Thursday, March 31, 2011

College is Fun! (?)

Well, it's definitely been a little bit since I've posted last. I'd apologize, but I don't think there's anyone actually reading this anyways.

I was planning on writing a movie review on Limitless a while back. I still might. However, it's been out for a while. Really quick general thoughts, it's good. Makes you question how you feel about using performance enhancing drugs (aka steroids). I'll try and get that review up sometime soon.

So, I have a lot to talk about today. College, goals, writing, and other stuff I'm sure. So, let's just start with college.

College. Is awesome. It's a no BS deal. No special treatment to the jocks. (Not that there are any, it's a community college.) But it's so much more freedom and responsibility- which I personally love. I hate the high school teachers because they baby everyone. If you don't get an assignment done on time, you can go to the teacher, put on a puppy dog face, say the dog ate my homework, and you get an extra day to turn it in. Here, you turn it in. No exceptions. If you're absent on a day something is due. You can't turn it in. Call me crazy, but I love it.
Also, I don't even have class until 11 every day (except for Tuesdays, which start at 8am) and I don't even have school on Fridays.
You know how they say that even though you're only in class for a few hours a day, but you study the rest of it? Well, they're right. That's okay though. Because I like being able to control my own learning. You learn the stuff in class during a lecture. Take notes and all that jazz. Then you go and do the assignments and study and it's up to you to learn it.
People I tend to not like- (The whimpy-I-need-help-doing-everything-plus-a-reminder-everyday-that-I-have-assignments-due-I-want-special-treatment kind of people) Don't survive college. Generally, they just don't go. It's nice. All the people here care about being here. At least most of them.

Okay, on to the next topic. Goals. Life goals. School goals. Lots of goals. I love them. You know it. Secretly, you love them too. If you don't, you should. Currently, I've got a few goals in mind.
1) Get a car. I need a car kind of bad, now that I'm in college and all. It's really annoying to get a ride from my parents and take the bus and all that. Not that I want to park on campus, I'm not insane. However, having a car would be nice.
2) Get straight As this term. Call me crazy, but I think I can do it. Most of my classes seem a whole lot easier than my IB classes in high school. (Oh, I got a 3.8 last trimester! The only B was in my one non-IB class.)
3) Figure out what to do in life. If I like my engineering class, I might start looking at that. However, right now I'm looking at getting two associate's degrees- one in management, and the other in accounting. Then transfer to O(regon)SU to get a bachelor's in accounting. Do you know how much financial managers make a year? A lot. Like 100 grand a lot. And being a financial manager can basically guarantee me a job anywhere. Or at least some sort of management job. Fact: The general population cannot keep themselves organized without an appointed manager. I really like management, and after looking at the classes required for accounting, that looks pretty interesting too.
Then I'll start a custom car shop with Mr.Wonderful and I'll do all the management stuff for that as well as work on interiors and pinstriping. All the intricate detail-y stuff. At least that's the plan for now.

My next topic seems to be a reoccuring one. For obvious reasons. Writing. Do you know how excited I'm getting for JulNoWriMo this year? It's kind of insane. Besides the fact that I want summer to get here so I can go on the cruise. I really want to start writing my novel for JulNo. So, this year. I'm planning.
That's right. Actually planning. The entire novel. (Hopefully.) That way - because I'm missing 5 days at the start of the month - I won't fall behind and die.

And the final topic is NaBloPoMo. I think I'm going to try it again in April. Which means I have to start posting tomorrow for it. Am I crazy? Is it even possible for someone to do this? I feel like I'd have to get up and post before school every day. And weekends it will be particularly hard to post every day considering I get home at midnight every night. :/ Should I do it????

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


WARNING: The following post may ramble.

Well, in case you failed to notice my absence for the past four days, I've been busy. And as such, lost NaBloPoMo for March. *sentimental tear* Well, I suppose I should just keep blogging? I'm sure I'll try this again some other month. For now I'll just keep posting when I can. I want to get to 5,000 views by the end of July. So, hopefully, I can reach that goal. (The fact that I only have about 1,300 views as of right now will not stop me.)

And just so you know, this may be a very very long post that hardly anyone will actually read - especially considering the fact that I actually had to write everything I wanted to talk about down on a Post-it note so I wouldn't forget it all.

I saw The Social Network finally. It was a great movie and I think the characters were portrayed well. Not like a lot of movies, where the main character is very lovable and you have no problems except for the fact that s/he's just too amazing and the antagonists are just horrible. In this case, Mark Zuckerberg was very much a real person and played very well. However, I'm not too sure about having Justin Timberlake playing Sean Parker. That seemed a little strange to me.

I also saw District 9 last night. That was one of the more depressing movies I've seen in a really long time. It was good though. It made me think about a lot of things. Like how would we react if we ran into aliens. It's a really interesting idea and the movie was made incredibly well. The graphics for the "prawns" were amazing.

Life Stuff:
College starts in a week and a half. I still need to buy my textbooks and figure out how to get a ride there and back. I'm mostly worried about Mondays and Wednesdays, because I think I'll be taking the bus there and back. That would suck just a little. Tuesdays and Thursdays I can just get a ride from my mom if I need to. I should also get a bus pass for the month or something like that. I should just look up how to do that. Also, I should get a parking permit.

I've felt rather demotivated lately. This is bad. So, I've started making a list of things I can do to be interested in and all that jazz. The list is as follows:
  • Programming (I used to know html, I forgot. I should learn again.)
  • Read more; specifically more informational stuff. Maybe a little fiction here and there.
  • Write more; generally I save my writing for July because that way I don't get burned out, but I've had a lot of ideas lately. I'll make a separate post about all of those ideas running through my mind.
  • Exercise; once again, I really need to start doing this. I would run, but it's rainy and we have a Nordic Track (Google it), if it was a treadmill, I'd run more. They're just more fun.
  • Blog! Find a more thematic blog maybe? More on that down below
New blog? I think I'll keep this as a more personal, generalized blog. However, as few of you know, I am super crazy into Civilization IV, and my computer finally decided it wanted to read CDs again. And now I can play it again! So, I'm thinking maybe I can do a blog all about Civilization IV. There's a thousand different things I can do for it. It would take me a few years, maybe even a couple decades to go through every option I could do. It would be insane. Maybe that's just interesting to me. Maybe there's people out there who would get into it. Who knows. What do you think??

Friday, March 11, 2011

Video Games

Well, the title of this blog post was originally going to be about the fact that I am going to go play Sims 3 in a moment instead of making an in depth blog post about something interesting. Though I do have a growing list of things to talk about. However, I never seem to find the time to write a long in depth researched post about something nerdy and interesting.

Then, I decided I'd throw something in here about Pokémon, because today while I was at Game Stop randomly, I thought I'd check out the old Gameboy Advance games - because these are the only games I have a system for and that I have enough money to buy. And I was never allowed to play Pokémon as a kid, or watch it, or have anything to do with it really.

Well, as you can imagine, Gameboy Advance games are pretty inexpensive. Six or seven dollars usually. Then I thought, "Hey, I should get a Pokémon game!" How wrong I was. There was only one Pokémon game. It was $40!!! That's almost as much as any brand new Wii game or Xbox game!

So, for all you people out there who got into Pokémon when you were a kid and held on to the stuff because you thought it might be worth something someday. You were right. It's someday now. You can get some serious profit on those things nowadays. Especially the original games.

And I am off to play Sims 3 now!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Today, I had my first ever massage.
It was amazing. Absolutely wonderful. Full body massage. For an hour. Love.
And it was only 55$ with tip!

If I can scrounge up enough money, I'm going to start getting more massages for sure. It's also really good for your health. And makes your skin all soft. It was a good celebration for my last day of high school and a good way to relax.

I highly suggest going and getting a massage if you're stressed or you're tense or something. Personally it helps a lot with the whole random muscle spasm thing I have. I really have no idea why it happens to me, but it only happens when I'm really tense.

And, just random thought, I'm super cold and shaking from it. Like shaking, shaking, shaking, shaking, twitch. It's really annoying. If anyone has any tips on how to solve this, it'd be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

College Bound

Well, today, I registered for college classes. And let me tell you. I love college classes.
First of all, I have no class on Friday.
Second of all, I only have to get to class by 8am 2 days out of 7 in a week.

So, Mondays and Wednesdays, I have Math 251 (Calculus 1) at 11 and Western Civ: Ancient to Medieval at 3.
Then, Tuesdays and Thursdays I have some required College Preparedness class at 8am and then Writing 121 at 1.
Also, on Thursdays I have a beginning Engineering class in between those 2 classes.
And I have no class on Friday! However, this will most likely be taken up by study time.

I have orientation on Friday and I'll probably get my textbooks and stuff then.

Bah. So excited.

It's going to be crazy awesome!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!

I finally have a topic to talk about. And it's Fat Tuesday! Albeit a little late to be talking about it, but it'll be interesting. Promise.

So Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, pretty much everyone knows exists. May know a little about it. May even party for it. But how many know the history behind it. (Me? Doing history? Blasphemy...) Well, I wanted to do a little research on it and find out some stuff.

So, Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent. Lent was originally a forty day long religious event to prepare the believer for the annual commemoration during the "Holy Week" that ends with Easter - the resurrection of Christ.

Nowadays, however, Lent is the 40 day period where people give up their bad habit for the 40 days. Coffee, alcohol, unnecessary shopping, and desserts are all very common things to give up. People also make goals for the 40 days - such as working out half an hour a day or praying 10 minutes every day.

Mardi Gras is french for Fat Tuesday and it is "officially" the same thing. However, Mardi Gras is no longer a day in many towns. Mardi Gras events begin in November in Mobile, Alabama! Long party... Mardi Gras is celebrated all around the world in different ways. In the Netherlands it is called "Carne Vale" which means "Goodbye to the Meat" in Latin.

The United States, however, is the biggest party of them all when it comes to Fat Tuesday. We are the most obese nation in the world after all. ;) And we love to party. It's what we're good at. The best place to go for a Mardi Gras party after all is in the heart of the southern US. New Orleans, Louisiana. In fact, New Orleans throws such huge and brilliant parties, that part of their culture is based around this celebration and they are well known for their Mardi Gras parties. However, unlike most parties, Mardi Gras parties end abruptly at the stroke of midnight. Like Cinderella, but for the whole party.

This day is also known as Pancake Tuesday (Canada and other English countries), Fastnacht Day (among German American populations), Malasada Day (Hawaii), Fettisdagen (Sweden), Sprengidagur (Iceland), and Užgavėnės (Lithuania).

So, crazy stuff, right? Whether you're having a huge party in New Orleans or you're sipping your last cup of coffee for the next 40 days. Have a happy Mardi Gras!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Free Time

It happened. I have free time. And now that I have this free time I'm not actually sure what to do with it.

Obviously I'm going to do a blog post about this dilemma.

It's been so long since I've had free time, it's like a foreign concept to me. I have free time and I'm just sitting here going "What is there to do?" I mean, it took me a good solid five or ten minutes to realize I could do something I enjoy doing. I feel like it's sad that that's true.

I think I'm going to write. I haven't written in a while. Maybe change that into planning for JulNoWriMo. With work, and the cruise taking away the first four days, and it just being summer, I want to be really planned out ahead of time. Hopefully I don't get too tired of the story(ies?) by July. No burning out. Burning out is bad.

I cleaned my office up today. Mostly because I wanted a nap on the floor and it was just a little disgusting. But I cleaned my office! I vacuumed it and everything! I'm very proud of myself.

I think when the weather starts to be consistently nice, I'll start biking or running or something. I feel like I should be in better shape. I feel like it's beneficial and stuff. And I'd feel better and I would be way more legit when it comes to life. I've always wished I could be more epic and in shape and awesome and stuff like that.

Well, I guess that's it for today.
Please comment!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Story Idea

Geez! I have twenty minutes left to write this and post it because I almost forgot about posting!
Thankfully, I got this wonderful story idea while doing my psych outlines and wanted to share it and after a long string of thoughts in a short period of time, I remembered I needed to post.

It is important to note that I have had some (a lot of) caffeine and therefore run-on sentences are likely.

So, I really don't know much about this whole story idea I just had, but it goes kind of like this.

An older middle aged woman (I'm thinking like Megan from the early NUMB3RS episodes) is doing psychological research which involves following foster kids or juvie kids or something and ends up getting emotionally attached to one of the kids and has to decide between the job she loves and the kid she ends up loving. It could end either way, but because of the way I write, I don't think I could ever do the "happy ending" where the character ends up figuring out how to fit both things in.

Anyways, that's my idea. What do you think?

Um... I have ideas for posting, I swear! I just have to find time to sit down and write them without running out of time.

I'm proud of my actually getting the posting all done, even if it's mostly rambling so I can get a post in. I am trying to get some actual non-nonsense into the posts. I'll try harder after this! I promise!

Until tomorrow!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Life is Good

Well, again, I don't exactly have a topic today. But I figured I'd just update you about what's going on in my life. And it's all pretty good.

First awesome piece of news:
I only have 4 days left of high school! And 3 of them are half days!
That's right, I am going to PCC starting next term. And I am excited.
I register for classes on Wednesday, so I'm assuming that'll be the topic for that day. Scheduling and the like. So that's just awesome.

Second awesome piece of news:
I've got almost straight As! I only have one B as of now. Hopefully that won't change too much but that's pretty good.

Third awesome piece of news:
My one year anniversary with Byron is in 2 weeks and I am so excited! We're going on a drive down to Newport and going to this awesome restaurant called Flashbacks. And the car show is that weekend. It's going to be awesome.

Fourth awesome piece of news:
Life is good. I feel quite good about life. It's all going quite well.

And... that's pretty much it.
Tomorrow, I'll post probably some other lame post, because I have homework I should probably do and I'm too tired to do it tonight.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Last Minute Post!!!

I'm having an online date with my boyfriend as of right now. So I guess this is about as rude as texting when you're on a date. I don't know. Maybe.

Today really has no focus minus the fact that I need to post for NaBloPoMo.

Online gaming with friends is really fun actually if you can get into it. I'm playing chess right now. That's pretty simple. Well, playing it online is simple. Actually playing the game isn't as simple.

I need to call the ECHS people because I haven't been notified of acceptance and stuff, so I don't actually know if I need to go to school after next week or not. I feel like this is a problem that should be solved. However, because it is the weekend, I can't find out until Monday.

I have work tomorrow... so I should go to bed soon.

I promise tomorrow's post will be better!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Trying to Cram in a Post For the Day

My day went like this.

Internet went out at 2:30am last night while finishing my homework. Get up at 6am to finish my homework. Go to school for 7 hours. Come home. Get ready for work. Go to work from 4pm to 10pm. Go back home. Do homework.

Admittedly, I am procrastinating right now. Because I need to get a post in for NaBloPoMo. And I need a bit of a break.

Basically, I have a lot of caffeine and a lot of stuff to do. My goal is to be asleep by 3am.

I am currently doing a project for lit that is basically an epilogue to Fahrenheit 451 in diary format. It's going to be very awesome. Due tomorrow. I just started. We'll see how this goes.

Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hd's Psgy Nts

Tdy, m gng 2 tk abt psgy nts nd hw shthnd stl cm 2 b. Gnrly, I dnt tp my psgy nts lk ths, I wrt thm out by hnd nd thn trnslt thm n2 eng ltr.

Did you understand that? I'm proud of you if you could. Here's the translation:

Today, I'm going to talk about my psychology notes and how my shorthand style came to be. Generally, I don't type my psychology notes like this, I just write them out by hand and then translate them into English later.

Now try reading lots of psychology terms in the same language. Rchdta, qltv rsch, rflxvty. My favorite: isss (issues).

So, short hand became obsolete when college students could afford a laptop to take to class and back. So they didn't have to worry about not being able to write fast enough. Now, however, shorthand is moving into the high school world. It's easier to write the notes out for outlines of chapters when you have free time in class and then type them up later, than to do them later at home. Makes sense, people tend to be more motivated to do homework at school than at home.

I really don't have any where I'm going with this topic, I just figured I'd let you know that shorthand isn't gone. And it's kind of crazy. People who can write in legit short hand with little lines and circles and dots are very awesome.

It's NaBloPoMo day 2!!!! Yay! Hopefully this will continue.... also I hope I don't run out of ideas. If you want to give me something to talk about, let me know in a comment. (Awkward plug to try and get people to comment.)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo March!

The competition. National Blog Posting Month.
The goal. A blog post every day for one month.
The month. March.
The question. Should I do it?

Well, I seem to be relatively not busy for the entire month. Minus my one year anniversary, which means I'd have to wake up early or something to get all the blog posts in. As well as beginning my life as a college student at PCC. Other than that, I seem to have nothing too big to take up my time.

Do you think I should do it?
This would officially be the first post of the month, because I'm posting this after midnight so it is March 1st.

I think I'll try it out. See how it works.
The theme is for this month is "In a Word". The theme isn't required, so I don't know if I'll use that. I may have to use some prompts though at some point. Hopefully, I can do it. And potentially, my audience will increase a little. Though, I'm not quite sure why people would be interested in this blog particularly. There's really no theme. Unless you want to say I like discussing nerdy things. Maybe there are more nerdfighters in the world than I thought.