Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Impression: High School

As you know, summer has come to a close and school has started. As you also know, I'm starting high school this year. So I decided to make a review about it! I'm serious. I'm writing these day by day, at the end of each day.

Day One
This was sort of a fake day. We just met each teacher for about 20 minutes. I have one horrible teacher, two good teachers, and two neutral teachers (as far as core classes are concerned).
Things I liked:
  • The schedule is different every day, so you're not doing the same thing over and over again every single day.
  • You can use your phone at lunch, between classes, and whenever you're not in class.
  • You sometimes get a free period first block, so you can sleep in a little sometimes.
  • You can drop a study hall if it's at the beginning or end of the day, and just have a free period.
  • The school is bigger, nicer, and the classrooms are a bit more organized in location/placement.
  • It was pretty easy to navigate because the location of classrooms is a little more organized. I haven't gotten lost (yet).
  • You get to carry your backpack, so all the stuff you need is right there with you all the time.
Things I didn't like:
  • We only have 23 minutes of lunch, so you only get to wait in line for 10 minutes then stuff your face with food. Little or no time for gossiping, chatting, or going to the bathroom.
  • Teachers started class before the bell. Every teacher did this! So if you came in right at the bell, you would have missed some of what the teacher said.
  • There was NO time to go to the bathroom. I ended up going between lunch and my next "class", because the two places were nearby enough so that I didn't need much travel time. If you went during a class, you would miss stuff and it would look weird if you brought your bag (what if you needed something from in there? Like lipgloss or... other things?!).
  • There's a lot of stairs.
  • My back and shoulders hurt by the end of the day, because I had brought all my binders everywhere (nobody really uses the lockers). Also, my backpack rubs on my arm which hurts.
  • My locker is very inconviently placed. It's at the VERY end of a far hallway.
  • Due to the "no time for anything" thing, I also never got a chance to use my phone, especially not at 23-minute lunch.
  • I have no classes with any of my friends. Well, I actually have a couple study halls with one of my friends. However, this gives me a good opportunity to branch out and make new friends.
Day Two
I had a bad day. Some of the bad things that happened to me were:
  • I had no friends in my lunch, so I ended up sitting with two people I didn't really like.
  • In math, I sat next to this teacher's pet type guy I knew from my elementary school. By choice.
  • One of the people I was planning on becoming friends with doesn't look like she wants to be friends with me. I sat next to her in that class, and she didn't really talk to me. I'm hoping she's just shy and will warm up to me, like I would with her.
  • My physics teacher is known school-wide for being a horrible teacher.
  • Lunch is still way too short. I noticed that people were leaving and new people were coming in like 10 minutes early.
  • Two of my friends sat together on the bus ride home, while I sat in misery next to someone else. I didn't even get to sit with my regular bus buddy (one of the two friends) in the morning because she had a free period first block and didn't ride the bus.
  • Nobody who mattered to me (friends) saw the shirt I was wearing. I was wearing my Pink Floyd shirt, and it just made me very sad that nobody got to see it.
  • I'm basically all alone all day.
  • Me and another girl got kicked out of a lunch table in the morning. Some girl came over and said, "Just so you guys know, this is a seniors' table." Then we started getting up to go, and she said, "No no, you don't have to move." So why did she even tell us?? We left anyway.
  • I recieved a giant, heavy math textbook that I'm supposed to bring to and from my house every single day. Um, do you realize how huge that thing is? Are they even allowed to do that? I also heard that I might be getting a French textbook too. Joy. I guess I'll just carry those around in my arms and put my other stuff in my backpack, I've seen a few people doing that. The thing is, I would forget them everywhere. I tend to lose things, it's just that I find them again.
A few good things that happened to me today:
  • I think my cooking class is going to be fun. We're making chocolate chip cookies first.
  • I think I'm on the verge of making friends with the other girls in my cooking group. We got to choose groups, and they only had 2 people so I approached them right away.
  • I got a compliment on my shirt from an upperclassman passing me on the stairs. She said, "I like your shirt!" and I said, "Thanks!" I'm impressed she's a Pink Floyd lover, there aren't many out there, especially not girls.
  • I get an extra 30 minutes before my cooking class starts, in which I can do anything I want. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to leave and go do something though. I could probably just ride the bus and go walk to get breakfast somewhere or something. However, it might start to get annoying since I have to ride the bus there and arrive 50 minutes early (the bus comes 20 minutes early for normal days).
So my first day was pretty good, and my second day was bad. Hopefully I just had a bad day.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Advice & Stories 6

Hello my little blog-reading minions. Today I wanted to share with you some interesting stories, in honor of my 100th blog post. If you're my friend, you probably know every single one of these stories.
I deleted a few of these, I'll replace them with some advice tomorrow.

A broken home
One day last year, I came home from babysitting. I knew my mom was home, but I was knocking on the door and nobody was opening it. I didn't have my key with me, and the doorbell was at the other door. I knocked and knocked and nobody was answering the door. So I knocked harder, in hopes of making a louder sound. Well, I broke the window. I was knocking on the glass part of the door, because it makes a louder sound. I wasn't expecting it to break so easily! Now it's an inside joke with my friends... "Julia smash!" I probably should have withheld that story from my friends.

Oops, blocked him
This was actually not too long ago, maybe a week or two ago. I was at a Chinese restaurant with my friend's family, and one of the waiters gave me a note. It was on yellow paper, folded up really small. It said, "I was the boy sitting across the room in the white shirt. You should text me sometime :)" and he signed his name (withheld for security reasons). I texted him, and he texted back a while later. We talked for a while, we had a pretty long conversation actually. He was nice. And he was 15, a year older. A 10th grader woah! He asked me to hang out, and I agreed but in a public place and with friends. But then he asked something weird and possibly perverted, so I blocked him. I feel guilty about that.

The evil frizz
I think all people can agree on this, regardless of their hair type (curly, wavy, straight, etc) - frizz is horrible and almost inevitable.
I have realized that I have a lot of frizz. I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me before this summer. I did tons of research online and I came to a conclusion: it's inevitable. Frizz is impossible to fix, tame, or avoid. But yesterday I decided to find out for myself. I went to CVS and bought a Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner for "frizzy, dry, unmanagable hair." I know that's not my hair type but it was the only one they had. I was looking for the Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk, but settled on this instead. I also got the Garnier Fructis anti-frizz serum. These both smell great, but the scent kind of dissipates after an hour or so. They do make my hair a bit softer, add a touch of shine, and slightly reduce frizz.
I think that my frizz problem is a result of having dry hair. I have dry skin as well so I guess it makes sense. So if you have oily hair, you have NOTHING to complain about.
I have come to a conclusion: the only solution is straightening your hair. I borrowed a friend's flatiron and tried it, and it's amazing. It almost completely eliminated frizz, and straighened the annoying curly/wavy strands at the front of my hair (around my face), and the outward flip at my ends.

To straighten, or to blow dry?
Straighten. Blow drying dries out your hair (as the name implies... ha ha), but straightening doesn't. However, if you don't use a heat protectant, straightening will still dry out your hair.

New school advice
Nobody has ever asked me about this, but I thought I'd give you my two cents anyway, because I have something to say. This applies to people starting middle school or high school, or moving to a new school in a new town.
You've all already heard all the "be friendly and reach out to people, get good grades" crap. We all already know. We have figured that out already. But my advice is to rock that new outfit on the first day of school. Do whatever you have to, to feel confident and ready to make new friends. If that means wearing a skirt or dress and curling your hair, go for it! Do what makes YOU feel confident. Feeling pretty and confident makes you feel way more motivated to make new friends. That's my advice right there. We know how to make friends, we just don't want to. And here's a way to help you want to.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Candy Personalities

I think that your candy of choice says a lot about you. In other words, what your favorite candy says about you. I'm basically going to try and make a Buzzfeed-type list about this. And sorry if some of these are incorrect. Buzzfeed is often wrong, too!

The format is:

  • Candy of choice
    • Description of your personality
Here we go.
  • M&Ms
    • Laid back, chill; type B personality. Messy; disorganized. Uses poor grammar in texts.
  • Gummy bears
    • Nice, accepting. Type A personality. Keeps things clean and organized. Likes variety. Prompt texter -- texts back immediately. Usually uses perfect grammar in texts. Doesn't like asking for help.
  • Gummy worms
    • You are much alike to the gummy bear person, but you don't enjoy variety as much. You have strong opinions.
  • Sour Patch Kids
    • Defiant; stubborn. Good leader, but can be bossy. Has strong opinions.
  • I prefer vegetables
    • Either a hardcore dieter or extreme goody two shoes.
  • Reese's Cup
    • Friendly. Outgoing yet introverted. Messy, yet prefers it when it's clean. Asks for help when s/he needs it.
  • Sour Patch Watermelons
    • Likes to be a rule-follower, but has a hidden rebellious side. Is a horrible texter; often answers with one-word texts.
  • Skittles
    • Outgoing and friendly at first, but then obnoxious and annoying once you get to know him/her.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Try-On Shopping Haul

Wow, who would've thought I'd do one of these? Well, you probably did, but I actually hate hauls because the person usually buys about 3 things and drags it out into a 15 minute video/blog post.
The reason I am doing this haul is because I really enjoy telling people about what I bought.

Pink Floyd T-shirt - $15 at Forever21
I'm so excited about this because--EEEEEEEE!--this was such an unlikely find. I was shopping at Forever21 when I found this. We were actually leaving the store when I saw it, and I wanted to go back and buy it, but my friends tried to drag me out. Then my other friend found a pencil case and we had to go back in anyway, so I went back and bought it and I'm so glad I did! I'm not sure if I'll wear it with these exact shorts or not, but I can tell it wouldn't look good with a skirt. I love how they made a masculine band into a girly lace t-shirt. It's a little big for me because it's a Small and I'm an Extra Small.
Description: Black shirt with Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" album cover. Has black lace trim on arm holes and bottom (not neck hole). Almost a muscle tank, but not quite. Large arm holes.

Floral crop top - $9 at Forever21
Also a little big for me (only Forever21's Love21 line carries Extra Smalls) as it's a Small. It's just a floral crop top; I got it because I can never find shirts to wear with all my skirts. It's not too low cut, but just enough to show off my necklace. It's also a little too long because it's a Small so I just tucked it in to the skirt.

Black textured skirt - $10 at Forever21
This skirt has one layer of cotton underneath, and one layer of black floral lace on top. The fabric is super soft and the skirt is a fashion staple: a solid colored, textured skirt that can be paired with any top, plain or patterned. From

Short floral T-shirt - $14 at Kohl's
The reason I initially picked this up was because the fabric is super soft, plus the shirt's pattern is really cute. But when I put it on, it reminded me so much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my current obsession) because it's not super long and sometimes shows a sliver of tummy, but shows nothing other times when you pull it down slightly more. Buffy loves to wear shirts this length. It would probably be a crop top on taller people, but I love the length on me. Also, this way there's no extra fabric bunching up at the bottom.

Black leggings shorts - $3 at Forever21
I'm going to use these for wearing under skirts. They're just black cotton shorts, nothing special. They're kind of ugly, which is why I didn't post a picture.

Purple heart necklace - $24 at Piercing Pagoda
Yes, I know. I went there. I shopped at PIERCING PAGODA. I know, I know. But to my surprise, they actually have some nice necklaces! My ears aren't pierced, so I didn't get the matching earrings.
Description: purple Sterling silver heart necklace encrusted with purple crystals (fake).
My only complaint about this necklace is the large triangular jump ring at the top. It's just too big. It was hard to find a necklace I liked because I refused to get one where the jump ring was bigger than the charm itself.

Silver double dolphin charm - $14 at Piercing Pagoda
What? It was buy one, get one half off! I had to buy two! I liked this one because it had no color so it's more simple, and it's very small yet it has an even smaller jump ring. Also, I love the smallness of it. I can wear it with anything, and it won't attract too much attention; it will just sit there looking pretty.
In the picture, if you're wondering, that's the tag at the top in gray. I didn't want to take it off yet.

That will be all. I hope you emjoyed my little haul here, as it took a couple hours to write and photograph.