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I LOVE my new Kindle. I feel like this thing filled a hole in my life that I didn't even know existed.

I loved to read as a kid. I went to the library once a week to borrow a stack of books, and I'd take so much pleasure in reading them. I think when I started college, I just stopped reading for fun because... I didn't have people recommending books to me, I didn't have going to the library built into my routine, I just didn't give much thought to picking up books to read.

With my Kindle, though, it's like I've finally found the device that makes reading fit into my life. I'm an online kind of girl. I do everything online--shop for clothes, banking, entertainment, ordering food/pizza, buying movie tickets, any kind of shopping, etc. I don't want to have to interact with people at all. I don't want to have to leave my room to get stuff I want. I love the convenience of doing things online. And now... with the Kindle.. I can just get books online instantly and start reading them.

I've been reading so much since I got it.



Pretty clothes!

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Fully-functioning mind trapped in a body

I read this post about a movie called "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" from (which is an awesome, interesting blog about health-related things):
It's about the editor of a magazine who becomes nearly completely paralyzed, but still has a fully-functioning mind. In essence, he becomes trapped in his body.

His story reminded me of Stephen Hawking and countless people with Parkinson's. It makes me feel lucky that my body works the way it's supposed to, and I can communicate and move freely. I remember thinking whether I'd want to have Parkinson's or Alzheimers, and I've always thought it would be better to have Alzheimers so I wouldn't know how trapped I was.

I did read a book recently called The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, which talked about really incredible recoveries from strokes that people made by a couple of methods. One of them which sticks out in my mind is constraint-induced therapy, where for example, if the left side of your body is stroke-affected, then you put a contraint (a sling) on your right arm so that you're not tempted to use it all the time. Then you're forced to use your left arm and start from simple tasks like picking buttons out of a pile of coins and buttons and putting them into a jar. People made amazing recoveries doing this.


Bailout dish has heaping side of pork

Here we are, in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the members of U.S. Senate are busy dispensing pork in a shameless fashion.

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NY Internship

Things are moving along. I'm starting a marketing internship in NYC next Thursday. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to pull it off, but I just booked a plane ticket today, so now it really seems like it's going to happen. The only hitch would be if these apartment people are either flakes or scammers, which I hope won't happen, especially since I have 2 apartments lined up just in case one of them falls through. I found them off of Craigslist so I'm worried that, shrug, they won't be there to meet me when I arrive so I'll be wandering the streets homeless, or that I'll show up and they'll be like sorry we gave it to someone else, or that I'll give them the money and they turn out to be scammers and run off with my money so I'll be homeless AND poor. I don't even want to give them the money until I'm actually holding a key and standing in the room. The other thing is that I'm in CA, so I can't even come by to check out the apartment and meet the landlord/roommates. Neither of them have sent any pictures yet, either, though one of them said she would tomorrow morning.

I reallllly hope I can pull this off. I'm excited thinking about having to cook for myself and hopefully getting to see a lot of NYC (which I've never been to before). I'm not sure how I would make friends though outside of meeting people through roommates, and it would be nice to do fun things with friends instead of by myself.

Work work working

I'm working on my paper on NEOPETS that's due in about 5 hours. Eep! I'm at about 10/15 pages, although I don't plan on stressing about it too much if I can't make it to 15 pages. All this makeup and reading stuff on the delicate undereye area and not tugging there makes me feel really disgusting when I remember the times I needed to take my contacts out, and I would pull down REALLY hard on my undereye area so that nothing would block the contact. I just feel gross about it, like I damaged the skin there and I'm going to have gross eyebags.

I'm pretty stressed at the moment, but I suppose I'm just going to focus on finishing my paper and then worry about the other stuff later. Plus I get to see Rob after I hand my paper in, which is something to look forward to. He also said he'd help me pack, LOL.

I feel pretty accomplished though for getting ANY work done at all when I haven't been able to work for the past 2 months. I was feeling like maybe I was just incapable of getting work done, but it looks like I'll finish this paper.

Round doorknobs are disgusting

I hate having to touch round doorknobs because they force you to wrap your entire hand around the knob to turn and open the door. It just feels so disgusting because I think about all the other people's hands that have been completely wrapped around the knob. Handles are much better because I can just use the sides of my fingers instead of my entire palm. I always have to wash my hands after touching round doorknobs. Is this OCD behavior? I can stand not washing my hands if a bathroom isn't available; it's not like I go crazy and start tracing woodgrain lines in hardwood floors. It's just that I feel much better and cleaner after washing my hands when I've handled round doorknobs.

spring break

I'm leaving for my spring break trip in a couple of hours. Wow, no internet access or computer for a week. The only other time that's happened was when I went to Taiwan, and I missed the internet dearly. Bye bye, laptop. :-(


stupid roommate

My roommate WTF?! I am so annoyed. She plays loud black music with vulgar lyrics and sings along loudly. I want to put on my headphones, but when I put them on she assumes that I can't hear her music so it's okay for her to pump up the volume even more. Screw this I'm going into my passive-aggressive mode where I play my own music loudly. She also likes to play music in the morning when I'm sleeping, which I NEVER do to her. I never do anything noisy with my computer when she's in the room, be it playing music or watching TV episodes or anything. I always put on my headphones like a good, considerate roommate. I'm pissed off. I don't want to hear her crappy shitty music.


Happy Birthday

Today I am 20 years old! 1 year's worth of opportunity to underage drink left. Gotta do it while it's still forbidden, you know.