10 things to do before Christmas – Student edition

December. It’s the month to look forward to Christmas, enjoy time with your family and friends, wind down and be as cosy as you possibly can. Unless you are a student. In that case, December is filled with deadlines and exams. Oh, the fun we have. Because we all love a good list (I for sure do), I thought I would take one of these “10 things to do before Christmas” and give it a little twist… Student-edition, if you want. Enjoy!

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  1. Have an advent calendar to count down.
    Or, if you have a chocolate advent calendar, eat it all on day three when you are having a mental breakdown at 2am, thinking about all the things that needs to be done before Christmas.

  1. Go Christmas shopping.
    Ha. Haha. With what money? You are a student, remember? (On that note, I know that presents don’t have to be expensive. It’s all for the fun, ok?)

  1. Visit a Christmas market.
    Go straight to the stall with the mulled wine. Try and drown your sorrow in this sweet, way too hot drink. Try (and fail) to not burn your tongue.

  1. Build a snowman.
    Yeah, like white Christmas is still a thing (at least not where I live) Thanks global warming! But because this is supposed to be about student-life: do you think I have time to build a snowman??

  1. Bake Cookies.
    Or buy dough and eat it straight from the packaging. That counts as dinner, right?

  1. Snuggle on the couch.
    With your laptop, three books, and a massive pile of unorganised papers. And at least a hundred post-it notes. It’s going to be romantic, I swear.

  1. Go ice skating.
    Fall over and lay there on the cold ground, questioning the meaning of life.

  1. Make Christmas Morning Brunch.
    Now that idea I like. Food is always a good idea. Your brain needs fuel!

  1. Buy a new Christmas sweater.
    Wear it as much as possible. You will at least look festive and the bright colours might distract from the fifty shades of dark circles under your eyes.

  1. Celebrate Christmas with you family.
    I’m sure they would be happy to quickly proof-read your 20-page long paper that you need to hand in after Christmas. They can do it before opening their presents. Let them feel your pain by complaining as much as you can.

As you can hopefully tell, this isn’t supposed to be serious. I know that December is a stressful month for a lot of people, not only students. But a little laughter might make it slightly better.

 Love,
Anna

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Types of people at the gym

I’ve been going to the gym once a week since February. And so far, I’ve only missed one week, so I’m pretty proud of myself. But that’s not what today’s blog post is about. Although I go in the morning, there are usually already a lot of people there and sometimes, they can provide quite a lot of entertainment. Which I’m sure, I do a lot of the time as well. But my gym-fails are a topic for another time. So here are some things I observed in the past weeks.

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Ways in which procrastination is actually useful

Everyone knows how bad procrastinating is. And we still all do it. And then we get annoyed at ourselves for doing, we swear we are never going to do it again and then we just do it all over again at the next chance. If you thought: “What is she talking about??” while reading these lines, then I’m sorry but I don’t understand you. Also, I’m very jealous of you. Could I get some of that self-discipline, please?

But the truth that not many people ever care to mention is that procrastinating can actually be a good thing sometimes. The example I always like to use in order to illustrate this is the fact that I basically learned English via procrastination. Yup, that’s totally true. Don’t tell the people around me who think I have a talent for languages.

Now, how did this happen you might ask. When 13-year old Anna discovered that you could watch TV series and movies on the Internet, it was like a whole new world of opportunities opened for avoiding all the things I had to. I started binge-watching TV shows only to quickly come to the point where there weren’t any episodes translated into German left to watch. Impatient as I was (and still am), I went on to watch them in English with German subtitles. Then, I didn’t want to wait for the two days it took someone to write the subtitles so I quit those too. And that was it. I understood more and more as time went on. And here I am, being able to speak English relatively well, and all because I get lazy from time to time.

When thinking about it, a few other things came to my mind when you are actually doing something useful while you are procrastinating. Let me list them for you:

1. Tidying your room.

It’s a classic. Suddenly you start folding clothes, hunting down lost socks, changing the bed sheets and cleaning windows, twice, just to make sure. In the end, you got nothing done. But your room now looks nice and tidy. For about two days if you’re me.

2. Practise something

I never played the piano as much as when I had loads of exams to prepare for. It was a way of not having to study and also avoiding a guilty conscience (almost, at least) because I was still doing something I should be doing anyway. Just not at that exact moment. I’m guessing my next-door (or next-wall, as it’s a row house) neighbour would have preferred it had I studied. Sorry about that.

3. Baking and cooking

I used to do this thing I liked to call stress baking. When I had literally no time, I would bake something or offer to cook dinner. Again, I was doing something that led to a result, just not the right one. More delicious, though. At least the rest of the family got something out of it, too.

4. Blogging

That should be an obvious one, right? Because right now I don’t feel like I’m procrastinating when I am full aware that I should be doing other things right now. But they will have to wait until tomorrow. And all you bloggers out there, let’s be honest: how many times have put off doing something because you HAD to write a new blog post that day?

Love,
Anna

A little rant about people at work

Working environments are weird. You get this mix of people who kinda have something in common somewhere but are totally different from each other at the same time. It almost feels like you’re back in school, only with a bunch of adults who sometimes aren’t better than a horde of 10-year olds.

In the past few weeks during which I’ve been doing my internship, I noticed some things about the people I now work with. And I have a few things to say… (I should probably warn you that I’m totally letting off some steam by writing that. Just thought you should know.)

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A not so relaxed Friday afternoon

Friday afternoons at work are supposed to be quite relaxing. It’s almost the weekend, there’s no point in starting any big projects and most of work of the week is usually done. People are leaving earlier, you talk about plans for the weekend and it’s just all a little different.
That was the kind of afternoon I was looking forward to today. But it wasn’t going to happen.
At the moment one of my tasks is to handle the book orders that come in every day. The company’s founder has just published a new book and now a lot of people are ordering one. Or fifty. My job is to write the bills and box the books so that they’re ready to go to the post office, where someone takes them to every evening.

So, to set the scene for today: the apprentices, who usually deal with the mail on Fridays (my day is Tuesday), were all away. I hadn’t been in the office yesterday as I was out on a service tour (where I just stood around all day and watch someone else do all the work because I know nothing of furnace and solar heating systems). I can’t drive yet, I’m just really lacking motivation to start learning to drive but after today, it might all go a little quicker.

It was around three p.m., I was slowly running out of work and already excited to get home an hour earlier. All the mail for the day was finished, all the books wrapped up. In the very moment I considered watering the plants again, someone came with a stack of paper, telling me that these were all the book orders from the day before the she had forgotten to give me earlier. Then she disappeared with a “have a nice weekend”. That was when my two hours of stress began. I started typing bills, counting and weighing books, while constantly having an eye on the clock and the weather. The clock, because all the mail had to be at the post office by 4.45. The weather because as I had to take the bike and trailer to get there. And the sky looked as if it’s was about to pour down. When everything was wrapped, I put the parcels on a little trolley, took it outside, crammed everything into the trailer and set off. Now, it’s not far to go at all. However, there is one railroad crossing and some crossroads that always manage to confuse me. Dealing with traffic can be hard for someone who’s not usually an active member of the chaos.

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Anyway, I was there, doing my best to drive as quickly as possible when I got to the railroad crossing and realised that it was closed because of construction word. That meant I had to go through the underpass, where there is one line specifically for bikes. Now, the thing about underpasses is that you don’t want them to go on forever because a) they tend to be quite creepy and b) you don’t want to have to walk much more than you would if you were crossing the road. But they also have to be relatively deep so that you can walk comfortably and that the ceiling won’t just break. These two things result in underpasses being pretty steep at the beginning and the end. Now imagine me, on a bike that’s about twice as old as I am, racing down one side, being pushed down from over 30 kilo of books feeling gravity. And on the other side not quite making it to the top without having to get off the bike. Gravity again. But I survived, came to the crossroads where I probably broke at least 10 traffic rules and then finally arrived at the post office, slightly sweaty and out of breath but just in time. Clocking out at 5 felt particularly satisfying after that episode.


How do you find Fridays at work? Are you usually already half at home or do you power through until the bitter end?

Love,
Anna