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 So I'm waiting for US election news. Polls will start to close in about 6 hours. I think Obama will win, and obviously I desperately hope he will, but I am concerned. It's a concerning time. We're all a bit anxious. I'm going to stay up all night to watch it unfold, like I did last time. Four years ago. Four years ago, a brief while, so long ago and yet really not at all. I had my first drink in a pub to celebrate Obama's election. I had just turned 18, I had just started receiving uni offers. 

Now I'm 22, and I'm back at uni. Hmmm.


I'm doing Nano, and I am attempting to finish The Misfit Witch. Good girl. Finish haha that's a scary word. I doubt it, I'm already rather behind. But I'm trying, I'm totally trying. I am definitely definitely going to finish Part 1, that's my real vow. And then have a decent crack at Part 2. Mert Mert Mert mostly. But today, a bit of Tawn and Burg, because I couldn't focus and could only write tiny flighty fragments. Tchuh.


I keep going to London at the weekends. I went the Sunday before my birthday, to see Jay Brannan with hanelissar. That was really fun - obviously Jay is one of my absolute favs, and Han hadn't been to see him live before, and beforehand we had plenty of lovely drinks and a jolly good time. Er, the next morning wasn't brilliant though. I have never been so concerned that I might actually be sick on a train. Not my finest moment. Stay classy self. On the plus side, the universe gave me a free (ie abandoned on the train, so I kept) copy of The Casual Vacancy which is cool because I was curious about it but not enough to actually buy it. Haven't read much of it yet, but bear with. Oh and that morning I had a woman taxi driver, and her taxi was really comfortable, and she was really nice, and I felt so awful but she was so nice, it really struck me.

The week after that I went back for the day on Saturday to see my brother and my dad and celebrate my birthday. We all had various travels issues but we eventually found each other and had a really good meal and some fucking amazing cake and it was a lovely day.

And this last weekend I went to see my friends A and A, to celebrate the birthday of one of the A at the other A's house. They both brought their boyfriends, and we had dinner, and then when to a goth club. All night. Now, when the idea of an "all night goth rave" was first mentioned to me, I had assumed this was hyperbole. It was not. The last tube, people who don't know London, is just before midnight generally. We set off at midnight. We got a bus at quarter to one. We got to the club a bit before 2am. And we stayed until kicking out time at 7.45am. oh my god. It took a few hours to grow on me, because I was kinda tired and cold and a bit grumpy at first, but then (morning person ahoy) about 5am I suddenly woke up and started really enjoying myself. So that was good fun.

When we left the club, it was raining heavily, and none of us had umbrellas, and I didn't have a proper coat, or even proper clothes really because hello clubbing, and we walked for about 15 minutes through this rain and omg November morning, cold cold cold wet wet wet. That was not pleasant. But! Once we had got finally made it back to A's house, looking like a collection of tired, drowned goth rats, I got to dry off and put on warm clothes, and then one of A's flatmates turned out to be an incredible angel of a flatmates because he didn't even know us and, I can't overstate how amazing this was, he made us bacon and egg sandwiches, and proper coffee. You may have read that, but you don't fully understand: he went out to the shops to buy us food, and then he cooked it for us, and he kept bringing us more, and seriously, I almost started crying because I'd been awake for about 30 hours and it was so amazing.

Then I crawled back here and slept through a lot of day and woke up in the middle of the night and completely through off my sleeping pattern but it doesn't matter because there's always tumblr isn't there.


I just started watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! They're good so far, definitely enjoying and would recommend. I'm not doing all that well at fandom otherwise. But that's ok. I'm still around online more than I thought I would be tbh, and frankly it will probably go down because hello essays, but yeah. I was worried I'd just drop away entirely. 

I still haven't seen Skyfall. I might just go by myself. 
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that apparently, Jamie Foxx does a mean impression of Barack Obama. And that he did in fact, do it IN FRONT OF HIM.

Is there any video of this anywhere?!
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First up-- I am so so excited about tomorrow!

However, here's my dilemma. For those flisters on EST, where I am is GMT, aka 5 hours ahead of the East Coast. I have to go to school on Tuesday, which ends at 3.50pm. Normally, I would get home about 4.50pm. I think if I leave efficiently I could be home around 4.30pm, maybe, it depends on the buses.

Over here, the coverage of the inauguration runs 4.00pm-7.00pm, aka 11am-2pm Eastern. I was told that the constitution says that the actual swearing in should happen at 12, and therefore at 5, so I shouldn't miss it on TV if I'm fast and the traffic is on my side. Hopefully.

Is this true???

If he gets sworn in before 4.30pm I'm probably screwed.

Technically, I could stay at school and watch it on TV there, but wouldn't be able to be online simultaneously like I can at home, and also, would not be able to crack open the vodka to celebrate. Moreover, am meant to be making an assembly on the topic, including finding video footage of a particularly great bit of his speech, that evening to present the following morning, so really should be at home. (BTW, will totally be back begging for help on that front tomorrow).

So, my query is:

Do I stick to my original plan, where I can get home before 5 and hopefully don't miss anything too incredibly important, aka, the actual swearing in/ the speech?
Do I not risk it and stay at school, thereby getting half the experience but at least no missing it?
Do I try to arrange a third option, like a taxi to take me home so I might get there before 4.30?

Advice? Please?
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Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States of America.

So, so happy, I might start crying.



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