Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The last day of school

I'm now a senior. Sadly, I don't feel that different or magically changed or anything. It might have been because my grandma spent Memorial Day weekend with us and made the entire house (or perhaps just me) tense.

Ah, well she's gone now. Today I showed up at school for attendance and then took pictures. The end.

Perhaps I should elaborate.

For the past few weeks I have been working on these two mosaic benches (with an inconsistent myriad of other people) doing everything from scratch including making the patterns, cutting the glass, gluing them down, grouting them, cleaning, etc. Not only was it a long process, it was also very painful. While I should have been wearing gloves, I worked commando due to the fact that 1)My school was too cheap to provide any gloves, and 2)I don't like wearing things on my hands. at. all.

Needless to say I have many cuts and tiny minuscule shards of glass in my hands. Did you know that hand sanitizer is the devil incarnate? No? Well now you know. I was kind of stressed throughout the whole process because Miranda, the other half of our two person team left before even half of it was done, and I had to rely on the help of random stragglers that passed through the art room and felt pity for me and my (literally) bloody hands.

Anyways, I did it pro bono (I was roped into it because volunteering is my kryptonite) for the Sunshine Committee, which is a bunch of ladies at my school that ensures that everyone who is retiring receives a party and gift. Both benches are going to retiring English teachers, and one of them happened to be my AP English teacher this year. Oh how my hands burn in agony D':

But look at how pretty they turned out!

I couldn't bear not taking a picture of my pride and joy before they were being given away. Ah well, they're in a happy place now, probably beside a pool being fondled by grandchildren.

But yeah, after I took the pictures I had some time to kill so I made giant origami cranes. No really, they were pretty giant.

And then when I went home I checked my email and found this:

I am one happy camper. No I take that back, I actually hate camping because of the likelihood of having bugs crawl into my tent and onto me.

I am one happy.... hiker.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Stills and Woes

Aha! Stills from the video that I'm sending to CAKE! I woke up at 5:40, put my hair up in a messy bun, grabbed my tripod and camera, my dog, and ran outside to set up before any of my family woke up.

I didn't tell them about the possibility of me being in a music video because... I'm weird. And for some reason I'm more comfortable sharing with the Internet than I am with them. But that's probably because the internet doesn't give me long lectures whenever I talk about going out to lunch with my friends.... but I digress, and it's early and I'm prone to rambling.

I shot the video in under 5 minutes (set up time included) and for the most part everything was ok.

My house is on a corner lot, so I shot in my yard.

My dog is batshit. He slipped out of his choke collar and started running around like mad before finally settleing down to eat some sticks and acorns at the corner of my yard.

Aaaaaaand my notorious, somewhat classic awkward face when talking.

I had to listen to a part of the song that I forgot the melody to XD and my dog is still eating those acorns!

But yeah, after I got all of my gear inside I just left the back door open and my dog came traipsing in 5 minutes later. He's a character.

I had tried filming this with a friend of mine previously, but he was dead set on being "artsy" and ignored the fact that CAKE didn't want artsy, but unified. Needless to say I couldn't use any of that footage. Not to mention the previous two times I had tried to film in my yard, but the sky was so cloudy that you couldn't see the sunrise... >.<

Ah, at least I got it done. Now all I have to do is figure out an alternative way to send the video because the file type is bigger than 25 mb, which is gmail's limit. I don't know. Hopefully the file sharing site I'm uploading to works!

I'll keep you guys posted :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Graduation, and fulfilling my dream.

Yesterday was the best day... of a lot of my friends' lives. They graduated. They are free (or at least until they step into college) and hopefully armed and ready to face the future. I'm going to miss my friends, but I'm sure they'll be fine.

Graduation overall was great because I got to hug the hipster dream boat a.k.a That Guy (for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while) before he left for architecture school in Houston. It was great despite the fact that his girlfriend was there. Sure it was platonic, but a big, long, bear of a hug from a guy that is pretty much my musical/art soulmate is pretty rad.

I'm going to miss him in art class :/

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today I kidnapped someone

...with some friends.

Today was wonderful. I made a pyramid in first period while my teacher was out, look, I'm on the second tier!

And then I worked on some art for an hour.

And then I left school with my friends Hang, Sayra (who was at the top of the pyramid) and Driver. Our school's exam schedules are so messed up that pretty much people were allowed to come and go off campus whenever so we decided to get something to eat. As we were driving down the road trying to find a gas station all of a sudden Hang shouts out "DUDE IT'S ADAM! LET'S PICK HIM UP!" as we pass him.

Of course she was joking, but Driver, being the person he was SPED around the block and nearly ran Adam over before his breaks shrieked to a stop. Before he could recognized any of us Driver yelled "GET IN THE CAR." and Adam just shrugged his shoulders and slid into the backseat next to me.

Now, Adam and I had never met before so it was a bit bizarre because I felt like a pedophile picking up some random guy...

I was shocked about how chill he was about the whole situation, but then again he is a notorious druggie... After talking to him I found out that it was his first year in Texas, and that he had moved down here from Pennsylvania, which he hated.

I don't know. Maybe it's my inner goodie two shoes, but I almost envied his extreme go with the flow attitude that stared every challenge, surprise, and inconvenience in the face with a smirk and a smooth "Whatever."

Ah. Then again, he told me about the many times that he blacked out and would end up in random states like Virginia and New Jersey (which he also hated). Yeah, I don't think I could cope with that.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Blogger has even more bugs

So far I've tried to leave a comment on both Cassidy's and Tanner's blogs, but blogger apparently thinks that I'm not logged in and keeps sending me to the log in page... :/ Oh well.

Today in Physics, since it was our last official day of class we played frisbee, and I learned that if I don't attempt any fancy throws or anything, I'm actually not that bad at it! Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to start playing ultimate or anything, but if one gets chunked at my head I'm confident that if I catch it I can throw it back. Or maybe today was a fluke?

Eh, I'm not going to dwell on that.

I'm so happy that most of my friends are home from college! I've already seen a few of them, and talked a bit to them and they all seem pretty chill about college. I'm hoping that things will be as laid back for me as it has been for them.

I've been having quasi-anxiety attacks whenever I think about moving out to North Carolina to do who knows what in college due to the fact that I've never really spent time ALONE away from home for more than a few weeks. On the bright side, the college that I'm going to has concierge dry cleaning, and microwaves and mini fridges in the dorm rooms. << FTW!

Ahhhh.... my brain is about to melt from all of this self inflicted anxiety! I'm going to go take a long shower.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Go away rain

Hooray for the world not ending!

Boo for all this rain. While I had planned on shooting my part for CAKE's music video this weekend I don't know if I'll actually be able to :/

Set backs FTL.

Anyways, yeah. Not much going on besides that.

I've been at a continuous loss for having something to write in people's yearbooks, so I've just settled for writing cheesy jokes and just scribbling a simple "HEY." in scary sociopath block caps. I've been so uninspired lately art wise, and I think it's this drizzley weather. Or perhaps my growing fear that in about 10 or so days it'll be summer and I'll be that much closer to leaving home and going to college in North Carolina. I don't know. I'll work it out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Winter's chill chilled me to the bone this year

So a few posts back I mentioned signing up to be in CAKE's music video for The Winter, and today I got my section that I'll be filming!

I'm going to be singing the first line of the song, then 1 minute in I'll sing the background vocals, and then 1 minute 11 seconds in I'll be da-da-da da da da daaaaaaaa-ing.

And since I have a part at the VERY beginning of the song I have to film at sunrise! It will be epic! I'm planning on getting my friend Rebekka to help me with it this weekend... she doesn't know that she's helping me with it yet :P

Ahhhhh I can barely contain myself! I have to have my segment done by the 30th so I might be able to post my parts on here a bit later....


This totally made my month.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

And let the fun begin

Today I received my second summer assignment.

Cue cheers and confetti!

I'm a little apprehensive about having to read two books for AP English (literature), but I think I can handle it. We had a list to pick from and one of the books I picked was As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, which luckily I've already read, so I should only need to brush up on it.

My summer projects for AP Environmental Science actually don't seem that bad. I have to pick three endangered species and do a report on each one, and then make a display featuring the three species. I plan on knocking it out (hopefully) in the next three weeks. I've already picked out the ones I'm doing and they're the Ocelot, Big-leaf Mahogany, and Visayan Deer.

Ahhhhh plus all the yearbook stuff that I just remembered... The perks of being co-Editor!

On the first day of school there is going to be a big test over the reading, and my Enviro projects are counting as two major grades.... FUN!

Oh well, I can handle it :)

What about you guys still in school? I can't be the only one with summer homework....?!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I'm sort of glad blogger crashed

I'll rip off the band-aid right now and just say: I didn't win class vice president. All american boy won. And to make it worse, after school he added me on Facebook.

But don't worry! I'm ok!

Not that many people know the results yet, but the people who I've told so far are disappointed. In fact, I think they're more disappointed than I am because they loath all american boy.

Like I predicted, the votes were split between us all and my Achilles heel happened to be my lazy friends who could barely leave their lunch table to vote for me. BUT THAT'S OK. I'm working on getting over it. (cue violent twitching)

Danny ran under the campaign: Vote for me because it's my birthday (and I'll cry if I lose)

All american boy ran under the campaign: Vote for me and you'll get this free bond t-shirt...wait. Let me stand over your shoulder as you vote so that I know you're not lying to me.

Mauri ran under the campaign: Vote for me because I'm a cheerleader.

And I ran under a clean campaign that simply wanted good reunions that didn't cost an arm and a leg to produce. However, my friend Nathan H. and I have decided to just throw reunions unofficially and do things that way. It works.

I didn't guilt people into giving me pity votes, I didn't hold my popularity and looks over every body's head, and I didn't bribe people with free t-shirts that only promoted my own agenda, so I feel pretty good that I lost.

One thing that did bug me though was a friend of mine, who had been a friend of mine for I don't know 6 YEARS decided that she didn't know who to vote for. Her solution? Make me play rock paper scissors with Danny, best two out of three wins. Excuse me? After all the times I told people that you weren't a lying, dumbass slut (their words, not mine)? After all the times I was there for you when your life went down the crapper? Rock? Paper? Scissors? Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?!

So I politely told her no. And that I wasn't going to pressure her into voting for me, because I'm a good friend and rah rah rah, this didn't mean that much to me anyways. Like I said I'm more upset that people didn't care enough to do me this ONE TINY FAVOR that only required about 5 minutes tops of their time.

I drowned my emotions in swiss cheese sauce that I made in 10 minutes and watched some really awesome movies, and read some awesome blogs that you guys wrote, and my parents are proud that I was ambitious, and that I put myself out there.

But yeah. I'm still yearbook co-editor. I'm still going to an awesome college in less than two years. I still have really awesome friends who went above and BEYOND for me, and will always be there for me. I still have you guys :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bullets for my sanity

  • Right now I'm currently brushing up on my literary devices for the AP English test, which I will do waaaayyy better on than the APUSH test. There are are so many different terms, and a lot of them have similar meanings. I don't know. Hopefully the worst one I run into will be juxtaposition, although I doubt it will be.

  • I'm debating on whether or not after my AP test I should go eat sushi with my friends, or have lunch with my dad... Seeing as how I don't have to be back at school till one it doesn't matter either way. I'll still miss Physucks :)

  • Speaking of Physics, I'm dreading the next test because it's open notes, and knowing my physics teacher, he's going to make it the hardest test ever. GAHHHH the test is this Thursday!!

  • My local library had my friend Rebekka and I sketch up some t-shirt designs for their summer reading program which is "Dig Up A Good Book" (last year was Catch The Reading Express--- cheesy right?) and these are the two that I did. Since they're on a tight budget they can only have one-color shirts so all designs have to be a bit clip-arty. Plus, the shirts are for the children's department so they have to be kid-friendly. I don't know... I had more nautical sketches, but I decided to play it safe and follow the instructions they gave me (a treasure chest with books).

  • I love being the first commenter on stuff. Especially when 400+ people are involved.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Six Flags!...for the 6th or so time.

Ah, how I do love Six Flags.

Every year since I was 11 or 12 I've gone to Six Flags, and for those of you who live near Disney, Universal Studios, or some other big theme park this may not be a big deal, but since I live 2-3 hours away from a theme park it's pretty fun when I go.

It also helps that I went with awesome people, and had a really cool roller coaster buddy! We got there around 1pm and left at 8pm and only managed to ride 4 roller coasters :/. All of the lines were 90 minutes long, and there were so many creepers in line! In fact, there was this one annoying family with, no lie, fake British accents (occasionally you could hear them slip) and they kept on bumping into us and... touching our butts.
It was crazy awkward.

I got home around midnight and pushed myself to stay awake so I could watch the new Doctor Who episode, and then I crashed. Really hard.

Oh yes, one of my favorite bands ever CAKE posted on Facebook that they needed some fans to help out with their music video for their song The Winter, and I signed up to help! I'm so excited to see how it's going to play out... I've already been sent the first set of instructions, but I'll keep you guys posted if anything else happens :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Testing, and Most Boys Don't Know Good Music

So I'm pretty confident in the fact that I at least made a 3 on my APUSH test. At first I didn't think I did too well, but as I started checking some of my answers online I realized that I didn't miss as many as I thought I did.

I kicked my DBQ in the face and chopped off its penis and burned it. I would like to formally thank Wikipedia, The History Channel, and Doctor Who for helping write a decent, almost 3 page essay. I picked 3&5 for my FRQs and I wasn't too confident about my first one. In fact, my first FRQ sucked so bad that I wanted to yell at it. My second one however, was really good and I'm hoping it makes up for the first one.

Ah well, I'll be at Harry Potter World by the time my scores come in.

Anyways, on to the second section of my post--- I'm appalled of the taste of music that most guys at my school have. Only one of my guy friends as what I would consider an EXCELLENT choice in music, and the rest are all usually too uncomfortable to like more than one or two genres at a time. What a shame! And what a waste of good music!

I don't know. Maybe I'm saying this because this college guy in Austin (who I recently realized was my musical soul mate) exists and I'm trying to figure out why the universe won't send a guy like him to my area. And by a guy like him I mean a cute guy that enjoys music festivals, likes sci-fi, has good hygiene and style, and can put up with my off putting sense of humor that can only be acknowledged in real life.


Never mind. Now that I read that I think I'll just settle for a lumberjack.

I'm going to go blast The Shins till my ears bleed. Or perhaps go to sleep. I'll flip a coin.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dear APUSH test,

Hopefully I'll at least make a 3, if not, oh well. I'm going out for Chinese food after the test so that I can properly drown my sorrows in a non-alcoholic way. UNIONS FTW?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

More election stuff

Let's just say that my competition is pretty stiff, and I needed to step up my game, ergo this wonderful piece of advertising. My friend Ashley, who is a photoshop genius, put it together. The entire process was pretty legit because we used a green screen and whatnot. I made it my profile picture yesterday and I've already recieved a truckload of compliments and reassurances about people voting for me.

I want to win.

Anyways, in other news I've given up on reading material for my APUSH test. I'm relying strictly on videos and documentaries to get me through everything. Right now I'm too busy designing next year's yearbook (ah, the perks of being co-editor!) and also planning all twelve of my pieces next year for art to have to worry about a test that a teacher didn't adequately prepare me for. Life goes on.

Oh yes, before I forget to mention it, I might be going to London next year for spring break with my AP English class!!! I don't know the details, but I'm picking up a packet and crossing my fingers that all of my ducks line up in order for me to go. Yeah. Just thought I should mention that :)

Before I go I'm going to leave you guys with some funny videos that I found on YouTube that were made for peoples class elections. The first video is pretty legit, if I do say so myself.

Monday, May 2, 2011

NHS! and Prom Stories

My school is notorious for running behind schedule so it's no surprise that after 2 years I was finally making my transition from NJHS to NHS (National Honor Society) tonight. Surprisingly a lot of people who I thought were going to be inducted didn't make the cut... I guess they were lying to me about their rank.

For a short while I was scared that I wasn't going to get inducted because everyone was smarter than me, but apparently I wasn't as average as I originally thought I was.

But yeah. The ceremony was pretty much a big joke. There were issues when it was time to light the candles, and everyone was trying really hard not to laugh. Oh yes, and when we were waiting outside in the hallways we were told 798489753984 times to use our "wee voices" because we were getting too loud.

Ah well, sham event aside I now have another pin to put on my awesome Letterman.

Now to what I've really been wanting to blog about... PROM STORIES FROM HELL, 2011 EDITION!

A friend of mine had asked a guy to go to prom with her because neither of them had dates. In fact, the guy said that he wasn't going since he didn't have a date, and that was a mighty shame. Everyone should go to prom. Anyways, as the date slides closer my friend buys her ticket, dress, and whatnot thinking that her prom date was also preparing for the big day. Everything is peachy. It's now a week before prom and they both happen to be in the same multimedia class. At this point my friend is positively glowing with excitement, imagining what fun she'll have at prom. It's at that moment that she overhears her date and his best friend talking.

"Man, I feel so bad because Monica bought my ticket... I mean, if anything I should have bought it..." said the best friend.

"Hahaha dude. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about that crap. Hell, I'm not even going to prom." said my friend's 'date' as he wiped the grease off of his pimply face.

Cue my friend's shock response of "HEY THERE. HOLD UP. WE HAD A DEAL."

Yeah, the cowardly douchebag didn't even have the nerve to tell her to her face that he had decided that he wasn't even going. If it weren't for her overhearing it then she would have probably been stood up.

Needless to say she went by herself and talked one of her friends to walk her down the promenade.

Another thing that went down during prom was drugs. Oh and alcohol too.

In fact, one guy showed up shitfaced and puked everywhere, managing to get him and his date arrested. She was supposed to be inducted into NHS tonight but..... yeah that didn't happen.

According to multiple sources my school's prom this year was by far the trashiest prom ever.

Yeah. I'm glad I didn't go. For everyone who did go to prom, I hope it wasn't as trashy as my school's! :)