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Monday, July 28, 2003
I got my California driver's license! This means that I met two rude DMV workers, had to wear my glasses to pass the eye exam, got harrassed for being from Florida, and passed the written test. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure the license was worth all that. But I need it to establish California residency. I'm just glad it's over.
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Saturday, July 26, 2003
Today's purchases:
1) Three blue t-shirts (different colors) at Old Navy
2) Toaster (for toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) at Linens N Things
3) Teal nail polish (I read it was a new trend) at Target
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If there's one thing I learned from my trip to NYC it's that I need a new camera. The two rolls of film I've had developed so far aren't exactly spectacular. But I posted some of the pictures in the "New York City 2003" section of my photo album anyway. I hope the roll that's still in my camera will yield better results.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003
Before a more substantial synopsis is available I have posted a list to briefly describe my NYC trip. Check it out in my diary. I hope to get around to explaining these items sometime in the near future. Right now I should be sleeping, though. I have to get to the Nanolab early tomorrow or else I'll have no data to present at the group meeting at noon. Before I can go to bed I'll have to tear myself away from my Rent soundtrack. That's gonna be difficult.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
There's no food in my apartment. I made this discovery as I was searching for my morning meal. Thank goodness for Slimfast shakes. After having cereal with whole milk for a week I am happy to be back to my normal breakfast foods. I'll just have to go to the grocery store soon to makes sure that's possible. So my first day back from New York City started out relatively well. More detailed update on the trip to come.
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Monday, July 14, 2003
I am going to New York City tomorrow and that means that I am in the middle of my final preparations. Supershuttle is picking me up at 5:11 AM to go to the airport so I need to go to bed earlier than usual tonight. I am really tired. I feel like I skipped this past weekend with all the work I had to do. But now I am on vacation and I won't be back until next Tuesday. My research group will just have to survive without me.
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Sunday, July 13, 2003
Lauren's latest pop culture update:
1) Bought another A*Teens CD last weekend despite my spending rules (see 5/29 post). Needed something upbeat to lift my spirits.
2) Saw Pirates of the Caribbean on Thursday. Liked it a lot, but not as much as T3. Drooled over Orlando Bloom.
3) Saw T3 again last night. Still thought it was fabulous, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Missed the experience of the first viewing, though.
4) Bought Dune Messiah and Princess Lessons today despite my spending rules. Almost collapsed my already overflowing bookshelf.
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Friday, July 11, 2003
"...it's hard to say who foolishly shunted aside character nuance in favor of EXPLOSIONS!!"
cnn.com review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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While searching for a movie to watch while compiling research data I found an old favorite, Fiddler on the Roof. Our first research group meeting of the summer is tomorrow and I have to prepare some graphs of recent results. So I discovered that my copy of Fiddler on the Roof, taped from Turner Classic Movies in March 2000, is getting pretty worn out. Too bad I'm not allowed to buy any DVDs until next month.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2003
After a long day working in the nanolab and the combustion lab I'm going to relax and watch TV. My recent addictions are Surf Girls, America's Next Top Model, and The Osbournes. Not exactly typical fare for a girl who can't wait to see T3 again. Sometimes a little variety is refreshing, though.
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Sunday, July 06, 2003
I managed to spend all of the money I earned house/cat sitting a couple of weeks ago on two purchases. First, a laptop backpack so I can take my computer to the lab with me. One decent machine just isn't sufficient for the entire research group. Second, a dress to take to NYC so I'll have something to wear to Broadway shows. Now all I need are traveler's checks and a box of See's chocolates to be ready for my trip.
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Saturday, July 05, 2003
While planning my upcoming trip to New York City I stumbled across "Rick Steves's Europe" on PBS. And I made the mistake of watching it. Now I have decided I want to go to Switzerland next summer. However, if I catch another show before then I'll probably change my mind. Again. I've already considered more than one destination.
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Friday, July 04, 2003
We've been inundated with sequels lately, but now they are invading more than movie theaters and bookstores. Try my desktop wallpaper. Since November my computer has displayed images from Chamber of Secrets, Children of Dune, X-Men 2, and (most recently) Terminator 3. Speaking of T3, I have decided that there are no words to describe exactly how much I loved it. I am planning to see it again soon.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2003
T3 was fantastic. Exactly what a sci-fi movie should be. One of the best I have ever seen. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I think I am still in shock. It evoked quite an emotional response. I'll elaborate when I can be more coherent. Wow.
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Tuesday, July 01, 2003
"In the first two movies, humanity was supposed to have been nearly wiped out in 1997. We obviously survived that -- but 2029, the Year of Darkness in which Skynet created the first Terminator, is still to come." (cnn.com review) I guess 1997 seemed like the distant future when the first Terminator movie was released in 1984. But now, in 2003, I have purchased my ticket to see T3 tomorrow. By the way, the huge cut-out at the Village Theater was for the premiere yesterday. I can sleep peacefully knowing that Arnold is watching over Westwood.
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