July 30, 2009

You carry me all the way home when my ankles are as sprained as my soul.

I just encountered a baby cockroach in the bathroom and my fear of them is so immense, I dared not even kill it because I thought it might have wings, fly up and get on my face. I stood there poised with a bottle of shampoo until it scurried under the door. Now I don't want to go back there since I know it is still alive. Goo-rah, I hate, hate, hate living in Florida for this reason alone. Of course, I'm doomed to think this perhaps irrational fear will follow me to the grave; cockroaches would survive nuclear destruction, right?

Anyway, I'm jittery and exulted for school to be starting in less than two weeks. This fall will be exceptionally hectic as my brother applies to colleges and scholarships. I really don't know what the school year will hold, so long as I can go through it with the good friendships and work ethic I've already established, there shouldn't be too much throwing me for a loop. I'm still an underclassmen, but I know the majority of the juniors and seniors. There will probably be feelings of loneliness on my part as everyone else can drive with their licenses and I'm still not eligible for a permit yet. I will know more than a handful of the incoming freshmen and I shall hope I don't resent having taken this required PE course now instead of last year when you're urged to do so. I look at it this way though, had I taken the class then, I wouldn't have been able to do art and create my turtles drawings and enjoy that as much as I did. And that, my friends, would've been devastating.

I'm still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, although, I'm not very far. I think Nikki will have to go see the movie with merely her dad and that saddens me. Perhaps we'll get to hang out some other time before school. We're the worst planners ever, if you didn't guess so. Ooh, I just remembered good news, my high school is playing hers for its homecoming! I'll get to see her majorette, hurrah! [Mentioning homecoming reminds me of this girl in one of my advanced core classes last year, asking me, dead seriously, if the homecoming game was home or away.]

I want to go to the beach.

July 27, 2009

Head first.

Literally. Here's a lovely self-portrait of myself I have recently made. I know, the right eye looks mighty strange. This is a sketch of a photo I had taken almost exactly a year ago. My hair looks short although it wasn't truly, just tucked behind my back enough and my nose is downright huge! The latter I have no excuse for besides bad luck when it came to genetics.

My past few days haven't been so eventful, yet I wasn't on here much. I read a few blogs, though. It's probably hard to tell I did that because I didn't comment. Do forgive me.

Nikki wants to go see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this upcoming weekend and that means more of a time crunch to read at least books four through seven. It sounds like a challenge, and one I'm up for, so long as I don't become absorbed in Animal Crossing. [The boosts to my ego it has given me, oh my. I catch a big fish or a huge beetle and -- *beat boxes*]

Okay, had an attention problem there. Back on track: The video game is tons of fun and it makes me feel accomplished. I'm sure that's how most addictions go, no?

Oh, and our neighbors have invited my family over for a barbecue either this weekend of the one after. They have a underground pool, [after my brothers, dad and I invested a lot of time and effort into set up their above ground one] a small-ish basketball court and two huge brown labradors named Donatello and Leonardo. Yes, after The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the same name. They're pretty rad. Scare the whatever out of me sometimes, but pretty rad.

I cannot wait to wear these dresses my mom had saved from the eighties to school. I tried them on this morning and was even more elated.

This is more a fall-type dress and thus will save the whole look of it for another time.

You know what I realized after careful calculations? Only seventy four more days until my birthday. Woot, woot!

July 24, 2009

Six different ways inside my heart.

I couldn't resist using that song lyric from The Cure, even though these are six things that are making me smile, not necessarily that I love. I was tagged by Kait.

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1. Smart, Funny, Hot, Scottish Actors
James McAvoy was an obvious choice, but it's not just him. Just because I have a whole calender dedicated to his smart, funny, hot, Scottish self, doesn't mean I must be exclusive. Ewan McGregor, for which my whole family can attest I have liked ever since my pre-pubescent days when he was Obi Wan Kanobi in Star Wars, has also been making me smile wide. Luke Skywalker never did it for me. Lastly, Gerard Butler. He's starring in The Ugly Truth, opening tomorrow, and Gamer, coming soon. He was also The Phantom in the The Phantom of the Opera (2004.) So, yes, he can sing, too! "Music of the Night" has been my lullaby as of late.

2. Books
Does this need much explanation? I love all the stories and every time I look over to see how many more I have waiting in the queue, it makes me happy. Very happy. Even if one book doesn't inspire me, I know there's another one I can dive into.

3. Photography
Mine, yours, your aunt's, your uncle's, Ansel Adams, famous, not famous, new, old, you name it, it has me smiling.

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4. Animal Crossing
Many hardcore gamers *ahem* my brothers *ahem* despise this game. You live in a town amongst other animals and do whatever it takes to pay off the loan of your house. There isn't much an objective, it is very open-ended. You can fish, catch bugs, collect seashells and harvest fruit to your heart's content. The first version, was popular with my mom until our Nintendo GameCube kicked the bucket. Recently I have become an avid player of the Wii Version, City Folk. I caught a hammerhead shark and was able to put it in my pocket! Ha, who said it had to be entirely realistic?

5. Kai got all her dino postcards!
I had sent them over the past week or two and now she's IMing me to say the picture is complete! I'm glad I've made her happy and she's obviously thrilled. Now if only I could find my drawing pad with my fairies picture... I hope my friend isn't too mad if I don't give it to her exactly on her birthday, which is tomorrow. Hmm, I'll have to conduct a more extensive search when I'm done with this. That or start over. I was bummed when my 3D versions turned out less-than-stellar and I think I'll resort to 2D.

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6. United States Space Program/NASA
Not too long ago, people celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo space missions to the moon. My mom, the lucky duck, was able to see all said launches from her front yard. Although I've seen the majority of shuttles go off, I imagine it was not quite as a dramatic. I mean, Apollo was going to the moon, and everyone, across the country, was excited and watching with their or their neighbors small black-and-white television sets. I watched a few programs that were made in honor of this unique anniversary and let me tell you, I was moonstruck, pun intended. I hastily researched/Wikipedia-ed as much as I could about the Orion space missions, that will hopefully, finally, take man to Mars!

I tag: Anyone and everyone. :]

July 22, 2009

Oh, it's the little things you miss.

My past few days have consisted of reading, trying to gather up enough enthusiasm to draw or paint, playing tennis with my brothers, listening to music and cleaning.

I have a mountain-high stack of books I wish to read before summer is over. If my calculations are correct, though, I'd have to read at least one a day. [School starts for me on August 10th.] Don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty fast reader, but I'm not sacrificing being able to do other things. The latest book I've read, Three Little Words, is really well-written and inspires me to volunteer my time with social services. It's about a girl who in nine years, goes to fourteen different foster homes after her mom couldn't take care of her, and dad's been out of the picture since the start. At one home, the caregivers were anything but caring. They abused the kids and then made them deny that they were. Eventually, the girl has a better home. I don't want to spoil too much in case you wanted to read it. The author is Ashley Rhodes-Courter.

Yesterday I went outside and despite the blistering heat, took close to a hundred photos. Lately, I have been experimenting with lighting and I've always loved manipulating the angles.

July 20, 2009

Take me to Scotland.

EDIT: This is not the same picture of McAvoy I originally had. I am disappointed that the contributor of it on photobucket decided to delete or move it. This is the not-as-good substitute.
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*from photobucket.

July 17, 2009

Graveyard shift.

This is going to have to be quick. My mom has recently declared my bedtime is midnight and I'm already a measly fifty-eight minutes away from that. Yikes!

Today was a good day. I got to hang with Nikki and her sister for several hours this afternoon. We watched a few episodes of the HBO off-beat comedy, Extras. Essentially, the show is centered around two characters who take jobs as extras in movies with famous, actual celebrities, i.e. Orlando Bloom, Daniel Radcliffe. It is hilarious. I'm glad my brother had bought the DVDs. We also watched Starter for 10 because my friend's sister, Dani, hadn't seen that funny film which stars James McAvoy. Then we played this never-ending, quite confusing card game. So much fun, so many laughs.

I also have a big confession to make: I have not read all the books in the Harry Potter series. To amend this, I plan to read books four through seven before my summer vacation is over. Since I haven't read the books, my mom has banned me from watching the corresponding movies. It makes sense. Do not ask me why I had gone so long without reading them. I found nothing wrong with the first three. I really don't know what happened. Sorry if this comes as a shock and you're disappointed. Again, I've seen the error of my ways and plan to correct it all soon!

I've actually had these hairbands for a while and never wore them. I'm glad I kept them, though.

July 14, 2009

Eccentric, not electric, and especially eclectic.

What have you been thinking about lately?
Nothing of dire importance, really. The usual, "what am I going to do with myself today?" and the disappointment when I don't have the energy to accomplish everything. Clothes and my wardrobe. Having all these thoughts I really should write down; I should start carrying a journal and my camera everywhere. The latter because I was sitting outside not too long ago, reading and enjoying the warm sun, when a butterfly fluttered past. I've seen a few monarchs do the same previously. Alas, I wasn't rightfully equipped to capture the beauty. This reminds me, I should charge my camera's battery since it is running low. Oh, and that I jammed my right index finger playing basketball and it's starting to hurt less now.

What are you excited about at the moment?
Going and playing tennis later with my brother(s?) when my dad gets home from work with the other car.

When was the last time you made a difference to somebody?

I honestly cannot remember, which saddens me. I would assume I made a difference to my mom and my family by being born. Besides that, I truly am unsure.

Who are you really happy for at the moment?
My friend Kai. It seems she's met her match in terms of a caring boyfriend. Maybe she'll get a lasting relationship, not just another fickle one I was worried she had become too accustomed to. You know, a two week fling that only ends badly. Being completely honest, I'm envious.

When was the last time you felt inspired?

This morning when I read other people's blogs. Seriously, people find or produce amazing things.

If you could be in your dream place at the moment what would you be doing?
I'd be finishing a painting and then discussing a book's true meaning over hot chocolate with a good friend [not necessarily of the opposite sex] and then off to bed.

If somebody was describing your personality what would they say?
There probably wouldn't fail to mention that I am shy or really intelligent. They wouldn't have much to say, I don't think, as if they themselves hardly have a grasp of what I am like. Perhaps they'd say that I tend to take things inwardly and am somewhat a killjoy. I am weird, but have a sense of humor. I think they'd say I'm eccentric.

What are you most proud of?
My family and my pursuit of art. I'm glad I've made a good impression on the art teacher and my turtles, my first actual pencil drawing with shading in the like, got so much exposure and I am encouraged to continue.

What’s been tempting you lately?
Good books and reading them in less than a day all tolled.

What’s been the one most consistent thing in your life?

Saying "good night" to my mom every single night whilst giving her a hug. Along with living in the same house.

What do you love about people? or What do you love about (person’s name)?
They are all different and yet one. We have our own motives and thoughts. We have our own likes and dislikes. Some are leaders, some are followers. Some conform, some rebel. Some dance, some sing. Some write, some read. But at the end of the day, we have all formed connections and like the elements, bond together. And again like such bonds, some are weak and others strong. Life is compelling and death is frightening. We try to shed light on every situation and sometimes we get too caught up. People are interesting and I love that.

TAGGED: Jessica from A Sunlit Day, Scarlett from A Nice Kind of Mean, Red from need a friend? and Kait from wild tendency.

[I couldn't do the nifty name in html thing for the life of me.]

July 11, 2009

I just watched a Johnny Depp biography.

It was one A&E had done and my mom claims to have seen it on TV once before. Regardless, she had ordered the DVD and we wasted no time watching it. I've known a lot of the information it had to offer, but an hour of pictures and interviews of him is not something I'd pass up on. Unless, there was a James McAvoy biography on at the exact same time. Eh, if it's on TV, I could just Tivo or record it. And you see, that's been hard to get used to for me. Our family was slower than most my friends' to progress that far technologically, I guess you could say. Pausing live TV is still bizarre. Anyway, the point being I've had a good night.

Well, a good day for that matter. Especially when I went to the Verizon store and after two years and a half, got a new phone. Goodbye, Motorola Krzr, I loved you so much until you stopped working well and I had to charge you every ten seconds. Here's what I walked away with today:

an EnV Touch.
Okay, okay, that's not the REAL EnV Touch. This is.

The other one is its cardboard impostor. I wish I could've put on the protective screen better. Oh well.

Oh, and I went and got the mail [more than a thirty second walk, there's a neighborhood, collective-type box. Like at actual post offices.] only to discover...

Gerry Butler on the cover of this magazine addressed to my brother that I couldn't care less about, except now, when its main story is about the Scottish actor.

Yes, I might just read this article again before I go to bed. Speaking of which, I finished one of the six books I checked out from the library. This one was titled Shift by Jennifer Bradbury and I have a small summary and review.

Summary: Told in quasi-flashback, Chris is being investigated for the dissappearance of best friend, Win, who was with him on a cross-country bike ride. But what he discovers is life-changing; he has experienced a unique friendship and finally will learn the truth and "what he's going to do." Review: Funny. Quite a bit of chuckle-worthy quotes. Well-written. Good mystery/compelling aspect; excellent use of fore-shadowing to help clue the reader along. Not too long, so a quick read. Three out of five stars.

July 10, 2009

Uber productive.

For probably the first time this whole summer vacation, I had a productive day yesterday. It felt invigorating and exciting. I was happy to be enjoying the fresh air.

My mom and I set out a little before one in the afternoon with the intent to go pick up tickets we ordered for the local Summer Fine Arts production of the musical, Miss Saigon. Based on a phone call received earlier in the day though, we decided to go last night rather than tonight. Tonight I get to babysit. I don't like passing up opportunities to earn some money, as well as experience. However, halfway to pick up the tickets, we estimated we wouldn't be there in time and would just do will call instead. Still on the road, we headed to my high school to pick up scores for this state-wide standardized test we take grades 3-11. I think I've mentioned it before; it's called FCAT, or more aptly-named in my view, total blegh. I got what I figured I would: not perfect or close to perfect, but certainly above the mean. These tests are serious, yet I think the ACT and SAT do a much, much, better job of assessing a student and their academic level.

Anyway, my mom and I then turned and started heading to this thrift store about an half an hour drive from our home to donate clothes. I've been there before to do just that, donate. But this time I was curious and walked through the actual store part of the small place.

I was attracted to this black and white purse on a shelf. It only cost two dollars and I was thrilled. We walked into this room with multiple shelves of paperbacks. My mom [who might as well be a book collector] wasted no time and began scanning the books. We ended up with seven, a quarter each. Including a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She also found these hardcover story books she remembers having as a child and purchased each of them for a buck.

Next stop: the library, a book lover's heaven. It's a library I've never been in before, but since it's within county limits, my library card is valid for any books there. [One reason I love the library even more.] I walked through the youth area and spotted a section dedicated to the list of Teen Read books I've been beyond eager to read. They had a copy of almost all of the total fifteen books and without being a total selfish whatever, only took six. Hehe. I am super duper happy!

We had a couple of returns to make at Target, so we went. There was a fairly good selection of junior clothes and I got some. Okay, and the more interesting part of the story was a cart returner/employee who caught my eye. [According to my mom, I caught his, too, especially when I wasn't looking at him.] Later when I was packing stuff in my car, [and my mom was texting my brother. She was acting more like the teen! I love it.] the cute cart returner was outside [coincidence?] doing his job, collecting the carts. Using my awesome 360 vision, I stalled long enough so that I could just give it to him. Oh my, oh my. Up close he was even more gorgeous and when he smiled, I promptly smiled back . He said "thank you," I said, "no problem," then turned around and felt my cheeks fluster...

Then we came home, ate dinner, and were off the musical. It was well put together, and all the leads had amazing voices. There's no good way to end an already fantastic day other than seeing your best friend twirl a flaming baton!

I love how the one good shot I got of the action happened to have her in an awkward pose. Ha, it's okay, she'll forgive me. :]

July 08, 2009

I can count to four.

I was tagged by Jessica from A Sunlit Day. Linky link: http://asunlitday.blogspot.com/

4 Things

4 Things I'm looking forward to:

1. My room being completely clean and everything re-organized.
2. Seeing my best friend twirl a flaming baton for a summer fine arts production of Miss Saigon this upcoming Friday.
3. Going to the library and checking out tons of books and CDs.
4. Drawing faries for a friend.

4 Things I did yesterday:

1. I had an insanely intense allergic reaction. My eyes were swollen and had this rash on the inside of my arm. It was miserable.
2. Watched an episode of The West Wing. I miss Rob Lowe!
3. Discussed Degrassi with my brother.
4. Said goodbye to my other brother for a week.

4 Things I wish I could do:

1. Go to Scotland right now and stay for a while.
2. Fly.
3. Get an enV3.
4. Literally have a cow, just so I can freak people out when they use that expression.

4 Gorgeous bloggers I'll tag:

Oh man, I really don't know. I am rubbish at tagging others. Apologies!

July 07, 2009

Vintage love.

I've been re-organizing my closet and came across this dress that I wore for a sixth grade play. It was my grandmother's at one point during the 40's, making it a great custume to wear for the historical period of the play, WWII. Then, the dress came down to my ankles and I nearly tripped over it. Plus my figure was not nearly as flattering as it is when I put it on, now. I took a few pictures and had fun editing them each differently.

The purse over my shoulder is another more-or-less inherited item from my mother/grandmother. I thought it matched the dress well. And the belt came with the dress.

July 05, 2009

Dinosaurs say "RAWR!"

My fourth of July was hardly special. As I tried to doze into dreamland last night a little after midnight, some teenagers across the street decided to launch really loud fireworks. No, they are not the most considerate folk. One of my brothers and mom went to a local park for a picnic briefly at lunch time and returned with genuine American cuisine: hotdogs, hamburgers and potato chips. Unlike years past, there was no enthusiam to travel to another park to see fireworks later so we flat-out didn't. My life and life generally will go on.

I made this for my friend Kai. I asked her if she had an idea for a drawing I could do for her. She's infatuated with dinosaurs, thus obviously picked that and specified it should be saying "rawr" and taking a bite out of her name. [The latter I didn't execute as well as I wanted, but oh well.] Then I was inspired to split the whole picture into fourths, making each a postcard. I'd send the dino-postcards at different times and then she'll be able to assemble the drawing like a puzzle. It is not the best free-hand drawing I've done, yet I am excited to know how Kai will like it. I believe the unique concept gives it an edge. :]

July 03, 2009

Water supply.

I have just returned from a cruising bike ride. It was pleasant and surprisingly not too unbearably hot. The wind I could do without, though. I traveled into this one neighborhood that before now I was never exactly allowed to explore alone. There is a sidewalk connecting them, so I took that and just went whereever, no route planned or anything. I enjoyed guessing which road would take me where. All the street names began with "B;" isn't that wild?

I wanted to go outside in my backyard to take pictures yesterday. However, as soon as I stepped onto this small porch and closed the front door, it started to rain. Not pouring, not sprinking, more like a cross between the two. A drizzle? So there I sat on the porch listening to the water drip off the soffit and form a small puddle on the walkway. At the same time I was texting a good friend's good friend. He and I were asking what the others favorite color was and things mundane-ish like that. Though I've never met him in person, I've gotten the impression he's a pretty sweet and thoughtful guy. Dating/boyfriend material? No, not for me. Yet there's nothing wrong with befriending new people.

I remember feeling the most niave when one day I was sitting outside eating a popscicle with my eyes trained on the sky. For several minutes I watched in awe as the clouds moved. I couldn't believe it, the clouds were moving. I rushed inside as fast as my five-year-old legs could take me and informed my mom of the shocking --to me, at least-- event. My mom was sympathetic and kindly explained that the earth is moving, and thus the clouds do, too. I still think it's rare we see the clouds floating by, but it's peaceful when we do.

Immediately after this shot, the bird flew out of the tangelo tree and into my neighbor's yard. Perhaps it didn't like it's picture taken. How it could tell, I wouldn't know since I was standing a fair distance away and remained on the ground, the zoom lens at the max.

And because it is unlikely I will post tomorrow, Happy Fourth of July to all fellow Americans reading this!

July 01, 2009

Turn out the light and what are you left with?

I re-discovered a beat up shoebox of old notes I'd kept and of course I decided to read them. There was one this girl named Carlie in sixth grade had given me, titled "Lizzie the f*g," and said that I was jealous of her because these two guys in our class liked her and not me. It's true that I was pining away for one of them and it is beknown to me now why I ever did. She also called me fat on several occasions and got this other girl to look down upon me, too. It was one of my worst years in school. I don't know what I thought I had to gain from keeping these notes, but I guess I also figured there wasn't much to lose.

I think passing notes is a childish thing to do. Or maybe it's obsolete now that almost every teen has a cell phone and can text instantly. I say that it's somewhat childish because I didn't write a single note thus far in high school. Perhaps others still do and I just don't know or realize it?

This is a very tiny fuzz/wooden bear. Me and my friends in fourth grade used to collect and name them. They came in a variety of colors and some we pretended got married. In reality they go in bridal baskets or make tiny adornations to gifts and such. Yeah, we didn't care; they were our pride and joy.

This is my adorable plush Hamtaro. For those of you not familiar with the cute-as-a-button hamster named Hamtaro, he's basically just that but goes on adventures. It was a cartoon/anime show that I watched and fell in love with.

This is called a Boobah. [Don't judge me.] Someone brought one to school in fifth grade class for some reason and I was captivated with the thing. It radiates music, dances and farts. Lovely? No, quite terrifying. They come in different colors and yes, they are very much the rip-off of Teletubbies.

And now here's a shameful video of the actual Boobah show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-IIOXyMTA
Maybe this is why obesity has been an epidemic in America?? I dunno.

My day has consisted of being on the computer, cleaning/reminiscing and being lectured. I wish it wasn't so stormy out or maybe I'd be riding my bike and getting the much needed exercise. Not to mention just getting out.