red envelope

a friend’s wedding is coming up and i was going to give the couple a red envelope. i asked my roommate if she had any and she said that she did.

she gave me a red envelope and i looked at it and blinked at her.

me: “uhhh, this isn’t the right envelope.”
her: “sure it is.”
me: “what does it say on this envelope?”
her: “joy, happiness, and prosperity.”
me: “yeah, this isn’t the right envelope.”
her: “what do you mean?”
me: “there’s a special one for weddings. double happiness or something equally chinese.”
her: “oh, i suppose there is.”
me: “yeah, i want that one. give me that one.”
her: “i don’t have any of those. this is good enough.”
me: “no, i want to be a real chinese person. get me one of those special envelopes!”
her: “fine, fine, i’ll go get some later.”
me: “sheesh, and you call yourself chinese!”

i’m not chinese, but i’ve ALWAYS used the same kind of envelope for weddings. it just wouldn’t feel right any other way.

shopping adventure

i asked mia today if she would help me out with some clothes shopping tomorrow. i’m not completely convinced that i have all the clothes that i need to wear at a wedding tomorrow, so i’m going to go and buy a few necessities. i think all i really need is a nice dress shirt that goes well with a tie.

i’m going to try very hard not to buy a blue dress shirt. the last wedding i went to had a zillion guys wearing them, including me. it’s time for a new color. but what? i’m not so sure…

i think i may need slacks too. *sigh* too much shopping for too many things!

forgot my LCD again…

last night, as i was headed to meet up with abe for dinner, i realized that i had forgotten to take home the LCD that came two days ago. this was the second night in a row that i had forgotten it!

this time i wrote a big note on my whiteboard to remember to take the LCD home. let’s see if i can somehow forget it now!

but yeah, i have some great ideas on how i’m going to be using that LCD. we’ll see if it pans out. i guess this means that i need to clean my room a little bit tonight. it’s a good thing the weekend is coming soon, i think i’m going to need the break to relax just a little bit.

abe and dounya

last night i met up with abe and dounya after far too much time has passed. i met their beautiful daughter, melina. she was supposedly very cranky yesterday but i thought she was pretty delightful for most of the time. parenthood has really changed them, but in such a good way. i played with melina for a little bit, she is just adorable.

it really made me think about what is important in life. spending time with abe brings back to me this kind of exuberance that only he can really muster out of life. i remembered what it was like to work with him and how much fun it was. i remembered what it was like to be so passionate about what you did that you looked forward to going to work everyday…even weekends.

spending time with him and dounya does really warm the heart and i wish that i would spend time with them more often. they are truly blessed people.

i also saw their wedding album. i can’t believe it’s been nearly five years since they’ve been married. the album was beautiful and it gave me several ideas about what kind of pictures to take at a wedding. i haven’t really spent a lot of time taking pictures in that kind of setting so it was really nice to see. looks like i’ll be getting a little practice this weekend at warren’s wedding.

stressful moments

today has been a little bit stressful. a bunch of things didn’t happen that i was sort of hoping would.

i woke up to realize that an interview that i was supposed to be conducting was taking place very soon. i rushed to work, but missed it. luckily, paul filled in for me.

i’ve been so busy at work and with other things on my mind that i haven’t really been giving the volleyball tournament i’m organizing enough time. as a result a few things have slipped so i spent a good part of today trying to get back on track with that. my co-chair is not being very proactive about helping. in fact, she told me that she decided to demote herself to vice chair. ahem.

and to top it all off i haven’t been able to figure out why this one section of my code is all bugged out. i hate buggy code. i hate that i write so much of it. =P

i ran out of the apartment this morning thinking a million thoughts and now that the day is finally settling down, i feel like i’ve started to catch my breath and relax just a little bit.

i think that i might leave work a little early and just kind of cool off and relax a little bit before volleyball tonight. looks like i’ll be subbing again.

mcdonalds promotion

right now mcdonalds is offering a free big mac after 10pm at their drive thrus. well, this is great, so i decided to get one last night. i go and order 2 apple pies (for a dollar!) and a big mac. when i get to the window the guy says, “oh, sorry. we don’t have any apple pies.”

i ask for a caramel sundae. “sorry, we don’t have any of those, either. how about some cookies?”

i didn’t want cookies. finally, i settled for a chocolate sundae.

it shouldn’t be this hard to get a free big mac. it really shouldn’t!

where is my head?

yesterday i was all excited about getting my LCD. imagine my disappointment when i realized about halfway to volleyball that i forgot to bring it with me home!

then when i got to volleyball, already bummed out that i forgot my LCD, i realized that i forgot to bring volleyball clothes with me! so instead, i was warming up in jeans and a shirt. very stylish, i tell you, but not the best attire for volleyball.

then this random guy came up to me and asked me if i wanted to borrow his shorts because he wasn’t going to be playing that night. i took him up on his kind offer and borrowed the shorts and played in them. what a nice guy. weird, but nice. i guess i can say that i got into a stranger’s shorts today…

someone you should know

someone you should know
-lisa loeb

Who do you think you are?
You’re talking so loud
You bury the sound
Of your heart that’s singing out

And where do you want to be?
On the top of your world
But you’re just a girl
Who forgot what it’s like to dream

You leave everything behind
But you’re so tired
One day you might open up your eyes and find

What you’ve got isn’t what you wanted
What you need just happens to be
What you’ve got what you always wanted
What you need just happens to be
Someone you should know

You try to hide between the lines
Of a story never told
But I’ve seen you run away
You’re afraid of the fall
The weight of it all is too much

But you might change your mind
If you’d stand up one day
You might open up your eyes and find

What you’ve got isn’t what you wanted
What you need just happens to be
What you’ve got what you always wanted
What you need just happens to be
Someone you should know

La da da da…
La da da da…
La da da da…
La da da da…
La da da da…

How do you keep it up?
It’s all just a front
A dangerous stunt
You’re gonna come down soon enough

Open up your eyes
Don’t be scared
You might find you had it all the time

What you’ve got is what you wanted
What you need just happens to be
What you tried so hard to hide
It was there between the lines
Of the story never told
Of someone you should know

What you’ve got is what you wanted
What you need just happens to be
Someone you should know

What you’ve got is what you wanted
What you need just happens to be
Someone you should know

new LCD

my new LCD came today. i tested it and it has one stuck on green pixel. dammit. oh well, aside from that it looks pretty clean so i’m going to have to go home tonight and figure out what i’m going to do with my desk. i suspect that i will have to use one of my monitors in portrait mode or else it just won’t come out clean. we’ll see. this’ll make two widescreen 21 inchers, though. man, i have more monitors than i know what to do with.

i was the least excited with this monitor. probably because i already have one and all this one does is obsolete one of my old ones.

why i feel compelled to buy things mostly because they are a great deal is beyond me.

still, it’ll be niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

joan of arcadia

i am several weeks behind in this show. there was just this part of me that didn’t really want to watch the show for some reason. i don’t know why.

but this episode i saw was just devastating! adam cheated on joan and she found out. they broke up and now each have to live with the consequences of their actions.

it just broke my heart. one of the reasons why i like this show so much is because of the excellent writing. you really understand the motivations for each of the character’s actions and you feel the same highs and lows that they do.

but for adam to cheat on joan…it destroys me. i cannot believe that he would throw it all away just for a little nookie. it seems obvious that he was quite conflicted, but the fact that he cheated on her is so wrong. i didn’t think that he was capable of it. i hope joan doesn’t take him back. i think she did the right thing by dumping him.