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My 25th birthday came and went very quietly. It started at midnight and went until about 5am--constant unpacking and assembling new furniture. Mom and Dad were lifesavers. My new apartment is still in disarray, and I still have furniture yet to buy, but it's getting there.

This apartment is huge--I have enough space to lie spread-eagle in each room. Well, the bathroom would probably cut me off at the forearms, and the kitchen might be a little tight from side-to-side, but my bedroom and my dining/living/den are crazy enormous.

I woke up a little before 11am and got ready to meet my parents before they headed back to Nashville. I had plans to hit a few stores--and get a celebratory Steak & Shake milkshake--so I could finish putting stuff away, but week after week of not getting enough sleep has finally taken its toll. I'm exhausted. I put off doing anything until I finally realized that if I kept it up, nothing was going to get accomplished, so I took a nap. That did the trick, apparently--although I'm still a little loopy and distracted--and I was able to finish unpacking the rest of the cardboard boxes that were littering my living room.

I have 9' ceilings that I cannot get enough of.

I'll post pics once things get a little more "settled" in here.

Cooked up the world's worst omelette for dinner--it was really freaking bad, even for me--and downed 2 Coronas while I continued to work on my room. (My cooking is a little out of practice....) "The Ninth Gate"--starring Johnny Depp--was playing in the background. I finally got to see the end of the movie I started watching in Japan half a year ago. My next step is to watch the beginning....

Ate ice cream I didn't really want because that's simply the ritual I follow. I'm going to have to learn to really listen to my body. I tend to only listen to it when it syncs with my psyche.

Promises of severe illness lie on the horizon, but hopefully they'll wait for winter break.

Have I explained how in love with my car I am? I should have taken pictures of it at my parents house where it was all pretty in the sunshine and leaf light. I got that sick sense of abandonment and immobilization when Mom and Dad decided to leave today, but I calmed down when I realized that I'm not immobile anymore. I have a ride and I can use it whenever I want.

I never thought I'd say it, but I really like Ohio so far. The people here seem to be beside themselves with joy when they check you out at the grocery store or have to do something extra for you, like write down directions for getting wherever you're going. (I can't even begin to describe how lost I've been here. I explained it to my dad like this: I don't have no sense of direction, I have an anti-sense of direction. If I am supposed to turn left, I will invariably end up going right. If I'm facing south, I will always think I'm facing north. I told my mom that I can trace it back to preschool: our teacher explained left and right by saying, "You write with your right." As a lefty, that cute phrase made absolutely no sense. I had to amend it: "Left is write and right is wrong." I've been confused ever since.) I can't even get east and west right. It's the order you cross yourself in if you're Catholic, but I'm not Catholic--I've only ever crossed myself once--and if you're watching a Catholic cross themselves, the order is of course reversed. Thus, more confusion. At least, I think that's right. But maybe I was doing it with my left hand. I know you pull your hand across your body to mark the final point, but I guess it depends on which hand you use. Argh, my brain is starting to hurt.

Anyway, back to Ohio: the sky is so BIG here! The weather has been nothing short of glorious--you'd die to see the clouds they have here--and it's been warm but not too hot. There's little humidity. My parents and I took I-71 to the shopping....city....on Polaris [Parkway] and I just couldn't stop rubber-necking at the delicious sky everywhere. I miss mountains and hills and whatnot, yes, but there's something to be said about endless sky from shoulder to shoulder. The sunsets go on forever and you can spin around without an obstructed view.

[Ugh, the words simply will not come out of me. I feel like I'm forcing them out.]

I have so much more to write about the horrible misadventure I had on Friday--getting lost (especially when there's a lot of irony involved) for an hour and a half really really blows--but I need sleep. I have a big day tomorrow.

I have internet now, and I finally got a cellphone--American cellphones are such dinosaurs I almost don't want one--so email me if you want my number. I can give you my snail mail addy if you want it as well.

And now it's time for post-birthday slumber.


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Sep. 4th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Good luck getting settled! Your apartment sounds cool, hopefully you won't have trouble putting all of the finishing touches on it.

My grandmother and all of my aunts/uncles on my dad's side live in Ohio, and I have many good memories from that state. A lot of people think it's boring, but I know exactly what you mean about the big sky. For some reason I really like it there.

Good luck staying healthy, too!
Sep. 4th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and happy birthday. :)
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday :D

The culture shock I had when arriving in the US could be summed up in cell phones. My ultra cute phone isn't compatable with the cell phone services here, it seems, and neither is any model that came after it ^^; The stores kept urging me to switch to what they had, but I clinged to mom's older model.

Take pics! Post pics!
Sep. 7th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yay fur Big-Sky country :o) I wanna see pics of your new place!
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