aand update

So I did get into onto the course in the end despite failing to register in time. It's been nice having more humane amounts of work for a change *knocks on wood* and I should probably take the opportunity to find extra work but not sure I want to give up the free/recovery time. I seem to spend enough of it being exhausted or feeling bad as it is...

Other things: Been following the Swedish Eurovision (where they pick a representative to the big competition) and there's one semi-final, the "second chance" and final left... I think?). Not sure any of the performances I've liked have gone on so far?

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Was going to write about newest AUs but this post has gotten long so I'll keep that part short.

A guestion: If Third Doctor was a (entirely human) university student in late 1980s Britain, what sort of music would you think he would like? What was the cool thing to like back then? Clearly this is v. important detail.

And. Somehow I've ended up writing a faux-academic/meta-fic essay about Doctor/Master as characters in an invented greco-roman-ish culture's religion where DW characters are mythological figures. The Doctor being a fairly minor deity that is often more a trickster or a folk hero than someone anyone would pray to and the Master is various different figures related to Death... to put it simply. Uh. Also I try not to think of Four in this AU late at night or I might never sleep again because he is the scariest boogeyman ever.

So then

Printed and returned the faux candidate exam, then realized I forgot to register on the new course starting on Monday. Got a notification on the 8th that the register had to be done 13-15th and made a notification of that on my cellphone but... Didn't get it for some reason.

So, now I found out on Monday if I'll be able to take the course, depending on someone on a reserve place turning it down.

If not, I'll have to notify the people who pay my study support to stop that, notify uni I'm taking a break from studies and then either find work here or go home to Finland until next autumn, at least.

Back at Sweden

Unremarkable trip, reason for not being able to sleep (this time): Going to bed early on a minimal dinner and then waking up in the middle of the night so hungry my stomach hurt. Still, at least it was a peaceful trip so. Eh.

Did buy a miniature wine bottle so I can use it in cooking occasionally (something red and Spanish, I think, was actually recommended for some dishes even). Didn't make the meat soup I did today worse at least. :) (Next, I think I'll try it in moussaka...)

Things I brought from home that were very good ideas:
1. Claes the Bunny. V. squishy. Also my mom mentioned I could crochet him some clothes and that's an excellent idea.

2. The Epic Blanket. It's some ancient thing my dad got from his old work years ago and is one of these heavy, scratchy woolen things that are basically eternal. Also I slept with it added to my previous three pile blanket (+a fluffy morning coat separating my side from the wall) AND I WAS ACTUALLY WARM. \¤A¤/ (I just realized it's basically a tardis-y blue as well. Heh)
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Traveling back to Sweden tomorrow, and back to... being an adult. Blegh. 8I

More positive stuff, saw Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day on tv, saw that when it came out in 2008 too. Still a simple but cute film. I will even forgive the sudden heterosexual romance because there are women being friends. And even the romance was pretty cute. uwu

EDIT: Also I bought ice cream with brainwalnuts and maple syrup and it was the best. ¤A¤

Also got a trope bingo card, again. Maybe this year I'll even manage some fills.

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Christmas Eve stuff

(Pretty much business as usual but I'm bored so bear with me)

Stuff that happened:
- All the foods. Might have a bit more soon though.
- Presents:
From gf: writing/letter paper, nail polish, gingerbread toffee, Greek honey, tea. (Oh, and the card. That was one of my favourite things. ¤3¤ And that adorable drawing of Three and Delgado!Master and Jo too uwu bbies)
From sister E.: An African hedgehog plushie she made. It's called Edgar and is adorbs.
Family in general: tights, transformer mittens/fingerless gloves, hair clips, some underwear.
Brother: Screen cleaner and wipe... Is this a hint? (my laptop did have filthy screen though so fair enough) x'D

Also parents got a DVD player from my brother which is their first proper one. The old Playstation they've been using hasn't played most DVDs for several years now so this is great (I'd have got them one if I wasn't so poor, srsly)

At home then

After the worst ferry trip so far (not the worst trip home, because that was missing a flight and being stuck overnight at a Danish airport sans ticket, which is approximately how I imagine being in limbo would be like), thanks to a person who, while she had reasons to complain, still made everything more horrible with constant complaining and most of all being rude.

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Good side: because I had to lie still in the dark but couldn't fall asleep for hours (I tried being outside the cabin too but there weren't any comfortable places to sit, also there were first screaming children and later drunk middle aged men wandering about) ended up finally braving some dw audios I'd been wary about, the companion chronicle Home Truths (v. spooky/atmospheric, ending made me cry a bit) and Jubilee which wasn't nearly as soul-crushing as a expected based on what I'd heard. For a Six and Evelyn audio it was actually kind of light *shot* Or, more likely, my emotions were too battered by sleeplessness and stress by that point? Either way, liked it. Evelyn is great so great even a Dalek agrees, heeh.

And then I got home and that was great. So far have... done family stuff. Like rolled on the floor laughing so hard I can't breathe and belting songs on Singstar with sisters. V. good.
Now, I think I might continue reading some fic. You know that awkward moment when you find a fic that has a premise/kink you really like and it's well written and IC but... also a ship you kind of feel guilty about liking at all? (in this case Five/Turlough. I'm a terrible shallow person. B-but pretend!slavery fic with D/s aspects and dommy Five...!). 8'3

Well, it's also making me want to write that Three/D!Master fic with a similar premise so egh. Silver lining?

happened lately

Decided to travel home for Christmas, will arrive right before the eve and stay for a couple of weeks.

Kind of despairing getting any Christmas presents done to even a few people because I have no time left over for crochet, really. :/

Also, almost done with the good omens exchange fic, only one+ weeks late (have until end of this week... anyone willing to speed-beta it? :') As usual, sex scenes are the worst.

What else... fandom things:
- Saw The Day of the Doctor with some friends and a theater full of Swedish Whovians. Some things made me huff and roll my eyes, but overall it was fairly ok, the bits that didn't feel like a generic action movie anyway. Was ready to dislike Hurt!Doctor and then he was the best, gdi *shakes fist* (also, tintin hair). Also maybe it was seeing it with so many other people who seemed to enjoy even the bitsI didn't but... I kind of reached this acceptance that this might not be my preferred sort of Doctor Who but it is the one we're getting in this time. And maybe someday it'll change again if it keeps going, which, why not?

- About a week later, saw Sylvester McCoy. In Real Life. Should make a longer post about that someday but I'm still not really recovered. Also still not able to believe he is actually a real person. Bwaah.

- Watched Image of the Fendahl. Great dramatic tension and Leela continues to be perfect enough to make me grudgingly accept Four's... Fourness. Wanda Ventham (lady who plays the scientist who gets taken over by the Fendahl, and is also Benedict Cumberbatch's mom) is cute and seems like a sweetie on the making of documentary (like when she mentions being surprised how pretty her fellow male actors were x3). Meanwhile Adam Colby is the sassiest bby and the homoerotic tension between him and Max Stael is a thing of beauty as well. It's not even UST, more like "used to sleep with this guy and he is tttly evil but ohmg so hot"-tension. x3

- Also made people watch Star Trek: The Motion Picture with me. Impossibly, it was more tedious and the costume design more drab than I recalled. Still, we managed to have some fun with at least parts of it. I think.

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Selected discussions

Between self and the lovely taiyou_to_tsuki

Today, in person, we came to the rather poetic conclusion that the only thing "wrong" with Survival is that they tried to get cats to be actors and actors to be cats. Otherwise it's perfect ofc.

Also, we were talking about Ainley!Master's various terrible and inexplicable plans (the real curse of the timelords is poor Anthony Ainley ending up in ALL the most terrible episodes) and then how odd it is that in The Mark of the Rani she appears to be the antithesis of the Master... an actually competent villain who gives not a damns about the Doctor... and then in Time and the Rani seems to have caught the Master's propensity to terrible ploys and obsessing on the Doctor.

...and then I realized. Who did we just discuss that has a propensity for all that AND unnecessary disguises? I bet the Rani was Not Happy when she found out the Master had been pretending to be her and blackening her bad name like that.

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Oh, and mostly so I can find it in the future, greatly amused by this Long commercial for radio parts (valves!) starred by Jon Pertwee. So dashing! So much fic fodder! I mean.

Eee food

I just made delicious shrimp lasagne. Especially awesome after... I couldn't buy any food for a week and had to improvise from what I had. Still waiting for the Swedish bank to send a new code for the new card I got last week (original card was closed because I used the wrong code too many times). Luckily my mom sent some money on my Finnish account so could buy food today.

-> Shrimp lasagne.
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So I was going to start writing last night and then I went to check what it would cost to travel home for Christmas and there was a lot of crying. On one hand, it costs a ridic sum (not as much as in the summer, but then it was a longer visit), I'd only be there three weeks tops AND I need to write a 15 page essay somewhere in there (which I know I'll be bad at while at home)... all in all more sensible to stay here. Then again I've always been with family for Christmas and I've not seen them since last summer and dunno if I'll be going on the next yet so... I do really want to see them. :/ I think I'll talk with my mom about it next time we do...

Tumblr has spoiled me to some new DW developments. Not sure what I feel about that yet.

aaand hopefully I'll actually get to writing today. Can only hope some important plot point become clearer as I write, as right now they are a bit fuzzy. Also was thinking earlier in the shower about how terrifying it is to do things knowing it can and most likely will fail at least in some aspects, and that only becomes worse when it comes to representation and other issues where, if done wrong, you can actively hurt people. But then the only way to get better or get anything DONE in general is to try? (and, you know, do research, listen to people and think things through, but there's only so long you can do that, especially with a looming deadline and life to live...)