December

I write all of my blog posts in Microsoft Word before uploading them.  They’re organized by month, and when I opened the document for this December, it was blank.  So it’s been awhile . . . Here’s what I’ve been up to.

31 Things I Did In December

1. Saw (finally) the women’s hockey team play

2. Got a piece workshopped in creative writing

3. Ate applesauce

4. Had (not) fun with fugacity

5. Sorted the shared lab drawers for lab checkout (it took hours, and meanwhile, another lab got the task of cleaning the windows)

6. Checked out the COE gear sale

7. Finished Dune

8. Listened to overtime of MLS Cup and heard the New England Revolution lose to the LA Galaxy for a record sixth loss in the finals

9. Studied for four finals to be taken in a span of eight days

10. Took a study break to get hot apple cider (I like it better cold, but I wouldn’t say no to hot apple cider if offered) and donuts in the common room

11. Went bouldering

12. Studied for orgo in crayon

13. Went ice skating (with the band and hockey teams) for the first time

14. Had the fire alarm go off in two separate buildings on two consecutive days

15. Took my fifth exam of the semester in Olin

16. Got banished to the balcony for my last final of the semester (where we couldn’t see or hear the professor)

17. Celebrated the end of finals with (nonalcoholic) drinks and The Sing-Off in Noyes

18. Did laundry the morning of the day I left Cornell for winter break

19. Rode the bus for seven hours and got caught in traffic in upstate New York (there is no traffic in upstate New York) on the way home

20. Watched Jeopardy! (my favorite TV show)

21. Went to a white elephant gift swap

22. Made a Yoda snowflake

23. Watched cooking shows on TV

24. Went to the Christmas Eve service at my church

25. Saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the theater

26. Baked cookies

27. Chopped vegetables

28. Had people over for Christmas lunch

29. Played ping pong

30. Read as many books in two weeks as in the entire semester

31. Wrote this post

The Reveal

I know you’ve all been waiting eagerly for it, so here are the answers, with some commentary, to my Two Truths and a Lie post.  [If you didn’t get a chance to guess the lies and you want to, go here first.]

 

1a) I have been playing the clarinet for more than half my life.

1b) I never learned to play all twelve major scales on the clarinet.

1c) I have been the only clarinetist at a pep band event before.

I started clarinet in fourth grade, so I’ve been playing for ten and a half years now, which is indeed more than half my life.  It is also true that I have been the only clarinet player at pep band events before.  Not that you can usually hear the clarinets (except for this one part in “Call Me”), but it’s the principle of the matter.  It is not true that I never learned all my major scales.  In fact, I not only had to learn the major scales, but also the scale in thirds, scale in fours, variations of arpeggiated scales, and the chromatic scale.  It was totally my favorite part of clarinet lessons. <— That’s a lie.

 

2a) Although I’ve gone to over 30 hockey games in Lynah Rink with the pep band, I have not gone ice skating at Lynah.

2b) I have never pulled an all nighter (to do homework or for fun).

2c) I have never been to the top of the clock tower to see a chimes concert.

I don’t know how to ice skate, so I haven’t tried ice skating at Lynah yet.  I also have yet to pull an all nighter.  I’m more of a morning person than a night person, though this semester may have necessitated otherwise.  However, I have most definitely been to the top of the clock tower and have seen a chimes concert.

 

3a) The hardest class of my first semester at Cornell was Honors General Chemistry.

3b) I have the first 43 elements of the periodic table memorized.

3c) When I came to Cornell I was deciding between majoring in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering.

I do have the first 43 elements of the periodic table memorized.   This is mostly unintentional, like how I know the molar masses of a lot of the common elements, and is due to the past five years of chemistry.  It is also true that I was considering both ChemE and MechE when I came to Cornell.  Intro to ChemE fit nicely into my four-lectures-in-a-row-on-Monday,-Wednesday,-and-Friday schedule, so I took it, enjoyed it, and affiliated two semesters later.  It is not true that Honors Gen Chem was my hardest class my first semester.  That honor would go to none other than Intro to ChemE.

 

4a) When I took Basic Rock Climbing last spring, it was the first time I’d been rock climbing.

4b) I joined Asian American InterVarsity because they were the only Christian fellowship to give me a quartercard.

4c) I played coed intramural soccer last fall and my team made the playoffs.

When I came to Cornell, I was looking for a Christian fellowship, and out of all the fellowship groups on campus, AAIV was indeed the only one to give me a quartercard.  I went to one of their large group meetings and enjoyed it, so I stayed.  The first time I went rock climbing was actually in middle school during a project adventure unit.  The middle school I went to had a rock wall on one side of the gym, and I got to climb it once (the only time I’ve ever seen the rock wall used).  Last fall after a five year break I made my return to competitive soccer and played for my dorm’s coed-intramural team.  To make the playoffs, we had to win more than half our games, but we lost a couple games into the playoffs.

 

5a) I have been known to wear shorts with a long sleeved shirt and two jackets.

5b) At dinner today, I ate cookies and cream ice cream with curly fries.

5c) Umbrellas are my favorite accessory and I always carry one in my backpack in case it rains.

My only comment is that I don’t like umbrellas and I don’t own one.  The other two are true.

 

To summarize: the lies are 1b), 2c), 3a), 4a), and 5c).

1 Post, 11 Days

1. February 19: On Wednesdays after house dinner, the dorm that I live in hosts a professor or guest who talks about their interests/work.  This Wednesday, they had two philosophy professors present arguments for or against the existence of God.

2. February 20: As opposed to the four and a half hours from the previous week, this Thursday I only spent two hours and twenty minutes at office hours for Fluid Mechanics.

3. February 21: I worked a shift for Cornell Productions at the Bear’s Den.  When we got there, we found out there would be a seventeen piece jazz band playing live music for swing dancing.  Good thing we had plenty of time to set up the sound before the event started.

4. February 22: The pep band went to women’s hockey followed by men’s basketball.  We ended up losing both games, hockey 4-3 and basketball 81-75 in overtime.

5. February 23: I took my online macroeconomics quiz twice and did worse the second time.

6. February 24: The beginning of the Week of No Sleep.  It was a fairly typical Monday except that I spent about five hours that night doing physical chemistry homework and reviewing fluids.

7. February 25: Went to Mac’s in Statler to get fried chicken on a waffle with butter and syrup.  I think my carbohydrates and proteins for the day were covered.  Oh, and the fat.

8. February 26: Spent three hours writing up my lab report for physical chemistry lab.  This was after I had already spent a couple hours turning my raw data into results earlier in the week.

9. February 27: First prelim of the semester.  Two and a half hours of Fluid Mechanics.  What better way to spend a Thursday night?

10. February 28: Went to Noyes before the men’s hockey game to do some bouldering.  One of my favorite things about living on West Campus is that the bouldering wall is less than three minutes from my room.

11. March 1: Women’s playoff hockey followed by the last game of the regular season for the men’s hockey team.  The women won 5-3 over Princeton and this happened at the men’s game against Harvard:

It was a good night.