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April 1, 2004

One Week of One Meal Per Day

I think I started just eating one meal a day last Thursday, so it's already been a week. What's happened since then? Well. I didn't lose as much weight as I would have liked, but I'm definitely better off this way. I feel like my digestion is better and (get ready for this) I didn't need my alarm clock to wake me up at all this week. WHOA. Whoa. That's never happened before. It's not like I'm hungry when I wake up (I don't get hungry until about 3 PM, and then I just wait until 5 PM or so to eat dinner), I just wake up and realize, "Whoa, it's time to wake up." It doesn't matter if it's a day when I have to wake up at 10 or a day when I have to wake up at 8. Isn't that odd? I absolutely hate the sound of my alarm clock (you probably know this already, but never use a song or sound that you like as an alarm clock because you'll eventually grow to hate it and wish you could cut the chunk out of your brain that memorized the sound) so it's nice to wake up before it jerks my brain into semi-consciouness.

Where the hell are all these people who said they wanted Poofy shirts? I haven't gotten any responses about them yet, but supposedly people want them. All I need is a minimum of 10 orders to get them printed. 10! WE CAN DO THAT! Make a legion of Poofy lovers in Poofy-clad t-shirts!

So. What's been going on this week? Speaking of Poofy, I sold a bunch of stuff to some people on my floor on Tuesday. One girl bought two small Poofies for her younger sister(s?) and a pack of buttons. Another girl bought a big Poofy for her little sister. Aw, how sweet! So bringing my entire Poofy shop inventory to school and storing it in a crate in my closet wasn't totally useless! That's good to know. I also gave a Poofy shirt to my Japanese teacher. She wanted to pay me but...god no! That'd be crazy. Besides, she wrote me a recommendation and I gave presents to all my high school teachers who wrote me recommendations, so I think it was a good gift.

Ah, Japanese class. It's weird because I enjoy it, but I suck at it. There's almost no way I can get an A this semester unless I study my ass off, which I'm most definitely not doing. I had a test on Tuesday and it was bad (shiken o warui desu!) and I had an interview test, which was also bad. The only good thing was my dialogue test. Hooray for rote memorization!

As for good things happening in class, I got an A on my bio manuscript! It's absolutely crazy though because my teacher graded extremely leniently. One of my graphs was completely wrong, or somewhat wrong, and I only got one point taken off. I had another point taken off for something else. But overall, I had two points taken off of a paper that kind of sucked, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I won't complain. I'm just not sure if that was the right grade...

Music class is getting worse. I'm not sure how to explain why it's getting worse, but I guess you have to be there. For one thing, we do a lot more singing now and I haven't even memorized "do re mi fa sol la si do" and what notes they correspond to. A lot of people in my class aren't used to singing so when we have to sing stuff, it comes out all jumbled. My teacher (I gotta say, the photo on that website isn't very good) is incredibly patient, but sometimes I wonder if he's laughing inside and calling us names while putting on a facade. ...probably not.

I'm going home this weekend! Wooohoo! I'll have to get my comics and scan em. 50 of them. Kill me. And I'll be scanning other things. Because I'm going to make the best damn Poofy book ever. And to achieve that, it'll be the only Poofy book ever! It'll suck AND rule at the same time. Which is awesome. Or stupid. Hell, it's BOTH!

HOLY CRAP I JUST FIGURED OUT HOW TO ACCESS THE MEDIA CLOISTERS SERVER...okay, this is stupid. I didn't know I could do that. If I knew this before, that would've save so much trouble. Argh! Now I'm kind of mad at myself. I don't know much about computers. :| I was looking at this page, which didn't help much, and then luckily got things to work by typing in "http://mcserver" and whoa, that worked. Ooh. Oh yeah, that's a big perk of working in the media cloisters; you get your own folder in which you can store as much junk as you want. Wee! Now scanning all those comics won't be as annoying.

I always feel like I don't know what I'm doing when I have MC meetings. Today I had to go to one and last night I had to go to one. It was all this CSS stuff and while I think the website we're working on has a cool design, it isn't necessarily the right one for what we're trying to create. What we're trying to do is make a very web-standards friendly css-driven cross-browser site that should be user-friendly...or something. But some parts of it seem hypocritical to me. For instance, the little window that has all the content in it is...well, little (actually, it's not little if you have a 1024x768, but using the really nice monitors in the MC, it looks tiny). There are loads of divs with set widths and junk like that. But a big thing that some of the other web team members are pushing is having relative sizes, like not defining fonts as a certain number of points but as small or x-small. I think if you want to emply relative sizes, then you shouldn't have a layout that's so completely UNrelative. I'm know I'm not really knowledgable about web stuff, or at least not as much as the other people, but this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I'd rather that the content not be confined into a little rectangle that stays in the middle of the screen (and we'll have to change that bit because if your resolution is too low, like on my laptop, you can't scroll up and see the content that's in a negative margin) and I like it when the links bar is at the top of the page, not the bottom. I guess that part isn't so bad, but it doesn't work in IE, I think. I mean, the whole site looks like complete crap in IE, so if you want to see what it's supposed to look like, you have to use Firefox. Mozilla might work too.

...Blah. I think I ate too much. I have a problem with the 5 oz packs of trail mix they sell in the Retreat; every time I start eating one, I have to finish it. I can't even just eat half of it and save it for later. 5 oz is a lot of nuts and dried fruit. I also had two bananas just because. Why not? And three oranges. And an organic food bar. It's a lot of food for one meal. Calorie wise, I'm set for the whole day. I suppose if I gain weight, I'll learn my lesson.

I was using Winamp for a while to play ogg files, but everything sounded like crap. Not just the ogg files, but mp3s too. Eh? I have no idea why, but I downloaded Quintessential Player and everything sounds great. There are loads of free electronic songs in ogg format to download at observatory online. Right now I really like .Tape. and Satellite Groove. Yay for good music YAY!

April 4, 2004

Fooled to the Max

A few days ago I got an e-mail from sigur-ros.co.uk with some news about the band and such, and a neat competition. All you had to do was sing 30 seconds of fugururflmuspsdfoog...I mean, flugulfrelsarinn. (Yup, I've been listening to Sigur Ros for three years and I still don't know the names of the songs.) I thought the prizes sounded somewhat exorbitant but I'm stupid and didn't associate APRIL 1ST with a SKETCHY COMPETITION. But anyway. I'm not bitter. A little embarrassed, maybe. Yes, I tried to decipher the song and I actually hacked up some version of it, which crashed my computer a few times because it doesn't have much memory (at least that's what the pop up box with the big exclamation point kept telling me). But not all was lost...I guess my submission wasn't too bad. Here's a thread from the site's message board about some of the entries and some people liked mine! Whoa! I'm really surprised that people liked it. If you want to download it at that page, it's the "guitar" one.

So that was most "ahhh!" part of my day. I didn't fall for any April foolds jokes, so I guess it was bound to happen. *sigh* I mean, there wasn't much going on joke-wise during that day, but it was pretty late when I got that e-mail (after spending something like an hour in a CSS meeting...those things fry my brain because I basically do nothing the entire time, unless I'm told to actually type the CSS, and then my brain turns mushy) and...nevermind, I'm just stupid. I'LL NEVER LIVE THIS DOWN!

Ploop. So! This morning I woke up at around 9:30 AM feeling extremely nauseous. Why? No clue. It's nice that my body can get rid of stuff though. I mean, it was a flash in the pan type nausea...after pooping and puking, I went back to sleep and woke up 4 hours later fresh as a daisy (well, a daisy that poops and pukes). Actually, I didn't really puke, I was more like dry heaving because there wasn't anything in my stomach. It was so weird to feel my mouth making saliva so quickly...it just comes out. WHOOSH! No, it wouldn't make that sound effect, but wouldn't it be weird if it did?

...whoa, did I just talk about pooping and puking? I'm sorry. But not sorry enough to delete it. Hey, I'm only human. We've all got the same basic body functions.

I'm back at school right now. I was originally planning to come back on Sunday afternoon, but I decided to come back earlier so that I can (hopefully) scan a bunch of things tomorrow and in general get more things done.

Crap, I just lost an hour of my life! Stupid daylight savings...something or other. *sigh* Isn't it odd to just lose an hour like that? Where did it go? I hope somewhere in the world someone else is utilizing my lost hour.

You know what's always unsettling (or at least to me it is)? To look outside and think what an insignificant speck you are and how billions of people in the world are doing things as you sit there muttering to yourself, "I am an insignificant speck." When my mum was driving me back to school, I was looking out the window and thought something along those lines for only a second or two, but it felt odd. I was looking over all these dark hills and I wondered what the scene would look like without the hills. ...flat, I suppose.

I want to print more Poofy shirts on tank tops instead of t-shirts. Do you think this is a good shirt? I like it...and I think my mum would buy one. So that's two! I need 8 more orders, mmkay? Please? I wouldn't expect anyone who already got a t-shirt to order another one, of course, but if you know anyone who might want a tank top...eh...um. Blah.

I've been trying to design some logos for people, not that they really asked for it, but I might be helping them with their websites. I've never really made logos before, so how do you think these are:

raw youth
ravishingly raw

I know it's really cliche to use an apple, but it's so easily identifiable. And it looks nice.

Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Condemn::punish
  2. Promiscous::sex
  3. Pro-life::abortion
  4. Mona Lisa::smile
  5. Crown::jewels
  6. Mumble::boy
  7. Hack::er
  8. Diet::raw food
  9. Introduction::conclusion
  10. Latin America::food (I have no idea why that first came to my mind)

April 7, 2004

Roughly a Bagillion

Do you ever feel like there are (roughly) a bagillion things you want to do, yet somehow you never get around to doing any of them? Or 0.01% of them? There are so many website redesigns that I've been putting off for ages (mainly evenmagnet.net) that I haven't even started to think about yet. Argh! And I really would like to make more music since some people have more faith in my musical capabilities than myself, but I have no idea how to go about that. As for more webdesign stuff, I'm going to be working on a website for a business (a real one...yes)! I'm very excited that I can help out an up-and-coming raw food company spread the healthfullness. SPREAD IT! SPREAD IT LIKE BUTTER!...okay, I need to up the quality of this blog, starting...now.

Hello! How are you? Good? Good. As I was saying, I'll be making a website for a raw food living company (or at least designing a layout) and I will be paid in food! Oh yes, glorious food. Everyone needs food, so that works out for me. Then again, I tend to gain weight by breathing or doing other normal human activities, so I probably won't want to get paid in food for very long. I'll be hosting the site and the company wants to pay me for that too! I don't think it's necessary as I'd be paying for my own webhosting anyway, but I shouldn't argue either, eh? I dont think it would take up that much space. Anyhoo, as far as a design, I've punched this out, but that's only a very general idea as there are going to be a lot more sections than I had originally planned for. Also, I have to stick their logo in the page (I didn't design it, as I have no idea how to design logos, but I redrew it in photoshop). I thought I could do it in Movable Type, but I think I'll try to utilize Dreamweaver MX because I juts found out you can set templates so you can apply one design to a buttload of pages at once. I DIDN'T KNOW THIS BEFORE. DOH. I guess that's what instruction manuals are for. Silly me.

As for more design related things, how about a new Poofy related shirt? I think I'll do another run of the Poofy design, but on a tank top so I don't end up with similar shirts to before, and another shirt of a yet-to-be decided design. Vector Poobs is a possibility, but I spend a ridiculously large amount of time today designing a vintage themed Amdagascar shirt, as stupid as it may be. It took me ages to find the font, but Fannio directed me to a free download of Cooper Black! I hope that's not illegal. ;)

Blah dee dah...I don't do much homework at all. My plan for tomorrow though is to DO homework! YES! That's what I'm here for, I think. Tomorrow after Japanese I'll go straight to the music library and listen to the CDs I need in order to write my listening composition whatchamacallit. And then I'll go to music class and be confused like usually (I cannot remember all the intervals...like when something is perfect or major or minor. I understand what they are, but I can't calculate them on the fly. I'd probably have to memorize it like the times table) and then go to the media cloisters to "work". I've actually been helping people lately, if that makes my job sound more concrete than sitting in front of a computer for two hours scanning Poofy comics and surfing the Internet. Two people needed to scan things...two! That never happened before. So far I've helped people scan and...scan. Hey, it's all good. One guy was scanning his MCAT answer sheet and another guy was scanning a personal photo of himself sitting on an Easter bunny when he was younger, or something. Well, it looked something like that...I figured I wouldn't ask. ;D

[Random: I absolutely love this trailer for Garden State.]

I might be working here over the summer. That kind of frightens me because...well, I'm going to voluntarily stay here during the summer? Wuuh? I'd get paid and have a place to live, of course, and it's not like I'd have school work. I'd have the other work. Stuff. Something. I'd be hired for my HTML and CSS prowess...oh wait, I have none! Screw me. I mean, I have more than a clump of dirt, if I have to compare myself to something...I think for whatever reason I keep worrying about letting people down for not being good enough.

I'm kind of worried about NYU now because...well, what if I get in? It's not a very big chance, but I'm worried about being accepted. That's somewhat odd. I...I don't know. I'm torn. I really want to go to Japan next year for the spring break trip and I'm acting as though I'm staying here. Need to figure out my classes and such to be a Japanese major (I'll be the worse one ever, yeaaahhaaa!). And what if NYU accepts me? Then I'll have to take a bunch of required classes (a few histories and an English at the very least, I suspect) and go into my food studies major. I don't know what I'm talking about! Argh! Frustration! Argh! Argh some more! Argh! I'm turning into a damn pirate! Arrrrhh matey! I won't find out my acceptance until mid-April to mid-May, or possible mid-June (or mid-another month). Arrgh this is crap, what did I pay $60 in application fees for?

Arrrrh matey.

Lastly, today in bio my class went into the woods and collected dirt. THE END.

April 9, 2004

I Have a Summer Job?

I've decided to work here over the summer. I think. ...yes. ...no. Yes. NO! AHH! I DUNNO! SO DAMN INDECISIIIIVEEE! If I stay here I'll work for two months earning something like $400/week (whoaa) and I'd live in the town houses. I have no idea what they're like, but they're not that far from school. My biggest concern, besides whether or not I'm qualified, is whether or not I can stand being in this school for two months and...yeah. I have to admit I've grown to not dislike this place so much, but two months in the summer will be an interesting exprience. I really hope I can just do my own webjunk most of the time, but I'm supposed to work on the web dev site jiggy and...mrrh? Mrrh.

GET YOUR AMDAGASCAR SHIRTS while they're hot! Or non-existent! I'm surprised by the shirt that's winning now. The one I voted for currently has...erm, one vote. GO ME!

Now for some relevent friday five questions:

  1. What do you do for a living?
    I go to Vassar College and work in the media cloisters. And I sleep and eat.
  2. What do you like most about your job?

    It's really flexible and it pays well considering that most of the time I work on my own websites or do other computer things.
  3. What do you like least about your job?

    Hm...well, sometimes I don't know if I'm qualified for it. I kind of wish more people needed my help.
  4. When you have a bad day at work it's usually because _____...

    It makes me feel stupid for some reason. It doesn't happen much though.
  5. What other career(s) are you interested in?

    NO FREAKIN CLUE *sob*. I wouldn't mind knowing how to be a graphic designer, but I think it'll just be a lifelone hobby.

April 11, 2004

Chinatown

Today I went to NYC with the Asian Student Alliance because it was free and I probably wouldn't have done anything useful in school otherwise. They set up a trip to go to Chinatown and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas and afterwards eat lunch at a Chinese restaurant. I set my alarm for 8:30 AM and freakishly enough, I woke up at 8:29 (after going to bed at around 3 AM). I don't know what's up with my sleeping schedule as of late, besides that I'm not getting much sleep. I'm pretty sleepy right now but I feel like it's too early to go to bed at 1:30 AM...

I'm not a fan of Chinatown. It's an interesting place, but if I had to live there I'd probably go crazy. It's just always beyond crowded and ...well, that's mainly it. Imagine a group of nearly 30 students walking together in Chinatown. Nope, not all that easy. The museum was small but nice and had a funky exhibition that recreated an old Chinese restaurant that had closed in Los Angeles. After that we went to a Chinese restaurant called Joe's Ginger, or something like that. We were too early though so Megan and I walked around and stumbled upon a Asian grocery store (although I guess they would just called it a plain grocery store, and you can't really stumble into those things when they exist every 2 feet or so). Where else can you find bags of MSG and "brown candy", whatever the hell that is? They were selling Greek kalamata figs for $1 a package (14oz). Ahh! Holy crap, that's cheap. I just bought one package though because if I bought any more, I would have eaten it. Which is no good.

The lunch ended up having MASSIVE amounts of food in the form of 20-something courses. Or less. Something between 2 and 20, yes? The waitress told us how to eat soup dumplings...I had no idea you needed to tell people how to eat those, but eh, I don't even eat dumplings anymore. I was sitting there eating my figs and drinking water and I felt pretty out of the loop, so I ate some cooked broccoli and string beans. Mm...I gotta say, cooked broccoli is pretty good. I got into a discussion with another student about raw foodism and it was pretty funny. "Wait, you can't eat popcorn!" I can't say popcorn is at the top of my list of "foods I miss" and in all honesty, I don't really miss much. I mean, I wouldn't want to eat something so badly that I'd actually eat it. But anyway! I still like doing the pseudo-raw food thing. I could be a lot healthier, but I think I'm doing alright.

After lunch, Megan, Joan, Amy and I went to Zakka because I wanted to go there. And you know how I just love dragging people around! I wanted to see what books and things they had and since the last time I've been there they've installed two rows of vending machines that dispense little toys. They're so cute! I wish I could make little Poofy figurines. As always, lots of cool books and such at retail price (so I just about never buy anything, ha ha) and magazines. I really wanted t-shirt show? Amdagascar shirts, anyone? I feel like I could sell them for $20 there because that would make them cheap compared to all the other shirts (or among the cheaper ones). And I'd get 60% of the price. But ...I'm not likely to do that.

Amy left to go home after that (she lives in Brooklyn) and the rest of us continued on to The Market NYC while stopping into some stores in Broadway. There was this one store that sold tons of great skirts. Tons! Really happy polka dot miniskirts! Craziness. I could probably find the store if I were to go back and retrace my steps, but I don't remember the name. Crap. I suppose I could have bought something since the ride to NYC was free, but Megan and I were thinking, "We gotta get out of here before we buy something." We went around the Market NYC a bit. My favorite things there were these shirts with felt designs embroidered onto it. It was rather cheap too considering the effor that must have gone into them. I had enough trouble making my Bork shirt! Joan left at around this time because she was planning to meet a relative for dinner, so Megan and I decided to head towards Life Thyme in Greenwich Village (rather, I decided I needed to get raw pie, and Megan didn't mind coming with me).

...of course, I'm stupid and we ended up going east instead of west. And it took me a few blocks to realize this. I recognized Avenue A (we were supposed to go to 6th Ave), which made me realize, "Oh...crap." But it wasn't so bad because we stopped into Etherea and they had some Air promo posters for "Talkie Walkie", so I grabbed two of em. ;)

Me and my big brain thought "HEY, let's go in the other direction now" so we ultimately got to Life Thyme where I bought lots of stuff. Funny how I spend so much money on fleeting things such as food instead of clothing which would last much longer. I bought two slices of raw pie, some raw quiche made of...veggies, I suppose (it was really yummy), some raw junk food, raw pistachios, and dried mango. Mmm! By this time we almost had to leave to catch our train and by the time we got to Grand Central we had less than 5 minutes to board. Ahhh! I get so worried when I think I'm going to be late.

But we made it. Luckily Megan had a 10 trip pass and we both used it since the ASA said they'd reimburse us for the train ticket. During the ride we shared some raw junk food, although this one thing called a mango rawie and it was seemingly as hard as a rock. Attemps to split it were initially futile. I bit into it and it was...brown inside? Huh? I really have no idea why. Everything I've ever eaten from Glaser Farms has tasted great, so I don't know what was up with the mango rawie that didn't taste like mango, or anything for that matter. It didn't taste bad, but it just didn't taste like...anything? I still have some left, so maybe it'll taste different tomorrow. ...ooorrrr not!

Since I've been back in my room I've been reading e-mails and not replying to e-mails. I worked on the MC webdev site by changing the individual entry template (example). It doesn't look right in IE though...argh, what the hell is up with that? There's not enough padding at the top in IE so the navigational links moosh into the "media cloisters" thingy ding. DING DOO DADDLAOIHAE DOOASpoop! That's all I can say. Also, the CSS is probably horrible. I was just typing up whatever crap would work. I'm sure it could be consolidated or something.

Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Boxing::gloves
  2. Lewis::and Clark
  3. Bodyguard::big dude
  4. Burnout::needs sleep
  5. Cruising::car
  6. Easter::bunny
  7. AA::alcohol
  8. Research::project
  9. Redemption::coupon
  10. Snickers::bar

April 15, 2004

Hello Diarrhea

My day started off with diarrhea, so that's how I will start this entry. You're probably thinking, "Dammit, why didn't her day start with a lovely sunrise or a bird singing by the window? Or the apocalypse?" Because anything would be better than talking about diarrhea, yes? Yes. I'm not too crazy about my digestive system at the moment. Acutally, it doesn't seem to work very well most of the time, and I don't think I tax it too much. If all I ate were fresh fruits and veggies, that would be much better, but I still cling to my nuts and dried fruit. I'm sure I ate a wide array of horribly combined foods this weekend after going to NYC, so...yeah. *sigh* This morning I basically woke up at around 8 to go to the bathroom (which isn't that easy when you're on the top bunk and the bathroom is outside this huge door), after which I went back to sleep, only to wake up again about an hour later...and go back to sleep. Now that I think about it, I haven't been getting much sleep at all lately. I haven't needed any naps though. As long as my mind is engaged in something, I can easily stay awake. I've still only taken a nap once during the whole school year...

I did find mysef getting sleepy during tonight's (well, last night's) CSS meeting. I didn't have anything to contribute, as usual. I said something about collapsing margins that I hardly knew anything about and probably wasn't even the problem with the website. After we ended the meeting (because we weren't getting anywhere) I managed to correct some things on my own back in my dorm room. I know it's not a good thing that I work better alone than with others, but...that's me. That's how I am. DEAL WITH IT! BWAHAHAHA! Eh. Yeah, I'm screwed for when I actually get into the real world and have to do...stuff.

GUYS guys guys, I need everyone to buy t-shirts, mm-kay? I'm worried because I've only gotten 3 orders so far, but I had 38 votes in my poll. Damn, what's up with the representation? Seems a bit skewed. SO BUY THE FRIGGIN' SHIRTS, alright? I will love you for it. ;)

I might be getting a radio show, which is mildy exciting, although if I did it'd probably a sucky time. But all for the purpose of making people listen to magnet! YAARH!

Pre-registration ends on Friday, but I think I know what I'm taking. I signed up for intermediate Japanese, Japanese/Chinese lit (required for Japanese majors, which is what I plan to study if I stay here), basic art/drawing, and ...Swedish! YAY SWEDISH!

My tummy doesn't feel as craptastic anymore. Woo!

...okay, I'm tired. Want to sleep so I can wake up at 8 AM. And my brain is fizzing out. Woowoowoo. This was a pretty pointless entry, but at least you know that I'm still alive. Isn't that exciting? Yes.

April 17, 2004

Decisions, Decisions....F**K Me

Earlier today I was thinking "F***K ME" a lot. Yes, I actually though "Eff star star kay!"...no I didn't. Funny how swear words sound okay in my head but not in real life. Anyway, I was eating my dinner, which was starting off rather simple, and then I read an e-mail from my mum saying I got into NYU. What? You mean the school that hates me? Huh? AHH. CRAP! I mean. YAY! I mean. CRAP! And then my simple meal ended up consisting of a half pound of nuts, or possibly more. Oh, since my last entry, I've developed constipation. Ain't that a bitch? Yup.

I dunno what the hell is up with my digestion. It's been completely whacked out since I went to NYC. Wait, isn't this the place that I want to live in? Uh oh. Anyway, diarrhea and constipation just aren't your friends. That's my little public service announcement, in case you didn't know. Maybe I should make a t-shirt out of that. ...okay, not.

Speaking of t-shirts, WHAT THE F**K is up with this poll? Who are these people? I don't know this many people. If people are voting more than once, I will chop off their heads. Or something. I only got five pre-orders so far, which does not make for successful t-shirt making...

Today was pretty good, aside from the digestion problems and massive cashew-eating. Actually, bio this morning was rather crappy because looking in the microscope made me nauseous. We were looking at our dirt samples and I didn't see any nematodes! Damn...crappit! But I did see some weird-ass amoeba that was just the hugest thing you've ever seen. I mean, for an amoeba. It could be crawling all over you and you wouldn't know it. Bwahaha! Try to go to bed with the image of this weird fat clear blobby thing squishing around. Yeah.

After that I had to go back to my dorm room to pick up my guitar and go to the Sakura Matsuri! WEE! No nihongo no kurasu! It was about a three hour thing in which all of us Japanese students could show our (lack of) prowess for the Japanese language. Last night (okay, last-last night), a bunch of us Japanese students went to my teacher's apartment to help prepare food for the festival, and it was really fun mainly because we watched this awful Japanese game show. Awful in what sense? Well, it was really entertaining, but still awful. It was a show where a bunch of famous people would vote for the weirdest thing out of a group of weird things. ...okay, that sounds really stupid, but I swear there's a point to this (actually, there isn't). Some of the "weird things" were a really tall girl, a really fat boy, a 3 year old who could maneuver construction equipment, lactating men (I will never get this image out of my head), a woman with natural blue eyes, an obaasan who could open bottles with her teeth, and a ojiisan who could throw a shoehorn like a boomerang (with accuracy!). It seemed really mean to point out really fat kids and then show them in all their naked and rolling fatness glory, but eh...whatever. The lactating men thing was the absolute worst. There would be all these close ups and my god, the host tasted some of it. Like, OOKAY, you didn't need to do that. Unless he was forced to...hm.

Oh, when we all arrived at Tsuchiya Sensei's apartment, she appeared wearing her POOFY SHIRT! AHAHHA! Or more like Puffi Shaato. I dunno. Anyhoo, that was exciting. ;) She wanted a picture of me and her, heehee! It'd be awesome if Poofy could be some kind of Japanese crazy. TAKE OVER THE NATION! YES YES YES!

Sorry, I got sidetracked. We stayed at her apartment for about 2-3 hours. Nihongo no gakusei (Japanese students) are awesome. I would definitely miss them if I transfered. :(

[sigh]

So back to the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival). My group performed last and we were really nervous because we had a really weird project (Super Happy Love Ballad), but it went really well and people laughed! Yes! I only had one line (not including the times I said "Hai!") since I was playing guitar the whole time. The story was that Kristin really liked Josh and so she sung him a song to express her love. Megan came in saying that SHE loved Josh, and also sang a song expressing her love. They stage a pretty good fight after that. But then...*gasp*...Josh is gay and doesn't like women! OOWAA? Then they fight Josh. My one line is "Nobody likes me," or something to that extent. And I run off crying. HAR HAR!

After the festival was over, I went to Joan's room in Jewett (the msot awesome looking dorm on campus) and we played some guitar and watched My Sassy Girl. GREAT movie! Watch it if you can, it's really funny and just a good story overall. The actors were great and it was just such a cute movie.

Wow, right now I'm having this weird confessions type thing with two of my Vassar friends. It's quite nice, actually....getting stuff off your chest. *sigh* It's weird too though.

Okay. Fast forward. Joan and I saw Eliot Chang perform, and I gotta say, he was really funny. One of the funniest things he said was that all the Asian people in the room were probably thinking, "Oh man, he better be good or else he'll make Asians look bad" and while I didn't realize it at the time, I think I did think that! Erm, I think I thought that. But yeah, he talked about deer and priests and Hitler and Nazis and women and men...no stone was left unturned. Good times. Hooray for free shows!

After that, Joan came to my room to watch some Radiohead music videos and then we roamed around campus. Just because. Well, because I wanted to see the WVKR offices. They're pretty cool! I FOUND A LONELY PLONE CD! It made me sad. And other CDs that I bet I could've taken without anyone noticing. Here is a photo of myself next to the WVKR bear, which they got for free for advertising the company. I'm not sure what the company is...erm...

The Drama and Film building is really nice, I found out. And we went to the Retreat when the Mug was open, which was weird for me since I've never been there during that time. I should probably go to the Mug once before I transfer. If I do. That is. Um. Moo. We went to the 9th floor of Jewett to see the view and it was pretty awesome.

The end. Time to do other things. Today has been a crazy f**ked up day. OH OH that's a beck song! "Today has been a fucked up day / Today has been a fucked up day"...I don't remember the rest.

April 22, 2004

Cooked food and TV

You want to know what wild and crazy thing I did today? Do you? I ate cooked food at watched TV. Oh god, what is the world coming to? I have no clue. It's a sign of the apocolypse, I suppose. Most people do eat cooked food and watch TV though, eh? I've actually eaten cooked food on two occasions this week, but shush, don't want people to think that I'm giving up raw food. ;) Actually, I'm just trying to refine my diet. My body has been giving me signs that it's completely screwed up lately in the form of weird cravings (well, that might just be everday cravings for anything that's edible) and strangely timed periods (had some kind of mini-period a week ago, and a few days ago I got my real period only three weeks after my last real period, if that makes any sense). Overall, I feel fine, but it's still worrysome. I mean, if your nerve cells didn't work and you found that your arm had fallen off but couldn't feel anything, that would still worry you, right? I suppose the gushing blood would be a big giveaway...

I've actually been doing a lot of stuff this week, but every time I felt like writing an entry it would just be past midnight so I'd think, "Ah, I'll do it tomorrow." Or never. Something like that. By now though I can't even remember what I've been doing. Oh, on Tuesday I had the most fun bio lab that lasted about 4 and a half hours long. It's because I'm slow like that. We had a bunch of petri dishes with fungal and bacterial growth and we had to label and count all the colonies. Not fun.

Japanese has been kick ass fun lately. I mean, more fun than usual. And it's usually pretty good. (Something tells me that I need to take another English course. What's with all these weird broken sentences?) We've been doing lots of oral exercises and I've had to cram my head with useful vocabulary like "fuel efficiency" (nenpi) and "one's feeling while driving" (norigokochi). Because one day I'm going to have to say something like "While I'm driving this car I feel like the fuel efficiency is great," and I'll be halfway there.

I had a prospie (prospective student) yesterday and today and she was really cool. Thankfully she didn't ask me anything that would cause me to reveal (or lie) that I will be transferring. She was a pretty big Beck fan...I've never met a Beck fan (outside of a Beck concert, and even at those I don't talk to anyone) before! Awesome, yes. I hope she liked it here enough. She kept asking about what there was to do around here, which I'm not that fit to answer seeing as I used to go home every weekend without a second thought. I'm not planning to go home until study week (for some Clinic concert goodness) and I am finding things to do on campus, which is...good. Tomorrow I'm going to play tennis with Joan, after which I guess we'll eat dinner, go to the movie being put on by the film league (21 Grams) and then go to an all female comedy show.

Oh, I didn't even get to the eating cooked food and watching TV thing that happened today! Welll...maybe I should track-back a bit. On Tuesday I ate Chinese take out with Joan and I got some yummy mixed veggie thing. Nothing added like sauce or salt or MSG. Wooo. It would be weird if they just cooked it in MSG. Anyhoo, that was yummy, so now I'm thinking that I'll incorporate more cooked veggies into my diet, because that might be the only way for me to eat a steady amount of veggies. However, after eating this huge platter of veggies, I still wanted fruit and other things. So I'm kind of eating....a lot right now. I've gained 10 pounds since the beginning of the school year, which is pretty bad. Today I suggested we go to a nearby Vietnamese restaurant because I didn't feel like staying in my room, and that was pretty good, although I prefer the Chines take out because it was really plain. I'm sure I could have ordered something more plain at the Vietnamese place, but I got a nice dish of mix veggies in a spicy sauce. Mmm. What I noticed about cooked food though that I would obviously not be used to having eaten nearly all raw food for the past 15 months is that cooked food can also connotate hot food. I'm not used to hot food at all. It's not like my mouth needed to adjust to it, but really hot food just isn't pleasant. I wouldn't have minded if my dish had been completely cooled off, actually.

After eating dinner, I act some more fruit and goji berries (I'm a huge pig, yes) before going to Jewett to watch Friends with Joan. Man, their TV is really nice, alone with the entire building for that matter. It's a pretty big flat screen TV. Anyhoo, I hadn't seen Friends in a long time and apparently I saw a pretty bad one. It seemed short without much of a point. Fun! We went to the Aula Coffeehouse after that to see Chris Maher play, and he was okay...not really my kind of music. Actually, if Beck had sang the same songs, I'd probably love them, but I'd love Beck if he wailed like a dying cow. Maybe.

Of course, one of the biggest things on my mind has been NYU. I think I really want to go. I'm worried, a little nervous/scared, but I'm sure I'll get used to it if million of other people manage to live there. I'm a little pissed because only 26 of my credits transferred even though I took about 30. They only accepted one semester of Japanese because that's all that's required, or something? But...what? I still don't get it. On their website I thought it said that they required 1-2 years of a language, depending on how intensive the coursework was. So they only took one of my semesters? I'm losing four credits. :( This means I'll have to take on a full 18 credit schedule for the next three years to graduate on time, most likely. I mean, the maximum you can take is 18 per semester, unless you want to pay for more. I don't know if I can handle that...well, that's what I get for being lazy. And I think I have to take a class for no credit, so I dunno what'll happen...

It's really hot here. The weather is nice, but I wish it were a little bit cooler. Hohum.

Today I installed Movable Type on Joan's site and I think it took less than 10 minutes. Whatever it took, it wasn't long and it actually worked the first time I tried to load it. That has never happened before!...I think. Well, I don't know. I've installed MT maybe four times in the past. It's not hard, although the first time I did it I was confused beyond belief. I still don't know what I'm doing, but I can pretend that I do. There was also a media cloisters talkie-thing about css/html junk that I was supposed to take part in, but I just sat there and let other people talk since they're more knowledgable and I suck at speaking anyway. Weee fun! Yes! Only 6 people showed up, and none of them were students. Bwahaha.

April 29, 2004

A weekend of pain!

Wow, I didn't know it had been so long since I updated this. My weekend was rather painful since I ate too many nuts and thus developed "balloon stomach intestine disorder", which probably has a real name but that's what I'm going to call it for now (BSID for short). I ate something like 8 ounces of cashews and hours later developed BSID. I don't know why my body would love the taste of cashews so much if they were bad for me, but there you go; my body is stupid. I was burping sulfur constantly, which my mum said was due to excess protein and fun junk like that. So I'm sure I've got enough protein to last me the rest of my life. Or at least the next week...

Well I haven't eaten any nuts since Saturday, so I hope my body is adjusting. I've been eating lots of fruit though, which could spell YEAST INFECTION, hooray! Health is a pain in the bum, yes. And this is why I'm going to major in nutrition.

I've been working on some websites, so check them out and tell me what you think:

Flaming Chef
Miscellany News

The Misc site is light years away from being finished. I just made up some kind of layout. The colors aren't even right yet. I volunteered to do the site because the current site is kinda crappy and not being worked on. I'm free, why wouldn't anyone not hire me? ;) I was forced to learn about css floats for the Misc site, so I see it as a good learning experience. Floats and clears are no longer uncharted territory!

I'm not sure why I randomly decided to talk about web junk, but I'll go back to health. BSID! Uh. It sucks! I was planning to go to a party on Saturday night but instead decided to stay in my room and deflate and attempt to puke (which didn't work). Sunday morning I woke up at 4, 5, and 9 AM with awful diarrhea. HOW LOVELY! Not. I took a nap later on and my mum came to visit me to fill out NYU forms and stuff. She took Joan and me to the mall to see Kill Bill 2 (awesome movie, yes) and we went to the supermarket where I got delicious tangerines. Or some kind of citrus fruit. Man, those were good.

Since then I've gotten better. Besides the constipation. I'm guessing that my intestines just emptied themselves out so despite the ridiculous amounts of soluble fiber I'm eating, it's not coming out. As long as I don't gain weight, I don't really care. Ish. I mean, I know the stuff I'm eating isn't that bad, although it's not a very large selection of food, which could be bad.

Today I went to a b-day part for a bunch of people in my student fellow group and I have to say, I felt kind of sad not being able to eat cake. I mean, of course I have the ability to eat cake and all, but I would really rather not eat cake. And if I did eat cake, I wouldn't want to eat at 9PM. I probably just seem too picky, but doesn't it mean anything that I even go to these little parties with no incentive, but just because it's someone's b-day and...blah? Oh well, I end up leaving early cos I have nothing to do there (don't have anyone to talk to...I mean, no one I really want to talk to). Those kinds of times made me happy that I'm transferring. I'm still kind of sad about it though...

I went through room draw (I was told to do so just in case) and despite my crappy draw number I still got a single. Hm. I guess someone else will have it next year.

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