Friday, February 28, 2014

Everyone Needs an Outlet

Prewritten on 2/26/14

What I mean by "outlet" is a happy place. What you do to make yourself feel better and forget about your problems.
Some common outlets include
  • Pets (me)
  • Makeup (me)
  • Drugs
  • Video games (this used to be me)
  • Sports
My story: I used to play Minecraft (it's a video game if you don't know) with or without my brother. That was my outlet. Until all of my friends on multiplayer servers quit Minecraft. It happens to everyone at some point. Minecraft gets boring, and you Quit playing. It's a big deal when one of your virtual friends Quits. So eventually, my virtual best friend Quit, and Minecraft got so boring without him that I Quit too. So when I Quit, I had no outlet. For a short amount of time, my Outlet was writing short stories with my friend Sparkles & Scribbles. We both wrote stories. But that didn't last long, as it wasn't helping anyone.
Now, my outlet is blogging. I can write little blurbs, and I love writing.
Everyone needs an outlet. You can't do homework and go right to bed. Otherwise, you will feel incomplete.

Types of People

Have you ever heard someone say, "There are (insert number here) types of people in the world"?
Well, I think that's true, but there's lots of those.
  • There are 5 types of people in the world. (This one only applies to those who have fragile phones such as the iPhone.)
    • Those who have protective phone cases (Otterbox, Lifeproof)
    • Those who have pretty, hard-shell phone cases that aren't protective whatsoever
    • Those who have sort of protective phone cases that are sort of pretty (me) (hybrid hardshell cases, Speck, silicone cases)
    • Those who have no phone cases
    • Those who don't have phones.
  • There are 3 types of girls in the world.
    • Those who wear not the prettiest clothes, but comfortable (Uggs, sweatpants, sweatshirts, oversized T-shirts)
    • Those who wear uncomfortable, pretty clothes. Beauty is pain! (heels, skirts, tight clothes that are constricting)
    • Those who wear sort of comfortable but still average-looking, not below average-looking. (Jeans and a blouse/T-shirt, skirts and flip flops, cotton blazer and T-shirt)
  • There are 3 types of people in the world.
    • Those who eat breakfast
    • Those who don't eat breakfast
    • Those who sometimes eat breakfast
This post was short because I don't feel like blogging today. I've had a really bad day.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stories 5: Girl Power

I know this is my second post today. I decided to post this one today because it happened today and it's going to be short.

You know how I told you we recently got round tables in the lunchroom at my school? Well, my friends and I always sat at table #32. (I'm not sure if this is the exact number, but let's just use it as the example.) When we got the round tables, table #32 became round. Some tables are still rectangular, by the way. The point is that we deserve a round table because that was always our table from day 1 of free seating. (We had assigned seats at lunch until the middle of 7th grade.) We've sat at that table for 1 and a half grades. It is OUR table. In fact, the rectangular table used to have my nail polish on it (inspired by Massie Block of course, since I was obsessed with The Clique series by Lisi Harrison back then).
So everyone's clamoring to get to lunch first and take one of the round tables.
I got to lunch probably about 45 seconds or a minute after the bell rings to leave class for lunch. I was the first of my friends to get there. I saw a group of guys (I recognized most of them) about to sit down at our table. I don't usually do things like this, but I said, "Uh, excuse me. That's our table." And to my surprise, they went, "Oh, sorry," and left! I honestly thought they'd tell me to jump in a lake or something. I am proud of myself for standing up for my round lunch table. :)

2 Things I'm Excited About

I realized that I'm excited for a lot of things. This has to be a good sign because I am a much happier and friendlier person in general when I have things to look forward to.
  1. High school! I am in 8th grade if you're new to my blog, and next year, I'm going into high school. I'm not nervous because I will be going to high school with the same group of people I am going to middle school with. However, I am super pumped to go to high school because of all the new privileges and new stuff, such as...
    • Being able to use your phone/electronics whenever you're not in class (between classes, at lunch, during free periods, when you're in the bathroom, wink wink).
    • Free periods. My brother has a few 9:30am days, but I won't be getting any double free periods until I'm older.
    • The lunch room has a microwave (no line, last time I checked!). Hello, microwave mac 'n cheese. I just hope nobody brings spinach to lunch, hoping to occupy the microwave for 3 minutes. As my mom said, I don't think we'll have a problem with high schoolers eating vegetables at lunch.
    • Some of the lunch tables are circular. We recently got round tables (Monday, to be exact) at my school, but everyone is clamoring to get one. I don't think this will be a problem at the high school.
    • The school itself is new and beautiful... And I can't be sure until I try it, but I think the pad and tampon machines are stocked!!!
    • There's WiFi connection throughout the school, so I don't have to use my data on my phone (I'm on pay as you go) when I use the Internet!
    • There's vending machines that vend actual FOOD, not just water, like my school. There's snacks and sodas! I imagine the vending machines are often jammed though.
    • I hear there's better food there.
    • The building has decent architecture in some places. I love the staircase and hallway overlooking the floor below it.
    • There's absolutely no dress code at the high school. At my school, there's sort of an implied dress code, as in teachers can make you change if they deem your outfit inappropriate. And of course, I'm always the only one who gets called out. This has only happened once, thank God, but if you're wondering, here's how it went down. I was walking out of the lunch room with my friends. This was the second day in a row that I'd worn that pair of shorts. The vice principal called my name, and I walked over. My friends stood off to the side. She said, "Those shorts are too short. Do you have anything to change into?" I didn't. My gym shorts are just as short. But I did have my jacket with me (we went outside for gym class that day). She told me to tie it around my waist, and never to wear those shorts to school again. Anyway, this was all before the dress code was loosened. So I'm pretty sure that the vice principal can't call people out like that anymore, but teachers can, and there's no exact dress code, so I'm guessing clothes have to be really inappropriate for teachers to do that. Ex. This girl in my science class wore a fishnet shirt. I think she wore only a bandeau underneath. My science teacher told her to wear her jacket over it. I hope my science teacher won't interfere with my shorts wearing.
  2. Summer, obviously! I bought a bunch of summer clothes this winter, and I haven't worn any of them yet, and I am super excited to wear them! And I love wearing my sundresses with Keds, those outfits make me feel like Taylor Swift and they make me feel more confident (because of the Taylor Swift thing). I'm also excited to go to the beach and go bikini/clothes shopping with my friends, and just be outside more! Oh, and of course the school's-out part. I tend to go shopping a lot more in the warmer weather. Also, summertime clothes are just way cuter! Shorts, dresses, skirts, and crop tops, versus jeans and T-shirts. Keds, flip-flops, sandals, Converse, and flats versus Uggs. Huh, I wonder which is cuter. And shoutout to my pajamas (yes, I am shouting out my PJs. You got a problem with that?) because summer PJs are way cuter than winter ones. In the winter, I wear solid-color sweatpants and a T-shirt. In the summer, I have this super cute outfit I bought recently, and I HAVE to share. The top is pink and sort of sheer, with a PAC-MAN graphic design on it. The bottoms are made of a PAC-MAN patterned material, and they're sort of gym shorts style, you know the ones with the different colored trim? They have a rope tie at the middle of the front side. They're so cute! I can't wait till it's warm enough to wear them!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Makeup: Brands & Lead


My friend requested this post. :)
I have a post on my old blog "Fifty Raspberries" about how I judge whether or not to buy a particular makeup product. That blog was deleted by Google so that's why I can't post a screenshot of it.
The basic ideas of that post are...
  1. Don't buy it at shady stores.
  2. Look at the brand (more on this later in this post)
  3. See where it's made. I stay away from makeup in China because it tends to be worse quality and contain lead. Makeup made in Taiwan is ok, and if it's made in Canada, America, or anywhere besides China, that's a good sign.
  4. Check the expiration date. Most makeup doesn't have one, but some do, and if it does, make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months in the future. If there isn't an expiration date, just look at it and see if it looks old. Some signs of old makeup that's been sitting in the store for too long: clumps and separated oil layer on top (if you can see inside the package), and faded packaging.
What brands should you look out for?
  • Makeup brands whose products are made in China: Tarte, Elf, Color Theory, Sephora Collection (Sephora's brand), Too Faced, Costal Scents, BH Cosmetics
  • Makeup brands whose products are made in China about half the time: NYX, Smashbox, Stila, NYC (their makeup is made in China probably 90% of the time)
  • Makeup brands whose products are made in America: L'Oreal, Maybelline, Almay, Revlon, Urban Decay (they recently switched from China to America, props to them!), Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique
Do I stay away from products made in China? It really comes down to personal preference. I just stay on the safe side and buy products not made in China. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm not telling you that you should or shouldn't buy makeup made in China. You can make your own decision. Makeup made in China is rumored to often contain lead or plastic, and be worse quality (as in chalky eyeshadow, etc.).

What does P.R.C. mean? A lot of companies try to disguise the fact that their makeup is manufactured in China by writing "made in PRC" on the package. PRC or RC stands for People's Republic of China.

How do I stay away from makeup that contains lead? When you're at the store purchasing makeup, there's no way to know if it contains lead. If it does, it will be under another name, maybe "plumbum" or "plumbous acetate." I suppose if you have a smartphone that you could Google every ingredient on the list and see if any of them translate to "lead." That's not practical though, as a lot of makeup has 10 or more ingredients, and lead may not be one of them, even if the product contains lead. However, once you purchase the product, you can do a test to find out if it contains lead. So, you usually don't know if your makeup has lead in it before you bring it home and test it.

How do I test to see if my makeup contains lead? There's 2 ways to test it.
  1. Swatch the product on your skin or clean paper. Rub a piece of gold jewelry on it. If you see black/gray, it contains lead.
  2. Swatch the product on a piece of tin foil. Rub a paper towel on it. If you see black/gray, it contains lead.
When I did this test probably about a year ago, I was dismayed to find that some of my favorite, go-to makeup products contained lead.

Isn't it illegal for makeup to have lead in it? Yes, but if caught, companies face only a hefty fine, which is nothing compared to the profits they reap from makeup buyers. So fines don't stop companies from putting lead in their products. It's illegal, but the law isn't being enforced very well.

Should I stop using the makeup I have that contains lead? Maybe, but only if it's lipstick. According to MakeupMew, "'We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern,' the FDA said on its website. 'The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics.'" MakeupMew also noted that if we consider the number of times we reapply lipstick throughout the day, we ingest more lead than the data suggests.
Also, a WHOLE LOT of makeup contains lead. There's really no way to avoid it.
So, if it's face or eye makeup, we have no reason to be concerned. If it's lipstick maybe we do.
But the way I see it, everything causes cancer and diseases. If we stopped doing everything they said to prevent cancer/diseases, nobody would be eating hot dogs (no kidding!). So, I will live my life to the fullest because cancer and diseases are inevitable.

On that note, bye!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dress Codes

This post was inspired by YouTube's yunging19Blogs' newest Q&A video.

I'm going to tell you right off the bat that I think dress codes are sexist and ridiculous. I'm actually considering doing a report on the topic in school. Hm...

Dress codes.
Dress codes are put in place to prevent guys from getting distracted.
Common dress codes include:
  • No leggings or yoga pants
  • No cleavage
  • No shorts stopping above the knee, or maybe the "down to your fingertips" rule
  • No sleeveless shirts or no spaghetti-strap tank tops, or even no tank tops
  • No sheer shirts with a visible bra/bandeau
Why I am against dress codes:
  • So girls take the fall for this and WE are getting punished, even though its the boys' fault for getting distracted so easily? How about make a rule against pervy guys who check girls out at school?
  • Most guys (according to my brother at least) aren't looking for dates while they're at school. When they're at school, they're trying to learn and pay attention in class. They're not concerned about girls.
  • The rule itself is sexist. You don't hear about banning guys' underwear showing when their jeans are at their knees, or banning guys taking their shirts off. What if those things distract us girls, wouldn't that be equal to the dress codes restricting girls? So if only girls are getting restricted and not guys, that's sexist.
Anyway, that's it for today.

Friday, February 21, 2014

40 Questions Tag

Hi nonexistent readers!
I'm making this post because I have nothing else to talk about. If you haven't figured it out, I do tags when I have nothing else to write about.
A little tidbit about my life: I got a haircut today, but nobody would ever know because it looks exactly the same, just 3 inches shorter (thanks, Mom). I got angles and 1 layer.
I saw a blog that posts only tag questions, and that's where I got this tag.
  1. How many times do you wash your face daily? I would like to say I wash my face once a day, but I did that for a week and my skin got really dry and I'm too lazy, so I EITHER take a shower OR wash my face every day.
  2. What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) Combination, because I still get acne sometimes but I still moisturize once in a while. Or I can do nothing and be fine.
  3. What is your current facial wash? Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash, but I don't always use it.
  4. Do you exfoliate? Yes, I exfoliate my whole face about once a week or once every other week, and I use a harsher exfoliator every day on my acne scar tissue in the middle of my nose (in case you were wondering what that was, now you know!).
  5. What brand do you use? The harsher one is Target brand, and the other one is the grapefruit Neutrogena one.
  6. What moisturizer do you use? Clinique's Mousturizing Lotion. I kinda ran out though, and I'm too cheap to buy a new one for $30.
  7. Do you have freckles? No, not even in the summer.
  8. Do you use eye cream? I wish I had one, they're so expensive, but I'm sure they make concealer glide on.
  9. Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Not really, but I get a lot of blackheads.
  10. Did you ever have to use Pro-active? No, my parents don't allow me to order online.
  11. What foundation do you use? Maybeline Dream Fresh BB Cream, but lately, I haven't been using any foundation.
  12. How about concealer? Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I love how easy it is to blend.
  13. Do you know your undertone color? Cool/neutral. Mostly cool, but I have some warm in there, so that's why I say that.
  14. What do you think of fake eyelashes? My real eyelashes are pretty long, so no need for me, but on other people, I like them (although it's their choice, obviously). I just wish they looked more natural.
  15. Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Yeah, I know, but I don't believe that. I use up or break my mascaras pretty quickly (probably within 4 months) anyway. If I ever notice my mascara getting clumpy, I'll throw it out.
  16. What brand of mascara do you use? I always use L'Oreal. I'm currently using L'Oreal Butterfly, but L'Oreal Telescopic is my all-time favorite. If I'm going for color, I go with the limited edition Maybelline ones.
  17. Sephora or MAC? If you're talking about Sephora brand, I prefer MAC. Sephora brand is made in China. If you're talking about the Sephora store, Sephora because of the range of brands.
  18. What makeup tools do you use in make up application? My fingers for liquid products (foundation, concealer) or sometimes a brush, and brushes for powder products (pressed powder, blush, eyeshadow).
  19. Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? Yes, it makes the colors stay on SO much longer, plus it makes the colors more vibrant.
  20. For the face? Yes, I love my pore-minimizing face primer! I swear by Maybelline Baby Skin.
  21. What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? I LOVE The Balm eyeshadows. They are so soft and creamy, and have great color payoff. I have the Nude 'Tude palette. Love it.
  22. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Liquid eyeliner. Revlon Colorstay, to be exact.
  23. How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Um, never. Wouldn't you have to go to the hospital for that?!
  24. What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo loose pigments.
  25. Do you use mineral makeup? No, it's a waste of money.
  26. What is your favorite lipstick? Maybelline lipstick in Bare All. It's a nude shade that matches my skin tone. Very creamy, I will add.
  27. How about lipgloss? Omg, I love the Clinique Superbalm! I have one, and it's so moisturizing while also super shiny.
  28. What is your favorite blush to use? I'm not picky.
  29. Do you buy your makeup on ebay? No, I'd be afraid I'd get knockoffs by accident. Also, as mentioned, I'm not allowed to order online.
  30. Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes, same quality as department store but cheaper, and a bigger variety is available.
  31. Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? I'd love to, but I'm not old enough. And I already know all the amateur makeup stuff I need to know.
  32. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? No, my makeup would look all shaky if I were clumsy!
  33. Name a makeup crime that you hate? Not applying mascara all the way to the roots of the lashes. I mean come on, haven't you ever looked it up? Don't you know you can put mascara on a fan brush and then apply it to your lash roots?
  34. Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Neutral-ish. I'm a fan of the gold smoky eye and pink lipstick.
  35. Which celebrity always has great make up? Sarah Michelle Gellar, I love her makeup in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love the frosty blue eyeshadow from the first season. My friends have gotten me into Buffy. I'm watching the second episode as I write.
  36. If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use? Lip balm, because my lips always have to be moisturized, and if I could have two, then mascara. It makes my whole face look more put-together.
  37. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes! In fact, my friend and I hung out today, and I got my hair cut, all with only lipgloss and mascara. I decided to switch it up and wear gloss instead of balm.
  38. Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Yeah, I look fine. I wear makeup because it's fun to apply, and I love getting compliments on my crazy makeup looks. Ex. The day I wore pink mascara!
  39. In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? Clinique, I just wish their products were more affordable. Their powder products are creamy, and everything is gentle on the skin.
  40. What do you think of makeup? I love makeup! It makes people feel more confident! What kind of makeup-lover would I be if I disliked makeup?
That's it for today. Sorry this is going up at midnight.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Not My Problem

I'm posting twice today because both posts are short (but still insightful).

When I talk to my friends about hot celebrities, and I mention Zac Efron, everyone's all, "he got a nose job!" or something like that. And I'm like, "Yeah, he does crack too; he can do whatever he wants with his life."
I don't care what you do with your life. I don't care if you do drugs or get a nose job or whatever. It's not my business, and not my problem. I don't want to gossip about who got a boyfriend, etc. (well, okay I sometimes do), because I don't care. It's not my life, and therefore not my business, thus not my problem.
People can make their own decisions, and if they make bad ones, they should know the consequences. Ex. If someone chooses to smoke, they should just know that they will eventually end up with lung cancer.
If that person knows the consequences and still decides to smoke, it's not my decision. And it's also irrelevant to me. It's not MY problem, so I don't care. You can do whatever YOU want with your life. I'll do whatever I want with my life.
I won't try to stop anyone from making a bad decision, but I'll inform them of the consequences.
Zac Efron wants to do drugs. He has a reason, I'm sure. I bet it's not easy to be an idol for people everywhere. I'm sure he's under a lot of pressure. That's probably why he chose to do drugs, knowing that he will get addicted. I don't care if he has a drug addiction! That's not what we're talking about!

To sum it all up:
  • So long as you make informed decisions, I won't try to stop you
  • It's your life not mine. You make the decisions.
  • Stay relevant and on-topic.

Enjoy Life

I used to think to myself, "I will start enjoying life when I get to high school." But it wouldn't be fair to myself not to let me enjoy life now. What if I die tomorrow? Then I'll have wasted my life.
I'm hoping high school will be fun with all the new privileges (cell phone on all day? Yes, please!), but that doesn't mean I shouldn't have fun today. If I just go to school, do my homework, and go to bed every week day, and on the weekends spend my whole Sunday on homework and 1 hour of sports, what kind of life would that be? I have a friend like that, and she is the definition of "no life."
She, on the other hand, isn't waiting for anything. She's planning on having no life forever. What is her will to live, I don't know. To spend every Saturday watching Netflix?
Don't wait to enjoy life. Enjoy it now. If watching Netflix and eating ice cream floats your boat, go ahead and do that!
We are all forced to do things we don't want to do. Vacuum, wake up early for school, do homework, etc. But that doesn't mean you can't fill up your free time with things you DO want to do.
Don't study 24/7. I'm sure you don't want to study all the time. So don't. Get slightly worse grades and have a little extra time to enjoy yourself. Make good use of time that isn't spent completing mandatory homework.
Your life can be based on school, or sports, or whatever, but also leave time for fun. (It's a different story if you enjoy school/sports/etc.)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stories 4: Ear Piercing Horror Story


This story won't be like the other "Stories" post, because instead of me putting together a bunch of small stories, this one will be about one long story.
Before we start, I want to say that in total, I had my ears pierced for 6 months. I'm currently reading my old 2009-2011 Judy Moody diary. It says that I got my ears pierced on February 23, 2011. So that's almost exactly 3 years ago. So I was about 10 or 11. (I'm not telling you my exact age on purpose.)

I got it done at this sketchy jewelry store (not that sketchy, but very unheard of). It didn't hurt when I was getting it done. The whole time, my mom was stopping the person from doing anything because she wanted to snap a million pictures. I got these gold heart post earrings. I cleaned them twice a day with Q-tips and rubbing alcohol. You were supposed to wait 2 months for the hole to heal (that's the policy at the place I went to. At other places, it's usually 6-8 weeks), then you can take them out.
It's sad because I was so excited to change my earrings. I was counting down the days (I even had a year calendar for this).
I took my earrings out at the 2 month mark, and apparently they bled. I vaguely remember all of this; it's coming from my diary. And then they started to hurt, and I decided I'd try to take them out again once they stopped hurting, and continue cleaning with rubbing alcohol twice a day.
And that was when I stopped journaling. But I won't stop this story there, because there's a lot more to it.
I was either depressed about this, or pretending to be depressed for the sake of the story in my diary. Knowing me back then, it was probably the latter.
Anyway, so from here on, since it's not documented in my diary, I might get some things wrong.
Eventually, I went to the doctor and they did nothing, but they told me to remove the earrings twice a day and clean them that way, but it hurt SO bad, I just couldn't do it. So I changed the earrings anyway to these hypoallergenic ones (and somewhere along the line I also had titanium ones in). Warning graphic: the skin of my ear lobes grew around the back of my left earring. So I was forced to go to the doctor again, and they were all "it's you again" and they said to use hoops so they're easier to take out, and I did but it was all bloody, and my friends were sympathetic, but it was too gross and painful, so I took out the earrings and let the holes close up.
Now, there's scar tissue there and the holes are still visible, but I'm sure it's impossible to put earrings in. You can't pierce scar tissue, so I'm earringless for the rest of my life (unless I get my ears pierced in a different place on my ear and at a different jewelry store, but I'd be too scared this would all happen again).

I always wanted to be able to wear pearl earrings and put my hair in a high ponytail and look all professional and feminine and stuff, but that will never happen. I'm most likely allergic to titanium and gold and that's why my ears reacted that way.
I know that earrings aren't a deal-maker or deal-breaker for friendships/relationships, but I want earrings because I like the way they look, but I will probably never have them. I just have to accept it and forget about it. It's hard to forget though when your friends are all wearing cute earrings and talking about it.
I babysit two little girls who both got their ears pierced recently, and it makes me sad because theirs didn't hurt at all, and after 6 weeks, they're changing their earrings every day. When I was little, I wanted to wear cute Christmas earrings. Now I see how cheesy that is, but my point is that I always wanted to be able to wear earrings.
Even guys are getting  their ears pierced (Justin Bieber; Pauly D if you remember Jersey Shore), and I'm basically the only girl I know whose ears aren't pierced. What makes it sad is that I wish I could get them pierced, but I won't because I don't want to have earring holes right next to scar tissue and in the wrong place (not centered on my ear lobe). I also don't want to get another allergic reaction. So, in other words, I'm done. It's over. I will never be able to wear earrings, and that's that.

This wasn't meant to be a sob story or anything, but I wanted to share it with you, because I don't want you to think my life is full of minor bad experiences. You might not even want to get your ears pierced, or maybe your ears are pierced, or you got them done when you were a baby and you never had to deal with it. If that's you, consider yourself lucky. Nobody's life is perfect.
See? My blog posts always have a moral :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Anti-Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I thought today was the perfect day to post my opinion on Valentine's Day, because... I think it's pretty self-explanatory, actually, so...

Most people who are V-day haters hate Valentine’s Day because they have no one to share it with. I mean, obviously you’d hate Christmas if you never got any presents.
I hate Valentine’s Day. True, I’m a lonely cat girl, so I have a bias. But I think that even if I did have a valentine, I would probably still feel this way.
I got the idea of anti-V-day from The Princess Diaries books. I don’t remember which book it was, but Mia wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Michael and he didn’t believe in Valentine’s Day. He hated Valentine’s Day because he said it was a holiday invented by Hallmark to get more business. I don’t think the holiday itself was invented by Hallmark, but it’s a stupid concept for a holiday. It’s all about love. What kind of holiday is that? I can love whenever I want! People give other people those cheesy, mini Valentine’s cards that come in boxes of 20, with maybe a tasteless lollipop taped on. Or a box of chocolates. What if I was on a diet and you just ruined it? Although I must say, chocolate is delicious, especially truffles and white chocolate. But that’s beside the point. If I wanted to celebrate my love for other people, I wouldn’t go around killing trees and making people fat. Not that I actually do any of these things anyway. I'm referring to giving out chocolate and cards, by the way, not actually chopping wood...
Even though I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, I think it’s a good excuse to wear pink, white, and red, and go around hugging people who don’t want to be hugged (AHEM, you know who you are, anti-huggers!). In fact, last Sunday, I painted my nails bright pink and put a silver heart on my ring fingers, plus a red heart shaped rhinestone in the corner of my thumb nails. It came off in about a week (thanks for nothing, OPI), and I didn't have time to redo it, but nobody even noticed!
Receiving 2x4 inch cards with candy taped on makes me feel loved. But why should we have to buy cheesy cards for each other to make each other feel loved? Shouldn’t we feel loved all the time? Isn’t that what birthdays are for, posting “hbd” on someone’s Facebook wall, so they feel a little more acknowledged, even though you got a Facebook notification for it? Giving someone a $10 Starbucks gift card? It makes us feel like people care about us. But I don’t think a good way to show it is giving out valentines. Couples have their anniversary once a year to celebrate their relationship. Do they need another day, too?
One last reason I hate Valentine’s Day: you can’t put a price on love. If you love someone, you shouldn’t have to buy them stuff to make them happy. (Thank you to Maz from YouTube for giving me the idea for this reason.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Overthinking

Ashley Wagner's surprised face when she got a bad score in the Olympics. This girl doesn't know how to accept failure.

This post was inspired by TheMazziMaz's video on YouTube, How To Stop Overthinking. This post is going to be more about the fact that I stopped overthinking more than people who overthink.

I guess one day I woke up and decided to stop overthinking. Overthinking is just too much. I can't handle it. I like to use the philosophy "I'll cross that bridge when I get to it." This saying is probably often used to justify procrastination. I probably do that too, but only for things that really suck. Ex. Studying for a test. I DESPISE studying for tests.
People overthink when:
  • A guy texts her. She mulls over what to say.
  • Buying stuff. People don't know if they should buy a certain item or not, so they stay in the store forever.
  • After a test, students look at their notes to find out what they got wrong, even though the test is over and this won't help them at all.
  • People are anxious to get their standardized testing scores back. Even though it doesn't affect their grades at all (unless you fail).
  • People care too much about what other people think. They are self-conscious because they aren't sure if their eyeliner matches on both sides, or whatever. They're worried about how society portrays them.
  • People plan out the future. I understand if you want to take certain classes now to prepare you for college or something, but planning out what you're going to do when you come home after school is useless. Take it day by day; live in the moment.
  • For some people, if they get a bad grade on a test, they will get upset over it. They haven't learned to accept failure. If you fail at something, it's all over and done with. There's nothing you can do now. You can't take it back.
  • Next time you get a bad grade on a test, instead of letting the guilt wash over you like a migraine (I know the feeling), feel nothing. It's all in the past now. Stare at the grade, and accept it. You didn't get an A. So what? You've learned how to accept failure, which might be an even more valuable lesson to learn than those math concepts. It might seem basic, but some people who strive for the best don't know how to accept it when they are unsuccessful.
  • Don't live in the future, but don't live in the past either. If you get a bad grade, don't cry over it. "Don't cry over spilled milk." Clean it up instead.
I don't know when this happened, but one day I decided that I will not overthink anymore. My friends keep telling me I'm basically repelling guys by wearing so much makeup. If they don't like my makeup, that's part of my personality, and if you don't like my personality, don't be friends with me.
About the texting guys thing, it's very hard to avoid. I totes sympathize.

If I like an item enough, I'll want to buy it. If I'm not sure, maybe I shouldn't buy it. But I don't want to keep putting it on and taking it off to decide which size to get. This has to do with laziness too, but also efficiency. I want to make decisions quickly, and not overthink these decisions, so I can get it over with. If a store has a bad return policy, I don't care because I shouldn't need to exercise the return policy if I like an item enough to purchase it. (I'm sure my mom can name a few times I haven't abided by this rule.)

Life isn't a set of rules. I won't follow this "don't overthink" Rule of Life if I don't feel like it. I'm not making a rubric for my life. I'll do what I feel like doing when I feel like doing it. My decisions have nothing to do with anyone else. So if I feel like doing something, that's what I'll do. I won't think about it, then do it.
This means that sometimes I say things that I regret. But those things have taught me lessons. I should just be a nicer person in general so that I don't have to filter myself when I'm talking.

The overall message of this post is that overthinking won't help you in the long run. In the long run, it won't help you if you know you got that 1 question wrong on that math test. You still don't know what your score is. And so what if you DO know what your score is? You can't change it now.

In order to leave on a happier note (like my mom always says), let's talk about Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird was the #1 most popular app on the App Store in the U.S. for weeks. Until the developer took it down. That's right, you can no longer download this free app. Some people have the update with higher quality pipes (some have automatic updates on their devices). I for one am surprised that this app got an update shortly before being deleted. This was all a marketing technique, as my brother told me. He said that the developer announcing the deletion of Flappy Bird days before its actual deletion was a way to make many more people download the app. I'm sure it worked.
Well, now people are selling their iPhones complete with Flappy Bird for up to $20,000 on Ebay. Can you believe that? I'm sure there are Flappy Bird dupes out there that are almost as good. I'd rather get a less-good version of the app instead of paying millions of dollars for a phone worth $650.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Elementary, Middle, and High School + Summer


First off, I apologize if this post is too long, as it is one of those days when you barely have any homework and have the rest of the day to yourself.

I'm in 8th grade, AKA middle school. Some people say middle school was the worst time of their lives, and high school was a lot better. Some people had a great middle school experience and high school was a disappointment.
I don't know about you, but though I'm still only 5/6 done with middle school, I daresay that I had a pretty good middle school experience.
To begin this post, I'll share some experiences from throughout my school years.
  • Last year (7th grade), I had/have and enemy. We became very good friends; I even nicknamed her (and I think people still call her that sometimes to this day). I don't exactly remember what happened, but we had some sort of argument and became enemies. One day, she was giving me the Sassy Move, which is where a girl does a little head-and-shoulder sway, if you know what I mean. It didn't piss me off really, but I wanted to make a statement, so I flipped her off. I guess she told on me to the vice principal and I got in trouble. There were no consequences since it was a first offense, but I got called to the office and everything and everyone went "ohhhhhh" when I got called down over the loudspeaker. At least I got to miss math class...
  • When I was in 1st grade, my mom told me that if you throw wet toilet paper on the ceiling, it will stick. And me being an impressionable little kid, tried it. At school. With friends. While there were apparently other people in the bathroom! The onlooker(s) told on us, and we got a stern "chat" with the principal.
  • I've learned that if you become friends with somebody, and then AFTER that you figure out you don't like her, you can ignore her calls and texts, avoid her, and basically give her the cold shoulder whenever you run into her. Give her the quick, dismissive "hi" when she waves/hellos first.
  • You better not chew gum on the first day. Wait and see which teachers call people out for chewing gum, and after that you can chew gum in the "safe" classes. I don't bother taking the chance. Why bother using up a new piece of gum to maybe spit it out later?
  • Guys apparently do gossip. I've witnessed it.
  • People are actually dating in my grade. This is news to me. I wonder how many of those "couples" have actually held hands or kissed or anything. Seems very unlikely to me that any of them have ever kissed, much less Frenched.
  • Do things because YOU want to, not because it will attract boys or friends or anything. I want to wear makeup every day, so I do. If I don't feel like doing my makeup on a particular day, I just won't. I don't feel obligated to wear makeup. I know everyone (including guys) think I wear too much makeup. I don't care, because I wear makeup because I want to and it's fun. I won't stop just because guys might like me better. I will find a guy one day who likes my makeup! Just kidding, that's ridiculous, I'm in 8th grade.
  • If you get As on basically every test, it's probable that you don't have a life.
High school course selection. A lot of my friends are taking all honors level classes (highest level). That means 2 hours of homework each night, which means 8 hours of homework each night. Those people will most likely regret that decision when they wake up one day and find that they have no life anymore, because their lives are filled with studying and homework.
That being said, I'm sure high school isn't that bad. There's free periods. You can eat lunch outside. You can use your phone between classes, at lunch, and some teachers even allow usage in class. You can bring your backpack around with you (no more going to my locker THEN the bathroom to get pads/tampons! No more going to my locker to reapply lipstick!). You get a lot more freedom.

Middle school tours. I hope we get the opportunity to sign up for touring 5th graders around the middle school, because that would be so much fun! I know the school's layout by heart, every corner, and I have a lot of tips I can deal out that I wish someone had told me. Ex. the way you can tell each floor apart is that the lockers are different colors.

Bad teachers. These teachers are the ones who demonstrate things once, and expect you to understand it, right off the bat, no questions asked. And then when everyone fails the test, they're all surprised. And yet when you go after school seeking help, you get none. These teachers don't tell you what to expect to be on tests, and don't give out study guides.

SUMMER! This has nothing to do with school. I'm getting more excited for summer by the day! I'm necessarily excited for summer vacation (rotting in bed isn't exactly my idea of fun, although neither is waking up at 6am and learning all day), but I'm super excited to go to the beach, and wear summer stuff. Ex.
  • High waisted shorts/skirts with crop tops (I've accumulated a few crop tops and skirts over the winter)
  • Short shorts... I have this one adorable H&M pair of shorts. They're blue denim, with these cute designs on them. They're kind of high waisted.
  • Wearing summer clothes over bikinis, but it's okay that you can see your bikini because it's not underwear! I do not understand why it's acceptable to go in public wearing a bikini but not underwear. Huh. Not that I would do that. Also, why is it illegal in some states for women to go out completely topless? We can wear whatever we want, we don't want a dress code! (And I can assure you that women at my YMCA do not abide by these laws.) See this website for topless laws in each state. I've never witnessed one, but I've heard there are protests about this.
  • Going back to the topic of summer clothes, AHHHHH I'm so excited! My friend said she's planning on dressing "all slutty" this summer.
  • I really want a trampoline, they're really good exercise (rebounding, anyone?) and super fun. Everyone would always want to come to my house if I had a trampoline. Or a bouncy house. I want a bouncy house too.
  • I miss wearing skirts, crop tops, and shorts.
  • I just got a skort (skirt with shorts underneath) and Forever 21. I'm so excited to wear it. I usually wear a pair of black shorts (kind of Spandex-like, except with an elastic waistband, and looser) under all my skirts because I'm paranoid about them being sheer (I've made this mistake once before...).
I'M SO EXCITED OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My All-Time Makeup Favorites & Tips

Sorry again for posting this so late in the day, I just remembered I had a blog post to write.
  • Nude lipstick: Maybelline lipstick in Bare All (matches my skin tone amazingly, and is very opaque)
  • Bubblegum pink lipstick: Baby Lips in Pink Wink (limited edition, sorry I couldn't come up with one that's permanent)
  • Mascara: L'Oreal Telescopic (it is super smooth, by this I mean no clumps, glides right through my lashes, very lengthening and thickening)
  • Clear lip balm: Maybelline Baby Lips, but Softlips comes in a close second.
  • Tinted lip balm: Maybelline Baby Lips
  • Brow gel: Sonia Kashuk for Target
  • Nude eyeshadow palette: The Balm's Nude 'Tude palette
  • Powder: Maybelline Fit Me
  • Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me
  • Eyeshadow brand: The Balm, but I'm not very picky
  • Makeup remover: Neutrogena anti-acne grapefruit makeup remover wipes
  • Lipgloss: Clinique Superbalm (because it's moisturizing), but Smashbox lipglosses come in second for opacity and non-stickiness
  • Face primer: Almay Smart Shade
  • Pore erasing face primer: Maybelline Baby Skin
  • BB cream: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
  • Liquid eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay felt-tip marker liner, the tip is tapered (more rounded) instead of just straight to a point, so it does all the wing work for me. And it's not too black, so it's good for a less BAM look. (I used to say my favorite is the Rimmel Micro liner, but I switched. I found that one's too small a tip.)
  • Foundation: Covergirl Clean foundation (I find that it creases a bit, so I prefer BB cream).
  • Red lipstick: I have a neutral/cool undertone in my skin, so Kate Moss for Rimmel's lipstick in 09.
  • Mauve lipstick: Clinique Different lipstick in Shy
  • Cream shadow: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, super smooth and easy to apply, doesn't require fingers to dip. The Maybelline Color Tattoos don't apply evenly for me.
So, you can tell I like Maybelline. I amazed that I have developed favorites, because I use every product I own equally. Like, one day I will wear these eyeshadows, and the next day I'll wear those. I'll admit I don't as often use the face products that don't fit my skin tone anymore (I lost my tan from summer), or the ones that do fit my skin tone but aren't true to color. Ex. Covergirl loose powder.

Some makeup Tips:
  • The best makeup is the one nobody can see (I disagree with this for the eyes, but for the face I 100% agree... Easier said than done!)
  • Learn from YouTube videos!
  • Use bronzer not all over your face, but use it to contour under your cheekbones, the sides of your forehead, and the sides of your nose.
  • You don't always need to use a brush. Just use clean fingers. :)
  • Only buy makeup when you need it. If you have all you need, don't buy any more. But if you lose your tan, you'll suddenly need new face products. If your mascara brush falls off (like mine!), you'll need a new mascara. Buy products when you FEEL like it only so often. I'm trying to do this lately. I like to buy new products about once a month, so I can get excited about doing my makeup in the morning.
  • Don't overdo it. Ex. Don't wear a smoky eye to school.
  • You don't need to wear makeup every day. Some days, you can go makeup-less, or just mascara and brow gel.
OK, I hope I helped some of you out there, or at least I entertained you!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stories 3: Health Class, Flashbacks


This post will be just like my Stories 1 and Stories 2 posts. Also kind of like my I'm Clumsy! Heels fail post. In other words, I have some idiotic/funny experiences to share with you.
Also, I'm sorry I posted this so late in the day today.
  • I have health class this term, and we're learning CPR. The first real health class, we learned compressions, which is only part of CPR. Of course, I had my hands in the wrong place on the mannequin that my partner and I were practicing on, so the teacher had to correct me. That was awkward, and then on Tuesday, we learned how to give breaths (mouth-to-mouth). Before it was my turn, I said, "watch me totally fail," and my prediction was right. The teacher had to help me, because the air bag wasn't filling when I was doing it. So, he (the teacher), held the mannequin's head upward while I gave it breaths. You can just picture how awkward that was.
  • I got my braces tightened on Friday, and got the colors changed. The stupid orthodontists forgot to change one bracket's color. So the rest of my braces are lavender, and then there's this ONE blue one.
  • I left my cat in my room, and I left my laptop on. And--you guessed it--when I came back, there were 10 new windows open on my computer, and Radioactive was playing on Spotify! And there was my cat, sitting on my computer.
  • I made pancakes on Friday night (yes, I think it was Friday), so I could eat them before my cavity filling (see next bullet) Saturday morning. I used Bisquick. I tasted the batter raw, and it was horrible! So I threw a ton of mini chocolate chips in. Then I went to cook them in a pan on the stove. First, let's get this straight: I've never cooked on the stove before. I knew it could very well be a disaster. So, I didn't know when to turn them, how much butter to use, or how high to turn up the heat on the stove. So I used minimal butter, a non-stick pan, heat level 5 out of 10, and just winged it. I turned them over whenever I felt like it, and tried to get them that classic pancake golden color (I guessed they were fully baked when they turned that color). Not gonna lie, I am not the best at making pancakes. When I turned them over, often times pancake batter would fly in different directions. Or I'd use too much batter and end up with a huge, uncontrollable pancake. I ended up with 3 decent-looking, giant pancakes, 1 small, overcooked pancake (cooked by my mom, as a demonstration), and 1 pancake ball (which was delicious and melty and chocolatey). I made the pancakes in the first place because I felt it a necessary skill to know how to cook on the stove.
  • My second pancake experience was much better.
  • I'm pumped for summer. My friends are pinning bikinis and beach pics on Pinterest, and it's making me crave summer! Let's flashback to summer for a second here... (insert flashback sound effect from Arthur here) We had a picnic, 5 of us. We pigged out, eating one friend's yummy rainbow cake, my brownies, and my soda. We bought snacks from the vending machine, and tanned on the rafts of the lake. Before we parted ways with the first friend, we took a full-body beach pic (which, recalling it now, was very cliché), with the beautiful beach background. It was in bad quality from my iPod Touch, but I posted it on Instagram, tagging each friend. Ahh, those were the days.
  • I said "I'm pumped for summer." I am pumped for the nice weather, going to the beach with friends, and having no school. I am NOT pumped for bug bites, overwhelmingly hot weather, and my friends leaving for camp and me staying here to rot and die. Oh, and of course, I'm also not pumped for having to shave again on a regular basis... I will admit I have been slacking off... Also, I don't think I'll be attending any high school parties this summer, because DO THOSE EVEN EXIST? I've never heard of one in real life, and never been to one. So I have reason to doubt their existence.
  • More memories! My friend hosted a surprise party for another friend once. I designed and organized a game, called the Instagram Hunt. We used Instagram Direct to send each other the photos we took of each other doing the things on the Hunt list. That party was soooo fun, I wish I could go back and do it again.
  • I watched Despicable Me on Monday. It was so cute!
  • Somebody came to class today with yellow White-Out. I need to get me some of that!
  • I think I've decided that I don't need to have protective phone cases, but I want one. I've dropped my phone probably twice ever, and the phone came back unscratched. I think I'm obsessed with phone cases.
  • Pusheen! If you have Facebook, you probably know who Pusheen is. She's a fat, lazy, cartoon cat, and you can get her in the form of emoji stickers for free on Facebook messenger. She's so cute! I looked it up; she's a girl. The video at the top is of Pusheen eating pizza. If you Google her, you'll find cartoons of her doing all kinds of lazy things. She's my wallpaper on my phone and computer, I love her so much! If I ever see a phone case with Pusheen on it, I am SO getting it! I saw one on Amazon and Etsy, but it's $20, and I'm not really allowed to order online. I'M OBSESSED!
  • I am obsessed with: phone cases, Pusheen, cats, and makeup.
  • Another flashback! Too bad today is not #tbt (throwback Thursday). The field trip on the last (or near to last) day of school. At the time, we all thought it was boring. In the heat of the summer, we walked along a path/trail. We all defied the  dress code because, once we were there, nobody could do anything about it, and we didn't think the vice principal was going to be there (we were wrong). We didn't get caught for our short-shorts. Anyway, we backpacked together, our little friend group. We took our annual end of year selfie and posted it on Instagram. I miss that day!
  • Last flashback... Field trip to an amusement park (no water rides). Last year. It wasn't a whole-school thing, just for some of the grade (I won't tell you exactly who or where, don't wanna get stalked). My friend and I rode all the medium-scary roller coasters together, and bought Gatorades together, and went through the cooling-off water sprinklers. We even saw teachers riding roller coasters and screaming their heads off! At the end, we got giant bags of candy. A half hour after I got home, I thew up. Just once, so I know it was the candy. Not to be anorexic here, but at least I didn't actually consume the calories for that candy.
  • Ok, this one is REALLY the last flashback. A different year, different amusement park. 2 years ago. The whole school went. Bus ride was super fun; the whole trip was a blast.
  • Let's remember that this post is not JUST about flashbacks. I have another story. If you pull back my left ear cartilage to reveal the little corner between my head and ear, I have an extra bone sticking out. I know it's not normal because I don't have that on my other ear, and nobody else has that.
Those throwbacks probably weren't as fun to read for you if you weren't there and couldn't recall those happening, but nobody reads this blog except my friends, so chances are, you were attended at least one of the flashback events. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post. I wrote it on Tuesday because I write when I get inspired, and save the post for when I'm scheduled to post.
Whew, that was a long post! Took a long time to write, too. 40 minutes, if my memory serves.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

People Who Like Music For the Wrong Reasons

Credit to: my brother, for helping to inspire this post, and Sparkles and Scribbles for agreeing with me. :)

I have been noticing lately that a lot of people like music for the wrong reasons. A lot of people, especially teens, like music for the wrong reasons, for example:
  • The singer is hot
  • The song is in the top 40
  • The song was on the radio
  • The singer plays the drums
  • It has a good beat
  • The auto-tune is good
People who listen to music for the right reasons listen to music because:
  • They actually like the music
  • Effort was put into making the song. It took time.
  • The song is good quality
  • The lyrics have a good moral
  • The singer has talent, not auto-tuned to perfection
  • The singer could be hot, or could not be, these people won't care
I understand if you like pop/top 40 music because the lyrics are good and it has a good beat. That's fine. I just think people should expand their horizons. I know it's hard to pay attention to the lyrics of a song, and if you don't, it's all good. I just think that you shouldn't listen to music solely because it's popular. Maybe you do like the popular songs. That's all fine and good, but instead of ONLY listening to that music, you should bother to find music on your own. Don't mindlessly jump on the bandwagon.
People say I have weird taste in music. I like to think I like a range of different music and different music genres. I like dubstep, alternative, pop, a lot of stuff (see my "Music" post, where I list some of my favorite songs). I think it's not that I'm open-minded about music, it's that other people are close-minded about music.
This post was inspired by Super Bowl 48. This is because all of my friends are saying "The Red Hot Chili Peppers ruined the halftime show!" Yet it is the utter opposite. They are close-minded about music and have never heard a note sung by the Red Hot Chili Peppers before in their lives, and yet they think they can judge them by just one line of music? If you saw the halftime show, you know that Bruno Mars was singing along with Give It Away by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That instantly ruined their one line. Bruno Mars screwed up their song by simply singing along, Bruno Mars-ifying it. How insulting would that be, if you were a singer, and someone else sung along with you to your own song? Bruno Mars is in the wrong here, not just musically! I normally don't mind Bruno Mars or his music, but the fact that everyone said the Red Hot Chili Peppers were the problem? That really pissed me off. I knew that my friends didn't know a thing about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and they probably liked their music if they didn't pay attention to what they looked like (which is actually very fit for 50 year old men). So to test this theory, I sent a video to my friends of a black screen and Scar Tissue playing from my computer, and they liked it. The point is, don't judge a book by its cover, just like what I've been saying all along.

Bottom line is, try to expand your horizons when it comes to music! Find new music you've never heard of before, and don't judge a book by its cover.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

TMI Tag

Greetings, earthlings. Today I'm going to do the TMI tag. FYI, TMI means Too Much Information.
Note: You might notice I edited this post a little bit because my friend pointed out that I shared a little TOO much information. I'm not looking for stalkers. ;)
  1. What are you wearing? Bright pink Aeropostale sweatshirt and light wash jeggings.
  2. Ever been in love? Nope, never even had a boyfriend before. I've got time. I'm in love with my cat, if you count that. It's sisterly love.
  3. Ever had a terrible breakup? No, as I said above, I've never dated before.
  4. How tall are you? 4 foot 11 and 3/4 inches. Lol, I'm not even 5 foot.
  5. How much do you weigh? I'm not sure if I should answer this... But I guess someone made this tag for a reason, so I weigh 97 pounds. This might be weird for people who know me in person, but for the rest of you, it's not awkward because you've never met me.
  6. Any tattoos? No, I'm too young!
  7. Any piercings? At the moment, no. (Warning: graphic!) I got my ears pierced one time (I think it was in 6th grade) and cleaned them twice or sometimes three times a day like they recommended. I got them done at a sketchy jewelry store. They got infected (I'm allergic to gold, apparently?), and they hurt sooo bad. My ear had healed around the earring, but not in the normal way. The earrings had sunken into the skin of my ear, and it was pretty much impossible for me to get them out. I had to go to the doctor and he ripped them out of my ears. He told me to use hoop earrings. My mom put in her gold hoops, and you could really see the blood around the earring hole. Of course, this all had to happen on a school day, and when I came in after the doctor's appointment, my face was all red and splotchy (from crying). Everyone saw my bloody earring holes, and I got a lot of friend-sympathy. When I went home, they hurt so bad, I decided to let the holes heal up, so I took out the earrings and now there's scar tissue there.
  8. OTP (One True Pairing)? I don't know, my parents? I don't really keep up with pop culture.
  9. Favorite show? The Carrie Diaries!!!
  10. Favorite bands? Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marina and the Diamonds, and Radiohead.
  11. Something you miss? Elementary school! Remember recess and snack time?
  12. Favorite song? Ugh, there's so many! I'm going with Madonna's Material Girl.
  13. How old are you? 14
  14. Zodiac sign? Not going to say, because then you'd know my birthday.
  15. Quality you look for in a partner? I don't know, I'll know it when I see it, I guess. I'm not too picky. Isn't this question kind of similar to #24?
  16. Favorite quote? Treat people the way you want to be treated, don't judge a book by its cover, and hope for the best but expect the worst.
  17. Favorite actor? Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Anna Sophia Robb.
  18. Favorite color? Pink, lavender, and Tiffany blue.
  19. Loud music or soft? There's a time and place for both, but usually I like to play music in the middle, between loud and soft... Just loud enough to drown out other music that's playing. ;)
  20. Where do you go when you're sad? My bed, or wherever my cats are. Sometimes my backyard, if it's warm enough out.
  21. How long does it take you to shower? A half hour.
  22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 35 minutes if I'm not rushing (not including breakfast time). I shower at night. If I'm rushing, I can get ready in 15. I'm assuming "getting ready time" means outfit, makeup, and hair.
  23. Ever been in a physical fight? No.
  24. Turn on? Don't have one. I don't really care if a guy is sporty or built or whatever, as long as they're nice. I guess it would be nice if they were funny, understood my jokes, and not get annoyed when I complain. So I guess those are my turn-ons. They're just not physical.
  25. Turn off? Immaturity, being gross, being self-absorbed, being unsympathetic, touching my stuff, and bragging.
  26. The reason you started blogging? I love to write, and type (pressing buttons is fun!).
  27. Fears? I'm sort of afraid of heights, but only when it's possible to fall, for example, those giant, long water slides at water parks. But I'm okay on planes.
  28. Last thing that made you cry? When I thought we weren't going to get my first cat, Pebbles.
  29. Last time you said you loved someone? I don't really say "I love you" all that much. Last time I said it was probably to my best friend. :3
  30. Meaning behind your blog title? It used to be Rants and Rhinestones, because I love rhinestones and glam and stuff, and this blog is about ranting about stuff I don't like, but it was kind of an immature name, so one of my friends came up with Existence According to Julia. Only because Life According to Julia wasn't available as a URL.
  31. Last book you read? The second book in the Gallagher Girls series: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter.
  32. The book you're currently reading? The third book in the Gallagher Girls series: Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover.
  33. Last show you watched? The Carrie Diaries.
  34. Last person you talked to? My dad, but if you count her, my cat, Pebbles... I told you I'm a shut-in.
  35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? Two of my friends in a group message. The nerds we are, we were talking about homework.
    Friend #1: "I think I got 7 right but idk, did u do that one?"
    Me: "No, sorry"
    Friend #2: "I didnt either".
  36. Favorite food? Mac n' cheese! I'm a picky eater.
  37. Place you want to visit? Paris, France.
  38. Last place you were? The dentist, for a cavity filling, yesterday morning. (My 12-year molars grew in that way.)
  39. Do you have a crush? Yes I do. (Ooh, juicy!)
  40. Last time you kissed someone? Never been kissed, lol
  41. Last time you were insulted? My brother, like 20 minutes ago. He said I was retarded.
  42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Watermelon! (for lollipops, jelly beans, etc.)
  43. What instrument do you play? I used to play piano. I still remember how.
  44. Favorite pieces of jewelry? Every single day (unless I forget), I wear this silver J necklace encrusted with rhinestones, and it's on a silver chain. I don't know why this one is my favorite, because I have one that's a silver heart with a few small diamonds on it. (I got that one for $24 at Zales on sale a few years ago!)
  45. Last sport you played? I'm a competitive swimmer (though I completely suck at it), so I swam on Thursday.
  46. Last song you sang? I was KIND OF singing along with Looking Hot by No Doubt, but in chorus 3 days ago, I was really, honestly, completely singing Wings by Little Mix.
  47. Favorite chat up line? "Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?" because it sounds hilarious, lol
  48. Have you ever used it? No, I like hearing it in movies.
  49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Friday, at Starbucks and CVS, with my friend.
  50. Who should answer these questions next? Sparkles and Scribbles, and Ooshroom!