August112013

On uncertainty

Life is scary. There are so many things I don’t know, so many things I hope with all my heart will not change, and so many things I hope will change for the better. But I have no control over anything. It’s just life, but sometimes it hits me harder than usual. 

It’s times like these that teach me more than anything how much I need God. 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” —Psalm 91:1-2

God life 

August32013

On approaching the end of summer

My summer program ended this past Friday, which was really sad :(. I’ve met some truly awesome people and honestly, this has been the best summer of my life. 

photo credit: Shannon Brown Quick

This photo is pretty awesome. Plus I love these people :). (Disclaimer: there are definitely more people in NJC who I love! This is just one example.)

Maybe I should have tried to blog about or at least take photos of my summer adventures, because seriously it’s been a blast. Well, that’s what Instagram was for, I guess!

It’s so weird to think about the fact that in exactly one month, I will be starting school again. Wow. Here’s my itinerary for the next month:

—Finish internship at the Washington Times (Two more weeks!)

—Attend a professional journalism conference in NYC for a few days

—Fly back home to norcal for 2.5 days

—Drive down to socal just in time for mandatory student newspaper training/bonding

—Begin my last year of college! Back to CA friends; the APU townhouse; my two parakeets; my CAR; good Asian food & boba; and being a student, and also taking on the EIC role. 

I’ll be going from being a working journalist in DC at a respected newspaper to being a student again and working at a tiny campus paper. But it’ll definitely still be challenging and fun and although I’m going to miss my DC friends and experiences dearly, this senior year is going to be a blast. Gosh time is just flying by. 

July302013
newsweek:

huffingtonpost:

Guys the Chicago Tribune briefly made the best mistake ever. 

So many tests, so little time.

Oh my God. Is this for real?! hahahah

newsweek:

huffingtonpost:

Guys the Chicago Tribune briefly made the best mistake ever. 

So many tests, so little time.

Oh my God. Is this for real?! hahahah

9PM
Relationships are so complicated these days. 
You really only need the first four options, don’t you think? Any more than that should just be kept private. 

Relationships are so complicated these days. 

You really only need the first four options, don’t you think? Any more than that should just be kept private. 

May232013
shortformblog:

From the Seattle Times twitter page, another view of the bridge collapse in  Washington. Check out more of the Times’ coverage over this way. (via @BreakingTweets)

no fatalities, thank goodness.

shortformblog:

From the Seattle Times twitter page, another view of the bridge collapse in  Washington. Check out more of the Times’ coverage over this way(via @BreakingTweets)

no fatalities, thank goodness.

May112013

About the house

It’s HUGE. There’s 3 floors, a basement apartment, 3 kitchens and 13 people living here. It’s comprised of single rooms and two full apartments that are still part of the house if that makes sense. Here’s a breakdown: 

The basement—1 full apartment with kitchen & bathroom (4 girls).
(The basement apartment has its own entrance so I probably won’t ever see them, but technically it’s part of the same house.)

First floor—1 single room (me), 1 full apartment with kitchen & bathroom (4 guys)

Second floor—2 single rooms (2 guys), 1 bathroom

Third floor—2 single rooms (2 girls), kitchen, washer/dryer, 1 bathroom

There’s also two different outdoor decks/patios, I believe. From one of them you can see the Capitol building and the Supreme Court—and not just from a distance! they’re like right there. 

I LOVE this location—it’s insanely close to the Capitol and it’s such a nice area  :). 

housemates all seem chill too. so far they’re all in their early/mid 20’s and a lot of them work on the Hill for Senators or Congressmen.

the only major con is that there isn’t a rice cooker. boo. I’ll have to see if I can find one at Target or something because I’m pretty sure I need one. 

and also, it’s really hard to not have a car or a rolling shopping cart thing. I need to buy so much stuff tomorrow (hangers, a drying rack, a rice cooker, a huge bag of rice, pillows, a blanket, groceries, etc). but I have to carry it all back by myself using the bus or walking. this is going to require multiple trips out and pretty much all day tomorrow. but that’s what weekends are for though I guess! 

9PM

Day 1 of summer in D.C.

Today it rained and it wasn’t cold at all so I got soaking wet AND I started sweating in my jeans because it was too humid. gross. already missing perfect CA weather :(. 

I was also sweating because I was carrying all these heavy CVS bags while walking home. welcome back to the walker’s life, annie! 

May102013

On leaving for D.C.

This summer, I’m really going to miss: boba, my car, Asian supermarkets, my friends, sweaters, dry heat and not having to wear heels every day. 

But hopefully I will develop great relationships with new people, learn a ton, improve my writing and become a more qualified, confident and equipped journalist. My goal for this summer is ultimately to help me land a job after I graduate next May, whether it’s through new contacts, skills, clips, knowledge or otherwise. I’m ready. 

Goodbye, California! Until August. 

10PM
shortformblog:

If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the story in West, Texas, a lot has happened since the deadly explosion a few weeks ago. Bryce Reed (right), an early responder who was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the incident, was found in possession of components for an alleged pipe bomb. While he has not been charged with anything in connection with the explosion as of yet, authorities have opened up a criminal investigation into the incident since his arrest. As Talking Points Memo reports, he had a shaky personal situation in recent days.
EDIT: Quick clarification — he had pipe bomb components, not an actual pipe bomb. Sorry about that. That’s what I get for trying to write on an iPad.

shortformblog:

If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the story in West, Texas, a lot has happened since the deadly explosion a few weeks ago. Bryce Reed (right), an early responder who was one of the first EMTs on the scene of the incident, was found in possession of components for an alleged pipe bomb. While he has not been charged with anything in connection with the explosion as of yet, authorities have opened up a criminal investigation into the incident since his arrest. As Talking Points Memo reports, he had a shaky personal situation in recent days.

EDIT: Quick clarification — he had pipe bomb components, not an actual pipe bomb. Sorry about that. That’s what I get for trying to write on an iPad.

10PM
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