Some fabulous Dwarf ladies.
My supervisor has just told me I did a good job.
(this is a happy seal grinning stupidly, in case you missed that…(x) )
Well, it looks like it was the labs today…new school year, new students and all that fun. And there are the lost looking first year who remind me the way we met. :D
And the question of today is: Does the smell of burnt organic material come from chemistry labs or the school canteen?
Mum wanted me to take pictures of my room….well, here they are, from all possible angles. The first two from the door, the other two from the corner behind the table and the last one from te bed.
(yes, I could use my camera, but working with pics from the webcam is easier and I’m a lazy cat.)
Happy mum? :D
”.., and none know how he found a way, and so came by paths that no Man nor Elf else ever dared to tread to the borders of Doriath. And he passed through the mazes that Melian wove about the kingdom of Thingol, even as she had foretold…”
For this, like my last image, I used the abstract drawing tool at bomomo.com. It’s hard to control but the results can be astonishing and suggestive, and in this, I saw the moment when Beren breaches the Girdle of Melian.
Don’t talk to me about how Thorin raised Fili and Kili.
Talk to me about how Dis did it.
Talk to me about how she raised them by herself while her older brother worked to get their kingdom back. Talk to me about how when Thorin made sure Fili understood his role as heir, Dis made sure he still had the chance to be a child.
Talk to me about she was always there to kiss their boo-boos better and keeps a big bed to make sure all three of them will fit when one son has a nightmare.
Tell about how Dis raised her boys to fight, standing out in the middle of the practice ring, showing them both how to hold a sword. Or how she gets lost in her memories when Kili picks up a bow, looking too much like the Uncle he never got to know.
Or about how she was the one who taught them to hunt and smiled so wide it hurt her cheeks when Kili caught his first rabbit. And how she teaches them how to clean and cook their kills.
Tell me about the boys wanting to learn smithing and Dis taking them to see Thorin work and bursting with pride when Fili takes to it like a fish to water. And how she shows Kili how to fletch his own arrows when he doesn’t.
Talk to me about how she made the best birthday cakes and the best swords for her sons.
Talk to me about Fili inheriting her looks and Kili getting her mischievous spirit.
Talk to me about how Dis, their mother, was vitally important to the boys turning out like they did. Talk to me about how she birthed them but they gave her life after she’d known so much death.
Oh look, I broke a molecule!
And this is what happens when you have no idea which bond to rotate to get the result you need.
Also, the coworker with codename Dwalin (tall, no hair, two rings in the left ear) shaved between yesterday and today and looks about 20% less dwaliny today.
He also makes coffee in the morning break and is really nice to me.
And it rained today! And thunderstormed! And dragons.
I mean we talked about dragons during the break, not that there are dragons outside.
Also, Gabin watched Captain America 2 yesterday and says that it’s funny how americans and canadians try to look like they are speaking french french.
Also, Dwalin’s family is, according to what I was just told, well, now I feel like I’ve read some modern AU when it was just like that. Nevermind, feel free to ignore this paragraph.
does anyone actually track their periods because i dont im too lazy and its just like this really terrible surprise that i dont want every month and me trying to convince myself that theres no way its been 4 weeks already
We have an internet thingie to do it for us and send us an email.
the hardest thing is actually to remember to tick in every period, but hey, bathroom breaks at least tend to remind you to do that…
The school restaurant is closed. Lunch is important. So a group of local friends and you know, the author of this blog, who’s been here for exactly a week today, have to get it in some other way.
And I can see how much I’ve learnt in the past five years concerning organising stuff in small groups.
So in case you are a young lamb with little experience and/or social skills or a big friendly sheep with a newbie in your group (especially if the little lamb doesn’t know the others and/or doesn’t speak the language well), please, please listen to what I’ve found out thanks to kind strangers and watching other people:
Talking to other people actually helps A LOT.
Usefull little lamb phrases:
"Can I join you?" (add please if you feel too lost)
"What is the plan now?"
"So now we/you <describe how you understand the situation>?"
"What?" *smiling,obviously confused, especially useful when a foreighn language and inside jokes are in play*
"I need to/I’m going to <whatever it is>, will you be here when I come back?"
"Should everone buy something, or do we pay it all together and then we’ll split the bill?"
"How much do I owe you?" *in all the situations with stuff being already bought*
Usefull big friendly sheep phrases:
"We are going to…Are you coming?"
"We usually…is that ok with you?"
"We were just talking about … would you like to join?"
Generally any summary of the discussion and situation.
"Each of us has already…so maybe you could also …."
Well and that’s a start. You eventually have to figure out everything for yourself, but usually with knowing where the group is going and what they will do and who pays what you can manage almost any situation.
Thanks to Jenny for spelling out the basics for me five years ago at the summercamp1 (and everyone there who basically adopted me as their shy little kitten), SFK Cyrano for trialling and erroring with me, people in the summercamp 2 who showed me how nicely small groups of mostly strangers can work when everyone keeps the others informed about their actions and most recently Gabin and friends for making me feel included even though I just came here and don’t speak any French.
(this is also a reference for the future me in case she feels like she’s got no idea how to talk to people. )
I bet there are labels like this all over Avengers tower
Here you can see the biophysicist trying out the tumblr auto webcam gifmaker thingie as she is trying to kick herself to go back to work after the lunch break.
Also, I’m wearing blue nail polish today. It’ll need another layer though. But for now it’s ok enough I guess.
Today I finally remembered to google up the blog of a princess I met at the conference in the Netherlands. I joined her in a tumblr style feminist discussion (thanks everyone I follow for sharpening my opinions, I might not reblog them but I read most of them anyways) and the next day I found out she co-curates some of the pages tumblr should take reference from (like, you know, Women in STEM). Speaking of which, I was really happy to see that many women at the conference, there might have actually been the 50:50 ratio, which is like, super awesome.
Also, never drink with jetlagged americans mentally six hour earlier than is the actual time in your timezone. :D My friends then made fun of me being jetlagged the next morning.
Also also, why is the red wine called red in english, the white wine called white and the you know pink wine called rosé? Well, at least I amused people around me.
Right, off to do some science. Molecuuuuuules!