December already!?

Yes, dead week is almost killing me. But the worst is definitely over (for this week). The midterm this morning went real bad. But I think everyone had trouble with it and since the teacher is using a curve when he is grading I might be fine. But you never know. I am just glad that it is over. There is still the presentation on Thursday, but that will be a piece of cake. What I have to focus on now is the final I have on Thursday in the lab class. I don’t understand why we have to have a final when we’ve worked our butts off for all the lab assignments. But I have an A in that class so far, and this test is only 20% of the grade, so I don’t think I have to study too hard. The last two nights I’ve stayed up really late and today I was planning on going to bed early, but I still haven’t done much because I enjoy talking to our neighbors too much. And I can sleep-in tomorrow. I will solve some engineering economics problems now and then to bed.

Oh, right, I got two packages today. One from mom, and one from Amazon. Mom’s package was missent to Canada, but it got here today and it made me so happy. It was a lot of Swedish Christmas candy to share with roommates and friends, and four chocolate calendars for me and my three roommates. She is the absolute sweetest. I also got two packages of Swedish lasagna, and a tiny Christmas cat. She knows I miss the cats, and now I have a little bit of Christmas in my room. I love her!

In the package from Amazon was most of the gifts I bought for people, but also my Bluetooth speaker that works gloriously. Those two packages made me forget about the awful midterm. The lab in the afternoon wasn’t too bad. It was our last assignment and we were supposed to walk downtown and learn about some things there. But since it’s been raining this whole day we did it virtually with google maps. Worked that too. And I actually got done with the writing before class was done so I don’t have to worry about it, yay!

Now I will focus on the lab final!

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

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I am home again after a fun few days in Glendora. I have to say that the five hours on the train home went by very quickly. I had a big comfortable seat, a lot of space in front of me so I could have my legs straight out, the seat was adjustable, and the view of the ocean was stunning. I read the whole time and actually finished half a book. But as soon as the water was close I just couldn’t read. I just sat there, watching the glittery water, the surfers, and the dolphins. It made me realize that I wanna end up in California one day. This is where I am at my happiest, where I love myself the most, where I am the best version of me. I have no idea how it will happen, it will probably take time, but one day I wanna make California my real home. The ocean is a great therapist.

Mondos Beach up ahead Mondos Beach where we surfed the other week.Beautiful view from the trainThe view was like this a big part of the way and it was incredible! Sometimes the train was so close to the shore that you just saw water down below.

So, yesterday was Thanksgiving, my favorite American holiday. I love food! We went to one of Lori’s friends and spent a few hours there. It wasn’t the close family and then us, but different groups of people so we all fit in which was great. The food was amazing! And one of their cats loved me and he was beautiful and I just wanted to take him home with me. But I don’t think anyone would believe that I am depressed or anything else and need a cat for medical reasons…

After we were done eating my stomach hurt a lot so we just sat in the backyard talking for a while in the amazing warmth of Los Angeles winter. It was 90F yesterday, crazy, haha.

Today we had to leave the house early so I could make it to the Union Station and go home. 5.5 hours later I was back in SLO, and it was really warm here too. I waited in the sun for the bus for 45 minutes and read. Revenge of Seven is really good, but it is the second to last book in the Lorien Legacies series which is sad. It is a very good story. I came home, unpacked, and started Black Friday (online) shop. Today was the day to buy stuff from everywhere so now I have all my Christmas gifts figured out and I also spoiled myself with some clothes from Hollister and Abercrombie. I need more tops because I use the same all the time. And it was 50%, even 70% on some things, so I don’t feel bad. I kinda feel that I wanna buy a new suitcase as well. I am starting to have second thoughts when it comes to my challenge of packing 23 days in a carry-on bag and a backpack. I won’t need much clothes, so it might work. But Kohl’s as this crazy-ass sale on Samsonite luggage this time of year and I know for sure that I will need another suitcase when I leave, so I might as well buy it now, when it is $160 instead of $320. And if I buy it online it will be an extra 20% off. It might be worth it! I will think about it and consult with my mom first, she is smart and always gives me good advice.

I was planning on going to bed early, but that is always easier said than done. I will now though, and then continue to read. I so look forward to Winter Break when I will be able to read as much as I possibly can. Can’t wait! 13 days left. How did that happen? Where did the days go?? Am I really going to paradise for more than three weeks, in less than two? UNREAL!

Bishop Mountain from campus On my way home to my village. I live very far away from campus (1mile), but it is still on campus. This view is ahead of me every day when I am walking to my classes. Bishop’s Peak. I am gonna hike that one day!Poly Canyon VillagePoly Canyon Village (PCV); home sweet home!

No sleep

This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.

I think someone was punishing me for going to bed early last night. I was in bed at 9:30pm. But I didn’t fall asleep until 2 or 3 am. Worst ever. I got up at 6am and managed to go through the whole day without being sleepy. I couldn’t even take a nap at lunch. So weird. And now it is 2 am and I am still not very tired.
I am still sick, but it’s not too bad. I’ve been coughing a lot today and I’ve had a headache and I’ve been hoarse.

Class today was fine. I was very motivated for some reason. I felt ambitious. At lunch, when I couldn’t nap, I watched the pilot episode of The Flash, a new TV show. It was so good. And Grant Gustin is one of the most gorgeous guys in the world.

In the lab at 3pm we did a very short test. It was a penetration test in bituminous materials. In other words, we tried the resistance of the material which is put in paved roads. It is a new group project, and our group could do the test first (there was only one machine) but that means we have to go last on Thursday. We all did a test each, measured whatever we measured and were done an hour after class started. That meant more time to study at the library. I finished my summaries in Arch Hist and then walked up to PCV to pick up a package. It was from mom! She sent me bike lights, some candy and a glass nail file. Incredible how much mom’s pay attention. This summer when I visited her once and tried hers out, she must have seen how much I liked it. And now she bought me one and sent it all the way here. So very sweet of her!

Package from Sweden

At home I talked to Lauren and studied for the rest of the evening. I ordered permanent eyelash dye (no one can see my long eyelashes when they are so bright at the tip) and a Halloween costume. I decided to go for the viking. It suits me. And my awesome roommate Kelsey bought me a scale (which I of course paid for when she got home). It not only shows my weight, but body fat, body water and muscle mass. Well invested money.

While studying I started listening to Demon Hunters  latest album and I love it more and more each time I hear it. What an amazing album!

I talked a lot to mom as well, she is going to the airport now to go to Rome for a long weekend. I am jealous!

I will go to bed now and I really hope I will be able to sleep. I don’t have class tomorrow during the day, but I still have a lot of studying to do… Two midterms on Thursday and the lab report is due in Thursday afternoon. On Thursday evening I can relax for real for a long four-day weekend. Can’t wait!!

Packages

This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.

For a day off, it’s been a busy day. I didn’t get a sleep-in since I had to be at the library at 8am to work on the paper and presentation which is due tomorrow. We worked for about two hours before I had to go home and have a skype date with Lovisa. I miss her and it would be so much fun if she decided to come back and visit.

I did laundry today as well and picked up packages at two seperate times. In total I got five packages today (and one yesterday, my beach volleyball ball came :D). I am still missing three things, but I’m sure I will get them tomorrow or Friday. So today I got my mattress pad, the dishrack, my reading lamp, a new purse, storage boxes for my bathroom stuff, the two flags and pins to put them on the wall. My room is starting to feel like my room and not a hotel room as it have for the past two weeks.

I went back to the library at 2pm to work some more on the lab project. Left an hour later because the others had to go to class. I went home, did a little studying, mostly preparing for the presentation tomorrow. I made a pearl couscous salad (I’ve never had pearl couscous before, but it was good, I don’t think I cooked it correctly though, so I will have to give it a few tries). Unpacked everything and folded my laundry and then it was time to go to class. Sustainable Environments. It was tough at first, I almost fell asleep, but then I woke up a little bit. We watched two short movies, one was called ”The Story of Stuff” and that was interesting. I think it would have been more fun if it was about my cat Stuff, but still. I didn’t feel too bad about not reading anything before class, because no one else did it. We got out of class 35 minutes early which I am grateful for. I have a very long day tomorrow and I couldn’t wait to get home to my ”new” bed. I have a feeling I will sleep like a princess tonight.

PackagesIt was like a mini Christmas Eve today! 🙂 Memory foam mattress padFor this 3 inch thick memory foam mattress pad I paid $99 instead of $530 which was the normal price. Yay! Roxy Abroad 2My new purse, since my old one is falling apart. I have to get used to having a colored purse instead of a black one. My room!And this is what my room looks like now, it still looks a little bare, but I guess that’s okay, it looks clean ;).