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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Advent as child vs as student – Blogmas Day 17

Today’s blog post was supposed to be a winter outifit. Trith is: I spent the last two days in my pj’s and tracksuit bottoms. Yesterday, I didn’t even leave our flat and today I only went out in order to go grocery shopping. So instead of showing you artsy fashion pictures, I’m going to take a look at basically how much better Christmas is when you are a child.

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Fifteen Festive Favourites – Blogmas Day 2

Hello again and welcome to the second day of Blogmas!
Today, my friend Noemi and I are doing a little collaboration. We each wrote down Fifteen Festive Favourites and we are going to publish the other’s answer on our blogs. So, if you are curious to read what I had to say, you will need to head over to Down the Rocky Road and give that a read. But for now, if you are a Christmas enthusiast, you have come to the right place. Because Noemi definitely is one and that is definitely reflected in her answers. I have to say, it’s quite adorable to see how excitable she is. Now without any further rambeling, here are Noemi’s Fifteen Festive Favourites:

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Lazy Sundays

Lazy sundays are one of my favourites. Sure, it’s nicec to have something planned, meet friends or go somewhere but I also really enjoy knowing that I have to do absolutely nothing the whole day.

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On these days, I will probably not even get dressed and just spend the whole day in my pj’s and if I do change, it’s into a different kind of pj’s. I usually lay in bed for ages, even if I woke up early (sleeping in is just not something I’m very good at). Staying under the comfy duvets and knowing tha I could stay there for hours and hours. During the day, I will always find my way back to those duvets to get a little rest from doing nothing. I will watch YouTube videos, catch up on the lastest episode of a TV show I’m watching, read and probably daydream for a while.

There’s a good chance that I will make an attempt at tidying my room but these plans are usually very quickly abandoned.

If I’m feeling like it, I sometimes head to the kitchen, rummage through the cupboards and see if I’ve got enough ingreedients to bake something. Although to be fair, when I was working at the cupcake shop I didn’t feel like baking at home anymore. But now that I don’t have a constant cupcake-supply anymore, it’s only a matter of time until I’ll get the whisk out again.

As evening approaches, I sometimes manage to drag myself out of the house (in that case properly dressed, obviously) to go for a walk to get some fresh air. Also in the hope that it will make falling a leep easier, which can be a little difficult if you’ve literally been doing nothing for a whole day.

No matter how much I like being busy and having things planned, when someone asks me what my plans for sunday are and I get to say “nothing”, i makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

How do you like to spend your sundays? Are you always hunting out new adventures or do you not even attempt to do anything productive, ever, that day?

Love,
Anna

Meet my cat

Warning: this post is the rambling of someone who gets very enthusiastic about her cat. If you’re not an animal lover, you will find this very weird and even slightly disturbing.

I’ve mentioned it before: I have a thing for cats. So it will come as no surprise to you to learn that I’ve got two of them at home. Actually, you could say one and a half. One moved out to the neighbours because we weren’t home as much anymore and he loves company so he took residence in the home of an elderly couple who are home the whole day and they’ve got nothing else to do than feed and pet other people’s cat. On one hand I’m annoyed because I love our Findus and they’ve just taken him away but on the other hand, as long as he’s happy…what can I say?

Luckily, our little one seems to have no plans of “flying the nest” as he’s very loyal and not as clingy as the other. (I just realised that even the way I describe my cats is slightly creepy…like they’re people!)
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So that’s him, our full-time cat Momo. He likes to jump at your feet when you’re walking up the stairs, scratch at your window in the middle of the night because he want to be let in. He walks over you and you’re freshly made bed with dirty paws and then immediately leaves. He’s a very fussy eater who loves milk but no straight from the fridge. It’s also dangerous to have dark cushions on our sofa since there’s always the risk of sitting on him.
He’s rather small and when he was little, he couldn’t even meow. You’d see his mouth move but there would be no sound coming out of it. If you look very very closely you can see that his fur is slightly striped. He’s got two white spots; one on his neck and the other one on his belly.
When he was smaller he used to follow me everywhere, sleep next to me and come running when I called his name.I already know that I will really miss the little guy when I move out and I worry that he will think that I just left him. You can explain to a person that you are moving out but you are still there. But what are you supposed to do with a cat? I’m probably being totally irrational right now and he won’t even notice (or care) if I’m here or not but still…the thought of him believing I’ve abandoned him breaks my heart a little bit.
I just really like my cat, ok?

Love,
Anna

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