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a tiny bit of bitching behind the cut because actually I'm happy )


I am not one of those people who is all "Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, even more than Christmas!", not because I am greedy and like presents (well, not just because of that), but because Christmas we do stuff more with family friends than strictly family. And I like that more.

But still.


Last Thanksgiving was, admittedly, pretty cool. We took over Thad's house in Africa and made chicken (alas, no turkey) and sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes and green beans and roasted vegetables and apple pie and it was really kind of awesome. But it wasn't AMERICAN THANKSGIVING. At this time, like during the Olympics, I am a bit my country, right or wrong. I understand that this is a gluttonous holiday and I understand some of the beefs people have with it. BUT I DON'T CARE. I FUCKING LOVE THANKSGIVING.

Phew. Now that that's off my chest: I am home. It is lovely. I flew into Chicago Monday night and met up with Other Sister and we drove back Tuesday afternoon. I've been lazing around with the fam watching Jeopardy at night, which might sound lame but is kind of awesome. We have a French exchange student named Arnaud who is mostly adorable. He is 16 and madly in love with Younger Other Sister who is kind of in love with him back and it is cute. So I have been entertaining him. And about 6 other French boys who came over with him and are staying with various other families came over today. We went for a long (FREEZING) walk in the woods which was super fun. And just lazed around with them and Other Family and it was great.

One line of whininess again )

Also, you guys, I am getting glasses. GLASSES. I am so excited. I'm a bit near-sighted, it turns out. And it's not a huge deal but sometimes I have trouble reading things on the board if they are not written in black marker. I also probably would have trouble driving at night, except I never drive at night, so it's not really a problem. But anyway, GLASSES. I am SO. EXCITED. I've always wanted glasses. I look CUTE in glasses (modest!Me). I steal Texas's all the time and stole my girl's once, and they helped so much that it convinced me to get my eyes tested and I did and now I'm getting glasses! I won't have them until I get home for Christmas, but I am super excited.

ALSO. I sent my proposal to the safari company to go back and write a book on them. Did I tell you guys I was doing that? Well, I am. Trying to anyway. To go back to Africa after I graduate and work for the company in exchange for room, board (aka a tent and not having to scavenge the bush for my food), and access to them. And I will write a book. YES PLEASE.

Tomorrow, let me say again, is THANKSGIVING. I am excited. Saturday I get my hair cut!

One more line of whininess )

I live a pretty good life!

ETA: Other Sister made me come out last night almost immediately after I posted this and I had a great time and saw the IOM and we're doing lunch Saturday and I live an even better life than I thought!
olaf47: (delighted i'm sure)
Things are still a little off. Definitely better than last week, plus I've made it through the tough part of my week, so it should only go up from here.

The Africa Party did indeed raise my spirits. Such fun. )

But at the same time, I'm...not really depressed or angry. Unhappy, I suppose. I don't want to be here. I'm so thoroughly done with academics, except I know I have to graduate, which means one more year. And I just want to go home--I don't know if it's just that it's finally the only home I want, that I've finally realized that, or if it's just that time of year (only a month to go), or if it's not being around people who knew our friend who died.

RIP Uncle Doug )

I'm a downer lately, sorry )

I kind of feel like I'm faking everything, and like I've been faking a lot of things my entire life. It's an odd feeling.
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Oh, how homesick I have been. Not in a bad way, so much as in a "I need to go read everyone's livejournals and feel better" sort of way. I am ready for coldness and family and friends who are basically family. I miss people who have known me longer than three months, and a lot of y'all fall into that category, even if we've never met.

But in only 5 days I shall go to Europe, where it will be cold and two girls who, while only knowing me for three months, are absolutely amazing will accompany me. They'll be with me in London, then I'll do Dublin on my own, and then I'm skipping Strasbourg and just doing Nantes. I'm sad to miss Strasbourg, but I lost my free place to stay, and my friend is just going to come to Nantes instead so I'll still get to see her. Oh, FRANCE! I am so excited to see you again. It will be so new too, having never gone in the winter. Which brings me to, Oh, CHRISTMAS! I miss Christmas lights and snow and coldness and Christmas music on so often I want to break the radio. I'm not religious, so I celebrate "Christmas Without Jesus", which basically just means everyone I love gets together and has a lot of food, drink and conversation, and shows each other we love each other. That seems to me important enough to be a holiday.

I already have a sledding date for winter break, so there better be enough snow.

Please comment! About anything! I miss communicating with people I love, and I love you flist.

Ooh--also, congrats to NaNo winners. The only ones I know of on my flist are [livejournal.com profile] luminous_lu and [livejournal.com profile] astropixie. Yay for you! :D
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Heya kids! Hullo from Africa!

I am rather tired, as I woke up at six to internet before we have to leave this morning. I'm not sure when I'll get to it again.

Africa is great, obviously. We just got back from a three-week safari, which was amazing. There were days when I was so happy all day that I could have cried. I've made some pretty good friends (including some good ole BSG girls. I'm trying to open their eyes to the wonder that is [livejournal.com profile] bsg_pornbattle. :) ). There are of course things I don't like sometimes, but mostly I'm pretty happy.

I'm...homesick is not necessarily the right word for it. There are things that I miss, but it's more that I want to go home. Not that I'm not having fun, but I'm ready to be done now. I think it's probably because we just did three weeks of driving around from place to place almost every day and seeing new things every day, and now all I'm doing is staying in the same place for three weeks working on an independent project. It's just not nearly as appealing. Also, cool things are happening at home (aka JOE FREAKIN' PURDY COMING TO MY SCHOOL WHILE I AM NOT THERE) and I am missing all of them. So that is a little sad. But I'm having enough of a good time that it doesn't matter much. Also, I'm still super excited for Europe after the program ends.

You guys should shoot me little updates of your lives or something; I miss you all a ton. I hear [livejournal.com profile] ninamazing met John Krasinski. Jealous, much? (And speaking of meeting cool people, there's a movie being filmed in a town a little south of where I live in the States, and I have a FRIEND in it! In a movie with ED HARRIS! He has lines and everything!) But anyway, do keep in touch. I miss you all.

I want to thank Debbers again for the paid account that I think runs out this month. That was very sweet, you darling lady. ♥

Good luck to [livejournal.com profile] luminouslu and anyone else doing NaNoWriMo!

Don't stop being awesome, okay flist?
olaf47: (kara laughing)

We're at the end of a couple free days in Arusha, Tanzania right now, so I'm lazing around on the computer because it's not that expensive and there's not much else to do. It's been pretty great here, especially within the last week or so. Swahili class and the history/politics/etc class ended maybe two weeks ago? I think. And then we spent all last week at the coast, snorkeling for at least four hours a day. That was literally our class. It's amazing.

Thursday we head out for a three-week safari slash grasslands ecology class. I'm really excited. I want to see a cheetah!

I miss you all like whoa. It's just not the same without people who flail and use capslock and know about the Space Epic. I do at least have a couple of BSG watchers, so it hasn't been complete withdrawal. But no Friday dance party anonymemes or nothing. I did just catch up with the Space Epic (omg LEE YOU ARE ADORABLE AND ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS OLD! How many things are you going to shoot before you realize you should probably just kiss her?!) which was fun and adorable. And I can't wait to get back to the states and read everything from the next [livejournal.com profile] bsg_pornbattle. I'll also have so much television to catch up on: House, The Office, 30 Rock, Castle, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds. I might be missing one or two. And I'll probably start watching Dexter too.

I've been writing a ton of original fic here too. All for Kansas or whatever I'm calling it. I flip back and forth between the TV show and the actors of the show, and it's ridiculous and none of it is chronological or, in some cases, necessary to the story at all, except that I KNOW it happened to these characters, so I write it. I've become so protective of one of the characters, it's a little silly, knowing she's fictional and I'm actually the reason she's having these problems to begin with. But I love her and want to punch people who hurt her.

Anyway. I'll be gone with no internet for three weeks, but you should comment! Or facebook me! Or something! Because I miss y'all and I get lonely and I love hearing about your lives!
olaf47: (kara laughing)
I don't actually have time to read anyone's entries. But just scrolling through and seeing your userpics makes me less homesick.
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I miss you guys!

Africa is great but we're still in a hotel so it doesn't feel quite so African yet. Host families on Saturday.

FANGIRLS!: Have super fun at D*Con!

The actual link to my blog is hopefully this.
olaf47: (Default)
Leaving tomorrow at noon for Chicago. Flight from Chicago to London at 9:15 pm. 8-hour flight, 8-hour layover, then a 9-hour flight London to Nairobi.

I'll probably not update here, since I don't want to show this journal to a lot of people. Instead, I'll be updating here.

Try not to forget about me! Fangirls have fun at D*con! ♥ ♥ ♥ See you in December.

And the thing my mother said to us every day as we went to school: Be good, be nice, be smart.
olaf47: (buttercup)
(aka: there is a beautiful full moon).

I am going to Africa. Africa. I get this way after our Sunday meetings for the trip, when I suddenly realize I'm going to Africa. Kenya and Tanzania for a semester. And maybe more afterward, because the trip ends the first week in December and our only obligation is to be back for school in the middle of January (though I will probably return for Christmas and all that). I may cavort to Europe to be with friends studying abroad there. And Spain! I have never been to Spain, so it is a goal.

But yes, Africa. We had kids from last semester's trip come in and talk to us. I am already in love with the continent I have decided. I am going to find a story there. I find stories every time I travel. I am going to be a writer. I am certain. In fact, I just read a passage for my nonfiction class that made me think of...me:

"I too, if I may mention myself, have always known that my destiny was, above all, a literary destiny--that bad things and some good things would happen to me, but that, in the long run, all of it would be converted into words." - Jorge Luis Borges, Blindness

Hunter S. Thompson (that's what I'm calling him now) and I have decided to have weekly bouts of writing. Or I suppose weekend bouts of writing. Except our Saturdays are so very full soon. This Saturday = Valentine's Day, Hunter's birthday, and me at a Science Olympiad invitational. Next Saturday = my birthday. Saturday after = he being adorable and flying across the country for a girl. Saturday after = me on a retreat with the Africa kids. Saturday after = Science Olympiad State.

Ridiculous, yes?

I am especially inspired for the moment, but I must go read for Constitutional Law, which is also inspiring but in a different way. I have done a good job writing my fic for [livejournal.com profile] kinky_hearts, though I must finish it. Oh smut for Valentine's Day, you are so silly. But I forget that someone will write something for me, and then I remember and it makes me happy/laugh. I have been using parentheses lately in fics. I'm not sure if it's silly or not. I am also on the lookout for good West Wing fics, if anyone knows any.

I am going to start watching Battlestar Gallactica. Really I am. Because they are the pretty. They are "I want to go to there" pretty. That is my new measure of pretty.

Talk to me, flist.


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