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A girl with inner hope and overwhelming passion for life. Love for literature as an engineer.

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One Week Can Be Like a Century  

2014-07-14 12:03:54|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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This week was supposed to be short since I took a half week off. However, it passed by like a century, not because I was suffering, but that so many different things took place. When you were young, or maybe when you were that type of person who were trying to think behind everything you've noticed, there will be loads of thoughts in your mind that makes life more interesting and occasionally implant the thought that anything is possible.
Monday afternoon, I came up with the thought to submit one of my blog post to a magazine. Since my goal was to be a write eventually, maybe this was the way to start up small, I thought and was rather excited about the fact. Sitting outside in the shade, hearing birds singing and feeling the sunshine, the writing process became much more enjoyable. I sent out the email wishing that I may get a reply hopefully sooner. 
Getting home with bmp to process something at the leasing office. I caught a glimpse of the swimming pool, full of people relaxing under the sun. This reminded me so much of my German girl colleague Julia. Every time she told me that she would head directly to the pool after getting off at 2pm, I imagine that would be so enjoyable. Well, this was the first time that I can at least see what it was like. Yes, time in the pool was fantastic, however, what matters more is what you are doing besides your break. Exhausted by meaningful work, I think, makes this relaxation nicer. 
In the afternoon, we were invited to Shimeng's place for dinner. Besides the fact that we had to climb up a steep slope to get there, that was a lovely place with wooden steps and nice sunshine in the living room. His new roommate was an interesting person who ate Subway four or five times a week and cook only green beans. I guess we were lucky having a chance to taste his cooking. After our watermelon desert, we headed to the Pineview Gym for the pool, where bmp and I competed the table soccer. Pictures like this, was so full of joy that I would like to preserve them for life.
Tuesday morning, when I was working on my paper in the ground floor, Dr. M came to say hi. It was nice talking with him about future research and just to some recent thoughts. Conversations with him always gave me the feeling that I was respected and appreciated, which I had missed for so long, after college. Was it a good thing to have, or was it due to the fact that I was going down the hill? He told me he actually started thinking where to arrange my seat already, which took me closer to my future mountaineer life. 
The world up game at 3pm was sad since Brazil lost 7 goals towards Germany. I was bored in the end. It was nicer to have two excellent teams playing against each other than one severely  beaten by another.
Dinner before my departure was at the Golder Coral. We called  several friends to start with, but surprisingly ended up with a big crowd of 11 people. Zhoujie and his wife joined with Cookie as well. During the dinner, speaking of H1B, when I said that I don't like it as there were lots of disadvantages that came with it, someone said that you can not say this, unless you have the choice. This, though no big deal, but somehow I felt offended. Coming to WV next year, maybe this was a sacrifice for love, maybe an escape way from the current not-so-fullfilling work life, but was definitely a sign of incapability in some people's eyes, the opinion of whom I probably won't care, but cannot avoid being offended. That's why this decision, as bmp said, I had to take seriously and make a final one without being regretful or wondering about the alternative afterwards.
The night walk in the yard was refreshing. The storm created a dark sky with clouds of different interesting shapes and colors. In the distance, it seemed that there was a door in the sky with sunshine shining through. That reminded so much of hopes. Yes, hopes in the fact of darkness. Never to lose hope. Again, I had to say goodbye unwillingly with our farewell early next morning.
I shared with bmp, someone said that today was miserable, tomorrow would be miserable, the day after tomorrow would be miserable, but the next day after that would be wonderful, however most people died at the night of the day after tomorrow. Bmp said that we should live life in the sense that everyday would be wonderful, regardless of our financial status and what happened at work. That was the man I love. Yes, to explore the wonderful part out of everyday.
Wednesday morning, I drove back to office with the thought that I would never go back to Morgantown before my official enrollment in WVU. Somehow, that short conversation with that guy the night before, made this decision easier. I told myself, no matter what choice I made eventually, I will make it worthwhile, trying my best.
Arriving in the office, with two of my colleagues away, it was as usual but a little bit more empty. Not much progress over my project especially with the customer in slow-motion. My project manager was too busy dealing with them or shooting them an email even. It was a little bit subtle being a project assistant sometimes, since you always need to be aware what was going on and take actions when needed without stepping on the manager's toes. So you ended up with the necessity to always remind someone of a higher rank of what to do, which in my eye, was not so interesting and not what an engineer or scientist should get used to be doing.
However, I learned to be patience knowing that at this point, in a company environment, it was not like in school and my personal aggressiveness cannot change the pace of everyone only making myself disappointed sometimes. This made me feel better. As long as I did my part, it is wise to ignore the negative part. As my boss said, life is all about alternatives.
Thursday afternoon, I had to attend a teleconference for my boss since he needs to be away for a while. What supposed to be just an update meeting turned out way longer than expected due to a catastrophic system failure. Everyone was busy figuring out the cause and solution so it was hard to interrupt and guide them to give any type of update. Sometimes, when people were so deeply immersed into technical details and being stubborn, it was hard to pull out. Therefore, I sat there and listened to all the crazy details, having no idea what they were messing around with. Though wondering what can I do to provide some form of guidance, I stopped myself from doing so due to the fact that it won't be taken well given my authority. Finally, boss came and I gave the update. He told me that he had no idea either and ended our part mentioning that they should submit a ticket getting support from corporate and technical lead first thing in the morning. We left the meeting afterwards. I cannot change the fact that I wanted to leave early but was not able to due to this meeting with short notice. However, when my boss expressed his appreciation of my staying overtime to do so, this reminded me that in previous lab, this type of devotion was sometimes taken for granted.
Friday was a crazy day, more than we would expect. While two of the top guys were rescuing the onsite team from that catastrophic failure yesterday, the conversation developed somehow negatively. One of the guys over there who was technically capable was talking very loud and full of emotions which left a negative impression on the customer side. Even over the phone, I can feel the hyper in his voice. My boss, who reminded him in a friendly way at first, had no other option but to point out that he seriously don't like the way that he didn't show emotional intelligence in time of this. He ended the call later and left office with the F word commenting " kids, you know!". During the troubleshooting process, I even heard that guy singing as he sometime do in the office. Small things, maybe not small to some extent, shapes the impression and in the long run, definitely affects how far you can go. For in things like this, characters are shown and destiny will be created in a certain way eventually.
This weekend was the World Cup weekend and I went out with friends for both the games Holland Vs Brazil and Argentina Vs Germany. The first one we watched in a German pub in Newport-Hofbrauhaus, famous for its beer brewing, as you can tell from the name, dozens of years ago, only members can drink beer there, now of course anyone who has money to do so. That game, the winner was Holland without any questions and we really didn't watch much but spend mostly of time studying the menu and enjoying the food there. The Sauerkraut Balls, pork cutlet and the roasted pork shrank which were only available after 5pm. After the game, we escaped the cold air in doors and went out for a walk. Followed with my first bowling experience, I had a great time though apparently not so good at it. However, I like to experience in real life what I can only watch on time before. Then three of them went to the pool and I sit besides a bar talking with a girl who was previously studying in Japan and moved here for PhD in aerospace engineering a year ago. She was not very talkative but definitely open to conversations if you start it first. She shared her easy and comfortable graduate study life in Japan and future concerns about a PhD life here. Apparently, she didn't like many aspects of life in US. We dreamed about different choices, especially the laid-back lifestyle in Europe. We all come here with a vague American dream, but only learned later that this world was huge and we knew little about life in US before. This is a land of opportunities, but also a land with less leisure time for most people. I was startled when she told me that a black man went into her living room after her return from China and was still having jet-lag. Luckily, he left after she told her to get out. How dangerous was this for a girl living alone. I was so concerned. I can only imagine how afraid she was at that time. She was even more disappointed when she told me that Japan was extremely safe and she had no problem hanging out after 1am at night. We all had dreams, but at this point, they've all become so vague and we sometimes felt lost. However, one thing was for sure that we would work out way out. That night ended at 11pm. I headed back to Yongkun's apartment but had to leave reluctantly eventually for something I left at home. Also, I have work to do for HJ the next morning. Though not willing to do so, I had to leave for home.
Saturday game, though I was somewhat debating on whether I should go or stay at home to manage all the things that need to be done, Since the World Cup Final is once every four years, I eventually went out despite the storm on my way to Yongkun's apt. We arrived at the Buffalo Wild Wings to meet with Gaoxiang and her husband Maomao. They were a great couple to go out with. We tasted four kinds of flavored wings while watching the game. With big screens all over the room, this place was perfect to watch games, way better than the German pub yesterday. I was up for Argentina, more for their team shirt and capital Messi. What's even better was that there were lots of Mexican people there cheering for Argentina and I was therefore more comfortable since my colleague told me Friday afternoon that I cann't even walk into the German bar  if I was up for Argentina. Great game, I like those when two strong teams play close. No one has scored during the whole time and unfortunately, Germany had one goal during the extra time. Argentina lose and I felt bad for them, especially when seeing the facial expressions of their team members, especially Messi's.  None of them was happy for the second place and wore the serious look all the time until leaving the field, which made me feel even more pitiful. They played pretty well to prevent Germany from scoring during the whole game and had several close goals which might have brought them to be the winner. However, I also understand their stand to compete for the first place as  soldiers in a soccer war.Anyway, I was gonna buy their team shirt and watch Messi play in his club during other games, on my way to become a real soccer fan. They were the hero in my mind though I know Germany will probably win. 
The night ended after my workout, cooking spaghetti with scallops and my continued writing- leftovers from last week and new things for this week. My recent blog has been somewhat too long as I was trying to record potential details to be savored later. Please bear with me.
Time to go to bed. Good night my friends. 
My favorite team will shoot for the winner after four years.
It was marvelous how things change. A game can define a world winner, only a 120 min thing, with so many uncertainties and so many definiteness.
Told you. a week can be as long as a century. 


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