July 29, 2013

Los Angeles & San Diego 2013

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      I recently went on a trip to California! Los Angeles and San Diego were the main stops, and they completely blew my mind. Without tickets to Comic-Con, I still managed to be a part of the action thanks to NerdMachine (I went to the Psych and The Maze Runner panels) and all the events outside the convention center. I'd have to say the highlights were attending the Psych the Musical advance screening (the freebies! oh, the freebies!) and volunteering at The Walking Dead Escape. Oh, and visiting the San Diego Zoo was incredible too (PANDAS!)! I separated the pictures into two collages, one of the Comic-Con (second), the other, everything else (first).

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Not pictured: Straight-up stalking Sunset Gower Studios in search of the Dexter cast. No dice. Did see a Miami Metro police vehicle, praise the TV gods.
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Also pretty sure I saw True Blood's Warlowe on the street, as well as James Dashner (outside of the Maze Runner panel), and my brother saw two of the Impractical Jokers (just so you know, Murr's a total jerk.)

It was all so much fun, so surreal. I feel so lucky. I have more pictures on my Flickr. Especially of Dylan O'Brien. The ladies love Dylan O'Brien... but I'm a 1980-Harrison Ford girl till the end!

 Have you had any summer adventures?!


June 4, 2013

Stuff Lately // 6.4.13


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 To not dwell on my absence, let's just dive right in! Here's what I've been doing since I've been away.

WatchingArrested Development NONSTOP! A few Hitchcocks here and there (Cary Grant just kills me), with Treasure of the Sierra Madre mixed in, too.  Also, Hangover 3 and a few other newer releases.

  ReadingRomeo and Juliet (school), In Cold Blood (school/pleasure) by Truman Capote (aced the anaylisis too! Perhaps the movie, now..), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I've got so much reading to do this summer!

  Eating: Everything microwavable. Oh, summer, with your unregulated lunches! You're a doozy!

 Doing: Exploring music, sleeping, rediscovering Omegle (OH LAWD.), first concert without family member/got braces off/got car (all elaborated in upcoming posts), selling yearbook ads (phone anxiety has reared its ugly head once again), thrifting, flea marketing, DIY-ing, being so darn glad it's summer.

  Listening: The Neighbourhood, Tegan & Sara, Alpine, Alt-J, The Head and the Heart, Matt & Kim, a lot of the usuals (Coldplay, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, etc.)

  Buying: Aside from a mini-bundt pan and a small cactus, I haven't bought anything in a very long time, and I've just sort of been on a spending spree these past few days... Summer clothes, this hat, car stuff, this BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL blanket, booties (wanted these, bought these for $20! Eeee!), car stuff (!), but most importantly, THE ONLY PIECE OF CLOTHING I WILL OWN FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE.

Looking Forward to: Animal Crossing 3DS (JUNE 9th BABY!), Tennessee's first H&M (this Thursday!) Monsters University, California (apparently in July?!! What, family?!)

 What've you been up to? See any good movies lately?


April 14, 2013

Veronica Mars!

 Last night I finished the third (and final) season of Veronica Mars. I had been meaning to check out the show for a while, but only started a week ago (Spring Break!) after my mom randomly donated $25 to the Kickstarter for a VM movie. I watched each season in two days... Sleeping till 12 the next day was totally worth it. Unfortunately I had to wait an entire week to start/finish season three. Thanks, public school system.
  I am passionate about the show. I love it. Like how I felt about Buffy before her relationship with Angel ended. It's on Netflix, but I suggest buying it if you want to watch it all one after the other, the way I did (Warning: Doing this may cause extremely intense emotions for the show and its characters. Watch at your own risk.).
   The characters Veronica, Keith, Logan, and Wallace have such crazy wit unparalleled in any other show/characters I've ever watched. As the creator once put (about Veronica), "She plays smart." It's so refreshing to see such an incredibly intelligent young lady as a character. She's probably one of the best role models ever on TV, if not the best.

See you on the other side.


 P.S. The posts are slowing down because of my looming finals! Back to regularly scheduled content soon, promise!

March 18, 2013

Saving Up for Europe & Becoming More Responsible in the Process

Doesn't this picture just give you chills?! Look at all of that! There's a whole world out there!

   Many moons and many issues of National Geographic Traveler ago, I made a post about my longing to visit Europe. I guess my insane desire to see and experience everywhere is probably rooted in too many viewings of Mary-Kate and Ashley movies as a child (looking at you, Passport to Paris), but whatever the origin of the obsession is, all I've ever wanted to do was travel (Europe, especially).
  Anyway, to summarize that post, during Winter Break of 2010, I convinced my mom to vacation in Europe for two weeks in the summer of 2012. If you've stuck around since the summer, you know that mine didn't involve life-changing adventures in foreign lands, unfortunately.
          Why not? Finances would be the most basic answer. Finding this out last January was genuinely devastating; a tragedy in my eyes. My entire life pining to experience the world (or, begin to) was in sight, then the rug was pulled out from under me. Being so near to my dream (more like destiny) then immediately being so far from it just destroyed me.  I didn't know what to do with myself or what would keep me going.
Picture of Neptune fountain in Gdansk
  Anywho, before last September, this was the way I felt every day. During that month, though, I saw a movie that completely changed me. Really, it was one detail that changed me: the stories that a backpacker would tell every so often, and the sights he could say he had seen. Walking out of that movie, I realized something: that's who I want to be. That backpacker. I want to travel and backpack and see sights no one in my town could ever imagine; visit places I couldn't even dream to exist. I want to say, "Hey, I've been there!" in passing, send people postcards from places they've never heard of but look pretty darn great, not know where I'll be sleeping that night but be okay with that because I get to be in that place for a night.
Photo: Top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
  This was an epiphany of sorts. I knew I couldn't rely on my parents to take me, and realizing this made me realize I was going to have to become completely independent and own my dream; I realized I'd have to pay for every part of it, even if that meant saving for years and years. I very roughly mapped out the cost; websites said backpackers could live on $50 a day in many cities, $70 in bigger ones, like London. Then I needed a plane ticket, a bus pass, insurance... I decided I would aim for going for sometime in college, even if that crazy saving and budgeting necessary would mean giving up regular teenager activities, liking going to the movies all the time or shopping at the mall every week or sitting home when the "game of the season" is being played because I just can't afford that eight-dollar ticket. But I didn't care then and I definitely don't now; I said this, Europe, is what I'm going to do, and I've been saying that ever since.
Photo: Canal near the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
   Well, since my revelation, I've found some guided tours that are actually pretty affordable. There's one that covers the countries I want to see the most-- Belgium, the Netherlands, Paris, Austria-- along with several others. The entire trip is about four grand per person, including the ticket. I realized that I didn't have to wait for college for that, if I started saving immediately. Sure, it was no dirty and spontaneous backpacking trip that I've been romanticizing for the last six months, but it was freaking Europe. I ran it by my mom, and we're going to try it. Basically, we're each paying our own way. She'll save up her 4k, and I'll save up mine. If all goes as planned, we'll earn a trip to Europe in the summer of 2014. Cross your fingers for me!

  Every so often I'll make a post in a new feature "If I had 24 Hours in...". I'll give an hour-by-hour itinerary of a day in a city I want to visit (not necessarily a European one... Since I want to travel the whole world, there's an awful lot to choose from. :)

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February 27, 2013

Thrift Finds: February Flea!


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This past Saturday, I hit up the Nashville Flea Market. The last time I went was in December, and it was so rainy and cold, there weren't that many vendors; the sunny weather this time though made for some great finds!

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I got a wee leather purse for a buck, some cosmetics (unused!), a bunch of gum (3 for $1 where have you been all my life), teeny cameo studs, Indiana Jones action figures, a cat watch (THE MOUSE IS THE SECOND-HAND. AS IN IT MOVES EVERY SECOND. DID YOU JUST PEE A LITTLE CAUSE I KNOW I DID) and my favorite find: an Indiana Jones trading card!!
   As a lover of anything relating to Indiana Jones (I could make a post about my love for Indiana Jones. No, a series of posts. Actually, an entire blog.), and especially Harrison Ford's insanely gorgeous youthful face, so this trading card made me squee. Love me IJ you know.
    Have you thrifted recently? I don't usually count flea market trips as thrift trips, but where else can you get such bargains?!
   Anyway, thrift lately? Snag any good deals?