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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Last year I bought a little artificial Christmas tree for my apartment. On Thanksgiving, as per family tradition, I took it out of my closet in preparation for the holiday season. It only has fourteen ornaments so its pretty bare, but itíll look more festive when there are presents underneath. My after-Thanksgiving shopping, meager as it was, should help with that. I didnít want to brave the crowds at the LA malls this weekend, but I did manage to buy a few gifts.
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Friday, November 28, 2003
It took almost a month, but Halloween pictures are now available. They are posted in the ďHalloween 2003Ē section of my photo album. Dan spent a considerable amount of time to convincingly turn himself into Quatto (from Total Recall) and ended up having the best costume at the party. On the other hand, my mostly store-bought Hogwarts costume was decidedly less exciting. But the first cold weather of the year occurred that night so I appreciated the knee socks.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
ďHermione returned to the table where Harry and Ron were sitting staring at their schoolbags as though hoping their homework might spring out of it and start doing itself.Ē Thatís exactly how Iíve been feeling this week. I donít think I could have said it any better if Iíd used my own words. (Quote courtesy of Order of the Phoenix)
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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
I went to the grocery store today to buy the ingredients for my Aunt Martha's pecan pie recipe. Even though it is two days before Thanksgiving I wasn't expecting Ralph's to be nearly out of brown sugar and completely out of pecans. Iím having Thanksgiving dinner with Dan and his grandmother and I really want to contribute something to the meal. Maybe I can find some pecans tomorrow.
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Monday, November 24, 2003
The problem with reading a good story is that you get drawn in by it. The more you read the more you want to keep reading. When I came home from the lab this afternoon I picked up Order of the Phoenix and had to tear myself away after two hours. I was immersing myself in the fictional world in order to escape from my own where Iím facing a mountain of homework. At least I donít have to write "twelve inches of parchment on the properties of moonstone and its uses in potion-making."
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Sunday, November 23, 2003
Laurenís Pearls of Wisdom:
1) "Not the ferris wheel of Isengard! How will the orcs entertain themselves?" This was in regards to The Two Towers. A ferris wheel type structure is destroyed by the flooding of Isengard near the end of the movie. Iím just glad that, with all the stupid comments I make during movies, Dan thought at least one of them was funny.
2) "You have to be comfortable with who you are. Even if that isn't who you were five minutes ago." This was in regards to The Santa Clause 2. Dan and I wondered if Santaís new wife would immediately transform in to your typical Mrs. Clause. I figured she would have to come to terms with her looks if that was the case. I wasnít trying to be funny when I said this, but it came out that way.
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Monday, November 17, 2003
We were so cold in our lab this afternoon that we resorted to using a Bunsen burner to warm our hands. Given the fact that we have a lab safety inspection tomorrow thatís probably not something we should make a habit of. But it was just so funny that we took some pictures anyway. We do work in the combustion lab.
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
At the moment I'm compiling some research data and ordering Christmas presents online while waiting for the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer to download on my computer. Sometimes dial-up is a real pain. Killing time before I can watch the preview, even if it involves my research, just reminds me that I should be doing homework instead. But Iíve just got to see the choir with the giant toads one more time.
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Monday, November 10, 2003
Weekend accomplishments:
1) Finished a cross stitch Christmas ornament Iíve been working on for almost a month. It looks great despite the flaws I know are there.
2) Bought three Christmas presents Ė my first purchases of the holiday season. Then realized that I only have six weeks to make the rest of them.
3) Finished Wizard's Holiday and it was fabulous. Started Order of the Phoenix like I'd been dying to do since I finished it the first time.
4) Saw ďMatrix RevolutionsĒ after waiting in line outside the theater for over an hour. Really liked the movie, but spent the first twenty minutes trying to remember how the second one ended.
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Sunday, November 09, 2003
Lately Iíve been in the habit of starting a webpage update, but not posting it until a few days later. I like to record a thought as soon as it occurs to me, but the refining process canít happen until my mind has completely processed the subject. Iím even having trouble composing this explanation of the problem in one sitting. Iíd better quit while I have three sentences Iím happy with.
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Thursday, November 06, 2003
The midterm is over. Don't ask. In other news, I now have time for more enjoyable things. As if anything more exciting than studying laminar diffusion flames exists!
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Tuesday, November 04, 2003
My midterm is less than twelve hours away. Thanks to that and the cold weather I am sitting in bed studying and trying to keep warm. I am done reviewing my lecture notes, but I still need to go through my homework assignments before I'll feel ready for the exam. And there's so little time left. Why didn't I start studying sooner? (I ask myself this question just before every test I take.)
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Saturday, November 01, 2003
Very unusually, but also thankfully due to the recent fires, it rained last night while Dan and I were at a Halloween party. (I'll get the pictures of us in our costumes from Dan's digital camera the next time I see him.) And as I was driving home this morning I noticed snow on the mountains surrounding the Los Angeles basin. After more than a week of everpresent smoke the fact that the mountains were even visible was a blessing, and the snow made them a beautiful sight.
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