xp_trance: (Happy)
A few weeks back I heard I was selected for a diplomatic skills training program in August after having been wait listed for a while. Just got the program today and it looks really good!

There will be training in subjects like public speaking, negotiation and diplomatic protocol, speakers from the field, various short workshops in leadership skills, lectures and finally a simulation where we have to create a countries ourselves and engage in diplomatic relations.

I am really looking forward to this. Anyone else have exciting summer plans?  
xp_trance: (*facepalm*)
College majors are a real headache. *headdesks* 

I have an appointment with an adviser at Barnard next week to talk about possible majors. But there are so many of them (mostly eyeing the poli sci major atm) but I want take more than one minor. I am interested in both business and PR.

And then there is the option to build your own major too and pick where you want to specialize...

People who have done this before, what did you do? How did you pick what to major in?
xp_trance: (Hope)
This one keeps popping up on my feed and it is very annoying. Why does it always have to be one or the other...

You can be a 'badass lady'. *sigh*

xp_trance: (Hope)

I was just reading one of my favorite blogs (Corporette) and I came across this handy guide for how you can pick out a nice piece of jewelry for a gift. With the gift season coming, I wished to share it. I hope everyone finds it just as useful as I did! The most useful excerpt I put below

1. Accepting vs. Fussy

Read more... )

So in which category would people put themselves? I think I would have to go with Fussy Ornamented Demure...

xp_trance: (Hope)
I have had a very interesting week in Switzerland. Intensive French classes in the morning (conducted in French, no English allowed) and several other subjects in the afternoon. I learned a few things:

One, I really need to do more to keep up my French. Especially speaking it more...

Second, most of my other subjects I have studied before, like organizing various types of parties or style analysis, but that was mostly with my mother, aunt Beatrice or self study from books. Having a truly knowledgeble a teacher pull it all together is wonderful. Their knowledge and skills just helps me to give that extra bit of polish.

We had classes last week in table scaping, complete with creating our own flower arrangements etc. This was the result of my idea yesterday:

And with the candles on:

It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I am having a great time.

The pictures have been used with permission from http://betweennapsontheporch.net/mixing-china-patterns-in-a-table-setting-welcome-to-the-133rd-tablescape-thursday/
xp_trance: (A lady)
Two weeks I received the news a place had opened up in a cultural diversity program I had applied for early in the year. It took some arranging to get everything sorted out with visa, our school and travel arrangements, but I am currently on my way to the airport to catch a flight to Switzerland, where I wll be going close to Lake Geneva.

With several young women around the world I will have the chance for for intense tuition in languages, French in my case, as well as soldifying several other skills I have, all the while learning about their cultures from the others.  

I suppose some would call it 'mini finishing school' under a policially correct name though. I am still very much looking forward to the experience though and I will do my best to stay in touch.
xp_trance: (Hope)
Maddie and I just got back to our hotel room after the opening ceremony and dinner with our delegation for Model United Nations. I think I will be making it a fairly early night after some last review of my notes or a last rehearsal of my speech, since we have our first session tomorrow at 8.30.

Today was mostly lots of information on how everything works, standing in lines (for security checks), the opening ceremony in the actual UN building (which was quite interesting to see on the inside) and the strange sensation of actually seeing Maddie in a business suit.


Mar. 31st, 2014 08:04 pm
xp_trance: (A lady)
I was catching up on the international news last weekend for Model UN, especially on the Nuclear Summit in The Hague when this picture caught my attention:


Apparently all the government leaders had a dinner hosted by the Dutch King and Queen. But that was not what first caught my eye. All the paintings, even on the ceilings. It seems they are some kind of memorial to a very early Dutch politician if I read it correctly and the hall is very rarely opened.

And not only the paintings are stunning. What we can see from the event itself as well. The uniforms of the staff, the French style of table setting and the seating plan of the guests...

I wish I could organize such an event someday though. I was taught hostessing, but this is something totally different. A dinner party for a small group I can easily handle, but this is on such a large scale.  
xp_trance: (Relaxing)
With the next season of Games of Thrones starting in April, I was rereading some of my favorite bits in the book series today. And suddenly a solution occurred to me to some of the issues going on in the series.

But before I go ahead...

My solution:

King Aegon and his wives

Also known as King Aegon and his wives...

From left to right: King Aegon, Queen Deanarys, High Princess Sansa, High Princess Arianne, and the Princesses Margeary, Shireen and Myrcella.

Honestly, it makes both a way to combine Aegon (Young Griff's) and Dany's claims to the Iron Throne, as well make alliances with all of the Seven Kingdom, with Sansa carrying connections to the North, the Vale and the Riverlands. The tactic of marrying wives of as means of alliances has been used by several leaders in our history as well. I seem to remember Genghis Khan doing something similar.
xp_trance: (Smile)
I will be leaving with my grandmother to go see the Nutcracker in a few moments, but we will be at the mansion a little before lunch...
xp_trance: (Hope)
I just got a phone call from my grandmother. She is flying into New York for Christmas as a surprise on 23 December and staying in a hotel there till Saturday or Sunday. I love my grandmother and I am so happy I will be able to see her.

But I think she will probably want to visit the school after Christmas. How in the world can I explain the demon damage?!?!?! I cannot say all are mishaps with powers!  
xp_trance: (*facepalm*)
Nineteen more to go. I finish those on Saturday, so I can mail out everything this weekend. That will be a relief.

Why am I doing this again?
xp_trance: (Intense)
It appears I am no longer the only mutant having been born in Bloomfield Hills. Michigan. A fellow violin student manifested while I was at and has been having a hard time of it. It is a physical mutation and her parents basically reacted by grounding her. She is being home schooled now as well.

I have been spending some time with her, which her mother has allowed after I told her about being a mutant. I gave her mother a few leaflets and brochures as well. Hopefully that will help her parents and my friend find another solution.

It did make me realize one thing though... in some ways I have been very lucky.

Even despite that, things are getting more tense between my parents and me. They are not fond of me 'associating with a potential mutant' and another talk we have had about some choices I have made they are uneasy with, still has not been resolved... Mother at least was pleased by me being able to manage a dinner party in the kitchen last Sunday...
xp_trance: (A perfect daughter)
I will be heading back to Michigan tomorrow for the next two weeks to visit my parents. I think it will be interesting after not having seen them for a year... My parents might be in for a surprise or two.

I will be checking my email, phone and journal regularly though and I would love to stay in touch as much possible.
xp_trance: (A lady)

Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her
excitement -- not even her parent's nasty divorce.
Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear and would be the
best-dressed mother- of-the-bride ever!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's new young
wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother!

Jennifer asked her father's new young wife to exchange it, but she
refused. 'Absolutely not, I look like a million bucks in this
dress, and I'm wearing it,' she replied.

Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, 'Never mind sweetheart.
I'll get another dress After all, it's your special day.'

A few days later, they went shopping and did find another gorgeous dress.
When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother,
'Aren't you going to return the other dress? You really don't have another
occasion where you could wear it.

Her mother just smiled and replied, 'Of course I do, dear. I'm wearing
it to the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.'

I have to admit, something in me does admire the gumption of this woman to wear the dress to the rehearsal dinner. On the other hand if you were truly a lady, I would either have fully chosen the path of wearing the other gorgeous dress or otherwise I would have chosen the path of confronting the young wife of her ex husband in private. It does not seem ladylike to me to cause a scene on the evening before your daughters wedding day and potentially ruining it.

Of course, the behavior of the young wife is also appealing. In this case she should have gracefully conceded to the mother of the bride and chosen a different dress to wear.
xp_trance: (Thinking)
... to whomever managed to hit my dress so well. I detest it and I finally have a suitable reason for saying goodbye to it. After all, brightly colored powder doesn't wash out well...

*angelic smile*
xp_trance: (Thinking)
My apologies if I was somewhat absent today in class. I stayed up late reading was and was not quite able to finish. I did just finish though.

it was a very interesting read. So much happened in the book and I think I am going to need a little time to let it all sink in. They succeeded, but the price was so high, with so much death and pain. I was not say anything further though, as I do not wish to spoil the book for people who are still reading or who might be planning to read it.

(Matt, if you do decide you want to read the whole series, I'd look for audiobooks. Each book is a doorstopper in it's own right and I cannot imagine how large the series must be in braille.)
xp_trance: (Thinking)
I just received my copy of A Memory of the Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. If someone is looking for me I will be tucked away reading for some time. The book is about 900 pages so it will take me a while.


Nov. 28th, 2012 03:24 pm
xp_trance: (Default)
Has anyone seen Tandy? I have not seen her since Monday and I know she has not slept in the suite.

I heard about her parents and I am worried about her.