Monday, December 31, 2001

check out my new forum!

Hey everyone, I just started my own forum. Click here to check it out!

The boards are mainly for discussing my math website and my programs, but you are welcome (and encouraged) to talk about anything within reason. You don't even need to register to post, although creating an account certainly has its benefits. Have fun!

Please note that I have no control over the forum software itself; things like new features and bug fixes are managed by the ProBoards team. That said, I am very grateful for this service. If you want a forum like mine, you can create for one for free here.

Oh yeah, and happy New Year's Eve!

Currently playing: RuneScape

Thursday, December 27, 2001

so long, wisdom teeth!

As planned, I had my wisdom teeth pulled this afternoon. I was extremely nervous at first, but the whole thing went very smoothly - more so than I had expected.

The doctor put me to sleep before the operation so that I would be spared the gory details. I don't mean to sound morbid, but I kind of felt like a condemned inmate about to receive a lethal injection as the needle approached my arm. It was probably because I was afraid of an accidental overdose - however unlikely that is. Still, they must have used some pretty powerful stuff because I was knocked out within seconds.

When I woke up again, everything had already been done. My mouth is still completely numb right now, but this should go away in a couple of hours. The scary part may be over, but the hard part has only begun: from what the doctor told me, I won't be able to consume any solid food for at least two weeks. This will make the rest of my Christmas break less enjoyable for sure. :\

Currently playing: Alchemy

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

back from Tahoe

Merry Christmas!

So my parents and I just came back from our three-day trip to Tahoe. The fun part was that we went skiing at Soda Springs. I had to brush up on my skills again as I hadn't skied in three years, but I don't think I did too badly on the slopes. :-)

Day 1

Lake Tahoe is about 230 miles from our house, but it doesn't seem that far away when you've been there more than a few times. The sun sets early at this time of the year, so it was pretty dark when we got to our hotel. There weren't too many things to do in the evening, so we kind of called it a day after dinner.

Day 2

The highlight of the day was when we stopped at Donner Lake in the afternoon. One thing that makes the lake so special is the thin layer of ice that forms on its surface when conditions are right. You'll probably laugh at me for this, but one thing I love to do is to break the ice by walking on the frozen parts of the lake near the shore. It's like popping bubble wrap in a way. There wasn't a lot of ice this time, but I still enjoyed the beautiful views.

I spent the rest of the day playing Dragonheart: Fire & Steel at the hotel. Mom thought I was silly for bringing my laptop on such a short trip, but I think it's a great time killer - especially when the cold weather makes it hard to spend much time outside.

Day 3

Traveling on Christmas can be rather dull at times as most businesses tend to be closed. The ski resorts were still open, so we took the opportunity to go skiing at Soda Springs. Boreal is where we usually go, but we decided to try something different this year. From this experience, I'd say Soda Springs is much more fun.

The three of stopped at a Chinese restaurant for dinner on the way home. I ordered some fried rice, something I always must have whenever we go out for Chinese food. However, the waiter misheard our order and brought us beef chow fun instead. We didn't feel like letting the poor guy get yelled at on Christmas, so we let it go.

Conclusions

On the whole, this vacation was very exciting. Skiing is one of my favorite sports, so it's too bad it almost never snows here in the Silicon Valley. On the other hand, Dad is planning another trip for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. Only three weeks to go!

In other news...

I'll be having my wisdom teeth removed on Thursday. I'm a little nervous about it, but my parents say everything will be fine. *crosses fingers*

Currently listening to: "Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira

Friday, December 21, 2001

Christmas break at last

The holiday break just started for me. I just love this time of the year!

As far as plans go, my family is thinking of going skiing in Tahoe sometime next week. The not-so-fun part is that I'll be having my wisdom teeth pulled after Christmas. Oh yeah, and my paternal grandfather Bien-Chuan and his companion Mrs. Chen will be visiting us from Taiwan at the end of December.

I haven't skied in three years, so the trip should be very exciting. But I can't say the same about getting my wisdom teeth removed. *shrugs*

Currently playing: Bejeweled (web version)

Friday, December 14, 2001

holiday dance report

I just got back from the Mardi Gras dance at LAHS. The entrance fee was $7 per person, but the money was totally worth it. Although the novelty of school dances is mostly gone, this was my favorite one so far. I really enjoyed its atmosphere, but I guess the holiday mood was also a major factor. Speaking of which, I only have one week left of school before Christmas break starts!

In case you're wondering, I still haven't slow danced with anyone. Pretty sad, I know. :-(

Currently listening to: "A Puro Dolor" by Son by Four