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|Friday, January 1st, 2010|
| HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
:D:D:D:D:D Current Mood: WHOOHOO!
|Friday, December 25th, 2009|
| MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! Current Mood: HAPPY
|Wednesday, May 6th, 2009|
|40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes
Meant to share this before finals set in for everyone but kept forgetting. Not to worry, it's a short distraction, and you're on LJ already anyway. :P
Took my last non-final exam today - almost done! Current Mood: blah
|Thursday, January 1st, 2009|
| HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
*dances around in a shower of confetti*
Current Mood: SO HAPPY ^^
|Thursday, December 25th, 2008|
| MERRY CHRISTMAS!! ^________^
Current Mood: chipper
|Wednesday, December 10th, 2008|
|Wednesday, November 12th, 2008|
|What were YOU doing at three in the morning?
( Mousehunt! Cut for lengthCollapse )
Otherwise, I had an excellent long weekend. Almost all of the Connerside floors (half of Burton-Conner, my dorm) went for Dim Sum on Sunday, my first time venturing into Chinatown. I plan to return soon. ^^
Watched a ton of movies that I really should have watched a long time ago: Star Wars Episode Four, The Matrix, and Hero. Also re-watched Iron Man - SUCH a good movie.
Lastly, we four people from Emmaus had a small reunion on Monday, which was terribly nice. :D I can't wait to be back home for Thanksgiving among even more familiar faces.
Hope everyone's doing well and...I should get to bed. xD Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
|Physics and voting
I'm starting to realize what a truly, truly
sadistic man Mr. Ohl was. I mean, obviously he was quite sadistic, that goes without saying, but I swear
that his tests were harder than the one I took yesterday. What an evil, evil
In other news, I voted today! I feel quite proud of myself, despite the fact that my vote counts in Massachusetts (looong story) and therefore basically doesn't count at all. Hey, at least I got to be in the polling booth, which was pretty awesome. ^^
Burton-Conner apple bake on Sunday was Epic. Basically, the dorm buys A LOT of apples, and the residents are free to make them into pies, cobblers, entrees, sculptures, whatever
you want to make, and after an hour of judging, everyone's free to descend upon the Free Food like a swarm of hobbit-locusts. If those indeed exist. I didn't make anything, but one of my suitemates won first in the Appetizer category, which was exciting. Mmmm, foood...
There was also a huge concert this past weekend to raise money for multiple sclerosis, including performances from five colleges in the area. A cappella, breakdancing, modern dance, comedy improv, diabolo
, it had EVERYTHING. Plus the two breakdancing groups, from Harvard and MIT, had a random dance-off halfway through the concert. Go figure. xD Anyway, all the performances were ruddy amazing, and they raised over $3300! Hooray for good causes! :D:D:D
Wow, it sounds like I do everything but academics. May I assure you all that I have been slaving away as much as ever. xD Although it doesn't help that Kiss Me Kate opens this weekend...*grin* Current Mood: cheerful
|Sunday, October 26th, 2008|
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2008|
|Written on the way home
Conversation in Katie’s Chem class:
Student: *points to a large, round piece of lab equipment* Is that a rice cooker?
Case: Nooo, it’s a centrifuge.
Sad thing is that I can picture the look of Case’s face as he snerks at the poor, hapless student.
Anyway, I’m on the train home right now, and my conclusion from this weekend is that visits home are too short. I mean, home cooking! And piano playing (not me, Katie. I turn pages. xD)! And getting out and seeing all the familiar sights of home (Borders, the mall, Wal-Mart, etc.)! Good lord, I’ve missed it all. Almost cried when I got home and ran down the driveway to get the mail - when
was the last time I did that? Was SO HAPPY. Would have leapt on my bike and gone over to the swing set that Katie and I always played on (not the one right next to our backyard, another one), but it was already getting dark.
Of course, the bloody train got to New Jersey an hour late, which didn’t help matters. I probably could have gotten home Friday night if it weren’t for the concert, so the plan was to just get to NJ as early as possible Saturday, but “as early as possible” ended up being mid-afternoon, which was a bit depressing. Made up for it by buying tons of good food at the Chinese supermarket in NJ, and was happy.
Needless to say, I really did not get much work done this weekend, so this next week will be…difficult. Thankfully, no exams, so I guess it could be worse. My concert on Friday went well, and I’m quite sure I want to stick to orchestra, despite the huge time commitment. Speaking of which, has anyone heard Turina’s Sinfonia Sevillana
a great work, I love it to pieces, and I’m rather indignant that it’s as little-known as it is. To give you an idea of its obscurity, I can’t find a YouTube recording of it. :O! Will keep looking.
Overall, life was been going well. Classes haven’t been too bad, and the workload is, well, what else can you expect from college? I did, however, notice that the amount of profanity in my thoughts increases exponentially the later it gets. Who would have thought? xD
Urgh, should have finished Neuroscience and Society paper by now…should prolly go do that. *wanders off* Current Mood: brain-dead
|Tuesday, October 7th, 2008|
|Late on the weekly post...bugger
First symphony orchestra concert Friday! Should be interesting - I still can't play all the passages smoothly. -_-U And then HOME!!! :D:D:D
So I volunteered at a shelter for alcohol and drug users over the weekend, which was...interesting. The people there were really nice and all, and I'm glad I went, but I have to admit that volunteering at a hospital is more my thing. They take volunteers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, which is pretty close, so I'll probably do that.
Of course, most of you have probably heard from Reny by now that the second season of Gundam 00 is out - if the first episode is representative of the entire season, I'm really looking forward to the rest. Squee, Soma (okay, and Sergei, I guess) in civilian life! :D
In the mean time, I’m really enjoying Firefly, so it's not like I lack things to watch. Now, if only I had more time...*sigh*
Thankfully, I’m almost better from the cold that’s been going around. I had it over the weekend, and the upperclassmen say that getting sick is a pretty regular thing here, so I’m all stocked up on vitamin C. 8D Well, at least I wasn't deathly ill, unlike my poor friend who looked healthy but couldn't speak at all
on Friday. I mean, she was communicating by scribbling notes to me. At least she found it highly amusing, but really, the poor girl...
Taekwondo has been awesome. Yesterday, we started exercises in judging distance, so the assistants would hold the paddles at different distances, forcing us to figure out which kick to use. I think I did okay, but I did kick the holder's hand a couple times, and I saw him rubbing his hand after after the last person had his turn...poor soul. I'll be sad when the class ends in a couple weeks, but I'm looking forward to trying other stuff too.
Also, has anyone else tried playing Minesweeper without marking the spots with the little red flags? It’s ten times more addicting, which is really not a good sign…
Anyway, that's all that's new with me. (FOUR MORE DAYS AND I’M HOME
!!!!!) Current Mood: cheerful
|Monday, September 29th, 2008|
|I'm going home!! :D
Bought tickets home for Columbus Day weekend - we have that Monday off, so I should get home Saturday the 11th (I have a concert Friday evening or I'd be home by then). Don't get me wrong, I love it here, but going home will be really nice too. Will any of you guys be around?( Interesting email conversation (cut for length)Collapse )
Also, I finally started Firefly, and I already love it after just three episodes. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Yes Pichu, I'll get around to Shana...sometime.
Re-watched Ever After with my roommate last night. Good movie, but the prince is just ridiculously annoying. I pretty much watch it for Gustav and Da Vinci (yes, Da Vinci's in a Cinderella tale xD).
Favorite line - French queen: *to her son, on marriage* "Choose wisely - I'm afraid divorce is something they only do in England." xDDD
Ack, thought of going home makes me homesick. I won't be homesick! You hear? I won't, I won't! Won't, won't won't! Nyah, nyah!
...Hm, clearly I need sleep. G'night everybody! xP Current Mood: CRAAAZY
|Monday, September 22nd, 2008|
Holy frith, I hope I don't have another week like this last one anytime soon. It wasn't really bad, just really, really hectic. And I mean sleeping at 5:30 hectic. Granted, I don't start class until 10 or 11 usually, but still. In any case, I now know that I really can't afford to slack during the weekends (which I did last weekend).
I also had my first exam - calc. I definitely missed one really, really stupid question, and I just could not figure out another one at all. Walked out very depressed and wanted to bang my head on the wall. Did not indulge the impulse as walls here are either concrete or marble. And there were too many people watching. I just really, really hope it's not an indication of how all my other exams will go.
That being said, this weekend was awesome. I did manage to get some work done, which was very satisfying, and our dorm had an overnight white-water rafting trip that I got back from just a couple hours ago. ( SO AWESOME (Cut for length).Collapse )
As always, hope everyone's doing well, and thank god for LJ. G'night, all! Current Mood: Why is the room moving?
|Monday, September 15th, 2008|
|Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
So I'm about an hour late. Stop nitpicking.
I actually did get moon cakes today (went out with a family friend here in Boston), but due to a huge lunch, late dinner, plus cake for my roommate's birthday, there wasn't stomach room for them. Alas, but prolly tomorrow.
Speaking of my roommate's birthday, the cake-baking was conducted in complete secrecy. We made it yesterday while she was visiting a friend at that one college in New Haven (:P), and since she's planning to be a bio major, we stuck a bunch of candles off-center and called it the nucleolus. We then used icing to draw in the nuclear membrane, Golgi body, and ER, and jellybeans were the mitochondria. Round sprinkles for ribosomes, and green crystal ones for the cytoskeleton finished the job, and it was beautiful. ^_^
Classes going smoothly, with the exception of a 3:30 bedtime Thursday morning. Because I just changed Calc classes, I got the first problem set later than most. The prof was kind enough to give me an extension (which I ended up using after all), but he seemed most reluctant, so I did as much as I could that night. It eventually reached the point that I was confusing addition and multiplication (more than usual, I mean), so I just dropped my books and went to sleep.
Speaking of calc, my prof definitely has a French accent, which makes him automatically awesome. I have also found a fellow Mizzy on my floor, so I am Happy.
Taekwondo is absolutely amazing. It's so very stress-relieving to kick and punch and yell.
Symphony orchestra has also started. Suffice it to say that I have a lot of practicing to do.
First exam's Friday, which should be interesting.
And I apologize for the lack of coherence between the last three paragraphs. If they can be called that. :P
Otherwise, miss you all very much. I'm sorry I haven't been on chat, but I'm trying to avoid sitting in my room by myself while I adjust (yes, of course
I'm still adjusting), so please bear with me. Hope you're all doing well! Current Mood: calm
|Saturday, September 6th, 2008|
|Survived first week of classes!
Am starting to settle into life here. I mean, I haven't died yet, so I guess that's a good sign.
Classes are going well, but they seem fairly normal so far, so I don't have much to say about them as of now. The exception is probably Chem class. You all know the experiment in which Rutherford bombarded a gold foil with alpha particles and then discovered the nucleus. As an experiment, our class threw 266 ping-pong balls at a frame of Styrofoam balls and used the backscatter to calculate the diameter of the styrofoam balls (the nuclei). We ended getting 2.6 cm for the experimental value, and they were 1" styrofoam balls...o_O
On the other hand, after much debate, I decided to switch my Calc with Applications course to regular Calc II. Apparently, the class I'm taking now shows shortcuts and easier ways of doing what I'm supposed to have already learned in Calc II, so I won't get good, solid material from the Applications course. Thank goodness I know this now as opposed to one month into the course. xD
Will be starting Taekwondo on Monday. Can't wait. :D
Also, made it into the symphony orchestra! It sounds like it will be a substantial time commitment, but I'm really looking forward to it. Interestingly enough, I heard one girl audition with the Butterfly Lovers' concerto
, and I got such a stupid grin on my face. Unfortunately, the link doesn't have the best recording that I've heard, but it's still good.
What else has happened? Oh yes, apparently the fire alarms at Burton-Conner work. Whether they work at normal hours, I'm not entirely certain, but they definitely work at 3:30 in the morning as well as when it's raining. Hooray.
Miss you all very, very much, and hope things are going well. Thank god for livejournal. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008|
|Greetings from Cambridge!
So, am starting classes tomorrow. Oh yes, I never mentioned what I'll be taking! Physics: E&M, Calc II with Applications (whatever that means), Chem, and Neuroscience and Society for my Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences class. Yep, will be busy. :D
Anyway, I'm staying at Burton-Conner, and I love it here. Few people will remember this, but I had this strange phobia of upperclassmen back in high school freshman year for some inexplicable reason. It's so different here - the upperclassmen are so friendly, and not in a scary, are-you-talking-to-me-because-you-have-a
n-ulterior-motive kind of way.
In the mean while, I have a crowded triple, so the room's supposed to house two, but we have three people. I don't know my roommates very well yet (we moved halfway through orientation, long story), but I think we'll get along. We also re-arranged the furniture, so it's not as crowded as it was when I first arrived.
Saw Iron Man today - very, very good movie. Especially since I'm usually rather wary of the superhero genre. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet, and, talking to other people, apparently it's still very good when you watch it the second time. In the mean time, if you can't run over to the movies immediately, enjoy this
Classes tomorrow, so I'm off to bed! Current Mood: chipper
|Saturday, July 26th, 2008|
|Off to Taiwan!
In a couple hours, we'll be heading off to Taipei for two and a half weeks. So excited... :D:D
The scary part is that, when I get back, I have about five more days here, and then I'll be in Boston, exploring the great unknown. I mean, where did the summer go? I didn't even get to finish painting all the walls that I wanted to re-paint! (I recently developed a strange fascination with painting. Just doors and walls, since I have no artistic ability whatsoever, but still!)
Otherwise, life's been pretty normal. I was cleaning up college spam today, and my soul cried every time I had to throw out a viewbook. It's kind of satisfying that I'm done with them, but the trees! Such a waste. In the end, I figured they'd be better off being recycled than sitting in my basement or something, but it was still depressing. The fact that we went to watch Wall-E right afterwards didn't really help. xD That being said, anyone who hasn't seen it should - soooo cuuute. ^____^
Anyway, will post again before going to Boston, promised! Current Mood: bouncy
|Saturday, May 10th, 2008|
|Just a note...
Heads-up to people I usually chat with (with whom I usually chat, -_-U) over Gmail: my computer's down with a virus, so I won't be online for the next couple days since it would necessitate taking over Katie's computer (like I'm doing now), which is, obviously, not in my room. If it's something important (which is hardly unlikely, given it's AP week), you can prolly poke Katie and make her tell me, in which case I'll temporarily relocate to the downstairs computer. Otherwise, I won't be logged in to chat unless I'm checking my e-mail, which I'll still try to do from time to time.
Right, hope APs are going well for everyone, and g'luck on these last few! Current Mood: WAAAAH
|Sunday, May 4th, 2008|
|Before my brain leaks out my ears...
Good luck to everyone on AP exams!!!!!!!!
To my fellow seniors: they're our last AP exams EVAR!
To the juniors (basically Angela, unless Kevin and Emily still read this): Slave away, junior year's most important!
To those who have already graduated: Don't you dare point and laugh. *glare*
Why am I so cheerful? I think I've already lost it. Right, so g'luck! Current Mood: crazy
|Saturday, March 1st, 2008|
Admitted to Schreyers! ^___^
Am somewhat amused that I never received my regular acceptance, but there you are. Otherwise, am very happy.
Also, here’s that birthday meme that was going around a couple days ago:Go to Wikipedia, enter in your birth date (excluding the year). List three neat events, two births and one death, include the year.
Three Four Neat Events
(for a loose definition of "neat")
1492 - Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1852 - First Boat Race between Yale and Harvard, the first American intercollegiate athletic event. Harvard won.
1914 - World War I: Germany declares war against France.
1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into Führer.
Two Three Births
1770 - King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia (d. 1840)
1941 - Martha Stewart, American media personality
1970 - Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer (from his Wikipedia article: “the creative force behind both the Kirby and the Super Smash Bros. series” <(^^)> )
One Two Deaths
1924 - Joseph Conrad, Polish-born writer (b. 1857)
1964 - Flannery O'Connor, American writer (b. 1925) One Holiday/Observance
Niger - Independence Day.
Why is there so much German stuff for my birthday? -_-U Current Mood: chipper