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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
8:18 am

Some of my friends 'like' this page, and my goodness, that's about the most disgusting thing i've ever witnessed. Cripes, disagree with him all you want, but actively praying/hoping for the death of a US President? Terrible.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
1:58 pm
Long time no talk
back in America, and this time, it's permanent...at least for the next 2-3 years.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
12:09 pm
Traveling SE Asia by myself for the past month has been the most INCREDIBLE experience.  I feel like a whole new person.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
10:13 am
I'm in Cambodia.  It's such a beautiful country.  Maybe I'll live here for awhile. 
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
8:59 am
I'm in vietnam right now. 
Saturday, August 30th, 2008
12:39 am
kinda urgent
anyone know where i can download Word and Powerpoint for free?
Friday, August 29th, 2008
11:41 pm
shit shit shit.

this returning to china deal is turning into a very frustrating situation. 
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
12:40 am
 headed to chicago tomorrow, wish me luck!
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
1:21 pm
 and wtf, when did i become the household secretary?
12:58 pm
my back is kind of messed up.  i want a massage like whoa.

my family is gross and lazy.  they never clean up after themselves.  And they're so wasteful!  I tried to get them to recycle more a couple years ago, but of course, that ended as soon as i left for China. 

I'm (hopefully) headed back to China soon.  I've been so bored thes last 2.5 weeks.  part of it's my fault for not getting in touch with friends sooner, but also, everyone is bust living life and doing their own thing--or scattered around the country--so it's hard to make plans to hang out.  That, and I don't have phone numbers for people anymore.  such is the life of an ex-pat, thought I'm not sure I can really call myself an ex-pat.  If I live abroad for a few more years, then maybe.

I need to go shopping.  I want to get a laptop and a new digital camera.  Any recomendations for a camera?  

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
2:09 pm
whooo!!  I bought an Ipod!  i'm about 3 years late doing it, but i finaly did it!  now i gotta figure out how to set it up.

Man.  I'm stupid.  I should have tried to go to the olympics.  i totally could have.  I'm sort of kicking myself that i'm not there.  i could have been sitting poolside by Michael Phelps' mom. 
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
9:59 am
back in the beautiful country.  that means America, for those of you who don't understand my weird version of chinglish

i'm officially done as a peace corps volunteer.   as i flew from beijing to detroit, i alternated between crying that it's over (best and hardest 2 years of my life) and being scared shitless to be back with my family for an unspecified amount of time.  i'm hoping to be back in China by the end of the month.  i have a job there next year, doing the exact same thing that i did as a volunteer, only making a decent salary.  it's low by amerian standards, but upper-midle class by chinese standards.  i'm excited.  i hope i can get back.  

oh.  and you should check out Bon Iver.  AMAZING, sensual, hot music.  go to ww.boniver.org and download the song "skinny love."  thank me later.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
11:03 pm
when I come back to the states, my sister will be 30.

thanks to those of you that sent me well wishes via AIM tonight. they were much appreciated. I'm so tired of waiting, I want to just be on the plane and flying over the country.

I feel like I'm forgetting something.

I don't know when I will be able to post again, but think positive thoughts and say a prayer (if that's your thing) for me and the rest of my volunteers as we travel.

Current Mood: bouncy
12:59 am
Definitely having a great couple of days. Went up to OD on Sunday to see Lisa since i hadn't seen her in like 2 weeks. It was nice catching up and sharing one last iced capp before I left. Then, I drove up to Mt. P to visit the church that i used to attend and to also visit Jim and Kaye, the people I used to live with. Kaye, to my surprise, and been diagnosed with breast cancer last August. I felt kind of like a dumb ass, because i mentioned i liked her short hair. I said to her, "I like your hair short, did you recently cut it?" and she was like, "no, it fell out from the chemo."

yeah, my jaw kinda dropped and i felt so incredibly stupid. We went to Tony's and sat and talked for a while about what i had been up to, what their kids had been up to and so on. Their oldest son, Steven is going to Kenya in a few weeks to teach at a school for the US embassy. and get this, they take mandatory field trips to Europe. Must be nice to teach in a school like that and not worry about budget cuts and the like.

Oh, and holy construction, batman. It's like MP is getting a face lift.

Today i finished packing--I think. I'm taking a lot of shoes. But I figure, I wear a size nine, which is supposedly hard to find over there, so i'm sort of justified. but maybe i'm just being too girly.

I had coffee with Erica, had dinner with the family, finished writing my thank-you notes, and then went to Applebee's with Stephanie. I'm glad i got to see her before i left...i caught her up on all the crap that's been going on lately, and she filled me in on all the drama in her life. Man, it's going to be 2 years before i can gab like that with her.

i feel really bloated....bleh

Current Mood: content
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
3:00 pm
Ok, I'm kind of done packing for the time being. I still have stuff I need to add, but I also have stuff I need to take out. I'm taking too much winter stuff, I know that right now. I think I need to make a box/crate of things that I want to have shipped over to me.

And I still need to finalize legal stuff like Power of Attorney. And I want to go up to Mt. P, maybe on Sunday. I need to visit with Jim and Kaye...I haven't seen them in about 2 years, and I sort of left on a sour note.

I can't believe that it's only 5 days away unil I leave. where did the time go?
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
11:08 pm
such a good couple of days.

started packing yesterday, and I think i might be taking too much. we'll see, i'm still in my preliminary stages of packing.
Sunday, June 18th, 2006
10:17 pm
I'm pretty sure that my siblings are going to be happy when i leave, because the focus and attention is going to be off of me. Well, mostly. My dad actually invited ABC 12 to come out my party on Friday...they didn't come, and I'm GLAD they didn't. I appreciate the thought and all, but I'm getting rather sick of this whole spectacle/sideshow that i've created. I'm not doing this for attention or for glory, or for any other reason except to serve. that's it.

So tomorrow, I have a ton of stuff to do. I need to go to the bank, to Crossover, and to the recycling place, and then i need to start writing my thank you notes. That's one of the blessings about more people not showing up, it makes for less thank you notes to write and less postage to buy. I HATE writing thank you notes.

Tuesday is lunch with Taylor. and hey, Becky, are you free at all on Tuesday? Let me know either here or call me.

and yeah, I have a myspace now, too. add me if you want http://www.myspace.com/merrykarilou

it's not all cool looking yet since i just got it yesterday. but it will be, eventually, i suppose.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
10:41 pm
so my going away party was yesterday, and it was disappointing. I probably invited close to 300 people, and only about 65 showed up. I know stuff happens, and I know that several people really and truly had other things to do that couldn't be avoided (like work), but really, it only confirmed my suspicions that I pretty much won't be missed. It's times like these when you can tell who your real friends are, when you can tell where lines of loyalty have been drawn, and when you can tell if you've made an impression on people. I obviously have not made much of an impression.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
11:02 pm
Today feels like a friday.



so much to do, so much to do, tra la la.

I can't believe that i leave in 15 days. 15 days. i should probably start packing, you know, soonish. I should probably get off my ass and do something productive.

Tomorrow is my second to last day at Office Depot. I'm sad to be leaving there, actually. I feel like I've finally made friends there, I've finally started to hang out with people, and now i have to leave. I love the life i live, don't get me wrong, but moving around as much as i have in the past 4 years makes it difficult to stay close to people. I feel like I've finally achieved some kind of balance in my life, and now I'm uprooting myself, AGAIN. The sad thing is that I don't think that i'll be settled until im about, say, 30.

and then, the irrational fears/delusions take over: no one will even notice i'm gone, no one will miss me. Absurd, I know, but i can't help but feel that way every now and then.

Dear anxiety: go away.

Current Mood: perplexed, anxious
Friday, June 9th, 2006
7:44 pm
I totally should have been a DJ.
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