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18 August 2009 @ 02:57 pm
Hello dears,

I am leaving for Ecuador in four days.

The blog I am keeping specifically for my experience is ecuadork.blogspot.com
but I will still be using Elljay.

06 August 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Tomorrow 07 August: Pick up immunization record, take Gab somewhere, work 4-930PM.
Saturday 08: Work 10-630PM, hang out with tha McButter!
Sunday 09:
Monday 10: Get immunizations (Tdap booster, ugh), work 4-930PM
Tuesday 11: One year since Papa's death, CHICAGO
Wednesday 12: Get yellow fever vaccine
Thursday 13:
Friday 14: Work 4-930PM
Saturday 15: Work 10-630PM, bon voyage party with Madre's family
Sunday 16:
Monday 17: Work 4-930PM
Tuesday 18:
Wednesday 19: Bon voyage party with Padre and Sandra's family
Thursday 20:
Friday 21:
Saturday 22: Leave from Detroit at 11:40AM, arrive in Houston, TX at 1:25PM, leave Houston at 5:45PM, arrive in Quito, Ecuador at 11:03PM, remain in Quito until 16 May 2010.
05 August 2009 @ 10:23 pm
Every time I have to think about--or especially talk about--money, my throat closes up and I have a panic attack.

I'm going to grow up to be one of those crazy hoarders who eats something she finds in her suitcase because she thinks it's a cookie.
04 August 2009 @ 01:14 pm
Me voy para Quito en 18 días.
He escrito y mandado un correo electrónico a mi familia (Los Minolis: Rita, María, y Ignacio, pero no me han mandado uno.
Tengo cuatro clases que voy a tomar cuando estoy allí, y espero que no vayan a ser demasiado difíciles.

¿De que estoy preocupada?
- No tener dinero suficiente
- Mi familia ser loca.
- Extrañar los EEUU y mi familia aquí (y mi gato)

No sé como empacar.

¿Que debo hacer con mis cosas aquí que no traigo conmigo?

Pero, me voy en 18 días. Todavía parece como este viaje es muy lejos en el futuro, pero... se acerca muy rápidamente.
29 July 2009 @ 10:03 pm
I could write an entry about how boys don't like me or about how nervous I am for Ecuador, but I'm going to do this instead.

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19 July 2009 @ 10:12 pm
All my problems could be solved with $5000.
14 July 2009 @ 11:12 pm
I don't have a lot of things to say.

I called the Ecuadorian consulate the other day (to make sure my visa application got there okay) and for the first time in my life, used my Spanish language skills with a real person, for a real reason, in real life. It was SO AWESOME. Such a nerd-rush.

I bought my plane ticket.
I leave at 1140AM on Saturday 22 August. I return at 505PM on Sunday 16 May (2010!).

The new Street Corner Music is fucking gorgeous. I love it. I love working there. I love the people with whom I work. It is my favorite place.

I'm making some money. Planning my first tattoo.

And I still love living alone.
20 June 2009 @ 03:17 pm
So, there's this brand-spankin'-new show on NPR called Ann Delisi's Essential Music. It's on Saturday and Sunday from noon to four o'clock.
The premise of the show is that people submit five songs that they love, and Ann Delisi plays music from around Detroit and blah blah blah.

ADEM's 101.9 WDET page
ADEM on Facebook


Naturally, I was thinking of what my five essential songs would be (and then maybe send them in), but of course I couldn't pick just five. Here's what I have come up with so far, though:

- "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel
- "Wonderwall" by Oasis
- "Going to Georgia" by the Mountain Goats
- "Sheena is a Punkrocker" by the Ramones
- "Chores" by Animal Collective
- "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by Fifth Dimension
- "Devil's Haircut" by Beck
- "Deceptacon" by Le Tigre
- "Gold Digger" by Kanye West
- "Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations
- "Whoever You Are" by Geggy Tah
- "Maghalena" by Sergio Mendes
- "Mass Pike," by the Get Up Kids
- "Hard to Love" by Old Crow Medicine Show

The list goes on and on and on...

The tricky thing is, I'm not sure what "essential" really means for me.

Essential to my personality? Because that's the Ramones and the Beatles and Johnathan Richmond.
My favorite songs of all time? Those include Simon & Garfunkel, Oasis, Le Tigre, and a lot others.
Songs that define a certain period or moment of my life? The Get Up Kids, Fifth Dimension, Kanye West...

So I'm not really sure.

PLUS, I would certainly alter the list if I were to submit it to ADEM. Or even tell anyone. Because first of all, I certainly judge people by their lists on ADEM, but there's also so much criteria by which to judge my "essentials!" And I feel like lameass for not including any jazz on there (Miles' Porgy and Bess! Coltrane's "My Favorite Things!" Brubeck's "Take Five!"). and I have to include some blues on there, right? Some Burnside or Blind Willie Johnson or Etta James?

I could make a top five essentials of just bluegrass! Or JUST Sly and the Family Stone! Or JUST James Brown LIVE! Or... ohmygod, I'm overwhelmed just thinking about it.

I would probably get nervous and include some weird shit that I didn't mean to, and it would be like in High Fidelity when he John Cusack has to keep calling that reporter to change his top five albums of all time. I mean, I'm nervous about it already and I haven't even done it.

I can't find that scene on YouTube, but here's one the basically sums up what goes on in my head all the time (and BONUS, that is what it's like working in a record store. Is that why I like making lists so much?):

15 June 2009 @ 02:23 pm
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Things I like about living alone
- Talking to my cat
- Grocery shopping
- Cooking
- Having people over
- Naked time
- Cleaning everything

Things I dislike about living alone
- Doing dishes... that's it.

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Things I am excited for
- Going to Ecuador
- Going to Ecuador
- Going to the Farmers Market
- Going to Chicago
- Going to Boston
- Making black bean burgers, pasta sauce, hummus
- Gabi graduating from high school
- Jaya and Frankie graduating from elementary school
- Corie graduating from State
- Going to Ecuador

Things I am not excited for
- Taking out more loans
- Not being able to find a job
- My car being on the brink of death
- My computer being absolute garbage

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Books I have read so far this summer
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
- Under the Glacier by Halldór Laxness
- Nada by Carmen LaForet
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- For Fucks Sake by Robert Lasner

Albums I have listened to so far this summer
- Dark Was the Night by various artists (Favorite album of the year so far)
- Jhelli Beam by Busdriver
- For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
- The Dirty Projectors' self-titled (out of print) album

Songs I have listened to so far this summer
- "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver
- "Amor Platónico" by Jóvenes y Sexys
- "Tightrope" by Yeasayer
- "Typewriter Tip, Tip Tip" by Shankar Jaikishan (from Darjeeling Ltd. soundtrack
- "You! Me! Dancing!" by Los Campesinos!
- "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" covered by McCarthy Trenching

Movies and TV I have watched so far this summer
- Arrested Development
- The Office
- NHL Playoffs (I don't want to talk about it)
- The Darjeeling Limited
- Zoolander

Websites I have visited so far this summer
- Texts from Last Night
- I Hate Your Fashion
- My Life is Average
- Hulu (for Arrested Development)
- Twitter (this one's mine)

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Things I like to buy at Trader Joe's
- Bananas, Flattened (They're just smooshed bananas. Serious.)
- Rice milk
- Cage-free eggs
- Alphabet pasta

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Anything I've forgotten? I'll make another list later.
29 May 2009 @ 03:06 am
I figured out my schedule for next semester, kinnnd of.
It all really depends on how I feel about the classes once I'm in them and if I want to switch or whatever.
I have alternates in mind, but this is the ideal schedule:

Los cursos ... en EcuadorCollapse )

All of my classes for the first semester (AKA "fall semester," but there is no fall in Ecuador! AHH!) are in two buildings: Galileo and Da Vinci. This is what they look like:


Da Vinci

The rest of the campus is absolutely beautiful, too.

La Universidad San Fransicso de Quito (USFQ) is super small and super wealthy. It's kind of comparable to Kalamazoo, academically. I'll be living with a family in the Cumbayá Valley, which is just outside of Quito.

I leave 20 August 2009 and return sometime around 16 May 2010.