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What I learned in the past three months

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been three months since I wrote my last entry. Originally, I pledged to write at least once a month… please accept my apologies …

So what did I do?

  • I really focused on finishing my thesis to the point that I now can’t even look at it without contempt anymore. I really really hate it by now. I guess and hope that this is normal. The thing is, I still have to do a presentation and an oral examination. Only then I’m done. I dream of some kind of fire ritual to burn my thesis and clean my brain ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know, stupid, but it helps to read it for the 120th time…
  • I’ve chosen the worst possible guy to proofread my thesis. At first he hit on me although he’s twice my age and now he has let me down and needed a month for a whole of 30 pages. Please don’t judge. I thought he was professional. At least the work he did on my 30 pages is good ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, live and learn… Let’s hope the next one is more reliable.
  • I’ve been to every professor and secretary available at our institute to get the enormous amount of signatures to even hand in the thesis. Tracking down the guy who’s always out having his breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner is pretty much impossible …
  • I’ve had about 3-5 (maybe more like 5-10) nervous crying fits when something went wrong with my thesis. I’ve pledged to let my boyfriend have his when he will write his own thesis.
  • My computer “died” at the appropriate time, just when I was doing my literature list. I guess the thesis wore the computer down too … Of course, that prompted another crying fit. Luckily, I obey to the golden rule of backup, backup, backup and I only had to redo an hour. But still, that hour sucked! Badly!


  • One of my uncles died and now it came out that he has another “secret daughter”. What is it with all those family secrets?! This was that uncle’s favourite saying, which I really liked:

Ohne Arbeit frรผh bis spรคt kann dir nichts geraten,

Neid sieht nur das Blumenbeet, aber nicht den Spaten.

Roughly translated (and very poorly, please forgive me … this saying means: Without work from dust till dawn, you will achieve nothing. Envy only sees the flower bed, but not the spade. (I’m sure there is some equivalent in English that I don’t know of …)

His children may not enjoy his lifetime’s work now because they have to share with another unknown sibling. So remember, if you have any secret children, make sure to tell the children you live with ahead of your death what awaits them!

  • I still feel bad because of my dad sometimes. But lately, I just tell people straight away that he’s gone to get it out of the way when they ask. And last time, a girl forgot that I had told her that he is dead and asked me what my mom or my dad think of something. That was pretty disturbing. I didn’t feel too troubled about it, but I think I need to readjust my strategy. What proofed to be successful in your experience to get the point across that someone’s dead?!
  • Somebody broke into our home last week. We thought that our apartment looks so crappy nobody would bother to even do that. Besides, Vienna is pretty safe. And we don’t live in a posh neighborhood. Apparently, that is no security. Mr. Burglar (it must have been a guy considering the things he’s stolen) stole the hard-safed money from my boyfriend, his PSP and, strangely enough, his brand new running shoes. Mr. Burglar has taste. He didn’t take my Nintendo DS, the Wii, or my boyfriend’s 10-year old running shoes that were standing next to the new ones. My boyfriend’s actually more pissed that his progress at GTA has gone to waste than about the money. And with the shoes, it’s getting personal


  • Naturally, nobody told us that this apartment has been broken into two times already. Would have been nice if somebody advised us to change the lock when we were so stupid not to do it. So, I’ve learned the lesson that even the crappiest apartment is a target for burglars.
  • Me and my boyfriend actually bought the running shoes together and we used to merrily run alongside, like a cheesy couple. I liked it. Now Mr. Burglar has taken away that too, because it doesn’t have the same feel to it when I have my shiny new shoes while he has to run in his crappy old ones. That guy is so mean!
  • The secretary I wrote about inย this and this post is already shining in its new glory, courtesy of my cousin. Pictures will follow in a next post ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the right decision to give it to her!
  • Speaking of which, we’ve found a guy who’s willing to rent my grandmother’s house, but only for a very small amount of money. On top of all, I have to prepare myself for grueling negotiations over the weekend. It gets tiring, really.
  • I’ve watched a ton of Korean Dramas in these past months. Those are the best to keep your thoughts away and just turn off your brain. So if you have a hard time with something, I can give you a list of the most perfect “braindead” dramas that there are …Of course, this is also a way not to forget my Korean, even if it’s Drama-speech … so it’s a win-win ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Korean Dramas are also a perfect way to win new friends. There’s nothing like swooning over a guy with other girls. I’m currently in the “courtship” phase with a girl that wants to be my friend (yay ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) We will meet up to watch dramas, eat and drink. Another win-win ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Speaking of drinking, I learned a few new drinking games, most of them from Korea. I’ve already established in that post that Koreans have a thriving drinking culture. It’s a funny contrast to us Austrians, who only sit together getting wasted while talking.
  • I found out that my English is pretty bad, so please don’t hesitate to point out any mistakes I make! Really!!
  • My family has lost all hope that I’ll ever graduate anymore. I lost hope that it still happens this year. I guess subconsciously I really put it off so not to get to the next stage, which is unemployment ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh my…

So, that is a tiny fraction of what I did. Even if it’s pathetic, I hope you enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜‰


8 responses »

  1. It is mot pathetic and I did enjoy reading. Congrat to you and your new friend. I know how it feels to have a person in real to call a friend and can hang out with. Don’t sweat too much about not finishing this year. The goal is to be finish and I am sure you will. Your working hard. Also smart backing up your work. One hour is not so bad compare to what it would if your work would of been gone:(

    lol, you had picky robbers. My goodness, they aim more for your boyfriend stuff … poor guy. I hope the locks have been currently change encase that picky robber come back to see what else is new. I hate it when people steal from other people and I especially hate their awful reason for it!

    Wishing you best of luck on your oral and for you to ace it. Looking forward to your next post about your grandmother secretary. I need to let you know that I won’t be online too much. I will of course try but I been a bit busy and taking some classes it does not give me much time to really write unless I want to scream bloody murder or take out my ax, but I will swing by early or late in the morning to read what you and others have blog about and when not definitely before the week is over. Okay about to head to bed came home a hour ago on foot and my eyes are bleeding to death.

    P.S. Your English sounds fine to me. It is way better than mines and I am not joking.

    • Thanks for reading!
      I am pretty glad that I back-upped my work … Otherwise, I would have gone insane by now…
      I also feel pretty bad for my boyfriend. I have some cool things too, but apparently they didn’t appeal. We did change the locks now!
      I’m glad you say that you look forward to the secretary post ๐Ÿ™‚
      Don’t worry when you don’t have so much time to come by! I don’t judge ๐Ÿ˜‰ I appreciate when you take your time to read my blog!
      And thanks for the English comment…but it seems my “scholarly” English is really pretty bad…at least I can write blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m also impressed by your English. How long have you been studying?

    Sounds like you’ve had one crazy month. Thank goodness you have a good sense of humor about it! But the robbery…that’s just rotten. So sorry to hear that.

    Wishing you the best of luck on your thesis!

    • Thanks for reading!
      I think my English is pretty common for an Austrian. It was mandatory to start to learn English at 9 when I was a young, so I’ve been studying for about 17 years already … But nowadays children start to learn it in kindergarten, I really envy them! Without English, you’re lost, especially at University, where a lot of stuff you have to read is in English. So if you worry about your German, don’t, after 17 years you’ll be a Goethe pro ๐Ÿ™‚
      The robbery was pretty bad, but we heard stories so much worse since then, we can consider ourselves lucky. If you stretch that definition a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you for your kind words!

  3. “Envy only sees the flower bed but not the shovel!” I will definitely remember that one..You have such a cool way of writing…..I am exhausted after a long day at work, yet had to rush around afterwards to find my husband a birthday gift, but I found myself wanting to read more and more of your stuff….gotta shut down now though cos I am exhausted…..By the way, I was in Austria for The Color Purple Audition twice last year….heard a lot of eerie reports from sisters about living in Austria…didn’t sound so favorable….then I realized maybe the environment wouldn’t have been too kosher for The Color Purple..that is maybe why the project was abandoned. One good thing I remember though…a nice Austrian woman went out of her way, took her time, walked me to the right train and made sure I got on it so that I could get to the airport to catch my plane back to Basel. I will always remember that nice gesture. .

    • Hi! Thanks for reading and liking my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t hear of the project…they did plan to do the musical “the color purple” in Austria? Austria really is not that favorable for foreigners…or people that are different. I’m glad you had at least one positive encounter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. You will finish your thesis!!!!…Right when you think you have had enough and can’t do anymore, that is when you almost have the victory!!! Surge on Sister!!!


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