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Thursday, July 30th, 2009
2:00 pm
Update since i've been away awhile
I haven't really written anything at all in quite awhile, but I'm going to start up again, mainly as a way of keeping my family informed as to what is occurring in my life as of late.
Since my last post, I have graduated from the Community College I was attending, transferred to a four year university, declared a major in history, and just within the past few weeks, changed that major to International Trade.

That being said, one of the events that led me to change my major was a four week language immersion program in which I took part, in Shanghai. There is a lot to say about this trip, and as of yet, I haven't particularly haven't written anything. So, here it goes.

I took part in this trip with a group of eleven other students. We were all American, except for one girl from Tokyo that is studying at my university. The other semi-exception would be one guy who was adopted from Korea when he was a baby. As one guy on the trip said, "he's a banana. Yellow on the outside, but white on the inside."

There were a few times in which i was with these two trying to get us where we needed to go. Which,let me tell you, being obviously American, going around Shanghai with two Asians, and being the one who can best communicate with the cab driver, is a very interesting experience. At least, it was humorous to me personally. I had taken one more semester of Chinese than either of them, and while the Japanese girl definitely had me beat as far as writing was concerned, she didn't speak particularly fluidly.

Most of the trip was confined to the city of Shanghai, which, being the second largest city in the world (in terms of population) we managed to find ways to entertain ourselves. We did have a few ventures outside of Shanghai. We went to Suzhuo, which is a nearby city, and I'm still not sure what was particularly significant about it, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Additionally, we took a train to the city of Nanjing. The literal translation of "Nanjing" is "Southern Capitol." Nanjing was actually the Capitol of China before Beijing, throughout many of the dynasties, and most significantly in recent history, during the period of the Nationalist government, which preceded the communist regime of Mao Ze-Dong. It was an interesting city to go to, but many in my group felt that it was to played up to tourism. However, while there, we met the parents of one of my instructors, ate what was quite possibly the worst food I have ever tasted(It included stinky tofu and coagulated duck's blood, if that gives you any idea), and went to visit the Nanjing Holocaust museum. i.e. Just to clarify, it was a museum about the events that occurred when Japan overtook the city in 1937.

The last pace we visited outside of Shanghai, was a city called Zhu Jia Jiao. It is a water city, I believe, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the East. We went on A boat ride through the Canals there, and it was all in all a very enjoyable time as well.

However, what seemed to occupy most of our time was drinking. We drank, A LOT. It was hard not too. We could get massive bottles of beer for roughly fifty cents downstairs, inside of our dorm. Of course we celebrated this good fortune one night, by using our bed frames to make a table to play beer pong. unfortunately we got in trouble for having it in the hall, and subsequently had to move it into the room I was staying in. Fun times.

Among other things, I actually got to perform at an Open Mike Night at a blues club there. One of my instructors, also happened to be there, with an old friend he had met when he lived in Shanghai years ago. She works with one of the arts stations on the radio, and according to him, she said that if i ever come back to Shanghai for very long, then shed be interested in letting me go on the radio.

There were a myriad of other things that we did there, but as this post is already becoming fairly lengthy, I believe it may be best of I continue this particular diatribe at another time.

All in all, at the moment life seems to be looking pretty good. I'm getting things set up for my fall semester, helping my mom get ready for when I won't be so readily available, and, for the moment, my grandparents are in good health. Thus, do things appear to be going fairly well for me. Although, I'm sure that once the semester begins, things will become infinitely more complicated, as they usually do, but I'll deal with that when I have to.
Monday, October 2nd, 2006
5:24 pm
MY sister finally contacted me! I'm so ecstatic! Though she really didn't write in any real length, it's always nice to hear from her. I really don't have much to say now. I spoke with my best friend the other day, he joined the Navy after high school and just got out of boot camp, so I'm also excited about having the opprotunity to speak with him. He couldn't really talk long, so I'm hoping we'll get to have a better conversation later in the week.

Other than that stuff I really don't have much to say. I could gripe about schoolwork, but my father reads this and would be quick to point out that it's really my fault for not managing my time better, which I know, but sometimes it's nice to just gripe about things. At any rate, yeah, school still sucks.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, September 29th, 2006
11:24 am
Update on Nothin'
I once again am left with very little to actually address. I really should be doing something for English class right now, but I am attempting to get in the habit of updating frequently so that my sister will know what is going on back home. Really it is her fault for moving away in the first place. I mean, come on, the best way to know what’s going on at home is to stay home, right?
I am a little ticked at her at the moment, however, because she keeps responding to my page long e-mails with paragraph long e-mails. I know that she’s busy and all, but so am I. It’s not so bad really; there are a lot of things that I just can’t discuss with anyone but my sister. At least I get to open up to her rather than a bunch of strangers on the internet who might just be reading my LJ because they are bored.
At any rate, there really isn’t much for me to discuss, so I think that I’ll start working on that annoying school thing now.
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
1:21 pm
Well, I don’t really have anything to address at the moment. I did just feel a muscle pop very uncomfortably in my leg though. Not pleasant. At any rate I’m mostly over it after all of two seconds. I have to go to my intro to sociology class in about an hour. Yeah, I really don’t want to have to go. Ah well, what can you do? I wish that I could say that there was really a whole lot going on at the moment, but I kind of can’t. My cousin is getting married on Saturday, and I will be going to her wedding (even though I have an English paper due).Other than that I can’t really think of anything. My sister is in Taiwan doing missions and I think that that is really cool. Other than that, nothing.
Friday, September 8th, 2006
3:07 pm
Well, today was pretty typical I guess. I went to public speaking class. I think the instructor is totally unreasonable because he seems to actually want us to, you know, speak. (He’s crazy, right?) After that I had a two hour break that I sort of wasted, but I didn’t really have anything super important to do, and it doesn’t seem to have hurt me any.

Then it was off to English class where I have more knowledge than any of the mere mortals attending with me HAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I know, I’m just that awesome. Following which I went to American history (I think we were discussing something about the English colonists and slavery).

Then it was time for Western Civilization. 2. We got to learn about Fredrick the II (apparently he was gay), and that he was prone to beating officials with a stick. Kind of sounds like someone that I know… (Well, maybe not the gay part). Then I get to be here, and write about the day I had that no one really cares about, as I can tell from the lack of comments I get.

Other than that all I really have to say is to my sister. Find out how much a laptop costs in Taiwan, and tell dad. Please.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, August 25th, 2006
10:52 am
Well, I’m back in school now. I guess it’s not so bad. Finals are a ways off so I think that I’ll be able to resist the overwhelming urge to end my life rather than take them for at least a little while.

Obviously I’m kidding. I’d probably hatch some diabolical plan with my friends to steal all the final exams, get to the school to do it and find out that I was the only one who was serious, decide to try and do it anyway, screw up abysmally and ultimately get an F in all my courses so as to have to retake them all next semester.

I know that J wishes I would so he could laugh at me maniacally and scream “who is the stupid one now? Squee!” The squee thing is a private joke so anybody else who reads this (which there probably isn’t anybody else who reads this), don’t even worry about it, although his girlfriend might get it.

Otherwise I have very little to write about. Mostly I’m just in the writing center being bored. Maybe I’ll start working on that plan to steal all the final exams next.

Current Mood: diabolical
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
4:29 pm
Drabble for WriterCon
Well, I wrote a drabble for the Buffyverse. I'm planning on going to WriterCon in about ten days, and thought that I should actually contribute something.

New drabble — BuffyCollapse )

Okay, three more should be enough to justify my existence at the 'Con.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
7:36 am
Your Brain is 67% Female, 33% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!

This might support the claim of this quiz, but I think I'm gonna cry. :)

Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, May 8th, 2006
2:57 pm
Your Deadly Sins
Greed: 20%
Lust: 20%
Sloth: 20%
Wrath: 20%
Envy: 0%
Gluttony: 0%
Pride: 0%
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 11%
You'll die in a shuttle crash, on your way to your resort on the moon.

Wow, I am equally greedy, lustful, lazy, and vengeful. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but I suppose that roughly 20% of my personality is evil.
I'm human so that's probably about right.

Your Scholastic Strength Is Deep Thinking

You aren't afraid to delve head first into a difficult subject, with mastery as your goal.

You are talented at adapting, motivating others, managing resources, and analyzing risk.

You should major in:






Foreign language

My family probably agrees with this.
Monday, April 24th, 2006
12:19 pm
I got an A!
I never did get to put this in. I got my Western Civ test back Friday, and it is now Monday, but I aactually managed a 96% on it. Of course my mom was on my case about how I should have gotten 100, but she may have been joking. My mom has a very unique sense of humor.

At any rate, I am really proud of myself. Beyond that I really don't have much going on though. Still aticipating/dreading finals week.

Current Mood: Proud of myself
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
3:45 pm
Extra time
I had a little bit of time before my Computer Applications class, and decided to spend it meticulously updating my live journal. Ah I have so much I could tell you all! I woke up this morning, came to class, and spent the better part of the day wishing I wasn't in class.

College is fun huh, only place I know of that you pay other people to possibly give you bad grades. My instructors don't seem to comprehend that I pay part of their salary. I did mention this to an instructor once, and they told me that if I was their boss, they needed a raise. (At least humor thrives somewhere on campus).

Actually I rather enjoy my classes, it is the assignments that I hate. In college I (meaning my mom) pay to learn, and do most of the required work at home. Go figure. If I just did it all in class there wouldn't be a problem, but at home I face many distractions.

Anyway, I think that I have sufficiently ranted o the deviousness of the educational system. On the bright side the semester is almost over (if I can overcome the urge to kill myself before finals week).

Current Mood: irritated
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
2:08 pm
It is amazing to me how I can turn out papers for my classes at the last minute. I need to develop better habits, because i tend to wait until the last minute. Unfortunately it is when the time crunch hits that I am actually able to come p with an idea. The downside of this is thawt I FINALLY have an idea, but not enough time to put in the work necessary to make the paper look really good. I do need to develop better study habits, but being lazy just seems easier.

I'll start now, and hopefully I will be able to do better next semester (that way my papers won't just meet the standards of mediocrity they fall into now). Although I am a little proud that I can turn out a decent paper in forty minutes (I gave myself an hour before class, and got done early, and decided to update my journal). I know my dad reads this so, I will say that this paper actually turned out pretty good.

Current Mood: productive
Monday, April 17th, 2006
4:21 pm
Language quiz
I saw this in aadler_'s journal and thought that I would give it a try. I didn't compare quite as well as he did, but I don't think that I did horribly (especially considering the fact that I have an Arkansas education).

You scored 100% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 86% Advanced, and 73% Expert!
You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.
Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 72% on Beginner

You scored higher than 21% on Intermediate

You scored higher than 25% on Advanced

You scored higher than 42% on Expert

If you liked my test, send it to your friends!

Current Mood: accomplished
3:54 pm
My Glorious Day
Today was very productive. I woke up an hour early so I could read the section for my Western Civ quiz today, only the quiz is NEXT Monday. It was actually a stroke of luck on my part, because not only did I study for a quiz that was not today, I studied the wrong section of the book for a quiz that wasn't today.

i really hate myself for not reading my notes more thoroughly sometimes. Great thing was that today in Biology we got to make up a lab that we had missed because of the Spring Fling. (They had canceled all classes to have it, and it rained so all we really did was eat the free food. They moved the game stuff to the following Friday, but they didn't cancel classes again, so I didn't get to go).

I've got my Computer Apps. class next, which is always fun, because I get to sit for an hour and fifteen minutes, and listen to my stomach growl because I am hungry. Both looking forward too and dreading finals. I don't know which will win out, my anticipation or my fear (such conflict). Oh well, just doing my part to keep prayer in school (most commonly the "God, please don't let me fail this test" prayer).

Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
12:41 pm
My other new quiz thingy
Most of these are purely too make you laugh. The ones about world domination, and subjugating everyone to slavery are not.

Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18 and find line 4.
“Akkadian contribution was to use Sumerian ideas and” Why did you want to know that?

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what do you find?
I will not. The big black dude sitting next to me probably would not like that.

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Talking, typing and more talking. Oh wait the second set of talking may just be in my head.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Like 15 minutes ago when I was walking to the computer lab that I am now in.

Before starting this survey, what did you look at?
sroni2004’s live journal, cause that is where I got this quiz from.

What are you wearing?
Oh, you want to be like that.

Did you dream last night?

When did you last laugh?
out loud? I don’t remember. In my head I laugh everytime I think of conquering the world, and subjugating you all to servitude of me (a great honor for you if you think about it).

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
posters and a dry erase board.

Seen anything weird lately?
my reflection?

What do you think of this quiz?
I think that it is stupid… and yet I can’t tear myself away.

What is the last film you saw?
Who cares about the past. I am the future.

If you turned a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
weapons to support my plans for global conquest! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I hate you, did you know that?

If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt and politics, what would you do?
The freedom of stupid people to put crap on the web.

Do you like to dance?
One of my friends is Baptist. I dance to mock him.

Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
What name could possibly describe my precious daughter?

Imagine your first child is a boy, what would you call him?
Johnathan Silas (I don’t love him as much).

Would you ever consider living abroad?
If God so calls me.

What would you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
unfotunately ther was a clerical error, and we let your sister in too. (I love my sister). :)

Current Mood: amused
12:14 pm
Weapon specialist
I saw that railtherogue did this a while back, and decided it might be fun to see what kind of specialist I would be, so here it is.

You scored as Shock trooper.
You are the shock trooper, great to cause shock and awe to the enemies. You cover your buddies at close range with your trusty shot gun, and when the going gets rough, you get tougher with grenades, and quick thinking of the area surrounding you. The close combat is what you live for, and probably what you'll die for.
Shock trooper

Heavy weapons

Dang! I never can get it to paste in the cool format! I need to get J to show me how too. Oh well, tremble in fear of me, for if you ever see me you are dead 2 seconds later and all that stuff. bwa ha ha ha ha ha (my melancholic evil laugh).

Current Mood: disappointed
2:25 am
Hee Hee! I just friend-ed myself so that I would look more popular. If you look to closely though you'll realize that I'm really more pathetic. Don't you judge me! I judge you! Just cause I'm only friend of 4 (counting myself) doesn't give you the right to think lowly of me!

I already think so badly of myself, that nothing you think could change my opinion, so there! ...Wait a second. Ow that last comment I made hurt my feelings. Oh well, I;m not apologizing to myself, cause that would just seem kind of neurotic.

Current Mood: crazy
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
5:51 pm
Quiz thingy
Seems a little personal, but what the heck, only 3 people read it anyway.
It does make me feel lonely though. See my mood icon? Lonely. (The icon is at the bottom of the page).

1) Single, Crushin', Interested, or in a Relationship?


2) Are you happy with where you are?

I suppose that I am.

3) When you meet the right person, do you fall fast?

Sort of.

4) Have you ever had your heart broken?

I think that I might have… once… a year ago.

5) Do you believe that there are certain circumstances where cheating is acceptable?


6) Would you ever take someone back if they cheated on you?

If they told me about it, prayed for forgiveness, and told me they never would again.

7) Have you talked about marriage with another person?

With someone that I could I marry? No.

8) Do you want children?


9) How many?

A nice even number, so either 2 or 4.

10) Would you consider adoption?


11) If somebody liked you right now, what do you think a cool way to let you know would be?

Telling me would probably be a good start.

12) Do you enjoy playing hard to get?

I never have. And yet…

13) Be honest, do you play the "game" when you are dating?

Don’t know, never dated.

14) Do you believe love at first sight exists?

I believe that love is something you realize over time.

15) Are you a romantic?

Don’t know. Never dated. I hope so.

16) Do you believe that you can change someone?

I believe that someone can change if they are willing to work hard at it.

17) If you could get married anywhere, money not an object, where would it be?


18) Sex buddies - good or bad?

I believe sex is something that should only exist between a husband and wife.

19) Do you easily give in when you are fighting?

If I am wrong, and there is irrefutable evidence of my wrongness.

20) Do you have feelings for someone right now, whether they know or not?


21) Have u ever wished u could've had someone but u messed that up?

Not really, they just weren't interested.

22) Have you ever broken a heart?


23)What will happen if u come home and find another person in bed with your boy/girl?

I would be extremely hurt, and hate myself for not being enough to make her happy.

24) Would u ever fight somebody over your significant other?

Why would I fight someone? She either chooses me, or she doesn’t

25) How do you feel about your exes?

Reiterating once more, NEVER DATED!

Current Mood: lonely
6:18 am
Okay, I keep finding new ways to customize this thing, so really the sole purpose of this entry is to check out some new things I did, and see if they work. Though it would be great to hear from any of my four friends (I know people). anyway I'm gonna stop now so that I can check it out.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, April 10th, 2006
2:35 pm
Today is a less than happy day. I got my biology test back today, and got a bad grade. I will not tell you what it was because then you would make me feel all bad about myself, and I would be led one step closer to pursuing how my quiz said that I would die. As I am rather fond of life at the moment, I have chosen to refrain.

I think that I might actually have one whole friend now. My day just improved infinitely. Yay Me! Anyway I have to go now.
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