Sunday, March 21, 2010

خَمْسة أيّامٍ

5 days before I leave for Zanzibar
1 gigantic Arabic Exam on Monday
3,000 word essay due before I leave
3 books to read before I return from Zanzibar
200+ Arabic vocab learned today
100+ Arabic vocab yet to learn
2-3 hours of Eritrean music to enjoy tomorrow
30 minutes of official interview with Eritrean restaurant owner to conduct tomorrow
4 cups of coffee today
2 hours of hair pulling
1 Swahili phrasebook bought
6 emails sent in hopes of finding spirit possession contacts in Zanzibar
57 blue-green Doxycycline pills to start on Wednesday
90 day Tanzanian visa acquired
17 night stay arranged in Zanzibar

1 excited, but stressed, chica!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What is that strange glowing orb in the sky and why does it burn?!

My room's curtains are quite heavy and keep any daylight out of my room. So, this morning, after I woke up and went to open my curtains, I was suddenly hit with a brilliant beam of light that sent me hissing and screaming into a corner of my room.
It took me several minutes before snapping out of this confusion and figuring out what caused this violent phenomenon. However, I apparently didn't remember what you're supposed to do with sunny days and spent a good chunk of my day doing work on the computer. I finally realized my mistake, and still not quite getting it, I laid in the sum beam shining on my floor for about an hour.

It was then that I remembered you're supposed to go outside when it's sunny and like 12C (53F). Needless to say, by the time I made it outside, the sun had dipped below the skyline.

I now have a reminder next to my window for the next sunny day:


Aren't weekends supposed to be fun?!

When I sat down to contemplate all the things I needed to work on this weekend, this was my reaction:

But I think my fuzzy face-of-horror, was premature. It looks like maybe I'll get everything done and still have some time to goof off on my blog!
I've rocked out on my fieldwork report on Ethiopian music in London. I had an interview with a restaurant owner down in Elephant and Castle. For those of you unfamiliar with Elephant and Castle, let me try to recreate the scene for you. Just imagine how much you'd want to run into this character:

Yeah. That's how much you want to go to Elephant and Castle. At any rate, there was this great hidden Ethiopian restaurant, whose owner was very helpful and gave me some good material for my research.

I also finished one of three books that I need to finish in the next week and a half before I leave for Zanzibar.

Sweet. I rock.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

An Aichmophobe's Worst Nightmare

I caved and had my first acupuncture session ever today. I feel great! I haven't been this relaxed in who knows how long and there's no better time to feel so relaxed than right now, when I've been on the verge of mental breakdown for a good two or so weeks.

I know, you're probably thinking, "You're going to friggin Zanzibar. How are you stressed out?!"

The answer: because I'm the biggest ball of of stress you'll ever meet.

I get stressed out about anything and everything. Just ask anyone who knows me. A big essay due, an exam, a trip, relationship troubles, a bad cup of coffee, the use of a wrong color in my calendar for an event (yes, I color-code the entries in my calendar according to type of event), a bill to be paid, a call I have to make, a hair in my water, and pretty much anything else you can think of sets me off. I hyperventilate, most likely cry, and mentally shut down for a period of time (and some of those times are longer than others).

Now, however, I feel great. Let's see how long this lasts...

(By the way, if you didn't know or haven't figured out yet, aichmophobia is the fear of needles and sharp objects. You learn something new every day!)

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I now have in my possession round trip tickets to Zanzibar! I leave in less than three weeks and I'll be there for two and a half weeks. I'm heading out to Zanzibar to hopefully do some fieldwork on spirit possession cults for my dissertation, which is due later this year. I'm only there for just over two weeks and therefore may not get much field work out of the deal. However, I'm not going to be too disappointed if I end up just getting to spend several weeks on the beach. What a shame that will be!

Although, it does appear that I've picked Zanzibar's rainiest month to visit. Here's hoping the rain holds off as much as possible while I'm there!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Worst Mood EVAH!

I am, for only god knows why, in the worst mood ever! This morning I got tons of work done, I treated myself to lunch, and then I met up with SJF for a lovely evening. Well, a lovely evening until he accidentally stumbled across the journal I keep. Yes, I'm a 13 year old girl and keep a journal sometimes when I'm too pathetic to publicly write my inane thoughts on the blog. Well, he stumbled across it and read enough to last him a life time of ridicule before I could snatch it away again.

Of course, it's funny. I'm so pathetic, I can laugh at myself. But there is a clear difference between laughing at yourself and having someone else laugh at you! I've never been so embarrassed in my life! Oh woe is me! I had such a lovely day and now I feel like hurting someone... and badly. Luckily for SJF, he realized the danger of the situation and quickly made himself scarce before I could headbutt him in the face. Which is a shame really, it would have released my frustration and possibly caused enough brain damage for him to forget everything he read.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stratford and Oxford, a crazy King, and some rain...just a typical weekend in England

This weekend SJF (yes, I think I've forgotten to tell you that we are back together...maybe a story for another time) and I went with my students to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford. Despite the fact that we found ourselves caught in a bit of rain (mostly in the Cotswolds), these were such idyllic and beautiful places. We stayed in the evening and saw the Royal Shakespeare Company perform King Lear in an absolutely amazing production. It was a great weekend and I am really looking forward to the next time I get to visit.