Almost finished with the first book in the Twilight series. I'm totally hooked. But where will I find the second book, Moonlight, when I'm done? Buenos Aires doesn't have a Barnes & Noble, and if it did, the books would be in Spanish. Mark emailed me a list of bookstores that carry English titles, but the selection will be extremely limited. I don't know how long I can wait to begin the second book though! haha.

Stephanie Meyer isn't the best writer, she uses a very basic style, even for young adult. Harry Potter is more complex even. But there is something that keeps me reading. She does capture the human experience through the eyes of a 17-year-old girl very well, and let's be honest, from time to time we all need a reminder of how dramatic, exciting, and irrational life and love were as a teenager. Although I have to admit, I never felt that extremely intense attraction (the kind where you have to leave the room for fear of what you might do if you stay and continue to interact with that person of interest) until I was a bit older. Young love was intense, yes, but not as developed as Bella's love for Edward. Or maybe it was and I just don't remember?? Wow I feel old now :P

Anyway, I highly recommend Twilight, especially if you enjoyed Harry Potter or Abarat. You will begin to fantasize about meeting and falling for a hot vampire of your own. *sigh* lol


Hiya folks...now that i'm in South America, not sure how devoted i will be to maintaining 2 blogs (plus flickr, plus facebook, twitter, etc.) Please refer to the Adventures in South America blog for more updates and stuff. xo


I can't believe we're leaving the day after tomorrow!

Today was a long tiresome day. Had to finish packing, move stuff into storage, clean, laundry. And still we have to go back tomorrow to do more.

At my mom's house in Littleton. Sleeping in my old room feels weird. It's been redecorated, which is probably a good thing.

Stella freaked out tonight on the ride over. She pooped in her kennel, causing me to almost spew my guts out.

(Brain not working at the moment, will write later)


Hi-ho! I hope everyone is still happily basking in the afterglow of last night's victory. Barack made me proud. This is the beginning of something amazing for America, and for the world. Can't wait to see what happens!

Feeling better today. Slept better last night. Not really well, but better. I did a mock pack last night, to see what I can fit into my backpack for the trip. Tonight I'm going to do laundry, then start to set aside the official packing list. Eek! 6 days left!


I made it until less than 2 weeks before leaving to have a total freak out. Haven't had anxiety like this for a long time. The not sleeping, heart palpitations, sudden chills or hot flashes, thinking I'm going to pass out or lose my mind, feeling like I can't breathe...It's THE WORST feeling you could have, next to dying or having a heart attack or drowning. Not that I've felt those other things, but anyone who has had anxiety would know what I'm talking about. It's scary as hell. But I refuse to go on meds for it, especially since it rarely happens, and the risk of dependence is high. I don't like to take medication unless I absolutely have to (like typhoid fever pills for travel). But I do need to learn some new coping skills. Maybe I will do yoga when I get home tonight.

I just have a lot to do before we leave- moving all of my stuff into storage, packing, and tying up any loose ends with bills and things. I'm also nervous about flying (I hate flying, and this will be the longest flight I've ever taken), and about just being away in a foreign country for so long. Doesn't sound like much I know, totally stupid and not good reasons to get bent out of shape, but that's how anxiety works. It makes even minor things hard to deal with. Sucks.