August 28, 2014
Thursdays are usually my busiest day in terms of classes; I start at 9.35, and then get a break at 14.00 before having another class from 18.00 to 19.50.
That being said, today was pretty relaxed.
For one, the 9.35 discussion section was cancelled, so my classes didn’t actually start until 11.10. Additionally, the 18.00 class is yoga. That’s right folks, I get to have a class of yoga once a week, every week. And I do not regret that decision whatsoever.
August 27, 2014
My main time for myself is when I get up early in the mornings to go for a run. DC is a pretty enjoyable place to run around, though I can’t wait till the days grow shorter, and 7 in the morning becomes considerably closer to sunrise than it currently is. I have no desire to do as I did back at home and wake up at 6 in the morning, because I don’t actually need to drive anywhere to go for a run. I can just start running the moment I leave my dorm.
Otherwise, it’s full of classes for me today, and then working on homework in the evenings. Apparently there are already students who are going out and partying tonight? I don’t understand why.
First of all, it’s only Wednesday.
Second of all, do you guys not have homework…?
August 26, 2014
In between running in the mornings, doing errands to pick up more water or food, classes, and meeting up with people for lunch or dinner, my only time to myself is really in the evenings. However, today I have only two classes, and I’m free after 14.00.
That being said, I suppose saying “I’m free” is a bit misleading. It’s more “I’m free to do homework,” “I’m free to stress out a bit,” “I’m free to have a small lunch before studying.”
Yes! It’s only the 2nd day of classes! And I already have 100+ pages of reading to do, cursive Russian to practise, etc.
Physically sighing. Welcome back.
August 25, 2014
First day of classes! It’s not terribly stressful, though figuring out a routine will be a tad stressful. I had to go out and buy some more food as well, though I’m just initially making my way around campus to learn where my classes are, and how/when I can eat.
(Today: international trade, international organisations, and Russian for heritage speakers. It’s not a bad start.)
August 24, 2014
I had the pleasure of spending practically the whole day with Papa today, except for 1 or 2 meetings dealing with college and the Hatchet. In the morning, Papa and I finally had breakfast at Founding Farmers, which is a well-known restaurant in DC, which the three of us had tried to eat at for nearly a year.
After breakfast (which was delicious), I had a brief meeting with other editors at the Hatchet, before I met back up with Papa, and we head to the National Gallery. There’s something about this museum, this wonderful, magnificent museum, which our entire family loves. Perhaps it’s the surprisingly wide collection of artwork. Perhaps it’s the unique nature of the choice of paintings presented. I worked some more on my Instagram portfolio, and ending up guiding Papa into taking a photo of me in front of artwork. I had wanted to use another person, but no one was doing what I was envisioning, sadly.
We walked around DC some more, and did more shopping, though we didn’t purchase quite as much anymore (except Papa happily purchased multiple pairs of pants). In the evening, I had a second meeting, this one a brief floor meeting with our RA, before Papa and I went out again to Founding Farmers for dinner.
The food is absolutely amazing! I’m going to try to eat there more often from here on out.
August 23, 2014
Physically moving the stuff I brought up from Florida into my room and unpacking everything in an orderly fashion only probably took about 3 hours. However, Papa and I spent the rest of the day going around, purchasing items that I might also need and food.
In the evening, we just walked around DC.
August 22, 2014
Welcome to DC!
We drove nearly 1,000 miles today. I think around 850-900 miles from my hometown till we got to DC.
In the evening, Papa and I got into our hotel, and walked around the city to stretch our legs after the long drive.
(Let it be noted that Papa was the one who drove. Not I.)
August 21, 2014
Last day in Florida for the summer! Last day in Florida in general really, at least until the holidays.
The three of us did a bit of shopping for external hard drives and food for Papa for when he comes back home. I finished up packing, and we put all the suitcases and boxes into the van Papa and I are going to use to drive up tomorrow.
Wish us luck!
August 20, 2014
More packing, packing, packing! I’m slowly starting to go through clothing and putting everything I might need into suitcases. In the morning, I had another haircut to trim my hair down before leaving to college, but I didn’t do much else besides packing and eating at a Vietnamese restaurant in the evening.
I’m starting to get more nervous about moving.
August 19, 2014
Packing, so much packing! I have only a few days left until I leave for college, so though I’ve already packed most of my stuff for my bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, I still had to pack up all of my clothing.
In the morning, I had a friend come over for coffee (and some cake), since he’s leaving for college tomorrow, and he ended up staying for quite a few hours. I’ll miss the kid, sincerely.
And in the afternoon, while I was dying from packing, I spotted the sunlight playing across our porcelain tea set. This is actually one of the most famous porcelain designs, from the Lomonosov porcelain factory in Russia. It’s beautiful, and I’ll be glad to inherit it one day.
In the evening, I managed to drag Papa out to the cinema. Listen, folks, Guardians of the Galaxy is so much more incredible in 3-D than it is in 2-D!
August 18, 2014
I did nothing today. I wanted to go swimming in the morning, to at least put some movement in my body, but sadly the pool was closed.
Instead I completed the ALC challenge (because knowing my friend, she would make good on her threat to do it for me in DC if I didn’t upload a video), freaked out a bit when Tom Hiddleston did the ALC challenge as well, and then spent the afternoon packing up clothes and whatnot.
Mum wanted me to photograph the orchid lilies that she received for her birthday, and also a vase that someone gave her, so that was in the late evening as the sun was setting. (These aren’t the orchid lilies, quite obviously.) The lighting was beautiful, and I had a burst of creativity for once to take some more unique photos.
All’s well that ends well.
August 17, 2014
So, morning: run 5 miles. Want to go swimming, but instead eat a bunch of Papa’s pancakes.
Afternoon: Begin re-packing and packing up everything for college while worrying about the ALC challenge that my friend nominated me for. I also managed to do a bit of writing in my journal, when I was in the mood. It’s a very on-and-off habit of mine, I suppose.
Evening: Enjoy life after packing quite a few boxes.
August 16, 2014
Day 2 of Mum’s celebrations for her birthday! In the morning, we were supposed to run, but neither she nor I were in much of a mood, especially since I had slept restlessly the night before. However, we still went and swam—I managed to swim laps for about an hour before feeling utterly and absolutely exhausted.
The evening was us merely relaxing. This is the painting I made for Mum’s birthday. I’ve had the idea of how to take a photo of it for about a week (before I even finished
The rest of the morning, we ran some errands before having friends come over and visit us to celebrate Mum’s birthday. I’m supposed to start packing, but all I’ve done is move things from one box into another.
August 15, 2014
Happy birthday Mum! I’m not actually 100% she reads all the blog posts I put up here, but regardless. What a wonderful day it was; I do believe everyone we saw today had fun celebrating her birthday.
The morning started with me and Papa going and playing golf on our own, since Mum didn’t have anything particularly special in mind to do for the entire day, so she let us loose. It actually drizzled while we were playing, but it enhanced the golfing experience.
We still played terribly.
In the afternoon, all three of us went to the nearby city to walk around and enjoy ourselves; we visited the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and were pleasantly surprised by it. The museum is small and works off donations, but the more permanent collection up on the third floor is very neat. It includes this photograph by Dorothea Lange, and various panoramic shots from the 20s. There were also more human portraits things, which I liked.
In the evening, we all went to a wonderful restaurant with a couple of friends (the exact same one we went to exactly a year ago!), and then ended the evening with drinks out on the sun deck at the Aloft hotel that I photographed the opening of.
August 14, 2014
And… it’s round 3 or 4 or 5 with seeing another friend today. Mum and I ran, then ran some errands in the morning, before my friend actually picked me up to go around downtown. The weather was looking to be dreadful during the later part of the morning, though it thankfully cleared a bit towards when I actually saw my friend.
I finally, finally!, managed to use my 85mm lens closer to its full potential today, and I got some really neat shots around the local train station, of some ducks that were wandering around the lake, and of gardens nearby. I was actually extremely impressed that I could capture water droplets, since before my aperture was too small for me to have a high enough shutter speed.
In the evening, I had to put some of the finishing touches for the present I’ve been making for Mum…