Foreigner in Disguise

For a long time I've been living in this country with no right to vote. As someone who's always been politically active an involved, it's been an odd feeling to not have that visceral connection to the workings of the place I'm living. I aways still listened and paid attention to what was going on, but my opinions didn't really drive me quite as much as they would have back home. It just wasn't my responsibility.

It's been very different for me this time around since I now have the right to vote and now I can be just as responsible for what goes on around me as the next guy. So I've been paying attention to this UK general election a bit more than I would have without the right to vote. And my vote felt terribly important to me, so I wanted to make sure I exercised my right with intentionality and thought.

I remember the thrill of registering to vote in the US when I was 18 and the thrill of casting my vote for the presidential election. Much like that experience I had back when I was 18, I actually felt kind of thrilled to be able to vote today.

(Oh yeah, and for those of you who may not know...I'm back in London)

Watch this space

I'm in Florida for the foreseeable future while I sort out being able to legally return to England.

I shall soon be blogging about the strange and alien world that is know as:


More on this later.....

Well, at least my days aren't boring

I'm sitting here on my neighbor's laptop occupying myself while I wait for any flatmate to come home so that I can go into my flat.

So where are my keys, you wonder? They got thrown down a grate by an irate autistic child when he was in the process of destroying my classroom...ripping tops of of tables, throwing whatever he could find and kicking in doors and radiators.

The trigger that upset him? He chose cake for pudding and didn't want it. He wasn't allowed to choose a second pudding.

But he did learn that he's not getting what he wants by destroying the classroom, so VICTORY IS MINE!

Anyway, it all had to happen on the night my ex-flatmate kidnapped me to see La Cage aux Folles (GREAT show!) and both current flatmates are out. So it's now 12:30 and I have to be up in 5 hours and I still can't even get to my bed.

It's all good. And yay for cool neighbors that let me sit in their living room while they sleep and use their laptop!

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The State of the Jen

Hello again,

I figured I should fill in the details of my life for those of you who have been asking, since I've been rather bad yet again about posting here. I'm not sure why, really, but perhaps it's due to a slight disconnect I've been feeling in general.

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In other news:
I'm still waiting to hear if I got the grant to do a PhD at WAAPA. All of my plans post-December pretty much ride on this. If I get the grant, I'll spend some time at home before heading there in February. If I don't get the grant, I'll spend some time at home and come back here and continue to get my ass kicked by autistic kids probably. And I'll keep looking for more financial aid. I know I really want to do a PhD, but I won't be taking out any more loans to do it. I've got enough on my back paying for my masters. And coming back here to work is mainly it's a financial decision. If I uprooted and moved without a job or situation to go into, it would just end up costing me more. And it's still slightly better to be earning the pound, even if it's weakening.

I've been pretty sick for about a month now. It started with a basic flu and progressed to a cough that wouldn't go away. And not just an annoying hacking cough, but the kind where you can't breathe when laying down. After about four weeks of coughing, I finally went to the doc who told me I've been walking around with mild pneumonia. I've been spending the last few days confined couch or bed with only my laptop and tv for company mainly.

Normally, I'm not too bothered when I get sick and I'd like to think I'm pretty tough, but this one has been wearing me down. I finally hit a low point when I was sitting by myself in my flat, unable to make myself a cup of tea. I just couldn't do it. I just wanted to call someone and cry, but I couldn't think of anyone to call. This is the hard part about being out here. I've got some really good friends, but at the same time, I'm still on my own for most of this stuff. It can wear ya down a bit. But it's temporary. Hopefully the horse strength antibiotics will do the trick and I can get back out there where I won't feel so on my own.

But other than that, life goes on and isn't that bad really. I've been getting to some good music events and soon will be able to perform in them too hopefully. I've also resolved to do an open mic night before Christmas.

And I'm really lucky to be having a good job doing good work even if it's not what I planned on. I work with great people, and have made some great friends. There are so many cool people in my life these days and I'm in awe of most of them. (Hopefully they will be in awe of my cooking when they all come over for Thanksgiving). But I'm really looking forward to spending some time with my family this Christmas...I miss them!

And I'll leave you with a little shot I call "Irony in London". Can you spot it? (you may need to zoom in from the web album to spot it)

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Well, it looks like I will soon have to consider putting this laptop down and replacing it. I bought it used from a friend a couple of years ago and it's about 5 years old now. It's really starting to groan under the weight of the larger media files it has to run and it's also breaking down often with power supply issues.

So I'm beginning to think of replacing this guy now. The question is- should I go with an Apple or a PC?

I do run a lot of media files and when I start working on my performing arts PhD, I'll be using a lot sound recording and video recording stuff.

Mobility and something lightweight would be pretty cool too.

I've always had PCs until this Mac and I really like it, but there are some things that drive me crazy about it, such as how iPhoto SUCKS and how Apple leaves you with little choices as to components and add-ons (their business practices around the iPod and the iPhone make them look very similar to Microsoft). But considering that this guy is 5 years old, it's survived alright.

Obviously, getting a Mac is a bit more expensive, but I do get an educator discount.

With a PC, I could feasibly get things like a bigger hard drive and more RAM for less money, but what little I've used of Windows Vista, I'm not terribly fond of it. And I wonder if they can last as long.

So I'm asking all my friends from both camps...for a new laptop, PC or Mac?

Ask me questions, give me reasons. I'd love your input.


Officially accepted

I got my official acceptance to do a PhD in Performing Arts at WAAPA.

But I'm still waiting to hear if I got the grant. So now it's just a search for money (like there's anything "just" about that!).

Yet another tease

It's been a long time since I've updated, huh?

I swear, I have lots to update on and lots of pics to post...and I promise to do put them up by the end of August.

For now, I'm currently in Devon at Dartington having an amazing time rubbing shoulders with world class musicians and composers in weather that vaguely resembles that of a Victorian horror novel while also getting to play the scariest character I've ever played in Apparitions. (The picture there is my mask...)

There's lots more to follow and lots going on in my life at the moment. For now, let's just say that I have a big plan that I'm excited about, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to pull it off.

But that's not stopping me yet.

Hope you're still reading.....

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster..

Well, two nights.

'Twas uber cool. 

But now I'm waiting for the taxi to go to the airport. 

A long fight to Dubai, then a long flight to London and I'll get back around noontime on Monday.

Then off to Stourport on Tuesday for the rest of the week to run some choir rehearsals for a big festival performance this summer..

Pictures and synopsis of trip to come soon...suffice to say, it's been fantastic.

Until later....