Aug. 24th, 2012 10:04 pm
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Letter! I haz letter!

from Matthew!!!

It took four days to get here!

FOUR FLIPPING DAYS when it sometimes seems within US mail takes that long.

FOUR DAYS FROM Chicago to Warsaw!

Just yesterday on Gmail chat we were talking about DHL and mail. (Did you know DHL ceased operations in the US a few years ago but it's strong elsewhere and they deliver to Iran, Cuba and North Korea? North Korea! And it's part of Deutsche Post?)

I cried while reading the letter. I smiled. I laughed a little.

A letter and a drawing in Matt's handwriting...
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When the tickets were released in July I bought two for Matt and myself though I didn't even know if I was still going to be in Chicago for her December 10th concert. I planned on gifting them to someone else if that happened, or putting them up for sale.

Two weeks ago I emailed the other research assistant for my study to ask if we could switch weekend days for the past weekend. I usually work Saturdays and sessions end at 1pm. Tori usually has a Meet & Greet from 2pm to 5pm prior to her concerts. I wanted to sleep in and have time to get ready to wait outside. The other R.A. said okay, but then let me know she couldn't because her schedule changed. I think because of finals.

So I go to the lab Saturday morning and upon looking up Undented's Twitter found out that there wouldn't be a M&G. :-( But I went straight to downtown Chicago nonetheless by myself. Before the concert )

We had a quick dinner at the Halsted St. Diner then went to Macy's. Bridgett and Michael met us there and we got a little lost trying to find men's leather gloves. 3rd floor - not in outerwear, redirected to the 2nd floor and got told it was on the first floor. I got Matt a Christmas gift of some rather nice leather gloves. He has a pair for his sweaty outdoor work like shoveling snow so these will be his driving gloves. I think he could have needed them that day in the morning when he drove me to the lab! After we spent some time in the Chicago Theatre lobby, we went to our separate seats.

I got a text from my former international advisor from Beloit College. This int'l advisor is a big fan of Tori Amos as well, and drove us to my first Tori Amos concert in 2007, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tori's US tour this year was rather brief; she held no concerts in Milwaukee or Detroit like in the past. We hung out briefly while Matt and I kept her company in the souvenir line. I gave her money to buy a T-shirt for me. She wanted the scarf. We went back to our seats for the opening act, the Norweigan artist Thomas Dybdahl. He was okay but I didn't like him as much as Tori Amos's previous two opening acts.

I bought my boyfriend and I seats in a Mezzanine box. It was pretty spiffy. Lots of leg space, which is nice for his 6’5” frame. There are 6 or so people per box. Before the opening act a server (?) came in and asked if we wanted drinks. I didn’t know they did that. I already had my cranberry vodka elsewise I would’ve asked for something, ‘spensive as the drinks are. Matt and I were in box D, seats 1 and 2 so we were against the railing which was rather sweet. Something I hate about being on the floor is that near the end of concerts most people stand up and being the shortie I am, I cannot see over people's ends and that ruins my pleasure of the music. Also, in the boxes, there were a few annoying neighbors but definitely nothing as annoying as past Chicago Theatre times.

The Fab Four, the quartet, were pretty awesome. Tori Amos opened with Shattering Sea. Her setlist from Undented:

Set list )

On the Undented link there's also some videos of her performance from Chicago. I liked Suede and China from the first half but the second half I found more dynamic and familiar. I was teared up from her cover of The Cure's "Love Song." Ever since I heard a recording of her performing it several years ago in Dallas I've been in love with it. Cruel was also fantastic. And Siren. I thought some songs would be lacking without drums or something, but the cello did fantastically as the backbone. Her own performance lasted two hours which was great since her previous performance lasted 1.5 hours. I love that she ended with Big Wheel. She ended that way two years ago, too. :)

Matt rushed us out of the theatre because he thought getting out of the parking lot would be horrible. The lobby was very crowded. We had to wait for the 2nd time the elevator came down. But parking lot itself was actually quite empty. He felt a bit bad about rushing us all for nothing and that he remembered that I had wanted to spend some time hanging out at a bar afterwards and just hanging out. Oh, well.

Sunday I slept most of the day away. That was kind of nice. :D Sunday night I got a little obsessive and made 3 playlists on my iTunes, one for Milwaukee 2007's setlist, Chicago 2009's setlist and Saturday night's setlist. :D
hani_backup: (Mulan - for the win!)
I made Dean's List for my final semester at college! (Term GPA at 3.489, Dean's List minimum is 3.400.)

(This reminds that I just missed making cum laude at 3.373. SADNESS.)

I've made Dan's List every semester since I changed my major Fall 2009! :D Good change, great decision. I also made Dean's List back in Fall 2007, which seems like a fluke. My term GPA prior to changing my major was 2.something. I was really not happy nor applying myself to my classes.

Concerning my change of major, I loved those psychology and IDST classes. :D And English classes I took.

It is weird, though, having two classes with your advisor during the same semester. Makes you feel guilty if you're doing badly in one class but not the other, or if you're late/missing the early morning class and you show up for the afternoon one. :P

More pics!

May. 16th, 2011 01:54 pm
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Pics )

With my diploma!

My national costume

*sigh* )
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One was a draft for a psych class, that wasn't graded.  I got a mixture of good and bad comments on it (bad meaning I wasn't clear or I had done something incorrectly).  I should see the professor Tuesday morning in order to talk more about interpreting the results from SPSS.  I thought we were going to look only at results of .05 level, instead of also 0.01, but I think that's incorrect.  I may also have written the results for correlations wrongly, in APA format.

Then, switching to MLA format, I got back my first paper for my Science Fiction: Past and Present class back!  :-D  The only English/writing courses I've taken was English 190 (Borders & Bridging) Fall 2007 - ENG 190 is the lowest level English course and a prerequisite for other courses, just like Intro to Psych or Intro to Philosophy is for Psych and Philo courses - and Writing 100 (Our Animal Selves) Fall 2009.  Science Fiction: Past and Present is a 271 Theory-Designated Topics course and when we first introduced ourselves and our majors and why we wanted to take the course, I was quite intimidated by other people.  A lot of them are seniors or juniors who are creative writing majors or English majors (or double majors for some of them), or Journalism minor, etc.  As the semester went on, I grew further intimidated because a lot of them had really insightful stuff to say, using the several theories of science fiction genre we've read and applying it to the short stories/books we've read, or just the more abstract and conceptual aspects of the books.  I feel like my few points in class are more specific plot-oriented or characterization, and I'm still having a hard time looking "beneath" that surface, and seeing the book as a whole and connecting incidents, themes, motifs (that are not knock-on-your-head obvious) from various parts of the book together. 

We finally got our papers back in the mailbox today. (We handed them in October 1 and we expected to get them back on Monday, after Fall Break.)  I was pretty anxious about getting them back and checked my mailbox 3 times today before it was finally there!  My professor wrote her comments on the last page, folded our papers in half, stapled it shut and wrote our names and box numbers on the outside.  Man, I had a hard time resisting ripping the paper trying to get the staples off!  (This was a 6 page page.)  Anyway, I made several errors (wrong words, using past instead of present tense for fiction works, some mistakes in grammar -- grammar is the hardest part of any language for me), but most of her comments were encouraging, or rhetorical questions about some points, usually about a possible alternative interpretation, or taking it further.  I wish she could have seen the full outline I had, because I had a lot more to write, but 6-7 pages didn't fit it all!  I had to cut the third beauty that, ironically, would have answered a question my professor posed in her end comments. 

I got an A!!!  A full-blown A!!! Not an A-!  I had this professor previously for my Writing 100 class, and I got an A- for that class and both essays and the presentation, so it really feels good to take a high-level English course and get an A on the first paper.  It definitely helped to have written out an outline and a quarter-fleshed out essay to bring to the Writing Center beforehand.  (And this kind of takes the sting outta getting a bad grade for the exam the same day the paper was due, since I put forth more time writing the paper than studying for the exam...) 

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We got back our first Personality Psychology exam!  It consisted of five essay questions, no choices.  So, yeah, we had to do all five of them.  Thankfully we had 1hr50mins to complete them, and it was taken last Thursday. 

Our professor had them all marked by Tuesday's class (which is pretty amazing since he was in Italy last week for a conference so his TA had to proctor our exam and I can't imagine the jet lag and unwillingness to dive in 20+ students writing 5 essays), but some students were sick/absent that Thursday and hadn't taken it so we had to wait for them. 

I got a 98 for the exam!  Out of 100!!!! I got 18 for the first question and 20 for all the rest.  I was rather surprised, especially because I confess to grasping at wild straws for the last question.  I hadn't read the article in question (McAdams, the first paper we had to read, though I mistakenly read another one because my cousin's death made me frazzled and I never went back to that first reading) and I was going off notes we had in class.  The question had asked something like "why is the third and deepest level of knowing someone (according to McAdams) not frequently used in personality studies?"  We never talked about the disadvantages in class of the 3 ways to know someone, so I assumed the 3rd and deepest way to "know" a person according to McAdams was like doing a case study on someone, so I pulled disadvantages from that form of research...  Woohooo!  I did bust my butt studying for that exam so I do feel justified and proud of getting a 98.  And it's the highest in the class, too.  *beams even more*

Man, I'm such a nerd sometimes. 
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Don't belong in a 5-in-1 gratitude post! It deserves one of its own!

Got the email yesterday officially letting me know I made the Dean's List for Spring 2010! At my college, it's a term GPA of 3.4 and above (with no incompletes) to count. I did get a Spring GPA of 4.0 but this whole Dean's List thing is still so new to me I get chills and big smiles everytime I get notified I made it!

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Oh my God! They were scheduled to be released tomorrow, but the Registrar's office did a bang up job getting it out earlier than expected!

Hee! My previous best semester was last fall!

I dropped my Data Structures and Algorithms class so I had three full-credit courses left.

Memory and Cognition: A
Research Methods and Design (Psychology): A
Philosophy of Science: A
Term GPA: 4.000!!!!
cGPA: 3.326 (up from 3.221!)

I definitely made a right decision to go from pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry to purusing a Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies: Cognitive Science!!! Hee. Last spring and summer was such an eye-opener. I'm really, really glad for the support of my advisors for the proposal writing process and the IDST committee for accepting it! Also, so many people put up with my stress and "ZOMG!!!"-ness this semester about work and presentations due for classes!

So happy!!!!
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We found out our classes yesterday! I'm so happy! I got every first pick I had, included one that was 20 people over subscribed! Woohoo!

Here's my schedule!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00-9:50am: The Human Animal (Anthro)
10:00-11:05am: Science Fiction: Past and Present (English)
1:30-2:35pm: Visual Perception and Art (Psych)

Tuesday, Thursday
10:00-11:50am: Personality Psychology (Psych)
1:00-1:50pm: Great Ideas in Computer Science (Comp Sci)

TA for Introduction to Psychology (TTH 12:00pm-12:50pm)
Possibly also for Life-Span Developmental Psychology (TTH 7:10pm-9:00pm)

Class descriptions! )
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Tuesday night this email conversation occurred between the professor I worked with for my cognitive science major proposal and me:

From: my professor
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM
To: me

I can't believe I forgot to email you yesterday!  Congratulations,
Cognitive Scientist! :)

From: me
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM
To: my professor

What?? WHAT, seriously??? OHMYGOD YES!!!! OHMYGOD!!!! YAY!!!!!

From: my professor
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM
To: me

Haha, I thought Ann had already told you! I told her she should send
the official notice to you and that I would just congratulate you
after the fact.  I figured she would have told you by now.  I would
have sent a more informative notice if I had known you still didn't
get the word!

Yes- the committee approved your major, and you will be Beloit's very
first Cognitive Science major :)  Ann will probably be sending you an
official notice at some point soon :)

I didn't say anything on LiveJournal/InsaneJournal because I didn't want to put it as a gratitude until I got the official notification from Ann (Dean of College). Then Wednesday morning another IDST committee person congratulated and I was going "Thanks, but I still haven't heard from Ann!"

So I sucked it up yesterday afternoon and emailed Ann, asking about the congratulations and all that, and she said an email to me was on her to-do list and she'll cc the registrar, too.

42 minutes ago, look what popped up in my inbox!! )

YES!! I am officially, officially a cognitive science major!!
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I really love this article! Though some don't apply to me, it was nice to read it in segments and remember back to when that event did happen. :) (Not so crazed about the Walmart advert in the background, though.)


Mar. 14th, 2010 02:44 pm
hani_backup: (Mulan - for the win!)
My Psych Research Methods and Design professor blind cc'ed me and a few other students (dunno how many, dunno who) asking if we'd mind emailing her our first paper. This is because other classmates have asked why they didn't earn full credit for sections in their paper and she wanted to show samples of "excellent examples of quality writing"!!!


It's always nice when the hard work you've put into something results in good marks and/or recognition!!  (That's why it's a big bummer when you study uber-hard for an exam or spend a lot of time on a paper and get back marks below what you expected! Or putting a lot of time and thought into cooking a meal or a big celebration and having the recipient(s) shrug it off so casually!)

Her email:

Her email )

Wah hahahahaa! This is the paper I got 41/40 for! I got -1 marks for not mentioning the total number of males and females we ended using data from (we had to eliminate several) and using N instead of n, but then +2 bonus marks for writing style! :D :D :D
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Beauty )

It's called "Yuuwaku" and by Audrey Kawasaki. She has an LJ, at [livejournal.com profile] i_seldom_do.
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I know some people on my friendslist tend to get great grades, but this is my best semester so far at Beloit! My past best semester was Fall 2007. I suppose Fall semesters (barring last year's) tend to be better for me. Maybe the lack of wintry weather affects my studying. Not surprising.

Two of the courses I took last semester were half-semester long. Intro to Programming was the first half, Object Oriented Java Programming was the second half. They're both half-full credit courses.


I'm so psyched!!! Best semester ever!
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YAY!! Final paper was submitted at 3:30pm (due at 4pm) and that was that!!

Going to spend Tuesday cleaning, packing, meeting with a professor, packing...

hani_backup: (dancing!)
I had my short story due at 9AM so I stayed up all night writing it. And bounced ideas off my friends, two of whom do a lot of creative writing.

Then I had to wait until 10:30AM for the mail center to open to get my mail. Then I collected my psych work! I got 91/100 for my second psych exam! I just missed 3 multiple choice questions and they were worth 3 points each. MERRGGH. But still, an A- for the exam! Then I got my presentation evaluated and I got 60/60 for it! I was most amused by the full marks for "The presenter spoke slowly and clearly enough for the audience to follow." I felt as though I was rushing through the presentation. Heehee, it's hard to know what is the right pace.

Then the girls and I went to the Beloit Inn for happy hour! I ate so much. We each ordered an appetizer and shared around. :D :D I also got a caramel martini. Part of it was Bailey's. YUM YUM IN THE TUM.

MATT PASSED HIS KUNG FU TEST!!!! He got his yellow belt!! I was crying on the phone with him when he told me. I'm so proud of him. He was so happy and proud. He's probably going to go to the martial arts club on campus next semester.

Yes, yesterday started hard, but ended so well.
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We had to give her a first draft, then do a rewrite after her comments.

I don't know what grade I got for the first draft. There were a lot of comments, though. :'(

But I got an A- for my final draft!! There were some grammatical mistakes, still (urgh) but I'm glad I did relatively well!



Apr. 7th, 2009 11:49 pm
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Vermont legalized gay marriage!!!

Okay, that's a gratitude all on its own! And I can't believe I forgot to mention Iowa's passing of same-sex marriage a few days ago as a gratitude!

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From IndependentSources.

Worst Company URLs

1. A site called ‘Who Represents‘ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is

2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at

3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at

4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at

5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…

6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:

7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always

8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is

9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:

10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website at


I hope this made some people smile!!!

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