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I've come to look for America...
So... I actually managed to get into graduate school. Apparently the GRE scores were not only good enough, but were good enough to get me a scholarship for my first year. Cool :) Now I just have to figure out what to do for money during my second year.

That means I'm actually moving to the US. For two years. It's a completely different situation than last year, when everything was temporary and I didn't actually know how long I was going to stay. Now I have to actually rent out my beautiful renovated apartment (it still pains me, but I'll get over it). I have to pack everything I own and find people to store them for me for the next two years (I think I'll have no trouble trying to find someone to store my CD and DVD collections...). I have to find someway to send money from Brazil to the US (what's this Western Union thingy? I'll have to check it out). I have to stock up on my bcp for the next 2 years. And so many other things I still haven't thought about. But I'm very very excited. I'm just waiting for my work to allow me to go (it's a sort of a sabatical thingy). If everything goes smoothly, I'll be in DC late July! Just in time for the end of summer! Yay!

And *then*, when I actually get there, I have to figure out a whole bunch of stuff that I just don't understand. First, what's this about a credit history? And can I get a credit card at all? A lot of stores only accept american based credit cards (like How can I get a TiVo and how does it work? :) So yeah, a lot of adapting to do... There's an international student orientation that'll probably cover all the practicall stuff (banking and living and everything else), but probably not the TiVo part ;)

On other news... I *finally* stopped smoking. Seriously. I've been smoke-free for exactly 1 week, four days, 6 hours and 57 minutes. I know it's not much, but it sure *feels* like a loooooong time for me. I've fallen off the wagon a few times, and then got back on again, and then fell off, and so on and so forth... The last time I fell off the wagon, I'd been smoke-free for 4 days and bummed a Marlboro from someone at my work. Oh. My. God. It tasted AWFUL. And then my throat started scratching after about 3 drags, and then my lungs actually began to *hurt*. That was 10 days ago :) Here's hoping this time it lasts...

As for fandom, I haven't been watching much of anything. Well, there's the usual: Lost (are they ever going to get anywhere??), Terminator (so far, I'm liking it so so, it's just started here in Brazil, and I don't know if it's still on in the States). Oh, and American Idol! David Cook!!! I so rooted for him the entire season, and I just couldn't wait to see the finale (it'll only show here in Brazil next week), so I downloaded it on Thursday. Good think I'm home with the flu ;) Gosh, I love him to bits. He's just soooo cute and sexy and rough in all the right places and... and... you get the idea. Love him to death, and have managed to download most of the songs from the show. Now, I'd pay iTunes to download the songs, but they WON'T ACCEPT MY CREDIT CARDS. It doesn't matter if it's international, platinum, whatever. So I have no other option but downloading from the 'net. If y'all could help me, here's what I still haven't found and would LOVE to have (studio versions):

All I Really Need Is You
Baba O'Rilley
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (I still can't believe how beautifully he did this)
Dare You To Move
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
The World I Know

Mostly I find the live versions, but they're just too short (although I have most of them too, of course), and I actually like his arrangements. So yeah, if y'all have any of those in studio versions, or if you could point me to where I can find them, I'd really appreciate it! :)

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Hiya- first off go you with your awesome GRE scores! That's pretty kickass :)

I'm not really sure about the credit history/credit cards thing. But I know that at my college they were always trying to pawn off credit cards to college students so it seems like you should be able to get one if youd like one. As for the Tivo, I can probably also help with some of those questions :) Wooo Tivo!

Yay for stopping smoking! That's great! Remember that awfulness. I felt that too when I bummed one off a friend after months of quitting. And then I was annoyed with myself for having fallen off the wagon again!

Lost - I really hope so! I've been enjoying the season but I really hope the finale lives up to it.

Terminator - It's not still on right now, there was a short season of it that started in January. I think it'll be back in the fall.


Hey! Finally got around to replying... Darn my short-circuiting modems! :P

Well, here's hoping that they'll give me a credit card. They should, really. I'm a great credit card customer :) As for TiVo, I just have no idea how it works. Is it like a little computer that's connected to the cable? Is it like the old programmable VCRs, where you say what channel and what time to record? Does it magically know what you like and record it for you? I just want to understand it!

It's weird, here in Brazil we only have a few channels (Fox, Sony, WB, SciFi for shows, plus others like HBO, Discovery, NatGeo, etc.), so I can usually surf around and find something interesting in no time. Plus, because there are few show channels, most of the good shows are distributed between these, so their programming is usually awesome, with one good show after the other. When I was in the US, there was just so much to choose from, I got completely lost! How do you guys do this????? I could never remember what was on where and when, and ended up watching almost everything online after it had already aired... :P I'm thinking TiVo might be my lifesaver this time around :)

Wow, this was a long reply! Sorry! :P Hugs to you!

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