Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We came to warn you about the angry puppy.


This is what my life has become.

I get so easily addicted to storylines. Whether it is a book, a film, or a TV series, I always end up completely wrapped up in the plot. If I am reading a good book, I won't be able to put it down until I reach the end. If I am even somewhat interested in a movie, I will watch it repetitively until I completely grasp every little detail. If I find a show entertaining and the seasons have been released, I will watch episode after episode, day and night, until I have flown through the entire series.

Basically, I go apeshit over a decent storyline. The development of a plot and characters is like a drug to me. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is no exception to this... in fact, I may be the most enthralled that I have ever been by a television show.

Oh yeah, and anyone who thinks Spike is "beneath" them should be subjected to the most excruciating pain possible before a very dishonorable death. I LOVE WILLIAM THE BLOODY, and I am not even ashamed of it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I've been Lombardo'd.

For so long now, learning how to play the piano has been an aspiration of mine. My mother's unused piano remained in my living room with the sole purpose of collecting dust... until today. Yes, today I finally began the learning process, because I finally found a teacher other than, well, myself.


Someone whom I have seen in concert, whose CD I have purchased, is my piano teacher. For basically $0.50 per minute, I am graced with his wisdom via Skype. It is SO WORTH IT. As someone who is not exactly musically gifted, I really feel like I'm going to learn something. Plus, I actually get to talk to one of my YouTube heroes, which is a pretty substantial bonus. Who cares if I sound like an idiot when attempting to figure out an instrument? It's not my strong suit. I have accepted it... somewhat.

Another musical goal of mine is to learn to play the guitar, which my friend has kindly offered to teach me. Spencer is not necessarily as exciting of a teacher as MiLo, but I'm pumped all the same.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm all black and blue.

When I decide it is time for a change, I don't half-ass it. I am someone who is all about routine, but when I get bored, the change is always pretty drastic. Hence... my new hair.

For years now, I have been dying my naturally chocolate brown hair a dark auburn color. It usually faded fairly quickly, leaving me with light reddish-brown waves. Yesterday, I thought, "To hell with this!" and dyed my hair black with some electric-blue streaks in it. In addition to the shocking change in color, I added bangs and a ton of random layers. Personally, I think it looks awesome. (: Sure, my brother says I look "emo" now, but whatever.

Aside from my hair appointment, all I have been doing lately is school assignments. I'm kind of losing my mind. But, to break up the monotony, I have renewed my Netflix account! :D I had to put it on hold for about a year due to a lack of finances, but I can finally afford it again. As a movie enthusiast, I cannot even describe how excited this makes me. I just finished watching "Wristcutters: A Love Story", which was strangely wonderful. It is about a world where people go to when they kill themselves, which sounds horribly depressing. Somehow, they managed to morph a downer of a concept into an adorable love story, without being a cheesily appalling level of cutesy. It was just... good.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I wouldntwatchiteither.

I uploaded my first ningfighter video today. (:

The history behind our collaboration channel is a short and not-so-interesting one, but I will fill you in regardless. We met on a forum on the ning, the internet community formed by vlogbrothers. ZoĆ« and Will were recruiting people for their channel, and they chose Dan, Sophia, and I out of everyone who auditioned. After procrastinating and procrastinating on coming up with a name, Will put us all out of our misery and just made the account. Thus, the ningfighters were born. :D
These people are lovely, interesting, and of course awesome. I am so thrilled to be included in this project with them. (:

Making my video today was somewhat of an ordeal. I went to sleep at nine o'clock this morning after a night of insomniac TV-watching, and groaned as I got up at noon for the grueling work of talking to a camera. I got ready, turned on my camera, and realized that I had no idea what I wanted to say. Wading through the exhaustion-induced haze that was clouding my mind was a struggle, and I would be lying if I said that I ever truly made any headway. Honestly, I rambled for about ten minutes, edited six out of it, and uploaded it without considering the state of my mind first. What a mess.
Don't drive drunk, don't call exes while high, and don't upload to YouTube while extremely overtired.

Abby: As the only person who reads this, I think you warrant a shout-out... 'ello there. :D


While brainstorming ideas for this blog, I have come up with several good ideas and what seems like a trillion bad ones. An ongoing goal of mine is to better myself (something I hopefully have in common with most people), and some of my ideas are conducive to that objective. Those are the ones I will focus on for the time being. (:

Every blog post will hopefully contain some sort of rant or rambling story, as that was the whole point of creating this. However, at the end of my tale of the day, it would be fun to track something. I have come up with several ideas specific to this, some of which are entertaining and others that have the potential of embarrassing me into breaking my poorer habits.
- film I watched
- song I listened to in my car
- photo I took

Amount of (so far in 2011):
- fast food meals
- glasses of milk
- bowls of Progresso chicken noodle soup
- teefury/threadless shirts purchased
- miles I ran

I'm still in the planning stages of coming up with my unique "thing" that I will have on this blog, clearly. What I have so far is generic and (I assume) unoriginal. This is all part of my typical process, where it takes a little time for the creative juices to flow. Hmmm... I'm thirsty.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Shoot me now.

Tonight I finally took the initiative to register for the ACT and the SAT. I take the ACT next month, and the SAT the month after that. OH GOD.

As a concept, I have been familiar with these exams for years. They have always been looming in the distance, a slightly nerve-wracking hurdle before getting into the college of my choosing. Suddenly, they're approaching at an alarming rate, and I doubt I could feel less prepared than I do right now. I have not taken any prep classes, or read any books on the matter, or even given it a serious thought. What a mistake.

Registering for these tests has sparked many unwelcome thoughts about the future, causing me to spiral into panic. I didn't prepare to take them. I don't know where I want to apply. I don't know what major I want to start out with, considering I don't have any idea what career would suit me. I don't know where I want to live, or what kinds of experiences I want to have. I don't know, I don't know, I DON'T KNOW.  I have never worried about these types of issues before, but I am lost on how to narrow my options, and that terrifies me. I used to view my open mind as an asset, but now it is causing me to be indecisive.  Aaaagh.

On a more pleasant note, I am making my first contribution to my collaboration channel on YouTube tomorrow. :D I am so thrilled to be a part of this project. Ideally, I will never run out of video ideas to go along with each week's respective theme, and everything will be wonderful... fingers crossed!

Word of the day: dendroid
Definition: Resembling, branching like, or shaped like a tree.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A new blog for a new year...

After becoming hopelessly addicted to the "reblog" function on tumblr, I realized that I had discontinued any original posts by yours truly. It's difficult to call my tumblr a blog anymore, because admittedly I have ceased all legitimate blogging. Ergo, this was born.

So, where to start?

The new year, 2011 (or "11" as frezned christened it), has begun, demanding a fresh set of resolutions. Well, my faith in resolutions has been shattered, as I realized that I rarely keep them. Plus, why should my goals to better myself have a time limit? Ridiculous. With that in mind, consider these more life goals than resolutions.

- the 50 book challenge (okay, fine, that one is a yearly thing)
- dominate a new project every month
- actually upload a vlog to my YouTube collab channel every week
- travel as much as financially possible
- stop procrastinating? 'kay thanks.
- spend more time reading than browsing YouTube
- keep up with this blog! :D
- be healthier, in all areas
- rectify the insomnia situation
- have fun with photography again

I'm sure the only person who will ever read this is, in fact, me, but whatever. It's still fun, no?