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18 May 2010 @ 03:17 am
Ugh, so I was going over my travel plans, just to double-check everything before we lose our computers (we're leaving them with a friend so that we don't have to worry about them while we're traveling)... and of COURSE I made a mistake and said we were arriving a day earlier in London than we are... so that was a fun thing to deal with at 2 am ugghh. I want to be a kid again, so that my parents can plan and pay for everyyything. Too much stress.

OK, I think everything is settled - we have somewhere to sleep every night, all our tickets saved to pdfs, saved on external hard drive so we can print.... etc. etc.

... I am definitely writing this post just to reassure myself that I'm not forgetting anything, ahhhh. So tired.

Also, I am turning into my mom. Exhibit A: page one of my outline for the trip. ahhhaaha...

On a brighter note, I had a bagel and cream cheese for the first time since before I left. It was delicious.
Feeling: stressed
Music: more more more - capsule
Top 10 things I am dying to do once I get back to Canada (aside from seeing all the people I miss like crazy):
  1. Sleep in my own bed, with freshly washed sheets
  2. Take a bath, preferably with bubbles
  3. Eat good Italian food, especially lasagne
  4. Bake a cake and decorate it
  5. Go shopping in Toronto
  6. Have a bbq with the fam
  7. Movie nights with friends, sister
  8. See my sad, old, decrepit cat, and my cute, young, hyper cat
  9. Rediscover all the clothes I had to leave behind to make my suitcase lighter
  10. Go to bookstores, read outside in my backyard
Ugghhhh back to studying....
Feeling: exhausted
Music: ケンちゃん - Highway61
29 April 2010 @ 01:39 am
Finally finished 4 more books...Collapse )
I should have read 32 books by now -- oops!!I guess I've fallen behind...
Feeling: thoughtful
19 April 2010 @ 01:09 pm
Holy crap, this year went fast. It feels like I turned 20 only a few months ago. I am still getting used to the idea of being a 20-something, but I think I like it. I'm not feeling as freaked out as I did last year at this time, at least! Although, I have to say, I'm going to be really glad when I've graduated and my birthday is no longer in the middle of finals. Last year I had an exam on my birthday. Sweet. While exams haven't started here yet, I do have, oh, 2 tests, 3 papers, 2 books to read, and 2 movies to watch this week! Uggghhhhh. 'Celebrated' last night instead of today - We made disney princess/winnie the pooh cupcakes, and I got some hair clips and a mug with a kitten on it as presents (adorable!), saw "How to Train Your Dragon" (adorable!), and went to McDonald's for dinner (gross but statisfying and cheap)... Why yes, I am nine!

So I've totally been slacking on blogging, which I figure I'll regret in 6 months because I have a terrible memory. So here are some updates... Some really long, boring updates.

Update this with pictures later since I don't have time today!

EdinburghCollapse )

KilarneyCollapse )

Blarney Castle/CorkCollapse )

I can't believe I only have 6 weeks left here! We're hoping to get to a few more places in Ireland, Belfast, Dublin, Leeds, London, and Paris before heading home, but we'll see how that goes - time/money constraints might not allow for all of them.
Feeling: busy
27 March 2010 @ 03:58 pm
Finally! It's easter break. I'm grateful for the break in school, even though it's so short (UK students get a month, lucky jerks). Tomorrow I'm leaving for Scotland... We're taking Ryan Air, which, while cheap, is making me nervous. After that whole Kevin Smith thing with that cheap American airline, I'm paranoid I'm going to get kicked off a plane due to weight - cheap airlines are the worst for that. Ugh. We'll see. Whatever. No point in worrying about it.

This week I went shopping, despite having no money... But I bought most of my stuff at a store called Penny's and it was so cheap! Examples:

- two pairs of shoes = 6 euro
- really cute purse = 11 euro
- really cute tote = 2 euro
- like 50 hair ties = 1.50 euro
- umbrella (polkadot!) = 5 euro
- sunglasses = 3 euro

See?! Cheap. And I legit needed shoes.

Oh, and when I went shopping to get that stuff, we also stopped in at a Chinese grocery store to get things to make gyoza! I had been reading all these bento websites earlier (they're just so pretty) and saw a recipe for them and was craving them... Now that I think about it, I have really happy memory associations with them... First time I tried them was in highschool - I learned how to make them at a friends house, it was so fun! And then last fall during homecoming we ate a bunch while predrinking, and again when we got back from the club... :) ahh. But yeah, Anne and I managed to make them pretty decently for our first solo tries! I even did the fry/steaming method of cooking them - it was fun times.

Anyway, I have things to do... I think I'm going out for dinner soon. I think/hope this trip will be really fun (if I get there lol) -- we're going on two bus tours so that we can get around to all the stuff in the countryside that would be pretty impossible to get to without them. Lots of museum visits are planned, also. And hopefully a day in Glasgow! Exciting!

Here is the playlist I made for the flight:Collapse )
Also this journal has officially become a diary, lol.
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Feeling: anxious
Music: Forget About What I Said - The Killers
21 March 2010 @ 11:18 pm
Hummmm, so... Had a pretty sweet week this week. Convinced myself not to skip any classes, except one! Impressed with myself! And, I found out I got an "A1" (which is like an 11/12 I guess, or an A+) on this discourse analysis project I thought I would FAIL! I literally thought it was a pile of crap, but apparently not! I doubt I'll do as well on the next 2 projects, but this assingment was worth like 20% of my mark, so whatevs!

The whole week was all about St. Patty's day, although it was much more chill here than I expected. On Saturday Anne and I went to see fireworks over the Shannon river in Limerick. We went a little early and I bought two books ('Agnes Grey' and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'), then got some chinese food that was sooo good, and came with free Chinese beer! Ballin'!



On Tuesday, Anne, Kara, and I met up for drinks and talk at a pub on campus, and there happened to a few musicians playing. They were pretty deece. Wednesday was St. Patty's day, and the whole school got the day off - lucky me, I always have Wednesdays off... lol, of course. We were going to go into Limerick to see the parade, but got fed up waiting for the bus (plus I hate parades) so instead we went for a walk around our neighbourhood. At night, we went and saw "The Green Zone" with the boys (it was okay) and then picked up Kara from her village and went to the pub for a bit (traditional music that night - pretty good!). Thursday night we had a girls night and played cards (Egyptian ratscrew? I think that's what we played. I don't understand the name) ... yeah!

Then this weekend Anne and I went on a trip to Kilkenny all on our own! I was pretty impressed that we planned it on Monday and everything still worked out okay. We had an AWFUL layover in this town called Clonmell on our way there - it was like an hour and a half of sitting outside, in the rain and cold, trying not to encourage the strange homeless man that was hanging out there. And when we got to Kilkenny we got so lost that we had to take a cab to the hostel. But! The hostel turned out to be very nice (so far I've had really good experiences with hostels, and my fear of them is slowly dissipating), and we shared a room with 3 girl backpackers from Australia, and a girl from Canada, who was... very friendly, and apparently traveling alone.

Anyway, we decided only to go for one short day, which I think was a good plan - there wasn't that much to see. Got up at 9:30, had breakfast (squashed muffin I brought from home and instant coffee), went to an old church (graves from the 17th and 18th centuries!), went to Kilkenny castle, walked along the river, poked around the shops, had lunch at an Italian restaurant (gnocchi for me), bought cookies at a bakery, walked around some more... got lost trying to find the bus station, and then headed home! At our layover in Clonmel on the return trip the homeless dude was STILL there - we're pretty sure he lives there, and I'm pretty sure he burned those busses, even if he says he didn't...

Here are pictures.Collapse )
Feeling: tired
Music: 私の名前はおバカさん - Chara
11 March 2010 @ 06:53 pm
Today was a good day. Here is why:

- Talked to my prof about a big presentation that I was worried about (relief!)
- Finished an assignment that was due on Monday and handed it in (oops, oh well)
- Such good weather! 10 degrees, sunny - campus was all busy and everyone was in a good mood
- Finally did a full load of laundry! Clean clothes!
- I made my instant coffee really well -- twice!
- Never missed the bus!
- Found out I passed the JLPT! I got 85 in writing, 82 in listening, 86.5 in reading! WHAT WHAT
- Going to finally cook a real meal tonight, because I have time~
- Yuki's new CD is at #1 (lol I am sooo lame)
- It's almost Friday!
- Going to plan some trips tonight - around Limerick this weekend, plans for when Katie visits me here, and maybe some Scotland plans (going there on March 28th! Eee!)

AND (I don't know if you'll read this but I just wanted an excuse to use this thing)

Glitter Words - http://www.sparklee.com

Feeling: content
Music: 同じ手 - YUKI
04 March 2010 @ 10:42 am
Since I last updated I've gone on a trip to the West of Ireland (Cliffs of Moher!) , opened an Irish bank account, missed the deadline for an assignment, and realized that I have about 4 things due by Friday at 5! Have I been working hard? Not at all! I just can't find the motivation. I can't shake the "vacation" feeling I have here.

So, in the spirit of procrastination, I thought I'd update my 100 books list. I can't decide if I want give myself exactly 1 year to read the 100 books (until February 9th, 2011) or if I want to do it by December 31st. I'm leaning towards the latter, which means I have to read 9 books a month, plus one extra at some point. I have read 8 so far, so I'm a little behind schedule. But I can make it up in the summer/at Christmas. I don't have that much time for reading right now!

Cut for my ramblings on the booksCollapse )

Books read:
1. "Emma" by Jane Austen (1815) - England
2. "Remember Me?" by Sophie Kinsella (2008) - England
3. "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby (2009) - England
4. "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005) - England
5. "Eureka Street" by Robert McLiam Wilson (1996) - Northern Ireland
6. "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella (2009) - England
"The Tennant of Wildfeld Hall" by Anne Bronte (1848) - England
8.  Brooklyn - Colm Toibin (2009) - Ireland
Feeling: stressed
Music: Stay With You - capsule
21 February 2010 @ 09:31 pm
Trip post!

Got back from Dingle about 3 hours ago. I feel dead on my feet, but after showering and eating some dinner I feel like posting. Plus I'm going to have a busy week and probably won't feel like doing it this week.

Anyway, I'll preface this post saying that I spent the weekend in a state of panic/dread/anxiety/self loathing. I lost my wallet - which included my UL student card, my Mac student card, my OHIP card, my VISA, my debit, my immigration card, my key card for my residence, my out-of-country insurance card, my optimum card (NOO! lol), and ... almost 200 Euro. YESSSSSSS. I tried to have as much fun as I could, but the whole time my brain was like "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhyouarefucked" over and over and over. So yeah. lol. Gonna be fun times over the next little while, getting all my shit back in order - and I JUST finished getting everything dealt with :'(

Click here to read~Collapse )
Feeling: anxious
Music: Sick Muse - Metric
19 February 2010 @ 12:37 pm
So... updating... This week we got our GNIB cards (Garda National Immigration Bureau) at the police station in downtown Limerick. While we were there, a woman came in, obviously high on heroin (told us), screaming and showing us all her bloodied leg (apparently someone had attacked her). So that was fun (see: scary). But the Gardai and the immigration people were very nice! We went grocery shopping after at Tesco.

Had a Japanese presentation this morning in class and it was not fun. We weren't allowed to memorize anything beforehand. And I got so flustered that I forgot all my grammar and talked way too fast. After I sat down I remembered all the proper ways to say things and obsessed about that for awhile. I hate how nervous I get when I have to speak - gotta get over that, I have like 3 big ass presentations this semester. Curse you, UL.

I've finished 2 books since my last book post... Not as many as I wanted to, but I think I kind of burnt myself out. I'm gonna do it though! I only need to read 2 more books for February to stay on track. Taking "The Tennant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte with me - did you know she died when she was 29? I'm still always surprised with how often people died young back in the day - Jane Austen died when she was only 40. Uhhh, yeah. That was depressing, lol.

On a brighter note, I'm leaving for Dingle tonight after class - pretty excited. It's a four hour bus ride, but I love bussing places. Going with Anne and Kara again, and two of Kara's friends. Should be pretty fun!

Have a good last weekend of reading week, people on reading week! :)
Feeling: cheerful
Music: Oui? D'Accord? - Mean Machine