castalie: (DD - Matt)
I've had the lyrics of the French version of Let it Go stuck in my head ever since I finished my last oral presentation, meaning the last assignment of the year, earlier this evening. Well, the title, in particular (ie the subject of this entry). This is exactly how I feel, free, completely freeee! So much lighter too, hee! I'm done with the first year in my two-year Masters program, a thought that makes me giddy :p Besides, today's oral presentation was a big deal and it went very, very well, it was such a relief! And now I'm free! Did I mention that I was free? *twirls*

What am I going to do now that I have all this free time on my hands? Whole evenings! Complete weekends! Wow. I'm sure I'll find something to do ;) Actually, I've already pretty much filled up my free evenings and weekends with social things for the next three weeks but whatever...

Fannish wise, there's Daredevil at my parents' tomorrow (finally), feels an age since I watched it! Then I want to finish Sense8. I'm so in love with that show, you guys ♥ [livejournal.com profile] _profiterole_, j'ai mis ton entrée de côté pour pouvoir y revenir une fois que j'aurais terminé la saison. I need to talk about it as much as I can with as many people as possible \o/

Anyway, not much to tell, just that I'm really happy to be done with school for the moment. Now if only work decided to slow down a bit, I would be even happier!
castalie: (Season - Automne)
I keep thinking we're Wednesday, but we're only Tuesday, aren't we? This week is going very slowly, which is a bit of a paradox because my days are quite busy. Guess I'm just in a hurry to reach mid-week; on Thursday night I'm going to a show with Cookie and a friend (for those among you who are familiar with Kaamelott, we're seeing Alexandre Astier's newest one-man show and I cannot wait ♥), Friday night we're having an FP sleepover at home, then Saturday evening another friend comes over to spend the week with us.

In the meantime, it's busy time at work and busy time at home as I've started working on my classes. I decided I was done with being a procrastinator... I think the amount of work I'm required to do and the first assignments I have to hand in at the end of October/beginning of November kinda freaked me out and helped me see the light (it's never too late, right?) :p I've decided to work a little every evening and see where it leads me - hopefully to the land of the happy and relaxed students lol So far so good, I've started working on my first assignment. I'm hoping I'll manage to keep up with everything. Wish me luck!

An area where I'm already behind is tv watching, though. Do I sound like a broken record? Sorry if I do :p I worked on Saturday and then went out on Sunday and turns out I didn't manage to watch ALL THE SHOWS like I meant to. I'm behind... pretty much everything at this point? Except for Gotham, I think. I'm not blown away by that new show but I am enjoying it and plan on tuning it every week. Right now, the shows that are sitting on my HD and waiting for me to watch them are: POI, The Originals, How to get away with murder (watched the first 2 eps, though, so it's not that bad) Downton Abbey (same thing), Arrow and The Flash. Ahem. I'm on the fence regarding Scorpion, as in I'm not sure whether I want to add it to the list of shows I'm (trying to be) watching...

As far as my reading goes; my GoodReads challenge told me I was on track which is a nice change from its usual "You're ## book behind, sucker, you should be ashamed of yourself!". The past week I read Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, which I highly recommend (as soon as I reached the last page, I rushed to Book Depository to order the other two books in the series) and Nous, les Dieux by Bernard Werber, which (as previously mentioned) is one of my favourite authors. As of this morning, I'm reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, which I've meant to read for ages without ever getting around to. I'm now remedying it. I'm only ten pages in but I'm already enjoying it, though I'm bracing myself for a heartbreaking ending.

Ok, then, enough rambling, posting this entry right away, before I get distracted and it gets lost in the ether :)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Peter and Neal / sallymn)
Guys, I had all those fannish thoughts that I meant to share with you, what with the season finale of Teen Wolf and the latest episode of White Collar and my having seen Magic Mike, but then I hit a bit of a wall in Phase 2 of Thesis and it kinda drove all the fannish thoughts away. I had to face the fact that aforementioned Phase 2 is not going as fast as I hoped it would and that I would not be able to meet the deadline. So I decided to be brave and just bit the bullet; I sent an email to my thesis advisor asking for an extension. She answered today telling me she didn't mind but that she didn't know whether Admin would be ok with it - she at least gave me one more week and is going to check whether I can have more. Honestly, the week is better than nothing but I'm not sure it'll be enough - two weeks would be perfect, especially as I'm going back to work next week.

In any case, I'm grateful that she didn't make me feel like a failure or anything. Honestly, she's a wonderful thesis advisor; she never made me feel like I didn't deserve to be a student just because I'm a "school returnee" so to speak and because I actually have a full-time job that, yes, comes before classes. Believe me when I say this isn't the case of all the professors I had.

Anyway, I'm not out of the wood yet and there's no guarantee I'll be able to defend in September, I might have to enroll again and do it next year in June, but that additional week at least means I have one more chance, so there is that :-)

Wait, I'll end this entry on a fannish note, after all. So, the Teen Wolf season finale: I did enjoy it a lot but, once the excitement over it was over, I suppose it was kinda cutting because of potential spoilers blahblah )

Then onto the White Collar spoilers for Honour Among Thieves ) Mind you, the good news is that even after four years, WhiCo still GIVES ME ALL THE FEELINGS :-)

And then Magic Mike! No reviews or spoilers but I'll just say that I loved it. It was fun, a lot of fun - we laughed so many times! - but also touching and sweet. And the numbers? The numbers were fine! And I didn't even have The Motts! Or only once, but it doesn't count. Anyway, I'd definitely rec it. Not, I'm sure, that many of you even needed to be convinced ;-)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Isaac / gutteredstar)
My days pretty much all look the same lately, and they're not as fun as I would like them to be. Guess that's what happens when you're busy writing your thesis and facing a deadline that seems to get closer at an alarming pace - I say 'seems to' but I'm pretty sure it is the reality >_< Evidence under the cut )

In order to keep my sanity intact, I try to go out in the afternoon/evening. - I do have a lot of pictures of food on my mobile, yes )

Those cupcakes really did help save my sanity that day, btw. Berko cupcakes are almost indecently delicious.

My reward for today was the new Teen Wolf episode \o/ No review but I guess I'll enter spoilery commentaries real soon - which includes potential spoilers for next episode, btw )

Also, omg people, I know I sound like a broken record but how is Derek/Scott not part of Fandom's popular pairings? Especially when we get dialogues like this one. ) I repeat, Same spoilery bit inside that made my heart sing ) I'm not even making that up, you guys, it's canon

That little scene was fantastic even without my slash goggles on, really. This is exactly why I love Scott, it was pretty sweet hearing one of the characters spell it out :-) Same thing with that first scene between Isaac and Scott, btw. Did I mention I love Isaac/Scott as well?
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Fly / samedifference_)
I spent the weekend in Normandie with the parental unit and Cokie and this is the kind of view I had ) Then yesterday, back at work, that's what I was seeing from my office )

Not exactly the same thing, right? It was even more annoying that when I left Normandie Sunday night, I had to say goodbye to Cookie and my parents who were lucky enough not to work on Monday. But the exam proctoring I had to do yesterday went well, so there is that.

Cookie is still there, as a matter of fact, but I'm not jealous anymore because today is the First of May, which means it's bank holiday, which means! Reading fic in bed all morning. At least, that's how I translated it :-p I'll get out of bed, eventually. When, no, I will get out of bed because I'm meeting with [livejournal.com profile] moimoietmoi in the afternoon, so. In the meantime it's Blaine fic followed with more Blaine fic *stretches lazily*

Actually I shouldn't stretch too much because I have this little prick sensation on my left shoulder and it feels like my back could act up at any time. I think I'm a bit stressed out at the moment. Nothing big at all, but I've reached that stage when I have a gazillion things to do for school and I feel like I'll never get them all done because 24 hours aren't just enough for work and school. I'm not convinced I'll be able to complete the whole thing this year while at the same time really wanting to finish it and defend on September. Also, now is the time to send out applications for next year and I have no idea what I want to do. Can I actually see myself doing a PhD?? If I do that, I'll need to do something that relates to work, otherwise it'll be... not a waste of time but it won't be as productive as it should be. Or do I try for another Masters next year and find a program that is 100% related to my job and then maybe get a PhD following that program. Then again, even if I send out applications or go for a PhD, doesn't even mean I'll be accepted, anyway. Or do I just stop?

I keep telling myself it's ridiculous to get even a little bit worked up about things that I don't need as such, as I already have a job and I have this grown-up life that is fine as it is and, seriously, if that's the kind of things I "worry" about then I'm damn lucky, I know that, but what if? What if those potential degrees open new doors in a few years? I'm not old, by any means, but I'm not twenty either. I guess it feels like I'm too old to make the wrong decisions now? Something like that.

Anyway, that's where I am at the moment ;-) I think I'll post this and go back to reading about Blaine being cute and full of angst and having Kurt fix him. There!

Though wait, as is the custom in France on the First of May, I'm offering you a bunch of lilies of the valley, it'll bring you luck :-)

castalie: (Season - Snowbound)
I don't know what's been happening those past two weeks but I've been efficient, reasonable and disciplined. The ultimate proof that everything can happen ;-)

I'm - so far - sticking to the resolution to go to the library 2-3 times a week after work for, at least, 2 hours. The feeling of satisfaction once I'm back home is, idk, indescribable? ;-) Basically I can spend the whole evening reading fic, reading a book, cruising LJ, watching my shows without feeling the slightest bit of guilt because I've kept the good work earlier. So I can do all those things, meaning I can do absolutely nothing and be happy about it \o/ Somehow, I can appreciate it even more because I know I'm not wasting time I should be using to study. Win-win situation.

I've also decided to do something about the lack of actual-books!reading that has been going on last year. Complaining about the fact that I'm not reading anymore isn't exactly helpful so I thought of doing something new, ie stop complaining and actually do something about it. So. When I'm back home, I'm now putting the laptop away after I've had a bit of fun and picking up A Book. And, more incredible yet, I try to go to bed before midnight, sans aforementioned laptop, and read some more. I can't believe I'm proud of that "accomplishment" but sad truth is, it is an accomplishment since, up until recently, I spent hours reading fic and going to bed/sleep late because I was, you guessed it, reading fics. I needed to find more time to read books and since I couldn't exactly cut in my studying or my social/familial activities, I picked teh internet. I told myself, "self, it's just a matter of balancing things out. I'm not forbidding you from going on-line and enjoying your time there, I'm just demanding you make more room for all those books you've been complaining of abandoning." And so I did.

So far so good \o/

Having said that - and contrary to the subject I picked for this entry - some things are still my top priorities and tonight I'll be watching White Collar before I even look at my book (I'm re-reading American Gods) because WhiCo is back, did you know? ♥ ♥ This will be the second episode I download since MegaUpload's demise. It's just not the same without it - except for how it is. I will miss MU, though, it was my primary source of tv downloads and, even though I have other means to get my hands on them, it's just another sign that things are a-changing and I don't like changes :-/ Besides, I hate the idea that websites like that can disappear overnight. Let's just hope that MediaFire, RapidShare & al won't follow. I need to download my weekly dose of tv shows in order to be able to dole out some nice amount of money to get the actual DVDs of aforementioned downloaded shows and maybe some merch (mugs, tshirts) and, if I'm lucky - or they are - a ticket for an expensive convention... maybe abroad - so that I can spend even more money as a tourist!

Anyway, that's neither here nor there ;-) Though wait, I have to share something hilarious and brilliant: When LOTR meets SOPA
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Be Evil / calen383)
I don't know what's been happening those past two weeks but I've been efficient, reasonable and disciplined. The ultimate proof that everything can happen ;-)

I'm - so far - sticking to the resolution to go to the library 2-3 times a week after work for, at least, 2 hours. The feeling of satisfaction once I'm back home is, idk, indescribable? ;-) Basically I can spend the whole evening reading fic, reading a book, cruising LJ, watching my shows without feeling the slightest bit of guilt because I've kept the good work earlier. So I can do all those things, meaning I can do absolutely nothing and be happy about it \o/ Somehow, I can appreciate it even more because I know I'm not wasting time I should be using to study. Win-win situation.

I've also decided to do something about the lack of actual-books!reading that has been going on last year. Complaining about the fact that I'm not reading anymore isn't exactly helpful so I thought of doing something new, ie stop complaining and actually do something about it. So. When I'm back home, I'm now putting the laptop away after I've had a bit of fun and picking up A Book. And, more incredible yet, I try to go to bed before midnight, sans aforementioned laptop, and read some more. I can't believe I'm proud of that "accomplishment" but sad truth is, it is an accomplishment since, up until recently, I spent hours reading fic and going to bed/sleep late because I was, you guessed it, reading fics. I needed to find more time to read books and since I couldn't exactly cut in my studying or my social/familial life, I picked teh internet. I told myself, "self, it's just a matter of balancing things out. I'm not forbidding you from going on-line and enjoying your time there, I'm just demanding you make more room for all those books you've been complaining of abandoning." And so I did.

So far so good \o/

Having said that - and contrary to the subject I picked for this entry - some things are still my top priorities and tonight I'll be watching White Collar before I even look at my book (I'm re-reading American Gods) because WhiCo is back, did you know? ♥ ♥ This will be the second episode I download since Megaupload's demise. It's just not the same without it - except for how it is. I will miss MU, though, it was my primary source of tv downloads and, even though I have other means to get my hands on them, it's just another sign that things are a-changing and I don't like changes :-/ Besides, I hate the idea that websites like that can disappear overnight. Let's just hope that MediaFire, RapidShare & al won't follow. I need to download my weekly dose of tv shows in order to be able to dole out some nice amount of money to get the actual DVDs of aforementioned downloaded shows and maybe some merch (mugs, tshirts) and, if I'm lucky - or they are - a ticket for an expensive convention... maybe abroad - so that I can spend even more money as a tourist!

Anyway, that's neither here nor there ;-) Though wait, I have to share something hilarious and brilliant: When LOTR meets SOPA
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Neal / ailesfragiles)
Right after work, Cookie and I went to a new library that opened near our workplace and we studied there for two hours, go us! We're planning on going there on a regular basis (we'll return as soon as tomorrow, as a matter of fact) as we kinda fell in love with the place and the atmosphere. It's much more modern than Ste Geneviève (the one I picspammed some time ago) but it still manages to be cozy and when you're sitting at the big desks, you don't feel like you're sharing the place with a gazillion other students. I think we'll keep Ste Geneviève for the weekends and the new one for the week.

We got back around 8.15PM, I did a load of laundry, I cooked our dinner then tomorrow's lunch and I think I totally deserve to be relaxing in front of Castle now, Y/Y?

This weekend was very busy too but unlike last weekend (or the next) it was fun all the time: afternoon tea with [livejournal.com profile] greedy_dancer at [livejournal.com profile] moimoietmoi's (SAM always has yummy treats for us when we have afternoon tea at her place) followed with dinner at my parents'. Then on Saturday we had The Esu over with my nieces for our second raclette of the year (hopefully not the last) and late afternoon we went to the mall, hoping to get our hands on new clothes since it's the sales at the moment. Which I did, score!

And! In between everything - well, it was before everything as I did it on Saturday morning, to be exact - I suddenly had an idea. What if I uploaded my SPN fics over at AO3? I have no idea where the idea came from, but I realised I had very few of my fics in general and none of my SPN fics in particular (remember when I used to write fic? Back In The Day) archived there and I thought it might be a good idea to do some saving. Especially as I don't even have a single of my (own!) stories saved on my computer any longer. Or anywhere else, for that matter. I used to have them all stored on my HD when I had computer!Clark and computer!Dean then they both died, I stopped writing altogether, and I sorta forgot that I didn't have any trace of my stories anywhere but on my LJ.

So far, I've uploaded one SPN fic but I'll add more whenever I have the time/remind myself to do it. I'm also downloading and saving them all (for keeps) via the site - thank you Download button :-)

PS: it has nothing to do with anything but omg, White Collar D-1(+1)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (SPN - Working Boys / literati)
Right after work, Cookie and I went to a new library that opened near our workplace and we studied there for two hours, go us! We're planning on going there on a regular basis (we'll return as soon as tomorrow, as a matter of fact) as we kinda fell in love with the place and the atmosphere. It's much more modern than Ste Geneviève (the one I picspammed some time ago) but it still manages to be cozy and when you're sitting at the big desks, you don't feel like you're sharing the place with a gazillion other students. I think we'll keep Ste Geneviève for the weekends and the new one for the week.

We got back around 8.15PM, I did a load of laundry, I cooked our dinner then tomorrow's lunch and I think I totally deserve to be relaxing in front of Castle now, Y/Y?

This weekend was very busy too but unlike last weekend (or the next) it was fun all the time: afternoon tea with [personal profile] greedy_dancer at [personal profile] moimoietmoi's (SAM always has yummy treats for us when we have afternoon tea at her place) followed with dinner at my parents'. Then on Saturday we had The Esu over with my nieces for our second raclette of the year (hopefully not the last) and late afternoon we went to the mall, hoping to get our hands on new clothes since it's the sales at the moment. Which I did, score!

And! In between everything - well, it was before everything as I did it on Saturday morning, to be exact - I suddenly had an idea. What if I uploaded my SPN fics over at AO3? I have no idea where the idea came from, but I realised I had very few of my fics in general and none of my SPN fics in particular (remember when I used to write fic? Back In The Day) archived there and I thought it might be a good idea to do some saving. Especially as I don't even have a single of my (own!) stories saved on my computer any longer. Or anywhere else, for that matter. I used to have them all stored on my HD when I had computer!Clark and computer!Dean then they both died, I stopped writing altogether, and I sorta forgot that I didn't have any trace of my stories anywhere but on my LJ.

So far, I've uploaded one SPN fic but I'll add more whenever I have the time/remind myself to do it. I'm also downloading and saving them all (for keeps) via the site - thank you Download button :-)

PS: it has nothing to do with anything but omg, White Collar D-1(+1)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Be Evil / calen383)
Argh, where have my LOTR icons gone?? I've been longing for my old LOTR userpics for some time now but alas, what with the deaths of Clark and Dean (my old computers) the past years, I've lost all of them. This is a sad state of affairs, believe you me! Guess I'll have to resign myself and cruise for new ones.

There have been two topics on my flist today, it seems, but only one of them was a happy one so I'll just focus on The Hobbit trailer. Seeing happy post after happy post on my flist has filled me with glee ♥

The LOTR trilogy is an equivalent to Proust's little madeleine as far as I'm concerned; it brings me back to those three years early 2000s when December would mean Christmas and a new LOTR film and I remember the anticipation every year, how exciting it was. As much as I enjoyed the HP books and the HP films, I was never excited about a new part of the series coming on the big screen, it was never A Big Event for me. Unlike LOTR, TTT and RoTK, which I waited with bated breath. And now I have something else to look forward to next december! Though, next december? Sounds like an age! But I can already imagine how epic and exciting things will get as we get near to december 2012 *bounce* I'm thinking of marking the date in the FP calendar so that we're sure to be all free when it comes out! ;-)

Another reason to be happy about today was that Cookie and I went to the library Sainte Geneviève to study this morning and we actually found seats, this time! I took two pictures because... well, when do you ever need a reason to take picture of a library, right? )

We'll definitely go back. And make sure to go there early; last Saturday when we went, we had to go back home because there was no seats left #LibraryFail. But no fail this time! We worked around four hours before we went out for lunch (well, it was 2.00PM but same difference) to reward us for the good work before doing some more Christmas shopping. I'm not 100% done yet but I have hope!
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Back to School / babycakesin)
Is it time for new The Fades yet? No? Well it should! Tomorrow can't come soon enough. I'm hoping, since this is a British show, that we won't have to wait the usual +1 day for the download to come up. With some luck we'll be able to get it on the same night it airs #FingersCrossed

Something else I'd been waiting for was the release of the French XMFC DVD, which was today \o/ I maybe sent a text message to [livejournal.com profile] french_hobbit in the morning wishing her a good XMFC DVD Day. Because some things are worth being celebrated, right? lol Cookie and I rushed to a FNAC near us after work and had a mini squee fest in front of the shelves where all those DVDs of awesomeness were displayed and then got our own copy ♥

Changing the subject. So Uni enrollment is on its way (I'll spare you the details but believe me, it's been epic. And completely ridiculous) and I've started having a look at what's in store for me and I think I'm going to have fun. For instance, in the long list of reading I'm supposed to do this semester for Seminar #1, there are little gems like Incest and Literary Imagination and Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature and Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe and many other interesting-sounding works. How glad am I that my thesis supervisor teaches a class about Libertines? Very glad :-)

There's also The Sign of Angelica; Women, Writing and Fiction, which I keep misreading as "Women, Writing and Fanfiction". For some reason :-p As I said, should be fun!

Oh, someone on my TL linked to this video of a dude connecting to Wikipedia using a *1964* antique modem and it was quite impressive to see, so I'm sharing. I know the geeks around here should appreciate it :-)
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (The doctor rocks / rytalias)
Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] greedy_dancer for her very helpful post about prettifying Pinboard prettified :-) I've tweaked with my Pinboard and like the new look of it - as simple as it is.

Speaking of Pinboard, here's an entry written by Maciej (aka Pinboard Dude) that could sum up why so many Fandom people are taken with the guy. I enjoyed the read.

Onto RL news. Today was one hell of a Monday; 6.00PM couldn't come soon enough. I also had the pleasure of queuing for what seemed like an eternity during my lunchbreak, in a hall where it was so hot that it felt like being in Hell, only to be told that, "I'm really sorry but the documents OtherDepartment gave you? Are not the ones we need. Or even want. We can't enroll you at the moment, sorry" Turns out I have to start everything from scratch. I could have strangled someone. When I called OtherDepartment, they told me that "yes, no, everything has been stalled at the moment, did we forget to tell you? But we'll start fixing our mistakes next week. And will keep working on it till mid-November"

At this rate, I'll have access to the on-line courses a week before I'm supposed to hand in the four essays I have to write for the first semester. This is beyond ridiculous. I shouldn't be surprised, I know how it works - or not as the case may be - but there you go *sigh*

Anyway, onto less annoying things. Weekend shaped up to be lovely with a great Bday Party on Saturday evening and family time on Sunday. Then in the evening we started catching up on our TV. Doctor Who and Merlin were both watched (everything else has been downloaded). I loved DW, unsurprisingly, and really got into Merlin - it was an intense series premiere and I can't wait to see the rest ♥
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Automne / coloriages)
The weather is depressing this week; it's hot and sunny! I'm sorry but this is not on! It's almost October, I want to start wearing my autumn scarf and my autumn mittens! They're looking at me all sad and wondering what the hell is going on! I sympathise, scarf and mittens, I wish we could go out together again! #LongsForCrispWeather I'll use my favourite autumn icon to protest against the whole thing *nods*

Something else that is depressing - ok, not so much 'depressing' as it is annoying - is the whole university enrolling process. Is it a nightmare in every university in the world? Or is just in France? Or maybe just in Paris? I was hoping for some answers today but nothing, nada, rien. Complete radio silence. And you'll see that once they answer me, it'll be to tell me I'm past the deadline! This is so frustrating. I don't know why it has to be so complicated *sigh*

Anyway. Last week was quite hectic but this weekend was a bit more restful. Lots of family time - couscous Saturday evening with the parents and two of my cousins, then homemade lasagna on Sunday - my dad makes delicious lasagna - and the same cousins plus The Esu plus an aunt and an uncle. Quiet and relaxing. Ok maybe not so quiet, there were twelve of us, but definitely relaxing anyway and just lovely. My goddaughter is a riot and my niece is growing up so fast ♥

I also went to see Warrior on Saturday and I had a blast. The film was nothing like what I expected, which is good as I wasn't really expecting anything, I guess? Just to be entertained and see Tom Hardy be awesome and kickass on screen. So no surprise here, he was fantastic and kickass, yes, but he was also heartbreaking and so moving! I loved the whole cast. Well, the whole film gave me ALL THE FEELINGS. There, I think that should sum it up nicely :-) I'll definitely buy the DVD when it comes out. In the meantime, though, if someone has a link to donwnload it, I'm all ears! Tia.

\o/

Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:08 am
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Back to School / babycakesin)
This will be short because I'm knackered but I did it! Today I defended my thesis and I passed! Well. Technically, unless I completely messed up either/both thesis or/and oral presentation I was certain to pass and get my degree because I only needed to get 50% at the presentation to validate the whole year, but the real stake for me was elsewhere as I really hoped I'd get at least 70% so that I could be allowed to keep going, ie do a Master 2 next year. And I actually got better than 70% so I graduated with High Honour \o/ Or whatever the non-French equivalent might be ;-)

Anyway, heee I passed! I was so happy when I was told the result that saying I was beaming would be an understatement lol Being proud of yourself is a wonderful feeling ♥

Now the Real Fun begins, though, as I'm supposed to start on the paperwork that will allow me to enroll for the infamous M2 but seeing how late my thesis defense happened, I might have some difficulties. In other words, I'm afraid it's going to be a nightmare. Good thing I thought ahead and contacted some professors already. I won't start from scratch. Let's just hope it helps!

And unrelated but tonight at my parents' we watched some of the Super 8 films they did Back in the Day and omg, it was awesome. I saw their wedding - they looked so young and it was moving to see so many people that have died since then looking so young and healthy and just so happy - I saw my Christening. Then a Christmas and two birthday parties (my sister's first and her third) It was weird because Chiara looks like my sister when she was the same age but I realised, seeing myself on films, that she also looked like me. It was uncanny. Though not that surprising, I suppose, when you consider you often - not always, I know - look like your siblings yourself but still, watching on me on screen and seeing my goddaughter was quite the experience.
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Spencer Drum God / arustedsmile)
Seven days without a post, eh? Time flies when you're busy being busy! Also, I'm pretty tired these days so even though I've felt the urge to write an entry a couple of times the past week, I've lacked the energy to do anything about it.

My time has basically been divided into two things the past ten days: work and thesis. I've finally handed the thing yesterday and saw my advisor today so she could give me some feedback. Said feedback was positive, I don't have a lot to modify so I don't feel like I have to do it all over #GoodFeelings Overall I'm pleased and I feel like I'm seeing the end of the tunnel. In a week I should be done with it. I'll be honest, I'm at this stage when I just want to be done with it. Which is pretty much what I said the last time I wrote about my thesis back in August, I think lol

Onto the fannish. Tv-wise, Suits has ended and I'm still two episodes behind. I'll definitely catch up before the end of the week, this is a promise I make to myself! Same thing with True Blood. I'm up-to-date with Doctor Who. I loved "The Girl Who Waited", it was gorgeous. I'll hide this behind a text in case I get spoilery ) I never thought I'd be so invested in Doctor Who but as I keep saying, Eleven, Amy and Rory got me, hook line and sinker. And I'm just happy they did :-)

Fic-wise, I've read a Suits fic that I have to rec because it's too perfect not to share. Closer is a gorgeous Harvey/Mike that has a fantastic AU premise, spot-on characterisation and a build-up that is to die for. It's touching, fun and sweet and clever. I had a blast. And it's 30k!

Music-wise, I've fallen completely in love with Neon Trees. I've had Habits play in a loop for the past week and I can't get enough ♥ ♥ I'm even more jealous of the crowd in NY that got to see Panic! at the Disco and Neon Trees. Also Black Cards, I know, but I'm pretty much focused on Panic and Neon Trees, there.
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (More tea vicar / paraliptic)
I'm thinking 5.00PM is a good time to stop studying, right? Right. Besides, I have an important question to ask you guys. Does anyone know of a way to travel back in time?

I'm asking because if one of you found a way, I'd like to know all about it, in details, and go back to 2001 to see this theater production of Out in the Open with James McAvoy. Come to think of it, I'll bring you with me if you fancy seeing rentboy!McAvoy kissing a dude or sitting at his feet, head on his lap - and generally being his awesome self on stage, I mean. I wouldn't want to be selfish! That first picture in particular does wonderful things to me; Blond Guy's hand on McAvoy's neck especially.

Completely unrelated now. I'm not really the kind of person who shares pictures of their cat but I guess I'll make an exception for once because I thought it was cute (yes, I mentioned "cat" and "cute" in the same sentence, shocking, I know - for realz). A bit of context first: turns out I've completely given up on the desk in the study when I'm working on my papers - I think I see it more as Cookie's now because that's where she draws and works on Photoshop. Beds are my new desks now; I can spread my books and binder and notebooks and papers and pens and whatnot all around and I can move in different positions when I'm reading/writing and I like it much better than sitting at a desk, I found out. Plus, our bedroom is always cool and very bright and it's inspiring.

Anyway, Jack-the-cat loves nothing more than sneaking in the bedroom, and whenever I allow him to keep me company (it's just that I hate finding hairs all over the bed, I'm sorry, cat lovers) I'm always amused at the spot he picks to sprawl. Case in point )

Ours isn't a king bed or anything but I can assure you there was plenty of room for him to sleep comfortably. But I guess doing it in the middle of and on top of books is a lot more fun! Well, I'll say it again. Dogs I get. Cats are crazy ;-) Then again he seems to enjoy his book-turned-pillow and, hey, who I am to judge?
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Eyefucking Erik / paraliptic)
Today was hot: 37°/99F under shade - 44°C/111F under the sun. H.o.t! Since we can't properly open the windows in our office and AC is kinda non-existent in France, I'll let you imagine the kind of hell my workplace turned out to be today. First thing I did when I got home was take a cold shower. Cold showers are my favourite things at the moment :-)

Hope you had a good weekend, flist? Cookie and I had the most self-indulgent day yesterday. We basically didn't leave the bed until 8.00PM. Or only to take a cold shower (yes, I'm like a broken record when it comes to shower these days but it's not my fault it started getting really hot this weekend!) and to gather food. We had leftover pizza from the little party we'd had on Sunday with The Esu and my cousins, ice cream, chocolate, our laptops, XMFC fics and fanvids in abundance - we didn't need anything else! It was wonderfully cool in the bedroom (which is also why we remained there, it was too hot elsewhere) and just so relaxing. I actually felt asleep at one point. Pure bliss ♥

I mentioned XMFC fanvids above; someone posted a new one based on a French song - not just in French but by a (very famous here) French artist, too. It was sorta odd watching a vid with a French "narrator" but it worked really well. As I keep saying, I love it when vidder pick a song/artist I wouldn't have associated with the fandom they're vidding. A bit like Til the World Ends that I recc'ed in a previous entry; I wouldn't have thought of Britney Spears as an artist that could be used for XMFC but it worked!

PS: got a mail from another of my teachers and I got another 85% \o/ Go me! Working like mad on academic papers does give good results, who would have thought? lol
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Mommy Charles / megan_moonlight)
Heee yes! Remember the 47-page paper that I handed in last week? The one for my media sociology class (the one I did on Supernatural and fan culture and the likes)? Well I just saw that I had a mail from the teach' and turns out I got 17/20 (85%)! Dude, 17 out of 20. I did have a feeling I'd done a good job with it but I was afraid it was more wishful thinking than anything, you know? I'm absolutely thrilled ♥

It was a lovely way to end what turned out to be a very good day. I'd taken today off to work on my thesis - I did wake up early to have an early start on the whole thing but I just couldn't concentrate. So I gave myself a huge break and basically did nothing but rest and read Erik/Charles instead. It was very good for the soul, believe you me!

Speaking of Erik/Charles, the fandom is such a joy, isn't it? To think just a couple of weeks ago we were all hoping for even a ficlet and now look at it! I can barely keep up with the fics that are being posted every day. The fanart is just fantastic, either gorgeous or hilarious. The fanvids are pure love. There are fanmixes posted regularly (though I can't seem to be getting into them) and now we also have our first podfic. That is, I think it's the first one, correct me if I'm wrong :-)

I'm a bit in withdrawal, though. Film-wise, I mean. It feels like ages since I saw it! I totally need to see it a sixth time! Which is good as Cookie and I plan on going again on Friday. Let's just hope there won't be any change of plan.

Why is there no more RPS in the fandom, though? Because, honestly, it's not like McAvoy and Fassbender don't cooperate. Case in point. If you ever wondered how many times James had sex with Michael? The answer is 'four'. I'm sure he lied, though. Four times? Four times on the golf cart, maybe, not four times total! Here is the rest of the interview, btw. The interviewer is fun, he shares my love for James McAvoy's hair. I like him!

Incidentally, how did I not realise until watching XMFC interviews how sexy a Scottish accent is? The things you learn, wow.
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Erik & Charles on a date / hiddencolours)
Omg, I'm dead. This paper was the death of me! Thankfully, 47 pages later, I'm practically done with it, as in I just need to read it one last time before I send it to my seminar director and then it's o.v.e.r! That is, I'll have to hand in a chapter of my thesis by July, 10th but I'll take a little break because my poor braaaiin!

Anyway, let's talk about joyous things. Like this wallpaper that is now adorning Neal, made by my talented girlfriend. Wallpaper that I'm completely IN LOVE with. Omg, it's so gorgeous, isn't it?? )

I told her what I wanted and she just... made it happen! *fangirls her girlfriend like crazy* This definitely made me feel all better, after a long and hard day on that damn paper. That and the food we had delivered. I promise we do cook. Just, not tonight.

Cookie is busy doing some new XMFC wallpapers and I don't know what I'm going to do. Watch The Last Station, maybe? Or just go to bed with the laptop and read all the new Erik/Charles that have been posted while I was slaving away on Teh Damn Paper all day. I could do both, mind, but I'd like to go to bed before 2.00AM this time - or at least try. I'm starting to feel tired a lot these days, I'll admit.

Or, I could go and stare at my pretty desktop some more? Y/Y?
castalie: If you know who made this icon, please tell me so that I can properly credit? Tia (Sibling Bond / alexandral)
After seeing this adorable .gif of an interview with Fassbender and McAvoy, I realise I must have (well, I hope?) a lot of photos, interviews and vids to hunt down and catch up on!

If I'm thinking about McAvoy on his own, I've started catching up, already, mind you. Case in point, I went to bed at 4.40AM last night because I watched Children of Dune in one sitting. Cookie abandoned me to go to sleep at one point, pff sleep? What is this sleep you speak of? Though I guess I could have gone to bed a little bit earlier but then one thing leading to another I found myself at the [livejournal.com profile] 1stclass_kink meme, taking great delight in reading all the prompts that were posted and I felt compelled to add some of my own, as I'm wont to do. Before I knew it it was past 4.30AM. Time flies when you're having kinky fun!

Admittedly, going to bed so late wasn't that smart a move. Especially as I got up this morning at 8.30AM so that I could start working on my paper early. I'll gladly admit that working on approximately four hours of sleep wasn't the easiest thing to do but then the articles I'd selected included gems like "... growth of stories featuring previously taboo subject such as underage sex, incest and real person fiction (RPS)" and, you know, all of sudden my brain was 100% connected lol

Also, I just realised that all those years spent reading slash fan fiction and kinks? Was just RESEARCH! For the class I've been taking this year in general and for the paper I'm writing at the moment in particular. As Cookie said when I showed her the quote and explained to her how we've been doing academic work on fan culture all these years, "Congratulations to us!" :-p I should totally keep taking that class next year, that way I'll be able to justify all those nights spent reading fics instead of sleeping \o/

Now it's 4.00PM and I'm done with my paper for today, Cookie has woken up from her long nap (she's been sick all week long and is slowly getting better) so we'll see if we're doing something tonight. In any case, freedooooom!

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