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Tuesday, November 01, 2005
up in the air
things have been kinda all over the place the last couple of days because i found out that the doctorate position that i was really hoping to get, will not be mine. this complicates things a little bit, as there aren't many positions available lately, even in other parts, but even if i found one, i probably couldn't afford to live on my own in some other city or country. the great thing about this position is that it was right here, so i could just keep living with Matthias, and he could keep his job, and we could both keep on having cheap rent. perfect. i have to admit, i was a little upset by all this at first, but then i was kinda relieved, because deep down, i wasn't really sure i wanted to spend the next 3 years working on breeding models to evaluate the extent of heterosis in corn breeding programmes. as much fun as i'm sure that sounds like.
so i've been in quite the tizzy trying to figure out what the dagnabbit ima gonna do, because soon the clock will be ticking on my student loan. it's a very loud, irritating clock, and it's tick sounds like the constant dropping of coins in the amount of interest that i am accumulating and will seemingly forever owe the tyrants that are the government of Canada. if i had only thought to do BSc here in Germany as well, i wouldn't have had to pay any tuition at all, and if i still needed to borrow money to support myself, they would never have charged me any interest at all. ever. do you see why i like it here?
anyway, to keep my mind off impending financial doom, Matthias took me on a little day trip to Karlsruhe, where we had yummy bacon cheeseburgers (a startlingly foreign concept here) in an American style diner, which sold things like pancake mix and mountain dew. then we went for a walk in this lovely park by the castle:
sorry. i forget what the castle is called. there are a lot of them here, and after a while you don't remember anymore what they're callled, unless they're really mindblowingly original names, like the 2 castles here in Stuttgart, the Old Castle, and the New Castle. wow, the creativity just drives. me. wild.

and of course i've been knitting like mad, because i should actually be making changes to the T word, and there's nothing like some nice chunky knitting to make you feel all accomplished when your regular activity is a paper that just never seems to end. so three cheers for Gedifra big point! i love you even if you are lavendar and will probably make me look pale!
posted by tatjana @ 7:49 p.m.  
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