Sunday, February 29, 2004
Landon and I went to look at houses during the morning. We only found one that we liked. Afterwards, I went to pick up Cindy, and we went over to Colleen's parents' house in Gladstone and had brunch with them and told Colleen goodbye. We only stayed for about an hour, then I drove Cindy back to her apartment, and went to the PSU library to study. I stayed for a few hours, but did not get much accomplished. When I got home around 5pm, I watched the oscers instead of doing homework, which I will pay for this week. Sometimes, you just have to take a break from studying even if you really shouldn't.

Saturday, February 28, 2004
Did nothing all day but read from 9am--9pm. I did stop for meals, however.

Landon took his bike to the shop, went to the pet store, the violin shop for new hairs/strings, and finally to Trader Joe's. In the evening, he went to see a movie with Mike & Susan at the Baghdad.
Friday, February 27, 2004
My Mom came up to Portland today and sat through Friday classes with me. She took better notes than I did! It was probably pretty boring, since she isn't taking the class, only sitting in, but she said she thought it was interesting. In between classes, we went to Park Avenue Cafe for an hour and a half.

After classes, I foolishly got us on the wrong bus, but it ended up going up Corbett instead of Barbur, so it was only a block from where I normally get off. We then got in our cars and drove to Tigard to pick up Landon, then drove to Sherwood to meet Mike & Tracy for lunch. It was pretty fun, but the rain was pouring down, and it was difficult to drive in.

On the way back from lunch, I was headed to work, and very closely escaped being part of a 16 car accident on I-5. I had slammed on my brakes to merge with a semi just before I rounded a corner in the Terwilliger Curves and came upon cars completely stopped. Since I had just slammed on my brakes, I was able to stop in just enough time to avoid rear ending the semi, and the semi behind me was luckily able to stop before rear-ending me because I had just slowed down for the merge, which made him slow down. Otherwise, I would have been sandwiched between two semis and not been here to type about it. The girl next to me didn't have such luck as I, and, in fact, was rear-ended at 55 mph, flinging her car like a catapult into the median. Both cars were steaming, and there were car parts all over the freeway. I edged my way between the semi and these two cars that were now blocking most of I-5, only to come upon 14 more cars that were involved in different accidents within a mile of each other. The last 2 cars I came across were by far the worst, and the drive of the totaled honda/SUV accident was being placed on a stretcher by paramedics as I passed by. All this time, the rain was pouring down, the sun was glaring, and a rainbow was decreasing visibility. I got off I-5 at the Corbett exit, took Ross Island Bridge, and only began to calm down as I was sititng in a gas station getting gas. I was pretty shook up by this whole thing for the rest of the night. I'll never forget seeing that semi behind me looking like he was going to rear-end me, and then hearing a huge crash right next to me. Those poor drivers! I felt very lucky to escape with my life, not to mention with my car in one piece!

Thursday, February 26, 2004
Last night, I met Colleen and Cindy at Dante's, and we hung out since Colleen is up from San Diego for her sister's wedding. It was pretty fun. We each had a glass of wine at Cindy's apartment beforehand, then I drank coca cola's all night.

Here is a letter that I wrote to Thai Kitchen recently:

Dear Thai Kitchen:

I would like to make a suggestion in regards to your choice of packaging your Thai Kitchen Rice Noodle Bowls. As a student who is always on the run, your Rice Noodle Bowls sold by Trader Joe's provide a tasty meal that is quick to make, not fried, and egg-free. Personally, I enjoy the spring onion and roasted garlic flavors the best. As a favorite choice of mine for lunch, I am sad to say that I must now consider whether or not is wise for me to continue buying your product. My main reason for giving up the delicious Rice Noodle Bowls manufactured by Thai Kitchen are quite simple: they are overly-packaged.

I feel that we all need to make intelligent choices in our day to day lives to preserve and maintain the planet. By buying a product that is wrapped not once, not twice, but three times goes against my personal belief to do my part to preserve the planet. Let's face it: many people do not recycle, so the cardboard and shrink wrap used on just one Rice Noodle Bowl (when it is enough packaging to be used on three Rice Noddle Bowls) goes to the landfill. To me, this is unjustified and exemplifies unwise stewardship of our resources.

Before I give up on the tasty products that Thai Kitchen produces, it is my hope that this letter might encourage you to change your packaging methods so that when consumers think of Thai Kitchen, they think of a company that sets an example in the food industry of what it means to package products with the environment, pollution, and preservation of resources in mind.

I look forward to seeing Thai Kitchen embrace environmental concerns and seek to elevate the standard for packaging in the food industry.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

I'm going in March 9th for pulmonary function testing. For more information, click on the above link. Basically, I've been having an incredibly difficult time breathing, and this started in mid-December, but has affected me from time to time for the past few years. The past two months it has affected me every day. One theory is stress, but another theory that Landon brought up tonight is that it could be attributed to the poor air quality (extreme condensation on windows, lack of circulation) and mold growing on our walls. I called our property management company, and left a message, so hopefully we can get someone in here ASAP to test for black mold. My heart is beating hard tonight, because I was trying so hard to get my breath. I need to get to the bottom of this like ASAP, because it is affecting me every day. Lately, I've had to leave class and walk around until I catch my breath. I don't have any wheezing symptoms, just lung restriction problems. Basically, I can't catch my breath, and feel like I constantly can't get enough air!

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Today, I have to read for at least 10-12 hours to get all my reading done. Other than that, I don't think that leaves much time today to do anything else. Since there isn't anything else to post for today, here is a letter I wrote to a woman in SW Portland yesterday that had a thief break into her garage and steal all seven of her purebreed puppies.

I just read the story about your stolen puppies on
I am so saddened to think someone could do this! As an animal lover myself, I couldn't think of a worse thing to happen than for someone to steal my cats. I know these puppies were not destined to be your pets, and were scheduled to be sold to different homes, but still--I can't imagine the shock of having them all stolen like this. I bought my Himalayan cat, Felix, from a breeder in eastern Oregon, and from the time he was born, I was sent pictures and updates. If he had been stolen before I had brought him home, I would have felt personally robbed. The people who had already paid deposits on puppies must be heartbroken!

Also, you have to wonder if the type of person that would do something like this will take care of them and sell them to good homes. It is so sad! I am really sorry about this. If there is anything I can do to help track down the thief, let me know! I live in SW, and will keep an eye out for these puppies in pet stores. I will also send this story to friends and family so they can keep an eye out for the puppies, also.

Monday, February 23, 2004
This week, I'm working Thursday and Friday, rather than Monday and Tuesday, which is a good thing, because I have about 600 pages to read (at least) this week. This weekend, I have to type up some papers, so I won't have the time to catch up on reading I fall behind on. Further, Colleen is going to be up from California this week, so Wednesday night we're going to go hang out. I need to read like mad today and tomorrow so that I can go out on Wednesday night. Where are the days when I could just "go out" whenever I wanted without having to slave away for days?

Today, I estimate I read for at least 10 hours. Here is what I did:

Went to Bible as Literature
Read for an hour and a half.
Went to American Fiction
Went to Park Avenue Cafe and ordered a tuna bagel and read for an hour and a half.
(I've already read for three hours at this point)
Took the bus home
Laid on the futon from 3-9pm reading
Went on a 30 minute walk with Landon around the neighborhood
Got ready for bed
Read from 9:30-10:30pm
Watched the news
Fell asleep.

Sunday, February 22, 2004
I got up this morning, took a shower, and headed to Fireside Cafe to read. I was only there for about thirty minutes when a really strange dungeons and dragons group showed up and started having a discussion. At first, I ignored them, but an hour later, they had become very distracting. Landon was already on his way to Fireside--he decided to walk from our apartment across the Hawthorne Bridge to the Fireside. Once he got there, we read for another hour, then left. We went to Trader Joe's to get some stuff for dinner (Landon wanted to make homemade pizza again). We invited Mike & Susan and Cindy over for dinner. They only stayed for dinner, then left, because I still had quite a bit of reading to do. Before they came over, I was reading non-stop (except for an hour nap I took). Sometimes, when I'm reading it is near impossible not to fall alseep unless I'm sitting upright. This nap I planned, though, because I wanted to stay up until 11pm reading, and my eyes get tired when I read for 10 hours a day, which is a regular thing for me these days.

Saturday, February 21, 2004
Landon and I woke up and decided to go for a walk. We parked downtown and then walked all over downtown, then came back home. Earlier in the day, we went to look at bikes briefly, went to Starbucks, and tried to file Landon's application for a passport, but they only accept applications M-F from 10am-3pm, so he'll have to do it on his lunch-hour next week.

We went to Pho Van Vietnamese Restaurant with Mike and Susan, then I went to Common Grounds and studied for an hour and a half with Sharla. I got home at 10pm, and finished watching "Cast Away" with Tom Hanks with Landon, then the 11 o'clock news, then we went to bed.

Friday, February 20, 2004
After these things, I went to the Aalto Lounge with Patrick, Landon and Cindy. Before that I went to Oasis with Landon and Cindy and had some pizza. When I got to the Aalto Lounge, I noticed later in the evening that the end table that I gave to Janssen about two years ago that used to be my parents from the 70's was there. It was very weird, and made me feel sad, so I might go see if I can get it back from the Aalto Lounge. I don't know if Janssen gave it to the previous owner, or if the owner got it at the Goodwill after Janssen took it there. I have no idea!

Landon is going to get some ski gear this weekend for a ski trip with his co-workers next weekend. Landon at one point used to ski quite a lot with his Dad, so is looking forward to the trip. I'm not going to be going with him, though, because I have a couple 10 page papers to write.

Actually, now Landon says he isn't sure if he will still go on the ski trip. He doesn't know if he wants to buy all the equipment if he's only going to use it for one day.

Thursday, February 19, 2004
I had to work today after school. After that, I came home and read until 10pm, then fell asleep exhausted.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Today was a long day. I went to classes, registered for spring term, came home from classes and typed up a paper and made a crossword puzzle for class tonight, went to class tonight, then came home and finished typing up the paper. Then I went to Grandma's Family Restaurant to watch Landon play for awhile. Trinka, Amy, and Dave were there, and Sharla dropped by also. I didn't get there until about 9:15pm, but was glad I went since it has been quite some time since I've seen Landon play, or had the time to go watch him play.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
I have a MD appointment this morning, then classes all afternoon. I have been having trouble catching my breath since December, so am finally going in to see if I can at the very least get some medication to help me relax so I can breathe when this happens. I have a lot of homework to do after I get out of classes at 4pm, so will be reading and later writing a paper.

Monday, February 16, 2004
Landon came to classes with me today at PSU since he didn't have to work. It was fun! After I studied during the afternoon, we went out for Thai food with Sharla. We also went to Trader Joe's to get a lot of groceries that we needed for the week. When we got home, we read until 11pm, then went to sleep.

Sunday, February 15, 2004
Today I did homework, and then after megaband practice, Mike, Susan, Gay, and Janssen came over for dinner. Landon made homemade pizza, and it was really good. They only stayed for about an hour or so, then left, because tomorrow is a work day for a lot of people, even though Landon gets the day off at Qualcomm, since it is President's Day.

Saturday, February 14, 2004
Landon had flowers delivered to the apartment today for Valentine's Day!

During the morning, we went to get our passport photos, went to Powell's Bookstore to get the Fromer's Guide to Ireland, and a book for first-time-home-buyers, then we went to Safeway to get quarters to do laundry, went to DEQ to get my car tested and new stickers for registration for my car, and Petco to get some bubbles for the aquarium.

Later in the evening, Landon made dinner, then we stopped by a party at Janssen's house. Cindy came for awhile, too.

Friday, February 13, 2004
Today we celebrated Valentine's Day! I got Landon a new pair of shoes (Sketchers), and he got me two CD's, and something else is supposed to come tomorrow in the mail on Valentine's Day. I was really happy about the shoes I bought for Landon, because right when he went to take off his other shoes, he noticed the sole was coming off the shoe, so I couldn't have timed that better. Plus, when I met Landon, we both had Sketchers, so it was reminicent to buy him the same brand of shoes he and I wore when we met.

Landon took me out for a surprise restaurant. When we got to the street the restaurant was on, that was when he told me what it was. The name of the restaurant is Fratelli's--it is an Italian restaurant in the Pearl District. It was very VERY nice! He treated me to a great meal, and we were in there for about two hours. We had the best flat bread before the meal. It was very good, and then I ordered a chicken/rice dish, and Landon ordered steak/potatoes. Both of us agreed we have never tasted potatoes, rice, chicken, or steak that was this good. It tasted like it was made by the best chef in the world. It was so good! We each had a glass of red wine, then wanted to order creme brulee, but they didn't have it, so we passed on dessert, and came home and went to bed.

Oh, I forgot to say that I bought a new outfit from Ann Taylor, which I wore last night, and it made me feel really good to wear such a nice, new outfit!! I also got new black shoes from Meier & Frank, so wore those, with new tights I bought at Ann Taylor, and a new bra/underwear that I bought at Meier & Frank. So, I didn't wear one thing last night that wasn't brand new, except for my necklace and earrings.

It was a great early Valentine's Day! Landon treated me very special, and we had a great time.


P.S. Once I got out of classes today (I had a mid-term in American Fiction), I didn't do any homework all afternoon or evening! It was nice to take a break from homework. Since I didn't do any homework today, you can guess what I'll be doing all weekend, however!
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Today was another sunny day, so it was nice to sit outside in between classes. I plan to study tonight for a mid-term tomorrow, and catch up on some reading.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004
It was a nice day out today. I had coffee with Jen Williams, then studied for an hour, then came home for a couple of hours before my night class. I was home by 7:30pm, studied until 11pm, then went to bed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Today was insane. I woke up at 7:30am and started reading. Sometime around 10am, I went to see if I could find the shrimp in the aquarium. Landon bought it recently for 10.00, and it climbed up the aquarium into the filter somehow, and lived in there for a week before Landon found it. Anyway, this morning, I went to see if I could find the shrimp, because it had gone missing sometime yesterday or the day before again. We assumed it was in the filter again. However, it was not, as I found out at around 10am. It was on the floor by the aquarium in a big dust ball. I called Landon, and he told me to put it in a glass of water to see if it would come back to life somehow. When I did that, its arms and legs moved a little, but it was only because the water was soaking in and softening the tissues again. I had to flush it. It was NOT a good way to start my day, let me tell you! Plus, I never want to drink out of that drinking glass ever again. I should have thrown it away before it got mixed up with the other dishes. Now, I'll probably have to drink out of it again at some point, because I won't know.

You would think this would be enough--well, my day was about to get worse. I was crossing the crosswalk across Barbur to catch the bus. As I was waiting for all the lanes to stop before crossing, this truck slammed on his brakes really hard so I could cross. After he stopped, I started crossing, and when I was crossing right in front of his truck, this woman rear-ended him at about 45 mph. She didn't even see he had stopped, because she did not appear to slow down at all when she hit him. Her 2004 Toyota Camry was totaled, and the front bumper was somewhere near her windshield. This really scared me, because I was in front of the truck when he got rear-ended. Had it been a lighter vehicle, I may have been run down. I was so scared. I didn't stick around to give my report as a witness to the police, because my bus came just then, and so I left and went to PSU. As the bus was pulling away, I saw the woman and the guy in the pick-up pull over, and both got out of their vehicles, so at least I know they weren't seriously (at least not visibly) injured.

Today was the day I had to give my presentation in American Lit., and I was so shaken (not to mention nervous) that I wasn't as relaxed as I would have liked to be. I tried to lead a meaningful class discussion, but you could totally tell that many of the student's hadn't done the reading, so they didn't have anything to say. So, instead of leading a class discussion, I had to basically lecture on the text, which wasn't fun since I was shaken from the accident that I felt was kind of my fault, even though it wasn't. I was crossing a crosswalk--it wasn't my fault that the guy slammed on his brakes, because I was waiting to cross before crossing. It wasn't like I ran out right in front of his car. And, obviously the other car wasn't paying attention to slam into the pick-up without even braking. It was very scary. The poor woman's nice new car is totaled, but luckily no one was killed. I could have been killed had the pickup been a lighter car.

I'm at work right now--I'm just glad this day is almost over. As you can see from my blog, I have done nothing but homework for the past two weeks night and day, and so tonight, I'm not doing anything but just watching a movie and relaxing after this hectic and stressful day.

Monday, February 09, 2004
I went to class, and received my exam back from Friday--I got an A, so was happy about that. I got an A- on the written exam, and an A on the essay I handed in. I went to Park Avenue Cafe to meet Jen for coffee in between my two classes, but she forgot about it, and didn't show up, so I just took the hour and caught up on some reading for American Fiction--then, went to American Fiction. I came home, studied for a few hours, then went to work. I came home, studied for a couple more hours, then went to bed.

Sunday, February 08, 2004
I studied all day long. We tried going to the Fireside again, but there was a lot of people there, and it was too loud. I ate a BLT, then we left. We went to Trader Joe's to get some groceries, then ended up coming home, and I just did homework all night. I'm trying to get ready for the class discussion I have to lead in American Literature on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 07, 2004
I studied all day. For a few hours in the afternoon, Landon and I went to the Fireside Cafe and read. It was nice, because they have rocking chairs and couches to sit on. In the evening, we went to David and Inga's while Mike & Susan, Miriam, and Kathleen practiced for mega-band. It was nice to see little Sylvia, because she is so cute.

Friday, February 06, 2004
After attending classes and studying during the afternoon, Landon came home from work and we went to Thai Orchid for dinner. We then went to go see a movie at the Fox Tower, then I met Cindy, Patrick, and Christina from work downtown where we hung out for awhile. Landon dropped me off and went to session. Cindy gave me a ride home at around 11:30pm, and Landon got home at about 12:15am. I was so tired, that I fell right to sleep after I watched an interview with Peter Jackson (director of Lord of the Rings) for about fifteen minutes.

Thursday, February 05, 2004
I read all morning, went to classes, came home, then did more homework. I'm just now taking a little dinner break, and it is 7pm. As you can see from my journal entries, I study a lot. I'm still behind, so what does that tell you? And I pay money for this? The end of another day that is just like all the other days this week--Karli
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
I went to class, worked on my paper, went to another class, worked on my paper, went to yet a third class, and then worked on my paper until 11pm. Then, I read Lord of the rings until midnight, and didn't get to sleep until 12:30am. That is all that I did today.
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
I went to classes, then to work. In all my spare time, I am reading at this point or working on papers. It's very busy when you're taking twenty credits, and it is mid-terms! Landon made a pizza for dinner when I got home from work, and then I read the Bible for the Bible as Literature until 11pm.
Monday, February 02, 2004
I went to classes, then came home and read Tolkien. I had hoped to take tonight off of work, but they really needed me to come in because they were already short-handed, so I did so. Someone that was supposed to have the night off ended up coming in, though, so I got to go home two hours early anyway. It was a good thing, because I have 100 pages to read for tomorrow, and I really need the extra time to do it.

Sunday, February 01, 2004
I got up at 9am this morning and started reading The Great Gatsby. I read it all morning, but kept falling asleep, so finally got dressed, had a shower, and went to Starbucks. I read and read and read. At 1pm I was supposed to meet Erin and Jeremy (friends from when I was taking French) at Pizzacato for lunch. Landon met me there, as he had been out and about getting fish supplies. After lunch, I came home and finished The Great Gatsby (great book by the way!), then typed up a paper for American Literature on Puritan subjectivity. I was pretty tired by the time 10pm rolled around, so just went to bed.
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