some friends who speak German. Also, I responded to an ad on Toytown, and am now one of the three members of an all-female vocal jazz ensemble; the other two (who are a delightful lesbian couple a bit older than me) even liked my suggestion for a name, so we are "The Little Black Dresses". I have the most formal music background/training out of all of us, so I'm functioning as rehearsal leader and even planning to do some arranging. Very exciting! I still want to join a challenging, more classically-focused, larger choir once my German is up to snuff, but I feel really good about this group.

So, yeah, not dead, not despondent, just a really bad correspondent (which unfortunately now my Danish friends are learning as well as my American friends, yay... :P). Give me a shout-out if you miss(ed) me. ;)
Comments 
2nd-Mar-2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yes! Was wondering if you were doing OK, and you are! yay!
2nd-Mar-2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I am, aside from the Creeping Crud(TM)! Thanks for wondering!
2nd-Mar-2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Sounds like your having fun in Germany. Now, please, don't traumatize all the Germans irrevocably ;-)

rather than the worst winter Denmark's had in ages
And then there's the part of me that would like to point out that that was last winter, really. This winter has been downright peaceful, by comparison - well, unless you live on Bornholm, of course.
3rd-Mar-2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Well, Danes say that anytime they have snow. ;)
2nd-Mar-2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
That...is very much how some of MY stories have started, as coherent snippets of really cool-seeming dreams...

*hugs* Glad you're doing well, hon!
~Lotm
3rd-Mar-2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Well, glad to hear it's a reasonable muse-source! Here's hoping I can actually make something of 'em.

I don't recommend going on Cymbalta for more plot-bunnies, tho; I already have more ideas than I can handle in other areas of my life. ;)
3rd-Mar-2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Nice to hear from you again. And good to know that you are getting comfortable in Munich.
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