Last night my power definitely went poof at around 9pm.  First I thought my new amazing heater blew a fuse, but nope it was my whole building.  Actually, it was this whole side of the loop.  But, building 11 and all of the buildings on the other side of the loop only got a slight glitch.  So, I went to the kitchen and talked with my corridormates a bit, a snowball fight of like…300 people were outside and that was fun to watch, I probably would have went out if I hadn’t already gotten ready for the night.  Theeen at around 12 Alex got his laptop and we watched Chapelle Show.  Yeah…lol.  According to the girls in class today it didn’t come back until around 7am this morning.

Speaking of class.  I went out to catch the bus and it never came.  Like there could have been three bus 2’s that went by before my actual bus 2 came.  I was kind of sad about that.  So, I was late for class…but whatever.

After class I got food with Suyin and Per and then we went to the movies.  It’s weird, you like get “assigned seats” or something.  Like a play, definitely different.  And the Uppsala theatre is so tiny.  The chairs are kinda squashed to the back wall only a few, and yeah.  It was strange, but okay haha.  We went to see Twilight.  I’ve never read the books, I’ve heard from many people that they’re amazing, but people who think like me have called it a “really bad fanfiction”.  Well, the movie was at least entertaining, though extremely corny at parts.  I chuckled at times I shouldn’t have, but it wasn’t too bad I guess.

Then I went to catch the bus home and I saw this cute little old lady walking towards me.  I tried to avert my eyes so she wouldn’t come asking me questions in Swedish.  Well, she came anyway.  Haha~  So she asked me something that I completely didn’t understand so I’m just like, “Jag talar inte svenska” (I don’t speak Swedish) and she goes, “Huh?” then realizes what I said and starts chuckling trying to ask again in Swedish, and this other lady answered for her.  After about 30 seconds, the old lady is still standing really close to me.  And she looks up at me and starts talking in Swedish some more.  So, I try to listen more carefully and I basically had a really broken conversation with her.  I could get most of what she was saying, but I didn’t know the words or phrases to answer, that’s always my problem.  But, I still tried with my broken Swedish and mix of random English. Haha~  Oh, not to mention the accidental German before I realized I was saying the German word for something and not Swedish…so that was…amusing, but at least I could quickly change that.  But yeah, our conversation consisted of her asking where I was from, and I said USA, and she was all, “Oh you understood me?” in Swedish…and I understood that too so I kept nodding and going “ja ja ja” and she kept asking the question until Im like. “*BIG NOD* ja!” she was so cute.  And then she said more stuff in Swedish like if i spoke English, which is an of course haha.  But she said, “English…I speak…English….little little.”  She was so adorable~! Haha.  And then she said it was cold and I was like in broken swedish again something like, “Yeah it’s cold.  I live in Ohio. Ohio is cold too.” Then she asked if it snowed, and I was like oooh yeah. Oh my goodness.  But, it was so bad SO BAD for me haha~  But I at least tried.  And yeah.  So she asked how long I’ve been here…I think.  And  said 3 months and she was amazed and then asked when do I go back to the US…I think.  So I answered June, and she was all amazed and stuff. Oh man I couldn’t get over how she was all cute and amused.  I’m actually really happy she spoke with me, it really made me feel better, like I’ve at least learned a tiny bit, even if it’s really crappy broken Swedish.  She was so cheerful when she had to leave so she was all like, “Oh, bus five is here!” and then in english she like bounced away with, ” byyye bye!” haha so cute!

So yes, I was pretty proud of my Swenglish skills.  Though after I said I didn’t speak any Swedish, she still kept asking everything in Swedish, which amused me.  But I am happy I could answer.  I guess I can understand a bit more than I thought…

Amusing times!


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…

I’ve honestly been too lazy, or perhaps too tired to update this.  I figure I better force myself to though, because if I don’t I’ll regret it whenever I get home, right?

Well, it’s pretty official.  I’m going to Scotland from November 5th~10th.  I’m pretty excited and I’ll be going with Suyin, Peter, Jenny, and Lisa~  I hope it’s a lot of fun!  😀  Though it’ll be in November, so we’ll see.  I really hope we get there for fireworks.  Someone said they do fireworks for you know the “Remember remember the 5th of November” or whatever. Haha~

I’m also probably, maybe, going to join the V-dala choir.  I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t really felt like doing anything other than school work and relaxing.  I didn’t even go to the “test” because I was too tired to ride back into town.  But, the lady e-mailed and texted me that there is a spot open for me if I want it, but I have to go get a test on Monday.  So, I dunno…I guess I should do it, I might as well right?  Practice I think is every monday from 7:30~9 or something like that.  It’s not very long and not very late, but I’m just thinking about how much those hours are going to suck when it gets dark at like 3pm.  Haha~

I’ve just been running around doing stuff lately that I’m honestly just burnt out.  I have a few days off, and that’s good but unfortunately I’ll have to read during those days if I want to keep up and finish this lame book for my history class.

I’ve also started a swedish class, which I may drop.  According to Suyin and Jenny, what the lady has been teaching hasn’t necessaraly been “correct” and I understand that it’s only the 2nd day, but I honestly don’t feel like I’m learning or retaining much from that class.  I don’t know if it’s because by 4 I’m beat, or if I just “don’t care”. Learning German and Japanese has seemed much easier.

Also! The other day I got a postcard from Lauren! My first REAL mail~~! 😀 How exciting.  I was super excited to get it.  I also just got done skyping with mom and she’s going to send me a package.  But she thought it’d be like 10 lbs but it’s like 30lbs.  And there’s a hill.  How is this going to work?  I could try stuffing my bookbag I guess.  I dunno, not complaining. I like mail~ Even if it was super expensive apparently D:

Oh, I forgot to mention that earlier today while messing with my “kick” stand I managed to put a whole into my thumb.  It hurt for awhile, but i can’t really feel it now and it’s all bandaided up, which is good. 🙂  Stupid kickstand.