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Cat and I went to Sun Valley Mall today after she finished her homework. One thing that I've noticed since being with Cat is that places that used to big now seem alot smaller, maybe that says something about how once you find a companion to travel with, the world doesn't seem as gigantic.
Apparently while Cat and I were in the Monterey/Carmel area yesterday, Betina and Hans were there also. Hans asked Betina to marry him, and she said yes. So to celebrate this good news, Cat and I went to Japantown in San Francisco to eat with them at Juban (a yakiniku house) and to sing some songs at the Do-Re-Mi Karaoke studio. Cat and I had fun at the Karaoke place, singing some pop songs and ballads.
Yesterday, Cat and I went to Monterey Bay. We visited the aquarium there, as well as the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf (Cannery Row). We walked along part of 17 Mile Drive, and then drove to Carmel (a decision influenced solely upon it's similarity to a certain burnt sugar product). We walked along it's downtown shopping area, looking at all the little shops before heading back to the SF Bay Area and heading to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Saturday night is always busy at Cheesecake Factory, and yesterday was no exception. While we were waiting, we went into the shopping mall and went inside one of those little photo booth things and took a couple picture. We look good together, Cat and I.
Cat and I ended up going out for dinner last night, but we did manage to make dessert -- a brownie berry icecream parfait. Cat is very cute, especially when she uses the Canadian pronounciation of certain words. For instance, spatula sounds like spatoola, and pint sounds like pin-t. It's so cute.
I overslept this morning, so I was late for my haircut. I had it tinted back to a darker color. It's been ridiculously hot these past two days, and I am thankful for the air conditioning in my office (it's too bad there is no a/c in my apartment).
Cat and I went to Zachary's Pizza last night, and then saw Finding Nemo. We saw it on a DLP screen, and the difference between the DLP and the traditional film version was pretty apparent -- everything was sharper and crisper. There were a total of 7 people in the theater watching the film, including Cat and I, so Nemo's run is definitely coming to a stop soon.
I had been getting ready for bed when the fire alarm suddenly went off. It turned out that someone burnt her popcorn in her microwave in one of the dorm rooms. The whole hall currently smells like burnt popcorn and everyone is awake waiting for the smell to drift out through the open windows. I must say that I am slightly annoyed and I am sure the rest of the people in my hall feel the same way because this is eating away some of our precious hours of sleep.
:: metamoon 6/25/2003 02:33:00 AM [+] ::
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 ::
Nothing happened much today. I wish the day could've been more interesting, but it could not make itself any more interesting than it already was. If it was, I would write more, but because it wasn't, I have nothing to write about. I took a short nap today and I am currently working on today's assignments. Will eat dinner later.
Looks like Mike really needs some shut-eye...and he better drive safely too because the thought of him driving in this condition worries me...
Today was a day like any other day. Nothing interesting and unusual happened. Class was the same as usual filled with translations, the explanation of new grammatical structures and a discussion over the supplementary reading of the day. Sounds boring, eh? Alright. I admit it. I don't think it's boring. I find it very fun and it is a stimulating class. Never deny your inner geekiness! =)
Stir-fried broccoli with walnuts was part of the dinner menu tonight and it wasn't particularly bad. They could've used one of those Lee Kum Kee sauces. I wouldn't mind having my tastebuds rejoice at the touch of one of those sauces. Have you ever listened to their slogan? If you ever happen to chance upon their slogan, I think you'll just die from laughter.
Okay. Maybe you won't die from laughter, but you'll chuckle at the least. I think I've seen enough of those Lee Kum Kee commericals on Fairchild. They're corny, in a funny way. It's like that Parker Place slogan, "Parker Place! Bahk Gah Deem! Shopping Paradise!".
The Celebration of Light is a popular annual event in Vancouver. The tobacco company that used to sponsor what was formerly known as the Symphony of Fire is Du Maurier...I think. I could be wrong, but I used to watch the fireworks with my family almost every summer. I would recommend that you take the bus or the skytrain because traffic and parking can get very crazy. If you still plan to drive, it is best to go a few hours early and grab a good spot to view the fireworks.
Alright. Back to work. I'm just about halfway done with my homework.
Corny Phrase of the Day: Motivation is power!
Yeah. I'm just corny and strange like that. I came up with that phrase off the top of my head.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is this year's version of the fruitcake. Already the book is being passed around as people who bought copies over the weekend have also recieved copies that they ordered. As a result of this overstock of Harry Potter, I am being loaned a copy for reading from one of my co-workers. I have also ordered a copy from an online source (which has not yet arrived) so when that arrives, I'll give that copy to the co-worker who loaned me their ordered copy. Such a vicious cycle.
It's 870 pages. I'm hoping I'll be able to start and finish the book tonight.
I'm unbelievably tired this morning. To recap the weekend:
Friday: Dinner and movie at the Sony Metreon
Saturday: Asian Art Museum, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Miyake in Palo Alto
Sunday: Lunch in Cat's dorm room, Dinner at Le Cheval and some time at Jack London Square
My co-workers and I were talking about fireworks this morning, and one of them mentioned the Celebration of Light, a fireworks competition held in Canada. It's slightly different from a traditional fireworks show in that it is set to music (it used to be called Symphony of Fire, but that was when it was sponsored by a tobacco company).
This is the compatibility report for our western astrological signs. I thought that I should also include our western counterparts in here since Mike looked up the compatibility of our Chinese signs.
I'll write more when I get used to sharing a blog with my boyfriend. It took me awhile to warm up to him so I guess it'll take me awhile to warm up to his blog. =)
Alright. Time to sleep. I can barely keep my eyes open now. I won't stay up this late ever again. I promise.
:: metamoon 6/23/2003 02:53:00 AM [+] ::
Sunday, June 22, 2003 ::
Cat and I went to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco yesterday, and we saw some tiny figurines of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. I made a mental note in my mind to check our compatibility when I got home. Here is what it says about our signs:
The Dog and the Rabbit can forge a fine, strong bond between them, based on mutual trust and appreciation. The timid, shy Rabbit is often overrun by more powerful or boisterous Signs, but the Dog has an innate sense of honor and would never take advantage of the Rabbit or its timidity. The Dog tends to have trouble trusting people but the Rabbit will never give it cause for suspicion. Both these Signs are trustworthy and loyal and will protect those they hold dear.
As lovers, these two can share a passionate, intimate union. The Rabbit tends to rely on loved ones for emotional support, without which this Sign can quickly lose its bearings. The Rabbit experiences the world on a largely subjective level and can have trouble sorting out reality from fantasy or irrational fears. The Dog also suffers irrational fears but is strong enough to provide the Rabbit with plenty of comfort and support; in return, the Rabbit's close care and affection will help to calm the Dog's own anxieties. If they live together, their home will be understatedly attractive, subtly artistic and very comfortable. The only thing these two have to watch for is their mutual capacity for pessimism, which sets in when things become too chaotic or confusing. In times of stress they must take care not to feed off one another's anxieties.
I understand now why we feel the way we feel when we're together.
Okay. This is my first entry in here so I really don't know what to post in here, but it sure is fun! Yes. I know. This is not a meaningful post and I'm wasting space, but I just want to make myself known here. Thanks to Mike for allowing me in here.
:: metamoon 6/22/2003 12:37:00 AM [+] ::
I've decided to do the blog equivalent of handing my girlfriend the keys to the apartment. Cat can now post to this blog as if it were her own.
Most of my co-workers went off to see The Hulk this morning. I'm not a big fan of wanton destruction films, so I passed on that. I'm going to go out and see Alex and Emma with Cat tonight anyways so two movies in a day is just too much. Besides, The Hulk looks definitely like a rental to me.
I still can't believe I was thrown down to the 8th level of Hell...
I've decided that Collectible Card Games is this generation's equivalent of poker. Whenever I get together with certain people it turns into "Hey, let's play Magic" (or Shadowfist, or Yugi-Oh! or whatever). I spent this evening drafting and playing Magic: The Gathering with some of my co-workers. We were playing using draft rules (which is alot more fun than forking over hundreds of dollars over to WOTC to create a playable deck). I managed to take first place tonight, so I'll probably end up selling my cards on Ebay at some point to make up the money.
I had another great evening with Cat again tonight. We went to Jade Villa for dinner, then took a stroll through campus to go to Mondo Gelato for dessert. They have a Mondo Gelato in Vancouver, Cat tells me... they have everything in Vancouver it seems.
I've been toying with the idea of just dropping everything and going to live in Canada. Is it crazy to just follow my heart like this? I'd be worried about finding another job there (will canadian businesses even hire an american?) and being able to support myself, whereas here, in California, I've got a nice comfortable lifestyle. Then again, maybe this is just what I need. I'm still young enough that I can do something like this...
My sister's graduation from UCSD yesterday was quite possibly the coldest one I've ever attended. You would think that San Diego in June would be relatively hot, but it was cold, cloudy and chilly. I forgot to bring so many things with me this trip -- always be wary of leaving on a trip on Friday the 13th... Some of the commencement speakers at UCSD were some of the best I've ever heard (or perhaps I'm just getting more and more sentimental the more graduations I attend).
Maybe it was due to the weather, or maybe courtesy diminishes with each generation, but at the end of the commencement ceremony, there were about 2 dozen graduates still sitting in the chairs, maybe about 100 guests still watching, while during the ceremony, the graduates would get their fake diploma, and walk off the stage and go home with their families, rather than returning to their seats. I have never seen anything like it before... so the recessional was about 2 dozen people and the staff on stage. A truly sad sight to see. It did however, make finding my sister much easier after the ceremeony, when your family is the only four people sitting in the entire section.
Today is Father's Day, so be sure to call your Dad and wish him well.
I had a really good night, as we went out again tonight. We watched Bruce Almighty down at Jack London Square. Bruce Almighty is not just another Jim Carrey goofy-face movie, but it's also a love story, as well as part lesson in theology. Tomorrow I'll go back down to L.A. for my little sister's graduation from UCSD. I'm tired, but that's alright. I'll just get a good night's sleep before I set off tomorrow.
"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." -- Tom Bodett
"A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies." -- William Wrigley Jr.
"FEAR - False Evidence Appearing Real." -- Anon.
I've been really happy these past few days. Tired, but happy. I pretty much fell asleep as soon as I got home from work today (which is why it's 2am and I'm up). I'm glad it's an easy week, but Thursday can't arrive soon enough. I've just had a little too much free time at work to fill my mind with doubts and fears... when I should just take those moments and enjoy the happiness that is the moment. I'm always afraid that if I talk about what makes me happy, someone will rain on my parade, instead of feeling happy for me. But that's really not the way to go about things, because then I can't share with the world what I'm feeling. But I'm really happy right now... and a little sleepy. More tomorrow.
The Animatrix came out today. It pretty much is a must see for all animation fans. An anthology of stories all set within the world of the Matrix, animated by some of the best animation studios in Japan. My favorite short is the film noir inspired "Detective Story". (I admit it, I've just been watching this dvd at work today)
"Each one should use whatever gift he's received to serve others." 1 Peter,4:10 (NIV)
"Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand." -- Phil. 2:4 (MSG)
"If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done." Eccl. 11:14 (NLT)
"No servant can serve two masters... You cannot serve both God and money." Luke 16:13 (NIV)
The quotes above are some of the scripture used in today's sermon. Those that know me can see the purpose in the last two quotes especially. This weekend has been a good weekend to remind myself of all the good things that God brings into our lives. I had a wonderful Sunday today, even if it started badly... I was awakened by a telemarketer early this morning, and that just put me in such a grumpy mood, but I went to church, went to small group afterwards, hung out with some good friends, saw Finding Nemo, and then had dinner at CPK.
It's not how you start the race, but how you finish.