Life ♡

11/13/15

Pray for all those in Paris. 

Music, Food, & City Appreciation!

We went to the top of the hotel to view the Houston skyline. 
It was the perfect timing because the sun was starting to set!
 


My favorite thing about cities is the architecture! Right now I'm on a Pre-Med track, but architecture would have to be my second choice. I love the art & the magnificence of the designs involved in making these structures. All the work that goes into buildings amazes me. 


(Chicago visit in Dec.2014)




I think my appreciation for architecture & engineering started when my dad and I built models for my Latin contests in high school. I also read this non-fiction book in high school, The Devil in the White City, which takes place in Chicago. It describes a mix of architecture, history, and murder-mystery.


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My big sister had gotten a couple extra tickets for the SaeFest Music Festival at the Hilton Americas in Houston so she took my twin sister and me with her. Most of the performers were regular students & some of them were student you-tubers. 


Vincent Ngo. I loved his voice & music!
This most fun acts to see were in the Hip-Hop room!




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Food Trucks! YUM!


There are a bunch of food trucks around campus & also downtown.  It was the first time I had a Kimchi Burger! There was also a food truck that just made ice cream sandwiches. (My sister actually got on the Houston Snapchat story because of her ice cream sandwich)

Hope you enjoyed this post!






Sweater Weather!

This is my first tag! (Yay!) I'm sooo ready for Sweater Weather!
(This is my dad's sweater that I sort of borrowed-for-forever. It's huge & perfect:))

1. Favorite Candle Scent?
I love vanilla & pumpkin smelling scents! I actually bought pumpkin smelling wax a few days ago to make our room smell like pumpkin-yummy-deliciousness.

2. Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?
Chai Tea in the mornings & Hot Chocolate (preferably at night while snuggled up in blankets while watching TV) 

3. Do You Switch Your Makeup Routine For the Season?
I don't really wear much makeup. I usually keep it simple with some BB cream mixed w/sunscreen and a little bit of powder. Chapstick will be a must for the cold weather!

4. Hats or Scarves?
Beanies & scarves! Knit scarves are the best!

5. Most Worn Sweater?
My dad's XXL knit sweater! (the pic above) I think he got it when he was actually in college from Gap. So it's like really really really old. It envelopes my whole body and its so snugly. (It's like a dress on me & I love it!)

6. Must Have Fall Nail Polish?
I haven't bought many new nail polishes in a while. But great all-around colors for me would have to be white & black:)

7. Football Games or Jumping in a Pile of Leaves?
BOTH! The next time I see a pile of leaves, I'm seriously going to make a leaf "Angel". (like a snow angel but like with leaves:))

8. Skinny Jeans or Leggings?
Leggings! Big sweaters & large shirts with some leggings. It's so simple & perfect!

9. Boots or UGGs?
UGGs! My family was obsessed with these for a while. I also like Bear Paw, which is also like UGGs, but they're cheaper! Short UGGs & maybe ankle boots would be perfect! 

10. What is Your Favorite Thing about Fall?  
Nature! The leaves are so beautiful. And I love the chilly weather!

11. Do You Have a Song that Gets You in the Fall mood or Just a Song You're Loving at the Moment?
Cake By the Ocean by DNCE (clean version). And Me & the Rhythm by Selena Gomez. (I'm really into mainstream pop music-which can be annoying) But you guys should totally listen to these!

12. What is the Fall Weather Like Where You Currently Live?
Its been pretty windy here but it's sooo sunny which makes walks feel so amazing! It'll get cool slowly where I live. The best fall weather is waking up in the morning with tons of blankets all around you!



I was tagged by Snaps n Pixels!
I'm seriously so into seasonal festivities & holidays. Every time I go out, I want to buy pumpkin-everything & go crazy with Fall DIYs. I'm sort of obsessing:) This tag was so much fun! I would love to hear what you guys think so you should totally do this tag!!

Sister Dates + Ramen!

(My sister snapped these photos with her phone:))

Downtown Houston is filled with all kinds of small shops & restaurants! My family pretty much loves ramen everything so my big sister took us out to this Japanese restaurant called JINYA Ramen Bar. 


This was so cute! This appetizer was called a JINYA bun! The bread-dough-thing on the outside was so good!


I've never eaten Japanese Ramen. I usually eat cheap Korean ramen so the texture of the noodles & thickness of the soup was so much different than what I was used to! 

Green Tea Mochi for dessert! 


I loved the lighting & the chill atmosphere of the restaurant. It was a blast to go out to a new place & try new things!


Simple Ways to Make Your Room Look Ah-Mazing!

My sister and I added these simple things to our room that has made living in college so much better!
This is a Candle Warmer (But it's actually just a light bulb on the inside?! Weird). Anyways, the wax that goes on top melts & it makes our whole dorm smell like vanilla/cookies n' cream! (The wax only costs like $2! YESSS)
We added a small table with a vase with some flowers to the room. Not only is it great for eating quick snacks, but it's also just a simple way to decorate empty spaces!:)
Today, I picked this flower while walking from class back to our dorm. Who knew free things could be so beautiful:)?
I put the flower through a hole on my lamp! I know it won't last, but it's so nice to look up & see such a pretty flower after studying.

 These few things have definitely made our room feel more lively!

 

College: First Event + Glow Paint

I guess you could call this my first "college party". Everybody got glow sticks, pizza, and a bunch of Monster sponsored things. We also got t-shirts that got soaked in glow paint during party. I think the best part was when the DJ played a dance mix version of "Shut Up and Dance with Me" which is my JAM! 
This event was so much better than any high school dance event that I've been to. I loved how you could have so much fun without anybody judging or even recognizing you (mostly due to night time darkness and the huge crowd). Grace & I went to the very front where the music blasted and tons of paint sprayed on us! 

#GlowRage is going across different college campuses & doing these kind of events!

First Week: High School VS. College

I've been in college for a week now. Right off the back, here's what I noticed in the differences between high school & college!

•In High School, you don't pay!
•In College, you pay for Everything! (Books, lab supplies, school supplies, online access codes)
•In High School, you have friends that you've known for a long time,
•In College, you are pretty much forced to make new friends. (I legit have no desire to make new friends but that's probably just me)
•In High School, the food is the same, often repeated meals.
•In College, the food is really good (idk maybe it's just me!?)
•In High School, school spirit can be lame.
•In College, school spirit is Everything.
•In High School, your parents do everything.
•In College, you're on your own! (Idk I like doing my own laundry...)
•In High School, you have 7 classes a day!
•In College, you choose your classes! 
•In High School, classes start at 7/8 a.m.
•In College, classes start the latest depending on what you want! (Hallelujah!)
•In High School, you have classes with people your age.
•In College, you have classes with and meet people that are older & younger!

In public high schools, it's free for students (ehh taxes) & it's so easy to take that education for granted. High school was an amazing experience (though at times stressful bc of classes), and I'm thankful to have graduated from a great high school. 

In college, you pay thousands of dollars but you also get access to better food, gyms, events, sports, and you can meet so much more people! You try to get your money's worth in the classes you take!

This first week of college has been a blast with professors giving mostly introductory information & I really really don't want to actually start learning really intense stuff in my classes yet...

11:10 ;)

Dorm Tour + Moving Into College! 

University of Houston

Dorm Tour Videohttp://youtu.be/iPZ2EYgQVHs

On the 20th, I moved into the University of Houston (UH)!  
My roommate is my sister. Our residence hall is Cougar Village 1.

I was actually really impressed by the campus. I've lived in Houston my whole life so UH didn't seem that exciting, but this first week has been so much fun!
My mom made these throw pillows to match Grace's bed spread! It's so cute!
Grace's shelves-she puts some frames & beauty products in little boxes!
Grace has like five makeup bags!? But anyways, she just put everyday things on the shelves on top of the dresser. We got some magazines to add some color to our room & they're perfect for when we are bored in our dorm. 
There was this giant mirror! This was probably my favorite part of my dorm. I've never had a full length mirror so this was pretty cool!
I put Washi tape on my shelves for decoration! I put some everyday hair accessories on the top with some textbooks & other daily objects. 
I put some mini-towels, headbands, Kleenex, magazines, and IPad on my bottom shelf. 
On top of my dresser, I placed my school notebooks, some more magazines, and planner. 
Here's my desk. My sister and I have matching cat mouse pads that I love so much. The chair came with the furniture in my dorm. I got a seat cushion to add more comfiness. I got my makeup organizer, lamp, DIY jars for my pencils, and of course more Kleenex (I sneeze so much like it's kind of crazyy). I also put a couple Time magazines out. I probably won't read them for a while because school is going to take up so much time! There is also a cabinet next to my desk where I put extra school supplies, more makeup, and RAMEN. I love ramen. 
We bought a microwave at Walmart for $50. We put our Keurig on top of an ottoman next to Grace's bed. I also added a couple magents I got in Colorado & Chicago. On top of our microwave, we placed some cups & mugs making it easy to get them!
Grace used her chalk paper that sticks onto the walls to decorate her wall. She put some of her goals & favorite quotes!
Our dorm came with a cabinet-drawer thing on each side. We just put snacks, vitamins, medicine, and other extra stuff inside and on top.
This is Grace's bed!
Behind our mirror closet on each side is where we can hang up our clothes. I put some flats & sneakers on top. I hung up some cardigans, PJs, and a couple dresses. I put my sneakers, flip flops, sandals, and bathroom shoes on the bottom near my laundry bag. I prefer to fold my clothes so I put most of my clothes inside the dresser.
Under our beds, we put random kitchen stuff like pots, pans, and other extra things. We also out our trash bin, suit cases, and boxes from the stuff we got to save room. 
In our fridge, we put some lean cuisine, protein drinks, eggs, some chestnuts, apples, water, and avacados. We also eat at the dining hall & other restaurant around campus which is ah-mazing!

Finished writing at 12:36 AM. Pretty Consistent. 

Family Time: Cabelas & Barbecue ♡

Cabelas is kind of like Bass Pro Shop. It's a huge store filled with everything for outdoor fun. There was so much fishing equipment, hunting stuff, and camping gear. It kind of was also like an attraction as a store like Buc-ee's. 
They had games like this around the store. My dad gave me $10 to play which amounted to 40 tokens. The little children's parents next to us probably looked at me funny. You had to shoot the targets. I was straight up so bad.
They had Taxidermy. Everywhere. I can understand the interest and awe that goes into it. But to me, it's just kind of creepy. 
I feel like I probably only saw a fraction of the store but yeah---there was an aquarium.

Cabelas was such a neat store. I wanted to buy pretty much everything.

After stopping by Buccees on our drive home, we saw tons of signs for a barbecue. Waller County Line BBQ. The place was packed but the wait was so worth it. I ate a turkey leg and it was ginormous. Heaven. 

We passed through a small town that I can't remember the name of & I saw this cow in the truck next to us. I love animals. 

Camping ♡ 

Pedernales Falls State Park is located in Johnson City near Austin, Texas.
A while ago, we had planned on going to Garner State Park again but the booking for the weekends was all packed. It's an amazing place to go camping. The water is so clear, and the hikes were great.
This was my family's second time camping in the hill country which I highly recommend going if you love to camp & hike! 
There was also a lot of swimming & fishing! (I love fishing. I caught a tiny sun fish once & I'm still proud. 

My parents used to live in Austin for six years. So it's always fun to hear all the stories my parents tell about all the fun restaurants and places to go around UT.
My dad took us outlet shopping in San Marcos. This was my first time shopping at major outlet stores & I loved the different brands & sales!!
There were so many wild animals near our campsite that I've never seen up close. Hogs, deer, bunnies, raccoons, and we even saw a fox!
On my 18th birthday, we also hiked to Twin Falls. It was sort of cool because I'm a twin & it happened to be National Twins Day & we were right next to the Twin Falls. 
We bought this packet called Mystical Fire for $1.50 which could be thrown into the campfire to make the flames change colors. Chemistry? or Magic? Def Magic yessss. 
Feat. a random paper plate in the fire. 


I should make a log of my blogs (gotta luv the rhymes) bc I'm writing this at midnight & my sleep is so out of whack.

Blue Moon + Family Fun!

I was taking photos of the "blue moon" tonight. It was my first time taking photos of the moon! I only had about 10 minutes to take some quick pics but it was so worth it! 
F/9, ISO 100, @250mm, 1/125 shutter speed
Tonight is special because there's a "blue moon" out. It's the second full moon to occur this month. Although it is not actually blue, it only appears every 2 & 1/2 years. Ever wonder where the phrase "Once in a blue moon" comes from?
F/9, ISO 100, @250mm, 1/125 shutter speed
There wasn't enough light on the trees below the moon from my view. But in person, the moon was just so bright & ah-mmazing!!

Earlier, my family went walking together at my old middle school. (It's always fun to reminisce the torturous days of P.E.) (Haha just kidding.....) It's actually kind of crazy though because I am about to move into college in a few weeks! Omg.

My sisters and I decided to buy Misift Flashes for ourselves (about $30).

My family has been doing night walks as a sort of hobby for the family to do altogether & it feels great! It definitely makes me feel a lot more accomplished after exercising with my family :)

Summer Favorites: What I've Done Differently

Caution: I started writing this at 1:00 A.M. because I couldn't sleep. Sorry for the many grammatical errors & the way too many run-on sentences. Enjoy:)

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As a kid, the Summer felt like forever (And I loved every minute of it). It was usually filled with video games, more video games, TV & more TV. But I'd pretty much spend a lot of days saying "I'm bored!?!"

Now, I say "Can we go do this?!" And it seems like Time is passing so much faster. 

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From monopolizing our imaginative fake industries in My Little Ponys to fighting over Bratzs dolls, I've been blessed by having 17 amazing years spent with my sisters & parents. 

I'd like to describe this post with my favorite things I've done differently this Summer than the rest! (Hence, I posted a picture of a smoothie my sister made because I really liked it haha.

Side note: Barnes & Nobles is seriously one of my favorite places. Starbucks + Magazines = Perfection. Bonus=Connor Franta.

Okay so really.

Family Walks-We all usually walked together frequently before but this Summer we have been trying to do it daily & it's been one of my favorite things to do! 

We also like to eat a bunch of watermelon slices after them, and it's soooo good. 

Making things-I was really into DIYs from YouTube & Pinterest this Summer! 


Summer Internship-It might be hard to believe but I legit have no work experience which is sort of, kind of important. Anyways, this Summer I am interning with the League of Women Voters where I do clerical work. I learned a lot of new stuff & saw cool things like old political acts & newspapers of what the League was doing at the time. 

Blogilates-These are so fun & fast and has made me so obsessed with these Pilate-like videos!

Summer Class-I'm taking my Calculus 1 credit over the Summer so I don't have to take it during the year. Now let's get this straight though, the calculus learning isn't so fun. But I love the fact I'm saving a bunch of money & that I get 4 credits worth pretty much packed into one month of Summer. Also, my professor is hilarious & usually lets us out early from class. (Hallelujah). 
Shopping-I think this will never get old any time of year! But Dorm shopping has been a lot more enjoyable mostly because I can't wait to decorate my own place!


Photography-I started photography as a hobby a few months ago & I love it. I shared some of them under my Photos♡ page. :)


New Animals!-Seigried, Bella, my family's four fishes (I think 2 died of old
age over this last Summer which is sad but we always replace them which is kind of happy & sad because we like to give the fish a good home
), & the newest addition, East End/Golduck-who is a super duper independent cat that we found at East End Park & pretty much loves anybody. Earlier this Summer, we also rescued a turtle (Jeffrey-named it) that was under my dad's car who I think was trying to get under shade. We released it into the stream-river thing near our house where we know a bunch of other turtles live. But yeah, Texas heat can't be kind of brutal sometimes. 


So yay that's it.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely still play video games. Super Smash Bros & Mario Kart are life. 

But anyways, I felt really productive this Summer & doing some things differently has really made it that much better. 

Photographing Fireworks For The First Time

I used: Canon T5i, 55-250 IS ii, ISO 100, F/11, 1"6 (Manual mode) & on manual focus for all my photos. I didn't want to play around with the settings because the show was going by quick & I didn't want to miss anything! 
I brought: A charged battery, shutter remote, light tripod, and of course my camera! 

I was actually really nervous because I usually just keep my camera on Auto mode unless I'm taking shots where the lighting isn't great. And I'd just bought the shutter remote a couple days before so I didn't have much experience with timing. But after watching YouTube & reading some articles, I felt ready to try it out!

The main things I learned about taking firework photos was that your aperture should be b/t F/8-F/11, you need a low ISO like 100 with at least a 1-2 second shutter speed.
A couple things I regret are 1. Not using my a wider lens & 2. Timing the photos better. 

While some photos turned out great, some of them ended up like this!
(Kind of looks like lighting or a video game...weird?!?)

But I took some quick photos & then I put my camera on video mode for the rest of the show so that I could enjoy the fireworks!

My family +Ryan went to the Woodlands this year for the 4th of July. We sat next to the lake where we had the best view! We dipped our feet in the water & the firework show was directly in front of us. (My favorite fireworks are the gold ones that stream down!)




New Things

Last Friday, the Supreme Court made a ruling in favor of gay marriage making it legal across the country. 

I decided to post this blog because it seems like such a new & at the same time historical happening. So here was some of my thoughts from last week. 

Every day I usually scroll through Yahoo News (I actually really dislike Yahoo because some of articles are just full of celebrity gossip & non-essential news). That morning I clicked on Yahoo & the news of the Supreme Court decision showed up. Anyways, I was honestly surprised. Last semester, my government teacher told us that the Supreme Court would be making a decision, but it didn't seem real. I know many people think this has been a decision that has taken way too long. It seems like it took forever for 30-something states to legalize gay marriage & then in this one decision all 50 states are legalized. 

Maybe since the 6th grade or a little before, my dad has been saying "You're going to see so many changes happening" involving gay marriage. Give or take about 7 years, and it's here. 



June 26 was flooded with lots of news articles, snapchat filters with rainbows, and tons of Twitter rants.



Also, I took this photo on that day of this "groovy" or funky car I saw on a street downtown. 



100 Day Snapchat Streak Fun!

Yesterday, I reached 100 days on my snapchat streak with Ryan. We've been friends now for about 6-7ish years. Snapchat made an update which created streaks that can show the number of days you consecutively snapped a person back & forth. 




Anyways, I decided to post this because 100 days is a lot (yay!). C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N !

I like celebratory posts :)


English Tea & Reading!


In Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, the characters have an English Tea & Reading. My older sister, a big fan, decided that we should try to do one! Today we read My Kid's Dog by Ron Hansen & started the beginning of Dracula.

It wasn't exactly like old English times mainly because the tea I drank was made in my Keurig. Oops.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy. We just took some of our family's fine china cups & some paper napkins just in case we spilled. 

It was really fun to have a mini tea party while reading some great pieces of literature. So go & try it!




Fun Facts About Me! Here's 10 Fun Facts About Me

I say these are "fun" mostly because I like to laugh at my randomness. But I hope you enjoy this post!


1. During the summer of 2014, I took a random one day Sushi Class with my friends at the nearby library. 

2.  In 5th grade, I was expecting to get Most Likely to be an Author for my 5th grade superlatives but I got "Connect-4 Champion".

3. My sisters and I have had a total of 10 dogs, 11 cats, 2 crabs, 2 turtles, 4 parakeets, & way too many fishes. 

4. I helped raise around 5 litters of kittens & one of my cats gave birth under my bed.

5. I've quit a lot of things (Soccer, Taekwondo lessons, Tennis team, Ballet lessons, Cheerleading lessons, Gymnastics lessons, piano lessons, violin lessons, art lessons, viola lessons) 

6. I've played the the viola for over 7 years & the only song I know from memory is Twinkle Twinkle. 

7. The monkey bars & pogo sticks were my favorite things to do in elementary school 

8. My favorite emoji sign is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ bc that pretty much sums up how I feel on most things

9. I learned the ASL alphabet in 7th grade so I could talk with friends across the room in orchestra 

10. My twin sister and I were put in ESL (English as 2nd language) in elementary school because we were so quiet that they thought we didn't speak English?!? 

Random Photo Fun! I'll probably look back on these regretting the filters and mirror selfies. But I also took some random photos today at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with my phone and had an amazing time! They aren't the best quality but sometimes enjoying the moment counts for so much more than some quality photos.
I haven't touched my camera since my graduation day so I felt like I should practice with it more. But in the end, I just ended up taking selfies in front of the mirror. Stupid, but it was fun to pretend like I was some kind of photographer-model person!



My favorites I saw today at the MFAH were by Claude Monet & Pablo Picasso.

Random post. And my awful grammar in this post actually makes me cringe a little. But taking some photos of the small things I enjoy was really fun & I had an awesome time!

Update: I got a 96 on my math placement exam. Feelin Productive.

Dyeing My Hair For The First Time! 

How old should you be when you dye your hair? 

16-17? 18+?

Does it depend on the color?  I'd say 16-early 20s would be the age range for non-natural colors (blue, red, purple, green). In your 20s+, your style will probably mature & so will most people's taste in hair color.  

I remember in 5th grade, my friend got blonde highlights in her brown hair.  She was maybe 10 or 11 years old. I couldn't believe her parents let her, and I thought it looked horrible. 

It's a crazy thought because I recently graduated high school Hallelujah! I really wanted to do something different and celebratory. Dyeing my hair seemed crazy?!? But I actually did it! 


I'm glad I grew out my hair so that if I get tired of the dye, I can just cut off the ends! 



I got this Splat dye at Walgreens for 11.99 & it worked so well! It included hair bleach w/pink & purple dye. (I just used the pink)


The whole process took about 2 hours (1hr-bleach, 1hr-dye)

I'm definitely not one of those kind of people that you see in school that constantly dye their hair & have piercings all over their body. Most people believe it's a phase where teens try to rebel. And it probably is true for a lot of kids. 

It was my first time & I chose pink because it's just simply a fun color. I'm 17 years old, it's summer, & I don't have work or school. And I just graduated! Of course my hair dye is only temporary. But could I ask for a better time?

Dyeing your hair is certainly something where thought should be put into. It's a reflection to others of what kind of person you are. Some people just do it for fashion. But it can also show to others about your maturity. Natural colors are always best if you're looking for a change. Crazy colors are fun for the sun! (Basically my motto for temporarily dyeing my hair for this Summer) So choose wisely about your hair color!

How You Don't Want To Organize For College :) 

I looked around my house today thinking of all the things that I wanted to bring with me to my dorm next school year. But what really stood out to me was all the things that I definitely did not want to take. For example, Messes.
I've had this jewelry box since middle school. The top box can come off so that you can store things underneath. Not a good idea. There is no place to put necklaces or bracelets to hang so they end up just being a tangled mess. I don't have a makeup organizer so I just try to put them in random places to find later. You would think that these messes are due to my own laziness which is only partly true. If you have the right organizer, being neat would come easier leading to less messes.
My mom got me this plastic bin from Walmart for the very purpose of organizing my makeup. A month later, it looked like this. Brushes. eyeliners, mascara, and lip products look neater and stay cleaner when put upright. Try to find a makeup organizer with different compartments that can separate the different products.
Tangled Headphones. The worst. Keep your headphones in one place. If you bring them around everywhere, they end up tangled and in knots. Get into the habit of rolling them up or consistently placing them in spots so they'll be ready for use.

Beware the photos below!



Shopping? Style? College AHHH

Today I went shopping with my Grandma. She's not rich or anything, but she definitely has a great taste for fashion. (Apparently she's never been in a dollar store!?!)

She gave us some cash to use for future college stuff, but she wanted to buy us a gift too. As we were shopping, my dad was saying how he remembered shopping for our clothes at Aeropostale in middle school. We used to wear Aeropostale t-shirts with a jacket, skinny jeans, and converse/vans/sperrys. Oh and headbands were popular then too. And straightening your hair was a must!

I wouldn't say I have a fashion sense/style but whatever I have, it has certainly improved over the years. I'm really into bows, scarves, and cute skirts now. I kind of can't wait for college though. I visited UH earlier in the year, and everybody wore t-shirts and plain clothes. My kind of life. 

From sneakers to actually wearing high heels and not tripping, it's been cool to look back on my so-called Style. (Can we get some Taylor Swift on now? Sort of obsessed with her) I digress. 

So as I get ready for college, let's see some things that caught me eye.
My sister got these shoes for Graduation. They aren't too tall so they're perfect for not tripping across the stage!


I got these Coach flats and Steve Madden sunglasses. Honestly, my sister and I got these sunglasses so that we could wear them while blaring music in our car. Good reason to buy? I think so;)

Earth Day! 

In honor of Earth Day, I decided to post some excerpts from my favorite poets & authors. The amazing creation of the Earth should be appreciated, and I think these words express the beauty of the world around us.

"In Nature nothing exists alone"
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson


"I WANDERED lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: 10 Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed--and gazed--but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, 20 They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils."
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense 
sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
 
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear, -- both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
              The guide, the guardian of my     heart, and soul              Of all my moral being.
Line Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth


"I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility..."
Preface to Lyrics Ballads by William Wordsworth 
"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Spontaneous Trip To Galveston

Galveston is mostly known for its brown water and muddy sand. But it also can be beautiful.

Leaving the hotel room window open all night, we were able to listen to the sound of the waves all night.

We came out today at 7:00 and saw the sunrise.
Normally, I don't like the beach because sand gets everywhere. We've taken trips to Galveston pretty much throughout my life so boogie boarding, and the sand castles got kind of old. 

We came down here for the weekend to relax so we walked on the beach and dipped our feet in the water.


We set up a spot with an umbrella around 9:00. The wind and sunlight were perfect for kites and sitting on the beach. I think the best part about the beach is closing your eyes and listening to the waves. With the morning sun, the cold water was perfectly refreshing.

We went biking that held four people for $25 an hour. It was fun to ride along the sea wall and look at the waves to the side. 
On the way, we had snow cones!(Rainbow is my favorite!)
We also went to Ben and Jerrys after the bike ride. 
It was a refreshing couple of days!


Ultimate TV Show List: The Best



I made this list back in July of 2014 so I still have to add in some more of my favorites.

TV Series for Young Adults and Up
Merlin
Vampire diaries
Greys anatomy
Last Man Standing
Royal pains
Arrow
Psych
Prison Break
White collar 
Sherlock
Dexter
Burn notice
Under the Dome
House of cards (okayish)
Emily Owens m.d
Covert affairs
Drop Dead Diva
Heroes
Robin Hood
I love Lucy
Stargate SG-1
Stargaze Atlantis 
Suits 
Downton Abbey
Melissa and Joey
The Guardian
Gossip Girl
Star Trek Enterprise 
Star Trek Next Generation 
Star Trek Voyager 
Deep Space Nine (okayish)
Battlestar Galactica (ehh) 
90210 (ehh)
Life
Farscape (ehh)
Private Practice (ehh)
Terra Nova
Bones
Jericho (ehh)
Revolution (ehh)
Big Bang Theory 
Friends

TV Shows for Kids
Pokemon 
Shaun the Sheep
That's so Raven
Lizzie McGuire 
Boy Meets World
Even Stevens
Phineas and Ferb
Suite Life of Zach and Cody
Kim Possible
Sonny with a Chance
The Proud Family
Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
Emperors New Groove
Dave the Barbarian
Lilo and Stitch
Totally Spies
Jake Long American Dragon
JONAS
Phil of the Future
The Replacements
The Power Puff girls
Ed Edd N Eddy
Fosters Home of Imaginary Friends
Teen Titans 
Hey Arnold
Looney Tunes
Scooby Do
Hi Hi Puffi AmiYumi
Camp Lazlo
Young Justice
Spongebob Squarelants
The Fairly Odd Parents
Avatar the Last Airbender
Jimmy Neutron 
Winx Club
Drake and Josh
The Amanda show
Winnie the Pooh
Danny Phantom
Zoey 101
Neds Declassified 
Rugrats 

Korean Dramas 
1. Secret Garden
2. Boys over Flowers
3. City Hunter
4. Prosecutor Princess
5. Cain & Able 
6. The Suspicious Housekeeper
7. Sly and Single Again
9. Hyde, Jekyll, and I. 
10. Rooftop Prince
11. Masters Sun
10. Heirs
12. Trot Lovers
13. Wild Chives and Soybean Soup
14. Personal Taste

Movies
Ben Hur
Independence Day
Men in Black
Imagine That
7 pounds
Hancock
The Persuit  of happiness
X Men Days of Future Past
Star Trek
Star Trek into the darkness
Avengers
Gladiator 
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Returns
Superman Returns
Man of Steel
Thor
Thor the Dark World
Spider-Man (ehh)
Captain America (ehh)
Captain America the winter soldier
Iron Man (all)
Transformers 
Confessions of a shopaholic
Catching Fire
The Host
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Casino Royale
Skyfall
The Bourne Identity 
The Bourne Supremacy 
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Legacy
13 going on 30
Maid in Manhattan
My Fake Fiancé
The Fault in Our Stars
Courageous 
The Blind Side
Penelope
Grease (ehh)
My Future Boyfriend 

Kids Movies
A Cinderella story
Holes
Santa Clause the movie
Dumbo
Fox and Hound
101 Dalmatians 
Standing Up
Toy Story
The Lion King
Herbie fully loaded
Raise your voice 
The parent trap
Peter Pan
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Despicable Me 2
Lilo and Stitch (all)
Mulan
The Little Mermaid (1&2)
Confessions of a teenage drama queen
My Girl
Cow Belles
An Extremely Goofy Movie
The Aristocats
The Cheetah Girls
Tangled
Spy Kids 1-3
Whale Rider
Atlantis the Lost Empire 
The Prince of Egypt
Frozen

Houston Rodeo Review

I visited the Houston Rodeo yesterday! I actually just got home (12:30 AM) after tons of traffic. Also, if you parked in the yellow lot don't take the shuttle back after the concert because walking will be faster!

Anyways, we arrived at the Rodeo at about 3:00. My friend, Ryan, jokingly said how this could be "Our Home" when first walking into the carnival. The petting zoo was definitely one of the most fun parts of the carnival (at least for me). It was free but you could pay to feed the animals. Some people didn't like the petting zoo because some animals kept trying eat their clothing. Many of the larger animals like llamas and bigger goats tried to follow us, put their legs on us, and grab the food from our hands.
Also Watch out for the deer! They seriously started chewing our jackets and shirts. 

There was a ton of attractions including pig races and milking (fake) cows. I was also surprised at the amount of rides they had. There was a mini roller coaster, bungee jumping, and all those prize games. One of the downsides was that the costs for tickets was $5 for 10 tickets, $10 for 20 tickets and so on. Most of the rides we went on were around 10 tickets. The bigger rides were about 10-14 tickets. So you pretty much have to buy tickets for each individual ride. There was also a mechanical bull that you could go on and camel rides that looked really fun. We didn't want to spend too much money so we didn't go on those, but it's definitely something I'll do next time. 

So guys think twice about taking a girl on a date here because it's going to cost you.

The turkey legs at the food places were huge! They cost about $13, but we shared 1 of them between three people! Another place to stop by is where they sell fried cookie dough. It tastes just as good as it sounds. I thought it would be like actual hard cookie dough with a fried outside (if that makes any sense), but it was actually more like melted cookie dough inside a fried outering with powdered sugar on top. So if you go the carnival, make sure to stop by those!

At about 6:45 is when they started doing the competitions in the stadium. There were bull riders, bareback horse riders, and a bunch more that I didn't really pay attention to. It was pretty lengthy, and the concert didn't start till about 9:10 (so we kind of got impatient). One of the best parts by far was watching people try to catch loose calves! These were all teenage looking girls and boys running and wrangling in the baby cows!

The Tim McGraw concert was amazing! I was shocked at first because there was fireworks that began the show! He went off stage and greeted fans as he sang which made me totally love him. However, Tim McGraw's concert felt pretty short compared to other concerts that I've been to. I am not a big Tim McGraw fan but he sounds amazing live! There wasn't a lot of people standing in the crowd and singing along during the concert (at least from where we were sitting). Overall, the rodeo and carnival were fantastic! It's a great place to take the family. And if you're ever visiting Houston or going on Spring Break in March, the Rodeo is definitely somewhere to stop by!


Personally, the amount of skill and work that goes into these shows amazes me. It is entertaining to see people scramble to catch a calf. Like zoos, they exhibit animals that attract the attention of people. However, I do believe animals shouldn't be subject to harsh treatment for the sake of show and should not be put in any pain even for the pleasures of human entertainment.

My Dog Seigfried: A Real Life Stitch

After being severely abused in an apartment complex that was to be demolished, a friend of my sister had saved two dogs abandoned there. According to the friend, they were forced to put down one of the dogs because it was severely aggressive and violent. Seigfried, the other dog, was kept in the family until they decided he needed a new home after getting into fights with the dog they already had. My older sister has a long history of bringing home stray cats and dogs. At our old home, we sort of gained a reputation for taking in animals. One time our door bell rang and there in the front door was a pot of kittens (literally inside a flower pot).

Anyways, about a year ago my older sister brought home Seigfried. Immediately after opening his kennel, he took off around the house. He's about the size of a chihuahua with light brown fur. So we pretty much had a little bullet filled with energy. Although he came from a bad home, you wouldn't be able to tell from his eccentric personality. He did have a respiratory infection, and he had to take medicine for a cough that started whenever he got too excited. At night time, we would put him away into his kennel where he could sleep. I remember I would often walk past his kennel, and I could hear growling. I assumed he was just growling at the people walking down the street because his kennel was placed near the door. Later when he was potty trained we let him sleep on the bed and play with us at night. That's when things got weird. One day, I was petting him at night and I looked at his face. He expression looked distressed and tired. Seigfried put his head down. Suddenly, he perked up and snarled at me with all his teeth. His whole face was distorted, and his eyes were frowning. It lasted about six seconds. Then, he looked up at me. It might seem crazy, but I could see in his eyes pain and confusion. I let it go thinking that he was just tired, and it was one of those things that happened out of nowhere. By the way, it totally wasn't. The same thing happens. A lot. Especially at night, I can hear him growl at the door when I know there's no one out there. We call them "mental breaks" or "psychotic attacks". I could be petting him, playing with him, or just sitting next to him when he turns to me and starts snarling. Every single time, it lasts for seconds, and I can see the sadness in his eyes afterwards. Once, I was alone with him, and he had a "psychotic attack". Usually, I can tell he is about to have one because he starts to look down more and make no noises.

But this time, I was thrown off guard. I screamed, and I remembered I looked back at him with complete fear. After seeing my expression, I could tell he had sensed my fear. He began to look at me and walk around the room. He would get closer to me, look at me, and then walk farther away. So I bent down and held out my hand hand. He then slowly came toward me, and I started to pet him softly. I could tell that he wanted help, and he didn't know what was happening to him. But then I saw him put his face down again. He began snarling. After a few seconds, his face was filled with sadness and confusion. This time I was expecting it, and I bent down to him saying "It's okay Seigfried". Instead of coming to me, he walked out of the room and began walking around the house seemingly trying to distract himself. If you've ever watched Lilo and Stitch, you know it's about a girl and an alien creation that are best friends. Stitch, Lilo's dog, is always making mischief and is full of energy. In Lilo and Stitch 2, Stitch has a glitch that makes him go back to his old ways of destruction and chaos. In the movie, Stitch "glitches" for a few seconds that cause him to destroy the things around him. Throughout the movie, he tries to stop the glitches, but they keep happening more often. Lilo tries to help Stitch get better, but she is constantly hurt when Stitch starts to destroy things. Stitch doesn't know what's wrong with him or why these glitches happen. And he tries to get better. In the end, Lilo holds Stitch in her arms after being healed by some special technology. My dog, Seigfried, is so full of happiness and joy. He loves to be in the arms of people, go on walks, and play with toys like any other dog. He's also super intelligent. He even knows when we spell out "W-A-L-K" that we're talking about going on a walk. He begins to jump up and down while running to the door. Seigfried, like Stitch, doesn't understand what happens to him when he has these "glitches".

When I think of the mischievous and playful characterisitcs of Seigfried, I think of Stitch. Although Stitch was able to fix his glitch, Seigfried's glitch probably stems from more than just a glitch that he was created with. When thinking of what's happening to Seigfried, it's obvious he has trauma or night terrors from the abuse he experienced. All I can say is that no matter what, Seigfried needs and deserves all the love and care in the world.

Peek Into UH

Hi guys! Today I'm visiting the University of Houston campus! I'm planning on going here for my freshmen year of college and there seems to be tons of different things to do here. It's been wet and rainy so if you plan on visiting, I suggest bringing a good pair of rain boots! So far, I've seen the Student Center, the Cougar Woods Cafeteria and the Calhoun Lofts where my older sister is rooming.


The Student Center has an arcade and some fast food places which is pretty satisfactory. I wish there was some better food options but it seems like a great place to get a quick bite and talk with friends. I just peeked into the arcade but it definitely looked fun! From what I saw, there was bowling, arcade games, ping pong, and pool! There's probably a lot more that I need to see so that's something I'll look forward to!

The Cougar Woods Cafeteria had a lot of different foods offered there than the food court at the student center but the location is a good walk from the dorms. There's breakfast foods, desserts such as ice cream, pizza, sodas, juices, coffee, and some more. It was pretty much typical cafeteria foods. I wouldn't say the food was particularly good but one of the best parts of the cafeteria though was that it was "all you can eat" which is a definite plus! My sister said there's a lot of better restaurants off campus too.  

I know I've only seen a fraction of the things offered on the campus but this peek into where I'll be attending school next year has definitely been a positive one. Now I'm off to explore some more!