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School’s Out Forever

Confession: I’ve been suffering from a major case of writers block.

I blame school.

The entire month of March was spent researching and writing four papers: two individual papers, two group papers. In total I wrote about 9,000 words. So not only did I have nothing left to say here, but there was also nothing exciting to report.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I have exciting stuff to report now, I just have the time and energy to write 🙂

Luckily, classes are officially over! Yes, we started at the end of September, and ended the first week of April. This was the perfect masters program: the short kind!

Of course, there is a huge mountain of work still ahead, but the majority of the masters program is behind us. So now what?

Now my life will be consumed with mind-maps, books with multi-colored sticky tabs, and pages of notes. Now I dive into writing my dissertation. The 12,000-word paper is due in July and can be on any music related topic we choose. I have decided to write about the different factors that lead to the self-destruction of young pop stars. There has been very little written on this topic so I’m getting creative with my resources. Anyway, I won’t bore you with the details now because I have until July to do that.

Onto more exciting stuff:

Okay, I guess I did one fun thing in March. I went to see In A Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre, staring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams. It was an incredible play. I can best describe it as very serious but with comedic moments sprinkled throughout. After years of playing Dr. Jack Sheppard on Lost, was interesting to see Matthew Fox play a character who was unapologetically honest, evil, and flawed.

Fox & Williams taking a bow

The two stars play brother and sister, and Fox’s character has come to help William’s character move out of her home deep in the forest. It turns out that the sister house full of secrets that she’s been keeping from her brother. The play runs until early June and I highly recommend it if you’re looking to see a show in London.

I have also been working on my “27 before 27” list. I have definitely failed to complete many of them that required constant attention, but perhaps attempting this and a master’s degree was a bit too much. I am still working through it however, and I recently finished knitting a scarf!

I have also been working through the movies I have never seen, finding the best Mexican food in London (more on that soon), and planning trips to countries in Europe that I’ve never been to before.

More than anything I am now looking ahead to the next couple months. I will have lots of visitors coming between now and the end of May, including my parents. We are taking a trip to Greece for ten days, and then they will spend four days in London before heading back to the US.

Looking forward to Greece!

There is also tons of excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding on April 29th. I still have not decided where I’ll be watching it, since my invite was clearly lost in the mail. Considering the world-wide excitement surrounding this event, it is hard not to resist going down to the route to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Of course, the job search is also on. I am hoping to find something here in London in the next couple months so that I can stay for at least another year. In the mean time, I’ve got plenty of writing to do!

Ciao,

Sheila

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My Life These Days

Ring of Fire

My life these days consists of a variety of things:

-Classes

-Studying for classes

-Parties with friends from class

-Quality time getting to know my classmates

Yes, my life revolves around school right now. November is going to be a long month, with papers, projects, and exams all due  in the next 3 weeks.

All this going on and I feel as if I have nothing to say.

So instead, here are some photos from Halloween (my favorite holiday).

Lots of characters celebrating Halloween 2010

The German contingency (Alex and Florian) on the bus

Yeah, I go to school with these guys...

Sometimes acting your age is way over rated…

Showing the international kids how to play Beer Pong using an ironing board

Round 1 of Ring of Fire (aka Kings)

Finally finished reading 1984.

Trying to pick my next fun book to read, but school books are taking over.

And who knows when I’ll get to that 27 before 27 list.

On that positive note…

Ciao,

Sheila

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Found myself in the city near Piccadilly

Who has been the worst blog updater ever? That would be Me!

I feel that emergency eye surgery is a good enough excuse though. Well, that and dealing with moving BACK to London.

The EYE

My eye is doing better. I’m stuck wearing glasses, which isn’t too bad except for when it rains (which it does just about every day). I’m really hoping that by November I can get back to contacts. On sunny days, I am still rocking the big sunglasses since they are so big, I can wear them over my glasses. They are pretty amazing and I’ll probably keep them for those sunny days when I’m too lazy, tired, or hung over to wear my contacts. People who wear contacts know the days I am talking about.

LONDON

I have officially moved back to London and started classes. I’m living in a two bedroom flat in a student housing building very close to central London. I definitely like it here and I’m close to 3 tube stations that can take me pretty much anywhere in London. For places that are close, I can take the bus or even walk if I have my umbrella with me.

SCHOOL

It’s definitely taking some time to adjust back to “school life”, especially since for the past 12 months I’ve been living the “do nothing life”. We had induction for 2 days last week and that definitely helped. There are about 30 people in our class who come from all over the world with totally different backgrounds. It has been fun getting to know everyone, where they come from, and why they’re doing this short but intense program.

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little intimidated at the beginning. Again, after doing things on my own time table this past year, I know it is going to be an adjustment getting back into school mode. I just have to remind myself I’m 5 years older than the last time I was in school (I can’t believe it has been that long!) and I can definitely do this if I just manage my time and focus.

Oh, and we started a blog for our program where we’ll be talking music biz. You can check it out here.

Etc, Etc.

I started reading “Dirty, Sexy, Politics” by Meghan McCain a couple of days ago and I totally recommend it. Whether or not you’re into politics, whether you are republican or democrat, it doesn’t matter! It is a fun read. Also, for my friends in Nashville, there’s an entire chapter devoted to her night out in our amazing city after the Presidential debate at Belmont.

Finally, if you haven’t already, you should check out The XX. Amazon is selling the digital CD for $6.99 (iTunes has it for $9.99), and I’m not even sure if the physical album is available in the US yet.

Sorry for the boring photo-less post, but I promise to put up  a more exciting post soon.

Ciao,

Sheila

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