[personal profile] abalonepearl
I haven't written here in awhile, so I thought it might be nice to kind of chronicle what I've been up to of late! I'm not really sure what I'm using dreamwidth for, but I enjoy the chance to write every now and again. 

I'm having a really busy season in my life at the moment. I still have two essays to write for uni admissions/scholarships (yikes), as well as exams beginning this week and Christmas presents to finish making and/or buying, and wrapping. I had auditions for a stage production of Mary Poppins this week, and I ended up being cast as the antagonist. I've never played an antagonist before, so I'm really looking forward to it! 

My French still seems to be improving, which is pretty nice, actually. I have days where it seems hopeless that I'll ever reach the proficiency I'm after, but lately I've seen myself doing better, and I'm proud. I still have a long way to go, but I am really glad to see the work that I've been putting in over these last four years pay off. And I look ever more forward to going to Québec this summer; I think it'll be a really positive thing in my spiritual life and for my French. 

Speaking of Canada--I received the sweetest package in the mail this week! Dearest yuuago smuggled me some contraband Kinder Eggs (contraband only insomuch as I'm here in the U.S.), as well as a wonderfully sweet card and some delightful tea. It was so lovely to get to have my first proper Kinder Eggs, and the excitement of waiting for the package made it an all the more wonderful experience. I'm so blessed to have you in my life, yuu! Thank you so so much! 

I'm so grateful for my friendships (both on- and offline), and for the incredible people who I'm proud to know. You all are truly a remarkable group of people, and you have made my life all the richer. I can hardly believe that this month will mark my one-year anniversary of going onto IRC chat! I have made some really great friends there, and I look forward to many more years of friendship to come. 

Oh, and I suppose I can list some of the media that I've been consuming of late: 
  • Gilmore Girls, and voraciously, too. My best friend has been a fan of the show for a long time, and I finally decided to start watching it around Thanksgiving. It is truly delightful, and witty, and just hits the spot in terms of evoking emotion but not so much that it's draining. I've been making Christmas presents while watching it this weekend, and it's been just delightful.
  • I've finished Hamlet (which I definitely gushed about on my Twitter account, ehehehe) and am now reading Macbeth! It's so interesting, and so very different from Hamlet, and I'm loving the different meters that I didn't get to see as much in Hamlet. The witches are pretty intriguing, and I'm curious to see whether or not they're trustworthy. The quality of the decision-making is astounding (in a bad way), but dang, that Shakespeare sure knows how to make an interesting story. 
  • Just today I watched the movie The Man Who Knew Infinity. Wow, was that an incredible movie. It tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his work in the field of mathematics, as well as his journey to pre-WWI England in an attempt to publish his work. The quality of the cinematography was incredible, and it made me regret not having gone to the movies in awhile. I guess I'd forgotten just how crisp and beautiful cameras can shoot films these days! The acting was also lovely, and the story was very interesting for a student currently in Calculus (we actually watched it at my Calculus teacher's house). I'm pretty rubbish at calculus, but it's the kind of film about mathematics that one can appreciate without any prior knowledge. 
Anyhow, it's now 7:00 PM on a Sunday night, so I should probably go and see what homework I need to do to be ready for the week. I look forward to checking back in here later. And Christmas break is soon! And it's cold! But I have a nice scarf to wear that's really big so it's all alright! 

Cheers. <3 

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