Sunday, April 20, 2008

Yesterday's Natalie Dee

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Be Kind Rewind

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I saw Be Kind Rewind tonight. The movie with Mos Def and Jack Black.  I'm not going to lie; I was full out belly laughing through most of it.  In a kind of awkward the Euros aren't getting all the great jokes kind of way- like breaking glass in a funeral. It was so funny.

The premise being that Jack Black's character is magnetized because of a sabotages attack gone wrong and so he blanks an entire vhs collection of an already doomed rental store.

There were good throwbacks in the movie and hilarious awkward moments.

I really enjoyed it.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bikes in Reims

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We really want to get bikes for next.  As three of us are toying with the idea to spend our second year in Reims, France the idea of settling down and in seems to be going around in all our heads.

When we came last semester we came with an air of uncertainty, the knowledge that we would be splitting our time between Reims and Paris; thus moving 6 months through.  There was also the uncertainty of staying for the second year: we asked ourselves, "would we stay?, would we pass?, would we want to?". As exam results came in last week we  answered "would we pass?" and now are faced with the remaining two questions.

I want a bike, so does that indirectly mean I want to stay?  I like the idea of biking around Reims, just small enough to not be killed by traffic, and just small enough to not be a taxing endeavor .  Staying for the second year means things are going to heat up scholastically.  We will have a 80-100 page thesis due, a 20 page report on our internship, and a new battery of seemingly impossible exams.  But I also have our student council group to look forward to, the optimization of French skills, and also a chance to avoid a December graduation.

All in all it also comes back to: "Do I want to go back to Boston?"

Thursday, April 10, 2008


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I love when people visit. It really makes me happy that people have come to see me this year.  My first visitor was my friend Laura (a best buddy from Boston) who I met up with when I went to Lyon.  She is a school friend/old roommate/adored individual.  Followed closely by little Chelsey, who adventured around Paris and Barcelona with me with a great amount of flair and fun on bikes and on public transport.  Then Lana came who brought bagels and happiness and very importantly scrabble!  On her heels were Krista and then Vincent - two friends from my year in Lyon.

It's nuts how many people you connect with in the various adventures in life.  When I was little my mom used to always get mad at me because I would have new "best friends" every other week. I was known for bringing a friend home a bunch of times and then finding someone else and doing the exact same thing.  But one thing is for sure, no matter where I have been I always have my close friend - my friend I can count on, can make any joke too and also have a good time with whatever the circumstances.  Luckily even though I've gone to a few different schools in my life and met a lot of new people I still keep in contact with my favorite people from each step of my life.

Because I believe you should hold onto the good things. I believe that you should keep in contact religiously with the people who matter most and who also have a good sense of humor and witty social commentary.  Whether it be dropping in a christmas card or shooting over an email nothing feels better than knowing that you are connected with a group of amazing people who like literary terms as much as you do.

I was video chatting with Lana tonight and I realized that I hadn't uploaded our photos from her visit.  I was so glad to see her and it was a really awesome visit :).  Her photos made me think of how great my friends are.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The best hour I ever lost

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Since Sunday, I feel like I have been living. Since Sunday I haven't stopped smiling. Since Sunday there has been sunlight.  I got out of work today and there was still sunlight at 7 pm just till about 830 - there was wonderful light streaming through the windows.

I feel like things are so wonderful; that nothing can go wrong. It gives me perspective, hope and makes me feel glorious all at the same time.

I never realized that I was feeling down until I started feeling this good.