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09:07am 01/07/2011
 

Happy July, everybody!  And thank God it's payday!

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Things to note if travelling by train.   
06:20am 24/06/2011
 


First off, if you're travelling by yourself for a long distance, just fork out the money for plane tickets - it's worth it.  However, if you must travel by train, here are some things to keep in mind:

- Bring food.  Lots of it.
- Bring a big pillow.
- Bring a blanket - it's going to be cold.
-  If you wear contacts, wear your glasses for the train and change into contacts at your destination.
- The extra legroom is nice.

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07:01pm 21/06/2011
 

In case you ever did, don't use TxtLJ anymore - it apparently bills you $4.99 a month now.

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04:28pm 01/06/2011
 

Happy June!

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Test.   
02:20pm 23/05/2011
 


Testing from my Thunderbolt!

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10:41pm 01/02/2011
  Happy February, everyone!  
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So, a bit of a real update!   
08:59pm 21/10/2010
 
mood: okay
I made my way back to LJ today because jadeempress got me a toy car. :) While skimming the first few posts of my friends page, I noticed i_love_dinos posting about Thanksgiving, which made me think to make this post.

I've invited my family down to my (our) apartment for Thanksgiving this year, and I think they're coming! That's both very exciting and a little nerve wracking. I am in my final semester of my Masters degree (switched from the Ph.D. program this summer), so I am working full time, taking two classes, and driving back and forth to Richmond several times during the week - which takes a lot of time. And preparing Thanksgiving (and probably at least one additional day that weekend) will also take a lot of time - so I'm a bit nervous about getting to it all.

I think I can do it, though; I've been pretty good at staying on top of things. I just finished my STAT homework due Tuesday; going to finish my crypto reading and problem set sometime in the next few days (it's due a week from today and I've already done half of it).

All in all, times are both exciting (busy) and lacking (socially/meaningfully?). While I am very much looking forward to finishing school, I'm thinking that I might miss the challenge of having so much stuff to stop on top of. I want to get back to my website project that I've started for Bess and for myself; I want to get into sailing and rock climbing (each of which I've done once and absolutely LOVED); and I want to start working out seriously (by getting a personal training session twice a week to keep me focused).

Yesterday evening, Bess and I went to a going-away dinner for my friend who is moving up to NorVA this Saturday, and - it turns out - he and most of the people there sail! So now I have a contact around here for sailing - hopefully I'll be able to get some of that in before we move next summer.

Oh yeah - Bess is going to be going to grad school next Fall, so we'll be moving in about 8 months! Not sure where yet - she is looking at one school in Richmond, three in NorVA, two in Maryland, and two in Pennsylvania. So, not sure where I'll be living a year from now, but we're planning on buying a house wherever that is, so it'll be nice to have a bit more space. Not that our apartment isn't amazing (and the location can't be beat - so beautiful!), but it's a little lacking in storage and kitchen space. I love cooking, so I'm definitely going to be looking for a nice kitchen in the next place.

I started my new job this February of this year, and I still love it. It's nice to have an opportunity to excel, and it's definitely nice to be valued by my management chain. My coworkers and managers are great, and the work is interesting. And I'm working from home the majority of the time. All around, I'm very pleased with this job.

I'm planning a big party for my 25th birthday. Hopefully it won't get snowed out like my 24th did. :) But yeah - it's going to be a big, Russian-style party - (hopefully) live music, lots of food, lots of alcohol, (hopefully lots of toasts).. I'm very excited about it. It's hard to plan it while I'm also focusing on work and school and shuttling back and forth between Richmond and Newport News, but I think it'll be great! Just have a lot to do still.

Well, I've rambled on a bit, but now you're caught up with a lot of the important things in my life! Isn't that exciting? :)

Edit: Oh, and we're planning a Halloween party for Halloween night; those usually turn out pretty well, so it should be good/fun/good fun! We've barely started prepping, though, so it'll be a busy week coming up! And we're going up October 30 to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity!

Edit2: And apparently I really like exclamation marks! lolz..
 
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08:26am 01/10/2010
  Happy October, everyone!  
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09:43am 01/09/2010
  Happy September!  
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12:45am 01/07/2010
  Happy July!  
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11:59am 08/06/2010
  "Anytime I accomplish something in javascript it feels like I just passed an exam at Hogwarts" -Pete. I fully agree.  
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07:15pm 04/06/2010
  "I like my women like I like my classes - with inheritance."  
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12:01am 01/06/2010
  Happy June!  
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08:09pm 04/05/2010
  Anyone know what an "oriented straight line u = 0" is?  
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11:35pm 30/04/2010
  "I'm Jewish. I'm not uber Jewish. Like, I will use German to describe how Jewish I am."  
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Writer's Block: Book based   
09:04pm 27/04/2010
 
Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?


The Count of Monte Cristo was a fantastic book. I read it in my English class in tenth grade, and I loved it. Between reading the book and taking the test on the book, the movie came out, and I went to see it. What a horrible idea. The movie took some severe liberties, and it did not nearly live up to the book. Not only that, but the movie changed the story enough that I was very confused by the time I got to the test.

The movie would have been great had I not read the book - but I had read the book, and vastly enjoyed it, so I just really did not like the movie.
 
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07:26pm 20/04/2010
  Can we not go backward in our friends' posts more than 20 anymore?  
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07:15pm 12/04/2010
  Today is the anniversary of the first space flight.  
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07:42am 01/04/2010
  Happy April! Today marks two months at ACS.  
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10:05pm 26/03/2010
  "I knew that if I stuck around this long, this would happen."  
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