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Monday, August 1st, 2005
2:58 pm
India
yo yo yo I'm in India. I've been here almost a month now and i'll be here for the next 8 months. so...if anyone's planning a jaunt to south asia, let me know.
I'm living in Chennai, which is the biggest city in the south. I'm really loving it here...every day is really exciting and new. I'm working at a small independent publishing house and we put out handmade silk screened children's books and novels. I'm working with a bunch of Indian writers and artists. I live in an apartment and take bucket showers and do bucket laundry. I shop at the corner market for vegetables and cook indian food every morning. craziness. who knew my life could change so drastically so fast? Yesterday I went to a concert of tradiational Baul musicians from West Bengal...they all used instruments i've never seen before. This week I'm going to Bangalore on a "business trip" with two of my coworkers...we're going to visit bookstores that carry our books there...and check out the crazy IT scene.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
7:58 pm
India
So in July I'm moving to Madras, India for a year. I'm going to be working in an independent publishing house called Tara Books. They support and put out a lot of emerging Indian writers and artists and need help marketing their stuff to the rest of the world...which is where a westerner like me comes in. But it's cool, i'll get to learn all about the publishing business and international business in general...while getting paid to live in and travel around India. Should be good...I graduate late June, will be home for a month, and then am off until May 2006. I'm wondering what other people are doing next year...
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
12:27 am
well, um, yeah
i was in new york city and boston for a while last week interviewing for jobs. i'm basically applying to everything i am remotely interested in for next year so i'll have something to do that pays me. i want to work internationally eventually. if i'm in the states next year it will be in a big city on the east coast...either boston, new york or DC. it is cold here. on friday it will be a high of -5. i have to suck it up for my last midwestern winter. i am a tough woman. i am holed up writing my 2 theses, starting a unite for sight chapter at carleton, taking a modern dance class to instill some gracefulness in me and learning to cook good meals. that's the news from minnesota.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
10:44 pm
home for a bit
I'm home for the last real vacation of my life. This winter break I'm spending at home, working on my thesis and researching jobs for next year. Right now I'm thinking I'll probably end up either in Boston, NYC, DC or San Fran...there's also the possibility of Thailand but we'll see. Everything in my life is up in the air right now. I graduate in June and then it's a blank slate once again. It's both scary and exhilarating at the same time. More and more I feel like just letting life tumble me where it will.

If you're around the Bay Area from now till New Year's, drop me a line...
Friday, October 22nd, 2004
4:21 pm
12 days left...
I went to a Kerry rally last night in Minneapolis. There were a lot of people there but I'm nervous for the election. Minnesota is definitely a swing state...totally equally divided. Bush and Kerry have both been in Minnesota in the last week trying to get those undecided voters. People at Carleton are going crazy canvassing and trying to get people registered to vote. It should be exciting...here are some pictures from the rally.





Saturday, October 16th, 2004
2:08 pm
Fall at Carleton
Here are the gorgeous fall colors...this was last weekend when it was still warm. Now it's cold and gray and more leaves have fallen.

Sunday, October 10th, 2004
1:00 pm
Attempting to load pictures...
So I've never posted pictures on livejournal before but I just found out how to do it. So here are a couple pictures--one of me and lizzie before the martin sexton concert in the cities and one of me and my housemates at our Rock Star party.



Sunday, September 26th, 2004
11:33 pm
life
the wireless is barely working. i'm stealing the signal from the house across the street. i'm at carleton and it's been crazy ever since i got here. crazy and normal at the same time. i turned 21 on wednesday and for some reason the whole school knew it...basically insanity ensued. it's all good though, i think i've partied enough for the rest of the term in the past couple weeks. time to crack down on my IR thesis which I'm doing this term on guerilla warfare and terrorism policy....should be interesting. actually the paper's already written, i just have to revise it.
when i have a stronger signal I'll attach pictures because i finally got a digital camera. rock!
Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
9:48 am
Back home for a bit
I got home from Guatemala last night. I was there for 2 weeks working as a scrub nurse in a hospital in the rainforest. It was fun. I got to assist in the removal of a large hernia from a large lady and literally get a lot of blood and guts spilled on me. My main job was to pass instruments to my mom during eye surgeries and help her out. I even got to put a stitch in someone's eyeball. None of this made me want to be a surgeon, but it was great to be making such a difference. As a team of 35 or so doctors and nurses, we saw over 1500 patients in 10 days and gave healthcare to people who would never have it otherwise.
Outside of the hospital I made some friends with some guatemalan doctors (it paid to know spanish) and went to a town dance celebrating the acension of Mary...but it was really just a party for the village that went till 3 a.m. and involved dancing to elvis with a teenage boy, Alfonso.

So now I'm home and all I really want to do is hang out in san francisco. Anyone down? I'm home till Sept 1.
Sunday, June 6th, 2004
1:32 pm
home
I'm home till Thursday...anyone around?
Saturday, March 27th, 2004
2:34 pm
spring break craziness
Hi friends,

Well, it's been another month since my last livejournal update...I definitely neglect this thing. I'm currently in my sister's dormroom at Yale and I'm leaving tomorrow to fly back to school. Classes start monday and I'm not looking forward to them, although I'm taking a lighter course load this term (if you consider organic chemistry and genetics "light") with 2 classes instead of 3. I'm looking forward to it being spring though, it's always the best term of the year.

My spring break consisted of 4 days in NYC, 4 days in DC, another night in NYC and 3 nights in New Haven. I've been traveling a lot on trains/ghetto busses named "Vamoose"/cabs/subways with just me and my green backpack. i looked like such a typical college student vagabond. My break was a lot of fun; not exactly as relaxing as it would have been to go home, but really worthwhile because I managed to see a ton of people I haven't seen in a long fucking time. It was nice to connect with old friends and family and see what people are up to these days. I also didn't have to pay for housing anywhere because I just crashed at friends' places everywhere I went so here's a shout out to neta, kendra, elizabeth, my sister and her 5 suitemates and the crazy NYC apartment lady for putting up with me.

Well, it's a beautiful day in New Haven so I'm going to go for a run. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing this summer. It's very likely that I might end up doing research at Stanford, which would be interesting. I'm not sure if I can handle being at home for such a long stretch of time. If that happens I'm definitely taking the last 3-4 weeks off and traveling somewhere like South America. Anyone want to come?

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, February 28th, 2004
11:02 am
interpreter of maladies...
is a great book. I'm writing a paper on it for my english class right now.
I love carleton and all, and don't get me wrong, I don't regret going here, but winters here just suck so much. I haven't had a good winter term here and I think this one was the worst. It might have had to do with the fact that a lot of my friends were off campus, I was taking organic chemistry, and I was holed up working all the time, never sleeping and it was too cold to go outside and do anything. Sad huh? I can't believe there's only 2 more weeks left in this term, though, and I'm really excited about my spring break plans. I think it's going to be really great, and I'm particularly excited about visiting my sister at school. I've gotten a lot closer to her since I left for college, and really in the last few months too...she's maturing really quickly now that she's away from home.
Last night I went to a party at this guy's house for American Studies majors, even though I'm not one. Seriously, I think American studies is one of the lamest majors out there...it's basically for people who want to take classes in every single discipline but not really focus on anything. The people there were really lame too...I looked around the room and realized why there are so many sexually frustrated and socially awkward people at this school.
Ok, gotta get back to work. Maybe more procrastination later...

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, February 12th, 2004
1:55 am
spring break
So I'm going to be in NYC from march 17-21 with the fam. Then I'm going down to DC to visit kendra/neta, cousins, school friends until the 25th or 26th...then back up to NYC for a night or two if anyone wants to meet up, then heading to New Haven to visit Laura until the 28th. If you'll be in those cities at those times, let me know and we can party.
Monday, December 15th, 2003
10:23 pm
oh my god
So today I was introduced to and shook the hand of Dr. James Watson...as in Watson and Crick, the guys who discovered DNA. SO EXCITING!
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
1:47 pm
home for a while
So home has been nice for relaxation purposes...I've definitely gotten my fill of good food and sleep. I have a job now at Anthropologie which is making me get up in the morning which is good. Other goals for this break: work on fellowship application, study some organic chemistry (my impending doom), read some good books and get bored enough so i'm excited to get back to studying in cold-ass northfield.

Thanksgiving was nice. We had no family present because my mom's half sister decided she wanted to make her own turkey and we were having none of that so we both made turkeys and ate at our respective houses. My grandma decided to stay in Las Vegas with her new piano teacher boyfriend, BeJon (pronounced Bee-Jean (all french-like))...I think he's ukranian or something. yeah, weird. They are both tightwads and he's afraid to fly so the combination led them not to fly here for Thanksgiving and they went to a 2 for 1 dinner special they saw available downtown. no comment.
Thursday, November 20th, 2003
9:04 pm
get me out of here
I just want to leave. i hate finals. I've been stuck inside studying for so many hours on end I've lost count...I'm dreaming of thanksgiving, california, getting away from this depressing place. ok, i'm exaggerating, but nothing good is going on here right now. I hate this point in the term. Overall this hasn't been the greatest term...no real highlights. A lot of depressing shit. and i'm fucking things up with jake cause I keep putting it off and not caring which is pretty bitchy of me. oh well.
Saturday, November 8th, 2003
1:14 am
it's that point in the term...
when i feel like i just want to leave and go out and live in the real world.

carleton gets way too clausterphobic sometimes. i feel like i'm using my brain really intensely all the time...i never watch tv, watch movies, just tune my brain out...

i need to go home. i need to get out of this 2000-person world in which i'm sick of everyone because i know them each so well...

i'm drunk. goodnight.
Saturday, November 1st, 2003
10:01 pm
halloween
I was a period for halloween. Yes, a period...like menstruation.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2003
12:17 pm
terminator = antichrist?
Ok, I can't just not write an entry about how insane it is that Arnold Schwarzenegger (or however you spell it) is our new governor. And he won by a LOT too. What is wrong with you californians? Did you all send in your absentee ballots?
Man...
Well, I'm sitting here kind of braindead, chomping on some granola and listening to lester young. I had a calc II midterm this morning at 8:30 AM and I've had research papers and a ton of other work for other classes due lately so I've been getting negative sleep. I finally have a little break in my work schedule so I think I'm going to take a nap and go swimming this afternoon.
So...last week it was in the 30's and 40's and I was getting depressed about winter already being here and today it's 82 degrees outside. The leaves are all changing and it's absolutely gorgeous. Taylor and I went for a walk in the arb yesterday and played on the bank of the river and tormented a little frog we found. It didn't even feel like I was at carleton, it was so incredibly beautiful.
I have digital pictures of my Guatemala trip but somehow I totally missed out on the whole how to put pictures on livejournal thing and I don't know how to create a website to put my pictures on and link it or whatever. If there are simple instructions, someone let me know.
Things are going well here outside of classes. I feel like I'm in a really comfortable spot socially...almost too comfortable. I feel like I need to meet some new people. I love my friends but I need some variation. I think I'm going to start hanging out with rebekah and some other china people more.
I'm trying to figure out what i want to do over winter break. I have this bad feeling that I won't be able to get a job, just cause the economy sucks and whatnot. I wanted to go to Cuba with Ben and Gates but they're not being very organized about it so I doubt that'll happen. There's also this $245 non-stop ticket special from SFO-London right now...very tempting, but I don't think I'd really want to go alone.

Black Eyed Peas are coming to St Olaf saturday night so I think we're gonna go to that...good times. ok, i'm sick of writing.
Monday, September 22nd, 2003
2:30 pm
who cares?
Being 20 is so anticlimactic I can't even explain it. It's a monday, it's rainy and cold and I have a lot of work. On saturday I celebrated my birthday with ben, whose birthday was on saturday. Our friends threw us a party at Casa, where my friend Ivie lives. It was a spanish theme so everyone made a different tapas dish and we had sangria and everyone was dressed up. It was so much fun. The night was crazy after that, way too much partying. It involve going to a random wedding reception in northfield with Jake and abusing their open bar...it's a funny story but I'm too lazy to tell it.

Current Mood: apathetic
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