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Last Build Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2008 19:11:49 GMT


I might get published!

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 19:11:49 GMT

For anyone who's interested in reading slightly technical pieces about the general aviation industry, five press releases, written by yours truly, are now posted on my company's website. If you go to and click on "news" under the "company" drop-down menu, that's where they'll be. Any article that starts with "2008 EAA AirVenture OshKosh" is mine. :-D Also, some aviation magazines said they might be interested in putting them in coming issues.

ALSO, we got a call from Cascade Business News a couple days ago, and now I'm responsible for writing a 700-word article for their next issue due August 20th. Sweet!

Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:43:21 GMT

I am getting my alcohol-serving permit. I already took the test, they just have to mail the card to me. Me, the one person out of pretty much everyone I know who doesn't actually drink. I could be a full-fledged bartender. This could be interesting.

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:29:34 GMT

a much-needed update:

I've found an internship for the summer here in town, working for the marketing department of PreciseFlight (they manufacture parts for private planes), then it's a year studying Mandarin from September to July of next year at the Beijing Language and Culture University. Being an alumna is nowhere near as cool as being an undergrad--I want to go back. :-p Is anyone in town (Bend)? I want to see people! Also, I'll be making a trip to Eugene/Portland from the 25th of June to the 27th. I'd really like to see people there, too, so please let me know if you'll be in town. I expect there will be a lot of dancing, shopping, and general merrymaking. ;-)

Sat, 15 Dec 2007 03:48:43 GMT

What Kind of Guy Will You Fall For?

(image) You would fall part for the geek. If you're looking for love, consider spending a little more time studying up in the library. To you, there's nothing more attractive than intelligence, shyness, and kindness; your future love may have four eyes and zero social skills, but he'll make up for it in brains and heart.
(image) You would fall part for the frat boy. You like to have a good time, and you want someone who's not afraid to go all out to have fun with you. Your man may belch at the dinner table, but you know you'll always have a crazy night ahead of you!
Find Your Character @

Right. This totally makes sense..........

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 07:56:10 GMT

This past Thursday I, for the first time in my college career, skipped a whole day of classes. This was because I left Wednesday night to fly to Orlando, Florida with the Georgetown Ballroom Dance Team. That was because we'd been invited by Tony Dovolani, one of the professional dancers on "Dancing With the Stars" to perform with him in the Christmas Special that was to be taped as part of the Disneyworld Christmas Day Parade, to be aired Christmas morning on ABC. Which means I got to spend two days in a Disneyworld Resort, dancing my feet off for somewhere around 15 hours AND getting to see all the stars and professionals from "Dancing With the Stars" (Drew Lachey, Helio Castanetta, Sabrina the Cheetah girl, etc.). Our team even took a picture with Joey Fatone (of N*Sync fame, for all those people old enough to remember them. ;-) ). And I got a personal picture with Tony Dovolani, who for those of you who don't know, is the world Latin Champion and INCREDIBLY nice in addition to being one of the most amazing dancers ever. It was an AWESOME weekend. We even managed to fit in one free ride, the "Jungle Cruise", between morning rehearsal and the actual taping on Friday morning. And each dancer got two free tickets to Disneyworld good for four months. I know where I'm going for spring break. ;-) (BTW, we had to wake up at 3:30am on Friday to get to Disneyworld by 5am to start rehearsal at 6am. But we were performing in front of Cinderella's Castle---coolness, right???)

I am sooooooooooooo excited for Christmas morning now. Don't forget to watch!!! (I'm behind the platform Mickey and Minnie are dancing on and slightly to the right. ;-) )

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 02:26:04 GMT

So I'm officially 21. And I've gone to a bar. Who am I kidding? I've gone to TONS of bars now, what with studying abroad and all. It's not even a big deal anymore. It's just that now I'm finally of age in THIS country. And I've tried Bailey's. Real Bailey's. My thoughts? That stuff is VILE. I probably only tried half a teaspoon full, but after 21 years, there is a definitive reason (on top of the ones I already have) I DON'T drink. Ewww!!! I'll stick to Bailey's ICE CREAM, thank you very much. Now THAT stuff tastes good. :-D

First GOOD thing I'm going to do with my now-valid ID? Get into a club on a Saturday night! ;-)

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 03:47:39 GMT

Today I bought a kitchen utensil that was imported from Japan, made in China, and sold in a Korean the US.

That is all.

Sun, 07 Oct 2007 06:44:40 GMT

Eugene people:

What happened to taking a year off to teach English in Korea? Because I've applied for a job with Footprints Recruiting (has anyone heard of them? There are other programs, but this is just the first one I clicked on---are they good? bad? sketchy? nice?) and they've granted me an interview. So if I don't get a job offer, that's what I'm going to do for a year.

Is anyone in this with me? Because I'm seriously considering it. I really like Korea: the food, the language, the dramas/movies (heeheehee), the fashion, etc. I've wanted to learn Korean for a long time, and now that I've finally started, I want to continue with it. Plus this job would pay about $20/hr, roundtrip airfare included, and a possible 1-month salary bonus at the end of it. And I would only have to work 30 hrs/wk, so I'd still have time to take weekend trips to China to see my relatives and/or take nighttime classes to improve my Mandarin and Korean.

So let me know if anyone is interested in doing this with me. I'm not afraid of going alone, but it'd be cool to do it with someone.

Disclaimer: I have applied to what could quite possibly be my dream job. The chances of me even getting an interview, much less getting hired, are LITERALLY one in seven million. But just in case, if I get it, all bets are off.

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 20:54:13 GMT

One of the stereotypes at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business is that none of the students there ever have classes on Fridays, ie year-round three-day weekends. It's pretty sweet.....and totally true. Except not really. Because even though I don't have classes on Fridays, I NEVER have free time on Fridays. My schedule is usually full from sunrise to sunset, because Friday is when EVERYTHING chooses to happen. Take this Friday for example:

10:00am - noon: work at MSB tech center (btw, I got a job this year working at the tech center 6 hours a week---I'm totally going to be a computer nerd by the time I graduate--hell yeah!)

noon: lunch with my Korean language partner (I've also decided to learn Korean in my off time, which actually doesn't really exist because I'm taking six classes, have a job, and am a member of a competitive sports team, but whatever)

3:30-4:30: training at the Tech Center

6:30pm: meeting at Front Gates for first official Korean Language Partners dinner

9:30pm: initiation party for Tech Center new hirees (attendance required).........yay?

10:30pm: free salsa dancing hosted by the ballroom team

......oh, and I have two midterms, a paper, and a mock interview next week. And four job application deadlines are this week (I've already applied to something like 26 positions, been officially rejected from 15, others still pending). Yay for life in the fast lane??

Sat, 22 Sep 2007 06:19:37 GMT

So my apartment just had our first official party. The kind with lots of alcohol, bowls of potato chips, and coming home to find there are a bunch of strange people filling up your living room. It was all cool though. The one housemate that was hosting it (oddly enough, the one who owns all the cutesy things was) just hostessed, and the rest of us holed ourselves up in Amanda's and my room watching Korean dramas and eating Ben and Jerry's. ;-) We eventually came out, though, since we did happen to know some of the people---at our own party, which we very well should, after all.

But honestly, I really like our apartment. Ali (the one who owns half of Sanrio & Disney) actually keeps most of her cutesy things to her room, so it's not TOO overwhelming. On top of that, we ALL cook, so the house is constantly full of good smells and homecooking. And we eat together a lot, so it's like we're a little family, lots of happy feelings. :-) Also, we went to a Korean store, a Chinese store, and Harris Teeter (think Safeway) last night and bought probably close to $300 worth of food. Open the freezer/fridge at your own peril. ;-) Funny how one's level of happiness is directly proportional to how much food there is in the house.

Fri, 10 Aug 2007 06:26:19 GMT

Postdated July 15th, 2007:


I am a working professional/[counter] commuter who wears pearls and collared shirts and high heels and I can't stay focused. This a professional does me not make. :-p

Even Red Bull doesn't work that well. I just feel so....unsatisfied. Even if I don't like the job that much, I'm not at the point in my training where I can actually contribute, and that really bothers me. Maybe I don't always put in my all, but when I'm a part of a group environment, I like to push myself to put in my fair share, if not more. And I basically just sit around the office all day shadowing people here and there and fooling around on the computer and getting paid for it. On some level, that's all fine and dandy, but not really, not with me.

Today (August 9th, 2007):

My final presentation of my internship case study is tomorrow. It's at Pacific Northwest headquarters in front of pretty much all of the major division managers. Only one week left. What can I say? It was a fun trip. I met a lot of great, interesting people, learned a whole buttload about consumer lending (if anyone ever has a question about a mortgage, a personal loan, or credit, I'm your woman), best of all, got paid. ;-)

I wonder what it's going to feel like to go back to school now that I haven't really used my academic brain since December of last year......

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 06:49:32 GMT

changing lanes three times in three seconds at 60+mph just to make the exit to get onto the right highway heading in the WRONG direction = three years off my already-shortened lifespan + a whole buttload of frustration was all for you, Karen. Happy Birthday!

Thu, 31 May 2007 09:38:17 GMT

According to one of my guy friends who is studying abroad in Japan with three of my four soon-to-be roommates next fall, THIS is a sampling of the decoration plans they have for our apartment. WTF?????????????????????

"what I have heard so far is:
Japanese Wall Scrolls
LOTTTSSSSS of pink things
Hello Kitty up the Wazoo
A Beeramid of 385 cans of beer affixed with Hello Kitty glue gun hot glue and the outside cans painted to look like duff beer
a baby cinnamon wading pool with fountain attachment (I am not making this up)
They kinda would like to know if you had any objections to any of this?"

Mon, 28 May 2007 12:08:52 GMT

Today, on the way back from my last final (YES!!! I AM DONE!!!), I was wearing just my khaki jacket and froze to death because of the cold weather and chilly winds complemented by an overcast sky. Upon my arrival home, I dropped off my books and changed into my peacoat (which had a hood, although the significance of that fact won't come into play until later) and a scarf. On my way out the door, I happened to glance outside. SUNSHINE. So then i change back into my khaki coat and walked the two minutes to the business school for lunch in their cafe. Twenty minutes later, I walk through the first set of double doors on my way out and am greeted by pouring rain and SLEET. At this point, I just say to myself, "Hell with it" and run home. All laundry, grocery, and shopping plans for the day have been suspended. Today will be a day of warmth and relaxation in the safety of my apartment. I refuse to be a part of Dublin's twisted weather game.

Random observations for the day

Wed, 23 May 2007 18:47:03 GMT

While on my way to the library (yes, I was ACTUALLY studying today), I happened to look down, and there on the concrete sidewalk, I saw two fuzzy bumblebees lying on the ground. One was facing east, and the other west. they were so close they were almost touching. Both were motionless; dead. And this filled me with great sorrow.

Later on.....

Since I've started studying for finals, my water consumption has increased exponentially because, like my friend says, what else is there to do? And there, etched so carefully at the bottom of the bathroom stall door with two arrows pointing to the space between the ground and the lower end of the bathroom stall door were the words, "Beware of limbo-dancing midgets".

Tue, 22 May 2007 17:24:55 GMT

I've always been a little late in getting on the bandwagon:

table border='0' cellpadding='5' cellspacing='0' width='600'>(image) You scored as Capt. Mal Reynolds. The Captain. You are the captain of the ship, so the crew are your responsibility. You just want to do the job, get paid and keep flying. Why is that always so hard?

Capt. Mal Reynolds


The Operative


Simon Tam


River Tam


Jayne Cobb


Zoe Alleyne Washburne


Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


Inara Serra


Kaylee (Kaywinnet Lee) Frye


Shepherd Derrial Book


Which Serenity character are you?
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Sun, 20 May 2007 21:52:12 GMT

Dublin is finally starting to grow on me, and I only have 15 days left to enjoy it. First off, I'm finally becoming good friends with the people here that I really want to be good friends with. Except we don't have that much time to hang out because everyone's studying for finals (which I should also be doing. Whoops!) secondly, the weather is much milder now and I don't need to wear five layers to stay warm. In fact, it's gotten to the point where I can just wear a T-shirt (with a hoodie or jacket on top, but I'll take what I can get). I never thought I'd say it of my time in Dublin, but life at the moment ain't too bad.

That, and even though I miss you guys like crazy, I'm not quite ready to return to the reality of normal life and work (YAY INTERNSHIP!!! SOOOO EXCITED but SOOO NERVOUS!!!) and then I'll have to think about Georgetown and competing with all the GENIUSES again and my last year of college and GRADUATION and entering the adult world. There's just something to be said for living in a foreign country and traveling around the continent without a care in the world and living in my own little fantasy land (slightly marred by the complete disregard for cleanliness by 3/4 of this apartment, but let's not let that little thing get in the way of my dreamworld) completely removed from everything familiar I've ever known. I'm so sad that 90% of my friends here will leave the day after their last final. Can't we all just have ONE WEEK after all our finals are done and we don't have anything to worry or stress out about where we can hang out and have fun and party like crazy now that we've finally all gotten to know each other?

Thu, 17 May 2007 13:20:12 GMT

CRAP. so apparently, I'll be working for the bank this VANCOUVER, WA. yeah. but the upside is, I still get to live in Portland. I just can't really live in a nice location aka near 23rd or the center of town at all since I'll need to commute to a DIFFERENT STATE every day. but at least they finally got back to me and now I almost officially have the internship, right (pending completion of my criminal/background check)? but let's be honest. if they asked me to move to Idaho, I'd do it. This is HSBC we're talking about.

a) I FINALLY have an internship
b) it's for a really awesome/huge company
c) they're paying me (or at least that's what the application said, and they haven't mentioned school credit yet, which is always a good sign)

so basically hell yeah to all the good parts and to hell with the rest!

Tue, 15 May 2007 00:46:11 GMT

The lady said she would email me back today with details about the internship, like where I would be posted, etc. etc. etc. But she hasn't it's now past 5pm Pacific Time, meaning offices are closed and she's gone home, and she still hasn't emailed me yet. Obviously, I'm blowing this seriously out of proportion and really I should give her the benefit of the doubt and maybe a couple more days since she might actually just be really busy. But what if this means, on the other hand, that they don't want me anymore??????

Fri, 11 May 2007 18:00:12 GMT

My interview just got over. So if the interviewer said that she'll get back to me on Monday with a location (i.e. Portland, Eugene, Seattle, or Bend--but most likely Portland because she wants me to work in a metropolitan area and I kinda hinted that Seattle would not work too well for me) and hopefully be able to get me all set up and able to start on the 11th of June after I get back, that means that I got the job, right? Right????

Wed, 09 May 2007 20:50:12 GMT

I went salsa dancing in Zurich last night. (oh yeah--I just spent the last five days in Switzerland--Rueti aka suburb of Zurich where my friend lives, Zurich, Grindelwald, and daytrip to Luzern). It was amazing. Basically:

I have finally met a man. A true gentleman. And not in the romantic sense, since he was probably at least 35 (well, my friend/family friend is in her ealry forties and we were having a night on the town, so maybe the guy and his friend just thought I was their--my friend and her friend--age?) and way too old for me. I've just ideal of a guy I would like to be with. It's really hard to explain in a simple journal entry, but it was one of those moments in life--now I can seriously say with more certainty what kind of guy I'd like to eventually be with, that's all.

p.s. And he let me drive us in his Audi from the bar to the salsa club--how cool is that??? I got to drive (a nice car at that) in Switzerland! :D

Wed, 02 May 2007 12:51:59 GMT

OHMYGOD this quiz is so accurate! I LOVE the foxtrot! (and jive equally as much) :D

(image) You scored as Foxtrot. You are Foxtrot! Easy-going and friendly, you spread mirth and merriment wherever you go. Some people find you dull, but once they get to know you they realize you are the greatest thing ever. Old people love you.





Viennese Waltz
















Which ballroom dance are you?
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p.s. First final in four hours. WHY am I still on LJ??????

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 18:48:43 GMT

I have a final in 49 hours and I haven't really studied for it yet. And all I want to do is watch Studying abroad is a bad influence on my academic discipline.

yet another episode from one of my nights out clubbing

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 00:30:32 GMT

most recent (last night) bad/awful pick-up line I've had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of:

guy sees his friends talking to my friends, sees me standing off to the side trying to look for our other friend and comes up to me and says, "you know that hot guy you saw in the club? it was me!"

and it gets better!--

later on in the conversation: "you probably have a boyfriend but if you ever left him i'd be on you like a rash. i mean, i have a girlfriend, actually, but I'd totally cheat on her with you."

OHMYGOD. I seriously laughed my head off (inside my head--I didn't want to be mean) when he said that. Seriously, the things some guys say. (Not that it's an excuse, but oh yeah, btw, he was stoned off his marbles. who knew people in Ireland smoked pot?)

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 00:23:15 GMT

Christmas [in July] Wishlist:

standard shoes Supadance #1012:

latin shoes #1401:

cello strings--Thomastik Belcanto (people who play cello--your opinions on which strings are best?):

.....obviously I have too much time on my hands.....and not enough money.