I’m reconsidering this path I’m on right now. I feel like I’m always one step behind and it’s terrible.
The movie trailer came on before No Strings Attached and when it ended I could hear people whispering that it was such a great book, so I got really interested and borrowed it from a friend, who had recommended it before.
I finished this book in two days; I couldn’t put it down. I like it when books are fast-paced and this just started off with a stampede and someone being murdered…it was incredible. And I really like it when stories are told in first person, which made it more interesting. There was this sense of impending doom throughout the entire novel that made me tingly and bang! Before I knew it, I was finished.
The movie seems promising. I don’t know what to think about Robert Pattinson being cast, since I’ve never seen him in anything except for Twilight (bleh!) and Harry Potter but there’s something brooding about him that I feel matches Jacob Jankowski (teehee, he plays a character named Jacob). I don’t really like the line “life is the most spectacular show on Earth” though.
Karen’s letting me borrow The God of Small Things this Saturday. She said it was really moving. I can’t wait ♥
Right now, I’m feeling very happy and very loved. I hope this feeling lasts for a long time :)
RAFIKI It doesn’t matter; it’s in the past.
SIMBA Yea, but it still hurts.
RAFIKI Yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it.” —The Lion King
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.” —Rosemary Urquico (via lafinparfaite)
Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Kenya
I’m only 19 so this doesn’t really apply to me. Nor do I want to be in first/business class because I don’t belong and it makes me uncomfortable. I rode business class before (yay for using miles to get an upgrade) and although the seats were super comfortable and the TV screen much wider and the food a thousand times better, I felt like a spoiled little girl who didn’t deserve to be there. I certainly wasn’t dressed for it, either. Maybe when I’m a little older.
But here are ten ways to get an upgrade, according to James Wysong
1. Become a member of that specific airline’s frequent flier mileage club. You can be a member of many different airlines’ clubs.
2. The flight is oversold in economy, but there are empty seats in business and/or first class.
3. You are dressed smartly or in business attire. Jacket and tie for men and a dress/suit for women. (HAHA my sweats+sweater airplane attire would get me passed over for consideration immediately.)
4. You are traveling alone.
5. Always be willing to move when asked. I know of a man who refused to move because he was seated on the aisle. What he didn’t realize was that the seat they were offering him was in first class.
6. Courtesy and kindness does go a long way in this industry — I have seen many people upgraded just because the kindness they showed. I know when I am aboard, if someone is especially nice, I want to do something extra for him or her and I’m positive the ground staff feel the same way. (As long as I am not sleeping, I think I’m pretty nice.)
7. Be early. (This is a problem. I end up arriving for my flights hours before I have to, and as a result, I get so bored.)
8. If you have been seriously inconvenienced on a previous flight, make sure the check-in agents know about it. Don’t make a scene or they will put you in the worst possible seat, hoping to never see you again.
9. Use the right card. Many times the credit card you pay with has a redeemable mile feature usable with several different airlines.
10. When you book the ticket ask about upgrades and prices. There is a fare called Y-UP fares that cost a little more but increases your upgrade chances immensely. Many times there are ongoing promotions to spur first class revenue.
- Mom: fell down stairs
- Me: are you okay?!
- Mom: left butt cheek sore
- Mom: fell in slow motion
- Mom: hit edge with butt
I just finished my Japanese listening and translation homework and I am scared shitless.
It’s about a taxi driver named Kimura who picks up a girl at the Green Street Intersection and takes her home to a house near Sakura Park. The girl apologizes and says that she has no money but that she will get it from her mother right away, and off she goes. Nice man that he is, Kimura waits five minutes. No girl. So he goes to the house and calls, “Excuse me?”
A woman comes out and goes, “Yes?” and he demands his taxi fee.
Sounds innocent enough, right?
But then he tells her his situation and the woman asks if it was a girl with long black hair, and he describes the girl she is thinking.
This was where I thought, “Ohmyfrikkingawsh this is a ghost story and it’s 2:30AM. Please, no.”
I listen on, very slowly, hoping it wasn’t a ghost story…when the mom goes, “Yes, my child died three days ago from a car accident.”
AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! HE HAD A CHILD GHOST IN HIS CAR. NOT COOL! AAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
(Of course, the details might not be perfect since I suck at translating but the fact that he had a little ghost in the back of his taxi is still true.)
I’m an easy-going person and I don’t really mind it when someone lies, because I do it too. But to me, there are three things nobody should ever lie about.
1) Having feelings for someone when you don’t. Playing around with someone’s feelings is just a really shitty thing to do.
2) Someone being very sick/dying when they’re not. It’s not funny.
3) Being pregnant, because something like that changes a lot of lives. I guess this only pertains to girls.
This isn’t really a lie, but I also hate it when someone uses the word “rape” when they get screwed over by a test or something. I just never thought it was funny or cool or whatever, and I am happy to be surrounded by people who don’t use that word.
I like taking baths. I spend a fortune on Lush’s super amazing bath bombs and lounge around in the tub for hours, reading and watching TV shows on my laptop after I prop it up on a chair. (The Big Blue and GeoPhyzz bath bombs are my favorite.) So here are some amazing bathtubs:
It looks sort of small but I wouldn’t need my laptop anymore! Teeheehee. Though my eyes would probably fall out of their sockets after an hour of watching TV, due to the proximity.
I like the design but I’m not so sure how comfortable it would be. And do they color the water blue for photography purposes?
I don’t really know how I feel about this one yet. Fish in a tank right beside you? While you’re naked? It’s weird. And the glass tank factor is weird, too. I’d probably lounge around in a bathing suit.
This is the Hoesh Water Lounge. I think “lounge” perfectly describes this. Just add a little sand and turn on some ocean wave music…I would sit here in a bathing suit for sure. I’d feel strange without one.
The Kohler Sok. I’m a big fan of tubs embedded into the floor or whatever, and this is very nice. This is the most normal bathtub.
There’s something kooky about this. I’d never buy it, for sure. Waste of money and I’d feel as if I’m floating in some alien pool.
And while these aren’t bathtubs, they’re pretty awesome, too. I love kayaking and can’t wait to go in the summer! I rode around in one of these while I was in Cebu (resulting in many sunburns and the violation of the one-hour-rent policy) and it’s amazing when a fish swims beneath you.
Yes, they are as cool as they look.