New Year’s Eve 2013

“The holidays are over. Boo! My birthday is approaching. Ugh. But I was still happy when I woke up this morning because it’s a new year and that means new beginnings. I thought I knew what kinds of things 2012 would bring, but I was so wrong. So as 2013 dawns I’m not even going to try and guess how it’s going to unfold. Hopefully it will be much better than I could ever imagine.”
01/01/13 webpage post

Speaking of March 2004

Lauren’s email:
“Is it just me or is this stuff harder to understand the more you study it?”
Sevan’s reply:
“1) ‘this stuff’, n., of or pertaining to crap, particularly in the field of fluid mechanics, especially taught in course 250B at UCLA. –Sevster Dictionary 2004
2) ‘exam’, n., comes from Latin word for fail –Sevster Dictionary 2004”

3/23/04 webpage post

Twelve years ago

“Can you remember what it feels like to hear your favorite song when you least expect it? It’s like at that moment there’s no where else you’d rather be and nothing else you want to do than stand there, close your eyes, and listen to every word. So imagine a poorly dressed college student in the grocery store, holding a basket filled with yogurt and orange juice, and blissfully smiling like she had no troubles in the world. That is what you probably would have seen if you had been in the candy aisle of Albertsons at the same time that I was. Somehow hearing your favorite song is even more enchanting when it hasn’t been popular in four years and you can count on one hand the number of times you have heard it randomly on the radio since then. So as I recognized the telltale chords that announce the beginning of this song I couldn’t help but grin. Every time I hear it I suddenly forget all of the bad things that are happening in my life and assume it is a sign of the good are to come. It’s amazing how little things like that can completely change your outlook. It makes me glad to know that it is possible.”
11/3/00 webpage post

Years past

“When I got outside I wanted to dance and sing and basically make as much noise as possible. There was some kind of exhibition going on in the parking lot so shouting didn’t seem like a viable option with so many people to hear. The only celebrating I indulged in on the way back to my car was walking with my mouth open and a silly grin on my face. I had done it. I had conquered the GRE and I never had to worry about taking it again. For the moment I was free.”

“Will someone please invent software that will post my thoughts directly to my webpage? Well, maybe just a selective set of my thoughts.”

“My lab isn’t exactly the ideal place to hold office hours because the dry erase board is located on the wall behind a desk and is difficult to write notes. After a few minutes of trying to lean over the desk to scribble diagrams and equations I gave up and climbed onto it to get closer to the board. As I stood up on the desk I said to the students, ‘Those guys are probably going to walk in right now.’ The tour group didn’t show up just then, but about a minute later instead. So there I was, standing on a table when ten people arrive in the combustion lab for a tour. That’s just the impression I want to make on industry representatives and visiting academics.”

“I learned that if you wear workout shorts with ‘GATORS’ printed across the butt you will be defined by them. I guess it’s not the worst way to be described, but it’s still pretty weird. Instead of being ‘pretty’ or ‘smart,’ I’m a ‘troublemaker’ and ‘that girl with the words across her shorts.’ ”

“I’m starting to think that my watching the Gator football games is cursing them.”

“It was 38 degrees when I left work this morning and there was frost on my car. Brrr!”

Thirteen years ago

“Things change so fast sometimes. One moment you could be convinced that you will never achieve your dreams and the next you can see the path leading straight to it. I know how it feels to experience a change like that. Life is a crazy ride that keeps you guessing until the end. Since I haven’t reached the end of my life yet I can’t claim to really know anything magical about it, but I can sure live the way I think is right. At this point I am convinced I am following the right path. Maybe someday the path will change, as things in life have a tendency to do, so I am keeping my eyes open.”
9/4/99 webpage post

They fit again!

“Today I’m wearing one of the pairs of jeans that I took with me to New Zealand when Dan and I went there for the first time on our honeymoon. Last year when I tried them on and they didn’t fit I thought I would never be able to wear them again. Now that I’m back to my pre-wedding weight they fit again and I feel amazing. About my appearance, at least. I don’t feel so great about my insides right now, but at least my outside looks good. Gotta start somewhere.”

Ten years ago

“Feminine is not always the way to go. While I liked some of the fancy quilts with embroidered flowers, that wasn’t what I was looking for. Maybe it is unrealistic, but I am hoping that the things I buy for my apartment will be transferred into a house someday. And since I am hoping to get married someday, I don’t want home furnishings that will offend a male occupant. Perhaps my objections to the quilts I saw on Saturday are a bit silly, but I do have control over how I spend my money, even if I don’t have control over the bedding produced for the American public.”
8/12/02 webpage post

Cleaning up

“My biggest project for the break is to clean out my room in case my parents have to move at some point in the future. Yesterday I went through two shelves on my bookcase full of old high school math notebooks, prom issues of Seventeen, and declarations of love to several different sets of initials that I have long-since forgotten. I was able to eliminate three-fourths of what was on these shelves but not without a few smiles, a happy memory or two, and more than one blush of embarrassment.”
12/22/00 webpage post

I found this quote over the holidays while re-reading some old posts. My favorite part is “in case my parents have to move.” My parents are still living in the house they bought in August 1979 when I was about seven months old. It’s the house where Kenneth and I grew up and it has a lot of memories. There have been a couple of times in the past where my parents seriously considered moving, but nothing ever came to fruition. Now that my mom and dad are both retired they are still living in that house and they have no plans to sell it anytime soon. When I was ten years old my parents redecorated the whole house. My bedroom was stripped of its yellow floral wallpaper (which was originally put up to keep me from coloring on the walls) and pink floral wallpaper was put up in its place. Hey, I was ten, of course I wanted pink! Twenty-two years later that wallpaper was still there, and not looking too bad actually, when I visited Tallahassee last month. I slept in my old bedroom when I was there, but I had to share the new king-sized bed with my cat Bob. The days of that pink wallpaper were numbered, though. Over the holidays is was finally painted over in an effort to make the guest rooms in my parent’s house less girly. I haven’t seen the end result yet, but I hear it looks good.

Regarding my own house, I’ve been doing a lot of housecleaning over the last month. Over the holidays Dan and filled up the trunk of my CR-V and made a major drop off at Goodwill. And then today I delivered all of the books I don’t want anymore to the library. That felt good. I’m trying to avoid filling up all the rooms and closets in our house with stuff this early into our home ownership. There will be plenty of time to acquire a boatload of stuff after we have kids!

Pre-flight ramblings (Part 2)

I’m sitting at SFO right now waiting for my flight to Los Angeles. I had a great visit with my parents and brother in San Francisco, but I’m glad to be going home. I’m looking forward to seeing my husband and sleeping in my own bed tonight. What I’m not looking forward to is going to work tomorrow. It’s only going to be a three day week for me which sounds great, but I know they’re going to be three very stressful days because I have so much that I need to accomplish before I go on vacation again. And then there’s getting ready for Hawaii. Yikes. But before I get stressed out about that, here’s a couple of very disjointed paragraphs I wrote while sitting at the airport on Friday night. I’ll write more about my San Francisco trip later this week.

I’m glad I updated my webpage before I left for the airport. I hit publish just a few minutes before Supershuttle arrived so luckily the van wasn’t early. I’ve had them pick me up as much as 20 minutes early before and it can be a major inconvenience. Luckily today I was able to finish my post, publish it, and put my laptop in my bag before the big blue van pulled up outside. I probably could have written more, but I didn’t want to have to worry about getting internet access set up at the Hilton when I get to San Francisco. It probably wouldn’t have been a big deal (and I’ll have to do it anyway if I want to use my laptop while I’m there), but one less hassle this evening is a good thing. I’m arriving in San Francisco around 8:30 PM and my brother is picking me up at the airport, with my mom and dad in tow. It’s going to be great to see them, but I wish they’d have let me take a cab to the hotel! I am fully aware of how frustrating it can be to pick someone up from the airport. Even though Dan and I live close to LAX we still take cabs rather than pick each other up to avoid stress. It’s definitely worth it.

I was in DC for Cyber Monday last year and I got some pretty good deals using my little laptop while I was handing around my hotel between work shifts. I ordered a lot of clothes from Old Navy during that trip. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to get Dan what he wants for Christmas this year, though. He told me that he wants the “Batman: Arkham City” video game. No problem, right? Now I just want to get the best price. Amazon is looking like the cheapest option right now – even cheaper than Target, which surprises me. The question is do I buy it there now or do I wait and see if prices will drop between now and Christmas? I heard Walmart has a good price match guarantee so maybe I should check that out. Looks like Walmart has the same price online as Amazon right now. That just leaves the shipping. Amazon has free shopping for any order over $25 which usually works out great, but does Walmart have anything like that? After a bit of a search it doesn’t look like it. Amazon is a much better deal because there wouldn’t be any added tax either. I’m just not ready to pull the trigger on ordering it yet, though. With our trip to Hawaii next week my next credit card bill is going to be massive. Although the vacation expenses should be split up between two different statements. That will help. Maybe I will order the video game for Dan this week then.