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Aug. 29th, 2008

It's time for xx-curs3d to retire.


afterjade_hours 

Meet me there.


Aug. 26th, 2008

So come over, just be patient, and don't worry.

http://www.visitoslo.com/en/coldplay-to-oslo-19-september.49108.4044351o779.tln.html

You have no idea how amazingly epic this concert would be and oh what I would give to go to it.
It's only 90 USD, given that tickets are still available...

Aug. 25th, 2008

We exist but we're taking it slow.

Yesterday was Sunday, which means only one thing for those of us who are so unfortunate to have already started school, that being a day off. I got up at 10 and I sat outside on the patio and read Plain Truth for awhile and then ate breakfast with the family, since we do things like eat breakfast together.

We "fixed ourselves" and then went to this organic farm place. The drive there was like, insane. I swear to god we were driving on a sidewalk smack dab in the middle of the damn woods, that's how tiny this road was. And no, it was NOT one way. If a car comes from the other direction, you stop and pull over and somehow make it work. I WAS AMAZED. No wonder you have to be 18 to drive in Europe. Damn. So then we went to the organic cafe and it was really very cute. It looked like something straight out of Harry Potter or something with its little round roof. It sort of looked like Hagrid's Hut, haha. Kill meeeeeee lol

Then later on in the day Andreas came over and he and Julie and I rode bikes to 7-11 to rent a movie, because in Norway, I guess, that's where you go to rent movies. And we rented a movie called This Is England but I can't say I understood it too well because the actors were speaking with thick Britsh accents and the subtitles were in Norwegian. But after that, Andreas and Julie and I just hung out and they helped me try to understand the bus route I needed to take tomorrow to school, since Julie and I were to leave at different times.

But my host mom forgot to wake me, so I woke up at 10:30 to a cleaning lady cleaning the house and no one else home. I washed my hair and called Julie but she didn't answer. And then when she called back I COULD NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME figure out how to answer the damn phone. I think it's broken or something. So she called back like 20 times and finally I figured it out so that was good. Anyway, I ended up going to school because I was supposed to get my final schedule for my host mom. She came home from work and drove me, though, which I was extremely thankful for. When I am sitting in the passenger seat of the Johansen's Saab, I feel safe. But as soon as I enter that school, once again I am vulnerable and that's not a good feeling, but I suppose it will soon go away.

Anyawy, I had Sports today. I was supposed to have IB Theory of Knowledge, too, but I sorta basically slept through it. Oops, not my fault. We played soccer and I'm prettttyyyy sure I suck at it, even though I did score two goals. Hooray!

I had to take the bus back, though, to Dyrløkke...but when I told the bus driver that I didn't yet have my bus card, he said something that I couldn't understand, and whether it was in English or Norwegian I'll never know. Usually Julie tells the bus driver I don't have my card and they talk Norwegian for a quick second and the driver gives me a dirty look, but whatever. Hopefully I will get it soon, damn school. It can't get anything straight. But I iPoded it on the way home and that cheered me up EXPONENTIALLY, but when does music not? I love it.

Okay, so I got off at Dyrløkke and REALLY wasn't in the mood to face another bilingual ordeal with the bus driver, so I decided to walk the estimated 3+ miles back to the house. In the process I stopped at the local Rema 1000 and bought a Sprite Zero which tasted great, because I was tired from playing soccer AND from walking so much. So I got home and made myself a cheese, cucumber, and butter sandwich which is the type of thing they eat over here like all the time. But I must admit the sandwiches that we're constantly making ARE really good. And now I'm here.

But you know what I hate about this country? NO ONE SMILES. I have tested well over 30 people by simply smiling at them, but nay. Most of them just look puzzled and then look down, which I just don't understand. I love smiling, and I figured that most Scandinavians would too. Andreas and I actually talked about it yesterday and he agrees with me, supporting my movement to "spead the smiles". So good. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

I think that's all I have to say.

Aug. 23rd, 2008

8 and 12 aren't so far apart

I just find it funny, sitting here in Norway and watching fucking 8 Mile with my host parents, telling them that I live so close to there and putting up with their questions, spoken in terrible English.

"There are a lot of Africans there?"
"Why are they saying not nice things?"
"You call this..."ghetto"?"
"Does Em-nem live in your state?"

But in a way, it is comforting seeing something so close to home, even if it is not positive. I am a metro-Detroiter in my heart and I always will be.

I know you've all been waiting for it, so

PICTURES OF THE HOUSE.Collapse )

Aug. 20th, 2008

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I know that I haven't been updating like I said I would, but it's just that I've been so busy. And I'm sorry. Truly.

It is 12:06 am here and I have to wake up early for school tomorrow, so I should be sleeping, meaning no concise update or anything.

But I miss you all so much already. I miss Michigan and The United States because it is my home.

Right now school is not going that great, mostly because I can't understand a damn thing when I'm in Norwegian classes. But tomorrow I have some IB classes that are in English so hopefully those will be better. I am slowly learning Norwegian but definitely don't know enough to carry on a conversation or anything.

And oh, I posted pictures on myspace so check those out, I guess.

Anyway. I must say that I hate feeling so helpless. I feel trapped by my inability to speak Norwegian, which is hard when you're a person who really values self expression through words and language. I feel like a little kid again because everybody around me always has to stop and explain, and that really does take a toll on me. But Julie has been so amazing. Even if she doesn't speak English well, I can understand when she talks and what she says to me ALWAYS makes me feel better. I am so lucky to have gotten such a great family. Tomorrow I think we're sticky-noting the house, so that should help broaden my range of Norwegian vocab.

Okay. That's it for this mini update, I guess. Now that the French family left and we're back in the house I will be updating more, I PROMISE. I'm using the journal Sam gave me and it is much more descriptive, but it is very difficult keeping TWO journals, that I will say.

I love and miss you all SO much.

Aug. 14th, 2008

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Okay, here I am in Norway. I'm going to have to be very vague, though. Anyway.

My flights were long and tiresome but I met some kickass Americans. Siri, Andrina, and Timmy. I also met some other international kids who are pretty sweet as well. I will tell you, nothing makes you feel more cultured than eating apples on a bus with kids from Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Chile, Estonia, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Switzerland and all laughing at the same things. It is such a great feeling. Okay, anyway, when we arrived it was rainy and cold. And, well....it's still cold. About 65 farenheight, but I'm totally guessing. Oslo's airport is AMAZING. It's like one giant log cabin with nice technology and everything. And it is SO beautiful here. I love it.

Right now I am at orientation with about 40 international kids. In my opinion, we are bonding so well. I'm rooming with some German girl who is quiet, but nice. You have to put your room key in this slot for the room electricity to work and there is no shower door, but I'm adjusting well.

Another HUGE difference I've noticed about Americans and Europeans is the way we and they eat with utensils. But I will elaborate when I return. Today I tried it out, and I must say these Europeans really know what they're doing. Hah. And today I sat with Esteban from Chile because Timmy was with some Estonian girl, and he's pretty much hilarious. It's so funny when he has some English language confusion and tries explaining the word he wants to say to me. It took like 20 minutes for him to try to explain the word cotton to me.

Oh, and something pissy. I left my voltage converter at some so as of now my hair is a poofy, unruly, wavy mess.

I get to meet my host family on Saturday, I will probably update sometime after then.

Aug. 13th, 2008

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Greetings from Norway :) The time is currently 9:53 PM, my time. I had quitteeee an eventful two days. So eventful that I feel so overwhelmed even contemplating starting an entry because there was just so much that happened. I already made some amazing friends but will have to say bye to them in three days because that is when orientation ends and I go with my host family. I LOVE being here with all these international students...it makes me feel part of something so much bigger than myself. Currently I'm sitting by a kid from Chile and a girl from Germany and there are a million languages going on at once, it's great. I wish I could update more but I'm sort of pressed for time and I don't get wireless internet in my room. But I promise that I will have pictures soon....even though I haven't taken any yet.

*Guilty*
Promise I'll update more later. Promise.

Aug. 10th, 2008

I've Been Slacking Lately.

A lot. I haven't updated about Niagara Falls or even anything else....but my family going away party was today. Before then, I even hung out with Kristian and Andrea and Kevin like old times. Kristian and I played basketball and I schooled him. And his nipple. Aahahaha.

Okay, back to the party.
It was disappointing, although I did get lots of money.....$570 to be exact, plus a $30 Marshalls gift card from Nina. Which I spent once everyone left. Anyway, Karley and Karla were at the family party and they made it a lot more fun than it would have been. Them and Kellie and I talked mostly. Neuna and Nina too. Couple of things did bother me though....my Aunt Debbie totally left without even saying goodbye....at my fucking going away party. And there was also the whole college thing that was brought up by mom. But I don't blame her.

But I wish these people would understand that I CAN'T get into U of M. I can't. I don't have the GPA and I JUST BARELY have the ACT score. And if I want to go to Western and major in Journalism, I will. That's my choice. Sorry I'm not going into the medical field like you all want me to. Only, wait....I'm not.

And you know what else? I really don't give a shit if "those posts are getting a bit thick." Whatever. Again, I don't really care who likes or dislikes what I do to my body. My physical apperance should not change what you or anyone else thinks of me as a person. Hello, superficial much? Sheesh.

After they left though, Karley and I went to Marshalls and we shopped. Well, I shopped. Quickly. Ahaha. Got some cute shit. Then we talked, Karla came over, talked some more, was very sad, said our farewells, then Karley and I talked some more, watched like every single channel on TV, and laughed.

I'm going to miss her.
And Karla too. A lot.

Aug. 4th, 2008

KARLEY READ THIS! :)

ROFL conversation I had saved:

JRB2295: omg katie i love you... i just love you you're beautiful
werd thats hott: SHUT UP KARLEY >:o:-[

Auto response from JRB2295: brb


JRB2295: hhahaha
JRB2295: this isn't karley
JRB2295: it's jay
JRB2295: and i just finished working out
JRB2295: with my abs machine thingty
werd thats hott: :[
werd thats hott: you're cruel
werd thats hott: lmao
JRB2295: hahahah
JRB2295: i love you :D
werd thats hott: lmao
werd thats hott: too bad
werd thats hott: i dont love you
JRB2295: yes you do. you told me many, many times
JRB2295: and gave me lots of hugs
JRB2295: lmao
werd thats hott: :-[
JRB2295: hehe awee
JRB2295: don't be ashamed
werd thats hott: I WAS LYING!

Aug. 3rd, 2008

Karley picked me up.

And we went to The Bean. And talked for a long time.
Andrea called. We went to Andrea's. I walk in the gate...
AND GET ATTACKED WITH SCREAMING GIRLS AND SILLY STRING.

My surprise going away party was amazing. I didn't even have the slightest notion. I had no clue. And I love them for thinking of me and doing this for me, for organizing it so well, and most of all, for keeping it a complete secret.

I love all my gifts. They mean SO much to me.
The whole thing does, really.

I'm going to miss you girls so much.
<3

In Other News......

I got a 4 on my AP History exam.

RAAAAAAAAANT

"Laptops can be confiscated and searched at US border without cause
Engadget ^ | 8/1/2008 | Joshua Topolsky

Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 1:07:50 PM by cowtowney

In further evidence of our rapidly eroding civil liberties, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed today that US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have the right to confiscate and search a traveler's laptop or other electronic device without any suspicion of wrongdoing. The rules -- which we reported on in February -- allow for searches of hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, and video or audio tapes, and specify that the agencies can "detain" belongings for a "reasonable period of time," (i.e., as long as they please). Additionally, the DHS can share the data found with other government agencies or private entities for translation, decryption, or (astoundingly vague) "other reasons." The DHS says the policies apply to anyone entering the country -- including US citizens -- and claim the measures are necessary to prevent terrorism. In other news, Big Brother issued a statement today guaranteeing a bonus for turning over family members suspected of crimethink to the Thought Police."


Okay, what the fuck. I have absolutely NOTHING else to say but WHAT THE FUCK!
What has the world come to?!?! Especially that last sentence.....oh my god. 1984, anyone?

Aug. 2nd, 2008

ldskfjalksjdfal

In Dearborn I scored a silver pair of Ed Hardy slip ons (ones that I think Karla may or may not have) and a huuggeee oversized Detroit Tigers hoodie which I love. It makes me look so hood. Oh but trust me, the shoes are great too. Love my Uncle & Neuna :)

Dearborn's little birthday celebration or whatever was alright. There was plenty to do but it would've been better had my friends been there. But that's alright. And there were fireworks, too, ones that blew any Fourth of July fireworks I saw out of the water. (That is a saying, right?)

There isn't much else, but I did have a conversation about drinking and being drunk with my parents.

It was odd.

Dear August.

Karley is a bit too right about you and the change you bring.
These last five years of my life have not consisted of a single August that didn't bring SOME form of significant change.
And by significant, I mean big. Huge. Widely impacting my life in every dimension.

I will tell you that when everything is running smoothly, change is not desired.
And I am dreading the fact that this transformation has already begun to initiate itself.

It's like a self-deploying bomb. Maybe I'm being a bit too morbid?
Or maybe I was just enjoying being carefree and happy and forgot that bliss is not everlasting.

And that it never will be.

Aug. 1st, 2008

<:3

Wouldn't it be great if in the end, destiny prevailed? If, all complications aside, everybody could be perfectly content with themselves and their lives and the ambitions of others? Sometimes I feel so confused when I am forced to make these so called "ethical" decisions and become, as Death Cab for Cutie would say, "a war of head versus heart." I've discovered that in this life, gut feeling can never be enough. Sacrifice is always necessary and executing decisions based on emotion alone will, in the end, screw you over. I am far from ignorant about the workings of life. I'm aware of the vigorous amount of conscious effort it takes for things to run smoothly and be problem-free.

But I am a healthy balance of realist and dreamer and with everything in me,
I hope that one day peace and love will be regnant, no questions asked.

Jul. 30th, 2008

Writer's Block: On Your Tombstone

What do you want written on your gravestone and why?
Well first of all, I don't want to be buried. But if I did, I'd want it to say this:
"RIP Katie Psotka
May 1991 - (insert death date here)
We're surprised you didn't  bite the dust earlier.
You can be quite the stupid ass. "

Then the gravestone would be pink with flowers and peace signs and stars all over it.

Jul. 29th, 2008

And isn't it just wonderful?

Our camping trip pretty much failed but we compromised: Camp Grifka at 9 1/2 and Gratiot. We managed to shove 10 girls into the "Camp Grifka Van" and bussed everyone on over and it was fun. I hate jello shots, I really really do, but the green tea was great. And the chocolate and chips and taco salad Megan made. Then there was the Catch Phrase and an intense game of Apples to Apples where EVERY single card was used...and then talking until 4 in the morning with our alter egos. Sleeping outside in the tent with the nice breeze felt great...but in the morning, it was hot. The pancakes made by Ranger Joan, however, were delicious and filling.

We all went home.

And at 5 I went to Jay's baseball game and I learned some more baseball lingo. My new favorite being tease, of course. And I finally understand what it means to "steal bases", I think. Either way, good shit. Jay's team lost but of course he did great! :D

Then we came back to Karley's and I BEAT HER AT CLUE! I don't think I'll ever let her forget it. Ashlee was there too. We love Ashlee a whole lot but her boyfriend Zach seriously needs to fall from the face of the earth

After a little more life planning with my future husband and some brownies, I came home.

And now I'm SO tired.

<3

Jul. 28th, 2008

WTF

Nobody in this household listens to Rush Limbaugh and lives to tell the tale.


On that note,
three years ago to this day was one fateful Thursday.



But they really have nothing to do with each other.
I'm just good at distracting myself

Jul. 26th, 2008

Writer's Block: Carrying the Cultural Torch

What traditions do you carry on during your day, consciously or otherwise?
The first thing I do every morning is pee.
Well, I think that's true with just about everyone, right?
Either way, that's all I could come up with.

My life is oh so very nonlinear.

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Earlier in the day consisted of a nice long walk, new nail polish, and diet green tea. Later on there was Jay's All Star Game, of course. He got a........shit. RBI. Hahhahah! I remembered :] I guess that's where you hit the ball and run 3 bases or something, but either way it was really exciting. He's also got some great battle wounds now from sliding into third. Like he prophesized. (Is that a word?)

Anyway, we got back to Karley's and just talked for the LONGEST time, but it was great of course because my favorite librarian and future mother in law Kim Beaton was there, whom I absolutely adore. I know she secretly wants me to marry Jay. Yes, she does.

Then there was an intense game of Clue, and Karley won. I guess she always wins, but whatever. It was my FIRST EVER game of clue, so I'm proud of me anyway.

Jul. 23rd, 2008

no

i hate the fact that i can honestly say i miss brad sometimes but i guess that's normal right

Jul. 22nd, 2008

I miss AP History.

I miss the way he brought out the best in us; the bright, intellectual beings that I have no idea how to be by myself. I hate that now more than ever I have so many questions and no one I can ask to get a completely pragmatic and neutral, yet confident, answer. Maybe it was the way he worded everything that made every question seem so completely reachable...and I liked that. I liked how no question was too deep for reason and how he MADE us think and find our own answers. For some reason, I'm struggling to do that by myself. But I wish I wasn't.

In retrospect, I would have put so much more effort into everything we did if I knew how much I would regret giving less than 100%. Yes, I can say I took AP History, but I struggled. I just wish that I took every possible measure to make sure that I didn't. Inevitably or not, a lot of the knowledge that I gained in that class, especially the specifics, is slipping away. But I did, of course, gain more than a knowledge of history. I obtained something that now shines through in my personality and that is something that can't really be described in a single word. A betterment of character, obviously. In multiple dimensions. My work ethic and moral consciousness have soared to new heights. And I learned just how good an intellectual challenge feels, especially once accomplished.

I need a new challenge. Summer makes me feel so lazy. I think my brain is shrinking or something and it's oh so uncomfortable.

I think experience is an acquired skill

Last night consisted of The Bean, driving around screaming at the top of our lungs, and a couple Heath Ledger movies. Candy was really good, to say the least. But I fell asleep not even halfway through Casanova....and I'm pretty sure Karley and Erica did, too. I don't have much to do today, but tomorrow it's out to lunch with Colin and then The Dark Night later on. Frankly, I'm quite excited about lunch with Colin because it's really been so long since we've hung out. It is sad though, thinking back to ninth (!) grade when he and Andrea and me and Brad were still going out and we were so young and stupid.

Well....maybe we're still stupid, and maybe we're still young, too, but....
We're Seniors now.
We MET Colin when HE was a senior.
It's so strange to think about. I thought that by the time I was a senior I would have figured out so much about myself and about the workings of others, but nay. This is not true. Sometimes I feel as clueless as I was when I was a freshman.

Jul. 19th, 2008

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I got a new....
LAPTOP! AND IT'S PINKKKK! 

Jul. 17th, 2008

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Jul. 16th, 2008

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So remember that camping trip that was in the works? Well, it's been planned for August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I'm excited. Me and the girls are going to have so much fun, obviously. We always do. And the fact that Steph is going is also ultimately great. The margaritas were definitely something special. Oh, and then tomorrow there''s a sleeeeeeeeeeepover at Karla's! Which I actually am still contemplating on whether I'm going or not, you know. I have to wake up early the next day, so that could get in the way. But who knows.

Has anyone ever told you they were in love with you?
yes

Is tomorrow going to be a good day?
mmmhm, it should be

Do you have a pet?
bella

Who was the last person you saw in person, besides family?
andreea

Are you pregnant?
no

What's the weather like outside?
nice

What does the last message in your inbox say?
i don't text

What do you hear right now?
Your Smile Is A Drug // Patrick Park

What's bothering you right now?
i have to pee but i'm too lazy

Are you wearing anything on your feet right now?
no! it's summer

What are you doing this coming weekend?
western and grand valley with sami on friday. other than that nothing yet

What do you want?
oh, lots of things

What are you going to do after this?
go to the mall with my grandma. or pee

Are you happy with life right now?
you have no idea<3,

Are you on someone else's mind?
doubt it, but that's alright

Who is the last person you wrestled with?
don't remember

What is your name?
katie

Have you ever been to California?
nope. but next summer me and all the girls are going to visit karla!

Is there a reason for your myspace song?
i don't have a myspace song

What is your favorite fruit?
coconut. haha. i don't know

Do you trust people easily?
yes

Do you like hugs or do you freak when people hug you?
i love hugs

Next vacation you're going on?
could you consider norway a vacation? if not....well, i'm going to greece and california next summer.

Are you a loud person?
oh, you'd be surprised just how loud i can be at times

Who was the last person to send you a message?
uh.

i don't feel like finishing this.

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So, I was going to create a new livejournal. Frankly, I think the name "xx-curs3d" is a little stupid and definitely outdated since I'm no longer an angsty tween. However, I am absolutely disgusted to find out that livejournal no longer offers basic accounts. Which means I would have to tolerate ads in my new livejournal and I don't think I can stand that. It's even more annoying than my existing angsty name.




But whatever.

Jul. 14th, 2008

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ANDREA AND ERICA: YOU HAVE CENTERLINE FIREWORKS PHOTOS AND I WANT THEM.

Jul. 13th, 2008

The day Katie reappears on Earth!

So I didn't actually didn't disappear off the face of the earth, I just spent the weekend at my Aunt Debbie's house. You know, the one who lives at like 36 and Dequindre?.....Yeah.

I'm not in a writing mood, but later....I will be!

Jul. 10th, 2008

I'm sick

Yeah, the subject says it all. And it's NOT FUN. I threw up three times last night and twice this morning. But my mom's been taking care of me and I've been eating popsicles like it's my job.

Now, in MUCH MUCH MUCH better news,
I HAVE A HOST FAMILY!

What I know about them so far is that I have two host sisters. Eline is 15 and Julie is 18.

They live in Drobak, a coastal town 30 minutes southeast of Oslo.





Jul. 9th, 2008

YEAH YEAH YEAH

So, coolest thing ever: Colin just brought me pizza! And two books to read.

Thanks Colin :] Sorry you couldn't stay, but we'll do lunch soon, I promise!

Jul. 8th, 2008

Kissing The Lipless - Mixtape

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Jul. 7th, 2008

Summer Mix v1.0 - Mixtape

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Jul. 5th, 2008

Grosse Pointe Fireworks

Jul. 4th, 2008

I Lost My Sushi Virginity

The drive to Royal Oak was dangerous. A million people almost hit Karla, including this scary black man who like, pulled up next to us and stared us down. But once we did get there we went to Little Tree Sushi Bar. And I officially made the switch from vegetarian to pescatarian and ate raw fish and crab. The flash fried sushi was DELICIOUS, but you know what was even more delicious?! THE WAITER. He was probably one of the most gorgeous guys I've ever seen in my life, haha. And he flirted with all of us so that was great. We also learned how to use chopsticks. Karley had a little bit of trouble though :] But it's alright, she caught on in the end. I think. After that we drove to Erica's sister's house and parked there....but we parked in a no parking zone so we ended up having to go back. From THERE we drove to Barnes and Noble and parked behind there. I love it. [But not as much as I love the 3 floor one in Chicago =)] I bought a book called "50 Facts That Should Change the World" and a plain black covered, grid papered, moleskine-like notebook. I am psyched to use it. Then we drove to find a spot to sit for the fireworks....and they were great. Much better than Centerline's, even if there was a pole in our way.

Still, though, I hate this holiday.
And I need something to do tonight.
Someone call me      =(

Jul. 1st, 2008

Under The Gas

I woke up early for a change. Not that I did much with my day, anyway. I watched some music videos on VH1 and took a shower and bummed. Got into a mini-fight with my mother, went to Meijer to get an iPod case. Then I had my dentist appointment at 3 to get my cavities filled.

My mother is sort of a cheap-ass so I ended up getting silver filling, but that's okay. She splurged for the gas. Which was....ahahahhaa. Literally. Nitrous Oxide, gotta love it. I was all spinny and lightheaded and pretty high...and definitely not totally aware. Everything was funny but I felt SO stupid laughing.The dentist was like "You're doing great, Sweetie!" and I'm just like ahhahahhahhahh I love the dentist. The bottom tooth sort of hurt, though. I could like feel it grinding or whatever....but clearly I survived.

Now I just can't eat until this numb feeling goes away, but it's definitely still there. It's really annoying, actually.

Oh, and Centerline fireworks tonight.

YEAH.

EDIT // Earlier Karley and I were talking about going camping with the girls and how amazingly cool that would be. We should put a camping plan in the works.

STUPIDEST SURVEY EVER

1. Is Eminem's music truly degrading to women?
Compared to the rest of the rap scene? Hardly.
I like Eminem.

2. Can white people honestly not dance?
I'm not one for stereotypes

3. The use of the n-word is horribly vulgar, true?
It offends a lot of black people, apparently. But the fact that they're allowed to use it totally throws me off. So I don't know.

4. Have you ever dreamt in black and white?
I don't think so

5. Do guys play 'hard-to-get' or 'the jealous game' too?
I play the "I want you when you don't want me but once you want me, I'm gone. Then when you don't want me anymore I want you again" game and I have no idea why. It's terribly depressing. And yes, the jealous game I do. Unfortunately.

6. Have you ever ran over something with a vacuum cleaner, therefore catching the item on fire?
No

7. When you're with the person you fancy, do you find that you forget any kind of human conversation and start rambling insignificant things, even though you really have so much to say to them?
No

8. Does the idea of permanent makeup make you skittish, since styles are always changing, and your 'look' would always be the same?
Hey, that's not my cup of tea...but if it's yours, sweet.

9. Not to mention the embarrassment you would receive if the person applying it did it wrongly^?
Hah. Yeah.

10. Violent television= Evil?
No, I don't think so. In the same way that I can spend 3 hours playing GTA, beating up the prostitutes and stealing everyone's car and then NOT do it in real life.

11. Would you ever date anyone who was of a different religion than you?
Yeah, I think so. As long as they weren't too crazy about it or anything.

12. When you see girls with their humungous thongs hanging out of their pants, do you have to fight the near-uncontrollable urge to give them a wedgie?
No

13. Christian Death Metal: An oxymoron?
No?

14. Ever wondered what it would feel like to be the ONLY person on the planet?
Actually, yeah

15. Ever sang a lullaby to an infant?
No

16. Would you rather get leukemia than gain 50 lbs?
Well obviously not

17. Would you go as a missionary to a foreign land if God called upon you to do so?
Given that God was real, and he actually did call on upon me, then I guess I would.

18. Can you read sheet music?
Yeah

19. Clear mascara= Pointless?
I'm not a fan, but whatever.

20. Do you frequently doodle on desks at school?
Nah

21. Have you ever deeply questioned in an in-depth theory of what sleep is?
What?

22. Ever donated to 'Locks of Love' or a similar charity?
Nah

23. Do you love to run your fingers over the lil' indentions in lampshades?
Yes

24. Do you have a foot phobia?
No

25. Did now know that one could commit suicide using multiple doses of common over-the-counter medications like Tylenol?
Yes

26. Have you ever practiced relaxation through meditation?
Don't think so

27. Do you think living together before marriage is 'living in sin'?
No?

28. Did you own a Tickle Me Elmo?
No

29. Did you own a singing toy Barney?
I think so, yeah

30. Did your parents eventually take their batteries out from pure irritation.^?
No

31. Can one truly be 'scared to death'?
Isn't that sort of like when people go into shock? o_O I don't know

32. "It Takes Two" is the only non-crappy movie of Mary Kate and Ashley's, correct?
YES! But I actually haven't seen them all so I don't know

33. Is profanity clear proof of a lack of vocabulary?
No. I would say that I have a pretty wide vocabulary, yet I swear like a fucking sailor.

34. Have you ever been to the emergency room?
Yeah. Back when the podium fell on me at Carpathia when I was 2.

35. Have you ever wanted to start a fight with someone just to prove you could beat the heck outta them?
Ahahhahah, yes. Verbally though. Sheesh.

36. Did you used to always say 'Screw You' before you knew it meant the same thing as 'F*** you'? Or did you even care?
Yeah, I said it without knowing. WTF italics

37. Does it annoy you when song titles never appear in the said song? (Think Fall Out Boy)
No, as long as it has something to do with the lyrics. Fuck Fall Out Boy

38. Isn't it irritating when animated movies have sequels, and the character's have different voices than in the original movie?
Yessssssssssss :[

39. If you ever got to visit London, would you attempt to break through the 'barrier' between Platforms 9 and 10 at King's Cross Station?
Ahahahahhah! Just for a good photo op. I'm sure it's been done though

40. Is it really not always rainbows and butterflies?
Obviously

41. Did you adore that song back when it was 'it'^?
I don't think I've heard it

42. Do you even recognize what song that came from^?
Clearly not

43. Does the thought of being single for the rest of your life make you want to cry?
A little bit.

44. Or would it not really be that horrible, freedom forever^?
Yeah.

45. How do you think you would react if you found your husband with another woman in the bed you share?
i'd be heartbroken, and then punch a bitch in the face.

46. Is the oboe the worst sounding high pitched instrument ever?
Haha yeah. I think so.

47. Do you know what an oboe is^?
Yeah

48. Don't you hate those surveys that seem to only be out there to depress you in your own depressional answers to their quite depression-filled questions?
Huh

49. Did you feel the word 'depression' is over-used, and if people had truly experienced it, they wouldn't use it so off-handedly?
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50. Do you know that this quizmaker hopes you have a lovely day, and that Jesus loves you?
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Jun. 29th, 2008

Epic Fail

Hola.

Kellie's Sweet Sixteen - Awesome. We hung out with her friends and Jennifer and my family and it was fun.

Sleeping Over - It was......alright. Only Sarah, Paige, Kristina, and I spent the night there, but we didn't do much. Sarah was supposed to pierce me and Paige's ears (I was going for the cartilage) but we couldn't because we needed studs. We were also supposed to do tie dye but we did it in the morning. Other than that we just talked...and they spent nearly 2 hours on myspace, talking shit about people. Oh well....we must forgive them. They're Dakotians.

Tie Dye - Doing it was fun....but my shirt...didn't really tie dye. Just the sides were dyed. In conclusion: epic fail. Maybe next time.

Work - Kim, Celeste, Kellie and I worked. Oh, and Darin's cousin. Work was pretty fun, though. But I broke a saucer, oops. It's okay though because Celeste broke a pepper shaker and Darin broke a gravy dish...and when I said "Wow! Something I didn't do for once!" he told me "Back off Barbie", and I thought that was hilarious. Then he said Evan was talking about how he wanted to be best friends with me. And I thought THAT was hilarious too because I'm convinced Evan hates me. And there was this ADORABLE bartender Eric. But I think he hates me too because he asked for a knife to cut cake with (?) so I opened the drawer and started displaying some knifes, you know. But apparently he wasn't LIKIN any of the ones I showed him, so he leaned over and picked up, like, the fucking biggest knife in all of creation. So I'm like, "Yeah, that MIGHT cut it"....and he laughed, but I think it was the kind of laugh that you do when like, old people tell you jokes and you're like GET ME OUT OF HEREEEEEEEE!!!  So that's enough about him. Dinner was fun too because we were all talking about killing the old ladies and starting a labor union and lobsters and getting name tags and mine would say "Lesbian", according to Darin, the gayest straight guy (suuuuureeee) that I've ever met.

Kellie's Driving - To be honest, Kellie is a GREAT driver! I'm surprised, actually. I expected her to be like, all noobish. Like Sami. Hahahhaahaha. I'm lovin her car, too.


Tomorrow before I can do anything I have to do chores as punishment for calling my mother an asshole.
Bahahhaha.

Jun. 26th, 2008

Gifts from Grandmas and Some Pre-Departure Excitement.

Today I went with Nina, Neuna, and my grandma to exchange my necklace at Macy's.
My grandma bought me these cute BCBGirls sandals. I'm usually not THAT materialistic but I can't lie - I love being showered in designer goods ! Speaking of which, Nina picked out her presents for her bridesmaids - Betsey Johnson makeup bags that are cute enough to make me wish I was still in her wedding. Ahhhh!

After I got home I roller bladed over to my other grandma's, who wanted to talk to me "alone". She ended up giving me a check for $1,000 for my Norway fund...which I extremely grateful for. I roller bladed home in the rain with my iPod. It was nothing short of euphoric.
   
AP scores should be coming in the mail pretty soon.........and to tell you the truth, I don't think I'll be able to open that envelope by myself. The only reason I found out my ACT score was because my mom had already opened it and showed it to me, not knowing what it was.

Anyway. It's only a matter of time before I leave,  I guess. I still have a lot to do though:

-I need a Norwegian pocket dictionary
-I need more makeup
-I need to apply to college
-I need senior pictures
-I NEED A HOST FAMILY :[
-I need a calling card
-I need a debit card
-I need Mario Cart DS because I've decided that it's highly entertaining
-I need TONS AND TONS OF BOOKS TO READ while at the airport. Who wants to loan me some good ones?
-I need new tennis shoes
-I need outlet converters
-I need mix CDs. Who wants to make me some? :]

And THAT'S NOT ALL...but this list will be edited upon realization of more fun-filled necessities.

And, for the record, I will not be blogging about my trip in this blog. So here, go here!
katienorway08  

cross your fingers that i get a host family in time. please.


1. Have you ever slow danced without any music?:
no. i don't dance WITH music

2. Do you like the movie The Princess Bride?:
i've never seen it

3. What is your favorite swear word?:
fuck and all variations of it

4. Have you ever been in a car accident when it was snowy?:
no

5. How long is the longest phone call you’ve had?:
three hours, maybe?

6. Do you watch anime?:
no

7. Do you buy or make the cards you give people?:
usually make

8. Do you think Shia Labouef is cute?:
eh, not really

9. Were you born in the same state you live in now?:
yes

10. Are you afraid of hospitals?:
no

11. What is your least favorite song?:
bubbly by colbie callait (sp?)

12. Who was your best friend in sixth grade?:
jessi or andrea, i guess

13. What would your parents have named you if you were born the opposite sex?:
derek or something

14. Do you like hummus?:
yes <3

15. Do you babysit?:
no

16. What is your favorite Adam Sandler movie?:
happy gilmore

17. If you could be with anyone right now, who would it be?:
umm...honestly i don't know. i'm content being by myself right now

18. Do you believe in ghosts?:
i'm not sure...i don't think so.

19. What is a smell you absolutely hate?:
fish, ew

20. What is your favorite musical?:
i don't know...i don't have one

21. How long does it take you in the shower?:
~7 minutes

22. What band have you been listening to a lot recently?:
coldplay...i've been listening to their new album, trying to get a feel for it

23. How much money is in your wallet right now?:
not much at all. a couple singles

24. What would you do if you were pregnant?:
i don't know

25. Do you wear a watch?:
no

26. How do you feel about Fall Out Boy?:
we don't really get along

27. Do you like anything on while you are falling asleep (ex: TV)?:
just the pod

28. How ticklish are you?:
i'm really ticklish.

29. What was the last band you saw in concert?:
oh, i don't know

30. Do you keep a journal?:
yes, clearly

31. Do you know anyone in the army?:
no

32. Do you like working on craft projects?:
yes hah

33. How nervous do you get when you have to give a speech?:
i don't really give speeches

34. Where is the best place to buy jeans?:
american eagle

35. Do you like poetry?:
yes. i have an allpoetry account

36. Have you ever seen an improv comedy show?:
possibly

37. If you could change your eye color, what would you change it to?:
i wouldn't

38. Do you own a Northface jacket?:
no

39. Do you want any piercings?:
yes

40. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?:
any exotic country

41. How many languages can you count to ten in?:
english spanish german

42. Do you like wine?:
not so much

/////

Do you notice when someone is staring at you from across the room?
usually...i suppose

Do you smile at strangers?
ALL THE TIME. i smile at everyone.

What kind of clothes do you buy?
cute clothes
my style is very inconsistent so i refuse to go any less vague than that.

How may bowls of cereal do you eat in the morning?
two! never fails

How often do you clean your room?
not as much as i used to. twice a month, maybe. it should be more.

Have you ever been to China?
no, i haven't..

Ever played drums on a steering wheel?
i wouldn't doubt it

Can you roll your tongue?
no

Were you named after anyone?
grandmas = kate and christina
my name is Katie Krista
you do the math

Do you own a GPS?
no

Are you crushing anyone currently?
actually, no.

When a friend walks out of your life, do you go after them or let them go?
it's never that easy

Would life be the same without alcohol?
for the most part

Have you had the best night of your life?
yeah, i guess so. but you never know

Do you have a lot of guy friends?
eh, sort of.

When was the last time you had Jamba Juice?
never

Do you wear the seatbelt in the car?
sometimes

Has anyone ever mistaken you for someone else?
all the time on the phone. today even

Is there anyone you hate?
no

If somebody hurts you, do you give them a way back in, or blacklist them?
both

Are you easy to lie to, or do you have a hard time believing people?
i'm not easy to lie to at all. i have this really keen sense of knowing when people are lying to me

Is there one person who can make you feel better no matter what?
there was once

How much older are you than first person on your top?
top? haha.

Will you talk to the person you like on the phone tonight?
i won't

Do you own a computer?
laksjdflkasjdflakdsjfalskd
seriously WHYYYYY

Why is your myspace song what it is?
myspace? haha.

Do you swallow gum when you're done with it?
YES I DO
and i'm proud of it<3

Where was your default picture taken?
userpic? mi dormitorio

Do you like messages or comments better?
either works

Who was your last call from?
my cell phone is at kellie's, unfortunately

What woke you up this morning?
parker was telling me to clean my room

Last time you went out of town?
cedar point?

What is your current mood?
bored

What color shirt are you wearing?
green

Ever had a near death experience?
no

What was the highlight of your week?
i don't know

Whose car were you in last?
nina's

What are you listening to?
lovers in japan/reign of love - coldplay

How long is your hair?
almost to the boobs

Last shocking news you heard?
i don't know

Last thing you ate?
fudgesicle (sp?)

What was the last thing you drank?
orange kool aid

Are you happy right now?
i don't know

What color are your eyes?
green

Last text received from?
i don't know

Last person you hugged?
my grandma

Who do you dislike currently?
nobody

Are you wearing makeup?
yeah

If you could have something right now, what would it be?
a clean room and a host family and a desire to sleep

Who do you most look like in your family?
you tell me

Did you have a dream last night?
probably

What were you doing at 10:00 last night?
i don't know

What is the last thing you thought about?
the previous question

What are you doing tonight?
attempting to sleep
but lately i've been a bit of an insomniac

Jun. 24th, 2008

Wow.

Flight Schedule:
United Airlines - Flight #1225           August 13, 2008
10:45 AM - Depart Detroit (DTW)
11:00 AM - (1 hr 45 min later) - Arrive Chicago-Ohare (ORD)

Lufthansa - Flight #431                   August 13, 2008
3:45 PM (4 hr 45 min later) - Depart Chicago-Ohare  (ORD)
6:55 AM (Aug 14) - (9 hr 10 min later) - Arrive Frankfurt (FRA)

Lufthansa - Flight #3133                   August 14, 2008
10:55 AM - (4 hr later) - Depart Frankfurt (FRA)
12:45 PM - (1 hr 50 min later) -  Arrive Oslo (OSL)


Okay - there it is.
To be honest, I'm not too happy with the CRAZY LONG layovers in Chicago and Frankfurt. 9 hours and 45 minutes of sitting in an airport doing NOTHING does not sound like fun at all.

But I guess I'll deal.

Jun. 21st, 2008

Nothing Says "Summer" Like CUPCAKE FIGHT

So, I ended up going to Lisa's and I'm glad I did. It was a fun time. Sam brought Kyle and we all decided that they're TOTALLY cute together, even if they're not TECHNICALLY together. I drank that new Mountain Dew Revolution and decided it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's sort of gross, actually. There was also a cupcake fight which Lisa started and everyone else escalated...which led to rinsing off, which led to a water fight. So at the end everyone was all soaking wet and cupcakey. It was....great, actually. Later, when just Karley, Erica, Lisa, and I were left, we played rock band. I tried my hand at drums and I'm not that bad...on easy.

Jun. 20th, 2008

I am a brainchild.

I've been roller blading 24/7. I'm a fanatic. It's fun, and I figure it's a pretty good workout, too. Yesterday I roller bladed to Karley's [two miles, but who's counting?] and then we hung out. I went to CVS with Jay to get milk and cookies for Karla and Karley and was roller blading around the place....when I got in trouble [sort of] from the super cute checkout man. I was just doing circles, minding my own business, when the guy looks at me and mouthes "stop". Once Jay and I got up there to check out, super cute checkout man and I got in a mini-argument about the presence of rollerblades in CVS. Sheesh, I don't see why it matters anyway.

But Karla left to see her parents off and Jay, Karley, Erica and I went to play tennis at Tower. Where...I thought it would be a good idea to play with my roller blades on. It was fun...until I flipped over the net at full speed.

Later on that night, we chilled at Karla's. We being Karla, Erica, Karley, Marissa Dembeck, and Nathan's cousin Steph. And me, of course. Because Karla's going out with Nathan, I guess her and his family have gotten close, which is good, because Steph is awesome. She's so hilarious. And with Karla's parents gone, we had fun. We swam in her pool playing shark until 12:30. Then we went inside and baked cookies and drank Mojitos and watched friends. In the morning, we made pancakes.

Tonight is Lisa's bonfire. Honestly, I'm not sure if I want to go or not. Staying home and scrapbooking or playing my NANCY DREW GAME [rofl] sounds much more appealing.

Hm.

OH! One more thing. I passed Pre-Calculus!!! HARDLY. Although I did fail the exam.


Oops.

Jun. 19th, 2008

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Somebody go rollerblading with me! It will be a great time, I promise.

Jun. 18th, 2008

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Yesterday and today I bummed. Just straighted up BUMMED around, something I promised myself I would not do this summer. I guess if its any consolation, the weather was prettttyy cold today. Two good things though: 1) Getting a pink Nintendo DS from my Grandma for no reason whatsoever, and 2) HardXcore tennis with Jay and Karley and oh, Josh Price was there too. Good times, good times. I feel very tired and disillusional (is that a word?) for some reason and think it's because A) I feel like there's so much I need to accomplish before I leave and I have not yet started nor gotten my priorities straight yet and B) It's 1:23 AM and I'm not quite awake.

I'll tell you. It's really something to talk to your brother in the next room on your Nintendo DS's on Pictochat, then laugh as the Brain Challenge game tells him his brain capacity is 5%.

Goodnight.

Jun. 15th, 2008

My First Weekend of Liberation..

Yesterday after I got to Kellie's, we went boating. Which was helllaaa tight. We boated to Canada, basically. Hardly, though. Just Canada's side of Lake St. Clair, if that counts for anything at all, haha. Still, it was fun. We boated to Seaway Island which is where all these giant freighters pass by, and when they do these HUGE ASS waves come. Of course I took pictures. It was good to be back out on the boat since I haven't been on it in awhile. The water was ABSOLUTELY FREEZING, but I was forced to jump in quickly. I was holding a boating shoe to put it on, but I freaked out because I thought there was a spider in it...and dropped it in the lake...seriously like 30 seconds after Kellie made fun of me for always losing them whenever we went boating. [True story.] So I hopped in, almost had a heart attack, and then swam after it. We got home at like 9, and then Kellie came over and spend the night. Good times, I'm telling you.

Today I got up and had to work at Carpathia. There was only a small birthday party, so I only worked for 3 hours until 3:30. Then I went outside to the Father's Day Picnic and met up with my dad and Chris. And Oma and Opa and Uncle Kurt and Uncle Bob, of course. And then, the coolest thing ever happened. Oma told me that there was a Norwegian exchange student at the party that was staying with one of the families and told me that I should talk with her. So, I did. For a little, but then I drove home to change. When I came back, I hung out for a little more, met up with Kellie, watched Darin and Crackhead Yahoo Guy dance, hit nothing at the shooting booth, and drank some cranberry juice. Then Kellie and I started talking with her again and she taught me some phrases and told me a little bit about it.

Here's what I got out of it mostly:
-Their R's are like IMPOSSIBLE for me to say.
-Everything here is cheap, everything there is expensive. [$20 for a movie ticket!!! :O]
-I should always say "Thank you for the food" after every meal.
-I should not ask people "How are you?"
-Girls wear baggy pants, like guys.
-They have 13 grades
-It's so "free" over there. You get a lot of freedoms as a teenager
-They listen to a lot of American music
-School there is much harder...and Americans are mostly dumb. Lol.
-You only need to be 16 to get piercings or tattoos. :DDDDDDDD
-18 is the drinking age, but everyone drinks every weekend or so like we do here.

What's even cooler is the fact that SHE WANTS TO HOST ME.
:D   I realllllllllllyyyyy hope she gets to, because she is absolutely awesome.
But still, I'm really nervous.

Anyway, Uncle Bob said that if I drove Kellie home, he'd give me $10. And he did. Squeee!! <3 :]

That's it, I think.

Jun. 14th, 2008

Friday the Thirteenth

Bad things:
-Failed Pre Calculus
-I won't see Dougherty till January.

Good things:
-Just about everything else!
The Olive Garden, the soapy trampoline, the friends, the pictures, the talking.
The Sexy Six. (Plus one, Sam Lange.)

I'm so excited for this summer. I can already tell it's going to be amazing.

Then today was the ACT. Not much to say there. At all, really.

Jun. 12th, 2008

I just can't help it!

I am constantly screwing myself over. Just by the way I'm so scatterbrained and forgetful. It annoys me, it annoys everybody else....but I have NO idea how to fix it! I always leave things in my classes and forget things at home or something of the likes. I've left my things in Spanish countless times, and I'm pretty sure Senora is fed up with it. Then suddenly I'm always relying on other people to help me out of the hole I accidentally built for myself. But it's hardly fair for people to get mad at me, because tell me: how the hell am I supposed to be able to fix something that I DON'T REALIZE I'M DOING?!?

Here's a wonderful fucking example:
I just realized I left my green folder in Spanish. Yeah. That has my math review in it, so now not only can I not study it, but I can't write my notes on there either. It also has my unfinished biology review, which I need to finish to get credit for it. :[ This honestly stresses me out so bad. I mean, there's only a day left of school, BUT THE CONTENTS OF THAT GREEN FOLDER ARE SO IMPORTANT ! They mean everything to tomorrow.

But I'm stupid. Honestly. I'm fucking stupid.
I just did some calculations...and I need AT LEAST LIKE A 65% on the exam to even get a fucking 60% and pass the damn class. I don't know what's wrong with me this year. I've always been slightly clutzy and forgetful and disorganized, but this year it rose to an absolute extreme.

I don't know if I can deal with this.
I'm just praying that I make it through tomorrow, and that my green folder is still in Senora's room because I NEED THOSE PRE-CALCULUS NOTES ! They are SO important. *Cries*

I don't know if I can make it through tomorrow.

Second and Third to Last.

It was a half day yesterday and after school, the sexy six plus Corey [who is also sexy, lmao] piled into Karla's Jeep Liberty. Erica and I sat in the trunk haha. We dropped Corey off, went to Taco Bell, then went swimming in Karla's pool ! It was a REALLY fun time and I'm just itching for summer to come so we can hang out way more. After that I went to Kristians to do our AP History project and Angie helped. It took a LONG time and was really frustrating, but we finally got it done. I'm pretty sure Dougherty liked it because he kept laughing. Maybe I'll upload it here one day. Who knows. We also had music review time for our last day of class and Dougherty declared our class theme song "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" by The Kinks. Which is, apparently, his favorite British Invasion band. I almost cried, it was sad.

I have more to say but I HAVE to go study. It's so mandatory it's not even fucking funny.

Jun. 10th, 2008

My last full day as a Junior.


Mhmmm, I love my friends :] They're amazing.
Tomorrow we're all going to Taco Bell to eat and then to Karla's to swim ! Yay <3

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