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...is this coolest city ever. It has this quaint German feel to it, and the monuments, especially the cathedral, are breathtaking. I could move here are and be happy the rest of my life. I tried to see Obama this weekend, but by the time I snuck through the barriers blocking off half the city, they were closing the doors and sending off uniformed French people on a bus.
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I'm taking my first art class since I graduated high school, and it is fantastic. My professor is really laid back, fun (and Italian), and the complete opposite of the horror that was my high school art teacher.

Drawings from around Paris )

It also looks like I'm going to have no job this summer. I thought that Apple was a good, fail-safe plan, but they're not hiring people just for the summer due to the economy. :(
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...except without that nice tolerance bonus. I love wine, and at dinner, my host mother just keeps pouring until everything gets kind of sluggish. I visited the French equivalent of the State Fair today, and I couldn't've had that much alcohol (3 or 4 tiny amounts of wine to taste at booths and a glass of cider from Normany), but after the cider, I got vertigo every time I looked at the ground. On the plus side, I had great cheese and sausages from around France; it really was a gastronomic heaven.

FRANCE

Jan. 14th, 2009 09:09 am
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I arrived 2 days ago without any problems at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. From the airport, our group took a bus to the town of Versailles, where we’ve been for orientation. So, in the mornings, I have a little French class with other upper-level students, and this afternoon, we took a trip to the palace of Versailles and the Petit Trianon, a house on the edge of the gardens. The palace was absolutely breathtaking in its size and splendor. There is gilt everywhere! Every room has a painted ceiling, but the original paintings and furniture are in the Louvre (the paintings were taken during the first revolution in 1789, but the furniture was nearly all silver and melted down in the 1670’s due to low funds). When the monarchy was restored, King Louis-Philippe made Versailles a museum, but the only open room in his museum is the Napoleon room. It is decorated by his military victories, coronation painting and portraits of his wives.

We then took a bus up to the Petit Trianon (it was 2 km in the mud, so we didn’t walk). I liked it better than the palace; it was smaller and not so over-embellished. The grounds were gorgeous, but it was wet and all the plants were dead. I want to go back in the spring to see everything in bloom!

Pictures/other blog here: http://web.me.com/samanthacornelius/La_R%C3%A9tour_%C3%A0_Paris/My_Albums/My_Albums.html

Yeesh

Dec. 26th, 2008 10:47 pm
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It's been a long time since I've posted anything. Yesterday was my birthday, so that was awesome. My boyfriend got me a vintage smoky quartz necklace for my birthday and a textbook on animation for Christmas.

I've tried to relax as much as possible and keep this break between semesters as low-key as possible, since I'll be going to Paris on the 11th of January and staying for the entire semester. I have really mixed feelings about going abroad. On one hand, it's a great chance to be independent and learn French. On the other hand, I feel I'm putting my life on hold for four months, and I've never been great at keeping up long distance relationships. I'm worried about losing touch with my closest friends ever and my boyfriend (who is the best man ever). I hate this feeling of waffling between anxiety and excitement.

Also, I decided to switch majors. I was Political Science and French, but I really didn't fit in with the poli. sci. crowd. I felt out of place in my classes among these deeply-entrenched-partisan-future-politicians
who surround me. I found that I hold no great opinion partisan-wise. Instead of evaluating the poltics, I found myself analyzing the arguments made in our required readings. So, when I get back from France, I'm going to declare English, because language/literature is awesome. I never would have thought I would have gone this way, but I feel much more at peace than I did previously. I could never imagine myself in the field of politics clearly, but I could see myself writing, or being involved in publishing, or even teaching. I wish sometimes that things were as easy as they were in grade school. I knew my life's progression: go to middle school, go to high school, go to college, get a job. I never thought that it would be so difficult to figure all of this life stuff out when I got to college.

Anyway, Happy Holidays f-list. Hope yours isn't filled with as much inner turmoil.

new mexico

Sep. 10th, 2008 12:13 am
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Over Labor Day weekend, I ventured out to Taos, New Mexico for the annual President’s Scholar retreat. Read more... )


I stand on a steel bridge over this gorge carved by the Rio Grande, which here, is nothing more than a trickle, mustard yellow, and stagnant. As I look out over its vast length and depth, I feel the Earth. I feel this same deep gash across my breast, and the tearing, ripping forces of the Earth pulling itself apart, pulling me apart.The light breeze blows through me. I taste iron on the air; I smell metal.


I remember the last time I was here, a year ago. I remember another outing we had. I remember Native American children dancing for tourists - anything sacred or real is lost on their voyeuristic, their ignorant stares. I feel that I am on the brink of madness for a surplus of feeling. I feel New Mexico: it’s warring cultures, it’s poverty, it’s antiquity. All of these cut me like the Rio Grande, carve out something essential, and leave a giant hole for teenagers and tourists to gawk at. They throw pennies in me to see how deep the hole goes, how deep I go. They stand over me, looking into my hole until something more exciting comes along.


I hold on to the gaurdrail. I take pictures, trying to capture the Earth so that I can take her home with me. But it’s inadequate, sand through my fingers. I can’t capture her. I can’t capture what I see, so I must content myself with looking and drinking it all in as long as I can.


The sway of the bridge paralyzes me. I am dizzy; I see myself falling into the abyss or tumbling on the thin sidewalk into the guardrail. I hit my head. I fall into incoming traffic. I keep walking.


We eat, but I have already eaten. I involve myself in conversation. I doesn’t spark any feeling. Not like the Earth. I talk, I laugh, I taste the metal in air. It infiltrates my cinnamon gum. I chew the Earth. They can’t feel it, can’t smell it, can’t taste it.


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I look overhead at the stars. They twinkle above me in a seemingly endless dance. I feel the sting of the cold on my cheeks; I shiver. I never want to leave, hypnotized by the sky the color of ballpoint pen ink. There’s prickle behind my nose and the tears come falling out of me. It’s the sky and the Earth and me which pours out in the form of tears. I look for constellations, but I can’t recognize anything; the sky is too full. She is alien in depth, a depth which I cannot see elsewhere. I wonder if the people before me hold the same reverence for the sky: the Pueblos, the settlers. I am surrounded by a handful of people partaking in my loving gaze into the heavens, but like the gorge, the true majesty seems lost on them. All I can say is, “I love it. I love it. I love it.”


When I got back, I received a post card letting me know that all parts of my study abroad application were together and they would let me know when interviews start. I was a little worried because when I turned in my application on the 25th, the office didn’t get my advisor evaluation. Now, everything is good in the universe.

Also, I've been writing more and more since the beginning of the summer. I have appx 12K words written for an as of yet unnamed massive project which I have been pondering on for about four years. I feel a little self conscious because I have rarely written creatively; all my writing to this point has been for school. I'm damned good (if I do say so myself) at analytical papers, but this creative this is new and a little terrifying.

PAIN

Jul. 23rd, 2008 10:18 pm
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I seriously never knew I could feel this much pain in my mouth. Stupid wisdom teeth extraction. Between bouts of nausea, unconsciousness and sever swelling, the past two days have been zero fun. Also, the nicknames seem to be never ending. My favorite so far is "Puffy Princess."
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Was I the only one who found EIP really sad and dark? Sure, there were EPIC LULZ, but the end was so dark/creepy. Also, my heart broke for Aang all over this episode. The whole thing with Katara and then with the Firelord. Poor Aang.

iPocalypse

Jul. 12th, 2008 10:18 pm
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Somehow, I lived through the iPhone launch yesterday. Since Wednesday, I have worked 37 hours. I'm so exhausted.

But, I also saw Hellboy II tonight and that was really cool. It looked more like a comic book and del Toro than the first one.

WALL-E

Jun. 27th, 2008 07:01 pm
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Go see it. It is perfect/amazing/beautiful/heart-wrenching/fantastic. Do it now. Also, if you're in the mood to see something else that is beautiful, go see The Fall. The art direction and cinematography are downright stupefying, not to mention the fact that Lee Pace is super!yummy.
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Dear f-list,

Is anyone familiar with theatre precedents? In every version of Romeo and Juliet I've seen, the Montagues all wear blue, while the Capulets wear red. I didn't know if there were set rules, or if this was a just a coincidence.

Anyway, picspam of Romeo and Juliet adaptations with the costume choices )
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Thoughts on Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead )

Guh, waiting for the next four episodes is going to be painful. I really want to just get to the end of this series, but at the same time, I don't want it to be over because of the aforementioned speculation. Guh.
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I woke up this morning far earlier than usual and humane. My sister left for Italy this morning on a school trip, which meant waking up at 6:45 to get her to the airport on time. Then I came home and slept a little before my 7 hour shift at the Apple store which seemed like forever! Then on my drive home, I was rear-ended at a stoplight. Finally, I got to see Mark (my boyfriend), and I hadn't really seen him since before going to Houston, but I didn't get to stay very long. I'm so tired; this day was a beating.
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And I have been for 6 months now, but as I was driving to work today, somehow I was struck with that realization. I still feel like I should be 15 or 16 and occasionally I've stumbled around those numbers before being able to say, "19." It is the most bizarre feeling in the world. As a child, every birthday felt like an achievement - I'm ten now! My birthdays are still exciting events, but I wonder when it lost that childlike feeling of change and wonder.

Return

Jun. 8th, 2008 06:54 pm
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This weekend I ran off to Houston with 2 friends to meet up with a third. It was fabulous. We visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science and watched movies and generally were lazy people. I wish I could have more weekends like this. However, I had an unnatural fixation on Dr. Who this weekend, even though my friends really couldn't relate.

Pictures later maybe.
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I just finished watching season 2 of the new Doctor Who.

Thoughts so far... )

computer

May. 29th, 2008 11:04 pm
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I got my computer back today. So far, no glitches and they cleaned it. I had forgotten what a non-hand-oily keyboard felt like. And there is no crumbs or dust. I need to clean my laptop more often.

I'm visiting friends in Houston next weekend and my friend asked me which movies I was bringing to make sure that I wasn't bringing anything she already had. So, the first thing I did with my newly clean and working computer was to catalog all of my movies so that I could both send her a list and reorganize things. I had organized my movies last summer, but I have bought more movies since then, and they were overflowing and piled up on one another.

Organization is good )

Tomorrow I'm think I'm going to start the picture meme [livejournal.com profile] tallulah99 is doing.

So sad

May. 27th, 2008 01:42 pm
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I killed my computer. I spilled a diet coke on it and now I've sent it off for repairs, but I was told they may not be able to fix it. :( Today, I also experienced a family crisis between my sister and my dad. This day needs to get better because all of this happened before 2. It is also raining.
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[livejournal.com profile] tallulah99 sent me season 1 of Doctor Who about a week ago, but I just got around to watching it in the past three days. All I have to say is: why didn't I get into this earlier?!?! And The Doctor and Rose make my little heart burst. I love sci-fi. And love. *wibble*

Life

May. 15th, 2008 09:57 am
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I am now employed at the Apple store! Yay! I started working on Friday. Now I'll finally have money!

Also, finals are over and I made straight A's for this semester.

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