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Archive for December, 2009

Even though I’m fed up with moving around, I am considering Neuch√Ętel quite seriously now. It would be my fourth move in less than a year but my current studio flat is only a temporary solution as it is a little on the expensive side and I don’t know many people in Bienne. The flat I visited yesterday, on the other hand, seems like a good solution to many of my problems. It’s close to the train station and the forest, relatively quiet, and the three other housemates are around thirty years old. You can even see the lake and the Alps from the window! Even more incredibly, all my furniture would fit into the available space according to my plan (but I’m so bad at maths, I cannot trust my own judgement). Now I have to wait until Sunday in order to know if my housemates-to-be will choose me as the worthy new tenant of the room.

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When I see the gift ideas that are advertised for girls and women before Christmas, I’m always amazed at how limited/limiting they are. Even as a child I was more into Lego than Barbie (I had one, but a friend’s brother ate her hand… it’s hard to rehabilitate a disfigured Barbie). Fortunately for me, there is more variety in my family’s Christmas than in ads. What is more, because my birthday is on the 31st, I can often combine gifts to have a more interesting one (hence the snowshoes). On the 25th, my extended family offered home-made edible gifts to one another as we’re all foodies, and it seems that men and women alike prepare and receive those gifts. It’s encouraging to see that my male cousins are more likely to do this than my uncles – and that good food is still a strong “family value”!

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I have been reading about feminism a lot in the last month or so. While I had been exposed to many of the ideas before, I had never been this eager to integrate them into my life in a coherent manner. The end of the year is an ideal time to examine my motives and preferences as I usually try to find a resolution I can focus on for a year (or at least a few months), so be ready for more on the subject. For those of you who were preoccupied, I am probably not going to use my new markers on toilet doors just yet, but I’ve been considering ways of doing something myself when I used to find it sufficient to discuss ideas with close friends and relatives. Just so you know, if you see me wearing a “bitch” T-shirt, please don’t worry, it’s all part of the process.

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Winter stagnation

Winter is my favourite season but the weeks that precede New Year’s Eve are seldom interesting. With Christmas ads in every corner, sun deprivation and inescapable boredom, this time of the year makes me a reckless consumer, even to the point of buying a gender-bending doll at the Christmas market in Colmar. Thanks to the incident, I have come to the realization that my blog has become annoyingly materialistic (or perhaps has always been that way due to the fact that I cannot draw people without shaming myself and anyone who’s unfortunate enough to come across my sketches). Still, my blog hasn’t worked for me since I came back from the UK and I need to do something about it. I will think of ways to come up with something different, more personal and fluid.

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