happy (soon to be) new year!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mostly because I’ve been chillaxing at home and I’m too busy being lazy to be bothered with a silly blog. It’s nice to be back in Texas, but I’m starting to miss the hustle of New York. Anyway … I’ve been going through a lot of the stuff I have in storage, and I found a CD of some old MRIs from December 2002. Wow, how much has changed since then.

So, now we’re about to ring in 2012. And those scans are 10 years old. Woah. I wish everyone a happy new year, health, and happiness!

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sheesh it’s warm in here

When I call my room a sauna, I jest not. Current outside temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In my room, 84 degrees. Well, now it’s at 82, which I guess is better. Because of New York rental guidelines, the landlord has to provide heat during the winter season and when it’s below 55 degrees outside during the day, the heater must be 68 degrees. The rest of the apartment is probably around that temperature. Why my room is so much warmer than the rest of the apartment is a mystery. Good thing I’m from Texas and I kinda like the heat, eh?

I think the warm sauna-like nature of my room is probably bad for my paper writing. I still have lots of stuff to do and I need to hunker down, but it’s just so darned comfy in here. I’ve also been sleeping a ridiculous amount, around ten hours (or more) a night. Even when I wake up early, I end up going back to sleep, which is quite unusual for me. Usually once I wake up, I might be really drowsy and non-responsive for a while, but I’m up for the rest of the day. I think I’ve been sleeping so much lately because it’s so cozy I just want to hibernate and not wake up. Hm … I guess I could leave. But I really like it in here.

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procrastination (er, study) cookie(s)

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is being re-posted here for my own sake.]

It’s finals time! Ugh. One more week until I get to go home! Basically all I have left are two papers and one presentation, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Unfortunately, I’m having an awfully hard time motivating myself.

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One cookie is pictured. Many were eaten.

I need sugar to work, and since we’re low on flour I made oatmeal cookies (these cookies). And because I felt like they needed more sugar, I made them oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Yay! This is why I like baking. It’s good for procrastinating, but it also yields morsels of yumminess which improve the studying. Therefore I feel like my little baking foray doesn’t really count as procrastination because it was productive. Right? Yeah, this is how I justify things to myself. Wish me luck!

cha shao bao #2

Back when I was in Shanghai, I used to eat cha shao bao like mad (as referenced here) because they were yummy, cheap, and omnipresent. The other day I went to Flushing in Queens, New York, which is essentially like Chinatown. I had dim sum with my grandmother and took some cha shao bao home. Oh yum. Missed that stuff. Not cheap like the Chinese convenience stores, but definitely better quality.

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I’m in the middle of finals, so I’m supposed to be hardcore paper writing. Ugh. I also have a long list of stuff on my to-do list, but since it’s been rainy and icky out … I’ve been lazy and have just been hanging out at home. Whups. I will be a better student … tomorrow … I promise.

beginning to look a lot like xmas …

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is being re-posted here for my own sake.]

As much as I would like to get all Christmas-y and go to town on decorating this apartment, it just ain’t really worth it since most of us are going home for the holidays. Also, it’s finals time so I need to be focusing on school stuff. But … I did manage to hang my stocking on my door. Yay!

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For scale, the stocking’s only about six inches tall. And those weird shadows are due to the weird configuration of lighting fixtures in my room. There’s a little Christmas tree in our living room, so I guess that counts. Oh well, it ain’t much but it’s in the right spirit.

school is almost over

Woah, how is it almost the end of the semester already? Sure I got lots of stuff to do still (yay for paper writing!) but by and large, all of my classes are winding down. Some of my classes are done, some have one more session, and we’re getting to finals time. I don’t have any exams, which is a nice little relief, but I do have papers. And presentations. Oh goody. I much would’ve rather just had all papers.

Anyway, the dead days are upon us! I had a discussion with other people, and apparently it’s not a universal term. To me, ‘dead days’ are the days leading up to finals where campus is essentially dead because everyone is (theoretically) silently rocking in the corners of their rooms from the stress of it all, locked up in studio, or trapped under an avalanche of study guides and overdue library books. Er … yeah.

This afternoon after being on campus for a few hours I took a walk around Morningside Park. Took a picture of a bench. Didn’t sit down though, just kept walking.

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