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Montag, 2. September 2013
You're probably shaking your head at me, thinking "she's been back for more than two months now, and now she's writing more than she did in the last two months in Canada?"
Well, yeah, I'm sorry!
Honestly, it's just been pretty stressful then, but now that things have calmed down, I have more time again.
And I'm caught in writing fever. My project has grown to 35k and it might even get longer--I always thought editing means cutting scenes, but I'm writing twice as much in as I'm taking out! And I'm through the first eight of 48 scenes and gained 1k--and I love writing so much!
Anyway, the reason I'm writing:
I ordered Aeropostale stuff! And it arrived within 5 days (last Wednesday/Thursday to today) and it's so cool!
You'll get pictures in a bit, I'm just so happy I got it right now.
And here they are:
Anyway, They're really comfortable! And the hoodie ... *.*
See ya round!
Mittwoch, 28. August 2013
Here they are, in no particular order (since it got screwed up while uploading)
Montag, 19. August 2013
Montag, 24. Juni 2013
Well, not really, but almost--except for those two weeks or so I have to go in Germany (or is it just one?) just for the shit and giggles...
Anyway, so right now I'm bored and not tired and my parents are already in bed, so I decided to write up what we've been doing...
Time is running together, I'm telling you, and I'm really, really, really looking forward to home, to my piano, my friends, my dog, my bed, our house...
Ten months is a stupidly long time, and I can't deny I'm glad it's over. But I will miss a lot in Canada :( (I will give you specifics once I'm back home, I promise)
Anyway, so my parents touched down close to midnight a week ago, and we'd been chatting over skype for a while.
They picked me up after school on Monday and met Mr Kletke and Ms Snuggs, two of the San Fran trip teachers and Entrepreneurship and Internationals teacher respectively, and then we left for the mall.
I got new runners (in stunning red <3 and had to pay by myself even though my parents are here -_-). We got some cinnamon buns from Cinnzeo (omg, they are the most delicious thing I've ever eaten... There is nothing more delicious than these buns, I swear) and ... yeah, went to Starbuck's.And I guess that was it...
Afterwards, we went to my host family's for dinner--beef dip--and had a nice evening at the shore (even though it was grey and almost raining). I started my endeavour to take as many pictures as possible, and as of now I am at 925--just in the last week!
Tuesday, my parents picked me up again and we said bye to Mr Murphy--who insisted I'd been a great student (thanks... I guess? I mean, all I did was not pay attention and not interrupt the lesson...) and told me I had to work in a field that would use my knowledge of Math...
Saying goodbye to Mr Manderioli was a bit tough because he's retiring and that's so sad and going into his room is so weird because it used to be decorated with his Rock History stuff and now it's bare and that's just no :(
And then we said goodbye to Mr Derksen, but I'll probably stop by his room again when I'm picking up my report card.
He told me I missed out on 'Best English 11 student' 1%. ONE Percent. >.<
So I'm runner up... because this other guy had one percent more on the Provincial than me. Sucks.
But hey, I'm glad enough as it is, considering I'm not a Native Speaker :)
He also told my parents I had to work with language later on... :)
Once we were done in school, we headed for Vancouver, and I even managed to sleep a bit (as usual... All three times driving to Vancouver I've slept on the drive for at least a couple of minutes).
The house we were at was really nice and cozy <3
The first day, we went to see the Botanical Garden of UBC, and I guess it was nice?
It was a lot of walking on trails high up between the trees and learning about different cedars and hemlocks and stuff :)
We spent a couple hours there and then my parents dropped me off at our house and went shopping... for groceries, I mean.
Of course we our first falling out that day... but what do you expect? I haven't lived with anybody that emotionally close or who could see through every one of my deceptions (even though that probably is too hard a word) for ten months, so thinking it would be totally smooth would be almost delusional :o
I am not an easy person to live with, I am sorry...
The next day, we went wool shopping for my mom in a shop that dyes it's own wool. Paradise (for her).
It took us ages to find it because Mom hadn't written the address down and neither of my parents would believe me when I said it was in there instead choosing to check out every single other entry way before ending up where I had suggested and it was correct. Big surprise there...
In the after noon, we proceeded on to Metrotown mall (Metropolis at Metrotown) in Burnaby, where we'd been with the Internationals.
I got a new hoodie and a shirt <3 from American Eagle.
We also got another couple cinnamon buns for desert. <3
Day three started with us going downtown in the morning and seeing Canada place (where the Olympics had been) and the Olympic torch and exploring a path about the history of Canada, and going back to Capilano Suspension Bridge in the after noon.
It's so beautiful there! <3
Day four meant traveling--by ferry this time.
We took the ferry from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo, where we are right now.
Yesterday we couldn't do much more than unpack and (in my parents' case) go grocery shopping, but today we spent the whole day at 'Butchart Gardens', which is breathtakingly beautiful. And it made my mom happy.
Tomorrow we're driving down to Toffino, and on Tuesday we're gonna start the journey back home...
And that's it from me, there might be a couple pictures following at a later date, but rn I'm super tired (after all)
Thanks for reading <3
Sonntag, 16. Juni 2013
Can you believe it?
I most certainly can't.
My parents are in Vancouver right now, almost on the plane to Kelowna, and I have two more days.
I feel dizzy with it, with the promise of going home, being able to relax completely, and the dread of leaving this life behind forever.
I'm still sure it was one of the best decision of my life, and I'm also certain that I've made enough of it, but there is this niggling doubt in the back of my mind that I can't switch off.
We got our Yearbooks on Thursday--they're beautiful and awesome!--and had time to get them signed Thursday and Friday, and ... that's it.
Today was Father's Day, tomorrow is Entrepreneurship last day and on Tuesday we have Math Final Exam (I haven't really done anything and still don't remember how to solve a sinusoidal function) and pot luck in Creative Writing, where we'll get back our longer piece, have chocolate, pizza and pop and take home our port folios with everything we've done this year.
It's over, and that feels so surreal.
Dienstag, 4. Juni 2013
... I got my result from the last Math test—97%, 39/40. For guessing as much as I did, that result is terrific (the average was 80.3%).
... we wrote 'Similes and Metaphors' for Creative Writing class, which is harder than it may sound.
... I was shocked at Mr Manderioli's Rock History room—it used to be stuffed with memorabilia, the walls covered in posters and really nice, but when I entered today, I was greeted by mostly white walls. Sad, but true: Mr M is retiring after this year, so he has to free up his room :(
... I actually went to the wrong class—or more accurately, I went to the library when I should have been in Entrepreneurship, so I got an absent there (I didn't see CiCi's messages on my phone -_-) hasn't happened in a long while, and was of course super embarrassing, but there's nothing I can do now...
... I was particularly disappointed by how poorly one of my old-time favourite Harry Potter fanfictions was written—my expectations have become so much higher, it is hardly funny anymore.
... Mr D photographed my tiny handwriting for our Arts Magazine (in one line I had managed to squeeze four lines of text :) ) as some kind of back-drop
... I finally managed to write my introduction to the internationals yearbook :)
... Still haven't managed to do my own page for that same book
... I have gained my 85th follower on tumblr!
And now I'm super tired, so I'm signing off :)
Montag, 3. Juni 2013
Okay, so today was... an excursion!
We arrived at school, boarded the bus, and drove to the Kettle Valley Railway station past Summerland and Peachland :)
The weather was super nice, but Ms Snuggs had warned us to dress warmly, as the carts would be open.
In the end, I was glad I had taken my sweater, because it did get chilly on the train.
But the view was beautiful. There's a reason why Kelowna/the Okanagan Valley is considered one of the nicer cities and it very popular as a retirement place.
|Isn't is beautiful? Aren't you jealous, dad?|
|I'm wearing my white Stanford shirt--can you tell the sun was shining real hard?|
|Sarah and me at the Railway Station :)|
Thanks to her for the picture!
Then we drove back and stopped by Summerland Sweets, a candy store, so we were late for Block 4--my Entrepreneurship class had already left for one of our field trips, so I just went to the library.
I read a couple of NHL blogs, all saying, "Yeah, the Pens are gonna bounce back after last game's 3-0 shutout on the hands of Tuukka Rask, they're gonna be real strong" and so you can imagine how much I was laughing at tonight's final score: 6-1 Bruins.
It was awesome, because I'm friends with this girl from Boston and we talked a bit about hockey on her wall, and yeah... tomorrow's gonna be the real test for the Hawks--they haven't won any game threes as of yet and the Kings are undefeated at home, so it's gonna be exciting!
Countdown is running, guys!
14 days till school ends!
Have a great night!
Freitag, 31. Mai 2013
It starts out with a spare you can waste away, then you have a 'field trip' to walk to a street intersection to count cars (seriously--we have the hypothetical scenario of buying a food truck and we had to scout locations) and on the way back, Mr K bought us all Dairy Queen ice cream!
Now I only have Creative Writing--handed in both my projects already and have about 4-9 times as much as we needed: We had to hand in our edited first project (done) and 5-10 pages (double spaced) of new stuff (I have 48 pages double spaced... seriously. 10k words :))--and Math. Math is halfway interesting, because while we had done last lesson already in grade 7 or 8--factorials: 7!=7x6x5x4x3x2x1--today we're gonna do new stuff (I think). But we might have done that last year already, too, because he said that's the first step towards probability (with the tree diagrams) which we did last year for sure.
Anyway, Creative Writing! :D
Donnerstag, 30. Mai 2013
Being ten months away from home isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, and I cannot generalize.
Insight into my own mind, into how I tick, how my body reacts.
Dienstag, 28. Mai 2013
Have you seen my last post about Cancer Week?
It's just below, but I wanted it to stand alone.
Yes. I mean, camping last year was fun; driving with our camper through Germany and having vacation at different locations, but it was also being cramped into a small space with my parents and our dog, hanging on each other 24/7, and that's not so much to my liking.
So you can imagine that I was more resigned than enthusiastic when I realized camping with my family here would mean all five of us and the family that shared the double camping space with us, with four people, and no internet, no electricity nothing.
The internet part wasn't so bad--I loaded up my kindle, and that was it.
I also charged my iPod and phone, and I am proud to say I managed to keep both alive for all three days.
So we left on Friday afternoon after school, car packed with firewood, pillows and small bags, and Tanya's father had already set up his trailer. It was huge. My dad would probably have said: "It's bigger than our first apartment." It really was, especially once Tanya slid out the 'slides', two parts of the trailer where we sleep in that you just slide out so you have more space, and then we waited for the other family to arrive. I don't think we did a lot that day; we had burgers for dinner and s'mores at the campfire, and Oh My God, s'mores are so unbelievably delicious.
The rest of the weekend, to summarize, was reading, hiking and eating. So. Much. Food. Unbelievable, I'm telling you!
But it was really, really nice!
So have a couple of pictures! :)
Freitag, 24. Mai 2013
Sorry it's taken me so long, but my wrists are perking up again, so I was trying to limit my writing (still to impatient, which is not conducive to healing, I know, I know)
This week was Cancer Week here at KSS, starting on Tuesday after the long weekend (Victoria Day; Queen Victoria's birthday) with a info meeting in the gym--the whole school was present, all ~1,600 Students, and we heard some emotional accounts from teachers with experience--through spouses or children--of cancer, and one student who has had cancer since she was five, and then they called upon us to shave our heads.
Mom said no, so I did what I could: I sponsored another International who shaved his head.
Wednesday, there was a drive-thru breakfast somewhere (I don't know where exactly) and something else yesterday, and today at lunch, there was (okay, they're still going) the head shavers.
It's a pretty big deal; some twenty or thirty students are shaving their heads and most of the school is outside watching people become bald... I was outside for a bit, before I decided squinting through the student mass just wasn't worth it.
But it's pretty amazing how it unites the whole school to raise money for cancer!
Donnerstag, 16. Mai 2013
Montag, 13. Mai 2013
Must have been the 12 hours of sleep I got...
Tonight it's gonna be 7. Tops.
Which is not good. I'd love to sleep more; don't ask me why I don't...
Okay, tonight I was writing, and it felt good, but it keyed me up even more...
Mother's Day was nice; I skyped with my mom and the grandparents came over, so yeah.
That's like, literally all that's happened.
So, I guess I'm gonna try to go to bed tonight; I'll be back tomorrow with a riveting description of my day, I guess.
Yeah, so, Good night! :)
Samstag, 11. Mai 2013
It's like there's energy thrumming under my skin--like I want to write something, but I just shot out almost 11k (10,988) words and I'm still waiting to hear back from my beta-readers (okay, I already heard back from the German one, but I'm still waiting for the native speaker; but she said she'd get it back to me by mid-week, as she's in Banff right now and can't edit on her phone), so I don't really know what to do with myself...
It's still so hot outside :(
I mean, actually that's a good thing, but I had to walk to Tai Chi today, and that was really, really hot.
Plus, I'm only wearing Flip Flops at the moment, and I've never before worn them as actual shoes, so I've got blisters on my feet (maybe wasn't the best to start out with 4km)...
Tomorrow is mother's day--or rather, it's already mother's day in Germany, so Mama:
I wish you a very happy day!
See, my present for you is I'm not bothering you!
I would love to stay up to skype with you, but I think I'm just gonna head off to bed--as I said, there's nothing to do, and it's 8 pm and I'm insanely tired... Been awake since 8.30 a.m, even though I could have slept till 9.30! I don't even know what woke me up!
So, there's a bit more than a month left here...
At least until my parents come over.
A bit less than two months till I come home... I can't even believe it!
I've been here for more than eight months, for more than 250 days already, and it feels both very, very long and incredibly short.
It's a weird thing, let me tell you.
I'm gonna go and brush my teeth now!
Freitag, 10. Mai 2013
|Shirt I bought in the Fisherman's Wharf Area|
|awesome view! My phone doesn't make the best pictures|
and there was a lot of fog
but it was AMAZING!
|The ship that got us to Alcatraz|
|One of the cells|
|once of the cells from the outside|
|A hallway with cells|
|The abandoned/broken down guard house|
|View from Alcatraz|
|more view from Alcatraz|
|A tower--a lighthouse on Alcatraz|
|San Francisco as seen from Alcatraz--maybe my favourite picture|
of the trip!
|The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the other side|
looking towards Sausalito
It was beautiful--the scenery is stunning and our group was stretched out so we were almost all by ourselves, and I took lots of pictures of the bridge.
|The view of Sausalito from the Bridge|
About half-way through, though, my throat started hurting; later on it turned out I had caught a cold from the air conditioning on the bus!
We then went to Amoeba Records, which is a CD and Vinyl store and was incredibly boring, but well, what can ya do? It was a Rock History Trip, too!
Half of our group proceeded to the Haight-Ashbury corner, a famous street intersection for Rock History fans (I don't know what happened there, I am sorry), while the rest of us went downtown San Francisco for shopping.
I am not a big shopping fan and my feet hurt terribly from the special soled I have in my shoes, but even shopping was more desirable than ambling around the streets--there were obvious drug addicts (one guy was rocking back and forth, trying to eat his own foot!) and strange people (one woman stopped me and my friend and wanted to sell us something, and we were both in shock until I touched her arm and said, pretty unconvincingly, "Hey, we gotta go and find our group, it's time already" and pulled her away.), so we spent our time actually looking at clothes in Forever 21.
I bought a shirt and some earrings:
|I really like those!|
|The traditional one is a must-have!|
We took a very ancient tram home, and then it had been planned to eat dinner at the hard rock cafe, but we decided to simply buy some shirts and then go to Subway (incredibly cheaper).
Because I had only gotten 4 hours of sleep, though, I managed to forget both my wallet and my sunglasses in the hostel, but my teacher let me borrow some money off her.
We went to see facebook headquarters and took pictures in front of the sign (it's very unexciting) and then had a walk over Stanfort Univeristy campus, where I also bought a hoodie and a shirt, because the logo has German in it--Der Wind der Freiheit weht, or in English, the wind of freedom blows.
After that, we went to an outlet mall, but I a) didn't have any money and b) was feeling very sick and c) it was incredibly hot outside (my guess would be around 35 degrees Celsius; I wore sun screen with SPF 50 and still got slightly burnt!) so I just sat in the shadows (I also couldn't really talk that day, because my throat was very scratchy)
|The AT&T Park|
|And the inside!|
I had a real baseball hot dog, though, and the atmosphere was quite stunning--especially hilarious was the guy sitting on the empore next to us.
He was already tipsy when the game started, exuberant but surprisingly coherent, and it just got
He kept starting chants, for example "Let's go Gi-ants" and our students body answered that chant with the same words, effectively drowning out the lone Dodger's fan next to that guy.
In the end, our students (some of them at least) went up to him and got photos with him!
I could neither shout (because of my throat) nor see a lot (it was very far away), so I was miserable and cold and bored and desperately wishing I had brought my kindle.
I did not break out my kindle until the airport! But everyone was tired and a tiny bit cranky there, so I thought it would be best to keep myself occupied.
The Giants won, 10-9 in (fortunately) the first extra-inning; it had been tied after nine innings, even though the Giants had been up 6-0 at one point.
And they even scored a home run!
Still, four and a half hours for that outcome felt almost like we'd been cheated. Baseball definitely is not my sport.
We arrived back at the hostel at 11:30 pm, and had to leave the hostel at 5 the next morning, so we put our alarm clocks on 4 am and packed up our luggage (It was a tight fit! I've never before bought so much clothes in one trip!).
I woke up the next morning to somebody saying, "Wake up, Julia, it's already 4:30"--we had all overslept!
Nobody had heard the alarms! (As in, multiple alarms)
We took the plane back home, and it was a nice trip--and I was even able to catch the first period of my team playing hockey, it was awesome!
So yeah, and that's it.
I hope you enjoyed my description and the photos!
Have a great night,