Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31st

So Peach Schnapps are a thing that I like today.

I am sleepy from staying up late last night and getting up early today. I did get two pairs of shoes at the thrift store though. So I would call today a success. Also I got more furniture for my room, and a mattress. But I didn't buy those myself.

...I just really want my mattress to hurry up and get shipped here. I love the air mattress and all, but my goodness do I want to be in a bed.

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30th

Wait, August is almost over? What? Why?

I'm going over to see Sarah and Forrest tonight! I love that little bunny fluff. :3

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29th

Today has been Job Application Day! One of the applications I'm filling out literally has made me put my name/address/contact info like three times and I don't know why. And one of my online applications had a dead link and I couldn't finish it. But I have ~officially~ applied to at least one job, and one that I actually want, so fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 28th

Watching Doctor Who with Kayla and Company. We're watching New Earth and that makes me happy. Also, I miss Ten and Rose. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27th

I'm building an Ikea bed with Kayla right now. There's no time for blogging.

Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26th

Hello friends! I am in my lovely new apartment right now! My housemates are super sweet and my room is orange so basically everything is great. I still need to move in my actual furniture, but I've got most everything else. Air mattresses are a great invention, by the way. I only brought eight of my full-sized perfumes and I feel like I have too few and I'm having perfume separation anxiety. I think I might just bring the rest next time I make a trip back home. One can never have too many perfume choices. (And before you freak out and say ONLY EIGHT? that is so many dollars worth of perfume etc etc, just know that I spent under $100 on all of these combined, and I've got my most pricy perfumes with me.)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25th

My mom and Caroline and I are playing Catch Phrase! We are silly giggly messes. I like these people. :)

I think I'm moving into my apartment tomorrow?? This is a confusing rushed time. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 24th

Today was good. I actually got out and did stuff, which made me feel like less of a lazy mope after my trip. And now I've got to start moving into my new apartment. Holy stressballs. I don't wanna go back to school yet.

I blind bought a perfume for like $10 and at first I thought it was awful and then I actually wore it for a day and now I kinda really like it. It's Si Lolita by Lolita Lempicka and it's super peppery but also somehow really good. I think it's because it has sweetpea in it. :3

Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23rd

I am a sleepy bum. A sad, sleepy bum who misses Ireland a whole lot. When do I get to go back?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 22nd

One of my favorite actresses in the universe (Natalie Dormer) was cast in Mockingjay. I am ecstatic.

In other news, I slept all day and I'm fully prepared to sleep some more. When I did venture downstairs to eat some dinner, my dad decided to lecture me about school. I have barely been home for a day and I am not ready for yelling parents yet.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 21st

Today was airport hell.

I got up early to get to the airport two hours before my flight, since there was pre-clearance customs. (Doing customs before you leave instead of when you arrive.) I went through pre-clearance, bought some juice and water bottles, and waited for my flight number to show up so I could go to my gate.
...and it didn't. Turns out the flight was cancelled, and no one told any of the passengers. So we waited around for a representative to help us. We waited for a long time. I found out I'd be re-booked. Instead of flying from Dublin to JFK and then JFK to Minneapolis, I'd fly Dublin to Chicago to Minneapolis.
We al had to go reclaim our bags and check them again. When I tried to check mine in, I was told that the flight I'd been re-booked onto was actually full. I was sent to the Delta counter, to the Aer Lingus counter, and back and forth. I finally managed to get a seat on the flight to Chicago, but I had to go through security. Which meant I'd wasted a huge amount of money on the bottles of water and juice I'd bought, because I had to throw them away and buy new ones.
My original flight was meant to be at 11:20 AM, and the new flight was at 3:30 PM, so I had time to kill. I found out that my seat was awful and not by a window. I was originally in an upgraded economy class window seat.
I was very lucky to find someone who switched seats with me so I could have a window, but the flight was still pretty awful and long. No sleep, just podcasts.
When I got to Chicago, I had to reclaim my bag and check it in to the new flight. This went without a hitch. Then when it was time to check me in, it said I wasn't on the flight. And the flight was full. So I was put on another new flight, this one finishing up boarding as I was being booked. So I had to fly through security (which was hard because the guy in front of me had the worst security line etiquette ever) and literally run to my gate, which happened to be...you guessed it, the farthest one away. Literally at the end of the line. So my sweaty panting self got to the gate and the guy told me I was really lucky to have made it. I got on board and they immediately closed the boarding gate, so I got there just in time.
Now, here's the fun part: my luggage was still on originally re-booked flight, the full one. So after I'd landed (safely back on the ground after lots of turbulence), my bag wasn't there. I had to wait at the baggage claim for an hour so the other flight could come in. And I just wanted to sleep. In fact, I'm going to do that now, because I'm so tired that I feel disconnected from reality. The only thing keeping me grounded is the fact that upon exiting the plane, I noticed a huge canker sore on my tongue, which is currently hurting a lot. Talking and eating are so painful, but I want to do those things.

Anyway, before I fall asleep at my keyboard...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 20th

So yesterday was kind of amazeballs. I got to hang out with Eoin! In person! We went to Dún Laoghaire, which is a lovely little town just outside of Dublin. And there was a lighthouse! I like those! We walked down this massive pier and explored and got confused trying to find a toilet. We are both slightly navigationally challenged, it seems. We also had a great deal of trouble with the train.


I want to come back to Ireland and spend my time exploring the countryside. I want to go to glens and cliff faces and farms and valleys and fields. I want to go to Cork and kiss the Blarney Stone. I like this country a whole lot, and I'm not ready to leave.

I also went to the library at Trinity College today, which was basically like heaven, except real. It smells like old books and it looks like something out of a story. I am in love with it and I could stay there all day.


Now I have to pack up to leave tomorrow. I wish I had more time here! I want to explore this whole country. So I'll be back someday. :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19th

Another short entry, I'm afraid! I am completely exhausted. Today was great fun though! More tomorrow! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18th

Hello one and all! I finally am awake enough to write some actual sentences in here, so I'm going to do that! Sorry about the delay in proper blog entries; I have been completely exhausted at the end of each day and have basically walked in the door and gone to sleep.

So, starting with my first full day in London! I actually didn't do as much as I thought I would, because whoa jet lag. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to tire myself out by walking Oxford Street up and down, which ended up making me too tired to do much else. Oxford Street was a lot like I expected. I bought all of my souvenirs and gifts for my family here, in those notoriously tacky tourist shops. I went into Zara, where I found a completely ridiculously weird shirt which I absolutely had to buy. What a coincidence that I would find a shirt like this! And no, it doesn't make any sense at all. But I love it, and that's why I bought it. Also it was only £10.



I went to Primark after that, which was completely terrifying. There were so many people in there and it was so messy and crowded and they give you little laundry baskets to carry your merchandise in because people buy so much because it's so cheap. I didn't even bother with clothes because I couldn't find anything and I didn't want to try anything on. I ended up getting an adorable makeup bag, since I've wanted (and needed) one for awhile, a wintery headband things to keep your ears warm, and a snood. I also bought a gift for my sister.
I then found a store called Pull&Bear, which is the cutest name in the world...so I had to go in. I bought a shirt there as well, since it was on sale for £6.
I stopped into Superdrug and bought some UK-only Rimmel foundation that I've wanted for ages, as well as some UK-only nail polish I'd been wanting.

I was supremely hungry at this point, but for no apparent reason, there aren't any actual restaurants on Oxford Street. I was passing by Marks and Spencer in a peckish haze and went inside to look around when I discovered that they have a whole freaking grocery store in their basement. Who knew? Unfortunately there was no place to sit, so I took my food with me.
...and with me, and with me, because there is no place to sit anywhere on Oxford Street. There are maybe five benches total on the whole mile of stores, and of course they were taken. So I kept trying to lean against walls and eat, which felt weird. So...I went to Topshop. They didn't have nearly the selection of lipstick I was hoping for, as they only had about four colors. Disappointing, since I'd really wanted to buy some! However, I didn't need orange lipstick. Quite reasonably, I bought some ombre cat socks instead. I also found a place to sit on the lower level, so I finally got to eat!





At this point I was a sweaty, tired mess, so I decided I should head back to the flat. I sorted out my purchases and took a nap. A long nap, which basically ended with me doing nothing else but going to Sainsbury's that night.

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The next day was touristy sightseeing day! I woke up early and went to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, but they cancelled it "due to rain"...brilliant, since it wasn't actually raining. It had drizzled a bit earlier, but it was hardly wet out. I then got super confused trying to locate Birdcage Walk, since London has no damn signs anywhere.

 "lol what where am I going"

I eventually made my way through Birdcage Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.



Then it was off to the London Eye! I met a really lovely family from the Midlands on my ride, so it was an even more fantastic experience.



That was all the sightseeing I did, but certainly not the last thing I did that day. I went to Leicester Square after all of this to get a discounted theatre ticket from TKTS, and ended up getting a ticker to Spamalot for £25. I really wanted to buy a ticket for The Cripple of Inishmaan, which is the show that Daniel Radcliffe is in, but with the exchange rate it would have been the equivalent of $90, which seemed like a bit much.

I went back to the flat to nap, then went to Waterstone's bookstore on Piccadilly, where I bought two of the UK edition Harry Potter books. After that I went (very quickly, as I'd overslept a bit) to Spamalot, which was actually really good! There was a lot of topical humor, and one of the actors ad-libbed a bit and made the older/seasoned actor playing King Arthur laugh and break character, which was hilarious and totally priceless.

So then, back to the flat so I could wake up nice and early to leave for Dublin! London Heathrow is a bit confusing, but it did have a lovely surprise...


Yeah, apparently Daleks hang out at the airport. The flight to Dublin was super easy, as it was only an hour long. Customs was much nicer in Dublin too. The guy literally asked four questions: Have you been to Dublin before? Why are you in Dublin? When do you leave? What country are you from?
...and then I was off to find my hotel. I got a cab with a fantastic (and very Irish!) driver, who told me some great stories and gave me some tips about Dublin. I made it to the hotel just fine, and decided what I really wanted was to sleep, because traveling is tiring, so I did.

And that brings us to today! Today is Sunday, which means a lot of stuff is closed in good ol' Catholic Ireland. I decided to walk around the city and get acquainted with it, as well as walk around Trinity College a bit. I walked out of the hotel and immediately noticed a good 50+ football (soccer) fans walking in one direction, so I went with the flow. Then I looked at my map and realize I was going to complete opposite direction of where I needed to go. So I walked for a bit and got to the main shopping street in Dublin, which thankfully is nothing like Oxford Street. I did buy some more tacky souvenirs though! As I was walking towards the college, all of a sudden I heard chanting and there was a giant swarm of people everywhere. Turns out I'd walked into a parade for marriage equality, and someone handed me a sign to carry, so I went with the parade for awhile. Why not, right? Well, Dublin is horribly confusing and winding, so I got a bit lost. I managed to find the college again, which was completely gorgeous.




I then decided to head back to the hotel...and got totally lost. Like I said, Dublin is crazy confusing. I wandered around for ages before finding where I needed to be, and luckily made it back to my hotel. I then Skyped with Eoin (who I am seeing tomorrow, ahh!) and got dinner...and now I'm blogging. Hello!

I know I've missed a lot of details and I've got even more pictures, but I've been writing for awhile now and my head hurts and I'm tired, so I'm going to be done with blogging for today! Hopefully tomorrow will be another decent entry, but I'm going to be quite busy, so we'll see! Thanks for putting up with my shoddy recent posts- I hope this makes up for it!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17th

I have a pretty casual day tomorrow, so I should be able to post another massive rundown of my activities! For now, though, I am happily sleeping in gorgeous Dublin. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16th

You're all going to yell at me for this, but I'm running late and I don't have time for a proper entry. Today was lovely though - I saw Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, rode the London Eye, went to Platform 9 3/4, and now I'm off to Waterstones and then to see Spamalot. More later, I promise. :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15th

I am currently riding the snooze cruise, so I'm going to take today off from doing an intense entry. Tomorrow's will be extra long instead! Sorry for the delay, but I am a very tired girl. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 14th

I AM IN LONDON

It still doesn't even quite feel real. Luckily, local time does feel real and I've pretty much conquered my jetlag. Yay! So, since I can, I'm going to give you a HUGE RUNDOWN of the last ~24 hours.

Getting my boarding pass and checking my bags and all that jazz was super smooth. My gate was also really, really close to the security checkpoint, so I didn't have to take that weird tram thing. (My gate was G6 and you betcha I was singing that song in my head.) So, the G terminal is INSANE at MSP. There's a super hip, modern bar there as well as a restaurant and every table has an iPad built in. There are also a good 100+ stations with complimentary iPads and charging ports. I was super worried about my iPhone dying on the flight, but I think it went from 99% to 87%. So...I was a little overly anxious there. I always wait around to get on the plane because I don't want to spend more time than I have to on the plane, but literally two minutes after they called my zone they were like FINAL BOARDING CALL and I didn't get to pee beforehand, OR fill up my second water bottle. D:

So, my seatmate was this super chill old lady named Gertrude. Her passport was full of stamps and she was like the best traveller ever. And she was funny. I felt really bad because I had to pee a few times during the flight and she only got up ONCE and it was like 8+ hours on the plane. I was in the window seat and there was zero legroom, so there was no way to politely go past her without disturbing her.

Since we took off at about 10:00 PM, the first four or five hours of the fight were dark, which I hated. And then the sun started coming up and I was like FINALLY I can look out the window and calm down about not being able to get my inner ear oriented and this DAMN FLIGHT ATTENDANT comes and closes ALL THE SHADES. And I was like, okay, I have to at least be able to see outside a tiny bit, or I'm gonna get motion sickness. So I opened the shade ever so slightly, so the brightness of the sun was only visible to me and Gertrude. And then this super high maintenance girl from across the aisle, who was facing the opposite direction and talking to her hubby turns over and goes, "Uh, that's really bright. Can you close it?" So I did. Until she fell asleep facing the opposite direction of the window and I opened it again. Screw her. Get a face mask.

So we landed and I was exceptionally relieved because holy shit 8+ hours on a place when all you can do is listen to music (or in my case, podcasts) is really brutal. I didn't sleep at all, either. I never can. D:
The first thing I did off the plane was pee Niagara Falls, and then it was time for customs. I was feeling a little queasy since I hadn't eaten much or slept at all, but I was fine. The customs guy who asked my questions was absolutely terrifying and mean, but I guess that's to be expected.

And then I was free. Able to roam about the UK at my leisure. Aaaand all I wanted to do was sleep. So I followed the instructions I'd written up on how to get from the airport to my flat, which was easy once I figured out where the Underground entrance was. (It was not exactly where I thought it would be, but I wasn't too far off.) I bought my (holy fucking expensive) Oyster Card, and got on the tube. The tube is the easiest damn thing in the world. So much easier than NYC. I had to switch to another line during my trek to the flat, and I had no problems at all. Easy breezy (beautiful Covergirl).

I went up way too many stairs and escalators for someone carrying a decent-sized suitcase, and I was on the streets. And I was disoriented as all hell. London has this thing where it doesn't actually have street signs. The street signs are only for specific buildings or locales, but they never tell you which street you're on. I didn't know that. The street you're on is painted on the side of the first building at the start of the block. Why? I don't fucking know. So I walked in a circle or two with my bags and my sweat and finally kind of figured it out, and then meandered slowly but surely in the right direction. I finally found my stupid flat, which was great until I had to go up to my room and get inside. There are three locks on the door and two keys, and some of the locks turn different ways to open than you'd expect. So I'm standing there, sweating, tired, and I can't open the door. I can't call anyone and ask for help if I can't figure it out, either. Luckily, I finally cracked the code and got in. And I stripped down and looked around a bit, and then fell promptly asleep.

I was planning to get up around 7 PM to explore a bit, but I was exhausted and it was raining. So, my first "day" in London actually consisted of me getting up at about 9:00 PM, finding my way to Tesco Express, and coming back to the flat, where I am now blogging. The best part? I couldn't figure out the damn locks. Again. I hate this door.

So, tomorrow I think I'll go to Oxford Street in the morning, head to the London Eye after lunch, and maybe find a cool pub for the evening. I'll probably hit up Baker Street too, and/or Forbidden Planet. If my Oyster Card doesn't run out and charge me another one billion dollars for tube fares.

Thanks for all of your well-wishes! More tomorrow. xxx

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 13th

Welp, I'm flying out to London tonight. I won't get there til tomorrow since my flight is at 10 PM, but I'm leaving today! I have ALL THE ANXIETY! I'm not even excited yet because I'm too freaked out. But once I'm safely in my flat I think I'll be okay. I have to take the tube with my luggage, which is stressful! Everything is stressful! Ahhhh!

Wish me luck, friends! I'll still be blogging daily, don't you worry. :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12th

PANIC PANIC PANIC
TRAVELING MAKES ME ANXIOUS
I WILL BE ON A PLANE IN 24 HOURS
OH GOD

I'm loading the TFIOS audiobook into my iTunes now. This is like the final countdown yo. Oh man.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August 11th

I am in freak out mode. I've started packing. This all feels super surreal and I just don't even know. And I'm looking at a place to live tomorrow, and classes start soon...this is crazy overwhelming. On the plus side, Caroline got to come home from the hospital today! She's still in a lot of pain and on a lot of drugs, but she's doing much better! We watched Grey's Anatomy together tonight. :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 10th

I'm supposed to go to Saint Cloud tomorrow and all I want to do is spending hours packing and planning because oh my god traveling alone apparently makes me feel very anxious. I'm honestly the most worried about not having enough planned and feeling like I'm wasting my time. Like, I'm so scared of that right now. I just want to plan for every hour of every day. Holy shit. This is so stressful.

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 9th

Happy birthday to my dear friend Eoin! In case you have forgotten, Eoin drew the lovely header on this page. He is also lovely in all other aspects of life.


This song gives me two feelings. One: Holy shit this is gorgeous. Two: The Irish language is so confusing but pretty how???

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August 8th

Hello friends! Caroline is feeling much better today. She was kinda pukey yesterday because of the anesthesia, but I went down to visit her today and she was okay! Obviously in pain since, you know, she had major surgery...but definitely better than yesterday.

Today I am a fan of bagpipes.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 7th

Caroline's surgery went well! No complications. :) She had a rough day today because of the anesthesia wearing off, but she's in the healing process.

I'm kinda touch and go with Celtic Thunder because some of their songs are a bit weird, but I'm kinda in love with Midnight Well and Harry's Game right now.

Anyway, holy shit I'm gonna be in London so soon. Whoa.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6th

My darling sister is getting her surgery tomorrow! I don't even fully understand what they're doing, but I recently learned that it involves a valve from a pig, so that's super cool. I'll be going down to visit Caroline on Thursday in lovely Rochester. The Mayo Clinic is an awesome place.

My back hurts oh so badly from work today. Lots of hunching over is not good for the body.

I am sleepy, and there is a lot of stuff I want to get done. I'll probably do it all tomorrow. Like a boss.

Monday, August 5, 2013

August 5th

I gotta get shit done, yo.

I've been thinking about Macho Man Randy Savage today.

Work tomorrow. No work Wednesday or Thursday. Caroline's surgery is Thursday. Eoin's birthday on Friday. Last day in the avian nursery on Saturday. Last day of work (before I go back to school) on Sunday. Final packing and such on Monday. Depart for London on Tuesday. Oh my fucking god.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4th

Hello, 12th Doctor! Peter Capaldi, I foresee good things from you. From Moffat, not so much.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3rd

I GOT MY LAPTOP BACK EARLY
IT'S FIXED
AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO RESTORE IT FROM THE BACKUP
I AM SO HAPPY

...I thought I was going to cry when I got off the phone with the guy from the Apple Store. To celebrate, I'm gonna go make myself some Oreo ice cream. I'm debating between continuing to catch up on YouTube videos or to work some more on my itinerary. I'll probably just stick to YouTube and do the itinerary work tomorrow night, since even if I do work, it'll only be until 7:00.

I fucking love that Féerie perfume that I bought, by the way.

Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2nd

A thing that I do not like: when you put forth a lot of effort into something and the people who observe this effort are like, "meh." Like, I am trying so hard, and I'm not getting anything back. 

I TRIED SO HARD
AND GOT SO FAR
BUT IN THE END
IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTERRRR

I can't help but sing that every time I say "I tried so hard." It's a serious problem. 

You guys, I miss my laptop a lot. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 1st

DAY TWO WITH NO LAPTOP
MOOD: ANXIOUS

How am I supposed to make plans and do trip research without my laptop? I can't book things, half the shit online isn't able to be viewed nicely on an iPhone, and this screen is so damn small. I can't go on sites that require Flash. My battery is perpetually running out. (Biggest thanks ever to Eoin who informed me that I can use the Wii as a USB port!) As if I wast stressed enough about making plans for both my trip and going back to school, all the relative ease I was having with getting stuff done is now gone and I am FREAKING OUT. Apple is supposed to call me within 48 hours of my appointment, so I'm just hoping that's true and that they call me tomorrow morning and say what they did worked and that everything is okay and I don't need to restore my hard drive. Actually, as long as my hard drive is okay, I don't even care at this point. I just want my laptop back. And if it's not fixed, I may be getting a new laptop, which would be cool. Then I wouldn't have an old school black plastic one anymore. Then again, I've been through a lot with this laptop. It is very near and dear to my heart. 

In completely unrelated news, this band called Celtic Thunder has this song called Midnight Well that's not meant to be funny but it kind of is because of how the guy sings it, and it's stuck in my head and I'm a little obsessed with it.