Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Coming up...

Here's the story on the next couple of weeks:
This Friday, my roomates and I are hosting my Pre-Birthday party. The living situation here has changed a bit over the past few months, and we haven't had a party in the apartment yet, so now is a great time to have one! So, I currently live with three people--Roberta, who was my suitemate Freshman year in the dorms, Justin, the boyfriend of another suitemate, and Jake, who was Justin's roomate in the dorms. We've all graduated and it's funny that we now live together, with the dorm-like feel to the apartment, but it's actually a lot of fun.

Tuesday, Feb. 1st, is my actual birthday--oh no! I'm getting so old! Time has been flying lately, and I feel like my life is passing me by. I know I'm just feaking out and it really isn't--so I'll just look at it this way, at least I'm still under a quarter of a century old =P

The Thursday after my birthday, I'm heading to New York City for a week. I'll be staying with Kat and her boyfriend, in their apartment in Manhattan. Why am I going you ask? Well, why not? It's a perfect opportunity to travel because: 1) I've never been to NYC, 2) I should visit before Kat moves back to Cali, 3) I don't have a job yet, so I have time to travel 4) Plane tickets were really cheap, 5) Mom said she'd pay for my ticket, & 6) I get to see some friends too! A couple of friends from my semester in Australia, Terrin (my roomate at Endeavour) and Chrystal, live in upstate New York--they will be coming down to hang out. I will also get to spend some time with two friends, Leo and Jun, whom I met during my European Contiki trip. Leo also lives in upstate NY, and Jun is visiting from Korea. I'm so excited and cannot wait to see all of them! The East Coast weather, however, makes me a little apprehensive. 10-20 degree weather? Honestly, the coldest I've ever been in is 30 degree weather--on a snowy mountain in my snowboarding outfit. Now, I can't tramp around New York in huge snowboarding pants. How am I going to survive? Boy, this will be an adventure!--So send warm thoughts my way next week...

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Past Week

Went bowling the other night for the 3rd time in my life (check out the photos). I totally sucked when I went this past summer, but this time, I wasn't half bad for a beginner and scored over 100! So, happy hour + bowling equaled a lot of fun. My birthday is coming up pretty soon(Feb. 1st)--since it's on a Tuesday, I think I'll keep it low-key and make it a bowling night =)

Yes, I am STILL looking for a job. Had an interview Wednesday, and have another one coming up next week. Wish me luck!

Book Club
Just for fun, I started a book club back in November with some of my coworkers. Our first read was The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. None of us really knew what it was about, but the title was interesting, so we all agreed to read it. The meeting was fun, and I thought it was a pretty good turnout--seven out of nine showed up. Our next read is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon--damn, that's a long title that I can't ever remember correctly (the only reason why I got it right this time is because it's sitting in front of me.) I'm hoping it's a good book, because my last few reads have been only mediocre.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

I Hate Potholes!

Just in case you didn't previously know this, I want to share it with you now--I hate potholes! The two weeks of nearly-nonstop-pouring-rain that we had here in SoCal has now created giant potholes everywhere. They're impossible to avoid, and I can't stand how my car clunks over all of them. On the bright side, I've seen the sun and blue sky for two days in a row now! No more wet pants or feet, no more losing my umbrella to the wind, and I was actually able to wear a skirt yesterday. I usually don't like rain, and it has finally ceased--yet, oddly enough, I kind of miss it now. Isn't life ironic?...

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Happenings Since the Last Post...

The Relatives and Xmas
For the holidays, my big sis, Kat, came into town from NYC, and my aunt & little cousin, Long, (actually, I don't think I can call him little anymore--he's sixteen now, and a whole head taller than me) came from Geneva, Switzerland. They were here for 10 days, so I've been busy hanging out and entertaining them.
Kat, the recently turned surf-nut (who, btw, is heading to Puerto Rico for the THIRD time at the end of this week), brought her board to check out the California waters. I hung out at the beach a couple of mornings while she went out with my friends Bennett and Micah. It was awesome how beautiful and sunny Xmas week was.
Long, who was so excited to be visiting the states before he came, had no input on what he wanted to do when he got here. So I just took him to see some movies and he stayed with me & Kat at my apartment in Long Beach a couple of nights, where we played a number of fun games of pool. We also braved the crowded mall a few times, and he was happy to go shopping in our cheap stores (I guess in Switzerland, the clothes he bought goes for almost double our prices).
For Xmas, our other aunts from up north drove down, and our uncle came over with smart & talented 9-year-old Yvonne (who's currently reading Great Expectations...who reads that at 9? I still haven't even read it, at 23) & funny 1-year-old Andrew. We all got together this Holiday because my Grandpa's health hasn't been great lately. It was a chaotic, asian-style Christmas, with presents, no tree, and a buffett of Vietnamese food.

It's been raining like crazy since Tuesday, and our mountains have been dumped with about four feet of snow. This is great news, because we had a warm spell for a while and all the snow that came down in late Oct/early Nov had melted away and our resorts closed for a short period. But now, it's a winter wonderland up there. Bennett, Kat, and I attempted a boarding trip a few days back, but were turned away after our 2-hour drive to the resort. Apparantly, they sold out of lift tickets. It totally sucked!!

A New Year
I worked New Years Eve & New Years Day, but managed to squeeze a party in between the two. My friends the Ferris', Meghan & Liam, hosted a party at their new house. It was fun, complete with a Martini Bar, serving 9 different martinis. Mmmm.

What's Next
Now that all the relatives have left, and there are no more holidays to celebrate, life is going to die down back to normal. I'm snowboarding tomorrow (and hopefully a few more times this month), picking up volunteering again, getting my wisdom teeth pulled out on Wednesday, and of course am going to start the job hunt again. Wish me luck!

PS..check out some new pics on the photoblog!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

2005 Wishes

Hope you all have a wonderful upcoming year--full of magic, love, laughter, happiness and all the adventures you wish for in life!

PS-I've been really busy lately and will update in the near future...