Month: October 2012

Concerning fairy tales

I read an article today about “Truly twisted ‘Children’s Stories'”. Going through their list, I noticed that there were two categories- stories I had never heard of, and classic fairy tales, as far as I know classics from “Grimms Märchen”.

Now, I realize that those tend to be pretty scary, but I don’t see them as being “twisted”. Growing up, my parents and grandparents read and told those stories to me hundreds of times. They told me about how Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off their toes, how Little Red Riding Hood’s granny was eaten by a wolf and how the evil witch wanted to eat Hansel. And you know what? As a kid, I didn’t question it. It was scary, but scary stories are good, and after all, they were just fairy tales. As in, not real.

But there was another thing that got to me in that article. It asks the question whether the Brothers Grimm actually had Halloween on their mind when they wrote their fairy tales. Let me answer that real quick. No. Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm went around collecting folk stories, stories that have been told for generations, and collected them, writing them down and conserving them for, basically, us. These stories are usually designed to teach a lesson, and some of them are just that, a story. They were not written with children in mind. There are “clean”, “Disney” versions of the fairy tales, which I found out years after I first heard the stories. I was pretty surprised, because I realized that there were bits missing, and that, apparently, there was something wrong with the stories I have loved since childhood. Which there isn’t.

But, dear random TheStir writer, if you think these fairy tales are too spooky for your kid, don’t tell them to your kid. But to be throughout you also shouldn’t let your kid read Twilight, because of necrophilia and bestiality. Just saying.



Moar question thingies! Thanks, Cat!

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

– Candle? No, those citrus-y ones that keep flies and gnats away.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

– Pink.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

– Russell Howard. Maybe because I’m watching “Mock the Week”, maybe because he’s insanely funny.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

– I don’t see that happening in the near future.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

– No.

6. Can you do a split?

– Nope.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

– Pretty young, 3/4 maybe? No training wheels, either. Thanks to my grandpa.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

– 1. Atlantic. So one.

9. How many countries have you been to?

– Uhm. Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Spain, Hungary, UK, US, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Israel/Palestine. 13.

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

– My uncle did his mandatory military service years ago, other than that we are proud pacifists.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

– Matilda or Amelia.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

– I don’t know, really. I like Finn.

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

– 1. Out of 18.

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

– We didn’t have a TV until I was 12 or so, but I do remember watching “Nils Holgersson” at my grandparents’.

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

– Halloween isn’t really a thing in Germany, but I think I dressed up as a Cowboy for carnival.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

– Of course. I even enjoyed Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. Twilight just is glorified toilet paper.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

– I’m trying not to have a German accent, that is enough work for now.

18. Did your mother go to college?

– No. She could have, but you don’t have to to become a physiotherapist.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

– Both my grandfathers are widowers, one of them is re-married, the other one has a girlfriend.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

– My best friend used to, so I know some fancy hand trick she showed me.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

– He’s a horse, right?

22. What’s the first amusement you’ve been to?

– Europa Park, I think. It took a crazy amount of begging.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

– I wish my French was better, other than that, Spanish, Italian, Arabic.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

– Grau.

25. Is your father bald?

– Not at all. He got all the good genes, his younger brothers are bald(-ing).

26. Do you know triplets?

– No.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

– Neither? There are actually good books/movies out there.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

– Yes.

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

– That place in France I went to on holiday in Brittany that had the most amazing seafood.

30. Have you been to Olive Garden?

– I’ve been to THE Olive Garden, the one in Jerusalem, where 2000 years ago allegedly Judas kissed Jesus and stuff.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

– I don’t belong to anybody. Slavery is illegal. Stupid question.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

– I don’t know, but my younger brother’s name is Valentin, so that might have been a choice.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

– Frieda. Friedalein. Frühdaba. Friederikchen.

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

– That’s a hard pick, I guess it changes a lot. Right now my youngest brother, we had a great phone call earlier.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

– I like where I am right now, big-ish town with small town feeling.

36. Can you whistle?

– Yes I can. Although I can’t whistle on my fingers, much to my chagrin.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

– I couldn’t sleep with a nightlight.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

– No.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

– Does coffee count? Then, yes.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

– I am suffering from that sexual transmittable, fatal disease known as human life.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

– Not that often, but I haven’t been counting.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

– Once, I think.

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

– Clothing stores, mostly.

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

– “You have a great, dirty laugh”

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

– No. The last one I remember was about buying more sausage than I could ever eat. Then I woke up to an empty fridge.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

– Coffee. Oh, and Peppermint.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

– I tried counting, but lost interest. More than 10.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

– Being atheist, I’d say none. I might let the potential father have some input.

49. Who old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

– I never believed in Santa, so that wasn’t a thing.

50. Why do you have a blog?

– It seemed like a good idea. Don’t question me, random internet question thingy!

12 von 12 im Oktober

Es ist schon wieder der 12., das bedeutet wider 12 von 12, 12 Bilder meines heutigen Tages, gesammelt wie immer von Caro.

♦ Being the unorganized person that I am, I almost forgot that it’s the 12th again. But I remembered, so here they are, 12 pictures of my very ordinary day.

Bestes Jogurt der Welt, bestes Frühstück.

♦ Best Yogurt ever, best breakfast ever.


Es ist zu früh am Morgen, deshalb Aufzug.

♦It’s early, I’m tired, so I won’t take the stairs. Not today.


Verwaltungs-/Baurecht ist schön. Baurecht macht Spaß. Verwaltungsrecht ist interessant. Vielleicht hilfts ja.

Administrative law is everything people think about law. Boring and dry. One more week and I’m finished.


Treue Begleiter seit einer Woche. So intensiv habe ich schon lange kein Album mehr gehört.

♦ I got “Babel” a week ago and I’ve already listened to it about 25 times, that’s a record for a new album.


Ebenfalls neu, erstanden in München in einer kleinen, einzigartigen Boutique namens Accessorize.

♦ Owly wallet makes Frieda happy.


♦ Toy exhibition.

Versprochene Postkarte, ich bin nur 3 Wochen zu spät dran!

♦ I promised to send this postcard – 3 weeks ago.

Verdienter Feierabend.

♦ Back home, well earned break.

Wochenendplanung: Boeuf Bourguignon.

♦ My plan for the weekend: make Beef Bourguignon. Eat it. Be happy.

Mein Lycoris-Brief von Amy. Hat seit Juli seinen Platz auf meinem Schreibtisch.

My lycoris letter, written by Amy. It’s been on my desk since I got it in July.

Brötchen von gestern werden die Semmelknödel von morgen.

Yesterday’s rolls drying for lunch tomorrow.

Bei meinen Füßen ist der Winter eingezogen.

♦ It’s been getting cold- new shoe time!

Just because I am a little bored

Another poll. Got this one from my Lycoris pen pal and favorite teen librarian, Amy.

First Job: Cleaning the car for my parents. They paid me 2€. When my little brother took over the job, he got 5. 

First Real Job: As in first job that actually paid almost enough: Popcorn salesperson and general odd job girl at the local movie theater. I did it for the free popcorn/movies.

First Car: Never owned a car. First car I learned to drive in: Audi A1, first car I crashed: my parents’ Opel Astra.

First Record/CD: Shakira, Laundry Service

First Sport Played: I did gymnastics for a few years in kindergarten/elementary school.

First Concert: The first concert I can remember was PUR with my parents in Heidelberg.

First Foreign Country Visited: First instinct is France, but it might have been Switzerland on the way to Italy, I’m not really sure.

First Favourite TV Show: We didn’t have a TV for years. But once we had one for a few weeks, god knows why, and the only thing I got to watch was Nils Holgerson, so that was my favorite TV show at the time.

First Favourite Actor: No idea. I have tons of favorite actors right now, but I have absolutely no idea as to who was first.

First Favourite Actress: Same here. Growing up mostly without TV might have influenced that. I do remember that I really liked the princess in Swan Lake, so I’m going with that.

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: I’m not sure who came first, but it must have been one of my kindergarten boyfriends, so either Benedikt, who accused me of having no boy toys, or Tobias, to whom I got engaged during a kindergarten sleepover. That engagement was never officially broken, not even when we were in third grade and he kissed that mean girl, Julia, so I better hunt him down and drag him to the altar!

First Encounter with a Famous Person: The first one I remember was a few years ago in Colorado when I met some hockey player who hugged me and told me his mum was from Germany, too. Most recently, our former state PM when I visited the European Commission in Brussels, he walked right past us and the only thing I could think about was “He’s shorter than I imagined”.

First Brush With Death: A car crash in Switzerland a few years ago. Our car was hit in the side, did a 180, turned over on the side and back on the road. But what I remember most about that incident was the aftermath, dealing with the police and trying to communicate my brothers’ and my information in French to the police.

First Film Seen: Swan Lake.

First Favorite Recording Artist: Konstantin Wecker. I was 5 going on 6 and he has this lyric “ob du 6 bist oder 100” – “no matter if you are 6 or 100 years old” – I was so pleased with myself when I finally turned 6 and it applied to me!

First Favorite Radio Station: SWR 1. Eins gehört gehört. Still like it today, actually.

First Book I Remember Reading: I remember being read to a lot, and I remember being extremely proud of finishing Erich Kästner’s “Das Doppelte Lottchen” in a day, but in between? No idea.

First Comic Book: Either Asterix or Spirou und Fantasio. My dad has a pretty nice collection of Belgian and French Comic books and I loved reading them as a kid. I have recently started reading them again and noticed how many jokes I missed.

First Action Figure: I have never owned an Action Figure, see above my friend’s lament over my owning boy toys…

Here we go again


I might be a little bored / not able to fall asleep…

TV Shows Challenge

Pick five of your favorite TV shows before reading the questions.

1. Doctor Who

2. Firefly

3. Hawaii Five-0

4. Castle

5. Downton Abbey

1) Who is your favorite character in 5?

THERE ARE SO MANY! Granny/Dowager Countess/Maggie Smith. Love her.

2) Who is your least favorite character in 3?

Kono. They should have fricken killed her instead of Malia.

3) What is your favorite episode of number 1?

I’ll have to go with one episode per Doctor, so „The Doctor Dances“ for 9, „The Girl in the Fireplace“ for 10 and „Vincent and the Doctor“

4) What is your favorite season of number 4?

The first one was amazing, I’m going with that.

5) What is your favorite relationship in 2?

Mal and Kaylee. They have this wonderful mutual respect and admiration. Honorable Mention: Jayne and Vera.

6) What is your least favorite relationship in 3?

Kono and Adam. Because she should have died and if not she should be with Lab Boy.

7) How long have you watched 5?

Forever. As in, for the two years it has been on.

8) How did you become interested in 4?

My friend said “Watch this”, so I watched it and fell in love with Nathan Fillion.

9) Who is your favorite actor in number 1?

It’s a toss up between Noel Clarke and Arthur Darvill – the male companions are far too underrated.

10) Which show do you prefer more: 1, 2, or 5?

*I don’t wanna choose, hiding in my blanket fort* Doctor Who.

11) Which show have you seen more episodes of: 1 or 4?

I’ve seen every single episode of both shows, so Who.

12) If you could be anyone from 3, who would it be?

Cath Rollings. Because a. she is a badass military intelligence chick and b. Steve McGarrett.

13) How would you kill off your favorite character in 5?

Lady Isobel will go out with a bang if she has to go. There is too much of Prof. McGonagall in her.

14) Would a 3/4 crossover work?

Oh hell yeah. Castle would annoy the hell out of McGarrett and Danno, while Beckett and Chin Ho roll their eyes and Espo and Ryan try to hit on Kono.

15) Pair two characters in 4 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple :

I want Esposito and Lainie back together. Unlikely, but wonderfully perfect.

16) Give a random quote from 2.

Everyone’s got somebody. Wash, tell me I’m pretty. – Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion. – ‘Cause I’m pretty? – ‘Cause you’re pretty.


Second-hand reality

What the hell is wrong with kids these days (and what the hell is wrong with me, I sound old!)? I went to two concerts this weeks, both with a relatively young audience. And at both concerts  I had the same problem. I couldn’t see anything. Now, I’m not that tall, but the main problem was dozens of digital cameras and smartphones, held up high in the air, filming and taking photographs of the stage.

Since I was already distracted, I decided to watch, see what kind of footage they were getting. Needless to say, with the surrounding light, or lack thereof, and ongoing movement, most of the pictures were shaky, blurry, out of focus. The same with video. So why do people do this? Why take pictures of an event instead of really enjoying it? Is the need to have proof of having been there, of having had the chance to have fun more important than having fun itself?

I didn’t take my phone out of my handbag on both nights. I don’t regret it.