Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Well, you've seen Bad Influence Joyce, so here's Graduation Joyce. Get the whole set, while you can.

LSE Graduation


Well, I guess I'm graduated (or at least "presented") now. :-) I'll put up some photos of Joyce in ye olde academic dress at some point.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Going home?

I have a wittle bit of a cold. Booooo. Actually, it is much better after I spent yesterday in bed guzzling water and cough drops (and biscuits!) and marathoning the entire second season of the Amazing Race. The worst moment came from the tummy pain of too many biscuits (followed by the day before's pain of too many Jaffa Cakes).

As I was falling asleep, I was thinking about all the things that will be weird when I get to the US- at least things that I used to think were entirely normal until I got used to living here. Yes, knowing which way the traffic was coming from is a big one. I'm so used to looking right now. But, the best advice is always to look both ways before you cross Sesame Street. And shopping. Can I buy two carrots and five mushrooms at a time in Indiana? I know I'm probably screwed on the half loaves of bread.... And is everything going to be uber-uber salty to someone who's gotten used to a 1) a boy whose mother NEVER cooked with salt and who complains and refuses to finish my chips if I've salted them and 2) just a much higher awareness of the implications of a low-salt diet and foods that tend to contain a lot less than their American counterparts? Where on earth am I going to Walk? I don't think there's a grocery store within walking distance of my house, which makes me sad. And no buses! This is a travesty. How will I read? And, how on earth is someone with a really strict self-imposed prohibition on ANY drinking and driving going to participate in adult social activities? (Really, I hardly drink, but am worried that people will be offended if I tell them no.)

Don't get me wrong, I'm so excited to go home to my second family and all my wonderful friends, some of which I haven't seen since I left home (or before)! But, I'm worried about all the things that are going to bug me about the US. Will I end up regretting my decision to stay away for as long as possible? Will I be counting the days until I get back here? And how on earth am I going to cope with everyone around me having American accents...dude, they've started sounding strange on tv and in movies.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

And another note: ECMUN!!!! :-)
You know how Studio 60 kind of sucks and I can't figure out why I'm still watching it? (Other than some really weird belief that it can't be as bad as I think it is and that it's going to get better when it stops being about Sorkin.) Anyway, I would like the executives at NBS that I would TOTALLY watch Nations, the ficticious show about the UN whose pick-up is the ongoing example of why the new network president is kinda dumb. I can see why it's not likely to be a commercial blockbuster, but I keep wishing it were going to be real! Might even be up there with that Sally Field show about the Supreme Court that I loved and no one else in the country understoood. My life is hard.

Speaking of interesting tv, 30 Days was on last night, it's a series about various Americans who go and do something different for 30 days and originally on Fox, I think. Last night an IT guy whose job was outsourced to India went to Bangalore to live with a family who have outsourced jobs and work in one of those jobs himself. It was really interesting and I was sort of shocked at how well he came off from it and his really balanced observations about the ways that outsourcing is affecting Indians and Indian society. A little heavy on the cheesey jokes and cartoon graphics, but I'll let that pass.

Went to an amazing Outside Royalty show last Saturday, which I think should be noted. Kat's band (minus Kat, my friend from high school) has gotten more and more awesome as they've gotten used to London and Saturday was especially great because the room was really loud and crowded. It felt a whole lot less like the 7pm, Monday night gigs that they started with! I really hope this works out for them!