Sunday Round Up #23: Roses, Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

my weekly therapy is in session. How was your week? Mine was stress- but uneventful.

I am still struggling to properly get my regular work and work for the thesis in order, I just can’t focus properly. However, one of the major stress factors and distractions should be sorted as of thursday. Here’s to hoping it will get a little more peaceful around these realms now.

Speaking of the thesis, I sorted out some hiccups and this means, granted I pass my thesis (which I damn well should [if I get my shit together]) there is a seat at my university of choice with my name on it. Near academic future sorted.

As to stressfactors or my symptoms of stress: one is definitely a messy room. If I can’t bring myself to get up and tidy my room it is bad. Insert 5 empty coffee cups on the desk and random clothes on the floor here. BUT [drumroll, please!] today I finally got my room in order again. Including stripping my be, washing all my pillows and turning around the mattress. Boom. Only my desk is still a wee bit messy, but that can wait. Babysteps!

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Make Up of the Week
And once again I changed up my make up a little bit. This one is inspired by my lack of time and a make up Lisa Eldridge did on Kate Moss I believe. All I do is create a flawless base with my MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.0 and some concealer (Rimmel Match Perfection in 010 Ivory and Catrice Camouflage in 010 Ivory), then I powder my face and do my brows. Sometimes I apply a brown flicked half-line on my upper lashline with the Max Factor Masterpiece Glide&Define liquid liner in black/brown, then I whack some of my Miss Manga mascara on and contour my cheekbones heavily with the Catrice Hydrating Bronzer from the Hip Trip LE. The star of the show is the essence Guerilla Gardening mat lip cream in 02 floral glam. That thing is almost neon red. It is mega bright and yeah, it stains. It lasts long on the lips before it fades. I love this thing and I’m glad I found it in my stash again. Total showstopper.

Media Stuff
I can’t leave my hands off Sebastian Bergman. I currently started reading book 3 of the series, which apparently hasn’t been released in English yet. Once again, Sebastian is sort of involved with a serial killer case but his connections and relationships with his colleagues are almost as much the center as the case itself. I learned to love the style in which this series is written: A lot of internal stuff about the characters, literally all of them, creates an intense and complete view on the story. It takes some getting used to, but when you’re in it is so rewarding. I really really enjoy this and I can’t wait for the new book to come out.
I am all caught up on Veep (brilliant show) and I finished Happy Endings, man that made me sad 😦 It was such a good show!

Art Nouveau and Roses

My sister and I went to the Art Nouveau festival in my hometown by way of the rosarium and damn, I had forgotton how beautiful my city can be. I will have to return to the rosarium in a week or two, at the moment only a few roses are in bloom. If you don’t know what a rosarium is, it is basically a park with roses over roses in it. They have some lillies, fuchsias and geraniums, too, but the roses are the main focus and since I love roses, I really want to move in there. I love tulips, too but they were already withering.

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The Art Nouveau festival was spectacular. My hometown is a bit of the capital of Art Nouveau and many of the buildings and fountains and parks have survived the war. During the festival some of the houses and museums are open for visitation and come nightfall everything was illuminated with candles and  lampions and the color of the year was red so everything glowed slightly eerily but heartbreakingly beautiful in red.

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At one of the Art Nouveau houses the garden was open for visitation and seriously, the second this thing is open for visitation again I will be there again. The garden was very carefully created by the artist(s) living in the house and it is a masterpiece of light, water and glass in all its aspects. And despite the many people trekking through it with us it had a very soothing, peaceful atmosphere.

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Photo 17-05-2014 21 06 22That was it for my week, I hope y’all had a good one! And now let’s move on into the new week and be productive and happy and healthy!

 

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Sunday Round Up #22: Tomboy Edition. Football, Metal…

 

Good evening  Ladies (and Gentlemen?),

 

it’s time for a Sunday Round Up again, but first of all can we take a minute and celebrate what an awesome day for tolerance and love we had yesterday? Europe voted voted an Austrian drag queen to be song contest empress for a year, a resounding slap in the face of His Gross Idiocy Putin, and the twelve points from both Ireland and Spain were particularly remarkable (still two of the most catholic countries over here). For once I am actually proud of the lot of us. Also for the booing and whistling whenever anything Russian came  up. I know it must have been hard for the girls representing Russia and the lady reading their points and I am genuinly sorry that they had to suffer on behalf of their dickhead of a president but this was THE time to make it known what we think about Putin’s policies.

On top of that the NFL drafted its first openly gay player in Michael Sam. He made an extremely brave decision in coming out publicly even before the combine and now he gets the chance to compete and prove himself on the field. While I salute his bravery and I am glad that he received so much support from NFL veterans over twitter, etc. I can’t help but be saddened that we still make such a fuss about his sexual orientation. I hope we will soon reach the state where we don’t give a fig anymore about color of skin, religion, income/ education level and sexual orientation of a person.

That being said one last thing: Donald Sterling deserves all the bad things that are coming his way right now. That is all.

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screenshot from my phone: Epica~The Quantum Enigma cover

 

Let’s begin with some media shizz, shall we? I warned you, the Epica album would come up again and dear god it is a masterpiece! They went rather complex music-wise this time and every song includes both a choir and an orchestra. Production alone is exceptional on this piece, they managed to make everything sound incredible round and smooth without turning into a wishy washy blurr.
Epica may be the only one of my favorite bands  (whose new albums I already have, still have to wait about two more weeks to get Xandria and Lacuna Coil) who has not gone darker at all, they pretty much remained at their level, they may have even gone a little more positive (shock horror 😀 ). Epica have always had strong socio-critical and political messages in their songs, frontlady Simone Simons describes herself as a humanist (philsophical branch that I too subscribe to) and it shows. I am planning on doing a favorite quotes from my favorite songs series soon, because the music of Epica, Delain, Subway to Sally, Xandria, Within Temptation,… is one of the reasons why I am still alive right now. Without them speaking my mind when I couldn’t I wouldn’t have made it through.

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I am currently finishing the second book in the Sebastian Bergman-series (Hjorth&Rosenfeldt) and I really like it. It is more suspenseful than the first, and it has a lot of psychology in it, centering around a psychologist and all. I can really recommend it if you are into Scandinavian mysteries and some messed up shit. I have the third one already sitting here plus a new Rizzoli and Isles. I love my parrish library ❤

TV-wise I took it light this week and marathoned Happy Endings. Too bad it is gone, it was such a lovely comedy, one of the more intelligent ones. Speaking of dead shows, a ton of my favorite shows were cancelled over the last week  (May Madness). Over the last years I had been lucky but this time they got me good: no more Community, no more Suburgatory (those two hurt the most), then a couple of rookie comedies that I really enjoyed (Mixology, Bad Teacher, Enlisted, Surviving Jack) and 1 possibly 2 shows are renewed for a last season (Cougar Town, Hart of Dixie). Bittersweet that. At least Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back.

My girls are spoiling me rotten at a time when I can’t really spoil them back 😦 My lovely Munderoon gave me a signed copy of one of the German mystery series that I really like. It is SIGNED! I only have one more signed book and they are so special to me. Not sure where I am going to put it but it is going to be a special place.

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everyday make up… ’twas a lazy day today

What else is new? Well, nothing much so far. Make up is pretty much still the same stuff in the same combination as last week. I may do an updated skin care and hair care routine but I don’t want to put that here, right now.

I am in the process of getting my life back on track. Slow and steady. I will update you on that, too once I feel like I made sufficient progress.

Next week will see some decisions about my future and I will get to work with people who are writing their thesis right now, too. So loads of school stuff and hopefully 3 +1 days of work. That would be great.

Now let’s all make a tick under this week and move on into a new productive one!