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September 16, 2007 :: Sunday


Yes, I do plan on updating more than once a week.

No, I did not buy this car for my birthday.

car

car


Posted by Amanda at 4:09 pm in life
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bugs

September 18, 2007 :: Tuesday


Ahem. It has come to my attention that there exist some bugs in my code. This is acceptable as I'm not finished coding.

Also. Don't type when you just painted your nails.

Furthermore, don't work at INPO and get a work request called WANO PI Reports.

One day I'll write a real post; maybe tomorrow. ^^

Posted by Amanda at 9:14 pm in life
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lately

September 30, 2007 :: Sunday


I've been so busy lately. I'm hardly ever at home and definitely not within reach of a computer to update this thing.

I got a new camera for my birthday! It's the Canon PowerShot SD750. *love* My parents paid for half of it as my birthday present. It's so pretty; sometimes I'm afraid to use it.

Look at this gorgeous macro (my mini caprese sandwich that I made for lunch):

caprese

So I'm not so hot with taking pictures yet, it's something I've always wanted to learn. Bare with me.

Friday night was Six Flags. Last night I went to a GT volleyball game, which was a BLAST. I'll tell you, people really get into these things.

I miss volleyball.

So it has come to my attention that Fall Break is next Monday and Tuesday. I don't get a fall break because I'm working. I am sad.

Posted by Amanda at 6:53 pm in life
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ALSO

September 30, 2007 :: Sunday


I have successfully given up chocolate and sweets for seven consecutive days. Unbelievable? I know.

Posted by Amanda at 7:00 pm in life
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it's gonna be alright

October 07, 2007 :: Sunday


Me and Ash

"I say to myself
'Self, why are you awake again? It's one a.m.'
Standing with the fridge wide open, staring
Such a sight,
florescent light
The stars are bright
Might make a wish, if I believed in that shit
But as it is, I might watch TV
'Cause it's nice to see people more messed up than me
I say to myself, as I smile at the wall, let myself fall

It's gonna be alright, no matter what they say
It's gonna be a good day, just wait and see
It's gonna be okay, cause I'm okay with me
It's gonna be, it's gonna be, it's gotta be..."

Blast. Initially this post was going to be really self-reflective and profound, because that's the kind of mood I've been in all day (if you even can be in a profound mood), but I've lost my eloquence. And probably more people read this than I'd like to know my inner-most thoughts.

So I'll just tell you about my weekend.

Friday I had my bi-weekly day off, so I did some boring errands like go to the bank and get a license plate (among other things). I wanted to get a GT license plate, but GUESS HOW MUCH THEY FREAKING COST? $70!!! I promptly said,"oh, no thank you" when the lady told me this. (Her name was Cindy, and she liked yelling across the whole place to tell her co-workers to go to lunch and to tell people that she used to live at 3030 street.)

Anyway, then me and my family went out to eat because we haven't done such a thing in over two years. It's hard to get everyone together at the same time these days. That's my sister up there.

Saturday was so good. I went shopping with Emily and Alicia, and let me just say that this was amazing because I haven't had girls to go shopping with in about a billion years. K, not a billion, but like, three. So I had fun with that, then we met our boys for dinner at Chili's and did stuff. The end.

Today I basically went back and forth between deciding to install Linux or not. I don't want to back my files up. Too many. So I haven't done this yet.

I haven't eaten chocolate or sweets in fourteen days. HOLY CRAP. That's so many days without chocolate. I'm going for twenty-one days, which means this Sunday I win the whole game. Emily told me that we can go to Cafe Intermezzo to celebrate. :)
Anyway, I'm going to sleep now. Good night.

Posted by Amanda at 10:00 pm in life
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unbelievable

October 09, 2007 :: Tuesday


I can't believe you'd do that to me. I can't even believe you thought that would be okay.

This, my friends, is why I don't have girl friends.

Posted by Amanda at 10:47 pm in life
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so pretty

October 21, 2007 :: Sunday


Well isn't this just pretty? ^^ I'm pretty sure this is the girliest layout I've ever made.

Don't come here if you're using Internet Explorer. Yet. And those links up there? Don't do it.

I had an excellent weekend. Friday I had AWS (which is code for my day off) so I did a bunch of errands and had a meeting for research. Then David, Tyler, Emily, Spenser, Ferris, and I all went to see Whitney play in the first home GT hockey game of the season. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I love hockey. My daddy used to play when he lived in Michigan, and when my uncles used to come down to visit they would all go play at the ice forum together. It was so much fun. Anyway, I want to go to another game.

Saturday I meant to be productive, but I came home from David's and went to sleep all day because I was mad that my face broke out yet again. When I woke up we went to Cheesecake Factory, just the two of us, which was nice because we've been hanging out with other people a lot lately. I forgot that it's equally important to hang out one-on-one with your boyfriend as well as with him plus friends.

We had the best waiter though. He was so awkward because he kept trying to tell unfunny jokes with poor execution, and he talked too quietly, but of course it was funny. Only because it was awkward. I liked the guy. This was the very first thing that happened (the waiter's name was Kevin):

*Kevin walked us to our table, and we sat down.*
Kevin: Your waiter will be with you shortly.
*Kevin stands there for three seconds.*
Kevin: Hi, my name is Kevin. I'll be your server this evening.

LOL. What a guy. The night continued on like this.

Later on after we told him that we were from Georgia Tech, he looks at me and says, "I always heard there were no pretty girls at Tech." Tee hee.

And today I just played video games and made this new layout. I'm not ready for the weekend to be over, but I am ready to finish Team Excellence work request.

Posted by Amanda at 9:20 pm in life
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it feels like winter

October 24, 2007 :: Wednesday


Yoshi


It feels like winter today.

Nothing good happened today. Nothing worth writing about anyway. When I don't have anything to write about, I do things like write about dog games. Let's not do that again.

Actually, one good thing did come out of today. Wednesday is status day at work, wherefore I must endure a forty-five minute long meeting with my boss, Kevin, who is Irish and says such things as "if there's a fly in the ointment, that'd be it." My boss scares me, like a lot of bosses do, but he only intimidates me because you can never tell when he's joking and when he's being serious. It's terrifying, really.

Anywho. Tyler, Whitney, and I go together to these meetings at 1:15pm every Wednesday and we sit for about fifteen painful minutes each and talk about what we've been working on for the past week and what's coming up next, and Kevin asks lots of painful questions like how does this work and why did you do it that way. He's so scary, and he always makes me feel like I'm doing everything wrong; especially since he has a knack for always catching you when you're doing something bad. ALWAYS.

Also, he is a ninja.

ANYWAY. The real point of this story is that at the end of the meeting today, Kevin told the three of us that we're greatly appreciated and that we make such a good team and they're so glad to have us. He said there is a lot of professionalism in our group.

I was so excited to hear this because Kevin rarely gives compliments (I decide).

And I love my boys.

The end.

Posted by Amanda at 7:08 pm in life
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LPP presents...amanda's old xanga

October 25, 2007 :: Thursday


Listen. This is a really good story. Please ignore the gold borders.

Posted by Amanda at 10:34 pm in life
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21 things

October 28, 2007 :: Sunday


21 Things

Image from: Vogue, November 2007. Emporio Armani.


Posted by Amanda at 10:05 am in life
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why.

November 02, 2007 :: Friday


Dear Face, I hate you. Why am I cursed with such incurable acne? And ankle - you're on my bad list too.

Posted by Amanda at 11:56 am in life
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procrastinating

November 14, 2007 :: Wednesday


I am sleepy.

And I am trying to pack for California. What does one bring to California?

In other news, I got into the creative writing class that I wanted!!! I'm so excited; I wasn't sure if I would get in because I'm a CS major trying to take an LCC class that's filled up. But my professor gave me permission. *happy*

According to, well, everyone, I need to drop a class. Most probably Prob. Stat.

Status meeting got canceled today. Muwahaha.

I am seriously excited about California. My uncle is getting married. I'm wicked excited about seeing my Mom's side of the family. They make me say things like 'wicked.' (Massachusetts.)

Also, I need to be taking more pictures.

Oh yes. I am so thankful for one of my girl friends today.

Also, I realized that people get comfortable with me a lot faster than I get comfortable with them. They do things like consider asking me to go to a baking class with them.

WHAT a random post. Then end.

Posted by Amanda at 7:49 pm in life
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on wine tasting

November 17, 2007 :: Saturday


So California is fun. We're in Sonoma, which is in the northern part of the state and sitting in wine country. Or wine valley. Or whatever it's called.

Kunde winery

This picture was taken at Kunde Winery. All the land out is here is so gorgeous. I can't tell you how many pictures I've taken of grape vines.

Yesterday, after a family reunion over breakfast at the classiest of restaurants called Black Bear, I went wine tasting with part of my family. It was really very interesting watching people swirl around their wine in their glasses and sniff it. It always gets me when they sniff it. I learned a lot. Really I only wanted to go because I know absolutely nothing about wine; I probably could skip the tasting part and be perfectly happy. I usually only like one out of four wines that I taste anyway. We actually went to two wineries, and I liked the second one better because our guy was awesome. He was so into it, you could tell that he had a genuine interest in wine. He knew a billion things. The first one that we went to, I swear the girl helping us had done a little too much wine tasting herself; she was weird, and I was kind of bored.

Anyway though, I have a headache, and I have to go get ready to find a shawl or something for my dress so that I don't freeze at the wedding tonight, because apparently it's in a wine cellar.

Posted by Amanda at 1:32 pm in life
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today, tomorrow, and the next day

November 20, 2007 :: Tuesday


Ew. I just paid my credit card bill. October was an expensive month.

I've been unpacking and cleaning today, things I didn't do Sunday because we didn't get home until a quarter to midnight. And yesterday I was with my boy. Cleaning always makes me feel better about life.

Anyway though, today was BORING. I had a bunch of small things to work on, which I hate. I'd rather have one big project. Unless it's called WANO PI.

Tomorrow will most likely suck too. Everyone will be gone, including my two bosses, and I don't have any assignments waiting for me after I finish up this one thing. It'll be boring. But at least I'll have Whitney!!! : ) And my CS 2200 textbook.

In other news, I am looking forward to 4:45pm tomorrow. I get to spend time with David. Then he's coming over for Turkey Day, and Friday we're doing the Black Friday thing. Saturday I'm going to the Georgia/Georgia Tech game with Glen, Darren, and Nick. Wooooo. I'm excited. I haven't been to a game yet this year.

Also, the best news ever is that housing assignments for next semester came out, and I'll be living in NAS 213D. With Alicia, a nice and tidy girl. And two other girls who I don't know. (Also, hopefully no stalkers are deciphering this information.)

Friday marks the beginning of Christmas cards, gingerbread-house-making parties, and Hanson - Snowed In. I'm way excited.

Posted by Amanda at 9:10 pm in life
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old stuff

November 25, 2007 :: Sunday


Once upon a time, I won a computer in tenth grade. Several years later, it got zapped by lightning.

I gave said computer to my dad a couple of weeks ago so he could determine if the files on my hard drive were salvageable. It turns out that my hard drive was still in tact! The motherboard however, has been sadly sacraficed. So we suspect.

Anyway though, my primary concern was getting my old pictures and old journal entries back. These are the oldest pictures I could find:

Me and Ash

Me and Mike

Me

Tee hee. How fun. Sooooo young. I know that the image quality is crappy, but that's the kind of technology I had to deal with back in the day. Anyway. I think I was sixteen in these photos.
ALSO, I was looking at my old journal entries. Apparently when I was sixteen, I was 5'7" and I weighed 125 pounds. WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE THESE DAYS.
Anyway though, it's so much fun to go through old photos and old journals. :)

I spent the whole weekend with David, and I had a lot of fun. We did random stuff. We went to see Bee Movie, a horrific film and a disgrace to Dreamworks which I do not recommend. Where's the cleverness, people? Bad job, Jerry Seinfeld. I never liked your show anyway.

In other news, I have an insatiable craving to watch all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls.

Posted by Amanda at 4:50 pm in life
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head. ache.

November 27, 2007 :: Tuesday


That's it. I give up.

I wrote a really verbose and lengthy wall post on facebook to someone, and it got deleted before I could post it.

I just spent a billion hours writing the html for this post which was going to incorporate a billion pictures, initally. I forgot to save it before I posted it...the html is gone, and I don't feel like rewriting it.

I have a headache, and I wanna go to sleep. Or paint a picture.

In other news, I'm in the process of creating my Christmas list for my mom. You should go see it. And make one for yourself, I love looking at other peoples' wish lists. :)

Posted by Amanda at 9:08 pm in life
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peppermint bark and people-watching

November 28, 2007 :: Wednesday


A long time ago, a friend once told me that I'm a people-watcher.

I realized something about myself today: that I'm a people-watcher. I suppose I've denied it up until this point because it was always used as an excuse for my "quietness." Ever since kindergarten I've been called quiet, and it's a term in life that I've come to loathe. I absolutely can't stand it when someone tells me I'm quiet. Or shy. Because being quiet and shy has a different connotation than being selective and cautious.

Anyway though, I realized that when someone is talking to me (not directly; say they're talking to a large group which includes me), I tend not to listen to what they're saying a large part of the time; I'm more interested in psychoanalyzing them. Unless I'm one-on-one with someone, in which case I try my hardest to listen intently. People fascinate me.

But I'm just saying. I'd rather sit there and think about what kind of life Dianne has built for herself, how she got there, if others see her as I do, and what makes her like she is...rather than listen to her talk about process improvement.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

In other news, now that it's past Thanksgiving, I can make Christmas desserts and no one can get mad. :)

Posted by Amanda at 9:16 pm in life
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christmas list

November 29, 2007 :: Thursday


I need to go to a thrift store. But I'm too afraid to go alone. And too selfish to go with someone.

Even though tomorrow is my AWS day off, I get to go in and work overtime. MONIES.

Christmas list:



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"Harima-kun!"

December 02, 2007 :: Sunday


YA'LL. I had an amazing weekend.

Harima cake!

This is the birthday cake I made for David! It's his favorite character from a love/comedy anime series we've been watching, School Rumble. We actually finished it (the first season) last night, and OH MY GOODNESS, it was so good. I absolutely loved it. Here is the picture of Harima that I modeled the cake after:

My inspiration

In other news, we went to a Korean barbeque for David's birthday dinner. They have these little stoves that are embedded into your table, and you cooke your own food on it. Really our waitress cooked ours because we were so new. But the point is, it was really yummy.

Korean bbq

Saturday, Emily and I went shopping for dresses and shoes for the INPO Holiday Dinner Dance which is coming up. It was so much fun. I think we were gone for like five hours. Although an hour to an hour and a half of that was spent at California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. No one will ever go with me there! So I was way excited, and I finally satisfied my craving for California Club pizza. Yum.

I vacuumed my car today! It was actually kind of relaxing. I like cleaning and organizing things, especially when life is being mean to me; it makes me feel like I'm in control again.

One thing that makes me happy: David invited me to go to his house (in Texas) over Christmas break!!! I'm sooooo excited. :) I hope I can work it out and go!

Posted by Amanda at 5:48 pm in life
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is it over yet?

December 10, 2007 :: Monday


One thing that sucks is that my boyfriend is going home to Texas for three weeks on Saturday.

Another thing that sucks is MSI packages. I got home from work at 8:10 tonight. Tomorrow shall be the same. And I'm sure the rest of the week will match. And next week too.

So I've basically accepted the fact that my life will suck for the next two weeks.

Things that are seriously stressing me out right now:
* the upcoming end-of-semester performance review with Kevin
* no money for Christmas presents
* I need a couple thousand dollars by January 11th to pay for school
* why am I cursed with MSI packages

But some things that make me happy are:
* Tyler and Whitney
* Anais Nin
* eleven days off from work
* I get to visit David for a week after Christmas!
* I feel some serious free time coming up which shall be filled with arts and crafts

Posted by Amanda at 8:50 pm in life
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lucky

December 11, 2007 :: Tuesday


*Lucky and thankful* I owe zero dollars.

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Can I be done eating yet, please?

December 19, 2007 :: Wednesday


Listen. I cannot fit any more food into my stomach. There was so much free food today at work. And yesterday. And the day before. Like honestly. First I brought in home-made christmas sugar cookies. Then we had a small celebration for Chris which involved chocolate covered pretzels, a yule log, some fruit and cheese. THEN Kevin and Chris took us to Cheesecake Factory (where I got Orange Chicken and a slice of Original cheesecake). Then Tommy's mom brought in some cookies and some kind of other thing. Oh, and Chris made cupcakes. OH YEAH, and Whitney got me two Cadbury chocolate eggs which I HAD to eat. It's insane! Mind you, I didn't have one of everything. But honestly. This was all in one day. I'm sick of food.

In other news, today turned out to be AMAZING despite my pessimistic expectations. I finally got to have my semester performance meeting with Kevin where he said tons of positive things about my performance and gave me an amazing bonus. I was extremely pleased. I'm not even sure what I was expecting, but I'm just happy it was more than last time.

Another highlight is that Whitney, Tyler, and I exchanged Christmas gifts. :) I love my friends so much. Whitney got me an entire can of three different kinds of hot cocoa mix from Starbucks (tee hee!). Tyler gave me a copy of The Sound and the Fury, which is funny because I gave him a book of Faulkner's stories. Hehe. I am so excited about both of these presents. They know me so well.

Oh yeah, and Ma (quite unexpectedly) gave me a Hello Kitty puzzle!!! It's way cute, and it's the exact one I saw in Target the other day and wanted. Ma wasn't there though, so HOW did he know I wanted it? Oh, apparently he was stalking me. K.

Tomorrow is Thursday which means that this week is finally wrapping up. Finally! I need to finish buying Christmas presents and start packing for Texas. I don't really need to start packing for Texas (leaving Wednesday), but I'm way excited, and if I start packing, that means Wednesday will come even sooner, right?

Posted by Amanda at 6:20 pm in life
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Oops.

January 10, 2008 :: Thursday


Haha. Let's just pretend it hasn't been two and a half weeks since I last updated.

I am freaking exhausted. This is my schedule (nice and blurry for ya):

Spring 2008 Schedule

It's demanding, and it doesn't help that I haven't been particularly enjoying either work or school.

I wish I had been updating over the past couple of weeks though. Looking back, some interesting things have happened.

Oh well, it's too late now. :)

I ate too much sushi for dinner.

Also, I realized that I would write a lot more if I didn't feel like I had to censor my entries based on who I know reads them.

Posted by Amanda at 10:15 pm in life
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No work, no class.

January 11, 2008 :: Friday


One thing that I've noticed is that I become extremely apathetic to the world when I'm on my period.

Today was nice. No work, no class. I just hung out in my room and watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while I did my nails and some laundry. I also colored in my Hello Kitty 288 Coloring and Activity Pages coloring book and played some New Super Mario Bros. on my DS. Then David came over, and I broke my foot, and we (me, David, Alicia, Stephen, Spenser, Mitch, and Ma) went to Mary Mac's where they didn't have chicken and dumplings.

Emily has restored my faith in the female gender (which is good because I was just about to become completely settled in my opinion that they're all selfish back-stabbers). But some of them keep their promises and TELL you things. :)

Also, I didn't really break my foot. But I did cut my toe (deeply) open on my door.

The end.

Posted by Amanda at 10:28 pm in life
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Football + reading = bad

January 13, 2008 :: Sunday


Oh sheez, I'm exhausted. Listening to two football games while trying to read for my Technical Communications class only ends in a headache. What a long day.

Let's see, stuff that happened this weekend. I got two parking tickets, and I STILL don't understand what I did wrong. David and I went to my brother's basketball game. I played some video games such as Smash with David. Mind you, he is ridiculously good (like, ridiculously) so I was only trying to learn from him, not beat him. I feel that I made some progress.

Oh yes, and one other notable event is that I have finally seen The Princess Bride. Thank you.

Posted by Amanda at 8:27 pm in life
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I meant to...

January 22, 2008 :: Tuesday


I meant to blog. I meant to do that combinatorics homework earlier. I meant to go to the grocery store, do my laundry, and take out my trash.

I've been meaning to do a lot of things this weekend but failed to do so whether it was due to sheer busy-ness or unpredicted anxiety attacks.

However, here is some fun stuff that I did this weekend:

I bleed white and gold.

It snowed! It snowed in Georgia! Finally. So David and I played in the snow Saturday morning and had snowball fights and stuff. That was good. Here is the football stadium, for those of you who were wondering what it looked like covered in snow. I figured Glen could appreciate this one:

Stadium

Also, we watched the best indie film (from New Zealand) the other night, called Eagle VS Shark.

Eagle VS Shark

It was SO GOOD. Wicked good. All who have seen it say it was a rip-off of Napoleon Dynamite - only better. Where all = me, David, Adrian, and Mitch. Ma didn't like it.

I also saw 27 Dresses yesterday. Bad. It probably would have been better had I not had so much homework I was supposed to be doing.

Anyway, I've been super busy lately. I barely have time to breathe, let alone go to the grocery store. Maybe I'll be able to come up for air on Thursday or Friday.

Also, Alicia and Stephen made THE BEST homemade sushi tonight for dinner. Like, wow. Why was it so good.

I have been doing school since 8:30 this morning. Break for dinner only. Good. Night.

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I woke up this morning.

January 25, 2008 :: Friday


I woke up this morning and weighed myself (as per usual) and was pleased to discover that I now weigh 139.0 pounds. It's been such a long time since I've seen the 30's on that scale. This makes 14 pounds that I've lost. ^^

Also, I forgot to mention that I've made two of my 21 things to do before I'm 22 goals recently: I've completed one whole journal (I use a Moleskine, but who doesn't), AND I've lost ten pounds. This makes a total of three goals that I've completed (as I also gave up chocolate for twenty-one days that one time), so I like where this is going.

Also, I need these bookmarks by Bob's Your Uncle, please, particularly the Unputdownable:

Bookworm Bookmarks by Bob's Your Uncle


Posted by Amanda at 11:36 am in life
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Things are different.

February 10, 2008 :: Sunday


Things are different when you pay for school yourself. Things are different when you pay for your own car, insurance, maintenance, gas, and all, and they're different when it gets hit while it's sitting on the side of the street and no one leaves a note.

Things are different when the burden of paying for your own medical expenses rests on your shoulders. They're different when you have a heart condition related to stress, and your "friends" stress you out by being unsupportive.

Things are different when everyone wants a piece of your time, but you don't even have enough time to watch a movie with your boyfriend or go to your brother's basketball game or visit your dad who's only in town once a month. And they're different when you miss your mom when she's not even far away.

Well I realize that I'm different than everyone else, just like I hope you realize that you're different too.

And when people push me around for not taking a "one hour" break on a Saturday to go to Maggiano's, I'm sorry, but I'm going to say things are different for me. I know what I have to do to keep myself happy, and I know what I have to do to succeed.

It's the times when I feel most alone that I feel like I can conquer the world.

So thank you for reminding me that I'm different.

Posted by Amanda at 8:35 am in life
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Don't let your boyfriend go to East Side Market three days before Valentine's day.

February 13, 2008 :: Wednesday


I just wanted to say that the world is smiling at me again now that that horrible test is over. I don't know how or why it took over my life.

I have another test tomorrow, but I quite enjoy studying for math.

About David's Valentine's Day present. (Is "day" supposed to be capitalized?) I can tell you a sad story now that I already gave it to him.

So a couple of months ago David and I were at Wal-Mart, (Why? I dunno, don't think about it) and he really wanted some Shock Tarts. Well he couldn't find any, and anyway they're not called Shock Tarts anymore, they're called SweeTarts Shockers, and they're extra hard to find. So I thought it was a brilliant idea to buy him a twenty-four roll box of them online (like the boxes you see at gas stations) for Valentine's day. They came in on Monday. :)

David texts me on Monday night to tell me that East Side Market (the convenience store on the east side of campus) has Shock Tarts and he's so happy and he bought four rolls!!! x.x *death* So naturally I started crying, partly because I was exhausted and partly because WHY IS MY LUCK SO BAD LATELY. Anyway, then I started laughing because honestly, why is my luck so bad lately? This only happens in the movies. But that's ok, 'cause I like movies, and my luck is going back to normal. ^^

Anyway, so I gave him the Shock Tarts because I couldn't stand watching him eat the ones he bought. Lol. The end.

Posted by Amanda at 6:54 pm in life
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I can breathe again.

February 17, 2008 :: Sunday


*sigh of relief* A lot of times these days it's hard for me to look ahead and remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So this weekend's unexpected amount of non-schoolwork time was HIGHLY welcomed. And much needed. That was a rough couple of weeks. :)

Honestly though, I AM having fun. I was getting bored of working ten hours a day. Going to work AND school AND having extracurriculars is quite the challenge. But I enjoy it. I love challenges.

So about this weekend. David and I had to do Valentine's Day on Friday because he had three tests to study for on Thursday. So I was starting to get really disappointed because all he had given me for the occasion was a heart-shaped box of Reese's. Don't get me wrong, Reese's ARE my favorite, but I dunno? Maybe I've been spoiled in the past.

Anyway, so I knew that he had made reservations for this sushi place called Silk. But THEN he surprised me with tickets to go see Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Tavern!!! I was so excited because I've wanted to go for so long. : )

Then yesterday I got to go to my brother's basketball game and my mom and sister went, so I was so. excited. Then we went home and my mom cooked yummy steaks and we talked for a little bit and then I had to leave.

Then I got back to my apartment and we (David, Spenser, Adrian, Jenny, Alyssa, and I) decided to go to Jenny's house to hang out in her jacuzzi.

And that was pretty much it. A much needed break from school work. And now I'm going to use today to get a head start on next week. :)

Posted by Amanda at 9:41 am in life
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I don't have time to go to class.

February 26, 2008 :: Tuesday


In order to reiterate and support my claim that I have absolutely no free time (since no one seems to believe me), I would just like to say: I don't even have time to go to class.

Honestly, I've never skipped so many classes in one semester. It's become a weekly occurrence, skipping a day of class to finish my assignments...and I only have class twice a week.

I don't even procrastinate. I started this effing 2200 project a week before it was due, and I still didn't get it finished. I started my freaking tech comm paper a week before it was due, and I still didn't have time to finish it.

I think I've lost hope in getting straight As this semester. Can I have permission to cry yet? Really, all I ever do anymore is cry and do homework. I'm not even kidding. Don't tell Kevin I worked on my CS project a little bit at work yesterday.

So anyway, I promise I'm not lying when I say I don't have time to hang out and that I have work to do. I promise I'm not ignoring your instant messages, I'm usually not even at my computer.

I promise I will be normal again after this semester is over. I hope I never have to work part-time and do school at the same time again.

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It is effing snowing.

March 08, 2008 :: Saturday


It was 70 degrees yesterday.

And now it is snowing.

It is effing snowing.

Posted by Amanda at 9:23 am in life
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On the secret mission

March 08, 2008 :: Saturday


Secret mission has been indefinitely postponed. By indefinitely, I mean we're moving it to next weekend.

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First New York, then West Palm Beach,...

March 09, 2008 :: Sunday


Spring Break starts this coming Friday! I'm going to have so much free time.

My plans? First we were going to go to New York. Then instead we decided we would go to West Palm Beach for a weekend to see my favorite band, Eve 6. Then David's brother was going to have a crawfish boil in New Orleans over the weekend.

But now we're just going to stay in Atlanta. :)

So here is what I'm going to do over Spring Break, a list:
  • Watch the first two seasons of Gilmore Girls
  • Decorate my room
  • Play Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Play Odin Sphere
  • Cook dinner
  • Bake stuff
  • Study for combo ^^;
  • Work on a new layout for the site
  • Go jogging
  • Go shopping
  • Visit my friends and family
Should be good.

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Oh yeah, thanks for reminding me.

April 11, 2008 :: Friday


This week I was reminded of one billion reasons why I don't like people and why it's better to be a recluse.

I usually try to fight this opinion, but...I'm just over it.

Also, I'm horrifically sick. Hot flashes, coughing, running nose, etc. And it's not just allergies.

I've canceled my activities for the day, and I'm going to sit quietly in my bed coding my databases project and listening to my favorite song on repeat.

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Sometimes

May 12, 2008 :: Monday


Sometimes I just don't feel like writing. But I usually regret it later.

So what I did was, I went to Texas. Last week. Didn't mention it, I know, sorry about that. Specifically, we (David and I) went to Auburn to attend his brother's graduation, New Orleans to stay at his grandparent's house for a night, then to Katy, TX (his home town) for two and a half days. It was a lot of fun, and we did a lot of fun things, but I really just don't feel like writing about it.

Today was the first day back at work. Busy, busy, busy. But wow, my bosses are really thankful. Like, wow.

Also, my grades turned out way better than expected. My GPA went up! :)

Major family issues right now, most likely contributing to a majority of my apathetic mood. I have a tendency to repress bad situations. My period contributes the rest.

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Is that your lunch?

May 27, 2008 :: Tuesday


Whenever I'm walking around with a Starbucks or like a pack of M&Ms around lunch time someone, SOMEONE, always feels the need to ask me, "Is that your lunch?"

WTF? Of course that's not my lunch! Do I LOOK extremely anorexic and malnourished? I don't think I do, thanks.

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Starbucks much?

June 18, 2008 :: Wednesday


Panda Coffee


This guy at work named Matt started the "Amanda Panda of the Day" a semester or two ago, meaning he finds a picture of a panda, sticks a humorous caption on it, and sends it out via email with the subject of "Amanda Panda of the Day." This was today's Amanda Panda of the Day, photo shopped courtesy of our dear friend John.

I may go to Starbucks a little too frequently, and they know it. :)

In other news, my favorite band is coming to concert on August 1st!!! I'm wicked excited.

My favorite pair of (work) heels broke today. Luckily, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse had one last pair of black Steve Madden P-Vittas, size 7 1/2. For the third time in a row.

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Three years later

June 22, 2008 :: Sunday


What happened was, the hard drive in my laptop crashed. Lovely. Luckily, my dad is a computer guru, and he knows tricks about putting hard drives in freezers. I'm not kidding.

Friday, David and I went to see "Get Smart." It was a lot funnier than I expected. My expectations were low for some reason, despite the fact that Steve Carell was in it. I love Steve Carell. And Anne Hathaway. Love Anne Hathaway.

Yesterday, David, Ashleigh, Mike, and I went to my dad's house on account of my aunt, uncle, and three cousins coming to visit from Boston. We played Texas Hold 'Em (I'm still learning the ropes) and watched "Fool's Gold" and just hung around. It was nice. My cousins are still little (7, 9, and 12 or something of the like).

Today Ashleigh and I layed out in the pool and talked. It was nice. It's always nice just talking with your sister.

Now I will probably go set up my web design site because I think I've finally managed to come up with a name for it that I actually like. And whose domain name is still available.

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Such is life

July 08, 2008 :: Tuesday


My family has been going through trying situations for quite sometime now. This weekend everything broke. It was filled with tears, hugs, swimming, yelling, ice cream, neighbors, friends, name-calling, support, lots of processed sugar, uncertainty, promises, anger, admiration.

My mom is a strong woman, and I hope I can be as brave as she is when the time comes that I need to be.

Everything will be okay.

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The Sliding Rock

July 14, 2008 :: Monday


Last weekend my friends and I went to The Sliding Rock in Toccoa, GA at Tallulah Gorge. We stayed at Pink's gorgeous, humongous, homely house on Friday night (the drive there was two hours), and left Saturday morning around 8:30 to head off to the gorge.

All of us before we trekked down five hundred stairs and got to the rock
All of us before we trekked down five hundred stairs and hiked to the rock.

Now, in order to reach this sliding rock, which is a natural water slide if you need some kind of explanation, we had to descend five hundred stairs to get to the top of the river. Then we had to rock hop, climb, jump over and under trees, pulls ourselves up things, and maintain perfect balance on sloping inclines on a path all along the river. Mind you, this was no marked path. Oh no. It was choose your own adventure style. It was so much fun. At the end of the approximately one mile hike you get to the sliding rock and well pretend you're at White Water. Only it's better. And there are WAY less people there. It was such a blast.

This picture gives you a little scope of the angle and length of the rock
This picture gives you a little scope of the angle and length of the rock.

Friends, in action
Friends, in action.

Everyone in the hole at the top of the rock before the water pulls you down into the land of no turning back
Everyone in the hole at the top of the rock before the water pulls you down into the land of no turning back.

David and me
David and me.

It was such a blast. I can't wait to go back. But for now, I am wicked sore. :)

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A letter to my cell phone

July 20, 2008 :: Sunday


Dear BlackBerry Pearl,

I can't believe you're doing this to me. I've only dropped you twice in the twelve months that we've been together and never ever lost you, and this is how you repay me?

I mean, telling me to delete my text messages because my sim card is full when you're actually supposed to be deleting them for me every thirty days AND it's not even full yet is one thing, but randomly deleting all my call histories while I'm TRYING to find a number that I hadn't yet saved to my address book? That'll freak a girl out! At least make sure I'm not looking if you want to delete things of your own accord.

And this thing where you don't know how to play my ring tone anymore? Not. Nice.

I'm leaving you tomorrow, and I just wanted to make sure you know why. Yes, it's off to the T-Mobile store, and I'm going to UPGRADE you because my one-year contract is up.

That's what you get.

Love,
Amanda

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Rest In Peace

July 21, 2008 :: Monday


Martin
January 31, 1986 - July 21, 2005.

Martin, I miss you. XO

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What's that? I'm the only one who hasn't seen Dark Knight?

July 22, 2008 :: Tuesday


Yeah, what else is new.

These notebooks are!!!

notebooks


WHY are they so cute?! I bought them from Target on Saturday.

I love buying school supplies. The paper, the notebooks, the binders. I can't be alone here, right?

I'm so excited for classes to start that I even went so far as to buy a couple of my textbooks already. WHAT? It's not like I bring my books to work and make study guides during lunch or anything while I'm sitting there hoping that no customers come in mistaking me for the help desk or an admin. assistant and fearing that a full-timer will come in and ask me what the heck I'm doing, I'm co-oping this summer, not taking classes.

Anyway. I'm going to grab some oreos and continue my Gilmore Girls marathon.

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Oh hi.

July 30, 2008 :: Wednesday


Don't worry! I'm still alive. I've been working on a new layout for the blog, meaning I've either been in the designing mode or the coding mode, but not the writing mode. :) Also, I went to the Cheesecake Factory today for their $1.50 slice day! YUM.

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Eve 6 and my busy life

August 04, 2008 :: Monday


Busy busy busy. I've been so. Busy. And it won't be settling down anytime soon.

Eve 6

Friday, David, Tyler, Emily, and I drove two hours south to see Eve 6 (my favorite band!!) at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA. It was such a blast besides the part where they only played for forty-five minutes, and it was filled with kids covering their ears because it was loud and their moms getting angry and asking you to please not stand in the front because my kids can't see. WHATEVER LADY. It's a freaking concert. Your kids can't even understand the lyrics. Get out of here.

Anyway. Thursday I'm heading to Massachusetts to visit my grandfather who's been really sick. Our whole family is going (my whole mom's side, that is). She has six brothers and sisters, just to give you some scope. Plus their kids. We're all like, 15 and up though, except for two.

So I worked a twelve hour day today, and I plan to do the same tomorrow in order to make up for the hours I'll be missing at the end of the week. It really wasn't that bad today.

Only two more days left in my work week!

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LOL

August 17, 2008 :: Sunday


Me, David, Emily, and Tyler at the GA Aquarium

Hahaha. This is just the funniest picture to me.

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Can I get a little help here?

August 29, 2008 :: Friday


So I went to talk to my psych professor this morning before class about the little issue I was having on Wednesday. He told me that he wouldn't call on me, told me that I probably don't have social anxiety disorder, and he gave me a pamphlet for the Georgia Tech Counseling Center.

I called the Counseling Center to make an appointment with the Psychiatry Clinic. The lady kept calling out times during which I had class, her favorite being Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10am when I have psychology. And if you look a couple of posts back, you'll see that Tuesdays and Thursdays are out of the question. So I said to the lady, "The best time for me would be Monday, Wednesday, or Friday anytime except 10am." She says, "Well this isn't going to work. We're into October now [as far as appointments go], and this isn't going to work."

WTF. So what, you're not going to help me? That's the end of it? I have no other options? I just CAN'T GET HELP?

Way to make me feel cared about, Georgia Tech Counseling Center.

Ridiculous.

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This was my Saturday

September 01, 2008 :: Monday


David, the sorcerer
David, the sorcerer.

One of the waterfalls
Both of the waterfalls, although the most distant one is hard to see. We climbed up just beside the closest waterfall to get to the farther one where we climbed behind it (behind the falling water, in case you need some clarification) to chill out.

Me and David
Me and David.

All of us (except Stephen)
All of us (except Stephen).

Emily jumping off the rock
Emily jumping off the "poop" rock. Don't ask.

David and me
David and me. The sun was in our eyes. More so in David's. Hehe.

Emily, Spenser, Tyler, William
Emily, Spenser, Tyler, and William.

We went to Brasstown, South Carolina to hike to, climb up, and climb behind two waterfalls.

My new favorite thing is sitting behind waterfalls with my friends.

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Happy Birthday Nick!!

September 02, 2008 :: Tuesday


Nick and Me
Hehe. This is an old picture! Kinda :)


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I know.

September 18, 2008 :: Thursday


I know that I haven't updated in awhile, but the truth is, I just didn't feel like it.

Another factor is that for some reason I can't SFTP into my web space provider's server, meaning I can't upload any pictures. Hey guys, what's going on over there?

I am going to be so busy until I leave for Grace Hopper. For some reason, all of my classes (three) decided that they needed to set TBD dates for their tests. I predict that they will all fall during the time period that I am in Colorado. Meaning I will have to take them early. So far, I am one for zero. I found out today that my OS test is on October 2nd.

I have at least two tests, two projects, and one quiz before I leave on September 30th. Pray for me. :)

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Return from Grace Hopper 2008

October 04, 2008 :: Saturday


Well, I am back from Colorado. I have a ton of thoughts and opinions and memories about the trip, but I'm actually too tired to relay them in writing. So sorry. :) Here is one picture taken at the conference center.

Walkway at Grace Hopper 2008 in Keystone, CO
Walkway at Grace Hopper 2008 in Keystone, CO

I will say that the parts of Colorado that I saw were beautiful. The only thing is that no one could breathe what with being 10,000 feet above sea level.

If you'd like to see more pictures, check Facebook. It's good to be home. :) Good night!

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I'm a sickling.

October 10, 2008 :: Friday


I woke up this morning determined to go to 10am Psychology because it was the day before Fall Break and we were having a guest lecture - I figured it was a prime day for our professor to offer extra credit for being in class. Apparently he does that - it says so in the syllabus.

Unknown to me, after I got out of the shower I would then proceed to cough up nothing for 50 (fifty) minutes. That's right, I couldn't go five to ten seconds without coughing.

David came back from his 9am class and drove me to the Student Health Center where I officially lost all faith in Georgia Tech's student services. Parking, housing, counseling center, health center...the whole lot of them.

I've never been to the freaking health center so how was I supposed to know that they don't take walk-ins? WTF? Yeah hi, what about emergencies?

Anyway, after the receptionst made me feel dumb about not knowing this, and while I was trying so hard not to cough on her, and after I told her what was wrong with me and she said, "Is that it?" like I was trying to act like I was dying, she finally told me that I could have an appointment that was in fifteen minutes. I said yes, sat in the waiting area and cried. David was also there, bless his soul.

The story ends in a happy ending in which my doctor was really nice and gave me medicine, and David surprised me with a white rose when he came by to check on me after his last class of the day.

The end. :)

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Calm

November 09, 2008 :: Sunday


Flowers that Emily gave me for my birthday
Flowers that Emily gave me for my birthday.

Guys, I was so productive today. I read this article yesterday at PsychologyToday.com called The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment, and it has just made me so CALM and focused. I was so productive today!

I have a billion things to do between now and the next five weeks that separates me from finals. I have five finals, by the way. How did I go from having three finals to having five?

Oddly enough though, I'm not even stressed out. I am calm. :)

I am going to end this productive day by watching Kodocha with David when he gets here any minute. Good night. :)

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Broncos and stuff

November 18, 2008 :: Tuesday


Guys. There has been nothing to write about these days, I promise. I've just been doing school. You don't want me to write about school.

David, Adrian, and Spenser all looking excited for the game which is about to start
David, Adrian, and Spenser all looking excited for the game which is about to start.

Sunday though, David, Adrian, Spenser, and I went to the Georgia Dome to watch the Broncos play the Falcons. David is a huge Broncos fan, like, he really likes them a lot. A lot, a lot. The Broncos won, but it was a really good game, apart from the lady next to me making sure I knew I was a "traitor." I wanted to smack her in the face.

Anyway though, I have a Design of Operating Systems test on Thursday and a huge Networking project due on Friday. This is the part where the professors squeeze as much work as they can in before Thanksgiving break. :)

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Best to turn those things off

November 19, 2008 :: Wednesday


The most interesting things always happen in my Psychology class.

There is this guy who sits in the front of the classroom, first row, in the corner, left-hand side if you're looking out from the podium at the front of the room. He's always been kind of awkward and random as sometimes he'll burst into laughter in the middle of class for no apparent reason other than something must be funny that he has pulled up on his laptop. He then proceeds to quickly cover his mouth with both hands as he ducks down in his seat as an attempt to quiet himself, drawing more attention to himself than deferring. This happens at least once a week.

Today said guy's cell phone went off in the middle of class. No big, he shut it up. One would have thought he was putting it on silent. It rings again. This time he answers it. In the loudest, most awkward whisper I've ever heard, "HELLO, DAD? DAD, I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF MY PSYCHOLOGY CLASS, I'LL CALL YOU BACK."

Everyone in the classroom started snickering, and the professor was so confused and trying to figure out what was going on and where this noise was coming from. "What? I'm sorry, what? I can't---I can't hear you..." He thought someone was trying to talk to him, but he wasn't quite sure, because please just try to imagine what a loud, awkward, hushed, hurried whisper sounds like coming from the guy who is probably a CS major, doesn't turn his cell phone off after it rings in the middle of class, and bursts into laughter at random intervals. IT'S SO FUNNY.

Finally, someone said, "He's on the phone" and the professor, in this so-that's-where-that-noise-is-coming-from tone, was just like, "Oh." He was so happy that he wasn't hearing things. "Best to turn those things off."

LOL. Best not to answer your cell phone during class.

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Too headache-ish for a title

November 25, 2008 :: Tuesday


When I feel like my life is out of my control, I often engage in an organizational activity such as cleaning or list-making:

People to buy gifts for:
David - birthday
Mike (brother) - birthday
Mom - Christmas
Dad (Step) - Christmas
Ashleigh (sister) - Christmas
Mike (brother) - Christmas
David - Christmas
Dad - Christmas
Mom (Step) - Christmas
Mason (half-brother) - Christmas
Olivia (half-sister) - Christmas
Secret Santa - friends
White Elephant - AOE

Money that I have:
$0

I can't wait for work to start up again. :)

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Happy birthday to my two favorite boys

November 30, 2008 :: Sunday


Happy birthday Mikey and David! I love you both. :) Why do you have the same birthday?

Ashleigh, Mike, Me
OMG he's 16!

David and me
OMG he's 21!


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Everyone is so self-righteous

December 28, 2008 :: Sunday


Sup. It's been awhile, eh? When all you do is play Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and work on your website for 53 Luna Station all the day, there really isn't anything substantial to blog about. :)

Nah, but seriously. I started back to work the other week (the Monday after finals), so I've been doing that on weekdays. Other than that, my time has been filled with sleeping, unpacking, and attempting to clean/organize my stuffs. WHY do I have so much stuff?! Like wow. Only tonight when I was trying to shove all my craft stuff into one of my huge ceiling-high bookcases did I realize how much stuff I have. I can't move anything because there is nowhere to put it. This is the part where I throw stuff out.

I can't WAIT until Monday. Monday is the day that I go to Texas to visit David who I haven't seen since the Saturday after finals. I miss the boy, I'll tell you that. I can't WAIT to give him his presents!!! I'm seriously not sure if I'm more excited to see him or to give him his presents. I can't stop looking at them. They are just so good and pretty.

Anyway, I'll soon have something to show for all the hours I've put in for the 53 Luna Station website. Other than that, all I've seriously been doing is playing Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

Also, I am newly obsessed with Third Eye Blind. (I need new music. I keep going back to my old stuff.)

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Heart attack in the morning, heart attack in the afternoon

January 06, 2009 :: Tuesday


People on the road today were idiots. I almost died twice. That is all.

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Lost my title-making privileges for awhile

January 09, 2009 :: Friday


Last post's title was dumb. Don't let me do that again.

I have to do some stuff for a client, then do some work for the AOE website, clean some stuff, then I'm headed to Tech for the weekend.

That's all I really have to say. I thought there was something else, something more substantial, but there wasn't.

Happy Friday.

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Where'd my day go

January 12, 2009 :: Monday


This one time today I went to get my hair cut at 4:00pm. The wait time was estimated to be thirty minutes. Ninety minutes later, I got my hair cut.

So I'm pretty much loving being Webmaster of AOE. Everyone is being so helpful and loving with ideas for the new design. :)

My weekend is quickly becoming filled with fun events. Yayuh for three day weekends!

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Suck.

January 26, 2009 :: Monday


I just don't have anything to write about. I've tried for a couple days now, and just...nothing.

I've nothing I want to write about and nothing you'd want to read. Suck.

Also, I am going to stop saying suck as the replacement for a choice expletive. It sounds too much like, well, you know.

Someone always turns around and shouts,

"WHAT did you say?!"

"I said, 'suck'."

"OH SURE."

I don't curse. I'd rather say something entertaining to express my grief.

ANYWAY. Don't tell anyone that I'm about to go watch The Bachelor. See ya.

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I miss this girl

January 28, 2009 :: Wednesday


Emily and me

I miss Emily so much! She's off in a magical world carrying out her internship with Disney. Impressive? Um, yes.

Anywho, she's coming home to visit for the weekend! I'm so excited, I can't wait. We are going to do fun activities such as going to karaoke. Bring me to Friday, please.

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Milestones

January 31, 2009 :: Saturday


One of my favorite feelings in life is the feeling you get when you reach a milestone. A milestone that redefines your sense of self, renews your self-confidence, your sense of adventure, and motivates you to keep loving life.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to experience two milestones:

1. My undergrad research paper gets accepted to a conference. For three years of my undergrad, I participated in a program at the CoC called Intel Scholars where I am paired with another undergrad student and a PhD "mentor" to pursue a topic of research. We explore that area of research, form a hypothesis on a specific topic, test the hypothesis, do presentations, compete against other Intel Scholars, etc. It's basically a glorified science fair. (I always loved science fairs).

At my last ever competition (you compete in three, one for each year in the program), I was the only "senior" whose project didn't place in any of the categories. I always attributed that to the topic of my research: "Characterizing and Understanding Game Reviews." Not exactly the most technical topic - others were doing research with robots, redefining the way search engines work, etc which is what the judges were apparently looking for.

My first year in the program, I told my mentor that what I wanted to get out of the program was a published paper, something I could put on my resume that said I made a significant contribution to the project, and that I did what I did and I did it well.

Yesterday, I finally got the reinforcement that I was craving, and I got it in a form that none of the other senior scholars got: acceptance to a conference. (Not that they tried). Getting accepted to this conference was very important to me. Now I feel confident that my research wasn't inferior to everyone else - it was just less technical, a different flavor, and it was good enough to be accepted into a conference. That's all I wanted.

2. I sing in front of people - for the first time in my life. I absolutely love singing, so much that I never sang for anyone in my life for fear that I would suck at it...and I didn't want to know if I did. Add to that the fact that I suffer from social anxiety and you can see how this has always been a terrifying idea to me.

Last night me and my friends all went out for (Asian-style) karaoke. This is the second time they've done it in the past month. The first time I opted out because I was terrified. I couldn't imagine singing in front of so many people. That's so many opportunities to get rejected. I agreed to go with them last night, as terrified as I was. (Yesterday was horrible, in all the anticipation I tried to make myself sick and lose my voice and find any excuse not to go).

Finally we got there, went into our little booth, everyone starts choosing songs and getting up there in pairs to sing. David and I go up to sing "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence. I was going to sing the guy part and he was going to sing the girl part. When it came time for me to sing my part, I somehow forgot the song I knew so well (even though the words were on the screen) and my voice wouldn't come out. David sang the whole song alone and then we sat down. Emily (as sweet as she is) kept trying to find songs that she and I could sing together, songs that I would be comfortable with. She was so willing to sing anything that I would sing - then she knew she found the perfect song: "Hands" by Jewel.

So we went up there, somehow I found my voice, and we sang the entire song together. (Except for the part where Emily sneakily turned off her microphone so that I was the only one singing!) But then it was over and everyone told me I have such a pretty voice and why didn't I ever sing before. :)

So that's that. And I couldn't be happier.

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Blue moon

February 19, 2009 :: Thursday


Every once in a blue moon when I check my AWStats, I remember that some people actually come to my blog to read things. And so I become motivated to write again.

David and Me

I think I've finally figured out a schedule for the semester that allows me to spend my free time equally with myself, boyfriend, and friends. Hopefully I can start up some arts and crafts again and have pretty things to blog about.

Other than that, I've been steadily working on my client's website as well as the new website for AOE (to be released by next Wednesday!)

Ok, well I just wanted to stop in to say hey and hope that you continue to check back for the day that I have something more interesting to blog about. :)

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A list, of sorts

February 25, 2009 :: Wednesday


I am a very goal-oriented person, and as such, I am a list-maker. I like all of my tasks to be organized and sitting in front of my face in such a way that reminds me of their importance and provides a way for me to visually acknowledge that I have accomplished something.
    A list of personal goals that are more likely to be achieved if I write them down:
  • Play more video games. Seriously. As a Computer Science major at Tech, I live in a world of gamers. I hate not being able to talk intelligently on a wide variety of games. It's always, "Oh, I've heard of that! I haven't played it yet though." Yes, I've played more video games than the average girl, but it's not nearly enough to keep up with the boys. Not yet, anyway.
  • Watch more movies. For some reason, when I was growing up, I always considered watching TV and going to movies to be a waste of time. I believed that I could be more productive by doing other thing such as having my own website in sixth grade. Now that I'm older, I view films as pieces of literature that have come to life. I'm always up for a good story. I have so many movies to catch up on.
  • Read more literature. Love books. Always have, always will. I want to read all the classics and everything modern and everything in between. I always push back my reading time because a lot of times I feel guilty for enjoying an activity that is not related to school or work.
So that's that, and this is the part where I go to sleep! Night.

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Magic and headaches

March 02, 2009 :: Monday


Guys. I get headaches everyday, and it's starting to get on my nerves. They usually start around just after lunch, and they're gone by about half an hour after I get home from work (4:30pm). Except on Wednesdays, when I have to go to campus and attend two meetings...then the headaches are gone by about half an hour after I get home (9:00pm).

Tyler and I booked our hotel for March 19 - March 22 today, during which time me, David, and Tyler will be taking a road trip down to Orlando to visit Emily (!!) and do fun activities that one can only do in a magical world.

Now that my headache is almost gone, I'm gonna go work on some stuff for my client's website, and I want to finish up the AOE non-member site tonight to present at Wednesday's meeting. And THEN...I'm going to watch the season finale of THE BACHELOR at 8pm.

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Shouldn't I be having more free time right now?

March 17, 2009 :: Tuesday


Ah, yes. It's been awhile. I've been so busy. I have no idea where all my time went for the last week!

Last weekend was packed with fun and exciting things.

Friday night, David and I went on a date (!!) to an amazing sushi restaurant called Silk where we ate beer-battered sea bass, a bagel roll, and a ninja roll. SO GOOD. After that we zoomed over to the movie theater to watch Slumdog Millionaire, which was SO GOOD by the way. It was a really solid film. After the movie, we proceeded to Haagen-Dazs where I got mocha chip (or some such flavor) ice cream, David got triple chocolate (or some such flavor) + chocolate chip, and a cute three-year old was copying every move that I was making and then she would check to see if I was watching. SHE WAS SO CUTE.

Saturday we tried to go to Momocon, Georgia Tech's anime convention. By "tried" I mean we went there, the line was a billion people long to get to the shops, so we looked at some costumes then went to Popeye's. I had never been to Popeye's before, and I must say that it was tasty.

Sunday was the busiest day, in which I drove up to my dad's house to have lunch with my other family in celebration of his birthday. We hung out for about two hours at Jason's Deli, then I came back home to pick up my mom at which point we went shopping for a dress for my formal (!!). After that was finished, we came home and Mom prepared our traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner: corned beef + cabbage (and potatoes and carrots and bread). I am part Irish and part French. And some Scottish. Anyway. David and Spenser came over for that, so that was fun.

Then yesterday was Monday, and somehow my work day flew by, and I felt like I hadn't accomplished anything. Came home, worked on my client's site.

Now it's Tuesday, and this marks the first day of my "Nuclear Fundamentals for Non-Nuclear Personnel" three-day training course at work. I love being a (co-op) applications developer at INPO, but now that I'm a good four semesters into my co-op, I'm so excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the industry that I'm helping. And next week...I GET TO VISIT A PLANT - BELLEFONTE! I'm so excited. I can't wait.

On Thursday, David, Tyler, and I will be venturing on a road trip to DISNEY WORLD to visit EMILY, and I'm just so excited. I love road trips, and I love Emily, and I also love David and Tyler, and we can all just go ahead and assume that I love Disney World too.

Is it Thursday yet?

Also, and this is mostly for David, Yoshi has recently taken to sleeping like a person. I seriously did not help him do this:




Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Amanda at 7:09 pm in life
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You're lovely

April 11, 2009 :: Saturday


"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." It was mutual. And that's all I'm going to say. :)

I have like, infinitely more free time these days. I have been:
  • Writing a petition to the CoC faculty
  • Reading books (finished the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
  • Freelancing
  • Doing a billion philanthropy for AΩE (Tech Beautification Day, Relay for Life)
  • Registering for summer classes
  • Preparing for my cruise/conference
  • Not blogging
My favorite thing of the day:

Mario Firefox Theme
Um...this is, like, the best Firefox theme I've ever seen. I saw one of my AΩE sisters with it last night. Authored by this artistic individual. THE SCROLL BARS ARE PIPES. What else could you want?

Also, my new favorite picture:

My sorority sisters at the top of Stone Mountain
We climbed up Stone Mountain for our Spring sisterhood retreat. :)

Posted by Amanda at 5:02 pm in life
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I still love you, LPP

June 14, 2009 :: Sunday


My Dear Blog,

Yeah, hi. As you may or may not have noticed, I haven't updated in, well, a long time. We're gonna go ahead and blame that on a combination of the fact that you were loaded with viruses for a few months there and the fact that you need a new layout. My bad.

Anyway. I just wanted to stop by and tell you I'm still alive and having the favorite summer anyone could have. Classes keep me happily busy, and my friends are just amazing.

So get on the lookout for a makeover. I seriously owe.

Love,
Amanda

Posted by Amanda at 10:40 am in life
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So many things

July 25, 2009 :: Saturday


Now that I've got my issues with my hosting company squared away, I can actually make some posts. I've had so many things I wanted to blog about in the past couple of weeks, but I couldn't log in to my admin panel to access my entries database.

The summer semester is almost over! I have four finals next week: CS 2340 - Objects and Design, BIOL 1510 - Intro to Biology, CS 3240 - Compilers and Interpreters, PSYC 2240 - Personality Theory. I'll be done with finals on Wednesday, then I'm moving back home on Thursday.

I did the most exciting thing last week: BOUGHT/BUILT A NEW COMPUTER. Zomg, it's so good, I'll have to post details about it later. I freaking love it. I can't wait until finals are over so I can do some serious web design/development.

Well it's getting late, so Spenser and I are going to watch "The Notebook" and get some sleep. Night. : )

Posted by Amanda at 11:37 pm in life
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If I could tell the world just one thing

July 11, 2010 :: Sunday


catface My new cats are AWESOME. This is Cat Face.
Well. Here we are. It's been awhile. Almost a year to be exact. Not gonna lie, it wasn't by coincidence that my absence from this blog coincided with the most dramatic and life-changing year in my (almost) twenty-four years of living. It was rough. I didn't know what to do. I felt completely alone. And I had lost myself. But I'm glad to report that I'm feeling much more like myself these days.

It's not like I can detail the events of the past year to the entire internet (although it would make quite a story), so I will just give you the positive highlights and you can read the rest in my personal memoir which I plan on writing around the age of sixty.

Probably the two most exciting things that have happened are 1) I moved into an apartment and 2) I GOT TWO KITTENS!!! Omg, I can't even explain to you how in love I am with these cats. They are dilute tortoise shell sisters, discovered through an amazing organization called Rescue Cats. You should adopt a cat! EVERYONE SHOULD ADOPT A CAT!!!

Anyway, they're awesome and super entertaining. What's that? You know that I named my last cat Yoshi and you think that is the most awesome name for a cat and now you want to know what I named my newest two cuties? Well, ahem, ummm ok...their names are...Cat Face and Dog Face. HA. ^^; Spenser named them because I was taking too long and being a perfectionist about it. 'Nuff said. On a side note, Yoshi is safe and sound living at my parents' house with my brother.

Ummm, what else exciting happened? Oh yeah, I made this new layout. Finally, right? I'm still tweaking it a bit, but it really makes me want to dive into a box of Peeps. I don't even like Peeps.

Anyway, I'll be back soon, I promise, because I feel like I should do a post entirely dedicated to Dog Face. Love!

Posted by Amanda at 12:24 pm in life
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