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Friday, October 29th, 2004
2:11 am - woo!
yay, that was a fun party. rum and coke, edward scissorhands and singing along to a nightmare before christmas, all the while in pirate garb. it doesn't get much better than that.

i just finished my korean and i'm about to be off to bed. also, my computer finally decided to fix itself, so the screensaver activates again. hooray for that.

pictures of my room-/floor-mates and of thursday night craziness will hopefully be posted soon.

DARYL COMES TOMORROW!!!!

current mood: giggly

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Thursday, October 28th, 2004
11:07 am - back on track
Wow so it's been a while since I've posted, huh? I'm not even going to try to recap.

So, the Sox won, and everything went inSANE. I had an amazing time runninga round screaming for quite a long time, both in the Yard and the square. Yes, I'm still a Yanks fan, and I did feel somewhat bad for the Cards since they just out-and-out blew, but all things considered I'm glad the Sox won if the Yankees can't. I mean, they played really well, so they deserved it, right? Anyway, the festivities gave me an excuse to run screaming out of my room, into the yard, around the yard, into the square, around the square, and eventually through the square and yard and back to my room. I even got to high-five some drivers who were passing by. It was just a euphoric experience, even for those of us who weren't too invested in the outcome.

Tomorrow a super-special event is going to occur...DAREEL is coming to visit!!!! Hooray! And it's going to be such a greatweekend. A capella. The Screw Your Roommate Dance. More a capella. The fencing party on Saturday. Fun fun fun! Rachel's boyfriend is also here, so it's going to be more than a little tight in our room, but whatever. I'm sure it will be cool.

Tonight is the "girl's night in" in Chloe's room for HWFT. It should be super chill, plus Abby and Ilana are going to be here, and they're cool girls. Hopefully my pirate costume will arrive in time...

All in all, things are super fun and great. Sure, I have work. Sure, I only slept 3 and a half hours last night after staying up late doing samurai reading. But who cares? The TV is set up, the PS2 and the Super Nintendo are plugged in, we get Fox in crystal clear reception, and there are a million other fun things occurring at all times. So who's complaining? Plus I'm #3 in the world in junior right now (! so many people aged out...). Life is f-ing awesome.

current mood: bouncy

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Saturday, September 18th, 2004
2:18 pm - days and days of awesomeness
So yesterday and today (so far, at least) have been great. Here's the rundown:

Yesterday I totally didn't expect anything that cool or exciting to happen. Basically, all I had planned was waiting for the futon to come and getting Sam to help me move furniture. But then we went to the plant sale and I got a really cute neon orange-red cactus (named Miguel) and a nice little flowery plant thing. Then I came back to the room, napped, got lunch with Sheena and Ollie and Allegra (not my roommate, but the other Allegra) and Teddy showed up near the end. Then I went to Teddy's room and bought a cool color-changing frisbee from him (he's on the ultimate team...traitor). Then we went to the Fogg museum to get free posters, accidentally running into Benji on the way. We all ended up going together and hanging out in the Fogg courtyard for 3 hours or something just talking and listening to Sam's best friend's boyfriend Pete play the piano awesomely. This part was especially fun because it was completely impromptu and spontaneous. Then I got Teddy (and Benji, I guess, even though he's injured) to help me carry my care package (yay!) back to my room, for which task I rewarded them with pirouette crackers.

Later Sam came by to help move in the futon, only HSA had misplaced it, so he just helped us move our desks around and stuff, and he stayed to meet the FOP pain room tour (I missed Xan's room cuz I was moving furniture) before leaving. So I went on the room tour with my FOP pain buddies minus Xan and Ollie who both were doing other stuff. I realized that although my room has some problems, it's still home and I like it better than almost everyone else's rooms. We ate dinner in Currier wih our FOP leaders, which was fun, and I met a guy who knew my brother in Thayer and had a crush on him.

Then we hung out in my room, complete with futon which Sam had helped move in in my absence. the guys across the hall were here too, which was a big step up for us since before we didn't have any real common room space, so we actually felt kind of put together. We waited for the "First Chance Dance" to start but it ended up being cancelled, so then some of us went down to the common room and watched the Yankees/Red Sox game. I outed myself as a Yankees fan, and didn't get yelled at too much, especially after I enlisted Teddy to come watch and be a fellow Yankees fan with me.

Then we (we being Hayes, Andrew, Brandon, Alingon, Aria, Jessica, Teddy, and I) all went to a midnight screening of Donnie Darko dicrector's cut in Brookline. I had never seen it before, so it was pretty weird and confusing, but also SO GOOD. I had no idea what was going on, but I still enjoyed myself. When we came out it was 2:30 and the T was closed and we just missed the last bus back to Cambridge, so we ended up having to get taxis, which weren't as expensive as I expected, especially when we split it four ways.

Teddy came back to our room to get his posters which he had left here before, and he, Aria and I ended up staying up talking and eating cookies and wasabi peas until 6:00 or so, when we decided that 3 and a half hours of sleep before our meeting was better than nothing.

This morning I didn't bother to wash up or anything and we just went to the lecture and slept. And I dozed through our discussion. We came back to Weld and watched the first couple of innings of the second Yankees/Red Sox game, which we are now winning 10-0. So I'm now chilling in my room cooking rice and looking for a flat-screen tv to put on our wall. My parents say they'll pay for half. So things are looking up.

Plans for the rest of today: nothing, maybe some shopping at CVS for some necessities, then the Black Men's Foundation party, then Julian's birthday party, then...?

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
2:09 pm - i guess this is good. lancelot is funny
lancelot
Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who!


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I know may last post was kinda melancholy and anxious, but I feel so much better now. I ealized today that I have at least 4 good friends plus I get along really well with my roommates and the guys across the hall, plus I like the kids in Ece's dorm, so what am I complaining about?

Anyway, today's been cool so far. I woke up late (a first so far; I haven't been sleeping very well) and finished my freshman seminar applications. Then I had a lovely lunch with Ollie and Sheena. I just went to science advising, and I'm planning on going back for the bio stuff in a bit.

Plans for later include any or all of the following: shopping with Ece (and Aria?), NYT crossword puzzle and pool with Teddy, possibly dinner and a practice of our new safety whistle band the Assaultones as well, hanging out with the guys across the hall, and maybe going to the commune style party in Grays which Raj apparently hosts. So it seems like a pretty full and fun day.
I just don't want to fill out my four year plan.

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
12:14 am - well well well
So here I am. Harvard. It's pretty cool. I just went out with Ece and some of her friends looking for something to do, but we ended up wandering around behind a bunch of half-drunk guys looking for parties, and when we found them they were invariably already over. So that was kind of a bust.

Now I'm in my room procrastinating from doing my freshman seminar applications. I'm really tired (why? I haven't done anything hard or active today) and I want to go to bed, but with work looming over me I feel like I should do something, even if it isn't my work.

I wish someone could tell me exactly where I'm going to end up and who my friends are going to be and how happy I'll be in a year so I don't have to worry about it anymore.

current mood: anxious

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Saturday, September 4th, 2004
9:50 pm - so long, and thanks for all the fish
Well, it's here. My last night before college. We just came back out from our trip onto the lake to see the end-of-the-year fireworks, which rounded off the summer nicely for me. I've been spending the last couple of days seeing movies, hanging around, packing for FOP, and worrying inwardly. I don't know why I worry; I'm sure everything will work out. More than that, I'm sure it's going to be great. Nonetheless I still can't help it.

It feels weird that my last day with my family is here, in Great Barrington, instead of in New York. I don't know why.

Anyway, I'll be away from tomorrow until Saturday in the late afternoon. No showers, no beds, and plenty o' bugs. But at least I have a mini pack of cards to play with.

So long, house. It's been great.

current mood: melancholy

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
9:51 pm - and now for japan
the second part of my detailed trip-recounting (for lack of a better word...)

Read it?Collapse )

And now I'm on Cape Ann, actually about 40 minutes from Harvard, at my grandma's house. I spend almost all my time reading or playing tennis or swimming in the ocean or pool or napping. I have also been trying to break in my hiking boots and get ready for FOP by hiking up Bungalow Hill twice every day (it's not very high or steep) with a backpack filled with large bottles of water and sometimes wine if there isn't enough water. Today I did it with a 20 pound pack, which was pretty heavy, although on FOP apparently our bags will be 40 pounds. The best part is that now Grandma has gotten wireless networking for her house, so I can use my laptop anywhere I want.

Now it's Olympics time.



current mood: relaxed

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Monday, August 23rd, 2004
9:26 pm - along came a spider

Actually, there are no spiders. I hate spiders. Anyway, this is my long put-off post detailing our trip to Korea and Japan. I haven't managed to upload pictures yet, plus I need to get the pics off my brother's camera, so this will be text-only.

The short version: Overall, it was a lot of fn, although hot and humid most of the time. I give Korea an A- and Japan a B+.

The super-detailed version:Collapse )

I'm not going to write anymore as I'm still kinda jet-lagged and my cough which I picked up in Japan is bothering me. I'll try to update again tomorrow.

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
11:16 pm - bittersweet
It's good to be back. I'm exhausted (it's approx. noon in Tokyo and I couldn't sleep at all on the plane), but I have to keep packing for college and FOP and whatnot because tonight is my last night in the city. I got a little teary a while ago, but I think I'm OK now.
I'll update with a full account of my trip once we're at my grandma's house and I don't have clothes strewn all over everything.

current mood: melancholy

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
11:53 am - first post from the flipside!
Well, it's way too hot to write anything in depth. Suffice it to say, I am in Seoul currently and staying in a cute little guest house. I'm not too jet-lagged, which I'm happy with. I'm kinda sleepy now, but it could just be from the heat.

I'm taking oodles of pictures which I will upload when we get home.

current mood: hot

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Saturday, July 31st, 2004
10:23 pm - le sigh

So, this is it! The night before we leave. It's also my second to last night at home before I go to college. So I'm kind of extra excited with a twinge of sadness and nervousness lurking in the background. Oh well, this trip is going to be super awesome. I just hope I don't have to fence with the Koreans too much. Mom may have promised them 5 hours of practice a day for all I know. She gets like that sometimes, especially in the heat of the moment.

Yesterday/today were a lot of fun. Tell me more, tell me more!Collapse )

I'm sad now because probably the next time I'll see any of my good friends will be vacation (excluding Ece, assuming she turns up at some point). I really do want to keep in touch, and I'm going to try, but I just don't know how well it'll work out. I mean, how many people do you know who are still friends with their friends from high school? Most people I know barely remember their best friends from college. I don't want to be pessimistic, but it seems like a lost cause. I'm still going to do my best, though. Plus my plan is to come to the first five reunions, and then all the big ones after that. We'll see how it goes.

Anyway, I should finish packing and get to sleep. We leave at 7:30 tomorrow morning (yech).

Farethee well. I will try to update from Korea/Japan as best I can. And I will definitely take pictures and make a Photobucket album.



current mood: melancholy

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Thursday, July 29th, 2004
9:37 pm - oh matt damon
I'm not feeling particularly chatty today, so I will be brief.

1) Yesterday I did the laundry to prove to my mother that I won't bleach/shrink all my clothes in college.

2) Today was my last day at work. Silke, to my surprise, had brought in a big cake and we had a little party in the conference room. It was nice.

3) I just saw The Bourne Supremacy with the 'rents. I love Matt Damon. I love action movies (especially with car chases). Hence, it was a success.

4) Tomorrow: sleep late (!), hair cut, Harold & Kumar with Daryl and Ana.

5) Sunday: leave for Korea. Last chance for souvenir requests: Saturday night.

C'est tout. Bon nuit.

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
11:00 pm - froggy

I just got back from doing various tasks about town.

I said goodbye to Mikhail and picked up my stuff from the FC. I wasn't as teary as I thought I would be, although I think Mikhail was fogging up a little. I also had an extensive chat with Hyun-Kyung and Oung-Jo who just switched to Mikhail from Buckie about what he's like and what to expect. It was a nostalgic experience, remembering what it was like when I first started taking lessons. Ahh, the good old days.

I also went shopping for random college-related stuff.  Because of the pouring rain, of the stores I had planned to visit I only managed to go to The Container Store, and my mom took me to J. Crew in addition. I got the bestest laundry hamper ever Ribbit!Collapse ) plus a bucket type thing for the shower. I got a nice sweater and button-down shirt from J. Crew, which when combined make for a somewhat preppy outfit. I don't mind being preppy occasionally. It's better than wearing jeans and a t-shirt every day, which is what I do normally. Maybe if I have nice clothes I'll actually be forced to look put together once in a while.

Yesterday I played tennis with Mike, which was mucho fun. I wasn't expecting to have to play hard, since he's only been playing for 6 months total, but he's gotten really good really fast, so it was a difficult match. The courts in Central Park are nice, albeit clogged with uber-aggressive Upper East and West Side adults. The older ones (I'd say around 60 years old) are especially nasty. They almost killed the guy who was in charge of assigning courts when people didn't show up for their appointments. Plus they yelled at me for not having the proper shoes. I finally gave Mike his present, so many things were accomplished at once, which was good. I also got my tetanus booster, which didn't start hurting until today. At least I got my favorite sparkly star bandaid to make up for it.

That's all the news that's fit to print at the moment.

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, July 26th, 2004
11:10 am - YAHOO!
I just found out (thanks to a link from someone in the harvard_u Community) that I'm living in Weld 42 next year. Whether this is good or not, I have no idea. How many roommates? No idea. But at least I have a name and number. Take that, mid-August housing mailing!!

current mood: giddy

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Sunday, July 25th, 2004
11:25 pm - oog

I'm carsick from the ride home. But hey, I had The Simpsons Season 4 and my portable DVD player to cheer me up. Plus we got back in time for Ali G, which was hilarious. Perhaps not quite as hilarious as last time, but I still love that guy. He actually got a Republican candidate for Congress to say that Jews are going to hell. ON TV! What are the odds? It's scary, sad, and funny all at the same time.

I just realized that this week is going to be my last week in the city until I go to college. How scary is that? Especially considering that it doesn't actually start until the 5th of September. It's not exactly my dream to go traveling right before I leave home, but hey, it's Asia and I'm really not in a position to complain. By the way, anyone who wants a souvenir of some sort from Korea or Japan, be it even a postcard, drop me a line and I will sort you out.

Tomorrow: work, tetanus shot, and tennis with Mike since it didn't work out last week. I'll just cross my fingers that he'll get a court. Plus I have to start getting my shit together and pack *gasp*. I find myself alternately super-duper excited about college and somewhat anxious and fretful. Is this normal?

Tuesday will be my last day at the fencing club. It seems almost unnatural that I won't see Mikhail for extended periods of time, and I won't have lessons with him until Christmas break or something. I mean, it's been almost 9 years. I tried to bring up the subject of me leaving at Summer Nationals, and he looked like he was about to cry, so I let it go. But it really is the end of an era. I'll miss Mikhail, but some other people, like Scott DiGiulio and Eugene Vortsman, I will be glad to be rid of.

Anyway, if anyone wants to do anything this week from Wednesday through Saturday, tell me.

P.S. Ana, I have no idea what that shoe thing is. I have heel cups for fencing, but they're not to make shoes fit, they're for heel support. But if you want them, you can buy them at drug stores or sproting goods stores.

current mood: sick

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Friday, July 23rd, 2004
12:36 am - sleep...so near, and yet so far
Today I saw two flies mating. It's funny that I'd never seen that before; maybe I just didn't notice. It was sorta funny cuz the female kept batting at the male with her back legs and crawling up the side of the container, so it looked like she was trying to escape from him (maybe she was...). He eventually fell off and onto the bottom.

Anyhoo, I now have new towels, sheets, and pajamas for college. Now all I need is my f-ing housing information, which doesn't come for another three weeks. Poo.

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
11:02 pm - thinkpad
I'm really starting to love the tracking button/point on my Thinkpad. It takes a while to get used to, but it's so much more fun than a boring old mouse. The only thing is I now have little dots etched into my finger.

In other news, I've decided to learn how to raise my right eyebrow independently of my left. I can do the left one already, but I've always wanted to be able to waggle my eyebrows by raising one, and then the other. I didn't think that this stuff could be taught, but according to Daryl, Gabriel taught himself how to do it by long hours of practice. I am going to do the same.

current mood: determined

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6:27 pm - k.o.s.
Charlotte, this post is for you:
I was just singing the Knife of Speed song in my head, and I can't remember the end! What is it???

current mood: confused

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3:52 pm - good times
So last afternoon/evening I went shopping with my mom in Soho and the Village, which was fun although I didn't buy anything and her ankle was hurting so we had to stop early. We ate tasty tasty Indian food in this tiny little place called "Gandhi Indian Cafe" or something like that. There is no situation in which I would turn down chicken curry and naan.

Today I completely forgot about this lecture I was supposed to go to from 9-11 AM (the head of my lab was giving it and my mentor said I should go) and turned up at the lab at my usual time of 10:00. Luckily Silke didn't seem to notice that I shouldn't have been there, or she forgot about it too, so I didn't get in trouble. I spent the day at work poking flies with glass needles filled with KCl and then squirting smells at them and measuring their reactions with a computer. It's fun, except you have to be immune to the pitiful little movements they make when they're trying to get away and can't, and then they get all twitchy and spazzy.

Now I'm eating leftover pizza, and later I'm going to go play tennis with Mike in Central Park, as the Rockefeller courts are booked until kingdom come. I also finally bought his birthday present, so I can give that to him.

And now it's nap time. Life is good.

current mood: satisfied

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
9:47 am - aps
Oh, and I did well on my APs. Surpassing my expectations, actually, because I was sure I screwed up on the math.

I also had the chance to look at Becca Chapman's scores, since the postman accidentally put hers in my box (she lives in the apartment below me) but I resisted temptation, even though I don't like her very much.

current mood: accomplished

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