Friday, November 30, 2012

Tumblr Pics 31

Awesome news! I made a 96 on my Calc test! :D Bad news, I've got finals coming up soon and projects to finish even before them, so that means less time on here. I'll probably still waste a lot of time on tumblr, so I'll prolly post some interesting stuff on here like I usually do. :P

Now I have to go meet up with my group to go to the Middle School and observe gendered issues for the last time. 

But later tonight, I'm going to the Christmas concert that Mercer students are playing in with Lauren, so that should be entertaining. :D




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Manga Review: Puella Magi Madoka Magica vol. 1 by Magica Quartet

Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica vol. 1
Author: Magica Quartet
Pages: 144
Publication: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Summary taken from goodreads: 
In this world, there exist strange creatures who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a magical girl and use their powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides. 
In the city of Mitakihara, a schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar named Kyubey, who offers to grant each of them one wish in return for making each of them a magical girl. Another magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from making such a deal, while Kyubey urges Madoka by telling her she will become the most powerful magical girl. However, contrary to the glamorous notions one would expect, a magical girl finds herself dealing with death, isolation, loss of humanity, agony over the value of her wish, and existential crisis. Madoka, following her friends, soon sees the darker side of being a magical girl, and because of knowing the truth about being a magical girl, she questions if she should become one as well.


Initially, I was interested in this trilogy since it had a Latin word in the title, and I was hoping to see more of the language used in manga (it didn't). And because of the pretty art. I didn't have high expectations since it is a magical girl type of story--and  a short one at that since it only spans three volumes. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that none of the characters were the stereotypical airheads or Mary Sues. 

Yeah, Madoka sometimes is on the border of becoming a Mary Sue, but it's mainly her friend's fault for making her worry about her so much. In addition, a couple of the characters start off as cardboard characters, but once you get past the first few chapters and see their back stories, the characters become a lot more fleshed out, and the plot definitely becomes more interesting (I'm mainly referring to the second volume though).

If you want a super quick trilogy to read, I recommend this one. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dusty Reads: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1) by Aimee Carter

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time.

Title: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 293
Publication: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Summary taken from goodreads:

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall. 
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. 
Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess. 
I received this to review a while ago--was it really a year ago?--to review from Harlequin Teen but never got around to it.... -__-"

One of my friends had bought it and read it already at the time. She told me that it wasn't that good, so I had put it on hold and I guess I completely forgot about it until now... But I still want to give the book a chance since I have seen so many good reviews for it. 

So! I'll get around to it one day! :D

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is rainy. :\

It is rainy and dark and dreary, and I just want to curl up in my blankets and take a nap. 

Or curl up in my blankets and drink hot chocolate. :D

But alas, I must study for my Calc test that I have tomorrow and read some articles for Gendered Lives. =3=

I think I'll take a nap anyway. ...after I read some One Direction fanfic because taoangles and queenofattolia has made me into a Directioner, lol. That, and I can't deny good fanfics since I'm too lazy to read actual books right now. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cover Lover 25

First day back from Thanksgiving Break. 

Such a long day.

And I didn't even get a chance to take a nap, lol. :\

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Weekly Haul (63)

I had pre-ordered these two books over the summer and totally forgot about them until they came in the mail a few weeks ago. :D What a nice surprise! If only I had the time/motivation to read a book right now. -__-

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Black Friday Was Crazy!

I thought that last year's Black Friday was intense, staying up till six in the morning with Emily and her family, but I was proven wrong this year. This year, I stayed out until eight in the morning, took a half hour nap and then was going back to shopping again until four in the afternoon. Let me tell you how the whole event went.

On Thursday morning, I woke up, took a shower, and got ready to go to my cousin's, Emily, birthday/Thanksgiving party. My family left our house around 10 and got there around noon, and I preceded to play with and catch up with all of my little cousins who I have seen in ages--like, since the summer, I think, lol. It's so weird seeing them and realizing how much they've grown up since my memory of them is still stuck on times when they were younger.

And it's astonishing to realize just how much technology has made an impact on our generation, because I remember how, in past parties, we (the kids) would always be running around the house or outside playing games or taking walks and talking about crazy things. But during Emily's party, everyone was on their laptops, iPads, or phones. However, when I say "everyone," I meant all of the older kids who had these devices; there were a ton of little kids between the ages 3-10 who were just running around the house playing games.

Lol, I feel really old when I realize that kids these days have no idea what these are.

But yeah, we were still talking to each other and were friending each other on social media sites and goofing off, but was disconcerting for a bit to think about how, in the past, we would have been escaping the house to go outside and play and then think about the present, where we were hanging out in Emily's room using electronics as our escape.

Luckily, that wasn't what we did the whole night, or else I would have gone crazy, lol. Emily's mom kept on getting her to go downstairs to talk to guests and so we went downstairs and goofed off there while keeping her company. And we got to catch up and reminisce with Linh and Jenny and Eric, who we hadn't seen in years.

And then the parents wanted to take pictures of all of us, which was insane, since there were so many kids, lol. Then, there was the cake, and of course, many pictures of that too. Then, we left to go home around 7:30.

We got home around 10, so I had an hour to re-cooperate before Shanice and Jackie came over for us to plan out where we were going for Black Friday. We hadn't seen each other since August or September, so I thought that it would be a fun way to catch up and hang out. And it was! We spent around nine hours together, talking about our college experiences and shopping and hanging out in between it all.

In the beginning, we were joking about how we were going to fill up the trunk of Shanice's car with bags from all of our shopping, but I didn't think that we really did until around 5 in the morning, when it really was starting to run out of room, lol.

Look at the fruits of our labor. :P

After everyone came over, we decided to go to Best Buy first since Shanice wanted to buy a wireless mouse and look at the games and TV's, and I wanted to check out their external hard-drives. Then we would hit Target since they had good deals there, too. Then we would go to Riverside in Macon and hit up the stores there.

We generally stuck to that plan. :P We went to Best Buy around 11:30, and the parking and line outside was ridiculous. We parked in the parking lot right next to Best Buy since there were no parking spaces left, and then we had to walk to the back of the line, which wounded around to the back of the building. We didn't have to wait terribly long before the line started moving, but we still had to wait around an extra 20 minutes after midnight since they were only letting in a certain amount of people there.

And my friend Cullen came over and waited in line with us since he was with his mom and her fiance ahead of the line. He didn't have anything that he wanted to buy, which was why he didn't mind going farther in the line, lol. So yeah, he hung out with us while we were in the store.

I ended up only buying the second season of The Big Bang Theory since the external hard-drives were more expensive than the ones online at Amazon. Shanice bought a toaster and a mouse, Jackie bought some DVDs, and Cullen bought a CD.

Then we went to Target where there wasn't a crazy stampede of people, lol. A lot of the bins were already empty, so we had just missed the rush hour over there, which was cool with me since I had found an even cheaper external hard-drive on sale at Target and this box full of different types of nail polish for Shelle's Christmas present.

By then, we were hungry and thirsty, so we went to McDonald's for a quick midnight snack before deciding to check out the mall nearby since it was supposed to be open already. It was half true. The department stores were open, but none of the smaller stores inside were yet; we couldn't even go inside the main entrance. We ended up leaving Sears empty-handed.

After checking online to see if the stores at Riverside were open yet (most of them were), we drove over to Macon and went to Charlotte Ruse first. Then we went to the bathroom for a potty break, lol. Then we went to Victoria Secret since Jackie had wanted to go there. Then we went to American Eagle since everything was 40% off and right next door. Then we went to Journey's since Jackie had wanted to buy a pair of Vans since she had never owned one before. Then we went to this hat store next door since Shanice had wanted to buy a hat. Then we went to Game Stop since Shanice had wanted to see if they had any used iPads on sale (there weren't).

Surprisingly, unlike how I usually feel after shopping for more than two hours at the mall, I didn't feel tired. Even more shocking, my feet didn't hurt. By this time, it was already five in the morning and all three of us were fine. Yeah, we were tired, but not so tired that we couldn't continue shopping for a few more hours without feeling physically drained.

But yeah, after Game Stop, we decided to go to Starbucks to get some coffee as a break and to warm us up. So we spent half an hour there before driving back to the mall in time to wait around 10 minutes for DSW to open up since they were open at six for Black Friday. Shanice got this pair of boots that had heels that she had wanted for a while since they were on sale, Jackie bought a pair of moccasins since her old pair was falling apart after she accidentally stepped in water with them on, and I finally got a pair of boots!

They're similar to the pair of boots that I had posted about a while ago but without the wings, lol. It took a while to decide if I wanted a pair in black or brown, but I eventually decided on the black pair, which was the only one left. :P Luckily for me, the boots were on sale, and I got to use Shanice's military discount, so instead of costing around $65, it was only $43. :D I'm so excited to wear them! :DDD

As we were leaving the store, a lady came up to us and gave us these big Christmas bags with deals inside of them and told us that if we had spent over $100 shopping there, we could get $10 back if we took our receipts to the tent with the Christmas tress in the middle of the mall, so we went back to Shanice's car to put up our bags, get our receipts, and calculate our total money spent. Together, we had spent around $260 at the mall. Jackie had spent around $110 by herself, so we let her get the $10 giftcard, and I gave Shanice one of my receipts so that she had $100 to get one herself as a payment for gas since she was driving us everywhere that day.

By the time we were done with everything, it was a few minutes until seven, which was when Barnes & Nobles was opening, so we decided to wait inside Shanice's car until they opened to check out their DVDs and see what deals they had in there. There wasn't many book deals, but they had quite a bit of deals on DVDs there. Unfortunately for me, I had left my giftcard at home, so I didn't buy anything there. I just took pictures of books that I wanted to buy online later when I got home so I wouldn't have to spend any more money.

After that, we went back to my house, got our bags and went home. My mom was awake when I went inside, and she was surprised to realize that I was out shopping until eight, lol. I went up to my room, dumped everything in a pile on the floor, washed my face, and went to sleep.

I ended up waking up a half hour later and went to my laptop to do some online shopping. Around 10, Shelle came in and told me that Mommy had called her and asked her if she wanted to go to the mall and buy a nice outfit for the cruise that we're going to in a month, since that was what she was doing at the moment. Lol, Mommy told Shelle not to bother me since I came home late and would be sleeping, but she saw my door opened a bit and figured that I was awake, so she asked me if I wanted to go with her. I did.

I mean, I totally forgot about the cruise and my lack of nice dresses/clothes, so I was not turning down an opportunity of my mom buying clothes for me after I spent all morning spending so much money. :P

So we went to Belks to find my mom since everything was on sale, and I ended up finding two dresses, a sweater, and a pair of shorts while Shelle found a nice shirt, a pair of boots, and the exact same sweater that I had gotten, lol. My mom had found some nice shirts to wear for the cruise.

She left us at the mall to go to the Asian store to get some ingredients for dinner since Shelle had wanted to do some more shopping to find a dress for the cruise and hadn't done any Black Friday shopping yet. Shelle ended up buying a new Fossil bag while I got an awesome giraffe Fossil wristlet. Then, I was getting lightheaded from not eating anything in a while and lack of sleep, and Shelle was getting hungry, so we stopped to eat before going to American Eagle.

By then, Mommy had called to tell us that we needed to take Brian to the mall to find him nice clothes for the cruise, so after we went to American Eagle, we went to McDonald's to pick up food for him and Mommy before going home and chilling for a little bit before going back to the mall.

We decided to go to JC Penny's first to see what type of sales that they had, and I ended up going back and forth to the men's dressing room, trying to find the right pair of khakis that would fit my bro. Then we went to the women's section so that Shelle could look for dresses, but she didn't find any; instead, she found some cute shirts and I found a bunch of awesome cardigans that I wanted to buy. Since we were using my mom's card, we ended up only buying two of the shirts that Shelle wanted, and one of the cardigans that I wanted along with Brian's nice clothes.

Then we went to Maurice's since they had nice business/dressy clothes, and Shelle found a dress and top that she wanted. After that, we went back to Belk's to see if they had any sales on nice guy clothes, but even with the sales, they were still expensive, so we quickly left. By then, it was around 4:30 when we went home and I was dead tired. I needed another nap in order to function.

So I did. It ended up being another half hour nap. After I woke up, I finished my online shopping and was officially done with shopping for the day, lol.

So yeah, that's how my Thanksgiving/Black Friday went. Super insane the amount of shopping that I did, but on the bright side, I only spent around $200, and it wasn't all for me! I bought presents! So I feel pretty accomplished.

Now I have no idea how next year's Black Friday is going to be after these last two years, lol.

But I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving and that those who went Black Friday shopping also had loads of fun. As for me, I'm still re-cooperating from the whole experience by goofing off on the interwebs and not doing my calc homework. :D


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So cute!


Which reminds me...I have to go to a family-friend's birthday/Thanksgiving party tomorrow. 


Now I have to search my closets for a nice shirt that will not make me freeze to death. I never have nice winter clothes. =3= All the more reason to go Black Friday shopping with my friends, lol. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Break! Finally!

Unlike most schools and colleges, Mercer doesn't give its students a whole week off. Because we had a Fall Break that lasted only two days, our Thanksgiving Break is only three days if you don't include the weekend.

But it's whatever. I only had a few homework due and only one quiz and test to worry about before we got off for the break, so I'm not complaining. 

And I just got off of work training, which was from 2:30 to 5:30, which was sitting in a chair and listening to a guy talk about health safety and other stuff. I lost count of the amount of times I almost fell asleep, lol. 

But I'm done! And I got my first paycheck so I haz moneys to spend on Black Friday, lol. 

And now I'm going to catch up on my youchoob subscriptions. :P


Monday, November 19, 2012

Dusty Reads: In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time.

Title: In the Path of Falling Objects
Author: Andrew Smith
Pages: 326
Publication: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Summary taken from goodreads:
Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, are on their own. They set out to find what’s left of their family, carrying between them ten dollars, a backpack full of dirty clothes, a notebook, and a stack of letters from their brother, who is serving a tour in Vietnam. And soon into their journey, they have a ride. With a man and a beautiful girl who may be in love with Jonah. Or Simon. Or both of them. 
The man is crazy. The girl is desperate. This violent ride is only just beginning. And it will leave the brothers taking cover from hard truths about loyalty, love, and survival that crash into their lives. 
One more thing: The brothers have a gun. They’re going to need it.
It's been a while since I've done this meme. Hopefully doing this will remind me of all of the books I still need to read and make me want to find the time to read them, lol.

Anyway, ever since I read The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith, I've been dying to see how his other books are like, and this book's summary completely caught my attention so I had to immediately buy it. It has everything that I love: roadtrip/journey, a notebook and letters, and a mystery. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Done with my test! \o/

At twelve today, I was taking my Gendered Lives test. It was basically four essays on articles that we had read for the past two months, and I had to write them all within two hours. I went ten minutes over the time limit, but I don't think that she'll take off points for that. I hope. o__o

But yeah, I spent the last few days rereading all of the articles (I didn't read two of them but thank God I didn't have write about them since they were both ridiculously long texts) and writing down relevant quotes that I thought I could use as supporting evidence in my essays, and it was super stressful since reading them and writing quotes seemed to take forever and I couldn't help but procrastinate and take breaks to read 2min and Banglo fanfiction and then there was Midnight Movies and going home to do laundry and yeah...

this made me lol so hard! XD
I'm just so glad that I finally got the test out of the way. :P

And the best news is that I don't have Gendered Lives tomorrow because I did extra credit a while ago and did the test today already! :D

Also awesome news is that on the Monday that we get back from Thanksgiving Break, we're going to have pizza and a movie in class! :D

And now I have to do my Calc extra credit homework to bring up my horrible test grade and do my programming homework since it's due tomorrow. :'(

On the bright side, I think Emily's coming over tomorrow since she's back from GA Southern for her Thanksgiving Break. I get to see my wifey, lol.

Also, on Friday night, I went to see Wreck-It Ralph with Lauren, Michelle, Justin, and Tiet. It was hilariously  cute and sweet and good! And surprisingly sad at one part. :c But I love Vanellope. She's so cute and adorable!

And now I must go do my Calc homework. :\


Saturday, November 17, 2012


This is a little late, but I just wanted to give everyone the heads up that season two of Teen Wolf is finally on Netflix. That means that if you haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY SPEND A COUPLE OF HOURS ON NETFLIX RAPING THAT PLAY BUTTON. XD

Also, if you haven't watched the first season of Teen Wolf yet, why haven't you???? I'll admit that I was somewhat iffy on continuing the season after watching the first episode, but Stiles had already won me over and Tumblr kept on showing these awesome characters and lines and before I knew it, I was already halfway through the season (they're both only 12 episodes).

And oh god, the second season was even better. I was rolling in the feels. You don't even know.

If you're a Tumblr fan, you'll understand just how great the Teen Wolf fandom is--you'll understand how we ship in all fandoms, lol. And then you'll become part of the fandom, and it'll own part of your soul and never let you go. :DDD

In conclusion! You should definitely watch Teen Wolf! :D Even if you don't have Netflix, you can do the 30-day trial version and watch both seasons then, and wait for freakin' ever for the third season to come out with the rest of us, lol.

I mean, the cliffhangers at the end of every episode. This is how most Tumblr fans react throughout every episode, lol.