Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines:

One of my favoritest of the favorite. She's so tough and independent and awesome.

Do I even have to explain? :P

Saba has her flaws, but her character growth really made me like her. And the whole cage-fight part of the book... girl is fierce. 

Young and meant to make mistakes, Kid had a quick wit and learned pretty quickly that something wasn't right.

Ellie also is not as fierce as most of the heroines on this list, but I liked her for her brutal honesty and the actions that she had to do. All of the characters in this book was kick-ass!

I love her! Well, her and Valek. XD She's so crafty and smart and independent and the plot was so awesome! I loved this trilogy.

Snarky, brash, and always keeping up a tough attitude even when she's feeling down, but all for the sake of her flock. Yup, she's definitely one of my favorites, especially in the first three books in the series.

8. Sophie and Jenna from Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
These two are made of awesome. And lots of humor. And great powers, which they use to kick ass in different ways, lol.

The way that Aura handled things after every obstacle possible threw its way in her path just proved how strong and resilient she was.

10. Mulan from Mulan
No one said that I couldn't include movie characters, and Mulan is my favorite Disney movie ever. She's so awesome for doing her everything for her family instead of letting her dad go. And the fact that she dressed up as a dude made it so much more awesome.

Actually, there's this song that Miss A released a few weeks ago that I thought was pretty appropriate for this theme! It's called "I Don't Need a Man". Check it out!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cover Lover 24

Why is it that whenever Shelle and I go home on the weekends, we hardly ever accomplish half of our homework assignments that we plan on doing there? -__-"

Is it because we're too busy doing laundry and running around doing errands? Is it because I'm not accustomed to doing homework in my room anymore since I'm used to doing it on our dining table at our apartment and only use my bed as a means of sleeping there? Is it because I'm still used to not doing much homework in my room since high school homework is nothing compared to college homework? Is it because being away from the apartment feels like a vacation in which I do not want to do anything academic? Is it because even in high school, I goofed off on Fridays and Saturdays and did all of my homework on Sundays, thus making this become an ingrained habit?

I think it's a little bit of everything, lol.

Anyway, ever since we came back to the apartment earlier today since Shelle had to go to work at one, I've been studying and doing my homework after putting away all of my laundry and the groceries. This is my first break! :D I do not intend on making this an hour-long break like how I usually like to do, lol.

I'm going do my homework! I must! There's so much due by Wednesday, as per usual. D: And I still have to start studying for next week's tests! My calc test and programming test is on the same day! DDD:

...I'm going to go now before I drown in misery thinking about everything that I have to do. :P Enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Found this over on Taoangle's tumblr.



But it's okay. I can admire them from afar. I prolly couldn't afford them anyway. ;__; The perks of being a poor college student. -__-

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mini Review: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1), Tanpopo Collection vol. 1, Blood Feud (Drake Chronicles #2)

Title: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Pages: 487
Publication: April 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary taken from goodreads:
Set on the island of Nantucket, STARCROSSED tells the tale of Helen Hamilton, a young woman whose destiny is forever altered when she meets Lucas Delos and tries to kill him in front of her entire high school. Which is terribly inconvenient, not only because Lucas is the most beautiful boy on the island, but also because Helen is so achingly shy she suffers physical pain whenever she is given too much attention. 
Making matters worse, Helen is beginning to suspect she’s going crazy. Whenever she’s near Lucas or any member of his family she sees the ghostly apparitions of three women weeping bloody tears, and suffers the burden of an intense and irrational hate. She soon learns that she and Lucas are destined to play the leading roles in a Greek tragedy that the Three Fates insist on repeating over and over again throughout history. Like her namesake, Helen of Troy, she’s destined to start a war by falling in love. But even though Lucas and Helen can see their own star-crossed destiny, they’re still powerfully attracted to each other. Will they give up their personal happiness for the greater good, or risk it all to be together?


Eh...what can I say? It was just another mythological love story. There were a few original parts to it, and Helen's father and her best friend Claire were pretty funny at times, but Helen was such a Mary Sue that I couldn't care for her half of the time. In addition, the writing irritated me many times since I felt like the author didn't need to add so many unnecessary lines explaining how a character was feeling or what their expression meant when it could be implicitly understood.

Title: Tanpopo Collection vol. 1
Author: Camilla d'Errico
Pages: 176
Publication: May 1, 2012
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Summary taken from goodreads:
Tanpopo is superhumanly intelligent and inhumanly emotionless; she is ruled by her mind and vast knowledge. Something inside of her suddenly breaks and her heart rises up to struggle against the ruling mind. Torn and confused, she now seeks her humanity, longing to feel what humans feel. Kuro, or "Poodle", senses her distress. He promises Tanpopo that she will experience the full range of human emotions, of which love and happiness are the coveted prizes. Alas, such a rich reward cannot come without its price: Kuro is The Devil in disguise and he is after Tanpopo’s Soul. Will her quest for love set her free…or will it shackle her for eternity? Each chapter of TANPOPO is inspired by a classic piece of literature. This premiere volume explores Goethe’s FAUST, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, and the Chinese author P’u Sung-Ling’s STRANGE STORIES FROM A CHINESE STUDIO


I really had no idea what to expect when I decided to read this book today. It didn't help that I never bothered reading the summary on the back; the art was the main selling point. Maybe if I had read the summary, I wouldn't have been as lost as I was in the beginning. However, either way, I knew that I was going to be confused since the book was a mix of in poetry, dialogue, and art.

I was not expecting abstract poetry and inverted sentences and Shakespearean dialogue, so it took a while to understand what was going on, and then it took some more time to find the plot and its themes. But it was worth it, and the beautiful art accurately depicted the writing and emotions, which helped.

Definitely give this book a try. It's unconventional for sure, but very intriguing.

Title: Blood Feud (Drake Chronicles #2)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Pages: 258
Publication: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Walker & Company
Summary taken from goodreads: 
The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. 
It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks. 
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy. 
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.


Didn't like this book as much as I liked the first one in the series, probably because I liked Lucy and Solange better as the protagonists. And I wasn't really digging the whole insta-love thing, no matter what the bones said. You barely knew each other for a week; how can you already claim that you love each other? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dat sleepless college life

Sooo, I'm really living that procrastinating college student life, staying up late writing my papers. 

Like, Lauren left to go home around one yesterday so that I could start working on my essay...but I didn't start until midnight. And I didn't go to bed until around 5:45 in the morning. And I wasn't even finished with my essay. OTL 

But I didn't totally waste my day goofing off! I went to SI to get help with my homework (and Caitlyn couldn't figure out how to do it either so I'm stuck...) and I went grocery shopping around 11 at night since that was the only good time for us to go since we all didn't want to do our homework or study yet. 

And besides, it all worked out! After getting raped by the Calc quiz this morning, I went back to my apartment with Meethu and finished writing my essay with enough time to take a quick 15 minute nap so that I wouldn't feel so tired for the rest of the day. 

Did I tell you how I had to wake up at nine this morning because I agreed to work the first hour of selling baked goods for SWE today? So I only got around three hours of sleep, and surprisingly, I wasn't tired at all until I was in programming, but that was at six at night, so yeah... I wasn't sleepy once we went to lab though, so I think it was all good. :D

Anyway, Tyler's coming over tomorrow since he found out that he's going to bootcamp for the Navy in Chicago in less than two weeks and I wanted to see him one more time before he left for two months. I forgot that I cooked dinner on Tuesdays, so I'm going to make him help me cook lasagna since he's spending the night anyway. 

So yeah! I think I'm going to take a shower and then go to bed in an hour or two. I don't feel tired, but that might be because I'm in front of my laptop, and I feel slightly dazed with a hint of a headache. And anyway, I want to get a proper night's sleep. :P



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scary Movie Marathon

Last night, I had a scary movie marathon with Lauren after we finished baking for the SWE bake sale that's starting tomorrow. It was pretty fun. :) We watched everything on Netflix so they weren't the latest movies, but it didn't really matter since there were still a whole bunch of movies to choose from.

After going to Sakura's to get some dinner to-go, we came back and started watching Quarantine 2: Terminal. We had both already watched the first movie a while ago and were surprised to find out that it had a sequel out, lol. 

But the movie wasn't bad. Actually, I think it was better than the first one--from what I remember anyway. :P There were shocking parts and there were times when I wished the main character would just listen to the kid. If you just stopped and think about everything that had just happened, you'd know that something wasn't right and it all pinpointed to one person!

And the ending left room for a sequel, which I wouldn't mind watching if it kept up with the suspense and horror like it did here. 

Afterwards, we watched The Human Centipede since we've wanted to watch it for while since it seemed like everyone else has already seen it and had told us about it, which is why we wanted to watch it with our own eyes. Really, who hasn't heard about this movie yet? 

But I guess since we had already known what the movie was about, we weren't as disgusted as we thought we would be? I mean, yeah, it was still gross and horrifying watching the doctor operate on them and seeing the end result, but it wasn't as explicitly disturbing as I had imagined. Nonetheless, I doubt that I will ever watch that movie again. :P

And that ending...man, it totally sucked to be that girl! I mean, what can happen next? Will anyone even find her? 

But one thing that bothered Lauren and me was how stilted the actors were in the beginning. I guess it was a good thing that they didn't have much talking to do for the remainder of the movie but still.

Also, we wondered if the actors knew what they were signing up for when they agreed to be in the movie. Because, I mean, the things that they had to do. I don't know how far most actors are willing to go to try a diverse set of roles or to be in a movie, but I don't think I would be willing to play a role like any of the three tourists.

Then, after going through the rest of the list of horror movies on the homepage of Netflix, we decided to watch Dread

It wasn't really scary; it more shocking than anything. But I still liked it because all of the characters had their own problems, and as you learn about their fears and see what they go through or had to go through, you start sympathizing with them and--that just makes it worse when they are forced to face their beasts. 

And that ending! That was one messed up ending! I could not believe that it ended like that! Of all people to walk away, it had to be him?! D:

Not cool, yo.

By the time Dread was over, it was already one in the morning, and we were tired so we went to bed. Lauren stayed the night since she didn't want to go back to an empty house after watching all of those movies, lol.

Well, we went to bed, but I didn't go to sleep until three. Not because I was scared, lol, but because I was checking my mail and reading fanfics for a while. :P

When we got up, it was already 11, so we decided to watch another movie while eating our leftovers. I didn't want to watch a scary movie in the middle of the day, so we looked around and decided to watch TiMER, which was a comedy and fantasy. 

I liked it enough, but it raised so many questions since it was about a time in the future where you can get these timers on your wrist that will count down the time until you meet your soul-mate. The whole creation of the timers themselves made me skeptical since it's impossible to know the exact day or time that you will meet someone since there are so many different paths that you can take in a day, so the fact that a timer would be able to tell you seemed ridiculous. 

Also, the earliest age to get a timer was when you're 14 years old. How is that enough information to find your soul-mate when you've barely lived and experienced anything? If you found your soul-mate when you're 14 and have been constantly told that the timers are never wrong, couldn't you just believe that you love your soul-mate because of that? And that doesn't just go to the 14 year olds; it also applies to every age when you find your soul-mate. 

What if you think you love him or her because that's what your timer said. What if you're just lying to yourself because you don't want to or are too scared to put yourself out there trying to find the perfect person for yourself by yourself. And what happens to the people who have found their soul-mates, only to have them die because of some accident or disease? Are they able to find a new soul-mate or are they destined to be alone forever now?

All of those questions gave me so many fic ideas, but I haven't written a story since ninth grade and have no time to write now, and I wouldn't even know if I would want to write original fic or fanfic, and if it was fanfic, which fandom and which characters to use, and all of those questions have such difficult answers that I don't even know if I can answer them and argh. It's just too much. I wish I had more motivation to write. ;__;

Also, I did not like the ending of the movie because poor Mikey! D:

Lol, and I wrote this whole post as a means of procrastination because I have to write a 4-6 page essay for Gendered Lives by tomorrow, and I have yet to start. Obviously, I'm trying to kill myself. DDD:



Thursday, October 18, 2012

I wish I had read this before college

I found this post over here at excuse my charisma's tumblr and thought that it was great advice for people like me, college freshmen. I've seen videos on youtube that gave advice to freshmen about college, but I think that this list is way more in-depth and candidly honest and nice. 
...but I still like watching youtube videos, lol. So if you're too lazy to read the whole list, scroll down to the bottom where I put up two of my favorite vloggers' videos about college. :)

dear class of 2011,

as you begin your college experience, i thought i’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, i think are important as you navigate the next four years. i hope that some of them are helpful.

here goes…

  1. your friends will change a lot over the next four years. let them.
  2. call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. in college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever - just make sure you keep copies of these songs. ten years out, they’ll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments.
  4. take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.
  5. adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. if you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. it may be the only time in your life when you can.
  6. if you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” different things work for different people. personally, i worked best under pressure - so i always procrastinated… and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end). ;-) use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.
  7. at least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. the night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the indigo girls at a venue 2 hours away. i didn’t do so well on the final, but i haven’t thought about psych since 1993. i’ve thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son’s godfather) at least once a month ever since.
  8. become friends with your favorite professors. recognize that they can learn from you too - in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors.
  9. carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (sleeping doesn’t count.)
  10. go on dates. don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.
  11. don’t date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with.
  12. when your friends’ parents visit, include them. you’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.
  13. in the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. it will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
  14. embrace the differences between you and your classmates. always be asking yourself, “what can i learn from this person?” more of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
  15. all-nighters are entirely overrated.
  16. for those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. the key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. if you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! what’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.
  17. working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (im does not count as “in person.”) often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.
  18. take risks.
  19. don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. the thrill is over in about 2 seconds.
  20. wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. you should celebrate accordingly. (it makes thursday and friday a lot more fun.)
  21. welcome failure into your lives. it’s how we grow. what matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.
  22. take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.
  23. it’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now. you won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.
  24. when you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching tv is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. if you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”
  25. don’t be afraid to fall in love. when it happens, don’t take it for granted. celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.
  26. much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.
  27. things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. knowing this, forget the embarrassment and skip to the good part.
  28. every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. embrace these, even if they are painful.
  29. no matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. you’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. you can’t learn if you’re closed off.
  30. if you need to get a job, find something that you actually enjoy. just because it’s work doesn't mean it has to suck.
  31. don’t always lead. it’s good to follow sometimes.
  32. take a lot of pictures. one of my major regrets in life is that i didn’t take more pictures in college. my excuse was the cost of film and processing. digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, so you have no excuse.
  33. your health and safety are more important than anything.
  34. ask for help. often.
  35. half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. get used to it.
  36. in ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now, so secretly revel in how hot you are before it’s too late.
  37. in the long run, where you go to college doesn’t matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you’re given there. the mit name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. as a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have - don’t waste them.
  38. on the flip side, don’t try to do everything. balance = well-being.
  39. make perspective a priority. if you’re too close to something to have good perspective, rely on your friends to help you.
  40. eat badly sometimes. it’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.
  41. make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. it builds character.
  42. wash your sheets more than once a year. trust me on this one.
  43. if you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. they usually know better than you do.
  44. don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves. some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. expand your horizons.
  45. explore the campus thoroughly. don’t get caught.
  46. life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. switch, even if it complicates things.
  47. tattoos are permanent. be very certain.
  48. don’t make fun of prefrosh. that was you like 2 hours ago.
  49. enjoy every second of the next four years. it is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.

this is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. try to remember how lucky you are every day.

be yourself. create. inspire, and be inspired. grow. laugh. learn. love.
welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I might get a bad grade on my midterm. ;__;

You remember from my other post about how I was stressing out because I wasn't sure if I would finish my Doc & Webdesign midterm on time, right? Well, surprisingly, I finished my proposal and made a logo and flyer and uploaded it all onto my website around 3:30 this afternoon. I checked to make sure that all of the links worked, so I thought that I was done! 

I felt pretty great--but mostly tired--thinking that I had finished my midterm with plenty of time to spare. I was wrong.

Around 11pm last night, I checked my website from my laptop to see if I missed anything and found out that my flyer wasn't showing on my website, so I took Shelle's car and drove to the engineering building to fix it. I thought that I was done, but I wanted to be completely sure, so I texted Shelle to check out my links from her laptop, and she said that my Word documents weren't showing up, so I spent the rest of the time trying to figure out what was wrong and trying to fix it. Shelle even came over to see if she could correct it, but even she didn't know why it wasn't working properly. And by the time that we gave up, it was already midnight, which was when the midterm was due. D:

Dr. Codone can check our websites' time stamps to see if we finished them on time or not, so I'm not sure if I'll have points taken off for that since it was around 12:02 when we quit. But I sent her an email explaining the situation, so hopefully she'll still accept my Word documents even though she can't access them on my website, which was how she said that she was going to grade everything and even though she asked us in class if we needed any help uploading anything onto our websites earlier today. 

Argh! I'm so mad at myself for not bothering to check my website on other computers earlier. I don't know if I could have fixed it either way, but still, at least I would have emailed Dr. Codone earlier and not have my time stamp saying that I did everything at midnight. ;__;

She sent me an email a few hours ago explaining why it didn't upload and how to fix it, but I'm still not sure if she'll take this as a late grade, and I have yet to go and fix it since my apartment is on the other side of campus of where the engineering building is, and I'm not sure if it's worth walking all the way over there right now when I have class in an hour and will be going to the engineering building in a couple of hours for class at six. :\

But either way, I'm way more willing to get points deducted for it being considered late (she never did say that she'll take it as a late grade or not...) than her not grading my documents at all. 

We'll see.



EDIT: Good news! Apparently, a lot of people had trouble uploading their documents online, so Dr. Codone extended the midterm's due date to the 18th so that she could help people out in class that day. :D

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Authors In Shojo Manga

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

I've recently gotten back into reading manga again, and even though I don't have much time to read manga or real books in general, I figured it'd be nice to go back and remember all of my favorite shojo mangakas. :)

Top Seven Favorite Shojo Mangakas:
Vampire Knight was the manga that got me into shojo manga. I loved the story, plot, characters, art...everything. And while I was waiting for the next chapters to be released in Shojo Beat (does anyone remember that anthology before they had to quit, or am I an oldie now? o__o), I read all of her other works and loved them for the same reasons. Matsuri Hino's manga are always different with great art and funny comedic relief, so I love reading them.

I love her La Corda d'Oro series! Her art definitely improved as the series went on, but she always kept this amazing plot together with hints of romance and tension and cliffhangers. I can't wait to see what other series she'll come out with!

She only has one series out, but I love Maid-Sama! so much that I will read anything that she comes out with. That series is hilariously amazing even if it gets somewhat cliched at times. 
I've loved reading her work ever since I read Beast Master. Her short stories are generally cheesey, but I can't help but read them, lol. And I've recently read her newest series, Dengeki Daisy, and absolutely love it. It's definitely her best work yet, so funny and dramatic and heartwarming.

I've only read the first two volumes of Gakuen Alice, but her writing style really appeals to me, so I wish I had time to catch up with this series (there's 27 volumes?! D:).

Bisco Hatori
After reading Ouran High School Host Club and some of her oneshots, I was a fan. Her art is unique and her stories are always interesting, and I never know what to expect from her manga, lol.

Um, I love Kimi ni Todoke, and if I had more time, I would finish reading all available volumes and her other series, but college is super time-consuming and all I want to do is watch variety shows so. (There's 17 volumes out--when did this happen???)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tumblr Pics 29

These pics are keeping me awake/entertained/distracted from my mental breakdown from not being able to finish writing my proposal for my Doc & Web Design midterm that is due tomorrow night. And it's not just a proposal that I have to finish, but I have to make a prototype document or website too and link everything to my website, and I'm so tired from not sleeping much over the break and waking up early this morning and and and and--

I'm going to stop now. Enjoy the pics. 

LAWL. :3

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I finally got a new phone today! :DDD 

I've been ready for a new update since last October and Shelle has needed an update for a while too, but my parents were too busy to do anything about it. But my dad finally asked us if we wanted to get new phones now or around December when they're most likely to release newer phones. Since we wanted Droids, and it was on sale, we decided to upgrade our phones now, so we went to the Verizon store today, and my dad decided to get the iPhone 5 since he was due for an upgrade too.

So yeah! After almost three years of my old brick, I have a shiny new smartphone that doesn't act retarded! :D

I got a Droid Razor M while my sis got a Droid Razor since she wanted to keep her big screen. I didn't want a huge-ass phone since they're harder to stuff in my pockets, so I really like the size of my Droid. It's all nice and thin and awesome. XD

I spent a couple of hours customizing it instead of doing my homework, so I think I'm going to be super stressed out by Monday/Tuesday night trying to finish my midterm. OTL

In conclusion, I'm going to eat dinner and then attempt to finish the first section of my midterm. 



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Break! :D

Granted, my Fall Break is only two days, so it's more like an extended weekend, but hey! I'm not complaining. :P

Even though I've still got homework to do, it seems like my Fall Break is going to be busier than I thought. I had originally thought that I'd be home half of the time, catching up on youchoob and reading (and maybe some homework :P), and the other half out with friends and stuff, but I guess I'm booked for the rest of this week. 

I went with SWE (Society for Women Engineers) to tour the Frito Lays factory earlier today with my sis and friends. We had to take off all of our jewelry before going on the tour, so I lost one of my studs between then and going to Kohl's afterwards, which sucked. After I dropped Meethu home, I had to go the mall to buy me some new earrings so that my holes wouldn't close up. I got this pair of mini owl studs, which looked really cool, but I dropped one down the drain when I was trying to put it on... so I only have one owl stud and one circle stud now. -__-" What a great pair, lol.

Anyway, tomorrow, I'm going to the fair with my sis, bro, and little cousins since they want to go. Then, on Saturday, I might be meeting up with Cullen, an old friend from elementary school. Then on Sunday, I'll be going to the fair again with my high school friends though. 

Shanice couldn't make it since she doesn't have a ride from Atlanta, which sucks, but Michelle had wanted to go back to our apartment on Sunday, too, so I'm not even sure if I'll be able to go anymore? This saddens me. A lot. I was really looking forward to it. :(

But eh, I already talked with Meethu about not being able to keep in touch with our high school friends much since the college started, and we figured we'd be able to catch up after the semester's over over Winter Break and stuff. If anything, we'll have a lot to tell each other. :) So even if I can't go, it'll be okay. 

Anyway, we'll see what happens when it happens. This is probably why I don't really like planning things; they never go as I plan. :P

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Oh life. :P

True story bro.

This happens every time I think about eating out, too. D:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekly Haul (62)

All of the books that I've gotten over the past month.

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Original Sin by Lisa Desrocher
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Zom-B by Darren Shan

Saturday, October 6, 2012

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

I found out from WORD for Teens that NPR allowed users to vote for their favorite teen novels, so here's the list! Like what WORDS for Teens stated, it was more of a popularity test than anything. ._.

The * means that I've read it or some of the books in the series, and the ~ means that I own but have yet to read.

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling *
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins *
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee *
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ~
  5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ~
  7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury *
  9. Looking for Alaska by John Green ~
  10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak *
  11. The Giver series by Lois Lowry *
  12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
  13. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  14. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
  15. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman *
  16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky *
  17. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  18. Lord of the Flies by William Golding *
  19. Divergent series by Veronica Roth ~
  20. Paper Towns by John Green *
  21. The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare *
  22. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  23. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  24. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher *
  25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  26. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson *
  27. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers *
  28. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld *
  29. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare ~
  30. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie ~
  32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares *
  33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan
  35. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous *
  36. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones ~
  37. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli *
  38. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  39. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead *
  40. Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix *
  41. Dune by Frank Herbert
  42. Discworld/Tiffany Aching series by Terry Prachett
  43. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  44. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  45. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore *
  46. Forever... by Judy Blume
  47. Earthsea series by Ursula K. le Guin
  48. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini *
  49. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot *
  50. Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce ~
  51. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  52. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver ~
  53. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins *
  54. Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick ~
  55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson *
  56. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  57. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray *
  58. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  59. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros ~
  60. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  61. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  62. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen *
  63. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
  64. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen *
  65. The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
  66. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
  67. Fallen series by Lauren Kate
  68. House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast *
  69. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  70. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan
  71. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver *
  72. Unwind by Neal Shusterman *
  73. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  74. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  75. If I Stay by Gayle Forman *
  76. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley *
  77. Crank series by Ellen Hopkins *
  78. Matched series by Ally Condie ~
  79. Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter *
  80. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale *
  81. Daughter of the Lioness/Trickster series by Tamora Pierce *
  82. I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
  83. The Immortal series by Tamora Pierce *
  84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
  85. Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
  86. Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce ~
  87. Daughter of Smoke & Bones by Laini Taylor *
  88. Feed by M.T. Anderson ~
  89. The Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block
  90. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen ~
  91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison
  92. Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld ~
  93. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer *
  94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
  95. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen *
  96. Gone series by Michael Grant *
  97. Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvator *
  98. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley *
  99. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson *
  100. Betsy-Tracy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
Seems like I've read or own the majority of the books on this list. :D

On another tangent, I woke up at 11:30 this morning and now don't feel like doing anything today but laze around on furniture. D: Good thing I had already made plans to go do Calc homework at one with Lauren yesterday. :P

Friday, October 5, 2012

October is Anti-Bullying Month

Bullying is ubiquitous, especially in school. I know that middle and high school can be hell depending on where you live, and I wish that I could just say "It'll get better!" or "You'll be alright."

But I can't. While it might be true for many people, there are those exceptions where bullying gets even worse because of your gender or your orientation or your race or anything. Bullying occurs because people think that others are different, that because they don't conform, they are not one of them.

There are many reasons why people are bullied. I wish I could get into all of it, but I get so mad thinking about--everything. Why people stay silent while others are being terrorized, authorities looking the other way while bullying takes place in the name of team spirit, the countless amount of cyberbullying taking place because the internet creates autonomy.

Reading about extreme cases of bullying makes me want to give up on humanity. But then I see people who rise above bullying, who are confident about themselves, who try to make a difference, and I don't think that the world isn't totally hopeless.

"We are better than that email. We are better than the bullies that will try to take us down."

That is all. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cover Lover 23

Just one class tomorrow and tutoring and the weekend is minnnnnneeeeeeee. :D

Plus, I'm going to watch Battle of the Bands with Lauren tomorrow before heading together to the fondue party at my place afterwards. Fun fun!