Monday, November 30, 2009

A Word of Advice


Just a word of advice:
Make sure you REALLY know what you're getting when you buy a bag so innocently marked "fruit snacks". Because, I'm sorry, I thought that meant a bag of gummy chewy candies.
Yeah, no.
Apparently it means "tasteless sticky candy monsters that latch onto your teeth and never let go".

If you really do want the LEGIT fruit snacks, go to Costco.
I know, sounds dumb, but their's are the bomb, not these failure wannabe fruit snacks.



Have you ever been tricked by a so-called "good" candy?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Little Somethin' Somethin.

Seeing that I have JUST reached the big 1-0-0 (in blog posts, not human years), I've decided to give y'all a little somethin' somethin.
And keep in mind, I very well might be lying and giving you a big somethin' somethin.


Thanks to the lovely Kellie of kelleidoscope for giving me this "Kreativ Blogger" award!
(I really have no idea why it starts with a K and has no E at the end... even Blogger is giving me the evil red line underneath it! That means
something is wrong ;D)

According to the rules, I must/need to/should:


Share 7 things that you don't already know about me.
Name 7 other blogs to receive this award.

Leave a comment on each of the blogs I nominated.

Thank the person who gave me the award.


And NOW, I shall bring up a PICTURE MEME, given to me from the beautiful Sara-Jane of
Sara-Jane, and use that as 4 of my 7 things about me!! Haha- I am SO tricky.

*Let's see how I shall go about this.. hmm... (stroking my [hopefully] nonexistent beard)*

1. I'm a cheater. That's why, instead of giving you a legit fact about me, I'm posting my tweet cloud. I hope that gives you some info about me...

2. "Choose a picture that makes you cringe... a lot"
Okay, it doesn't really make me cringe, but it does make me do a *facepalm*. Henry is a straight up, legit creeper.

3. I don't like the sound of my voice. I mean, in my head it sounds alright, but when I hear it on tape/camera/phone? I sound stupid.

4. "Choose 2 pictures that you could stare at all day"

Okay, maybe I'm weird.. but I really DO love these adorable babies in adorable outfits.

5. I may or may not have mentioned this in my last award-facts, but I'm a perfectionist. You might have seen this in my gingerbread house, or in the fact that the "Kreativ Blogger" award is bugging the poop out of me- especially the middle circle of roses that is NOT IN LINE with its outer circle. That is all.

6. "Choose a picture that shows your dreams and aspirations"

I've always loved Mary Poppins. Her loving and fun ways of teaching, yet how she still managed to get things done the right way! And best of all, she could fly.
She's definitely a role model, and was free in spirit and in mind- qualities that too few people possess these days.

7. I really try to be a nice person. Sometimes it's hard- really hard, in fact. But with persistence, everyone can see the good in someone, even if it takes a while. I have no idea who said this, or even if it's correct, but "if you're looking to see the good in someone, that's what you'll find".

Whew! That took a while.
I hope that these people have just as much fun doing this as I did:
(feel free to choose whether you want to do the award, the picture meme, or both!)

Amanda from Amanda's Musings
Karina from A la Karina
Liz from Sasha "Liz Anonymously"
Karm from Her Mommy Files
Connie from Making Memories
Mar from Sketches of a twenty-something life

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Not Your Traditional Thanks

I know that most families spend their Thanksgiving weekends eating turkey and stuffing, and not really paying much attention to Christmas, save for the major shopping on Friday.
My family is different. And I love it!
I'm not saying that we don't do Thanksgiving- we totally do- but the day after Thanksgiving is spent like Christmas since we don't get to see our cousins on the actual December 25.
One of our Thanksistmas traditions is gingerbread houses, and I think that we've gotten pretty good at them! :D

Mathew and the cousins starting the houses on Grandpa's kitchen table.
(Notice Mathew's minimalist approach to decorating. Yes, that is what happens when he's eager to play a computer game.)

With the younger cousins (and even some of the older ones) the policy for gingerbread decorating was strictly "one candy on the house, one in the mouth". As you can see, Lilly was working on the latter part of that statement!

Yes, I'm a perfectionist when it comes to decorating gingerbread houses. I'm usually the last one at the table, and the whole shenanigan usually takes more than an hour.

Patrick's take on the classic gingerbread house. I think he called it "Return of the Zombie Snow Slugs". (The green eyed white blobs being the zombie snow slugs, and the decapitated gingerbread men being their victims.)

All the cousins (Mathew, Lilly, Allison, Claire, Nick, Patrick) with their finished houses the next morning! If I look tired, it's probably because I was. Sleeping in the same room as excited cousins does nothing for one's beauty sleep! :D

I felt like my hard work payed off. I was pretty happy with the results of my gingerbread house, having toiled for a couple of hours.
(The most tedious part? The gumdrop pathway. My mom helped me cut each drop in half, the uncut drop being too tall.)


What was your favorite part of this weekend?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Freaky Deaky

(I know that no one says that any more.. but I totally do.)
If you're wondering why I'm not commenting on your blogs- It's NOT because I don't want to!Believe me- there's nothing I'd rather do more than see your inventive ideas and smiling faces. Unfortunately, I'm at my Grandpa's house, and using his computer.
I am NOT putting the blame on my Grandpa- no way Jose! (another thing I say) but I would venture to put the blame on my lack of knowledge of this certain computer.
It seems that any time I click on someone's blog (mine excluded), the tabs keep multiplying even though I press the X button... it's really frightening.
The scariest incident? I was going to Karina's blog to check out her new post, and realised that the sound on the computer was WAYY loud. So I went to turn off the sound, but I couldn't work the levels on the volume control... so I went to close the window of her blog.
BIIIIG MISTAKE.
Instead of closing the window, 5 more tabs popped up, all playing different songs at deafening volumes. I really do love me some Glee music, but when Will and Finn and Puck are all singing at the top of their lungs at the same time at me, it makes me want to cry.
That, and the fact that they KEPT popping up really scared me.
My solution (as is the solution for all my computer related disasters) was to call for my dad. And then force the computer off. And then curl up and hyperventilate/cry. (okay, the last one isn't
ENTIRELY true.)
So, bear with me. It's only for the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Hypothesis

I have a hypothesis.
A VERY scientific one, with mathematical terms and everything. Ready?

The time it takes me to post varies directly with the distance my post number is from 100.

To those who haven't been in a math classroom for a while- the closer I get to 100 posts, the slower I post. I have NO idea why.
Even this post isn't a LEGIT one, it's a fake one pretending to be cool like the other ones.

I'm sorry- hopefully by the time we get to 100, I'll be back to regular speed in no time!
(98 here we come!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Learning Lines

It started all started in Drama. Again.
We were studying lines for an upcoming performance- not a play, just a collection of scenes and monologues.
(If you were wondering what Karina and I are doing, the play's called "And Never Been Kissed". The plot? Persian Love Drops!)
Anyways, we were up in the loft (the costume attic) and talking/running lines when we noticed something strange in the women's dress section.

Hm... that's not awkward at all.
It was just Ab and Gavin, practicing their lines in secret.

So, of course, we had to pull a little practical joke.
Nothing much, we just switched their shoes (Gavin's are the white and green, and Ab's are the checkered Vans).
It was a pretty amazing feat (no pun intended!) considering the fact that they're 3 shoe sizes apart.. but HEY- if it works...

We also gave them matching tats.



What do you do to memorize/practice speeches?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

How to: Pinup Hair!

I've always loved the hair, clothes, and style of different time periods like the 50s and 60s. (the music too, but that's another story!)
After googling "pin curls" and watching various youtube videos on how to curl my hair, I came to the inevitable "pin up" hair. AKA- the hair that pinup models wore.
I have a great respect for the notion of pinup models. Their pictures were given to soldiers in the war, and that gave hope to the fighting men! (or so I've been told)

Enough with the history lesson. I'm here to show you how to achieve the pinup hairstyle!

The initial "pinning up" of the hair is the hardest part. And by hard, I mean impossible.
You have to take your bangs, curl them around your finger (or a pencil, or a toothbrush...) and pin them to the top of your head.
WAAY easier said than done.

SUCCESS! After the 20 millionth kajillionth try, I finally got my bangs curled and pinned. YES.
(and yes, I'm smug.)

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let out your hair! Except my hair totally doesn't rival hers. You get the point. Take the rubberband out of your hair- and MAKE SURE to keep the bang curl in.

Take the hair on one side of your head, twist it up towards the top of your head, and pin it in place. You can twirl multiple times for added bump, and/or push forward for more volume.

Do the same with the other side!

After you've pinned up both sides, take the loose hair and put it in a ponytail. Make sure it's not a high one, as that usually wasn't the style back in the day.

Twist that ponytail into a bun, secure with pins/rubberband and TADA!! There's your simple pin-up hairdo. :D

As you can see, my hair wasn't the biggest of hairdos, but that can be easily remedied with a bigger bang curl, more twists in the side pins, or pushing forward of the side pins.

Hope it works for you!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Creeps to the Max

Did you know that the human eye, when viewed upside down, is practically indistinguishable from the same human eye right side up?

During our drama class, Karina, Gavin, and I were talking to Kevin, who was laying on his back, with his head closest to us.
I was telling them this EXTREMELY interesting (cough cough) fact, and we were laughing because Kevin's eye really did look the same both ways.

Then we got creeped out.

This may look completely harmless when viewed with the wrong mindset.

Think face.

And.. now the creepy part. Without looking at the nose on "top" of his face, his eyes, eyebrows, and forehead looked like a face. An EXTREMELY creepy one.

Still not seeing it?

Yes, yes, I know. It's a horrible drawing (I stink at drawing on the computer.)
But you get my gist.

And the moral of the story?

NEVER EVER look at someone's head upside down. Ever.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Military Future?

Last Tuesday, military officers from a base close to our school came and visited, just like other colleges visit. They explained the pros and cons (well, probably not the cons) of life in the military, your education, etc, etc.

WELL, the reason most of the kids were there was the free stuff. ( I hate to say it, but it's true).
For saying "hi", you got a sticker.
For giving them your name and address, you got a mouse pad.
75 chest-to-ground pushups got you a shirt.

Let me tell you, it was intense.
The military guy was NOT very nice at all. He would yell at the poor boys that tried pushups and failed.

Even some buff gymnasts couldn't make it.

We (Karina and I) decided to loosen that guy up... with our secret weapon, Ab.
He signed his name and address on the pad before the pushups. (as Robert Smith, 12345 Beverly Hills, 49840)
And then, after 24 beautiful pushups (he didn't even know he could do that many :D)...

Ab did the worm. It was amazing.

video

We didn't stay long enough to see the military dude's reaction.. but it was pretty priceless.
I have the coolest friends.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

16 Cent

I have no idea how 50 cent came up with his name. I'm just gonna assume that he's 50 years old, and that therefore my rapper gangster name is 16 Cent.

Something to know about me- I speak fluent wannabe-gangsta. So check it out.

16 Cent, in the HOUSE!
(Imagine in a wolf call/woof type of voice)

Now listen here, peeps.
I'm gonna teach you the essentials to dressing and acting the part of a wannabe gangsta.

1. Yo. Don't use the word "essential". It's too wordy.

2. Keep the hoody over your head at all times. It's cool, and since us homey Gs shave our heads ourselves, it's protection against ugly hair.

3. Wear PJ bottoms to school. It tells people "I'm too cool for school. So cool that I sleep in class." No one wants to sleep in jeans. (Though, if you must wear jeans, make sure that your ENTIRE butt is showing.)

4. Make an awkward face, a mix between "Ew" and "I'm gonna kiss you". (AKA, make a disgusted look with your eyebrows and and pucker your lips)

5. Make a sideways "two" with your fingers. At all times. It tells your gangsta buddies to "peace out", and if someone tries to shank you, you can gouge out their eyes.
BAM. Friend sign and weapon in one.



PEACE.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Insight on a Pianist

Judging by last post's comments, I've decided that not many of you have the mind of a true pianist (though whether or not I have that mind is beyond me).
I'm here to give you some... insight.

Disclaimer: This is given in true sarcasm. While some of these may hold some truth, my mind does not work like this while I'm playing.. Keep that in mind! :D

1. Listen to your piano. If played correctly- it should sing for you. Of course, the awkward angle of your head will probably be a cause of some laughter. Don't worry. Every good pianist is laughed at at least once in [his] lifetime.

2. You are in command of the piano, not the other way around. Feel free to give it a good slam occasionally. Just make sure that your fingers are never straight, as that is bad "piano posture".

3. Float like a butterfly, STING LIKE A BEE! They don't call you "Lightening Fingers" for nothing!

4. Once you've finished your piece, take a deep breath. You're finished. No more stressful concerts until half a year from now.

And of course- don't forget to bow!


Any steps I left out? Feel free to add!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

J'aime Le Piano

It's true. I do.
This weekend (after the amazing escapades at In-N-Out) my piano teacher had a piano recital for all her students. There were, like, 30 people. It was crazy.
Just in case you were wondering, I played Chopin's Polonaise in A Flat Major.
It's a BEAUTIFUL song, and I'm in love with it. It's full of passion and strength... it takes up a LOT of energy.
I have a little problem...

stage fright.

It's the worst thing in the world, and kind of weird, because I love being onstage.
It's only performing piano that gets to me- 3 performers before my turn and my teeth started chattering, my body jerking, my hands cold and sweaty.
And let me tell you- cold and sweaty hands are not really the ideal for piano.

I made it through, just like I always do. I didn't play as well as I had hoped, but it turned out pretty well- at least I was told it did.
We'll see if I can get a video up here... or if I even want to show it. :D

In the meantime:

Mathew and me after the show! I'm holding a pair of gloves (to keep my hands warm), my Chopin book, and a red carnation that someone gave me! ♥

Me and my beautiful teacher Miss Irina. I've been with her for 11 years, ever since I first started- and I absolutely love her.



Do you play an instrument? What do you love about music?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

In-N-Out Partayy!

First off. In-N-Out rocks.
I'm sorry for all those unfortunate people out there who don't live in California, Nevada, Utah, or Arizona, because you are missing out on some SERIOUSLY delicious burgers.
Remember The Servant of Two Masters?
It's a cast/drama tradition to go out to In-N-Out for a bout of late night burgers after each show. It's super fun, because everyone still has their makeup on, and we get weird stares. Like yesterday night, when there were a bunch of cheerleaders in from a game or something.
The whole restaurant was filled with a giant whisper of, "Why are there clowns in here? Ew. They look creepy." Etc. etc. etc.
Yes well. I'm sure you cheerleaders didn't get a standing ovation. SO... there.

Ab wowed us by finishing an entire four by four. AKA- four meat patties and four slices of cheese. That boy has an invincible stomach, I swear.

And why is it so impossible for a group of 20 high school students to finish their fries? I don't even understand. Not ONE thing of fries was fully eaten.
MY bet is that because the fries are literally potatoes cut and fried, when they get cold, they get hard. And no one wants to eat cold hard fries.

Speaking of fries- do not smell the Animal Style Fries. For those of you not fluent with the In-N-Out lingo, the restaurant has a special sauce that they put on their burgers. The Animal Style Fries are just fries with that sauce, onions, and cheese on top.
They taste fine. But they smell like poo. (and look gross too!)
Just sayin'...

There's our table- dubbed "The Cool Table". Karina (the one face you can see) and I came a little late, and all the tables were full. We decided to be loners and outcasts and sit at the one empty table. Then Melanie stood up and joined us. Then her boyfriend. Then Gavin... and so on until the table was full. We felt pretty good. :D

Note to self: don't try to stand up and take a picture with one hand on a camera phone. The pictures don't turn out well. :D


What's your favorite "fast food" joint?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reverse Placebo Effect.

Sounds medical and intelligent, right?
WELL. I have it.

For those who don't know what the Placebo Effect is, it's that weird (and slightly funny) mental thing that happens when you THINK you're getting better, so you actually do get better.
Say you were given sugar pills that you thought were real, the mental thinking of getting-better-ness is enough to actually make you better.... Go here for more information!

My condition stinks. Because instead of getting better, I'm getting worse. (Hence, the "reverse"). My math teacher has been sick-sounding. He has a VERY scratchy throat, and hearing that sound, a gutteral, throaty, scratchy, YUCKY sound makes me feel sick too.
I must be wacko.
I've gotten to the point where my throat hurts and my voice sounds messed up. Is that sad or what?


Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go get a cough drop.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Hip Hop Christmas

Is it bad that I'm already thinking about Christmas?
Well, I really couldn't help it after I made this hilarious video. (At least I find it hilarious).
I bet you didn't know I moonlighted as one of Santa's elves and could hip hip.

Yes. I can.
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

And sorry about the dumb "Send your own eCards" at the bottom. Blogspot forced me at gunpoint to keep it, otherwise it would delete the video.

And seriously. What is Christmas without James and Edward singing in little elf suits?
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

To Live

I've decided to dive deep into the dark recesses of my Microsoft Word files, and find an ancient poem that I wrote (and by ancient, I mean when I was in 8th grade.) especially for a day like this.
Take some time to think about the brave soldiers who have fought for our country, today's our day to remember them. We are such a blessed country, and sometimes we need to just stop and count our blessings.

It's raining

tears

for those

who have lost

their loved ones

in fights

in wars

for everyone who died.

For they

had a reason

to live.

For they-

even those

who chose wrong-

made a difference

to those

around them.

For no one

is all bad

or all good.

Nothing is black

and white.

Even the clouds

are gray

today.

But the ground-

watch it.

New life

has grown

from what was

lost.

Rain

that was tears

makes the flowers

bloom

and the birds

sing.

Don't mourn

forever

for what is

lost.

Think ahead

to the

flowers

to the

birds

to live.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chocolatey Goodness

Need I say more?
The whole bag comes with Bella and Jacob chocolates, too (with different fillings) and is DELICIOUS.
Of course I chose the Edward one, duh. (I can hear my mom's voice in my head "Allison, he's really not that great looking! He's kind of ugly!"... Okay, mom.)
Yes, Twilight has gone overboard with their merchandise... but if Edward chocolates really taste this good, I will resort to being a screaming fan girl.

That is all.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm honest!

I think that's a good thing in blogging...at least it's preferable to being a liar...
Anyways- the beautiful Alexandria of Always Alexandria awarded me with this blog award- The Honest Scrap Award! And it's my very first one!

The rules of the Honest Scrap award are very simple- I have to tell you guys 10 (honest) things about me, and then pick 7 wonderful bloggers to pass this award onto!
Whoever gets this award should do the same, that way the love is spread. ♥

I'm a very open person and don't usually keep secrets, so it'll be hard for me to come up with these things.. let's see...

1. I really like eggnog, but I dislike eggnog ice cream. I know that doesn't sound like a huge thing- but it's TRUE, and that's all that matters! Plus, the ice cream is all yellow instead of creamy.. when Mathew eats it, it slightly makes me want to throw up.

2. I really want a pair of saddle shoes. In fact, I totally would not mind having an entire wardrobe of clothes from the 50s. That would rock.

3. I like organizing other people's things, and I'm really OCD about little things, like the alignment of pencils on a desk, but I'm really bad about cleaning my room. Things just pile up. Really. Just ask my mom.

4. The lights of a computer really bug me. I have the brightness down to zero, but I'm still afraid it'll kill my eyes. I wish the computer screen was the same material/texture/brightness of a book page.

5. I like all kinds of music. Except for rap. And music with bad words in it. And I'm kind of obsessed with music from the 50s, 60s, Classic Rock, Lite Rock.. Country.. anything.

6. I like the Jonas Brothers. I know a bunch of y'all will kill me for that one, but it's true. And I think Nick's the cutest.

7. I'm a procrastinator. It's really sad, and I REALLY wish I could stop.. if you have any suggestions on how to stop, please please tell me.

8. I don't dance at high school dances. (Though, if they played jazz, and we swing danced.. I would TOTALLY dance. )

9. I read a lot. And really fast, so I run out of books to read really quickly. If you have any suggestions, tell me- I'm open to anything!

10. I'm extremely competitive. In team sports, I can be really aggressive.. and in mundane games in PE class, I'm even more aggressive. I'd watch out if I were playing anything that involves winning... :D

Whew- that was a long list! I'm sure you're all waiting to hear the names of the bloggers who won the award!

*drum roll*

Karina, my best friend, and an AMAZING blogger, from A la Karina
.
Calvin and Jake, the most brutally honest boys I have ever "met", from Confessions from a Mormon Bachelor Pad
.
Nancy Face, the HILARIOUS and SO NICE mother of Busy Bee Lauren, from
Nancy's Nonsense of Nothingness
.
Liz, the very first blogger I became friends with, from Sasha Liz
.
Karm, a sweet mom with adorable kids, from Karm's Mom Files
.
Lauren Elizabeth, an amazing and funny girl, from Lauren Elizabeth
.
Sara-Jane, a girl I just met, but is so cool!, from Sara-Jane


And because I'm a rebel- one more!


Lauren, the blogger we all know and love, from Busy Bee Lauren

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Servant Unit

That was my sneaky way of combining two phrases "The Servant of Two Masters", a HILARIOUS play that our school is putting on, and my "boyfriend unit".
(See here if you do not know my boyfriend unit)

So, my boyfriend unit is in the show. And it (or he/she) is great.

Stella, the yin of my boyfriend unit, dressed as the incognito Beatrice (dressed as her dead brother) looking for her star-crossed lover.

Elad, the yang of my boyfriend unit, dressed up as the "Cuing Pierrot" and dancing to Single Ladies. Because the show is cool like that.

We're cool. Except for me...because I look like a chipmunk. Let me tell you- it is REALLY hard to smile big and happy if two people are squishing their lips against your cheeks. Even if they are the best boyfriend unit ever.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

How Quaint!

There's something about the word Supermarket that just detracts from any sort of "cuteness" or "marketplace-like ambiance" that the actual store might have.
I'm not saying I dislike them- Heavens no! I love the smell of supermarkets, their oversupply of drinks and chips, and even their aisle markers (my favorites being "Asian and Indian Foods" where you can find Ramen and curry sauces and stuff)

So you can imagine how surprised and delighted I was to find out that Safeway had recently gone through renovations, and the whole produce section was decorated to look like an actual marketplace!

THE EVIDENCE:
How quaint! I just about hyperventilated out of happiness to see the wooden carts and displays, and may or may not have gotten strange stares from the Safeway workers... :D

What's your favorite part about supermarkets?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Quote

Today was a difficult day,
tomorrow will be better.

- Kevin Henkes in Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Word.

A professor was talking about word usage in his class. He was old, and the lecture was for over 2 hours- the students were starting to get bored. "As you all know well, two negatives in a sentence make a positive," he said. "'She never saw no red car' would be better put ' She saw a red car' and such and so on".
The students nodded, their eyes glazed over and pencil tips chewed.
"However, does this rule apply the opposite way?"
The students rolled their eyes.
"Can two positives ever make a negative or have a negative connotation?"

A student leaned over to his desk partner and whispered,
"Yeah, right."


Lame, I know. The sad thing is- I found it funny! :D

Do you know any bad jokes that you find hilarious?