gothikmaus: (King Mark)
I celebrated my birthday with my friends last night. It was actually a double party, as one of my best friends' birthday is in a couple of days, so we did a "combined celebration" at a Mexican restaurant.

The food was delicious and I got A TON of presents. Also, my friends know me SO well. XD

♥♥♥ )
gothikmaus: (Die beste Band der Welt)
Guess who's going to see a certain German band in Switzerland in 4 weeks?! :D :D :D Thank you DÄOF, I love you! I was in such a foul mood yesterday, because I didn't know if I could actually get a ticket for it, but then I got a confirmation email that really saved the day.

Last year I celebrated going to a Bela concert, this year I get this brilliant piece of news. I could get used to celebrating like this...



Yes, that's my birthday cake. Home-baked and filled with home-made fig jam. <3
gothikmaus: (Xmas)
I've finally started working on this year's Christmas cards, I should be able to send the first three by the end of the week. I began with the ones that are flying to another continent, you never know how long that might take.

I also made a birthday invite for a friend of mine who turned 30 last week. Most of my friends usually celebrate in a pub or a pizzeria and maybe we go dancing somewhere afterwards, but this time we're going to a "disco restaurant", that is, a restaurant that turns into a club after dinner. I looked up their website and it looked so incredibly posh, then I checked the address and I couldn't believe my eyes: it's inside a golf club! Everyone will be filthy rich, I'm sure. Well, this friend of mine is filthy rich as well, but we've known each other since primary school and she's not one of those people who always need to show off. It's not her fault her mother sent her to a very expensive secondary school and always bought her clothes in the Italian equivalent of Harrod's. >_>

And a meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] irisbleufic:

If my blog were a place, what would it look like?
gothikmaus: (WHEE!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] angrylogic!!!

Here's a silly little sketch for you. :)

Preview:


What IS this? )


I don't know why, but I thought your birthday was on the 26th, when I found out it was today I panicked a little because I don't have much time right now, this quick sketch is the only thing I could come up with. I hope you'll like it anyway. ^_^
gothikmaus: (Berlin)
Back in Berlin after my Easter trip home. That was the last time I do such a trip, since I'm moving back at the end of May: my parents will visit me for 5 days and then we'll go back together. Less than two months. I'm... OK with that thought. I needed these months away from everything and everyone. Sure, it wasn't always easy, but I'm sure I made the right decision when I left my old job. Now I'm ready to start again.

While I was in Milan, a friend and I had a little birthday celebration and this is what I got:



The green bottle is actually an umbrella. :)
gothikmaus: (Have you hugged your bassist today?)
I can't believe I haven't posted a Frankfurt report yet. But I've really had no time so far and won't have time tonight either, my neighbours are coming to Berlin and I'll have to meet them. And tomorrow night I'm leaving for Milan. I'm at work right now and I'll try to write down something, hoping the day won't be too busy. Pictures are still in my camera, I don't even know how they came out, I haven't saved them on my computer yet.

I left quite early on Saturday morning and was in Frankfurt around 5:00 PM (Schönes-Wochenend-Tickets are great to save money, but man, the trip was looong.) It was well past 6:00 PM when I arrived at the venue; the usual faces were already there, of course, but it wasn't too crowded, so I ended up in the front row with no problems. Almut arrived just before Smokestack Lightning began and gave me chocolate for my birthday. Thanks. :3

I enjoyed Smokestack Lightning very much, I had already seen them as opening act for Bela last year.

Bela's show was cool, but he should really try to learn his own lyrics. ;) And for Heaven's sake, why did he grow that ridiculous moustache again?! D: It's like he must change his look for every new album/tour and, since he can't do much to his hair anymore, he goes with the moustache. ARGH.

Anyway. "Rockula" was introduced by a very atmospheric strings-intro, during which Olsen, Lula and Paule came on stage. Olsen stood in the back with the guitarist of the HR3 Big Band, Lula and Paule on the left. The strings were introduced as the "Swingo Wings", the "Minderjährige Streicher" (at which a couple of girls looked fake-appalled, as they were obviously not underage) and some other names I can't really remember.

"Schwarz/Weiß" was supposed to be a homage to Frank Sinatra, so Bela sang it holding a whisky glass and a cigarette. Cigarette that was lit using a lighter Paule was keeping in her stocking. The idea in theory was good, too bad he got too caught up in his Frank-Sinatra-character-thing and forgot half the lyrics. And he even threw the cigarette at the audience! WTF? First he threw a pick and I thought "Did he just throw the cigarette?! Ah, no, that's just a pick. I mean, he wouldn't be so careless..." And 30 seconds later he did throw the cigarette. Thank God it landed on the floor and one of the security guys crushed it and kicked it under the stage. WTF Bela! I'm sure the girls standing right in front of him would've fought to have it, but I thought he would have more sense than to throw a lit cigarette at the audience like that. ¬_¬

All right, enough ranting. The concert was very good and the songs sounded great. At the end Bela asked the audience to stay for Wayne's concert, even if it was quite late, because he had invited him personally; he even watched a bit of Wayne's gig from a corner of the stage with Paule.

Wayne's show was also very good, I love his songs, both the album and live versions. He sang a bit of Heroes in the middle of a song, like he had done in Berlin (was it "Shine on"? I really can't remember) and ended the concert with a really cool version of "Love will tear us apart" by Joy Division. I love that song and had just added it to my MP3 player the day before, talk about coincidences. He also spoke some German (phrase of the day: "Ihr seid geil!") and was his usual tongue-in-cheek self.

After someone had thrown a pack of Mentos at him and hit him in the face, he started explaining how dangerous that could've been, then proceeded to jump down the stage and hand the Mentos to a girl in the front row, then said "See, that's the safe way to pass Mentos along!" Crazy bloke.

Almut and I only stayed around a little after the concert, then went to our hostel (we were staying at the same place totally by chance). The next day I went all the way back to Berlin, met up with my flatmate at Alexanderplatz and then we went to Friedrichshain together. While we were on our way, we were even hit by a sudden hailstorm. WTF, hail in March!? Whatever, we took shelter in a bar, where I ate a delicious omelette, then went to the pub where her daughter works and drank their homemade cider for free.

All in all, an exhausting but brilliant birthday! :)

Bwhahaha

Mar. 26th, 2010 09:10 pm
gothikmaus: (*LOL*)
This is priceless. Next Saturday my friend V. will celebrate her birthday and, since our birthdays are so close, she had asked me to make a double party. I never actually replied, because I didn't really feel like celebrating in a restaurant getting stuffed with food (which is basically what's going to happen, she's already sent us the menu of the place she chose and, man, so much food), so the official version is, we're going to celebrate only her birthday.

Well, today she sent a roundmail asking a friend of mine (whom V. doesn't know) whether she wants to come too, because they're organising a little surprise for me, but sssh, I'm not supposed to know anything.

Too bad I was in CC too. This is so hilarious, she had the same thing last year with her boyfriend's birthday. When I pointed out that, uhm, maybe I wasn't supposed to get that message? she just wrote: "I wanna die."

Ah, my friends. XD

Off to watch True Blood and then bed, I'll have to get up early to go to Frankfurt tomorrow. Bela and Wayne on my birthday, what more could I ask for? An actual DÄ gig maybe, but I won't be too greedy. ;)
gothikmaus: (WHEE!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNY!!!


I wanted to draw something for you, but I'm always so tired when I get home in the evening... *FAIL*

I hope you have a nice day! *hugs*

:D

Mar. 6th, 2010 06:27 pm
gothikmaus: (WHEE!)
Look what I got in the mail today! :D

It's so... yellow )


I ordered the ticket on Thursday night and didn't even choose express mail, but it's already here! :D

Yes, I gave in and decided I'm going to celebrate my birthday going to a Bela/Wayne concert after all. I'll probably take the first train back at 5:00 AM the next morning: Wayne's concert should be over around 1:30 AM and after that I'll just go to one of the clubs that are open all night to kill the time. I saw there's one called "Monza", I just have to see it. (For those of you who don't know, Monza is an Italian town about 5 minutes from where I live. And my new province, as of last year.)

Anyone else going? :)
gothikmaus: (D'oh!)
First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICOLE! I wish you tons of happiness, you sure deserve it. *hugs*

And then.

I'm quite pissed off. As you probably know, I'm helping a certain party with the local electoral campaign (somewhere along the way I became a candidate too, but that's not important). The elections are getting closer, and the people in charge decided to invite a very famous politician for Sunday. Someone thought it would be a cool idea to have a band play as well, so I told them some friends of mine play in a band and sent them the link to their MySpace page. And that pretty much started the list of things that are currently pissing me off.

1) No one replied, not to the email about the band, nor to another one in which I'd asked something about the campaign. So much for internal communication being important.

2) I met the guy who was supposed to choose the band and he told me they can't let my friends play because of their name. They're called "Deluded by Lesbians", the name probably disturbs the Catholic part of the party (which, unfortunately, is quite strong, I've noticed). All right, you don't want them? Just fucking tell me so I'll inform them, they can't sit around all week not knowing whether or not they're gonna play on Sunday.

3) No one had thought of informing the head of the party about the concert. One of the councillors was there and she was quite pissed off when she found out.

4) No one had thought you need to actually organise things, a concert won't just pop out from nowhere. One of the guys told me some time ago he was very happy I decided to help them, because he wouldn't know where to start if the had to organise an event. Yet, I was told nothing about this big event. I thought that maybe they had asked a pro to take care of things, what with the big politician coming to our town, but no, it's quite the opposite. You want to know just how disorganised they are? This is the state of things as of last night:

- The event should take place in a park and no one thought of asking a licence to play a concert on public ground. They just took it for granted they'll be allowed to, because the councillor is one of us. Needless to say, the councillor was not amused when she found out.

- No one thought of asking a permit to use electricity. Hello? How do you think all that stuff is going to work in the middle of a park?

- No one thought about getting an amplifying system. But if they didn't think of electricity, how could they have thought about amps?

- They didn't think of getting a STAGE! But this is something the head of the party should have taken care of. What the fuck, an important politician is coming over and you don't even have a small stage and a mic? They are going to have a stage somewhere else on Friday, but they can't pull it down and put it back up in the park on Saturday, because they have no technicians in the weekend. Well, why didn't you organise the two events in the same location?! That would've saved you a lot of troubles!

I don't know, maybe I'm too fussy, maybe these are details I only noticed because I want to work in that field, but things like these really piss me off. I mean, putting up a concert isn't so difficult, the only difficult part is finding the money. As for the rest, you just need to sit down and make a list of the things you need. Hell, I'm not a pro and I've never organised a concert from scratch, but I've been to enough gigs and studied event management after all, if they had just asked me, I could've explained them all the things they needed to do. Most of the work consists of getting licences and permits, anyway.

Also, I find it quite disheartening that one of these people is a young environment engineer and he had no idea you need to contact the electric company to use electricity in the park. What the fuck do they teach in university these days?
gothikmaus: (Bela - In Goth We Trust)
I shall eat chocolate until I pass out and forget everything else.

Cheers.

EDIT: Going to the Franz Ferdinand gig with Ele on Monday. Alex Kapranos is a sexy bitch. That's all.

Wer, icke?

Mar. 11th, 2009 11:32 am
gothikmaus: (WHEE!)
Hahaha, I was watching the newspaper review this morning and there was an article about a course aimed to teach Berliners to be kinder to strangers! XD Mwhahaha, too bad I can't find it anywhere, that newspaper only publishes articles online the day after they are printed on paper.

And before I forget:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNY!



Here, have a piece of cake.


Do you want to see the rest of the picture (I'm actually quite pleased with how it came out) and find out who's holding that delicious cake? ;)

Happy birthday to youuu... )

HAHA

Dec. 23rd, 2008 04:41 pm
gothikmaus: (OMGWTF!)
Apparently there was an earthquake not too far away from here less than half an hour ago. I didn't feel a thing.

Other than that, the FURT concert was great, Ste and I stuffed ourselves with food like we always do when we go to Germany together and we had a lot of fun in Hamburg.

Concert report and pictures will follow.

EDIT: You probably won't be able to read it today, but:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARA!!! :D
gothikmaus: (Happy family)
It's been quite a while since I wrote smut, I even thought I wasn't able to anymore, but I wrote this pretty quickly, in a sort of flu-induced trance. Sammy, I hope you like it!

Title: Another wasted night
Fandom: Die Ärzte (RPS)
Pairing: Bela/Farin with a bit of Bela/Rod and Farin/Rod
Rating: NC-17
Summary: "You shouldn't even be able to get it up!"
A/N: Birthday fic for [livejournal.com profile] schonste, who casually mentioned she would've like something involving sex and drugs. Sorry it took me so long!

Disclaimer: this is a work of fiction. The people portrayed in this story are real, but I use their "public personas" as if they were fictional characters. No libel or copyright infringement intended.

Farin didn't know how long he had been lying on the bed, staring at the ceiling. )
gothikmaus: (The eyebrow of DOOM!)
So, the 30th was Sammy's birthday and, after a silly comment I wrote involving Bela, Rod and weed, she said she would've liked someone to write a fic involving sex and drugs, preferibly set in the '90s. I started writing, then was promptly attacked by tons of work and my muse fleed, leaving me with half a page of crap.

Then today I said "Why don't I try to write a little bit?" And BAM, within a couple of hours I had the whole story. I still need to re-read it and check a few things, but I should be able to post it tomorrow or the day after - if this damn cold doesn't kill me overnight, that is.

Anyway, here's a tiny sneak preview, it should give you an idea of the mood.

***

"Mmh, this is good stuff," he said as he handed the joint back to Rod. His eyes fluttered opened and he focused his attention back on Farin. "Why are you still wearing your trousers?"

***

Tee-hee.
gothikmaus: (The eyebrow of DOOM!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAMMY!


As predicted, I couldn't finish that other fic (FAIL), but I hope this silly drabble will bring a smile to your face. :)


Special Delivery

"Hello, it's the Pony Express."

"You can leave it on the counter," the receptionist said without looking up from the computer screen.

"But this is a special delivery," the man said. The receptionist noticed he had a foreign accent, but she couldn't quite tell where he came from. She didn't really care anyway, she was in the middle of a very interesting fanfic. "It's for Sammy S, from Alex. The note says 'Sorry for being a lazy sod. Happy birthday. Alex'"

"Sammy S? Hey, that's me!" She finally looked away from the screen and saw a paper bag sitting on the counter, "Hottie McBlondie's Chicken Wings" written in bright red letters across it. She frowned and looked up. Well, that was quite a tall delivery boy. He was completely dressed in black, wore sunglasses and had a black baseball cap on. He grinned, showing at least fifty-two teeth, and slid the sunglasses down his nose, an eyebrow twitching up.

"Alles Gute, Süße."


And a picture. Just because.

FAIL

Sep. 29th, 2008 09:44 pm
gothikmaus: (Happy family)
Message to Sammy: I'm very, very sorry, but there's no way I'll be able to finish your story by tomorrow. I've had a shitty and busy day at work and it's going to be equally as shitty and busy tomorrow, I need to rewrite the beginning and I really don't feel like doing it now, all I wanna do is go to bed and lose consciousness.

I fail at life.
gothikmaus: (OMGWTF!)
... the GLS language school in Berlin, the one where I attended a German course two years ago, is looking for native-speaker Italian teachers.

I've just sent my CV.

PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICOLE!!! I wanted to draw you a card, but didn't make it in time, sorry. Here, have a picture of Bela:



Hope you have a nice day. And you know I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for you, don't you? ^_^

Presents!

Apr. 5th, 2008 06:02 pm
gothikmaus: (Bass Love)
Great, in the new office LJ and a lot of other sites are blocked. I'll die of boredom. I still get email notifications of comments and if I'm really desperate for distraction I'll try posting via email. Working 8 hours at the PC and not even being able to read my flist sucks, though. The only thing that keeps me going is the thought of the Berlin concerts at this point.

Anyway, I had a sort of double birthday dinner with Vica last night, as my birthday was last week and hers is today. Our friends got me a travel kit with small jars for shampoo, shower gel etc., which I needed since I'm always travelling here and there, and then the coolest present ever. The bag alone was brilliant:


Clic to enlarge


A Fender bag straight from NYC, where our singer went on holiday recently (he came back a few days ago.)

And inside I found...

*drumroll* )

And now I'm going to get ready to go out. Maybe.

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