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state of affairs

1. ah, screw cse! (was never fond of the course anyways…)

2. i’m sad that work won’t be the same without tim. i’ve only known him for two weeks (8 days), but i’m definitely going to miss him. he was so amiable. i walked with him to his bus stop and waited with him for a while. it reminded me how important it was just spend time enjoying the company of your friends.

3. i got two hugs today. both were awesome. the first one was from tim and the other one was from my dad ten minutes after the first one. my dad gives incredible hugs.

4. ess 101 lab = group work. not cool. god damn, i’ve been in engineering classes for too long, i forgot how exasperating the intelligences of regular people can be… so, i’ve given up on the notion of getting a 4.0 in that class. screw cse, screw ess… screw grades!

5. i have a serious dilemma with voter registration. the deadline is monday. about a month ago, i registered with one of those clipboard people, and nothing ever came of that (what’s the point of soliciting voter registration if you don’t see their registrations through??). so i have to go to the county elections office in renton and register *in person*. renton, argh. their office hours are very limited. i have to choose between missing our first chamber music club meeting on friday, missing my first ess extra-credit field trip on saturday, or missing an hour or so of work on monday, the day of the deadline. how close should i cut it? should i even bother at all? i really don’t believe that my vote is going to make a difference, but it would be a nice feeling to know that i took part in putting a better president in office.

seriously… why does last-minute registration have to be so difficult? i know that it’s my own fault that i procrastinated so much, but i honestly thought the clipboard papers would do something. whatever happened to the motor voter act, anyways? i was disappointed that they didn’t offer to register me to vote when i got my driver’s license. everyone should be defaulted the right to vote when they turn 18. i know that if i end up not voting, it won’t be because i didn’t want to, but because the system was too inflexible to accommodate a busy and procrastinating student. = (

my work schedule is insane

topic 1: my work schedule is insane

3.5 hours on mondays, tuesdays, wednesdays, and thursdays. mostly 5:30 – 9 pm. like, when the hell am i going to study? i admit, i was asking for a certain amount of masochism when i signed up for this job. my training is an hour before my first shift. how the hell am i going to learn how to make all that shit in that amount of time???

my dawgs volunteering stint starts at 6:50 am next week. dude, i’ve been *going to bed* at 6 am for the past three days.

topic 2: observing experience at MRO

a. the scenery around the observatory was beautiful. excellent sunsets. the one sunrise that i saw had green in it, due to the yellow and blue. the night sky was amazing. this was the first time that i’ve seen stars on a truly dark night, and i must say, it was so amazing that i felt a little agoraphobic. the milky was really something. the quietness out there was a little creepy.

b. no showering for four days… my hair felt pretty gross on the third day. spiders and cobwebs were everywhere and set me on edge. no internet. that’s about all that i can complain about.

c. we had a lot of spare time, since this observing run consisted mostly of checking on the computer, checking the sky for clouds, and checking the dome to make sure it wasn’t obscuring the telescope. during the run, we watched the first and only season of a show called ‘firefly’, which is really great. space western, funny, and heart-warming. i also watched ‘minority report’ and ‘return of the king’.

d. right now, i have been awake for 23 hours. i woke up at 2 pm on thursday, stayed up the whole night, cleaned up and closed down the observatory around 6, and arrived at UW around 11 am. i don’t think i’m going to sleep until tonight.

e. working with nick has made me realize how alienated i feel from the uw astro department. it’s not like the amnh reu, where the group was smaller, everybody was in the same boat and out to make friends, and there was no experience hierarchy. nick and i are definitely not on the same frequency, so interacting with him was often tense. for example, i felt stupid for saying “thanks for… showing me around and stuff” instead of the pre-meditated “see you later” when he said “thanks for coming along”. what was i supposed to say? when people say thanks and you don’t expect it, it throws you off!

topic 3: because there has to be a topic 3

interesting story: the front tire of the truck destroyed itself shortly after we got onto paved road this morning. this was sometime before 9 am when i was sure i’d be sleepy like i was on dope. after some searching, we found a spare tire under the back of the truck. we changed the tire. more accurately, nick did all the analyzing and brute work, while i assisted. for example, i found rocks on the side of the road to wedge around the tires and un-rotated the jack to its original position. i’m so useless when it comes to physical work. not being a strong girl sucks. sometimes i blame it on the fact that my body weight doesn’t provide enough leverage to, for example, unscrew a nut from a car tire (seriously, i’ve sat on the lever and nothing happened). sometimes it’s because my hands are so thin that the required force would peel my ligaments apart. it took me an embarrassingly long time to re-erect the crude fence. this involved getting my finger stuck between the loop and the post which resulted in a pretty bruise on my knuckle, and slashing my pants with barbed wire. good job, me.

new york, new york

my room:

cute bamboo-themed cup:

music about ‘new york, new york’ by the canon logic, but i actually like ‘the system’ better.

wednesday was the subway system fiasco. = P i must’ve gone in the wrong direction 5 times, transferred trains like 9 times, between 60-something and 125th street. i kept getting off the wrong train because what if there’s a better train that more accurately matches the directions that i’ve been given? of course, i get on the ‘right’ train only to go in the wrong direction. then i come back down. then get off the train to get my bearings, only to get on a train that’s either heading in the wrong direction, or i’ve convinced myself that i’m on the wrong train when i was actually on the correct one. it was a good subway learning experience, though. i don’t like the subway system too much.

of course, when i finally got to union square, it was raining, and my cellphone wasn’t working.

the westside market is cool. i’ve been buying food there lately. perhaps i will just stick to wandering around broadway after work. more lengthy adventures are for the weekends.

i’ve also made the decision to wander around the museum for half an hour every day. this was after jim webster gave us a tour (and a book that he wrote) about the hall of planet earth that exposed me to the awesomeness of working in a museum. i wandered through the hall of evolutionary history (or whatever it’s called) looking at giant castings of dinosaur bones and stuff. so very awesome.

all in all, so far, i’ve felt safer here than i do in parts of seattle. i’ve also noticed that there are significantly more black people and spanish-speaking people (which includes a healthy portion of the aforementioned black people) here. it’s cool. it’s a sign of diversity! not as many asians, heh. i hear so many languages here. eavesdrop on french. hehe.