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10 Random Things

22 Jan

Lately my life has been all possible kinds of busy and complicated, and I feel like I could write a whole book with all the things I have to say, but some of them are impossible to tell without you thinking I am totally nuts and others are too private to post on a public blog. So…because I don’t want to let my blog die (and because I love writing lists!), I will tell you ten random things that I have on my mind right now and/or that have happened to me in the last few days. Enjoy!

1-      I went to Spartanburg, South Carolina last weekend to visit my Colombian friends there and I had a great time. I ate a very yummy Bandeja paisa and went to a club owned by a Colombian guy. It was an awesome trip. I went bowling for the first time while I was there and even though I sucked at it, I have to say, BOWLING ROCKS!

2-      I overheard a student saying to another student I was hot. Yay me!

3-      There are some relatives back home who I haven’t called since I’ve been here. It makes me feel terrible about myself. But then when my mom gives me grief about it, I get angry and tell her that I am just like my dad in the fact that I hate calling people. Btw, I haven’t called my dad either. I suck.

4-      I have gotten so bad at reading. I started reading Angels and Demons back in PA and simply lost interest. Now I am reading Eat, Pray, Love and this one is more appealing. I still do read, but mostly other people’s blogs or the news. What’s wrong with me?! I never read the news in Colombia. This country is really changing me.

5-      I still don’t understand why my friends ask me for love advice. Seriously, don’t you see I am as lost in the subject as you all are?!

6-      I have been going to the gym 4 times a week since the New Year started. Also, I am not buying any junk food when I go to the grocery store so I am eating lots of veggies and fruit during the week and I am not drinking any soda. But then I go out on the weekend and ruin all the work.

7-      My knees hurt after I work out. My nose bleeds sometimes. The soles of my feet burn if I jump for more than 10 seconds. My tooth hurts when I drink stuff that’s either too hot or too cold. You make your own conclusions.

8-      I was having the worst dreams last week! I mean awful, upsetting, super scary dreams! Just to give you an idea, the other night I dreamed I was the hair-covered ghost from that movie The Grudge and I was crawling down the stairs and I scared a poor, innocent woman who was watching T.V. at 2:00 AM in her apartment.

9-      I decided to take a sleep-aid for a few weeks until the nightmares stopped so I could rest at night. And it’s working so well, I am actually late for work almost every day now.

10-  I am seriously considering going to Colombia this summer. I miss everything so much. But then I am considering starting college in the summer too. And I can’t afford both. Oh, what to do?

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Home Alone

21 Dec

Hello there! It’s me again reporting from terribly cold North Carolina. Well, terribly cold by my standards. People around here keep telling me that it is going to get even colder in January and that in the north of the country (where I’m headed tomorrow) is going to be freezing cold.
As if it didn’t feel freezing cold already. I feel like I am inside a refrigerator when I’m walking outside. They say February will be the coldest month and I can’t help but to curse in my head when I hear that. Because in my mind February is meant to be warm and breezy and comfortable. It’s freaking Carnival time! People are supposed to sweat under the hot sun! I can’t fathom that time of the month being any other way. Pardon my rambling.

So I’ve been home alone for over a week now. You know, like with no one else in the house. Totally alone in a two story apartment! Those are words I’d never thought I’d say. Or type.

My roommate left for a cruise in the Caribbean and won’t come back until January. And my vacation doesn’t start tomorrow when I will leave for Pennsylvania to spend Christmas and New Year’s with my friend’s family. I am also going to go to NYC for a day or two. So that has left me to live alone for a whole week. When I first realized this, I freaked out a little. But then I told myself: “Relax, you’re a grown woman capable of surviving this”

For those of you who know me well, you obviously know why this is such a big deal. I get scared easily and a lot of things scare me: any dark place, being alone in a house, scary movies, spirits, ghost stories, cockroaches, dogs…it’s a long list. On the other hand, things that would normally scare other people don’t scare me, like speaking in public, exams or taking a taxi alone at 2:00 AM in a city I don’t know.

So this is the last day of my living alone adventure and I have to say I haven’t gotten scared even once. Okay, that’s a big lie. I have been a little scared but I quickly shake it off and fill my head with positive thoughts. I have a few techniques that help me:

– I leave on almost every light in the house as soon as it gets dark.

– I turn on the TV as soon as I am in the kitchen so I am distracted and don’t imagine that a ghost is going to sneak up on me while I  am cooking or doing the dishes.

– I sing or whistle loudly when I am in the bathroom so I don’t hear weird noises.

– I talk on the phone while I am in the kitchen.

– When I am about to go to sleep, I turn off the lights downstairs and I run up the stairs really fast and I don’t look back once.

– When I’m in bed, I count sheep, read a boring book, or watch The Lord of The Rings to help me fall asleep quickly. I also set the TV to turn itself off in the middle of the night.

There are some positive aspects of living alone as well. Like the fact that no one can complain about the pile of dirty dishes in my sink or the mess in living my room. Also I’ve been sick as hell with a cold that evolved into the flu and that is the real reason why I haven’t done the dishes. Not because I’m lazy!

I have to say that living alone while you’re sick sucks. The other night, I had an awful coughing fit and no one to make me some tea. I didn’t get any sleep that night and I thought I was going to die because my lungs hurt so much from coughing. Now, I could have made myself tea, but that required me going downstairs at 3:00 AM. And that is definitely one thing I am not willing to do while I am home alone.