Críostóir Brian Ó Súilleabháin (redscarfboy) wrote,
Críostóir Brian Ó Súilleabháin

„Wir können alles schaffen genau wie die tollen dressierten Affen –wir müssen nur wollen.“

Where to start?  Let’s see...

            I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written anything here.  I do have excuses, but you probably don’t care about them.  In any case, I should probably tell you about what’s happened in the mean time.  Unfortunately, I think in order to get this story started, it’s most appropriate to unleash an old cliché:

            “When it rains, it pours.” 

So...I spent about a month and half looking for apartments and applying to jobs with absolutely no luck at all.  On a Sunday in late October I saw a few places and really liked one.  I called the guy later that day asking if he’d be interested in offering the room to me and, to my surprise, he said he would.  I saw two other places that day and on Tuesday and Wednesday, the tenants of the other apartments each asked me if I’d be interested in moving in with them.  Weird, isn’t it?  The only apartments I was offered after months of looking were the ones I saw all on the same day.  In any case, I’ve moved in, I love having my own room again (well, actually two rooms).  My rooms are cool; I have maps of Germany, Denmark and Iceland hanging on the walls, I have digital cable with a station called “German TV” and I have a wireless internet connection. 

            Also, right after the whole apartment-thing worked itself out, I started to hear back from a few job applications.  I had a first and second interview for a position as a bookkeeper/administrator.  I ended up not getting the job, but a.) it turned out to be a good thing, and b.) I couldn’t imagine being let down in a better way.  The guy told me he felt like I could use him as a reference if I ever needed to.  Also, about a week later, he tried to find me a job with one of his clients!  In any case, I ended up getting a job I never even applied to.  Believe it or not, I got my job by posting my résumé on  I’m now working as a proofreader for a translation firm.  Basically, my main job is to compare a source and a target text (for example, an English text and its translated French/German/Spanish/Polish/Hungarian/Chinese, etc. counterpart.)  I look for things like missing text, missing periods, numbers that are wrong, margins that are off, font size or style errors, etc.  It sounds a lot more boring than it actually is.  When the text is interesting, it can be pretty entertaining.  I also do some language editing (French/German/Swedish/Danish into English or English into German or Swedish) and I’ve done some minor translation (so far, German/Swedish/Norwegian into English.)  I get to use my language skills, I’m actually doing something that my degree has qualified me for, and I’m making a decent salary.  So yeah: things are a lot better since I last updated my journal.  The downside to my job, however, is that it’s a lot of work.  You basically work until you’re done doing work.  This means that I usually get off sometime between 6:30 and 7pm, and I’ve stayed as late as 8:30pm.  I don’t get any overtime either –so yeah, I basically haven’t been able to find any personal time to write e-mails or read online journals or anything like that in a while.  Things are starting to slow down a bit though.

            Other fun things that have happened in the past month or so: I grew a beard for my awesome Halloween costume.  I then shaved off the moustache to really emulate the look of a swarthy sailor (complete with turtleneck and pipe!)  Kim visited me and we had a royal blast.  Among other things, we went to the Amazing Maize Maze, where we raced through the race a little too fast, and then turned back to get all the clues and such…which I don’t think we ended up accomplishing.  We also won books from this guy who totally ruled.  He was the author and wrote a book on the history of labyrinths and mazes.  It was totally odd.  They raffled off two copies of his book, and Kim and I were the two winners.  (Ironically, we were also the last two people to arrive, AND the box of raffle tickets blew over during his speech and many of the tickets fell out and blew around.  Coincidence???) 

In other news: The Amazing Race 6 has begun.  So far they’ve hit Iceland and Norway and Sweden.  I’m not sure whether to be totally stoked that the Amazing Race is hitting all of my favorite countries, or to be upset that I’m not on it this season. 

I probably should be writing about a lot more…saying more about my job or my roommate or my neighborhood or the freaking election –but Wetten Dass...? is on German TV right now, and it’s just a tad too weird to be missing.

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