Friday, May 29, 2009

I iz 16, yo!

Today was my sweet sixteen! WOOHOO!!! Unfortunately for me, that does not mean driving, for two very important reasons.

1) Where I live, you can't get your learners permit until you are 16. Frikin' government.
2) I'm going to Ukraine this summer and I would not get driving hours in anyway.

So today my friends threw me a surprise party! I thought just my best friends, Lily and Jess L. were coming over and we would eat sushi and then go to Red Lobster. (My favourite restaurant) So when my dad and I went to pick up the sushi, the doorbell rang. I looked out my window and saw Jess B. being chased by my dog (Tica) through the flower beds! While slightly confused, I figured Lily's mom was just taking her home, and they decided to ding-dong ditch me since it was my birthday.

So then dad and I got home from picking up the sushi and I see WAY more than two people in the kitchen.. they all shout "surprise" and well, yea. I got a surprise party! It was a lot of fun. We had sushi and Chinese takeout from a great local place, and hung out and went to the park down the street from my house.

From Lily: "The Silver Chord" by The Classic Crime

From Jess L. : three headbands; two tubes of lip gloss; four sets of clip- in hair extensions (green, purple, orange, and blue); hairspray; double ended eyeliner (purple and blue); sparkly eyeshadow (palette of blue, black, yellow, purple and two shades each of green , pink, and orange); a green skater cap; and nail polish (pink, green, orange, blue sparkles, and silver sparkly.)

From Justine: She's not finished making my gift, so an IOU slip.

From Jess B. :Borders gift card (yay! :-D) and a notebook.

From Belen and Sarah: A fuzzy pillow and a picture frame.

From Yearin and her mom: A Korean pencil case with pens and white- out tape; three pairs of earrings; bath crystals; money; and Rinny made me a gift card to her "store." (She's trying to sell a bunch of her clothes before she goes back to Korea and to college)

From my parents: A necklace. No, not a car. :*-(

Tomorrow is Graduation, and I'm playing in the band; the only flautist playing the first part. Yay? I don't know if I should be happy or not. I'm going to a party for Rinny's and my friend Laura afterwords. (She's the valedictorian. I'm friends with the valedictorian and sister to the Saludictorian! [Rinny's the saludictorian.])

Sunday is my family and I don't know if it's my friends party or not; cuz all my friends who were gonna go to that party came to the surprise party...

But anyway, it's Rinny's graduation party and my family birtday party. I have a lot of party's this weekend... Good thing the drinking age isn't 16. I'd have a bad Monday if it was...

JK!!! I don't drink. I doubt I'll even drink when I turn 21....

So anywayze, That's about it. Rinny took a lot of pictures tonight so when she puts them on facebook I'll download them and put them on here. I promise, I really will. I'll also probably take pictures of my gifts and put them on here too.

Days left of being a wise fool: 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Days until I'm 17: 364
Days until Ukraine: 21

Adios, amigos!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Exchange Mania!

('Cos, you know, I can't seem to write two posts within two months, much less in one week... ize feelz proud of mes-self. )

Haha, I think I was finally able to think of a relevant, quirky title. yay! I love the word quirky... I've been using it a lot lately.


So our current exchange student is getting ready to graduate, and her mom (who doesn't speak English) came for a few days. Her mom is so nice! She brought me winter bedsheets, socks, a cell phone charm/key chain that looks like a converse shoe, gave me some sort of candy, and even helps clean the house!
[See, she came into my room and started making the motions of sweeping something up with the dustpan, and I though "Oh, there must be a bunch of dog hair or something on the floor of Yearin's room and she just wants to sweep it up." So I showed here where the dustpan was and she takes it and the broom and starts sweeping. So then I say "I'll sweep" and I take the broom from her (politely) and start sweeping. She says something in Korean and takes the broom back, and we just kinda stand there blank- faced and trying to figure out how to say that we can each sweep or whatever it was we were trying to say, and she finally motions for me to keep walking, so I grab my shoes off the floor and go upstairs, and I just let her sweep cos it seemed like she wanted to and was fine doing so.]

I love the fact that even though they don't speak the same language, Yearin's mom and my mom have found a way to communicate. I came downstairs this morning, and they were in the kitchen making cookies together! As you may know, the Prime minister of South Korea committed suicide a few days ago, and mom showed Yearin's mom (that's what Rinny told me to call her, since that's what she is in Korea (either that or "boss's wife"- Apparently that's cultural and polite)) and mom even expressed her condolences.

In other exchange student news, we are officially hosting a student from Russia (Siberia to be exact) next year, and we have been emailing and getting to know each other on facebook.

I would love to be an exchange student. I've been researching it, and it looks awesome. Unfortunately, not many agencies send students from the US because a lot of students don't want to miss a year or a summer of high school. One reason is summer sports practices- some coaches wont start or even wont play you if you miss practices, even if your sick or your family is on vacation.

Also, I don't want to miss a full year of high school, but I want to study and not just hang out and tour the country or whatever, so I'm thinking about taking a year off before college or just studying abroad in college.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I was planning on coming on here and announcing a hiatus. I was planning to say that I didn't have time to blog. I was planning to quit blogging over the summer and starting again when I got back from Ukraine. (Yes, I'm going there for a month this year! YAY!)

I love reading blogs- I don't know why. There's something about seeing into the mind of someone who lives thousands of miles away that absolutely fascinates me! Wow, that sounded really creepy...

But I decided against that. I love this blog, I really do. I can come on here and just speak my mind, and I don't get judged. I could say that I was a Nazi and you wouldn't hate me. OK, maybe that's a bit extreme... What I meant was that you would give loving, caring responses, telling me of the error of my ways and trying to convince me that Nazism, Facisim, and Anti- Semitism are wrong.

So I don't actually know that for sure, but it sounded awfully good.

All in all, I'm not quitting.

OMG ICE CREAM TRUCK! IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD! Ugh, too close to dinner...

This is the first summer my neighborhood has had an ice cream truck, and I'm SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.

Anyway, I went to the doctors office after school today to follow up on my ADD (which, in case you haven't already noticed, I have.) and to see if I need to increase my medicine dosage. My doctor gave me a routine checkup, and found out that I have an asymmetrical thyroid- my right thyroid is bigger than my left.

It's nothing to worry about; thyroid issues run in my family, but I have to get blood work and a thyroid ultra- sound just in case. Fun.
So anyway, with no more Japanese classes, (I quit), No more musical (YAY! It was awesome, but I'm glad to have my life back.), and my term paper completed and turned in, I have three less things to stress about and much more time to blog. Woo- Hoo!

Days of school left: 9
Days until I turn 16: 7
Days until Ukraine: 30