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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
9:23 pm - You can't go home again, each time it's different
I take back what I said a few entries ago. I always feel weird after finishing finals, but this time it's just super depressing. I wish I were staying for summer. I'm pretty sure this has been my best semester; everything is going so well right now. But now it's over and people will be graduating and leaving and ugh. I'm not ready to part with certain people or with my freedom.

Once I'm home I'll probably adjust and appreciate it, but these next few days are going to be so damn hard.

current mood: ugh

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Sunday, May 13th, 2007
10:25 pm
Tonight on the way home from the library some random guy grabbed my ass. That was much worse than having my privacy violated by a chihuahua.

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Saturday, May 12th, 2007
8:13 pm - ?????
Just now I was in a bathroom in the library and a chihuahua walked under the door into the stall.

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Saturday, March 31st, 2007
10:35 pm - From Tolstoy to Tinkerbell, from Berkeley to [Seattle]
To sum up my spring break with random events (I'm too tired to form complete sentences):

*Roadtrip with my boyfriend and another couple
*Failing at starting a fire, even with wood, newspaper & lighter fluid
*SO MANY vegan donuts (2 kinds in 2 cities, approximately 3 dozen between the 4 of us)
*Staying in The Lorax, Loth's sister co-op
*Camping in a tent in the backyard of a hostel in Portland
*Giant statues of Lenin and a troll under a bridge in Seattle
*Successfully starting a fire the last night = vegan hot dogs & s'mores

And now for the highlights:
*FARM SANCTUARY! Petting rescued pigs (pigs bred for food are HUGE! Bigger than me!), cows, goats, turkeys, sheep, and baby calves!

*This last one is too ridiculous to be believable: buying religious floaty pens (Noah's Ark, Adam & Eve, THE ASCENSION, JESUS WALKING ON WATER) at a metaphysical store in Eugene Oregon.

I don't think it could've gotten much better. This entry really deserves one of the old school epic lj piture posts.

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
6:28 pm
This was the menu at the dining hall for Valentine's Day

Succulant Cherishing (Cheese)
Rapturous Hankering (Hawaiian)
Valentine's (Vegan Spinach Red Pepper)
Sinfully Sultry (Southwest Turkey Burger)
Soft Spot (Sweet Potato Shoestring)
Sweetheart's (Southwest Garden Burger)
Amourous Rivalry's (Rigatoni w/Mushrooms & Mint)
Meddling Misogynist's (Meatloaf Sandwich)
True Love's (Maccaroni Salad)
Canonized Crush (Chicken Chow Fun)
(Sinfully) Standard
College Crush (Pork Carnitas)
Sultry Sin (Soy Taco Meat)
Fervor's Fondness (Vegetable Fandango)
Bashful Beauty (Broadway Tomato Bisque)
Paramour's Plain & Sultry Strawberry
Connivingly Cruel (Cold Cereal)
Go-For-It (Golden Bear Treat)
Fancy Feeling (Fudge Bars)
Soothing Treasure (Juice Bars)
Luscious (Lemon Poppy Seed)

It kind of makes me want to buy a meal plan again.

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Saturday, January 20th, 2007
11:01 am
Within my first week back at Loth I've seen wrestling which turned into square dancing, fire poi and fire juggling, three people catch on fire, and a beautiful hippie initiation.

Unfortunately, other than that I've mostly seen the inside of my room because I'm sick yet again! Argh! I didn't go to the one class I had on Friday so I feel like I'm on break again, especially because of the copious amount of TV I've been watching during my recouperation.

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Monday, January 15th, 2007
12:24 am
Within my first hour back in Berkeley I saw a man standing on the sidewalk talking on a corded phone, whose cord went into his pocket.

I'm much happier to be back than I thought I would be, although break was great and made me appreciate my frieds & family and L.A.

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006
8:27 pm - Days of yore
Last Year's Resolutions:
2. Stay vegan and active
3. Spend more time with my floor and different college friends
4. Exercise more

Well, I accomplished 1-3, which isn't too bad. 2006 was a good year, incredibly uneventful in comparison to 2005. I suppose the main difference is that now I'm an experienced college student and co-op hippie. Other than that, not much has changed.

2007 Resolutions:
-Be more proactive (to include going exciting places with more people, being more outgoing, and doing nice things for people)
-Volunteer at animal shelter
-Cook more
-Do more photography

Alright, now it's time to get swanky!

current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
4:59 pm - TRAVEL!!!
I want to organize an EF trip over the summer for anyone who's interested... We just need 8 people to go!! The college tour program is a lot cheaper than when we went in high school. Here are all the basic descriptions, you can see them in more detail on efcollegebreak.com. Let me know if you want to go and what sounds good!

EDIT: Ok, since no one so far seems to be that crazy about one in particular, I'm going to narrow the list down a little:

Around the World in 30 Days
We'll take you from the beaches of Rio to the banks of the Thames to the top of the Eiffel Tower, then down to South Africa and then off to the Far East.

Amsterdam and Paris
You'll never forget this trip. Find out what makes Amsterdam so unique before taking off to Paris for even more fun. 7 days including airfare from $925

Berlin and Prague
See for yourself why these two cities are quickly becoming the hottest spots in Europe. 8 days including airfare from $1,020

Paris and Barcelona
From Les Champs Elysees to Las Ramblas, you'll never get tired of wandering the streets of these modern metropolises. 8 days including airfare from $1,120

Rome and Florence
These breathtaking cities offer more than monuments. Explore Italy's rich history while tasting its modern life. 8 days including airfare from $1,125

Amsterdam, Paris and London
Europe at its best: you'll cruise Amsterdam's canals, stroll along the Seine, and view London from its famous Eye. 9 days including airfare from $1,145

Classic Italy
See Italy the Italian way: slowly. You'll want to savor every minute while in Venice, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento and Rome. 10 days including airfare from $1,225

Italy and Greece 101
Check out the historical sights of Rome, Delphi and Athens by day and enjoy their energy at night! 10 days including airfare from $1,245

Barcelona and Ibiza
See the best of the Spanish coast: marvelous architecture in Barcelona, vibrant clubs in Ibiza and beaches everywhere you turn! 8 days including airfare from $1,285

European Road Trip
Everyone needs to do a road trip at least once in their life, why not make it a European one! 14 days including airfare from $1,470

Spain, France and Italy
Immerse yourself in cultural splendors on this perfect introduction to three of Europe's biggest names. 12 days including airfare from $1,485

The Greek Isles
Explore Athens' antiquities before island hopping to the sun-drenched Greek Isles. Let the gods seduce you. 11 days including airfare from $1,530

From Prague to Zagreb
From cathedrals and caves to palaces and beaches, discover the hidden gems that make Central and Eastern Europe the place to be! 13 days including airfare from $1,825

Europe: West to East
If you're looking for a bit of everything, you won't be disappointed. Ten very different cities. 20 action-packed days. 20 days including airfare from $1,855

Europe: Up and Down
You'll start in England and end in Greece, but don't forget about all the amazing places you'll see in between! 18 days including airfare from $1,875

From Ireland to Spain
Get to know the best of Western Europe on this continent-crossing journey. 20 days including airfare from $2,095

Australia and New Zealand
Sydney Harbour. Fraser Island. Roturua. Koala Bears. You're soon to find out why everyone wants to go down under. 15 days including airfare from $2,195

Grand Tour of Europe
29 days. Eight countries. Seventeen cities. Seven languages. One fantastic ride through Europe. 29 days including airfare from $2,335

The ones that are most appealing to me are the longer ones (either Around the World in 30 days, the Grand Tour, or Europe West to East), Spain, France & Italy, and Berlin & Prague.

current mood: excited

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Friday, December 8th, 2006
6:46 pm
I was reading the latest news on the Litvinenko mystery (I'm somewhat obsessed), when I stumbled upon this British newspaper article about Poland. Why don't any American newspapers report this kind of thing! Poland has the most ridiculous government ever! Just like the ex-KGB poisoning, it sounds like something out of a bad movie:

Sex scandal leaves Polish government on brink
By Stephen Castle, Europe Correspondent
Published: 09 December 2006

Poland was facing political paralysis as a sex scandal left its beleaguered right-wing government fighting for survival - and nervously waiting for the results of a paternity test.

The latest crisis to hit the country's nationalist government erupted earlier this week when a political colleague of one of Poland's deputy prime ministers, Andrzej Lepper, claimed that she had sex with him in 2001 to get a political job.

Aneta Krawczyk, an employee of the ultra-nationalist Self-Defence party, also said that to keep her post, she was required to have sex with another leading figure in the party, Stanislaw Lyzwinski, whom she said fathered her daughter.

Both Mr Lepper and Mr Lyzwinski deny the allegations and suggested they were invented to destabilise the coalition and bring down the government. Yesterday Mr Lyzwinski underwent a voluntary paternity test at a medical institute in the central city of Lodz and said that the results were expected on Monday. Meanwhile, the authorities continue to collect evidence.

Another scandal emerged when a Polish newspaper, Dziennik, published a home video damaging to another coalition party, the ultra-Catholic League of Polish Families. The film purported to show party supporters at a rally ritualistically burning a large swastika and chanting the Nazi salute "Sieg heil." An aide to a top party member was dismissed after she was photographed at the rally.

The incidents are merely the latest problems to beset the government led by the identical twins Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczyinski, who are President and Prime Minister respectively.

Renowned for his volatility, Mr Lepper has already left the government once only to be reinstated. During that crisis in September, the Prime Minister said Mr Lepper had "been given a chance, but after a short while, returned to his old practices, to trouble-making." Mr Lepper hit back describing the action of Mr Kaczynski, and his twin as "boorishness, boorishness and again boorishness".

Shortly after, Poland suffered a second convulsion when a senior aide to the Prime Minister was filmed secretly offering financial inducements to persuade an MP to switch parties.

Without a majority, Mr Kaczynski's Law and Justice party depends on the smaller allies to get legislation through parliament. Yesterday his party rejected a proposed short-term pact with its main opposition rival.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
8:15 pm - randomness
1 final down, 3 to go. One of the questions on my drugs & the brain final was "One of the GSI's was cooking Thanksgiving dinner and seasoned the stuffing with some sage she got from Mexico. Grandpa starting arguing with the mashed potatoes, and grandma thought she was the ghost of Tofurkeys past. What plant did she likely use?"

Things I want to do over winter break:
Go to the Griffith Observatory
See all the movies I've meant to (Running w/Scissors, Fur, etc.)
Go to Animal Acres, a farm animal sanctuary in Acton
Eat lots of good food
Cook a Chanukah (and possibly Christmas) dinner
Have an exciting New Year's!
Go camping (maybe in Joshua Tree if I won't freeze to death?)
Go to the New Beverly
Go to the Fairfax Swapmeet again, to buy more useless crap
Explore different parts of LA, like Melrose & Santa Monica
Who knows what else!

I can't believe this semester & year are almost over! I'll be home on the 20th. I just have to get through Chekhov, chi-squared tests, and l'imparfait before then.

current mood: calm

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006
6:40 pm - standing in the dock at southampton, trying to get to holland or france
Who wants to go on an adventure with me this summer? Possibly to Europe (on a program or not) or a co-op in Seattle or something of the sort, I'm open to ideas. I just don't want to stay in L.A. and/or Berkeley and have it be the same old.

current mood: argh

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
12:44 am - Do you hear colors?
I'm writing a paper on synesthesia, which is when one sense triggers another; a sound will trigger a color or a person will see certain numbers as certain colors, or taste different shapes, etc. It's not all that rare, maybe 1 in 200, so I'm wondering if anyone I know has this. Do you? Or do you know anyone who does?

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
11:48 pm
Tonight someone explained to me in Romanian how light is polarized, and then I did yoga in front of a roaring fire. I love my co-op.

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Friday, September 1st, 2006
8:57 pm - so basically... disregard my last entry
I've decided to stay at Loth. I should've realized that I needed to give it more time than 2 or 3 days. People have gotten a lot more social and I've made a lot of friends. I finally got my permanent room assignment: I'm in the rainbow room, the traditionally queer room. What that means is I'm not allowed to repaint it, and during room to rooms (each person has a different theme & type of alcohol in their room) I have to do same-sex body shots. I have no problem with either of those, it's a nice room so it's worth it.

I'm missing initiation right now because (as usual) I've come down with some sort of weird illness. I went to the nurse practitioner today and she couldn't figure out what I have. I think I'd like to start going to a real doctor because I'm not sure of the competency of the nurse practitioners. I went to the opening part of initiation and it involved drumming, various costumes, fire juggling, and people swinging around these little fiery balls. And of course, lots of weed. It seemed perfect for the house, I'm sad I can't go to the main part. I like Loth because I can occasionally indulge my dorky side, but most of the time people are normal. Today was the first naked pizza Friday; I think I saw more naked people tonight than my whole life. I'm not sure if I'll get into that, I doubt it, but who knows..

My classes seem good. Just in case anyone's interested (mainly because I'm bored and have nothing better to do than update) the classes I'm taking are:

19th century Russian literature (apparently it's and R1B class, which means it will be way easier than 20th century Russian lit)
French 2 (I'm not sure about the teacher yet, I don't think I like her)
Stat 2 (the professor is a really cute older Indian man. the first class he had us introduce ourselves to our neighbors "so we wouldn't get lonely"
Drugs & the Brain (what can I say, it's Presti, I love him, he talked about "plant allies" and why the drug schedule laws are completely nonsensical)

I think I have too much free time right now but I'm going to apply for a research assistant position, so hopefully I can get that to take up my time and look good on a resume.

current mood: drained

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Monday, August 28th, 2006
3:56 pm - Leaves are falling all around, it's time I was on my way
Well, I'm now an elf. I moved into Lothlorien on Thursday, much to my mother's dismay. I'm in a gigantically huge quad with a fireplace. I was the first to move in, then came my roommate Luiz, who's a really funny gay Brazilian man. Then the house manager brought in my other roommate, and said, "Katie, this is John". So John & I were roommates coincidentally for 2 days, but then he switched back to CZ and this nice transfer student Matt took his place. I was wondering who my third roommate would be for a really long time, but yesterday I found out it's... Young Rao. He's never here though so it's basically me, Matt, and Luiz.

At dinner the first night I saw a naked transsexual holding a sword.

I thought that last paragraph needed to stand alone. Anyway, all of the people here are really nice, but I don't think it's for me. They're all really laid-back, mostly hippies, which is cool, but most of them seem older and not into partying anymore (if they ever were to begin with). Not that I'm the biggest party person, but still I'd like to have an exciting social life while I can. I feel like I could make some really meaningful friendships here, but it also might get a little overwhelming and a couple of the people are already getting on my nerves. Thus I've come to the decision to switch to Cloyne if I can. Sometimes it's tempting to stay, but I think overall I'd be happier and have more fun there. I'll probably move back to Loth when I'm older.

There isn't as much nudity here as I thought there would be, several girls go topless but that's about it. There's been vague talk of their (in)famous food orgy parties, but I still don't know exactly what it entails (well, I don't know if the name is entirely self-explanatory). The one thing I did discover was that one year they set up an outside shower that could fit 15 people. So in addition to the other reasons, I'm not sure about the super sexuality.

It's been kind of depressing to go from home to Loth, where I'm not as happy as I thought I would be and I can't get my stuff set up. It's really annoying to have to live out of boxes, I feel kind of displaced. I'll be a lot happier once everything gets settled, which hopefully should be in a couple of days.

Anyway, I hope everyone else is having a good end of summer or beginning of school year.

current mood: meh

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
11:46 pm - gotta love myspace and russian men
Hi:) I like your profile!!!
Have u heard about "Do you like"? It is very funny site.The thing is, they show you a pic of a boys and ask if u like them. You answer Yes or No. If you do they send them your pic and ask the same. If you both like eachother you can get in-touch and meet up.
Do you like me???
if yes you will be my future sympathy!

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Thursday, June 29th, 2006
1:17 am
I just saw Cat Power cover Slayer.

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Friday, May 26th, 2006
10:53 am - Are you down with the sickness
Well Disneyland was awesome, it felt surprisingly natural to hang out with my floor in a non-Berkeley setting, and I hope we do it often this summer. Also my friend Ivan hadn't been to Disneyland since he was 2 so he didn't remember any of it. It was fun taking someone for their first time, after every ride, "What did you think of that one??".

Since then, I somehow came down with the flu and a fever of 102. This means that I missed seeing friends I haven't seen in too long and getting mad hyphy. I'm better today though, which is good because I need to be as recovered as possible when a certain someone visits from Berkeley on Sunday. I was also supposed to look for jobs yesterday but nope. Looks like I'll have to stay a bum who's never had a real job.

Does anyone have book/movie recommendations?

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
8:11 pm - Everybody had a good year, everybody let their hair down
I'm probably living in Lothlorien next year!

Seriously, it's a vegetarian, partly nudist co-op. They have a treehouse and a garden and naked pizza Friday lunches. I'm not positive I can take that many naked hippies, I'm going to tour it again and make sure. I'd know at least 3 or 4 people there, so that's a plus.

I might fit in a little better there now that I'm infatuated with Vetiver (and still completely in love with Devendra Banhart, who just happens to be incredibly attractive in person).

It's springtime! (I'm choosing to ignore the 6 days of rain/showers in our forecast since weather.com lies.) I just finished a midterm and paper today! I went to another Anything But Clothes party last weekend! Things to look forward to: Hopefully a trip to Golden Gate Park when the weather clears up, having the room to myself for a weekend, my tap performance, either going camping with my animal advocacy group or going to a rescued farm animal sanctuary. And of course, naked hippies.

current mood: cheerful

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