Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Phone call with my little brother

me: "So I hear that Mom is advising you every day to dump your girlfriend."

Tom: "Yeah."

me: "Aha, now you are in the situation I was in! Well, still in. Dad is against my relationship, and Mom is against yours."

Tom: "Yeah, maybe we should swap."

me: (incredulously) "You want Dad to be against your relationship?"

Tom: "No, you date Eileen, and I'll date Simon. Then our parents will say, "Aiya! Swap back! It was better before!'"

me: [laughing]

Tom: "But Eileen might say, 'I don't want to swap! I like this way better.'"

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Angry at self.

I am once again taking my body for granted and not sleeping enough. It's 3:45am and I'm working. I'm going to sleep 5 hours and then be incredibly tired and less productive tomorrow. What am I doing?

Friday, March 18, 2005


In China, this January, in a cab with my entire family. I'm due to fly out the next morning at noon.

My mom, lamenting: We only have one more day together!

Tom: Hey!!!! I'm leaving in 3 days! You only care about Niniane. If she were leaving next week and I was leaving tomorrow, you'd say, 'We only have one more week together!' and then, 'Oh yeah, we have to take Tom to the airport tomorrow. That child is so much hassle.'


A lot of conversations tonight. I'm still at work and it's 1:30am! But it's not due to working late. It's due to staying and chatting with people.


Best moment of the night.

Tao: I had this coworker at Infineon who was so good at meeting women. He was an Indian guy, kind of short. He could meet someone and strike up a conversation in 2 minutes. We would go to Subway, and I'd be standing in line and turn around, and he'd be talking to some lady at a table and exchanging cell phone numbers.

Sam: What's that guy up to now?

Tao: Oh, he's still working at Infineon.


On phone with Tom.

Tom: This is like you saying to me, 'Tom, I wish I'd known about these steamed buns 2 years ago! I would've eaten so many!' and me saying, 'Niniane, maybe you would've eaten so many that you would get sick of them by now.' and then you would say, 'No! I would've eaten one every day, and I would've eaten 365 more steamed buns!!'

me: [laughing]

Tom: It's like Picard. "I wish I didn't have a fake heart. I'm going to change it. Oh crap, I'm no longer a captain. I better get shot in the heart with a phaser."

me: [still laughing] He was stabbed through the heart with a spear! It wasn't a phaser!

Tom: No, at first he was shot with a phaser, but at the end he was stabbed with the spear.


Tom: So I don't understand why she gets so stressed out.

me: When people care too much about something, then they stress out and they procrastinate! You never get that worked up about things. Well, very few things. Like, if you didn't leave enough time for studying for your final, you would just calmly decide, 'Ok, I need 8 hours and I only have 6. I'll just study the 6/8 most important things.' You wouldn't kick yourself for it, and you wouldn't feel bad. You'd just do it and move on. But people that really care about everything, they feel bad and regret, and it feels so awful that next time, they purposefully procrastinate.

Tom: Yeah, I guess I just don't get that worked up about anything.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Little miss muffet

Apparently all spiders in the US are harmless except for black widows and brown recluses. How can you tell whether a spider is a brown recluse? Apparently there is a small violin-shaped mark on the back of the spider. So when you feel a sharp pain and realize that you are being bitten by a spider, allow it to continue so that you can calmly examine its back for violin-shaped marks.

Alas, I did not perform this inspection.

While doing this research on Google Images, I encountered one of the most disgusting images I have ever seen. This rivals the time that Dan had a cyst removed from his arm and showed us digital pics of the gaping wound. Here it is: disgusting spider pic.


I just got bitten by a spider, for the first time in my life.

I was sitting in my cubicle, working, and my wrist suddenly experienced a sharp jabbing pain. I looked down and there was a light brown spider about the size of a nickel, on my wrist. I flicked it away and it scrambled off (but is still alive and in the proximity of my cube!).

Now my wrist is throbbing and there is an expanding red circle around the bite. I am going to search on Google to see if A. I can find out what type of spider it is, and B. whether I should do some sort of medical manuever.