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Sunday, May 30, 2004
I've started a "Memorial Day 2004" photo album with the few pictures I took at Disneyland on Saturday. They even have names and descriptions (unlike other recently unloaded pictures). I will be adding more photos after the holiday weekend is over so check back then if you would like to see them.
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In the checkout line at the grocery store last night I saw two books, Atkins for Life next to The Grapes of Wrath. I figured the grapes were angry because the Atkins diet doesn't allow anyone to eat them. It all makes sense now.
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Thursday, May 27, 2004
Tomorrow is another day. It's a good thing too because today totally sucked.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Things you don’t hear everyday, but I heard this week in class:
1) "If you input a bond distance of less than 0.6 angstroms, the code will probably barf." (Dr. Owen Smith, MAE 252B)
2) "If you have enough coefficients you can make an elephant dance on a rope." (Dr. John Kim, MAE 252D)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Kimberley Locke, you are my American Idol. After three seasons she is the one I believed in the most. So last weekend I bought her debut album and I love it. Her music will makes me smile and that’s exactly what you expect from an idol.
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Some days working in the lab aren't as horrible as others. Like today. At the moment I'm doing a literature search for a class project on one laptop and watching "Return of the King" on another. I bought the DVD at Best Buy this morning. Usually I read a book while I’m not gathering data from my experiment. But usually no one else is in the lab on Tuesdays and I can watch movies instead. Don’t worry, I still get my work done. The last thing I want is to spend another Friday afternoon disappointing my advisors at a research group meeting.
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Monday, May 24, 2004
“Troy” was boring. That’s the only word I can think of to adequately describe it. I can’t speak for the rest of the audience, but I couldn’t wait for the movie to be over. Then again, there were only about twenty people at the Monday night showing, so maybe I could speak for them. The worst part was that my attraction to Orlando Bloom received a devastating blow. His shirtless scenes were actually nauseating. At least he got to shoot a bow again. We love you, Legolas.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004
The world has been turned upside down today. I ordered something from an infomercial this morning. And then my homework took less than thirty minutes to complete. Unheard of.
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Saturday, May 22, 2004
So far, besides laundry, my biggest accomplishment today is painting my toenails. I was compelled to remove the bizarre pink polish (Poetic Peony) that I applied last week in favor of a different shade, my favorite color (Pink Champagne). It’s the color I figure my toenails should be in the first place. I realize that in certain instances I can be vain and materialistic, but during the summer when I wear flip-flops I’ve got to cover up my less than beautiful toenails. That’s what fifteen years of ballet will do to you.
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Did you ever have one of those dreams that you were happy to wake up from because that told you it wasn’t real? Last night was just the opposite for me. I was terribly disappointed to wake up this morning and realize that my dream was just that. A dream. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough for it to come true.
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Friday, May 21, 2004
It’s a miracle! At my research group meeting today my advisors were annoyed, as usual, but not at me. This time their annoyance was directed at my experiment rather than my operation of it. Even though I spent a half hour trying to explain the dubious behavior of this week’s data, not being personally blamed for it felt like a vacation.
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Dan and I went to see “Shrek 2” last night. Considering that we went to see the original “Shrek” movie on our first date, almost three years ago, I thought it was very romantic. I enjoyed the sequels, both to the movie and to the date. And since it prominently featured the song “Holding Out for a Hero,” which my ensemble performed in eleventh grade, I enjoyed it all the more. So today I picked up a copy of the soundtrack and it’s also just as good as the original. I shouldn’t have bought any more CDs before I organize the ones I already own, but I made an exception for sentimental reasons.
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I must have looked perplexed during class today because my professor asked me directly if I remembered basic chemistry. I realize it’s been awhile since I took a pure chemistry class, but I did manage retain that bit about electron orbitals that applied to today’s lecture. Not that being confused in this class is unheard of. But this time I was probably more worried about our entire class (all three of us) catching our professor’s serious case of bronchitis. He could barely speak. It was really gross. If we’re all uninfected next week it’ll be a miracle.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004
So much to write about. So little of it interesting to anyone other than myself. But between my laptop and Palm Pilot I am working on a diary entry about the past week, even if I’m the only one who will appreciate the finished product. I’ll let you know when it’s finished. Until then, check out the new pictures in my photo album. They are in the “Dodger Stadium 2004” (from the two games Dan and I went to last week) and “Lab Camera 2004” (from my research lab’s digital camera) sections. Tomorrow I’ll add names and descriptions while I’m at school.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
The Week of the VCR
Monday: A Wrinkle in Time (taped while watching 7th Heaven and Everwood)
Tuesday: American Idol and 24 (taped while at a Dodger’s game)
Wednesday: American Idol (taped while at a Dodger’s game)
Thursday: Frasier series finale (taped while at Dan’s)
Friday (tentative): Watch all of the things I taped during the rest of the week
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Friday, May 07, 2004
I checked my UCLA email between getting dressed and brushing my teeth this morning. I was rushing to get ready to go to my lab and get some work done before my research group meeting at 2 PM. My email inbox had one new message and I was absurdly relieved to see that the subject was “no meeting today” (and that it came from my advisor, a reliable source). The stress level of my day is now much lower than it was a half hour ago. Thank goodness.
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Wednesday, May 05, 2004
My DVD player just stopped working in the middle of “Love Actually.” Maybe this is a hint that I should be asleep instead of watching a movie. Speaking of bad ideas, I live in LA and I’m watching “10.5” now that my DVD player has died. My judgment is seriously flawed.
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Monday, May 03, 2004
Today I promised myself that I would write a diary entry and I actually followed through. Can you believe it? My latest post is reminiscent of old incarnations of my diary that had more than one entry per month. If I had kept that up I would have the past five years of my life well documented. Instead I’ll have to settle for a few sporadic written thoughts and the rest preserved in my memory.
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Sunday, May 02, 2004
Why do some weekends seem so short? The thought of going to school tomorrow is so unappealing. I started my job search on Friday when I sent out my first resume, though. The thought of finishing my Master’s is what’s keeping me going. I’ll try to remember that when my alarm goes off at 6 AM tomorrow.
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