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Re-reading [29 Jun 2007|12:29am]
In order to be done with OotP by July 10th so that I can be ready for the midnight show, I need to read 3.9 chapters per day (I'm in the middle/end of GoF right now). I've been doing this. It's actually a good pace to have, because by the time four chapters are up I feel satisfied enough to go and do something else. But I'm SO sososososo excited. Obviously. I've been trying to up my fandom immersion quotient slightly considering that we're approaching basically . . . the Rapture. Or the apocalypse. What I'm trying to say is that we're approaching an event unparalleled by any in fandom history. Sort of like the iPhone release for tech-nerds, but better.

In other good news, I will be 18 by the time Terminus rolls around, and it takes place IN MY HOME TOWN! How sweet is that? I've wanted to go to an HP conference since I was about 13, and now I'll finally be able to because Lord knows I'll always be too cheap to pay for transportation and a hotel. But since I'll be able to avoid both of those costs, Terminus here I come! Hopefully . . . even though Myles couldn't -- literally, was unable to -- stop laughing when I told him about it. Oh well. I don't make fun of him for going to stand in line for the iPhone, do I? At least my obsessions won't cost me 600 dollars.

I really enjoy re-reading the books, especially since I'm on GoF now, my favorite of the 6. I wonder if that's going to change . . . since the Rapture is approaching! It actually hasn't hit me that the final, literally the final Harry Potter book EVER is coming out in about three weeks. I mean, I've been reading them since I was ELEVEN (and was so convinced that my Hogwarts letter was just lost in the mail)! I've literally grown up with Harry; and the releases of Harry's years have coincided very well with my actual age at the time. I mean, I was 15 when HBP came out, and I'll be 17 when HARRY is 17! AWESOME. Okay, so that's only two of them, but still. You understand my point. I'm just very thrilled but not quite grasping the fact that Harry's last adventure (well, hopefully not in his LIFE) will be coming out just when my sort of kid-ish life is supposed to end, and the end of my kid-ish series sort of signifies that, I guess. But I'd rather make like Peter Pan and refuse to grow up for as long as I can. Just because I'm supposed to stop being a kid doesn't mean that I ever will. I mean, The OC ended in the same sort of symbolic way, the show that I loved since freshman year ended just as I was finishing senior year (well, close to the time), and I decided to ignore the symbolism there, because being a kid is just way too much fun.

My sweet kitty Athena is asleep on the couch next to me, and she's SNORING! I can actually hear it! Her little belly is going up and down and she's making a tiny wheezing sort of sound. Too cute.
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[08 Jan 2007|09:39pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Hmm . . . I guess that a life update is due since I'm pretty much done with all of this college stuff. Yay!

I was accepted to Yale early, which is of course very exciting. It's early action though, so it's not binding. I don't know if I'm going to go. I still have auditions lined up for Juilliard, Indiana University's Ballet Theatre program, Butler's ballet program and the Fordham/Alvin Ailey BFA program. I also applied to Princeton and Barnard.

I know that it sounds absolutely insane that I got into Yale and that I may not go. And it's really hard to think about turning it down, because I absolutely love the school. I know that I would be happy there. But at the same time, I know that I want to be a professional ballet dancer, and Yale has no dance program. Not even a mediocre one. So really, was it stupid of me to even apply and invite all of this internal conflict? Probably. It was stupid of me to feel that I needed to prove my intelligence to my peers, myself, and my family. I know that I'm smart as hell. Now everybody else does, too, but where has it gotten me?

Maybe I should just not go to college and become a hobo. Sounds good.

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[21 Jul 2006|02:00pm]
Hey! I'm in Boston dancing at Boston Ballet School. It's awesome. I hope everyone is having a good summer. I realize I haven't updated in about six months. Oops. Anyway, I'm going to take a nap before I have to go back to rehearsal, so bye!
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[22 Jan 2006|10:27pm]
[ mood | panicked ]

So I'm not studying for any more finals tonight. Instead, I'm watching Grey's Anatomy and then going to sleep, because tomorrow will be the hardest finals day OF MY LIFE:
1. AP Lang and Comp
2. BC Precalculus
3. AP Government and Politics

All an hour and a half each, all directly after each other. I'm going to die.

So, in amazing news, I got accepted early admission to Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program. It's the first actual good, big name SI that I've ever been accepted to, and I'm really proud of myself. I must have made some sort of significant improvement over this past year. I would really like to go, the program sounds great and I'd LOVE to go to Boston for five weeks. I still have PNB, SFB, and Juilliard to audition for though, so I have a while before I make any kind of decision.

I really, really want to see Brokeback Mountain. There's actually no real reason that I haven't seen it yet except that I'm lazy and don't have time. I also really want to see Walk the Line.

So in other news, I'm FUCKED for my finals tomorrow. I can't evey fuckng type anymore from kaking all of these outlines. FUCK!

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[05 Jan 2006|11:00pm]
[ mood | content ]

Mmmm, I just ate WAY too much. But homemade stuffed manicotti? So worth it.

Big in '05 meme, introspection and time-wastingCollapse )

Aw, a good year all in all!

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i'm not your baby [29 Dec 2005|10:39pm]
[ mood | good ]

Ah yes, it's break and I'm bored and being lame. Good day today . . . boring night last night . . . boring night tonight as well. This shit needs to shape up.

2005 memeCollapse )

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[22 Dec 2005|11:06pm]
[ mood | tired ]

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

It's been ages since I posted; I feel awful. I hope everyone is doing amazingly. Tonight is a good night because tomorrow is seminars and then I'M ON BREAK! Hallelujah!

Sex and the City night is tomorrow with the girls from ballet! I'm so psyched that I couldn't possibly be any more psyched . . . until tomorrow comes, when I'll be even more psyched than I am now. Awesome pictures will follow. I went Christmas shopping today a tiny bit - I got stuff for my mother, sister, and dad. I need to get my brother's gift tomorrow, ahh!

Okay, so which girl's amazing boyfriend gave her the complete Sex and the City series on DVD for Christmas? Oh right, it was this girl's amazing boyfriend. I finished my AP Gov essay about fifteen minutes ago, so I should really go to sleep. I REALLY SHOULD. Oh, goodness.

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[05 Dec 2005|10:53pm]
It's December and it's cold as hell in Chicago! SO COLD! But on December 1st, I woke up and it was snowing and beautiful outside, so I knew it was really the holiday season. That day I went for lunch after seminars with Anais and Maya, and we went to The Soupbox. It was amazing. Such a holiday season thing to do. I think I really want to make Christmas cookies this weekend.
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[24 Nov 2005|08:56pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Despite this year's feast not being completely up to par, I still love today, and the holiday season, and all of you hot bitches. We had dinner with a bunch of WASPs, which is why the laughter quotient wasn't really sufficient. Next year I'll make sure that my mother makes good plans. I wanted to have Myles's family over, but it didn't work out. Everyone agrees that would have been much more fun than this was.

I'm trying so, so hard to keep up my Thanksgiving cheer because I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS! I LOVE 'EM!

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i know the bridge is narrow, and you've got so far to fall [04 Nov 2005|04:31pm]
[ mood | awake ]

I woke up three hours ago. How wondrous. I got home fourteen hours ago and watched The O.C. I fell asleep thirteen hours ago. How wondrous.

Last night at ballet class we watched dance videos for the first half hour. We watched the Royal in the second act of Sleeping Beauty, which was gorgeous. Then - THEN! we watched Gelsey Kirkland and Baryshnikov in Theme and Variations. We watched the first girl variation, the fast turning one, and then the second girl variation after the pas. We also watched the pas de deux. That pas so beautiful, it makes me want to explode. And SHE is just unbelievable. Every single move is crisp and clear and she's just utter, absolute perfection. If someday I had one millionth of that beauty, I could just die right then and be happy.

This week my bathrobe caught on fire, and I threw it on the ground to make it go out. Last night I caught aflame too, and I hope I burn for a long time to come.

Have I mentioned that everything is wondrous? Everything, everything everything.

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[13 Oct 2005|11:45pm]
[ mood | happy ]

It's my birthday today and I'm a sweet-ass sixteen years old, sucka!
Hmm, I liked that alliteration.

Today's been pretty awesome. The bf sent me a dozen pink roses since he's in New York at an interview for Columbia and couldn't be here on my birthday. They're so gorgeous. It's actually probably the sweetest thing anyone's ever done for me.
Oh yeah, new development in my life: a boy who is basically awesome and treats me SO well. So that's pretty suh-weet.

I feel terrible for being such a slacker and never posting or reading anymore. I really miss you beautiful fools!

So school is hard but it's been getting easier, I really like everyone at school a lot this year, which is great. I'm taking AP Language and Comp and my teacher, Mr. Winkler, is freaking amazing. He's a genius, honestly. A genius of awesomeness! I'm going to start learning to drive next month, haha. Eventually I'll get my license. My brother got suspended from school for one day for doing graffiti because he thinks it's art, he's twelve and my parents flipped a shit, of course. Um, what else . . .?

Tomorrow night and Saturday I'm performing in a dance show called Melange with my artistic director's company. It's my first performance as an actual member of a professional company and I'm pretty excited. It's going to be really good. I bought new Juicy pants on Tuesday from Bloomingdale's, and they're dark blue velour and so comfortable. I'm just telling you guys whatever pops into my head at the moment. I'm going to see Mae at the House of Blues on Sunday, at least I think I am. I have a lot of work to do so it's going to be tricky. I kind of don't want to go because I'm going with Cooper and his other friend and that's all, and I don't really know his other friend so it's going to be kind of awkward.

I want to go see Elizabethtown. Also, I saw Proof last weekend with Myles (the bf) and it was really good. I mainly went for the Hyde Park scenery (I live in Hyde Park) and to see Jake Gyllenhaal. The story was really great though, and now I have an opportunity to get ten extra credit points in Precalc because my teacher is also from Hyde Park and is a super awesome math nerd and made a Proof scavenger hunt.

I really love Gray's (or is it Grey's) Anatomy, and of course, Desperate Housewives. And obviously, my first and foremost love, The OC. Oh also, GO WHITE SOX! We're finally getting our due! After years and years of ridicule, my home team which I love (yep, I'm a Cubs-hatuh) is finally rocking the diamond. The diamante, if you will.

Homecoming is next weekend, and I have a hotass dress. I'm excited, it's going to be great. I love Payton's homecomings. I've been to every one since freshman year and they're always so much fun! Sadly, I won't see my baby that night because his homecoming is the same night and since he's a senior, I told him to go to his and have fun. It's okay though, homecoming is just always amazing, I love it so much. Apparently the theme for us junior girls this year is the skankier the dress, the better. So my dress is pretty short. It's really hot, though.

I'm also psyched up the wazoo for GoF, and also, for RENT. Alex and I are going to have a midnight showing, dress-up extravaganza next month. Also, I'm excited for the holidays, and Halloween. I don't know what I'm going to be. Adria says I should be a NASCAR driver. I say absolutely not. The bf says I should be a Playboy bunny, but he obviously has ulterior motives which he's actually made all too clear to me. What a guy. Hah, we also talked about the word "guy" in Lang & Comp today. Mr. Winkler is my hero. He's leaving for Switzerland tomorrow to teach with an exchange program, and won't be back to teach us until November (we get a Swiss guy instead.)! It's like he's breaking up with us. It's very upsetting.

Oh, and I have the Teen Vogue with Emma on the cover. I really need to read it. Also, I should talk to Olivia, and ask her how psyched she is that her cousin is on the freaking cover of Teen Vogue. Aw.

Okay, sleep time. My birthday will be over in 15 minutes. I feel like I should run out into the street and do some sort of grand last hurrah gesture. Anyway, I love you guys all a lot and I promise I'll try to be better about this whole updating/reading thing. Really!

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[18 Sep 2005|08:57pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

hellocalamity is an absolute goddess. Rachel Yamagata, also is gorgeous and generally amazing.

Despite the imminent threat of an AP essay due tomorrow (an essay which I have absolutely no handle on), two tests, and a quiz, I'm in a really good mood.

Ahh we'll talk more about it later, k? I feel all blushy, squirmy, and happy. So yay.

Edit: Also, I can't believe I haven't posted all month. Is that possible? School is kicking my ass with a merciless foot. Merciless, I tell you!

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[27 Aug 2005|05:35pm]
[ mood | rushed ]

Ghana journal time!

7/14/05 - The day I climbed up a mountain of deathCollapse )

7/15/05 - The day I become a Ghanaian princessCollapse )

More pictures to come.

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[23 Aug 2005|11:08pm]
[ mood | complacent ]

If this is killing your friendspage, I don't care, because it's flipping AWESOME.

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Mangoes. Or mangos, however you say it. We drove through a town where all they sold on the roadside was mangoes, rows and rows of them. They're so huge, too! They don't make mangoes like this in America, no sir.

Now that you're sufficiently interested, I'll put the rest behind a cut. They're all just as awesome as this one!Collapse )

Okay, I had to put this last one outside of the cut because it's SO COOL.
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A gigantic anthill. They were all around this size, roughly 6 feet tall. We saw some that had to be around 8 or 9, though.


I actually am sorry if this killed your friendspage, if anyone is really dying, like on the floor gasping for breath because their friendspage won't load and it's all my fault, leave a comment and I'll put them all behind a cut. Keep in mind, this is just the beginning. I have around 130 pictures (and I narrowed that down from 500!) and I'll try to show them all eventually.

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Ghana and Togoians [23 Aug 2005|10:58pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Tonight we went to Ed Debevic's for my sister's birthday. Much hilarity ensued. In other news, I did my Pilates tape today for the first time. It was really fun. I definitely felt the burn.

Ghana journal entry #4 - 7/7/05Collapse )

Entry #5 - 7/10/05Collapse )

7/12/05Collapse )

Pictures in the next entry, and more journal shit. Yay!

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[22 Aug 2005|05:42pm]
[ mood | blah ]

After spending two painstaking hours sorting through Ghana photos, I've decided to take a different tack and instead type up some of the journal entries I made while I was there. Eventually I'll type up all of them, but not today. Anywho, here we go:

First entry, I don't know what dayCollapse )

Second entry - still no dateCollapse )

Entry 3 - still no dateCollapse )

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[20 Aug 2005|12:26am]
[ mood | excited ]

I'M HOME!

I'M HOME!

Oh my gosh, I couldn't be more ecstatic unless something truly amazing happened like I got into SAB or the Jackie O. School. (Haha, Abbe knows.) But seriously, I'm so happy to be home. I haven't seen my beautiful beautiful house in EIGHT WEEKS! I haven't slept in my bed in EIGHT WEEKS! I have tons of amazing Ghana pictures and journal entries for you. Just hold your horses, babes. You'll get your Africa fix.

Anyway, for the past two weeks I've been in Carlisle, PA at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. I learned so much that I seriously am amazed. It was absolutely the best instruction I've ever had in my life. I feel like I've improved more in two weeks there than basically in my entire life. I'm so happy. If the politics there weren't so weird and dramatic and ballet-mom-y, I would love to go there year round. It was incredible. It made me love dancing even more than I did, and it motivated me so much. I sculpted my muscles so much. Seriously, in two weeks I got rid of some fat that I've been trying to get off for years! In two weeks! I also bought a really cool stretcher. It's a bicycle inner tube from Wal-Mart, and you can use it to stretch in a straddle for hours (or minutes, or whatever) with no effort at all. Besides the pain, of course. The only drawback (except it's barely a drawback because I'm so motivated, ha) is that I added a lot of new stretches and stuff to my nightly routine, and I also added 250 crunches/Pilates hundreds (depending on how lazy I feel that night) to the routine. So it'll take a lot longer. But I need them, a lot. Today Laszlo (one of my teachers) asked me how many crunches I did a night and totally caught me off guard. It was right after a pirouette combination and I was all winded and tired and I just mumbled, "Um, a hundred?" and totally misrepresented myself because I do more than that! Geez, then I felt a little bit silly. Oh well. I should probably be doing more like 3 or 400 anyway. I'll work up to that. Tomorrow I'm buying a Pilates tape from Borders and I'm ordering the New York City Ballet Workout tape from Discount Dance.

Okay, I'm going to go stretch and stuff and then go to sleep IN MY BED!

IN MY BED!

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[31 Jul 2005|07:38am]
[ mood | shocked ]

Just finished HBP. Got back from Ghana around 12 hours ago, and started around 9 hours ago.

spoilers, though not many because I'm still too shell-shockedCollapse )

Okay, I'm finally off to read your thoughts and reviews; I've been avoiding my friendspage like the plague ever since July 16. Then I'll reread again, probably, and then I'll write up my journal entries about Ghana, and then in three weeks, I'll post all of the pictures. Also, I lost 8 pounds on the Africa diet, as Jenny and I call it.

Edit: I'm glad I missed all of the wank, though. Honestly.

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[28 Jul 2005|06:22pm]
[ mood | enraged ]

Oh my God. The internet cafe that I'm sitting in right now has copies of HBP on hand, ready to sell, and my parents said no. Yes, that's correct, they said no. I plan on disowning them both immediately. They seem to think that two days of waiting is time immaterial. Well, the're one hundred percent wrong. I plan on ignoring them thoroughly until further notice.

We're coming home tomorrow.

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[12 Jul 2005|07:24pm]
Omg. There were two pre-screenings of GoF in Chicago and I obviously missed them. Not one, but two. Two chances that I might have had to see it if I had been at home, but no. I read the reviews though, and I'm of course psyched.

I know you guys are even more psyched for HPB in four days!! I'm excited for you, since I doubt I'll be able to get my hands on it for a good long while. Oh well. The space bar on this computer is broken, and it's irritating to type, so I'm going to cease and desist. Stop, stop, and go away.

Night!
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