a string to connect pieces of my life

Friday, October 31, 2008

new home

The movers came around 3pm. It took them 1 hour and 15 mins to move all my stuff. Although I didn't need to do much besides packing and cleaning, I still feel pretty beat.

Since I had a really bad experience last time I moved, I prepared early this time. In general it hasn't been too much a hassle to me. Occasionally the feeling of being helpless came back to haunt me, which would lead me to some resentment and bitterness. But I was able to fight it.

Now the living room is totally invaded by my stuff. I have a lot of work to do before the place can look decent enough again.

This apartment has a stunning view. Also, it is probably the most furnitured apartment I have ever lived. I bought two throw pillows for the couch, with which I believe I will spend a lot of quality time. So now it is super comfortable to lie down in it. And my roommate and I both love food, a lot.

It will be good.

the beautiful view outside our living room window

the comfy throw pillows I bought for the couch

one of the many home-improvement projects: the shelf I bought to expand the usable space in the bathroom. It took me 40 mins to assemble it and realize that I had to re-do it all over because I started out wrong.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Rui is coming to AA today to visit me. I have made my plan to feed her well. Maybe I will add a little bit shopping, catching a movie, playing some wii, etc.

Can't wait to see her again. Counting down now...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


This has been how I feel about my life.

I know I have been blessed with a lot of things or people who love me sincerely. The problem is that there is something missing in my life. I thought I didn't need that, but I was wrong. I want a sense of accomplishment.

I guess this is nothing new. Maybe 90% of people struggle with the same issue.

I haven't been very productive at work. In the past I called myself lazy. But the truth is that I could be a very good worker. And I was, when I was motivated.

I don't know what God's plan for me is. I am waiting here very impatiently.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

a busy week

It has been a busy week for me. Besides my regular work hours, every single night of the week was occupied.

There were a few highlights.

--- On Monday night, we had an awesome, 5-hour long lifegroup.

--- Trudi was in Michigan to visit her mom. So I drove to her house to see her on Thursday night. I was forced to watch a little bit hockey. Then we played Pacman in her basement. I was very impressed by her game skills.

--- Eric came back to AA and bought me lunch on Friday. He has been doing pretty well. It was good to catch up with him.

--- I bought a North Face down jacket at Woodbury, and I love it.

--- Today my husband and I tried different casual Chinese dishes in Flushing. We were both happy with what we had. Also, they cost less than $5/each.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

unexpected trip

I came back from St. Louis to Ann Arbor around 11pm last night.

It was a totally unexpected 4-day trip due to the randomness of my professor. I didn't know I was going until 11am the same day I was driving there. I had to drop everything and hurry to rent car, book hotel rooms and go home and pack. And then I had to drive 8+ hours to St. Louis. I had to miss going to the football game with my friends. I had to sneak into the room to listen to the talks because we didn't register.

Fortunately there was some good outcome from this trip. I got to chat with some people who work in our area. I was getting a clearer idea of the labs around NY area. I was even able to have a conversation with a professor from SUNY. My colleague and I visited the famous arch which is really impressive. I got to have some good food for free. The weather in St. Louis was gorgeous.

One of influences of this trip is that I bought a couple of dressy shirts this weekend. I am not sure if it's good or bad.

the old cathedral near downtown St. Louis

the famous arch

I didn't have the guts to get to the top.

the creepy fake person that can move his arms, head and eyes in the museum under the arch

The park surrounding the arch was very nice.