The English Flu/Oscar lovin’

Hello Friends!

I was going to blog yesterday except that I woke up at 5AM feeling like complete and utter death. My throat was swollen, I had an ear infection, a fever, the shakes, the chills, the aches, so on and so forth. I had the works, essentially. Even worse, I had a presentation at 9AM, so I had to get out of bed and take a COLD shower (the hot water has mysteriously stopped working in our building), which I legitimately thought was going to chill me to death, and look presentable. Needless to say, after that presentation, I went back to bed and slept my little flu away. Luckily I feel much better today with just a sore throat and a little fatigue, but I’m still wasting my day away in bed, of course, watching Oscar speeches, naturally.

I watch the Oscars every year, but I wasn’t able to this year because I’m in England. Let me re-phrase that. I am so freakin’ LUCKY and HAPPY to be in England that I totally forgot about the Oscars until I got on Facebook on Monday and saw a bunch of statuses about JLaw tripping on her dress (which was adorable). That is really saying something because I LOVE the Oscars. Every February I spend an obscene amount of time on YouTube watching Oscar speeches and pretending that I’m an amazing actress waiting anxiously for my Oscar nomination and then winning said Oscar. Whatever, it could happen. Through this sad little exercise, I have compiled a list of my favorite Oscar speeches.

1) Kate Winslet for “The Reader”

I literally started bawling. I’m also really sad that they don’t do these awesome tribute introductions anymore.

2) Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side”

I love this speech and I also love Stanley Tucci’s tribute to Meryl Streep.

3) Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia”

Literally. Cannot. Stop. Crying. Why is he so good at speaking?

Also, this one is for Ahn, for obvious reasons.

I’m hoping I get better soon because I am going to Cornwall whether my throat is swollen or not, so be on the lookout for a blog update!



Lynda Barry

Love, Ahn

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Sometimes I like to go on iTunes or Spotify and look at the top songs in different countries. The other day, I decided to check out the music scene in Israel and stumbled upon this gem. The song is catchy and the video is kind of strange, which I like. Not going to lie though, my youth has looked almost nothing like this. I have been wanting a tattoo, though… Enjoy, Ahn.
P.S. As promised, more on Ben Affleck later today 🙂
P.P.S. How sweet is this TV frame?!

‘Ello Loves! (Cockney Confidential)


There. I said it. 

Ahn’s post inspired me to also pay attention to our little neglected baby blog. Mostly neglected by myself considering Ahn does a much better job keeping our blog fresh and new. Obviously, though, it’s been a little sparse around here these past two months. It is true,  Ahn and I are separated by an entire ocean and while I am having a completely fantastic time in Winchester, I do miss Ahn quite a lot. I think it was easy to come to feel a little apathetic about this blog because Ahn wasn’t right there to help me with good blog topics or to just talk to me about our respective days, thoughts, and feelings, as corny as that sounds. Ahn hit it on the spot, the distance is hard, but I’m excited to get this started again and to share my adventures in England with all of you and Ahn! 

I am studying at the University of Winchester and having a total blast. Studying abroad has taken me completely out of my comfort zone, even as a military brat who is used to moving around and making new friends. There’s a sense of independence you have to develop when you go to a foreign country for an extended period of time, although one could argue against the merit of using “foreign” to describe England. Believe me, there are cultural differences. For example: A kid asked me if he could borrow a ‘rubber’ in class the other day. Of course, I thought he was asking for a condom and gave him a very concerned and confused look, until he asked for an eraser, which in England, is a rubber. Terrifying. I was also told that I had spelled ‘nationalized’ wrong on a presentation, but that was less funny than the rubber thing. 

I have already traveled to Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury, London multiple times, Oxford, and next weekend we’re going to Cornwall! Traveling around and exploring the United Kingdom has been a joy as a self-proclaimed anglophile (you would think I would have known the rubber thing before hand but, alas, that kind of thing doesn’t come up on the BBC). This has truly been a dream come true and I couldn’t imagine a better study abroad experience. 



I’m going to do a better job writing about my adventures, that’s a promise, and when I get back to Missouri I’m going to give Ahn a great big hug and probably something royal themed from England (oops, shhhhhh!). While I’ll certainly be sad when this adventure comes to an end, I am truly blessed and grateful to say that I am so excited to be returning home to my wonderful friends such as Ahn, Lys, Ahl, and so many more. 

Loooooove forever,




In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Buddhist saying

The Plunge

I’m doing it. After months of feeling so horrible that I hadn’t written on our blog and therefore refusing to even visit the site, I am once again resuming my favorite, but long ignored activity. I have a terrible tendency to completely ignore the things in my life that really need to be done in hopes that maybe the responsibility will vanish. Then one of my professors and follower of my blog pointed out to me that our blog is not a responsibility but that it has always been my creative outlet. How have I let myself forget this?

Perhaps part of my hesitancy in writing has been that Hahn is gone (or gahn, if you will). As you may know, she is spending the semester in Winchester, England and I must say, the distance has been hard for me. I miss having my friend who is equally as passionate about all the issues I am and I think maybe this is the reason I have let the blog lay dormant for so long. Without my friend, it no longer feels like the joint project that we both enjoyed so much. But alas, here we are again and I hope Hahn shares my sentiments that we need to get this ball rolling once more.

Here’s a quick update on all the things I’ve been up to lately:

1) I’ve decided NOT to go to law school next year. I am taking a year off and moving back to St. Louis with two of my best friends. Hopefully a year off will give me the time and the distance from academia that I need to figure out what the hell I’m going to do with my life. Advice is welcome.

2) Kate Middleton’s baby bump is showing and I’m obviously pretty excited about it. I always have incredibly mixed feelings every time some slimy Italian journalist takes creepy photos of Kate and Will on vacation with a telephoto lens from miles away. Naturally, I want to see the Bump in a bikini. But I also (sort of) understand that they are human people, too and want their privacy. Thank Jesus Kate had an official outing at the Hope House the other day so I could see the clothed Bump in all its glory. She looks great. The little extra baby weight is doing wonders for her, in my humble (but extremely well-qualified) opinion.

3) I became obsessed with House of Cards (entire season available on Netflix) and watched the entire season in one day. I know my roommates are tired of me saying this, but there was a very real fear that I was going to come down with bed sores or some kind of leg blood clot, since I didn’t move from my position on the couch for about 7 straight hours. Frank Underwood probably wouldn’t approve.

4) I got published! An op-ed that my professor and I wrote was published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I have to say that seeing your name in print is one of the coolest feelings in the world. You can find the article here:

5) I made a vision board! Once again I hate to say it, but Oprah came through for me. She featured some story about how making a vision board with pictures of how you want your life to look like/what you want from life can help you achieve those things, blah blah blah. I have to say, the lady may be right. I printed out about 20 pictures of things that inspire me: a cozy home, a couple laughing together, the first black female to receive a PhD, and Liam Neeson holding a baby (duh). Anyway, I meditate on these things every day and even though I’ve only had my vision board for like a day, I think it really helps! I now have a visual reminder of the things that I’m striving for. Try it for yourself!

I can’t think of anything else at the moment, but if I do, I’ll BLOG ABOUT IT TOMORROW. OR MAYBE EVEN LATER TODAY! Thanks to the people who have pushed me to blog again, I owe you. Turns out, I really need a blog in my life. Who knew.


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