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So totally forgetting some task exists is what happens when I don't enter it in my org agenda :oh_no:

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Covid travel rules 

I didn't write it down so I totally forgot there were rules to enter Germany again, but I think I got everything now :blobsleepless:

I panicked at the announcement in the train that (not self-made, this I had) tests were mandatory but luckily the proof of vaccine was enough, and luckily too I found wifi for the entry registration.

Now I'm all set, no quarantine necessary, appointment for the booster obtained, new self-test made just to be sure, I can go get groceries, yay!

Misgendering by strangers 

Got misgendered 4 times out of 4 since yesterday, I'm wondering if it's the bulky coat or if I only felt correctly gendered in Germany because strangers don't gender greetings :ms_grimace:

Will I ever discover whether or not I have ADHD, the adventure 

I caught up with my sister for the first time in 2-ish years, it turns out she got diagnosed with ADHD and some form of autism. And her therapist thinks like mine that our father likely is autistic, from what we tell about him. I often heard that both are linked and run in families, so that's interesting to report when I get an appointment mid-January.

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I don't know what made me chose a Sunday evening to reach Paris' suburbs, every correspondence is minimum half an hour when the line even runs on Sundays :blobugh:

Well, 4km more, I'd walk but I realized I can't find the way, so I came back waiting for the bus :flan_shrug:

French people being bad at wearing masks 

I'm taking the train in France and zero persons have their masks on their nose :ms_grimace:

(Including my nearest neighbor who said on the phone he's sick and hoping it's not covid, so I'm tightening my FP2 and I guess I'll need a test tomorrow or something)

I realized I can actually start to understand my grandparents when they switch to their native dialect of german :blobaww:
And suddenly nonsense sounds from when I was a child actually make sense!

I was walking around today, so enjoy the view of the remains in Elsass of a bridge built by romanian prisoners of the germans during the first world war (to bring weapons to the french front). People still use the way when the water is a bit lower!

I really thought I wouldn't be able to travel because the test station where I had made a last-minute appointment after work yesterday had closed early (I guess before I did the online appointment? :flan_shrug:), so I had to rush home to look up any station still open after 7pm. Found one more than an hour away, made it before it closed and got smoothly tested, but I was afraid for a moment.

Next time I'll just go there during work as soon as it's less than 24h before arrival :sweat_smile_ms:

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Good morning from getting-up-at-4am Yulran, I am surprisingly not yet late today.

German unemployement adventures 

I'm still missing paperwork since the HR people who can fill them were already in holidays when I got them, so anyway I'm not losing anything by not being home. But still, why would it be bad to register an absence more than a week in advance, I don't get it :blobsleepless:

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German unemployement adventures 

If I'm going to not be able to empty my letterbox minimum once a day I have to ask the authorization first (which is already some ironic double-standard because their invitation letter to Thursday's appointment took a week and arrived after the appointment).

So I tried to register that I will still be away for a couple of days when my unemployment start, but I can't do that. They write that I ask for an absence more than 7 days in advance, it won't be approved.

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German unemployement adventures 

Maybe it could be a kind of low-pressure discovery time when I can try stuff and figure out what I want to do :blobcatsurprised:

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German unemployement adventures 

I successfully clarified (not by talking but by showing the paper) that my phd contract states I work half-time (even if, in practice, work time and phd time are mostly the same), so now I only have to look for jobs up to 20 hours a week.

I asked what kind of jobs, they asked if I knew python, so I guess I'm going to be a part-time programmer next year :oh_no:
(I don't know, maybe I enjoy it)

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Christmas, family death 

I thought I wouldn't be sad because I always thought my uncle was a racist and sexist asshole, but still, it's weird to imagine this hole suddenly being there. And I'm wondering how my cousins and their kids are handling it.

Anyway, I was quite wary of spending this christmas in my family (the last 2 years I didn't), but my parents will be gone again, and it will be weird in a different way.

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Christmas, family death 

My uncle unexpectedly died yesterday, and now my parents are canceling all the holiday plans to come to the village for the burial instead. They asked if I would too, but with end-of-contract work stuff and non-refundable train tickets it would be a mess, so I'll only come next week.
I was barely able to handle seeing my cousin cry at our grandma's burial last year, I'm not ready to see her at her father's near what would be our grandma's birthday.

I'm unexpectedly catsitting this weekend! Meet Yılışık :blobcatlove:
She needs to be kept separated from her brother a few days until a veterinary appointment so she had a long journey through town today.

German unemployement adventures 

I'm getting a face-to-face appointment next week, so hopefully without the added difficulty of a half-broken phone I can try to explain I can't work 40 hours and graduate, I already burned out enough for this thesis :blobugh:

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German unemployement adventures 

They asked how much I was currently working, and I made confused german noises, tried to remember how much the contract says we're supposed to be working (before the pressure of doing 2-3 hours more every day) and totally forgot what the secretary had just said :chick_cry_happy:

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