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Camera Fun!
March 28, 2011

Yeah, I had a bit of fun today. Evidence below.

Day 01
August 7, 2010

I know, it’s really late. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out my last post for info on my 30 day project (that will probably take me more than 30 days).

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

  1. I think I pick up a new hobby every season. This summer, I learned how to sew cute little plushies!
  2. When I was younger, my hair was almost black.
  3. I’m right handed, but I play ice hockey left-handed.
  4. I’m a Chemistry major but I plan to go to grad school for Higher Ed. Student Affairs.
  5. No matter how hard I try, I can’t keep my room clean.
  6. I love Sailor Moon.
  7. I volunteer at a local animal shelter.
  8. I also love to scrapbook 🙂
  9. My favourite colours are green, black, and silver.
  10. I still own an original NES.
  11. I’m a shopaholic.
  12. My first real job was at the GAP.
  13. I am a huge Doctor Who fan.
  14. I once planned out a fantasy novel trilogy that I wanted to write one day.
  15. My favourite school subjects are astronomy, psychology, and organic chemistry.

Top Five Summer Sights in Berkeley and the Bay Area
June 20, 2010

These are my top five picks for great summer sights in Berkeley and the Bay Area.

What are some of yours? Let us know so we can visit!

1. The UC Botanical Garden

While the Botanical Garden is a great place to visit all year-round, summer is my favourite time to go up there. It’s free for students ($7 for adults) and on the weekdays, there’s a handy bus to take us up there as well. The Garden is divided up into specified regions, such as California, Austrolasia, and the Tropical House to cite just a few. While UC’s plant haven isn’t the biggest botanical garden I’ve ever been to, it was big enough that I needed at least two days to see the entire thing. There’s a superb view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the rose garden at the top of the hill, a peaceful sanctuary at the zen pool, and some amazing hidden waterfalls.

2. Golden Gate Park

Running through the center of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is full of things to do. Visit the California Academy of the Sciences where you can see nearly 40,000 animals and learn all about the wonderful world we live in! If you like flowers, Golden Gate Park hosts the San Francisco Botanical Garden as well as the Conservatory of Flowers. Other highlights include the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the Japanese Tea Garden. Other than the main attractions, Golden Gate Park is a fun place to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, play frisbee, volleyball, or any other outdoor sport you could think of. The park often hosts summer music festivals as well, which draw a huge crowd.

3. Berkeley Rose Garden (and Cordornices Park)

If you like looking at a variety of shapes, colours, and scents in roses, this is a must-visit in June and July. The garden looks like it was once an amphitheater, with steps and rows descending from just below the street level. It’s fun to see all of the different rose varieties, sit on a bench and read a book, or play tennis at the accompanying courts. Just across the street (or under the street through the awesomely long tunnel) is Cordornices Park, which boasts an epic concrete slide that scares even the bravest of adults. Folks always leave flattened cardboard boxes for the exciting ride.

4. Ocean Beach

I may be a bit biased since this is the only local beach I’ve visited, but the place is just fantastic over the summer. It’s at the far edge of Golden Gate Park and while it might not be warm enough for swimming, there is still lots to do! I’ve laid on the beach tanning, taken walks, built sandcastles, and watched people surf of fly kites. Just be warned, the fog can roll in at strange points in the afternoon, so you’ll want to get out there earlier in the day.

This is the fog that you want to avoid.

5. Berkeley Marina

Take the bus down to the Marina and you can fly kites, have a picnic, sail, go kayaking, or eat a tasty meal at Skates on the Bay. I’ve personally only been over here for sailing, but they have the occasional kite festival and I’ve heard the view is pretty epic. They shoot off some fantastic fireworks on the 4th of July as well 🙂

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I love summer!
June 13, 2010

It feels like I finally have time to do all of the things I’ve been longing for over the course of the year. I visit SF on a fortnightly basis, go swimming, exercise, take naps, volunteer, hang out with my fellow staff, and explore new places. I wish I could somehow manage my time so I could continue these things throughout the school year, but it just never seems to work out that way. There are far too many things I’m interested in.

Yesterday, I went down to the Berkeley animal shelter to get trained as a dog walker. It was so exciting to be there because it’s free adoption weekend! Maddie’s Fund gave Berkeley as well as 37 other shelters in the Bay Area $500 for each animal adopted, while waving the adoption fees for qualified owners. It’s always wonderful seeing pets who find themselves in the shelter going to wonderful homes where they will be loved, played with, and given a family. I’m really excited to be working at the shelter, even if it can be a bit sad sometimes, because I know I’m helping the dogs stay healthy and optimistic while they’re waiting for the home. Also because Berkeley had the lowest euthanasia rate of any shelter in California, and they never euthanize for space. I’m going to be paired with a mentor to do my first few walks, and then I can go in and volunteer anytime I want! It’s going to be awesome getting to be around animals again, and I’m hoping it will reduce my stress levels quite a bit.

Today I had an awesome time with my staff up at Clark Kerr for our yearly summer barbeque. We ate tasty burgers, competed at tennis, and played a ton of mafia. One of the RAs is super good at being the narrator, which made it a lot more fun than with any other group I’ve ever played with. NG brought her dog as well, so I had a blast running around and playing with him (thought I should remember next time that non-dog people get really worried when I do that).

All in all, a great summer so far. Class has been really enjoyable, I’m getting to do a lot of things on my wishlist, and the weather is absolutely gorgeous. I just need to work harder on figuring out what graduate schools I want to apply to, and studying the GRE.

How’s your summer treating you?

Eye of the Beholder
May 19, 2010

Some photos to share.

Downtown San Francisco

About Regrets
May 9, 2010

I’m one of those people who thinks a lot about her past; the decisions I’ve made and how everything has changed me into this person I am today. I used to regret a lot of decisions, not because they were necessarily bad but because I thought I could have done so much better. And in hindsight, sure, I could have. But we work with the things we have here and now and we make the decisions we need to make to balance all of those things. And looking back, we aren’t going to see the whirlwind of emotions and tasks we were in the middle of; we only see that one decision we made, and we think far too much about all of the ways it could have been better.

I am who I am today because of my past. Some of it was amazing, some of it I would sometimes rather forget. But if it weren’t for all of those decisions, all of those mistakes, I would be in some other place, doing some other thing, and I’m doing pretty well right here.

Something about Dogs
May 8, 2010

Welcome. I’m trying this whole blog thing again, this time with the realization that yeah, I’m going to want to talk about myself. And it’s not always going to be about the same topic, because what I like tends to change day-to-day.

Today, I really miss my dog.

By the way, this is not my dog.

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