Monthly Archives: October 2005

Birthday


Birthday
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So I had a nice birthday last Friday with an interesting mix of people . . . people from Holt Camp and adoptee events, people that I worked with at JEL in Korea, a former AmeriCorps teammate, a former roommate, current Evans School classmates. It was an eclectic mix. But it was a great way to celebrate, and after the delish Thai meal, some of us went to a lounge to have a few drinks and watch a b-boy (& girl) dance-off. The girl won–represent! So all in all, a nice b-day, and an overall relaxing weekend. I got very little accomplished as far as school-work goes, but sometimes you gotta take a break.

I’ve found that I’ve been able to approach grad school with a much more balanced and healthier attitude than I had in undergrad. Meaning, I get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, I take time to have fun during the week & weekends, and I don’t obsess to the point of making myself sick. Let’s hope this means I can still pass! I think it should be all good, though. Although I was reminded yesterday of why I should try to study outside of the house. It was 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, and I still had yet to crack open a book, due to talking on the phone and downloading songs from iTunes (sooooo addicting).

Even though I still haven’t had a chance to unpack everything (still! still!), I did get to journal this weekend and also sort through my pictures on my computer. Combined with being more engaged at school, I’m really starting to feel totally present here in Seattle, body & mind. Although I still find myself wishing this city didn’t fold in on itself at 1:00 a.m.

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My new home


University of Washington
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Otherwise known as Parrington Hall, home of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. I come here every day, either for class or to hang out in the student lounge/computer lab. It’s a beautiful building from the outside, but the inside could use some touch-ups, especially after I saw the new UW Law School building (oh, man!!). Anyway, this is my first “hell” week at school, and am I studying? No, I’m blogging. See how all those years of hard work in undergrad have paid off? But seriously, I like the fact that I’m not as crazed as I was back in the day. I’m on the ESO (Evans Student Organization), and we had our first meeting today. Between that, studying Korean, meeting with various study groups, I’ve realized that I don’t have time for a job. I’m hoping that will change next quarter. Mostly, I’m just looking forward to Christmas, because then I’ll have at least one quarter under my belt, and I’ll have a better idea of how much effort I need to put into everything. I love how in grad school the goal is just to pass, not to get an “A.” I’ve become a champion of mediocrity! Nah, I think I just have a better perspective having been out of academia for four years.

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Pretty nice view


Gasworks Park
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This is the view from the top of the hill at Gasworks Park (also known as the scene of the paintball fight in “10 Things I Hate About You.” I can’t believe I’m admitting to knowing that.). Anyway, the days of clear blue skies like this are behind us, since the rains are well on their way. But it’s days like this that all Seattlites savor, because they’re rare and precious.

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NYC Mini-Gathering


NYC Mini
Originally uploaded by sarahhyunah.

I had a blast in New York . . . I got to see K., who I haven’t seen since before I left for Korea, and I also met lots of nice East Coast folks. There are many hilarious and embarassing stories from the weekend, and I’d love to tell you sometime over drinks. 🙂

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MOMA


MOMA
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We went to the new MOMA, and it did not disappoint. Despite the huge line outside, we were able to get in fairly quickly. We spent two hours there and were really only able to see the two floors of painting & sculpture at the top, but it was fantastic. As cool as the MOMA is, I still have to say that my favorite art museum of all-time remains the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Even though there were remnants of a blizzard outside with gargantuan snow drifts we had to jump over on our way there, the PMA is just so, so amazing. Anyway, at the MOMA I bought a print of Chagall’s “Birthday,” one of my favorite paintings. It got a little bent in a bit of a skirmish 😉 but it’s still beautiful.

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NYC Public Library


NYC Public Library
Originally uploaded by sarahhyunah.

Here I am, taking a cheesy photo op. I realized that I’d never actually been inside the library during my previous visits, so T. and I took a brief tour around the 1st floor. We were lucky that it wasn’t raining at this point, because it poured during the entire rest of the weekend!

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What day is it?

It feels like so much has happened recently, and yet I’ve only been in school for about 2 1/2 weeks. I’m currently in the midst of a very boring weekend, since I’m catching up on all of the things I didn’t do while I was in New York City last weekend.

Hmmmm . . . NYC = debauchery. As many of you know, I had a bit of a wild weekend there. So much so that I won’t provide details here . . . they’re not blog-appropriate! I even changed the privacy setting on some of my Flickr photos, if that tells you anything. Even with everything that went on, I’m proud to say that I did make it to see the new MOMA with T., and we also stopped in the H&M on Fifth Ave. I met some cool people in New York at the mini-gathering, although my interactions with people in stores and such reminded me of how rude people on the East Coast tend to be. It made me grateful to return to Seattle where people don’t automatically assume you’re an idiot.

School’s going well thus far . . . although I’m definitely scrambling to keep up. I like how everything’s very relevant to my interests. My favorite class is probably my Korean class right now. My public affairs classes tend to have a lot of former poli sci majors in love with the sounds of their own voices. L. tells me that’s grad school for ya. I feel like I’ll be more at ease with everything once I get this first quarter under my belt.

I’m feeling more grounded here in the States than I was earlier. I don’t obsess about Korea as often as I did a few weeks ago. NYC definitely helped with that, hahaha.

Also, my birthday is coming up this Friday. 27-years-old. Yeesh.

Will put up pictures soon.

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