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So I'm doing Secret Santa with my friends from home again this year, and I was really looking forward to it until I realized today I have absolutely no idea what to ask for. So now I'm stressing about this. Ok, not seriously stressing, but I just don't know what I want! It's like, there are loads of things I kind of want, but nothing that I really, really want. I could always ask for books because there are always books I want, but I have so many books as it is that I haven't read and I know I'll get more from my parents for Christmas that it feels stupid asking for a book. There are DVD sets I could ask for, but our limit is $30-40 and I think most of the DVD sets I want would be more than that. I do want more winter clothing, but I don't really want to ask for clothing because my size varies so much that I wouldn't know what size to ask for because it really depends on the specific article of clothing. I could ask for gift cards, but that's kind of boring, and I'm sure I'll get some from my parents again anyways, and in any case, I still have gift cards left over from last Christmas/my birthday. There are a few specific movies I could ask for, I guess, but I don't tend to rewatch movies, so that feels kind of pointless. Seriously, I feel so bad for whoever got me, because I am totally useless this year.

I'm thinking I'm just going to ask for a scarf. It's what I asked for the previous two years, and I like scarves. But I don't really NEED more scarves like I did last year or the year before that. I don't know. I'm so useless. I might just give them a lot of options and then they can get me whatever.

Also in a present-related theme, my dad's birthday is today and I don't know what to get him. I mean, I don't have anything for him right now because obviously he's in CA and I'm here, and since I'm just going to be home on Wednesday, it wouldn't really make sense for me to send him anything. For awhile I've been giving my parents mix-CDs of songs I think they'd like (and they've given the same to me, usually, and to each other. It's kind of a dorky tradition between us). But I feel like I've given him almost everything I have that I think he'd like. I don't know what else I would give him. And I feel like I should start getting my parents real presents and stop being cheap. But then I feel weird about that because I didn't give my mom a real present for her birthday (which was in July), and then that would mean I'd have to give them both real presents for Christmas and so that's just one more gift I have to come up with, and yeah, I'm clearly a terribly daughter, but apparently I really suck at gift-giving. Maybe I'll buy him a hat from school. He loves going to the campus store and buying stuff and he's obviously barely here so he doesn't have much stuff. Or course, I don't know what stuff he does have already. ugh this is too hard.

Anyways, I didn't get as much schoolwork stuff done as I planned yesterday, unfortunately. My Research in Psych homework took forever for some reason. It was kind of ridiculous. I don't have much the next few days, but I have so much stuff the week after Thanksgiving, so I really should be getting stuff done. Of course, I say this, but I've already watched last night's True Blood (ugh I don't want to have to wait until the summer for the next season! That's so far!) and right after I post this, I'm going to watch last night's Dexter (although I might do math/German during it! So, you know, I'll be somewhat productive!). sigh.

I can't believe I'm going to be home in just two days. I can't wait. I'm so excited for Thanksgiving. I've been craving turkey and mashed potatoes, too. And, you know, seeing my family and my birds and all that will be fun too.
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So, my two days off have been good. Tuesday I went with my mom to see Iron Man in the morning (since we pretty much were the only two people who hadn't seen it yet) which was totally awesome, and then some friends came over at night. Wednesday Galaxy and I went to see Hancock which wasn't terrible, but it could have been a much better movie. It was almost like two different movies, and I liked the first movie much more, so I was disappointed by the shift. But whatever, it was free, and I've seen (and paid for) so many worse movies.

Oh, but the coolest part of Hancock (don't worry, not a spoiler) was when Charlize Theron's character wore a Macalester shirt! So random! So I was like to Galaxy "Someone on the movie probably went there, like the costume designer or something." But then when the credits were rolling, I saw that it was directed by Peter Berg, who I already mentioned is an alum from my school and actually spoke at graduation in May! So, mystery solved. But yeah, I found that super cool.

And now it's back to work. My friends were talking about trying to see The Dark Knight next Thursday at midnight, but I don't think I'll be able to go. =/ It would take at least half an hour to get from work to the Spectrum, if not longer, and for the past three weeks in a row, I've closed on Thursdays, which means getting out around 11-11:30. And the parking at the Spectrum is ridiculous, especially on the night of a huge movie premiering. So it would take like 20 minutes alone to park and walk to the theater. blah. Galaxy said she'd wait to see it with me, but it's like, I want to see it as soon as I can, so I'd really like to see the midnight showing. sigh. Well, I guess I'll wait to see my schedule today before getting upset about it. And it's quite possible that the midnight showing is already sold out, and I'm pretty sure no one's bought tickets yet, so maybe they won't go then anyways.
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So, I'm totally going to suck at updating all summer. It's just, I work during the afternoon when I'd normally post, and anyways, all I have to talk about these days is work, which isn't really that interesting to people who aren't there. (But now I'm going to go on and pretty much just talk about various work stuff for a few hours.)

Like, this one guy is the son of a friend of my dad and he is the absolute most annoying person I work with and last week the manager told him to go home early because we had too many people working and he got really upset for some reason and punched the door to the box office and yelled a bunch of stuff in front of customers and scared people and he nearly got fired but he cried and didn't and for like a week after that he was super nice to everyone for a week and now that he's found out he's not fired, he's back to being annoying as hell. He brags about everything so much. This one time when I was telling him I was probably going to major in psychology, he was like "I could have gotten my PHd in psychology by now" and I was like "...really." Because he's like just graduated high school I think (in any case, he's not in college). And he was like "Yeah, when I was in middle school, I would just read through tons of textbooks." And I'm like "...uh. To get a PHd, you have to run studies and write a dissertation and get it approved and stuff. I'm pretty sure if all you needed to do to get a PHd was to read or even memorize a bunch of textbooks, way more people would have PHds."

There's this other guy who has a son and he's 24 and he found out about the son like 2 weeks after he was born and didn't get to name him and I don't know if he sees him at all or how old he is now (I think he's fairly young, though), and ok, that's fine, but then the younger sister of one of the girls who works there and her friend come to hang out at the theater (they can get in for free because her sister works there) and they basically just stalk him and flirt with him and he TOTALLY flirts back and she's freaking 13 years old. Just SO CREEPY. But he's actually a really nice guy. Just... creepy when they're around.

Oh, and there are FOUR Irish guys who work there. Like... two of them know each other, and then the other two know each other, but they didn't all come together, so it's kind of weird that two separate sets of Irish guys came to work there. And yeah, they're not THAT hot, but they're Irish, so all the girls go kind of crazy over them. It's kind of hilarious. And they're really nice guys. And now at least one more Irish guy, if not two, have applied and I think were hired. So now there will be a maximum of 6 Irish guys working there. It is totally crazy. (But very awesome.)

Today was Siena's last day at work since she's going to Spain to study for the summer, which sucks. It's so weird that I'm actually kind of friends with her now. We carpooled last week and one day when she got sent home early and I didn't and I was like "I'm so jealous" and she was like "Awwww" and gave me a half-hug which was bizarre. But yeah, I don't know. I felt really comfortable talking to her which is so weird because it should have been much more awkward, but it wasn't. I'll actually miss working with her, which is really surprising. I've been getting along really well with this girl who's 18 and just got promoted to manager (she was actually a shift leader my first day and she trained me on box office) so I at least have her to talk to. And actually, I feel like I've made better friends at work in like 3-4 weeks than I did all year at school. I don't know if I'm different or if the people are different or if the environments are different that's causing it, but yeah. I'm kind of sad I'm only working here for another month and a half (and then also not sad, because the hours suck SO MUCH).

I saw the Doctor Who finale and I read a few reactions and it seems like people either hated it or loved it. I'm pretty much in the loved it camp for various reasons. (This is not as much a reaction post as a reaction to other people's reactions post.) Doctor Who )

Anyways. I got off work today at 9:30 and I'm still kind of wired and that's why this post is so babbly and stream-of-conscious and all that. Tomorrow and Wednesday I have off, thankfully, and I'm getting paid on Friday, so this week is looking up. Tomorrow morning I'm taking my mom to see Iron Man since we're the only two people left in the world who haven't seen it, and I've been told a million times how amazing it is. So yeah. Looking forward to that.
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So since I last updated, I've still just been working. I really like nearly all the people I work with (one of them went kind of crazy last week and punched the box office door and he was my least favorite already because he always tells everyone what to do and is kind of annoying, but he nearly got fired and then got really upset and was allowed to stay and since then he's been super nice to everyone, so he's been less annoying) and I don't mind the actual job part either. It's just the hours which are awful. I have two days off a week usually, and they're usually like Tuesday and Wednesday. And a lot of my friends take classes in the morning or have jobs in the mornings or whatever whereas I'm working at night (I get off at 6 at the earliest, and that's usually only Sundays). So that really sucks.

I did get to see Wall-E on Wednesday with Galaxy and Emma, which was really nice, especially since I hadn't seen Galaxy since January. And the movie was so adorable. Just... yeah. I really loved it.

Anyways, I hope everyone in the U.S. has a fun fourth of July. I will be spending it working from 1:30 to 10. sigh. I'm really hoping that they're overestimating the number of people who will be there today (since we've been so slow the past week since the movies that just came out that everyone wants to see aren't showing at our theater. I got sent home early Friday and Sunday last week) and that I get to go home early. But I'm not really counting on it. At least Sunday I'm only working until 6 PM, since it's my mom's birthday that day.
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So, after having to deal with that stupid e-mail problem yesterday morning, the rest of the day went a lot better. I was supposed to work from 1-9:30, but after I came back from my break, someone else was at the Box Office (where I had been working before) and there were a million people behind concessions and we didn't have much business (I think everyone was watching Wall-E or Wanted this weekend, neither of which we were showing. My theater plays pretty crappy movies, or really old movies) so one of the managers was like "...do you want to just go home, since you've been here longer than anyone else today?" And normally I actually might have stayed for the money, but my friends wanted to see Wanted at 9:15 and... obviously getting off at 9:30 I would just miss that showing. So getting off at 5:45 was very much preferred.

So yeah, I got home by 6 and then went to see Wanted with Justin, Andrew, Richard, Mike Tseng, Ni, Donovan, and a few other people I hadn't met before. The movie was... a lot different than I expected, I guess. Not necessarily in a bad way. It was just surprising. I think this is the kind of movie that people are either going to think is really awesome or they'll hate. I really enjoyed it, for the most part. There are some cheesy bits, but overall, it was really good. I liked the ending a lot (which was rather unexpected), and James McAvoy was great in it (although I'm not a huge fan of his American accent. Scottish/English is much preferred). But yeah, it was fun. I'm glad I got to see it.

Today I have to work from 3-11:30, though, which means closing, which majorly sucks. Oh well. At least I got to do something social yesterday so I don't feel like I'm spending my entire summer working. (Which would be true anyways since it took me like a month to get a job and I was doing a lot of stuff with friends before that, but that's still what it was starting to feel like.)
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Oh, man. The hairdresser I've been going to since I was born (and my mom since she was in, like, her 20s, and she's 58) is getting married to his boyfriend on his 70th birthday. That's so sweet! I'm really happy for them. Yay California for gay marriage! If it's overturned in November by stupid homophobes who aren't even affected by gay people getting married miles away from them I am going to be SO pissed off.

Anyways. I'm sucking at updating. Pretty much all I do is work. I had Monday-Wednesday off, and I didn't really do much except Tuesday night, so I don't really have any excuse for then. I worked yesterday and I closed, which sucked. I'm getting much better at my job, though, at least, and most of the people are nice, so that's good.

People are so stupid, though. I was working box office yesterday and this guy came up and was like "Can I have 2 tickets for The Happening?" and I was like "...no, sorry, we aren't playing that movie" and he looked at me funny and was like "Why not?" And I was like "...uh? I'm sorry? I don't actually choose the movies we play?" He was incredibly disgruntled over that. It was bizarre. Oh and then I had this conversation with someone who called:

Person: Can I get tickets for Wall-E for tomorrow?
Me: ...no, sorry, we're not playing that movie here.
Person: Well, where is it playing?
Me: ...I'm not sure. (I don't actually have the schedule of every other theater memorized.)
Person: What about the theater in Fashion Island?
Me: ...this is the theater in Fashion Island.
Person: Big Newport?
Me: No, this is Island 7. Big Newport is across the street.
Person: When are they playing it?
Me: I'm not sure. (I don't have their schedule/the schedule for tomorrow.)
Person: Well, can you connect me to them?
Me: No, I don't know how to do that. (Also, I'm not an operator, and I'm pretty sure I don't have that function on this phone.)
Person: [very disgruntled] Well, what's their number?
Me: I'm not sure. (Seriously, you can find our number, but you can't find theirs? Also, have you ever heard of something called THE INTERNET? Or even, you know, the newspaper? Which has the times every morning for every movie in the area?)
Person: Fine. [hangs up]

God. Also, finally, this one guy came and asked me to tell him every movie that was playing, when they were starting, and when the last movie let out. Even though ALL that information (except for when the last movie lets out) is up on the marquee, right above his head. But there was no one around and he looked kind of homeless so I told him. And then he came in and asked the manager (without buying a ticket) if he could wash his hands and the manager said yes and he went up to the bathroom and I never saw him leave. So I think he might have been a homeless man who snuck into a movie possibly. Or maybe he did just go wash his hands and I missed him leave. But whatever. It was bizarre either way.

Work today from 1-9:30, tomorrow 3-11:30 (UGH HATE CLOSING), Sunday 10-6 (favorite shift! win!), and Monday 3-11. sigh. I think I'm going to be busy every weekend for the rest of the summer, which sucks. I feel like I never see my friends anymore. And when I do, it's just to play tennis, which is nice, but I'd like to do something where I don't feel like I'm just being invited out so there are enough people to play. I haven't even seen Soan or Andrew, even though the UCs are all out now, and I don't even know if Annie's back because I haven't talked to her in forever. =/ Getting paid is nice (well... it will be once I get paid) and the job isn't too bad for what it is and the people there are nice, but I miss my friends.
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So, when I was in elementary school, one of my best friends was this girl who moved to the U.S. from Switzerland when she was 7 (which is when I met her). She moved back there when she was... 10, I believe. We sent letters back and forth for a few years, and I visited her when I was... 11 or 12, and then... we pretty much lost contact. Anyways, a few days ago, I got a message from her on Facebook. I had actually looked for her when I first got a Facebook, but she didn't have one then. She's still in Switzerland (she's 20 now), and she's doing an internship somewhere. I don't know how much in common we have anymore, but I find it really cool that after so long, we got back in contact.

Anyways, I spent yesterday from 1-9:30 at work. I did everything BUT box office this time, unfortunately. Concessions are fine, but I was barely trained at all, and then I was doing it later on my own and screwed up making a hot dog and had to get a manager to help and she was pretty nice about it, but she was like "Next time, ask first" because we had to throw away the hot dog I screwed up and I felt awful. When I was driving home I realized I should have offered to pay for that hot dog, but oh well. I was around her again at the end of the night and she was totally nice and the same to me as she had been before, so apparently she doesn't hate me for it. And the guy I was making it for was the nicest guy EVER. God. I totally screwed it up, had to get a manager, then when I was making it, I forgot about it and left it there for like 3-4 minutes (in my defense, a fairly long line had formed and I was the only one at concessions and I was trying to deal with it) and then someone else asked why he was waiting and got it for him, and I apologized so much and he was just like "Oh no, it's totally fine, I don't mind at all." Ugh. I think it made me feel worse that he was so nice about it, because he had every right to be angry at me and yell at me and such. =/ Oh well. I did fine for the rest, though, I think. I actually almost prefer cleaning the theaters to concessions or box office just because it's so much harder to screw up. Except for the fact that I got a blister on my right index finger from cleaning for hours, which really hurts now.

I actually spent nearly the entire day working with Siena. She was very nice to me and talked to me and such, so that's good. I was afraid it would end up being really awkward working with her.

I've found from cleaning out theaters two very important things: first, Kung Fu Panda is my least favorite film EVER right now. Only because it's the only film that actually sells a lot of tickets at the theater I'm working at, and it's ALL KIDS, so there ends up being ridiculous amounts of popcorn and candy and everything left to clean up and it SUCKS. My favorite was What Happens in Vegas because both showings I cleaned up after, only ONE person watched the film, and there was only one cup to clean up between the two. (But then I ended up hating it because it went past the time it was supposed to end so I actually had to see the end twice and it got really old quickly.) The second very important thing is, ok, I can clean up your popcorn and candy and soda cups and all that. But seriously, THROW AWAY YOUR OWN NAPKINS. It's so gross to have to clean them up, seriously. I have to pick them up by hand because people usually leave them in the drink cups and it's gross. :( Yeah, yeah, I know, I should just suck it up. But whatever, I'm fine with cleaning everything else up. I just don't like having to pick up used napkins by hand. sigh.

Also, I totally saw Ziyad and Alex Monroe (people a year or two older from me who were in band with me in high school) outside the theater, but they didn't come in. I haven't seen either in them forever, though. It would've been nice to see Alex, at least. It would've just been terrible awkward to see Zi.

Um, what else? They scheduled me to work on Friday, but I'm going to Warped Tour on Friday (woot!), so the director/manager/head of everything just had me write him a note telling him I wouldn't be there. I have to be there Saturday at either 9 or 9:30 (I should probably call to check about that) for a staff meeting and then from 3-9:30 that night. Then Sunday either from 1-9 or 10 to 6. I'd rather the 10-6. Working to 9 feels like the entire day is gone, while 6 PM leaves a little left for things to do. Oh well. At least I'm not closing. That's supposedly the worst.
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Been busy this week! Kind of. Monday I saw The Fall with my parents. I really enjoyed that movie, and it's totally worth it to see just for how gorgeous it is. Seriously, that is one of the most visually spectacular movies I've ever seen. And Lee Pace is excellent in it.

Wednesday I visited my high school with some friends which was fun, but then we visited again on Thursday, and that was less fun. We stayed for a long time since they were having Solo and Ensemble Festival and Drum Major auditions. And, you know, before that I thought I missed high school, but now I realize that the only part of high school I miss at all are my good friends. Everything else about college is infinitely better. I hated having long days like that, and we didn't arrive until like 1 PM, whereas everyone actually in school had been there since 8:30 (and that's the late start day. Normally it starts at 7:30). And we didn't even stay for the Jazz Band concert that was also that night. ugh. I'm so happy that next semester I have a day with no classes and one day when I'm done by like 11:10. I do have a day full of classes on Mondays, but somehow I feel that will be less intense. I mean, even with that, I only have 4 different classes (5 if you count my lab), and that's still less than high school. And it's a lot easier to go to my dorm room between classes than it was in high school to go home in the middle of the day (obviously).

Yesterday I didn't do anything with friends because I was lazy and what they were doing was far away and I had very little gas left, but I ended up cleaning my room a little, finding my old Gameboy and an old Gameboy game that I've been missing since I was 12 that I really loved (so I played that for awhile), and I watched half of a serial from the old Doctor Who, "Inferno." I'm really liking it so far. We still have 4 parts to go. I'm trying to watch as many old episodes of Doctor Who as I can. So far I've only seen 3 full serials (12 20-minute episodes) and the first three parts of this serial.

This morning I went to breakfast with my high school band director and several friends, which was really nice. And she said I could use her as a reference for job applications! Then we went to the car wash my high school band was doing, and I got a reference from the mother of one the people who's in band now that I knew (she's also pretty good friends with my mother). And I'm probably going to get a reference from a friend's mom, so yay, I'm making progress on the job search! The two mothers have both been president of the Band Boosters, so I'm going to put that as their title to make them sound more official. Now I just need to actually pick up job applications.

Tomorrow I think I'm hanging out with Lulu (except I don't know when or where yet, but whatever. We'll probably figure that out). And then... I don't know. Oh, Honda Civic Tour is only two weeks away, and Warped Tour a week after that! Crazy! I'm definitely looking forward to those concerts. Kind of sucks I don't have anyone to go with, but whatever. I always get separated from whoever I go with at the concert anyways. The only place it really sucks is in line.
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lksjdf I got my final grades for this past semester, and somehow I got three As and an A- in Film Analysis. I have no idea how this happened. I mean, I'm thrilled, but really, really surprised. I really can't believe I got an A in Novel. Moreso just because I struggled most with English in high school in terms of grades than any other subject. And apparently my final paper in Film Analysis didn't suck too much, because my grade was a high B+ before that and the final in-class essay.

Anyways, I totally meant to post more this past week, but then... didn't. Tuesday and Friday I did stuff with friends, but I don't really have any excuse for the other days. Saturday and Sunday I may have spent alternating between watching old episodes of Prison Break (I finished up season 3 and then watched a couple from season 1 and then season 2 from Chicago to the finale) and the So You Think You Can Dance marathon that was on MTV. Um. Oops? And now I'm kind of excited for SYTYCD to come back this Thursday which is ridiculous because I never get addicted to reality shows, but... now I kind of am? This might wear off. We'll see. And then today I went to the beach with Emma and went boogie boarding and failed and then went to the pool for a little.

And now I need to start looking for a job. ugh. I don't mind the actual having a job and doing stuff and all, but I really don't want to go through the whole process of getting a job. bah. I don't know how likely it is that I'm going to make much of an effort this week, either, since I might be going to Disneyland with friends on Wednesday or Thursday. It's very likely that I will put it off another week. ugh.
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So Monday was my 19th birthday. It was pretty blah, since I basically just sat at home all day. I got Leopard and a copy of Windows XP for my birthday from my parents so I can finally use Windows on my Macbook because Paintshop Pro only works with Windows and I like PSP more than Photoshop and Photoshop is like a billion dollars anyways, and I bought PSP last year when my computer died and I had to get a new one for $80 and only used it for a few months before I got my Macbook. And now it turns out that I can only use that copy of PSP on one computer. gah. So I don't know what I'm going to do about that now, but I really don't want to have to buy it again. sigh.

I celebrated my birthday with Jackie, Galaxy, and Justin yesterday by having a Colin Firth marathon (which was really more watching Love Actually, 3 episodes of Arrested Development when Justin had class and Galaxy had to go to this thing for a friend, and the first Bridget Jones movie). It was fun, though.

I watched the season premiere of Torchwood this morning. Torchwood )

I am very, very happy that BBC America has decided to air this season basically as it airs in the UK (only a week and a few days behind), since once I go back to school, I can't download torrents any more (well I can, but the connection is ridiculously slow, and I might as well just wait until I get back home to download them all), so at least this way I won't have to wait months and months to see this season.

Also making me very, very happy: the new movie rentals system on iTunes and Netflix allowing unlimited online downloads of movies (not for all plans, but my parents have the plan that allows that) so I can watch movies when I get back to school. It's like the universe realized "What? The movies your school library has mostly suck and you're going to run out of movies there you actually want to watch very quickly? Well, here are two ways to make life easier for you so you can still watch a ridiculous amount of movies!" (Because yes, the universe does revolve around me.) Very awesome.
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So, one of my New Year's resolutions was to update this more frequently, since I used to update like every day and now I'm lucky if I remember to once a week. I am clearly failing at this so far.

I saw Atonement with Jackie, Galaxy, and Jessica a few days ago. I think most of the reviews I've read have been split over whether it was awesome or terrible. I thought it was really great (though really sad). But even if you think the storyline sucks, it's totally worth seeing for the cinematography and the score. The cinematography is just absolutely beautiful. There's a beautiful long-track shot of a beach filled with war camps and it's ridiculously beautiful. For some reason my absolute favorite shot, though, was of Robbie turned so his back is to the camera and he's standing in a field of red flowers and... just, I don't know, but I remember just staring at it in awe. And the score is ridiculously cool. But yeah, I loved the rest of it too.

On Friday I saw The Diving Bell and the Butterfly which was also a beautiful but sad film. Very cool cinematography in that movie too. But oh god, worst audience ever. Are people not taught how to act in movie theaters any more? Ok, so it's a huge theater, and there are maybe seven groups of people (with no more than 2 people in each group), so very few people and very quiet. But this guy right behind me keeps announcing things in the movie. Like every single time there's a shot of Jean-Do in the diving bell, he was like "THERE'S THE DIVING BELL" really loudly to whoever was next to him. And when they showed a shot of the butterfly he was like "THERE'S THE BUTTERFLY." And ok, the movie is largely comprised of the main character's memories and imagination, and every time he imagined something, the guy would be like "THIS IS HIS IMAGINATION." It was like OH MY GOD CAN I PLEASE JUST WATCH THE MOVIE. But then, even more inexplicably, about 2/3 of the way into the movie, this woman comes into the theater (which, as I mentioned, was like twice as big as a normal theater, and there were maybe 14 people total in it) and sits down in the seat right next to my mom and starts eating very loudly (she brought a huge popcorn thing and several types of candy) and then starts texting on her cell phone. Just... what? Why come into a movie when it's more than halfway done and then just sit and eat and text message? YOU CAN DO THAT AT HOME AND NOT SPEND $10 ON THE MOVIE FOR NO REASON. WTF? And why sit down in the seat RIGHT NEXT TO MY MOM when the entire theater is basically empty?! My mom got really irritated about that. And I can understand the announcer guy more, despite how annoying it was, but... I have no idea what this woman was thinking.

Um, what else? I'm going to be 19 a week from today. Weird. It'll be my last year as a teenager ever. I feel so old (even though I know in reality, 19 is still very young). I'm not sure if I'm going to do anything for my birthday. We'll see, I guess.
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Well, I've been back from California since Sunday night. My flight was delayed an hour and a half, which really sucked because I had planned to get all my homework done when I got back, and having an hour and a half less time made me have to rush through it a lot more. But the weekend was a lot of fun. I visited my high school on Thursday and saw a lot of people and then went to lunch with Soan and Justin and then the Spectrum with Soan. Then Friday I saw Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Soan and Saturday I saw Dan in Real Life with my mom. And I got to see my birds, which was really nice. It was really nice being home, and it went by way too fast. I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving.

I've been doing the 100 movies in 2007 thing and I tried doing that last year too and got to 67 by the end of the year, but right now I'm at 87! I didn't think I'd make it to 100, I was doing it more just because I like keeping track of what movies I've seen, but now I think I'm actually going to get to 100!. This is very cool for me, especially since for a long time I barely saw any movies, and just this past year or so I really started trying to watch a lot. So yeah, I'm happy. I have about 8 weeks to get through 13 movies, which is only 1-2 a week, and that's made a lot easier by the fact that I just realized that I can borrow DVDs for free from the library (they don't have a huge selection, but I'm sure there are some that I'll want to see) and I just found out there's a movie theater a few blocks from my dorm which has discounted tickets for students from my school. It's a really small theater, only like 2 screens, but it shows recent movies, and it's easy for me to walk to. So I'm excited about that.

Heh. I totally just realized that this online service thing the psych department uses here to sign people up to participate in studies (which I have to do for credit for Intro to Psych) is called SONA. This should be slightly amusing to anyone who's watched any Prison Break this season.
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Warning: this post is total babble and keeps going on because I'm trying to procrastinate starting work that I don't want to do but have to finish tonight.

Heh. So I called my mom (first time I've called since like... the day after they left, and I only called then to tell her I made it into Wind Ensemble) today to figure out tomorrow's plans because I forgot when they are arriving and I wanted to see if I'd have time to get any work done before they got here, and I ended up talking to her for 41 minutes. Kind of silly since both my parents will be here tomorrow and I'll be able to talk to them all weekend. But it was really nice to talk to her and tell her about stuff going on here. Plus, it allowed me to procrastinating writing this synopsis of my paper (in which we have to list all our sources, what the hell, it's a synopsis, I don't want to have to do all my research this early when I'm planning on writing my paper next weekend). I'm so happy my parents are coming tomorrow. I miss them a lot more than I expected I would. I only wish they could bring my birds (or at least just Jason) with them, because I really miss them too and won't see them until Thanksgiving (unless I go home for Fall Break. But I'm hoping to go to Chicago. Still need to figure that out).

Anyways. This week has been pretty good. Well, I think this one girl on my floor who was really nice to me the first few weeks really dislikes me now. And maybe this one other girl too, but not to the extent this girl does. I don't really know why. Well, I think it's partially because on Tuesday we got our labs in geology back and she got a 93 (same grade I got), and she was like "Oh god, that's an A-" in this really snotty tone of voice and there were so many kids in my high school like that and I hated it when they acted like an A- (or even a B) was failing, so I responded "You're right; an A- is basically failing," in a kind of snotty and sarcastic voice. So I guess she might not like me because of that, but whatever, I feel like I have more of a right to be annoyed with her over that than she does with me. Or maybe I'm just a bitch. But she and this other girl were also acting kind of coldly to me a few days before that too, so I don't know. Maybe they just decided they don't like me.

Ok, so that wasn't supposed to be that long, and that's more about bad than good. But on the good side, I started really kind of... bonding? with this one girl on my floor. She's in Wind Ensemble too so we've been walking to Wind Ensemble together on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the first week or so we didn't really talk much, or we'd only say a little to each other. But this week, well actually this started a little more last Wednesday, but anyways we've been talking a lot more to each other. And on Monday, when I was watching Chuck, she came into my room randomly and was like "...Hi. I don't really know why I came in," and I said it was totally fine and she asked me what I was watching and I told her and her roommate had been watching the first episode the week before so she asked if she could watch with me so we watched that for a little bit. But she had no idea what was going on so then she didn't watch it all. But then today, after Wind Ensemble, we went to dinner together (well we usually eat together on those days and a lot of the people in my hall also join us around this time) and the girl who doesn't really like me (who's actually her roommate) came over and decided not to sit with us because they needed a bigger table because she had come with three other people (even though we've totally fit way more than 6 people at one of those tables before, and that's part of what contributed to me deciding she doesn't like me) so we just ate together, and then afterwards, when we were walking back to the dorms, she asked if I wanted to get coffee with her, and so we went to Dunn Brothers and just hung out there and chatted a bunch for like an hour.

Ok so probably no one read all that. But just, that made me feel really good. I mean, I'm not about to start attaching myself to her or assume that we're going to be the best of friends, but it's nice that I'm starting to talk to someone more and get to know her. And she seems like she's actually making an effort to get to know me, which I don't really understand, but appreciate a lot. And I think I'll be ok if I have some sort-of friends like her here so I don't feel totally alone.

Anyways. I totally need to get started on this synopsis of the paper because my parents are coming tomorrow at 2:30ish and then we're going to go shopping for winter clothes and boots and then we're going to eat dinner and then we're going to watch My Name Is Earl, 30 Rock, and The Office on the TV in their hotel room. I will have about... 2-3 hours total tomorrow to work on it, but I should get some stuff done now. At least I don't have to worry about my astronomy test because the professor is letting us bring one sheet in with whatever we want on it. So I copied all the concepts I don't have memorized and all the little details onto the sheet and I know where all the information is so I won't have to spend too long looking for any of it, so I'm happy about that. And I did already make flashcards before I found that out and reviewed them the night before so I know most of the stuff really well.

Ok, I need to stop procrastinating now.
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gah. I really wish I had found out about the whole mass exodus from LJ thing sooner, since I just renewed my paid account a few weeks ago. Although I probably would have anyways, because I love having room for this many icons and I don't like the free account layouts much, and anyways there isn't really anywhere for me to go yet. I don't like IJ or GJ very much (although I guess I'd go if everyone else left LJ and just keep this account for personal stuff). sigh.

Anyways, had my TB test and Meningitis shot Monday, both of which hurt like hell, but I actually didn't cry this time, somehow. And I actually had a reaction from the TB test this time, but it turned out it was just a bruise and I don't have TB (which, yeah. I was really concerned that I did, what with the previous negative test and the fact that I haven't been in contact with anyone who has TB and I have no symptoms and such). But anyways, I'm glad that's over with.

Um, what else. Jackie leaves (left?) today for Cornell. Next is Emma on Saturday, and then me on Tuesday. I've been looking forward to going to college for months, but now that it's actually coming, it feels sudden. In any case, I've been in contact with my roommate and she seems nice (and doesn't seem like a huge partier from her Facebook, which I was a little afraid of, but of course I can't be certain about that until I'm living with her). And I'm looking forward to the drive up a lot.

I really need to go through all my papers/junk and figure out what I want to take with me. I should also practice for the band audition I'll have the first week of school (auditioning on tenor, but I only have a clarinet so I'm practicing with that, so it feels kind of pointless to me. But I should still probably practice, if only for the fact that I haven't picked up an instrument since mid-June). So of course, instead of doing these things I should be doing, I'm organizing my iTunes library and reading fic. I win at not procrastinating and doing things I should be, obviously.
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So I went camping with my friends Sunday and got back yesterday. We went to Malibu State Park and it was a lot of fun. Details from the trip. )

Anyways, in all, it was a greatly fun trip. I expected us to get bored and sick of each other quickly, and I thought I wouldn't really enjoy the camping part of it, but all of it was super fun. I took a lot of pictures, but when I saved them after touching them up in photoshop and uploaded them, they turned out a lot more desaturated and ugly, and I couldn't figure out if it was photoshop or photobucket doing it, so I got frustrated and gave up. I have them uploaded without any touching up on my facebook though.
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I'm getting a new cell phone! Ah I'm so excited. Well it's not really new, it's my dad's old Razor, but I don't think he used it for very long and the only reason he's not using it anymore is because he always has to get the newest technology so he got an iPhone like the day it came out. But yeah, so that means I get his old phone. I've only ever had two cell phones and the only reason I got a new one (back I think at the end of 9th grade, so 3 years ago) was because he got it free when he got my mom a new phone for her birthday, so it wasn't very good. It'll be nice having a phone I actually like. I've wanted a new one for like a year but I didn't want to ask for one because I didn't really need a new one, so I felt guilty for asking.

Camping is only a week away! I'm excited for it. And we're leaving for school in only 23 days! More until orientation, but at least driving up there will give me things to do. I've kind of run out of things to do. I watched all the TV shows I wanted to start and there aren't any others I really want to check out. I have a few movies I could watch, but I really don't feel like watching any movies. There's absolutely nothing on TV these days. There are a few books I left to read until this summer, but I also don't feel like reading. I guess it's not so much that there isn't anything to do as I'm being difficult and just don't feel like doing any of my options. I'll probably be longing for this boredom and lack of things to do when school starts and I have a million things to do, but for now I'm just bored and would really like summer to end.

Actually I've kind of gotten the urge to watch some DVDs I haven't watched in awhile. Maybe marathon all three seasons of Arrested Development? Haven't done that in like a year. Or season 3 of Dawson's Creek? I haven't watched that in forever and kind of got the urge. Whatever, I'll find something to do.
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I feel all excited and anxious and happy right now. This week is a good week:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! This is slightly diminished by the fact that Alex is having his birthday party on July 21st (;lksjafd!!! He should know better. Sadly I don't think he reads Harry Potter) and it starts at 11 AM and I pre-ordered the book on Amazon so I probably won't get it until after I leave and I won't be able to start reading it until that night or the next day. Also, my mom just told me I have a dentist appointment at 10:30 that day. So I won't even get to his party until about noon. Still, it's coming out, and I'm excited for it.

2. Macbook will probably arrive sometime this week! Ok, it might not come until next week, but there's a good chance it'll be this week, and I'm looking forward to it.

3. TB test on Thursday. Not so much something I'm looking forward to, but I'll be relieved when it's over.

4. I got a checking out and applied for a credit card on Saturday! The debit card should arrive sometime this week. I mean, I had the Visabuxx card before which is like a debit card except only your parents can add money to it, so I was able to order things online and buy gas and such before, but this is cooler because I can add money myself and it's my account and they can't look at what I've bought and judge me for it.

5. Not so much this week, but in general, being more social. There was OotP and then Mrs. Bentley's thing and yesterday I went to dinner with people and then the Shakespeare in the Park thing was too crowded so instead we rented Shakespeare in Love and watched it at my house and that was fun, and there's Alex's party on Saturday which I am a little disappointed about just because of Harry Potter, but it'll be fun to see everyone, and I think Emma's going and it's the first time I will have seen her since graduation since she's been in Europe most of the summer so far and yeah. And I haven't seen much of my other friends either until this past week, so it'll be nice to see them again. I think it's starting to hit me how much I'll miss them.

6. Ok, so no more about specifically why this week is awesome, but more how I'm excited in general: going camping with my friends from August 5-8. It's going to be beach camping in Malibu and it's going to be a lot of fun, I think, and I'm looking forward to it.

7. Instead of flying up to school, we're going to take a road trip and leave 10 days before I need to get there and visit a lot of the west/midwest, which is cool because I haven't seen much of this area except for California (obviously), Tuscon, and Las Vegas. So it'll be nice to see the other parts. And I had wanted to go on vacation this summer so yeah. It'll be fun.

I don't know how much I'm going to be on-line this week just because I'm terrified of spoilers for Harry Potter. I was spoiled for absolutely everything in HBP (everything from the major stuff at the end to all the relationships in the book) and it was partially my fault but this time I don't want to be spoiled for anything. It shouldn't be too hard as I still have books 4-6 to reread so that should take up most of the week.
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Went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter on Tuesday with a bunch of friends which was a lot of fun. And I really liked the movie. When I first came out I was just like "Well, that was better than I thought it would be" but the more I think about it, the more I really loved it. It's my favorite so far of the movies (well I've only seen the second half of Chamber of Secrets. And I totally hate Prisoner of Azkaban which I think is a very unpopular opinion but I love the book so much and I don't think anything could have lived up to what I hoped for it to be like. I think maybe if I rewatch it I would like it better. But at this point the 5th is totally my favorite). Of course they had to cut out a bunch of stuff, but that's to be expected, and once you get past that I think they did a good job of capturing the tone of the book. And it's just shot so beautifully. The cinematography is excellent.

I've been starting my reread of the series and something jumped out of me. Spoilers only for the first book. )

Anyways, I've been spending a lot more being social this week than I have since graduation. There was the Harry Potter thing and then Wednesday there was a small party-ish gathering thing in the band room for Mrs. Bentley's resignation which was nice and on Sunday I'm going to dinner with some friends and then we're going to watch Taming of the Shrew for this Shakespeare in the Park thing. So that'll be fun.

I ordered a Macbook (my graduation present) yesterday! I'm excited for it to come. I've never had a Mac before so I'm hoping I'll get used to it and like it and such. Hopefully it won't break down as frequently as my past few computers have (although those were all Dells and I've heard Dells are the worst).

Less happy and exciting, I'm getting a TB test on Thursday since it's required for college. If you don't know, I absolutely hate going to the doctor and needles. I'm so terrified of needles, and I swear I must have a much lower tolerance for pain than everyone else on the planet because I just cannot handle shots and blood tests and such. Everyone always says it won't be as bad as I think, but then it always is (or it's worse). I at least feel better that I have an appointment set and I won't just be worrying knowing I need to make an appointment before August 1st, but having no idea when it will be.
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AP scores came in the mail. I got a 5 in Calculus BC and 4s in English Lit, French, Physics B, and Chemistry. I'm slightly disappointed that I got a 4 in English just because I thought I had done better than that but I did think the multiple choice was pretty tough. I'm very happy about the rest though, especially French (since that means if I do send my scores, even though I said I wasn't going to, I've tested out of the language requirement), considering I didn't study at all for any of them. I'm very surprised about Physics and Chem since I skipped several free response questions for both and BS-ed answers and such. But whatever, not complaining. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to send in my scores or not, because the main reason I decided not to was because I didn't think I could get a 3 or higher in French and it was the only requirement I could actually test out of. But I did, so. Yeah. I'll think about it.

I watched Dexter and Skins over the weekend and I loved them both. I'm not going to make huge posts about them like I did about Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and The West Wing, but I thought they were both great. Dexter was just so well put together and I'm afraid a second season won't be able to live up to the first one, but I'm hoping I'll be proved wrong. And Skins I didn't think I'd really like much after the first episode because it didn't really seem like my type of show, but I ended up falling in love with a lot of the characters (particularly Cassie and Sid and Maxxie) and it was just a lot of fun to watch, so I'm looking forward to the second season of that as well.

Tomorrow I'm going to the midnight showing of Harry Potter with some people. It should be fun. It'll also probably be good for me to get out of the house, since I haven't been outside for more than like 5 minutes at a time since Warped Tour, and that was over a week ago.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. What I really feel like doing is rereading all the Harry Potter books, but I want to do that closer to when the 7th book starts and I can finish books 1-3 in one day and 4 and 5 in like... 3 days I think and 6 only took me one day I remember, so I'd want to wait at least until this weekend. Plus, Jackie still has my fourth book (I should ask her to bring it tomorrow night. And I should remember to bring the $95.06 I owe her.) so I kind of want to wait until I have that back for sure.
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Yesterday night I saw Michael Urie (Marc on Ugly Betty) in Hamlet! It was a really good production, and he was awesome in it. There were actually a lot of people from TV shows, some I recognized and some I didn't. Henri Lubatti (Taylor's French ex-husband on The O.C.) played Rosencrantz. Dakin Mathews (who's been in like 200 different TV shows, but most notably to me as Headmaster Charleston on Gilmore Girls and the Angel of Destiny on Charmed) played Polonius (he was very, very excellent). Then there was also Robert Foxworth as Claudius and apparently he was on Six Feet Under for a few years which I haven't seen but my parents have. And there was Linda Gehringer who was Pennilyn Lott on Gilmore Girls and someone on The West Wing in an episode I haven't gotten to yet. Hamish Linklater played Hamlet and he's on The New Adventures of Old Christine which I haven't seen but he was also really great. I think that was about all anyone would recognize. Anyways, as I said, it was really awesome (although it was a bit surreal to see all these people I recognized from TV right in front of me). I wish I could go again.

So Wednesday was graduation, and it ended up being a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Not that I thought it would be awful, I just wasn't very interested in it. But it was nice. Afterwards I ate dinner with my parents and my aunt and then Jackie, Soan, and Jane slept over at my house and played Mario Party and Karaoke and such. Then Thursday was the last beach party ever and it was just kind of eh. I think most of us were just exhausted. I ended up not being able to sleep like at all the night before and I got about a 2 hour nap in before going so I was just kind of not able to think clearly or concentrate on anything. So it ended up being pretty dull. Oh well. It wasn't awful, and it had its moments.

Anyways, I guess summer has started now. I have absolutely nothing planned except going to Warped Tour next Friday (whee excited!). I think I'm going to spend my summer watching seasons 5-7 of The West Wing (I've had them since like February but school started getting crazy so I never got around to finishing the series, but I will now), watching season 1 of Friday Night Lights (everyone on my flist seems to love it and I've been planning it for awhile, I just wanted to wait until I'd have time to watch it and go crazy about it if I love it), reading a lot of books (right now Maurice by E. M. Forster and then I think I want to read the two Jane Austen books I haven't read yet, some more stuff by the Brontes since I love Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, maybe some Shakespeare, and I don't know what else. Maybe some of the books I've had in my bookshelf forever and haven't gotten to yet, like Middlemarch), and watching a lot of movies. It should be a good summer. (Last summer I ever get to truly relax, probably.)

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