empyreus: (i has snow)
( Oct. 21st, 2006 04:58 pm)
The snowfall yesterday continued throughout the day, which meant a few more inches of snow. The temperature is around two or three degrees on the plus side, so it's a bit soggy, but at least the snow is still on the ground. I suspect the chill last night has something to do with that. When [livejournal.com profile] littlemimm and I biked home from [livejournal.com profile] tackerama's place, it must have been five or more degrees below, and the bitterly cold wind didn't help in the least. I couldn't feel my hands when I got to my flat, as my thin gloves weren't the smartest thing to wear (at least not when biking four-ish kilometres in below-zero weather). :P

The weather is a bit dull and grey right now, but the snow brightens things up quite nicely.

More pictures, because I like spamming the lot of you with snow. :)

The yard again   The yard   Yard, alternate view
(Click on a picture to see the larger version.)

[livejournal.com profile] ribby, this one's for you *g*:
(Consider it my riposte.)

EtA: Dear god, my brain is such a sieve. I've been meaning to mention this for, oh, the last three or four days: Thank you for the pretty card, [livejournal.com profile] azewewish! It put such a wide smile on my face. :)
empyreus: (pirate)
( Sep. 19th, 2006 10:10 pm)
This might be old news to some of you, but I was excited. :) More backstory, yay! (I just hope the new work won't be as, well, dry as parts of the HoM-e were. I love Christopher's work, but he gets a bit too focused sometimes.)

In other news: there are no other news of any significance. ;) Other than that it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I'm sure you all knew about that already. I actually made a bit of an effort to observe it, and wore a black-and-white skull-patterned scarf (folded headband-style, though) and big hoop earrings. I refrained from actually attempting to talk like a pirate during the lectures in order to preserve what little remains of my image as a sane person. *g* I did show off with a few "Arr"'s and "Me hearties", but I suspect I managed to scare the new students rather than impress them. Oh well, you can't win them all.
empyreus: (cookery)
( Aug. 17th, 2006 10:29 pm)
I've been something of a domestic goddess today. I've both cooked proper food (as opposed to "hmm, what can I toss together with an absolute minimum of effort?") and baked, and both projects turned out so well that I wanted to do a bit of a victory dance in the kitchen. It's such a relief to realize you haven't lost your kitchen mojo.

Because I know you're desperate to know: The main course consisted of vegetarian meatballs made with soy protein crumble, served with a side of pasta and salad, and the baked bit (which technically constituted dessert) was banana cake with cinnamon, ginger and coffee (yes, in the cake). Both turned out lovely, and were worth the sweat and effort. (One of the downsides of using cast-iron cookware, I'm afraid: they seem to heat up the entire kitchen.) Poke me if you want the recipes. :)

Other bits and pieces: [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse, I mailed the poster yesterday. The bizarre interesting package should arrive tomorrow at the latest, unless the handlers use it for javelin practice.

[livejournal.com profile] smillasnowflake and [livejournal.com profile] glenthebunny, thanks again for the account help. :)

And today's random link: Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons From The Tokyo Riot Police is such a brilliant title for a book. I don't know if the book itself is any good, nor have I heard of the author, but the title alone makes me want to buy it. :)

Also: new icon. *points*
(I owe so many people comments and replies to comments, and I owe people emails as well. *hangs head*) I'm terrible with birthdays, so of course I forgot that it was [livejournal.com profile] pecos's birthday yesterday as well. Happy belated, dear!

The rest of this post is just a quick note: the grades for the thesis course were posted today, and I passed with a 4, the second highest grade. Yay. :) Now I just have to deal with a handful of other courses in the autumn and spring and the Hum. kand. degree should be in the bag. The new Finnish system is a bit odd when it comes to the degrees: though the English equivalent of the Hum. kand. degree is the B.A., it doesn't mean I have it yet, despite having written a B.A. thesis and having passed a maturity exam. Imagine my chagrin when I remembered that. Grr. The most ridiculous part of this is that I, among other things, still have to read 40 study weeks (the older unit of course credits; one sw=40 hours of work) of my minor, and my current minor -interpretation- doesn't even offer forty sw's worth of courses.

It's like I'm enrolled at the Unseen University. (It's not like I haven't suspected it before, though. The online grade system is as stable and logical as Hex, and I keep expecting "+++ Divide By Cucumber Error. Please Reinstall Universe And Reboot +++" when I request a transcript of my records. And yes, the degree reform and subsequent hassle of trying to explain you're still studying according to the old system occasionally has me wanting to run around shouting "Melon melon melon".)

There was something else I was supposed to mention, but I'll be damned if I can remember what it was. *sigh*
empyreus: (academia)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 08:45 pm)
The results of the B.A. maturity exams were posted today, and I passed! *dances* Yay! I'm still waiting for the grade for the entire course (i.e. the thesis), but technically I've already passed it.

So, it would seem I have a B.A. in English now. Feels a bit weird. I first saw the result listed in the online grade system the university uses (I was killing time at work), and I was so paranoid I had to go check the paper printout on the noticeboard when I took my lunch break. Thankfully, I'm currently slaving away cleaning on campus (no indignity is too severe for a Humanities student, and hey, it's money), so the trip was short. Heh. I stood looking at the paper, but couldn't really get my head around the "passed" bit. (The maturity exam itself isn't graded, it's pass/fail.)

It's a pity Finland doesn't do the whole robe-and-hood thing. I'd love to have some sort of visible proof, really.
empyreus: (Cate heart)
( Jun. 18th, 2006 08:43 pm)
There are balloons on my userinfo page! Which one of you is responsible? Come on, fess up so I can heap love on you. :)

Have celebrated my birthday in a very calm fashion, as I have work tomorrow. I visited my parents and spent the afternoon there, doing absolutely nothing useful and stuffing my face with strawberry cake.

[livejournal.com profile] littlemimm and [livejournal.com profile] tackerama had teamed up with my parents and sister, and they'd gotten me an 80e gift certificate to -- a local tattoo parlour. :D My family and friends are mad but lovely and I love them for it.

Now I just have to decide on a tattoo motif. I already have one LotR tattoo, so I think I'll go for something else this time. Granted, I could get something pierced instead, but I'm not all that keen on it. Ink for me, thanks. ;)

Oh, and another reason why I love my family: they decided to forgo the usual birthday flowers and got me a huge pot of fresh herbs instead. Flat leafed parsley, thyme and lemon balm, enough to last me into the autumn, provided I remember to water it.

And last but certainly not least: extra squishy thanks to [livejournal.com profile] annmarwalk for the lovely feedback and to [livejournal.com profile] littlemimm for writing me fic. *cuddles*
empyreus: (squee)
( Jun. 5th, 2006 03:10 pm)
(I wish I had the "Yay ohmygod" icon with the flailing Kermit. It describes my mood perfectly. *g*)

I passed the cursed grammar* exam, which means I can go ahead with the maturity exam without any technicalities getting in the way. *dances*

(*Contrastive grammar. I'd been trying to pass it at least three times, and I needed to pass it with a three (out of five) to be able to write the maturity exam. Actually, having passed said grammar exam with a three was one of the requirements for the B.A. thesis course, but la la, I managed to take the course anyway. Look, if the assistant approves it, then who am I to complain?)

And yay #2: thanks for the pretty card, [livejournal.com profile] annmarwalk!
Strangely enough, I'm not tired even though I got up at a quarter to seven this morning. I even managed to handle both lectures and work (which lasted until a quarter past eight in the evening) and come home feeling alive.

Apart from the rather less than successful* interpretation exercise this morning, the day was bearable. That is, if you don't count the shock I got when my Russian teacher cheerily announced there'd be an exam on the 15th. Argh. The 15th is The Day Hell Breaks Loose At Work. Oh, and I also have a morning lecture then, meaning I have to go to the lecture at 8.30, sit there until ten (normally it ends at 11.00), then dash to work, work until about a quarter to two, dash to the university, write the exam, then go back to work and, if last year is anything to go by, come home some time around eleven in the pm. *hysterical laughter*

*However, the rest of the group was as "Argh" over the exercise as I was, so perhaps I'm not a complete idiot.

Other things that made me go "Argh": the workmates. They're both new, and while I know I wasn't the fastest in my first year (this is my fifth o_O), I certainly was faster than they are. I don't know how to get them to understand that yes, we have a deadline, the first class mail has to be sorted, stamped, packed and sent off by seven pm. This means all of it. If we have an entire cage full of mail left to sort and it's twenty to seven, it means we're screwed if we don't sort at a horrific speed. Also, I wish they'd get with the program and understand that yes, if I've said that the pre-stamped C5 envelopes go in the middle box behind them, it means all the pre-stamped C5 envelopes go in the middle box behind them. You don't have to ask every.sodding.time.you.encounter.one.of.them. Also, it's not physically impossible to actually fetch a bag of mail at a pace faster than that of a drugged snail. Argh.

Things that made me squee today: the lovely card from [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector (Thank you!), the [livejournal.com profile] go_exchange fic written for me (Horseperson porn! Thank you so much, mystery writer!), a Fry&Laurie picspam over at [livejournal.com profile] vintage_meat, and a re-run of a 1991 broadcast of Half Sketch (on BBC7) which featured a skit in which they imagined what Dr. Who would be like if they'd cast Sean Bean as the Doctor. (I laughed so hard I thought I'd spew coffee through my nose. Granted, it was around seven in the morning, but it was still damn funny. Obviously, Sean didn't do his own voice, but it's still funny.)

I grabbed the DW skit (it's short, under two minutes) and put it up on YSI if anyone's interested. The sound is a bit tinny (damn locked-bitrate free version of software), but it doesn't detract from the fun. ;)

And finally: seasonal Sean icon.


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