Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Junk food and a Very Potter Musical.

Okay okay, I am back to write another blog.

Emma picked me up from Molly's house on Saturday and I can't even begin to explain how nice it was to see her. I knew she was jetlagged and only just returning home from a very whirlwind emotional month long trip to America, but we'd been agonizing about being in each other's countries at the opposite times, so this was a very much-needed reunion.

We got a bit turned around on the way home, and I ended up getting to experience central London by car, which is something I have never done before. The GPS kept sending us back and forth over the Thames via bridges and it was cracking me up.

We got to Emma's house finally, and immediately were on a mission for junk food-like substances. We first ordered Indian Food (amazing!) and while we waited for it to be delivered, we ran to a store and bought Oreos, Monster Munch, Galaxy, fizzy cola laces, Starbursts, and ice cream. It was a good combination of American and British comfort foods. xD

The Indian food was the most amazing meal I've had in my life (we both had chicken tikka masala) and we stuffed ourselves to bursting before retiring for the night by watching the first 4 episodes of Friends ever, and starting A Very Potter Musical. I can't believe I hadn't seen it before now. It combines Harry Potter and YouTube -- the two things I DO. Goes to show how insanely busy my life has been.

The next day I went with Emma to a barbeque at some friends of her family, and they had these two adorable little blond-haired boys who were about 2 and 4.. we spent a lot of the afternoon playing with them.
We had a conversation with the older one (named Alex, incidentally) that was so funny that I had to note it down.

He says to us, "My brother Sebastian used to be a little baby. Were you a baby?"
Emma says, "Yes, I was."
He turns to me and I reply, "Of course I was, a long time ago. How about you, were you a baby once?"
Alex looks seriously at us and says, "Nope. I've always been this big."

Also, my manager from my job back at home facebook messaged me and asked what the thing I miss most from America was. I thought long and hard about this, because I didn't want to say the wrong thing. Chipotle and Jamba Juice sprang to mind, as well as reliable weather and Kayley's face and my bed and recycling, but then I knew.
"Electric automatic ice-dispensers in fridges."

But then at the barbeque, I was coming out of the bathroom and Emma was hopping up and down, excited to show me something -- they had an ice dispenser in the fridge. xD It was like being home, a little. Hahaha. They even called it an "American Fridge"; that made me laugh.

So... this trip is a little different than I thought it was going to be. This past week I've needed to re-evaluate the next 5 weeks here, and my life, for that matter. I borrowed Emma's copy of Philosopher's Stone... I think that may help. I've done a lot of soul-searching, and while I haven't found much yet, I think that after I've had a bit more time to breathe, I really can make this trip everything I have ever wanted it to be. There are so many people I need to see, and places Eia and I want to travel to, if I can afford it. I don't feel like I am going to be okay, but deep down I know I will. It cant feel like this forever. I'll come out the other end more than okay, I hope.

Oh and I FINALLY saw Billy Elliot. I really really enjoyed it. I was getting a little sleepy in the middle, but not because of that show - that was because I stayed up a bit too late last night. Oops.

Days until I go home: 37
Times I've had Indian food: 5


Anonymous said...

I've had the opening number from A Very Potter Musical stuck in my head for days, and at odd times I've been bursting to shout 'RUMBLEROAR!' So that's fun.

It's to the point where I want a Zach Efron poster merely so I can say 'That's a boss Zefron poster.'

I think I need help.

Hannah said...

A Very Potter Musical = WIN! I'm really surprised that more people haven't heard of it...I was the only one of my Harry Potter friends who'd heard of it, but now they're all addicted.

I think the reason the English don't care quite as much about ice is because it's a lot colder here than it is in America. Therefore, ice is less necessary.

knie.kohle. said...

I was surprised to find that I hadn't heard of AVPM myself until I found out that it was made in early 2009, and then taken down for a while due to copyright issues.
That comforted me a bit, knowing that I wasn't too far behind. I am also very addicted to it; I am listening to "To Dance Again" as I write this. xD
I love it.

I also want to say that I know exactly what you mean about the ice. I lived in Germany for a while and I think it must just be a European thing, because they didn't have ice anywhere! I also think it will get better if you're just missing home is all.
I've been away from home for two months and at the end of this month, I leave for Kuwait for the next year and a half, but if you don't think about how long you've been gone, these things go by faster.

Manda said...

Hey Kristina. Awesome to see another blog from you - I was starting to worry! Lol... yes, that's wierd. Yes, I'm willing to admit it.

Hope you are ok. I mean, we all know you will be, but I hope you start to feel it too.


Elizabeth... said...

I'm only 4 bits into TVPM but it's fantastic and I can tell the rest is "going to be totally awesome!"...

Katy said...



Katie said...

Cahn't we just be deatheatahs???


Redcabbageispurple said...

do you remember your blog from a couple months ago... (I think) where you wrote about how one of your friends was taking some time to do some soul searching. If you remember what you told them, or find the blog, I think you'll be fine and won't need any "searching" done.
Also, about the ice. My Grandmother on my mom's side is British, so my mom doesn't use much ice. My Dad, however, is completely American, so he uses ice. Me? I stick with a little bit of ice. None in soda.

RhianonLives said...

Why are you feeling so down? Being away from home for long can be hard (I mean home as in, you country) but you should focus on how AWESOME it is that you get to experience all these things. It's the kind of stuff that will go in your mental biography xD you know, when you think about your life and what you've done with it so far, going to London for two months will be a big one.

beangirl1389 said...

I talked my friend into watching AVPM and let's just say we quote it back and forth all day. =]

I reread Harry Potter too whenever some things in my life aren't going exactly right either. And I hope things get better for you.

Natalie said...

I agree with Hannah, up there somewhere ^
We don't care about ice, because if things are warm, it means the air is warm, which may mean sun.
Which I like :D


Chicken Tikka Masala is PURE. HEAVEN. One of my favorite foods, hands down.

Aww you're meeting Jerry, that's nice :)

Anonymous said...

Tikka masala for the win! Jalfrezi's great too - I just finished one, in fact, with pilau rice + bread and butter. Ahh. Incidentally, the reason nobody cares about ice in the UK is because it's not usually hot enough that you'd need ice for anything. Up in the freezing north where I come from, if you really need ice, you can just chip it off the inside of your windows in the morning. :D Glad you're having fun over here!

Ravenclaw2313 said...

Traveling is always hard. I spent the entire month of July traveling across the US (Ames to Kansas City to Phoenix to San Francisco to Eureka/Arcata and then a train back to Iowa). Even though I was visiting with friends, it can start to wear on you. You never feel settled; especially when you live out of a duffel bag. I've found that the best way to deal with the depression is to spend some time thinking about what you are doing "right now". The present moments tend to be uplifting when you travel, it's worry about the past and future that can drag you down. Obviously you still need to think about these things but taking time to focus on the great things you get to do "right now" (like get ice from a fridge dispenser) will really help lift that off your shoulders.

Sorry I rambled so much. I hope the rest of your trip improves. Also let us know what you think when you finish A Very Potter Musical.

Olivia said...

Sorry you're having a hard time. <3. "The only way out is through." And all that. Hope you feel better soon.

I LOVE AVPM! Gotta get back to Hogwarts!

Have fun in Scotland! I saw Eia's pictures. Gorgeous.

Catherine said...

I love a Very Potter Musical and so does my sister. She didn't like Harry Potter before she saw it.

Anonymous said...

You better finish watching a Very Potter Musical soon! It is laugh-out loud funny the whole way through! (hahahahaha, but so true.)

I wish I understood why you're feeling so down/confused. I know I have NO right to know anything about your life, but because yoou put this much up for us to read, it makes me curious as to why you wouldn't be feeling supermegaawesome happy. You seem to be doing great things. ...does it have to do with Alex? :S

And no, you don't have to answer this. Or read it. I'm sorry, I don't want to invade your personal life.
Just wanted to give you a hug.

Kristen said...

It sounds like you are having an absolutely fabulous time in London! I am sorry to hear that certain parts aren't going so well. Hoping a good change is on your way and whatever it is that's wrong will turn back to right : )

Anonymous said...

Iv'e never even heard of an automatic ice dispencer! I can't even imagine how it works.. haha
I must be living in the stone age.

Anonymous said...

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