Posts Tagged ‘Snippet of Life’

Snippet of the Day: “Is it me, or is there three turkey outside our door?”

Haven’t done Snippet for a while, but I can’t resist this time.

It was around 8:25 in the morning. I was rushing, hoping to get to San Luis Obispo Museum on time since I promised to volunteer in… oh, 8:30 (Yep, I bike very fast today)

I open the door. I have not spoke a single word yet, since it is morning and my only housemate Lauren is sleeping. I look up.

I blinked.

I blinked.

I spoke the first sentence today.

“Is it me, or is there three turkey outside our door?”




My brain was blank for several moment, if not temporarily short-circuited. It was soon follow by, “Wait, is there four… No, five? Wait, are they really turkey? What the heck are they!?”

Th grayish, thin, turkey bird simply just walk down the tree shrub, completely ignoring me while I try to pick up my jaw up from the ground.

Ah, the wonder of living beneath a mountain and suburban. Mountain Lion on my street the first year. Wild deer, raccoon family with babies, crane, vultures, giant cat and giant fish near Stenner Glenn during second and third year. Then black widow outside the window and five wild turkey first thing in the morning during fourth year…

Next I know, I will see a bear.

Edit: I have not seen a bear in SLO. However, less than a year later, a bear did wandered into SLO, although it was at the other side of the town… Jinx?


Snippet of Life: The Coming of Winter

The first wave of heavy rain is here in San Francisco.
But it’s also the first wave of raining ice!
The sounds of rain has always been a beautiful and heart-lighting melody for me. The ice, however, I would describe as playful. It’s freezing every time I see it, yet every time I look at them with wide eyes and excitement. Time seems to rewind, and I feel like a child again – even though I didn’t play with snow when I was a child. Winter is not my favorite season (Spring is), and snow is in no way related to my children. The only link is that I am an ice skater, but I didn’t started skating until I was a teen.
Yet despite all that, seeing them, hearing them, touching them… somehow creates a joyous emotion in my heart.

Snippet of the Day: Deer outside of my window

The Stenner Glenn cafeteria looks over a lake, and students has been known to stare out for amazingly large, wild animal.

In the 2 years that I have been here, I have seen large wide cats, families of raccoons, duck, giant fishes as long as 3 ft, blue jay, swan, crane, large hawk (I think?), and even vultures.

Yet nothing beats today. 2 large deer, wild and free, right outside, nibbling on grass, less than 10 feet from me.

I really wish i have my camera with me, or at least one of those cell phone with camera function (one of the few times when I care about what function my camera have. Usually, just being able to call is enough) You certainly don’t get that in the city, or even in the suburban area very regularly.

Alas, nothing beats the time when I found a mountain lion was shot a few street from my home during freshman. So much for being safe from wild animals in the city. :D

Updated: My days in the cafeteria has just gotten better. There’s my favorite dessert in the entire world:


I love the Stenner Glenn Cheesecake. They are not like the regular ones, either. They are not cut into pie shape, but into thin square pieces instead. They have some jam-syrup on top, with dark graham-texture chocolate crust. Now, pair them with the Peets tea bag – can you say heaven?

Unfortunately, the topping is cherry this time. I love real cherry, but I hate the artifical overly-sweet cherry toppings with a passion. I will just scrap it off, I guess.

They are also out of Peets tea bags – both the Earl Grey and Breakfast blend. The only one left is a peppermint blend – which I also hate with passion (Mint, Peppermint, and Artificial Cherry all tops on my most hated taste list). They have some Starbuck Tazo tea bag – one peppermint, one passionate. I took the less evil choice – passionate. Still, it’s too sour to pair with the cheesecake.

Fortunately, they have changed into Peets coffee this year. (It used to be just Starbuck coffee and teas). I am going to pair my cheesecake with Peets Sumatra coffee. It will still be a bad match – the coffee is left to stale for too long – but it is be the lesser of all evils

By the way, smooth, rich, creamy desserts like cheesecake are best paired with heavy, well balance, medium roast coffees. The most common choices are Sumatra and Yemen Mocca. If it’s really creamy, then Italian roast or French roast espresso would be a even nicer choice. In cases like cheesecake – which is more toward the smooth, creamy cheese taste, Italian would be better. French would be better for more nutty, fruity desserts.

Snippet of Life: Chair

Dear Blog,

Today, the chair in front of me fell when a girl sat on it.


The school may want to start installing new chair.

Positive side: No one’s hurt, but everyone had a good laugh, fallen girl included.


Snippet of Life: Stenner Glenn = Flood Land. Cal Poly = Soup Cauldon

Stenner Glenn seriously needs to update their drainage system!

I swear, you can pretty much swim pass our building entrance. Well, not really, but you get my point.

I can, however, literally hear screaming. People raining through rain, jumping through puddle, and all that fun stuff.

It’s been pouring this two days.

It was a bit sunny this morning, so I walk to campus without a umbrella.  I have one in my studio on campus, so I wasn’t worry about the trip back.

It was a short walk, so what could happen?

Little did I know what horror awaits me.

I was right between school and my dorm, with no building as cover – and it just pour! In less than 30 minutes, it was raining like no tomorrow. Unfortunately, our school buildings are all very much separated with no covered walkway connected – tempted to find the architect and kick – I was completely drowned in rain by the time I got to my studio. Water was dropping off my hair and glasses. If I swing my head like a puppy dog (which I did), water would splash like you see in TV.

This really goes to show how important the little detail is in construction. It’s not just that the water don’t drain, but the ground is tilted in a way that make the water gather exactly outside of the front entry to the dorms. The ground is not big enough to absorb the water before it turns in a miniature pond.

I am going to swim over to the cafertia now. But worry not, because I have my boots and umbrella this time around.

Snippet of the Life: Death by Work

Dear Blog,

We have a group Powerpoint presentation and an evaluation of our studio design project due tomorrow.

Then an ARCE redesign assigment.

Then our studio design project, which have been our assignment the whole entire first half of the quarter, is going to be due this Friday.

I wants to attend the studio show today at 6, calligraphy workshop on Tuesday, and the AIA (America Institute Association) graphic design presentation workshop/lecture/presentation(?) on Wednesday (Hosted by our very own architecture professor Robert Arens, meaning it’s by an architecture teacher, designed for the architecture student.).

And I still haven’t discuss about my plan for Minor with my counselors

I just suddenlt remember Hades from the Disney version of Herculas: ” You ought to slow down, you’ll work yourself to death… Hah! work yourself to death!”

*Bang head against drafting table, but got hit by the parallel ruler instead*

I know as architecture student, our workload is always going to be like that. I will just have to work even more effectively. Well, time to get working!

Snippet of Life: Lavender sky

Dear Blog,

It started raining on Thursday, pouring on Friday, and drizzle on Saturday. It is evening now, and the rain has stopped temporarily. The sky had turned lavender from the gray, cloudy sky. It looked so surreal, for a moment I wonder if there’s a storm coming(Not that they will ever have a storm in this area). It’s beautiful, yet unsettling at the same time.

Snippet of Life: I am a Coffeeholic

Dear Blog,

I love coffee.

In fact, I am addicted to it. Not drinking will pull me into Coffee Withdrawal, which give me a horrific headach. It’s so bad, I considered attending a CA meeting (CA as in Coffee Anonymous), not that there’s one.

Cal Poly’s Campus Market Julian is much better than the ones they have in the library.

They have Chocolate Cherry flavor.


Coffee Power!!! *Crackle manically, if that’s a word*

Snipplet of Life: Worm

Dear Blog,

For lunch, I had a pancake with syrup, a bowl of chocolate cereal, fried potato, 2 fried eggs, a toasted cinnamon grape bread, Earl Gray tea, and a bowl of watermelon and grapes.

And I can still eat.


Dear Blog, I think I have worms in my body.

Either that, or I am turning into one.


Wait a minute, I am already a bookworm. Maybe I am just mutating.

Snippet of Life: Sundae Bar

Dear Blog,

For the first time since I have been in Stenner Glenn, I have an Ice Cream Sundae Bar to use during dinner.


*Throws confetti and does weird, unknown tribal dance*

For dinner, I had:

A seared filet of fresh Salmon with Lobster-Saffron Sauce (It sounds great, but it really isn’t anything spectacular)

2 steamed Broccoli (Taste horrible, as always)

Warm Ciabatta Bread with butter spreaded by moi

Camomile Tea

A bowl of watermelon and grapes

A small bowl of chocolate cereral, with whole milk, as always

A Strawberry and Vanillia with Pecan Sundae, topped by chocolate sauce, M&M, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and sweet baked apple slices

I am like Allen Walker in D. Grayman! Gotta love my high metabolism!


Now I only need to make up for my lack of sleep, and I will be in Heaven (Only had 3 hours of sleep)

*More weird, unknown tribal dance while laugh like a maniac*