Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ecuador Journal

I'm already getting nervous about going to Ecuador.

At first, this was definitely something exciting for me, and my reasoning for going will not change. I've got a lot of anticipation and excitement in my heart. I can't wait to get there to be forced into speaking Spanish and getting to know the culture like I'll never get another chance to do.

But going through this Ecuador prep class and being assigned to watch their newsfeeds is causing some worries. I know I probably shouldn't be so shaken. After all - their news is hardly worse than ours. But what I'm most worried about is getting into a conversation with my Host Family that might offend them or something.

Normally, I steer clear of politics. I can't stand talking about it because if I know I do, I know I'll never have enough information to back up my thoughts, and even then, I'm not a very good arguer. I'm a good (excuse me) Bull-shitter, but debating was never on my list of strengths. I don't WANT to talk politics with anyone. I just want to be left to my own devices when it comes to that.

Well, Here's to hoping my family isn't a bunch of Political fanatics, because then we'll never get to speak. And that would suck.


On another note, my bike is being messed with, and I'm on 24 hour surveillance till I catch the asshole who's messed up my chain and keeps changing my seat height, speed, and tension. His ass is paying for a new chain, and somehow he's going to get punished for being an ass. I've already informed the school that someone is messing with it, but I can't figure out who it is. I have the HUGEST temptation to walk up to him and punch his fat lights out, but I know that I need to keep some kind of grace about this. If I punch him, I'll just be stooping to his disgusting level, and I'm not prepared to do that.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Stressful day.

I'm never the best of planners. Ever. So today was a surprise and a stress for me when I realized that I had two papers to deal with(one in spanish) and a presentation due tomorrow for Costume Design.


I did get some reading done before I went to work, though.

This is going to be a strange report.

The work thing was a real stress, too. I was hired, and so far the most they've put me on in a week is about 6 hours. This is not how I planned on working. No Bueno. This is almost worse than the Bookstore that gives me MAYBE 5 hours a week. Maybe. I'm getting really anxious to see if Blue Mountain will keep their word about hiring me. They need to, because I really can't stand working just one day a week. It's not worth it.

I miss Victoria's Secret.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coffee is Gooooooood

Working at a coffee shop is wonderful. I love free coffee. It's delicious.

That is all.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

May the odds...

Bite your face off, Effie.

So today I did close to absolutely nothing. I kindof regret that because it was beautiful outside. I should have been reading out in the sun. Thanks to my new Kindle App on my Windows Phone, I'm more likely to in the future. :) (I seriously spent a minute trying to type "in" for that last sentence because I kept pressing "o.")

What did I read, might you ask? Book One of The Hunger Games. Yes, in its entirety. What can I say about it? Well. Let's just say...

It's a rather interesting book and quite an easy read. For this, I am grateful, though the idea of the games is just awful. And, not to mention, this is set in North America, when everything has fallen and a new different kind of Empire has risen. Let's seriously hope that this never happens. If we have to deal with something like the Hunger Games, I'm finding some way to engineer dragons, and I'll gather a large group of rebels to rain down fire on the crazy leaders.

Hmm. I'm getting political, aren't I? Well, I suppose I should cut it for the night, then, because I'm no good at politics.


Friday, March 23, 2012

JB Designs

So I've kindof started a bit of a Craft Fad for myself. Right now it's a little on the down side since it's not really busy, but I thought I'd just post a few things that I've done. Some of these are because of ideas I've found on Pinterest. I'm hoping to make a whole bunch more!

This owl is hand-made & stitched. I'm thinking about making a monkey one next. :)


Well folks, it's been a long time since I've been on here. I'll check in every now and then because of my sister-in-laws Blog, but I'm totally not the natural-born blogger. I've said again and again and again that I need to do this, but it really just never happens.

Well, I hope to change that.

Today was a pretty stressful day. I guess we can start with that. It was nice to be able to sleep in a LITTLE, but not very much. I was able to set my alarm for 9 am, but thanks to my roommates, their alarms, and my anticipation for what was to come, I woke up at 8, 8:30, and 8:32. Don't you just hate that? When something wakes you up before you're supposed to be up and then you can't get back to sleep because you're so anxious about the goings on of the day? I especially hate it when someone wakes me up one or two minutes RIGHT BEFORE my alarm goes off. Like, really? I need that minute.

Anyway. I had to get some shots for my upcoming trip to Ecuador. My lovely mother was out of state so I had to brave the doctors office alone. I didn't anticipate for it to take so bloody long, but it IS the doctor's office and there are always more people who have worse problems than you do.

Today, I had to get the first of my series of Hepatitis A and B shots. The nurse asked me if I'd like one at a time, or both at the same time to get them over with, and of course I opted for the bandaid-solution. I had posted on my facebook last night to see if anyone would have liked to come with me an hold my hand, but that was a negatory, so I requested the presence of another nurse while they shot me. She was really sweet. White, short hair - the motherly type. She held both of my hands while the other two nurses were at my sides.

My arms still hurt. My right more than my left, which sucks because I have a bad habit of sleeping on my right side, not to mention it's my writing hand. Ugh. Just thinking about that shot makes me shiver.

So along with not being able to anticipate the actual time, I ended up missing the majority of my Spanish test this morning. I emailed my Professor, but forgot that he was out of town this weekend(He left yesterday). So subbing for him was none other than his adorable mamacita. That's mother, for those of you that are unfamiliar with endearing Spanish expressions. Now, this lady is super sweet, and you wouldn't guess it, just because of the way she looks(She's completely white - as is my Professor), but she's completely fluent in Spanish. My Profe spent a very long time growing up in Ecuador, so that is considered their home. So, try to imagine my embarrassment and intimidation as I walked in, SOOOOO freaking late, to my Spanish test. I felt really bad for having to give her a doctor's excuse, but I had to do what I had to do, and there wasn't a soon enough option for shots for Ecuador. I have to get them NOW. So today was the solution, no matter how poor it was.

Thankfully, she was merciful, and after frantically trying to get through most of the test, I was able to give it to her and meet back up with her after the rest of my classes were finished to complete my test.

I think I did really well, this time. Honestly. I've been having such a hard time with this class most specifically. The lessons are not sticking to my brain. It's like a piece of tape that takes up so much lint and crap. And now it's full. And only very few things stick. That's what I'm dealing with. EVERY. SINGLE. TEST. has been an F for me. or a D. My homework is fine, and I do it and check my work, but it's still not sticking. I'm hoping that this time, I'll at least bring it up to a D+. I think hoping for a C would be a little too daring.

Tonight, me and two of my roommates had a small movie night. Andrea and Crystal got Footloose and Soul Surfer from the Redbox thing at Alco. It amazed me how much the people in the movies moved their arms. It made my own arms hurt, just thinking about swinging them to dance or keep my balance. Ugh. I hope these bruises go away soon.

Tomorrow, I will sleep in. And hopefully take some pictures. I have a camera that I've been neglecting. The speaker on it doesn't work, and I'm just not that good at taking pictures. I would really like to see if I can get a donation of a really nice camera to take with me to Ecuador, and then maybe a short crash course on the talents of photography. Rachael has some beautiful pictures on her blog, and I'm slightly envious of her skill.