Dec. 24th, 2011

mutedtempest: (vader - airing of grievances!)
It's been forever since I've updated this or any of my journals, and I apologize. Not that anyone really reads them, I'm sure, but...still.

My avoidance has been very bad the past few months. To the point where interacting, even on the internet, has terrified me. I'm trying to get over that, little by little, but in doing so I've had to build a fortress around myself, and that makes things rather less than exciting. Hence, not feeling that anything in my life was worth posting about.

I still feel incredibly thankful to be in Sweden. School is much more difficult than I anticipated, originally, but I'm trying. I finally received my personnummer at the end of November, entitling me to Swedish state health care, and I plan to take full advantage of it starting in the spring for my anxiety as well as my diabetes (including my bad eye). I'd do so now, but clinic and hospital visits still have fees, although MUCH lower than in America, and...I'm broke. And it's not life or death, so I can deal for another month. I have gotten insulin, though, and it feels like stealing to be able to go the pharmacy and pick it up without being charged. It's absolutely wonderful. Of course, I know this will set me back when I have to return to the States, but right now it feels like I won the lottery, as silly as that sounds.

Today is Christmas Eve, and most Swedes celebrate the holiday today. I'll be on my own, as I usually am on Christmas, but it's fine with me. My lovely friends will be with their own families, and I've been promised their company soon, so I'm looking forward to that. My best friend also sent me a wrapped present that I wasn't allowed to open until today, and while I already know what it is, I'm still excited. I'll also be watching Kalle Anka (Donald Duck, a bunch of old cartoons in an hour long special that's shown every Christmas Eve in Sweden, a big tradition here and one I find adorable).

Other than that, no big plans. I have an essay and my ten page thesis proposal to be working on, but I'm taking the weekend off from worrying about either of them and will just sit here in my jammies watching movies, reading fiction and drinking Coke.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone, hope they're great! :D


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