youarefree: (firefly: water were her limbs)
I've been kind of non-existent on DW for the past week or two, sorry about that. I wanted to take a hiatus from posting, but I was still reading everyone else's posts. I'm taking a real hiatus from LJ for I don't know how long, only reading a couple of people's and community's posts. I've just gotten really, really tired of fandom, and the fact that I have over 120+ "friends" over there and I only feel like I'm actually friends with about 30-40 of them. And I'm too much of a wuss to do some sort of massive friends-cut. I've met a lot of cool people through fandom, but now that I'm not into it anymore I find that I feel very distant from most of the people on my LJ friends list. I'm hoping that since this isn't a fandom journal that won't happen over here. Though I should say I'm a pretty introverted person, even on the internet, so if it takes a while to get to know me, please bear with me. I swear I'm a good friend once I get out of my very thick shell!

In other news, tomorrow I leave for Ohio to begin my summer research program (Research Experience for Undergraduates). I'm working with wolf spiders in a behavioral ecology lab, but that's really all I know at the moment. There are a bunch of different people working in the lab I'll be working in on a variety of different projects (mostly on sexual behavior), so I get to meet all of them and then decide where I want to go with my project based on what everyone else is doing. I'm hoping that I'll get to do primarily field work, and there's definitely a good chance for that, so I'll keep my fingers crossed. I don't want to be stuck in a lab all summer again.

I'm really pretty nervous. I'm not a people person in any sense of the phrase, so going somewhere where I know absolutely no one, not even my employer, is a stressful situation for me. I have to stay in a dorm with a roommate, something I've only ever done before for six weeks in Norway. I had a single room when I had to live in the dorms my freshman year at university, then moved into apartments after that year. I have no idea who my roommate is going to be, if we'll get along, etc. I also have weird sleeping habits that I'm worried about. I need quiet, darkness, and a very powerful fan. I also sleep more than most of my peers (8-9 hours/night). I'm a super-light sleeper. I have an eyemask, ear plugs, and my iPod, so hopefully I'll be okay even if we don't have the same sleep schedule. I'm nervous that no one is going to like me, and I'll be that weirdo that no one really talks to, even though I know this is silly. Generally, people like me, when I allow them to get anywhere near me. I'm going to try my hardest to be open and unintimidating, but it will certainly be difficult and exhausting.

On Thursday the nine of us who are participating in the REU program get to go on a hiking/camping/rock climbing trip for the weekend at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. I've never really done anything like this before, so I'm pretty excited. I'm hoping to have a chance to do a lot more outdoor activities this summer, as there are apparently a lot of beautiful hiking trails around the town I'll be staying in.

I've also just begun the Couch-to-5k running plan. I've only done the first two days of the first week so far, and it hasn't been too bad.

Alright, I'm done now.


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