HIMYM: Barney&Marshall&Ted

Hi! *waves* And fic.

Okay, so, hi! *waves* I haven't posted in a little over a year, and even then it wasn't much to write home about. I haven't written much of anything since I started med school, really. And on top of that, I've gotten myself a boyfriend who's now my fiancé and we're getting married in the summer, so there's been a lot of that too. Keeping busy.

However, I have been trying to get back into writing, because I really miss it. I've been writing 50 000 words on an original fairytale in Swedish that won't be posted here, but I'm enjoying writing it. Yesterday I started looking through some of my old fics and I came across the Changed verse. I figured that that verse was created to begin with for me to have fun in and just write snippets when inspiration struck - and it did. So I took a break from my Swedish fairytale and wrote a few snippets. I'm sure no one actually remembers me and more importantly don't remember my fics, but never mind that. I'm posting them and if someone reads them, then yay, and if not, well then - I had fun writing them.

It's all How I Met Your Mother, because that's what I wrote the most in that verse before I started med school and it seemed easy enough to keep going in that vein. I would like to write some more NCIS as well. Still watching both shows, although neither is as good anymore.

Good God, I haven't posted a fic in two and a half years. Huh. Let's see if I still remember how to. Ugh, I'm actually nervous about posting. Oh well, let's just get it over with. Take them for what they are - nervous writings from a person who hasn't written anything but med school stuff in two and a half years.

Remember, these are in the Changed verse. In short, the Change comes over the world and most people get some kind of supernatural ability or turn into something else (centaurs, mermaids, etc).

Title: Learning to Fly
Author: bananacosmic

Fandom: How I met your mother
Word count: 2 000
Characters: Ted, Barney
Pairings: Gen

Warnings: None
Spoilers: None

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations from the TV-series "How I met your mother", created and owned by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Summary: Barney is forced to fly.

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Title: Sleep
Author: bananacosmic

Fandom: How I met your mother
Word count: 900
Characters: Robin, Barney
Pairings: Barney/Robin

Warnings: None
Spoilers: None

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations from the TV-series "How I met your mother", created and owned by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Summary: Robin thinks about Barney’s wings.

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Title: Soaked
Author: bananacosmic

Fandom: How I met your mother
Word count: 1 500
Characters: Ted, Lily, Robin, Marshall, Barney
Pairings: None

Warnings: None
Spoilers: None

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations from the TV-series "How I met your mother", created and owned by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Summary: It's Ted's turn to Change.

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So, that's that. Enjoy. Hopefully you'll see me again sooner than in two years.
HIMYM: Barney&Marshall&Ted

Long, long, looong time

Hi *waves*

Haven't posted in months - almost a year, really - but now that summer is upon us and I once more breathe free air, I figured I should update.

Have managed to get myself through the first year of med school (hopefully; the results from the latest exam comes on Thursday or Friday) and haven't had much time to think of anything fandom-y at all. Haven't written a word in almost as many months as I've been inactive here, because when I'm sitting there, nose-deep in medical text books, writing and reading other stuff isn't at the top of my list of priorities. However, I watched "Charlie's Angels" (the movies) and wrote a 3 800 word fanfic about that a few days ago, so I've obviously missed it. Might post it here, though I doubt anyone's interested in reading it. It's just one of those things I've been wanting to write (about the "The thin man"-character) since I first saw the second movie.


Things are really good. Moving four hours away from home was the best decision I ever took and it's brought me friends, fun and love. So though I don't have much time to write, I really can't say that I mind.

I hope everyone else is doing as well as me and that your summers are treating you nicely with sun and fun.
HIMYM: Barney/Ted

An update - and HIMYM!

I haven't posted here in forever and a half, but well, I've had lots to do. Moved to a new city, started med school, and all that that means. Lots and lots and lots of new people, a whole lot of events and all sorts of other things going on. I'm loving life very much.

If anybody's interested, here are pictures from my move and from my apartment later on. Captions are in Swedish, but the pictures are universal ;)

Anyway, the reason for my posting anything here: The newest HIMYM episode.

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Cat: November this big


I'm moving tomorrow, so if I'm extra hard to get a hold of in the next few days, that's why :)

Linköping, med school, new life in all sorts of ways - here I come!

Hope everyone's having a good end of summer.
Gen: Me 25th birthday

Back home again

I'm back home. Got home yesterday morning.

It's really weird being back. Everything feels slightly tilted, like I'm wearing glasses of a different color. A lot of things seem a little bit pointless, but a lot of things are also that much more enjoyable now than ever. Last night I went to bed and just reveled in the softness of my bed. Before that, I ate strawberries with chocolate and just enjoyed it so completely.

I have apparently lost about 11 pounds in these last three weeks (5 kg). Don't feel skinnier though. And it's not at all worth being hungry all the time. I have never thought about food as much as I have in the last three weeks.

I have learned a great many things:

Enjoy silence. It might seem weird, but no, out in the middle of nowhere, it's not quiet. When living in a village consisting mostly of children, it's definitely not quiet. Add to that goats, chickens, insects, adults who really can't sing, a radio with really bad signal... and when we went to town, the cars are constantly honking. And I do mean constantly. If five seconds pass without someone honking, then that's a very long time.

Enjoy your friends. Being without them is very hard, but talking to them will brighten your day a lot when you are in brand new surroundings.

Enjoy food. Love food. I have missed vegetables, salmon, non-white bread, and so many other things. I cannot describe how much I've missed good food.

Enjoy solitude. I have spent the last three weeks in constant company - mostly Susanna and Carin, with whom I went to Ghana, but also with the kids and the adults at the orphanage. Also, everywhere we went, children and adults alike yelled "Obroni!" after us. "Obroni" means "white person" and it's fair game to yell after every white person you see. With kids it's kind of cute for a little while. With adults, I felt mostly like giving them a look and saying, "Duh. You have eyes. Go you." Anyway, all in all, I haven't been alone at all. It's been good to have company in Ghana - I wouldn't have made otherwise - but here at home, I will enjoy my solitude.

I have learned a great many other things, too. That I want to have kids at some point in my life. That yes, studying to become a doctor is really the right choice for me. That I should be very thankful for the life I lead, and make the most of it.

Hope everything here at home has been nice. I'm working my way back through LJ entries, but will obviously not be able to get through everything back three weeks. If you have something you think I really should see, feel free to share :)
Cat: November this big

Ghana again :)

Not much time spent on the internet in the last three weeks, to say the least. I hope you've all been well. I have been - a little hungry at times like I said in my last post, but I've still been well. (Actually, I managed to get both a bad cold and a stomach bug, so 'well' might not be entirely true, but I've been well enough.)

Tomorrow I'm going home. I'm not a new, changed person from this experience - but I certainly have a lot of new views of things, and a great new perspective of everything. I'll probably write a lot more about it once I get back home.

My biggest pride with this trip is that we're going to be putting a child through school. One of the kids, nicknamed Bebe, is three years old and very gifted - she knows the alphabet and can count to thirty, among other things :) We wanted to do something special for her, and the most special thing a person here in Ghana (or really, anywhere) can get is an education. She'll be moving into a host family and start kindergarten this fall.

We're going to build a website to try to continue helping the orphanage. Since we have direct contact with Alwin and Joseph who run the orphanage, it feels really good. One of the other girls, Susanna, who's been a volunteer before, had collected a bunch of money before coming to Ghana, and all that money is going towards building a new home for the orphanage. At the moment they're crammed into two rooms that are way too little for them; 24 kids and four adults share two rooms that are less than 30 sq meters in total (much smaller than my apartment at home). They sleep on the floor. In the new building, they'll have more space and, if we get more money, we're hoping to make sure they get beds as well, or at least mattresses.

I hope everything's going well at home; I'll be home in less than 48 hours. Yay! Swedish food!
Cat: Sleepy 2

Ghana, part three.

Aaaand another short note from a warm, sweaty Ghana-visitor. Gotten pretty used to this place now, but it's still hard sometimes and I still long for Swedish things. Mostly Swedish food. Or, well, regular food. Not necessarily Swedish. But today I got pizza, which is real, fairly good food for the first time in a week. I have been hungry for a week, it's ridiculous. And then they give us food and I just can't eat it, because it's the same thing over and over again.

But the kids are cute and we're having quite a lot of fun. I've gotten quite used to the flies, the toilet, and the bucket baths. Not something I'll miss once I leave, but I can live with it.

Yesterday it was a big tropical storm here, with insane amounts of water, thunder, and strong winds. I've never seen a storm like it, so that was quite cool.

Now we're away for the weekend, to visit Cape Coast and the rain forest and do a "canopy walk" tomorrow morning. Will be back to the orphanage on Sunday for the last week - and then suddenly I'm going home again...
Gen: Me 25th birthday

Ghana, part two.

Still in Ghana, and thank you to all those who responded to my last entry with positive comments :) I don't have time to respond to everyone individually, but thank you! It makes coming online so nice.

It's better here now. I'm getting used to everything, and after actually having contact with the outside world on Wednesday, I have been enjoying myself more. It's just three weeks for me, after all, and I can survive that.

Today, I've had my first shower in almost a week. I cannot describe how heavenly it felt. Wonderful! Amazing! I've never enjoyed a shower so much. After bathing with water in a bucket for a week, it's insane... My hair was ridiculously greasy. It's impossible to get your hair clean in a bucket wash, which is why they cut the kids' hair off completely. Much easier to handle.

Food has gotten good now too, which is the other main thing to be able to handle this. We're mostly eating rice and yam (they're like potatoes) and tomato sauce with bits of chicken in. It's definitely good enough to live on. And then we get lots and lots of fruit. Cocoa fruit is the best - it's the fruit you get cocoa from, but you can eat the white stuff around the beans, and they're delicious. I've also had mango, pineapple, watermelon and coconuts. It doesn't taste anything like at home.

The heat is the worst thing - it's reaaaaaally hot and humid here. I think the humidity is about 95% all the time, which means we're always, always sweaty. It's impossible to be completely dry and completely clean because of it, which is a bit awful. But also something I'm slowly getting used to.

The kids are wonderful, several of them. Some are annoying, just like Swedish kids... but considering how they live, it's amazing that they're not all apathetic or something. They play and laugh like kids at home, but they sleep in two rooms that together are a lot smaller than my apartment at home, and they sleep on the dirty floor together with the grownups. There are about twenty kids. We're going to be starting to build a new orphanage with the money one of the other girls has collected, although that won't be finished before I go home. I hope to be able to build beds for them before we go, though, that would feel really good - it's something that lasts for a long time.

Hope everyone's doing well.
Gen: Me 25th birthday

Ghana, part one.

I am in Ghana. It's ridiculously hot (for me anyway, I'm not used to this heat) and I can't say that I'm enjoying myself much. Physically it's like I expected - but psychologically, it's been horrible so far.

The orphanage is extremely poor. We bathe by splashing ourselves with water from buckets. There is a toilet, but the stuff goes straight down onto the ground below. The food we're served is pretty much just stuff to make us full - nothing tastes very good (except cocoa, pineapple and other fruits that we're served; those are delicious).

But all in all, it's mostly a matter of it being so very, very different from home. All things put together, with everything from Malaria pills and brushing your teeth out in the open and spitting on the ground, to eating food I can barely stomach, to sleeping in cots that are tiny and hard and where the mosquito net is bare inches from my face...

We have had good times. Yesterday we watched the stars at night and it's so dark here that you can see many, many, many more stars than at home. I cuddled with Bebe, one of our two youngest kids, and tickled her until she was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. And yesterday Carin and I went out for a walk for over an hour and when we got back, we got to eat pineapple, cocoa fruit and their kind of oranges, which are green and not as sweet but still good.

The days are spent like this: We wake at 5.30 or 6am (on our own, because that's when it gets light and since we go to bed at 9 or so, we're done sleeping at six). We get breakfast (this morning oatmeal, yay, which was better than yesterday's rice and spicy soup with tuna...). Then we clean the children (bucket of water, soap, bucket to pour the water over the kids) and then ourselves. After that, they either get breakfast or we start teaching (the order of this depends on when the adults are done with the food). We teach math and English at our own discretion, but it's difficult because the kids, aged 3-10 or so, aren't on the same level and most of all, they barely know English. So trying to teach them English isn't easy, nor is explaining math.

We seem to have the afternoons pretty much off, after serving the kids lunch. Carin and I decided yesterday to go for long walks in the afternoon, because time slows when we have nothing to do, and then we start angsting about wanting to go home. So yesterday we walked for an hour and then got back and we eat some fruit and then dinner a while later. Then it gets dark at about 6pm. By 8.30 or so, we get ready for bed.

And now I'm chatting with a friend from Sweden and suddenly things aren't looking as horrifyingly bleak. I'll take one day at a time. I hope everyone is having a good summer so far, and I'll hopefully get online again in a few days - we're planning on going on a trip, either to Accra or somewhere else, this weekend.