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2012-03-17 01:17 pm

Keep calm and read fanfics

It looks like my yearned vacations post-thesis will have to wait. They gave me the job and the 1st of May I'll be living in Madrid and working for the National Council Research. It's kind of overwhelming...

And next Monday: Bordeaux, last stop before finishing the thesis.

Yeah, so fanfics today.
kaoticwords: (Ineffable)
2012-03-10 07:44 pm

Life and decisions

It's almost spring and I've almost finished my thesis (the writing part). Conclusions are alsmot completed and then I'll just have to revise the introduction and, in general, correct what needs to be corrected. I'm E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D.

On the other hand, I'm enjoying a lot the extracurricular English lessons and the kids seem to enjoy them too, even when some days are frustrating and I have to count to ten and remember they're just kids. The classes end the last day of May and I was hoping to be free by then. Well, realistically I won't be able to defend my thesis before June, if everything's all right, but at least I will have finished the hard work.

My plans after that are simple: switch off. I need some relaxing months. I had thought about travelling around, visiting some friends, reading and writing for pleasure, finding myself... You know, just enjoy the free time for a while. But apparently I cannot plan anything.

Yesterday I received an email from the CSIC (National Research Council of Spain. The unfuckingbelievable National Research Council!!!) saying they were interested in my CV and calling me for an interview next week. If they finally chose me, I would begin in April and I would have to move to Madrid and leave anything else behind (thesis, lessons, people, plans...). At least until the end of the contract.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I can't let it pass, even if they offer me just a six months job. BUT. It's more than a year and half since I left them my CV and it's precisely now when they call me. Why precisely now?! Why not six months later or sooner? T_T
I'm really honored but so, so stressed I'm not enjoying it at all.

Originally posted to Livejournal.
kaoticwords: (chibi-ikkou snow)
2012-01-15 01:48 am

Happy New Year! (even if a bit late...)

It's half past one in the morning, 1ºC out there in the countryside and my friends S and J are putting on their coats to go and see the stars from the road in front of our house. We're in a small town for the weekend and it's freezing. So I'm waiting here, sitting on a cushion next to the window (one of those long windows from ceiling to floor), wrapped in a blanket and watching the low yellow half moon through a telescope :)

It's being a wonderful weekend and a wonderful break before the beginning of another stressful week~
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2011-11-03 02:02 am

It's been a while... I hope you're doing fine!

It's a shame I left this so unattended... I've been quite busy these last months and actually I still am. My PhD it's on its way and I hope to defend my thesis between the end of winter and spring time. I'm already revising chapters and structures and expecting with all my soul to finish soon and properly: it's been hard and tiring and endless, and it still is.

My life's been kind of boring lately because I've spent day after day doing exactly the same, till the moment I decided my sanity was more important. (Thank goodness for fanfiction and books because reading was the most exciting thing of most of my days...). At the end of summer I took a break and changed my point of view, so I'll finish when everything's ready, not sooner, and to hell with whoever who doesn't approve.

And so, in the last months I had my looong hair cut (shortest than I've ever had it :D), I had an article about Japan published in a cool national edition, learned to crochet and enjoyed a nice and intensive (if short) summer vacation. I'm even enjoying time with my friends again. But what's really different right now it's that I got a job!

If you remember, my contract with University ended at the beginning of this year, and while I had the unemployment benefit there was nothing to worry about. But things are quite difficult right now in Spain and, although I've been recently applying for several jobs, I didn't get one single answer (nor positive, nor negative). And suddenly, when I had almost forgotten about it, I was called for a job interview. They liked my CV and, for the next months, I'll be an extracurricular English teacher in a primary school. The salary is shit but I'm ecstatic! And nervous, of course. I begin next week :)

Maybe it's the end of the hiatus?
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2011-05-12 09:26 pm

I could do with some sleep now

My lecture in Madrid was a resounding success :D Everyone liked it a lot and people kept asking me questions about it, even after the end of the discussion. I'm very content and tired. Oh, so tired... And I got an offer to collaborate with a professor from Madrid with some other lectures and classes! I can't believe it yet.

So yes, today I took the day off to rest. And tomorrow would be tempting too... After all the stress of the last days, I need it.

And look! I brought home a lovely little plant.

Will see how much it lives...
kaoticwords: (Watari is teh genius)
2011-05-09 08:05 pm

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Going tomorrow to Madrid to give a lecture on my subject. I've done it before and I'm as nervous as the first time, even if it's not visible at first sight. I just can't help it. And I should be doing a lot of things now instead of fretting!

Not that I'm taking a lot of things for just three days out but I don't know why in the end there are so many things to left done before the trip. And on the other hand, it looks like I can't stop thinking either about the three days of dissertation work I won't be doing, argh.

But maybe my general state of anxiety and my slight OCD are worse lately because of anemia and a deficiency of vitamin B12 I apparently have. I hope to feel better after the treatment has taken effect. But in the meantime,

Wish me luck for Wednesday lecture~
kaoticwords: (Ikkou)
2011-04-09 07:57 pm

Shall I compare thee...

...summer, you are
an infinite sky-fish,
shameless messenger
of praise,
sleepy-eyed one,
little bee belly,

~P. Neruda~

It feels like summer, it smells like summer, it's hot as in summer and it's only April.

I don't know if I'm feeling ecstatic or if I'm a bit depressed because I'm working at home instead of enjoying life outside.
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2011-04-07 01:55 pm

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Ok, maybe I'm being paranoid but I posted this link on facebook about the Russian hackers and the DDoS in LJ and now, for the first time since I have an account there, my account is unavailable... WTF?!

EDIT @19.20h.: Well, at least everything's back to normal, but for a moment there I was really confused @_@
kaoticwords: (Fear the Drama)
2011-03-20 04:49 am
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It's been two weeks since I have a contracture in my back and shoulder and it's ridiculous how much it's affecting me. No matter how strictly I follow my physiotherapist's exercises and advice, it isn't going anywhere. I'd need a vacation and not to increase the daily hours I spend in front of the computer T_T Well, wishful thinking.

At least I still find a little time to read for pleasure (from time to time). Fanfics aside, I'm in the middle of a wonderful semi-victorian novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, and I'm loving it to pieces. The story so far is masterfully written and I want need fics about Albert and Mike! I hadn't seen such a blatant male crush since Watson and Holmes! (Well, actually I have but that's not the question right now...). Problem is that it looks like there's almost no fandom at all about this book, and the only fanfic I found was about the female characters and nothing about the two boys. Maybe one day...

In the meantime, you can take a look at what could be my city's traffic nowadays (because of never-ending public works) at certain hours in the morning. Of course, the video could also explain quite a few things about Crowley's driving habits ;)

Now, sleep.
kaoticwords: (Eternity)
2011-03-17 06:47 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] help_japan

I'm still alive, just horribly stressed with PhD work... (I think I had three entries to post and they never saw light). Well, as I can't offer my time to help, I'm requesting something not fandom related at [livejournal.com profile] help_japan:

A translation from German to English (or Spanish, French, Italian, I don't care) of 28 pages of a History textbook (a summary would be enough).

I know it's quite specific but maybe you know of someone who could be interested~
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2011-01-22 06:48 pm

Japanese food and Spanish wines

You know when you go out to make something harmless like taking some fresh air or attending a cooking class and you end getting really drunk? Well, I wasn't acquainted with the concept but yesterday it happened in all its glory.

Almost one year later, I still had a voucher from a birthday's present to go on a Japanese cooking course for newbies. It was just a three or four hours course in one day and after so much time thinking about ancient romans and ancient roads I found it quite appealing. So yesterday evening I was eager to learn how to cook miso soup and to make makisushi and, even though I found it much more time-consuming than I had expected, I think the result wasn't so bad:

We didn't try cooking the miso soup ourselves but Kumiko, our teacher, showed us how to do it and we all tried her recipe: it was delicious ♥ I'm eager to try it at home!

After that we should share our makisushi creations and to surprise us all, the cooking course ended with a wine taster that gave us some practical advice about what wines are better for Japanese food. It seems that there're a lot of wines that combine with makisushi... And all of them were wonderful. Six glasses later I was happily convinced that you can't eat makisushi without trying a good Chardonnay. Neither was I very sure over my feet but I found everything amusing and perfect. And as sometimes life is kind of surreal, I met my old erasmus flatmate when we were leaving the course, which of course resulted in a lot of squeeing noises, laughs at my wasted state and some more wine.

I had to take a taxi to come back home... And fortunately any attempt at work was forgotten when I arrived because this morning I've tried to read a sms I wrote before going to bed and I've understood perfectly well why the answer I got was "WTF?"
Today my stomach felt like hell but I won't deny I had a great time XD
kaoticwords: (Aziraphale & Crowley)
2011-01-15 03:49 pm

(no subject)

It seems winter's cold has returned again after some weird spring days in January and I'm strangely glad for it. Maybe because lately I don't do much except for working like crazy on my thesis...

Thankfully, I found tickets for tonight's show Balagan and I'm thrilled! It looks like the Cirque du Soleil, right? :D

Btw, I have two codes for Dreamwidth, if someone's interested~
kaoticwords: (chibi-ikkou snow)
2011-01-09 07:33 pm

First post of the year

2011 has begun with a little bit of everything.

I had a lovely Christmas (with homemade tiramisú included)* and a lot of wonderful presents for Epiphany, which means I finally got the DVD with special features of Sherlock Holmes and three awesome books I don't know when I could read properly because this year presents itself as a tough one. On the one hand, my employment contract with university has expired which I knew it had to happen but it's depressing all the same. And on the other hand, I ought to finish writing my PhD thesis before August. That may look like a reasonable deadline (one I decided, indeed) but I feel stressed out already. Ugh... I'd rather not think too much about it but people all around seem delighted reminding me every chance they have. It's tiring and it's just January...

That's one of the reasons I chose to spend the evening of New Year's Day watching comforting films, beginning with Frank Capra's You can't take it with you. It was years since I watched it and the philosophy of that film always cheers me up :D A Jeeves and Wooster book also helped a lot~

And to keep on with the great things of these last days, thank you so much [livejournal.com profile] louiselux for the pretty card! I loved it! <3 I'm sorry that in the end I couldn't send you one back :(

Anyway, I hope you all began the year with good and shinning moments. Let's hope 2011 will be a very good one!

*If some of you are interested, and as it was me who prepared the tiramisú, here it is the recipe )
kaoticwords: (chibi-ikkou snow)
2010-12-24 12:55 pm

Next year I'd like to retake the lovely habit of sending cards

Happy Christmas and Merry Winter Solstice!

I hope you all enjoy the holidays :D

My best wishes for Yuletide ♥

kaoticwords: (Books are love)
2010-12-15 03:05 am

In praise of reading and fiction

I got up today to this wonderful speech that I didn't get to listen the day it was told.

To be honest, I've never read anything by Mario Vargas Llosa. I think the summaries of his novels never appealed particularly to me. Who knows, maybe in the future I'll find a moment to remedy that. Today I still feel like spending the few free moments I have reading Good Omens and Sherlock's fanfics.

However, this morning I found the words of the Nobel prize in Literature warm and splendid. An ode to Literature and fiction (including fanfiction).

If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you to do it. Here's the full lecture in Spanish and here's in English but if you're feeling kind of lazy, here are my favourite parts:

Read more... )

That summarizes quite effectively why I love reading and so, this is a little post to say

to all of you who write wonderful fics for the love of it ♥
kaoticwords: (Gladstone)
2010-11-26 10:09 pm

Sherlockian recs and stuff

First of all, here are some pics from october, when I visited the Holmes' museum. I quite liked the decoration of some corners and I even got a pic with pseudo-Watson (not that he looked at all like Watson should -not even the clothes!- but well, let's not be too picky about it *ahem*).
So this is how 221B Baker Street looks like nowadays =>> )
I'd love to be in London this weekend for the Sherlock fan meet-up~

Also, I'm not sure how I got to find out about this Versus series but they're hilarious. I'm not sure either what kind of association can result in a Saw vs. Sherlock Holmes duel... Guess some minds work in mysterious ways:

I must admit I feel a little affronted by the treatment of dear Watson here...

(Ps: You should also watch the one about Frodo vs Harry Potter XD)

And finally, gorgeous Sherlock fics of the last two weeks:

* The Velveteen Doctor by [livejournal.com profile] lantean_drift, in which John is like a bright, brilliant flash of colour in an otherwise greyscale world for Sherlock.

* Fearful Symmetry by [livejournal.com profile] irisbleufic, in which there's John/Sherlock, Harry, Mycroft, Sarah, Mrs. Hudson, et al. and it's absolutely delightful.

* The Whore of Babylon Was a Perfectly Nice Girl by out_there. This. You should read it if you haven't yet. It's not the version of Sherlock I usually picture in my head but it's awesome. Angsty and hot.

* The Heart In The Whole by [livejournal.com profile] verityburns. WIP in which Sherlock is blind and John helps. All kinds of lovely and oh god, the UST!

Have I mentioned they're gorgeous? Because they are <3
kaoticwords: (8/5 smile)
2010-10-04 01:41 pm


I began Sunday with wonderful news: my original fic about dance has won the first prize in the contest Danza Digital! They'll publish it in the next number of the magazine and I've got a voucher to buy a lot of things in an awesome shop :D

If you're curious, HERE's the English version of the tale, and HERE the original one in Spanish.

On the other hand, life in Oxford keeps on being fantastic. There's so much to see and do! Yesterday I went to London and indulge myself some whims from the Sherlock Holmes museum XD The museum itself it's not exactly what I think 221B Baker St. should be but it's curious and amusing. Maybe I post some pics later. The thing is that I also went to the British Museum and I had been in the Ashmolean Museum the day before. This is problematic mainly for economical reasons: I can't help myself in museum's shops ;_;

And talking about museums, I'm applying for the Ashmolean 'cause I've been lucky enough to be here the moment they've decided to take curricula again. We'll see...

In the meantime, have a Sherlock fanvid with a suggestive song~

kaoticwords: (Tea!)
2010-09-22 12:59 am
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From Oxford

Two days and I'm already in love with the place. Every single corner is beautiful, people are very kind and I've been lucky enough to enjoy the wonderful weather of the last days <3
I knew it was going to be nice, being here, but really, I've never thought I was going to like it so much!

Mobile photos, cause I don't know what to do with them but show them all around~ )

The first day was kind of dull, a 9 hours trip can make things look grey and hard. But the next day began with a superb breakfast (I love breakfast in this house! &heart;) and everything looked shinier. I spent all morning taking my new cards for the bus and the libraries and, as everywhere was new and amazing, I forgot about the library and my thesis and spent the rest of the time being a tourist XD Actually, I've decided I'm going to be a tourist for some hours everyday. There're so many things to do and see! And the libraries! Omg, the libraries! If I'm not careful, I'll spend much more money than I should, but they make it difficult! Yesterday I went to the Bodleian library and visited the bookshop: I would have flailed and squee quite literally.

On the other hand, my "flatmates" and host are also really nice. The place is very cosy and has a little garden with a greenhouse where my host paints. I see her there in the mornings from my window. Also, I don't need to get up too early in the morning because she has a very flexible timetable and the libraries are open till 10 pm :D

So I don't know how I'll finish my stay here but for now, I'm delighted.

My friend thought it would be appropriate to send me some music XD
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2010-09-10 12:57 pm

Still getting used to the new place...

Not really sure how this works yet but after all the recent changes in LJ, I think it's kind of safe to open an account here. So hi everyone!