[ the journey of man – February 9th, 2012 ]

February 9, 2012 Comments Off on [ the journey of man – February 9th, 2012 ]

I get asked this a lot, probably not shocking for everyone to hear that, and I’ve always known the answer — if the opportunity presented itself I would go for it, but honestly its expensive, I don’t live in Florida any more, since I’m over 21 my (adoptive) parents now can no longer request it themselves so right now? It would honestly be more of a hassle then it would a help.

That being said, it doesn’t mean I’ve never been curious – infact the truth is quite the opposite. Its something I’ll admit to have struggled with over the years. My (adoptive) parents -are- my parents, I don’t know other parents I don’t consider myself as really (actively at least) having other parents, but somewhere in the back of my mind I constantly am aware that biologically, I’m not their child – even if I’m not treated differently by anyone in my family or not; which is probably a perk of having been adopted at birth and thank whatever higher power may exist not having to have gone through the Foster care system.

My big news I mentioned a few entries back is something I never thought would happen.

When I was younger me and my parents had talked about getting my DNA tested but it used to be really expensive, like not worth it expensive for how young I was the one time it came up. The second lab we had in my Bio-Anthropology class we got told we could put our names in a hat, to have them drawn (3 people would get their DNA tested through National Geographic’s Genegraphic Project). I kinda made a bold step and asked the class that if anyone got chosen and really didn’t mind, to give up their test to me because – well I’m adopted and unlike the majority of people I don’t even have a sliver of knowledge about what ethnicity I am or where I fall on the Geneology tree.

One of the guys in my group ended up gettingp picked and he gave up his test for me – probably one of the nicest things someone has ever done for me and I don’t really know if he understands teh gravity of the gesture he made or how much I appreciated it (I’ll admit I cried when I got in my car).

Thinking about knowing something like half o my lineage is a world changing thing for me, its so weird. In both freaky and awesome ways. I’m really curious but I’m scared at the same time. Honestly, I used to make jokes and try and get out of famil history/nationality projects when I was a kid, I guess I won’t have that option any more.

I feel like I should say more, but I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around it. So this will be a really short entry, but look for updates on my results as soon as I get them!

PS. Not this week (mmm midterms) or next week (mmm two papers due) but the following week after I’m gonna change my updating style. Tuesdays will be my generic update day and Fridays will be an outfit post! It’ll probably usually be me but maybe every now and then I’ll post someone else! We’ll see!

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[ snow days – 2.4.11 ]

February 5, 2011 Comments Off on [ snow days – 2.4.11 ]

Despite all of the snow on the ground and the freezing temperatures it was actually a really nice day outside yesterday. The sun was shinning, there wasn’t too much wind, and most of the streets were cleared enough to not make walking too difficult (though I can’t say the same for the bus stops, I don’t know how the city expects us to wait for public transit when there’s still 20-22 inches of snow on the ground…) Ken came over and bought me sushi in exchange for some new photos for his new music project. Priscilla came over when we were done, it was really nice to see Priscilla and Ken again. I haven’t seen Ken in literal months, I don’t think I’ve seen him since he moved back in with his parents in the suburbs and I haven’t seen Priscilla since the beginning of winter quarter when she moved back to Chicago from Florida.

I’ve come to the conclusion I need to completely revamp the way I’ve been living. I need to get back to cooking all of my meals myself, not ordering in any more. I need to start exercising as well, even if it’s just for a half hour on my days off or my later starting days. I need to severely cut back on alcohol and junk food intake. I definitely don’t think I’m as bad off diet wise as most college kids or people my age, but most people my age don’t have my demanding schedule or as many ridiculously inconvenient health problems. I need to take my health more seriously. I’m someone who has had a lot of health problems over the year (thankfully nothing serious or deadly) and I need to start taking better care of myself. When I’m eating healthier, stressing less, and taking better care of myself, I’m hoping that it’ll help with my vertigo.

I’m using my trip to Florida this weekend (for my Nana’s 90th birthday!) as the end of one era of my life per se. I’m going to come back and cut a lot of foods back out of my diet (bread, pasta, soda) and get back to eating like I was before Kendra moved in. I think it would do me a lot of good. It’ll give me the energy and strength I need to get through the rest of winter quarter and spring quarter (seriously though, who the fuck decided to punish the Adv. Photo kids and make the class 8:45am?!?!?!?) If I don’t start taking better care of myself, I know it’s going to come back to bite me in the (mostly likely soon) future.

I’m really excited about going to Florida, I wasn’t originally but now that I’m sitting here staring down at my suitcase I’m getting more stoked about it. I haven’t seen my dog (the bigger one! Rupert looks so much like Stanford it’s scary. It’s like I put him in photoshop and made him smaller and then brought him to Chicago!), my Mom, or my Nana since I was down in early June of last year. This is the longest time I’ve gone without seeing them or going back to Florida. It feels really weird actually, that I’m about a week short of it being 8 months since the last time I went back. I’m hoping it will go smoothly.

I’m a little upset I won’t have time to visit anyone, but it’ll still be nice to be able to see my family. I’m going to try and drive down during Spring Break so that I’ll have time to make trips to Orlando and St. Augustine. Plus my dad already promised me pancakes and manatee watching at Deleon Springs so… I mean obviously I have to go.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend! I’m sure I’ll have tons of pictures to share when I get back from my little ultra super mini-vacation on Monday (no, seriously, I’m going to be in Florida less than 48 hours because I couldn’t get tonight off, gah.)

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