October 2009


So apparently our new government is certain and only needs to be elected and appointed. I followed the coalition negotiations if not intensively but on a daily basis. Oh my. The idea to shift the debt into a new account and by this shallow/skeleton budget create a well-balanced national budget – were they really serious about that? Do they take us for a fool? If I had voted for the Liberal Party, I would definitely feel treated like this by now. Apparently it is common ground that election pledges are just nice sounding rhetoric, and it’s the own fault of voters who believe in them. At least this nourishes my small hope that next time the Liberals lose again and Westerwelle will resign.

Lets take a look at the cabinet. No surprises to me are the following appointments
Federal Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Federal Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor: Guido Westerwelle (oy!)
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Ursula von der Leyen
Federal Minister of Education and Research: Annette Schavan
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection: Ilse Aigner (still unsure what to think of her)
Federal Minister of Justice: Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger – I am interested if she will succeed in changing the policy about the Internet

I am surprised that the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg became Federal Minister of Defence whereas the former minister Franz Josef Jung is now Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and Rainer Brüderle is now Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. Surprised because I thought having worked in that resort for quite some time would make you an expert. Why leave, having to start in a new field and having someone else starting from scratch? Such a waste of energy and time.

Really surprised about Philipp Rösler becoming Federal Minister of Health because the Liberals are against the Health Care Reform initiated by the SPD-CDU coalition, and I thought Merkel would not want to change the system again. The health-care reform will be one of the core topics for the next years.
Really surprised about Wolfgang Schäuble becoming Federal Minister of Finance (I really like Steinbrück.)

No real opinion about
Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety: Norbert Röttgen
Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Chancellery: Ronald Pofalla (can’t really stand listening to him, but that is just a personal thing)
Federal Minister of the Interior: Dr. Thomas de Maizière
Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs: Peter Ramsauer
Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development: Dirk Niebel (am I wrong or did he put on weight? I know, I know, these comments are reserved for female politicians and actresses only, that’s why I could not resist at all adding it 🙂 )

I have not read the coalition agreement yet, and I am not sure when and if I will find the time for it but I know I should. They will determine pretty much what the policy of the next four years will look like.

After fighting a cold, struggling for days with my hard drive (so much time and energy wasted) and on top a short visit to the hospital I slept most of yesterday. Today I am finally at my desk and need to find my still lost working routine. I am so much longing for a daily routine. I guess it might get boring if you have one, doing the same stuff for years and years, but right now that is what I dream about 🙂 Getting up every work day around the same time in the same apartment. I am so tired of commuting between two cities, having to schlep my stuff from the office to my apartment to our apartment and back. The idea of splitting tasks according to the desk is great, but does not work out all the time, especially with all the books from the library. If everything works out I can stay in Our City next week and work from home and making some use of having not to teach this semester. And I need that time as the article is due.

My contract expires at the beginning of next year, but if everything works out I might be able to use the left vacation days – with the result that I will be in the office that last time around Dec 18. Oops. That’s a mere eight weeks from now on.

Alright, once again a do-to-list

  • Thesis:
    • Continue writing The Important Chapter
    • Meet with advisor in November and give her the first two chapters
  • Article I
    • Revise and hand it in on Sunday so that J can proofread it, and sent it in next week.
  • Article II
    • Write editor
    • Ask for permissions
  • Book
    • Write authors
  • Private stuff
    • Write and send wedding card
    • Write and send condolence card
    • Write and sent birthday card
  • Office
    • Write 70+ reports on final papers
    • Sort out my own books
    • Archive final papers
    • Throw stuff away
    • Figure out if office will stay or if I need to empty it completely
  • Apartment
    • Buy furniture for our apartment
    • Move books
    • Move kitchen supplies
  • Blog
    • Set some posts public
    • Book 1
    • Book 2
    • Book 3
    • Movie 1
    • Movie 2
Write and send condolence card

Does anyone remember my joy of having finally decided which hard drive to buy and having My Best Friend install the new OS and so on? Well, last Sunday my mail program crashed. And nothing worked to fix it. Turns out after three days that I have an input/output error. The drive is broken. So I went to the shop and returned it. Hopefully the new one will be there in a little bit more than a week, and work properly.

And then it will be “The same procedure as last time, Miss Waterkant?”  – “The same procedure as with every new drive, My Best Friend.”

Poor My Best Friend.

And of course this has to happen now when an article is due, my thesis is overdue, and the book needs to be edited.

Back from two conferences and two weeks of vacation where I managed to read two books for pleasure. (And two previous postings are still waiting to be set public).

But unfortunately I did not finish two chapters for my thesis ;(  No, not even the one that was intended. However, I finally gave The Husband the first sections to read and am happy with his feedback. It is nowhere close to be well rounded, but apparently I am heading in a good direction and it is a good read, no matter its draft character. So after some work on it I might finally overcome my scrupulosity and hand it to my thesis advisor.

I am back in the workaday life, trying to find my daily routine again. There is still so much more work to do and time is running so fast. And I am struggling with a cold which does not increase my motivation for commuting between Our City and My City at all. Oh, just stop whining. You need your energy for all the projects going on.  I guess cleaning up my desk is a good step to find my routine again.