Tuesday, December 28, 2004

i guess it's time for an update...

So I haven't written here for a while. Reason 1 being that I don't always feel like fighting my mom and sister for the internet. Reason 2 being that this computer at home is so swarmed with spam and pop-up ads and who knows what else that I get frustrated using it, and Reason 3 being that I've been just too darn busy to update.

I had the first of two workshops today at work that I've been highly stressed over. By 4pm tomorrow afternoon I will be an EXTREMELY happy person. Then I've really got a winter break to look forward to.

Since I've finished finals I've made a weekend Vegas trip, finished Christmas wrapping/gifting/baking/exchanging madness, celebrated Hoho's Birthday and visited family for Christmas. All the while I've been working on these classes that took over my life completely the past week or so.

Today was the first of my workshops. Monday I got all of my materials ready to go, leaving only the classroom setup for this morning. But the rain in LA was just too much to handle, I guess. I left the house early but it took me an hour (instead of 15 minutes) to get Downtown -- flooded freeways + rush hour traffic + about 30 street lights out.

Turns out the street lights were out because about half of Downtown (and surrounding neighborhoods) lost power today. I thought I was prepared for everything, but it never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to run my class without a classroom. O__O

I managed, though, thank goodness. The theater had power so I had to create a makeshift classroom there and try my best to run the class without all of my supplies, my tables, blackboard, etc. Talk about chaotic. Thank goodness for all of the people who came down to help me, though, otherwise I think I would've just cried. :P I think the kids had a good time, though, and I'm happy with how it went. Like I said, one more tomorrow and I'll be done. :)

So winter break has been pretty good. I'm super-broke, super-tired but also super-happy :)

Is all for now...I'll update eventually :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

HELL yes!!


time to get my drink on! =D

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

just shoot me now.

as if dealing with the stress of finals and the end of the semester isn't enough, tonight only added to my frustrations.

i've been dealing with this paper since 8am this morning and still only have 4 of the 15 pages that i need to finish this b*tch of a paper. i'm tired, i'm bored i'm restless and frustrated and there's nothing i can do but suck it up and finish.

i went to take my dvd (from my other final) back to hollywood video last night and found out about a block after leaving my apartment that i had a very. bad. flat. managed to waste about an hour and a half of my life waiting for my tow truck and my tire to get changed. what's worse is that my friends wasted a precious hour and a half of study time patiently waiting with me. (thanks you guys, especially S, who drove!!)

and then my heart is just picked up and smashed. crushed. i can't even explain how much it hurt to hear what i heard tonight. and i don't even know if i can fix it.

it's the last thing i needed tonight, and should be the last thing on my mind when i've got 40 pages to write.

maybe i just need some time away...

Saturday, December 11, 2004

And lots of silliness. :) But that's it for now...I have to study...more later :)

good food...

And the boys...J, V, K(C?), Damy, S

Today we took Bea to Chinatown for Dim-Sum...(Bea, Hoho, Sar, Char, Rena) :)

Pretty in pink? :)

if anyone still needs to do Christmas shopping...

I can make customized earrings (and/or other jewelry) for ya ;)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Finals - Fall 2004

This semester is the first time I have had a final for every class, and the first time that the finals have been in the form of papers instead of exams. Everyone has been telling me how lucky I am, but I seriously beg to differ. My schedule looks like this:

  • Monday Dec. 13 - turn in final project, Journalism 310 (approx. 7 pages)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14 - e-mail final paper, Journalism 462 (3 questions, 5-7 pages each)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 - turn in final paper, American Studies 301 (approx. 30 pages)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 - turn in final paper, Geography 340 (12-15 pages)
It doesn't help that each of these final papers had topics that were not handed out until the last week of class -- which gives me one week for each paper. :|

We all know how my Geography paper is turning out -- this was the group paper that I spent 5 hours on all day Monday. Still not done -- fine-tuning details and such.

Yesterday was difficult -- I had gone to bed around 4 in the a.m. and woke up arund 10 -- I spent a couple of hours working and had to high-tail it to the museum for work, came back and studied until about 4 a.m. when I finally gave up because I was so tired.

This morning I woke up at 9 a.m. and was DETERMINED to get work done. So I sat in my chair ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY. I skipped work, and just worked worked worked here at home on my papers. I took one 40 minute break to pick up stamps at the post office and take the roomies on some errands, and another 40 minute break to pick up food and eat dinner. I am now taking another break simply because, I deserve one. I have been working for 15 hours!! I don't think I've ever been so focused. Or my butt so tired from sitting in this chair. I feel disgusting -- I need to shower, I stink, I'm flabby and fat and I need to MOVE. Gross. I've been eating junk food and coffee all day and I just feel SO UNHEALTHY.

But -- I did manage to get the majority of my first journalism paper done (I just have to go down to the courthouse and watch a movie to complete the last two questions), and I also outlined, cited and collected quotations for the 30 page American Studies paper. All I have to do is flush out what I have left in the outline and I'll be done.

Which leaves the other Journalism paper, which is going to be a b*tch to do. But still, I'm proud of myself.

I remember once when K said that she liked finals time the best because she liked the feeling of having everyone really studying and focused at the library, and feeling academic. I think she's crazy. I just want some actual AIR. To see some daylight. I vow to take some time to get away from finals-zombie-ness tomorrow. I've gotten enough done to relax a little bit.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004



I would take TWO papers and TWO exams. I would even take FOUR EXAMS. I have been up until 4 a.m. the past THREE NIGHTS and have barely made a DENT in my work. Seriously. And I ai'nt procrastinating either!

My eyes hurt and I want to go to sleep but I know if I do, I'll regret it. GAH.


Monday, December 06, 2004


Friday after work I stopped by Damy's house and we went out to dinner...I think. -___- I'm guessing we went out with Hollie and Jason...but I can't remember at the moment. *dang* my brain isn't working right now. Waaaaaaait now I remember! We went to Joe's Crab Shack. Yes. And we went to Borders...but it was closed by the time we got there. And Jason was tired so we went home right after....

I remember being up fairly late with him and Lynette talking...

And I know I was up until 5a.m. working on my paper. Didn't finish and finally gave up.

Saturday morning I woke up 7a.m. Was EXHAUSTED. I got together my fried chicken to get ready for the tailgate later that morning for the game.

Yes, folks, it was that time of year again...USC v. Fucla. This year the game was at the Rosebowl in Pasadena (away) and scheduled for 1:15. If you haven't been to one of these games before, then you should know that it takes HOURS to actually get in the Rosebowl...which is why you have to get there so earrrrly...but it's fine 'cause you can tailgate until game time :)

Charity woke up a little after 8 and we hopped in my car to go to Ralph's and pick up some more stuff for the tailgate. We're so kindhearted...everyone else slept in their nice cozy beds while we (the two who slept the least, go figure) worked out little booties off getting everything bought and ready for our little party later on that day. In the cold. But that's how much we luv our friends :)

We packed everything up and headed for the Rose Bowl. Breakfast that morning consisted of two bottles of Smirnoff Green Apple *YUM*, hot dogs, chips, and potato salad.

Then I got sick. REALLY SICK. I don't know if it was the lack of sleep, the fact that it was FREEZING outside, or the Smirnoff for breakfast....or a combo :P But it was TERRIBLE. I fell asleep in Serena's car until it was time to leave for the game, then I finally stumbled out and somehow managed to make it to the game.

Game was cold, miserable, and seriously WTH happened to our team?!? I was sick and pissed off 'cause we kept making so many mistakes. I suppose in hindisght it was a really good game -- exciting and of course the rivalry is always fun...but seriously I was feeling so sick and we were doing so poorly that after a while I just wanted to go home.

Finally finally finally the game was over...we waited in line to get out and finally made it home 2-3 hours later (this is kind of foggy). I came home, took some Nyquil, and took a short nap before Hollie, Damy and Jason came to meet up for dinner....we + Bea went to J-town and had dindin....I felt better except for a bad headache.

Sunday I was feeling MUCH better. I finished my portion of the paper, and met up with Hollie and Kelly for lunch. We had sammiches at this Italian deli on Beverly whoose name I have forgotten. :P Then had Starbucks....*note: Pumpkin Spice Latte is GOOOOOD*

Afterwards went shopping with HDJ at Glendale Galleria. Had dinner at Chinese restaurant. Fun fun fun :) They make me laugh so much :)

J gave me a way cool bead kit so I've been itching to work with it all day :) *thaaaaaank you!!!****

Today has been interesting, to say the least. I stayed up until 4 this morning going through my checking account, trying to figure out why my checkbook was off....found THREE DEPOSITS since APRIL that I have missed --- so I am now $600 richer!! *woot*woot* :)

Woke up late this morning following my lottery-winning night :) Met up with my group members to work on the paper...5 STRAIGHT HOURS LATER I am not TIRED as heck. I actually physically feel sick of reading and looking at computers and books. I'm gonna bead for a while instead, since blogging is over...

I hate finals. -___-

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

10 to 1

I stole this from Steven. Thanks for distracting me from my paper, Steven! :)

<>TEN random things about me
10) My toes get coldest before anything else, even when I'm wearing socks.
9) I've gotten my bottom wisdom teeth pulled but not my top.
8) I couldn't tie my shoe until I was 10 years old :P
7) I like wheat bread and hate white sandwich bread.
6) Sometimes water is the bestest drink possible. :)
5) My secret desire is to be a dancer in a musical show or even at Disneyland *shhh*
4) When I have nothing else to do, I plan my wedding -- and have been planning since I was ten =X
3) I've saved all of my birthday cards since I turned 7, but I have no idea what to do with all of them.
2) I have a SERIOUS rock collection.
1) I easily have at least 1,000 dollars worth of Hello Kitty items. :)

<>NINE ways to win my heart
9) Love kids
8) Wear your heart on your sleeve
7) Be nice to your mom, our sister, and other women in your life
6) Wear a baseball cap over bed-hair :)
5) Smile every time you see me
4) Do "little" things -- e-mails, text messages, phone calls just to say hi
3) Hold my hand
2) Wish on stars, pennies, four-leaf clovers, and believe in Santa Claus
1) Give me your heart

<>EIGHT things I want to do before I die
8) Go to Europe
7) Get a job and BE someone
6) Marry Damon
5) Have at least three kids! =D
4) Buy a real, true, genuine Hello Kitty collector's item -- like, the gazillion dollar ones
3) At least once, look in the mirror and be COMPLETELY happy with what I see
2) Dance in the moonlight
1) Achieve everything in Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote: to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a reddemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. this is to have succeeded.

<>SEVEN ways to annoy me
7) Think that you're better than anyone else
6) Be impolite, unfriendly and rude
5) Be a know-it-all
4) Stick your nose in other people's business
3) Pretend to be someone you're not
2) Have a short temper
1) Disrespect others, or refuse to take other people's feelings into consideration

<>SIX things I believe in
6) The innocence of a child
5) The strength of family and friends
4) A God
3) Hope
2) The good of others
1) True Love

<>FIVE things I'm afraid of
5) Being alone
4) Living unhappily
3) Losing the people that I love
2) Roller coasters, heights
1) Failure <>

FOUR of my favorite items in my room
4) Damy bear
3) Pictures of family and friends
2) My cell phone -- where would I be without it?
1) Hello Kitty DVD player? *shrug*

<>THREE things I do everyday
3) Talk to Damon
2) Pee
1) Drink coffee

<>TWO things I want to do right now
2) Take a bubble bath and give myself a pedicure
1) Light a fire, make some hot cocoa and do something "holidayish" like make a gingerbread house or decorate the Christmas tree with Damy :)

<>ONE person I want to see right now
1) Damy! :)

Don't want to study...

This week is kind of a good week after the Thanksgiving holiday. I really didn't feel like coming back to class after such a nice long relaxing stress-free weekend. But since this is our last week of classes, it's low on the homework and readings, nice and slow. Of course, that means that finals are coming, which is not so good.

Finals this year are going to be interesting. I have no actual exams, but I do have four papers. This is both good and bad. Good because I like papers, I like researching, etc. (Yes I realize I'm a nerd). Bad because..HELLO...FOUR PAPERS?!? That's a heck of a lot. Good is that a lot of them I've already started on, bad because some I just got topics for this week and have not started. Especially my final papers for my law class...I'm gonna have to do some heavy duty researching on cases and law reviews for that paper, and I don't even know where the law library IS much less how to research. =X

Christmas shopping is basically done, I just have to pick up two more things. And I've gotta pick up more supplies to finish up the gifts I'm making -- I've already finished six sets! =D

Can't wait for the weekend -- more MJ, guys? :)

I know Damy's gonna kill me, but...

HAHAHA...lookie what I found on the Hello Kitty message boards!!