Saturday, June 28, 2008

Augusto's Last Day

So today is the 28th, and the day that Augusto leaves Louisville for a drawn out journey back to Brazil. It's weird because I do feel like he is my brother, and it'll be weird for him not to be here. I mean, it's only been what, 5 months since he got here late, but I officially have an annoying little brother. Boy, does he know how to push buttons, but it was what I wanted. My sister and I aren't close, and don't get along very well, and I wanted to experience a normal sibling relationshiop, and now I have one.

I don't know when I'll see him again. I was going to try and go to Brazil to visit him and my friend Maria during IAP, but unfortunately, airfares during December and January are about $500 more expensive than any other time of the year. So that was put on hold. And now I'm going to try and go to SE Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore) with my friend Kelly in May, so I really don't know when I can go. School and wanting to get internships make things so complicated.

So basically, hosting was a great experience, and made up for the not so great hosted experiences I had in the Czech Republic, and I forever have a little brother in Brazil. I know he and I both wish he could stay longer, but I think his mother would freak out.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Chcí mluvít česky

Nikdo neumí češtinu. Chcí mluvít. Doufam že mohou přiští rok na Harvardu čestiny studovat. Že rozvrh fungovat. Jestli někdo čte, a umí čestinu, prosím pišej. Skoro 6 měšici jsem nemluvíla.

Will It Really Change?

So all through high school I've had really good friends, but I've never been one of those people who is friends with everyone, and I have to admit, I was always a little jealous. I love my friends, but there are definitely issues connecting with the others. I always felt like we just didn't have anything in common to talk about. They were interested in only frivolous things etc, and I always told myself in college it would be different. And I'm just scared it won't be. I'm good at making small talk, but beyond that? I scared about making real friends, and being separated from my 2 best friends, who I can tell everything to. We're all going to different states, to study different things.

I just hope I haven't built college up to something it can't be, and that I won't be disappointed. I don't want to be disappointed. I want to have a great 4 years and I hope that I won't ruin it for myself by thinking too much like I think I have before.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cultural Houses

So I thought I had this whole thing figured out, I had decided I didn't want to live in a cultural house, but I just got a call from Jackie at French House and now I am utterly confused again. Though I probably won't live in French House due the the fact that je ne parler pas francais, I am awaiting a call from German House. Meh, life is confusing.



Boston here I come!

Monday, June 16, 2008


This is scary.

"We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ball point pen fight with a gun?" -Mugabe

Zimbabwe is in a bad place right now. I can't even imagine being there, living there. I read When A Crocodile Ate the Sun and Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight, and it just is amazing the direction a formally stable country has gone in.

I declare myself insane

So I love rowing and am definitely looking forward to it next year, but waking up four days a week this summer at 4:30 to row at 5:30, I think I must be insane. I mean on a normal day I may only sleep till 7ish, but that's still an extra 2.5 hours.

Today was a little odd, being in a boat with 3 other very experienced rowers and 4 people who just graduated from the novice program, all put up in a very strange order, me rowing bow for the first time....ever. But I have to say it was okay. I was rowing behind the coach (turned rower) who taught me how to row. It's nice to follow someone who does everything everyone has ever taught you, and I don't feel like I was doing TOO badly. Hopefully as the new coaches get to know peoples ability, the boats will be divided a bit better, and be faster and actually able to row all 8 (!).

Saturday, June 14, 2008


So I have 7 hours now this week, instead of 4! Happy day, sort of....

Friday, June 13, 2008

Fun Day

So yesterday after waking up at the insanely early hour of 4:30 to go rowing, I had a pretty good day. Rowing was fun- I haven't been in an 8 in, well, probably over 8 months, but it all came back. And I rowed starboard, which I definitely need practice on in order to achieve the goal of the biswepsual (rowing both sides)-ness. I should probably be more proactive in trying to get closer to the front of the boat, but hopefully the coaches will put me there.

Then, after a brief stop at Vic's for an AMAZING vanilla steamer (cheap, good- it tastes like hot whipped cream, but hey- it has milk!), I had my hour at home before heading out again. I went with Kelly and Hannah to go see Sex and the City, and I don't think I've ever had quite as interesting a movie going experience. First, we decided to go to this place out in Westminster, because 1) it had the movie in the morn and 2) it was only $5, compared to the crazy price of $7.75 that AMC charges (even in the morning). First, we had to find the place, at the rundown Westminster mall. We pulled up to this sketchy looking building - the works, no windows, no real signs and then proceeded to wonder why the hell it was so deserted. I.E. no movie posters, and of course, all the cars were on the mall side, not the move theater side. There was one small sign saying something like, "Please join us at the inside theater for movie shows". So it turns out, in all of our brilliantness, that we could figure out that the inside theater meant inside the mall, but that was just the beginning of another adventure.

We were ten minutes late to the start of the movie, but it was still the beginning. So far so good. The guy who sold us tickets looked like a club bouncer, in his white muscle shirt, and bald head, and gold jewelry. Anyway, we got our $5 tickets, walked into the pitch black theater and couldn't see the person ahead of us, or the seats, but luckily we fell onto empty ones (not hard-there were only two other people in the theater). So about 5 minutes after we got there, some blob appeared on the screen. And then it started to spread. Kelly thought it looked like it was on fire. I thought it was like some type of amoeba. It was brown, and it started in a corner, and then it started to spread across the screen and bubble, and then white spots started to appear again. So this was at about 11:00, and we had gotten into the theater at about 10:55 for a 10:45 show. So Kelly went out and told the counter that something was eating the screen in the Sex and the City show, and they ignored her for like 10 minutes, as we sat there and commented on the likeness of Mr. Blob to other things. Then the three of us went out again, and reassured the two grandmotherly types in the theater with us that we would get them to fix it. So they came in and fixed it, which only took them about 20 minutes. Very efficient theater types.

We were back on our way into the world of New York. And of course, about 10 minutes later it stopped again, but luckily this time, it was only for 5 minutes. And after this second interruption the two ladies in the theater let us know they were done, and were going to go get their money back. So us three crazy girls had the entire theater to ourselves, to yell at the scream, comment on clothes and roll around on the floor.

I have to say that I liked Sex and the City. I've never seen the show before, but I didn't really feel that was detrimental. I've heard that people who watch it obsessively feel that the show writing is better, so they didn't like it much, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I do have to say I am a softie for more chick-flicky movies. I also enjoy foreign films, and heroes who went to MIT, but I will often watch a chick-flick and the complain about how addictive it is, and the proced to watch another. I'm addicted, what can I say?

So Sex and the City DID have some explicit scenes which made some in our viewing audience slightly uncomfortable *cough* Hannah *cough*, but it was fun to have the theater to ourselves and be able to laugh and talk and roll around on the floor.

One piece of advice though: there is far too much food in that movie to go in and watch on an empty stomach. Every time they ate, we complained how hungry we were. So we of course decided to forgo all the close food options, and headed for cheap lunch specials at Chef King. They have an amazing deal. For $6, you get one of those styrofoam boxes, with the two back parts heaped with rice, the front overflowing with whatever entree you choose, and the on top of that you get a fried wonton, an egg roll and a cup of soup. Best deal ever, and it's good. Again, we could have chosen to assauge our hunger and eat there, but of course we headed over to Starbucks to partake in the corporate coffee drinking culture. I have to say though, a Strawberry and Creme frappe goes really well with mongolian beef. Seriously, it was amazing. And it's always fun to make cute baristas drool over your food and thus be in conversation with them.

To top off a hectic day, my final event was attending my friend's Pre-New York piano recital. To say the least, Leann is an amazing pianist and is so into it, and is so good, and will probably get into Julliard, her top choice school. Despite this, I must admit that most classical piano sounds like elevator music to me, and has a tendency to cause my eyes to glaze over. I can tell Leann is amazing, but nonetheless, classical piano is not exactly my cup of tea. I much prefer things like AC/DC, the Beatles and the Kinks.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There Must Be A First

So I don't know if anyone will actually ever read this, but why not give it a shot?

The thing that sucks about summer: finding a job. So I guess I technically have a job, but I don't know how many people call working 4 hours a week being employed. I looked for a job before school ended so I would make sure that I would have one, and not be bored during the summer, and actually make money for school. But so far, in 2 shifts where I was supposed to work 8 hours, I have worked 5, and made probably $35. Big drop in the tuition bucket. So I am currently trying to find like 4 more jobs. I have an interview at the library (or actually the city's human resources office) for some library test, but I don't know exactly what that entails. And then I got an email from MIT's work-study office saying something about a summer work-study, so hopefully that will come through with one of the companies I am interested in, and then I applied at a couple of Starbucks, but I don't know how finicky their hiring policies are. So my attempt to ease my employment woes kind of didn't turn out well. Oh yeah, I'm also trying to start my own data entry business. Job hunting sucks.

On the bright side, I did find out today that I got another scholarship, bringing the total up to $3800 for next year. I still have three to find out from, but not for awhile. Society of Automotive Engineers is supposed to be June 30th, SWE is sometime in August, and Wire Reinforcement Institute is who knows when.

I am feeling cynical, not that it comes through in my writing. I hope that my whole summer isn't taken over by job hunting.