Resurfacing

I (we) never meant to abandon this blog, and I never felt like that’s what had happened. To me, last year was a blur of sunny days and train rides and coffee and new faces and goodbyes, and to be honest, this January felt three times as long as the whole of 2017. That’s why it was actually surprising to notice that the last post I’d published was in May. How did I let that happen?

Anyway, I thought about picking up where we’d left off a few times in the last weeks, but exams and NaNoWriMo and Christmas and every excuse you could think of got in the way. But last week, when Coco suggested that we’d start posting again, my heart made a leap of excitement. So let us pray that this year is going to be a lot less stressful or, better yet, that I’m not going to become a victim of Luciel Carr Syndrome™ again and just pull through this time around.

A lot has changed for me since the last time I’ve posted, so here’s a short update on what my life is like right now:

I moved.

Sadly, Coco and I still live about as far away from each other as before, but I moved across the country again and am now living relatively close to where we come from. It’s weird not to have to plan every trip home months in advance and not to have to sit on the train for 6 hours, and it’s weird to live in a city I actually like for probably the first time in my life. Also, I’m living alone for the first time which is strange but wonderful.

I’m in university.

lisa simpson

During my voluntary year (which I’m still not sure if it’s the right English term) I basically still had no plan what to do with my life, but somehow I finally came to the decision to go to university and major in English and American Culture and Language as well as Theatre Studies (which sounds hella clunky in English). I’d been considering this for a long time as this post proves, but I was afraid of choosing “useless” majors like that. At some point, though, I just snapped and decided that I should just do the one thing I was moderately sure I wanted to do. And, let me tell you, it was a good decision so far.

I go to the theatre so much.

This doesn’t seem as relevant as the other changes, but honestly, it’s crazy and I kind of want to boast. In the last two weeks I was a total of 6 times at the theatre. What?! It’s amazing because students from my university get into plays for free, and also it’s a great way to spend time outside of university with people who you just met without much of the dreadful awkwardness. Also it’s relevant for my majors, but eh.

I’ve won NaNoWriMo –

nano 17

– aka wrote 50k words in 30 days. I honestly can’t believe this actually happened, because last November I’d only just started studying, had no wifi and was generally really stressed out. Also, the one and only time I’ve won NaNo before was in, like, 2014 or something. Because I am me, though, I didn’t really work on what I wrote for the two following months – but at some point I kicked myself in the butt and picked it up again. It turns out that all that word vomit isn’t half bad, and I hope I’ll manage to finish the first draft this break. On that note:

I’m on break.

Well, technically I still had an oral exam and there’s this exam that I’ll definitely have to take again and an essay that needs to be written, but I’m gladly ignoring that for now. It’s strange to have so much free time for the first time since summer 2016, but obviously, I’m really excited.

I just hope I won’t turn into a vegetating slob of a human being that lives in her bed, stays up until 5 doing nothing and doesn’t talk to anybody outside of her family for weeks at a time, but at least the next few weeks are pretty planned through. Also, I can always go to the theatre with people, which is pretty darn amazing. And I’ll finally be able to visit Coco in her city for the first time ever!!!

Anyway, I promise I’ll be back next Wednesday with a more interesting post, and Coco is getting something ready for some day this week. I hope everyone is doing well and I swear I’ll stay as excited about this blog as I’ve honestly always been.

Kerstin

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