Nation Life


Today was my choir’s Christmas concert.  It was a lot of fun.  I wore this velvety red dress that I bought yesterday, I also bought a red shirt to go with my black pants-like-things incase I didn’t like the dress anymore.  But yes, chose the dress.

I had to be there at 2 and it was at the little church next to the massive one. Haha.  The concert started at 4 or 4:30, I was surprised at how many people showed up.  I actually got kind of nervous at first, I haven’t felt that nervousness since standing on the marching band field waiting to go to set one. Oh man oh man.  It quickly poofed though.  I think we did pretty well and I especially loved Amelie’s solo songs.  She has an amazing voice!

If anyone posts videos or something on YouTube I’ll try to remember and post them up here. 🙂

Monday at choir wasn’t exactly the best experience this time.  I mean I felt bad already that I didn’t bring fika, but if you want something relayed to me and you know I don’t speak Swedish…isn’t the logical thing to do to send me a message in English? Lol.  It’s not like I forgot the things on purpose, I just wasn’t home when bestest leader Anna sent me a message 30 minutes before practice so I didn’t know where to get cookies and stuff.  But honestly.  I didn’t even know there was a separate address list or a fika list.  Until last monday I thought people who liked baking and cookies just randomly brought those in for everyone.  If I had known ahead of time I so would’ve made rice crispy treats again…  So, I walked to ICA during our break and got some cookies, which it appears no one ate anyway. 😦 Oh well~  I know for next time now and I’m on both lists so it shouldn’t be a problem.

In other news, yesterday it was slushing.  I say slush because it was like a mix of rain and snow, but it wasn’t sleet because I wasn’t getting hit in the face with ice pellets.  So, this was fine and dandy because it appeared it was melting for the most part.  Since I had double classes yesterday, I was at Engelska Parken a lot longer than usual so I couldn’t see the mess that was happening outside.  Speaking of double classes, that was tedious.  I’m in for another rude awakening when I get back to Purdue, how do we manage going to 3+ classes a day?  We’re pretty hardcore!

But anyway, I went outside to leave after classes, it was 4pmish and already dark out.  It’s only November and it’s already darker earlier than it ever gets in Ohio.  I think it’s time to start taking vitamins before seasonal depression sets in early as well.  But yeah, outside was a slushfilled mess.  It didn’t look too bad where we were at so I was going to walk home, but I couldn’t find my iPod so I just decided to take the bus.  Can’t walk without music, but let me tell you how good a choice that was.  Walking to the bus stop was a task in itself, the road between the cemetaries to the bus stop was completely slushy and slick, I almost whiped out about 5 times before getting to the bus stop.  This was a flat surface at least, I almost slipped going up the huge hill at Flogsta as well. This winter will be interesting, I’ve fallen about 4 times at Purdue in the winter, and it’s flat.  There are hills here… I think it’s time to get some better shoes.  I have boots, but I’m not sure I trust the traction, they look flatter than my tennis shoes.  But maybe my tennis shoe soles are plastic and not rubber?  I’m a shoe failure.  Coming from a land of ice and snow, shouldn’t I know the correct kind of shoe to wear? One would think, YES. YES YOU SHOULD.  Worn out sketchers =/= the correct shoe.  I do know this.

Late last night the salt/sand/dirt truck was going next to our buildings dropping stuff.  So, I woke up this morning and from the view of my window things look pretty good.  No ice or anything.  I needed to go to ICA and get bread, milk, and toilet bowl cleaner…so I was happy to leave with no ice.  However, once I got to ICA it was a big surprise.  First the grassy hill down to ICA was layered in a sheet of ice that I almost whiped out on at the bottom aaand the parking lot was also one thick sheet of ice.  Someone definitely missed the parking lot.  I wonder how many old people break hips here by the end of the season…

Getting those spikey things for your shoes and looking like a complete dork doesn’t seem like a bad idea right about now…

Well, once again I’ve been neglecting this journal.  I like to have long and meaningful posts, but I don’t know…I really should just write, regardless of how entertaining it is.

Well, my professor is in New York for the week or something to discuss the election (he should’ve taken me back! Though I have nothing i really want to do in NY so… lol) so my classes were all canceled/re-arranged and I’ve had the past week off basically.  It’s amusing because Purdue was also on their October break.  But, mines longer. Bwahaha~  I should have been thinking about my project and reading more for the class, but I’ve been lacking motivation to do so.  The great thing about American universities, is that generally you can attend a lecture and get most of the information you need.  In Sweden, most of the information you need is in the book, and you have to pull it out and figure it out yourself.  The professor will do some kind of commentary, but really there isn’t really anything new brought to the table in my opinion.  I’ve been a note-taking fiend in my classes, but that obviously doesn’t help, because I got a C in my first class.  I haven’t had a C at all since I’ve been in college, so it’s kind of disheartening.

Well, today I planned to meet up with Ingrid on Tuesday and we’re going to plan a trip to Lappland, Kiruna and all to do all the northerny activities like possible dog-sledding and fun things like that!  I’m mostly excited to see the northern lights.  If I get up there, and I don’t get to see them for the whole trip, I’ll probably be really disappointed because that’s what I want to see the most.  We’re thinking of going either late November or earlier December.  I’m already going to Scotland in early November, so I’m hoping early December for Lappland-adventures.

Well, today I went to Gästrike-Hälsinge (GH) nation with Per, Suyin, Peter, and Josefin.  I was debating for a bit this afternoon if I wanted to go, because I’ve felt pretty lazy lately.  But, I sucked it up and decided to just go. I’m happy I did, because I enjoyed myself, like I always seem to do. :p

It mostly consisted of sitting around talking and taking goofy pictures and what not.  Peter mocked me and my waaater, what’s wrong with my water?  Just because everyone has acquired the taste for beer, and I haven’t. Maaan~  At least Suyin stood up for me and my water!  Though, I know Peter was just kidding, so it doesn’t bother me.  Not like real beer-pressure or anything. lol~ I personally love GH’s fries.  So yummy, but I’m sure they’re super fatty too! I don’t want to gain back weight I’ve lost maaan~

Josefin wanted a different kind of beer so eventually we left to go to Gotlands nation.  Per had other plans to go to another party (which he invited me to ❤ XD But that would prob. be awkward, don’t know anyone except him lol) sooo we split off and the rest of us went to Gotlands.

Playing with wax @ Gotlands Nations pub

Playing with wax @ Gotlands Nation's pub

I didn’t realize where Gotlands was until we got there.  It’s such a cozy little pub, I think I had the most fun playing with the candle wax like a 5 year old and learning how to say “Shut the hell up!” in Swedish, “Håll käften för helvete” (or something) because there were these annoying loud people who decided to show up there.  So sad for us!  We left there and went to Smålands Nation because it was so loud.

At Smålands I ended up trying to order ice cream in Swedish, and it would have worked but they didn’t have any ice cream left so the guy kept saying, “We don’t have ice cream anymore.” in Swedish and after like 4 “vaaa?”‘s and him repeating himself I eventually said in English, “Oh, you don’t have ice cream?’ and he was alll, “Lol. yeah, We don’t have anymore ice cream.” To which I ordered “Ostkaka” which is cheesecake, which is NOTHING like American Cheesecake.  It’s really rich and uhm Peter says it has like pretty much no cheese in it, but it has lots of eggs? Lol~  I don’t know.  It was alright, half of it was super good, the other half not so much.  I couldn’t finish it all either.  Either because I was stuffed or because it was so rich.  Josefin also let me try some of her drink.  It was Raspberry-Licorice flavored something or other.  So I had a sip and to my surprise it wasn’t too bad.  It didn’t taste anything like alcohol and I was more surprised that I wasn’t grossed out by the licorice flavor.  I hate licorice usually.  Like black jelly beans.  I finally found out who they make those nasty things for; the swedes!

After that we all ended up going home.  I took the bus back to Flogsta with Josefin and Peter and at my stop I went to the door and the bus driver shut it on me!!! And since it was a double-bus I tried to yell, “HEEEY!!!” but no one heard me, Peter and Josefin tried too. Lol~  It was okay though, I just got off at Flogsta Centrum which is right infront of the ICA, so not that far away or anything.  I needed to work off some of that food from the night anyway.  :p

Everyone, thanks for the warm comments on my last post.  Thanks for praying/thinking about my family and all, I think I’m better now and I’m not sure if it’ll really hit me until I get home.

On Friday I left to go on the Körhelg (Choir Weekend) with V-dalakören (V-dala choir) to Järlåsa and I just got back yesterday~

I think it was an adventure from the start. I met with Evelina who had brought me a sleeping bag and a little blow up mattress type thing that Ulrika had let me borrow, but she wasn’t going to come until Saturday.  Anyway, yes so we met at Ekonomikum and took the Sala bus line to our little cabin/house dealio.  It kind of reminded me of our old girl scout cabins and such.  But, the place I guess can be rented out for weddings and all that fun stuff.

So, we took a looong walk into the woods to find the cabin thing and when we did we all got settled in.  And of course, we sang!  It’s choir practice/weekend/fun/adventure after all.  It really reminded me of band camp.  We would sing, eat, sing, eat, and that consisted of our time.  So, we had hot dogs our first night, I don’t usually like hot dogs, but these were really good haha.  And on Saturday we also did the same thing and we had fika as well.  2 fika in one day, it was like a dream come true!  I love fika cakes and cookies.  So delicious.

Anyway!  The real adventure came on Saturday night.  Saturday ingeneral was a bit hard to focus on.  I didn’t sleep well the night before because my makeshift bed fell apart in the middle of the night and I ended up on the floor, the room was also extremely hot, (which I personally think is better than extremely cold, like here at Flogsta) and yeah…so I got maybe an hour or two of sleep that night.

Saturday we practiced more, but then we all split off because us newbies to the choir weekend had to perform a Spex, which is a funny comedy of sorts, usually a parody of something, but this time it was just a funny skit.  We decided to have a circus theme since 3 people in our group can juggle.  Martin is especially good, he can juggle 2 balls and an apple, and take a bite out of the apple, and keep going, without dropping anything.  He really belongs in a circus.  So yes, we had jugglers, Maike, Eugene, and I formed the exchange student triangle, and Gustav was the “lion” lol.  After that we all sang a song from Monty Python, though the beginning part 2 of the swedish guys changed the lyrics to funny stuff in Swedish and yeah.  So, that was our plan for our spex later in the evening.

After our practice of the spex, we all got dressed up and went downstairs for our “formal” dinner.  We had a weird way of picking who we would sit by.  We all had to draw a paper, the guys I believe had a character, and the girls had to sing the theme song from whatever was on our paper.  I got Beauty & The Beast, so I sang that and I ended up being paired with Marvelous Martin, not to be confused with Machine Dish Washer Martin who I was going to do the spex with, though he did sit across from me.  I also sat near Amelie and Karin who has the 3rd best dog in the world, Ville! Sooo cute~! Before I forget, earlier in the day we had learned everyones names by going in a circle and playing a game like “Patrik the penguin” etc etc… So, if I describe people later by that, you’ll know why: hence Marvelous Martin and Machine Dish Washer Martin.

Körhelg Dinner
Körhelg Dinner

So, dinner was delicious.  It was like a gasque.  We had a 3 course meal (Bread-stuff that tasted like licorice to me because of the olives (starter), Salmon & Rice (entre), and New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake (dessert))and plenty of singing and toasting.  I drank water mostly, aside from a drink I had before the actual dinner, which tasted more like delicious juice! Alcohol is usually nasty, but this was actually pretty good.  So, while people were getting drunk throughout the night, I got to laugh at them, because I uh…wasn’t?  But, basically after you sing a song you do this formal way of toasting, that’s really a process.  I’ll show everyone once I get home.  But, yes you sing after a speech or something special, then you drink.  Or you make a “tsss tssss” sound, and the person in charge (Sofia) gets up and starts a song that we’ve been learning in choir or something most people know, and after that people drink again with a toast.

There were 3 songs that were especially fun to sing.  Helan går (toast song of sorts), the ABBA parody song, and Circle of Life.  Circle of Life was the most entertaining though because out of nowhere Fabian (I think?) got up and started singing it and then the rest of the choir joined in, so I joined in with the sopranos singing what I thought they would be singing (which luckily they were haha).  It was so much fun.  A few more songs that came about just in our little section of the table was ‘Bumbi Björnarna’, the swedish version of Gummi Bears, which I just so happen to have! I was amazed, because I knew it and I didn’t learn it at choir.  And also when Machine Dish Washer Martin and I sang Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” together, but I did English Jasmine parts and he did the Aladdin parts in Swedish, so it was amusing. XD The most funny though is still the ABBA parody song about spanking and stuff lmfao.  This choir loooves ABBA. Smiska här, smiska där, piska mig, piska dig~HEJ~ (Sing it to the tune of numanuma…and stuff lmao)

After dinner, we all did our spex and that was entertaining, I think the others watching were amused. So yay~  Aaand yeah, then it became more chaotic and we eventually cleaned up and I talked with Kool Karin (not Ville Karin) and we all danced a bit or went and sang.  Eveeentually we all went to sleep.

Then the next morning, the sopranos (meee) had to get up and do breakfast and such.  We all cleaned up then and played some games before heading to the bus stop to go back home.  It was pouring cold rain that day, so yeah.  Some people drove back, some people offered to take people, but after all of that cheesecake and stuff, I just walked to the bus stop.  Probably not the brightest idea with only having a hoodie and such on.

When I got home I definitely had a warm shower and it was amaaazing, let me tell you!  I also found out when I got home that Matthias will be going back to Germany with his mom, so things are all packed up.  I hope he doesn’t have any brain damage and gets out of this okay. =\  He’ll be in my thoughts.

Also, my doorbell was rang a few minutes ago, so I went to check and see who it was.  We don’t have a peep hole, so I couldn’t tell if I knew the person or not.  Well, they started to speak to me in french, and then realized I wasn’t french.  Which was fine, and I thought maybe they would leave. But, no.  Instead she whipped out her bible.  And they started asking me about what I thought about the future and if I thought it was scary or something.  I told them no, the future isn’t scary when you live in the here and now.  So she read me some prophecy in Isaiah. Or something.  And asked what I thought of that and if I thought it was a real one, and I said no.  Because I think to make the world perfect and nice we have to work towards that.  I think the bible is a fine guide, like most mythology books on morals and stuff, but I don’t think it predicts the future.  Theeen after a few minutes, she whipped out The Watchtower.  I’m not even kidding.  Back home I just don’t answer the door if they come, so I’ve managed to not get involved, but it majority athiest Sweden…this happens? What’s going on?  It’s especially amusing because I watched ‘Zeitgeist’ last night (well part 1 & 2, I need to finish it) which taught/reminded me of a lot.  Put puzzle pieces together, that I didn’t know where to put before.  So, I have an even different view on Christianity than what I had before I left for Sweden.

Two days ago was really interesting, but yesterday I was a bit too lazy to write about it.

I got up at 11 then, and went to town with Jenny and Julia, I don’t remember why we were going exactly; but we did.  Sooo, yeah.  We went around shopping/looking for a bit.  I even tried on this dress, which was pretty cute, but I didn’t know when I’d wear it.  I love shopping here, there are no meltdowns because things somehow actually fit me!  They have my size in everything I’ve wanted to try on so far! And it’s not even the biggest size, can you believe it!?

Then I met up with Ingrid as well since I had told her we could meet for fika, but I wasn’t done shopping yet! So, she came and I ended up buying 3 pairs of shoes.  Okay, so technically I bought 2 pair, and the last one was free.  I realized I had 0 nice shoes, so I got a pair of maryjanes of some sort, ballerina shoes, and some boots.  Very nice~ haha. Oh, I forgot to mention my card gave me issues again so I went to the bank AGAIN and withdrew some cash and they said they would send me ANOTHER card.  This will be my 3rd one.  Am I doing something wrong? I don’t think so. 3rd time’s the charm!

We then ended up going to Lindex (like Windex!) which seems to be a store mostly for under garmets and the like, and I picked out some tights and leggings.  Oh leggings, how you remind me of elementary school. Haha~ But, I mostly bought those because Ingrid said the pair she bought was her best purchase thus far, though apparently she’s been wearing them lots and they’re really supposed to be used in winter, Jenny says.  But, Ingrid is from Florida, I can see why they’d be nice now!

After that we went to Storkens and got fika.  I love the Storkens special, and you can get ice cream with it for FREE! Yummm~~

Then, Jenny and I left to go find out where they sent my package.  I heard they were supposed to send it to the ICA by my building, but they didn’t and they sent it to some mail place on Skolgatan.  Which, is very much in town and very much not by my building.  So, we got there and the mail guy joked with me, especially when he brought the package. It was HUGE.  Mom, how did you expect me to carry that?!  It was so heavy too!  The bottom of it was also busting, and that was sad~ But nothing fell out except maybe some medicine because when we opened the box on a bench to empty it a bit because of the weight, I noticed my medicine thingy was destroooyed.  So, I had pills and stuff all over the place in there, I saved as many as I could find, but Im pretty sure that most of them are in the plane, on the mail room floor, or scattered throughout the US and Sweden. Oh well. :< So, I stuffed my bookbag full, along with some more bags and there still wasn’t enough room for it.  If Jenny wasn’t with me, I don’t know what I would have done!  She helped me with the box because my elbows kept buckling and that’s no good.

We then went over to Lisa and Peter’s (after a quick stop to jenny’s) because I apparently said I would go clubbing with them and promised Jenny since they were trying to hook her up with a random guy and I had to save her.  Uhm…I don’t remember promising, but since they said I did. I went.  But yes, we played a bit of guitar hero; and Jason should be happy because I passed some songs, on easy, but I still passed! Way better than what happened last time I played!  Aaand we also played Mario Kart, which I wasn’t so good at today, though I rocked last time. >>;And I picked out my costume for Halloween, which will be Little Red Riding Hood, since the Fallen Angel one only came in like a small. :<

Aaand I also met Josefin (another good friend of Lisa, peter, Jenny, Suyin, etc), who throughout the night I came to find is a really awesome person, so I think she may have erased previous bad thoughts about the name.  But, we won’t get into that.  Unless she does something douchebaggy, she’s good!  And quite amusing.  She said she was from Kalix, and at that time I was texting a friend who lives up there.  It’s a super small city in northern Sweden.  Josefin swears that everyone knows everyone, so I said the name of my friend, and she didn’t know him; but that did NOT stop her from texting and calling friends/family to see if they knew, and it turns out yes 2 of them DID know the person I was talking to.  It really is a small world, which also means I pretty much believe in that whole 6 degrees of separation thing now. Haha.

So, Lisa bailed on us and I ended up going to Värmlands with just Jenny and Josefin.  So, we danced mostly, which was entertaining I guess?  It was fun, though I don’t think this is something I’d want to do on a frequent basis.  Something about bumping into sweaty people is not so great, or having the drunk swedish girls flail and pratically start a mosh pit with you, also not fun.  Haha, but yeah there were 2 dance floors, and we randomly went back and forth between them. It was nice, and by the end Josefin ended up dancing with some guy, but Jenny and I stayed together, because we just aren’t for the whole going with random guys thingy.  And whatever if you want to dance with them, that’s fine, I assume that’s what you’re supposed to do.  But, aaaish! I hate the making out that I sometimes saw, especially making out with no dancing.  It’s like gtfo if you’re going to just stand there and suck face.

We ended up leaving and walked home, which was nice because it was nice outside, but not so nice because my feet were killing meee~ XD

When I got back to my room I stayed up to watch the presidential debates, I was exhausted, but I really thought it was important to watch, so I streamed it on cnn.com I think.  I didn’t want to go watch them in the main corridor TV room, though I believe they were on live Swedish television as well.  I know there was a recap yesterday on the news, so they probably did.  I really felt that McCain did a horrible job, which doesn’t surprise me.  I have yet to see Bill Maher for Friday night, but I’m sure it’ll be entertaining.  I mean, he kept repeating himself, not answering the questions, flat out LYING, and doing that republican smirk-laugh.  It’s so irritating to watch, not to mention he was being super condescending.  Anyone who votes for him has got serious issues, especially if they are fed up with the current administration.  You know, this election is more important so if you want to vote solely on party-lines, that’s also stupid.  Look at the issues, look at how they’re presented.  Two Monday’s or so ago McCain said that the economy was sound for example, and then the crazy crash happened.  And now he’s playing it off like he’s been worried about it for so long?  He’s a fat-cat and the Democrats need to paint it that way.  He is not fighting for the little people he is fighting for that top 1%.  I have a lot more I could say on the debates, but this probably isn’t the place.  I will say one final thing though, you can tell he’s  warmonger and that there will be more wars.  All he could talk about were the wars, no matter what the topic (not to mention the frequent use of scare tactics he was using, it’s fine in little campaigns, but you can’t use those during a debate; hopefully it backfires!) and he wants more wars and he wants to use hard power in his foreign policy, it’s ridiculous.  We can’t have someone like this. We just can’t.  If you want more of the same, or Bush Administraton part 3, by all means vote for McCain.  If you want change, please vote for Obama.  At least with Obama there is hope of something new.  And if you feel so uninformed and are too lazy to catch up on details, and won’t vote.  Then please, give me a few extra votes and vote for Obama.

ANYWAY.

The next morning I got up and “cleaned” a bit (it’s just as messy now though haha) and unpacked my box.  I got teary eyed because I don’t know, just randomly a little homesick seeing the stuff.  There were a lot of amusing things in there like the giant lollipops, the halloween decorations, the Purdue sticker and the OSU poncho (which would have been nice the first two weeks here haha).  It was nice, though I was so angry when I realized how big the box was, I really liked EVERYTHING inside it, so it was all worth it.  <33

I did laundry yesterday, since I FINALLY ran out of clothes!  Uhm, yeah the washers are different here and super small, so I had to hog three of them.  The laundry room is in building 7 (I’m in building 6) so that’s not going to be fun in the winter haha.  But, I decided to do it on a Saturday night, because people will be partying and out, and I can easily just…use the laundry facilities.  Now, the whole washer system is very strange.  I wasn’t sure how to do everything so I just kind of threw my liquid detergent into the machine like I would at home.  Well, while my clothes were washing, I came back to my room and talked to a friend who informed me that there are box things on the top that you’re supposed to put your detergent or fabric softner into.  Well, I clearly messed that up!  I’d say maybe next time I’ll get it, but I’ll need a Swede to come and explain it to me.  I think there is one slot for dry detergent, another for liquid detergent, and another for fabric softner.  However, the pictures and stuff don’t explain or tell you what to put where.  So, it’s probably best to ask a Swede before you go what everything means.  If I had a camera on my phone, I probably would have taken a picture and sent it to peter like, “What is this nonsense?!” haha.

Anyway, the dreyers aren’t AS complicated except there are 3 things you can pick.  P1, P2, or P3.  According to the picture P1 is no water, P2 had one drop so I’m assuming it was some water, and P3 had two drops, which I assume was a lot of water.  Well, next time I’m using P3.  Because I used P2 this time, and came back like an hour later and my clothes were still damp.  What the heck?  I didn’t think they were THAT wet when I put them in there, but I guess they were.  It also doesn’t say anywhere how long your clothes will be on for.  It says between 15-70 minutes.  And that’s a large span of time.  Jonatan said he usually just puts them in, and goes back in an hour.  Seems like a good plan to me.  Except yeah, P3 next time!  I did notice one machine did have the time listed, but only one~  So strange.  So yes, check with someone before you do laundry for the first time if you have no idea what hole to put the detergent in (Hello, kids from America!) or if you aren’t sure how long to keep it in there just keep it in there for about an hour on P3.  Also, don’t expect to stay down there, there are no chairs for you to keep watch over your stuff.  I guess people are more trusting here, at Purdue there are signs on our doors like, “Don’t leave laundry unattended!!!”

Oh! There is also a “hanging” dryer apparently.  I didn’t realize that until I came back and Peter and co. told me that it could be a tumbler or a hanging one, I said one was like way taller than me, and I assume that is probably a hanging one.  I was going to check it out when I came back, but apparently someone was using it at the time and it would be pretty bad of me to like…open it, check out their clothes, and mess up their settings just to see it. Haha.

Finally things are looking up.

I went to class today, the final “real class” of history.  I’m thankful for that and thankful I finished my stuuupid paper.  I was so scared when Dag looked at it and was all, “You want to turn just this in?” and gave me this “are you serious?” look.  Luckily! He was just joking. ooohoho~ Don’t do that! :O

After that I went to this kebab-pizza-place and got some pizza with SuYin~ =9 I couldn’t finish the pizza though, even though they’re thin..it was still TOO MUCH!

Aaand after that I went to choir practice and it was nice~  It’s amusing though because everything is directed in Swedish so during directions I try to pay attention to hand gestures and guess what’s going on. Haha~ Well, we’re singing some swedish and latin songs.  But, some of the swedish songs are ABBA songs, but I think they’re parodies of some sort.  Unless the swedish version of these songs are “dirty” hahaha~  I also got tested at the end of rehersal, even after the director told me to sing 1st soprano today so one of the girls wouldn’t be alone, since I didn’t know what I was for sure (I just assumed 2nd) but anyway, yes after rehersal I was tested via piano and I guess I can be 2nd or 1st soprano.  Though this Stella song is a bit difficult to sing if I do 1st soprano, but I guess it’s hard for the all-the-time 1st sopranos too.  SO, the director said I could basically pick if I wanted to be 1st or 2nd soprano.  She also said since it’s my first time doing choir in a LOOONG time (lol 4th grade) that if my voice develops and i feel more comfortable in one or the other (if I didn’t pick it) that I could switch.  So woohooo! ;DD

It’s kind of strange though, I think I have a lower talking voice compared to most girls…but I can still hit those high notes bahaha~

Oh, and before I switch topics: I might go on the choir weekend trip in October.  It should be fun, and it’s 100SEK cheaper for me since I’m a new member. 😀

And the better news of the day was a message mom sent me on skype, probably when I was either at class or practice~

“we pulled pa-pas breathing tube yesterday and he is doing well. He is all happy and talkative and kept me awake all night chatting….which is better than the alternative (not breathing at all).
[1:25:18 PM] Dee says: I have had NO sleep so I am going to lay down…nighty night  :)”

^– YAY!  I’m so happy he’s doing well off the vent.  I mean, that doesn’t fix the cancer.  But, it made me so happy to hear that he’s able to talk and all that stuff.

So, I met up with people on Wednesday for “Waffle Wednesday” at ÖG nation.  It would have been great, except they ran out of waffles!  So instead we all left and went to Norrlands and ate there~ Yummy blueberry-type cheesecake!  So, I met 3 new people that day~!  Wiebke (Germany), Lisa (Germany) and Su Yeong (Korea). We all plan on meeting up next Wednesday at ÖG in hopes of actually I dunno…getting waffles!

On a different note.  Today I made some pasta, but before that I knocked a glass off the drying rack and it shattered in sink.  I picked up all the big pieces and then noticed small shinies in the sink, I didnt know if it was glass.  I poked it and realized it was; however I didn’t notice that there was some still stuck to my finger. So I unknowingly rubbed my fingers together and slice, stupid glass cut me. :< Sad times!  My karma is AWFUL lately, I really don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such crap-karma.

In political news.  I was talking to my mom on Skype earlier and she informed me that Palin’s e-mail was “hacked” and I guess O’Reily had his panties in a twist (can’t stand him).  I however, didn’t realize it was someone from 4chan that did the hacking.  I just found that out a few minutes ago from a friend, who also told me the password she was using was her postal code.  What an IDIOT.  She was also using a yahoo account for government business, which is also rather silly.  I saw a few screenshots of some e-mails.  Let’s just say she types like a 13 year old; and people honestly want her to be 2nd in command? Seriously?  Possibly first, McCain is rather…old.  Senile too! I can’t believe he’s recently said that the economy was in good shape, like last week I think? I’m not sure, but as most American’s know…when the US bank has to bail out big companies, that means the economy is NOT alright.

I sense some platform changes coming about.  Hopefully there will be some shift from the Iraq war to I don’t know, ISSUES AT HOME, like the ECONOMY.  At least Obama has been on that already.  Thankfully.  Though it sucks that we’re basically going into ‘Depression 2.0’ (though the media apparently fails to say anything about a Depression, or recession for that matter…I guess they don’t want to enduce panic and would rather everyone just think everything is OKAY, when it’s not.), but with that McCain seems to be a bit clueless on his stances; especially about the economy doing well remark.  He seems to be fumbling a bit and dropping once again in popularity.

I can’t wait for the debates. McCain and Obama should be good, but Biden will clearly trample Palin.  Can we switch in Tina Fey for Palin in real life?  I think Tina Fey knows more about foreign policy and what’s going on in the world than Palin does.

Wow, this was going to be a short post…and it ended up a bit longer than I had planned!

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