November 30, 2012

Bye Movember, Hello December!

So this is it! :O
Today is the last day of Movember! - The annual month-long event which includes growing moustaches to raise awareness of men's health! (Yes I actually did know the purpose of this).

Movember is reaching out throughout the world and also here in America it is being "celebrated"... buuut not as much as in Denmark. Even though I see a few guys here and there here in America, who haven't shaved this month, nothing.. and I mean NOTHING beats Denmark!
Even their public busses are driving around with moustaches.. Don't believe me?
Look at this picture my best friend sent me in the beginning of Movember~

Oh yes... she had just been standing there when the bus passed her.. Darn I miss my public transport!

My other really good friend posted me this old picture.. (actually just 1 year old) of us, standing in our home-made moustache costume that we had used for a (very belated) Halloween party at our school.
Back then we had never heard of Movember.. yet we ended up dressing up as a moustache - Or "El caracol" as we called it!

(I hate this picture so much but it's the only picture we got of it...)

I hope you guys had fun this Movember, and may even more people join next year!

November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Break

So Wednesday night (as you can read in my previous post), our friend Kong Kong (Or just Kong as my host parents likes to call him) "moved in" temporarily, to spend Thanksgiving Break with us.

Thursday was Thanksgiving (Yaaay) and we did nothing but taking a walk to the exchange (which was closed) and back again so we could burn all those calories we'd get from eating the Thanksgiving food~
We had some weird green stuff called "Green Bean"... something, potatoes, turkey, stuffing (to the right), some kind of onion gravy, yams, and "sweet potatoes" with melted marshmallows on top.

Friday was "Black Friday" which is a day that the stores open SUPER early, give some crazy discounts, and where you may see people in little tents in front of the stores - Only the be some of the first to get inside. Apparently it's pretty big... Even my parents back in Denmark had heard of it and it's not even being "celebrated", or whatever you'd say, there. My host mom had specifically said she didn't want to go because of all the crazy people there but because of Kong Kong's eager to go, we finally persuaded her. (I didn't really care, I just want to experience as much as possible while I'm here so I didn't mind going either).

Anyways! We went to the exchange (that small little "mall" that we have here on base) first, walked back home because Norman and Doug took the car, got back into the car, and drove off for Santa Barbara since neither one of us had been there before :)

When people from school ask me where I've been shopping at yet, I tell them base, Lompoc, and Santa Maria, whereafter they'll tell me "Aaawh poor you" and tell me to go to Santa Barbara instead because it is soooooo beautiful - And well... they are right. Santa Barbara is an amazing place and it is absolutely stunning at night.
Soooo many lights ★_

Random pictures from Santa Barbara!
Sondra and I in the car :)
Looking at Christmas trees in Macy's~
(I was just told that Katy Perry was born in Santa Barbara, still lives there, and actually shops in here sometimes! :O How.. surreal :o.)
My host mom freaked out when we came to Bettie Page, which happens to be her ABSOLUTE favorite store. She told us that if she could afford it, she would wear clothes from here every day. Hmmm... I would never be able to do that. Tooooo much vintage! (And yes I know that's the point of the clothes in there). Sondra, King King, and I had fun walking around the store, making fun of stuff, while Rebecca was actually looking. I proposed Sondra to find some of the (worst) dresses in there and try them on just to have a good laugh - Rebecca caught us looking around and called us over. As you can see in the picture, we all ended up trying on the same dress~ Not because it was super ugly, but because Rebecca persuaded us.
King King sat out in the store as we were changing and as we were about t leave the store, I looked through my phone and found this picture~ Poor guy must have been bored but I warned him; Take pictures with my phone and I WILL post it! :P 

 Just King King~

As we had finished our shopping, we went to find something to eat... and we passed THIS place! :O At first I was like: "Ooh.. that place has a Danish name. How funny" but didn't really realize that it actually WAS Danish before Rebecca showed me the menu~ 
Hakkebøf ~  How Danish~
This place was rather pricey .. and we eventually just ended up at a sandwich place.

Saturday was our last day with King King (Or Kong Kong... or just Kong. Whatever we want to call him!). We spent the day hiking at Gaviota State Park~ I had never been hiking before so I was super excited.. It started out with just walking down a path in a really dry terrain .. but then we came to the "mountains" (I come from a literally flat country. These were mountains to me!). Our goal was to go see the famous "Windcaves" which is, apparently, a Californian thing.

At the beginning of the path, you'd meet this sign. How encouraging..

Curious and energetic as I was, I grabbed a stick, proclaimed myself the troop leader, and walked into the wilderness! Closely followed by Kong, my host mom, and Sondra.
Sondra had had a blister on her foot, a few days back, which now caused her pain. Our first stop was therefore at the beginning of the first "mountain".
The walking paths were extremely narrow and there was no way that more than one person would be able to pass at a time.
What a view~
After a long long long long ... long walk we finally made it to the first (very very small) cave, where we also took a bunch of pictures. I knew that Doug, my host brother, had a fear of height but I never knew Sondra did too. Now I must admit, this was rather extreme so I really won't blame her. Besides, at some points, if you took a step out, you WOULD fall and probably ... not get up again. 
King King wanted to continue, so we went up even further. I have always thought I have had some kind of fear of height.. but this experience proved me wrong. I felt completely fine! :D
Rebecca sticking out hr head from the first (half)cave we found.
It was.. rather small. You could sit in there but I think that'd pretty much be it. 
After I had passed a very.. (I'm not kidding. It was VERY narrow. I had to grab the dead plants beside me to make sure that I wouldn't fall.) narrow passage, I came to the 2nd cave. Now this is actually what I'd call a real cave. There was a, supposedly, door and two "windows". Inside it was the finest sand and on the walls you'd see that people had made little drawings or written their names. We decided to do so too!
Rebecca inside the 2nd cave. 
And King King peeking in~
I wrote my name in the ceiling... 
King King in the window.

Sondra never got to see this cave and once again King King wanted to go further up... 
The 3rd and last cave we went to wasn't really a cave either. It was kind of like the first one but greater! 
Here we sat down, drank some water (it was soooooo hot that day), ate some chips, some crackers, and some M&Ms while enjoying the wonderful view right in front of us.
It's hard to tell but the little trees in the upper part of the picture were rather big. They were just so far down there.. 

Random photos from our hiking~

In case you wonder why I don't have many pictures of myself, the explanation goes like this; My host mom was the one who took the most pictures of me but when she tried to move the files onto her computer, her Iphone simply deleted all of them =______=
I'm getting some other pictures from King King in a few days though... And I will put them in this post. So stay tuned for more pictures later :) Have a nice day~ 

November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Break is over us

(Warning - This WILL be a negative post. You were warned)

Major SIGH!

Okay so... Now is Thanksgiving Break and I have been STUCK here at home with absolutely NOTHING to do!
-  Both of my parents have been working the last few days - Leaving us home alone. Being home alone can be fun... but NOT in my case!
Since they have both been gone it means that I can't go anywhere. I can't get away from base and I have no friends here ON base. Not even one!... Which leaves me back here lonely. I can't have friends over either because if so, my family would have to pick them up at the visitors' center. Now let's say that they, in some magical way, could get to my home... could I hang out with people then? NO! I cannot have friends over unless my parents have met them. But they're always too busy! GRRR!!! I have a couple of problems with my host family right now but .. today's theme will be on isolation.

But yeah.. then today I finally thought my terrible boredom would end. My good friend King King had some issues with his host family and had to move away - Meanwhile, his coordinator hasn't found him a new family to stay with yet so the past two days he has been living with some temporary family .. UNTIL TODAY!'

Because of the moving and stuff, his new temporary host family had plans for Thanksgiving... without him. At first he was supposed to go to some place (I don't know where that was), where there would be an Italian exchange student, but the two of them didn't really know each others. And since I get along with him pretty well, I asked my host mom if he could come here and have Thanksgiving dinner with us. She thought it was a good idea and said yes right away - But she called his coordinator to make sure that it was okay and that no other host parents would get mad at us for it (in case they secretly had plans for him).
The area coordinator then called my mom back and told her she was soooo happy that she had called and asked if King King could stay here for a few days (until Saturday).
In the end they let him and he came here today.

Oooooof course my host dad had to go all "over-protective" which is fine. I understand. He IS a teenage boy and we aaaaaare teenage girls. But SERIOUSLY! We DO know how to behave ourselves! We DO know not to .. idk.. do drugs, have sex, get drunk, or run away. AND!! We actually ARE able to have male/female friendships going on here. IT IS POSSIBLE IN THE YEAR OF 2012!!!
I'm tired of my host family treating me as a little kid! I'm tired of constantly having to tell them where I am and who I'm with - I'm NOT trying to get in trouble so trust me please? NO! They don't trust me, at all. And I'm tired of this! If there is one way to get me mad, it is by not trusting me.
Heck, last time I was too busy to tell them where I was, they threatened me with grounding! For a week!... Because I didn't have time to write them a stupid text telling them where I was... Even though they knew! They were just too busy to bring me there so I alone had to find a way to get there.

I'm really hoping that King King can make this break more fun... but I doubt it. I'm lucky that I'm even allowed to be in the same room as him. (Which would be the living room with both of my host parents surrounding us. No opportunity to talk here.)

Also, if you're sitting there thinking that I shouldn't complain like this in "public" then mind your own business. This is my way of getting rid of some anger that has been build up the past two months.
Furthermore, this is MY blog, therefore, MY rules! And yes... I should just confront my host family and tell them how I feel right? Heck no! Why should I? They won't listen to me anyways.
In Denmark I was raised to stand up for myself - If I felt mistreated I would tell people and they would give me a chance to explain myself.
Here, in America, I have NOTHING to say. If I just think of trying to defend myself or speak my mind, they will get mad at me, call it back-talking ,and probably ground me.

GOSH! It can't get worse than this. I can't wait till' this week is over!
Lucy out!

November 19, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Thanksgiving Break!

About two hours ago I came home from watching Breaking Dawn Part 2 at Edward's Cinemas, Santa Maria, with my sister Sondra, hostmom Rebecca, and my new friend that I met in San Francisco - King King!
The movie was okay but... I was a little bit disappointed with it. It wasn't as exciting as I had expected it to be. Then again, it's not that I really really really wanted to watch it but I wanted to know the ending since I had been watching the other 4 movies with my friends back in Denmark :P

Before we went to the movies, we had been out shopping. Well actually, before that we had been to church (in the morning) whereafter the Pastor had invited the families on a quick Thanksgiving lunch at Olivegarden, Santa Maria. (And if the Pastor invites you, it's seen on as very rude if you decline... Sooo we kinda had to go). Today was also the morning that we got to donate our shoeboxes to project the Christmas project (Basically it's where you buy stuff than you then donate to a random child somewhere in the world so they will have a present for Christmas).
We had gone shopping the day before to fill our boxes with goodies... and while searching for cute stuff for my random little girl, I found some preeeeetty strange stuff o___O
Like these Jesus figures.. Like.. the heck?!

I can't even....
Anyways! I got my little girl theeeeeeese things
And this suuuuper cute owl bag! I was so proud :3

We went to the mall in Santa Maria, where Rebecca left us as she had to drive my host dad and brother back home before our movie started.... So Sondra and I got to spend half an hour walking through random shops and trying on weird stuff :P
Roadtrip roadtrip!!! 

 These are probably the coolest sunglasses you'll ever see

Don't we all?
 So I found an owl mood necklace.. and true to say, I was really excited that it was shaped as an owl... That may explain the purple colour :P

Erhmerged!!!! Look at the green one!!!

Oh and then we found some sexy sleeping masks and hats! 
(Don't mind my weird face. I skipped the makeup today).

Also!!! Thanksgiving is this week so from now on I'm officially on Thanksgiving Break until November 26th!
More posts will come soon as I really will have nothing to do...

[EDIT]: November 19th is the World Toilet Day! (To raise awareness about the importance of latrines and safe disposal of human waste).