Sandy's Online Journal

Are we the dining dead?

Monday, May 17

T Minus 4.5 Hours

Going to St. Louis tomorrow! Airport shuttle is coming at 4:30 AM! Aaahh! Still haven't written the take home final! Double Aaahh! Oh please...I just want sleep.

Saturday, May 15

Coming Soon

Friday, May 14

Thursday, May 13

Strangely Productive

I thought I would post while I am in a very productive mode, or at least at the end of a very productive mode. I'm not sure that this type of activity has ever been reported here at my blog before. I spent time working on each of my three finals yesterday (office hours for Psych 140, office hours for Soc 127, and project time with Timber for Psych 132). Am I growing up and becoming more mature when it comes to my academic life? Weird. It was probably the guilt from staying out until 2 AM on Tuesday that brought me back to reality.

So far today I met with Joan Kelley-Williams, the director of International Services and AFES, at 8 AM about planning for Matt Chico's "Miles for Measles" arrival in the Bay Area. It's going to be great! I have to do a bit of research on permits and to find a bridge that takes pedestrians to San Francisco but I hope it all comes together in the end.

Since then I have been working with Timber on our project paper, which is coming along nicely. I hope it's what they're looking for because I'd really like to get an A in that class.

So now I have a few hours before my 4 PM conference call and work at 5 PM. I should go finish my Psych 140 paper. I am debating going to my room to grab my textbook or using the one on reserve in the Ed Psych library. Hmm.

Well, enough boring stuff. It's a beautiful day outside!

P.S. I created that logo! Paula helped. :o)

Wednesday, May 12

The Road to Exhaustion... paved with AOL Instant Messenger! Haha. So, yeah. There's been a stunning lack of academic activity since I arrived home from HIV testing at 9:00 PM. I did manage to attend the "midnight breakfast" at the DC, and filling.

I have one paper that needs to be edited and added to and another that is being written at 9:00 AM tomorrow. After an 8:00 AM meeting. I want to say I can rest after all this, but I can't. Unless you count the plane ride to St. Louis. Craziness!

So I'm off to bed.

P.S. Teddy stood us up! I guess he had to do battle to get my Pirates DVD back. Such a brave soul.

Teddy in Clayton! (After 4 months of Logger Hell)

Teddy is here! Yay!

That's all I've got. I'm in Clayton and it's 1:20 AM. I need to be in Berkeley, prepared to go to office hours to discuss a paper, at 10:30 AM. Hmm, yeah.

We went to dinner at Mariposa--a Chinese restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. Then we went back to his house, went back out for ice cream, and then came back to watch a DVD of the UPS girls' trip to Europe and a hilarious video Ted made of a tour of his house when he was 10. Good times, good times.

Now we're whacking it...ohh, dead days. No class yet impending finals. Sigh.

Sunday, May 9


Ohh...I think I understand why posting a Mac was so different. has redesigned its site! Interesting. Not sure how I like this so far, but they seem to have removed some of the difficulties with html encoding.

Anyway, I am at a loss right now. I just spent 5 hours working, 4 hours of which was spent working on my Psych 132AC group project with my partner. Thank God it's done. I just have to proofread it and then it's ready for printing. I am tempted to wait until tomorrow morning to do the proofreading because my brain is so fried on that topic right now. On the other hand, printers and computers tend to break down the morning a project is due. Hmm.

I have a final tomorrow in Developmental Psychology. It is at 2 PM, in about 15 hours. It will make or break my grade because so far I have gotten Cs on both the midterm and the last paper. I am pretty worn out, though.

The question of the evening is: if I stay up, will I get any studying done. I am quite tempted to say no. My bed looks quite inviting. On the one hand I feel like I should at least look the stuff over. On the other hand, I am tired. My brain is physically tired. So, I guess I will go print out a bunch of stuff now. But, man, I wish I could lay down. Just for a little bit. Pleeeaaase. No. Okay, time to go.

Saturday, May 8

Home...and not studying.

Posting on a Mac...different.

So I am home and definitely not studying. I have been not studying since 4:30 PM, after I got home from the Garden Tour. I need to get down to business. It might be easier because there is nothing good on TV. In a way it is a blessing that MTV is currently showing Wild Boyz and other programs I have no interest in seeing.

Tomorrow I will go out to breakfast, hole up in the library, and only come out when it is time to go to work (when I will be working on my Psych 132 poster, due on Monday). I am quite unfocused right now.

I was browsing around the Apple Store yesterday and...well, that store is dangerous. Especially when I have a good sum of money in my savings account. The iPods and PowerBooks are so tiny and just overtakes you. It's too much. I had to call Ted for moral support and he talked me out of any rash purchases, although I think that may have been mostly for his own benefit since he wants to witness and/or advise on any Mac purchases of mine.

Well, the iBook's got to, so do I! To study? Perhaps.

Thursday, May 6


It's time to wrap up the day. It was looong. It has been one long week. Strangely enough, today felt like Wednesday. Yet somehow yesterday felt like Thursday. I am very mixed up.

It all started at 8:00 AM this morning when I woke up an hour and a half late. I rushed to the shower, skipped breakfast, grabbed my mail, and speed walked down to Timber's house to work on our Psych 132AC project. We finished up by 10:45 and I was actually early to Sociology (for the first time in a long time). Well it was pretty much for naught because it turned out our professor had a family emergency and sent her Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) in her place to give us course evaluations and the take-home final. I got out of there at 11:23 with only one place to go: the blood drive.

From there ensued the slowest 4 hours of my life. It was pretty painful, all told, and I am grateful I was able to leave at 4. I was going nutty. People were waiting 2 and a half hours to donate because we were understaffed. And then a donor had a reaction--the most severe I have ever seen at a drive. If 4:00 hadn't come around I think I would have lost it.

Then it was off to check Wheeler for signs of a line for Troy (there was none). And then on to the Residential Student Services Building (RSSB) to meet with my co-SC Adaobi to figure out our SM rosters for next year. So far I have 11 or 12 returning SMs and at some point I will start to look into hiring new ones. Yay for more responsibility!

Then I met Kathy at the bus stop at 5:00 and we had to wait until 5:30 for a bus (one bus driver, with plenty of room on board, claimed the bus was full and sped off. This is not making me like public transportation.) We got to the Convention meeting at 5:55 and I had originally planned to leave at 6:00. So that was out the window. It was so nice to sit in one non-moving location that I decided to forget Troy and stay there. I got back to Unit 1 (and the DC) at 7:30ish, had a bite to eat, and then had Consultation Hours (the last one!).

...And now I'm here. Tired. Unmotivated. A bad combination. I am debating going to the library to work on my Psych project and my final study guide but so far I haven't figured things out. I need to make a list.

Regarding the picture: today is Ryan's 21st birthday! (I thought Animal House would be appropriate.) I actually don't get to see him today because I spent the day doing the above activities and he spent the day with Gary and Nate traipsing around Grass Valley meeting with people from Yahoo! and such. So he's tired and his allergies are acting up and I'm going to see him tomorrow instead. Slightly sad. :o(

P.S. Speaking at Stanford went very well! I'm so glad Shonte and I went. Regan from the Student Campaign for Child Survival is so nice. I really want to help them start a Berkeley chapter. I'm so glad Allison found them!

Monday, May 3

Total Lack of Motivation

Where has the motivation gone? I have a midterm disguised as a quiz in 9.5 hours and I can't bring myself to complete the study guide. Not even the part that I know will be on the exam. I'm pathetic.

My solution? Sleep. Hopefully things will be brighter (and more stressful) at 6:00 tomorrow morning. A vicious, never-ending cycle. That will be over at 12 PM. Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 1

Good Day.

No time to post...must catch the bus soon! Today was good, though. Woke up at 5:30 AM--so early to the point that I was nauseous. Delivered May Day baskets from 6 to 7, had breakfast from 7 to 8, went to San Francisco and had a scholarship interview from 9:30 to 10:00 and then went to the Red Cross retreat (and Cheesecake Factory afterward) from 10 until 7:30 or 8. Definitely a full day, in every sense of the word.

Now, back home. Hopefully I will get some work done but mainly I need to sleep. A lot.