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|Sunday, October 7th, 2007|
|I seriously need to quit my job.
In fact, I think I'm going to get a new job by the end of the month. Working til 1:30 in the morning 2 nights a week and til midnight for two more nights is just way too much...especially when you're working 7-8 hour shifts of running around without any real food to eat. Ugh. My health and school are definitely suffering.
On a happier note, I hear they're taking applications at Olive Garden... Current Mood: exhausted
|Friday, September 7th, 2007|
|Work is sucking away my life.
I mean, not that it's a bad job. In fact, I think the Cheesecake factory is one of the most entertaining places to work. There's always people to talk to, I hear jazz music all the time, and working in the bakery is fun because I get to make all the cheesecakes look pretty before I send them out to our guests. Guests--NEVER customers. Even more, since we're ALWAYS busy, it's easy to keep working and working and working and then realize, WHOA! It's closing time already?! Unlike KFC, where each our seemed to D R A G by. Still, at the end of the night, I'm exhausted, I come home, I know I have homework to do, but the bed at the corner of the room beckons me so enticingly. *sigh*
I really miss going out on Friday nights to dance, too. I've been working every weekend, so I never get a Friday off. Brian's tried to help, deciding that now is the time for me to teach him quickstep, my favorite dance. Still, it's hard not going to the Kosair shrine and stuff like that. *sigh* At least this work experience will look good on my record. Also, Brian and I won't have to worry about as many debts when we get married.
Classes aren't that hard this year. Apparently one of my classes in Argentina counted as a 500-level elective, and since all the 400-level Spanish classes were filled up this semester, I ended up with Spanish 524--Spanish phonetics. It's not that bad of a class, really...we spend our time learning about different dialects and making fun of the way English speakers pronounce Spanish.
I also have hip-hop aerobics, which is kicking my ass, but is also a lot of fun. Too bad most of us are really white, lol.
Anatomy is boring. And I have to wake up at 8 for it. Blech. And the teacher just posts slides on blackboard, then reads them aloud to us at class. Unfortunately, he gives random pop-quizzes, so I can't just skip his classes then arrive on test days.
Personal finance--um...our teacher hasn't showed up, because she(he?)'s still stuck in Panama. Class will begin 9/11.
I'm also taking an honors course that satisfies my gen ed. arts credit. Basically, we've read 2 Oedipus stories and Antigone so far. Not that I haven't read them already, but hey. I can't really complain. Our teacher's really sarcastic and funny.
Dani--did you close your facebook account? I can't find you there.
I'm turning 20 in a little bit more than a week. How wierd is that? Current Mood: blah
|Friday, June 29th, 2007|
I did a rehearsal packing today. Almost everything fits, if I leave behind my toiletries and my old winter stuff that I don't really like to begin with.
Gino has begun sleeping on my bed for security. It makes me smile. The poor things' gonna miss me when I leave. Who's going to pet him and scratch him behind the ears when Adriana isn't around?
I really miss home now, though. Mostly one special boy who begins with a "B" and ends with a "rian." I've strongly considered getting a job this summer, but he suggests that I don't worry about it. I don't know. He bought a house while I was gone (!!!!!), but it still hasn't been closed on yet. It's a piece of work. There will be so many repairs needed on that house I don't know if I'll have time for both a job and that building.
My friends rented a house near U of L!!!! So that means I'm not homeless during the school year now! Yay! We'll have our own girls' pad...sweet. 8) That also means that I'm only going to be paying HALF of what I normally pay for housing and food costs, because U of L jacks up their housing prices ridiculously high. So, hopefully I'll manage to store away some extra money from that to restore what I spent on this Argentina trip. Heh, heh.
I really have enjoyed being here, though. While I'm still not exactly fluent in Spanish, my conversation skills have improved a great deal...and now I have a somewhat Argentine accent. (I say somewhat because even though I've picked up some of their dialect, whenever I speak people can still tell I'm not from around here).
So, my poor parents...they went to Hawaii, their plane ended up late and Alan was put on standby, so he almost didn't get to go! Then, when they actually got there, he broke his arm falling down! Sounds like a nightmare of a trip. I'm glad that didn't happen to me. I think I would freak out in a hospital, let alone an Argentine one. Though I do have a cold from all this winter here, but still...that pales to NOTHING compared to mom and Alan's trip.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to my 10 hour and 2 hour plane rides tomorrow...woo hoo. I'm leaving my apartment at 12 noon on Saturday and I don't arrive in Cincinatti until 12 noon on Sunday. I don't know exactly when I'll arrive home, depending on whether or not Brian takes me somewhere to eat when I get back or not.
Well, I guess I better go finish my packing and take a shower. Hope everybody else is having a safe and fun summer! Current Mood: accomplished
|Saturday, June 23rd, 2007|
Woo hoo! Just got back from Buenos Aires. Megan and Christa and I were proud of ourselves for making it all the way over there and back, including bus and hotel reservations, etc., without any help from any instructors or our host parents. Just relying on our own Spanish, baby! :D
I heart the Museo de Bellas Artes. That museum is so huge! It just goes on forever and ever! :) I was happy. That city is so big, though...I must have walked at LEAST 60 blocks yesterday, total. Never go to the planetarium there, though. The one in Rosario is better.
So, the main difference I see between Rosario and Buenos Aires is that in Rosario, there are loose random dogs everywhere. In Buenos Aires, it's loose random cats.
I took a subway for the first time! It was really fun...Megan really enjoyed herself, because we were crammed in like a bunch of sardines and she was squished up against this hot guy. We also went to the Plaza de Mayo, where we saw two political protests going on. We have pictures! ;)
The only lame thing about Buenos Aires is it's too dangerous to be out late at night. And one of our host parents told us that the taxi drivers are like the mafia and sometimes randomly kidnap people. So we couldn't take taxis. So what are we going to do now that we're back here? We're going out to a club, man!!! YEAH! I'm going to dance the night away...literally. Clubbing doesn't start until 1 AM and doesn't stop until breakfast. I miss my dance partner...well, I miss ballroom dancing in general. Still, maybe this will help my dance withdrawal.
Wow...I only have a week left in Argentina. Wierd. :-/ Current Mood: cheerful
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
|It's the little things that count, you know...
Some things I have noticed in Argentina...
...they have those wierd washing thingies by the toilet that look awkward.
...there are definitely more dogs here.
...the LEFT handle on the sink says "C" (caliente) and the right handle says "F" (frío).
...NOBODY has a dryer for clothes. And clothes don't ever quite dry completely when you hang them outside.
...everything DOES sound sexier in Spanish.
...if you actually MEET a guy in a normal context (ex: not in front of the construction worker's site or through a car window)here, they're actually quite polite and normal.
...EVERYBODY kisses the other's cheek to greet each other and say goodbye. KISS ON THE LEFT SIDE. If you lean to the right, you might accidentally kiss them on the lips instead! (Almost happened to a friend of mine, lol)
...ham and cheese sandwiches automatically have butter on them. (Blech!)
...chocolate ice cream here is officially the MOST AWESOME ice cream. EVER. It tastes like mousse.
...chocolate chip cookies don't exist here. Wah.
...Blood sausage is called "marcillo". Avoid it like the plague.
...Argentinians apparently don't like peanut butter.
...the best place to find free entertainment is by going to watch the magicians that perform in the streets for coins.
...Don't EVER eat at a chain-type of restaurant here. The company may have bought out a building where people used to be tortured a long time ago and their bodies are still buried in the basement of said restauarant (no joke).
...keys look different here.
...the "1st floor" is really the "2nd floor" here. There is the Ground floor, then you climb the stairs to the first floor, then the second, etc. In other words, there's a floor zero here.
...wearing high heels is as good as suicide here with the wierd brick broken down roads.
...forget the bible. Keep a map.
...no eye contact with single men.
...no eye contact with the vendors on the streets.
...it will be less of a financial burden to feed a dog on the street instead of a kid. Dogs beg less.
...NEVER use the word "coger" in Argentina. Nor "concha."
hee. I love it here. :) Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, June 5th, 2007|
I woke up early this morning because the sounds of the city and I couldn't go back to sleep. That may be because I got so much sleep yesterday, though... >_> <_<
Anyway, yeah. I guess I better write down what it's like down here before I forget. Argentina. It reminds me a lot of pictures I've seen of Europe, because of all the architecture. There are freestanding statues of nude figures on lots of buildings, monuments and tombstones here. Overall, the architecture is very beautiful.
The main bad parts of Argentina: the construction (all the roads are being repaired here because some freak hailstorm in November. There was hail the size of baseballs falling!), the freaky children coming up to you in the restaurants asking you for money or for you to buy some cheap item from them, and the traffic. The cars don't care if you're crossing the street, they'll SPEED UP.
I like the fact that you can walk to wherever you need to be here. I also like the exchange rate...you get 3 pesos to the dollar here, and sometimes more. A bottle of water here costs 2 pesos, and I've seen a bottle of soda go for as little as 1.5 pesos. Not a bad deal. Also, though some of my friends don't like it, I like the dogs here. People don't keep their dogs on leashes, but they train their dogs well enough to keep by their side, anyway. Provided, there ARE loose dogs that have no home, but they don't bother anybody. And they look so cute! It makes me sad that those puppies are homeless.
Umm...guys? I understand why Americans are fat now. You know why? Our portion sizes are HUGE. You know a mug of coffee that we drink out of? Um, an Argentine mug of coffee is a THIRD the size of that. I'm not joking. A THIRD. The cafe's only sell that size, too. An XL in the cafe is considered a normal mug of coffee in the U.S. And soda? Our medium is considered their large, as far as cups go. The only thing I've seen fried here has been potatoes. All the meat is roasted, or should I say asado.
I'm getting more accustomed to the Spanish here now, too. It's cool...I don't know how, but I can even hear my accent start to mold into theirs here. It must be the "Dani" effect. lol. Dani, don't lie. You pick up an accent from wherever you go. Um...the "y" sound being a "j" sometimes catches me still, but still, getting better.
Apparently, I look Argentine? People come up to me and ask for the time or directions like I know what I'm doing, lol. Sometimes I understand them, sometimes I have to ask them to speak slower. Still, I'm not "exotic" enough for the men to needlessly hit on me. They save their attention for my blonde and black amigas. I found it funny--yesterday my friend Kelly went outside and she got a marriage proposal from one of the construction workers!
There are some good foods here...asado, which is any roasted beef, Italian food (lots of Italians immigrated here), and dulce de leche. Oooooh, dulce de leche. There's this great cookie here called an "alfajor." It is a soft sugar cookie sandwich with dulce de leche in the middle. Dulce de leche looks kind of like caramel, but it's less sticky and it's sweeter.
Since this place is known for its cattle industry, there are lots of leather products sold. Mainly hats, gloves, jackets and shoes, but still...oh yeah, and belts. Also, sometimes the mate things are made out of leather. MAH tay. It's a cup that holds this drink called, "yerba." Yerba looks like grass, but it's really some wierd type of tea that the people drink here from a special straw. It's really popular. Most people here have yerba with their breakfast.
And the Argentine tango! OH man! You ought to see the clothes they sell in the tango stores! They're so pretty! Of course, they come with a really pretty price, too, unfortunately. If I have enough money later, I might buy tango shoes, but I'm not sure. There are two styles of Tango, a man at one of the studios told me. There's Buenos Aires tango, which has a collapsed posture, and there's Rosario tango, which actually has a taller posture and a turning of the face so the faces of the partners are perpendicular to one another. The basic can vary from partner to partner, but when I went to a studio to learn, they taught the basic that I had learned in the U.S., so I was relieved. A few guys have complimented me on my tango skills, but I have yet to find any friends who are brave enough to go with me to a tango club or a tango bar. I'm not going to go alone...night life is so late here I'd be walking home alone at 4 in the morning.
I like the tango paintings I've seen sold on the streets. I actually bought one. Still, though I know Buenos Aires is all famous for its tango and stuff, I'm much more relieved to be in Rosario. Buenos Aires is over-rated. People in Rosario are friendlier, traffic is better and prices are better, too. Most of all, they have TONS of museums and BEAUTIFUL parks here in Rosario.
Umm...a few of the people in our group want to go to Patagonia. Lol, I say "have fun!" They're crazy. We definitely DO NOT have the kind of clothing we need for that place. Plus, it's a forever bus ride away.
Um...anything else? I've been horseback riding with the gauchos and I've tried empanadas and wine (neither of which I've liked). My host mom cooks really good, though. I don't know how she does it! I live alone with my host mom and her dog, Gino (pronounced shee-noe). He's part German shepherd, part greyhound, and he's SO CUTE! He's a big baby, though. It's nice staying with her...she's a school teacher, so she reads over my compositions and corrects them, then explains to me why they were errors. I'm going to make chocolate chip cookies with her today, because she's never baked cookies before. Umm...her apartment's a bit frio, though. The place is mostly tile and glass, which conducts cold like CRAZY. I wear two pairs of socks around the apartment.
Anyway, yeah. Whoo. Umm...I guess I better wrap this up, because I have to finish getting ready for class, then I have to walk the 10 blocks to get there. Hope everybody else is having a good summer! (Sorry about all the underscores...for some reason the LJ here won't let me put spaces in between paragraphs.) Current Mood: happy
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2007|
|I'm going to a soccer game!
I'm going to a futbol game! I'm going to a futbol game! And it's gonna be kickass!
Just thought everyone should know. Hee. Current Mood: excited
|Monday, May 28th, 2007|
So Argentina's really fun, but there are some things I've had a hard time adjusting to.
First of all, I've been wigging out because people speak Spanish so rapidly here I can't understand what they're saying. Plus, they have this wierd accent when they use the double l's and the y's in their speech. Guys, I felt bad. I basically had to tell off this little Argentinian chica because she was just hovering around our table at the mall. The beggar kids are creepy. O_o I mean, I would help one out, but at I run into at least 3 a day, and my wallet can't afford it.
Stuff is awesomely cheap here...3 pesos for one dollar. My friend bought a bottle of soda here for the equivalent of 60 cents. I have already bought two really really cute shirts for less than 16 dollars each.
There are lots of loose dogs running around the street, but they don't bother anyone.
And did I mention it's cold?
IT'S COLD. It's winter here.
Still, I like all the architecture and artwork around here. It's also neat to read advertisements on the billboards and know what they mean. Still, my friend Joseph kinda panicked trying to use an ATM, and I did when I tried to use a pay phone. Not trying that again.
But 3 things to know when going to Argentina:
--Dulce de Leche is awesome...but it's REALLY sweet.
--Blood sausage is evil. And dangerous. And squishy.
--Don't exchange money at the airport. Money exchange in the airports are a ripoff.
I really miss Brian...I know it's hard on him for me to be here, and honestly, at times when I feel uncomfortable or I'm freaking out, I want him to be around and he isn't. I feel scared talking to the store clerks, because sometimes I understand them and sometimes I don't. It makes me feel very nervous. It's hard sleeping at night, because traffic keeps me awake. I've also heard some interesting horror stories about host families from some of the kids in this program who have traveled abroad before. I don't know. I really hope the lady who is hosting me is nice...and not a prostitute. Um. And not crazy.
I'm meeting her tomorrow, once we move out of Buenos Aires. Wednesday class begins. I'm still nervous, even though I'm already here! Current Mood: anxious
|Saturday, May 5th, 2007|
|Isn't it funny....
...that you can buy somebody's soul on ebay? You can find anything on there, I swear. The saddest part: you can buy a soul for as little as 99 cents or as much as 1 million bucks. I'm amused.
|Friday, May 4th, 2007|
|How is it I'm still busy?
--Preparing for Argentina
--Preparing for wedding
--Finding a job somehow
--Studying Spanish before departure
--Repacking for Argentina
--Figure out housing for next year
Augh! How is it I'm out of school and I don't have a job and yet I still feel like I will have an impossible time getting all this done? *Sigh* I want to see my friends, but I don't know how my time constraints are looking right now...ugh... Current Mood: working
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
This is gonna suck. This is gonna suck. This is gonna suck.
Why does Dr. Spierling have to make her exams so damn hard? I am going to be a nutcase by the time I'm done studying for this!!!
I need a hug. T_T Current Mood: worried
|Wednesday, April 25th, 2007|
|Dumb people are annoying. But they amuse me.
I know that statement is probably oxymoronic. However, a week ago, the University of Louisville was apparently under a bomb threat. There were papers posted in all the dorms, and there was a feeling of slight unease among some of us while we wondered which building it could possibly be that was under the threat. I ended up going home for the evening before Boris and I went off to New Jersey to go to competition, anyway. So basically, I was gone for the whole weekend after the bomb threat had been sent.
Hahahaaa, well they finally found the person who sent it. Turns out the kid who had "received" the threatening e-mail on campus actually had sent the e-mail to himself. The FBI arrested the sophomore student and now he's going to court on the threat of spending ten years in jail. Additionally, he's being fined for $25,000. I guess somebody has to pay the FBI. But still...why would you send a bomb threat to yourself? That's like yelling fire in a movie theatre. Sheesh...
...well, I'm glad campus is safe, at least.
|Tuesday, April 17th, 2007|
|There are some days I really hate living on campus.
So the hot water is out in our dorm building.
My god, I'm so pissed. I was dancing with Boris last night and it was a pretty good workout...but could I take a shower when I got back? Noooooooo. Could I take a shower when I got up this morning? Nooooooo. Unless I wanted to get pneumonia. I'm not even joking. The water isn't even lukewarm
. It's like bathing in ice.
I really need a shower really badly, but I don't know where I'm going to be able to take one. I think I'm going to try and call one of my friends and ask them if I can shower at their place, because the housekeeping lady just told me we won't have hot water for the rest of the day because apparently there is some big problem in the plumbing.
Errrrrgh! Current Mood: pissed off
|Monday, April 16th, 2007|
Finished the paper just a few minutes ago. Damn that stupid Renaissance cultures class. I am SO happy that I only have 2 more weeks of it to put up with. I still have to proofread that paper, but my brain is too fried tonight to do anything useful with it. Maybe tomorrow I'll have better luck... Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, April 12th, 2007|
|One hell weekend, coming up!
Yeah. I still haven't gotten HALF of the stuff done for my research paper that I should have. I'm still reading right now, but my mind needed a study break. I still have 5 more books to look over and take notes on, then the outline then the actual paper. Growl. I really haven't liked this class the whole semester. The only reason I didn't drop it was because last semester I dropped a class and I was too proud to do so this semester. However, this class has made me very unhappy and grouchy. *snarl*
It doesn't help that Boris and I have to go to New Jersey in less than 2 weeks for competition and we STILL aren't ready. Of course we're not ready; we didn't have the money or the time to invest into ballroom training for this competition, plus we were too busy preparing our own students for their comp. It also doesn't help that it's our first big competition...a regional one. Eek!
So, I checked the USABDA website for the ballroom competitors' dress codes, and my heart sank. Both of my costumes from my former competition wouldn't be allowed in this competition. Why? Because of "lighting effects"--aka sequins and rhinestones I had on it. Apparently lower-level competitors must wear plainer clothes. It's like an athletic jacket. First you get the jacket, then you have to earn the letter and the patches you get on it. In ballroom, first you get the dress, and as you progress to higher categories in competition, you're allowed to wear skimpier outfits and wear more sparkly stuff.
I went and bought my smooth dancing competition gown, though. It's rather plain, but I still think it's beautiful. It's made of this lightweight silky-stretchy material, a deep rich purple that flows over the skin. It reminds me of being a Renaissance maiden, with the way there is a peasant-scoop sort of cut at the top. It's also long-sleeved and the bottom twirls at the slightest turn. There are no decorations--just a plain long-sleeved dress, but it still makes me feel pretty.
Anyway, back to my mountain of reading--pray my paper doesn't turn out like crap. The only good thing about my weekend is that I get to see Brian tomorrow... Current Mood: stressed
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007|
|Could I be a worse procrastinator?
To put off working on this research paper, I have searched for better penguin pictures to set onto my desktop as a background, then finally decided on a puffin picture instead. At least it's really cute... Current Mood: working
|The Storm Forum
So apparently everybody else has their own amusing storm stories. Not much happened over here, though. The lights flickered a few times, my mom called me, freaking out and telling me not to leave my dorm room building. But actually, I was rather relieved, seeing as I have a whole crapload of homework to do and I was wondering when I was going to get around to doing it. Since Dancing With the Cards was cancelled, I got a whole bunch of freed up hours tonight! To do reading for class. -_- Goody. Current Mood: busy
|Monday, April 2nd, 2007|
|Three weeks and counting...
Wow. That's really wierd to think I only have three weeks left of this school year. It really seemed to fly by. But this has been such an awesome year! ^_^
Meh. I still have my nine-page research paper to do. I swear, I would be fine if I had to write a 9-page fictional story about a person from the Renaissance. But a research paper? Gah...blech. I wish I liked writing non-fiction stuff. Then my life at school would be a whole lot easier.
My Law Enforcement teacher told us a really funny story today in class that made me happy, but I'm glad I'm not planning on working in the police force. Too many ouchies for me.
Most of my homework is done for the day, besides studying for Law Enforcement and working on my research paper. Yay!
And OMG. The DWTC competition at Hanover was SO MUCH FUN. And we partied at Boris' dorm afterwards. Lol, I'm surprised housing didn't come crash our fun, provided all of the noise we were making. And we had a sexy pizza-eating contest. I really have made some awesome friends here...*grins*
But now training for the NJ competition and finishing my research paper. Good luck to me with all that. Heh. Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, March 27th, 2007|
|I could smile and cry at the same time.
Dancing with the Cards finally has T-shirts!!! They came in today. They make me so happy. Especially our slogan on the back. :-P
However, I'm drowning in homework! (And what do I do? Write about this on LJ instead of actually doing the homework. Good job Allison.)And what's more, with it being hot like this and housing being fudgenubbits here at U of L, I have no air conditioning, so it's really hard to concentrate while I'm dripping like a leaky shower head here. *sigh* And I miss Brian. And I'm worried about Argentina. And I'm worried about what kind of career I can get once I'm out of here and have a job. (I joined the facebook group "I chose a major I like and probably will one day live in a cardboard box.")
Life feels stressful right now. And the worst thing about it is I feel so stressed, but I can't cry. Part of me feels like if I did cry, I'd actually feel better, but I can't.
Ngh! Current Mood: stressed
|Thursday, March 22nd, 2007|
I have braces again. I feel like a preteen again. I mean, it's only for six months, but I've gotten plenty of funny looks already from them. I feel embarrassed.
I really hate having to write papers. It takes so much time to research everything, and every teacher wants a different format for his/her paper to be written in. I can barely keep up. I also have to learn Turabian style for my 9-page paper for the Renaissance. When am I going to find the time to finish my reading for that research paper? Gah!
At least Dancing with the Cards is going well. We now have a pretty much permanent administrative council, which is a relief. Trying to do everything alone was so hard. Boris and I are training people for competition with Hanover's ballroom team on Saturday the 31st. I hope everybody has fun. And I hope Kari and I can see Dani while we're up there.
Ugh. I have to go to an ASL lab now. Hope everyone else isn't feeling as stressed out as I am. Current Mood: stressed