Headlines for Sunday:
- Backlog - 2006.04.01: Breakfast: Bacon and eggs 01:18
- Brian's birthday party 01:26
- In the thick of things 01:35
- Pictures from Brian's party 10:42
- Conversations 23:18
|A||C||@1000 Prepare questions and resource justification for Tuesday class|
|A||X||@1400 Work on summary paper|
|A||X||@1800 Meet Andrew in the lobby of GH for Koreatown trip|
|C||C||@1830-0000 Attend tango milonga at College and Ossington from 2006.04.02|
|C||C||Hart House concert?|
|Lunch||Steak and potatoes|
1. Backlog - 2006.04.01: Breakfast: Bacon and eggs: 01:18
I fried bacon, prepared eggs, and toasted bread. Steve was touched that I had prepared both sunny-side-up and scrambled eggs for him, and kept praising my cooking. We had chai latte (well, just milk for me) with Trent and Keri. Apparently, Trent's quite the chai latte master. =)
It was fun chatting with Trent and Keri as well, although some aspects of that were just a little bit odd, like that singing in the shower thing... <laugh> It was good having breakfast with friends, though - it gave me something for which I should wake up early. Might do it again sometime. Heck, might even do it tomorrow...
Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table. Teiboru ni neko no sokuseki tsuite iru.
2. Brian's birthday party: 01:26
We ate at a fancy steakhouse. I didn't go for a full steak, opting instead for a delicious chicken dish that made a light dinner. (Wise choice, as I'd been eating all afternoon!) After dinner, we had another party in Brian's suite. We played Apples to Apples, a hilarious party game of strange comparisons. I got to meet a few new people, too. I took plenty of pictures which I promise I'll edit and upload by Wednesday, after my next major requirement is done.
Spending $20 on a single dinner is quite odd for me because I sometimes think in terms of my starving-grad-student budget, but I felt it was very much worth it. They're a great bunch of people. If it's all right with my parents, I try to think of it as making the most of the opportunities I have here to get to know people well. I feel somewhat guilty about the fact that I'm not scrimping and trying to stick to a strict budget. I hope it's like taking the first circus. I won't be extravagant - eating out all the time or buying expensive things - but I _do_ like the company of friends, and I'll spend for that and for experiences. =)
A lot of fun was had by all, and a lot of good conversation too.
On Technorati: friends
Random Japanese sentence: 私はこの猫の世話をしなければならない。 I have to look after this cat. Watashi wa kono neko no sewa o shinakereba naranai.
3. In the thick of things: 01:35
And yes, I've actually said that talking to people is fun. I love establishing some kind of common ground with people, appreciating their differences and the insight I gain from their perspective. I look forward to cooking for friends, meeting people for lunch or dinner, running into random strangers in the piano room, and chatting with people over billiards or table tennis. I also love keeping in touch with my friends and family back home. I miss them, too! =)
As long as I don't forget to pay attention to my own life, it should be fine. <laugh>
On Technorati: personality
Random Japanese sentence: この種の猫にはしっぽがない。 The tail is absent in this type of cat. Kono shu no neko wa ni wa shippo ga nai.
4. Pictures from Brian's party: 10:42
5. Conversations: 23:18
I can explain my research to other academics easily. All I have to do is talk about collaborative bibliographies and they immediately understand why social computing is just _so_ cool. Talking about my research made me understand it a bit more, too.
At coffee time, I ended up talking about Toastmasters with Brian, the pilot taking up biblical archaeology. Yeow Tong, Brian and I chatted about teaching, presentations, and other things about academic life.
I've figured something out. If I'm going to eat out, I might as well eat out somewhere nice, having something I can't easily prepare myself. It doesn't have to be extravagant, but a little bit of atmosphere and style would be good. Dinner today was much more of an experience than grabbing pizza somewhere. =)
That said, I'm still looking forward to learning how to prepare fancier meals...
Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table.