Saturday, September 7, 2013

Let's Try This Again...

   This is an interesting situation. In my last post, I said I was DONE procrastinating and that I was going to make a serious effort to blog more... and that was two years ago. So much for that! There is honestly no excuse for not posting except for the fact that I never really thought about it much and didn't make any effort whatsoever. This time, mark my words, I want to change that! Especially since I will be an official "adult" two weeks from today, I want to document my life, my experiences, and my views and opinions. Nothing too serious, though, because I enjoy being lighthearted. ;)
   I think the hardest part will be coming up with something to say. If you couldn't tell, this post has been composed of nothing but rambling nonsense so far! So as I sit here watching the Texas Rangers (what's new), I'll try my hand at simply writing some thoughts of mine and whatever comes to mind.
   My eighteenth birthday is in two weeks, as I said earlier, but the funny thing is that I don't feel like I'm about to become an adult. I say all the time, "I feel like in my mind I'm still fourteen! I see people who are seventeen, eighteen, even sixteen sometimes, and think to myself, 'Wow! They are so old!'" It is then that I realize yes, I am actually eighteen. Almost every older person you talk to will tell you that their life has flown by, saying, "Where has the time gone?!" They all say life goes by even faster the older you get, but I think the same is true of young people too. Sure, when you are in school you feel like the days could not possibly be going by any slower. But when you put everything in perspective, you realize how fast the days have actually gone by. Here I am, senior year of high school, and I remember the first day of kindergarten like it was yesterday. I remember walking in with my parents, discovering that a friend who used to be our neighbors was also in my class, and then after the school day, I came home pleasantly surprised to find that my mama had baked me some M&M cookies. Here we are, thirteen years later, and I have so much more on my plate than just freshly baked cookies. Between SAT's, college applications, and more responsibilities, it is becoming ever clearer to me that I am not as young as I feel or might think I am sometimes. In fact, it did not hit me until the other day that this is the last year I will permanently live in this home with my family, the last birthday I'll spend at home (next year I'll be in college!), and the last year my small class will be altogether. While all these memories through the years have been so greatly cherished, a part of me is ready to move on, grow up, and figure things out on my own. I have looked forward to and imagined when I leave and go to college so much, it is hard to believe that that time is so quickly approaching and will be here before I know it. I was watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off the other day, and I believe Ferris himself put it quite well. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around a while, you could miss it."

Cherishing memories and hoping I take time to stop and look around, Victoria


Friday, October 28, 2011

Where Have I Been?!

I haven't written a blog post in almost a year. Why? Because I am a slacker. It's that simple. Wait. Scratch that. I WAS a slacker... until now ;) I am going to pick back up on this blog and start blogging again like I used to. To tell the truth, it was mom who told me I should start back up with this because:
1) It is cute
2) It will improve my writing
3) Improving my writing will give me a better score on the SAT
So here I go! Time to start dusting the cobwebs off the ol' slug bus bus! (Hehe, get my pun? Cobwebs, like since Halloween is coming up! Bahaha, I'm so "punny" :D) Anyways, what I am trying to say is that there will be many more blog posts to come!

Until then,
Hopeful National Merit Scholar and Ex-Slacker, Victoria

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1

Released: November 19, 2010
Writer: Steve Kloves
Director: David Yates
Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

This past weekend, I saw 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' with my family. I had mixed reviews on it, actually. I regret not rewatching the 6th movie in the series before going to see this newest one, but we mostly went on a whim, so I didn't have time to rewatch it :( And I haven't seen 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' since the first time I saw it in the theater.. so it's been a while! I think if I had taken the time to watch the 6th movie, I would have understood a lot more.
I was pleasantly surprised on how funny some parts of the movie were! The majority of the film was definitely heavy stuff, but the light-hearted jokes spread throughout definitely lightened the mood ;)
Overall, I wasn't extremely pleased with the movie. I would probably go as far as to say it was a few levels above mediocre. Despite how everyone else I've talked to absolutely loved it, I wasn't as overjoyed as they were. Would I watch it again? Yes, I probably would just to see if I could catch and understand things I didn't get the first time. That always happens when you watch a movie: even if you've seen it a million times and can quote every line by heart, I guarantee you will catch at least ONE thing you've never seen before!
I think the biggest factor as to why I didn't really understand it was because I haven't read the books. I read the first one, and got to Chapter 11 of the second one before it was due back to the library. That's when I turned it in, unfinished, and never got it again. I have trouble reading books after I've seen the movie, because then I have the movie characters and the movie plot in my head the whole time and I know what is going to happen, which makes it not very fun! I know that if I had read the books, I would definitely understand more and get a lot more information than just the movie alone gives you, but I've never been committed to get through the whole series.
I used to stay really up-to-date on the whole series, but as the kids got older, the storyline got darker, and it became more and more "wizardy" with a whole cast of different characters each time, I found that over time I became lost and was then just watching the movies for the sake of watching them, not because I necessarily understood them. Does that make sense? I hope so! I think I really started getting lost and falling behind on around the 5th movie, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.' Who knows? Maybe one of these days I'll pick up the books again and give 'em a shot (But I make no promises ;D)!
I'm not trying to sound too harsh, so my final review would be that it wasn't my favorite of the whole Harry Potter series, I didn't understand everything in it (for example, I don't even know what a Horcruxe is- and that was what the whole plot of the movie was about..), but if given the opportunity, I would watch it again.
P.S. An added bonus was that I had my favorite candy during the movie-- GOBSTOPPERS!!! nom nom nom :)

Wizards and Gobstoppers, Victoria ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though it is a few days early, I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! School is out and the days are about to get beyond busy. I love this time of year so much! Everything from family, to being together, to traveling, to eating amazing food you only get once a year, and so much more!!
They've already started playing Christmas music, and that gets me even more in the holiday spirit! I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble, Victoria ;)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Toilet Paper Through the Eyes of a Barbie

Can you guess what this is? My-Oh-My it is a GIANT ROLL OF TOILET PAPER! That's right, this roll of toilet paper rolls out to be about 35 miles long! It is real toilet paper, just super-sized! It is still 2-ply and everything!
You might be wondering how I acquired this monstrous roll of T.P. Well you see, we know someone who used to work at a factory where they make gigantic roles of toilet paper and then they send it off to toilet paper/facial tissue companies that cut it down to the right size. So this is what your handy-dandy box of Kleenex tissues looks like before it gets cut into convenient little squares! And if you were going to cut this for toilet paper, a machine would add in the perforations so there would be the perforated line separating each square of T.P.
Something no one really EVER thinks about it where your toilet paper comes from- or, well, I have never thought of where toilet paper comes from.. it's just always kinda been there! Well now I know all that goes into making toilet paper ;) That should be VERY useful in life! Hahaha
In the first picture, the giant T.P. roll is sitting next to the toilet-- it is taller than the actual toilet!! In the second picture, the monster roll of paper is up against a wall next to a yard stick. As you can see, it is about 3/4 as tall as the yardstick! Lastly, the third picture shows the fresh-from-the-factory paper next to a REGULAR roll of toilet paper, just to put it all in perspective ;) The regular roll could fit inside the whole in the middle of the giant roll! That's crazy!
I feel like the mega-toilet paper roll should have a name! Maybe I should name it?? Hahaha, because it takes too long to say 'giant toilet paper roll' and it would be so much more fun to just call it by a name! Hmm... I'll have to think of some ideas ;)
Giant Toilet Paper and Naming Inanimate Objects, Victoria ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All American Choclate Cake :D

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture of this chocolate cake! We only buy it for special occasions because it is $16.99 from Costco! Its name 'All American Chocolate Cake' could not be more fitting! The outside is covered in crispy chocolate shavings that melt in your mouth. When you cut open this beauty, you are greeted with thick, moist, delectable chocolate cake that tastes cool and refrigerated even when it is room temperature! In between the layers of the moist cake there is rich dark chocolate icing. There even tastes like there is icing mixed into the actual cake itself! Tonight we broke it open and, even split between eight people, there is barely a dent in it! Literally, that little dent was only about 1/6 of the whole cake! It should last us for weeks! :) When it is just sitting on the counter when no one is cutting it open, we put this plastic lid that came with it over the top. But when someone walks over and decides to help himself to a slice, they take off the lid and everyone around them is hit with the strong, magical aroma that is ALL AMERICAN CHOCOLATE CAKE! And the best part is that the smell lingers, so if you are on a diet or are too full for cake, you can at least still smell it in the air for about a minute or so! Ah, nothing better :) And even if you feel awful afterwards, it is so worth it! Well I'm off to dream about Chocolaty-Chocolate Cake :D

Chocolate Cake + Chocolate Shavings = Heaven on a Platter, Victoria ;)

Monday, October 25, 2010

You Haven't Lived Until You've Watched This Video.. Not Kidding!

I really wanted to share this video that I found recently. It is the most creative and interesting song I have ever heard! It is a compilation of 15 different songs. I love it and can't stop from playing it over and over! I promise, you will love it! Enjoy!

1. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
2. B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars - Nothing On You
3. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
4. Britney Spears - Hit Me, Baby, One More Time
5. Jason Derulo - In My Head
6. Justin Timberlake - My Love
7. Lady Gaga - Just Dance
8. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
9. Ne-Yo - So Sick
10. Michael Jackson - Black Or White
11. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
12. Taylor Swift - Fifteen
13. Taylor Swift - Fearless
14. Savage Garden - The Animal Song
15. Snoop Dogg feat. Justin Timberlake - Signs