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Monday, September 29, 2003

Due to various issues, mostly Blogger's lack of RSS feed and my inability to upgrade to GET RSS feed, I'm moving this blog to LiveJournal. You'll be taken to the new page shortly, or you can click here to be taken there immediately. It'll probably take me a few days to get the template recreated over there, but other than that, things should pretty much business as usual.

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/// Alli

Frozen in time at 8:08 PM

Sunday, September 28, 2003

For some reason, the epitome of eloquence that I can muster right now is "I am hungry." I guess three hours of painting picture frames and singing along under my breath to karaoke is pretty draining.

By the time the big group had shrunken down to about thirty or forty people, I was wishing I had my music with me so I could sing along with one of the songs I know well. I'm not too sure how they would have taken the kind of music I like to listen to, though...

*shrugs*

Maybe I'll practice a lot one on of mine and Erik's songs. I could probably do "Hanging by a Moment" pretty decently...or "Colorful"...hmm...

This was the Not-Your-Old-Fashioned Coffeehouse, and it's a bi-weekly event, so I've got a couple weeks to plan and practice. Don't know where I'll be able to find somewhere to practice that I won't have to worry about being overheard, though...

Gods, I've barely been at college a week, and it's already purging me of my wallflower tendencies... :p
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 10:36 PM

Gotta love Uno at two in the morning. . .

Got dragged into an Uno game (ah the hell with it. I went in willingly. *grin*) at two this morning. We three games, lasting until about 3:00. The third game...oh man. We were going to call it quits after the second, but a couple of us said "Oh, just one more quick game, then we'll go to bed." So, we deal another round.

Quick game...ha...this game lasted about the length of both of the first games combined. Monica was starting to fall asleep on the table, we've all got so many cards we can barely hold them. FINALLY Monica calls Uno...and everyone shouts "No one give her a Draw Two or a Draw Four!" So the turns go around the table, it gets back to Monica, and she has to draw cards. Everyone groans. Luckily, the first card she draws is a wild. She puts it down and says "Green." Everyone says "KEEP IT ON GREEN!!!" We play around the tabel, it's pretty easy to keep it on green since we've all got about twenty cards each, and it gets to Diana, who's the last person before Monica. She says, "But I don't have any green cards!"

So everyone throws their green cards at her. "HERE!" :p Very fun. Wasn't tired once the game was over, so I came back to my room and wrote for about an hour before heading to bed. It was fun night. :)
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 8:10 AM

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Had the CRAZIEST conversation on my way back from the kitchen tonight. I had made a cup of tea in the microwave, and ran into Mike and another girl from our dorm on the way back. The ensuing conversation:

"What'cha make?"
"Tea."
"Ahh. Cool." *pause. We walk back to the dorm.* "So, what's the tea for."
"Um. Drinking."
"Well, I figured that."
*shrugs* "Because I like tea."
"Ah. I don't like tea. Tea's bad for you."
"Uh, pardon me?"
"Yeah, it's bad for you. Like vegetables."
*from the other girl walking with us* "It's all about broccoli, man."
"No way, it's all about FRUIT. Green stuffs BAD for you. Like tea."
*me* "But it's got caffeine in it."
"It does??"
"Yeah."
"I thought tea didn't have caffeine."
"Hell yeah, it does. Most tea has caffeine in it, unless it's herbal, or decaffeinated."
"Man. That's what PEPSI's for. You want caffeine, just go get a PEPSI."
"But it doesn't cost me a dollar twenty five for a glass of tea..."

And then, as I'm waiting for my tea to steep, there's a knock on the suite door. I go and open it, it's one of my suitemates. She's locked herself out. Normally, you're allowed to get a temporary room key three times per quarter before they start charging you, except it's after office hours, which means it's a $20.00 fee. I offered to let her use Shubhra's bed, since Shubhra's spending the weekend with her sister, and she can get the temp key in the morning once the office is open, when it's free. So, I've got a temporary roommate tonight. :P
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 9:13 PM

Friday, September 26, 2003

Shared Thoughts #5

I am Mitsu Bachi, Alli's cat and the resident Queen of this household. I have been Alli's cat since I was a little kitten. I kind of like her, but I have to play aloof, or she might get the wrong idea. Cats have to have their alone time to preen and nap, you know. Humans have no concept of when it is inappropriate to interrupt a cat.

I do like her, though. Now that Fat Jack the Intruder has found her own home, Alli's door is open at night again. She likes to bring me in her room when she goes to bed at night. I tolerate it, because I know she's just trying to show that she loves me. But I show my disapproval of her methods by crouching in the corner and glaring at her until she falls asleep.

Once she's asleep, though, I usually climb up on her rear or curl up against her back. I'm a social creature. I like the company, even if I can't let my human know that.

Things were getting weird lately, though. Alli started rearranging her things. All of the fun, small pieces of clutter she had around her room disappeared. I didn't have anything to play with anymore. This made me very insecure, so I started spending more time with Alli. She likes to sit on the couch with her laptop, so I join her and curl up by her hip. Occasionally I walk across her keyboard, or if I'm not feeling talkative, just thwap it with my tail. I like to make my presence known to the other humans she talks to on the computer. She likes to share my pictures with them, and they like to aww over me and scritch me. I like scritches.

Alli disappeared recently. I haven't been able to find her, and I miss her company while I sleep. I still sleep curled up on her bed sometimes, thinking she's just acting like a cat and staying up until morning on her computer. Maybe when she comes back, I won't glare at her quite so much when she picks me up and curls me up on her lap. I'd really rather not have to start from scratch training her little sister.
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 10:03 PM

Today's totaly cool compliment:

"People are weird. Like you."

Said to me by Dylan, Resident Comedian, who I accompanied down to the bookstore because I didn't really have anything better to do. He's a riot. :) And he gave me his recepit! *sniffles* I'm so touched...
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 3:14 PM

Thursday, September 25, 2003

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What's your sexual appeal?
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Hahahahaha! Wallflower charms, no kidding! Gods, I think this has me down to a T! :p

It was actually a *close* tie--one question--between this and "Innocent", which talks about being wide-eyed and innocent...or at least appearing that way. "You may be fooling all of us." *grin* Yeah, that too...I only ACT innocent. For those of you who know me...bwahaha, guttermind central. :p
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 8:26 PM

I Have Found Heaven, And It Is Called The UCI Main Library.

Seriously. I went down to the main library today to activate my library card. First off, this thing is bloody HUGE. Like, five or six or more stories. I was in heavan already. And THEN I started reading the rules and things.

Most libraries, you can check out books for a week or two. At the UCI library, you check them out for twenty-eight days!!! :o

Most libraries, you have a limit on the number of books you can check out. At the UCI library, at least for UCI students, there is no limit. I could check out the whole bloody library if the mood struck me. I don't know where I'd store all the books in this little dorm room, but I could check 'em out.

*swoons*
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 2:37 PM

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Very Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Wow...a virgin in the second level of hell? *falls on the floor laughing*
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 10:52 AM

Well, I spent most of this morning using the excuse of changing my blog template to procrastinate on writing... ;) Anyways, I'm very happy with this template. Much more me than the *shudder, gasp, ick* pastels I had before. It's goth! Purries! :D *boings* /// Alli

Frozen in time at 10:40 AM

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Whew. Busy day today--or at least the afternoon. Headed out with a bunch of friends around noon for lunch, got back just in time for the hall meeting that gathered everyone up to head across campus to the program "Unspeakable Acts", about sexual assault. Very intense. Wow. After that, we went out to the Plelennor Fields (? Something like that. Tolkein buffs are gonna kill me if I slaughtered that, I'm sure... :P) for the Battle of the Clusters. Basically, the halls in Middle Earth are arranged into different "clusters", each with their own theme. My hall, Shadowfax, is part of the academic cluster, and our cluster color is red. So, everyone dressed up in their cluster color and went out to the fields, and there was a spirit competition where each cluster recited their cluster chant (We won *grin*), then a weird game where you have a rope laid out splitting the field into two, members from one cluster on one side, members from another cluster on the other, and a whole bunch of small whiffle-ball looking things on the ground. The point of the game is to get as many of the balls as possible onto the other team's half of the field. (We lost). Then there was crab soccer, where you run around on the field doing the crab walk and kicking a huuuuge beach ball around. (We won--and we also killed the first ball. Completely punctured and deflated it. :p) Then was some sort of cheering competition for "Gandalf's Stick"--we lost. After that was a competition where your team stands in a line, with a big tub full of water at the front, and a big empty tub at the back, and a small bucket punctured with holes is used to scoop up water, then is passed over the heads of the people in line, and finally whatever's left is dumped into the empty tub at the end. This is repeated until the tub is full. (We won. :) ) After that points were tallied, and A-Team won overall. Yayyyyyy!!! :D

Came back just long enough to drop stuff off and for those who had decorated themselves in red face paint to (attempt to) wash it off. My roommate had streaks of it above her cheeks, a bit like you see football players do, and the poor girl got a tan while we were out there...so now she has pale streaks across her cheeks. She's been using foundation to cover it up.

After that we headed out to dinner--tried the Brandywine Commons, since none of us had been there yet. Food's just as good as Pippin, but the selection isn't as varied. Met Eric there (aerospace engineer I danced with at the Dance With M.E. thing I blogged about earlier) and he hung out with us. There were about 13 of us total--had to push *three* tables together. :p

And now I'm back and have dropped my freshman seminar class and enrolled in the Interpersonal Relationships class that's being held in Middle Earth. I'll have to return the book for the freshman seminar tomorrow. I sure am getting my exercise for the week in... Yeesh!
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 7:01 PM

Monday, 9/22/03, 7:30 pm

It feels like I spent all of today walking. Back and forth, back and forth...I now know the path from Shadowfax to the Student Center very, very well. I bought my textbooxs for this quarter today. $320, and I've still got one left that I didn't realize I needed.

And I've learned some things, even in just the two days that I've been here. First is that all it takes to turn Quiet, Shy, Wallflower-Me into an extrovert is the mention of the words "Swing dancing" within my hearing. I spent two hours last night swing dancing with a very nice guy who also happens to be an SFF writer. He's also majoring in aerospace engineering. o_O And he thought my double major in anthropology and classical civilizations was impressive!

Which segues into my next two revelations. 2) The much more common, far more socially acceptable version of "What's your sign?" in college is "What's your major?". 3) It doesn't matter who it is. If you tell them you're double majoring in anthropology and classical civilizations, their reaction is either going to be "Woooooooow..." or "Daaaaaaaang!"

4) The infamous Freshman Fifteen is not caused by sitting on your bed studying all day--if you try to tell this to me after I just spent the day walking back and forth and back and forth across campus, I'm going to laugh in your face. It's caused by unlimited choices in the dining hall, and an unlimited supply of whatever you do choose. I ate about twice as much as I usually do for dinner tonight, simply because it all looked so good. (And, to all you skeptics out there, I'll have you know that the food in the Commons is verrrry good. :p)

So far, I really, really like dorm life. I'd never be considered an extrovert, by any stretch of the imagination, but I really like having a bunch of people all living together, connected by something in common. I don't know about the rest of the dorm, but our suite (a hall connecting a bathroom with five double rooms and one triple) tends to have an open door policy. 95% of the time, if people are awake and in their rooms, they've got their doors open. I like having friends be able to just stick their heads in and say hi, invite me to lunch, etc. I like the sense of community, especially in relation to how huge the school is. It makes it less intimidating, and I don't feel like an ant in an anthill, lost among the thousands of other students wandering around. This is a lot how I imagine a writing community would be like, so I'm really enjoying it.

That's all for now. I'm writing this at 7:30 on Monday night, but I'm going to have to post it later--I'm having major internet connection issues.
/// Alli

Frozen in time at 8:37 AM