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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
3 Number of bills I paid today
4 Number of errands I wanted to run today, but couldn't because I'm sick
6 Number of assignment notebook pages I scanned and posted last week to illustrate my busy life
7 Number of pages with turned down corners in my new Pottery Barn catalog
20 Number of beauty products I saw in my new magazines this weekend that I want to try
86 Number of degrees Fahrenheit it is in my apartment at 11 PM
Posted at 11:07 PM, 0 Comments

It's hot in Los Angeles. Inside my apartment it is 91 degrees and I am sick and stuck at home. This should remind you that I don't have air conditioning. As far as I know it hasn't been this hot since I've moved to LA (or in 123 years, according to the Weather Channel) and I'm getting sweaty just sitting still and trying to recuperate. I'm even writing this update on my Palm Pilot because it's too hot to have my computer on my lap while watching American Idol. (I am a big fan of John Stevens, no matter what other people think, but he blew it this week.) This is one of the rare times when working in my lab would be more comfortable than being at home. Actually, doing anything else would be better than sitting at home. My apartment is boring.
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Thursday, April 22, 2004
Sometimes I watch "Children of Dune" just for the music. It has one of the most beautiful soundtracks I have ever heard. I love to watch the movie, but it's the music that I remember when it's over. Plus, as Kathe pointed out, "it's just really fun to say 'The spice must flow!' at random moments." Of course I should be compiling some data for my group meeting tomorrow, but I never have the motivation to continue working on my research after I get home. Maybe if I worked around the clock my advisors would like me better. But since I absolutely refuse to do so I guess I'll never know.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
I left my laptop at my lab this afternoon because I didn't want to drag it home and then back again in the morning. So I am writing today's webpage updates on my Palm Pilot. It took this situation for me to realize how boring it is to watch TV without something else to do at the same time. I tried reading a book during the American Idol commercial breaks, but my senses got a bit overloaded. It was too hard to tune out the TV while reading, and muting every break was too distracting. When it comes to entertainment Im afraid that I cant concentrate on one thing at a time.
Posted at 9:32 PM, 0 Comments

"I don't like grading homework and I don't like grading exams." Dr. Owen Smith My silent response to this was, "What a coincidence, we don't like doing homework and we don't like taking exams." And since our class was technically cancelled due to lack of enrollment it sounds like a perfect fit. Unlike the other two people in Dr. Smiths combustion course I do not need it for my degree and I was practically forced to enroll by my advisors. These facts do not make me particularly sympathetic to its misfortunes. On a positive note, the three of us will still be getting credit for taking the class, but the workload will be a bit lighter.
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Sunday, April 18, 2004
Every time I get a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail I realize how much money I could spend if I had it. After spending almost two years in graduate school I suddenly have a strong desire for a decent salary and an apartment with more than one room. If I ever achieve these things here are the first few items that I would purchase.
1) Queen-size bed
2) Fold-out couch
3) Nightstands
4) Bookshelves
Posted at 11:16 PM, 0 Comments

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Courtesy of the latest webpage fad and Dave Hwang:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"To love power and share it is the royal way."
Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
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Monday, April 12, 2004
So begins my life of servitude. Last Thursday I found out that I am expected to work 30 to 40 hours a week this quarter. And last Friday I was instructed to enroll in another class for research purposes. So Ill be working full-time (for half-time pay) and taking two classes (8 credit hours) at the same time. I thought slavery was unconstitutional. On a more positive note, I may have conducted a successful test in the lab today. I need to run another test to make this statement definite. Guess what Ill be doing tomorrow?
Posted at 11:06 PM, 0 Comments

Saturday, April 10, 2004
I am feeling unappreciated. I spent a month and a half preparing a paper and presentation for the AIAA student conference and I received limited recognition for my efforts. (I just posted the judges written comments, as well as my responses to them, in a diary entry.) I rearranged my AIAA slides this week to make a poster for the UCLA RTR conference and it was only acknowledged by a handful of people. And today in my research group meeting I was told that none of this was enough. I realized a long time ago that nothing I do will ever be enough to satisfy my advisors, but its hard to be reminded of that every week. I am craving a healthy work environment one that wont suck the life out of me every day.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
My laziness has taken on ridiculous proportions. I am actually multi-tasking my leisure pursuits. A minute ago I realized that I was trying to watch American Idol, tape the Deep Space Nine marathon, listen to my new CDs, and read a book at the same time. No wonder I'm feeling a bit anxious. So I decided to forget about everything else and just concentrate on American Idol so I can figure out who to vote for this week. And relax. Writing this update during the commercial breaks isn't helping with that. Somehow its more difficult to focus on one thing than several.
Posted at 9:00 PM, 0 Comments

Monday, April 05, 2004
Yesterday was technically the last day of my week-long spring break, but it was the only one I was able to take advantage of. And since I didnt unpack my suitcase from my trip to Tallahassee until yesterday I figured one day wasn't enough. I was at least going to get a weekend's worth of break. So this morning, after my first class of the spring quarter (graduate fluid turbulence), I went to the movies. I saw The Prince and Me since I knew Dan would never agree to go to another chick flick. Then I went back to work. I guess spring break really is over, considering the UCLA RTR conference is on Thursday, no matter how much I want to hold on to it.
Posted at 9:17 PM, 0 Comments

Saturday, April 03, 2004
I was too hungry to resist the less than healthy breakfast options at the AIAA conference this morning. So I selected a lemon poppyseed muffin from the table beause it seemed to be the best choice available when compared to the nearby tray of glazed doughnuts. But as I sat down to eat it the guy sitting in front of me turned around and said, "Enjoy your fat pill." Some guys have no idea how to talk to women.
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Thursday, April 01, 2004
After much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that my advisors have absolutely no faith in me. But for now I need to put aside deliberations and practice my AIAA conference presentation before I find a way for them to have even less.
Posted at 9:55 PM, 0 Comments

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