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13 July 2009 @ 07:18 pm
Updates on a variety of things  
Lately I feel like life just keeps rolling forward faster and faster, and I'm not quite keeping up. I'm certainly not keeping up, anyway.

We're in the third week of summer school at DeAnza. Almost halfway through, yay! I have a quiz in Accounting tomorrow. Technically I have two; I missed a quiz last week so I'm making it up before class, and then we have another during the actual class session. Should be fun. I'm not doing horribly in the class, but I'm not doing well, either. I'd guess I'm doing C-quality work right now.
Pilates is kicking my butt. My core muscles are weak!

The most exciting thing happening, of course, is that all California State Universities (CSU) have closed admission for Spring 2010. This is horrible news for me; it means I cannot transfer to SJSU or SF State or ANYWHERE I want to go until Fall 2010. I am heartbroken...but not really, because this gives me a chance to do something I've always wanted to do...TRAVEL!
Tomorrow I'm turning an application to spend the Fall quarter in Madrid. If I'm accepted into the program, it will be epically awesome. It's art history and folklore focused, so it's practically tailored to my tastes. Of course, I can't speak a word of Spanish, but everyone assures me that many Spaniards speak English, anyway. (I used to have a couple penpals in Spain. I wish I'd kept in touch with them.)
So I'm excited about Spain. Probably waaaaaay too excited, seeing as I'm not accepted into the program yet and if I am, I won't be departing until October ANYWAY.
I think I used excited like ten times up there. That's not good.

On Sunday we had a memorial dinner for my grandmother, the one that passed away in May. Most of the guests were Mom's cousins and aunts, people I've seen three or four times in my life and thus don't know. At times it was QUITE difficult to have conversations with folks, but Mom thought ahead and seated Seanie and I with her friends and co-workers, people I've known all my life. Uncle Tommy gave a speech and Kenny gave a speech that was more about his time in Boston than about our grandmother, but overall there wasn't much interaction between the three tables.

Getting hit on by guys at work is always fun. There's one resident at RHA who always seems like he's trying to sniff out the state of my single-ness and dropping hints that he's interested. That's awkward. First off, I'm not single, and if I was, he totally isn't my type. But since he doesn't actually ask me out or do anything so direct, I can't reject him. (How cowardly, right?)
Had an Asian guy at Lush ask me if I was Asian, what nationality, and then tell me I was beautiful. That's always awkward, getting the "What are you?" question, and I think it's funny that it's always Asian customers who ask. No one else cares.

At the skincare job we've got a 'babysitting' manager visiting the store. I'm not sure what her exact position in the company's corporate structure is, but right now she's helping Valley Fair excel and be all it can be. She keeps me on my toes, that's for sure. On Saturday a customer told her she'd never been at a Lush with such friendly and knowledgeable staff, and I was one of the people that helped her. That was cool. Makes me seem useful, right?

Harry Potter's out on Wednesday. Mom wants to see it Wednesday evening, and a free ticket is better than an early ticket, so I opted out of trying to see in at midnight on Tuesday. Very excited about that tho', I'm waaaay too fond of Harry Potter.
 
 
 
Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on July 14th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Good luck with your summer school~
But most of all...good luck on that potential Madrid trip XD
jeanniejeannietran on July 14th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
Even if you did speak Spanish, they speak a different dialect in Spain... Catalan or something... so it's probably better not to know any going in so you don't inadvertly call things by the wrong name or accidentally insult someone. Pantomime and pointing are generally effective.

I get the "What are you" question all the time. When I say Vietnamese they're shocked, and ask if I'm 100% and when I say yes they are shocked still.

I saw Harry Potter naked in Equus.
Suzik00kaburra on July 15th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Catalan is mostly spoken only in Western Spain, I think? Or only in certain areas...what little Spanish I know is actually Castilian Spanish, because my Spanish teacher was from Seville. Maybe I'll get REEEALLY lucky and get a fluent roommate. That's what I'm rooting for!

I'm not sure whether I'm jealous or amused that you saw a naked Harry Potter.
jeanniejeannietran on July 15th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Just remember you need to say things with a lisp. Like "grathias" instead of "gracias."