Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Video Message of the Day - 9/30/2009

Today I am starting a new daily post, the Video Message of the day. It could be something inspirational, it could be funny, it could be a music video, or just something interesting.

My first video post is one that I'm sure that many of youo have seen, but it's also one of my favorites. So sit back, relax, and laugh your head off :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Things To Do

Go to a thrift store.

Who knows what you will find?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday: also known as T.V. night!

Seriously though, am I the only one who has noticed how many great shows are on on Thursdays? I would think that tivo's everywhere should be going crazy! (I however, do not have one). So for those of you who are not familiar with the many great shows on tonight, I have decided to write all about them here.

1. The Vampire Diaries The CW 8:00

The show features a high school who is torn between two vampire brothers. Between dead parents, drugs, "mysterious killings", and a psychic best friend, the show is anything but boring.

While it may be forever doomed to be compared to twilight (note the resemblance of one of the main characters, Stefan, to Twilight's Edward) the show is actually based on a series of books which were written before Twilight ever was. Sure the two have some similarities, but I know all my girls out there don't mind another hot vampire falls in love with human girl story. Right ladies?

2.Community NBC 9:30/8:30 central
This show fallows a guy named Jeff and his fellow classmates. Shady, lazy, and seemingly uncaring of what is "right" or "wrong", Jeff finds himself back in school. The show includes every stereotype (as much as I hate the word) that you find at community college, which are each portrayed both truthfully, and comically.

3. Project Runway Lifetime, 10:00
What girl doesn't love this show? It manages to retain everything that we love about reality shows (competition, skill, real people, excitement) without feeling like another cheesy, scripted attempt to make money. Of course, lets not forget it's fabulous hosts Heidi Clum and Tim Gund, who really are the backbone of the show.

4. SkinsBBC America, check your local listings

This is a show that I just discovered (mostly because until recently, I didn't know that my house got the channel BBC America). The show revolves around several teens and things that they go through. I think one of the reasons that I enjoy this show is because the characters in it are nothing like myself. The drink, do drugs, have sex. At first, I was a little shocked, but there really is a lot more to the show. It is filled with drama, but in a good way.

5. The Office NBC 9:00

Chronicaling the day to day happenings at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, there is no doubt that The Office has been popular with many people. While it's specific style of comedy is definetly not enjoyed by everyone, Office is assuradly unlike most other shows on t.v. From it's characters, to "breaking the fourth wall", to the "I cant believe that just happened" moments, the office is very entertaining.

6. Everything Else
There are many, many other good shows on on Thursday evenings, the above are simply the ones I watch. From Survivor, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, to Fringe there is definetly something on for everyone. So, check your local listings people!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We Can Dance if we Want To!

Do you ever just want to get up and DANCE?? Dancing is one of my favorite things to do, and I do it often (however poorly, might I add). I really don't think there is anything more pure than a release of energy like dancing, or singing, or what ever it is you do. When you can express yourself in a way that transcends the normal confines of human communication, well, there is something truly beautiful and awe inspiring about that.

I also love the power that dancing has on my mood. I honestly had a terrible day today at school (some events occurred in one of my classes that I wont boor you with talking about) ans I was so upset when I got home. You know what I did? I turned on some music, and DANCED it out, complete with a little bit of lip singing. And now, I just as good as ever.

So never be afraid to bust a move, no matter who is watching. And remember, when in doubt, dance it out!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

North Star

North star, north star
-why do you have to stay so far?
I wish i could fly up to where you are
-and hang there for a while.

I'd look back down upon the world
-some tiny orb that's being hurled
through a univere not yet unfurled
-just some cosmic mystery.

Today Is..

September 11, 2009.

8 years have gone by since the terrorist attack on the world trade center, when approximately 3,000 people lost their lives. That morning, September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget.

And yet, in all truthfulness, I almost forgot that today was the anniversary of that event. It is (especially for a busy college student) so easy to just get in a pattern and go through the motions, that you don't think about little things like the date. So when I looked at my calendar yesterday, at first, I didn't believe it. But, after a blink or two I realized - today is that day.

It seems to me, that for those who were old enough to remember that day (and there are many who are just a year or two younger than me don't. But after all, I was only 9 when it happened) will never forget exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. I know I never will.

My mother was getting myself and the neighborhood kids who she took care of ready for school. I remember walking into the living room to ask her if she could do my hair, and seeing her and one of the other kids sitting staring at the TV. Just, staring. So, I stared too, and watched as the plane flew into the first tower, and it collapsed. And then the second tower. I also remember all of the different reactions people had. Some would cry, others display anger toward anyone, and anything they associated with the terrorist who had caused the attack. I just remember feeling numb. Constantly asking myself "Who would do this? Why?". When I realized that in launching their attack, the terrorist had also killed themselves, it only made me more confused. I was pretty smart for a nine year old, and even in my confusion, I still had one important question. One that no one else seemed to answer. "How does someone become so angry, or so sad, or whatever emotion it could possibly be, to do something like this? How could anyone reach that point?"

One of the best things I remember about that day, was what followed in the weeks and months after. Patriotic songs could be heard on every station, people pulled out the American flag, they started to help each other, care for each other. Love each other. I guess it's once again the beauty with the disaster. The yin with the yang.

If there is one hope that I have for the world, it is too remember those couple of months after September 11, 2001. To remember how we felt towards our neighbors, towards strangers. That kind of love and care is something that one should never loose. I realize that if someone were to read this from another country, it might sound like I am very much supporting America, and in a way I am. But, it's so much more than that. I hope that one day we wont just think of each other as American, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. nor think of ourselves as Christians, or Jews, or Muslims. I hope that, one day, we will simply think of each other as friends, and stand up, as citizens of the world. As an "us", not a "them".

So, at the end of a day of remembering, lets promise to never forget.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alright, I'm about to let a little bit of my inner nerd show here for you guys. Part 1

I have been really excited about something lately. Halloween. Yes, yes, I realize that it is just the beginning of September and not near enough to October 31 to even think about being excited for it. Yet, every year during late August, the same feeling washes over me. I get random urges to watch horror flicks, and read magazines like Home and Garden looking for things like recipes for "spooktacular treats" or "Halloween party tips". I even go as far as to make up excuses to go to the local party store more than necessary, just so I can see what kind of decorations and costumes they have. Now first off let me say that I am not some psychopath who loves severed hands, or someone who believes in the occult. I'm really just your average 17 year old girl.

I have often speculated as to why I love Halloween so much. Maybe because it's close to my birthday? Maybe it's some deep rooted psychological, thing, that has to do with my love of sweets? I honestly don't think it's either. And while my love of the day is usually focused into a few months, at any time in the year I can be found watching shows like Ghost Hunters or Ten Scariest Places on Earth.

But so far, I have been able to narrow down the reason for my Halloween-itis to two possible answeres. And, most likely, it's a little bit of both.

The first, is the time. Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year. I love everything about it. From the way the leaves change, to the weather, to being able to wear slightly warmer clothes to, well, what do you know? One of the main holidays in autumn is none other than Halloween.

The second and more "philosophical" reason for my Halloween love comes from my "what if..?" complex. I can so easily be caught up in the fascination of something that is so different from the day to day, that I just cant help but be intrigued. And then, when you take something that seems totally impossible (like say a vampire), and then find that there is, in fact, some kind of historical story behind it (such as how the name Dracula supposedly came from Vlad Dracul, once the ruler of Turkey, who is notorious for his violence and blood lust. Oh, and one of his favorite past times was to impale prisoners heads on sticks). Well, that just gets me excited, and much more interested at the fact that, maybe all of this crazy stuff didn't just pop out of someones head one day. Maybe, just maybe there really is something to all of this.

That's not to say that I believe in vampires and zombies and all of that stuff, because I don't. But to think that all of that stuff isn't just made up, that it's really linked to an ancient society, or a real person, it's just incredible to think about.

Needless to say, my anticipation of the day is only going to grow as it gets closer. And, you can expect more posts on the topic. Such as my tips on great and unique costumes, the historical background of the things associated with halloween, cool decorating ideas, and much more.

I cant wait!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Have you ever wondered...

...Why some times it seems like destruction begets beauty? See L.A. currently dealing with massive wild fires. See Mission Viejo. Far away enough to not worry about being in danger of said fire, yet close enough to see the effects it has on the sky. Vibrant with a distinct red and blue in the evening, a result from the ash in the air. It is so beautiful. This same idea can be true of the written word. How many beautiful songs and poems have been written out of pain and misery? There are even some like that on this site. Maybe it's just the world trying to even itself out, a yin and yang if you will. The beauty with the pain, the good with the bad.

Whatever it is, it's just something to think about.