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What do monks do when they feel sleepy during the day?
How can they stay awake without caffeine? zzzZZZZZZ

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  • Dec 12 Wed 2007 12:41
  • Home

After talking to my high school friends about meeting up,
I suddenly got all excited about going home.
I don't particularly want to go anywhere or eat anything.
As long as I can spend time with my family and friends,
I will be happy and content.

One thing that happened on our way to Mexican came across my mind.
The guy at the information center asked,
" Just to keep record, where are you guys from?"
" Chicago," Steve answered proudly.
" We are all from Ann Arbor," Vince answered.
I figured Vince just wanted to save us some time.
" So, how many of you are from Ann Arbor?" the guy at the info center asked again.
Vince raised his hand, but no body else did.
I almost wanted to laugh.
" Hey, Elise, do you want to claim you are from Ann Arbor,too?" Vince asked.
" Nope."
At the end, we all claimed somewhere else rather than Ann Arbor as "home".

Where is home anyway?
Sometimes people got confused because I refused to call my
apartment in Ann Arbor "home".
" It can be anywhere, wherever my family and friends are."
" Even Africa or North pole?" I forgot who was bored enough to ask this question.
" Sure, even Mars or Saturn." And I was bored enough to reply.
To me, in my heart, home is where family and friends are.
This has been my golden definition, never ever so confident.

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  • Dec 10 Mon 2007 09:35
  • Desire

I was reading a book about desire before bed last night.
So I wrote down things I really desired.

First, I want to have a good sleep every night.
It sounds easy.
But if you think carefully,
how often do we rely on coffee to go through a day?
Or how often do we feel exhausted in the evening?
I feel that to have a good sleep, and to have enough sleep, are the most
important keys to stay happy, patient, and energetic.
So, to sleep as much as I want is on top of my list.

Second, I want to eat to the extent I am satisfied.
It sounds...not so easy. Ha.
People who know me would know what I mean.
Lately I have been thinking,
to satisfy my desire is for myself,
and to stay thin is for...who ?!
As long as I am healthy and happy,
I should feel comfortable doing so!
(Am I Americanized?!)

Third, I want to exercise as much as I want.
To achieve this goal, the first two desires must be met.
I would like to exercise 40-60 mins every day. It makes me happy.
But it is just a dream goal.

Forth, I want to have good chats a few times a week.
This goal seems easier than the previous three
cause it can be independent from the previous three.
However, this is the only goal that I can not achieve by myself.
This limitation makes it the most difficult desire to satisfy.

After writing down my desires, I felt like a low-leveled animal.
Eat, sleep, exercise...aren't these desires my golden retriever,
or even fruit flies, or even C.Elegance would have?
I just feel that in order to achieve long-term happiness,
these are the things that really matter.

And now, here comes why I had the motivation to write this blog.
haha, of course it's because my desires are not satisfied.
I did not sleep well because of all those final reports I had to grade.
I ate unconsciously because I was troubled and stressed.
I did not chat with any body..
I wanted to exercise but could not because of the bad weather and all those deadlines
Plus, I can not imagine how much life will be like hell
because of all the work i have to finish before home :(

Why would people want cars, houses, or anything else,
while the basic desires are so difficult to meet already :(




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  • Dec 07 Fri 2007 09:10
  • 5'F

People in my lab were talking about how terrible it was to walk in 5'F this morning.
To be honest, I knew it was cold and my legs were numb, but I did not expect it to be
that cold. You may wonder where I was this morning. Hm, I was walking around hunting
for Christmas gifts. So, if you receive anything, even if it is just a bite of
chocolate, please remember the gift comes from a warm heart in a 5'F morning!

Every day, I look around and think, " Wow, this is what we could only see in a movie.
And now I am here experiencing it. Although I hate it now, I am pretty sure I will
miss it in the future!" Just like lots of the "joyful tragedies" in the past, they
were never pleasant at the moment they happened, but all turned out to be
unforgettably joyful when looking back. Having this thought in mind makes me
feel excited, like a tourist, about the freezing cold weather.

5'F! How special! Ewwwwwwwww....


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Are you thinking that I may never finish my lengthy sunny San Diego trip series? Ha, to be honest, I had the same doubts.
But right now, at this moment, when there is a timer that beeps every 5-15 minutes, this seems to be the best thing to do.

On day X (this is what happens when you do not keep a diary when the memory is still fresh. I can no longer keep track
of what day that was), we went to Coronado island. Coronado island is a cute little town with lots of unique shops and restaurants.
Best of all, it is built along the beach! I was quite excited before going, "Oh, beach, this is so sunny California! " I felt excited
because finally I had the chance to see what San Diego was known for- beautiful beaches. Also, after living in Ann Arbor for
2+ years, I missed big blue ocean, the salty-smelled wind, and long shores!

We went to a restaurant that we could have lunch on the beach. The food was about standard, but every thing else was excellent!
Finally I was embraced by sea wind, beaches, and ocean again! I could not describe how much had suddenly jumped into
my mind, summer camps, vacations with family, trips with friends, and all those sweet memories. It was time like this that
I deeply realized what it meant to be "from Taiwan, and to grow up in Taiwan", and of course, how special that was :)

After lunch, we had a short walk on the beach. I would say that was the highlight of my San Diego trip. Nice weather,
beautiful beaches, interesting chats, relaxing atmosphere, what could one ask for more? Also, I learned a few things on the
beach. First, seagulls had an orange dot on their beaks. But why do they have the orange dots? Was it to cheat predators
high above? Like the dots could serve as targets for eagles (but are eagles so stupid?) No matter what, tt was quite interesting
to see lots of orange dots spread out on the beach. Oh, and seashells! Lots of them! The second thing I learned was that we
should respect people although we did not respect they way they lived. The third thing I learned was that there were
different ways to motivate people. It was interesting to know those specific ways and how they might work on people from different
cultures.

So, this was my Sunny San Diego part 6. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I made different decisions at
different points of my life. But I have learned not to look back. Also, it's really hard to explain why or describe how
the longer you leave home, the more you appreciate it, the richness it has brought you, and the uniqueness it has built
inside you.


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