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Kyrina's Fangirl Journey Through Life
Warning: Contains silliness and angst
The Good, The Bad, and the Strange 
4th-Aug-2011 09:48 pm
Plushiest of the Time Lords
I have a lot of work to do but I also notice I haven't posted anything in quite awhile (and have read my friend's list even less... sorry) and so feel the need to post something quick to sort of update what's going on. If nothing else, I hate when I look through my really old entries and have whole periods of my life that I've skipped over.

And I'll focus more on the negative, although it's honestly not really that bad. It's just easier to focus on right now.

The Good
I finally got to go into Edinburgh Castle! The travel did rejuvenate me a bit.
Cindy has handed in her dissertation and gets to rest.
I do have a possible supervisor for next year. I just need to apply.
I was able to get emergency funding to get me through this next month.

The Bad
My professor didn't like the draft of my paper I handed in about a week ago and told me to basically re-write (causing me to basically freeze and only going back to working today)
I'm slowly gaining weight. I didn't think I was... but I'm past variations due to being salt. I'm stressed enough with the paper to just eat whatever comes in front of my face.

The Strange
I need to upgrade my PowerBook to MacOSX 10.5 to run more modern software but it's giving me issues (now DVDs won't burn without failing... this is more odd than distressing)

I know there's more but I seem to forget it all the moment I start to try to blog. Now back to my dissertation.
5th-Aug-2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Try not to stress too much! I'm sure it's hard, but you can do it. :)

I'm jealous (again). I'd love to see some castles. That's partly why I want to visit the UK. All those old buildings, castles. Lots of history there.
7th-Aug-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'll get through it, even if rushed and at the last minute!

The castles are one reason I really wanted to come here. I haven't seen nearly enough, despite having a Historic Scotland membership (it means that I get into all of the paid locations in Scotland for free, plus I've also discovered I get to skip the main queue with all of my guests... oh, and I get 50% off locations in the rest of the UK). The scale of history is so much different. Even my flat's building was from about the 1870s-1890s. Part of the Edinburgh castle was from the 1200s (although it's admittedly the oldest part of the castle)

If I weren't already postponing work by replying, I'd post pictures. Maybe later.
7th-Aug-2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
That's right, positive attitude! ^_^

Oh wow, if I ever get a chance to go over there, I'll have to try to get that membership. See, here in the US we don't have anything from the 1200s. We don't really have castles here (as far as I know, though there is one I know of in Kentucky that I've driven past), not like castles over there. Some of our history here is interesting, but to me it's not as much.

Woot! Can't wait to see pictures.
7th-Aug-2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
I can be disgustingly optimistic (I'm still panicking, but I'll get through it)

Given that you'd be here for not a full year, you could also just get a sort of Explorer's Pass instead. (I shouldn't really research this, but they're available). I know there isn't, it is where I started ;) There is the Cloisters Castle in Maryland, but even that's late 19th Century. It's actually weird to me because so many people here have a major lack of interest in history. I know it shouldn't surprise me for people to take it for granted, but I guess I find is so fascinating that it just seems odd to me to not appreciate it.

I have them on my phone and so it's easy to post them in Twitter... and harder to put them where I can post them here.
7th-Aug-2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I can, too. Which isn't a bad thing.

Yeah, I knew that. Lol. 19th century is interesting, but we have nothing that shows how buildings and life was earlier than that, unless we look at books. To me, I'd love to learn more about it from experiencing it. They probably don't appreciate it like you do because they live there, they see it every day, or probably went there a lot as kids. If someone came here, they'd probably see that I don't appreciate our history as much.

Well, let me know if you post them on Twitter, then I'll hop over there and look. I only check Twitter if something interesting is being said or check it just randomly. I usually stick to LJ and Facebook.
7th-Aug-2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
It's just easy to get dramatic about it all.

The only thing really interesting about the one US-based castle I knew of is why someone would build that style at that point in history.
Very true. It's also that it's the past of home, and home is never really interesting (especially when young)

I did post a few on Twitter as I was at the castle. I'll also post them here... later.
7th-Aug-2011 07:19 pm (UTC)

It doesn't even really look like a castle (unfortunately most of the pictures are of couples getting married there and not actually of the building). It's gorgeous, either way. I agree with that, sometimes home is not very interesting. Especially around where I am.

Cool. I'll keep an eye out for it.
7th-Aug-2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
It's very too modern to be a proper castle. I bet it does make it more comfortable for living though. I even have to try not to lose the wonder for around me. I need to travel a bit more though.

I'd really be tempted to do it now, but I'm not letting myself goof off that much.
*looks at the paper* Ok, I must to get to 6500 words.

10th-Aug-2011 01:13 am (UTC)
You're right, probably more comfortable. I would love to travel more. If I get a chance to go to Europe, I am backpacking!

XD Did you get the words done?
10th-Aug-2011 01:26 am (UTC)
I need to do a big backpacking trip at some point.

Sort of. I'm past 6500, but still behind. I'll catch up though. I have some actual direction for my work tonight. (I too often get the "I need to do some work... but I don't know what.")
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