September 29, 2012

Cheerleading, Football, and Shopping for homecoming~

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were hard on me. As I have joined the cheerleaders at my school I am now supposed to stay until 5pm those days and practice. School ends at 2.30 and practice starts at 3pm - That is 2 hours of practice a day! :OO

Right now we still need to figure out a lot of stuff such as me getting a uniform and joining them at games. The original plan is that I should stay after school like them every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and practice with them so they can teach me the dances and the cheers to I will be 110% ready when the basketball season starts - Then I will join the team on full time!
   I'm still catching up in all of my classes so when I come home from school those days I will have tons of    homework that I need to finish. This week, after cheerleading and homework, I went to bed at 9pm and fell    asleep just like that o__O

This week went by pretty fast. Sondra is at the doctor getting a shot while I just finished Skyping my parents. When she gets home, her, Rebecca, and I are going to go shopping for homecoming! There will be black lights at the dance and they will hand out glow sticks but we are planning on doing something special with our hair and makeup. I usually hate shopping but everything is just more fun in America :P

Yesterday I went to my first football game as the coach, Lisa, had asked me to come. Norman was volunteering and he had brought Sondra and Doug too. The game was confusing and I still don’t it. I guess it will come. They were playing at Lompoc High School since Cabrillo’s field doesn't have light but it was supposed to be “our place” so we had the advantage of playing on our own field. It was really really cold but the cheerleaders kept us all cheering so I guess most people didn't realize it. I really can’t wait to be one of those girls!

Sunday I am going to some place with my host family to meet up with 30-40 other exchange students currently living in California. I don't know much about it yet. All I know is that we are going to eat there and present ourselves and our host families o.O

Since I didn't really take any pictures this week (SHAME on you Lucy!) I thought I would tell a little more about the strange American things I've met so far.

  • Their juice! Yes yes I know what juice is and I believe most countries have it but do they all have Pomegranate juice? Blueberry juice? Strawberry and kiwi juice? I think not! (Well at least not where I come from). It’s so coooool!! And no matter which fruit or kind of berry you like, they will have it!
  • Peanutbutter! I always heard of that in TV when I was younger but I never really knew what it was. My friend, who actually went to America last year, had told me about it and I must say that I found it pretty weird. “It’s like peanuts! You know peanuts right? Okay mashed peanuts! And then it’s kinda sweet yet kinda salty”. Yeeeeah.. so I was confused. I have made a couple of peanutbutter sandwiches already and I’m all hooked up on “Reese’s” (Little muffin looking chocolate pieces with peanutbutter inside). Yum *-*!
  • Their acceptance of weird stuff... Like seriously.. This morning I was standing with Sondra's "posse" as a guy on a military suit comes near us, runs around the table  while flaring his arms and shouting: "Distraction, distraction!" and runs away. NOBODY but me stood there starring at him... Not that I don't like the randomness here.. I just don't get how they can not react to that o.O
Atka bonus!
Stalking me as I was making my blog post. This time I accidentally put on blitz so that's the reason he looks possessed O___o Creepaaay! 

September 23, 2012

This week~

I haven't really been able to online the past week so I will make a quick (I guess not really) post about it :)

SundayI didn't really have any plans so I decided to take a look inside that big "basket" that had been standing beside my bed since the day I first came here. It was sort of a welcoming gift that they had prepared and.. well there’s not much to say so let me just show you~

(Of course Atka was stalking me while I was unpacking...)
 ("Uuuh wat is dis?" *Le stalker-kitty glare*)

Tuesday: I honestly don't remember much form Tuesday now but.. I GOT MY HOMECOMING TICKET!! Eeeek it's so unreal! It's awesome!!

Wednesday: Was Speak-like-a-pirate-day and of course we were dressed up! Rebecca (my host mom) had made us these AWESOME pirate hats herself (Sondra got a red one) and bought each one of us an eye patch.

Other than that... it was also Breast Cancer Awareness Day so Mrs. (Or Ms. .. I'm not sure about that. Well the teacher at my school who takes care of the exchange students!) had asked all of us to wear pink and then she would take a picture for the yearbook. She took our pictures, our Senior pictures (The ones that are probably going to be in the yearbook too), some pictures out in front of the school, and then one of Sondra and I since we were dressed as pirates. 

After school Mrs. Gray took me to the cheerleaders' practice room to see if I could join the team. They gave me a bunch of papers and.. I will have to stay after school Monday to see them practice, talk about joining their team, and maybe show off some dance moves. 

When we were done Mrs. Gray brought me to the parking lot where Meg picked me up. We drove to her house and I got to relax on the couch and talk to Hendrick (The German exchange student that lives with her) while she was copying some papers. We went to some restaurant to meet up with Dorothy who is the Area Program Administrator :O We had a small meeting where I had to read and sign some different papers. Every exchange student has to go to such meeting and since I arrived this late I had to go alone (with Meg). 
American fact: When you eat out and can't eat all of your food (Because the portions are HUGE over here) you will actually get these small boxes to bring it home.

Thursday: Was a busy day for me. I had to catch up on some history stuff since I came home late Wednesday and actually fell asleep on my book (no kidding). I was sitting in the kitchen/living room at the dinner table and doing my stuff.. Guess who came to watch me.

During 4th period that day (English class) we had had a sub teacher who happened to have an accent. Later on when Chloe (The Belgium girl whose name I cannot spell yet) was speaking French to Francois (I FINALLY got his name right!) the teacher just broke into their conversation and the whole class went silent and stared at them. (Being an exchange student is a pretty big thing but being able to speak another language is even better here). Suddenly Francois pointed at me and said: "She's Danish" and all the girls stared at me o.O The teacher then came over and told me in English that he spoke Danish and soon he actually introduced himself (In Danish). He was born in America by his French/American (I think) parents who then moved back to Paris where they stayed until they then moved to Iceland (Where you learn how to speak Danish). We had a small conversation and after that the 3 girls in front of my turned around and soon I became the new hot topic. They asked me sooooo many questions o.o I liked it though.. I mean.. Considered I haven't really made any friends here yet that was a big thing.

Friday: We witnessed history as the last space shuttle would fly from Vandenberg Airforce Base (The base I live on!!) to LA where it would be put in a museum. The space shuttles are elder spaceships that are now retiring and this was the last one - Aaaand we would witness the its last flight as it had been put on the back on a HUUUUGE plane and then crossed the parking lot of my school. An incredible view :O

Also Rebecca, Sondra, and I had planned to go shopping for homecoming on Saturday but when Sondra and I got home from school Rebecca told us that her schedule had been moved and she would have to work. Instead we went shopping Friday and we got... the CUTEST dresses. We went to a big mall in which we found loads and loads of stores. The first one we went to was my favorite though (And also the one I got my dress from).
Dresses! Dresses everywhere!!

And here we are! :O Since the theme is Out of this world, and homecoming is in 2 weeks, our dresses are far from done yet. I have A LOT of plans with mine and so has Sondra but not telling yet :x

Saturday: Norman brought us to Boomers which was like a big arcade (Those you see in TV). Inside the building there were machines and stuff you could play on everywhere! :O We spent the first hour inside there playing stuff. To use the machines you'd need little coins that you could put into them and then if you did good in the game you would win tickets.

Doug won one of the games where you had to jump at certain points. Here he's holding the tickets that he won~

Sondra took a picture of me standing on my favorite game. We both went up there and it would start playing music. It was kind of like the Guitar Hero games where you would have to hit a certain string at a certain time - Here you would just have to dance instead and step on the glowing arrows :D
 (Don't mind my crazy hair here - I JUST stepped out of the shower as we were leaving).

When we were done we went to these machines where you would have to put your tickets - It would then give you a card saying how many tickets you had and you would be able to pick your prizes from this place.. 

After picking our prizes we sat down and had some food. Believe it or not but I got a Cherry Cola~

 (Sondra had told me that it was like Cola but with a little hint of Cherry. It was more like Cherry with a tiny tiny hint of Cola, but it was good!

Doug (Le host brother) had a corn dog. Basically it's like a hotdog that has been through a lot of oil and then put on a stick. I have to try one of those one day even though they sound (and look) super unhealthy.

After our snacks we went outside and Sondra challenged me to climb this tall tall wall with little stones on it that you should grab and step on.
Sondraaaa <3 

At the top there was this red button that you would have to push if you got there. I was SO close but for some reason I couldn't figure out how to move my right arm as it was keeping me close to the wall. If I let go I would be hanging out too far from the wall and probably just "fall" down. It saddens me that I didn't get a picture of the whole thing caus' it really was huge. REALLY.

 We went to Wallmart to get me a phone (Of course a Samsung) so I can text and call people here and afterwards we went to Avila Beach somewhere near Santa Maria.
 (My new babyyyyy <3 )

Aaaand aaaand... Avila Beach!
(No matter where I go I see palms and I still gosh over them. Culture shock ftw!).
When we were done swimming (Or sopping) we went back up and had icecream before going home. I got to taste an ice cream named "Motor Oil" o___O It sounds nasty but it was pretty good actually. I ended up having the cake dough flavor while Sondra got Cheesecake covered in chocolate... on a stick! 

 Bonus stuff:
After several times of throwing himself at the wall (Crazy cat) he came to stalk me while I was making this post.

September 16, 2012

Church, blockparty, beach, the movies, and Solvang~

Yesterday we were supposed to go to the beach with our neighbors but they called us and said they couldn’t go. We went though and it was great! The water was all blue, the sun was up high, it was a little windy near the water, and the sand was like… Sand! I’m used to beaches where the sand is filled with shells, and dead crabs, and little pointy rocks etc. so this was like heaven! (Well not really but it was soft!).

We only got our feet (and pants =___=) wet since we didn’t have much time there. We took a few pictures and after that we went to the cinema to watch Ice Age 4.
(HAAAAAH you thought we would be in bathing suits? NAH!)

After the beach we rushed home so we could get to Solvang (Solvang is a "Danish city" in California and these days they were having "Danish Days"). 

And the fun thing is that this is Danish... or supposed to be but except for the Danish flags hanging everywhere, the Danish street names, and the Danish shop names there was almost nothing in common with Denmark. 
I saw people on the streets that were selling pigs.You could actually buy... a pig. What do they think we are? Farmers?! O___o
Other than that I could do nothing but laugh at their clothes stores... 
(Like who would ever wear that in 2012?!?! We've never worm clothes like that).

Also we saw people dressed in that weird clothes dancing some sort of "Folk dance" in the street. Again, not Danish but fun to watch. 

None of the shops looked Danish either since they probably thought we were still Vikings (The heck?). I did find one, just one shop that I actually found something Danish in and that was Ingeborg's Chocolate~

I found this candy! :OO

At last we went to a restaurant and I found this poster :OO I've seen this one in Denmark too!!

And just a picture of us goofing around~


This morning I woke up at 3am.. Just as I thought my jetlag was over. Typical!  =_____=

We were going to the church today (as my host family do every Sunday). My "mom" Rebecca was out town at some conference so she couldn't go of course. Norman (my host dad) would have to go there earlier with Doug (my host brother) and fix some sound systems. Norman drove Doug to the church (he's a super technical little boy). Sondra and I spent the time waking up and I had some cereal that we had bought for me like 2 days ago or something. I know many of my readers probably don't care about this but... the food!!! It's so weird! They have like soooo much strange food that I have never ever ever seen before!! :OO
This was actually my breakfast o.O

At 9.30 Norman came to pick us up and drove us to BurgerKing. to have breakfast. No joke. 
We arrived there before they opened so we had time to check out what to have (This is like a special breakfast/lunch offer).
(I had a #2 with Bacon, eggs, and cheese. And from my "observations" Americans like cheese and eggs mixed. I had it for breakfast yesterday and... it's different).

We went to church and had our breakfast while one of the services were going on. Through the day there would be 3 different services and we'd go to the 2nd one. When we were done eating we went downstairs and Sondra introduced me to two younger boys that she knew, Ethan and CJ, and the cutest little girl! :O
When the service started the pastor was talking and they had people singing. It was great! I mean it sounded great and there was such a "cozy" atmosphere.
At some point the new people in there were asked to raise their hands and since I was new I'd have to do it. The pastor pointed and me and bid me welcome. After a short speech we all had to get up and "socialize". We walked around and said hi to random people in there and soooo many people came to hug me and bid me welcome. (Yet again I have to say that I love how friendly Americans can be). 

At some point the younger ones would go to another room and Sondra and I went with them. They were dancing while singing Christian songs and after that there were snacks and crayons they could play with. The kids there were soooooo cute like GOSH. I had the CUTEST little girl, named Eve, following me around and she'd constantly hug me :)

When we got out and went back home we were actually supposed to wait for Rebecca to come home so we could go to Santa Maria but as we came to the house I saw a bouncy castle and was like: "Wow look at that!!!" and Norman was like: "Oooh yeah that's right! Today's the blockparty!". (The blockparty was like a small party for the few houses around us so all of the neighbors could meet up and actually get to meet each others). So yeah.. We brought some food and had some food and while the grown-ups would sit down and just talk and get to knwo each others the kids would run around playing. Cassondra and I went to the bouncy castle (What do you expect? It's a BOUNCY CASTLE!!!) and played around with the kids. We pretended to be monsters and after we left the kids would come running several times asking if the monsters would like to play with them again. 

Tomorrow is Constitution Day so Norman and Rebecca had to go anyways (Not to Santa Maria though), so when they left, Cassondra and I went back home so she could do her French homework and I could blog. I took a couple of pictures at the blockparty so... enjoy the weirdness!

(I have the amazing ability to be able to take pictures of people while they're eating - BEWARE OF MY AWESOME SKILLS!)

(Just walked by to take the pictures.. it was really nice sitting there in the sun - Roasting while meeting our neighbors).

Sondra told me that our neighbors were all kids' families so we started talking about babysitting. We were joking about her having like her own babysitting company in 10-20 years and it'd be America's biggest company! This is her commercial~ 

September 15, 2012

My first day of school!

Today was my 2nd day here and also my first day of school (whew). I was pretty nervous at first because the school seemed pretty big to me and I’d have to walk form one class to another all the time. The teachers won’t come to you like they do in Europe, nope, you have to come to them.
At first we went to the office to inform them that I was there and suddenly I heard a guy:
Uh yeah? :o”
“Hi, are you the new exchange student from Denmark?”
Yeah I am!
“Oh great, me too.”
“And me too” said the girl beside him.
“I am from Belgium. My name is Fran…" (Well actually I don’t know how to spell his name yet so.. let’s call him Francier since that’s the way he pronounced it).
“And I am ….(I didn’t quite get it because I was already super excited but I think it was Laurie) from Slovakia. Nice to meet you :)”
They gave me a Burgerking crown that had been turned inside out, painted red with a white cross, and added little shiny stars on and asked if “this is the Danish flag right?” “Yeah” I said and smiled like crazy. I felt so welcome, it was awesome!
(The arm in the back is Sondra’s. I will show you guys my family here later :) ).

They told me that today was Senior Assembly Day (I’m a senior) and that we were going to meet up later and play some games and celebrate it. After that Norman left and my sister Sondra showed me around the school and told me where my classes were. (They had given me a yellow paper, a kind of map over the school that we followed around).
When we were done we went back to the office to get some other yellow papers that would excuse us for being late to class. Sondra told me that if we had 15 hours of absence we wouldn’t be allowed to go to the homecoming ball.
On my first day there we had went to the school and I got to choose my classes - Except for English and U.S History that was optional.

My first class was math. The teacher was really nice and after a few minutes I was back on track. (Since I haven’t been to school since the end of June I kinda took a break from math and rational thinking). It turned out to be easy but since I had no papers to take notes on I just listened.

-          When I got out I tried to locate my 2nd class - U.S History. (Each time a class ends we will have 5 min. to get to the next one).  A girl came over and asked if I needed help and I showed her my map. She showed me where to go and I thanked her. It was really nice that everybody would be so helpful, and smiling! The teacher had placed me at the front seat and behind me were guys! Beside me were guys! And beside me (to the other side) there were guys too! Not that I was the only girls in class, I had just been placed for myself. A lot of them were football players (Since it was the Senior Assembly they were wearing uniforms. The cheerleaders too!). When class ended two of them came up to me. One asked if I was from Holland (I guess it’s hard for them to tell the difference between Europans) and the other one was like: “Hey are you an exchange student?” I said yeah. “Can I see your schedule?” “Yeah sure”. I showed him and he told me it’d be Musical Theater something (Aka drama). He asked me if I knew where it was and told me where to go and all. Sadly I didn’t have any classes with him but U.S History. He seemed really nice :) I love how helpful and welcoming people here are.

The 3rd class was Drama with Mrs. Fritsche. (In America we have to call the teachers by their last names. Yet a difference from Denmark). When I got in and told her I was the new exchange student she signed a paper that I was supposed to have all of my teachers signing, showed me up to a girl and introduced us. She was actually part Danish too. She was really nice to talk to and explained me a lot of stuff whenever Mrs. Fritsche was talking. Today they had to come up in front of the class and read kids’ poems because they were going to an elementary school later and present those. Today they had to pick which ones they would bring. Before they did that my teacher said: “Students, we have a new girl in class. Lucy from Denmark” and pointed at me. Half a second after that everybody turned around, smiled like crazy, yelled “Hi Lucy!” and started laughing. Confused as I was I looked at the girls beside me and she told me that they had had a Danish exchange student last year in that class and she was kinda crazy (in a good way) so I guess they thought that all of the Danish exchange student would be awesome people. Thank you unknown Danish exchange student! You gave me a good start :)

-          My 4th class was English. In the morning Francier had seen my schedule and told me that we were going to have English together. After that he would show me to the gym hall where all the seniors would meet for the assembly. English was pretty cool. We had a sub teacher today and we didn’t do much. She told us that if we just opened our books and looked like we were reading we could just relax and chit-chat. Here I met Chlori the other exchange student from Belgium. Another teacher came in and said she had heard that this class had the nicest shirts. (Now since it was my first day and I wasn’t informed of this in time I was just wearing normal clothes. The only thing I had been told was that we would all be wearing black and yellow since those were the school colors). Now actually almost everybody in class (since we were all seniors) was wearing those homemade shirts with all such awesome stuff on filled with glitter, and stars, and text, and quotes, and names, and whatsoever. Francier and Chlori had made the Belgium flag on their shirts and their crowns were standing on their tables. (Now the thing is that I didn’t just get my crown because I was an exchange student but also because I was a senior). Everywhere you looked outside you would see people wearing and different kinds of crowns and shirts and they were ALL wearing black, yellow, and gold. What a view!

When class ended I followed Francier to the gym hall like the rest of the seniors. They were really noisy (in a good way) and the atmosphere was great! Everybody was so happy and fooling around. One of the other exchange students came up to us and said that Meg was calling us over. (Meg isn’t just my contact person, she’s that contact person for all of the exchange students at school!). She handed me a blach shirt (so I’d be in school colors) and then we lined up and took a bunch of group pictures. Here I also got to meet the German guy Heinrich that was in the airport, a Japanese exchange student, Fernando from Brazil, and the 3rd guy from Belgium. After that we went back to the gym hall and suddenly the doors opened. Everybody ran inside and we were met by cheers from the rest of the school. There was music and the cheerleaders were waving their pompoms while the orchestra was playing~
I didn’t recognize this until the end of the ceremony but we were all parted up in years. Freshmen, Sophmores, Juniors, and of course the Seniors! Meg told us to sit down on the floor in front of the other Seniors. They played the national anthem and we all stood up, our hands on our hearts, and sang! (Well since we didn’t know it we just stood there and listened). 

The orchestra came in a played a fantastic song! I can’t really describe how but while they were playing they were all turning their heads and instrument (without hitting each others) and when they were done they were met by loud cheers from the whole school! The cheerleaders danced and again, cheers!
Now Meg told us to stand up and go to the middle of the hall. We lined up and as we were standing there each of our names would be called in the speakers. “Lucy Christensen!” they said. I stepped forward, waved, and I was met by cheer from the whole school! Like seriously! I couldn’t have had a better welcoming. When our name had been called a girl would come over and hand us these shirts.
(Actually only the right one. The left is the one Meg gave me).
The front~
(2013 since that’ll be the year we graduate. Inside it you could find the names of all the seniors (but me I think since I came this late).

After that we went back on the floor as the games began. Sadly the teachers won but it sure was fun looking at. As the last thing they introduced the homecoming theme and Katy Perry’s E.T started playing as they rolled out big banners saying “Out of this world” What a great theme! :D

When we were done Sondra and I went to the cafeteria for Lunch and sat down at the table with some of the other exchange students. Suddenly everybody jumped up form their seats and ran to the doors. There was a fight! Actually two! I didn’t get to see it nor the other exchange student but wow o___O

In my 5th class, Computer Science, I couldn’t do much since I would need a user and a password that I hadn’t got yet. Instead the teacher let me lend his so I could at least look at the screen and read about what the other students had been doing. I realized that Fernando was in my class but I didn’t get to talk to him. Mr. Graves, as he was called, came over and asked me a whole lot of stuff and told me about the city Lompoc (which is actually pronounced Lom-Poke) and the history and so on.

Sondra and I met up and went to the office to get my picture taken for my ID card. Without this I wouldn’t be able to ride the school bus. (The camera barked when the girl took the picture.. Oooh I love America! That only happens over here). We went to the office once again to get a tardy (That’s what they call in when you’re late for class. But also the name for those little yellow excuses that will save your butt. Over here that is a BIG thing).

-          Choir was the same. I got the sheets for their songs but couldn’t really join in as I didn’t know the melodies. Instead I just sat there and listened. They were quite good! Also I found out that the Japanese exchange student was in my Choir class. (Sondra had told me to keep an eye on people and see if I had more than one class with these and these people. They would probably be some of my first friends).

We went to get my ID and got yet a tardy (Whew, 3 tardys in just one day! This is a good start..).

Graphic design, my 7th and last class, was cool! Here I would need a password and that too so my teacher just told me to sit down where after he gave me some papers that I could read. I took a look around the class and all of the computers that the other kids were working with were Macs! And not just normal Macs, huuuuuuge Macs O___o That blew my mind. The teacher, and pretty much every other teacher I had met, asked me how my day had been so far and when I came to America and all. You should’ve seen their face expressions when I told them I came just 2 days ago at midnight.

Sondra stood outside waiting for me. She told me to go to the office and give them back the paper with the teachers’ signings while she would go put some stuff in her locker. At the office a guy came over and suddenly asked me if I wasn’t the new exchange student. “Yeah!” “Oh great, and you’re from the base right?” he asked. “Yes I am” I said. “Oh cool. Me too!” We shook hands and introduced ourselves. “I’ll catch you up later” he said and went away. Sondra came running and told me we would have to hurry now as the bus would be leaving soon. We ran outside and luckily the bus was still there. Now when I say school bus you may think of those yellow ones with black seat and noisy happy kids, right? That was exactly what it was!
My first day of school couldn’t have been better. Since it was the Senior Assembly (Actually just Assembly but basically we were celebrating the seniors so that explains the name) our day would be shorter since they had taken like 6 min. from each class until Lunch.
I got to meet sooo many people and SEE sooo many people. Like.. In Denmark, and most of Europe I think, you will usually just try to fit in. No different clothes or hair or things like that, but in California being yourself is a main factor! No matter where I looked I could see girls with pink hair (I loved her hair!!), purple hair, side cuts, rainbow hair, yellow bangs etc. And same thing with the guys! They were all different! I love this place :D

Today we will just sleep in and then later go to the beach with our neighbors. Around 1-2pm we will go back home and then later go to the Danish city “Solvang” where we will have dinner. Norman told me that Meg had told him that this weekend they were having “Danish days” so now would be the perfect time to go there. I’m really excited for that! :)

[EDIT:] See what I woke up to this morning.
And straight after that he jumped up my sisters bed and woke her up o.O

Atka was TOTALLY stalking me while I was making this post..