Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Weekend of Firsts

Twas the first weekend of the new semester.
Twas the first weekend of the new semester of a new year.
Twas the first weekend of the new semester of a new year of a new decade.
Twas the first time I saw a movie for the second time in theaters. Which film was deserving of this award? Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air".

Twas the first time I ingested Nutella. And I want more. It's like a drug. A chocolatey thing made of deliciousness.
Twas the first time I was a part of a human pyramid.

Twas the first time I saw a 3D movie in theaters. Which film was this? Only the biggest film on the market now: James Cameron's "Avatar". The story and the characters were old and a tad predictable, but the CG and special effects in general did a damn good job of elevating the story and characters. I have a strong feeling that more and more movies will be heading the way of "Avatar". ... Just as long as the 3D isn't used as more of a gimmick as opposed to an immersive experience. 3D gimmicks are so over-used, like "Oh, hey, I'll just toss this pick-axe at the camera, which will freak the shit out of the audience!"
Twas the first time I didn't try out for the campus comedy troupe. I'm on good terms with the members already, so do I really need to spend 3 or so hours slaving away for one of the ten to fifteen callback slots and eventually the one open slot they have to offer? Do I really need to spend my precious time to feel like I'm a part of their priveliged group when I can just talk with them in passing or before or after class or during meetings for other clubs? No. I don't.
And ... that's that. Now, if you'll excuse me, it's back to work for me. One last stretch before hitting the hay and starting the second of fifteen or so weeks.

365 Photos, Day 31: Teh Grammys

365 Photos, Day 30: My Evening

Avatar. In 3D with some friends/new acquaintances. Twas enthralling. While the story wasn't THE BEST EVER, it was okay. But the effects ... I just wish we had computer monitors and screens and whatnot like that ...
And I apologize for the lateness. Fun and quite chill times. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

365 Photos, Day 26: I Love Mail

Thanks to Alissa, Danielle, and Dave!

Monday, January 25, 2010

365 Photos, Day 25: A Little Redecoration

The Beatles and Led Zeppelin poster were my two physical birthday gifts that I got yesterday. And I did a decent amount of rearranging, moving a load of new cards to the area under the right side of the Abbey Road poster. And I moved the Scott Pilgrim poster from roughly where the Led Zeppelin poster is to where is is now.


100+ wall posts and status comments combined on Facebook.
21 @replies on Twitter.
59 on Dailybooth (some repeated ... so ... probably closer to 55).
And I'm 20. ...Wow.

The day started off uneventfully with a usual weekend rising time, followed, by the nightly online review, my daily cleansing, and breakfast. And that was followed by much relaxing. … Most of the day was relaxing, actually. I had calls from family members, birthday wishes on the web to reply to … and a bit of book checking and ordering to do. Lots of time to kill.
6:30 rolled around and I made my way on foot to Fuji San, where I met up with Greg, Amanda, and Jared (a last-minute invite). There, I received 2 classic rock wall posters: The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. I have to find some space for both of them. J
Dinner was nice. We made our way back in Greg’s vehicle to the dorm, where I had the standing offer of cake, which none of them turned down. They all enjoyed it. We followed that up with … oh, a good hour and a half to two hours of Apples to Apples. And did we have some good rounds! One that sticks out was as follows: The green card was dainty. The three red cards were Lucille Ball, Saddam Hussein, and Princess Di.
And it’s customary to tally up the green cards you’ve won at the end … so, apparently, I’m (see photo) … in bed. :P
After they all departed, I returned to my room, ran through the networking sites again, posted my photo for today, and went up and down the hall with an offer of left-over cake. A third of the leftover cake went that way. So … I have half of the original cake left. I’ll see if I can get that to fit in the fridge. And I returned to my room to find this (-->). Which was quite nice. J
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my bed is calling. First day of classes tomorrow … well, technically, later today.
One more year on this Earth. More adventures to come.
Allons-y, Alonso.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

365 Photos, Day 24: Birthday Cake

It is good cake. And it's not a lie.
More about the birthday to come in an hour or so with a birthday blog post.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

365 Photos, Day 23: Honey, I'm Home!

Dear Dorm Room,

Your slightly smaller quarters have been slightly missed. It's nice to be back.


Dear Bed,

Your height and partial comfyness have been slightly missed. It's nice to be back.


Completed Winter and New Spring Goals

Roughly around the start of break ... or January, let's say, I set some goals that I would hopefully accomplish by the end of break. I thought that since I'm heading back to college tomorrow, I thought that today would be the most apropos time to look back and see what I've accomplished. So, let's get started!

Goal 1- Catch up on shows that I've been missing out on.

  • FAIL! I didn't catch up on Glee, Doctor Who, Heroes, Supernatural, and those stray episodes of Fringe and House. But I did see 11 episodes of Torchwood season 1. So that counts for something, right? SEMI-WIN?
Goal 2- Keep to my set video production schedule.

  • WIN! That I have! And I hopefully shall for the rest of the year!
Goal 3- Restart and finish that Hitchcock murder mystery puzzle from summer '06.

  • FAIL! I restarted it ... and started on the edges ... and tomorrow morning, I'm going to pack it up to start again at some time in the near future.
Goal 4- Keep my year-long photography project going.

  • WIN! Close to a month in and still going strong!
Goal 5- Work off the Food Baby from Costa Rica and stay in shape.

  • SEMI-WIN! From the 4th to the 10th, I was doing 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups/crunches a day in sets of 25. Sometimes like Patrick Bateman. You know, in nothing but my skivvies.  ... Minus the whole shoving cats/kittens into ATMS and running after prostitutes buck naked with a chainsaw thing.
Goal 6- Write more.

  • FAIL! I haven't really done much ... you know ... WRITING this break. Oh well.
So ... *does a quick tally* ... 2 wins, 3 fails, and a semi-win. Meh. I can do better next time. What are my goals for the spring semester? Well ...

  1. Do well in my classes (good grades, good rapport with my professors, good rapport with my classmates ... the usual).
  2. Keep my radio show going strong.
  3. Hang more with friends. Get out of the room more.
  4. Find someone to cuddle with. ... Too much?
And that's that. See you all soon!

- Jason

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

365 Photos, Day 20: *Closes*

Finished it earlier today. Twas quite epic. ... As epic as a 1071 page novel can get. Especially a 1071 page Stephen King novel. I'm quite excited to see how the mini-series will turn out.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

365 Photos, Day 19: Hair = Cut

Those are my clippings, yes.
In addition to that, I did a bit of filming today and picked up a new pair of slippers, my first scarf (which is quite nice, mind you), and 2 nice lightweight sweaters.

Monday, January 18, 2010

365 Photos, Day 18: Getting There

I should be finished by ... let's say Wednesday.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

365 Photos, Day 17: The Golden Globes

Being live blogged ... in the previous post.

Live Blogging the Golden Globes

  • Well ... everyone is looking quite nice tonight, decked out in their fancy outfits and all.
  • Ricky is a bit ticked off at Steve Carell. I can see why.
  • I wonder if anyone has footage of Amanda Palmer and possibly Neil Gaiman on the Red Carpet.
  • Oh, there's George Lucas ... he's put on some pounds.
  • Ah, Ricky's complementing some good actors. Nice, nice. I can't see Leno hosting the Golden Globes.
  • I'm pulling for either Vera Farmiga or Anna Kendrick. ... On that note, I still have yet to see Precious.
  • Hrm ... Matthew Fox is looking a little frazzled.
  • I'm pulling for either Tina Fey or Lea Michelle. ... Okay. Good for The United States of Tara. Spielberg and Cody are involved, so ... good for them!
  • Commercial break! Tad bit more of "Under the Dome".
  • Jim Parsons!
  • MICHAEL EMERSON! ... It's no secret that I'm pulling for him. ... Oh ... crap, NPH is nominated too? ... AND WILLIAM HURT?! ... AND JOHN LITHGOW?! ... Oh crap ... Eep! ... LITHGOW! Still a great choice. ... And I STILL have to watch Dexter! ... Lithgow's middle finger is out ... umm ... unintentional, right?
  • ... Umm ... What is Mike Tyson doing there?!
  • Ha! Great quip, Paul!
  • Okay ... animated flicks ... I'm pulling for either Coraline or Fantastic Mr. Fox. Or Up.
  • And ... Up! YES!
  • Oh, and there's Kevin Bacon, looking nerd-chic in those framed glasses!
  • The grape soda pin! :D
  • Commercial!
  • Okay ... less about Desperate Housewives.
  • Okay, pulling either for Hugh, Michael, or Jon. ... And ... Michael won! Nice! ... And once again, I still have to watch Dexter. ... And as my brother calls him ... MCH.
  • Pulling for Anna Paquin ... despite not really following/watching True Blood. And Julianna won. Nice.
  • And another commercial!
  • Oh, and we're back! And Harrison is presenting! He sounds ... a little down? Glum, perhaps? Tired? Beaten?
  • Oh! Hey! There's Jason Reitman! Up in the Air presentation! :D
  • Oh ... Cher ... you're looking ... umm ... yeah. ... Oh! Perfect quote from Amanda Palmer!
"Harrison ford takes stage. George clooney has a beard. Cher and christina aguilera just took stage look like a weird matching Barbie set." (Twitter)
  • Pulling for either Sir Paul's song or the song from Crazy Heart. Okay! *adds Crazy Heart to list*
  • An Up in the Air joke, huh? :P
  • Up! Okay, I'm definitely pulling for ... scratch that. Either Up or Where the Wild Things Are. And Up wins! :D
  • And another commercial break!
  • Crap. Browser froze. Content deleted :P Hopefully quick recap. Grey Gardens ... haven't seen it. Tom Hanks! Umm ... how is Tucci a step up from Baldwin? Is it the creepiness factor?
  • Oh! Meryl Streep won! Congrats, Meryl!
  • Another commercial!
  • Okay, more about Precious.
  • The two leads from Avatar taking the stage ... unsure who to pull for here. Umm ... perhaps Irons or Branagh. And Bacon wins! ... 6 degrees?
  • I think that either female from Grey Gardens will take it. ... And I'm right! Barrymore it is!
  • Okay, we get it, Drew. Not too teary, please.
  • And here we go: another commercial break.
  • Gervais is back! Hey! There's nothing wrong with writing! .. Oh! Jason Reitman again! ... "That bloke from 300"? Sounds about right, Ricky.
  • District 9 had better win! ... Or The Hurt Locker would also be acceptable. Or Up in the Air, too. Or Inglourious Basterds. And ... YES! Up in the Air FTW!
  • Hrm ... Ashton isn't Tweeting this ...
  • Okay, Glee, Hung, The Office, Californiacation, and 30 Rock ... Glee? ... Okay, Baldwin's still a good choice.
  • Okay, Maggie, we get it. Let's get on with this thing! ... Commercials?! AGAIN?!
  • Well, Mr. Jackson ... how the eff is Basterds the "feel-good film of the year"?!
  • Okay ... I've seen none of Sophia Loren's flicks. And I have no knowledge of these foreign language films. So ... any one of them could work for me.
  • C'mon, Chuck! Flash! Do something! ... KILL HER! ... Kidding.
  • Okay, I'm pulling either for House, Mad Men, True Blood or Dexter. ... Okay, Mad Men wins. Nice, nice. I caught a bit here and there in late December. Neat stuff.
  • And another commercial break. Just get on with it! Cut the commercials! The running time would be cut down by ... an hour? An hour and a half?
  • 500 Days of Summer! :DDD
  • Okay ... umm ... I'm pulling for Jane Lynch ... And Chloe Sevingy wins for Big Love ... which I don't watch.
  • Okay ... pulling for Waltz ... he's the crowd favorite ... and he wins! Alright!
  • Oh, DiCaprio and DeNiro HAVE to be in a movie together ... directed by Scorsese, perhaps? :)
  • Videos of Scorsese bonking film?!?! WHA?!
  • Great Scorsese montage! I have a lot more Scorsese flicks to see. Oh! Shutter Island plug! Woo!
  • Ah, Scorsese honoring the greats ... *tear*
  • And another commercial break. :P
  • The Hurt Locker! Nice!
  • And Ricky's back. ... Umm ... how much has he had to drink?
  • ... AVATAR won?! ... I'm in shock.
  • C'mon ... GleeGleeGleeGLEE! Yes!
  • ... And another commercial?!
  • Okay ... umm ... where's Galifinakis?
  • Pulling for 500 Days of Summer ... and ... THE HANGOVER?!?!
  • Oh boy, it's The Governator. I'm shaking in my shoes ... not really.
  • Yes, Ahnold, we get it, but effects don't always make the movie. ... And I'm sure that there are WAY more people than just me who haven't seen it yet.
  • Oh, look! Ricky's back!
  • Oh, look! Henry Selick!
  • Hrm ... I'm pulling for ... ... Mirren. ... Okay, and Bullock wins! Nice, nice. Nice speech, too.
  • Sally Hawkins? ... Oh, right. I haven't seen Happy Go-Lucky.
  • Either RDJ or JG-L or Stulback (misspelled, I know) ... and ... Woo! RDJ! ... No speech?! :P Well ... nice improvising, Robert!
  • Christ! Another commercial break?! If there were fewer breaks ... this would be over at ... 10 PM!
  • ClooneyClooneyCloon-Bridges? Okay, still a good choice. ... And I still have yet to see Crazy Heart. The Dude abides!
  • And ... another commercial break. :P
  • ... AVATAR WON?!?! ... :P Effects don't always make the movie ...
  • And a goodbye from Gervais. Nice, nice. :)
  • And it's done. Over. Completed. Finito. Good night, all.
I'd also like to plug my friend Ryan's live blogging of the Globes and his picks, as well. He's a great guy who has a great interest in film.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

365 Photos, Day 16: Giant M&M?!

Is it just me or am I feeling a bit like Edgar Wright with this photo today?

Friday, January 15, 2010

365 Photos, Day 15: Lunch with Ryan

After seeing "Up in the Air", which was absolutely fantastic.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

365 Photos, Day 14: 2 is Better Than 1

The cream colored couch was moved down to the basement earlier today by my dad and I. It took ... 20 minutes ... a half hour at least. Maybe more. And I never want to move another couch. AGAIN.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

365 Photos, Day 12: Plentiful Pigeons

So, I went into NYC for an employment tour, which went quite well. Beforehand, I grabbed lunch with Chuck and Anne, two friends from Dailybooth, at Vynl in the Hell's Kitchen area.
And that was more or less my day. Fun times! :D

Monday, January 11, 2010

365 Photos, Day 11: Summer in the Winter

I loved "500 Days of Summer". That simple. It tug at my heartstrings. I loved it.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

365 Photos, Day 9: Lazy Saturday

About half way through The Lost Symbol. I'm enjoying it.

Friday, January 08, 2010

365 Photos, Day 8: A Movie and Dinner (inc. a short Sherlock Holmes review)

So, I caught a mid-day showing of Sherlock Holmes with my brother and 2 friends.
  • Acting:
    • RDJ was quite strong as Holmes. Yes, the character was different from the methodical, calculating Holmes that everyone knows, but he still did have some of the classic Holmes about him: his knowledge and use of fighting maneuvers, his violin, his pipe, possibly his drug habits, and a brief mention of Mycroft, his brother.
    • Law was also good as Watson.
    • McAdams was lacking ... something. I don't know what. But she did a decent job.
    • Strong was alright as Blackwood.
  • Design:
    • The costumes went perfectly with the era, despite Holmes's costume not being the traditional trench coat and hat. The sets also worked perfectly.
  • Story:
    • Being an original story, I would say that it worked well, although it did seem to be lacking a little something. It brought in elements of Conan Doyle's Holmes, including nods to other Holmes stories, which I liked. I'm not a Holmes purist, but yes, it was an enjoyable new take on the Holmes legend and it was a good bit of filmic fan fic. But then again, it did its job in setting up for the most definite sequel, which will no doubt focus on Holmes and (SPOILER ALERT) Professor Moriarty. Who will play the arch rival? I have no clue.
Overall, I enjoyed the flick. I'd give it ... a 7.5 or 8 out of 10. If you do go see it, I'd suggest a matinee showing.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

365 Photos, Day 7: Edges

The start to a hopefully soon-to-be-completed puzzle.

Costa Rica: The Blog

Day 1:
We woke up at what seemed like the crack of dawn to pull together last minute things and get out the door to the waiting car, which took us an hour away to Newark for our flight out. Security wasn't a hassle, as it usually has been. We waited around the terminal for a bit, grabbing a bite for breakfast before the boarding doors opened.
The flight departed on time, more or less. 4 to 5 and a half hours down, I think. I don't quite recall the length. I wasn't paying attention to that. I was, however, paying attention to the Pay-Per-View type TVs on the backs of the seats. And the more or less non-existent leg room. I caught Half Blood Prince, which was meh, and some of the second season of Dexter. The unfortunate part about Dexter was that it was edited. I'll have a Dexter marathon one of these days. And I listened to my iPod for the first time in a while, finally having updated it after fixing and figuring out the transfer and what not of music files. Overall, the flight was good, despite a tad bit of bumpiness.
We landed, went through customs, collected our bags, and made our way to the hotel (Aurola Holiday Inn in San Jose) via shuttle bus provided by Caravan, the tour service. We checked in, met the tour leader, relaxed in the rooms after trying to find a place in the area to eat (we ended up eating at the hotel). Dinner time came and went and before the introductory tour meeting, I played some Ping Pong with my brother. He won, best 2 out of 3. We ended up losing the balls twice: once in the pool and another time in a potted plant.
The briefing was okay, but I was a bit tired, so ... I wasn't fully there for all of it. No big deal. But we did learn a bit about some of the couples we were going to be spending the next nine days with. After the briefing, we were given free drink tickets for the hotel bar, which was where most of the group congregated. As the legal drinking age in Costa Rica is 18, I had the chance to get an alcoholic beverage, but I declined. Not my thing.
The beds were nice, too.

Day 2:
We rose early, ate, and departed to see Poas, the nearby volcano. We hiked the half mile from the visitor's center to the viewing area and a few minutes after we got up there, the volcano shot sulfuric ash into the atmosphere. We ran back to the visitor's center, shepherded by the various tour guides at the volcano that day. We spent the rest of the alloted time looking around the gift shop, before heading off to lunch at a restaurant called Mirador el Valle for a little show and lunch.
After lunch, we returned to San Jose for a little tour of the city and we returned to the hotel for some relaxation. I took a dip in the pool, which was nice, and got some more reading done. That was followed by dinner, more relaxing, and an early bed time for our departure to Tortuguero the next morning.

Day 3:
Another early wake up, breakfast, and we departed for Tortuguero National Park. Along the way, we stopped for a rainforest tram ride, a short nature hike, and lunch at a restaurant with a butterfly garden. After lunch, we took the bus to Caño Blanco, the docking area, where we hopped on a boat and made our way to Pachria Lodge, the resort we were to be staying at. Unfortunately, the hour and a half trip turned into a two and a half hour trip. Why? The boat got stuck. But not to fear! Some wonderful people from the tour group hopped out in the shallow water and helped push the boat along!
We finally reached the resort, were greeted with fruit punch and a small snack, and given some instructions and directions before finding our rooms. The rooms ... were more like rustic cabins. They were nice. But there was no TV or internet. Not a big deal. I managed.
We relaxed for a bit, headed to the restaurant for a meeting, a video, and dinner, before more relaxing and bed.

Day 4:
I awoke a little before the beverage person knocked on the door with offers of hot tea, coffee, or chocolate. I had my tea while listening to the trickle of water outside and the distant sound of howler monkeys. I ate and most of the group departed on another river cruise, on which we saw iguanas, white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and caymans, to name a few. We returned for a small snack (pizza) before heading over (by boat, of course) to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, where we watched a short video on the efforts to save the turtles. We were quickly ushered out to the beach, where we saw two hatchlings crawling their way across the sand to the ocean. We then walked over to the center of the town, which we walked around for about an hour before heading back to the resort. Let me tell you something. We saw a lot of dogs, and they weren't spayed or neutered, from what I could see. A major difference from dogs in the US.
So, we returned to the hotel. I relaxed, ate lunch, and read some more, before heading down to the bar area for hor dourves, some dancing, and a limbo contest. I came in second place in the limbo contest. My prize? A shot of tequila. "All the way from Mexico City," the band leader playing at the bar said. I turned it down and exchanged it for some of the fruit juice. That was followed by dinner, some more relaxation, a bit of unfortunate sibling rivalry, a shower, and bed.

Day 5:
More hot tea, minus the monkeys this morning. That was followed by breakfast, last minute packing, and our departure from Tortuguero. The boat trip took an hour and a half this time. And towards the end, we had two dogs running alongside the boat for a bit, which was nice.
We hopped back on the bus and made our way to the hotel (Lomas del Volcan) in the Arenal area, but not before briefly stopping at the Del Monte banana processing plant, a restaurant called El Cabon (I think that was the name), and the Collin Street Bakery and the Dole pineapple fields. I learned some interesting facts about pineapple, including that non-organic pineapples are painted yellow ten days before being harvested and the greener a pineapple is, the riper it is. I also had some pineapple (which was quite good, and I'm not really one for pineapple) and some fruitcake. I had never had fruitcake before. My expectations were blown out of the water. So good and so moist!
We got to the hotel, were greeted with more fruit juice, found our way to our rooms (individual cabins, which were quite nice), and relaxed before heading down to dinner. After dinner, a few people on the tour sat down at the bar area and started watching and cheering on a televised sporting event involving grabbing balloons off of a bull's back. I wasn't sure whether or not to root for the bull or the people.

Day 6:
We woke up to rain. Blah. But it subsided shortly after.
After breakfast, we left to go on a river cruise 2 hours away on El Rio Frio. On the cruise, we saw numerous birds, howler monkeys, and gars (fish with lungs). And we crossed into the DMZ between Nicaragua and Costa Rica before turning around to get a photo opportunity at the sign for the Nicaraguan border.
We returned to the pier at ate lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Arenal to walk around the town for a bit before heading to the nearby hot springs. The springs were quite ... interesting. And hot, too. The hottest pool we found was 152 Degrees Fahrenheit. I was barely able to keep my toes in. However, there was a pool that was 113 Degrees Fahrenheit that I managed to keep my right foot in for 30 seconds. It hurt a bit afterwards.
We headed back to the hotel, relaxed, went for dinner, relaxed more, and packed up.

Day 7:
We woke, packed last minute items, ate, and caught the bus to the Doubletree in Puntarenas. On the way there, we stopped at the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a nature walk, made our way to another restaurant for lunch (On the way to lunch, we passed a brood of coatis, which look like racoons, but with longer snouts and different coloring.), and stopped for ice cream before making it to the hotel. And on the way to get ice cream, one of the tires was punctured, so some of the guys on the bus got out and changed the tire. Nearly everyone got off the bus and helped by watching them.
We reached the hotel, had a welcome reception (which came with a nice warm chocolate chip and walnut cookie), checked in, and relaxed before dinner. After dinner, I hung out in the room and stayed up a bit late to watch the first part of The End of Time. The cliffhanger ending left me on edge when I turned in for the night.

Day 8:
Because of a change in plans, most of the group stayed at the hotel and relaxed in preparation for New Year's Eve that night. So, what'd I do? I sat around and read, finishing the last two books I brought with me.
The dinner was a huge American-style buffet. However, some of the food was overcooked. The lobster tails ... were a bit dry. And there was no melted butter. :P
After dinner, I rang in the new year twice: once on CNN in the hotel room and again on the beach, watching the fireworks from 50 or so yards away.

Day 9:
The morning brought the last early waking of the trip, as it was the last full day.
We ate breakfast and hopped on the bus and headed back to San Jose, but not before stopping for lunch (with a dance show and a bit of shopping), stopping at a metal church, and stopping for a tour at Café Britt.
We got back to the hotel, relaxed, and prepared for the final dinner, which was quite nice and was accompanied by models modeling outfits in the style of Costa Rican flora and fauna.

Day 10:
As our flight back wasn't until nearly 3, we had a somewhat leisurely morning. We woke, got ready, ate breakfast, pulled things together, and made a shuttle to the airport before noon.
Getting through security and customs wasn't so bad. We did have a bit of time to kill by the gate before boarding, though.
The flight back? Eh ... not the best. The TVs were the ones that flipped down from the overhead area. The movie was "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". It was alright. The audio was crap. Might've just been the row I was in. And the high winds at Newark were forcing planes into a holding pattern, but we didn't have enough fuel, so we diverted to Philly to refuel before heading back to and landing at Newark. Both landings were a bit bumpy. And we got in over an hour and a half late. Getting through security went smoothly, though. But mind you, there was the whole snafu the following day ...
We got home late, and we turned in to rest up for unpacking the next day, bringing a nice trip to an end.

*phew* For photos, check the Flickr set and for a video detailing some of the highlights, click here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

365 Photos, Day 6: Puzzling

Starting on goal #3.

Winter Goals

What follows are some goals that I've set for myself for this winter break. Yes, they're not resolutions. Why? I don't have any impressive and life-changing resolutions for the year, like to lose 15 pounds or join a gym and go to it regularly. I'm just going to keep applying myself in school and with my web projects, mainly my video and photography hobbies.
And these are in no particular order, mind you.
  1. Catch up on TV shows that I've been missing out on.
    • Glee
    • Heroes
    • Supernatural
    • Doctor Who (episodes from series 1 - 4)
    • A stray episode of Fringe and House here and there
  2. Keep to my set video production schedule.
  3. Restart and finish that Hitchcock murder mystery puzzle from summer '06.
  4. Keep my year-long photography project going.
  5. Work off the Food Baby from Costa Rica and stay in shape.
    • 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and 30 minutes on the treadmill each day until I return to college.
  6. Write more.
    • Poetry and/or prose. Depends on my mood.
And that's about it. If I think of anything else, I'll add to the list.
What are some of your goals, if you have any?

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

365 Photos, Day 5: Progress

Gimme another day or two to finish The Lost Symbol. And an additional day for the rest of Torchwood season 1.

Monday, January 04, 2010

365 Days, Day 4: Oh, I Love the Library

My haul today. *cracks fingers* *rolls and cracks neck* I am SO ready for this!