Monday, January 20, 2014

What's new this year?

Well, this year will be all about me. That's not supposed to sound selfish but I have made the experience lately that I tend to do what's best for others and not for myself. That's okay when it comes to family and close friends because they'll give it back some time. It's also fine at work because I like to think that my profession is more than just a job and you have to put something in it. But I've realized that from time to time I surround myself with people who suck the life right out of me. They're not only wasting my time but take all my energy and in the end they leave me like that and I just feel sad and tired. That is over.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 Recap: Music Part II

Did you enjoy my recap a couple of days ago? Ready or not, here's the second part:

Pink - Just give me a reason

Friday, January 10, 2014

2013 Recap: Music Pt. I

Here are some of my favourites from 2013. There are many missing but at least I wanted to share some of them. Here we go:

Macklemore&Ryan Lewis - Same Love

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2013 Recap: Books

Like every year I kept track about the books I have been reading. Check out my older lists here. In 2013 I nearly reached my goal of 40 books and 15,000 pages. But have a look here:

  • Haruki Murakami - 1Q84 (1024S.) ****
  • Jilliane Hoffmann - Mädchenfänger (OT: Pretty Little Things) (464S.) *** 
  • Sigrid Goddard - Die Männer, die wir lieben und die Luschen, die wir kriegen (175S.) **
  • Sebastian Fitzek - Amok Spiel (224S.) **
  • Alexandra Reinwarth - Das Glücksprojekt (250S.) ****
  • C.J. Daugherty - Night School. Du darfst keinem trauen (463S.) ***
  • Klaus Maria Pfifferling - So ist das Leben eben (49S.) **
  • Joy Fielding - Im Koma (OT: Still life) (415.) ***
  • Stefan Bonner & Anne Weiss - Heilige Scheiße: Wären wir ohne Religion wirklich besser dran? (245S.) ***
  • Aaron Kahlan - Was uns falsch beigebracht wird (21S.) **
  • Daniel Glattauer - Mama, jetzt nicht! (176S.) **
  • Veronika Immler & Antje Steinhäuser - Die Monster anderer Eltern (199S.) ***
  • Andreas Ehrlich - Schwarzer Humor (179S.) ***
  • Christian Thiel - Suche einen für immer und ewig (212S.) ***
  • Petra Diekel - Persönlichkeit steht jeder Frau (126S.) **
  • Jeanette Walls - Ein ungezähmtes Leben (An Unfinished Life) (365S.) *****
  • Philipp Andersen - Warte auf mich (320S.) ***
  • Jaimy Blazynski - Crush (118S.) ****
  • Claudio Paglieri - Kein Espresso für Commissario Luciani (417S.) ***
  • Pierre Franck - Wünsch es dir einfach, aber mit Leichtigkeit (208S.) ***
  • Gregory David Roberts - Shantaram (1088S.) *****
  • Karim El-Gawhari - Frauenpower auf Arabisch (204S.) *****
  • Noam Shpancer - Der glücklose Therapeut (256S.) **
  • Anne Freytag - Irgendwo dazwischen (586S.) ***
  • Jenny Downham - Bevor ich sterbe (Before I die) (320S.) ***
  • Jojo Moyes - Ein ganzes halbes Jahr (Me Before You) (512S.) ****
  • Marc-Uwe Kling - Die Känguru-Chroniken (272S.) ****
  • Marc-Uwe Kling - Das Känguru-Manifest (304S.) ***
  • S. J. Watson - Ich. darf. nicht. schlafen (Before I go to sleep) (400S.) ****
  • Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveller's Wife (519S.) *****
  • Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones' Diary: A Novel (310S.) ****
  • Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (422S.) ***
  • Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones: Mad about the boy (386S.) **
  • Rath, Hans - Und Gott sprach: Wir müssen reden (270S.) ***
  • Legardinier, Gilles - Julie weiß, wo die Liebe wohnt (375S.) ****
  • McBeth, Colette - Zorneskalt (Precious Thing) (382S.) ***
  • Fitzek, Sebastian - Der Nachtwandler (318S.) ****

That makes 37 books and 13,072 pages. Not exactly my goal but it was more than the year before and I haven't read anything that I didn't like or that dissapointed me because I made the decision to only read the books that I find interesting and put all the others down straight away.

My favourites in 2013 were "Ein ungezähmtes Leben" (An unfinished life), "Frauenpower auf Arabisch", "Shantaram" and "The Time Traveller's Wife".

There are still loads of unread books in my shelf and they are becoming more and more so 2014 will be a lot about reading again.

What have you been reading? What were your best reads in 2013? I'd love you to share (because I'd love to hear what makes a good book for you!)

Jenny, xoxo

Monday, January 6, 2014

That was... 2013

The New Year has already started, time to look back at the old 2013 and see what we've had there. For me there were lots of ups and downs like every time I had the feeling I've reached something good, something put me back down. Sometimes it was hard for me to stay positive but somehow the year is over and I'm pretty sure 2014 will be so much better. But I don't want to forget though are the positive things that happened in 2013, like:

I moved into my dream flat

I went to Maastricht with Caro

I went to Berlin and visited a couple of people that I really like

I went sailing

I went to see Amy MacDonald with my Mama

Raphaella came to visit me

I went on a weekend trip to Amsterdam with those two <3

I went on a day trip to Antwerpen with Caro

I also went to Hannover to visit my girl Kiki and in the end I got to celebrate Christmas with the whole family!

And thinking about all those good things make me forget the not so good ones a little bit, so thanks for letting me share this with you!

What was your 2013 like? Good? Not so good? Or mixed like mine?

Jenny, xoxo

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What makes me happy

I am happy. Most of the time. Of course, sometimes things make me angry, there is always stuff to worry about (but I'm doing that way less than I used to) and there are situations when I am close to tears. Normal, right? But most of the time I remember that there are things that make me happy and my mood changes in an instant. I want to share some of my happy moments with you:

  • Last week I was driving in my car which by now is special itself because I'm not using it that often. I was listening to the radio and singing along with a song. I had to stop at a traffic light and looked in the mirror to see the woman in the car behind me was singing the same song. Great stuff, made me smile big time.
  • I visited my family when I had a couple of days off last week. Since I moved to Cologne I only see them every once in a while and sometimes I'm even too busy to talk to them on the phone so whenever I come home it's like a great big reunion. I just love my big, crazy, loud family so much I can't even tell you.
  • Christmas time. I started listening to Christmas songs about two weeks ago. People call me crazy because I'm so obsessed with Christmas music, Christmas markets, decorations and all of that. And I sometimes wonder why I didn't really like it when I was younger. Doesn't matter because I'm making up for it now by being the biggest Christmas fan around. Now I'm only waiting for the snow to come!
Christmas isn't complete without this one ;-)
  • Work. Just like that. I was never able to understand how people don't like their work. Just choose a job that you like and things are great. Right now the job at ICU takes a lot from me, my brain seems to be bursting with all the stuff I'm learning each day and physically I am terribly tired when I come home. But it satisfies me, I love it that way.
  • Dancing. Sometimes when I'm at home I turn on the music and just dance around. When I have to clean the flat, wash the dishes or do stuff that I don't like that much it goes so much easier when I go a little bit crazy. I also do it in the mornings. I hate getting up early but when there is a good song I'm standing in the bathroom in my pyjamas, toothbrush in my mouth and do a little dancing. And things feel better immediately. Try it, too, haha!
this guy knows how to do it!

I might share more things that make me happy in the future because I am really grateful for those big and small things and when something goes wrong from time to time I like to remember that life is great and being sad and angry is just a waste of time.

What are the things that make you happy?

Jenny, xoxo

Thursday, November 28, 2013

To new beginnings

November is almost over which is crazy because it means soon it will be Christmas and then 2013 will already be over. Does anyone else have the feeling that this year went by even faster than all the others? I mean there were times when things didn't seem so easy around here and that usually keeps time from going by quickly but not this year. Everything was just flying by.

Anyway, maybe it's already time to sum up the year but I'm doing this to myself because some things are just too personal to share around here but I'll share what happened around here lately:

  • I started going back to school and after one week I could say that it was definately exhausting but fun. My classmates are pretty nice and I'm excited to learn some new stuff. I also realized that it's going to be tough though but I chose it myself so here I go
  • I started work at ICU and I like it there so far. I was very nervous because I don't have any experience there and I was pretty sure people would expect me to know a lot of things. Well, they do but they also seem to understand that I have yet to learn a lot of stuff. But it was cool up to this day
  • Winter is here. Autumn went by really quickly, probably because I was busy preparing for my studies and all so I have the feeling I totally missed it which is a bummer as I love it. Now it's all cold outside and I still don't want to wear my winter coat and boots but I have to. I'm just waiting for the snow to come but sure enough, THIS is not going to happen
  • I know that sometimes I get too busy to really do stuff around this blog and all but I love writing and as I have been writing over at Buchpiraten and enjoyed it I thought I might try again to start a second blog about books, movies and music. It's in German, but don't be afraid to come by and look around! It's called More than I can read.
  • Still no step forward in freelance working but that is on my bucket list for 2014 for sure!
What have you been up to?

Jenny, xoxo