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lotte_31
21 March 2007 @ 10:09 pm
I was refused a working stamp on my passport when I went through
immigration so I am unable to work... which is
actually pretty great! I am taking up my time with taking
pictures for my portfolio and catching up on some reading ("Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" in it's original Middle English). It also kinda feels like a second honeymoon and Travis and I
have got to spend alot of needed time together. It's
great. I also volunteered to help start an
after-school program at one of the schools for 3-4
year olds and I will be helping teach sunday school starting
next week at St. Andrews where we have been going to church. I am
really excited about meeting some cute little English
children!

The people who we live with are all Americans. There are about thirty people
in the same program as Travis and we live in this big
old house called The Vines. They all are really nice
and it feels like we have a REALLY big family. There does however seem to be a constant cloud of spoke that resides in the community kitchen:) I think some of them have never cooked anything in their lives!

As far as the English people and them supposedly being snobbish? I have had
a couple English people get very frustrated with me because they didn't
understand what I was trying to say. At the post office the other day I asked where I put the these(postcards)because there wasn't a box inside the office and the man behind the counter
didn't seem inclined to take them like they do in the US. He thought I meant were
do I put these stamps on the postcards and proceeded to put the stamps on the postcards for me. Then Of course I had to ask again where do I put them to send them out. He started to turn a little red and got irritated
with me especially when I noticed he didn't understand that I wanted my change
back a certain way and he had misunderstood me and I had to have him
change my money to smaller bills.

He was not too fond of me I do believe. But almost everyone else I have met has been very nice. I have found many people who are friendly and will talk to you... even if you are American. And the people of my grandparents generation seem more often to smile at you when walking past you on the street or to talk to you in the Super Market. In this respect I find it very much like home and that people are the same the world over. Perhaps we have different biases and prejudices. Perhaps they don't like Americans, but some of them do. Some bus drivers are the nicest you will ever meet and so helpful. Others are so mean and uncommunicative that you wonder how they can get through the day. I find mostly that bad tempered people do not have a specific race. They can be found all over. Even in America and England. And it makes me realize that I shouldn't feel so hurt when people get irritated with me. Some people are just irritable. That is not my fault... most of the time;)
 
 
lotte_31
21 March 2007 @ 09:30 pm
January 18th, 2007

There is a certain park you can walk through to get to City Center (Oxford),
and some of the gates are closed after dark. Sunday night Travis, I, and
three other girls who live at the Vines had to go through the park to get to
tea and then to church. The other gates had closed ten
minutes before so we had to go the main route. The
problem is that the whole park is marsh land and the
one way that was still open floods. When we got
there it was VERY FLOODED! Much more than it had
been a couple days before!
Travis let me ride on his back and he got soaked up to his shins. Two of the
girls had rain boots and decided that they would try
to carry the third girl across the newly made lake.
Imagine trying to carry someone from one end of the grocery store to
the other in shin high water and you have an idea of what they
were attempting. They actually did make it all the
way across without dropping her.
What was so funny was that there were some English people also making
their way across and said "Oh, you are so brave, don't
give up you are almost there". It seems that going through trying things does
bring people together. On a sunny day not a person will make eye contact with you,
and the only words we get is a quick "To the side" from the bike riders sharing the pass with us.

Side Note: Travis met Walter Hooper, who was C.S. Lewis' personal
secretary and friend, the other night at the C.S. Lewis Society
meeting. And he is going to have tea with him Sunday! He is so excited.
He was glowing when he came back to the house. On our wedding day I missed his expression when he saw
me in my dress, but I imagine it was much the same expression.
 
 
lotte_31
25 January 2007 @ 03:31 pm
We actually had snow last night! And I hear that that is very rare
for england. All of us in the house were very excited
and went out with our cameras at 2am to take pictures!
Travis and I were up really late watching 24(the tv
program) when someone came in the room and threw snow
on Luke who was sitting right next to us. So I ran
out with my camera to take pictures and so did
everyone else. The guys however got more creative...
One had a video camera and the other, well decided
that it would be great fun to take of his shirt and go
running down the lane in the snow. So off they went,
the one without the shirt followed by the one with the
camera. So then another guy came out and said in a
very excited tone "what's going on!" I said "They are
running around in the snow with their shirts off!" So
then he proceeded directly to tear his shirt off and
run after them as all us girls laughed at their
craziness. A few minutes later another guy came
out... much calmer than the others. We told him what
was going on and as he contemplated for a moment this
craziness he apparently deciding that it made absolute
sense to do likewise, took off his shirt and followed.
After about five minutes they all came back with
declarations of "It is sooooo cold!" and then ran
back into the house after being pelted with snowballs
by some of the girls. CRAZY AMERICANS!
I got pictures, but am not sure how they will come
out since there was not a lot of light. We will see!
 
 
lotte_31
25 January 2007 @ 10:25 am
Yahoo! Avatars


So Travis got me addicted! Avatars are so much fun. It is like all the fun of shopping for yourself without having to spend any money!
 
 
lotte_31
17 January 2007 @ 07:48 am
Ok so I am checking my live journal for the first time in like a year. And the only "Friend" that has posted in my friend box... is my husband. Does that mean nobody else has posted in a year also? Or have I just really lost all my friends...boohoo. I will just choose to believe everyone is posting on face book and leave my own neglect out of the picture.

Humorously Anoyed With Myself,
ME
 
 
Current Mood: ditzyditzy
 
 
 
lotte_31
02 November 2005 @ 12:52 pm
I'm hungry.
 
 
lotte_31
18 November 2004 @ 07:07 pm
simple happiness
 
 
lotte_31
06 May 2004 @ 08:43 pm
To be ill a blessing?
a thought never occurred
of God's strength in my weakness
a promise listened to but never heard
witness through the lack
of strength
yet strength still beheld
all the better for God's love to meld
lost soles without hope
behold my pain
see no reason for hope in my condition
and the place from which it is lain
 
 
lotte_31
30 March 2004 @ 11:35 pm
A tear fell
Your heart lost
Worthless worry
Misguided frost
If only you knew
How you melt my heart
Of my committed love
Doubt would have no start
The tears should be mine
For it is my fear
Of losing you
That brought your tear
 
 
lotte_31
30 March 2004 @ 11:23 pm
I fall thinking
As dreams I felt
Blow through your nearness
A friendly mist smelt

Sad pictures sleep
I only see
Your gifted drive
Th cool beat of the sea