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Jan. 31st, 2016 07:56 pm
gothikmaus: (*pout*)
So, [personal profile] polarforscherin's Christmas card seems to be lost forever. :(

Luckily, I always take pictures of the cards I draw before sending them, so she can at least see what it looked like:

Polarforscherin's Christmas card )

Hopefully it's one of those cases when letters turn up randomly months or years later. Never say never! XD

And while I'm on the topic of Christmas cards, here are the other two I sent this year:

Schwimmerin's Christmas card )

Funk's Christmas card )
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
Aww yiss, I love days off in the middle of the week.

I wanted to write this yesterday, but I received a last-minute invite to dinner + '80s night, so I didn't have time: the other night I dreamt Die Ärzte were playing in my hometown. The venue was tiny, I was standing in the front row and it was GLORIOUS. I think my subconsciuos is trying to tell me something. XD

And while we're talking about fandoms, I realised the following about 2016:

- new Sherlock
- new Star Trek
- new Harry Potter (sort of)
- Cure concert

Plus:
- a potential trip to Berlin (not confirmed yet)
- a potential trip overseas (business+pleasure, not confirmed yet)

I'm gonna die! XD
gothikmaus: (Ginger alert!)
First reactions to the Sherlock special:
  • MOLLY! OMG I loved Molly!
  • I loved the back-and-forth between 19th and 21st century.
  • Big Brother Mycroft!
  • Mycroft and Lestrade had more time together in those 5 minutes than in the whole 3 series! XD Also, I loved that Mycroft did absolutely nothing at the graveyard apart from holding the torch. Which, now that I think about it, is a terrible Mystrade pun, as he was admiring Lestrade at work, I'm sure. XD

Man, I need to rewatch this!
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
Remember the 2015 reading challenge? I failed.

2015 reading challenge )

I started off quite well, but then I slowed down and never made up for the time I wasted. Sure, in the meantime I started working full-time, but still, I could have done better. Oh, well, there's always next year. I had a quick look at a few 2016 reading challenges, but I'm not going to pick one, I already have a pile of books I want to read, I'll just stick to those.

As for the usual end of year meme, I noticed some of the answers have been the same for the last few years, and that's really depressing, so I'll just post an abridged version.

END OF YEAR MEME 2015 - ABRIDGED VERSION )
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
First of all: thanks for the Christmas card, [profile] schwimmerin! Remembering our adventures around Northern Italy from last year put a big grin on my face.

I was a bit late sending out cards this year, I'm afraid some of you won't get it before the 25th. Hopefully before the 31st? Sorry. :(

Other than that, I've been quite busy visiting the annual arts & crafts fair earlier this month (where a veeery cute German vendor started talking to me in German when he saw my St Pauli jacket) and the O Bej O Bej market in Milan (a traditional market held around St. Ambrose's Day).

Last night I went to see Madame Sadowsky. Man, had I missed a good night out. I had to go on my own because none of my friends could come with me, but I decided to go anyway and I'm very glad I did. I hadn't danced so much in ages. Also, I thought of [profile] schwimmerin because there was a Farin look-alike! I did a double take, at a first glance I really thought it was him! (Just younger. XD)

And tonight I'm seeing Bluvertigo! It's going to be a stroll down memory lane, they were my favourite band in the late '90s.

And on Sunday I'll be a zombie. I'm getting too old for this kind of weekend... XD

YES!

Nov. 27th, 2015 09:04 pm
gothikmaus: (Default)
Ticket for next year's Cure concert: bought! \o/



The shows are almost sold out and the best tickets have already gone, but I'm sure I'll find a way to sneak closer to the stage at some point. It feels good to finally be able to make long-term plans again. Now I just need to wait eleven (!) months...

London!

Sep. 1st, 2015 10:07 pm
gothikmaus: (*pout*)
Back from London. Where do I even begin? I'll just start from the end, aka the main reason I went: "Three days in the country" at the national Theatre. The play was unbelievably funny, while also being very touching. I didn't think I'd laugh so much, but there were moments when the whole theatre would just roar with laughter. And Mark Gatiss was hilarious. His character and John Simm's were brilliant.

The only negative side was that on Saturday night Mark didn't show up at the stage door after the play. :( Which is very unusual, he always stops to take pictures and sign autographs. But there was a reason, and the reason was... Martin Freeman! Yes, he was there with Amanda Abbington, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. I did a double take when I saw them before the start of the play, I mean, what are the chances? But because Martin is a grumpy old man, he stole Mark from us and they apparently sneaked out through a side door. The rest of the cast and even Steven stopped at the stage door (there were only a dozen of people there anyway) but not Mark. I was quite disappointed, also because I was this close to buying a last-minute, discounted ticket for Friday night as well, but in the end I didn't. Of course on Friday he stopped at the stage door and everything. Oh, well, at least I got a picture with John Simm. :3

More babbling and pics under the cut )
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
The 15th of August is the peak of the summer holiday season in Italy. As I'm not on holiday yet, I went to the restaurant with my parents and took them to see a photo exhibition about Milan, it showed how the city has changed from the '40s until today. It was very interesting, even though I'm fairly sure it was a revamp of an old exhibition I saw a few years ago.

In other news, in little more than a week I'll be in London! And guess when the Tube unions are planning to go on strike for the second time in less than a month. -_- Oh, well, buses are supposed to work regularly (even though they'll probably be packed), I'm checking alternative routes in case the strike is confirmed. And the place where I'm staying it's very strategically located, I should be able to reach most places on foot. Still, isn't it ironic? We have tons of strikes in Italy, but thanks to Expo, which is taking place in Milan, the unions agreed on a 6-month "truce" in the city. Then I finally go on holiday after 2 years, I decide to go back to London after 10 years... And the Tube is on strike! Laugh with me, please.
gothikmaus: (Ginger alert!)
My holiday schedule was accepted! \o/ I've already booked my flight and bought the ticket for "Three days in the country"; I wanted to book the hotel as well, but there was a problem with my credit card, so I'll have to wait until Monday.

I'm so, so happy. And because I'm a total nerd, I'm already looking forward to a visit at Speedy's, at Platform 9 3/4 and, possibly, at the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

(The fact that the place where I'm staying is near Baker Street tube station is a coincidence, I swear, but it adds up to the nerd vibe of this trip.)

UGH

Jul. 12th, 2015 09:22 pm
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
I hope my boss will approve my holiday schedule tomorrow, so I can book my trip to London to see "Three days in the country" with Mark Gatiss and John Simm.


Picture source

Please, flist (that is, the handful of people who are still reading this), keep your fingers crossed for me!
gothikmaus: (Default)
I'd been looking for a pair of shoes to wear to work and I found two!

Shoes! )

I wasn't sure about the black ones at first, my back and legs hurt if I wear completely flat shoes for too long (I'm such an old lady), but they're not as flat as they look. I also finally got a light jacket (my favourite one got stolen and I couldn't find one I like) and I bought a blouse and a pair of white trousers. Let the summer begin! :D
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
Mark Gatiss is in the cast of "Three Days in the Country" at the a National Theatre in London. If I'm lucky and tickets don't sell out too quickly, I might be able to go.

Work's the only real problem: I started working there 2 weeks ago, I'd feel really awkward asking about holidays now, even if it's just a few days in the summer of even early autumn. Luckily the play runs from the end of July to the end of October, so I may have a little time to plan things out. Though of course all the best tickets are already gone (they went on sale today WTF).

Did they have to make the announcement and start selling tickets right now? *grumbles* Yes, I could get a ticket for a Saturday performance and only stay for the weekend, but I'd much rather spend a few days in London: I haven't had proper holiday in 2 years! I think I'll just informally ask my colleagues about holiday plans and see how that goes. I really want to visit London this year and I probably would go nonetheless, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. Wish me luck!
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
So many pictures and quotes and general fandom squee from Sherlocked. I'm sure if I'd gone, I would have spent a small fortune on pictures. Not on photo shoots with the actors (I always look awful in photos), I mean I would buy ALL THE PROMO PICS. Especially these. Predictable? Who, me?

In other news, I survived the first week at work! \o/ I may add more in a locked post, but for the moment I'll just say I'm happy. Oh, and we had ice cream after a meeting on Friday. Yep, it's good to be back. :P
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
Here's the Mystrade ficlet I mentioned a few days ago.

Title: England would fall
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Mycroft/Lestrade
Rating: PG
Summary: Mycroft is tired. Lestrade is tired of waiting.

Also posted at AO3.

Mycroft Holmes was exhausted )
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
As if I weren't enough of a Mark Gatiss fangirl already:



We have the exact same views on the Catholic Church (30:15). Also, the 1984 reference (38:20) made me squee. And his voice, God, his voice.

This improved my mood immeasurably. Even if the ending was a bit disturbing, skip the last couple of minutes if you're squeamish (it's about STDs).

Also, I read a short Mystrade ficlet last night and this morning I woke up with part of a Mystrade ficlet already formed in my mind, which I immediately wrote down. Let's see if I can do something about it...
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
I saw Kingsman yesterday. It was even more over the top than I was expecting, but A) I love Colin Firth and B) I am a hopeless Mycroft fangirl, so I'm not complaining too much. What I really wasn't expecting was that someone would actually mention Mycroft in the film. I think I squeaked when I heard that.

Weird dream

Mar. 7th, 2015 11:13 am
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
Well, last night's dream was... bizarre. I was in an episode of Sherlock (actually, I was both inside the episode and part of the audience at the same time): Sherlock had to rescue an Indian girl who had been kidnapped and was kept in an abandoned building. He rescued her and when they were outside, the girl realised something and understood who the kidnapper might be. Then we were somewhere else with the girl's older sister and we rushed back to the abandoned building. At this point I thought "But there's no Mycroft in this episode!", because I'm predictable like that. Anyway, it turned out that the baddie was Sean Penn, who was waiting for them outside the building, along with John and Mycroft. Sherlock and Mycroft were trying to reach an agreement with him, but he pulled out a gun and shot John. Mycroft just stood there and started crying, I could see the tears dripping down his chin. And then suddenly the scene changed and Sherlock and Mycroft were back to negotiating with Sean Penn, as if what had just happened had been a dream sequence or something.

I woke up very confused and with the image of Mycroft crying still printed in my brain. WTF.
gothikmaus: (King Mark)
I went to see Shaun the sheep today. I probably was the only adult there who was not accompanying a child, but I don't care, I loved it. It was exactly what I needed to cheer me up.

gothikmaus: (King Mark)
So, Mark Gatiss went to Japan and wrote an article about his trip. As if I needed yet another reason to love him. Sigh.

The picture taken at the Fushimi shrine is now my desktop wallpaper. And I squealed when I saw the photo of him standing in front of the Golden Pavilion temple: last December [livejournal.com profile] schwimmerin sent me a postcard from Kyoto with the same temple on it! >_<

Also, I finally caved in and got myself a Mark icon. I could've used my Japan icon for this entry, but I'm in hopeless fangirl mode right now.

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