Tuesday, November 25, 2008


so! it is officially thanksgiving break. i've set up a list of the hw that i need to do during this break and after looking at it, doesn't seem all too intimidating anymore. i know i haven't blogged in the longest time so here's a really, really long post about what's been up.

so i went to easton for business again the other weekend. left on thursday with beth. she got lost...multiple times...but we managed to get there not too much later than we said we would. set up the place. went to our hotel, checked in and all. i roomed with beth. then...that night we just went out to this place called scossa with richard slaughter (spelling?) and the 2008 federal artist, his wife, richard's wife, some of their colleagues and of course pat beth rachel laurie and me. the food was...ok. the meal was on richard. lolz. the chef sent out these really yummy fried balls of veal or something...they were good. but then the entrees weren't all that great. i ordered red snapper. it came with rice and in a really lemony sauce. was too sour for my taste and the rice was wayyyy too hard. but it was good overall. then we just went back to the hotel and i called it a night. i hardly did anything but was still tired. maybe it was just the idea that i even could go to bed early that got me sleepy.

the next day the festival started and i had to inventory stuff. gosh beth was being uber annoying. she kept asking me questions and interrupting me as i counted so i knew i was off by some. she had total access to the stuff but kept interrupting and asking me to get it instead, gosh it was so annoying. but anyway, after things died down a bit it was all good. boring...but not hectic. anywayz, mike and his wife judy came down that day and we all went to dinner together. pat and laurie had been to this place the other year and really liked it. it was a 30 min ride from where we were and it was called the suicide bridge restaurant. i know, sounds cool right? anyway, i rode in the car with mike and judy and pat and laurie while rachel drove josh, his wife, and beth. so i was sorta listening to my ipod and didn't realize how the conversation in my car turned to horror movies. i think it was about...black and white film...then...frankenstein...then....? i don't know! at one point there was talk about the exorcist and...some other films and mike and them were saying lines from the film and stuff. lolz. o, mike is the chief of my division by the way. pat is my boss and laurie is second in command in our branch. so anyway, mike and them came up with this idea that since i was the youngest in the group i was to be sacrificed at suicide bridge. my mistake for asking why the place was called suicide bridge. anyway, that's all they would talk about for the remainder of the car ride, sacrificing me after letting me have my last good meal and such. so we got to the restaurant and i ordered surf and turf. boy was it good. lolz.

ok anyway back to dinner at suicide bridge. apparently it's just a place that a lot of people've come to commit suicide. idk. so after dinner as we all leave they tell the waitress that they were going outside to sacrifice me and i tell the waitress that if she hears screams she was to come out and help me and she laughed. anyway, mike hands me his food and asks me to take it out to take it out to the car while he goes to the bathroom. i took the food and ran to the car with it 'cuz mike said no way would anyone sacrifice me with mike's food in my hands. lolz. it was funny. then on the way home they complained about how they couldn't sacrifice me cuz mike saved me so they pretended that they really did and made me do a fake scream and stuff. lolz. it was a fun night. went to sleep early again.

then the next night beth's lover came by and took her out. gosh everyone had so much fun making fun of beth about her lover. they kept telling me to cover my ears too late, only after they said all the dirty stuff would they turn and be like "oops, our bad nhu-y" and i'd be like "uh huh."

so only mike judy pat her husband david me and rachel went to dinner on saturday night. had scallops. was too salty but wasn't bad. the dessert (picture in previous post) was soooo awesomely delicious. that was the best. lolz. we sorta hooted and hollered when beth walked in with her bf. he looks like that actor...patrick swayze...? spelling? anyway...that was funny...then went home and walked with rachel over to the nearby wawa to see if there were any coolers but maryland doesn't sell alcohol in their convenience stores apparently so i just got some ice cream. ate a bowl of ice cream with from wine that rachel gave me. was yummy. lolz. was watching wizard of oz as i ate and drank...what an experience. then went to bed after a bit.

sunday was also uneventful...rachel drove me home...got home, showered quickly, changed, went with mother to chi hien's wedding. otouto and i were supposed to sit with mother but the table was full so i went over to where otouto was b4 and that turned out to be the kids' table and had different food so we moved to the table behind us who had space. lolz. food was good, 'specially the shrimp and fish. danced a bit. mother promised to let us stay as long as we want but...we left after one dance. was a long dance. lolz. the dancing part of the reception wasn't that long tho, a lot of ppl'd left by then anyway.

we saw halfsisterinlaw. she was with her friend who i think was with her bf. don't know why they were there or how they knew chi hien's family...but she didn't greet us, don't know if she saw us or not. chi anh said that halfsisterinlaw didn't greet chi anh's mother either when they were at a funeral. come to think about it it's been awhile since halfsisterinlaw came by or called (that i know of), not even for mother's bday. o wellz, w.e.

anyway, that was that weekend. then since then i've just been busy with school and stuff. o in tn i taught a lesson the other week and truc nganh-ed this past saturday. it was cool. i like my nganh, lolz. and the truongs in it are easy to get along with and stuff so it's nice. i feel as if if i were in nganh thieu or ns, i'd get in a lot of fights, or disagreements, with the other ht. lolz!

um...so yea then since i got back from the trip i've just been stressing out about school. at one point i considered ditching the french minor and taking up an asian language since my focus is on asia and all, but then i snapped out of it. lolz. i actually managed to focus on and do my deuxieme redaction and i think it went well. haven't gotten it back yet tho so not sure, but i just know that after i was done i was actually happy and proud of my paper. lolz. then the other classes are going ok. i am most worried about gov. even if i did well on my extra credit as well as get a perfect on my final, i'd still only barely get a c. so i asked the prof through email if i could do two extra credits and he said no but told me to meet with him today before or after class. so i did and he ended up letting me do another extra credit to be turned in next tuesday and told me to meet with him before and after class the next two classes so he can make sure i'm following the material and he didn't mention once the fact that those are our last two classes and i suck for only asking for help now. hahaha, he's freakin awesome.

my other classes are going alright. i went to the national gallery of art this past sunday to do extra credit for honors 240...and the security ppl said no pictures and yet as i was jotting down notes on a painting i saw a flash, turned around and saw some (white) dude with a camera strapped around his neck. then security ppl also said that i couldn't wear my backpack on my back and i saw some (white) lady with a backpack on her back. they're probably not really racist or anything...maybe it was just a coinkydink.

but yea then i talked to the prof for honors 240 and he gave me a packet of stuff so i can write a paper for the extra credit.

so over break i have...an honors 131 novel to read, french 370 novel to read, honors 240 paper to write, government 132 extra credit...and research for religion 212 project. i'm doing a paper on shaolin wushu! yeaaa! hahaha. i suck at training for it so i'll read on it instead. lolz.

i...can't think of anything else right now...seems like this post is long enough as is.

in terms of thanksgiving itself...mother's doing the dinner, i didn't wanna do it anymore, too much stress and she was trying to take over anyway. so i'll just be doing hw. co hanh and co phuc are supposed to come. i think mother said co phuc wants to bring a gay friend of hers, cool! i'm sorta excited. i want a haircut but don't know if co phuc will cut it as short as i want it so don't even know if i wanna bother asking. mother and i got pissy with each other over that. then friday will be spent taking otouto shopping and then at church. then i think we're going to co nhu la's house on sunday night, not sure. and between all that i have to do all the hw i listed b4. i can do it! co len!! fighto! lolz.

anyway, seriously i think that's it for now...i need another picture but don't have any good ones...hopefully this break'll bring in a new batch of awesome pics. did i mention i got a cybershot170...well...i did, and it's pretty cool. : ) so hopefully next time i'll have more pics.

o yea...also running into trouble with insurance and bank ppl but hopefully will have that solved by tomorrow or something...i dunno. don't really wanna think about it 'till it's solved. lolz.

so much to do so little time!

i think i'll go nap. heehee...

i'll be back tomorrow, i swear.

i'll hop on the computer and post an extensive update about everything from work to school to twilight the book and movie to nothingness and random general stuff. 'till then!

be back soon!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

you know...

i might not be able to blog about easton and school until winter break starts in a few weeks...well...at the latest until the last day of classes (which is in two weeks! yay and oh the terror!)...i just can't be wasting anymore time when i have tons of hw and shizz to do. so 'till then...

so i'm pulling an all-nighter...

a real one, a full night all nighter...i hope i can make it...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

just got back from business trip few hours ago...

took a shower and went immediately to wedding. wedding was ok. dancing needs not really fulfilled. business trip was half fun half not. will update later...will be really long post. be warned. too tired, night!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

i'm still really excited about the newly elect president.

although somewhere inside me i'm still wary that promises are just that, promises, i'm still extremely happy to hear that he's actually started to do things like choose his staff and stuff. ah well, one of those things that we'll have to wait to see, obviously. i wonder who the new secretary of the doi'll be. speaking of which, recently there's been this really nice man who walks by my cubicle and makes little talk with me about school and how i am and stuff. he's like, uber nice and sounds like he knows who i am, so 'course i talk like i know how he knows me but of course i only found out recently that he's the new assistant to the assistant director. lolz...it's funny...

so on tuesday...i was going to vote in the morning before school. i thot that i was supposed to do my french presentation, that was the only reason i was going to school at all in the morning. so i drove by the voting site and omg there was a lot of people...so i decided to come back later. i went to school...went to french for the presentation, then found out we were just watching a movie...then went back to arlington to vote (no line, there was hardly anyone left, the news said that noon to 5 was off peak and therefore best times to go vote in arlington so that's why i went) then drove back to fairfax but by that time was too late for religion and so just decided to skip that and honors science, and then went to my lab. if i'd known we were just watching a movie in french then i woulda just stayed home all day and only gone to school for my lab (which can't be made up). waste of gas! and time. ah well, i got to vote, and it turned out well.

for some reason the lab went well on tuesday. not much attitude and whatever.

on thursday i gave my presentation in french. it went ok. wen i was practicing with my notes i really felt like my french accent was going "whooooooppedeedoodoo" down. i dunno, during the presentation my accent was ok. i stumbled a little but it was ok overall. i guess. i was happy afterwards, but prolly just cuz it was over. lolz.

hermmmm...nothing interesting's happened....on saturday i had to teach a lesson for AU. it was about the first part of "noah's ark"...it went ok. lolz. i was actually scheduled to truc nganh but then c. ngan couldn't come so c. kimphuong asked me to teach the lesson in place of c. ngan and i got out of doing truc nganh. i'll have to do it next time tho. i brot brownies intended for the vanlangers but i never got around to letting them eat it so i just used it as bait for the AU. it was cool. my throat started to get dry after a bit tho. lolz.

there was a ht meeting after mass. it was relatively unproductive. i tried to give some input but they were being really lazy. we were somewhat talking about fundraising through selling xmas cards and for some masses they just said "o it's not worth it selling cards at that mass" or "we'll get no profit from selling at that mass". it was really stupid since we're trying to raise money here, selling it anywhere is worth a shot. ah well...whatever. i'm not part of the panel of decision makers or anything...if we do fundraise money the only thing i'll be involved in is spending it so whatever. i dunno, don't care i guess. it's just sorta depressing to see how unenthusiastic they were. also they mentioned that c. mai, when she gets around to being less mad at the other ht, might need me to help with the angels dance for xmas. c. mai did mention it to me last week but i thot she was just kidding! phooey!

heehee...ok so here comes the good part....

so after the richmond training i was thinking on and off about that one guy that did make eye contact with me sometimes. but then on monday i just totally pushed him from my mind...hahaha! it was awesome! there're these two guys in my class who are soooooo cute! they're like...the quite smart kind, but not the loner kind. anyway...i love it wen they talk...lolz...anywayz...o wait...this was on wed since i skipped on monday. but yea, on wed i was moderating for the class and i had to ask questions and stuff as i was moderating...e would look at me sometimes...it wasn't a lot, really subtle. but i mean, it made me feel like "whoaaa"...everytime we made eye contact he was smiling...and then so was i! but not one of those polite smiles, it was always those literally smiling making me blush have to look down at my hands kinda thing...aish...but i don't feel like...awkward and embarrassed around him...i dunnoe...it just feels nice. lolz. well it definitely made me forget about everything else...hahaha!

my camera lcd broke...again...last time i found that after some shaking the lcd returns to normal but...this time it's intent on staying broken. so brian told me that there's this thin strip connecting the lcd to the camera and that's what's probably messed up so today i took the camera apart to try and mess with it and now the screws won't even go back in. i'm borrowing hundred bucks from otouto as well as using the two hundred he gave me so i can buy a new camera before thursday. i think we're going tomorrow. aishhhh....

chu han and his family are taking us out to eat again. hopefully it'll be ok.

otouto gets two days off of school this week...argh! i have a presentation in hnrs 131 on wed...hopefully i won't have to look at e too much and break out smiling and blushing. well...i can't even remember if i blush...i just know i smile and have to look down at my hands...my mind's dizzy always afterwards so i can't remember feeling myself blush.


ALSO!!! i finished reading twilight. i was a little disappointed....bella, the girl, did something really stupid and edward, the vampire, didn't react as madly as i thot he shoulda been. i guess it's actually how a perfect lover would react, altho i wouldn't know.

it is really sad that tho...it's a terrible pain that the most perfect lover only exists in books or movies. no one in real life ever comes even close to being like edward. i sorta wish i'd never read the book cuz now there'll always be a "perfection" in my mind that will never really exist. altho, it's not like edward is perfect, he does have mood swings and he's a bit confusing at times. it's probably not even the fact that he's perfect cuz, like i said he's not really completely, it's just the idea of such a wholesome love. in real life no longer does it exist those types of relationships. not only is it the love, it's also the pain involved. i guess to truly feel love you have to feel the pain that's sometimes associated with it. but with a person like me who tries to stay away from problems by being nonchalant and not caring, i'll probably try not feel the pain, does that mean i'll never fully get the love? or what? ah, well, i'm just rambling now.

like i said, i was left a bit dissatisfied at the end and i'll have to read the other books. c. phuong let me borrow hers esp. cuz she wants someone to talk to about it aside from just ppl at her work. lolz, and it is a good concept, it's not terrible. just reading it makes me sad sometimes. lolz.

o wellz! i have to return to reality sometime. it's hard to read these kinda books, watch these kinda movies, then come back to real life and realize "yea right!"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ahhh i've never been so proud of the U.S. and its citizens.

yes barack obama president!

make us proud!!!

ok...looking for another blog site that i liked failed.

so...i guess wen i'm adding images i'll just go to edit html and do it that way. lolz. yay for blogger!

the richmond training went like i said it would. i learned some interesting things...met nobody...had little fun...it was ok at first but by sunday...which was the last day so wasn't so bad...i'd gotten way tired. i actually slept a bit during a. phat's lecture. w.e.

i saw this dude...eye contact a few times...nothing happened obviously. i've seen him before, was sorta looking forward to seeing him there too so it's cool that i did.

i practically forced thao to come to this training. she wasn't going to go and i badgered her about it, almost begged her to. so she went, and she left with lotsa new friends.

i don't feel bad or anything towards her cuz it's not one of those ironic luck things. it's just that thao has that loud, out going, really funny way about her. also she's good with viet. and altho the ht there mostly knew english, they almost spoke in all viet. i knew enough to make conversation but not enough to be witty. and thao is good at that. so on the way out to our cars to go home she had a crowd around her asking for her contact and i slinked into my car and hugged my pooh to sleep (two different cars). and during the saturday night party, i was the one who convinced thao to go onstage and sing (i told her i'd dance to the song, i didn't). after she sang a. tri made her mc and afterwards she was known as thao m.c. sighhhh...i dunnoe. like i said it wasn't one of those ironic things...mine and thao's personalities are so different and the situations were different so...i don't feel that bad about it. mayb i feel sorta weird because i lost the $20 reimbursement from doan. haha....yea...that might be it.

the coolest part was during one of the lectures were the guy was trying to show us how to get along with other ht better...and we took these really simple personality tests that divided us into four color groups. it was really, really accurate wen he went into it. i tied on two colors whose personalities were completely opposite each other. so i chose to stay in the calmer one cuz i didn't wanna get up and because that group's color was green, which is my fav. color! our group ended up having only 4 ppl. lolz. we were the analytical, knowledge seeking, analyzing, thinking, complicated type who didn't like to show emotion and should be excused wen we don't act romantic. hahaha! it was cool.

hermmmm what else...? o i noticed that the church we were at is significantly smaller than our church...but everyone there was so warm and nice. not like the pompous ignorant snobs at our church.

o well...there's apparently a lot of other training we have to go to. i guess maybe i'll be able to make more friends there? well...it probably just takes time...sooner or later i'll probably have to meet and work with all these people so we'll become friends, at least acquaintences (sp?) somehow. i think that's how it works with most people, only a few people can pull off what thao did.

omg there was this one really annoying girl there. she was this skinny long haired big mouthed little....prickk....i dunnoe! i mean...it's great to be outgoing and fun but omg she was just one big annoyance! but then again...she got a lot of attention so...lolz...

the outgoing loud (sometimes obnoxious) ones seem to get the most attention. o well...

i want to un-minor in french. after thinking about it it just seems as if my reasons for taking french were sorta...i dunno..weird. it might help me more if i just took an asian language...chinese, japanese maybe. i still have to think about it tho. i guess i'll see how this semester goes and decide later...

i stopped into the parking lot of starbucks today and didn't go in! just parked there for two seconds, fought with myself...then left and went to school. i was proud of myself but not proud of my inner demons. seems they were asleep this morning.

so after this class i have to drive back to arlington, stand in line, vote, drive back to school hopefully in time for lab. the only reason i came to school was cuz i thot i had to do my presentation cuz i missed it last thursday but apparently today we're watching a movie so i'm not gonna present until this thursday. if i'd known that i woulda just gone and stood in line this morning to vote and wouldn't have to miss both my religion and honors sciences classes later today.

lame....sorta funny movie tho...lolz

o yea...another thing about youth group...i have to truc nganh this week...i don't know how, that's one of the things i thot i'd learn but didn't over the weekend. so i sent an email to the nganh leader asking her to tell me the basics but...i dunnoe. w.e.!!! i'll just wing it...lolz...there was something annoying about th.an. over the weekend but i've forgotten what it was...ah welll...


i think...i will just have to go back to wordpress. i really like blogger but...i'm big on adding pictures to my posts and it's just too hard to do it on here. sadness...

i'm thinking of un-minoring in french. so if you're reed and you see this...call me.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

just got back from the richmond training...

well got back a few hours ago. tired...

i'm still trying to find a new blog site...i'm just so attached to this one right now tho...too bad it sucks at adding pictures!

vox was good because it opened up photobucket right on the vox edit page but...it wasn't organized...all the pictures were in the same group, woulda been impossible to find things...

ah well...i dunnoe....i guess i might go back to wordpress?

but i like blogger!

now i'm just rambling cuz i'm so tired...phooey...skippin classes tomorrow....i gotta get back on the ball that i never got on in the first place...