Oh, hey, that's right, I have an LJ...
Well, well, well. Where to start?
I'll just make this a very short summary of Stuff That Has Been Happening, methinks.
- Exams. Passed surgery and paediatrics in November. That leaves me with three (dermatology, neurology, gynaecology) to go. This is almost getting scary. Note to self: Don't forget to sign up for derma before Tuesday, 12:00.
- In order to be able to take gyn, I have to do the internship first. Rules have been changed without prior notice, so that's only possible at the AKH. This is a problem. Waaaay too few places available. Worst-case scenario: This, and this alone, will cost me another semester. Don't ask.
- Should also take the certificates from my other internships to the secretary in charge - sorry, The Secretary in Charge, to see whether anything's missing. Worst case: I have to do another month of surgery, since apparently it's doubtful whether the 2 weeks trauma surgery in Linz and the 4 weeks at the children's hospital in Zürich will count as "surgery". Don't ask.
- Should also get all the stamps on certificates that still lack them. Someone kick me.
- Instead of getting my own administrative stuff in order, have been running around for Leo quite a lot lately. My dear brother is already in Oxford, so I had to get two more certificates, signatures from his professor, have his thesis printed, and hand everything in for him. And yes, he managed to start his PhD in Oxford before he officially had his Master. He's good. He's also a lot more focussed than me.
I'm proud of him. But there's this twinge telling me, "you could have got there, if you had tried". Not Oxford, just... "there", in general. I've been getting a lot more done lately, and not that badly, either, but somehow... I've also started to feel that I've missed a lot of chances already, partly through my own fault, partly because of annoying stuff like the issues mentioned above. I guess that Oxford thing really brought it home to me.
Anyway, this is sounding way more depressed than I intended it to.
- Singing. Yes, of course. What did you think? Lots and lots of that has been going on. With my group, sang the Bach Christmas Oratorio last Sunday, and a concert with works by Brahms and Hugo Wolf on Monday. Also got to sing two solos with the women's choirs - one smaller one, which was actually part of a solo trio, the second part of Mendelssohn's Laudate pueri (no, not our choir :P), and one that can definitely be classified as a "real" solo, the alto part in "Regina Coeli" by Brahms (short, but not all that easy. The piece, not Brahms). The first time we sang the latter was pretty bad (even though the old ladies were enthusiastic about it), but the second time went really well, even though my knees and hands shook like crazy again, and I must admit I was/am rather proud of myself for that.
Oh, and in the same concerts, I also got to sing one of the two top voices of Vijay's version of "Stille Nacht", i.e., a soprano part. Several people remarked on the fact that they found that rather amusing. :P
Yet to come:
Tomorrow: Christmas Oratorio at St. Stephen's (crazy prices!)
Sunday: Advent concert with Brahms and some Wolf and lots of traditional Christmas songs. Followed by party at Vijay's. Dangerous.
- Talking about parties, yes, it's not that long till Christmas, so there has been quite a lot of partying going on. "Nikolo" party chez Ana & Gerhard on the 6th (lots of punch. Yummy punch), post-concert party at the Zwillingsgwölb on Monday, and the old ladies' Christmas Party on Tuesday.
Don't laugh. Those ladies are fierce.
Oh, and of course the post-thesis-presentation punch with Anna, Leo and his friends.
The one at Vijay's will definitely be the "worst", though, since all the choir will be there, it will be after our last concert, and Vijay traditionally tries to get rid of everything alcoholic in his flat (or so it seems), refilling glasses again and again, while having maybe one glass of wine himself. Yehes. This will be... interesting.
- Bastian was in Vienna for a few days, saw him once last Thursday, and once on Sunday. Was also the first time I met his girlfriend, Linda.
Didn't feel like two years since I had last seen him at all. Didn't feel as if we might be saying goodbye for probably just as long, if not longer, either. He's one of those people. :)
- People. Good cue. Leo's bringing Fazilat over for Christmas. Simone will be here from Dec. 28 to Jan 14 (!!). We will be celebrating NYE with my folks in Linz. That, too, will be... interesting.
- Knitting. Yes. There has been quite a bit of that going on. For one of the geekiest pics of me ever, click here. Yes, there's a touch of dork in there as well.
More importantly, though, I've finished this, and am ever so proud of it. :)
Oh, and I've taken up crocheting again, too. Yet another thing I never managed to get the hang of at school. I wouldn't have tried again all that soon, either, if I hadn't come across something I KNEW I had to make for my sister's birthday. That is actually a bit looser than I'd have liked it to be, but otherwise they wouldn't have fitted. So yes, I'm expanding my craft-y horizon, too. Next thing: ???
oh, btw, cocotopia, can you be found on ravelry?
There you go, 10 points. 10 points to everyone, and Whose Line Is It Anyway?