Sunday September 3rd. 

Danielle and I went to Fisherman's wharf, Struggled a lot with the parking, not feeling like paying 30-40 dollars for a few hours of parking. We finally found a place charging 20$ for a 24 hour period. Good enough, Hoping to be able to exit behind someone else and skipping the fees completely. We left the parking garage to go to pier 39 and have my first ever meal at Bubba Gumps. Only as we walk towards the pier, Danielle realizes she lost all of her credit cards. She starts running back to the car hoping they're there. Lucky us it was! 

​I have come to realize that whenever Danielle and I are up north we seem to lose something. First time, Danielle's 21st birthday, She lost her wallet with her ID and credit cards. that could have gone real bad, considering your ID is something you desperately need if you're about to go out clubbing for the first time. and while were out on her actual birthday I lose all my shit, it turns out I had just accidentally packed my passport and my wallet into my suitcase on the hotel room. The second time was on Danielle's 22nd birthday I lost ALL my shit, Phone, Cards, Wallet, Money etc. Danielle's parents were my savors that time though, the helped me out and lent me 200 dollar to get by with up north until everything was replaced! HELL YEAH to having second parents who will help you out in times of need! I wonder what were gonna loose this year!? REMINDER TO SELF, KEEP CREDIT CARDS IN SAFE PLACE! AND ALSO PASSPORT

Back to the point, We finally got to Bubba Gumps and it turns out they have an hour wait. our long day in SF, turned out to be only one visit to the pier since we had to get back to Hayward and Danielle's housewarming party. We still were late, Like really late. Stuff did not happen how we expected them too. But we still had a good time! 

For everyone who has seen the TV show Hart of Dixie, I think I met my George Tucker at Danielle's party! 

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so I'm currently sitting at the beach with really nice weather, I'm watching the seals in the water, the Pelicans flying above, the boats going by back and forth to the harbor. I still have the weekend from up north to blog about, Danielles housewarming to be specific, but it seems my mind is stuck on other things. like right now I just realized how I completely forgot about an assignment that was due yesterday. I do however remember my professor saying it better to turn something in late than not at all. So when I get back to the apartment that is the thing I'm gonna do. but for now I'm gonna sit at the beach and enjoy myself. It never really happens. I live so close to the ocean. yet I am never at the beach. It might be because I'm not a big fan of the sand. It just goes everywhere. but I felt like I deserved a break today. because yesterday I thought was gonna be  day not worth mentioning at all. I woke up with anxiety. I am starting to miss home again. all my friends, my MA my cat and my dogs, my sister's, and I really really miss waking up next to Ricky. getting to poke my best friend awake every morning was a blessing all summer! I even miss the little devil's that live at Ricky's mom's! And I miss Ricky's family! all of them! But my day turned around. I decided to watch tv shows all day. and do a little work on my rendering project. turns out that was a good idea. I am almost done with a project that is due in 2 weeks and I'm getting happy with the results!

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September 1st.

Danielle and I left to leave Andy (her dog) with her parents for the weekend, It was boiling hot that day, We dropped little Andy and went for some shopping for the night, A concert, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick and Foreigner. Pretty cool. Listening to music my mom listened to when she was younger. I mean music was way better back then so that totally makes sense. Not my favorite band but it was still a pretty good one.

I did realize that if I don't upload my days when they happen, the likelihood that I will upload anything at all is pretty slim to non. And also I never really remember what I do. But then again it's for me to remember what I did with my life. So better write something bad, then nothing at all, and never remembering the days that actually happened! 

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There is so much to tell you about the weekend, Last week I worked my ass off so that I could go see Danielle over the weekend.

Friday, September 1st. I woke up super early, because I never finished my laundry from the night before, all that stuff I was supposed to take with me to Danielle's house. I never showered, Or packed at all, Nope, Really I was just so tired after my night class that I just sat here the day before and thought about what I needed to do to be responsible. It's just that I never actually did any of the stuff I was supposed to do. So Friday I woke up early 7.30 am. to get my laundry, Pack what I needed, Take a Shower, eat breakfast, And all that before 9.30 am when I was supposed to pick up the Rental car at the airport. I had it all planned out, Take an UBER to the Airport with all my stuff with me. and go STRAIGHT from there to Hayward and Danielle's new place. BUT that did not happen. First when I got to the airport there was a line at the rental car company, and when all the paperwork was done, They realized that they didn't even have any of the cars they were offering, they were out being cleaned. So I didn't get keys directly, I had to wait for about 20 minutes before the cars got back. When I got the car key the lady who handed it to me said "Black Buick" I looked forever! there was no black Buick, There was a silver one however.. I got in the car and was about ready to leave when I realized I forgot my passport at home. I ended up going back to my house to look for it. Only I couldn't find it for the longest time, But turns out, It was under my mattress.. When I FINALLY get on the road, Danielle texts me and ask if I can pick up some stuff from Cece's house, And Yes, of course I haven't passed that exit on the highway yet. I went over there to spend what felt for an eternity because I was looking for the stuff in all the wrong places. Again I'm on the Road, AND I AM STARVING, I stopped by sprouts to buy myself a sandwich and some Strawberries for the road. I Was planning to Leave Santa Barbara at 10 am. And I still didn't end up leaving until 12. But I got to Hayward Safe and All, So I guess I'm Okay with it !

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Today has again been one of those good days, I woke up semi early to see that Ricky was actually awake, (he has a really strange sleeping pattern) I called him on Facebook because I had a really terrible nightmare that he was mad at me, For being drunk and wanting to take raft and buy Pizza, so he just left me, and I called my mom and asked "Where is Ricky?" and she said he left, why MY car??. First of all this made no sense what so ever, I have no idea where we were and second, why I would take a raft to a pizza place that is not even remotely close to water? Ugh dreams can be tricky!

Anyways I called him in the middle of dinner, (he had just woken up) I'm saying around 10 am for me and 7 pm for him. His mom was making dinner and I just happened to call at a good time, I was actually able to talk to all of them, Annlouise, Peo, Ricky, and the kids Amanda and Rasmus. Ricky's mom was also on the phone with Angelica (Ricky's sister, and they are currently in Cyprus for a vacation) so I got to talk to them though Ricky's phone and Annlouise's phone. I must admit it was a really strange way of talking to someone on the phone! anyways, The point is that I MISS THEM! a lot! more than I thought I would.

Then of to school, bookstore to be exact, To buy all the material I was missing for the rendering class I am taking. Turns out they ran out of the book I need, So I'll just have to order it online. And then to 7-Eleven to buy myself some Yerba Mate! (best tea ever) and to the park next to school. I started my drawing that were supposed to be done for tonight's class. I didn't finish them but it didn't matter because the professor never even looked at them. And back to school for some food. I ended up feeding this black seagull with potato chips. Are there even such a thing as a black seagull?

Anyways I just got home from school, and now I'm about to do laundry and pack for tomorrows trip up north to Danielle's and San Francisco! I wish I could upload pictures from today, But Nouw changed something with their layout so I can't access it on the phone where I usually upload the pictures, and I have absolutely no energy to plug the phone into the laptop to upload them. So Here, You get a few pictures from my first semester here in Santa Barbara

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Every now and then you have to stop and think. Today I realized I am proud of myself for the things I've accomplished and the person I've become. Santa Barbara and the friends I've met here have pushed me to become more like someone I actually want to be.

4 months from now I will be done with my chapter in SB and the college life, I will graduate with an AA in Interior Design and also be ready to transfer to a new school. I don't really know just yet, where I'm going from here, or how I'm planning to get there. There is a lot I wanna do.

I want to do a transfer to Miami to get my BA, but I also wanna go up north for my Bff Danielle for a little. I'm hoping I can do both, When I graduate in December I hope to find a job in the bay area and then move on to Miami when school starts next Fall. I will look into it, but for now, I just need to finish this semester!

My usual night walk ended up being one of those 2 hour walks where you just walk around and think, with no destination or goal. Trying to visualize the future and how to set it up.

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A lot has happened this previous week, School started, I have been working on stuff already, I have a tendency of falling behind in the beginning of school and keep having to work my ass off for the rest of the semester. This time, With no distraction (BFF Danielle) I was thinking I will stay on top of the work from the beginning this Semester. So far so good, I am pretty sure I got all answers correct on the Quiz I has this morning for Geology.

This previous week we had a solar eclipse. And this weekend I've been working out a good amount. Not only that. I have also been continuously unpacking and also been studying. All that so I can get next weekend of and go visit Danielle with no pressure from school!

Ugh, The class I look forward to the least is English, The last one I will ever have to take. THANK GOD! But for some reason we have to do a presentation, UGH. I don't do well on those, and It's 10% of my grade. I wish English was one of those classes I could just turn into a Pass/Fail Class so I would only need 60% and pass the class and not fail my almost perfect GPA. But ugh, I guess I'll just have to work for it.

Also, I am kind of a teachers pet. Which helps A LOT. My friend got into the English class because of that. They were more than 7 people trying to crash the class. And he got the first spot! The teacher asked me "Is there any way you will do the presentation" and I replied, "I wouldn't have a problem with it if Kevin got into the class and could to it with me." And a day later I get a snap, with Kevin saying "Jag fick klassen" meaning "I got the class" His Swedish is very good for not being from anywhere close to Sweden!

Now I'm not sure if i should go for a run, then shower. Or just skip the run, go shower and start studying! In the morning I have to go rent a U-haul and clear out my storage But I also Really need to go to the Library and copy my English book so I can return it to the bookstore with a full refund, but when I think about it the storage unit is 200$ and the book is only 68$ so I'd rather lose out on 68$ than 200$! And also the book is really loong! like 2000 pages, So it would take a really long time to copy it too and it says "Short edition" I would definitely not call a book on 2000 pagers a short one. And if it is, HOW LONG IS THE NOT SHORT ONE?

Some Pictures from my walk the other day! And also the solar eclipse. I mean It's nothing like the pictures NASA took, But I still think it's pretty cool I got a picture of it!

Okay I think I'll Prioritize my Well being and self esteem, and go for a run before my shower, I have a feeling I'm gonna get in the shower roughly the same time anyways, And It was a long time ago since I last called myself "skinny / Fit" and I would really like to go back to that. I guess my priorities have been in the other category for a while! #timeforchange

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Responsibilities are back, School has started, I already have homework.

Danielle has officially left SO CAL! Ill be going up next weekend to see her new place. But today is all about being responsible. I need to get the books I am missing from my classes. I need to get rent ready. I have to grab my last boxes from the storage unit, and find somewhere to get rid of the couch. The couch problem might be left for another day though. I don't know what to do with it.

Today is also one of those days where the bed seems extra tempting, the weather is terrible, It's almost raining! and its cold! But I still have to do the stuff I don't wanna do. I already did my laundry, So at least I have something to check of my list. I'm about to take a shower as soon as I get the energy and either go to the storage unit and Pick up my last boxes, OR go to school and get the last book I need. Ugh, Right now I cant even tell whats most important, probably the storage since I only have the rental car until tonight and the storage place is only open until 4 pm. But I also need to get started on the material in English class, So I need that book ASAP, UGH I really don't like writing papers, I just need to pass this class though! So I have to convince myself they don't need to be perfect!

I could definitely stay in bed all day! But how am I supposed to get somewhere in life if I do that?

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This summer really broke my heart! I'm back in California and all I can think of is how much I want Ricky to be here! everyday! thank god for him being reachable at all times!

And also my job, I really miss my guys! I guess I'm just one of those people who gets attached, I've been talking to them over chat on Facebook, But I honestly don't think the guys realize how much they have actually taught me this summer! The respect I have for them, and all that they have been though, I really wish I could tell everyone what they have done, and how much they have grown since they first came to Sweden. But I doubt anyone would understand, or even care, at least when it's coming from someone else. But if everyone took a second to listen to these guys, and saw how much they fear going back, the tears behind their eyes, as they tell you something you never thought happened except for in the movies.

Anyone who has ever said anything bad about the immigrants who come to Sweden SHAME ON YOU! Take a second and listen! TRY to make them open up and you will absolutely change your opinion on who they are. The strike that is currently ongoing in Sweden have my FULL support! I know it might be a lot. But all the guys I've met working where I did definitely deserve staying in Sweden.

Making their way across the world like they did, at that age! Coming here with absolutely nothing at all! Only to grow into the people they are today, They come as kids they leave as adults, with different values than they had coming here. It all goes wrong at the crucial age of 18, That's when the hard part really starts for them. As they get kicked out of the places they live, to go live in a asylum accommodation, where the conditions are all but perfect, to sit there and wait to either start their lives here or to get sent back. Not many of the kids who come to Sweden actually get an answer before they turn 18.

Still as they pack up their things knowing that it's not gonna get better from here, they kiss the Koran, the thing they value the most. And here is where the magic happened for me! I'm not gonna mention any names, but I was helping this one guy pack up his things, the day after his 18th birthday, he was moving out. A few weeks ago, to me he was just a random 'kid' I was helping acclimatize to Sweden. Today I call him a friend! When he was packing his stuff down in boxes, he kissed the Koran, and to my surprise, he took his little Swedish flag of the shelf and did the exact same thing. He kissed the Swedish flag! I am Swedish! I DON'T EVEN DO THAT! But there it was, a gesture of appreciation, He really does love Sweden and all we have done to help them! So why can't we treat them with the respect they have for us? I mean there is a reason they go to Sweden, They have heard it's one of the most accepting, helpful countries in the world. So why can't we live up to that reputation? We took in all these people a few years ago, and now were gonna kick them out? That is not the way to go!

We did wrong by accepting this many people to begin with, and now were gonna do it even worse by kicking them out? I'm not saying everyone should stay, but common Sweden, treat them with respect, help them! support them. I hope all the things going on over there will calm down and they can return, Because they WANT to not because they HAVE to.

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Danielle and I have for years talking about going to the Getty in Malibu, On Saturday we actually went there. Beautiful place! We were supposed to leave around 11, Total fail on that one! I did however win in the morning, breakfast at IHOP

Art is our thing, the reason we are the way we are.

Overall we had a really good day! Malibu, The Getty, Santa Monica almost the pier, until we met some douche bags, PS never wearing floral again. But that's a whole other story.

And I also need to figure out if i can upload Videos on the blogg. I have a lot of those.

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