Life of Amy

CogSci, Knitting, and Other Shenanigans

The Interview July 23, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:05 pm

I asked for it and I got it … so to speak.

Here’s how this works:
01. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
02. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
03. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

1) What disappoints you most?
At the risk of sounding cliche, I am a strong believer that I am my own worst enemy. I often have those days when I am disappointed with my indecision, my performance, or where I am. I am disappointed when I feel I don’t deserve something, especially God, my parents, or my friends. I suppose that makes me introspective to the point of self-destruction, yet I find that failure to think on my part often leads to disappointing situations. I’ve gotten better at pulling myself together over the years, yet still, I tend to see my own failure, not my achievements. I always compare myself to others and think they’re better than I am. That in itself is disappointing, but I suppose I’ll just have to work on it.

2) What have you learned about your faith this year?
My faith is challenging, and it is constantly changing. I thought about that once — change is constant. My faith changes as it changes me. I have learned that my faith is deep … it’s something that I have some back to after years of wishy-washy crap. My faith has had many different faces. This year, my faith has shown me that I need to search, inside and out. Finding a church in San Diego, for instance, is going to be a challenge, but I think I have found one that will help me grow — because I can never grow enough — wider, deeper, taller. At the same time, I have discovered that my faith has opened a lot of doors and windows for me. It has given me the opportunity to meet people, witness to them, just love them. I have learned because my faith has taught.

3) Why do you bake?
I bake because I love it. It helps me to relieve stress. Come on, what’s more fun? Baking brownies from scratch or writing an MMW paper? (On a side note: I am so done with MMW!) At the same time, I know it’s something I do well. Oddly enough, if you put my by a stove, rather than an oven, the effect is just not the same. I’m a better baker. I truly enjoy making things for people. I love the expression on people’s faces after having a really great brownie. I love surprising people with cookies and cakes. Most people love sweets. And I love to make them.

4) What do you do with your negative emotions?
Hmm … I find that I cry them out, more often than not. I am a really fantastic cryer. Well, maybe not. I yell, I scream, I cry. All around, I’m incredibly loud, usually vocal, and if not, my body language is loud enough. I am trying to just let the negative emotions go, but I have a tendency to let things build up and get on my nerves, and then I snap in a frenzy. Oh … wow … I sound like a madwoman.

5) Best childhood memory?
I think my fondest memories involve going to my mother’s parents’ house. They spoiled my little sister Kimi and I rotten. My grandma gave us bottles when our mom was trying to get us off of them. We went out to the laundromat every Thursday, and we got Fig Newtons and big dinosaur cookies. In fact, I’m sitting in the downstairs bedroom of their house right now, with the knowledge that I have to learn to take the bus to work tomorrow. My grandpa drew me a nice map and everything! See … that’s what I mean by spoil me. He even offered to ride the bus with me tomorrow. My grandparents used to take us to where the Tom Family Association’s Ladies’ Auxiliary (and no, I’m not sure what it means), and we used to get out cheeks pinched. The mah-jong playing ladies used to ask me what my name was and how old I was, and I used to be able to answer them in Cantonese. I’m kind of sad that I just can’t do that anymore.

Thank you to the lovely for these questions. I hope you ask for an interview … you never know what you might get!


Zombie Jamboree July 16, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 4:50 am

I am a zombie … but at least I am a zombie who solved her Firefox and iTunes problems tonight, updated her computer, and feels like she is kicking some serious ass. In other words, my computer feels normal again. Thank goodness. I was worried it was on the fritz and that it was something I had done. As far as I know, I was wrong, but I’m still going to be extra careful. It has to last me a while, still. 🙂

My feet are doing weird things that I will not say any more about other than … weird!

I have so many knitting projects on the needles, and I haven’t updated my knitting journal in … ever. I am also in the process of cleaning my room. It’s a PROCESS. Pretty much, I am sleeping on the couch, which makes me homeless in my own house. Or, as the San Francisco police say, I am not a vagrant … I am just “residentially challenged”. What a euphemism!

Baseball makes my insides hurt.


Shine July 13, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:12 am

I really want to knit a baby sweater. In rosy, heathered pink. For a really cute baby-to be. Her parents are adorable, so she should be pretty darn cute, too!

I am sitting at the desktop … this is a rare occurence nowadays, but we desperately need new anti-virus software, so I think I’m partly excused. At least sitting in one place gives me time to think. About how much time I have left in the US before I leave. About the job that I am going to get … and still need to finish the mathy part of the application on. About the daydreams I have about hot Italian men. Umm … those are all valid thoughts, and reasonable too, except for that last part. 🙂

Anyway, per predictions, watching this year’s All Star Game was another waste of time. The NL is just disappointing. Period.

I am also obsessed with the second Teddy Thompson CD, Separate Ways. And I have yet to open some other CD. I also bought 3-way convertible white shorts and a pink & orange reversible skirt from the Gap. God, I feel like a retail whore. At the same time, I feel like I bought good pieces to take to europe. The shorts aren’t too short. That’s why. I still won’t be able to wear them in St. Peter’s Basilica, but I don’t think I’ll feel guilty about walking through Vatican City in them either. I have been reading too many travel books …


Finally? July 9, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:19 pm

I give in … I’m updating, I’m updating!

So, I have been wrapped up in life, and it’s just … wow. I think I’m getting a job at Walgreens (through a few appreciated connections). I am hoping I can still go to the Duncan Sheik/Vienna Teng Concert @ GAMH. Please, please, please, let me go? 😀 Okay, here’s to hoping. In other news, The Light in the Piazza is on tour — and it’s coming to San Francisco! Which naturally means I want to go see it. I’ve even been plotting to go to NYC just to do so, but this option is much cheaper.

In sports news, the Giants are crap, and the All Star Game is approaching … and I do not care. I have been obsessed with the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which Italy won. I am not saying they won on the best terms, and I am not saying that it wasn’t racist or it wasn’t inappropriate, but they won. I admit I was rooting for them. It is a shame that it came down to penalty kicks. The Germany – Argentina game, I felt, was much more classy, and maybe Germany should have won the whole thing. I honestly couldn’t choose who to root for in the semi-final, so it was good to see Germany win the consolation match, and Italy to win the championship. And through it all, the suspected racism and the violence, Zidane is still an amazing player who deserves respect, and Italy still earned their spot at the top. (Quotes from Italian and French players. Pretty classy?) And Germany exceeded the expectations of everyone. Who can ask for better stories than that. The World Cup was a story that took hold of the world for a month, and a tale that will inspire 2010 in South Africa. Until then, there is baseball, but I am suddenly more excited about going to Rome this fall. Not that I wasn’t excited already. My paperwork is almost complete. And they’ve given my my passport back, complete with Visa. Oh boy!

And please, pardon the link spam. I’m just trying to reference my comments, you know. 😉

If I have a mailing list for when I’m in Rome, would any of you like to be on it? If you would, just tell me!