… But she can use it to describe everything else. I’d like everyone to acknowledge that tomorrow (or today, or yesterday, depending on when you read this 😉 ) is Maya’s birthday. ‘Cause she’s awesome, and inspires me. If you haven’t read her poems you are seriously missing out. If you’re lucky enough to talk to her, you’re totally fortunate. If you’re lucky enough like some people and you’re her sister… Dude. You’ve got it made.
So happy birthday, Maya! May it be an incredibly joyful one and may you have a blessed year. I’m going to read a poem in honor of your birthday 😀
1.) I really like Summer, and I really hate Summer. So yeah. I know that’s deep and profound and whatnot but Summer is a complicated thing for me. I am so sad that it’s ending but then do I really want it to keep on going? Because I am really excited about some of the things that are coming up this year. I just really hate the pressure that a certain thing brings…
2.) I’ve kind of sort of been thinking about writing again. I think someone needs to stop me before I inflict bodily and mental harm upon more innocent characters that are really quite happy being in non-existence at the moment… I don’t know! But I do know that I don’t have time to write right now, sadly. Since…
3.) School starts tomorrow. AhhhhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I’m having difficulty accepting this… My schedule is intense and I’m worried. (I’m actually in denial about school starting.)
4.) I bought a new pair of plaid pajama pants today. That makes me really happy. I really only wear plaid pajama pants. I don’t even know why. It’s just what I dig, yo, fo shizzle. They’re orange and red and green and blue and I really like them 😀
5.) Finding a nice winter coat is really difficult! Particularly when you’re attracted to the idea of a red one but a certain friend who you are around frequently just bought one so of course, you can’t.
6.) I’m quite sorry my grammar is astrocious. I don’t feel like being punctual today. That’s probably because of that thing that starts tomorrow 😉
7.) Piano lessons also start tomorrow! That’s a good thing. If LOST was starting tomorrow as well, I’d be really ok with going back to school! Opps- just said it… This being in denial thing is kind of hard…
8.) I read Catching Fire in about five hours. It was beyond amazing. I loved it that much. These sentences are short. I wonder why. That should have a question mark. Here: ?
9.) I need a book recommendation, por favor. I haven’t read a book this entire week, since I finished Catching Fire. That’s BAD.
10.) I know I keep saying this but a more profound post is to come soon. I just wanted to post something. 😀
WARNING: super random nonsense below…
I have this weird craving for pumpkin pie. Really, really yummy pumpkin pie. None of this Safeway nonsense- homemade all the way. But then again, that could just be because I’m doing my summer homework (got to love my school :P) and it’s taking me a ridiculously long amount of time because I keep getting distracted! I might go on eBay and research vintage polaroid cameras, and in the next minute I might be looking at early reviews of Catching Fire (I really want.) or texting friends… I need to solve this dilemna.It’s way too difficult for me to concentrate in the Summer. But I am slowly but surely tackling it. Sooo that’s good!
(even if I did have to resort to Hannah Montana music to keep my focus…)
Actually has anyone ever had squash bread? That stuff is really very delicious. It’s one of my favorite pastry type things. Haha, I’m planning on rewarding myself for actually doing my homework today by walking to the bakery and buying one of their delicious sable cookies (glorified thumbprints 😉 ).
Reading this post over really doesn’t make any sense… but I’m going to publish it anyways because I feel random and what not. My next one shall be more logical, promise. I have a book review of a series to do! Woo! Bet you can’t guess which books if you’ve been following my goodreads… 😀 Which you should by the way. I love goodreads.
Ok I’m done, off to play some frisbee now! Cheers!
1.) I have a like/hate relationship with summer homework. I like keeping my mind fresh and not feeling like I don’t know what to expect for the school year (because trust me, I have enough homework that I know what to expect for Junior year…) but I hate feeling like all I’m doing at the moment is homework. I also hate when it’s boring.
2.) I really miss LOST. It’s one of those shows I talk about all the time (with certain people) and it supplied the mystery element I need in my life. I like mystery, and a little bit of action and the like, and LOST is perfect for me in that sense. So I’m supplementing my lack of LOST by watching the episodes that are on ondemand of Psych, which is actually a really interesting show. Totally different from LOST, but still good in the mystery sense. And it’s funny… 😉
3.) I am texting way too much. I’m not even texting that much by normal people’s standards. It’s definetly under fifty, probably more around 20-30 texts that I send a day, but I feel like I’m texting way too much. So then I console myself by asking my friend Marina (through text of course :P) how many texts she sends in a month…. and it makes me feel much better 😀
4.) We’re remodeling our house as I have previously mentioned, and it’s definetly been hard/good. The hard parts are the lack of home cooked meals. I’ve had so much take out (given it is gourmet take out but…) and whole foods meals that I actually don’t really want to go out to eat at all at the moment. But hopefully that will change soon. Not for a few months though, from what I’ve heard. The remodel was hopefully going to be done by September, when school starts. Yeah. Knew that wouldn’t happen. So then we were hoping for end of September, but it’s looking more like end of October for when we’ll be totally finished. The stinky part of that is that we have to be out of our rental home by the end of August, and then who knows? The good parts are good though. I love that I get to redesign my room, and actually do structural things that are awesome. For example, I’m taking a clay class at a showroom where I will learn how to plaster my walls to have that really earthy, beautifully vintage style. I’m super excited for that. And then of course there’s furniture and fun things like that 😀 So those parts are good!
5.) I got my hair cut on Sunday and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I really like the length (it’s about three inches below my shoulders now as opposed to being super long and to my elbows) however the new style is still taking some getting used to. I think it will require blow drying, which I detest, but oh well. Such is the way of hair 😛
… I take photos while i’m being stung by a bee. Yeah, it’s a talent.
On Thursday while I was at camp I noticed a sharp little pain in my elbow, which quickly translated itself into a wild dance which apparently I unknowingly captured on film, because when I was looking back on the day’s photos I noticed two beautiful, yet blurry, slightly wild looking ones. I discovered that I had captured my bee sting.
Which really, doesn’t make me all that happy. I’m allergic to bee stings, and the event was rather painful. But hey, I got a few beautiful photos from it so that makes it all better 😛
It was quite a wild dance. I’m told by the spectators that they weren’t sure what exactly was happening, and whether I was just being crazy or was actually in pain. Me? Crazy? 😉
Is a lovely thing, for example…
I can hang out with friends. My six months were up July 14th, so I have greatly been enjoying the advantages of being able to drive people outside of my family, which is amazing. It is a freedom that I am relishing. And hanging out with friends is also great for getting your mind off other less wonderful things in life. Did I well, mention my house is being remodeled? Ew. Just ew.
And… Nordstrom sale! I am such a girl and so proud of it, because shopping makes me happy 😀 I won’t bore the less fashion inclined with descriptions, but I will say one word: cowgirl boots. Because yes, I have totally fallen in love with them, probably as a result of Taylor Swift. What can I say? They’re beautiful.
Music is also another huge plus for summer. New albums, like Demi Lovato’s Here we go Again, which I have really been enjoying. My favorite song so far is Catch Me, but I’m also a huge fan of Falling over Me, U Got Nothin’ On Me, Remember December, Stop the World, Solo, Every Time you Lie, Here We go Again... Basically every song on that album! What I really appreciate about Demi’s music is that she actually has quality. Unlike most Disney Channel stars, I would count her as a muscian based upon her talent. Summer is also great for music because I have time to practice piano. That is such a rare thing during the school year! I’ve actually been able to learn my latest classical piece in about a month. That’s fairly unheard of during the school year! Needless to say my teacher has been rather happy with me lately. 😉
And of course you can’t forget this little thing called HARRY POTTER!!! I loved the movie. I would say it’s my favorite, but I know the seventh movie will be my favorite. David Yates is definetly my favorite of the four directors. He brings a really amazing touch to the movies. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing reviews for HP6, but like everyone else I appreciated that I was able to laugh, cry, ahhh, and grimace, all in one movie. It was really amazing for me 😀 And I completely agree with John Green of the Nerdfighters in his statement that being a nerd is amazing because you can get excited about things! I might have been jumping a little bit with excitement before the movie started… 😉 Hey, it’s ok. My friends are used to it.
Which does bring me back to friends! This past weekend was the YG retreat with my old church, and it was really wonderful to get to see people I haven’t seen in a while. I loved inner tubing, though I do have a few burns and scrapes and bruises the size of a plum (no. joke.) to show for it. Water tubing is a blast. If you ever have the opportunity and aren’t afraid of a few sore muscles, go for it. The entire weekend was completely emotional. I totally broke down the first night and had to go off with one of my friends for a little while and spill my hearts contents to the her. Crying is such good therapy! So is journaling. I must have written at least twenty pages in one day alone. But seriously, God really revealed himself to me this weekend in ways I really needed to see. This past year was such a hard year, and it was really important for me to see that it’s been hard for everyone. And yeah, just maybe, I might not be alone! Such a concept 😀
Continuing on the retreat, the senior service was so powerful. EVERYONE was crying for about two hours straight, but in such a good way. It was a very emotional/intense weekend but it was like therapy, and after it was over you feel so relieved, and so much better. Like pounds of guilt and pain are completely lifted. I love God. He rocks.
On Tuesday of this week, Laurisa has her surprise birthday party! That was really fun to hang out with friends and such. Photoshoots at the beach? Amazing. We’re all gorgeous, hehe. We also watched Confessions of a Shopaholic for the second time for me, and I love that movie. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a really amazing lead guy character with British accent. I love accents. Desmond…. 😉
Oh! And I pumped gas for the first time! It was seriously…. Well, embarrassing 😛 But I had Marina to help me so that was good. We couldn’t figure out how to start it! But once we did it was fine, it was just difficult getting started.
And I had an amazing cookie today. It was like a thumbprint, but better. So amazingly delicious.
I haven’t read much though. That would be the only thing slightly annoying about my summer so far. But… it’s ok. It’s almost like I wanted a break from that too. This has been a very different summer for me, and at first it was hard to adjust to that but I think it might just be part of getting older, and growing up. Not giving up reading, never. But not needing to depend on things so much, that’s really important.
I’m even enjoying my summer homework! I have mountains of APUSH and APCOMP work, as well as preparation for some of my more difficult courses such as Physics and review of Spanish and Algebra. Yippee 😛 But the nice thing about summer homework is that you don’t have to do it all at once. In fact, you don’t even have to do it everyday or everyweek. I appreciate being able to space it out and not feel overwhelmed. For example, I was planning on working on my APCOMP homework tonight, but I think I’m going to go watch Ever After instead. Because I can. And that’s a lovely thing!
Ohhh, and the weather. It’s wonderful. A nice break from the normal drab and gray. Summer is officially my favorite season. I love the heat and the freedom. It’s awesome.
And camps! I have a wedding the first of August, then camp from the 2nd through 7th, and another camp where I’m a counselor from the 8th through 13th, but I’m counting myself dead on the fourteenth after two weeks of non-stop action!
Anyways, there is my snippet peek into my summer. I like summer. I get to hang out with friends. I’m refreshed for the upcoming year, and get to rest while still being busy, which is just the way I like it. So how has your summer been so far? 😀
I like posts that get discussions going, so inspired by my last post, here’s a thought: what makes a book interesting for you? I know some people go for the writing style. Lyrical, lush, detailed, plain, simple, straightforward, unique, whatever it is that makes the book speak to them in a certain way. Some are all about the characters. If they feel like they can relate to them, like their lives are reflections of their own, or if they’re complete opposites even, the characters are what make the book real. The plot, obviously, keeps the story moving forward and is essentially the story. I think most people go for a combination of all these things, and more, when choosing a story that they love.
There are always exceptions to this rule too. Some of my favorite books don’t make sense to me. Like the Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. The main character is quite daft for the first half of the novel, and the writing though beautiful can be a bit overdone and dramatic at times; yet I consider GG to be among my top five books/series/authors. I think that’s mostly because of the connection I feel with the book, and how it was the first novel that actually introduced me to YA literature! And how cool is that? It’s kind of like Ella Enchanted: it will always have a special place in my heart.
My book tastes have personally changed a lot too, as the years have gone on. This past year has been particularly interesting as I’ve grown to love authors like Sarah Dessen and branched out from the fantasy world dramatically. I barely even read fantasy novels anymore it seems.
Writing novels has also seriously given me a new appreciation for books. I read slower, for one thing, and try to relish the book instead of read as many books as I can. I’ve found this to be really lovely. I’m receiving way more from what I read, which I wholly appreciate. I’ve also found that when I read slower and actually enjoy the details, say a fight scene or a romance, I get so much more from the book. I’m able to respond to it more as a reader and understand what I’ve read differently than when I just rush through it. Books like Harry Potter are excellent examples. They’re so rich and lush in details, and reading them time and time again is an enjoyable experience because of that.
So what say you? Books, what makes them special, and your reading styles? 🙂