Friday, October 27, 2006

Minor Update ( I'm busy bulking up )

It's a miracle that I actually made time for this. I've been so busy for the past week. The hard work I'm putting into my body is actually paying off. It's been 8 days since I've started working out after months of inactivity. The latest: 1 inch wider chest, 1/2 inch thicker biceps. And I've gained 6 pounds. Awesome!! Just... don't talk about water retention. Don't be a killjoy.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I'm finally back in the game

Dear friends, fans, strangers,

I've finally got my act together. The last 3 days have been incredibly productive. Celebrating that won't be nearly as fun until you have some background.

For the past few weeks, I've been trying to live out the childhood that I feel like I never had. For a while, all I did was eat junk food throughout the day and sit on my butt playing video games or watching movies. There were some "I-missed-class-to-veg-out" incidents, but hopefully that's not happenning again anytime soon. It's been 17 days since I started this madness and I can't take any more of it.

On friday I woke up with one thing on my mind:

public class HelloWorld{
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println("Hello World");
}
}

It's... a simple Java program that spits out the message "Hello World" on the console.1 I was somehow inspired by that and since friday morning, I've gotten a lot done. Homework, email, sorting out junk in my room, finding funny shapes in clouds - all that. Perhaps most importantly, I caught up on sleep. "Hello World," here comes the new and improved Manju!2


1 In the programming world, the path to learning any new language begins at that example.

2 Wasn't there a show called "Boy Meets World"? Just warning you that this blog has nothing to do with that.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Generally joyful life

Just got back from a total body workout fit for a true superhero. I can feel all ~600 of those damned things right now. Thank goodness for Jones Green Apple Soda. That's stuff's been my newest obsession after Coca Cola's Full Throttle (Fury) and caffeine pills - not that I'm dependent on any of those things to keep me awake. Let me explain.

Lately, I've had this magical feeling that a young man gets about a certain, very lucky young woman. Only, I don't know who she is or whether it's even about a human being. Don't get any stupid ideas. You know what you were thinking. But I'm talking about a particular abstract personification of the University of Washington that took shape in my mind a while back.

I envision this incredible place as a vibrant, confident young woman just bursting with intelligence and charisma. Just being here is like being with the love of your life - the sense of time here is so distorted. Everything that makes up this institution - from the architecture of the buildings to the unbelievably lively student body - is perfect! There just happens to be no reason to go to sleep anymore. Although today's workout has certainly taken it's toll on me. I really think I'll sleep like a baby tonight. Good night, oh wonderful world.

Export more trippy, endorphin-high writing in the future. UW has made all my dreams come true and I hope to God that I will never forget the awesome memories I make here. I'm going to be so love-drunk for the entire time I'll be spending here.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Love - Definition 7


I have this feeling inside of me. I can't describe it properly using words even though I've been trying for years now. From what I understand about the world, this feeling is commonly referred to as "love." Sometimes, "nostalgia" seems like a more appropriate choice. It's the feeling that you get when you stare into a dewdrop on a blade of grass, or when you lie outside in a big open field, watching the stars on a clear night. It's like walking through a glamorous city like New York - alone, with nobody around. It's like standing on top of some misty mountain looking down on a still, clear lake. It's all of those things combined.

Whatever it is, there is no good way to describe it. I'm not much of an artist but I this is the best I could do to represent what I feel.
A full-sized version can be found in my deviantART gallery.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sleepless in Seattle

I have never watched the movie "Sleepless in Seattle," and this has nothing to do with it. But I thought the title would be appropriate for this post - because I'm sleepless in Seattle.

Ever since I've started my new life here at the University of Washington, sleep doesn't happen that often in my life anymore. It's not like I had a good amount of sleep each night before I came here, either. But for some reason, I can't get myself to sleep at a proper time ("proper," here, means before 12 AM). Last week was the worst yet.

I woke up at 5:30 on Friday morning on three hours of total sleep from the past 2 days. Then I went on a 4 mile walk + 2 mile run. Then the day went by as usual. I met up with friends at around 4 and went bowling. After dinner, we watched movies until about 1 in the morning. With nothing better to do, we stayed up talking until 3 in the morning when we all decided to go get some sleep - everyone except me. I walked around a bit - I love the world at night - and got back home at 5:30 on Saturday (yesterday) morning. The scary thing is that I felt completely awake. I knew that that wasn't right and I forced myself to sleep. But I was right back up at 10 in the morning. As much as I would have loved to sleep in the whole day, I was up until 1:30 last night.

I need to start keeping a sleep log or something. If I could only find out what's keeping me awake... I think the main reason I can't go to sleep on most days is due the feeling that the day was somehow "incomplete." But I do plenty of things each day - I'm a college student at one the best universities in the world! How could my day be "incomplete?" That reminds me of reason #2: "I'm too excited to go to sleep." It might sound a little childish, but there's some truth to that statement. I think Coca Cola's Full Throttle "energy drink" might also be to blame. Energy drinks usually have no effect on me (Red Bull actually puts me to sleep). But Full Throttle is different somehow. But I've only had 2 or 3 of those so far.

Whatever the reasons may be, the fact is that I'm "sleepless in Seattle." At this point, I'm worried about myself. Really, really worried. But I think writing down how I feel helps. I think I'll have better sleep tonight. Hopefully, I can do something productive today.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I've been wanting to blog for quite a while

To be honest, I never really had any interest in periodically updating a web page with everything that happens in my life. But lately, I've been thinking about keeping a journal of sorts. I mean, most people consider that to be a "girlish" thing to do. But there are some damn fine masculine blogs out there (sexual connotations not intended, of course). As I was saying, I've finally made up my mind about starting a blog. Obviously, you're reading the first post! I suppose that was today's minor detail. I'll throw in a bonus:

You might be wondering what an "AverageLife" is. Me too. I'm really not excited by the fact that blog titles are confined to a certian number of characters. Oh well, that limitation served a purpose. You've got your bonus. And I think I'm done for the night. Good night, oh wonderful world. Let tomorrow be another unique, refreshing day - just like today, and the day before that, and the day before the day before that.