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On Monday, I went with some friends from church to an Ethiopian restaurant. It was a tiny bit similar to how Arabic food is served, because everyone eats with their hands out of a big communal dish on a low table. It was really fun. We walked there, and we’ve been having a cold spell (high of 52 on Sunday), so it was a fun but frigid walk.

Tuesday was the Monthly Movie with the Methodists, the first event that me and my partner in PR publicized. I realized that I really really like True Grit. It is SO funny. And Danielle can attest to the fact that I also love this satirical True Grit trailer: IT’S SO FUNNY

Today there was a freshman Honors event. It was a panel of professors talking about  Envisioning Our World Through the Eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King. It was interesting and I had an interesting conversation afterward. Some of the professors were complaining that our generation isn’t mobilizing for any causes. (“When I was your age, everyone was in the streets! We were marching for what we believed in and getting arrested and everything!”) But a girl in my Honors 101 group pointed out that our generation has so many different important issues, and that a lot of people are very loyal to a particular issue, so the effort is kind of spread out over these different issues. A couple generations ago, the civil rights movement had it’s moment, and the women’s rights issue had it’s moment, and the environmentalist movement kind of had a moment (or a radical bit in a moment that is continuing). So are we supposed to choose between social equality and economic justice and environmentalism and the other things, choose which one is worth coming together for? Because all of those things are kinda crucial right now. Would choosing one be betraying the others? Would it be better to let one rise to the top naturally?
Anyway, that’s what we were talking about, and it was fun.

After that, we had our first scheduled floor event: we walked to Tenley campus and ate in the dining hall there. It’s kinds of a mythical place, because it’s rumored that the food is much better than TDR. I thought it was pretty similar. People may have been excited about steak or something. But it was nicer, if only because there wasn’t terrible radio blasting.

I have had two tests this week which I think I did well on 🙂


Posted October 5, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Coolio Weekend   2 comments

Having freshman friends is awesome, definitely.
But having big kid friends is also awesome. Very awesome.
As evidenced by the album I posted on Facebook yesterday, two friends from church (sophomores, so they’re cool. haha jk they would be cool even if they were not sophomores), the girl with whom I’m doing PR and the girl who’s an art history major (I went to Starbucks with both of them a few weeks ago) (see, dan, this is the kind of crazyness i was complaining about :P) invited me (and others, but I was the only one who could come) to go with them to this awesome craft fair in Adams Morgan. It was so cool! And Adams Morgan is real nice, too!
And today, the art history major one invited me to go with her to the Turkish Festival! That was also really fun. I got to say “teşekkür ederim” once when we got food, and “merhaba” (yeah, i didn’t know it was spelled like that) once when (I think) a vendor lady mistook me for Turkish (cool!) and said “Merhaba!” so I said it back and giggled to myself and slunk away before she realized that I was an impostor!
We also got to hear traditional Turkish music and a Turkish pop singer who was apparently a big deal.

ALSO today, the artsy friend showed me where the art supply store is! It’s called Utrecht and it’s a lot like Guiry’s 🙂

Posted October 2, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Today is “thursday” (what americans call the day that is, in practical terms, tuesday. Because tuesday is the second to last day of the week. american’s call is thursday)   2 comments

I had lunch with the other global nomad on my floor. We vented. It was nice. We told funny stories about language and customs and culture. I told the story about how the white boy from India took a taxi home from a party, and the Hindi-speaking driver had no idea where he was going so he called his friend for directions while insisting in English that he knew exactly where he was going, and when they finally made it to the compound, the boy payed, but before he left he thanked the driver in Hindi. The driver’s eyes widened as he realized that the boy had understood his frantic phone call. My friend told a story about living in China and going somewhere on a field trip and waiting in line and hearing middle-aged men talk about the foreign girls on the field trip in a way that they knew that the men assumed that they were not being understood. Most of the girls only knew enough Chinese to know to feel uncomfortable, but one blue-eyed, blond-headed girl who spoke fluent mandarin turned around and cussed out the men in Chinese, rendering their faces to look similar to that of the Indian taxi driver.
She also talked about how whatever country her dad teaches in soon has a military coup.
But global nomads don’t know everything. Living and learning out of the States has dispelled lots of ignorance and stereotypes, but America isn’t the only place that has stereotypes. Like an Asian-looking boy on my floor with a Spanish name, I assumed he was Fillipino, but I just found out he’s Japanese-Brazilian? Global nomads. We think we know everything, but we don’t. We just know more than normal Americans 😉

I’m going to lend my friend the Global Nomads book when I’m done, I think she will like it.

OH there is another girl on my floor who lived in Japan for like the first half of her life.

On a different note.
I wore my Quidditch t-shirt today 🙂 it sparked an excited little Pottermore discussion at the beginning of Deprivation of Liberty. It sparked a funny little wizard rock conversation while me and my partner-in-french-presentation were working in the library. It sparked lots of looks of awe and comments of admiration when we were passing the peace in church. When we were munching on the leftover communion bread after the service, the chaplain/reverend guy was like, “Lolol that’s funny because that’s exactly what the logo would look like if there was an International Quidditch Association.” I made an are-you-crazy face and I was like “There IS!”

Gotta go wash grape juice off the white part of the logo XP

Posted September 29, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

I’m having such a fun day   2 comments

Je me suis reveille a 7h00, mais je ne me suis pas leve jusqu’a 8h00.

After math I stayed a bit to ask the prof some questions because some of the concepts we have learned seemed weirdly familiar to things that L vaguely remember learning the LAST time I had math, two years ago. I asked if finding equivalent radians is an application of modular arithmetic and if the Pigeon Hole Principle is related to functions. And he was like, totally! And he explained it on the board and it was really cool because both of the things that I remembered from math at DHS, I just barely remembered. Because I didn’t really understand them. It says a lot that I can remember Mr. Carreon ramming the property of a function into my brain, and I can remember some of the wording, but I couldn’t remember the point of a function. And then Mr. Skukalek showed how it was related to what we learned in these past weeks, and suddenly what I learned two years ago MADE SENSE. And the radians thing, I never understood that at DHS– I just had to take Mr. Carreon’s word for it, and and cram some rules and formulas into my working memory before every quiz. But now I understand it. SO cool.
Mr. Skukalek asked, “What are you studying?” and I said, “Um psychology. Maybe. Probably. So far.” And he said I should think about a math minor and I laughed and I said, “Ha well the thing is, I’m not good at math.” And he LAUGHED. Like, guffawed. And I said, “I failed my math placement exam! That’s why I’m in this class! I was originally going to be in stats.” And he made this flabbergasted face, like, you whated your what? And he said “Wow, well that says something about the placement exam, because you are good at math.”
I got that weird feeling , the same one I got when I got PE award and the French award…

THEN I went to Kay to meet with the Methodist chaplain and my co-PR person. We went to get lunch and talked about PR stuff and it was so funnnnn. I’m so excited. Me and my co-PR person get to manage the Methodist twitter, and the fb group and the fb page!!! And put up posters and chalk the sidewalks! And I have an official PR email address! fun fun fun

Then I had french. We have to present on a controversial topic, and me and my partner are going to do l’interdiction du voile integral en France.

Then I went to Tenley with my honors 101 group. blah blah. I went to Whole foods for kombucha. Right now, at least, they don’t have the brand we are used to. I have tried both other brands, and one is too sweet and the other is too watery 😛 but it’s ok.



Posted September 28, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

Strange experience. This isn’t important, just weird.   2 comments

I have a super busy week.
I went to sleep late last night and was really tired this morning. I was falling asleep–actually falling asleep– in math until I figured out that doodling kept me awake. So i drew this:









(I was doodling and drifting in and out of consciousness while the prof was reviewing something. Somehow I was still absorbing it and once I woke up long enough to mumble/shout the answer to a question that had the rest of the class stumped. That was weird and I laughed in my head.)
After math I was whining at myself and wondering how everyone else seems to run around on so little sleep. Then I realized: caffeine. Only once before in my life have I tried to use caffeine to keep myself awake at school. That was at DSA, and I drank a bottle of fake iced tea. I started shaking and buzzing and it was so weird that I kind of decided not to try that again. But this morning, I really didn’t want to fall asleep in my classes. So I went to the Dav (the campus coffee shop) and got an iced coffee. I started drinking as psych started it tasted like turpentine fumes and stomach acid. And gingerbread. At first I kept doodling to stay awake. Then the coffee kicked in and I started vibrating and flushing. (I felt similar to my public-speaking adrenaline rush.) For the rest of the day, I have been worried when I’m talking to people that they are getting freaked out because I feel like my eyes are rolling in their sockets and my limbs are spasming and I’m shouting nonsense syllables.

Then I came home and talked to Mommy about alternative allergy meds. She said that one possible concern about this one one was that it had capsaicin, and she wondered if I would be sensitive to that because it it an alkaloid (and alkaloids are the toxins in solanaceae aka nightshades). Then she mused that my sensitivity might just make the medicine work better for me.

Then I saw on Wikipedia that caffeine is an alkaloid.

Maybe my sensitivity does mean that the reaction people would normally have to whichever specific alkaloid is super magnified.

Posted September 27, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

I Just Wrote Nearly This Entire Entry, and Then I Thought, Maybe I Should Save it as a Draft Now Because it’s so Long, and I Wouldn’t Want to Loose it All. So I Hit “Save As Draft” and then it was Deleted. AKML   2 comments

Yeah. Ok i’ll try to it again with just as  much exuberance XP
Here goes.

So much busyness!
On Friday I went to three classes, then I went to Tenly Town with a lot of people from my floor. We ate at Chipotle then watched the freshman student showcase, a play in the Greenburg Theater (which belongs to AU). It was amazingly done, and really fun. About 25% of the cast was from my floor. Then we got milkshakes. Then I went back to campus and met some friends at the Tavern to watch X-Men: First Class, which was screening there. It was really cool. I realized that Heroes is totally copied off of X-Men. Totally. Then I went to bed, around 1.

On Saturday I went to Chinatown to meet my Virginia friend (i feel weird not saying names. haha.) and her aunt and uncle and cute baby cousin. We had lunch, and it was really cool to see her. I went back to campus and did a few hours of homework. I ate dinner at TDR with some friends from church, then we went to Bethesda to watch The Lion King in 3D. It was much more awesome than I expected it to be. During caaaaaaaaaan you FEEL the loooooooooove tonight, Nala makes a super seductive face at Simba, as seductive as a cartoon cat can get, and my friend sitting next to me was like “dayum!” Then we walked back to campus instead of taking the bus, and sang a bit, naturally.

Today a friend on my floor and I went to the Mall for the National Book Festival. It hadn’t started yet when we got there, so we spent  a few hours at the Air and Space museum. It was really cool. My favorite part was this little art exhibit full of space- and rocket- and astronaut-related art.  We went back to the Book Festival and listened to an apparently famous author lady read the first chapter of her in-progress book. It was very funny. The Book Fest wasn’t actually as entertaining as the museum, but cool all the same. The only authors whose names I recognized on the list were Tomy DePaola and Garrison Keillor, but the timing wasn’t right for us to see either of them. Then we went back to campus and I did a few hours of homework. Then I went to church. Afterwards, we were waiting in line for tacos and two of the girls with whom I saw the Lion King were behind me and I heard them singing songs from it and deciding that the girl-who-exclaimed-in-the-theater’s crush on Simba is bestiality. I met a girl I had never seen before, which is strange because she lives a floor above me.

This weekend, I have had the pleasure of speaking with three (maybe four) nerdfighters. I skyped with Danielle on Saturday which was super fun. My Virginia friend is a nerdfighter.  When we were eating in TDR, the-girl-who-exclaimed said sheepishly that she has stayed up all night reading a YA novel. The other girl said, don’t be embarrassed, YA novels are good, and that she was excited for a YA novel that she had preordered. Rachel thought, no way, and said breathlessly: “What is is called?” The girl said “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.” And I was like OMG ME TOOOO!! ARE YOU A NERDFIGHTER? She said yeah and we both did clumsy nerdfighter salutes. The other two girls stared blankly as we chatted for a few seconds about Looking for Alaska and Hanklerfish and Leakycon and The Yeti and the Swindontown Swoodleypoopers.
The maybe fourth was the cashier at the Air and Space museum. He either really likes the color custard yellow, or he really likes giraffes who like giraffes, or he is really friendly, or he is a nerdfighter, because as I was paying him for my glow-in-the-dark stars, he said, “Your shirt is awesome.” (I like to imagine that he said it meaningfully.)I smiled and said “Thank you!” and he said, “Here you go!” and I said, “Thanks!” and he said, “You have a very nice day,” and I said,”Thank you. You too!”

Posted September 25, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized

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nanny nanny boo boo
We were SO excited two years ago when she recorded a personal video message for us to see at the EduCare conference. And it was ridiculously awesome to see her and hear her speak. I didn’t really know her story before, but she told it, and it’s great. Look it up, it’s like a novel. She speaks so beautifully and intelligently.

The girl who sits behind me in math class is from Haiti, and the girl who sits behind and to the right of me is from Togo. They speak French to each other sometimes, and I listen and am thrilled to understand a lot. I’m learning math vocab by eaves dropping. One way to say “equals” is “est égal à,” but I think there are more common ways. There are some things you say in other Francophone countries, but not in France.

Anyway, I was reading an old AWOL (American Way of Life) magazine, and I recognized a picture of the Togolese girl in an article. The article was all about the crazy political stuff that is going on in Togo, and how corrupt and violent and oppressive the government is, and how people like this girl in my math class are fighting against the government.
Yesterday at the end of math class I was like “looool i saw you in a magazine!!!!!!11!!” And then we talked (actually, she talked, and I listened, dumbstruck) for half an hour about the situation in Togo. She told me that since the article was written last spring, there had been a failed military coup. Now the people involved in the coup are on trial. My classmate said that some of her fellow opposition members are divided on how they see the failed coup. At first glance you might think that they would be happy to have had the old government fall, but then you realize that this new one would have been just as bad. The trial is also ironic because the current “president” gained power because of a coup. He says he’s a president, but he wasn’t really elected and has been ruling for quite a while. Yeah, he’s one of those guys… The craziest thing is that there’s very little knowledge about this outside of the country, even thought the government is totally corrupt, and ruining the people, and killing off opposition. Other countries like France have business with the corrupt Togolese government, and so won’t do anything about it. My classmate is actually really involved in the opposition. The government released a video saying that she must be a savage for working against men, and threatened to kill her and her family. Yeah.
She says people ask her why she’s still fighting, and she says it’s because she doesn’t have any other choice. She sometimes laughs at the really ridiculous situations. People ask her why she laughs and she says that if you’ve grown up with it your entire life, you have to laugh at the most ridiculous things.

Posted September 22, 2011 by rachelternes in Uncategorized