Rules for my journal (I never thought I would need these :-S): I am not going to apologize for what I write. If you disagree with me - I love discussions as long as they are kept civil. This is my journal though and no one forces you to read it. I write a lot about things that annoy me (it helps me keep calm in real life if I vent on here), about love and my life in general. Again - if lovy doviness or rants annoy you, then may be adding me might not be the best idea - I refuse to censor my own journal. Last but not least: Spelling! I am writing in English, which is not my first language. Normally I run my entries through spell check, but sometimes I don't and when I am tired or annoyed, my spelling (or style) sometimes goes all over the place. As this is my private journal - I prefer not to be corrected unless the mistake is particularly amusing (in which case I would like to share the joke) or it is a mistake that has cropped up in at least two entries or three times in a row. If the mistake is important enough to you to count or keep track of it, then please tell me about it. Otherwise just think "Oh dear, the strange foreign girl can't spell" and read on. Thank you!
Bio Fall '11: Just started my MSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University, after finishing my Qualifying Certificate in Psychology last semester. I am really, really enjoying Psychology and am overall quite happy with my life. My doctors are still struggling to get my medications right to keep my depression at bay, but that is really just a matter of time. I've doubled in size though since starting on the medication, so my current interest includes a lot of exercising for people with too much weight and not enough blood pressure. Garry and I are now proud puppy parents and are spending a lot of our time trying to prevent the little man (a.k.a Loki or The Lokester) from driving us mad or bribing too many treats out of us with his adorable puppy eyes. We've moved into a house, which is lovely and as a result we now have a kitchen actually big enough to cook in. I am loving it!
I am still a massive geek - having just picked up the X-Box 360 controller again. I also love my little WoW guild, which currently seems to consists out of an awful lot of my favourite people. I play Dark Heresy and Exalted on the table top; Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fallout, Rock Band, Muramasa and Okami on the screen; and Majesty, Pokemon, Rune Factory and Zelda: OoT on the go. I've also recently rediscovered anime and am indulging in the pleasures of Black Butler with hot chocolate on a cold, rainy day.
Bio Fall '10: Broke off the MSc at the Imperial college, because it was not what I wanted, the stress of taking care of my mother each holiday and not having any down time got too much and I was generally unhappy with my situation. Also I realised that while I enjoyed Computing as an intellectual challenge, I find hours of programming, followed by hours of debugging dull as dishwater. Still, I think leaving was one of the single most difficult decisions in my life and if it hadn't been for the break down I suffered over new year, I don't think I would have realised just how unhappy I was. Spent half a year trying to get things back together, realising that the depression gene that is rampant in my family has not skipped me and deciding what to do with my life. Final decision: Psychology. Specialising in Artificial Intelligence already brought me into the field a few times and I found it incredibly interesting, so that's what I shall do. Now I am back at Oxford Brookes, doing the credits needed to get into the MSc in Psychology. I am also sitting in on Japanese classes, hoping to keep my Japanese up or even improve it. It is a lot of work and the fact that my wrist is currently very broken isn't helping, but I am enjoying myself. I still need to get better at the work/life balance though.
Over the last year I have picked up pole dancing, which I love (although I would also love a permanently installed pole :-/). I am also enjoying playing tabletop wargames again and am RPing several times a week. I am still main tank of my little World of Warcraft guild (and looking forward to Cataclysm!) and together with Garry, who I will soon be celebrating my fifth anniversary with.
Bio Fall '09: Been accepted at the Imperial college in London and am driving in by bus each morning. MSc in Artificial Intelligence coming my way!
Bio Fall '08: Freshly returned from Japan, I am now living in a lovely little flat with my boyfriend. It is wonderful to be back in the UK, although I am already missing Japan. The flat is still full of boxes and after 3 moves in quick succession this summer, I do not see that changing any time soon. During my year abroad I have discovered World of Warcraft, which is great fun and takes up quite a lot of my time. I still enjoy cooking and am experimenting with a mix of Japanese and European food, while also negotiating my own animal protein intolerance and my boyfriend's healthy appetite for all things meaty. This year I will be mainly taking Computing classes in order to make up for my lack of them last year and hopefully finally work on my specialisation into the field of Artificial Intelligence. At the same time I am looking about for a University to do my Masters at, which is a slightly scary prospect - as well as incredibly exciting!
Bio Fall '07: I am a 3rd year student in my year abroad at Obirin University in Tokyo at the moment, studying Japanese. I am both awed and slightly stressed by the culture and keep finding out new and fascinating things =^_^= The language is as difficult as ever, but being in the country obviously helps tremendously. I've also taken up programming in my free time, since I am not taking any Computing lessons in Japan and am hence learning C++. I still consider myself a "happy Goth" (I like the fashion and music without being emo) and have added drawing and playing the flute to my list of hobbies. Next (University) year my boyfriend of two years (Garry) and I am planning to find a little flat together, which I am greatly looking forward to.
Bio Fall '06: I'm a 2nd year student at Oxford Brookes University, still studying Japanese and Computing. Just a little more about myself: I am German by birth, have spend most of my life in Luxembourg and am planning to go to Japan for a year in Sep 07. I live in the "house of geekhood" at the moment, together with 4 guys and have since discovered a slight home-maker streak in myself. I can't wait to have my own house and am slightly obsessed with interior design (Ikea and candles are love - there are about 25 in my room). I also greatly enjoy cooking, reading books (murder mysteries and Japanese anthropology), listening to audiobooks (Agatha Christie being my favourite) and ball room dancing, as well as going out (Cocktails *purrrrrs*).
Bio Fall '05: I am a first year student and just created this journal, so my friends and family back home can keep up with my life (if they want to that is). Obviously new friends are welcome too though ^_^ I reside in Oxford, UK, study Computing and Japanese, while taking pride in being the "strange foreign girl" in a group of (mainly) British friends. I am also a self proclaimed geek and enjoy Computer/Console games, RPGs (both pen and paper and on screen), table top wargaming, programming and strategy card games (namely Yu-Gi-Oh!). My ambition in life is to become an AI researcher at some point or possibly work for Nintendo and make sure those stupid bosses are even harder to beat *laughs menacingly*; also to have at least 2 cats, my own little flat, own a Smart car, play through the entire Final Fantasy series and visit a place I haven't been to at least once every year (Morocco is next on the list, after Burma this summer).