March 1st: Another Renaissance

I want this month to be a sort of renaissance for me. I hope to focus on two things: productivity and fun. You know, work and play hard.

One thing I noticed reading past entries is that they often read like I downed 30 pixie sticks and a few Red Bulls (i.e. a pound of sugar) while writing them. I also noticed that I was addicted to ellipses and exclamation marks. The exclamation marks and ellipses can stay in the past, but I want to bring some of that energy, that ebullience if you will, into the present.

I’ll share the past with you now, brought to you by me as a freshman and taken from a friends-only LiveJournal entry written on February 13, 2004 at 05:40AM.

Today (yesterday) I had the best dinner. In the dinning hall, I ran into a random group of pseudo-strangers. All were great people with huge personalities. In the “real world” I probably wouldn’t ever run into such a __________ group of people—ever. (Just pick a positive adjective and put it in the blank.) It was fun, so fun that my 15 minute dinner (I had a tight schedule to follow) turned into a 90 minute affair. Oh well, I was only 1 hour and 15 minutes later to my physics session than I wanted to be…あの…

My companions were a group of girls and a really interesting!!! Polish guy with a cool accent. His friends described him as neurotic. While shaking hands, he wouldn’t release mine until I repeated his name correctly. I only had to say it once. But, supposedly, others had to say it four or five times. Heh.

At any rate, when I’m in Europe, they’re going to be in Europe. And when I’m going to be in Paris, they’re going to be in Paris. So, we can hang out together, ne? ne? ne?

I hate problem sets. It’s like 6…in the morning. I’m going to go. Bye. ^^!!!!

Note: I used about 20 ellipses in the above. I had to remove some of them.

March 20, 2004 at 5:48PM:

and so this is the compressed version of what happened:
walking & more walking & even more walking… louvre at night. the metro. champs elysees. moules et frites. ran into another [-edited out for privacy-] (yay~) at louis vitton. arc de triomphe. fnac. smart cars are cool. notre dame. prisons. churches. cooking. watched asian dramas ^^;. bastille. kids with boats. kids with ponies. monuments. eiffel tower. tgv. chenonceau. chinon. paparazzi-esque. >_<. 1,387+ photos. ran through the louvre. biked through versailles' gardens. versailles. patisseries! gave directions to american tourists struggling with their french - in french ^^;. missed the flight back to the usa ^^;. anthropology homework (reading). spoke japanese on flight to new york with people who couldn't speak english (i can't exactly speak japanese - that was great!)...

I should begin traveling again. I’m starting to feel wanderlust. ♥

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  • Reply Sarai March 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I suffer from chronic wanderlust, so I know how you feel :(

    I don’t even read my past entries because I just start hating myself a little more the more I read them. Not good for the ego.

  • Reply April March 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I think that exclamation marks and ellipses add character 😉

    I did this a few months ago, myself (had a look back through old entries etc…) and boy oh boy did I feel so embarassed and ashamed!

    I think it is all part of the learning curve though :)

    • Reply chantelle March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I’m not embarrassed. :) Those entries were private/friends-only entries written in a hurry. Style, grammar … only got a minimal amount of thought. I’m okay with that because I wrote something. Rushed writing from 6AM is better than not having any writing.

  • Reply cantaloupe March 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    You blogged!

    I adore my old entries. All of them. Especially ones with excessive punctuation, haha.

    If your wanderlust ever takes you to Abu Dhabi, look me up!

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