Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

22/08/16: What’s Coming Up

Man, oh man, I submit my thesis today. Including cover page, index, appendices, references, and the actual content itself, it’s 50+ pages. It’s good to be done, but I was using the Gatsby Party as the bookend of the summer and that was a week ago…

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The Gatsby Party was the day before my 25th birthday, so that was awesome timing. Then, the day after my birthday I went to visit my friend Edith in Killarney, Co. Kerry. It was great seeing her and Maël (her boyf) before they move to France in September, although I will see them in Maynooth for her graduation. It seems like only yesterday she was a first year! (Edith and I met when we lived together when I was studying abroad, she was a first year at the time.)

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This week (on the 25th!) I go to Barcelona and from there I head to Paris. I’m going to be staying on a friend’s couch in Barcelona and my dad got me a hotel room for my birthday in Paris (I called my mom to ask for advice on booking a hostel because the cost:hostel ratio was not worth it and instead ended up with a hotel room! BEST FAM).

Then I’ll be back in Ireland for a week and a bit before Katie comes to visit, so hopefully in that time I can visit a friend in Limerick, go to Howth with some other friends, and pack… Maybe I’ll go to Howth with Katie and my friends here! Two birds, one trip.

Then once Katie is here, we’re going to Edinburgh and then traveling around Ireland and then we’re flying home together! I’m very excited to go home. 😀

In the meantime, there’s still posts scheduled in my portfolio for every Monday at 4:30pm and a new series of articles is going to post here on travel tips for Katie called Travel in (Relative) Style. They’ll post at 4:30pm, too! I’m also working on a page for the site that will have a description of the projects and posts and each of the sections of this site, since there isn’t one of those…

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

15/03/16: March Madness

Wow! I’m already halfway through what I hope will be my busiest month this year! I’ll try to update my blog as time passes, but it’s going to be tough as I’m only halfway through and I’m already exhausted!

I have written about my Milan trip, but I won’t type it up and upload it until after the post cards have made it to the US! I don’t want the tidbits and info on the cards to be spoiled by those who (maybe??) read my blog. (Does anyone read this thing?! If yes, COMMENT! If no,

My family will be here to visit in a week (or so), but I do have some posts scheduled in my Portfolio that post Mondays at 4:30pm GMT. 😀 I’m currently working on a lot of neato school projects that I’ll get to uploading once I’ve finished them / turned them in, but in the mean time I’ve got some projects from last semester and my internship uploading. I’m probably going to upload some projects from my undergrad days as well, so keep an eye on that page!

I’m most excited about this cool project I’m working on for my Digital Libraries course, which should be live the first week of May! (It is, after all, DUE the first week of May…)

Anyway, I’m going to go crash in exhaustion as it’s currently day 2 of 3 of a 9-5 course that’s basically a workshop. The stuff I’m working on will be part of my portfolio eventually but, as I said, I have to finish it first!

Happy St Paddy’s Day!
🍀 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

23/02/16: Ooops

Well hello again!

I know, I know, it’s been over two months since I’ve updated but I’ve been busy! Here’s a brief summary:

  • 8 Dec – Made it home in time for my brother’s 18th birthday
  • 9 Dec – Bro’s BDAY NOW AN ADULT WHAT
  • 16 Dec – Turned in my last assignment… Semester one complete!
  • 20 Dec – Started the trip to gramma&pa’s house!
  • 22 Dec – Gramma&pa’s house!
  • 25 Dec – Merry Christmas! My aunt (mom’s sis) and cousin (mom’s oldest bro’s daughter) surprised gramma & grampa by coming to visit, another cousin (mom’s oldest bro’s son) got engaged, and we had the whole family (gramma&pa, mom & dad, her 2 bros, her sis, uncle’s wife, 3 cousins, me & Danny, cousin’s fiance & her son) all together for the first time in years and years and years! AND IT WAS A WHITE CHRISTMAS!!
  • 29 Dec – Snowed in on the way home. I hate snow!
  • 31 Dec – New Year’s with mah gurrrls + drunk Yoshi’s Wooly World
  • 1 Jan – We didn’t get tHAT drunk
  • 3 Jan – Family “Christmas” movie (we go to a movie on Christmas Day if we’re not traveling, after Christmas if we are) STAR WARS VII
  • 8 Jan – Piercings with mah bff!!
  • 11 Jan – STAR WARS VII with mah other bff!!
  • 13 Jan – Back to Ireland!
  • 27 Jan – Semester starts!

That’s it in a nutshell! I’ve been working hard this semester because I’m also planning on traveling through Europe as much as I can. Today I booked my first weekend trip, so here’s upcoming plans:

  • 6-8 Mar – Family friends visit Dublin
  • 9-13 Mar – Milan, Italy
  • 22-25 Mar – #MittelstaedtFamilyTrip2016 in London
  • 25 Mar-1 Apr – #MittelstaedtFamilyTrip2016 in Ireland
  • 7-10 Apr – Maybe visit London? (Diff fam friends visiting LDN then)
  • sometime around 4 Jun – Barcelona with Lisa
  • 12-17 Jul – London (HP & the Cursed Child!!)

I’ve also got a few other weekends “flagged” for travel, so as long as I stay on top of my assignments, I’ve got a big semester ahead of me! Then the summer session where I’ll be continuing work on the group capstone project (like a thesis, but with a group) and that’s done 22 Aug. Hopefully after that all my bffs will come visit me in Ireland and then graduation! Alongside all that, I’m already applying for jobs and hopefully I’ll be working on building a better portfolio of my projects on here. 😀

2016 is going to be a big year!

<3 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

18/10/15: Six Weeks Down, Six to Go

Whew! I know, I know, it’s been a while! But, hey, in my defense, I’ve been busy!

So this past week was the half-way mark in the semester. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by! I’m at least on top of my courses and assignments in a way I never was in high school or my undergrad. I guess the more school I do, the better I am at it… If I decide to go for a phd, I’ll probably be perfect…. Or at least a master! (Geddit?!)

Anyway, I’m mostly trying to keep on top of my assignments, although I do have a trip to Leeds planned in November and Thanksgiving, as well as a trip home for Christmas and my family’s trip here in Spring! That, and my friend Lisa (who I am visiting in Leeds) is planning on visiting at the end of our Christmas break and we (hopefully) will visit Barcelona at some point! 😀

Well, if anyone can handle that many trips to plan and assignments to finish, I hope it will be me! One of our assignments this term is weekly blog posts, which I have imported to this website and are now in the Management for Information Professionals category!

Happy Halloween (almost!)
🎃 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

13/09/15: A Week of Classes and a Trip to Kilkenny

Yeah so tomorrow is Monday. Ok, I admit, Monday is in 33 minutes, but whatever. Last week was my first week of classes and it went really well. I made some friends (pretty easy to do when we all have all of our classes together!) and probably won’t have an anxiety attack getting to class in the morning… Unless I miss the bus, which so far *knock on wood* seems unlikely.

I have a lot of things to do this semester, but that’s ok because I like school. And my coursemates are cool. At least the ones I’ve met thus far. I’ve got a few things planned out, like reunions with my Moy 3 housemates, but I’m most excited to go to the ThoughtBubble comic con in November up in Leeds. Mostly because that’s where Lisa goes to uni and we went from seeing each other every day, to every week, to every few weeks, and now it’s been months! I miss her!

I do still need to send some post cards, so if you want one, you’ll have to let me know! I haven’t gotten any yet, but I will soon. There aren’t many things left on my original checklist, actually.

  • SIM card for phone
  • Boots
  • Groceries
  • uCard (student ID)
  • Bank account
  • Student Leap Card (bus/transit pass)
  • Register with Garda
  • Get shelf for closet
  • Unpack
  • Hang stars & decorate

The last thing I have to do is register with the Garda, but I need an appointment for that and I have until November, anyway. I’m going to talk to the woman at UCD who sets up the appointments for us on Monday, if she doesn’t call me back.

This past weekend I went on a trip to see my friend Eanna in Kilkenny. I re-met a lot of people I knew when I studied abroad here, so it was really nice to see them again. Plus, Kilkenny was a nice little place with a neat castle we took a tour of. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went to a museum with another person, let alone a group of people, so it was a little strange to not be alone in a museum. It was cold (to me) and I got the sniffles now, but I’ll survive. I’ve got sh*t ta do.

Speaking of sh*t ta do, I’m meant to be doing my reading for tomorrow’s class, but I didn’t. I did get started on my assignments for this week and got my planner all set up and ready to go, though. One of our assignments this semester is to have a blog, but unfortunately I can’t use this one since it has to be solely for the class. Once the class is over, though, I’ll probably migrate everything here. If you want to check it out, you can click here or just wait until it’s migrated here.

Anyway, sleep time, I’ve got an early day tomorrow!

<3 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

31/08/15: One Week

I seriously have loved this song since I was a kid, except I always called it “the Chinese Chicken song” because of the lyric “Chickity China the Chinese chicken You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'”.

Anyways. I’ve been living in Ireland for a week already (can you believe it?!) and it’s not nearly as tough of an adjustment as the last time I moved abroad. I think it really hit me how much I’ve changed since the last time I lived in Maynooth, but especially since I moved to China, when the taxi driver said he could tell I traveled a lot because I was confident and self-assured and I thought, “Wow, I really am!”

Before I got here, I had a lot of things I needed to get done on my checklist, and thus far it looks like this:

  • SIM card for phone
  • Boots
  • Groceries
  • uCard (student ID)
  • Bank account
  • Student Leap Card (bus/transit pass)
  • Register with Garda
  • Get shelf for closet
  • Unpack
  • Hang stars & decorate

So I think I’ve done a pretty decent job. My suitcases were empty pretty quickly, although I do feel like I’m in perpetual need for a nice nap. I went to Dublin and picked up some boots before going out to the university to have a look around and pick up my ID card.

Classes start 1 week from today and I hope I’m ready. My room is too small for a desk, but the Maynooth University isn’t too far from here and I read somewhere that I can still get access to it somehow? I’ll have to investigate that further… tomorrow. 😛

One thing that makes me sad is that the shows I was watching on Netflix at home aren’t on Irish Netflix. :'(

Dr Reid! I missss hiiiimmmmmm

Once I get my room a bit more tidied and organized (and my stars up!), I’ll try to remember to post pictures somewhere!

Have a great Monday (and week!)
<3 April

Posted in 2015 (Europe)

23/08/14: One Day

My life is currently boiled down to two large suitcases, a small suitcase, a backpack, and a few leftovers. Right now, I want it to boil down to a nap, but that’s a personal travel no-no, since I don’t sleep the night before an over night flight. Especially since this one will land in the morning, which is always my LEAST FAVORITE. The first thing I want to do after I’ve flown for ages is go to sleep, but when I land in a new timezone in the morning (this time at 9:15am) I don’t let myself. So instead, I don’t sleep the night before so I can sleep the entire plane ride.

This is not how I pack, if you were wondering. For one thing, I’m not allowed to bring that many books. My mom says she won’t get rid of any of them, though, so that’s nice.

If only I had a magical suitcase. I don’t, though, so huge shoutout to my mom for starting by “only being here to make sure you stay on task” and then actually helping me pack because we both know I would’ve gotten it done on my own, but not nearly as efficiently or quickly….

So, yeah, today I leave and tomorrow I’ll be there. It’s crazy to think that I was going to Ireland to study abroad three years ago and now I’m going back for my Master’s degree. So much has changed in those three years, most notably me. I could go into detail, but instead I think I’ll quit procrastinating and finish packing.

I hate packing and I hate unpacking, but in the end the travel is worth it.

Posted in 2015 (Europe)

17/08/15: One Week

The summer started about three months ago when I got back to China. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking of my family’s trip to Colorado as the beginning of the end of summer. Along the lines of “Well, when we go to Colorado, that’s when I really need to seriously start getting ready to go.” I was mainly thinking this way because we went to Colorado for almost a week, then shortly after I went on a trip to NYC & DC, then almost immediately after that we went to a family friend’s river property to celebrate his 50th birthday for a weekend, then a week after we got back from the river is when I go to Ireland.

Well, we went to Colorado July 28 and got back from the river yesterday. So, if you did the math and read my rambly summary right, you’d realize that I have one week until I go to Ireland. As of today… Yeah, it’s coming on quickly.

Since my last update, I have (obviously) gone to CO, NYC, DC, and camping. I (naturally) had a blast at all of these places, although for very different reasons as they were all very different trips. The important thing is, of course, that I saw a lot of friends and family and visited a lot of museums. I’m pretty sure I went to more museums in two days in DC than most people visit in two years. I also had my birthday, so my dad and I went to the local museum (Körner’s Folly) after we had tacos y pupusas at a local taquería.

Last night (at 3am), I registered for my courses. Through some kind of Internet Black Magic, I managed to get all (but one, but it turned out ok because I hit the credit limit anyways) of the courses I wanted AND I don’t have class on Tuesdays or Fridays during either semester and no class on Thursdays during semester 2! Seriously, Internet Black Magic. (If you’re interested in which courses I’m taking, there is a page up on my blog that can be found at http://www.ApparentlyApril.com/mlis-courses.)

This week, of course, I am extremely busy with last-minute appointments, packing, cleaning, and saying goodbye to friends. Oh, and sleeping. Maybe.

<3 April
(7 days and counting)

Posted in 2015 (Europe), Blog

25/07/15: One Month!

This post was originally published on my GoFundMe page as Update #12!!

A month left!

That’s right! ONE MONTH. And two of those weeks are traveling!

This month looks like:
Tuesday (28th) – to CO!
Sunday (2nd) – back from CO!
Friday (7th) – to NYC!
Monday (10th) – NYC to DC!
Thursday (13th) – back from DC!
Friday (14th) – BIRTHDAAAAAY
Fri – Sun (14-16) – Camping/birthday event for friend!
Mon (24th) – TO IRELAND

Obviously there is a LOT of cleaning and packing and friends and family time in there. I’m really excited, though. Sometimes I worry a little about whether I’m going to have all my stuff cleaned and packed up and ready to go in the short amount of time I have left, but I have faith in myself. I’ll get it done, I’m sure.

Anyways, I’ve got to go clean more things. XD

Thanks for the support!
<3 April
(30 days and counting)

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3/11/14: Happy November!

Although October is my favorite month (mainly because it’s 31 days where I can buy more Halloween socks, which are hands-down my favorite), Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a time to spend with my family, eating turkey and potatoes and pumpkin pie, but the appeal is the time spent with my family. I have a feeling this Thanksgiving is going to be super hard on me because I’m not at home and won’t be able to celebrate. That’s only happened one other time and I hosted a Friendsgiving that year.

My school has just added some more classes to my schedule today and I start teaching them today. It’s a good thing I can use the intro activity I used for my other classes or I’d be up the creek without a paddle today. I’ll be teaching my class of first years (18 girls, 2 boys) on Mondays 4-5:30pm, my second years (13 girls) on Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, and now the new “English Corner” classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7-9pm. Since the English Corner classes are for students outside of the department I work for, the current estimated class size is 60-70 students. I have a feeling they’ll realize the class is 100% English and the class numbers will dwindle quickly. I can only hope. That’s a ridiculous class size. >.<

Other than that, I’ve taken up the ukulele. There’s a nice music shop just down by Yummy Street and the owners are really nice. I teach them English and they teach me ukulele. It’s fun to go and practice and hang out. I can definitely tell I’m learning in Chinese, though. (Carlos doesn’t speak English, but Charlotte translates for me.) Carlos will tell me the string numbers to play “sān yī èr, sì yī èr” (3 1 2, 4 1 2) and instead of saying them in English in my head, I’ll say “sān yī èr, sì yī èr”. It’s funny to me.