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Jun. 14th, 2006 | 02:47 am
mood: itchy

Well, Amber and I didn't go to the lake, for a few reasons, including the facts that she felt sick and our parents didn't really want us to go. I did very little today. I did watch the movie Proof, which was really good, even though I didn't appreciate how they skirted the mathematics.

I'm going to be getting the game Guitar Hero as soon as I can get somewhere that has it. Haircut tomorrow. And I may be working at the post office soon (part time, $10 per hour).

Recently, I've had an even stronger-than-normal desire to do something great, or something I'm proud of. I've been thinking about the areas of music (popular and art), physics, mathematics, even visual art. Maybe this summer I'll finally do it.

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Am I actually starting to update with regularity?

Jun. 13th, 2006 | 02:30 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

The past two days have been really cool. Yesterday, I went to the pool with the cousins, who then came home and spent the night. Brittany's brother Dylan also came, who will be a freshman next year, and who has not spent the night in about two years I guess. I really love him, and wish I could spend more time with him (and am planning on it this summer). I feel like he needs some good influences or something, because he has to go to summer school this summer.

Today, we went with Brittany's boyfriend (Dillion) to eat at a mexican restaurant, then to Linville Falls. We took a .7mi trail, which was sort of hidden and really fun to me. It was definetly difficult getting in and out of the place, especially wearing sandals (Amber and I didn't exactly prepare properly). When we got to the actual falls, there were a bunch of rocks to climb on and over, and Amber and I decided to go "native" (as she put it), and take our shoes off. It was so much fun. We decided that at some time in the near future, we will go back, take a bag with some stuff to do (and food), and stay for a while, just the two of us. Then we'll go see the Brown Mountain Lights when it gets dark. Sounds perfect to me.

Tomorrow, we're going to a lake (Watauga Lake?), with some more people. We'll see how that turns out - I'm not incredibly fond of lakes, but I've got an open mind.

My dad is seeing if there is an available job for me, and maybe the cousins, at Linville Ridge, a gated community in the Grandfather Mountain area where the rich people live. I really hope that works out, because I want the work experience, want something to do this summer, and want the money (Hey, I might get a job that pays tips, and like I said, these are the rich people.). I don't have any idea yet what sort of job it would be.

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Jun. 11th, 2006 | 02:54 am

I didn't cry the night before graduation. Or during graduation. Or at the reception on Bryan following. Not even as our car drove away from Hunt for the last time (but came so close you have no idea). But at about 10pm tonight, what had been building up all day finally came out. I realized that I was experiencing the exact same feeling I experienced for three days between Thanksgiving and Christmas of my junior year. I realized that I was severely homesick. Except that I could never live in that home again.

But I know that I will (actually, sort of already have) move on. I'm already planning to visit S&M next year, and you juniors (eek, seniors now!) come visit State. The prospect of an entire summer without you people is frightening - if anyone ever wants to come up to the mountains or do anything, please let me know. One, incredibly cliche, but incredibly true thing I feel like I need to say to the rising seniors: enjoy every moment of your next year at Science and Math, and live it so you have no regrets when you graduate. I don't have specific regrets, but I can't help but feel that I could have taken advantage of a few more opportunities, and spent more time with a few more people. That's probably a pretty universal thing, but keep it in mind for your next year.

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Last two days at NCSSM.

Jun. 10th, 2006 | 02:55 am
mood: tiredtired
music: What's My Age Again, in the open lounge.

I need to try to recap the last two days. I know that I'll fail miserably, because I have lost all sense of time. Yesterday...I think I went out to eat, to Bali Hai, with a lot of people. It was fun, but it was just the beginning. That evening, we went to Tripps, just the seniors. I had filet mingon, and it was a lot of fun. It rained on the way there, and we ran quite a bit. On the way back, we were so so close to being late for Airband, but we made it. And Airband was just incredible. I'm not sure if it was to the level of last year, but I'm a senior this year, and I wasn't last year.

Then, we went to the End of Year Lock-in. I spent three hours doing yearbook signings. I love my yearbook. At the end of last night, I had 41 signatures (I got about 10 more today), each attached with kind words and amazing memories. The last hour of the Lock-in was spent going crazy in the wrestling room with: Sarah, Stephanie, Scott, Ashley, Will, Justin, Jodie, Jenna, Rachel, Magen, Lauren, Ashley, Aniqa, Matt Drews, Alex Fish...who else? I know there were more, I just can't remember right now.

Got to bed at 3:30 last night, got up at 9 this morning for graduation rehearsal. It was long, and it was early. We went to Cosmic for the last time, and then I slept for a bit. Then it was time for the slide show...so good. Several people cried, I didn't, but came pretty close a couple of times. Then, I showed my parents, grandma, and aunt and uncle around campus. It was really fun - they were very interested in the old hospital and such.

When I got back, I spent several hours just swinging, running around campus, and talking, with a group of about 20 people. Toward the end, it was pretty rough, but tomorrow, we're going to Elmo's at 6am. Yaaaay :) I have pictures from that stretch of time on Facebook, so if you don't have an account, you have to get one to get them. Because after tonight, it's 56k for me until State. This is a good time to say that I am really, really looking forward to next year. I look forward to living with a lot of different people, from NCSSM and from other places, and have several people I'm really excited about getting to know.

My hall has been going crazy since 1am check, with a supposed yearbook-signing party, infused with (as Stephanie would say), enough homoeroticism to keep the humanities majors busy writing essays for at least fifty years. But it's been fun :)

I'm going to bed now, to get 2 hours of sleep before I graduate. Goodnight.

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Jun. 6th, 2006 | 08:33 pm

Sorry for the lack of content:

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May. 26th, 2006 | 01:12 am
mood: energeticenergetic

I just finished putting together my writing portfolio for Africa II, and I'm actually just a little bit proud of it.

Everything is so good lately.

I love everyone. =)

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Apr. 23rd, 2006 | 12:22 am

I didn't want to have to lj-cut thisCollapse )

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japan, ktp.

Apr. 20th, 2006 | 10:14 pm
mood: okayokay

Japan was amazing. That's pretty much all I can say, without doing a three-hour multimedia presentation (as I did for my family). I took over 300 photos, and have to get them into an ablum, with labels and brochures and everything (it could take until the end of the year). One thing I will say is that I became really good friends with my host brother, Akinobu. We've exchanged about 10 emails since I got back, and I have a letter coming soon.

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Today, I ate dinner with Dr. Houpe, Andy Martin, and two Esperantists (Bill Maxey from Virginia and another one from Chapel Hill) at Elmo's. It was really enjoyable - we talked only in Esperanto for about two hours. I told quite a bit about my trip. Dr. Houpe said that one of the physics professors at N.C. State is a very good Esperantist, and I think he's going to see if he wants to come to school in May. That has a LOT of potential.

Tomorrow is Friday <3...Who isn't ready to graduate?

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Mar. 28th, 2006 | 08:22 pm

Today, I got an email that just made my day:
Subject: This is hostfamily in Japan!


Hello! My name is Akinobu Ozawa. Today, I knew that you will stay at my house.
It is so short stay.. but let's enjoy ourselves!!
By the way, I am planning the schedule of our free time,
so tell me what you want to do in its time!
And are there any Japanese traditional foods you want to eat?
(for example,Sushi,Yakitori,Tempura..)

Please write me back soon!

Wow. I honestly don't know what to suggest...and has anyone tried Yakitori? I had never heard of it, but looked it up on Wikipedia, and it looks really good.

I'm going to be staying with the family for five nights, and we'll be going to school for some (or most?) of those days.

Tonight, I bought a phrasebook, travel guide, and journal. I am so. excited.

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Mar. 8th, 2006 | 02:50 am
mood: emotional

I just finished watching the first season of Lost. I'm thinking it's officially the best anything I've ever watched. And the last episode was the best of the season. If you haven't watched it, you need to. Now. I NEED SEASON TWO. So, if you think you might know anyone who has the already-aired episodes of season two, I need them. I cannot wait until September or whenever the dvd will come out to watch it. If I have to, I MAY buy them from iTunes, but I would only consider that as a last resort, since they can't be burned to dvds.

Also, if you would like to watch season one, I have the set.

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