In regards to my previous post, I’m pretty creeped out. The same thing happened again on Tuesday. Sensing that he got our attention this time, the guy shouted at us to “close the doors.” We received a noise complaint note the day following the night I noticed the flashing lights and we originally thought that the note was from the same lady who complained the first time when my roommates had their ex-suitemates over for dinner. Now, we think it’s him. It’s also likely that the lady and this guy is from the same unit. I don’t even understand how they can hear us talking since we weren’t screaming or holding a freaken party. It was only like 10:30pm at night and they were the furthest unit away from us that could potentially feel the effects of “noise traveling and bouncing off the walls.”
I was doing Insanity with two of my apartmentmates earlier today and I got the left side, which puts me in clear view if somebody wanted to look through our window. As I was doing the workout, I noticed that an apartment unit across from me kept flicking their light on and off in random intervals. At some point I was afraid to look and to continue standing there because I started noticing some guy standing outside his balcony. I am quite sure that it was a guy because although I wasn’t able to see his face, I saw his arm and it was pretty muscular. It was as if he was flicking the lights to get me to look towards his direction because I honestly doubt that the lights were flicking involuntarily. I no longer saw him or the lights flicking when I switched places and after the workout ended, so that was a little creepy. I could have mistaken and he could have been trying to catch someone else’s attention at my apartment complex, but I highly doubt it. What would be the chances that two adjacent/close-to adjacent units would be doing something in clear view at the same time at like 11pm at night?
Jordyn of the USA women’s gymnastics team in the summer Olympics 2012 is in one of my classes! I am quite sure that it was her.
As I was saying on my previous post, I was walking and texting. I usually look up periodically to make sure I’m not going to walk into someone or something. This time was different because when I looked up, some guy smiled at me and started talking to me. I was a little confused because I did not recognize him at all, yet he was looking directly at me and trying to make conversation with me as if he knew me. This marked the third time that some guy started talking to me as I was walking and texting that day (and this occasion proved that I should probably stop doing this). However, the first two times were guys I actually knew. This one, was a complete stranger who ended up hitting on me and flirting with me. First he said he liked what was going on with my outfit (I was just wearing a gray shirt with bright teal shorts), then he told me he wasn’t from around here and wanted to know a good place to go around here. I told him and then he cut me off saying he knew where we should go for our first date (the place I mentioned). First date… WTF? I don’t think I was doing anything to even indicate that I was remotely interested in him. I was just being nice and responding to his attempts at a conversation because I thought he was just being nice too. At that point, I knew I should probably just get away. But every time I tried to go, he tried to extend our conversation. I’m not sure if he was actually interested or if he was on a quest to get as many girls as he possibly could. Or if this was some prank/project. I finally escaped… but not before he asked for my number. I knew I should have said no, but in the heat of the moment, I didn’t know how to reject him since we were getting along (somewhat pretending on my part). -_- I deeply regret this now but I’m so glad he hasn’t contacted me again since the encounter. I also won’t reply if he ever does. He had touched my hand/high-fived me twice, so I made sure to sanitize and wash my hands three times with soap afterwards.
I moved into my apartment last Sunday and we didn’t get internet until Thursday evening. I really don’t know how I actually survived. Well, here’s what I recalled for the past week.
Sat: My mom’s cousin’s wedding! I finally got to wear that blue floral high-low dress I got in the spring/summer on the last day of summer. We went to their house during the day and then to the dinner party at night. It was so unbelievably packed. Congrats to them!
Sun: My brother moved into his dorm. We got there about 45 minutes earlier than his given time and were not allowed in. Took a detour to Carl’s Jr. so that we (mainly me) can use the bathroom. His room was smaller than I thought it would be and it didn’t take long to settle in after we hand carried everything to his room. Yes, totally hand carried instead of using a cart because they ran out and we were running out of time in that parking lot. We were limited to 30 minutes, which totally wasn’t enough. My arm ached the next day. We got back home after dropping him off, only to send myself off like an hour later. My roommate already had her family rearrange the furniture in the room by the time I was just about to depart. The arrangement was pretty terrible initially, so I’m glad they did it Things did not properly fit in that room with the first arrangement when she moved in first. Her desk was really monstrous and was hard to work around (without moving her things).
Mon: Enormous activities were a let-down in that there were not many free things being given away this year. And I also did not try to find any activities. I ended up going to the library to start studying for my Chinese placement exam that was to happen on Wednesday. Afterwards, I met up with two people to sell books. I somewhat regret the prices I posted them up for because after arranging for the meet up, I realized that they were more in demand than I originally took them to be. That night, I did Day 8 of Insanity with one of my roommates. It was a bigger sweatfest than I expected. I wasn’t that sore the day after but my calves totally killed me on Wed.
Tues: Went to see Ellen with my cousin! The waiting process took a super long time and we were totally impressed with their stamps that couldn’t be seen under normal lights. Inside the studio, we got 2nd row center-left seats! It was so close. We saw Ellen (obviously), Snooki (guest DJ), Laura Graham, and Nicki Minaj. I was so excited when Ellen came out, but it was actually pretty difficult to hear and concentrate on what she was saying because our cheering prior Ellen’s appearance was deafening. Turns out we had to get up and cheer every time they took a break, which took away from the genuity of the experience. I still had a great time, though I wish the cheering was toned down and wasn’t as forced. The taping surprisingly took exactly one hour. The parts with Laura Graham aired on Wednesday and the part with Nicki Minaj aired on Friday. We left the taping with Nicki’s perfume, Minajesty. Traffic was as terrible as to be expected. I was dropped off at my apartment, where my roommates made dinner for their ex-suitemates (and me). I joined them in the middle of their dinner and just sat around listening to them talk for several hours before I headed to my room to finally start refreshing myself on my Chinese. They didn’t leave until around midnight.
Wed: Took the Chinese placement exam. It was a 30 minute writing portion and a 3 minute interview portion. It was shorter than I expected it to be and I may have underestimated how much they expected me to be able to recall Chinese characters. The last time I wrote in Chinese and spoke in Mandarin was 4 years ago. I was completely rusty. I didn’t end up passing the foreign language requirement, but I did get placed into the last quarter of elementary Chinese. Can’t say I was disappointed because I was actually prepared for even worse. By my current calculations, I also have the time to take a language. I just wanted to do this in the event that I was unable to enroll in Chinese later on if I ever wanted to/needed to. Given the results, I think I will want to take Chinese 3 over Spring (when it’s offered) on a pass/no pass basis and then Spanish for my fourth year, when my foreign language requirement is fulfilled and I don’t have to freak out if I can’t get in. Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m already talking about my fourth year. I did Insanity Day 10 and it was definitely not as bad as the Day 8. I’m working this according to my roommate’s schedule, so I obviously won’t be seeing much results at all.
Thur: I’ve been selling PDF books and I woke up early to go to campus to complete a transaction that was set for 10:30am. I initially didn’t want to because I didn’t have class until 12:30pm, but I later agreed. I got to the location right on time only to receive a text message right that second that he/she no longer needs it. This person made me wake up to get on campus a full 2 hours earlier than necessary only to cancel on me at the very last second. I will take this moment to say fuck you. But I didn’t dwell on that since I also scheduled to meet with my friend for lunch, or technically my breakfast since I didn’t eat yet. But since she’s a transfer (yay!), I showed her where her classes were first. Unfortunately, that walking around didn’t leave us much time to go off campus to eat, so we just ate on campus where I got a subway sandwich. I have been eating so many sandwiches lately. After we ate and talked, she left to meet up with her transfer friend while I went to find my own class and fill up water. It still left me time to spare and I got to class early, only to see that the classroom was pretty much completely full already. I forgot that this was how first days usually go. I was also not used to the student body size. I completely forgot how many people actually comes here. Anyways, my first professor was really engaging and she even introduced a new youtube channel for me to start watching. I liked the lecture and found out that I actually won’t be having class on Friday, so I decided that I was going to leave that night. My next class was a lab that wasn’t really a lab. It isn’t exciting but I’m glad that my TA seem relatively chill and not so harsh. This class might be a challenge. Sucks that it’s worth 6 units too. It could either help my GPA or break it even more. A huge risk, really. This class got out early and I got to talk to one of my friends after class. I’m so glad we were still able to bond after we haven’t spoken in a super long time. I mean, we reconnected in the summer but we actually still haven’t spoken for a year prior that. She’s such a friendly and happy person to be around, so I guess I’m not too surprised that things happened that way. Unfortunately, right when we parted ways, my right sandal’s strap snapped. I officially broke my shoe on my first day of school. Why did I not see that coming. Later that day, I sold 3 PDFs, which made up for my morning. After my last sale, I headed towards my bus stop to go back to the apartment since I was obviously not going to walk 20+ minutes to go back to the apartment with broken sandals. I was texting as I was walking, which I now see as a mistake. TO BE CONTINUED ON NEXT POST. THIS IS GETTING TO BE WAY TOO LONG OF A WALL OF TEXT.
Just ordered hair ties and a shirt at Mieux & Mieux, totaling at $9. Used the $10 gift card and their free shipping (will only last for about 3 more hours!), I got them for free! I’m so excited! I was a little hesitate on getting it earlier today but I’m so glad that I didn’t do it earlier because there is free shipping now. :)
Guess I’m not that into writing about my life anymore. Can’t really help it since not all that much happens. I finished summer school recently on Tuesday. I didn’t really study that much for the final and it didn’t seem to be a bad move after all because I still got my expected grade two days later. Pretty satisfied for sure. Right after I took my final, I went to my apartment to get the keys. I took about 50 pictures of random areas that I thought we could get charges on. I would really like to get all of the safety deposit back. Then I took the bus home. I didn’t bring any furniture with me and there’s no internet, so there wasn’t anything for me to stay for. I’m pretty glad I inputted my apartment address onto the iPad because I found a faster route home. There was apparently a commuter express bus during rush hours that stops less and goes to downtown faster. Last summer, I took the metro buses during rush hour to go home and the total trip costs me $3 and about 2.5-3 hours. This new bus I discovered would cut the cost to $2.75 and 2 hours. Better in terms of cost and time. And to my surprise, this new bus was actually a charter bus. Add comfort to that list.
Thursday was initially planned for LA fair but that plan fell through. So we ended up going to Boiling Crab. It was my first time and it was not bad. Couldn’t get over the fact that I had to use fingers initially since it was so slimy, but I did eventually. We went to the mall afterwards with intentions to get the free month supply of Origins eye cream but the supply of free samples was so small that not going the day the offer began left us empty handed in that respect. However, I did end up buying a braided belt. It was listed as $8.90 so I was expected to pay over $9. To my surprise, it was actually on clearance so I got it for a little over $2. That made me happy because I’ve been wanting a braided belt for a long time and the one that I found looked like exactly what I wanted. Plus I finally got to use that stupid Wet Seal card my friend and I stupidly opened together. Still trying to use my money’s worth but I’m not much of a shopper there.
Just yesterday, my friend went to Porto’s bakery again to buy pastries for our other friend who’s mom is/was in a coma state. It’s been about 2 weeks now, so I hope things have gotten better. I think my friend is exhausted from having to worry about her mother and her younger siblings. School is about to start for us soon too, so she’s probably really stressful and I honestly don’t know how to comfort somebody who’s going through that. It’s been a little hard trying to talk to her because her schedule has been thrown off and she seems really busy attending to her family’s needs to really have time for herself to relax. I should try to talk to her again soon.
Tomorrow I will be moving most of my furniture over to my apartment. I don’t think I ever talked about my ikea trip. It had character but I shouldn’t go into detail about this for certain reasons. My furniture expenses probably goes to about $300. I’m not entirely sure what the exact costs of everything adds up to be. It shall be interesting to see how everything will be arranged.
Ever since I got the blender, I think I have created 4 drinks. I’d share the contents.
1. Strawberries, blueberries, banana, vanilla yogurt, ice - This was not bad, especially for a first attempt
2. Strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, banana, apple, watermelon, vanilla yogurt, ice - this was pretty terrible. Too many flavors at once and ended up being kind of sour. Lesson learned from this blend - don’t use more than 3 fruits at the same time.
3. Watermelon, blueberries, vanilla yogurt, ice - This was okay but not something I would make again. The blueberry skin is really distracting the texture.
4. Strawberries, apple, banana, ice - the most edible of all. Makes me think that the vanilla yogurt wasn’t really contributing too much texture after all.
Still gotta learn. I have a list of 10+ recipes to experiment with this blender. Would have more recipes on my to-try list, but I lack the fruits and other additional ingredients.
I bought a blender at Target yesterday. I just went to Costco to buy lots of fruits today. I will buy some plain or vanilla yogurt later at a market and blend away! I’m pretty excited to try this baby out! I haven’t been this happy about something so… normal in forever.
Lack of updates due to plentiful amounts of chem lab reports. My days have consisted of constantly working on them and it really isn’t exciting. Last week I wrote five reports, write an online assignment, and took a midterm. This week, I’m completing the online assignment and writing six reports. I did half the reports yesterday. I guess they are pretty doable if I could manage to write 3 a day, but it took the whole day. This class really doesn’t leave much room for personal free time. I think I have 6 more days of actual lab work and I can call it a completion after my final in about two weeks. It’s been really draining and a lot of work, but it’s going to pay off because I’d be done with chemistry lab work for the rest of my undergrad career! At least I think.