Thursday, November 10, 2011

October 30th-November 9th

Well since most of last week blogging time was devoted to creating the fall break novel of a blog, I didn't have the energy or the extra time to blog for each day unfortunately. So what I have decided to do is just give a few high lights from each day instead of doing one for each day. Also, I might not be very good about food in this post, I know you are all devastated not hearing about which flavor of yogurt I had with breakfast. Well, starting with:

October 30th
This was the day that Chris left so most of the day was spent uploading pictures to facebook and beginning the blog. Nothing very exciting happened because I was so tired from the fast paced break that all I wanted to do was lay in bed and catch up on some sleep and other things I needed to do on the computer. I was emotionally drained from sending off Chris. This was not a very good week for me emotionally, and that is also why I am not giving a daily update because I don't want to whine and look back on this and get upset at myself for whining.

October 31st
For my lighting class we went to the Gucci Museum that opened in the Piazza Signoria and it was really interesting to see all of the historic pieces of luggage and clothing. I also found out my midterm grade and I did much better than I thought I did. For sustainable class, we also went on a field trip but we went to a tile store that was also for bathroom fixtures. It was interesting seeing all of the different tiles and styles that Italy has. On the way home, I got some gelato. I can officially say that I have had gelato for dinner; I feel like a true Italian now. We had our halloween party when I got home and it was so much fun! A lot of people showed up and it was a great party. Us girls were characters from Sex and the City, I was obviously Charlotte York. We went out to a new bar after and that was fun dancing and goofing around.

Side note, how the heck is it already November?

November 1st
Since All Saint's day is observed here in Italy, we did not have school. I spent the day working on blogs and catching up on homework. It was rainy out so the option of going outside was put to the bottom of the to do list.

November 2nd
Wine class was good and we got our midterms back. I did well on the test and I was really glad because I studied very hard for that test. The wine class is not at all what I thought it was going to be like. There are so many different types of varieties and classifications to grapes that it is amazing! Here I was thinking there were only three! Red, green, and black are honestly all that I think the world needs to know about.

November 3rd
Great morning filled with sleeping in, laundry, and sweeping. I have become a freak about making my bed, not a day goes by that I don't make it. The true test will be if I continue this habit when I return home. Italian class was good and we got our midterms back, I got an 89! I am very happy with my grade, do I wish it was an A? Of course, but I am still happy with the grade I received.

November 4th
Day was filled with finishing blogs and working on homework. At night, I went to dinner at Adrian, Connor, and Harry's apartment and we made a roasted chicken with rice and potatoes! It was so delicious. In conclusion, the bird took about an hour and a half longer to cook than we had originally intended, we were very hungry by the time we ended up eating. We had plenty of wine to keep us occupied though so it was all fine.

November 5th
I went to the San Lorenzo market and walked around looking at everything and buy different presents for my family. It was so much fun and I was able to take my  mind off of all the things I had been thinking about lately and just give myself a breather. I went to the boy's apartment again for fondue and that was a lot of fun. They had a lot of people there and it the fondue beyond delicious.

November 6th
Good day! I went to church in the morning with Mrs. Messina and it was interesting to say the least. I can now cross "being slapped by a holy figure" off of my bucket list. Ok, some explaining is obviously needed. We were at church and it was a special mass because the cardinal (or bishop, we couldn't quite tell) of Florence was at mass! It was a glorious celebration and there was so much singing and praising going on. So, the cardinal was walking around shaking hands and kissing people's cheeks and when he gets to me, we shake hands but because I don't go into kiss him, he slaps me! Ok, it was more of a pat pat on the cheek, but it is more fun to say that I got slapped, isn't it?

November 7th
For lighting class, we reviewed all the different types of lighting and it was a boring but informational class. It is interesting to learn about all the characteristics and details that the types of lighting have. For Sustainable design we went to a site located in Florence and it was really cool to see a bit of modern architecture inside of a city that is filled with the exact opposite. When we returned to the class, the architect came back with us and gave a presentation more in detail of the process he went through and a lot more of the technical details were given. The budget for his little project was 3 million euro. Pocket change, really.We also found out that a majority of our final project for the class will be individual. For those of you who have put up with me whining about our midterm project, you understand what an amazing thing this was for me to hear. My responsibility will be to redesign more in detail our private offices in the conference center and I am very excited to start this project.

November 8th
A happy 43rd birthday to Mr. Marshall
In my revit class I finally took my midterm and handed in part of my final project. I received a 95 on the midterm and I am very thrilled. I came home and was able to skype with my Mamma for a little bit and that was so nice. We have this system worked out where we skype Tuesday and Thursday right before she goes to work and right before I head to my Italian class. It works out very nicely for both of us. Mr. Messina was finally released from the hospital and it was an amazing thing to have on this day. Courtney and I went out to Karaoke and had such a fun time. We plan on going back again very soon.

November 9th
Mr. and Mrs. Messina got onto a train to Milan to spend the night there and then hopefully take a flight out of there the next day. He just needs to get home to America to the doctors that speak English and so that they can really tell him what is going on instead of dodging around all the questions and not giving answers. 
I had my wine class in the morning, and again, it was beyond filled with information. I washed my sheets before class hoping that they would be dry by bedtime. In the afternoon, I wandered around the Oltrarno and had a few hours to myself just to think. It is getting harder and harder for me to get lost in my beloved city. Every time I cross the river and try to get lost, I just always end up at the Piazza Michelangelo, without fail. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. I made dinner with Freddy and Adrian and it was delicious. We made a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and mozz cheese. I made a salad dressing that Court's mom taught me how to make and it was SO good. We used the rest of my pesto that I got from Cinque Terra with pasta and chicken for the main dish. We had a new type of red wine and it was very delicious. Also, to add a memory that only I will understand, "Did you pour acid down my window?"

I am so sorry that I have been bad about my postings, I just was mostly devoting my time to the Fall break blog, and if you read that, you know how long and detailed it was. So, this is a promise to you and myself that I will be better about my blogs again. The last few weeks I have really dropped the ball and this is not good for when I look back on this to remember every detail of my time here. So, starting today, I will implement my daily blog again. I know you are all so pumped :)

Con amore, Ciao!


  1. -It was emotionally draining for me as well
    -Charlotte was definitely the most attractive of the four
    -I think the U.S should implement that holiday
    -Yellow grapes are delicious
    -Sounds like you could basically handle Thanksgiving now!
    -Nothing is better than cheese, cheese, and more cheese.
    -Was it the back of his hand or front?!?
    -3 million is nothing compared to what you will be working with sooner or later!
    -It was actually his 39th, don't insult him.
    -I'm glad they finally were able to get back home, unfortunately I can only assume they may not have the fondest memories of Italy...

  2. 1. You're amazing
    2. It was the front haha