Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Twitter Account!

I just created a new twitter account for personal use. I feel obligated to write about accounting on my other one, since Accounting is part of my username!

You can now follow me @cecimeanspeas

We went have seen the 4 big sights that we bought an entry ticket for here in Ravenna, as well as the local beach. It is also raining again, so we are just having a quiet afternoon in the hostel.

The big group of Polish students is gone, although we saw them once today while sightseeing. Tonight there is another big group, only about half the size (33) people, but they are Italian, and the woman who runs the hostel tells me that they will be much louder than the Polish students.

I haven't been able to sit down and draw much this trip because it has been raining outside. I did some sketches at a fwe museums. I'm going to wander around now and see if I can find something to paint to pass the time.

Tomorrow we go to Perugia! It is supposed to rain more the two days we are there, but it will be rain in a new place! So... exciting!

Maybe the weather will clear up for my birthday in Firenze??


Monday, March 30, 2009

Buonasera! Ceci live from Italia!

I am in my 3rd Italian city already! We went to the beach today. Well, it was almost sunny, and warm enough or only two layers, so it was quite enjoyable, but clearly not beach season yet!

This is the first time Ive been able to access internet for any length of time since our first night (in Milan.) After Milan we went to Venice, which is really expensive for everything, so I managed to spend about $10 just on sending emails to la mamma to let her know we are alive and eating healthy.

This huge tour group of Polish people just arrived at our hostel. Cool! We were the only ones here before. I am not sure if they will speak English though, as their group leader had a fairly difficult time checking them in.

Aw, I was going to upload a photo for you, but my camera is not cooperating. I can probably get one off of Dads camera tomorrow.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Packed and sorta ready!

Everything I'm taking is in this bag. And that totally hip fanny pack! (Almost-there's some stuff that's going in a plastic target bag until I meet up with Dad at the airport and then HE gets to take it.

Today I sewed us little cotton "sleep sacks" to protect us from potentially dirty sheets. I hemmed my new jeans, which took hours... I ripped some audiobooks for our iPods and those long train rides.

Oh and I put little ladybugs on my backpack so I look really badass and intimidate pickpockets.

I'm getting really excited about enforced downtime without a computer or a book to read. I'm hoping that some creative juices start flowing and I can work on some projects that I've been turning around in my head for awhile.

Now I just have to get some copies made of a couple of things, and print out the confirmation numbers for a couple of reservations.

Time for... a gratuitous cute photo of Mel and Andrea from this weekend! Claw hands!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Mel and I headed downtown tonight to see our friend's band Pholksinger Josh. They are pretty entertaining, but the guy who played before them, John Craigie was awesome. Dude is hilarious. Apparently he just drives from town to town playing music wherever he stops. I needed some relaxing folksinging experience to round out my week in Athens!

After all the drag shows we went to this week, when I looked in my wallet I was thinking "Score! I already have a whole lot of ones! I won't have to worry about getting change!" And then I realized you don't need dollar bills for folksingers, haha. But I ended up needing them all in the end, to buy that John Craigies's CD.

I spent a lot of time randomly chatting with Athens townies this week, and meeting random people downtown. I guess that's what happens when you're in Athens without classes or work. Tim, the guy with long white hair who paints buildings around town, was gave me tips today about my upcoming trip to Italy.

Tom Walker, who plays guitar downtown a lot is now my friend on MySpace, haha. And then I met this girl who bellydances, but I recognized her from a drag show. And I met her friend, who turns out is an old friend of my friend Matt... It was a weird and wonderful week of meeting people.

Tomorrow it's back to Atlanta and trying to get everything organized before we leave for Italy. I'm hoping to get some decent pictures drawn/painted while we're there, so maybe I can share them when I come back.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hanging out in Athens has been super-cool.fuck. Michal typed "fuck," by the way. We're currently inspecting a "mysterious" red spot on his back right now. He is always shirtless here.

We determined that he missed a spot when he put sunscreen on, so a patch got burned, and now he feels better. Now instead of being worried about it, he thinks it's cool.

Today was a nice relaxed day. Mel's sister spent the day with us, and we hung out in the botanical gardens. Matt met up with us there, and we randomly ran into Winn too, so we were all united as future roomies.


Sorry, had to go defend Mel. I think I've got some bruises, plus I'm pretty sure Michal won. Damn. When we have Winn on our roomie-team, we will totally win ice fights against any Polish boys who dare to take us on.


Sooo . . . I actually had a conversation with this guy I have a crush on last night. It was exciting, but a little disappointing. He was friendly, but we didn't really get far into a conversation, and I wonder if we would ever have much to say to each other? Hard to say from just one conversation.

I think I need to just enjoy being single at the moment. I think I can handle that.

In the meantime, I'm chilling out listening to this guy play guitar.

Jammin' at the first drag show of the night (2nd of the week.):

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy and Hyper and FRUSTRATED

Went to the first drag show of the week today. It was pretty awesome, except they need to dance up on stage at Tasty World, so that us short people can see all those talented dancers.

Also, I have a crush, which hasn't happened for awhile, and I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to do about it. Try to talk to him?

Edit: Mel says I should mention the lesbians/transboys (not sure what they identify as?) hitting on us. And by us, she means, they made her grab their asses and compare which one was better. I'm pretty sure it was the same one one that hit on me last time I was at a drag show at Blur.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Love Poem

I love the song "Love Poem" by Athens Boys Choir . . . I've been listening to it a lot lately. I think I just want to fall in love. And stay in it. And really understand someone else, and decorate a house together.

And then I think, OMG I can't settle down and have a house or anything, there's a whole world out there to see first! And I feel like dating someone seriously will be an anchor, like having a house, because it is hard to find people who are okay with picking up and moving to a completely different place every so often, which I think I want to do. Maybe.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Creating... Meditation.

When I was younger, I really wanted to EXPRESS myself when I drew or painted. And I was always frustrated because my drawing skills are not strong enough to do that. Now, I draw and paint as a way to meditate.

When I feel so strongly about something, and I want to DO something about it, but there's nothing I CAN do: I draw. I pick some random object and focus on copying it for an hour, and it calms me down. It gives me a way to just not think about what it is that's making me anxious.

It's a new discovery that I can calm myself down like this. I can feel hurt and angry and it feels like what I really need is to go out and run 5 miles, or do something to prove to the people that hurt me that I'm worth it. But what helps the most is sitting down and making a crappy drawing of my car keys. Amazing.

(I did this car keys drawing a long time ago, and actually I'm pretty happy with it. So maybe not that crappy. But still, it's car keys, not great expressive art.)