Friday, September 28, 2012

Plan ALL the plans!

So. My computer seems to be better, the vast majority of my data is still here (with the exception of an assignment in which I have to build a database from scratch, which is due in two weeks, and which is worth 50% of my grade for that class. ARGH.), and I'm eternally grateful to the good folks at JB Hifi.

ANYWAY. Let's get back to regularly scheduled programming!

Before I was so rudely interrupted by the Great Computer Debacle of 2012, I was going to tell you about all the buckets of awesome that I have planned for my trip to the US in January!

Things I Have Planned For My Trip To The US In January:
1. Ice hockey in Washington, DC (provided I can convince someone to go with me).
2. A behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress. AAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!
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3. Snow! Okay, I'm going to admit, I'm pretty freaking terrified of this part. Because I'm not a huge fan of the cold. But it'll still be awesome.
4. Meeting and hanging out with Sarah.
5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, you know, the rest of Universal Studios. But mostly Harry Potter.
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6. Meeting and hanging out with Alice. Most exciting of all, I'll be there for her birthday!
7. LOR. We will have all the fun, including vlogging an episode of Buffy for Snark Squad. Because that's how we roll.
8. Meeting Gina, and planning ALL the plans.
    a) Mexipalooza - in which we eat ALL the Mexican food.
    b) Moviepalooza - in which we (hopefully) go and see Les Miserables and/or The Hobbit at the movies.  
        Failing that, we will watch Paperback Hero together. BECAUSE OF REASONS.
    c) Balloonapalooza - in which we will go hot air ballooning, and it will be awesome.
9. Buying Kat a suitcaseful of Pretzels M&Ms as a wedding present.
10. SARA!!! In case you've forgotten, Sara's my BFF/partner-in-crime from such adventures as Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico; Canberra, Tasmania, Sydney, and Central Australia; and last year's trip to New York. And she lives in England, which is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar, so I never get to see her.
11. Apparently there's an Applebee's next door to our motel in Washington. I plan to eat my body weight in mozzarella sticks.

Aaaaaaaand then there's the second list...

Things That I Inevitably End Up Doing In America:
1. Hulking out over the existence of pennies.
2. Watching the news and yelling at the television.
3. Eating too many mozzarella sticks.
4. Attempting to get into the driver's seat of a car because EVERYTHING IS BACKWARDS.
5. Taking hours to pay for anything because all the money looks the same.
6. Buying a crapton of books because ZOMG SO CHEAP!!!

So there you have it. Those are the exciting things I have planned so far. And yes, I will pretty much always turn a trip to the US into an opportunity to meet blog friends. Because bloggers are made of awesome, you guys.

K xx

PS. Don't forget to ask me questions for my 500th post!!

31 comments:

  1. That is quite the trip you have planned. When will you be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? I'm planning to be down there early in the year,

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    1. Some time between January 20th and 25th. We've yet to work out exactly when...

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    1. Don't be jealous - think of the extra month of summer that you'll get! ;)

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  3. Jealous. That's all I can say to you right now.






    In other news, I want American style pizza.

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  4. It should comfort you to know that Americans also frequently hulk out over the existence of pennies. Although, I do frequently feel bad for them. I mean, they're kind of the annoying member of the family that nobody really likes and probably feels really left out. If pennies were people, I would feel bad for them.

    Wow. I actually just wrote that, didn't I?

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    1. But they're not people, they're annoying, and they cost more to make than they're worth. I've never quite understood how they can justify that.

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    2. Of course, I barely ever use cash, so they aren't SO annoying to me. But I still dislike them on principle.

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    3. I love you for writing that. Like, so much. Also, I think the reason I get so angry about them is that I forget I can pay for everything by card. Most places here refuse to take cards for anything less than $20, so you have to use cash.

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  5. I never thought about it, but our money does all look the same. Now I get why other countries have Monopoly money :P Most Americans suck at paying for things with bills in a timely fashion too, so we use debit cards whenever possible.

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    1. The notes aren't as bad as they used to be since they brought in the coloured highlights on the numbers. But they're still a pain! Also, our money is automatically cooler, because it's machine washable and you can shrink it in the oven ;)

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  6. Your trip is going to be amazing! The behind the scenes tour of the library is goign to be out of this world - I'm so jealous! I loved the snow - I'm not sure I could do with being in it months at a time - I certainly was great for a few days! What a great wedding present idea! xoxox

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    1. I think it's an awesome wedding present idea too :-D

      Thanks in advance, Kirsti! Bahahahaha

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    2. It seems like DC has a climate more like Canberra than I thought, so hopefully the snow won't be as bad as I thought!!

      And Kat - it may not be an ACTUAL suitcaseful. That could get expensive... But there WILL be pretzel M&Ms heading your way!

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  7. Wizarding World is so BADASS and you will love it. Probably more than the mozz sticks.


    maybe.

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    1. Maybe I can combine the awesomeness of mozzarella sticks and Wizarding World into one?!?!?! Or perhaps not - my head might explode from the amazing.

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  8. What Vanisha said. Also, I look forward to hearing about... well, all of it. But especially Harry Potter!

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    1. I'm terrifyingly excited about Harry Potter. It has a LOT of expectations to live up to...

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  9. Harry Potter world!! The only reason I really want to visit Florida lol. I propose a specified blog devoted to that visit. I may or be not be a crazy Harry Potter fan.

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    1. Oh, there will DEFINITELY be a blog post devoted to that visit. I'm fangirling like a crazy person already, and it's months away.

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  10. A behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress?? Can this trip get any better? And then I read the rest of your list! OMG!

    Pennies are annoying, well I only have Canadian Pennies as a reference but my experience was awful.

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  11. I'M SO EXCITED YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN THE COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!! Part of me feels like I need to pay Alice a visit for her birthday too... but we'll see how my money stuff works out.

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    1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS OMG YOU HAVE TO COME HANG OUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE START SAVING UP IMMEDIATELY.

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  12. I'm just gonna go ahead and guess that Australia doesn't have anything like a penny? I will agree that, at moments, they can super duper annoying, but I will also say that they can be incredibly helpful. Because, let's be honest, if your bill is $19.02 and you have two pennies, it's much nicer to receive $1.00 in change rather than 98 cents in change, because that's bulky and awkward and even more of a pain than those 2 pennies.

    Also, yes. Funness will happen in DC and there will be pictures and awesomeness. And I'm assuming you're talking about actually going to a live hockey game, in which case I will totes go with you. Hockey is one of the few popular sports (like soccer, football, basketball, baseball) that I enjoy watching, but it's only fun watching it live.

    Excitement! Also...what are the exact dates of your trip again? Because I have to make sure to keep my calendar clear. :)

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    1. Nope, we got rid of 1c and 2c coins over 20 years ago! All our prices are either in 5c increments, or your total gets rounded down at the register. So your total will be $19.02, but you only pay $19. The whole penny debate actually reminds me of John Green's enormous rant about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77C47XYm_3c

      YES to the hockey!! I arrive in DC on the 3rd January and leave on the 20th. Not sure what my class schedule is like yet, but there's plenty of time in there to meet up! :)

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  13. OMG I would totally go ice hockey with you! 'Cause of, you know, my once childhood obsession with the Mighty Ducks and one Charlie Conway, i.e. THE ONE AND ONLY PACEY.

    Snow will be awesome...I miss snow.

    I need to start reading Snark Squad, like, yesterday.

    Finally, yaaaaayyy that almost everything was recovered! ::happy dance::

    XX

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    1. YES. PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEY!!!!! Appropriately, the Vancouver Canucks (aka the hockey team that Josh Jackson supports) will be playing against Washington while I'm there. I think I'm going to have to go to that game.

      And yes, you REALLY need to start reading Snark Squad. Like whoa.

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  14. Ya know, England has pennies too...

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    1. P.S. DC isn't all that far from PA. So maaaaaybe I could meet up w/you...

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