Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

Campus has gotten pretty quiet over the past few hours.  I think a lot of people have begun heading home for Labor Day weekend.  It'll be interesting seeing how quiet campus is when a lot of people are gone.

On Fridays I only have two classes, and they're both early in the morning, but today my second class was cancelled because the teacher had a migraine.  That means I was finished with classes at nine in the morning today.  Since I had a ton of time and I have three whole to get homework done, I decided today would be a good time to go back to the bookstore and get the whole textbook thing sorted out finally.  (I ordered a textbook two weeks ago, and it took forever to come.  I had to buy it from the bookstore and then return the copy I ordered today.  Anyway...)  Luckily I got that taken care of pretty quickly, and I also picked up another book I'm going to need for my history class while I was in there.  I hadn't gotten it yet because we aren't going to need it until the end of the semester, but I thought I might as well pick it up now since I was there and it's only about twenty dollars.

Other than getting some homework done that's just about the only thing I've done today.  Most of the people I've met here are going home, so I'm not sure how many people will still be here.  My roommate thinks she's going home for part of the weekend but not all of it.  (She lives pretty close to campus.)  I'm in my dorm now though, and it's extremely quiet up here.  I can only assume it's because quite a few people have left already. I don't even see anyone walking around campus from out my window, which is rare.  I'm interested to see what campus is like this weekend.


It's extremely rare for me to remember my dreams.  I wish I could remember them more often.  I've heard that if you write down your dreams in a dream journal as soon as you wake up you'll become better at remembering your dreams.  The problem is, I don't even remember my dreams as soon as I wake up, so I have nothing to even begin writing down.  (Plus, most mornings I'm not awake enough to write anything when I first wake up.)

Whenever I am lucky enough to remember my dreams, they're usually quite odd.  I think the oddest dream I've ever had was the one where I was abducted by aliens along with the actors from the Harry Potter movies.  I also had a pretty weird one that involved our lockers in high school becoming really weird shapes. They were basically jungle gyms that you had to climb on to open and the were all different sizes and stuff.  I usually did have a really weird dream related to school the night before I would go back.  That didn't happen starting college this year though.

I also wish I had lucid dreams.  It's such a cool concept, but the closest I've ever got to that is when I'm half-awake in the mornings, which I don't think counts.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

LASMU and Labor Day Weekend

Today was the call out meeting for the Literary Arts Society of Marian University (LASMU) which is the creative writing club here.  I was really nervous to go because I'm always scared about people reading my writing.  Jill and Claire (who are twins and basically the only friends I've made so far) went with me though, which made me feel a bit better about going.  It was really hard for me to read my writing out loud, but people said nice things and it was cool hearing everyone else's writing.  I'm definitely going to keep going.  I feel a lot better now that I've joined something.

The rest of my day was just an average day of going to classes and the like.  Since tomorrow's Friday I get out of class really early, and then we don't have classes on Monday thanks to Labor Day.  I think I'm in the minority since I'm staying at school for the weekend.  I think my roommate's going home as well, so I guess I'll be alone in the dorm for the weekend.  It should be interesting being on campus with a lot less people here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Actually Being Social

Today hasn't been eventful at all.  I've only gone to classes and sat in my dorm.  My roommate makes me feel even worse because she's constantly trying to convince me to leave the dorm, but I have no idea what to do.  Our RA is having a girl's night thing in her room tonight.  It'll probably be incredibly awkward for me, but I'm going to go for at least a little bit.

Tomorrow is the call out meeting for the creative writing club.  I love writing, so it should be the perfect club for me.  The only thing is having people read my writing while I'm there terrifies me, and they want us to take a sample of our writing tomorrow.  I'm way more worried about it than I probably should be.  I know it's good that I'd be getting involved in a club and actually leaving my dorm room, but I'm so worried about them reading what I wrote.  In addition to that, I'm just nervous about the thought of going to the meeting and meeting people there.

Hopefully the meeting will go well, and I'll end up really enjoying it.  Before that though I have to make it through the girl's night thing tonight.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Naruto Ultimate Weapon Arc Review

I can't believe I've now watched all of the original Naruto anime!  It only took more than three years...

I was really excited to watch this arc, far more excited than I had been about any other arc lately.  The biggest reason is because I'm a Temari/Shikamaru shipper, and they were both in this arc.  I was also excited that so many of the characters made appearances too though, and of course, I was excited that I got to start watching Shippuden afterwards.

This was by far my favorite arc since the Sasuke retrieval arc (unless I'm forgetting one I really liked), and it's not just because I loved every single bit of interaction between Temari and Shikamaru.  I think it did a very good job at setting up Shippuden, and I'm incredibly excited to finally get started watching that.  I've actually already seen most of the first arc of Shippuden.  (I watched it a few years ago when it was airing on TV in English.)

I also just recently learned that there's an anime that's a spin-off of Naruto that has Lee as the main character.  I think I'm going to watch those episodes when they aired in comparison to Shippuden other than right away like I considered doing.

I'm really excited to start watching Shippuden!  Hopefully I'll get around to watching the first episode in the next couple of days!

Rainy Day on Campus

Today I had the pleasure of waking up to a rainstorm.  I wasn't looking forward to walking to class in the rain, but once I was walking across campus I realized it was even worse than I thought it was going to be.  I have to go uphill to get to my classes from my dorm, which means that all the water had rushed down to form huge puddles over the sidewalk in several places.  One puddle was so big it was basically a pond.  By the time I got to class my shoes and socks were soaked along with most of the rest of me.

I was lucky enough that the rain had stopped by the time my second class was finished.  It's still not raining at the moment, but it's supposed to start again later and I have another class plus meal times (the dining hall is on the same side of campus as my classes).  I'm definitely not looking forward to any rainy days in the future while I'm here.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A False Fire Alarm and Other Things About College

Today started off perfectly fine but now I'm in a horrible mood.  Why?  I'm currently in the middle of reading an incredibly depressing fanfiction.  I'm kind of writing this right now just because I didn't think I could keep reading it at the moment.  I don't want to have to explain to my roommate why I'm bawling my eyes out.

Not much happened today.  I'm really hoping that after we have the activities fair and I join a couple of clubs I'll feel more involved here.  Right now I only have a couple of people I could consider friends, and I don't really do anything because I don't like talking to strangers.  I didn't even have that big of a group of friends in high school, but I felt comfortable there at least.  I knew almost everyone, so even if I didn't talk to them, I felt comfortable being around them.  This campus is small enough that I might start to feel like that here too.  Who knows.  As for right now though, I still feel kind of out of place and unsure of myself.

Someone accidentally set off the fire alarm earlier, so we all had to go stand outside for a while.  At least we know what to do now in case there's a real one in the future.  It was actually kind of funny because a ton of the guys took their laptops with them and sat outside with them.  On the other hand, I forgot to bring even my phone (probably the only person who didn't have it) because I'd put shoes on, grabbed my key, and left to go find out where to go.  If there's a next time, I'm definitely remembering to grab my phone.

Tomorrow is the first day of the second week of classes.  Hopefully everything goes well.  I think I'm already starting to feel like I'm in a rut, like when I was just tired of getting up every day to go to classes in high school.  It's probably not the best feeling to have considering it's only the second week and I'm not even used to being here yet.

I feel as if this post is incredibly depressing.  Like I said, I was just reading a really depressing fanfiction, so I'm having trouble acting up-beat.  Speaking of that fanfiction, I'm going to go suffer through it so I can focus on happier things.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thoughts on College So Far

I've been meaning to write a blog post for the past several days, but I kept putting it off.  I kind of feel like I'm in a rut, which is incredibly weird when I've only been a college student for a week.  I'm still kind of homesick, but the strong sense of sadness has pretty much gone away and in its place is just a general feeling of not wanting to be here.  I'm trying not to be negative, but it's a little tough sometimes.

It's not that things are going badly.  I still haven't really made any friends, but that's to be expected since it takes me a while to get comfortable around people.  Learning how to deal with my roommate has been a challenge since we're basically complete opposites in every way possible, but she's a nice person and it hasn't been too bad.  Classes have been good for the most part.  I'm really excited about all of them but precalculus, which just scares me really.  I'm a little scared about the others as well, since I'm still not entirely sure what to expect, but I'm interested in learning more about those subjects, which makes it easier.  (Actually, I'm a bit scared about public speaking as well, but not really in the same way I am about precalculus.)

We'll see how things go during the second week and on.  I'm not expecting things to get worse or anything, but I do hope I feel better about being here soon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Second Day of College Classes

Today was our second day of classes, and it went really well.  The only problem is that some of my textbooks still haven't come in yet, and they're for classes tomorrow.  I'm hoping it won't be too much of a problem that I don't have them yet.  I ordered them before classes even started.

I'm a bit nervous about my public speaking class, which is to be expected considering I hate public speaking.  The instructor seems like he'll be entertaining though.  I just don't want to give the five speeches we'll have.  Next class we have to get a partner and interview them. Then, at the class after that, we'll get up and introduce them.  I'm pretty worried about it.

My Introduction to Theology class seems like it will be really interesting.  One requirement is attending a church service of a Christian religion other than your own and then write a paper on it.  It's not due until the end of October, so I'm going to see if I can go home during our October break and do it while home.  We also have to interview the pastor or someone there, and I feel weird doing it here in Indianapolis.  Plus, I don't have transportation here, and I don't know how to get around the city.  Indy isn't a city I want to walk around by myself, at least not the part where my school is.  (The campus itself is safe, but it's situated in one of Indy's worst neighborhoods.)  Anyway, the class seems like it'll be really interesting, and I'm looking forward to it.

My only other class today was First Year Experience, which is a required class that is supposed to help you get used to campus life.  A bunch of us sat around waiting forever before discovering the classroom had been moved, so we walked over to the other classroom as a group.  That class seems like it'll be interesting. It's not meant to be difficult or anything.  You're just graded on participation and going to campus events that they ask you to.  It's also only for half of the semester, which makes me happy because with the way things are now I don't have time to eat lunch.

It's nice not having anymore new classes to attend, but not I have to get used to the monotony of classes and homework.

Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to World History by Timothy C. Hall

ISBN: 1592577121
Published: March 4th, 2008
Publisher: Alpha
Read from August 8th to 16th, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Don't know much about history? 
Which societies are the most important? Which periods of time saw the most change? How have cultures differed and remained the same across this vast time and space? This guide gives readers the whole world, and then some! Including key ideas as well as lesser- known facts, salient quotes, and crucial terms defined, it prepares readers not only to excel in exams but to become 21st century citizens of the world.

Overall I really liked this book.  The problem is I found at least one mistake, and it left me worrying that there were even more that I didn't catch.  At one point in the book (I'd give a page number, but I left the book at home when I came to college), the author talks about a French colony on the island of Cuba.  He's obviously referring to Haiti and means the island Hispaniola because I think most people could tell you that Cuba was a Spanish colony.  And Cuba and Haiti are not on the same island.  Haiti and the Dominican Republic (which was a Spanish colony) share the island of Hispaniola.  It isn't that big of a deal I guess, but I don't know how that mistake was made...  That's not an easy typo to make, and a historian should know the difference between Haiti and Cuba.  It's a mistake that definitely should have been caught during editing.

Other than that I didn't see any mistakes though, so I can't tell you if there are more than that in the book.  It does provide a good summary of world history if you're looking for that.  I can't say I learned anything new, since I'd already learned absolutely everything in the book during AP world history in high school.  In fact, this book reminded me of our AP world history textbook except more brief and written in a way that was much easier and less boring to read.  I definitely recommend checking it out if you want to read about world history, but I'd be wary of trusting some stuff after I found that one mistake.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Amazing Race

Today has been a lot of fun, but also exhausting.  I started off the day waking up early (8:30 in the morning to be exact).  It's later than I'll have to wake up for classes, but earlier than I've woken up all summer (aside from waking up at four to drive up to Indy on Friday).  Church wasn't for a few hours, so I decided to watch Beauty and the Beast in the dorm (with headphones of course since the roommate was sleeping).  I didn't get to finish the movie before mass though, so I had to finish is up after the amazing race (which I'll talk about in a minute).

I was nervous to go to church because I'd never been to a new church all by myself before.  In fact, I'd only gone to church alone back home maybe once.  Once I got inside and sat down though everything was fine.  It's nice how the mass is basically the same wherever you go, so even though there were a few minor differences, I didn't have to worry about looking like an idiot because I had no idea what was going on.

After mass and lunch I headed back to the dorm for a little bit to watch a short bit more of Beauty and the Beast before it was time for the amazing race.  If you've ever seen the TV show of the same name, that's what it was based on.  We were separated into teams of four (although I was in a team of three), and we had to walk all across campus and get various clues by doing challenges.  The two girls I was with were awesome, and I discovered that they're nerdfighters!  Although I had a lot of fun we had to walk (and run) all the way across campus five or six times, and I mean a straight shot across campus because the places they kept sending us to were always on the opposite side of the one we were on. (And we had to hike through the Ecolab at one point.) By the time we were halfway though I was dying for a drink of water.  It was fun though, so I guess the momentary  discomfort was worth it.  Our team was in last place until we managed to get a ride with one of the older students who was helping out and driving around on a golf cart.  Because of that, we managed to beat the team ahead of us, although I'm not really sure it counts.  For me it wasn't even about beating the other team, I just wanted to sit down.  I didn't know if I could make it the rest of the way at that point.

Because of our last place, our team got the award for "most lost."  We weren't even lost.  We just took longer to get everywhere.  Either way, we each won a map of Indianapolis, which I guess could come in handy.

After that I went back to my dorm to rest for a while (and finish Beauty and the Beast), and aside from dinner, that's all I've done today.  I think we're supposed to have a residence hall meeting later tonight, but other than that, I think I'm done doing things for the day.

Tomorrow's the first day of classes!  I'm both excited and nervous.  I should have gone around and found the classrooms ahead of time.  Technically I still have time to do that, but I feel odd randomly roaming the halls of various buildings, and I don't want to ask someone to go with me to find my classes.  I know where all the buildings are, so it should be easy to find the classrooms using their numbers.  I'm just paranoid.  I also don't have textbooks for two of my classes tomorrow either.  I know that I don't necessarily need to, but not being completely prepared is worrying me just a bit.  (I left my graphing calculator at home too...)  I'm sure everything will be fine though, and hopefully I enjoy my classes.  (Precalculus may be a bit hard to enjoy though...)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Second Day on Campus

It's my second day on campus, and I honestly haven't left the dorm.  Today there was a service thing for welcome week that started early this morning.  I was so exhausted from yesterday that I ended up sleeping in and missing it.  There's also a movie tonight though, and I plan to go watch that.  Other than that I'm just sitting around the dorm.  The homesickness isn't as bad today, but I'm still adjusting.  I feel as if I should get out of the dorm and do something, but I have no idea what to go do.  I'll probably go eat dinner later.  It'll probably be alone again.  (Although yesterday after I ate dinner, I found my roommate, and I ended up going back with her and sitting with her while she ate.)  Then, of course, there's the movie later.

I think my roommate has been running around campus meeting people.  I feel like I should too, but I'm just so bad about going up to people.  I'd just randomly walk around campus alone unless someone approached me first.  So I guess I'm just going to stay in my room until dinner and then go eat by myself.  (My roommate made some friends and is leaving campus for dinner...)  We'll see what happens.

Friday, August 17, 2012

First Day at College

Well, I'm currently sitting in the dorm room that will be my place of residence in the coming months.  I'm not really sure how I feel yet.  The first day so far has went pretty well, but I'm already feeling a bit homesick.  The only problem I'm really having right now involves dinner.  The dinning hall is open right now, and I'm starving, but I'm extremely nervous about going to eat by myself.  When I came back to the dorm after my parents left, my roommate wasn't here, and I haven't seen her since, otherwise I would ask her to go with me.  Judging by how quiet the hall is, most people aren't here.  I have no idea where everyone's gone since none of the welcome week stuff is going on right now.  I'm exhausted and just want to eat.  Hopefully I can make it through a meal alone without feeling completely stupid.  Maybe I'll even make new friends.

I had a strange burst of confidence earlier today while waiting for the convocation to start.  For once I realized that most of the people here are strangers (since at least half the people were standing around alone), and for once I didn't feel awkward as I stood there quietly by myself (in a dress even, which I'm not usually comfortable in).  I'm trying to remember that feeling before I go down to the dining hall.  Maybe I'll find someone to sit with down there.  Maybe I'll end up eating alone.  Either way, it doesn't really matter in the long run. Neither option is going to hurt me.  I just have to keep telling myself that.

After dinner we have a residence hall meeting.  I'm not sure what exactly it will be about, but I'm suspecting some "getting to know you" games, which I've never been a fan of.  Then, playfair is after that.  I have no idea what that is either, but I'm guessing it's more "getting to know you" games.  I'm so exhausted that I just hope I can make it through it without collapsing.  If I make some friends out of it, then even better.  Now, I think I'm going to head down to the dining hall.  We'll see what happens...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Mind Just Isn't Getting a Break

I've been freaking out about college so much lately that all I really wanted was something to happen that would get my mind off of it.  Well, I got it today, but it wasn't at all what I had hoped.  I don't want to talk/write about it now, since things are still happening, but I'll just say today isn't exactly a great day.  I'll say more later after I know more about what's going on.

Honestly, it hasn't even really gotten my mind off of college.  Now I'm just anxious about two different situations.  Speaking of college though, I really need to pack.  I just have no idea how I'm going to transport all of this stuff to Indianapolis, and I don't know what exactly I should take with me or leave behind.  The next few days should be interesting...

Edit: It's hours after I've posted this, and I just found out my Aunt Sharon has passed away.  There were pretty much no doubt that it was coming today, but as you can guess, it's still sad news, especially with it being so close to me going off to college.  I'm assuming I won't be able to be home for the funeral, which won't help me with getting closure or anything.  I just wanted to add this on, so people would know what I was talking about earlier.  I didn't want to mention it then while she was still in the hospital, and we weren't completely sure what would happen.  I haven't mentioned it anywhere else online yet.  I kind of vaguely tweeted about it, but I'm trying to be careful what to tweet because I don't want people who know her (especially family) see my tweets before they find out some other way.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Closer to College and The Princess and the Frog

I started my senior year of high school exactly a year ago today.  That fact has made me think about starting college a lot today, which is actually not really different from any other day lately.  I only have six days until I move into the dorms!  That's crazy!

Anyway, the most exciting thing I've done today is watch The Princess and the Frog.  I'd forgotten how good that movie is since I'd only watched it once before.  I've been convinced to take it to college with me since it and Beauty and the Beast are the only animated Disney movies I own on DVD, and I'm going to take them both.  And Tiana has officially made herself my second favorite Disney princess.  (No one can beat Belle though.)

That was really about it today.  Haley and Autumn were over for a bit yesterday.  Haley and Regina filmed themselves singing One Thing since One Direction's having this contest thing.  And Summer's coming over tomorrow to spend the night.  I guess that makes me feel better about doing almost nothing today!

Random Acts of Kindness

Have you ever had some complete stranger show you a random act of kindness, and it stuck with you for a long time because you didn't even know this person?  Being so shy, I tend to stay disconnected from strangers.  Sure, I've had people perform stereotypical acts of kindness such as holding the door open or things like that which are all acts that are more than easy to perform and are pretty much just expected of everyone.  They don't really stick with you because chances are they'll happen to you more than enough times over the years.  I'm not trying to say anything bad about these acts of kindness.  They're definitely important and things that everyone should do.

But then there are random acts of kindness where a complete stranger goes above and beyond what's expected of them.  If you have a moment like that you'll remember it forever because it kind of shocks you that someone did that.

Like I said, I tend to distance myself from people, even people I know.  I don't really have any brilliant story where someone did something like that for me, which isn't surprising considering I keep my interactions with people as small as I can when out in public.  Even sadder though is the fact that I've never really done something like that for someone else.  I wish I could say I had, but I would be lying.

The best moment I can come up with where a complete stranger did something nice for me isn't really that mind-blowing, but I'll share this story anyway.  It was at LeakyCon last year.  (I have a feeling I'm thinking of it now because LeakyCon 2012 is happening now, and I'm sad I'm not there.)  It's no surprise that people at LeakyCon were absolutely great.  Harry Potter fans are just amazing.  But there was one woman dressed up as McGonagall who was walking around with a big bag of chocolate frogs.  And these weren't the chocolate frogs that you buy either.  These were homemade chocolate frogs that she'd made herself.  They even had a marshmallow filling.  What was she doing with them?  She had made a ton of this candy so that she could walk around the convention and just give them out to people.  She came up to my dad and me and just offered us some.  She was such a nice person, and her and my dad talked for a minute or so.  (Remember, I'm socially awkward, so my participation in the conversation was nothing more than me thanking her for the candy.)  I still remember that though.  I don't know how difficult it was to make those chocolate frogs, but I'm sure it took a decent amount of time, especially because of how many she seemed to have made.  And why did she do it?  Just because she wanted to hand them out to some complete strangers.

Obviously, that wasn't the most impressive moment ever.  She didn't do anything life-changing, but it was nice.  It's definitely a moment I've remembered, and it's not something I could see very many people doing.  It's just too bad there aren't more moments like that.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Not Quite as Panicked

I'm not quite as panicked about college as I was yesterday.  I got an email confirming that my textbooks are at the bookstore ready to be picked up, and my roommate and I have gotten it worked out as far as who's bringing the fridge and who's bringing the microwave (although we still don't know if we're going to have a TV or not).  That little bit of success has left me feeling more prepared, although I'm sure I'll start freaking out again in the next couple of days.

Other than that I've had a normal and boring day where I do almost nothing.  LeakyCon also started today and seeing all the tweets from people there has made me really nostalgic about last year.  It's too bad I couldn't be there this year.  The ironic thing is it's actually much closer to me this year (in Chicago), but it's much too close to college starting.  If I'd gone, coming home and then almost immediately leaving for college would have been hectic.  Plus, I need all of the money that would go towards LeakyCon in order to pay for college...

Anyway, I'm off to read and scroll through Tumblr some more (because what else have I done recently?).

Book Review: Hopeless Magic by Rachel Higginson

ASIN:  B005G96H3O
Published: August 6th, 2011
Publisher: self-published
Synopsis from Goodreads:
After returning home from Romania, and successfully saving her best friend Lilly, Eden Matthews must now come to terms with her future as an Immortal. She is in love with the Crowned Prince, but he is betrothed to someone else.
Her family desperately wants her to join their rebellion, but that would mean fighting against her one, true love, Kiran Kendrick. She must fight off assassins that want her dead, an Immortal rite of passage that takes her to India and a deadly disease that no one has thus far survived. Danger seems to lurk around every corner as Eden Matthews struggles to keep her true identity a secret and protect those that she loves.
Eden must find a way to be with Kiran, or turn her back on him forever and fight to save her people. Hopeless Magic is the second installment of the Star-Crossed series.

My review of Hopeless Magic, the first book in the series, is here.  It's actually only been about four or five months since I read it.  For some reason it felt like it had been a lot longer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Getting Ready for College

The closer it gets to the day I move in to my dorm at college, the more freaked out I get.  I start to worry that I'm going to leave something behind or screw something up.  It's terrifying.  That's all I'm saying about that though because I'd rather keep my mind off of it.

I haven't done anything the past couple of days except read (and Tumblr).  I finished an amazing book yesterday that I filmed a review for a few minutes ago and that I'll edit and upload tomorrow.  Other than that I've done almost nothing.  I've just been trying to keep my mind off of college.  Now, I'm off to read some more Harry Potter fanfiction.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Less Than Two Weeks...

Today is just another day sitting around doing almost nothing.  I feel as if I haven't spent a day on Tumblr for a really long time, so I've been on a lot today.  Other than that and reading some fanfiction I really haven't done much.  I've just been trying to distract myself from the fact that I leave for college in less than two weeks now.

Yesterday Summer had a going away party.  It was the first time I'd seen her in quite a while, and it was awesome to get to spend time with her.  I've been friends with her longer than anyone else, and she'll always be my best friend.  It's amazing how, whenever I do get to see her, it doesn't feel as if we haven't seen each other in a long time.  I'm sure we'll stay just as close during college.  The party was fun though.  I'd meant to film a video after I got home, but I decided against it once I actually got home...

I'm off to do more pointless things for the rest of the day.  I actually just reminded myself that there were things I was supposed to do today, but they involve getting ready for college, which isn't stuff I want to think about...  I guess I'll have to do it eventually though.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

19th Birthday

I'm now 19!  My birthday wasn't incredibly exciting.  I spent most of my day reading.  I opened my presents from my sister and parents last night, but my mom did make some brownies today.  Also, Niall (from One Direction) did a twitcam today that I was actually able to watch!  Every time a member of One Direction does a twitcam, I'm asleep, so the fact that Niall did one that I could watch on my birthday was awesome.

I also managed to film a review of the Menma arc of Naruto and get that up today.  I filmed another video about my birthday and showed my presents and stuff, but I'm going to wait and edit it tomorrow.

That's really all I've done today other than answer happy birthday wishes from people through Facebook and Twitter.  It's so weird how people I rarely speak to wish me a happy birthday.  One girl I haven't even seen since freshmen year of high school wished me happy birthday on Facebook today.

Anyway, I'm off to read some more.  I'm in the middle of reading a play right now, and it's pretty interesting. I also got a notification from Facebook earlier that I've been putting off answering, so I should probably go do that.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recovering From Florida and Reminiscing About the Avatar Series Finale

Today has basically felt like the first day back from Florida even though it's technically the second.  Yesterday I ended up hanging out with Haley, Autumn, and Blake for a while in the evening/night.  (Which, if you follow me on Twitter, you undoubtedly know considering we tweeted about it quite a bit.)  Since I got home late last night and then proceeded to stay up even later reading fanfiction, I've been extremely tired today.  I filmed a video earlier that basically sucked because I was unable to form complete thoughts.  I didn't even realize how tired I was until I turned on the camera and tried talking somewhat intelligently.

I've spent a lot of my day on Tumblr, since I've felt really disconnected from it the past week or so while in Florida.  I also watched Little House on the Prairie for a while, and I edited the story I'm working on for the first time since we left for Florida.  The past hour or so I've been reading stuff on an Avatar forum that were written right before and after the series finale aired four year ago.  I'll be honest:  it made me a bit emotional.  I can't believe we discovered how the series ended four years ago.  I was getting ready to start high school, and now I'm remembering all of this as I'm getting ready for college.  Plus, we've gotten the first season of Korra since then.  Back then, we didn't even know there was going to be a new series.  In fact, we had a long, long time before we learned about Korra.

I did not mean for that to turn into a sentimental rant about Avatar.  Whoops.  Anyway, I'm off to read more of that and get even more sentimental and emotional.  (Just thinking about my reaction to the final scene and the kiss makes me want to cry tears of happiness.)