Monday, November 29, 2004


Ah, how nice it was to sleep until 9:30 every day over the long weekend. Fortunately, I didn't have too rough a time falling asleep last night, so the 6am rising time wasn't completely unbearable. I gave Tom one of his birthday presents (the other should finally be arriving today...stupid UPS) and headed to work. It was really windy yesterday, so there were palm fronds down all over the street. And it's cold out today! Actually, it was probably about 45 degrees when I was walking to my car and likely closer to 60 now, but I've been inside all morning; I'm turning into a wimp. Oh well, comes with the territory, I suppose. Happy birthday to Tom, and happy Monday to everyone else.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

A Disney coupla days

Yesterday was, of course, the Disneyland trip. For as long as I can remember, we've always gotten up at the crack of dawn to be at the gates of the park as early as possible. This time, I slept until I woke up, got down there around 11:30, and just enjoyed the day with my family.

Disneyland was crowded! Holy cow. I don't remember the last time I've been there when it was that packed. The rides kept shutting down temporarily (we got all the way to the front of the Indiana Jones line and got turned back...luckily, we'd only been in the Fast Pass line, and eventually made it on the ride later), Amy got run over by a stroller in the mob exiting the park after the fireworks, and we had to search high and low for food after 10pm, but on balance, a fine time was had by all.


We had park hopper passes, so we spent the day ambling back and forth between D-land and California Adventure. C.A. was a little less crowded - not by much, but it was enough to offer a brief respite from the throngs across the way. Right after I arrived, Mom, Aunt Teresa & I went on the Tower of Terror. It was really cool! The elevator car is pulled downward, so when you fall, you actually do so faster than the speed of gravity. Also, the car is raised and dropped several times during the ride, and frequently in pitch black, so it's not just a straightforward sort of up-and-down ride. Very cool, lots of fun.

Highlight of the day: I convinced Amy to ride the California Screamin' roller coaster. And she enjoyed it! I'm way proud of my little sis.

You can check out the rest of the photos from the day here. Now, after an excellent (and very full...we were there til the park closed at midnight) day, I was of course exceedingly pleased that I still have two days off. Today I lazed around for most of the morning, all of the afternoon, and a bit of the evening. Around 7, I finally changed out of pajamas, and Tom & I headed out for dinner and a movie. Tasty Thai food, and then off to see The Incredibles. Highly entertaining flick. I would definitely recommend it to one and all. Tomorrow, I anticipate more of the same. Some cleaning, some lazing, generally enjoying the last day of this brief vacation. Hope everyone else has had as fine a weekend as I have!

Friday, November 26, 2004

Goin' to Disneyland!

Wow, what a day yesterday. Upon arriving at Yaya's, I was surprised and thrilled to find that Mom and Amy had flown down for the long weekend! It was really really really good to see them. Between stuffing our faces and rolling with laughter (typical family gathering behavior in our clan) we made plans to go with Aunt Teresa & cousins to Disneyland today. So that's where I'm headed in about 20 minutes. Poor Tom has to work :( and won't be coming with, but I'll enjoy hanging with my mom and sis for the day.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, all! More when Tom & I return from all the celebrating and eating that's about to go down at Yaya's.

Monday, November 22, 2004

5 Months

Just occurred to me that I moved down here 5 months ago, today. Wow. Time certainly does fly when you're out of school and working full-time...oh yeah, and having fun. ;)

Rain, sleep, movies, food

Man, the end of last week went by fast. Friday I was all set to come in over the weekend, but 15 minutes before it was time to go, I got the grand news that I didn't have to come in after all! Yippeeeeeeeeeeee. So after work Friday I went home and ran 3 miles. My feet were sore after that.

Tom and I rented Mean Girls and watched it. Rather an entertaining flick, for a teen movie. Helps that Tina Fey (of SNL) wrote and directed it; she's pretty clever, so there was a lot less of the dumb humor that you'd find in other movies of that genre.

Saturday I slept until almost ten! Very excellent. We went on a cleaning binge, so the apartment is very nice right now. We watched OSU beat Oregon in the Civil War (go beavs) and then went out to get stuff for dinner. We noticed the last time we were in Trader Joe's that they sell little sacks of pizza dough, so we bought a few bags of that and headed home to make pizzas and breadsticks. While we were in the kitchen working on dinner, we noticed that it had started raining outside. Excuse me. Pouring. From the time we noticed the rain to the time I walked into the living room to close the window, the floor around the window was soaked! The rain was coming down sideways, and we even got some thunder & lightning. The pizzas, meanwhile, never really cooked all the way through, so they were pretty doughy and heavy. Still tasty, though (I thought).

Sunday, slept in again (ahhhhh), did laundry, basically lounged about for most of the day. It got really windy for a while, and it was actually rather chilly out. All in all, a good weekend, and I've got a short week and a nice looooooooong weekend to look forward to. Horray! Work's going all right. I've been pretty busy for about a month straight now, but supposedly it'll slow down again in a couple of months. We'll see. All right, gonna see if I can snag a 15 minute nap before lunch is over. Hasta!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Busy Sue

Let's see, last update was Thursday, hmm? What's been going on since then?

Well, I added more photos to the gallery, for one. I've still got a ways to go, but I started uploading my photos from the UK, and I posted another album of pics from Dad. Otherwise, nothing spectacularly interesting going on. Saturday after work I drove out to Westlake to see if I could dig up any info about a horse for a friend. It was a little equestrian espionage, so to speak. Took some pictures, tried to gather intel, generally enjoyed the afternoon. It was weird to drive out that way; I kept seeing things along the freeway that sparked some major deja vous, things I hadn't seen since I was a wee one.

Saturday night Tom and I went to Tom's friend Paul's house for a party. There was quite an eclectic group of folks there; a lot of Tech-ers, some friends of Paul's from Canada, and some people from USC (most of whom were liberal arts grad students in some field or other, which made for interesting conversation among a bunch of science nerds).

Sunday morning I slept too late and was thus pretty groggy most of the day. I did laundry but not much else. Yesterday was work as usual. Agnes(roommate)'s grandma had surgery yesterday, and since it was successful, Agnes took Tom & me out for dinner to celebrate. We went to Hamburger Hamlet, stuffed our bellies, and rolled the 3 1/2 blocks home. And now it's time for work again.

See, so you really didn't miss anything interesting by my not posting for a few days. ;) Hehe. Ah well, perhaps I'll think of something noteworthy to say later today.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Great Migration

The Great Web Content Migration of 2004 has begun. By that I mean that I'm finally setting up residence at Currently there are just a few links posted...nothing new, really. But it's a start.

Must get back to work now. More later.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Nice weekend, weird dreams

Having Sunday off when I didn't expect it was a rather pleasant surprise. I guess all this early rising six or so days a week has its advantages; Sunday morning I slept until I could sleep no more, and when I finally sat up and looked at the clock, it was only 8:30. I felt well-rested and I still had practically the whole day ahead of me. Excellent.

Yesterday actually went by pretty quickly for a Monday. No complaints, here. One of the guys in my lab handed in his letter of resignation. Can't say I blame him; he drives in every day from El Segundo up the 405 (yuck) and managed to find a job that's within walking distance of his house, so that's obviously a much sweeter deal for him.

After work I got home to find another notice taped to the front door of the apartment complex. This time, Judging Amy will be filming, but only for one day. I don't really watch that one, but Tom said he's seen them film in town here a couple of times before. He said they transformed entire city blocks to do their shooting, which I would think must be pretty complicated for a one-day shoot. I can't imagine they'll do much to the school across the way when they film this time, but who knows? Could be interesting.

Last night I had a weird dream that there was a news report claiming Yasser Arafat's "mysterious illness" had been caused by eating too many red onions. Since he'd been in the hospital and the onions had had a chance to work their way out of his system, he'd managed to recover completely. It was a weird dream.

All right, time for work. Check out the photo gallery if you haven't already. I'm working on organizing all my pictures from England so I can put those up soon, too. There are also a lot that I took in London and never scanned, so hopefully this weekend I'll get a chance to do that and put them up, too.

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Just found out I don't have to come in tomorrow, after all. Now I'll get a chance to sleep in at least one day this weekend. :)

Friday, November 05, 2004


Friday just became Wednesday. Stupid stupid non-weekends. :P

New Photo Gallery

So I finally got the new photo gallery all set up. I only have Dad's pictures up there so far, but it's a start! Go check it out here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004


weep weep...

Monday, November 01, 2004

Ah yes

I nearly forgot. Tomorrow and Wednesday, an episode of Monk will be filmed at the school across the street from our apartment! Pretty cool. We (Tom, Max, Agnes and I) watch the show on occasion; it's rather entertaining. The notice posted downstairs claims they're filming from 5 am - midnight both days...yikes! That's quite the schedule.

Update: I saw Tony Shaloub this evening when I was out for my run. He was wandering around on the sidewalk across the street from me, talking on his cell phone. ;)

Busy few days

All right. Quite a bit to catch up on, so here goes.

In April or May, I sent in an application to the City of Los Angeles for one of their Criminalist positions. Basically, the deal is that you send in your application and they send you back a notice telling you when to come in and take the proficiency exam. You pass the exam with 70%, you get put on the eligible list. If a position opens up, they start picking people from the eligible list to come in and interview. Now, when I sent in my application, I was still living in Corvallis. Time went by, I moved down here, never heard anything back from them; I assumed my application had been lost in the shuffle or that I hadn't completed some section or other and that I wouldn't be hearing from them at all. No matter - I managed to land my current job, and I'm all on track to start back to school next fall.

Cut to Thursday (which was Gram Gram's birthday...happy birthday Gram Gram!). I got home from work to find a letter from the City of L.A. amongst my pile of mail. It had bounced to Oregon and back (had the little forwarding address sticker on it); I assumed it was one of those "sorry, you don't qualify" letters. Geez, nice of them to tell me six months after the fact! But I was wrong. Imagine my surprise when I read the letter.
You are scheduled to take the Criminalist written exam Saturday, October 30, 2004, at 8:00 am.
Um, what? I finally hear back from these people two days before I'm supposed to go take this test?! There were some rough guidelines on the Personnel Dept webpage suggesting areas that might be covered on the examination, but no further details were offered. I figured I didn't really have anything to lose by taking the test; if I didn't pass it, it wouldn't really change anything. I'd still have my job here and my plans for school, so no big deal. And if I did pass...well, that would just be way too cool. So I decided to treat it like a practice test and go with the flow. I got in touch with Jasmine (wife of cousin Chris), who had taken a similar exam for Washington state a while back. She gave me some more pointers on what to study, which was very helpful of her. I spent Thursday and Friday after work with my nose in various books, and by Saturday morning, I was as ready as I was going to be.

Saturday morning. I got up at the same ol' time as a normal work day (so much for sleeping in on my first Saturday off in a while!) and headed out to East L.A. I found the testing place with little trouble, managed to find a 10-hour meter, and got ready to head inside. Reached for my calculator on the passenger's seat...reached for my...oh great. Wouldn't be a "normal" experience for me if I didn't forget something as critical to solving math problems as a freaking calculator. And it was all set out with the rest of my stuff that morning, too! Gaw....go figure.

It was still very early (right around 7:15) so I decided I would try to find a grocery store or Target or something. Ha. No such luck in industrial East L.A. I ended up in China Town before deciding I had better head back before I got myself completely'd be much worse if I couldn't even take the test at all than if I just had to take it calculator-less. So, back I trudged, cursing myself for not realizing I didn't have it in my hand when I left the house.

The test itself went all right, in spite of everything. There weren't any problems I couldn't do on paper (I had feared trig problems...sine, cosine, that sort of thing), but it would definitely have been nice to re-check my answers. Ah well. There were a lot more general chemistry sort of calculations than I anticipated; I'd say they made up a good 60% of the total questions, which was a little annoying. Titration equations, dilution equations, etc...they're things I know how to do but I'm no longer all that practiced in them. But at any rate, at least I got a good idea as to what's on the test, so if I do have to take it again in a year or two, I'll know what to expect! Hopefully also, I'll have more preparation time, since my testing notice won't have to bounce to OR and back. ;)

So that was a good chunk of Saturday (4 hour test). The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, with a little bit of cleaning/laundering thrown in. Last night we got a grand total of 5 trick-or-treaters, all in one little group. Ah well...more candy for us! The time change meant it was actually light out when I drove to work this morning; that was kind of cool, I guess. I'll probably be less amused when it starts getting dark as I'm on the way home. All right, I think I'm all caught up, now. Hope everyone has a good week!