10.29.2010

Ohana

Today, the sun was out, my Geology professor handed out candies for Halloween, History class ended extra early, some friends and I visited the mall, I successfully fried eggs for the first time as well as made dinner and had delicious hot chocolate in the presence of good friends. Life is great over at this end.

Missing quite a number of people immensely though. Especially the one I spoke to for over an hour last night who has a heart of pure gold and never fails to teach me the value of selflessness and sheer optimism. More notes to self!

10.26.2010

Peekaboo

Texas.

Moving out of the dorm.

Memorizing rocks and minerals.

Been keeping busy!

God is good!

10.14.2010

J is for Joy

Over the past few days, I have:

1. Strained to identify rocks of campus buildings for a Geology pre-lab assignment (and failed to identify them). Fun!
2. Realized that the chirpy worker at the dining hall is the only one who calls me 'lady'. As in, "Good day, lady!" Made my morning.
3. Relished Subway's exceptionally scrumptious white choc-chip macadamia cookies. So fine.
4. Missed a free concert right outside my dorm due to an upcoming Geology quiz and History mid-term. Pshaw.
5. Found utter peace, not for the first time, in the laundry room at the basement. That place is a haven.
6. Delighted in an unusually terse email by a dearly missed friend. Incredible how an emboldened and yellow-fonted HI!!!!! can induce so much joy. That, and a smiley.
7. Sweated bullets over an English mid-term. Aiyaya.
8. Experienced the brutality of the cold. Without the snow. Yet.
9. Packed for my Texas trip tomorrow. Yeah man.
10. Been so wonderfully blessed.

Life is good. Cheers to the Man Upstairs.

10.11.2010

Looking Up

Today, I had "one of those days". I want to rant tirelessly, most of which has to do with my upcoming History midterm, but then I realize with shame that there is much I can thank God for. So I am going to do the latter.

I thank God for:-

1. Waking me up in time for Geology class. I was standing outside the lecture theater, with the rest who were waiting to enter, for the first time in weeks. Not that I am late every other time. I just happen to have ten minutes to spare after hitting the Snooze button multiple times. That, or the Off button.

2. The lovely weather today. It was neither too hot nor too cold and with how the weather has been lately, this is reason enough to rejoice in Him.

3. The short but satisfying nap I was able to take in between classes. Again, I made it to History class by strolling and not sprinting.

4. Ice-cream! Filled with chunks of cookie dough!

5. A gracious friend who granted me permission to print papers which needed to be printed using said friend's printing account. A huge load was lifted off my shoulders the second the last paper was freshly churned out by the printer.

6. Having yet another friend who actually wanted my opinion on something art-related and valued it enough to go with what I preferred. Despite my mentioning how atrociously terrible I am at anything crafty or artsy. Oy.

7. Just the friendliest general education adviser! I have heard many horrific stories of students being assigned uncool advisers. We spent forty solid minutes going over my degree audit and other semester shenanigans; me shooting out question after question, she answering every single one of them without smacking me in the face once. Her patience astounds me.

8. Compelling me to tell my adviser that I was thinking of Minoring in Math because equations are very much missing in my life right now and they are dearly missed. The first thing she did when I said that was smile at me so widely that I thought I had accidentally blurted out that I was craving for Japanese food instead of what I had intended to say. Then she said that I might have already obtained the Math Minor since I had completed all the required Math courses for my major here. My shock was short-lived when she inspected a sheet of paper and told me that I had two more Math courses to go and the Minor would be good to go. Sweetness.

9. A text message from my mother when I took my second nap of the day. In it contained gentle and loving reminders that I am never carrying all the weight on my own. In fact, I think the Man Upstairs is carrying 99.91% of the weight in my life I always seem to complain about, and I am left with the almost weightless 0.09%. And thus begins my attempt to stop kvetching, for the 328419th time.

10. Family and friends who care and light up my life on a daily basis. It never fails to amaze me how much joy I can always get just by exchanging a sentence or two with someone cherished. Absence makes the heart ache like a knife stabbed to the chest. Repeatedly. It is not too pleasant a feeling. Thankfully, though, they are more present than absent. I am at peace...despite nursing a pseudo-wound. Begone, knife in the chest!

The end of The One-of-those-days Saga begins now. Tomorrow will great! God is always good!

Off to munch on bread! At 3.30AM!

10.10.2010

An Abudance of Tens

Surprisingly, the days here have been getting increasingly eventful. The coming week is going to be my most hectic week yet. Or rather, my first hectic week here. Oy. Naturally, my urge to blog culminates at a time when my to-do list is at its longest. Double oy. Today is 10/10/10. So with that, I shall post about the past 10 days of my life here. You are advised to stop reading once you hit Day 2.

Friday, Day 1 - Attended Moon-Raya, an event celebrating two Malaysian occasions. Since I was part of the organizing committee, I was granted the prestigious job of scooping peanuts onto people's plates. It was gratifying to be of service to people's plates...but not as gratifying as eating the nasi lemak. The Epic Album had also arrived on this day. Listening to it for the first time -and 375th time now- was and still is momentous.

Saturday, Day 2 - Went for the Geology field trip at a park located an hour away from campus. Vacillated between much-needed sleep and utmost dread the entire ride there. Much to my labmate and my relief, the actual field trip once we got there had only taken 45 minutes and not 4 hours as listed in the course syllabus. Yeah man. Feeling equally euphoric and all sorts of joy because we were finally done with it, my labmate who had sat beside me on the bus and I chatted the entire ride home about the awesomeness of languages and unforgotten dreams of setting our feet in different places around the world. And about fish.

Sunday, Day 3 - Unknowingly left my brain back in the dorm when I went to church and had hot chocolate spill all over my shirt because I was holding a ton of stuff. And that is all I am going to say about this catastrophe. Post-church, a few friends and I had Chinese buffet for lunch which was awesome on so many levels; perhaps not so much the food, but the idea of Chinese buffet itself.

Monday, Day 4 - Took the bus to the mall with a friend. Spent several hours there and was at one point surrounded by way too many guns and crossbows for my own sanity. Post-dinner, I got assaulted by said friend who lifted me up into the air out of the blue. My mind hadn't been able to compute the data feed as a result of that and didn't give me a response I direly needed. So I have not responded to the wordless situation. Yet.

Tuesday, Day 5 - Woke up to a text message, sent by my cousin brother, informing me that my birthday package to him -sent a little over a week ago- had arrived. Then the day got even better when my cousin sister informed me that her birthday package -sent almost two months ago- had also finally arrived. Coincidentally, I had just visited the bookstore's post office that morning to rant about a possible missing package and was also about to file a complaint. Thank goodness I hadn't. I was a happy dudette that day.

Wednesday, Day 6 - Went for the NUMSA (Nebraska University Malaysian Student Association) meeting and had the toughest time yet keeping minutes because an hour-long discussion had ensued on Malaysian food. A minimum of three people had also been talking simultaneously at any given moment. The bag of chips which was passed around was the only thing keeping me sane.

Thursday, Day 7 - Walked into Geology lab to discover that the lab TA had hacked off his very cool ponytail for job interviews. He hadn't looked too shaken up about his ponytail no longer being a part of him, but I am positive that he had felt as despondent about it just as I had. The poor ponytail. I was also fooled into lifting my left arm for thirty minutes on this day. My stupidity amazes me every single time. Another highlight of the day was visiting the Japanese eatery! Not to eat but to check out the menu. A tad bit too expensive, I must say. But they have all the key Japanese dishes which my tummy yearneth for.

Friday, Day 8 - Observed a friend-cum-chef make sambal -the most essential ingredient in a nasi lemak- and authentic Indian chicken curry. I think I kind of know how to make sambal now...but I need to learn how to use the stove first. But other than that, I think I am on my way to being a professional sambal-maker. Cue tears of laughter.

Saturday, Day 9 - Had lovely Malaysian and American food at a church member's nifty place. Was enjoying myself for the most part until the American board game called Quelf was whipped out from the abyss of death and the horror began. The pain I had gone through was and still is unfathomable.

Sunday, Day 10 - This morning, I was blessed by the message shared in church. Then evening came, and it was time for the mini-gathering involving homemade Chinese food. I made the wrong move by deciding to nap an hour before the gathering and almost missed out on mouthwatering chicken rice and chicken curry if it hadn't been for a friend who kept calling for me to go. And thank goodness I went. Delicious!

I suppose when I said eventful, I may have meant food-filled. Next week is going to be brutal...especially the first half of Friday when I have a Geology quiz, History midterm and English midterm back-to-back. And then a plane to catch to Texas. Haw haw.

[Note: The moment of 10.10PM of 10/10/10 passed by as I was typing this post. Psh.]