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living the dream. [Mar. 11th, 2009|08:52 pm]



oh, how I have longed for this
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semi-live journal. [Jan. 2nd, 2009|11:01 pm]
I've decided, after careful consideration, that I am going to make my journal friends-only. Not because I am really exclusive and write about important or super personal things. I just feel like it. But, because I refuse to pay for an LJ account, I have to individually lock my entries. laaame. I started to do some but I think this may be a 'from now on' thing.
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I'm in love. [Aug. 17th, 2008|04:34 pm]
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my ah-ha moments [Jun. 10th, 2008|01:16 pm]
[mood |blahblah]

I realised after years of making fun of people that watched Fraiser, that I quite enjoy the comedy. In fact, I have spent the past week watching early morning syndicated episodes on channel 4. 

I worked at the Leeds Taste Festival which was temporary and well-paid.... plus we got free food, not as much as we would have liked but enough samples to hold us over. The down sides included the fact that we had to wear pink shirts and matching hats, not being able to drink AT ALL despite the dozens of tents to wine taste from AND we couldn't eat while working (only on our breaks, so picture wandering around with FOOD EVERYWHERE and not being able to grab a nibble off of a plate of snacks. Plus, the first day I was placed right next to a BBQ and had a guy with a mic talking to the crowd about how it was the best bbq'd chicken ever with tasty maranade and melted brie. If working there wasn't a lesson in self-control, what is?)

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the property ladder [May. 12th, 2008|05:08 pm]
I was looking for random jobs online and there was a focus group happening in Leeds City Centre. It asked for people interested in learning a foreign language... So I emailed and said, yes, I am and that I would like to participate.

Then, they emailed and asked if I was a homeowner, particularly with a home abroad.

So, I emailed them and said: hell no, I'm 22 years old and can barely pay my rent which is coincidentally why I applied for the focus group.
(although, that which I call my home is currently abroad).
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(no subject) [May. 11th, 2008|11:56 pm]
(jet lag?)
Last night I stayed up till past 3am. I couldn't sleep so I read, worked on my essay and caught up on season 4 of Lost.

Loving the California weather in Leeds, but please can people put on some clothes? I love to wear shorts and skirts and all that... but I also don't like it when everyone's goods are in my face.
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(no subject) [May. 5th, 2008|06:32 am]
things that have happened since my last update:

- Flew home and sat next to Harry on the plane. We were offered seats with more leg room (i.e. emergency exit row seats) but as we had already settled in Harry was like 'no its okay' (in his very I'm-clearly-bothered-but-I'm-British-and-not-going-to-say-anything). By the time that I convinced him to move some other couple took the roomier seats and the people in front of us pushed their seats all the way back = very uncomfortable flight.

- Ate at Crustaceans again finally after waiting two long years to go back to the lovely restaurant..... garlic crab... heck yes!

- Went to Tahoe, gambled semi-successfully

-Rode a tandem bike with Harry and cycled for 11 miles along the beaches of Lake Tahoe

-Spent some quality but limited time with my Grandma

-Drove 2000 miles up to Seattle through Oregon, along the coast and back down to Elk Grove..... with Harry and his dad..... in the MINI

- Saw an advert for this: which made me laugh.

-Got my haircut

-Received a parking ticket in Seattle (lame.lame.lame)

-Ate at sky sushi (yummmmm....)

-Bought two dresses in Oregon (yay for no sales tax and the weak american dollar)

-Worked very little on my essays

-Bought Jackie Greene;s new cd which I quite enjoy
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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2008|11:35 am]
[music |this is england sountrack (love it!)]

yesterday I met a man who works for a pharmacuetical company in London. He was Irish and talked to me about how he loved living in New York. He also told me that he bought a Mariah Carey album the day before and that he loved eating at Chillis.  If my life was a movie, his cameo was pretty hillarious

I've finally decided on a topic for my dissertation and am now busily working on the proposal. ugh. can't I just tell them what I want to research rather than writing it all out formally. boooo. Still, its exciting because I am going to be working with the University and they are keen to use my research when its done!!

I'm getting on a plane back to SF on Wed. It will be my first long haul flight with Harry on board. Yay. We can watch movies together and I don't have to worry about letting my head drift onto my neighbor's shoulder and freaking them out!

Exam on Tuesday...... also an 'informal chat' about a potential part time job this summer.
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bills, bills, bills [Apr. 16th, 2008|05:12 pm]
--I have no idea where it has come from but I am on a huge beyonce/destiny's child kick.
(go ahead and judge me)

--Went to Paris with Jenna and Ktea and not only was I able to see Selica, but I stayed with Aurel and we saw Jonah play.

--On our way to Paris, the eurostar broke down (we got there eventually) but for the inconvenience we were given free round-trip tickets to France or Belgium. So, Harry and I might go to Bruge or Lile.... but not for awhile becuase I need a break from travels.

-- Back in London we stayed at this posh Kensington 5-story house on the same street as Hugh Grant. Long story short, Jenna's 'cousin' is a PA for an art curator/film director and she was house sitting so we all got to stay with her. The home was amazing and not too flashy either. IT had loads of art (obviously) that we later came to find out was worth millions and millions of pounds.

--I need to stop changing my thesis topic every 10 minutes. I am going to meet with my prof tomorrow to decide for sure on what I will spend the summer researching.

--I need a job.... Harry and I have decided to go to two music festivals (V and Leeds) and tickets don't come cheap. I applied for a job at the uni and should hear back soon.

--CALIFORNIAAA (is super cool to the homeless, southpark ref). I am coming home in a week. AND its 80 degrees. AND I will have INNOUT. AND I will go to Tahoe, see the Redwoods, see my grandpa, get my hair cut and see the dentist. AND I will be doing these things (minus the hair cut and dentist) with Harry and his dad. WHOOOOO. Its cold here and I miss my American food, family and friends.

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words now, pictures later [Mar. 30th, 2008|06:37 pm]
[Current Location |location, location, location]

I have attempted to update for ages now but I either become distracted or lazy.

But, in hopes that updating my LJ will spur me into work-mode (not sure how) I will write about many exciting and recent happenings.

I've had many wonderful guests visiting Leeds including John, Laura, Gina and Jeff.  They have all come within weeks of each other and so it has been exciting, busy, and exhausting. I was able to see Bath (though it was kind of dark and we missed the Jane Austen museum) and Wales which was fun. Laura and I reunited in London to eat a surprising good curry in Brick Lane (and I usually don't care for Indian food).

We also wandered around the Tate Modern and had a delicious meal at Wagamamas which has sentimental value as that was the last place that we ate at with Nicole in London. Jeff overlapped with Laura's visit and it was good for them to meet. Laura has been doing TFA and Jeff will do it next year. My friends will all be famous (doing amazing things). This world cannot contain us.

It was also soo soo good to catch up with Gina. I worry about her constantly and she has been doing so well at Davis. I miss her but it was good spoon, eat, play, take naps and reconfirm our commitments to arrange marriage between our offspring.

In other news I have been planning my trip back to America with Harry and his Dad. We are going to drive along the Oregon coast and spend some quality time with my family. I can't wait to go home for a little while. In the mean time, I will be in London and Paris next week with Jenna and Ktea. How exciting! We are also going to see Jonah. I swear, its by coincidence that he is playing the same night that we will be there. !!!!

oooh and speaking of music, tomorrow is the Frank Turner which I am soooo excited about. Please, if you haven't listened to him before. DO IT.

The anniversary of my grandpa's passing has come and gone. I can't believe its been a year.
I wish I was there with my family.
Its tough because he passed on my dad's birthday. They all went to the grave to place flowers and visit.  Its hard to celebrate the day. I called my dad to say happy birthday and I sounded really cheery for him. But, I was crying when we hung up. I miss my grandpa so much. He'd be so happy to hear from me. And, I would want to hear more about his stories.
He had so many.

Harry is going to come with me on my grandpa's birthday in June to plant a tree. I thought about doing that on the anniversary of his death as a gesture of remembrance. But, I think that his birthday is a better day to celebrate and to remember.


Probably due to a combination of stress and fatigue (possibly hormonal changes as well) I have been really irritable lately. I think I need more rest and to be a bit more productive on the school front. Oh and I might try and go running in the mornings. And by running, I mean jogging at a leisurely pace for no more than 30 minutes. Still, we all know that exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy.
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