Dec 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Although I wish the NBA hadn't started its 2011-2012 season today, I'm glad Christmas Day this year is a Sunday.  That, and the fact that I'm broke, so there were no gifts to go around, made me remember what exactly it is that the world celebrates today: the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Let us all remember:

Dec 18, 2011

Why December is so awesome

1. Except for last Friday (which wasn't that bad, really), it has rained every day, and the temperature is not high enough to make me consider suicide, or to sob non-stop.

2. Because of #1, I have been able to run in the rain a couple of times (it just doesn't stop raining all day).  It makes me feel like I'm in a musical or, at least, an episode of Glee with Gwyneth Paltrow.

3. Classes have ended, and I don't have to pull out my hair every day wondering how to make French interesting to a handful of hormonal teenagers.

4. People on the street are nicer ("I won't mug you today; my Christmas gift to you").

5. So many dinners and social events going on, I have already broken my healthy eating diet three times, and Christmas is still a week away.

6. Church starts an hour later on Christmas and New Year's Day.  Note: This does not necessarily imply an extra hour of sleep, but it does mean I can go to bed one hour later, with no remorse.

7. Even though I keep telling people I'm broke and I won't be giving away any presents this year (other than my unconditional love), I keep getting cute presents.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Dec 11, 2011

Today I was reminded of a John Grisham's book

Can you imagine my excitement when I got this email this morning?

"This proposed settlement ("Settlement") is on behalf of a nationwide class of consumers (the "Class") who (1) purchased tickets on Ticketmaster's website, www.ticketmaster.com ("the Website") between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011 (the "Class Period"), (2) paid money to Defendant Ticketmaster for an Order Processing Fee ("OPF") that was not refunded, (3) did not and do not opt-out of the Class, and (4) were residents of one of the fifty United States at the time of their purchase".


At this point, I was angered I didn't buy more ticket shows through Ticketmaster.  What was I thinking, trying to get a discount for locals or students for quite expensive Vegas shows? I should have gone the traditional way, and use Ticketmaster at all times.  But then I read my "Summary of your legal rights and options":


"If you take no action (of course I will take no action), and the settlement is approved by the Court (I will be praying for that), you will automatically receive, via email at the most recent email address associated with your purchases on Ticketmaster.com, discount codes ("Codes") which can be used for future purchases for U.S. events (I'm getting credit?! C'mon, it can't get worse than this) from Ticketmaster's Website (except for events at venues owned or operated by AEG as set forth in the Settlement Agreement). For each transaction that you made during the Class Period, you will receive one code via email for a $1.50 discount (wow, what a fortune!), up to a maximum of 17 codes (I'm glad I only made 4 transactions with you, I wouldn't want all that money to go to my head)... The Codes may be combined up to a maximum of two credits ($3.00) that may be applied on future transactions as described above (seriously, Ticketmaster, what a great deal!).

Dec 4, 2011

New Directions?

I decided to start sharing some of my adventures in the love arena. As I started writing, I realized I have to let go of many inhibitions to do so. I am by nature a very private person, so I'll still keep stuff to myself, and I'll change names and circumstances when the privacy of other people needs to be respected.

Sadly, I think I need at least one more week to mull over the details before I start writing.

PS: If you feel like commenting on my blog, do so under your own name. There's nothing more pathetic than a rude (and inaccurate) comment under "Anonymous." Have some courage!

Nov 27, 2011

My Christmas wishlist

1. Everybody calling me doctor without me having to go through 5 more years of grad school. Haven't I done enough to deserve one of those honorary doctoral degrees they give to famous old people? I'll soon be old enough, it seems, and all my years of struggling with teenagers at Church, or teaching English to seriously learning-deficient people? C'mon, those ought to give me some credit hours.
2. A job where I can finally do what I love all day, like head karaoke singer.
3. A world where I could eat all the fried stuff with cheese I want, and not put on one single ounce of weight, or worry about my cholesterol level, diabetes risk or cancer threats. Millennium, maybe?
4. The final disappearance of stupid TV shows, like the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore.
5. A cute, smart guy asking me out with no stupid issues on the side. For references on what I mean, please see this 2-month old post.
6. All seasons of 'Lost' on DVD. Add to that, if you have the means, 'Alias', 'Doctor Who', and '24' (from what I hear, I still haven't watched it).
7. A Kindle. I'm humble enough, so I only need the cheapest one. I just want to be able to read my 600 ebooks on the go.
8. The new U2 Ipad. This applies to my (healthy) obsession with U2, and provides me with a lighter carrying option than my current 17-inch 5-pound laptop.
9. World peace.

Nov 13, 2011

Why the lists?

1. Even though my thoughts are a veritable mayhem, bullets and numbers give it a more organized look.
2. I'm an engineer. My brain has been professionally trained to think in numbers.
3. I can prioritize ideas.
4. I just realized this post is plain dumb. So I'll bow out with what little dignity I got left, and call it a night.

Nov 6, 2011

How can you tell you don't have a life

1. You have read 4 books in 5 days.
2. You have watched 3 looong movies and an entire season of your favorite sitcom in the same period of time.
3. Your mattress is now shaped exactly to your back.
4. Your idea of a wild Friday night is turning off the lights and listening to music on your iPhone.
5. You forgot what the ringtone in your phone sounds like.
6. You start referring to Netflix, Hulu, Twitter, and Facebook as your "best friends"
7. You squint your eyes when you step past the main entrance to your place.
8. You have personal cute names for your laptop, your bed, your TV...and the fridge.

Oct 16, 2011

What I'm really doing while I tell people I'm busy

1. Secretly planning my wedding.
2. Facebook stalking this cute guy I met at Church today.
3. Watching all seasons of Dancing with the Stars, The Biggest Loser, and The Office on Hulu.
4. Planning a global boycott of Netflix.
5. Blogging.
6. Playing solitaire on my iPhone.
7. Playing 'where the crap did you put my stuff?' with my baby niece.
8. Daydreaming.
9. Not playing Farmville, CityVille, Mafia Wars or anything related, I still have a life.
10. Updating my list of mortal enemies.

Oct 9, 2011

Why I like to be a graduate student

As I am in the process of applying for a PhD, I have been deeply pondering about the reasons that make me want to pursue this course of action:

1. I love sleeping 5 hours a day, and dreaming about all the papers I have to read and write once I wake up.
2. I have the pathological need to constantly say: "I don't have money for that."
3. I love the taste of ramen soup and, when I feel like splurging, generic mac and cheese.
4. I don't really think I need to have a social life.
5. Who needs facebook, when there's hundreds of journal articles you can read every day?
6. Carrying 10 books and a heavy laptop in my backpack all around campus really strengthens my core muscles.
7. I love the feeling of hope I get when I hear someone say: "Refreshments will be served"
8. I think the dark circles under my eyes give me a mysterious intriguing look.
9. I no longer live in the real world. My life is as cool as the Matrix.
10. In the end, I just want to be called 'Doctor.'

Sep 25, 2011

The attack of the gullible facebookers

"ANOTHER CHANGE IS COMING...On September 30th, 2011 Facebook will start charging you for your account. To avoid this, you MUST get NAKED, stand on your dining room table and do the Macarena, all the while singing ”I Will Survive”. After filming and posting it to your Facebook wall and YouTube, then, and only then, will Mark Zuckerberg come down your chimney to tell you that your account will stay free. Pass it on, it must be true because someone on Facebook posted it."   (All I have to say is 'Amen!')

Case in point:
"FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO...IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED"