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Published: October 31st 2006
You wouldn't want to see me riding crazily on my bike coming towards you looking like this, would you now?
I've conquered my cold thanks to plenty of sleep, echinacea, and good thoughts. This is perfect timing since I'll be going out on Thursday to celebrate my birthday! I can't believe it's already here! =)
I've been studying as usual and making good progress - only 10 more articles to go! The articles have interesting topics, but there are a few annoying ones that discuss an amazing issue but then at the end you find out that there is not enough research to prove that factor x works at all. what a bummer! Along with reading articles, I started another book alongside the Tortilla Curtain since that one gives me weird dreams. The new book is horrible yet addicting. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I think it's a romance/chick novel. I always made fun of Jess (my roommate) for reading those and now look who's reading one. But there is a difference between me and Jess: she likes
them, and I'm....well...managing through it. I just hate dropping a book once I've started. So I have 300 more wonderfully painful pages of a book called "Simply Divine". Go ahead and laugh, really.
This evening, Nina invited me over to her house and she cooked dinner for the both of us. This was a really nice guesture and something I wish was more common back in Seattle. Instead of always going out to eat, inviting somebody over to your house to cook dinner is so cool! We had pasta with a cheese sauce with mushrooms, onions, and garlic. De-lish! As we were chatting in the living room, we were interrupted by the outside weather that started to get aggressive and stormy. The rain was so loud and you could hear the wind hitting the windows and the sides of the house. Great, I didn't bring a real rain jacket, but rather just my beautiful winter jacket that I was dying to wear. Little did I know that as Nina and I watched the weather on TV, the newslady mentioned Holland being struck by a severe coastal storm. The doppler showed the heaviest part of the storm over Enschede.
Thankfully, Nina had a poncho that she actually borrowed from Jasper (my roommate's boyfriend). Putting it on over my coat and purse was hilarious as there was a tiny opening for my face to squeeze through. Then there were these handles at the bottom of the poncho that I assumed were for my legs to go through, but who knows? It was very awkward and hilarious. Nina was in stitches just watching me and when I turned to look in the mirror, I gasped outloud. Happy Halloween everybody, Myia's in full costume! I couldn't decide if I looked like a puffed up yellow Peep (those icky marshmellows from Easter) or a pineapple or a deflated tennis ball. You can decide for me.
The ride home was crazy - I was definitely riding through a severe storm. I felt like I was going to blow away and it didn't help that my poncho acted as a jib sail as it blew up from my backside. I was being blown left, right, and backwards and I struggled to keep a balance on my bike. I made it home safe and somewhat dry on my upper body but soaking wet on my bottom half. It looked like I had walked into a swimming pool up to mid-thigh level in my jeans and shoes.
Tomorrow will hopefully be a bit calmer since I have to go do some errands and buy myself a poncho. maybe?
Good to hear from those who write. Take care. Love, MYia
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