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[18 Sep 2008|06:05pm]
[ mood | sick ]

I'm at college now!

I made a blog with my family in mind, but I thought I'd post it here in case anyone is interested....

www.annekagerhardt.blogspot.com

I miss Seattle, but things here are starting to be good. :)

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off to college in a week [07 Sep 2008|09:04pm]
[ mood | there's a fly on my table ]

I'm drinking hot green tea at this little coffee shop by my motel while Robbie is at his secret frat meeting (they take it very seriously). I've spent the last several days at WSU in Pullman, which is the smallest hottest town I've ever been in. I'm surrounded on all sides by the Palouse (French for grasslands), which is beautiful and hilly and goes on and on.

I feel kind of like a college student. On my Macbook. Using wifi. (I called my motel earlier to ask: "Do you have wifi?" -- "Do I have why what?" -- "Um. Wifi." -- "What's that?" -- "Internet? Do you have internet?" -- "Oh. Yeah. We have internet. It's wireless.")

And I guess I have to be a college soon, because a week from tomorrow I'm flying down to Palo Alto to start my orientation. I know everyone else in the world is already settled and writing papers and hooking up with people but PLEASE guys I'm still in summer and it feels weird to be leaving finally. I'm having all sorts of panic moments about moving states and growing up and feeling inadequate Stanford-wise. I mean, I feel in no way prepared to move out of my house and start my life in a different state. I guess no one really does. But I sort of forget when I signed up to do this.

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thoughts from rhode island. [06 Sep 2007|06:44pm]
[ mood | happy ]

This is my fourth night on the east coast -- we've been at a different hotel, different city, different school everyday. It's been madness but remarkably manageable -- I'm also pretty grateful not to be dealing with the first week of senior year. Sigh. Doesn't exempt me from bitchy emails from Beaston about National Merit, though.

We've seen Princeton (a little uptight and snobby), Columbia (intimidatingly urban), Wesleyan (not a fan) and Yale. I loved loved LOVED Yale -- which leaves me a little terrified, seeing as this is the first school I've gotten truly worked up about. It's exciting to be excited -- being scared and in love is better than being apathetic.

In other news, I saw Spring Awakening and Curtains in NY. Both were super wonderful (I'm listening to Spring Awakening, it's fucking amazing) and David Hyde Pierce is best ever.

We're seeing Brown tomorrow. Yay.

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[11 Aug 2007|11:05am]
[ mood | ennui ]

Goooooood morning all.

Summer's good, as always -- I had three or four whirlwind 45-hour weeks at Nordstroms, earning a cool paycheck and learning more than I ever wanted to know about t.b.d. apparel. Hopefully I'll work some more during the school year, but we shall see.

Arabian NIIIIIIIGHTS is going well, we just finished our third week of rehearsal, meaning that we're headed into tech next week. It is so different from all the other Bathhouse shows I've done, but I still wake up excited to drive to Greenlake and stumble through my Perfect Love dance (slash PG-rated striptease). It'll be a good show, I think, or at least entertaining. Also, this is probably the last show I'll do at the Bathhouse, unless by some fluke we end up pulling off a senior show.

Speaking of, Writer 1272 was... brilliant. I tried to write something sappy to say at your cast party, but it hasn't so much worked out yet.

You are all lovely. Thank you so much.

P.S. COLLEGE APPLICATIONS ARE ONLINE WHAT THE HELL I AM NOT READY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE

[EDIT:

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

-Yeats]

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[26 Apr 2007|08:38pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Today:

I lost my wallet. Yes, lost, as in STUPIDLY left it on the floor in a QFC bag at lunch. Really awful -- it could have been a lot worse, I didn't have a lot of stuff in there, just some gift cards and my license. I realized this right after rehearsal, right before we (me, Maddy, Emily, Kelsey, Courtney) were about to go to Jamba Juice. So, naturally, my friends' natural reaction is to not only go back into the school and look for my wallet but in fact suggest that we CLIMB into the huge dumpsters out by the loading dock and go through trash in case someone had thrown away the QFC bag without realizing the wallet was in it.

We spent 45 minutes opening garbage bags (the nice custodian lady offered us gloves and trash picker-upper tools) and it was gross and hilarious and we didn't find it... But I have the most freaking AMAZING friends in the whole world.

I guess I just hope that someone turns it in. I'll check security tomorrow.

(And we just got a call from my brother in Reno. He lost his wallet today too. How bizarre is that?)

P.S. I'm sick. Prom's on Saturday. Blech.

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[22 Apr 2007|04:38pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Okay. Who has a great idea for a senior project for me? I'm open to prettyyyy much anything. HELP.

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[01 Apr 2007|03:57pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

I have something like 12 freshmen in my house... a bunch of my brother's louder friends have congregated here and there has been football, mad squeaky-toy action, and chasing the puppies in and out of pretty much every room. So... reading the AP chapter right now? Not so much. This is BALLS.

So apparently junior year's pretty freaking hard. That kind of just hit me -- I'm maintaining a C in chemistry, which kinda scares me, and I have a few other grades I'm worried about. A lot of that means I haven't recovered from the totally jarring reentry from South Africa... I keep choosing not to do homework, and not caring either.... baaaaad. haha.

New news: I placed THIRD in the NATS adjudication, which is a singing competition through local voice teachers. I entered in the musical theater category and after kinda going through convulsions about whether or not I actually wanted to get adjudicated on my three pretty freaking hard songs, it ended up going really well. (I was in a room with majorly beautiful acoustics, which helped a lot... nothing like being able to hear yourself) It was a great end to this week. :) Ahaha.

Gahhhh stupid freshmen.

After Halcyon Days is over (last show tonight!) I'm not quite sure I'm going to know what to do with myself -- god knows I do not have a lot to do in musical. I guess I'll get to focus on fun stuff like ACT and SAT and my college visits in two weeks and my total lack of summer plans. Maybe I'll drive down to Mexico.

This month has been NUTS, but I don't know what I'm going to do with my time. Hah.

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hello from cape town! [17 Feb 2007|07:56pm]
IMPORTANT: MY EMAIL WASN'T SENDING. SIMON IRVING WILL YOU PLEASE EMAIL THIS TO MY MOM AT CAITYG@COMCAST.NET. THANK YOU MUCHLY!

Hey you wonderful people!
We're in a mall in the touristy part of Cape Town. In case you haven't been keeping track, we landed after a freaking 22hr cumulative flight THIS MORNING at 6:15am. At that point, we had lost total track of what day it was or what meal we should be expecting or even whether or not we should be sleepy --- we were very, very sleepy. On the 12hr London-Capetown leg of the flight, I got stuck sitting next to two preteen Afrikaaner boys who farted, had no sense of personal space, and climbed OVER ME when I was sleeping instead of nudging me politely. I was PISSED. Haha. So today was a chill day -- we drove from the airport in a van (Isilimela students came to greet us with signs! It was really sweet) and on the way we passed the townships: colorful lean-tos inhabited by the very poorest South Africans that to me looked like garbage dumpsters with doors and clotheslines (look up townships on google images to get an idea). So on the one side of the road we had sprawling townships and on the other there were golf courses and stucco hotels. The contrast was almost too stark to be an actuality.

Other than that, we had South African pizza for lunch (yum), took a nap, and had dinner here at the mall. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and I'm taking pictures like crazy. I love you guys and miss you so so much -- I'm homesick already but not too much ;) I'm having a lot of fun.

Miriam thank you for your beautiful plane letter it made me really happy. I don't know if we're going to be able to check email again, but I'd love it if you guys emailed me back just in case. LOVE YOU MUCHLY ALL.

Love love love love and South Africa,
Anneka

P.S. Tomorrow we're going to a church in Guguletu, a township and a breei at Isilimela. Yum!
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Sandwiches, snails, and puppy dog tails... [27 Jan 2007|06:37pm]
[ mood | mellow ]

Sooo this is me on a study break from my not-very-intense day of finals prep and shopping for stuff for South Africa. We're required to wear button up (short sleeve, too, or I'll die) collared white blouses and neutrally colored knee-length skirts for our time at Isilimaela -- apparently they've had problems with American girls being percieved as loose women because of their choice of dress... Mr. Nolet simplified it as "no cracks, up or down." Hahaha. Less realistically, he also recommended that the boys wear zip-off pants. Hehe. So, anyway, it sort of hit me today that we leave really, really soon - Feb 15, the day after Valentine's (which is a whole 'nother can of gross ugly worms).

My college counselor sent me a list of 25 colleges I should look at yesterday. It's also starting to become really apparent how little time I have left at Roosevelt -- three semesters. What the fuck.

Big news for non-RHS-ers: Charlie and I got double superiors on our scene at the IE festival last week, and we're going to State in March! Which is super duper exciting and gratifying. Tons of amazing people got double superiors for duo scenes too, so the competition for showcase is gonna be tough. Goooood stuff.

Other than that... Halcyon Days is going to be good. Once in a Lifetime will be good. Finals next week. Musical retreat next weekend. South Africa in 19 days. Life is NUTS.

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[13 Dec 2006|05:08pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

So.

Week before winter break has got to be terrible, right? It's like, the rule. Hands for a Bridge is a logistical NIGHTMARE (these people don't PLAN or COMMUNICATE) and I'm stupidly not allowed to drive Nosimphiwe so my mom's going out of her mind trying to get everyone where they need to be. Plus three separate and important castlists (musical and winter production posted tomorrow, bathhouse posted god knows when). Plus losing total track and control of my school work. Plus feeling like total shit.

Hurray.

ALTHOUGH I did get my PSAT scores back, and they were good, so that's something to be happy about.

Man, I began this week on such a good note. Fuck this.

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I hate football. [05 Feb 2006|08:23pm]
[ mood | full ]

Because I'm bored and am not going to Compline (pooh), have a meme!


IP logging is off, anonymous posting is on. So hit me. Something you always wanted to say to me or ask me but were too afraid/polite to do so? Now is the time to do it.


Haha, this is a public entry because I couldn't figure out how to enable anonymous posting otherwise. Oh well. Knock yourselves out!

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Homeland Security Has Been Upgraded. *beep* [18 Sep 2004|09:16pm]
I am INVISIBLE. You cannot SEE me.


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Friends-only.

Anneka
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