oceantheorem: (gg LL final kiss)
 Wedding planning is definitely starting to get off the ground. As previously mentioned, we have a date and a venue. Save the Date magnets were ordered lo these many weeks ago, and were mailed out just this very afternoon! So that's another step checked off. It's really real now!

We also picked up our wedding rings last week. They're pretty simple, but I'm excited about mine, and I'm glad we have that out of the way!

I started looking at photographers seriously yesterday, and emailed a few about prices. It was almost immediately clear that one of the ones I emailed is far superior to the others. Their prices are fair, we love their style, they were quick to reply, they have excellent grammar, and when I spoke with the husband on the phone, he was funny and totally willing to work with us to accommodate the fact that we won't be able to get Jim out to Santa Cruz to meet with them or have a complimentary engagement shoot before the wedding. So as soon as I've gotten Jim totally convinced that they're awesome, I think we have our photographers. :-)

Up next? The dress issue is still open. Also desserts, table settings, centerpieces, whether or not to have some kind of eco-friendly confetti stuff, details of DJing, finishing writing the ceremony, deciding on and confirming our officiant.

Also, I have a cold. Who gets a cold in July? Seriously.
oceantheorem: (was lost now I live here)
I've been thinking a lot lately. This is probably a bad thing, and is likely a product of me not being in lab and class all day long. Luckily my normal hectic life resumes tomorrow, and I become a prisoner of science once again....

Before I get into all the thinkingness, I just wanted to mention that I had a really good spring break, despite being bitterly lonely for most of it. I don't know when I became a social creature; the transformation seems to have snuck up on me. I used to be so antisocial and so afraid of other people. It seems weird that these days I'm so dependent on the company of others. But I did have a good break, and the solitude allowed me to some things I hadn't been able to do in all the hubbub of grad school academic and social life. I watched The Chronicles of Narnia, which made me cry. Such a good movie.... I finished knitting the Cascade 220 bag I've been working on forever, and have learned 1) that it really does matter how long the cable is on circular needles and 2) you really can't felt something in the bathroom sink unless you're a lot more patient than I am. I shall have to bribe a friend with a washing machine. I've also read about half of the second book of the Bridei Chronicles, which I bought about a week ago. I love Juliet Marillier. Her books are amazing. They seem to take hold somewhere inside my heart and then proceed to pull out all of my most secret inner longings about love and life and honor and strength. Her stories speak to me in a strange way that most other stories don't. Then again, I cry at commercials, so maybe I'm giving her too much credit. But this book is amazing, and it makes me wish I had the first one here in Connecticut so I could read it again, since I don't remember most of the minor characters, and Ms. Marillier has a nasty way of making her sequels about minor characters instead of about major ones.
Also, I saw 300 on IMAX the other day, and it had a weird way of actually making me feel violent. Actually violent. I got into the bloodthirstiness of the Spartan killing tactic, and I WANTED the Persians to die. And when the Queen (all right, I won't say anything for those of you who haven't seen it; I don't want to spoil it) does that awesome thing she does, I relished the violence of the moment. It felt good. This led me to realize that I am, in fact, withholding a great deal of anger. This, again, is probably a bad thing. I think I need an outlet for all of this anger, or something really bad is gonna happen.

Anyway.

I've been thinking a lot about my life and what I want out of it. What I want to do with it, who I want to become, where I want to live, how I want to make my living. I listened to last week's This American Life last night, and they sang "California," and for some reason the song hit home in such a strong way that I actually stopped knitting so I could stare out my teeny tiny cell window. I felt like ice. I felt like I had this huge, momentous decision before me, and I knew the way I was supposed to choose, and I knew the way I would choose, and they were different. I'm supposed to go home to California and be something else, do something else, follow some other life path. But it's easier to take no action, to continue following a course already set out, and that's what I've chosen to do. Besides, what kind of other life would I lead? There seem to be so many options, and all of them are terrible, or at least depressingly difficult.

1) Stay here, follow current path, do postdoc in California, etc. Be geneticist.
2) Re-apply to grad schools this coming fall, transfer to UCSF, Berkeley, or Stanford. Be scientist.
3) Move to California (or, more realistically, Reno) and buy a flower shop. In Reno, I bet you anything I could talk my mom into helping me do this, because she tried to about three years ago, and would have succeeded if someone hadn't outbid her on the shop she was trying to buy.
4) Throw a ton of money at a really nice camera, and somehow fight my way into the realm of respectable photography. I could then either be a travel photographer (and writer, there's no way I could travel and not write), or photograph weird inner-city wildlife like deformed pigeons and tame rats. I have no idea where this idea came from, but my dark and twisty brain really likes it. Photography would be so much fun.
5) Re-apply to grad schools, except this time for marine biology. Like Woods Hole and Scripps. Be scientist. Study whales, like I planned in the second grade.
6) Stay here and work on PhD and write a novel. Publish novel, become horribly rich, drop out. Become writer.

Most of these options seem to be horribly flawed in at least one way. Several of them, I know, are completely inviolate (that's a word, right? too lazy to look it up).

In the end, I don't even know why I bother updating about this sort of thing. I know in my heart that, even if being here is utterly wrong for me, I'm too weak to take any action on that decision. I've made my choice in coming here, and am too terrified of being left alone and starving in the cold to leave my current career path. I have no money and so much debt as it is; how could I possibly end the only income I've ever had to throw myself at a dream that may turn out to fail horribly? Or that I may turn out to be bored with? Perhaps I underestimate myself, and I'd be bored to tears as a florist or photographer. I know that spring break is boring me to tears....

I can't help but wonder if all of this insanity and upheaval over HIM is because I'm really all insane and upheaved about ME. I think I'm projecting. I think my own life is a crazy mixed-up confusing mess right now, and I'm living something I'm not sure I believe in (haven't I always yelled at people who don't follow their dreams?), and I'm transferring all of that upsetness over to him so that I'll have something concrete to be frustrated at.

I'm angry. I want to throw things. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure I'm mad at myself. I shouldn't have made the decision to come here, and once I did I should have given myself over to it completely. And since I haven't, I should make up my damn mind about what I want to do, and then I should have the balls to follow through with it and DO something about my misery. I'm so mad at my own unwillingness to help myself. That's a quality I despise in other people, and it makes me livid to see it in myself. AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHH.

19 days

Apr. 20th, 2006 09:49 am
oceantheorem: (light me up)
I feel like this week has been very emotional. Not that I have been emotional, but that many things have happened this week, and emotions are filling me like I'm just some sort of vessel, holding onto them until they can move on to somewhere else. Like a witch in one of those fantasy books I read in middle school, standing on a node of ley lines of magic, bringing the power up into my body and letting it fill me, and then releasing it. Except instead of magic it's emotions. It's a strange sensation. This morning I feel like I'm full, like I can't handle any more emotions at all, but I'm still strangely seperate from the ones I contain. They aren't mine. I think this comes from the photography class, from looking at strong images that other people have taken and letting their artistic desires seep into me. I don't desire the same things they do, and half the time I don't think the images are aesthetically pleasing, but I still feel the emotions they carry, and somehow I feel like they should be a part of me.

This is going to be a very strange quarter for me. Taking these humanities classes, and getting outside and exercising, are such different things for me, both in body and mind. It's a stretch to find myself in this quarter, to reveal that other side of me, the creative passionate side that I've mostly ignored since I became a biochemistry student. I love the creative passionate side of me, and I'm loving the discovery that it's still there inside me, intact, and I just have to bring it back up to the surface. I hope that it can share space with my analytical side.

Yesterday (and the several days before it) was a fantastic day. A completely different day. I took a French exam, I went rock climbing, I went to the beach with Neal (it was a perfect beach day, pray that the weather holds until Saturday), I presented slides of my photographs in a discussion section (the TA thought my accidental use of light was genius), I played a pattern-finding card game, I had very... descriptive, vivid dreams. Somehow I missed finding the time to update with yesterday's quote. Maybe being without the internet for two months has been good for me. I see growth in me in the last several weeks, and it's partly because I've taken steps outside my comfort zone.

Pink strip:
"I expect that woman will be the last thing civilized by man." --George Meredith

Today, green strip (yay Ylya):
"My darling girl, when are you going to understand that 'normal' isn't a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." --Stockard Channing in a role as Frances Owens

Back into the real world I go; I have to go to lab and check on my cells, and then perhaps I can go climbing again, and try to seperate my own emotions from the ones evoked by this morning's photography class.

Life is so beautiful this month.

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