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Well guys, today's the day. I'm off to London at about 10pm EST and I won't be back in the states for six months. I am so beyond excited, especially for the chance to travel about. I'm going to be updating this journal far less frequently because I'll be writing in megabroad until I get back. I'm sure I'll have the occasional update here but if you want to find me - check out megabroad.

In other news - I can get and send text messages while abroad, although only 100 total per month. That is, however, the cheapest and most convenient way to get ahold of me. You can also call and leave me a message on my cell; it's like calling a us phone as long as I don't pick up :). I'll update contact info after I figure it out myself.

This is it, guys. I'm ready to go. And I know where my towel is.
Searching for Books

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This meme is cute. Thanks Kat!
bold = read
italicized = abandoned
underlined = in the to-read pile
*be-asterisked* = read multiple times
** = read more times than I can count
struck through = hated

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
*Wuthering Heights*
The Silmarillion
*Life of Pi : a novel*
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
*Madame Bovary*
The Odyssey
*Pride and Prejudice*
**Jane Eyre (read tons and tons of times)
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
*Great Expectations*
**American Gods**
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo

A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons

The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels

Les Misérables
The Corrections
*The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay*
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes : a memoir

The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
*The Unbearable Lightness of Being*

The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
*The Catcher in the Rye*
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an Inquiry into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
*The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers Does the Wishbone version count?
Bastard out of Carolina

Wow - what a weird collection of books. I wonder who made that list? Someone like me because I've read a ton of them.
Snow White

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Like mattador, I really enjoyed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised by the turn it took. I mean, Nazis and Russians -- par for the course. But the other bit? Oh well, that's George Lucas for you. Regardless I still loved it. It was wonderfully campy, a great period piece, and included a car chase through New Haven (about 30 min from where I was watching the movie).

I'm really hitting crunch time now - I can't believe at this time in three days I'll be in LONDON! I'm so beyond excited and I'm just getting the last of my packing and shopping done. On tap for today is getting a power converter, getting a travel book, and making photocopies of all of my important documents. I still haven't found a job or place to live yet. I'll keep you updated.

In other news, my grandmother got me two adorable rain jackets for all the English rain. *So* cute!

This one in black and

this one that's reversible.
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Aww, wow. I just had to share this email I just got:

Subject: Email from the Past
Dear Future Version of Me,

Congratulations on making it to Graduation day! Right now is seems so far away (although I try not to think too much about it... it\'s coming up pretty rapidly). By this point I probably have a job lined up, or at least plans for the summer. Maybe I\'m traveling some where, or maybe I\'m going to graduate school (although that seems a bit unlikely). Today is January 1st, 2007 and it\'s the start of a new year. I want to make this year a fresh start, I want to worry less and try to have more fun. Did I succeed?

Right now I am at home in California enjoying New Years Day with Mom, Dad, Kelly and Connor. This afternoon, Kelly and I are going to watch Dad and Connor play in a hockey game against one another. Mom is making an amazing roast for dinner. This winter break I did a ton of baking and relaxing (although the downside of that was that I gained a ton of weight which I now have to lose). Kelly got a brand new Apple computer and at the moment, everyone is a little stressed out trying to figure out how to set it up and move all of the files from her old computer (which is nearly dead) to her new one.

In the coming year, I\'m going to try to work on my party website (in case I never did, and I forgot about it, it\'s a website that targets people aged 18-28 and helps them plan parties on small budgets in small spaces), do some investing, and generally try to enjoy myself more. Having a lighter course load should help. I\'m also going to try to keep a journal and make an entry every day this year. At least that resolution is one I should be able to keep, even if I just write a few words.

Today, January 1, 2007, a lot of things worry me and I\'m nervous about leaving home tomorrow to go back to school. I\'m going to miss my family a lot. I\'ll bet none of that\'s changed. I hope I am still healthy and safe, and I am surrounded by my family on this special day as I move to a new point in my life. Congratulations, I never could have made it this far without me...keep up the good work!!
Written at Mon Jan 01, 2007
I've Found Friends!

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I really had a fantastic time during senior week and graduation - every bit of it was so much better than I expected. And, even more surprisingly, I held myself together during the entire thing only getting teary when I said goodbye to my parents in Boston. I knew I made the right choice in choosing to do something after graduation that is, arguably, more exciting/terrifying than graduating college so I have that to focus on.

Of course, possibly the other reason I'm not feeling sad about leaving Colby is that it hasn't hit me yet. I haven't fully comprehended the fact that I will probably never eat another Dana burger; will never discover my razor stolen out of my shower caddy; will never complain about people complaining about trayless days. But I think I'm lucky in some ways. A lot of people are taking some part of Colby with them - whether they are still living in Maine (or even Waterville), or are still dating or living with a friend from school. But that makes it even harder because you think you're brining it all with you and if you break up or move it's like you lose everything again. Everything about Colby that I take with me is intangible and therefore I'm not going to be losing it any time soon.

I couldn't be more thankful for the last four years and I'm so excited for what's coming next.
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Tomorrow is the big day and I'm getting more and more nervous as I get closer. I think I'm handling it pretty well, though. My family arrived last night and seemed to be surprised to find Maine cold (hasn't it been, like, 100 back home? I guess mid-50s does seem mildly chilly after that). Today is my baccalaureate ceremony and I'm sure people are going to be saying things that are going to make me tear up (I'll also be particularly susceptible to tears give the fact I haven't really slept in 3 days). They really should put pockets in the robes for kleenex.

My biggest concern at this point is getting everything packed. There are the things that go home with my family, the things that get recycled or donated, and the things that come with me. The 'me' pile is mostly my more professional clothes given that those are more expensive if I do end up getting a job but I just feel like I'm going to be missing something big. Yikes.

Ahh! I can't believe it's my graduation!!
I haven't decided about the shirt yet

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Was doing really well with the "Graduating on May 25th and OMGthatssosoonOMG" thing, except just today it's really starting to hit me. Here are my next three weeks:

Sunday, May 25th - Graduate college
Sunday, June 1 - Arrive in London
Saturday, June 7 - Turn 22

I think I've got some pretty big events coming up.

Yeesh. I'm really nervous!
I've Found Friends!

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I'm pretty exhausted after last night's pub crawl (we were on the early bus and got back at 1:45am... I then proceeded to wake up at 8:30. Nice.) and I need to get ready for bowling soon but I wanted to share my favorite picture from last night:

It was so much fun - Portland is by far one of my favorite places. I also got to hear people talk about how much fun I'm going to have in England on the entire ride down so that got me really excited. I can't believe I leave in 11 days!!
I haven't decided about the shirt yet

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I really am going to stop soon, I promise. But I made one for an outfit I'd actually life to wear. In fact, it's one that I've gone so far as to actually put in my shopping cart at Forever 21 (where I got all of the clothes, shoes, and most of the accessories for the outfit):

It's it adorable? Somehow I don't think spending $100 on that outfit, as cute as it is, is entirely practical and they were sold out of the hat which really makes the outfit for me so maybe I'll be able to pass. But still... vintage!

Speaking of which, I found the first reasonably priced online vintage-inspired clothing shop. It doesn't have a lot but it looks like it's got some really nice things!