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New things~

- Well, it's definite - I'm going to be taking several pastry classes with a Master French pastry chef at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. I dislike cooking - 90% of the food I make is microwaved. However, I love baking. I especially love French pastries. I've been obsessed (obsessed) with petit fours glacé since I was a child, for some reason. So I'm so excited to take these classes - I'm going to be taking Petit Fours and French Macaroons, and (hopefully) Marzipan, Moulding, and Truffles. I already got the okay from work to rearrange my schedule for these classes. ~EXCITED~

- On the subject of classes I'm going to take, I am definitely going to sign up for a four week glassblowing class. Glassblowing is oddly hard to find classes for. LUCKILY there is a studio right in Boston. They have other glass classes (lampwork, stained glass, fusing, casting, etc), but I'm only really interested in glassblowing, because that shit is awesome.

- I'm determined to develop more creative hobbies. And since I'm interested in everything ever, my hobbies are spread all around the spectrum.

- This week is OCD Awareness week! McLean Hospital is hosting an event which I may be attending. Depending on if I can get someone to go with me. I haven't had an episode in a very long time, but it's still difficult facing your demons alone. I'm proud to be part of the OCD/Anxiety Disorder community, as I believe what we're doing is going to save so many people. This is a great pamphlet put out by the IOCDF that puts OCD in easy to understand terms. As I often mention, OCD is whitewashed by the media. It's not a funny/quirky disease. It's not even remotely humorous. Believe me.

- New obsession; Fab. OMG I love this site. It's like Gilt, or Hautelook. It's a discount/sample sale site, except this one is for design. I went through a period several years ago where I researched design obsessively. I love beautiful things. Design matters to me. Even more so now that I can afford it. I've already bought several things from their site; a beautiful pair of earrings (how much do I love that the brand is science-based?!), and this lovely iphone case. The stuff they have is amazing. Like THIS CHAIR, which is fabulous and gorgeous (and $2400).

- Trying to decide where to go in Europe this November/December. London and Paris are definite. I'm thinking Stuttgart or Nuremberg (I totally can't spell that in English...), and either Copenhagen or Bern. Bern is easier (and it would be nice to see where my ancestors came from), but I have this thing with Denmark. I blame 12th grade AP English and Hamlet. I want to go somewhere I've never been before.

... I think that's it. I forget if there was anything else...

uisceros: (Adipose)
So here's the deal; I'm over Asian music (and, sadly, Big Bang).

Not in a "NOW I HAAAAAATE IT!!!!!!11!!!!" kind of way. More in a "I used to love it, but that part of my life is over now, and I'm moving on~" sort of way.

My brain functions like this -
1. I see something new.
2. I OBSESS over said thing for awhile (could be weeks, could be years).
3. I burn myself out on the thing.
4. I slowly stop paying attention to the thing.
5. I find a NEW thing to obsess over.

Nothing I love in my life is permanent. I'm always in flux. I can never be sure if a fascination is real, or if it's a passing whim. It's happened before, it will happen again.

It's sad - the end of an era for me (I've been in this since 2008). I haven't listened to Asian music in months. Even Big Bang. I feel no sort of intense obsession over them anymore. I was looking at a pic of GD the other day, and I don't even really find him that attractive anymore. So... that happened.

I'm thinking about selling my Big Bang stuff. My monster, MONSTER collection. I don't need it, and it's just a shitload of stuff sitting around unused. I figure I could get a bunch of money for some of my really rare things. AND since fans in the US get shafted for kpop stuff, I figure there's probably a lot of fans who would die to get some of my things.

I'll still follow BB - I'll listen to their new music, and support them. But it's not the same. I'm not the same. Change happens.

What's next? I don't know. I'm getting older. I feel it. Should I have proper adult hobbies? Like... making ships in bottles? Crossword puzzles? Antiquing? Probably not going to happen.

Right now I'm still focused on going to school in London next year. Aside from that, I'm still trying to figure things out. I want to work on my internet addiction, but things are not looking promising right now (damn you, amazing beautiful delicious internet, DAMN YOU). I'll let you know what I find out.
uisceros: (Serenity + Tardis)
I'm pretty bored, and have nothing really useful to say, but whatever, here's a post! About life! OMG SO EXCITING! I'll even write in COLORS and SPARKLES to make it better. (Nixed the sparkles... they make stuff damn hard to read)

1. Shoulder still fucking hurts. Positive - cortisone shot worked, no longer experiencing sharp shooting pain. Negative - still aches like a motherfucker, plus it's all weak and exhausted all the time. Overall, a positive improvement though.

2.I dyed my hair back to dark brown yesterday (I've been blonde for two years). It's jarring, despite it being very close to my natural color. I also added some kickass teal streaks in. Because sometimes a girl just wants some goddamn multi-colored hair, okay?!

3. Sadly, due to exhaustive pain, my foray into academic programs has stalled. I'm still planning it, and I still have a shitload of time to get my act together, so whatever. Still don't know what program to choose though...

4. I'm enjoying being slightly crazy, esoteric, and old lady-ish in my everyday life. There's nothing more fun than having arguments about what antibody causes allergic response in humans (for the record, it's IgE. I was wrong... thought it was the non-existent IgH), or long discussions about what exactly is defined as beautiful to an individual. Or even stupid stuff about how David Tennant was the best Doctor ever, or how I want to learn how to use a flail because seriously, who's going to attack someone with a flail?!

5. Sometimes I wish I was wired a bit more like the general population. It would make social interactions a lot easier. As it is, I'm forced to sit and listen to people talk about their nights out at the bar, or look at pictures of family weddings, and I'm like "REALLY?". I can fake interaction well enough, but is that what people do normally? Talk about stupidly benign things? As an introvert, my brain works differently. I find all this stuff exhausting and pedestrian. And then whenever I mention anything about myself, I can hear the crickets, and people being like "...what?", because I am very clearly not the norm. And then when they talk about me behind my back (not even necessarily maliciously), I am reminded of how much I just don't trust people, and why I should never freely speak to anyone I haven't known for over half my life.

You know, I would have been a kickass Greek philosopher.



I keep forgetting to comment and reply to stuff because that's who I am. However, short comments to some of my peeps :D
[livejournal.com profile] frostedpopcorn - CONGRATS!!!
[livejournal.com profile] seven_trees - So exciting about the concert! Have tons and tons of fun.
[livejournal.com profile] anenko - I get that way too after the obsession stage is gone. I commiserate.
[livejournal.com profile] lydzi - Your vacation pics make me want to go to Wales even more!
[livejournal.com profile] sigrun - Welcome back to LJ land! I'm glad you're doing well.
[livejournal.com profile] airplanemusic - I think we can agree that families suck, and reality is for losers. I'll really try to reply more in depth later.

Anyone else I forgot, SORRY! It's not you, it's me. I suck at life. Badly.
uisceros: (I see that)
I haven't posted in forever, I know. Long story short - My body's been going down the shitter recently.

Back in March I had some shoulder pain. I thought nothing of it, and eventually it went away. About a month and a half ago my upper back started hurting. I took muscle relaxers for about a week, and eventually it went away.

And then, oh, three weeks ago, things went to hell. My shoulder decided it wanted to FUCK ME OVER. I have no real idea what's wrong with it (other than knowing it's something with the rotator cuff). What I DO know is that I'm in pain almost constantly. I have good days, where it only aches a bit, and hurts if I move it too fast or too awkwardly. And then I have the bad days where I can't move it at all, and the pain is near excruciating (and I deal with pain really well). It's getting progressively worse - I'm losing functionality of my whole arm. The pain is radiating, and my entire arm is extremely weak. I'm also exhausted all the time because constant pain = fucking tiring.

I'm doing physical therapy, and I have to go see the Orthopedist in a few days. Yay.

I'm in great health - I never get sick, all my organs work beautifully, and I have no deficiencies of any kind. But my joints hate me. Always have. This is the worst though. It's disabling me (preventing me from doing my job, even), and I can't deal with it. So I bitch and moan on twitter, grit my teeth, and try to work through the pain, because it's what I do. But I'm not exactly in the best mood ever, and half the time I can't concentrate on anything besides "OMG PAIN", so I've gotten dreadfully boring. Thus no posts. Nothing worth saying.

Annnyway, that concludes the lovely "Joints are horrible fucktards bent on destroying your life" part of the show. Please exit to your right.
uisceros: (Bangkok Love Story; Fog)
Me being internal, and explaining my reasoning )

And, to top it off, I found the best best BEST Masters degree programs ever (well, technically - my ideal is still at Georgetown, but whatever). It's at the amusingly named London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (which is part of the University of London). Check these Master programs out;
- Biology & Control of Disease Vectors
- Control of Infectious Diseases
- Medical Microbiology
- Medical Parasitology (!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
- Molecular Biology of Infectious Diseases
- Tropical Medicine & International Health
- Virology

And these are just the ones I am interested in. All of them are amazing. I don't even know how to choose. CAN I DO THEM ALL?! You cannot understand how amazed and excited that there's a school that offers a MASTERS in parasitology. Most parasitology degrees are firmly PhD.

I'm going to apply. But I also have no fucking idea of what else to do. How do I live in England? I have no clue. Yes, I've lived in Taiwan, but for some reason that wasn't nearly as difficult as this seems. I need a job, an apartment, transportation... I've never been to Great Britain before. I have no idea how things work there. The money is confusing, I don't know any of the areas, and I'm just generally baffled by the whole thing.

So here's my question for you lot - ANY SUGGESTIONS OR TIPS ON HOW TO DO THIS?. I beg you, please help me! Anyone ever studied abroad? British people on my flist, any help with how to work things? Somehow I think it's worse that Britain isn't terribly dissimilar from the US. It makes it more intimidating.

Other stuff I've bulleted! )

I think that's it!

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