Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crazy Busy Defined

Ok, I've been awful about writing.  I have a whole notebook of things to tell you about but just never get time.  As a catchup (and attempt at sympathy from my devoted readers who have had to go without for a long long time) I will tell you that in the last four weeks I have:
  • been working 18-20 crazy-busy hours a week at my Human Rights Watch internship which is awesome and amazing and everything I would ever have wanted from the internship experience.  They are so great to work with and the organization is exactly the kind of place I would love to be when I am done with school.
  • Read Norwegian Wood
  • Read The Book Thief
  • Read Coconut Unlimited
  • Read half of Frankenstein (the second half for this weekend). 
  • Joined two book clubs - hence all the reading - to meet some new people in the city.
  • Went on a day long walking tour with Cam to show him the sights of London
  • Cycled at least 260 miles, but probably closer to 275 - that's just in commuting during the week, not including the weekends of wandering and meeting up with friends (I haven't added that up before but holy crap!  That is a lot of miles!!!!) 
  • Completed three days of The Greatest Contest in the History of the World.  The first two days were strong but yesterday was rough.  Today has turned that around though and I am back on track to win this thing!!!!!
  • OHHH and school!!!  I am also a grad student taking two classes and working on papers and thesis ideas and presentations etc. 
    • Eight hours of class a week (I know, I have that part super easy) 
    • An all day workshop for our development class on one of the sunniest saturdays in a long time.  I did enjoy it though.  Very informative and interesting. 
  • The remainder of this week will consist of...
    • writing a 3000 word paper for International Law
    • Finishing Frankenstein - READ THIS BOOK if you haven't already.  It's unbelievable!!!  And the story behind it's creation is as interesting as its story of creation (see what I did there?  I blew your mind!)
    • Kicking ass at The Greatest Contest in the History of the World!!!
  • AND somehow have managed to have somewhat of a social life, including:
    • a kick-ass picnic in the park with Aby
    • breakfast in the park with Tom
    • a meatloaf dinner with both of them
    • a day of reading in the sun at Golder's Hill Park - ok ok, I might have taken breaks here and there to check out the hot guys reading books near me but I didn't get any photos, or find a way to chat with them unfortunately (side note: what if there was a barefoot, hot guy reading a book while wearing a nerd fitness shirt, with his sexy bike parked next to him, and maybe a little scruff going on?!  That would be possibly the hottest thing ever :)
    • basically a lot of park action because it has been GORGEOUS weather!!!
    • dinner at Wahaca and a Doug Stanhope show with Cathy and Doug.  Mmmmmm Wahaca.......soooooooo tasty.  And Doug Stanhope is quite hilarious. 
    • a wander through the Evolving English exhibit on its last day at the British Library
    • official confirmation that TWO of my favorite people in the world will be here for almost the ENTIRE month of JULY!!!!  BIG NEWS FOLKS!!!!
    • deciding to let London Noelle out of the bag officially.  She's gotten kind of bossy about things lately so yeah the results being: hair is down and curly, dresses are out and confidence is be faked until maked lol
SO that's my life in London!!!  Apologies not to keep you in the loop along the way but as you can see I've been living a lot of life the last few weeks.  Good news though!  Classes are done May 3rd!!!  Hopefully a good friend will be here right after that so we can do a celebratory road trip for my week off and see some country (and perhaps an island).  What this means for NotBornatChristmas is that I will be not only able to write but able to write longer than three sentences here and there AND that I will have new adventures to tell you about and pictures to show you.  Twenty more days!!!!