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


Oct. 25th, 2013 05:50 pm
gothikmaus: (Default)
Ugh, another job offer that is exactly what I want to do and for which I even have the required experience. The downside? It's abroad, so I'll never get shortlisted because I don't already live there. Sigh. I applied, but I'm not holding my breath.

Anyway. It's Friday evening, I have less than 30 minutes until I can go home and I'm having piadina for dinner, so I won't complain too much.

I'd also like to share two of my latest purchases:

Shopping! )


May. 13th, 2013 04:35 pm
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
Okay, I've come to the conclusion that, to avoid getting mad every single day at work, I'll just have to assume that everyone is an idiot. Everyone. The latest example: students who enroll for a school year or semester in the USA need to send us a copy of their immunisation history, we translate it and forward it to our American partner. Said American partner informed us that some schools may want to see a paper copy of the certificate, so students should bring a copy with them. So I sent an email saying "Please bring a copy of your updated immunisation history with you." My boss made me add "Please bring a copy with you in the USA, do not send it us." I thought she was exaggerating.

Today I receive a reply from one of the students: "Here is my certificate, it's attached."

If you heard a thud a couple of hours ago, it was my head hitting the desk.

So, yeah, I'll just laugh about this. And look at the pretty new pics of Scott out and about in LA looking adorable with a bit of white in his beard.

Two pictures here )


Apr. 26th, 2013 12:02 pm
gothikmaus: (Default)
Just the other day I was looking at job offers in Switzerland because a) I live only an hour away from the Swiss border and b) getting a Swiss work permit is relatively easy for EU citizens. And then Switzerland goes and "blocks" work permits for EU citizens. Just my luck.

I'll just cheer myself up staring at these pics of my latest TV crush.

Lino Guanciale, Italian actor )
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
These PHD comic strips pretty much sum up my life.

Source: here and here

The last panel? That's me every other day. I'm not a teaching assistant but I have to fight with students and parents (especially parents) to have all the paperwork we need before the deadline. The latest case was a girl who took ages to make up her mind and decided to enroll after the final deadline. We usually have a couple of weeks of flexibility, but that means families have less time to complete the application.

When I created her account and sent her username and password I specified that she only had two weeks to do everything and I wrote the deadline in bold. I got no reply, so I called them to make sure everything was okay. The mother told me they had everything and they would start working on the application the next day. After a week the application was still completely blank (we can check the status), so I called again, I spoke with the student and she said they had gone on holiday, but she would start working on the application asap. Two days before the deadline, I got an email from the father saying they never received username and password. I saw red. I called them asking why they didn't tell me before, since we spoke on the phone three times. I said I would send the username and password again but they had to hurry up because they only had two days left. In the email I pointed out again what the deadline was.

And you know what? The mother complained with my boss because she "didn't like the tone of my email". Which had been read and approved by my boss before I sent it, by the way.

This is what I have to deal with every day. This and people who come up with the most ridiculous excuses to avoid paying us. The richer they are, the worse they behave. Excuse me if I'm stressed out.
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
- I thought last week was busy. This week has been CRAZY. TGIF.

- I finally had time to watch the latest H50 episode last night. Oh, Danny. Oh, Steve. ♥

- My mother is the biggest Danny fangirl on the planet and shows the picture I took with Scott Caan in LA to everyone who visits her. (Thank God I'm not around when she does that.) She also keeps asking me "Does he really talk like that? Does he really walk like that?" And she's envious because I met the actor who plays Deeks in NCIS:LA too. She only wishes I had met Michael Weatherly from NCIS as well. When I was in Los Angeles, every time I called home she would ask me "Have you met DiNozzo yet?!" Fangirlism is obviously hereditary.

- A spoilery pic tweeted from PLenkov under the cut:

Warning: potential cuteness overload )

Right, back to work. /o\
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
Man, this week has been hectic. And it's only Wednesday! D: But I did almost everything and even found the time to watch the latest H50 episode. I had to do everything in a hurry to be able to find those 40 minutes, but I really didn't want to wait until Friday night to watch it.

I've been super busy because I had to work some extra hours and I'm going to a workshop organised by the Australian Consulate later today. And isn't it typical that in the week when I have less free time I also have to write twice as much as I usually do? *headdesk* I write my articles for the newspaper in my free time, so less free time = more stress. Also, finding the people I need to talk to can be quite tricky when I can only call them during lunch break or in the evening.

Whatever, I'm almost done. And I find it funny that this workshop + cocktail is held in the same place where we do our USA pre-departure orientation meeting. It's a small world indeed.
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve/Danno)
Pff, my boss is lucky I can work so well under pressure. I whipped out a Power Point presentation for her in 30 minutes, but I'm not sending it to her just yet, I don't want her to think I'm so good that she can make a habit out of it and will start giving me last-minute assignments and expect me to finish them right away.

So, while I'm wasting time, I'll just share a couple of favourite quotes from the latest H50 episode.

Witty H50 3x02 quotes this way )


Jun. 11th, 2012 06:30 pm
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
Day 1 of Hell Week is over and done with. Just pray that I survive until Friday evening and everything will be fine.

Also, I'm so excited that posting is open over at [ profile] kissemdanno! This was exactly what I needed to kick my muse back into gear and finally draw that Steve/Danny pic I've been meaning to draw for weeks. Wish me luck!
gothikmaus: (H50 - Steve *facepalm*)
The Australian Embassy in Rome no longer has a visa office, all visa related matters for EU countries are dealt with by the office in Berlin. The actual online procedure is based in Perth.

If you have any question, you can call a Rome telephone number that goes through to a call centre in London.

Wonderful, isn't it?

And talking about something else entirely: the prize for "random message of the day" goes to my cousin, who sent me a message on Facebook that goes something like this: "Yo, cousin, what's up? How about getting another tattoo?" XD

(He's the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of tattoos, I lost count of how many he has...)
gothikmaus: (Sherlock/John)
Comment of my boss in regard to something I did yesterday:

"Well done, Watson."

I almost laughed in her face. XD


Jan. 12th, 2012 12:13 pm
gothikmaus: (Ginger alert!)
I've just received an invite (with RSVP and everything) to a cocktail at the Australian Consulate for Australia Day.

My job doesn't have many perks, but this was a nice surprise.


Sep. 30th, 2011 12:24 pm
gothikmaus: (Ink kink)
Oh, man. We've just received new merchandise from one of our Australian partners:

- little plush koalas
- koalas holding a surfboard key rings - with tiny flashlight included!
- rugby ball-shaped stress balls

Can you get any more cliché? (Well, they could have used kangaroos holding boomerangs.)

But they're so damn adorable, I want to take everything home with meee! :3

They took forever to arrive because the packages got stuck at customs for suspect toxic contents. Did they think the rugby balls were capsules full of cocaine? They were sent by the Queensland Government, for fuck's sake! XD

PS And I'm using my shirtless Alex icon simply because he's Australian. Not because he's half-naked and glistening and I wanted some eye-candy. Not at all.
gothikmaus: (Ginger alert!)
First day back at work and there's already some drama going on, but since we work with teenagers that's just to be expected. I was chatting with my boss about holidays (she went to South Africa), when she said her daughter, who lives in London, went to Los Angeles to visit a friend and then flew to Hawaii. The H50 fangirl in me was contorting and making choking noises, I hope I could keep a straight face during the conversation.

I'm also back to writing articles for the local magazine. I wanted to draw some fanart but didn't have time today and tomorrow I'm having dinner with half a million relatives, so I guess the Steve/Danny pic I had in mind will just have to wait a little longer.


Jun. 21st, 2011 10:09 pm
gothikmaus: (Olsen - Yeah baby)
Today's pre-departure meeting went very well. The last couple of weeks have been awfully stressful, with a lot of parents panicking about visas and a few calling to ask when they will receive their placement (we still have 7 students waiting for a host family), but today everything went smoothly: no one complained, a girl who just got back from the US gave a little speech (and OMG she sounded so American, it was actually quite sweet), students were happy, parents were happy (thank God) and, even if I was bombarded with questions and quite exhausted at the end, I was really satisfied. It had been ages since the last time I could say I was actually satisfied with my job, so it was a nice change. :)
gothikmaus: (Grr)
See that thing that just flew out the window? That was my day off. I got a phone call from my boss earlier (I was actually still sleeping, dammit) and she asked me if I could go to work this afternoon because "Something happened". She really chose a terrific time to spend 2 weeks abroad...


May. 27th, 2011 05:08 pm
gothikmaus: (Japan)
Finally a quiet day at work. This week has been hectic and I can't really say "Thank God it's friday" either, because tomorrow morning I'll have to go to the local market and stay there for a few hours, the magazine will have a stand there to raise funds, and then on Sunday I'll be at the EF meeting all day. Luckily we have a bank holiday right in the middle of next week, I need some rest after all the stress of the last few days. By the way, I'm alone in the office because my boss and her husband are in London, putting the finishing touches to the flat they bought there. Yep, they bought a flat in f*cking London. And then they'll visit Brittany for a few days before coming back in June. And in the meantime I'm here dealing with overanxious parents and visa problems. Lovely, isn't it?

Anyway, I started cycling to work. I didn't do it today because it was raining this morning, but yesterday I went cycling and swimming, so that evens things out. And you know what? I'm glad I've got a mountain bike, because the roads in my town are awful.
gothikmaus: (Guh)
I wonder how people can have 2 or more jobs and not go crazy. I officially started working this week and I'm already stressed like hell. It's mostly my fault, I didn't plan my week as I should and ended up being late with the articles for the magazine (we had quite a busy week on the news front), but I thought I would only work in the afternoon with a few extra mornings every now and then. Instead, it looks like my part-time job is quickly turning into a full-time one. Which is great for my bank account, but I'd like to have a schedule at the beginning of the week, so I can organise my work; instead, my boss tells me from day to day whether I'll have to work only in the afternoon or the whole day. Now, for example, I know I'll have to work the whole day on Monday, but I'm not sure about Tuesday. Oh, well, as long as the overtime gets paid.

But my job isn't only a cause of stress. I was checking the definition of "piercing" on the Cambridge dictionary online yesterday, to see if I could use it in a certain contest, and this was the example they gave for it:

Sherlock Holmes gave him a piercing glance.


EDIT: Also, did you see the latest PETA pet neutering campaign?

gothikmaus: (Sick Sad World)
Sorry for disappearing off the face of the Earth. Last week I had the insane idea of blogging about "The Festival", i.e. "Festival di Sanremo", so I ended up watching the whole thing on TV (5 nights in a row) and writing a post about each one. It doesn't sound like much, but it was mentally exhausting. The posts are in my Italian blog if anyone's interested (the last one isn't about the show but about one of the artists who took part in it). The bad thing about all this is that now my friends want me to do the same for the Eurovision Song Contest! :O

And today I started working! At the moment I'm on an informal probation period (i.e. I'm not getting paid), but I should officially start next Monday. It's a part time job that leaves me enough time to write for the newspaper; I would prefer a proper job, but that's the only thing I found and it's not too bad, so I'm not complaining.

I also had a job interview for a summer job with EF this morning. It was a very informal group interview, we took a quick English test and answered a couple of questions in English and another foreign language of choice. My German's got rusty since I came back from Berlin, but the girl interviewing us (who can speak 5 languages WTF) was quite impressed. So, hopefully I'll have something to keep me busy next summer. :)
gothikmaus: ("...")
I sent my CV to a small agency in my town this morning, they organise language courses abroad and student exchanges, there wasn't any job offer on their website, but I thought "Why not?" And they called me back after less than 10 minutes! The lady (I sort of know her, but I don't know if she remembers me) told me that it's really a lucky coincidence, because she's been thinking of looking for a collaborator. So, I have an interview on Monday. Could luck be on my side this time?! *crosses fingers*

And funny fact from yesterday: I was watching a TV quiz and the following question popped up:

Which fiction character was the main character's partner and also the narrator of their adventures?

My instant reply: "Dr Watson!"

And the first of the four options was indeed Dr Watson. Geek? Who, me? O:)


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