Thursday, December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas!

Or Happy Decemberween!!! I just enjoyed a nice evening with 17 relatives and the 7 younger ones and I played cards (a game called Bishop). Then, after everyone left and the first floor was deserted, I turned off all the lights and gathered all of my unwrapped presents. Then I sat down by our lit tree with my white fluffly dog sleeping beside me and started wrapping them. It was a very Calvin and Hobbes moment, one of my favorite.

Anyways, I'm off to bed now in the off chance that Santa Claus should want to stop by :). Hope you had a wonderful evening too.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Home at Last

After a really long and sucky drive down the ever-boring I-5 on Sat., I made it home in time to have dinner with my family to celebrate by birthday. 24.... that's mid-twenties. It's honestly a really weird age because I see it from two different angles. From my fading college perspective, that's damn old. It means I'm no longer a kid (no matter how much I want to be) and that it's time I start making a place for me in the Real World. From my solidifying workplace/Real World perspective, I'm still a kid, bright-eyed bushy-tailed and overly ambitious. I think that's why older folks get jaded, because when you're young and you're just becoming jaded by something, it changes. You go to a new school, get a new job, travel to a new country. Life keeps you on your toes. But when you get older and you have your family and you have your steady job and you have your Career, you get jaded and you stay that way because nothing forces you to uproot yourself and move on to a place where you're the rookie again.

Anyways, returning from the tangent, yes, I'm home now, in Chatsworth for those of you who don't know. I've loved every second if it except for the fact that, despite the area being criss-crossed with bridle trails and surrounded by horse ranches (this is the last outpost of the Wild Wild West in SoCal), I can't find a darn place that will take me a on a trail ride in my own "backyard". Instead, I get to watch everyone else ride their horses around my street and up into the mountains where I want to go. Bastards. I'll have to call around more tomorrow. I think I'll resort to bribery this time.

Finally, I have to begin preparations for our 28 person family reunion which officially kicks off tomorrow and continues through New Years. Amazing. I haven't seen these people in years. I can't wait to hang out with them all, though the old and jaded part of me (see above) thinks it's a pain in the ass to prepare for so many people. But yeah, this should be the most fun winter vacation in a while.

Happy Holidays everyone. And if you're sad that you don't have someone cuddly around to keep you warm, try a blanket and a heater or fire. Works for me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Ahhh (sigh of relief)

Finally, everything is sorta back to normal minus a cough. Not only am I enjoying the departure of the nastiest bug I've had in years, but I'm enjoying the post-flu immunity. Since everyone seems to have what I just had, I don't have to worry about getting sick AT ALL. It's like right after you get the chicken pox and you're happy your immune system has just elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as its governor and is kicking butt. But I digress...

In other news, I finally caved and watched half an episode of Everwood. I admit I was sucked in by the wedding scene and only until then did I realize too late that it was Everwood. I can see how the drama would get old after a few seasons of the same stuff over and over (like Dawson's Creek), but in all honesty, I enjoyed this episode very much. Some neat things were, first of all, the adults were real characters with real issues. It wasn't just the teens in the foreground with their parents being annoying. That helped give the show a "real" feeling. Also, I really liked how some relationships worked out while others didn't. Usually I'd expect everyone to be all angsty and depressed. And I liked how in the end, together or not, everyone was enjoying a last slow dance together in each other's embrace to Etta James' At Last. That song is seriously my weak spot. Hint: don't ever play it when I'm around, especially if I'm pining after you. The results could be disastrous.

Anyways, I should sleep now. Gotta prepare everything before I leave. I can't wait until I'm home!

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

In Sickness

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm so glad that I'm having cold symptoms... because they are SO much better than Flu symptoms. Basically, I've been debilitated for the past two days with some "mystery illness" typical of dormitories (I swear I got this from my Stanford friends this Friday). Anyways, to make a long story short, it's finally devolving into a normal cold + bronchitus-like symptoms which is a good improvement.

I have to say though, one lesson I learned: If you have a friend, boy/girlfriend, husband/wife, family member, etc. who's sick, go look after them. It makes an unbelievably big difference. When I was half-delirious and semi-dying Sunday night and no one was around to help me find a thermometer or get medicine (no, not even Mommy), I was reduced to stumbling around looking for stuff only to find out all my medicine had expired. So then I had to get in my car, hope there was no one else on the road (there wasn't thank goodness) and "drive" my way over to Safeway at 2am in my PJs, buy some 7up, apples, and TheraFlu, drive back, heat up water, mix in the medicine, and drink it. By the time I had fixed myself, it was 4am and I was really really sad.

Anyways, that's the end of my public service announcement. Please resume your lives.... now.

Thursday, December 4, 2003


I had a really interesting experience tonight. I met up with my favorite electrical engineering lecturer of all time from my sophomore year in college. He's the reason I switched to EE from CS. I hadn't seen him for three years and I was visiting mainly to drop off some recommendation forms for him to fill out. To my delight, we ended up talking for some thirty minutes, at first just catching up (he's been in Croatia most of those three years) and then talking completely nerd-talk about EE and the current trends in technology. Having been away from EE for three years, he was quite behind the times and was absolutely fascinated as I described the current technologies we use, which three years ago were only theoretical and fanciful. It was like explaining to an overjoyed Leonardo da Vinci how airplanes work nowadays. Talking to him and living vicariously through his excitement at just three years of advancements made me really appreciate how wonderful EE is. Even more so, it struck home the fact that perhaps the greatest thing of this field is that things move so fast and there is always something new and fascinating to explore. It was quite a contrast from all the input I heard from my coworkers and bosses who border on jaded. I guess you really do have to step back once in a while to regain perspective. Now I appreciate my job, career, and field so much more. The renewed excitement is just in time as I prepare to dedicate my energies toward going full steam ahead in EE!