April 30, 2011

What you've all been waiting for.

I just recently got back from a study session with Puja. We managed to complete two practice math exams and work on our biology worksheet. She and I probably could've accomplished even more if I hadn't kept making stupid arithmetic errors. Besides that, I think I'm going to do well on my AICE Math exam!

Today marks the last day of BEDA 2011 and -- probably -- the last post you'll read from me in a while. I have contemplated essentially 'queuing' or scheduling posts for May. Obviously they would not pertain to specific events, but rather be about movie and book releases I'm looking forward to, songs I've been listening to or pre-recorded vlogs. I'm not sure, though. What do you think?

Last, but not least, here's the stop motion I created of my friends Emilia and Zack! I would love feedback. (I love this Noah and the Whale song, so I flipped out when Shelby had decided to use it for her stop motion to her boyfriend.)

Catch you on the flipside.

April 29, 2011

Dali was eccentric.

I'm finding it hard to translate my entire Dali museum experience into words. Surreal would be a good description, both literally and figuratively, but it's hard to confess how much it moved me. Visually assaulting, I think the phrase our tour guided used was. I stayed completely awed by the scale and immense detail that he achieved in each piece. I have a fresher appreciation of art now. At the gift shop I bought a few postcards, a magnet, a bookmark* and a temporary Dali mustache tattoo. 'Cause I'm cool like that.
After the museum we traveled to Ybor City to eat at Columbia Restaurant, the oldest and largest Spanish restaurant in the United States. The food was delicious, the conversation between friends enjoyable and the decorum breathtaking.
*My mom specifically requested one.

I can hardly believe that April, and thus BEDA, is almost over.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

April 25, 2011

C'mon, grab your friends.

I had a lovely time hanging with and taking photos of Zack and Emilia yesterday. The two have been dating for a little over a year now and I swear, they are just too adorable! Both play ukulele so I asked them to bring 'em and I crawled around in the grass snapping shots. I took 233 photos in total; most of which are going to be used in the stop motion video I'm going to make. I seriously can't think of better way to spend my Sunday afternoon.
(More photos -- plus stop motion -- to come in later posts, I promise.)

See you on the flip side.

P.S. Tonight in J.C. Penney's I overheard a conversation where the lady said, "I hope it's not scrubbed" and I think it's neat how I knew exactly what she was talking about -- the shuttle launch might be delayed. I think anyone not living near the Space Center, though, would have a hard time understanding that localized jargon. Are there any phrases or terms specific to your region, town, state, etc.?

April 24, 2011

Dinosaur picture.

Like Strawberry, I have a terrible headache and I am not up to blogging about my day.

So I'll turn the tables: How'd you spend your Easter, readers?

April 23, 2011

I just haven't met you yet.

My day was ripe with adventure!

Following my study session with Puja at her house in the morning, we drove to the movie theater where we met up with Jackie and Aniesa. We decided to see Hanna. I must say, the cinematography was stunning and the music electrifying, which I guess in part makes up for the lack of a comprehensive plot. The self-proclaimed pansies of the group, Puja and Aniesa, jumped at the "scary" parts and the four of us shared laughs at somewhat inappropriate moments. It's gory and violent so it's not one for the kiddies, but among friends it was amusing and entertaining in a strange way.

Afterwards we trekked to the frozen yogurt shop. It was my first time there and it was divine. I snapped some photos though Jackie refused to be in them.

I went back to Puja's for another study session and then came home. I really should've done history glossary, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Heck, I still can't.

Earlier this evening my mom and went and saw the Yale Whiffenpoofs perform. They interspersed the songs they sang with hysterical comedic bits, including one where they took turns introducing themselves and this one said he was Ron Weasley and double majoring in Transfiguration and Hermione Granger. They performed this, joking about how it was the song that got them eliminated from The Sing Off. They're so, so talented!

Seriously, I've had such an awesome day! I hope everyone is having a great weekend as well.

April 21, 2011

Happy birthday, James McAvoy!

Where has the week gone? (I can say this because I have tomorrow off from school. Three day weekends are the best.)

We're watching the movie Dead Poets Society in English class. I figured if you'd never heard of it, you should watch the trailer, but then I realized it was essentially an ad for Robin Williams and recommend you just read this instead. I like the movie so far.

I was nominated and elected to be President of Mu Alpha Theta (math tutoring organization) next year. I'm a nerd and thus excited by the prospect of this.

I was tagged by the always hilarious Natalie to take this quiz.

What did you do 10 years ago?
Dressed barbies, annoyed my older brothers, and played rec soccer generally.

What did you do one year ago?
This. (Now I'm glad I did BEDA last year too.)

Five snacks that you like?
Goldfish, strawberries, popcorn, salad (does that count?) and Sun Chips.

Five songs which you know the whole lyrics to?
Maybe I'm Just Tired -- As Tall As Lions, Your Ex-Lover Is Dead -- Stars, Read My Mind -- The Killers, Awkward Kisser -- Telekinesis!, and Little Secrets -- Passion Pit.

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire?
Travel to Scotland. Set aside money for my parents. Donate to UNICEF. Visit all the art museums in the world. Save.

Five bad habits?
Saying sorry when it's unnecessary. Correcting others publicly. Putting off homework to the morning. Wasting time on Facebook. Never finishing certain art projects.

Five things you like to do?
Meet people. Write. Read. Create something artistic/creative. Watch movies and TV.

Five things you would never dress in or buy?
Heels (unless my life absolutely depended on it). Short shorts. Bangles. Tube tops. Earrings.

Five favorite toys?

Phone. Wii. Computer. Camera. Can't think of a fifth toy.

Five people I'd like to see taking this quiz?
Anyone that says they will. Don't make me choose just five!

My outfit today:
Dress -- Forever 21, sandals -- Zappos

Have a good weekend!

April 20, 2011

"He's obviously not in AP. He probably can't even spell AP.''

April is an incredibly busy month. It certainly makes blogging every day difficult, but I hope that I've produced reasonably quality blogs given the circumstances. Kayley does have a good point. Isn't this process stifling my creativity? More importantly, though, I've put pressure on you readers to comment every single day and I'm sorry if this has ever turned into a chore. I've done my best to keep the content interesting and comment worthy. If it wasn't either of the two, that's fine; if there's nothing to say, then there's nothing say.

Regardless, I promise to lay off while I'm testing during May. Seriously, I probably won't even touch a computer for the entire month except to watch Biology videos or plan study groups via Facebook. And if I do blog, it will all read as stress because that's what I'll feel. This year the exams I take are important -- they're worth college credit if I pass -- and I am determined to have made it worth my while.

On another note, I received 2nd place and $30 in an Arbor Day art contest! I won third last year for my bottle cap tree. This year, I hand carved the artwork out of dry wall, painted it and added tissue paper for more effect.

April 17, 2011

Don't wake me up.

I finished my glass mosaic of pandas today.
Whatcha think?

This weekend went by WAY too quickly.

April 16, 2011

What if you could see my heart?

Today was a good day. I woke up around eight and then spent time planning a photoshoot with Zack and Emilia. I suggested also creating a stop motion video and hopefully that can be managed. I'm inspired by my friend Karen's beautiful stop motion of Kyle and his girlfriend Mackenzie, but I haven't decided on a song to use. While I like "Oh No, I Tried" by Right Away, Great Captain it may not have the right tempo nor convey the emotions I want. Any ideas?

I went shopping with my mom but otherwise my day has been a cycle of: lazing around, doing homework, repeat. Hurray for weekends!

P.S. I think I'm going to save my full review of The Conspirator for April 25th on Mix Tape so be sure to check that out if you're interested!

April 15, 2011


I just got back from seeing The Conspirator with my mom. It was intensely good! Definitely worth my time, money, and wait. Oh, let's just say I've known that James McAvoy was involved with it for at least a year, maybe two.

I wish I felt coherent enough to write more. Alas, I'm tired beyond wits end. Tomorrow is another day.

Here's some pictures instead.
Wednesday's outfit:
Hair clip -- Forever 21, shirt -- Kohl's, necklace -- Forever 21, skirt -- Forever 21, tights -- Target, shoes -- Wal-Mart, ring -- Forever 21, nail polish -- Forever 21

Today's outfit:
Hair clip -- Forever 21, Sunglasses -- ModCloth, shirt -- Forever 21, tank -- Target, shorts -- Forever 21, shoes -- Shoe Carnival, nail polish -- Forever 21

April 14, 2011

I don't recall a single care.

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water's warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don't recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin

On the night you left I came over
And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders
Our brand new coats so flushed and pink
And I knew your heart I couldn't win
Cause the season's change was a conduit
And we'd left our love in our summer skin

"Summer Skin" by Death Cab for Cutie.
Such a beautiful song.

April 12, 2011


Today was another incredibly relaxed day at school. I spent half my extended art period studying for my AICE Biology exam and the other half trying to finish my glass mosaic. Which reminds me, I submitted a photograph of my mixed media homeless man turned veteran homeless man for a patriotic art contest and won third!

What else happened today? Well, we watched a video about bullfighting in Spanish, reminisced about the 90s in Biology, and, most notably, played Scrabble in physics. 'Twas super fun; mainly because we beat our teacher and upset him, as clearly seen below.
My friend Kaitlin drew these potatoes on the board. The one on the left is Sailor Moon and the one on the right is a panda. It's an elaborate inside joke, but let's just say potatoes, (well, especially mashed), are beloved in our physics class.
Towards the end, rather than just admit defeat, our teacher came up with the word Garageinline, defining it as when you have a garage and your neighbor has a garage and they are both in line. Oh, he's so clever.

April 08, 2011

Florals for spring.

Is it obvious I love these floral shorts I bought from Forever 21?

As my junior year has gone on, I've become increasingly more aware of fashion. This is not a bad thing, except for perhaps my wallet. I used to not put much effort into what I wore, but in my mind it's become important to look my best to feel my best. I still don't wear make-up mainly because it seems like such an unneeded burden. Also, and I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this, that once you wear make-up you can't go back without looking different, and well, not put together? Does that make any sense?

This past week goes in the running for one of the craziest. Monday did not feel like a Monday and then Tuesday and Wednesday for the district tennis tournament could've been the weekend. I wrote about winning my #4 singles quarterfinal match (6-0, 6-3) on Tuesday and that was certainly a high point. When I started my semifinal match at 9:30 at night, however, I wasn't too surprised to lose (1-6, 0-6). Since I lost to the girl who ended up winning 1st in the position of #4 singles, I think I am 3rd overall? It's cliche, but it doesn't really matter to me if I won or not. I didn't cry nor forfeit a match. (Our #1 singles player forfeited her quarterfinal after throwing her racket. Ordinarily it's just a one point penalty but she ran off the court.) It was all about the experience. There's always next year.

My toothpick bridge was a partial success! It held 1,000 grams which awarded me 22 points. This was only one event of several that are a part of something called fizicks phollies in physics class. For instance, I also made paper airplanes, a spool toule, a balloon racer and a container for an egg drop. Depending on your finish in each of the events, you are given a certain number of points. If the teacher takes the best four scores to make a test grade, you ideally want 25 in each event to get a 100. I managed an 89 and I am extremely proud. I put in a lot of hardwork these past few days. Still, I should've done more over spring break. It would've saved me a lot of hassle.

Have a stupendous weekend!