Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve!

I feel tremendously happy right now. Way better than last year, that is for sure. I have officially been on vacation since Monday night, even though my body was already indulging in it since thanksgiving break. (That sounds all grammatically wrong.) I posted the photo of the wombats on Twitter already but I am sans macbook till at least tomorrow. Also, the wombats are oh-so cute. I've been spending time with my loves and being seriously camera-happy, as in me picking up my D40 and just snapping away to my heart's content. One of the best things? No homework!
I am laying on the couch with my mama watching The Filipino Channel religiously. Just a few minutes past two ladies went up to a house to sing carols. Instead of them asking for donations though, the carolers gave the woman of the house packaged food, money and other useful gifts. The woman of the house was clearly poor, struggling to earn money as a clothes washer (she washed people's clothes with her hands! The old fashioned way) to support her husband and child. It turns out that they have also been out of electricity since September because they could not afford utilities. But yet when the two carolers came, she appeared in the shadows with a few coins in her hand to give to them, having little knowledge that she was on the receiving end.
I am so lucky. People are lucky. I live in a first-world country, am able to pursue a higher education, and have a roof over my head. Christmas is certainly not the only time to realize these things, but it is annoying when I see the privileged acting out in bratty, snotty behaviors. No details here, but I am sure people know what I am talking about. Whenever and whatever hardship I meet, I always remember that others still have it worse than I do and that I still should be thankful.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 1st, 2011

One of the first things I do when I wake up is to check my email, the weather, etc. It is a routine.
I get a rare phone call in the morning. Can't remember who it was from but I'm 98% certain that it was from Nate.

This is what our text messages consist of.

Reflection of the window.

Rushed breakfast, as per usual.

Waiting for my transportation to get to work!

Post-work. A few errands.

Get home.


Take off the shoes!

On my way to a tutoring session.

Chat with the housies for a bit. Also, I stare at the boxes that have piled beside the microwave. What a sight.


Wow. My registration date is so late. BAH.

I do more cleaning... I felt so domestic.

Advent Calendars!

Today is December 6th; a special day actually. For some reason I have this disappointing feeling.

To add to my disappointment is this song by Katy Perry. No idea why I am listening to it but it's so funny. That's because it's tied to this video:

My housemate upstairs is currently blaring his techno/trance music. It is so loud that my walls vibrate and my mirror shakes. Sometimes it is so loud that I get a headache. Good thing I am done with homework for the night though.

Now to talk of positive things: I was a hungry hippo this afternoon which led to amazing food by lovely people. This girl in my class was going on about how she didn't have groceries because she was a poor college student. So of course she was stuffing herself full. Amen, sister. Amen.

Another thing is a gadget that makes it easier for the people in my house to turn the heater on and off. I just discovered it tonight which was odd for my housemates because it had been there for over two weeks. Oh. I must have been on holiday/studying all that time.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving week

I love how I had the whole week off. This has never happened to me. I suspect this is how the CSUs squeeze in their furlough days. Still, I had a few worries about being bored but that never came to be. I was all over the place and there never was a dull moment. I was semi-productive and spent time where I wanted to be. I was thankful for everything and where I was; thankful of the things I had, things that others longed to have. But why does being grateful have to be only made clear on one day? It should be everyday!

I was told by a bird that they haven't seen me with my camera in a while. She really means my D40, my Nikon. And she's right. There are many reasons due to my slow photo year, one of which involves my subjects. I really enjoy taking photos of people I like being around with. But my subjects no longer like being on camera, it seems. This I ponder to myself whenever I post.
For now, this is all this is- sort of like a picture book for me. Anyone want to sell their face on the internet????

Oh, I reactivated my twitter too. It might just come in handy.

Just a few misfits of photos

Jammin' with housemates.

A gift for me.

My sisters put up their christmas tree!

It has been quite the productive day. I crossed off a few things off my to-do list and am ready for the weekend. However, I cannot retire yet. My final day at work for the year is tomorrow while finals and essays will be taking over my life beginning this week. This means about two weeks of torture. But I will pull through! I am very excited for December though and the fun things I will get to do (this I must put in a list!). For now, school awaits and one must do put in effort to succeed, no?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

October in phone pictures

Okay I lied. I'm still up. But the truth is, I really like playing on my phone before going to sleep.

Discovered an extra sweet wine. Sweet is a little dangerous...

My fortune from Panda Express giving me some advice.

My little cactus has flowers!

Hummingbird in the garden of the school I work in.

Really random pad thai on halloween.

Chocolates from Europe. Might I add they tasted mightily delicious?

My sister turned 17.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm alive!

This was my first day of the semester.

October was a fail photo month. Phone pictures are just a-okay. Though sometimes they are quite cool. Nonetheless, it's November and I should be getting to bed but I've just been struck by an amazing idea:

I'm going to try all of Starbucks Holiday Drinks!

Not sure how that's going to work out as I don't like paying for overpriced coffee though.

It's been freezing lately- a sign of winter. However, I feel as if my next post would bring back sunny, warm memories.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sour day

Nathaniel turned 22 today.
Dinner, burgers, fries and cake from a box was what a pre-birthday consisted of. Also an appearance of ice cream. But no- I resisted, it never made it inside my belly. All that but no pictures. The only photo I have is a sleepy human. Instead you get a picture of this flower. I believe it's wild...

Then my last class of the night ends and I find out that Steve Jobs has passed. Steve, thank you for your ingenious products. I am glad I was able to fully use them and incorporate them into my life before your passing. Rest in Peace.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Do we like outs or balls?"

Now before you let your mind go wild, the quote above was from a Norwegian, in reference to a Giants game. I had three foreigners under my wing that night and was trying to explain to them the simple basics of baseball. It was indeed a fun day. Exactly two months ago, I found myself in Pixar Studios and my very first SF Giants game. The unfortunate thing about it was that we knew they were going to lose and proceeded to leave just before the last strike-out.

I would also like to note that I almost got stranded at a bus stop because it was nearing midnight. I looked at the sign and it said the next bus was not for another 45 mintues. Fearing that I did not have any way to get home, I almost dialed for help- a rarity for me. But good karma brought me a bus some 20 minutes later and I was able to relax at home with my foam orange glove from the ball game. I was so thankful for the bus driver that night as those 20 odd minutes were the longest 20 minutes in my life.

A post every couple days? I'm on a roll.

In more recent news, it's OCTOBER!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Furthest North III

Last post of the series. We drove into a little town and the patriarch showed us abandoned buildings such as the first one above. It was a hospital and the brothers bet me if I would ever sleep in it alone for one night in exchange of an x amount of dollars. My answer was essentially a huge "No". Later that day we had a nice walk through a national forest/park and bypassed campers, waterfalls and truckloads of trees. Believe it or not there is a distinct difference between a national forest and a national park. I just cannot remember which is which. We also rode on a boat out on a lake (I got to drive! For a wee bit...) Pity the weather gods were not in much agreement with our spirits as all but one of us stayed on the boat and pretty much avoided the water. Actually, we did at least stuck our legs out to feel the water. Or maybe that doesn't count.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Furthest North II

My longest post yet. Haven't done one of these since my livejournal days. It also reminds me that there were just so many photos worthy of being printed out or made into postcards. Everything was just so scenic!

This was our first full day and we went hiking. While going up there we get out of the car at some point and examine pitcher plants. Man oh man did I find a challenge when we got off the car. Our trail was blocked by a slab of snow that created a slope. Instead of going around it, we trekked across it. I for one had never done such a thing before so I was a little nervous. I was grateful for the help from the parentals and a hiking stick.

The hike round trip took about four hours; which isn't bad, considering that we ate lunch and relaxed after getting to the lake. Oh, and I snoozed under the sun for about five minutes, only to wake up to find that I had a shorts tan on my thighs and I made little ant friends. It was all very fun and I was proud of myself for enduring the long hike that I was not accustomed to as well as getting through the slab of snow twice.