Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Little Endian/Big Endian and Mantissa

I had a dream about coding in Assembly last night. There were little and big endians dancing around on the tables and swinging around their mantissa.
 
I had a great time with my pledge sisters tonight. We just hung out and watched Role Models. (It was really good, by the way!) I finally turned in my Outdoor Leadership Training application. It was due today and I slipped it under the door at 11 tonight. I hope they call me back for an interview. Doubt it.

I'm going to sleep before midnight. Woo hoo! Oh, and I love this girl. I love it at 0:10 when she starts smiling.

Makes me want to dance! 10 days until Beth comes!

Tuesday, Feels like a Friday

Maybe it's because I had a shit load of work to do the past week. It all started with a CS midterm last week and ended with a CS project tonight. Barry and I pretty much spent the entire day today programming. Time flies when you code. Seriously, you feel like you have so much time and it shouldn't take you that long but then 6 hours goes by and you've only written one function. I fell asleep on the couch last night working on it. 

I had to skip ballet today because I had so much more to do. I'm a free person now making up for dance I missed today by dancing for my roommates who would rather me not dance.
I have an Anthro midterm tomorrow, but that doesn't even count as anything. I am stretching on the floor and doing what feels like leisurely reading for the class. I love reading about this stuff. It's like something I would read outside of school. Living the a life of an Anthropology major. I have to say, it's pretty chill.

I'm not sure what I was going for in this picture, but I have a pretty strict first-picture-taken-is-the-picture-going-up policy. (That is unless an Act of God is involved, such as a gust of wind.) It's more fun that way.
Things I'm looking forward to: seeing David Sedaris and swim class tomorrow, ballet and date night party on Thursday, Triangle frat quarterly and Theta Xi quarterly on Friday, hike and maybe hang gliding this weekend! Yeayo!

Monday, April 27, 2009

EE Midterm

Oh man, oh man. I wouldn't want to be my Circuit Analysis Midterm right now. It's crying in the corner as we speak. It tried to kill me this morning at 8 am, but it didn't know I was prepared to slap the shit out of it. KOBE!
Ah! The test was 50 minutes long for 4 problems. It usually takes me an hour to do one homework problem but I totally practiced for this exam over the weekend. Now I have to do my CS project but it's really hard to concentrate because I'm soooo excited!

Oh, my CS midterm last week also went super well!

Friday Afternoon Kitchen Shenanigans

My friend, J, and I made scones. I love scones, especially handmade fresh-out-of-the-oven scones. 
We followed a recipe from Bon Appetit:
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk

  • Prep:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. Mix in orange peel. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in dried cranberries. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. Form dough into 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 25 minutes. You can eat them right away. We did. 
I didn't have buttermilk but J recalled she had some at her apartment so she kindly brought that over. It was about a month past its "Use By" date. We still used it and they turned out great. {Don't waste!} Also instead of mixing the butter by hand we used a food processor because we're lazy and our butter was frozen. You have to watch out to not over-process scone/pie dough, just a few pulses a couple of seconds each.

We tried to decorate the scones by cutting thin pieces of orange and curling them. We only ended up mutilating the orange. Any tips?

Check it out. You know you want some. I have 2 frozen for this week. GO MAKE SCONES, they're good!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

POW!

I had ballet today and it was great. I had like 15 minutes before work and I stayed and danced some of the across the floor combinations we were doing on Tuesday.

Funny story:
I stayed at work until 7 today. I would have stayed at work longer but it was getting dark and I only had shorts on and didn't want to be cold. Well, it was cold. I got outside and was standing by the stoplight. I started jumping to warm myself up. This car was turning right so they stopped. It was an elderly couple. I smiled at them and they smiled and waved. Then this car rolls down the front window and this chick from the backseat yells: "I see a dirty girl!" I laughed. I'm not sure which part of me she found dirty - my awesome crocs, running shorts or REI fleece. Must have been the crocs. The light turned green shortly and I had to walk right in front of the car as they were "ow, ow"ing. Silly UCLAers.

I went to a Phi Rho henna night tonight. It was at my pledge mom's place. We watched Rent and Noren did henna tattoos. I had fun singing the songs that I knew from Rent. I can't believe I still remember the lyrics. Here is my tattoo.
I really wanted "OLGA RULES" on my knuckles but then I realized that I would have to leave off the 'S' and I am not hood enough to wear "OLGA RULE" so I settled on "PHI RHO". I also got some flowery things on my hands.

I'm saying POW in the picture!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Partied on a Wednesday Night

That's right. Today we had our Theta Xi exchange. We met at the frat house at 7, at about 7:30 a yellow school bus took us to Universal City Walk where we went bowling. 
(I am right behind that boy's head. That boy's name is Gannon and we're going rock climbing in Malibu maybe)

I have to say the ride there was much more pleasant than the ride back. People were buzzed on the way there, but on the way back they were just drunk. I learned the drunk college kids' tradition of singing ladi ladi lo. Here is how it goes:

A person gets up and shouts: "Hey, ladi ladi ladi"
Everyone goes: "Ladi ladi lo"
Then the person who started goes again: "Hey, ladi ladi ladi"
Everybody: "Ladi ladi lo"
Then the person shouts: "I know a guy/girl/sister/brother named [insert name]"
Everybody: "Ooooh!"
Then the person shouts some kind of a sexual insult that rhymes with the person's name.
Then everybody goes either "Ooooh!" or "Booooo!" while banging on the ceiling of the bus. On the way back that was followed up with a cheer that went like this, "We don't give a fuck! We don't give a fuck" while banging on the ceiling. Nice comeback, assholes.

There were some good ones and some stupid ones. Here is my personal favorite:
"I know a brother named Pete.
He likes nothing more than to taste his own skeet."

The girls did some pretty nasty ones too. It was funny.

Everybody drank and acted dumb which was to be expected I guess. A bunch of people went back to the house for a pool party after the bus brought us back. It was about 11 o'clock though and I opted to go home instead. I am finally going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oof.

This is what it feels like to be a CS and E major sometimes.
I had a tiny piece of the project left to do tonight. Seriously, it should have taken 30 minutes, no more. I got back from the gala and the phi rho meeting at 9. I was in my PJs with teeth brushed and everything at 10. I thought I would get this done quickly and go to bed since I was up late last night. It's 3:42 right now. I just finished debugging my program. It was the stupidest shit too. 

It was taking me so long that I got hungry and had to eat a pop tart. As a result I had to rebrush my teeth. Uhhh. Sometimes CS makes me so mad.

I have to be at the dance studio for ballet in roughly 5 hours. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 20, 2009

98 degrees?!

What? That is obnoxiously hot. I feel like I'm in a sauna. I have a break between EE discussion and CS lecture every Monday and Wednesday. I checked the pool schedule and decided to go swimming early. It was perfect! Oh, I can't even tell you. I knew two girls at the pool and shared a lane with them. So much fun. They were also kind enough to share their sunscreen with me.
Wiiiiiind!
Better.
I just got out of class. My hair is a mess. I didn't wear a swim cap today. I'm finishing my cs project so I can be a free soul at the greek week gala tonight. 
I see a mouse in the bushes next to me! It's cute. Aw, it ran away as I was trying to take a picture.

I'm going to see Beth so soon! Time flies.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunny Sunday

and pancakes!
I ran out of white chocolate chips today. Going to have to raid Sue's pantry next weekend.

I usually burn the last pancake. As soon as I pour out the remaining batter into the pan I turn around and start washing the bowl the batter was in. I relax and space out and start washing my roommates' dishes and completely forget about the pancake until I smell something burning. Very often it goes from the pan straight to the trash. Not today! Check the last one out. It turned out great.

I'm going to Drake's Stadium to check on my Phi Rho Relay for Life team and drop some pancakes off before the First Law of Thermodynamics gets the best of them.

I'm leaving you with a video of two of my most favorite things: J.Crew and Leona Naess.

Sunny Sunday by Leona Naess

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sup-p-per, Troup-p-per

I am eating!
A burger with Costo's ciabatta bread. Mmm. I love bread.

I'm listening to ABBA and working on cs.

Feeling like a number 1.
Super Trouper
Beans are gonna find me
But I won't feel ...oooo
Sup-p-per Troup-p-per

Oh, I love ABBA.

Stan's Donuts

It's beautiful outside today. 79 degrees in Westwood. The Bees came to visit me today. I walked outside in a tank top and realized I forgot to put on sunscreen. I had to turn around and do that as soon as I heard Beth's voice in my head.

We went to Jerry's Deli and Stan's Donuts!
I got a glazed donut with coconut shavings on it. Now, all you coconut haters out there just haven't had good macaroons. By "good" I mean my macaroons. (Or any homemade ones) I wanted to wait to eat it until I got home and got some work done. I didn't get though one problem when I thought to myself, "Donuts are only good fresh, I need to eat it RIGHT NOW." 
I decided to take a picture of my first Stan's donut moment before I wolfed it down. I'm laughing because somebody is making fun of me dropping coconut shavings on the carpet as I was jumping in the chair. 

Our carpet is disgusting. We have an amalgam of three girls' hair all over it. And I insist on picking food up off the floor and eating it even if there is a hair attached to it. (I pull the hair out of my mouth, don't worry.)

OK, I'm going to go scour around for some leftover coconut on the floor.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ugh!

I have yet another CS project due on Tuesday, a CS midterm on Wednesday and another CS project due next Tuesday. He said that if we don't have about 1/3 of the second project done by Wednesday, the day of our midterm, we will not finish it. WHAT?! Did he mean that we have to finish the project that is due this coming Tuesday and get started on the next one right away the day before the midterm? This man is crazy!

I have a Greek Week gala to attend on Monday and a million PRBs to do too. (I'm excited,  but it takes away from my programming time.)

One quote comes to mind: "I have a belly full of white dog crap, and now you lay this shit on me?" (Step Brothers, an epic movie if you ask me.)
I am just about finished with my ee homework that is due on Monday and I'm going out with a few phi sigma rhos to dinner tonight! I feel excited and accomplished today.

F-f-fish Taco!

I love fish tacos. Credit to Elliot for introducing them to me a little over a year ago. 

I'm on a break between Anthro 7 and CS 33 Discussion right now. I was supposed to PRB (Phi Rho Bond) with one of my "sisters" today but nobody was available. I went down to the food court myself and got a fish taco from Rubio's. Oh, it was glorious.
It's difficult to find a good fish taco. For example, I have ordered one at Marmelade Cafe {which is an awesome restaurant, by the way} once and it was just terrible. I think fried fish in a taco is gross. I was at 3rd Street Promenade the other weekend and I think we went to Rubio's too. I ordered just the regular fish taco and it was not good. Go get yourself a Mahi Mahi taco from Rubio's TODAY! It's delicious.

Speaking of food, my awesome roommate D got me an In-And-Out burger last Sunday when she came home and saw me looking miserable programming at my computer covered in matzo crumbs weeping softly into a napkin. (I'm just kidding about the crying part.)
The burger totally reenergized me and gave me strength to finish my program. Thanks, D!

OK. CLASS TIME!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

More on Isla Vista

It was awesome. I did procrastinate on my cs project a bit but it was totally worth it. I got to hang out with all these cool people AND sleep in a sleeping bag. Amanda Camarillo (she is related to the person who owned the land where Camarillo is now!) drove Jessica, Sean and I
from Cal State Channel Islands to Isla Vista. It was a pleasant and gorgeous drive. The fact that I got to see a Patagonia store from the highway was just icing on the cake.

When we got to UCSB we got a parking pass that was specifically for the juggling convention. The picture is a little blurry but you can tell if you look closely at the lower left corner.

I had an unpleasant encounter with a hobo at the park where we had lunch. Thankfully our group was close by and I was able to avoid punching him in the face. This is me and the group after the encounter watching him from under the table.


The show was really good, I thought. Jeff (Daymond?) cancelled on them a few days before the show, but the mcs did a good job. Matt and David were the mcs and I saw a lot of Tenacious D influence in them. Matt was Kage and David was the Jables characters. It was great. I told David they should do "The Club of Destiny" parody.

Elyse and Renee were awesome! They juggled, they did acrobatics, they unicycled and they're smart too. Elyse is going to UCLA in the fall and I'm super psyched to have her around. Maybe Jessica will visit me more too. Here is a picture of (clockwise from the top) Amanda, Elyse, Jessica and me.


I like this one too. We look so happy!


Sunday was Easter and we even had an easter egg hunt. My first ever. I made sure to make up for all of the ones that I had missed. I looked inside the eggs and if there were crappy candy I gave them to kids. I kept the ones with chocolate. If there was chocolate and jelly beans I would consolidate all the jelly beans in one egg and all the chocolate in the other and gave the jelly bean one to the kids. I got a CREAM EGG in one! I know. I'm a bastard. That's OK. They have many more ahead of them. I'm done.

The drive back was, again, beautiful. The weather cooperated too. (I had only brought shorts.) It took us 2 hours to get from Isla Vista to UCLA. That's with a stop at a drug store to get road trip food{!} and a stop in Camarillo to drive the remainder of the trip with Jessica. Jessica and Amanda are, by the way, awesome drivers. I didn't feel stressed or scared for a second and I'm easily scared on the road.

Here is a picture of our road trip food. The cookies that Jessica got were delish. I am still saving the two that she traded me for my Ginger Lemon cremes.
Ah! It was awesome. One of the most fun juggling conventions I've gone to. I got to hang out with people I rarely get to hang out with, juggle a bit, eat lots of junk food, have a little road trip, even get a new crush. Thanks to everybody who made it awesome, everybody who was taking pictures and especially Jessica without whom I would have spent my weekend at the computer programming! Thank you!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Oof. ΦΣΡ

My induction was today. I got a giant headache. I hope it's not an indication of how this whole sorority thing is going to work out. My headache might have had something to do with the fact that I was literally at school from 8am to 10pm and I got to bed at 2am the night before. Uhhh. Not going to work tomorrow as I need to finish my CS project.

Phi Rho's flower is an orchid. They had the pledges wear a black dress and black shoes and they gave us a real orchid to wear in our hair. Pretty! 

Also, I was elected vice-president of the pledge class.

Isla Vista

I had a great time!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday Night

last orders at the pub, get in the car and drive to the club

I made deviled eggs for the "party" after the funeral. I've tried a lot of different methods of making hard boiled eggs and none of them produced ideal results. This time I was too tired to investigate my options so I just boiled them for 15 minutes and every single egg peeled perfectly, all 18 of them.
I watched National Lampoon's European Vacation while I was making these.

Even the yolks came out yellow-yellow!

Yum! I'm really excited that no whites broke. I've never had this happen.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

This Is How It Works

You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
You try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath
{Regina Spektor}

We will miss you, Grandma Rose!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Busy Body Bonita

I see that book at work every day. That's what came to mind when I tried to think about how I feel.
I am super, super busy. School, work, swimming, ballet. It's all really exciting but exhausting at the same time. I love swimming! I did so well that they promoted me to intermediate. I finally learned how to properly swim freestyle. I'm not very good at breathing at the right time but I got the arm movements down. It wasn't easy. I found that as soon as your head is under the water all the thinking goes out the window. Today we learned breast stroke. I can do the legs and arms separately well, but I can't get the timing right when I put them together.

Needless to say ballet is by far the best thing I've done for myself since the last performance. I love it. The instructor is a little wacky, we dance to contemporary music. We did our petite allegro to some sped up remix of Superstitious by Stevie Wonder. That was so cool. I had a lot of fun. It also kicked my ass. My legs, calves and back are sore, but it's good sore.

School is a little overwhelming. My professors for ee and cs are awesome. More about them later. Sleep now. Peace!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Today I Am Eating...

...Kraft's Mac and Cheese and El Pollo Loco chicken that I scored from the UCLA Engineering Open House. KOBE!
I made a pact with myself to not buy anything at the grocery except for milk possibly until the end of the quarter. I have a lot of food in the pantry and in the freezer that I haven't utilized yet and I don't want to have to move out with a lot of food.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fa-yeh!

I woke up at 7. It's 10 now and I'm just getting to my breakfast.

This stuff is amazing. Real Simple did a road test on yogurts, greek yogurts included. Fage prevailed and I decided to try it. I am by no means a yogurt connoisseur. If you gave me another brand of greek yogurt I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
These 6 ounces went a long way. I ate 1/3rd with a little honey and raisins. OK, maybe not a little, a lot of honey because I love it. Then another third was mixed with herbs and salt and eaten with meat and pita and this is the final 3rd with honey and raisins again.

Listening to Gossip Girl 1st season soundtrack and finishing up my cs project.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Unrequited Love

That's how I would describe the relationship that I have with bees.
They want me. In the past week 2 bees ran into me on separate occasions. One of the times it flew into my hair while I was crossing a street. I, naturally, proceeded to flail my arms and shake my head like a crazy person. What is with that? Bees are getting dumber and dumber. Why would a sensible bee fly into a person's hair or fly into a person for that matter? Bee-jerks. Making me look stupid.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Still In Love

with Feist and I Feel It All

Morning!

The night before last I went to bed at about 7 and woke up at 5. I made pancakes. This morning I'm having leftover pancakes. They're pretty delish, especially with fresh coffee.
I think I have enough coffee for another cup. I need to get more. I'm considering getting ground coffee this time. As my roommates are always sleeping when I get up I don't want to wake them up with my coffee grinder. I get my 2 blankets and put it around the grinder to muffle the sound.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

To Shower or Not to Shower {no!}

I've always thought showers were a waste of time. I remember when I was little I would only wash my hair maybe a couple of times a week. (Correct me if I'm wrong, mom and dad.) So, holding my arms up near my head for an extended period of time while washing my hair every single day sounds awful. So when I would ask myself to shower or wear a hat I would choose the latter. I also happen to think that I look STUNNING in hats.
Also, I've noticed that my most brilliant thoughts hit me as soon as shampoo hits my eyes. Mostly for my CS projects, but also some random personal discoveries. I've decided to research why that is a couple of weeks ago and voilà, there is an actual explanation. 

So, anyway, my goal this quarter is to take a shower every single day. So far I've been successful in my endeavor. I will be reporting on how I'm doing.

OFF-TOPIC: Mama and I were doing a crossword puzzle while we were waiting for the plane. One of the words we didn't know was the word for fear of number 13. That same question came up in the trivia game when I flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles. I wrote it down. The word is triskaidekaphobia!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Song in My Head

OK. I don't know when this started. I don't know if I woke up with it or what. While sitting in CS 33 (Assembly Language) I realized I was humming a song. (He gives us time to do some example problems so it's OK to hum, I think.) I didn't know the name of it but I knew it was Feist. I hadn't heard it in a long time. After I got home I finally gave in and plugged in my external hard drive to see if I could find it there.

The song was The Park by Feist. It's beautiful but I didn't like it as much when I listened to it. It was better in my head, I think it had a faster tempo.

Here is Feist singing it live:

Bring It

Dear Spring Quarter,

I hope you're prepared to get your ass kicked.

Hugs and Kisses,
Olga

Delta

I flew with Delta last week. In the two domestic flights we had our own personal TVs that we controlled. It was really cool. The safety video that I mentioned in an earlier post featured this lady! I can't believe I was able to find a picture. I said that she looks like Kylie Minogue, doesn't she?
Anyway, so you could watch basically any TV channel or you can pay for movies {they even had Changeling as an option!} you could switch it to the flight information and progress that was very informative. Did you know that when the plane lands it still goes over 200 mph? That's amazing to me considering how fast the plane comes to a stop. Actually, on all four of the flights the landing was not smooth at all.

So, the best thing about the little TV things was that it had games! You could purchase the game package or you can play a trivia game against other passengers for free! It was so awesome on the flight from Atlanta to LA. I played under the name GOUCLA. It was cool because it tells you what other seats are playing. One was within my sight and he kept turning around and glaring at me. I found that I was really good at History questions. I only missed a couple even though they were kind of hard. Not like citizenship questions. All the other ones were really obscure. I knew none of the Music ones except for when they asked about classical, I missed a lot of science questions. They were so dumb. They would ask stuff like who invented blank. I won one game. I was really proud. Everybody playing was really old and they knew answers to all these Music questions that I couldn't get. If Delta wasn't targeting old people I would totally kick their ass. This guy congratulated me, shook my hand and said "Go UCLA!" as we were exiting the plane. I thought it was an awesome idea.

WAY TO GO, DELTA!

Spring Break (part 2) ;-(

The last few days weren't that eventful. We just hung out. Mama dyed my hair with henna twice and I really like it. I don't have a picture of the end product, but I captured the process.
The more I listen to Ayn Rand, the more I think there is a lot of unnecessary sex descriptions. I'm not even 1/3 of the way through the book and it has already made me cry twice. We'll see how much time I'll be able to spend on it this quarter.

The trip was so long. About 40 hours was it? I read an entire book {no joke} on the flight from Moscow to Atlanta. I slept most of the way on the way to Russia, but on the way back I just read. It was about 220 pages and I flew right through it.
I love David Sedaris. There was a baby screaming for her dear life pretty much for the duration of my 11 hour flight on the seat across the isle from me. David made block it out and laugh out loud at his hilarious stories. I admit, some were better than others, but pretty much every story had a line that would crack me up and I'm a silent laugher for the most part.

David Sedaris is going to have a book reading followed by questions at UCLA and I'm super psyched for it. I hope I can make it.

Mama and g-mama sent me off with 2 kg of candy. In case you were wondering, that's a lot of candy. I have pryaniki on the left and assorted candy on the right. 
WHAT?! That's right. That's 2 kg of sweet shit that I am going to devour probably over the period of 2 weeks if that.

The most peculiar candy in that bag is Ptichie Moloko, which translates to Bird's Milk. It's really good and my roommates approve, but it's kind of a weird name. I didn't think it was weird when I was growing up but I had forgotten about it and was reminded of it again this visit.

I was really sad to leave. I'm definitely coming back this summer.