Archive for January 2012

Sorry for being a bit MIA but work and point no 11 have kinda preoccupied me plenty πŸ™‚

Long story short – I got a flat!

The pros:

  • It is the flat I wanted all along
  • It has a garden
  • It’s plenty big enough for me (70 sqm)
  • It’s affordable
  • (and it’s in my parents house which can go as a pro or a con depending on the situation ;-))

The con:

  • My gran used to live in it and hence, before moving in, there is a lot of emptying and sorting her stuff (so far I was able to add 50 nail scissors, 100 lighters and about 30 soaps to my collection – if anyone is in need of any such items, please let me know!) – oh and, btw fyi, my gran didn’t die but had to move to a nursing house for a plethora of reasons, none of them attached to my benefiting from it

Anyhow, the pros outweigh the con πŸ™‚

The current plan is to finish the bedroom and the bathroom first and then hit the living room, kitchen and entry way. As I have now inherited two sets of furniture (grandparents on both sides) and also still have my own set of household items it’s going to be one wild mixture of styles, with me slowly throwing old pieces out and buying new ones (I just don”t have +5K lying around to buy everything I want right now).

As you can imagine there still is a lot of stuff to do before I will be able to move in for good . However, the house warming party is scheduled for Feb, 25th so by then I better make some headway πŸ˜‰

Luckily my parents are helping a lot so there might actually be some walls painted when I am back from Dresden (I have to travel to Dresden every Monday to Thursday for work for the next couple of months…) πŸ™‚

As I make headway on each room I will post before and after pics for you to getting an impression of how it’s going πŸ™‚

Till then & stay tuned, new updates will come faster than this last one πŸ™‚


So, I tried to kick-start my resolutions and made an appointment at my hairdressers’ to get my perm.

May I say FAIL?

I wanted to go from this

To something more along those lines

And ended up like this

Jup, you see correctly – new cut, a little shorter, lighter colour but NO curls 😦

Sadly it seems I don’t have bad hairs (aka certain days, when my hair just sucks) but bad hair (aka my hair sucks because it’s to fine and to straight to accept any kind of perm that is available right now). After some discussions and some real life material (the girl from the flower shop next door – may I say bad hair gone worse?!), I was finally convinced that a perm might (with the current technology – hey, I can always hope!) not be the very best idea right now. Well, since I was already there and, admittedly, a little disappointed I went on with cut and colour anyways…

Sooo, as already indicated, point 1 from my list I was, sadly, unable to accomplish and hence need a new point to add to my list. I still don’t have an idea as to what the new resolution could look like, so I’d be grateful for any suggestions you can come up with πŸ˜‰

Till then!

Disclaimer: I will alter the list, if points prove to be unachievable (already happened, but more about that later) but will add new points for them, so I’ll end with a minimum of 12 at the end of 2012. Also, the list is in no particular order but will be “worked” off as I can work them into my schedule.

  1. Get a perm – always wanted to have curly hair
  2. Write an article (and possibly publish it if I am able to) – somehow I miss writing
  3. Do volunteering I: Read stories on a regular basis to little kids
  4. Do volunteering II: Not sure what yet, maybe soup kitchen?
  5. Visit Stockholm – Kathi beware
  6. Visit India – Indians please give me a good excuse to make the trip (like a wedding)!
  7. Visit Lisbon – Sara, we need to make good on our visiting schedule!
  8. Do a Sightseeing-tour of Cologne
  9. Sew a skirt
  10. Run a half-marathon
  11. Renovate (or at least assist) a flat – Where I will live in
  12. Actually stick to writing this blog – anybody remember my Amsterdam blog? yeah, thought so, too :-S plus see item 2

Admittedly, most of these points are going to be a lot more fun than a “challenge” and I will do them very, very gladly, but the fact remains that some will be hard work and most of them I’d probably, possibly not do if I don’t feel a kind of “obligation” to do them (yeah, I am lazy I know!)…

Hi there,

so, after a pretty damn awesome 2011, 2012 promises to be exciting but will be hard pressed to beat all the memories, fun and incredible experience I was lucky to make in 2011.

You may wonder what exactly made 2011 so amazing:

  • Living in London, Boston and Cologne
  • Finishing my MBA and starting a new Job
  • Being THE German amongst THE Indians and South Americans
  • A visit to Shanghai with Maya
  • Seeing long lost friends again and making plenty of new friends all around the world
  • Being truly international
  • Hult Global Case Challenge and other projects
  • Sailing in Boston
  • Lingo’s
  • “My Pub” in London
  • The Portuguese aka Vampi πŸ˜‰
  • Living for 3 months with my best friends
  • Skydiving

You see, it’s a hard to beat list πŸ˜‰

Hence, to set myself some goals and to give 2012 a reasonable chance of living up to 2011, I am intending to do at least 12 things I always aimed to do, but somehow never managed to do or never mustered the courage to do it. (Admittedly, I stole the original idea of “12” from my sister (I aimed to make New Years resolutions like to lose a couple of kg’s, eat more healthily & a bunch of things that will go into “The List” anyways) – thanks Eli!)

So, follow me on the journey of 2012!

The List

1. Learn how to keep a garden alive - IN PROGRESS
2. Write an article (and possibly publish it if I am able to) - IN PROGRESS
3. Do volunteering I: Read stories on a regular basis to little kids
4. Do volunteering II: Not sure what yet, maybe soup kitchen?
5. Visit Stockholm - IN PROGRESS
6. Visit India - IN PROGRESS
7. Visit Lisbon - IN PROGRESS
8. Do a Sightseeing-tour of Cologne - DONE!
9. Sew a skirt
10. Run a half-marathon
11. Renovate (or at least assist) a flat - DONE!
12. Actually stick to writing this blog - IN PROGRESS

Get a perm - FAIL

Completed: 2/12
In Progress: 6/12
Pending: 4/12