Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm In Ireland.

So, my commitment to writing every week kind of failed. Sorry. But at least I'm still writing, right?

Right now I'm in Ireland. Unfortunately, it's my last day in Monaghan. It's sad. Leaving last year was pretty awful, but this year is worse because the relationships I started last year deepened this year. I'm falling more and more in love with this country and the amazing people I've been living and working with.

But I don't really want this blog to end up being sappy and meaningful, because I'm not good at writing meaningful things like that. So I'll focus on the bright side. 

I have a lot of good stories to tell, and they're all written down in this little journal I've been faithfully keeping for the past two weeks. Maybe I'll share some in a few days when I'm back home and have more leisure time (ha. ha. leisure time.). 

Tomorrow the Iona Team goes back to Dublin. We'll spend a few days there (Riverdance!) before flying back to America. Some things I'm excited about seeing again (my clothes washer, my cat, my bookshelf, my reading time), but really, I'm going to miss this place more. 

I hope I can come again next year. And the year after. And the year after. I'm secretly hoping to move here after college. What's wrong with big dreams


Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Think I'll Ramble

I don't really have anything in specific to talk about, but I felt like writing, and actually working on something legit is too much work (I'm procrastinating).

I'm goint to try to keep up with all the things I've started, but I'm not going to make any promises. I'm doing well with my vlog and schoolwork, but I let my writing slack a little because it was performance week with ballet and I would leave early in the morning and get home late at night. I somehow crammed in some schoolwork, but there was no time for anything else.

The thing about blogging is that I find it very difficult to write about real life. It's just so dull compared to the joy of my imagination. Why would I want to describe my day when I could put in some blue aliens or radioactive objects?

I used to be very diligent about keeping a diary, but that also faded as I got older. I'll sometimes find a random notebook from my childhood and read through my entries, thinking to myself, "I could've sworn I was a more interesting person."

So how's about this for a goal? Write at least one blog post every two weeks about my life. Sure, it'll be boring as heck and no one will care, but I think it'll be good for me. If I can, I'll do game and anime reviews, as well as links to cool stuffs.

So we're off of ballet for about two weeks, and already I'm a bit lost. I think I'll give myself a barre and do some crunches, pushups, inner thigh exercises, and stretch some.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

I'm Not Procrastinating

Yeah, you heard me. For some reason I haven't been procrastinating all this weekend. I've actually been, y'know, getting things done. I've cleaned up more of my room, finished a few books, done lots of research on mythology (a growing passion of mine), done SCHOOL, practiced my three main musical instruments, started teaching myself to COOK (yum yum brownies)... and all this was between ballet rehearsals. Plus I've managed to keep on track (somewhat) with my vlogging and I just (FINALLY) beat the epic Japanese game Cave Story. Not to mention I've still found time to watch some anime.

How am I doing this, you ask? How have I beaten back the horde of procrastination demons?

Let me think about it and I'll get back to you.

Seriously, I have no idea how I've gotten this much done. I mean, this is more than I've ever done in my entire LIFE. At this rate, I'll actually finish my school year on time, meet my reading goal in August, master the dreaded On Fire on the piano and Black Balloon on the guitar, and be cooking souffles by the end of the year. Needless to say, this isn't going to last long.

Mark my words, next week I'll be lazing around doing absolutely nothing as the clutter regrows in my room and the blisters on my fingers fade from ill use. My ability to make even a somewhat edible fried egg will fade, and I'll be back to the good old Persy you all know and don't really love.

Meh, that doesn't really sound appealing. I'm so industrious that the prospect of nothing doesn't even appeal to me. Or maybe that means I'm not industrious enough?

Oh well. It's not like I'm not stressing out about other stuff. At least with school, you can actually do the work and not have to worry about it anymore. My real problem is ballet and my infamous sprained ankle. It's not getting better very quickly. Spring performance in May. Two dances en pointe. Haven't touched a pointe shoe since September. Won't touch a pointe shoe for at least another few weeks.

This sounds like fun.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Practicing More Procrastination

Guess what! I've got another new project!

Okay, it's not exactly new. In fact, it's pretty old. Once upon a time (back in 2009), I started vlogging, but it didn't last very long, and to be honest, I wasn't very interesting. But I'm starting to get back into it, because I really do like vlogging and I like the world of Youtube.

So check out my channel and subscribe and comment and like all that good stuff (or don't, whatever)!

At some point I'll actually make a blog post about something interesting and less self-publicizing, I promise. Really.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wizard of Oz Music

So my two favorite classic children's stories are Alice In Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. "Alice" is currently getting a lot of attention, what with the recent live action movie and tons of music inspired by the stories and movies. But "Oz" is a little quieter. It's kind of sad. So, naturally, I took it upon myself to accumulate as many "Oz" songs as possible and I discovered that there is no internet list of Oz songs. None. Nowhere. It's shameful.

I certainly don't expect to have found all the "Oz" songs in one night, but I certainly will go ahead and share these with you.

Home by Breaking Benjamin has actually been a favorite song of mine for a long time, and it was the only "Oz" inspired song I'd ever heard. It's amazing, so you should definitely look it up.

Don't Wake The Scarecrow by the Felice Brothers is pretty lame. It's pretty boring to listen to, and when you actually pay attention the lyrics you're just kind of like, "...aaaawkward..."

Return To Oz by The Scissor Sisters, on the other, is actually pretty cool. The Scissor Sisters usually have some rather strange music, but this song is a keeper.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John is the first Elton John song I've really liked. Go figure.

Old Yellow Bricks by Arctic Monkeys is very good. I've been an Arctic Monkeys fan for a while, and yet I'd never heard of this song, which is a shame.

Yellow Brick Road by Kris Delmhorst is very good. It's gorgeous, and ridiculously obscure.

And Your Little Dog Too by Hannah Fury was actually inspired by the book Wicked (which I don't recommend), but it goes fine with the original "Oz" and is very awesome and creepy anyway.

It Was Her House That Killed Nessarose also by Hannah Fury is just as creepy as "Little Dog", though not quite as good.

Those are all the "Oz" songs I've been able to find and listen to. A few others popped up during my search, but I could never find an actual version to listen to, so I don't know if they're real songs or not. But I'm not giving up my search!