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Sounds like an ad, but really ;) This thing saves me time, teary eyes and annoyances in the kitchen

Unlike most people here on WordPress, I don’t like to cook. I always feel somehow inadequate when looking at all those yummy dishes prepared almost every day by some people around here. I also have to cook every day, but I don’t do it with as much passion as them, I only do it out of necessity and because I am hungry. I sure enough like to eat, but the process of cooking feels just tiresome, time-consuming and long to me. If I had the money to go out eating every day I’d do it. And I don’t say this just like that. When I was in China with my boyfriend, we only used our kitchen there for breakfast. And then just the few times to whip up some Austrian food for people who wanted to try it, and that was not often. It was heaven! In China you can eat everywhere whenever you want. And because for us it was so cheap there, we could live like a king! Well, but now back to our present lifestyle…

Recently, the mom of my boyfriend presented us with this little baby:

via tupperware.co.at

Perhaps you know this thing, for me it was a revelation. It is a turbo chopper. With an “easy-pull cord mechanism”. What amuses me is that it is called “Speedy boy” in Austria and in the US “Chop ‘N Prep Chef”. I really would like to know why they renamed it when in the end it has an English name again. Sure enough, everybody can translate “Speedy boy” into German. It’s possibly just cooler to have an English name…but why a different name? It really confuses me. Maybe it’s just a marketing thingy.

But back to cooking. The basis of almost every dish here is onion, for which I like this tool the most. With this thing it’s easy as pie 😉 But apart from onion, you can basically chop everything you like, and this is what I am doing now for almost every meal. You can whip up vegetable pancakes just like that. It’s such a time-saving tool! Somehow, cooking became a little less tiresome and a little more fun.

that's how most of my meals look like now 🙂 via cookuk.co.uk

If only we had a dishwasher now, then my life would be perfect!

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The missing piece in my resume

picture via hs-heilbronn.de

Since I’m almost finished writing my thesis, the topic of what I should do next is coming up every so often. In a few months, my “student” status will have expired and then I have to face the tough “real” world. My plan is to just quietly apply for jobs and quietly getting rejections. I am normally very optimistic and don’t worry that much, but whenever people talk to me about it, I brood for days on end. The reason I am brooding is that I am afraid of the job market because I think I have no qualifications whatsoever and I never did an internship. This is basically the kiss of death for a 26 year old first-time job seeker. People happily point that out to me. What annoys me is that nobody makes suggestions how to succeed despite this flaw. I cannot change it anymore, so why people persist on dwelling on this point so much is beyond me. I am also not immune to taking pleasure in others’ misfortune sometimes. But it is annoying. Well, maybe I can take comfort in that it helps other people feeling less inadequate and better prepared for the job market through me 😉

The thing is, I never worked. I had two summer jobs once. One was in the summer of 2003, the other in the summer of 2004. Then my dad died. Most people assume that I am a lazy person just riding on my mom’s money because I didn’t work afterwards anymore. And in a way that is true. But the reality is, I didn’t even dare to do an internship during my holidays after that. Because holidays meant I had to go home and help my mom. If my mom’s house were in the city, it would have been no problem to do an internship and help her out at the same time. But since my family lives on the countryside, far away from any city, far away from anything really, I didn’t have the opportunity to do it both. I don’t like to explain myself when I am accused of doing nothing. But yesterday, when a girl suggested I am “the worst” because I never worked in a joking manner, I replied that my mom preferred me helping her with my grandma instead of working on my career. My grandma is almost blind and she cannot walk very well anymore. This has been getting worse over the years. She needs help 24/7 and my mom is by her side the whole year round. Everybody who cares for older people knows how exhausting this can be. My mom doesn’t complain and she just gracefully accepts the situation. She deserves a medal and I am always amazed at how patient she is! Naturally, when I am at home she takes every opportunity to get out, meeting up with friends, going to exhibitions and so on. There are no other people whom she can call to help her out. It’s basically just me and my mom. Nowadays I’m very guilt-ridden since I don’t help her out that much anymore.

image via squidoo.com

So yesterday, when I said that the reason for not doing “anything” was to help out my mom, I was met with embarrassed silence. Did I overburden them with private family matters? Nowadays nobody wants to hear of the sick and the old, but I didn’t say that to gain sympathy. I just stated the facts. The reaction irritated me. I don’t know why they were embarrassed and it still bugs me that they reacted that way. Since I was too stunned I couldn’t react properly and the topic changed very quickly. I take it that they either pity me, feel sorry for me, think of their grandparents, think of my decision to put my grandma before my career as stupid or just don’t know how to handle someone actually having a grandma at home. I really don’t know. If they pity me, I think it very strange. Yeah, my grandma is very annoying if you don’t tend to her the minute she wants something. There were times when it was exhausting and frightening to be alone with her when she was sick and I didn’t know what to do to the point of pitying myself. But she is very lively for her age. While she remembers stuff she did on a particular day, let’s say, in 1942, I cannot for the life of me remember the stuff I did yesterday properly.  What amazes me the most is that even though she already told me stories on every possible subject and on every possible stage of her life, every time I visit she still knows a new story I never heard of. Through her I get to know every family member in every possible way. She tells me stuff nobody else would dare to tell me, juicy family secrets and the like. I discover things through her stories which I would have never known. There are new stories every time and I even hear new things about my dad from time to time. I love that! It’s astonishing. Listening to her is like a live-cast of history. To conclude this, it’s not a burden to care for her.

I think the reaction annoys me that much because I got a taste of my future job interviews. When future employers will ask me about the missing spots in my resume, I will have to tell them the same. And because I didn’t even think about such strange reactions, I never thought about my “holiday work” as a problem. Since this was what I got, I am more afraid of strange feedback than ever. I cannot process their reaction, don’t know what it’s about and don’t know how to cope with it. And most of all, I don’t know how to make such situations less awkward. Let’s just hope nobody asks 😉