So you know that year that you look forward to your whole life? Whether its 21 when you can drink, 16 when you can drive, or 30 in the case of the girl in 13 Going On 30? Well, 2008 is my year. I turn 18, I graduate from high school, I move away, I go to college, and I get to actually live life instead of slaving away at a computer and in a school building like I have for the past 12 years. Well, almost. Wow, my life sounds quite depressing when I phrase it like that. But you know what I mean.
I have no idea whether or not I'm going to get into a good college or whether I'm going to go to a local school (which would suck... so much) but I hope I get to go to school out-of-state at a nice school so my dad will be proud and buy me a laptop. And possibly an iPhone. I know, mainstream peer pressure/influence, whatever. I just want one so that I can store all my music and have a phone that works without carrying two electronic devices. And I can let go of whatever stereotypical identity I have here and start anew there. That prospect makes me excited, but I don't know its chances of being realized.
My break was pretty good - I finished all my college applications (Yay!) and also read Pride and Prejudice again and watched the movie. I love the book - although it may be a bit slow at times, it is so humorous and the minimization of setting is essential to understanding the relationships between the characters. Mr. Collins cracks me up everytime. I have to say the movie with Kiera Knightley is simply breathtaking, I love it! There are so many beautiful scenes and dresses and its just so gorgeous. Yay.
Our family hosted this year's New Year's Eve party and we pretty much invited every Chinese person in the state. It was insane. The amount of food was shocking. It's a good thing our house is fairly large and we have a huge basement. My dad decided just recently to buy a pool table. I suck at pool. Although I am getting better at ping pong with the help of my 'expert' brother. But anyway, back to food! It was mostly Chinese food, but it was simply delightful. I saw some buddies of mine that went to college this year - one went to CalTech and one went to UChicago - and we were basically discussing all their cool college experiences and I absolutely can't wait. Although I will miss my family terribly - it'll be really wierd not seeing them for months at a time.
I also watched a whole buttload of movies. I think I've seen all the romantic comedies ever made and a whole bunch of obscure awesome thought-provoking movies. I saw "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "National Treasure II" and "P.S. I Love You" as well. The second National Treasure was almost exactly the same as the first, Alvin and the Chipmunks was cute but sort of stupid, and PS I Love You was funny and cute but not great. I also watched "Wicker Park" which I would totally recommend for anyone who watched "The Lake House" or likes twisty plotlines with awesome acting. Josh Hartnett = <3. I also saw "Troy" for the first time - I thought it was actually pretty good as far legends go.
But now I'm totally back at school, stressed, and tired. My New Year's goals could probably fill a book but my goal was to maintain this journal/diary thing I got in Singapore when I left for old friends to sign and instead, write in it about quirky/cool/stupid/beautiful things. Yay. I usually suck at maintaining diaries but I do think they are so fun. I also wanted to read more modern literature, exercise and eat healthily, and mostly, NOT PROCRASTINATE. I pretty much want to live up to my potential, do all my homework way ahead of time, work my hardest, and be an awesome person. We'll see how well that works out for me.
Currently I'm reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini which I'm only a few pages in but seems really good, The Chosen by Chaim Potok who is a really amazing writer and so far the book seems good too, Tess of the D'Urbervilles for one of my Lit classes but it seems well enough. There are so many books I want to read but I can't seem to remember any of them!
I'd be perfectly happy getting awesome books/illustration/picture books for the rest of my Christmases and birthdays although I didn't get any presents this year. Well not really. Our family doesn't really do the whole dealio anymore and Christmas is such a commercial holiday. I totally went shopping with my mom a few days ago and I bought this beautiful amazing black Guess peacoat that I can't wait to wear! But I'm afraid of ruining it and wasting the whole buttload of money I dropped to get it.
I discovered the most amazing website (or set of websites) ever. Notcot.org. It's like a collection of artistic/inspiring/beautiful/amusing/awesome things. Tastespotting.com is equally awesome and has absolutely delectable pictures of beautiful foods that I really need to learn how to make (I don't know how to cook anything! Must learn before I go off to college) and also Notcoutoure.com which has all the latest in awesome fashion. I just go on there and am totally inspired. I created an account so now I can post awesome things too! Although I will continue to post some awesome finds on here so as not to bore you all with my incessant chatter.
So I basically have pages upon pages of lists in that diary/journal thing of mine. Not only academic lists about the amazing piles of homework that I have yet to complete and the scholarship forms I need to fill out, but also movies to watch, books to read, music to listen to, things to buy when I have money (which may or may not be successful), things to do before I go off to college, things I need to buy for college, foods I need to try, places I need to go, etc. It's all very inspiring. I think I need to make a website dedicated to my listmaking insanity and to organize all my crazy lists.
Sunday is my brother's birthday!!! I have no idea what to get him. Hm. He doesn't read, already has music, watches movies on the web, and has all the clothes he needs. What to get him? Any ideas? He's turning 16 (they grow old so quickly!). But he's having this humongous birthday bash tomorrow with a big cake and games and everything. How exciting. But on Sunday we'll hopefully be going out for a family dinner to some amazing restaurant and maybe I'll have room for a decadent dessert!
So yeah. Just some wonderful insight into my life. I'm sorry that I don't post that consistently - I love blogging but I never really have anything that inspiring or interesting to say. I hope you all had a wonderful winter break and have a great year!
1. Revise English Essay (50%)
2. Revise topic proposal (0%)
3. History Questions (40%)
4. TOK Journal (10%)
5. Chemistry Questions (20%)
6. Government Reading (30%)
7. Tess of D'Urbervilles & Socratic Seminar Tickets (5%)
8. Study for SAT IIs (5%)
9. CAS Forms (80%)
10. Piano - Crackdown! (5%)
11. Math - Portfolio IA (5%)
12. Apply for Scholarships (0%)
13. Read ahead in Tess, Chosen, Gov't
14. Read The Kite Runner