a string to connect pieces of my life

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Saw 3

Watching horror movie with Jia equals to giving her chance to make fun of me all the time. Unfortunately, I couldn't break this pattern today.

Even before the movie began, I started to close my eyes during the previews. You know, previews before a horror movie are the previews for other horror movies. They could be very scary.

Though I managed my way through the whole movie (BTW, Brian and Jia know what my way of watching horror movies is), my stomach was twisted and my fingers were freezed by fears. Oh, why did I do such things to torture my nerves?

After getting out of Showcase theatre, I told Jia that everyone looked suspicious after I watched the movie. So I was sitting in my car, pulled out some chocolate and Jia suddenly appeared by my window. Well, she certainly got me. :(

Now back to the movie itself. It is good. To me its rating is between Saw 1 and Saw 2. And it's a movie more about forgiveness and grace and humanity than just killing and horror, though sometimes it's pretty bloody and gross.

how I love this city

Beal Avenue

From the parking structure at Central Campus

Thursday, October 26, 2006

something beautiful

This was taken by one of my friends in China. She just got married. She told me that her husband fulfilled all her dream for a guy.

Her another dream is to be a professional photographer.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

# 97

I can't believe it's Sunday night again. Happy times is always short. Well, for me, now the miserable time seems short too because I need it to get things done but I never got them done as I planned.

It has been a relaxing but unproductive weekend. I slept a lot, ate a lot, had potbelly twice, went to two parties, bought a few books online, had dinner with Xin, and even cooked.

On my friend's birthday party, I saw tricky candles for the first time, so it was quite hilarious for me. I held a 6-month old baby for one hour and chased my friend's cat around (btw, these two didn't happen simultaneously). It amazed me how the personalities of cats vary, although they do have one thing in common---usually they are quite annoyed by me.

My stomach is less sensitive in winter (I think it's winter now, especially at night). I don't feel hungry as often as I used to. At the same time, I can eat a lot without feeling full, which is not a very good thing.

Like this evening, I came home, cooked a few dishes and started to have dinner. Then I looked at the clock. It's not even 6pm yet, and I just had lunch around 2:30pm. I finished my food anyway. It didn't bother my stomach at all. Actually, I am feeling the same as before I had dinner. What a waste!

There are two things to expect for the next weekend. One is that our friend Jillian is coming back to town for a short visit, so we are going to have some quality time together. Another thing is that Saw 3 will be released on the coming Friday. Pretty exciting, eh?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hey, someone

please come fix my data, make good sense out of them and write my thesis for me.

It is getting cold. And I miss my parents a lot. My mom offered to come again before her visa expires, but my life is so unstable right now that I don't really want her to worry about me.

I bought a lot of candies from the grocery store today. I need them to make my life sweeter.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

it's all good

I just went to the exercise room upstairs and killed some calories. Although the output is much less than the input tonight, which was a full dish of pasta and a large slice of cheesecake, I did get rid of some of my guilt. BTW, I love the Cheesecake Factory.

It has been a fine day. I did nothing except eating, watching TV and shopping. I was going to listen to a few talks, but the movie "I am Sam" was on TV. It kept me in my room until all the interesting sessions finished. Too bad.

The weather was great today. In the afternoon, Rui and I and another two girls went to the "center of Kansas City"--- a huge outdoor shopping mall. We didn't really buy anything. It was simply nice walking along the street and chatting.

Kansas City would be a good place to live. I have no idea how safe it is or how the economy is. From what I have seen, it is very clean and beautiful. Most people I met were nice. As a large city, the population is low, I guess, because we didn't see many people or much traffic.

It is interesting that the city is divided by the Missouri River into two parts. The east belongs to the state of Missouri, and the west belongs to Kansas. It must be a big headache to the city council because they have to deal with two states. From our hotel room, we have a awesome view of the whole city.

Although the first couple of days were very stressful and tiring, and frustrating because of the job fair, Rui and I both agreed that it's a wise decision to come to the conference. Some of the talks were very down to earth. We practised our interpersonal skills and had a good taste of our long and painful job-hunting process.

The big bonus is that I made a couple of friends here. Actually, I met one of the girls long ago, but not until this trip did we have chance to truly know each other. We shared some thoughts last night and hung out a lot today. It was great fun.

All in all, I am quite grateful for being here. Well, maybe it's just the cheesecake talking. Or life might be amazing. You never know.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

it's a long day

I am very tired, so I am going to use list in order to avoid the liability of being logical.

1. Career fair sucks, no matter where it is. Actually, it is relatively nicer here because there are less applicants. If you are lucky, you can get an interview right away. But it still sucks.

2. The "sleep number" bed is very comfortable. This is the only thing I enjoy in this Radisson Hotel.

3. Women are everywhere. I think the number of women in Kansas City must have been doubled by this conference.

4. Everyone was dressed so formally. I was the only person who wore blue jeans at the conference, so I had to come back to my hotel room and change. They call this "being prepared for opportunities". Shoot! We are engineers.

5. Being a recruiter is nice. Those young girls came to our booth and talked to us so politely. I didn't need to worry about not being smart or impressive enough. That's great. I really should pursue a career in HR.

6. Traffic here is crazy. Well, there is not much traffic, but the way people drive their cars are like that in China. You have to be very careful regardless of the traffic light, because other people don't seem to pay attention to it.

7. I love sweet potato fries. Rui discovered this in the restaurant in our hotel yesterday. We were hooked to it instantly. Tonight we simply ordered it for our dinner. The waiters were kind of upset because it only costs 2 dollars.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

bounce back

Life has been overwhelming to me. Yesterday I decided to take my mind off all the things that had caused me stress. I cleaned my house, did my laundry, cooked some food, and read some books.

The weather was so terrific that it could be a crime if I didn't go out running. So I did. And I passed my pinchpoint. Though I felt I could go on and on, I stopped and turned back after I reached Huron Parkway. It turned out to be a wise decision, because my body is sore all over.

I am much happier today. Probably the happiest day ever since I came back from Memphis.

I don't know what will happen tomorrow. Now I am simply glad that I was able to get through another round of trials.