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Long and Wonderful Bike Ride April 25, 2011

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Here are the sheep I saw!

Much much better attitude today! Went for a great bike ride and took pictures of all the things I didn’t yesterday. There is a long video, so it’s like you’re biking with me! THERE WERE BABY SHEEP. OMG SO CUTE. AND REALLY HAIRY COWS. WEIRD, BUT ALSO SO CUTE.


Experience my bike ride:


Venting. April 24, 2011

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I miss home so much. I hate to be whiny at all for this amazing experience but it’s just not what I anticipated. Everyday is a challenge, not a vacation. I think it’s just because like Anthony said, I’m doing the same things I would at home…school etc but without the same comforts that make it worth it. I thought I would be traveling to a different city every other weekend, but as I’ve come to find out, it’s expensive and the travel is incredibly time-consuming and stressful. Living with yourself is hard. No distractions of little things like who will be a the show tonight or what my work schedule is. It’s constant self-evaluation and reflection on how you feel about what’s going on around you. Honestly, I don’t want to examine anything I just want to have a good time and I’m having such a hard time doing that. I love the friends I’ve made but doing the same things every week don’t have the same draw as they would in my comfortable little bubble at home.

The point it, I need some advice on how to last two more lonely months. I’m generally an optimist. Well, that’s not true. I’m a realist. Maybe I should have just taken a 3 week vacation and city-hopped to all the places I wanted to go in the first place? Although, traveling as a single young female is incredible dangerous thus I’m very nervous about my trip to Paris at the beginning of June. Traveling by yourself period is hard, let alone in a foreign country with a different language. I CAN DO IT. BAH. I’m strong and smart and can handle this. RIGHT? RIGHT. OKAY, official change of attitude.

All the Europeans do some version of the cheek kissing greeting and that is not satisfactory. WHERE ARE THE DANG HUGS, PEOPLE?

Spring is beautiful here. I went for a bike ride on the ‘fietspad’ by the canals before the sun set and besides being whip-lashed in the face by a bee, the flowers looked divine and smelled even better. I love that they weren’t planted in arrangements, but just happened by nature and it was more than perfect. Pictures to come.


INFJ April 9, 2011

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I am this….what are you?   http://similarminds.com/jung.html

Portrait of an INFJ – Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
(Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Feeling)

The Protector

As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.

INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.

INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get “feelings” about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people’s feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.

Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people’s opinions. They believe that they’re right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves – there’s always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don’t often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don’t believe in compromising their ideals.

INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.

In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not.

The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement.


Recently April 3, 2011

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Been in Leeuwarden still, obviously, but I took a trip with my Finnish roomie Mira as well as my Polish friends Dorota, Hania, & her boyfriend Voytek to Groningen on Saturday. We saw the student capitol of Friesland that supposedly has the best shopping (nothing I haven’t seen before) and the best partying (we left at 6:30 p.m.). Some points of interest:
Martini Toren/Tower of the kerk/church:

We climbed its ~380 steps 97 meters up (I’m scared of heights) a corkscrew steep brick staircase with a rope to cling to for balance:


I am attempting to incorporate olives into my life for no good reason. Did you know they are actually classified as a fruit?! Whoa.

Even though I’m trying to like olives after 22 years, that doesn’t mean there’s hope for licorice. Ew.

Finishing up our final paper and presentation for the end of the Store Branding module– presentation Wednesday and final test TOMORROW at 8:30 a.m. wooooo hoooooo!

Voytek, Hania, Dorota

Dorota & Kara                                                         Mira                                                                    Kara


Happy 9th Birthday to my love Mango:


Gunna take you for a ride on a big jet plane March 21, 2011

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Found a dutch friend who has super similar taste in music!
We started out talking about folktronica and chillwave and then ended up discussing Ryan Adams & the Avett Brothers….also found some legitimate Dutch smart rap.

Also, saw the cutest boy with scruff and a lip ring in the supermarket today and definitely got a doubletake from him.

I’m doing really well in classes too. I feel like I’ve proven myself to myself.

Today rules.

I completely think that you can judge someone by the way they look. No, not just their clothing or accessories or if they have teeth, but by how they present themselves as well as things like bone structure. If I was either smarter or had more time, I think there could be a theorem that would prove that certain personality characteristics or backgrounds can be determined by a person’s features. This guy I’m sharing music with, first of all he’s hot, secondly, I probably find him so because I subconsciously knew by his outward appearance that we have similar tastes and such. IS THIS CRAZY or AM I RIGHT? Maybe it’s just because I’m intuitive? But don’t you have to talk to someone or at least have interaction to have any kind of intuition about them? I judge books by their covers; I often buy them for that very reason, and I’m rarely wrong.

Okay, jumping off the high horse now.

But tell me you can’t see DOUCHEBAG on this guy’s face:


Fishin’ March 20, 2011

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Happy Birthday to Leon E. Lawson!


Tour of my flat March 8, 2011

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Slightly narrated. Cock your head to the left to view. Anyone know how to fix that? I haven’t worked with videos much.