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09 February 2009 @ 11:10 am
Apologies are in order  
I have been terribly lazy where updating my journal is concerned. So here is the concise version of what I have been up to:

Family picture: Since Bro will be away for a year and I'm not around most of the time either, we decided it was time to have a new family picture taken. The last one was like ten years ago. So weekend before last we went to a photographer in town. I haven't seen it how it turned out, but I must have looked dreadful as I can't stand being in pictures.

Moving: The academic year starts next Saturday and that means moving! I have been back since last week, but I don't have internet at the flat yet. Place still looks terrible and I'm not done unpacking yet. I haven't even looked at my books yet, even though I was supposed to start reading the first thing Saturday. But I have never been too good with the schedule. I do need a topic for my thesis and I need it pretty fast. I have started to flip through the guidebook on the trip here, but I haven't really figured out how to go about this yet. There is a CD that come with the guide and I will have to have a look at that later, probably today. I hope it doesn't require internet access. Anyways, internet has to be a priority because I will need it for research.

Business: I have laid the first foundations for my business. I'm pondering where to register the thing, here or back home. Must get some more info on that soonish, what with the legal aspects. I have decided to at least start the thing in German (my first language, for those who don't know). The market there seems a lot smaller, but not as saturated as in the English-speaking world. I'm still doing tons of research and I'm waiting for another bunch of books from amazon at the moment. I might also get myself a blog to go with the business. Not here at lj, I'm thinking, more like blogspot or twitter. Must ponder that on occassion. Also, I'm working on some material specifically for selling - an ebook and some articles. Those are mostly in the planning phase, as I'm waiting on some books and other research materials.

Benefits: I was sure that I would get the decision regarding certain benefits back in Germany before I left, but alas no. I called round there today and was basically told to wait patiently for the letter to arrive (at my parent's place) and then attend the evaluation with their psychiatrist. Looks like I'll have to go back for that, if I ever get in, that is :-/ The good bit, if I do get accepted for those benefits, they'll also pay me in retrospect from the time I became eligible (i.e. end of 2008).

Job: My book gig is going well so far. I did twenty pages in total so far and have gotten paid for the first ten already. I'm waiting to hear back on the second batch. I have no idea how much work there will be in total, but I like the work and it fits well into my schedule.
 
 
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