marenzi: (Paris Bike)
i. I am home! And really, really ready to go back to Indiana. I miss it so much already. Still considering just driving back and living at the house if things get too bad here.

ii. Yeah, I'll be retaking differential equations II in the fall. For an engineer, I am so terrible at math, it's not even funny anymore. But I should be done with all my math courses after next quarter. Fingers crossed!

iii. I desperately, desperately want to go see Foreigner, Styx, & Kansas at Nissan Pavilion Jiffy Lube Live (wtf really? when did this happen?) on June 12th! $20 lawn tickets, people! But I don't really have any friends left here and none of them seem interested anyway because they have no taste in music. DC fangirls, anyone wanna go with me??

iv. SPEAKING OF, DC fangirl meetup sometime while I'm home, Y/Y? :D I very much want to see you lovely ladies!

v. My really exciting news... the dad of my best friend from high school, Caro, now works as the Icelandic diplomat, so they're living there now. I'm half Icelandic on my dad's side, so I have tons of family there I've never met. So this August, I'm actually going to leave the country for the first time (!!) and visit! I'll probably be spending two weeks there, mostly in Reykjavik. I'm booking my flight this week and am so, so excited. (I'll spam about this much more once I actually have details worked out.)

vi. I'm loving [livejournal.com profile] classy_lawyers, a new Jared-Jensen-Danneel RP by [livejournal.com profile] poor_choices & [livejournal.com profile] setissma. You should be following this.

vii. Because I can't end on an even number, and seven is a good number - I love you all. ♥

FOOOOOD

Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:01 pm
marenzi: (Live Happily)
Today was about friends & food, two of my very favorite things! I spent the morning and most of the afternoon visiting my friend who's attending Georgetown. She's a compulsive shopper and so she dragged me all around M Street, which I complained horribly about and secretly loved. I did find the exact awesome boots I've been looking for, but not for $69. Maybe if they magically go down to $20, haha. I'm cheap, okay? And very broke.

We had lunch at Amma's Kitchen in Georgetown, and it was AMAZING. SO GOOD, GOD. I had the saag paneer, which is a spinach and homemade cheese dish served with rice, and it was delicious. I cannot rave about it enough. All of you DC people? EAT THERE. And then after wandering around for another few hours, we stopped at Baked & Wired, a cupcake coffeeshop. The cupcakes were yummy - very dense cake and perfect buttercream - but I like my coffee roasted darker.

And then for dinner, I met up with two of my teachers from high school who I ADORE. He was my physics teacher and softball coach, she was my English teacher and lit mag advisor, and they are the absolute stereotype of a bickering old couple. They took me to P.F. Chang's in Fairfax Corner, which I LOVE. I got Dan Dan Noodles like always because they are spicy chewy perfection. We talked about everything and they bickered like always and it was amazing. I'm going to drop by softball practice tomorrow afternoon to see all of my underclassmen. Softball & lit mag were pretty much the only two things I enjoyed in high school and it's because this couple is so amazing. I love them.

Best day of break, definitely. I'm so full and so happy. It's a good feeling. ♥
marenzi: (Converse Love)
I realize now I do not fear death... I fear my daughter will not be free when I die.
-- Iranian medical student via Twitter
My death is irrelevant. What is important is that you do not forget my words. We want freedom. I will die for that.
-- Tehran protester via Twitter
140 characters is a novel when you're being shot at.
-- anonymous Iranian via Twitter

I've been hearing about the Iranian elections from the impersonal news stations, but it's mostly been from the perspective of my friend M. She's an Iranian citizen and cast her vote by mail a while ago. This girl is brilliant and unwaveringly faithful and fierce; she chooses to wear hijab and defends those who choose not to. What I love about M - and I adore her so much for this - is her loyalty to anyone and everyone that she believes deserves it.

The moment when I felt personally involved was the night M called me in tears over Ahmadinejad's reelection. Her family and her friends in Tehran are facing the current riots followed by another four years. And really, it's only chance that M is even here. If things were only a little different, she'd be there alongside them, and she said she felt guilty for not being there. And it's a network - from the people who live there to their relatives to friends to strangers across the internet, we're all affected somehow.

Whatever you believe, however you feel about this election, just keep thinking about it. Don't forget. ♥
marenzi: ([RPS] Jared Padalecki)
Happy birthday, Sam Winchester! Please know that if you belonged to me, you would be spending the day on a tropical island instead of, y'know. Um.

Yesterday: Senior Day! Our class took over an entire IHOP, then had senior speeches (my god, some girls were crying for five hours straight. Tons of fun, let me tell you), then the faculty softball game! Which is stupidly unfair, because two of the faculty are former minor league baseball players who consistently hit the ball over two soccer fields onto either Jermantown Road or Route 123. WHATEVER, FUN TIMES. And then the senior musical that night, Kiss Me Kate - I never knew how many boys could sing! It was a good way to round it all up.

Today was the first day of my senior internship as well. Rather than start off on a normal day, they needed someone to help out with the Flower Mart carnival they cater at the National Cathedral. I worked from 7 this morning until 8 tonight and was standing from 9-6, so my knees HURT, but other than that I had a good time. I'm surprised how many kids my age were there - I know they won't be around during my actual internship in the kitchen, but it was fun for the day.

One of the girls is honestly straight out of a YA novel. She's that quirky, fun, silly sidekick who says anything (and seriously looks exactly like she could be [livejournal.com profile] marlisle's little sister, by the way). Two minutes after she met me, she asked me out for coffee (we were early and the owners hadn't showed up yet), and as we were walking back, she just said, "You're really pretty. Not to be awkward or weird, but I just thought you should know." It was just completely platonic and something a best friend would say, but. No one has ever straight-up told me that, and I can't believe her or anything, but it seriously made my day. She works at their other location, but I really wish we could work together and I really want to get to know her. It was the sweetest thing ever.

MMM SLEEP NOW, FLIST TOMORROW. ♥
marenzi: ([RPS] The Epic Love)
Happy (late) Valentine's Day, flist!! Am I really the only single person who still loves this holiday? Because it's really just as much about friends and family and being a schmoop. And the opportunity to embarrass as many people as possible, because ganging up on my friends in the hallway and singing 'Centerfold' as a duet is apparently my idea of a good time.

AND THEN OMFG JARED. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] balefully, [livejournal.com profile] sadcypress, [livejournal.com profile] beckaandzac & [livejournal.com profile] ciaan at Gallery Place for F13, which. It has been over 24 hours and I still have not recovered from his ASS in those JEANS, GOD. Spoilery spoilers! ) Kind of need to see it again, but am broke. Must rectify!

And afterwards we trawled DC looking for coffee and a place to sit and freak out, but two of the Starbucks were closed (WTF, DC? 10 on a Friday night? Fail.) and the third was jammed. In the interests of Jared Padalecki, we went to Hooters (I hadn't been there since Idaho, but just for the record: they do T&A pretty much the same all across America) and discussed how Jared's peen is made of diet Coke and is like one of those squishy jellytube things and generally cannot be handled by anyone but Jensen. HIGHLY INTELLECTUAL CONVERSATION, I TELL YOU. Oh my god, so much fun, and I got to meet all of these amazing, lovely fangirls and freak out about hot gay incest in the middle of a crowd. And on the metro home with [livejournal.com profile] balefully, she told me she wrote Sweet Charity and Big Bang and something else all during her MCATs, so I need to get off my ass and actually write [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang by May. I have no excuse!

Yesterday was work (where I was useless because JARED PADALECKI) and then our rivalry basketball game, which was fun because all of the guys were so high on testosterone that three fights started on the court and two of their players were thrown out. But we overrepresented them at their court and won by almost double, which was way off from the tight game everyone was expecting after last time. And watched Chocolat with spiced cocoa, because there is nothing schmoopier and happier. Good times. ♥

Yes We Can

Jan. 21st, 2009 12:17 am
marenzi: (Default)
The past 36 hours have been a whirlwind, and I can't even think of everything that's happened. Starting with last night - I got a chance to attend the Virginia Inaugural Ball last-minute thanks to a friend. He grew up with Mark Warner's daughters and his parents are like their godparents or something, so Mark called him when he found out he had extra tickets. (I will never, ever get over how connected a few of the people I know are. It's kind of insane & surreal.) We also got a chance to sit down with Mark and just talk later in the evening. Politics aside, he's a really easygoing, friendly guy - although he definitely slammed Idaho in his speech. Although I will admit we are pretty much the reddest state in the country.

I obviously felt incredibly out of my league, but it was surprisingly fun and we had a great time - the theme was Celebrating Turning Virginia Blue, which was awesome, and the cover band was fantastic. It was mostly late classic rock and there were way too many old people who knew all the lyrics to current pop songs. My friend and I desperately wanted them to play Centerfold, which is pretty much our theme song, but no luck. We still danced and generally made idiots of ourselves anyway, because we're talented like that.

And then this morning. I can't even describe some of it, because I've never experienced anything even close to it. We walked into D.C. around seven and wound up in front of the Washington Monument. Yes, it was fucking freezing, but I wasn't too bad for most of it because I wore ski clothes - my lips were numb by the end, though. Anyway, the crowds were fantastic. Every single person was so happy, so excited to be there - strangers were talking to each other, which I honestly never see in D.C.

Everything mostly quieted down during the speeches, though there were a few strong rounds of 'Hey Hey, Goodbye' & 'Hit the Road, George' when Bush was announced. And when Obama first appeared on the screens - the best kind of pandemonium. People were sobbing, praying, screaming in happiness. You couldn't possibly stand in that crowd and not believe you were witnessing history. The hope Obama has given to America is tangible.
We are the change that we seek.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
President Barack Obama

I chose this quotation for my senior yearbook page back in September. Obama's ability to inspire hope and faith in America is incredible - literally, so extraordinary it seems impossible - and I can't wait to see what the next decade will bring. Yes we can.
marenzi: ([SPN] Dumb & Crazy)
HOSHIT I'M GOING TO THE VA INAUGURAL BALL. IN LIKE FOUR HOURS. One of my friends grew up with Mark Warner's kids, so he got a bunch of the extra tickets this afternoon. I'm very excited, but I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. HELP.

KC & DC

Dec. 20th, 2008 03:43 pm
marenzi: (All I Want For Christmas)
A group of us went into DC last night to celebrate the end of exams. We saw Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Kennedy Center, and it was pretty good. It's only the third major play I've seen, and it didn't even come close to Rent or Wicked, but I was pleasantly surprised just because I didn't expect much. (I wanted to steal the dogs, by the way. I'm really not a fan of chihuahuas or pugs, but they were adorable.)

Highlight of the show: There! Right There!, aka Is He Gay or European?. I stopped breathing halfway through because L and I were both thinking of Señor M and couldn't stop looking at each other. It cracks me up even now.

It's still so surreal to me sometimes, being in DC. Driving across the Arlington Memorial Bridge towards the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument & the White House on the right and Georgetown on the left... I don't think I'll ever get used to it.

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