Oct. 5th, 2009 10:25 pm
splitbeak: (LotS - Believe)
I'm going on



This is my second time applying and, like last time, I didn't think I'd get to go. But, haha!, the trip is on, baby! Boo-yah! Israel, I'll see you in February!
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I changed the layout of my journal again - just a little *cough, cough*. But I think I've finally found a look I really like, so yay!

The California trip was a blast. Is it pathetic if I say that the hotel room was my favorite part? I normally hate luxury places; things that make most people say, "ooooh, aaaah" make me say ick. But this room was my kind of luxury: down comforter, down pillow, really big bed all to myself, and shockingly enough for a hotel room, plenty of space. I still can't believe the library paid for this.

Disneyland was a bit of a let down. :( Disneyworld is just so much... more. My biggest disappointment was the complete lack of classic Disney. No more Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Aladdin. Now it's all Up, Toy Story, Lilo & Stitch, etc. I felt so old.

Universal Studios was a lot of fun though. Although again, the Florida location has a lot more to offer.

Got back home about a week ago and have been trying to catch up since. I can't seem to shake the exhaustion. School actually started while I was in California; I had to keep up with that online and actually attend class the day after I got back. Write a ten page paper in two weeks, no problem.

On a fun note, I started working on building an outside aviary for Rockne and Adri. It's coming along swimmingly. I've got the frame built, just need to add another support beam. I ordered the netting and it's on its way. Heading out to a nursery Sunday-ish to get some climbable foliage to put inside. I'd love to get a japanese maple, but I hear they're very expensive. I still can't believe Mom is letting me put this thing in her backyard. At this rate I'm never moving out. Either way, this project is a major accomplishment for me; I've always been a just-buy-it kind of person and always ashamed of it. Now I'm learning to fix that. Yay personal progress! (You may all laugh at how pathetically easy it is to make me proud of myself now.)

Good times.

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Yoinked from Alipeeps.

My Travel Map

I really need to get out more.
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So I stumble across the quiz, and why not -- I've been to most of them.

You Belong in New Zealand

Good on ya, mate
You're the best looking one of the bunch
Though you're often forgotten...
You're quite proud of who you are

Last summer I went to New Zealand as part of the International Student Volunteers. It was a one month program: the first two weeks were spent doing environmental/conservation work and the second two weeks were all about extreme sports. Let's face it, New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world -- beats Australia even. A year later I still feel like I'm there. So sad, but it's true. I still wake up in bed some mornings expecting to be in New Zealand. And oddly, it's the first two weeks that stick with me the most. The group of us lived in a cabin (barracks style) with no heat and outdoor bathrooms, mattresses so thin they might as well not have been there, and spiders (and other scary crawly things galore!). What does it say about me if I still wish I was there?

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

August 2011



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