Thursday, March 20, 2008

"I'm not dead yet!"

I know, I know, it’s been a while. I am still without a daily Internet connection, so when I’ve been able to get online my activities have been very limited (i.e. blogging has gone a little by the wayside). FYI, it is surprisingly difficult to find free WiFi in London. Enough whining, what have I been up to?

I feel like I best describe my past couple of weeks through a series of lists…

Museums I’ve perused to:
Victoria & Albert
Natural History Museum

National Gallery (Special Exhibition: Vanity Fair Portraits)
British Library
British Museum

Restaurants I’ve munched at:
Wagamama
The Original Fish and Chips Co.
Café Diana

Parks I’ve perused:
Kensington Gardens

Theatre I’ve attended:
Spamalot (Thus, the title of this post.)

Celebrities I’ve spotted:
Damian Lewis (My favorite ginger British actor. Saw him with his little family at the Natural History Museum. He looks a lot shorter in real life. But just as adorable.)

Other than that, I’ve been just walking and walking the city. Taking on a neighborhood and just exploring its nooks and crannies.

In addition to the miles I have walked, I’m trying to be really dedicated to writing my book. Writing is, like, totally hard. I think I naively thought that once I was free of my job and other writing responsibilities the creativity would just flow onto the page. Yeah, the bubble is popped now, don’t you worry. I did sign up for a writing workshop, which starts tonight. I am both excited and nervous (That seems to be a constant emotional state of mine lately). I’m worried that I will show up at class and discover that I’m way out of my league. I’m excited cause this could be just help I need to take my writing to the next level.

So that is where I am at. I promise to have more exciting posts, more frequently. And hey, they might even have pictures.*

*Pictures are conditional based on the type of Internets available to this blogger.

28 comments:

ty & megs said...

i am entirely jealous of your adventures kara!

wagamamas and i feel in love on my study abroad. you have no idea (well, actually maybe you do) how excited i was when 2 of them opened up right here in boston! mmmmmm.

Stephanie said...

It sounds like an amazing time so far! I hope you get some internet access soon. I can't imagine what that must be like....I would go crazy. But I'm sure you've found so much more time in your day because of it. I know I would do a LOT more knitting etc. if I weren't on here all the time :) I can't wait to hear about your next adventure!

Alice said...

ha someone who has been to cafe diana! I've been passed it on buses a few times (is it as cynical inside as it looks from the front - tell me the menu isn't themed).

I have also spotted Damien Lewis in london, though he was with his girlfriend by the national theatre - yes, short! They always are :)

Chris said...

Good for you, pursuing your dream and taking steps like the workshop to be successful. :)

Margene said...

Keep us posted. Your life must be amazingly different that here in the US. I love hearing about London and what you're up to!

Nonnahs said...

Quite an impressive list, Kara. Sounds like you're having a blast! How I envy all your museum visits- lucky girl! :)

Denise said...

Glad to hear you aren't dead ;) Sounds like you're having fun. Look forward to seeing some pics.

Steve said...

Cafe Diana! Holy crap. I'm dying of death right now reading your blog. I can't stand it-I NEED me some London. Two things, find an internet cafe (if they still exist- I haven't been there since '99) and you're never out of your league. Calm down. Love, Love, Love.

HeidiBean said...

OOOPS. That last post was from me! Have a good'n.

knitseashore said...

A friend of mine followed a similar path...quit her office job and went to college to get her MFA for creative writing. She said the same thing, that it's hard to write on command, even when you don't feel like it. But it sounds like you're surrounded by lots of inspirational museums and scenery, so hopefully something will come soon!

Erin said...

Hold up...you saw Damian!!! You never told me that. Oh man...counting the days until I am there with you. Sending mucho sister love your way.

CassiLou said...

I'm glad that you could post. I was getting worried. How fun! Drink it in. I am dying to see your pics. Love you tons!

KV said...

When did you see Damian Lewis at the Natural History Museum? Were both his children with him and his wife Helen McCrory? Damian is 6 feet tall, that isn't short - was he standing next to a T-Rex or something?

The Happy College Knitter said...

How exciting for you! Again, I'm living vicariously through you and your wonderful travels & new experiences!

P.s. I love Wagamama, I just ate there for the first time last Friday. Delish!

Diane said...

Kara, your life is so exciting. Just think how many times you have been to the Victoria and Albert Museum and I have never been. Oh, I would love to be London...what a fabulous city. Now if we could just get that pesky internet to work for you, life would be just about perfect! Looking forward to your exciting posts!

the Lady said...

How very exciting it all is! By the way, have you read The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron? Good for artists of all types, give it a whirl if you haven't heard of it yet.

Meg said...

Wagamama!!!!

That's all.

Kaet said...

it sounds like a lot of fun so far...i can suggest the resturant at the top of the potrait galleries/museum...very good (yet a little pricey so maybe have someone take you there!) and a great view of the rooftops of london-very mary poppins! i hope the workshop was beneficial and fun!

Adam and Bri said...

How fun is your life, Kara-lara! Lucky girl. I'm excited to hear about your writing class. And I can't believe you made friends with someone Adam knew in Poland. Crazy! I also can't wait until you have Internet. We'll, like, webcam all the time. LOVE YOU!

nova said...

I was sufficiently happy for you until you got to the celebrities and then I became the green monster herself. Damian Lewis. He is my celebrity super-crush. I heart him. And why is he there and not here filming Life or some other thing which requires capturing him on film? Oh, yeah, glad you are having fun!! Hah!

a friend to knit with said...

ahhhh. so happy that you are having a wonderful time!
kensington gardens is just my favorite.
good luck with your writing class!

Laurel said...

it's about dang time, chiquita!
pictures...we want pictures...and an update on the class!!

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

Glad to you know you're still alive and having a great time!

I'm getting ready to head over there! I'm so excited!

Kristine said...

Sounds like you are having a brilliant time! And I so envy your celeb sighting, I love Damien Lewis!! Have you seen Band of Brothers?? It's transcendent, really! Hope things continue to go well!

Steve said...

Oh the media monkeys and the junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invitations away.

Then get . . . a funky funky eye patch . . . and all will be well.

Have fun.

Steve

Heidelweiss said...

KARAAAAA! I've had it. Where are you?

fiveflowers said...

Oh fun! What kind of book are you writing? I am working on a nonfiction book proposal and it is a bear! Arent landlines and internet a PIA in london? cant wait to hear more of your adventures!

Tracy said...

Kara-
You are amazing and gutsy! I am so impressed that you are in London writing a novel and taking a writing class. What an exciting adventure. I miss you. When I think of you in London I'll always be grateful for the time that you went back to that shop for me and got my doc martin boots. Hahaha. My twin babies are due soon- I'm on a count down. I absolutely love you and will pray for you.
Love, Tracy