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Apr. 12th, 2014

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I don't really update this blog any more, so I might as well put out this bit of info.

If you're looking for me come find me on tumblr; my user is pocketsizedkai [formerly kaiinapocket] (or for people who don't want to search it up, here's a link: http://pocketsizedkai.tumblr.com/ ). Personal posts are tagged "kai rambles" and I mostly just reblog animals and bad science puns. I still regularly check this blog so if you need to contact me you can still do it here. Basically this account is active for everything except for actual posts and if you feel inclined to see what I'm up to I'll be posting all that stuff on tumblr.

Also worth putting up, since I've noticed that the mood of this blog kind of took an uncontrolled downward spiral in the last few posts: I'm fine and I'm happy. First year of college was a mess but I'm both alive and well. While I don't have my major completely picked out (currently kicking it in pre-med because what social life and also ooh lookit those microbes) I'm pretty much settled in biomedicine, and life is good and I'm working my way forward.

So long, LJ, and thanks for all the fish! Come find me on Tumblr, folks!

May. 30th, 2013

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Does anyone read this any more?

So...life update? Life update.

I finished the school year on the dean's list (bite me, chem, I own your ass). I ended up studying for my psych final at 5AM the morning of the exam. Moved back home on the third, and I'm still sorta unpacking. I'm gonna ride through the next semester and then start applications to transfer. I'm going to move into an apartment at the end of August/start of June because my school only allows freshmen dorming and my parents don't want me commuting. I'll be living with this girl I met in English class who isn't exactly stellar but she's clean and pretty laid back so I don't really mind.

I've been going to counseling since the start of the semester. Some family friends died. Had a lot of problems with friends. The Boston bombings happened. My dorm was under lockdown and we had police escort us to get food. It hasn't been a great school year.

Went to Anime Boston last weekend, which was great but also had its share of drama and to be honest was a pretty even split of being amazing and awful. I cosplayed fem!Izaya Friday and Saturday and then gave up Sunday because my feet hurt. I met IBI from Sixh. and he was super sweet and helped me pick out a shirt for my friend, and I also met Origa who was super awesome. I also met this really nice staffer who was really cool.

So I'm still alive, basically. I'm going to Taiwan in a few weeks to visit family. No plans for the summer, just gonna hang around at home or maybe try to get a job, whatever happens.

Feb. 10th, 2013

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Happy lunar new year!

新年快樂, 恭喜發財, 心想事成!
Happy new year, may you be prosperous and happy, and may all your heart's wishes come true!

Jan. 29th, 2013

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Ah, LJ, long time no see.

Well, honesty hour: I'm pretty miserable at school. I've pretty much given up on trying to be optimistic about it; I don't like it here, and I've given up pretending that I do. Currently working on transfer applications to get out of here. I've pretty much gotten to the point where I don't care where I go, so long as I actually get out. So we'll see how that goes. I may also be switching majors, but I still have a lot of thinking to do about that.

Aside from that I guess I'm just lonely. The friends I've made at school aren't exactly the best people to be hanging out with and I've been avoiding them lately for my own sanity. I have a few acquaintances I chat with during class but that's about it. I miss being home and being able to talk to people in my own native language. Mostly I just miss being around people who actually care whether or not I exist and if I'm happy. My suitemates are the best I could ask for; my roommate has practically moved into her boyfriend's dorm, so I get this nice big triple to myself. I brought my brother's guitar to school so I could actually do something productive during downtime.

So long story short, I'm just pretty unhappy. Hoping that a change of scenery will rectify this.

Dec. 19th, 2012

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Whoooaa, LJ's format changed a lot. It's....kind of awesome.

Got through the semester alright, managed to pass all my classes and only be a bit off from making the dean's list (kicking butt next semester, this is a must. Chemistry, I will defeat you!). Managed to score a few classes I wanted for next semester and unfortunately ended up in a nighttime chem lab, but meh, I get to take psych. I was actually thinking of minoring in psych, but I want to sit through the class and see what it's like first. I'm actually going to see if I can do some fancy schedule rearranging so that my Mondays aren't as hectic. I'm hoping to get more classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and less on Mondays and Wednesdays, but we'll see.

In the mean time I'm out for winter break. I finished finals a week ago and I've just been hanging out at home. Lots of drama at school, glad to be away from it x_x I'm hoping everything gets resolved next semester. All in all I'm just hoping to get my act together for next semester grade-wise, social-wise, all that stuff. I'm kind of stuck about next semester and the following years but I'm hoping things just kind of fall into place.

Nov. 4th, 2012

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So uh, I'm still alive, as strange as that might seem to anybody right now. (I haven't broken any lab equipment lately, if anyone's wondering.)

In the last month one of my suitemates moved out, I acquired a new suitemate, a bunch of people on my floor got pissed at each other and played a two-week-long round of musical dorms, and now we're all sorted again for the most part. Basically, don't post passive-aggressive things on the internet, kiddies. I've also learned how to play pool to some degree?

This is actually only my second weekend at campus; I've been home basically every weekend except this and the one prior, due to the fact that the parentals have skipped off on vacation. I basically spent both weekends going out to eat and hanging out with friends from high school. So...not too bad. Parents will be home soon and I get this Friday off, so I'm thinking of hitching a ride with a friend back to high school and pestering the underclassmen xD (ssshh, Olivia, don't say anything!)

And....spring pre-registration is tomorrow @____@

Oct. 7th, 2012

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So I'm doing calc homework right now, specifically the calc homework that was due last Friday. I have a funny story as to why it's not done.

Over yonder in the dorm I'm in a suite; my roommate and I camp out in one room, and I have two suitemates over in the room next to ours. We share a bathroom, which includes a shower with slightly low water pressure. Not such a bad deal, right?

Well, one of my suitemates (henceforth suitemate A) decided the water pressure was too low, and requested that maintenance remove the water saver ring in the shower head to increase the water pressure. So far so good, except not really because now the water pressure is too strong, as in leave-your-back-red-after-showering strong. Still not the end of the world. Anyway, my roommate and I give it a go, and we decide we don't like it. We talked to the other suitemate (suitemate B) about it, and she agreed to try it out. If she liked it, we'd try to work out some compromise; if not, then we'd talk it out with suitemate A and get the water saver installed again. So my roommate and I, plus a friend from a few floors up who happened to be with me studying calc were all waiting in my room.

So suitemate B takes a shower. She panics while showering and tears open the curtain, and our shower got flooded. She also runs out of the shower screaming bloody murder wearing nothing but her towel. So we all figure okay, let's clean this up before we do anything else. So I text my friend across the hallway to ask if he's got a spare towel or something we can use. He doesn't, but he offers to come over and help clean up. He also, however, left the door open in an attempt to help air out the shower, and the guys across the hallway naturally come over to investigate why he's hanging out in a girl's dorm at night and why my suitemate is standing there dripping wet, still in her towel, and in hysterics. So after much confusion and guys investigating my shower, I managed to shoo them all out and my friend and I got the shower more or less not-flooded.

At this point it's approaching midnight and we were all tired, so I, my roommate, suitemate, friend across the hallway, and friend a few floors up, all in various stages of sogginess and annoyance, just hung out drinking tea.

College is great xD

Sep. 29th, 2012

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I just watched The Angels Take Manhattan.

....Moffat, please don't EVER do that to me again.

Brb going to have a nice round of feels everywhere.

Sep. 22nd, 2012

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College life is weird, man. Getting along alright and my classes are going well, still heading home weekends because I need sleep and food that isn't salad. Somehow managed to get sick after only being here a month, which....to be honest I really should have anticipated xD Poked around a few clubs, have my first exams next week *cries in corner* and overall doing okay, as far as college goes o_o

Naturally with all this pleasant stuff I've of course blown up a few things. My third chem lab we were supposed to make some metal reduce to calx by heating it. I heated mine three times, left it on heat for half an hour, called over both my professors, the folks from the next table over, the folks from my own table, nobody knew why my metal wasn't reacting. Finally my professor told me to call it quits, so I take it off the heat, and the crucible containing my metal shatters as soon as I pick it up. At this point my professor told me to just write "equipment failure" on my lab report and told me to get out. xD
Then I had my biology lab. I was looking into the eyepiece of my microscope when I noticed something white, which I initially assumed to be a thread from my shirt. I leaned back to brush it off, at which point I discovered a spider cheerfully perched on the eyepiece waving its legs before scuttling away. I tried to play it off and finish my lab, so I called my professor over to look at my slide and he asked if I was okay, so I told him about the spider. He then informs me that the spider incident was strange, since "they usually don't start coming out until October". Long story short, I'm pretty sure I'll graduate hating lab equipment.

Aug. 30th, 2012

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Surprise, everybody! I'm in college! And I haven't gotten lost yet! (on campus; I ended up in the wrong classroom today for twenty minutes before realizing I was in the wrong place, but thankfully it wasn't an official class so I just kind of wandered out xD)

Adjusting has been difficult, to say the least. I moved in Wednesday afternoon, and my parents stayed with me until the first floor meeting. Went to that night's welcome events and got a little pet bamboo plant, and basically I just kind of locked myself up in my room and was incredibly depressed for the night. I got up really early today to eat breakfast with my roommate and talk to admissions about my major and that was just nuts xD So today didn't go too badly, all things considered. I've pretty much figured out how to navigate my campus and actually managed to help a few people around o_o; and now I'm just kind of hanging out in my dorm and there's not much to do. The internet connection is pretty lousy so we kind of get connected at random but regardless of connection we can't check our official emails, which is annoying ><

So yeah, I'm alive! Kind of trying to get through things day by day. I'm actually feeling so much more optimistic today than I was yesterday, and being bored right now is absolutely nothing compared to how I was feeling last night. So cheers to a good rest of the week, I suppose!

....I'm going to try to figure out the laundry machines next week. I'm reluctant to, because they're ID operated and so far I have yet to use my ID successfully for anything. I think I've locked myself out of the lobby at least eight times already >_> I actually have two keys for my dorm room, one for the outer door and one for the inner door, and I got so fed up with them I sharpied "in" and "out" on them. xD

College is weird, man. I don't think I'm in any way ready to start. Ah well ><

In other news, got the new Gazette CD :D it's beautiful~

Aug. 7th, 2012

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I resolve to find a way to punch the internet. You'd think it would be easier to change email addresses, and yet...(okay, so mostly applicable to MSN.)

I went to orientation two weeks ago. To be honest it wasn't exactly enjoyable, but eh, I lived xD here's to hoping for a better school year.

I'm off adventuring to the hospital tomorrow to shadow some folks from the MRI department. Kinda hoping I can shadow some folks from optometry and some doctors before the school year starts xD I'll admit I'm wavering on my major a lot (Any advice from current college students?) and hoping to get myself sorted out before September.

On the topic of college, I can't wait to meet my roommates xD it turns out I'm actually in a suite, so there's two girls plus me in one room and then two girls in the other room and we all share one bathroom, so that'll be fun o_o I move in in 22 days! >_<

Jul. 19th, 2012

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I have roommates~! :D

Jul. 14th, 2012

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Remember when I posted more than once a month? Yeeeaaah....

Anime Club Sleepover was a few weeks ago and went pretty well, aside from the unwelcome appearance of a spider towards morning that Beth kind of crushed to death. Mostly just ate and made fun of anime (SOON, MARIA). Had a scavenger hunt (muahaha) and a video game tournament, and a few misadventures involving a blender.

Adventured off to Canada last week-ish xD Stayed mainly around the Niagara Falls area with some traveling northwards to visit my cousins. Saw the fireworks on the falls, did a bit of shopping, went out to dinner with family, the usual business xD Maple tea is amazing, by the way. We picked up a thing of that plus a thing of earl grey maple, which I'm dying to try.

In more recent news, I got my AP scores today! I got 4 for both AP Bio and English Lit O_o The first is surprising because I didn't even bother answering half of the free responses and the second is exciting because I didn't break my English teacher's 4 or higher for senior AP students streak she's had for the last 30 years (or so she claims xD), which means no Kai hunting! Success all around! Now to see if my school will take my English credit....

Jun. 4th, 2012

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Congrats, class of 2012! (eeeh, a few weeks late, no biggie.)

So that's it, I'm officially a freshman again. Graduation was May 18th, Baccalaureate was the day before, senior banquet that Monday. And...I'm done.

I think this is the first time in years I've had absolutely nothing to do during the summer. It's kind of freaking me out. xD I at some point decided it would be a good idea to maul my uniform polos and turn it into a teddy bear, and that's almost done (but I'm out of white thread now @_@) Been taking it easy since graduation. Mostly just sleeping in, playing the piano, hanging out with friends, and being eaten alive by mosquitoes (24 bites since summer break started two weeks ago, all in one day). Finished Hellsing Ultimate and Durarara a few days ago. Relaxing, basically. Planning on studying a bit of calculus before college starts and brushing up on chemistry and physics. 

Had my graduation party last Saturday, hung out with folks and watched Lord of the Rings (Dave, if you're reading this, a Lego magazine showed up at my house today with a Lego Frodo on it, just saying). Anime Club Sleepover is some time at the end of the month and I'm just taking my time getting ready for that. Everything's going slow and I am absolutely not complaining. xD

May. 9th, 2012

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I'm....done with classes and nine days from graduation. O_O

Okay, so taking it from the top...prom was the Friday after we got back from Italy. Stormy crashed at my place after school and we watched GATTACA and got ready and took pictures and all that fun snazz. A bunch of my friends came over for pictures too, and my brother came home to take pictures for us, which was really cool of him.
A bit after that we had the final Scholars meeting. The principal read part of an essay I wrote....it was really embarrassing. xD A few days after that we had a retreat over yonder at Stonehill, which was pretty cool. The folks leading the retreat were Capuchin monks and the whole time Dave, Jackie and I were geeking the whole way through one monk's speech on the Capuchin monks' history.

Then began final projects. Spent Sunday to Tuesday night staying up until about 5 in the morning working on a bioethics project, then pulled my first all nighter of high school trying to write a paper for English and finish the bioethics project. Paper scored an A- and I'm insanely happy about that, and I fell asleep in bioethics class that day. So lesson learned, all nighters are bad. Finished my physics final over the weekend, didn't do too badly on that. Had the last anime club meeting last Friday, then spent this weekend doing a biology project.

Had senior liturgy yesterday. One of my friends passed out in the middle of it, and I don't think I've ever been so grateful one of the physics teachers is an EMT. Had my pre-calc final today, and up tomorrow is AP English. AP Bio is next Monday @____@ I have a presentation to do for my Latin final after school on Friday....which I haven't started yet. Better get on that. xD

So yeah, I'm almost done with high school. o_o It really hasn't sunk in. I just feel like I'm not done yet.

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