no. 10

sound of silence – another one of my favorites.  i love the intro in the music…

‘Fools,’ said I, ‘you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you’
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence”

full lyrics here.  music video here.  an excellent cover by l. cohen here. photo here.

just some updates:

so, i finally made it to america.  cue cheering crowd.  unfortunately, though i flew into houston, TX before continuing to utah.  not like texas is bad or anything, it was just a major culture shock for me.  imagine going from seeing girls in oxfords and skirts to track suits and 4-inch heels- and yes, i saw that.  but now that the culture shock is wearing off, i’m realizing how much i’ve missed america.  i miss driving, the mountains, the current- a radio station-, and not being aware of how i use different words or how i talk differently.  it’s nice to be back, to be able to see family and friends.  yay!

katherine helped me move into my apartment yesterday.  we ran errands all day.  (literally all day.  we left our cabin in midway by 10 and we didn’t finish moving me in until past 9.)  my apartment is a little… dirty, falling apart… but it’s great. 

today, i start classes.  tuesdays and thursdays are my longest days.  i have three classes today- starting at noon and ending by 6:30.  but the rest of the week, i only have one class at two, so that’s nice. 

maybe i’ll wander around provo this week to take some photos of my new neighborhood.  stay tunned for that.

an education

i’ve been wanting to see this film for such a long time.  i adore carey mulligan.  she makes me want to cut my hair again, to the REALLY short length.  i’ve heard such great things about it- the film.  i mean, rotten tomatoes gave is a 94%, so that’s something.

i thought it was so lovely.  the filming, the costumes, the music.  all of it.  my only problem with the film was that the main girl- jenny- blames everyone around her for her mistakes.  she blames her parents for “pushing” her to make the mistakes she made, even though she’s the one that made them… but she was only 17, so that’s understandable. 

here are a couple of lovely shots from the film.

no. 8

7 o’clock news/ silent night (one of my personal favorites)

“In Washington the atmosphere was tense today as a special subcommittee of the
House Committee on Un-American activities continued it’s probe into anti-Vietnam war protests.
Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting
anti-war slogans.”

full lyrics here.  music video here.  picture here.

learning lessons

this past few days, i’ve learned quite a lot about myself:  i am not a positive thinker.  i like being in control/ i hate it when things are out of my control.

it’s all across the news that volcanic ash has completely shut down europe for the past few days.  yeah.  sounds terrible.  i don’t think people really understand how terrible the situation is unless they live through it.  i’m living through it.  i was supposed to arrive in DC yesterday.  that plan was shot down  when volcanic ash prevented any flights from getting into london.  so we rescheduled.  i was supposed to leave tomorrow morning, but the wind continues to blow ash over europe, so that plan fell through.  so, we rescheduled.  now, i fly out weds- fingers crossed.

i was supposed to spend this week with my sisters in DC.  now, i won’t get there until weds and i will have to fly out to utah on friday.  that gives me a lovely two days to spend with my sister.  TWO instead of SEVEN.  see why i’m frustrated?