I had forgotten how hard it was to look for houses. Since we can only stay at the Melrose place until August 12, there's not much time left before they kick us out. I think I saw about 5 houses this week - 2 were dumpsters, 2 were alright, and there was one that I really liked but there was a person who could call the room before me. Maybe I'll just decide for the place that's pretty decent, close and really cheap ($300/month plus utilities), although I could still check out some other places too. Whatever happens, soon I'll also have to search for mattresses, desks, etc. This is what happens when you live at the dorms for 4 years.
Oh yeah, so this week I finally had my first group presentation at work. It was grueling. My prof was so mean and exigent that at times I wanted to throw the marker at him. Overall though, it went very well. If only he wasn't so unnecessarily picky...but it's understandable, since he's like 80+ and has been around at the U for over 50 years (I know, isn't that crazy?).
We did a reasonable amount of clubbing this week. Monday at Drink (keeping up with the old tradition), Thursday we went out for Ai Li's 23rd birthday, Friday to the Aquatennial Block Party, and yesterday to a random frat party at the U. Since we were hanging out in downtown so much I decided to check out the Saloon on Thursday and the 90's on Friday as well, it had been a while since I went to those places. Loads of fun!
Quite a week. Now it's sunny out so I think I'll just go make use of it.
That's right, it's already mid July, which means that school will start in a month and a half. Crazyness! As much as I wanted to go to grad school, I really can't picture myself taking another year of classes. I'm burned out enough after 4 years already...but on the positive side, at least I'll be taking the organic chemistry classes that I like and not some random shitty supportive classes like math or physics (sorry to all those math and physics majors out there, but I just really didn't like those subjects).
It was a pretty good week althogether though. Work is going awesome and my reactions are all working fine, and there was enough clubbing and hanging around to keep me happy too. Speaking of clubbing, yesterday we checked out the new uptown Drink, which just opened this week. It's pretty nice and bigger than the one in downtown, although they should seriously consider making their drinks cheaper and stronger (they ripped me off with a $7 watered-down long island).
Yesterday me, Rehan, Ole and Christina also went out to a lake with a small beach. It was fun times and the weather was great, although the strong sun was too much for 'el numero uno' who ended up fleeing in retreat and into the shade.
Being there made me think how it's been years that I haven't been to a (real) beach. It's been so long I can't even remember! I suppose that's what living in landlocked countries does to you. It also made me realize that I probably need another swimsuit...do I hear a second trip to MOA for next week?
Thank goodness for the long weekend. Friday started off good - got a bunch done at work, and then managed to beat Froeschl for the second time ever in a racketball game (yeah, we still do play racketball together, he's a pretty nice guy!). Then yesterday was even better. Finally went back to the Mall after months of being missing in action and did a massive summer shopping spree. I went with some coworkers from lab, and it was a lot of fun. After coming back, we drank a bit and played Smash for a long, long time...until 5:30 AM. Gosh, it's been since high school in Paraguay that I haven't pulled one of those videogame all-nighters. I think I might be slowly returning to my gaming roots...those days when videogames dominated my time and energy...but it's summer so it's all good.
Today I'll go to Taste of Minnesota. Those fairs are always fun, except they'd be even better if they didn't try to f%^#! rip you off. Who's ever heard of a $6 crappy lemonade or a $10 slice of junk pizza? Anyways, maybe I'll stick around long enough to see the fireworks, or maybe I'll leave a bit early and go to the 90's. Whatever it is, I'm just glad I'll be able to sleep in the day after. Then there's my first group presentation on tuesday, so I had better prepare.