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hunger games

The Hunger Games (and Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) were amazing. I’ve basically spent the past few days reading them and now feel appropriately sated with words and resolution. I’m actually really surprised that this book is marketed to teenagers because there’s so much action in it. And feelings and strong characters and blood and injury. It’s like Battle Royale, but with a better backstory and plot.

Here’s the trailer for The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence is just how I imagined Katniss–dark hair and that same attitude she had in Winter’s Bone. I’m really excited for when it comes out!!

Go ahead. Pry yourself out from under that rock now.

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my youth

Vegas was GREAT! I barely paid for anything (entrance into clubs and beach clubs were done through a promoter) and no one threw up! Hooray! That’s a feat in itself.

The highlight was definitely winning a gross gain of $2.25, and a net of $1.25. Yeah. Ask me for my secrets. Our first night, I saw Samantha Ronson DJ (is this spelled like this when used as a verb?) and those guys who sang the Dougie song in a club, which was pretty awesome. I think the scariest (or rather, the most bewildering) part of it was that seven girls getting ready took 2 hours. I don’t even remember eating dinner one of the nights…’cause I feel like those were the hours that we spent getting ready. But kekeke, what a fun group of girls!!

But I’m still looking forward to going again in September! Mainly because I wanna see the sights this time and the magic that is Vegas! …Okay, and maybe I wanna see someone carry around and finish that gigantic long alcohol-filled tube (which I have already tentatively nicknamed the Tube of Threatening Terror but I’m still open to suggestions).

But in hindsight, it really does take a week (for my weak body) to rebound from Vegas. Which is both pleasing and frustrating because during that week, I got into the habit of napping around dinner time. Now, when I feel hungry, I also feel sleepy. Hmm.

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ahza

I had a great 21st birthday. Thanks for everyone who remembered and made it such a special day–from waking up from a nap and seeing people surrounding my bed with cake and good wishes to waking up from a nap to go hit a bar (and get hit on).

I think the theme of this year’s birthday has been made clear. But even though I was sick for my birthday (who catches a COLD in August?!) I’m glad I had a chance to experience the usual turning-21 activities…aka legally drinking.

I’m so thankful for Steven and the roomies for making it a great birthday. Thanks Kelley for driving all the way here to get me buzzed slash a little drunk. And thanks self control, for not freaking out about being buzzed slash a little drunk.

Also, not my favorite present by far (I’m a sucker for handmade books by sweet boys) but these things are DERICIOUS. As in, you must be freaking deranged  if you don’t think they’re licious!

In case anyone is interested in attaining material happiness via chocolate consumption, a box of 30 bars is roughly $25 on Amazon. Just getting it out there. (Aka I will split it with you!)

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temporary joys

Movies that I’ve seen so far this summer in order of most liked to least liked. It’s been a good summer.

  • Blue Valentine: The acting was so realistic, the emotions so real, and Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were so emotionally HURT.
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love!
  • Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’enfants): LOVED it, loved Marion Cotillard, loved what they DID to each other.
  • An Education: It made me really sad in the end to see how much Carey Mulligan’s character had grown up.
  • No Strings Attached: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie. I think it might have to do with my crush on Natalie Portman.
  • Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Departed: It made me nervous, the intrigue did.
  • Meet the Robinsons!
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Whip It
  • Morning Glory

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let’s be real

This girl is just too cute. I think it’s the smile. And maybe the juxtaposition of her and the background.

Nah it’s probably her toned legs.

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silly

Three days a week, I usually get an arm thrown around my neck and then a sloppy kiss on the cheek, followed closely by a whispered, “Silly.” When he’s feeling happy, he usually gives me a few more kisses and Silly’s before we skip off to play with cars or to slide down the play structure.

I get really happy when he talks to me and we usually talk about animals or colors or try to form short sentences together. He likes playing with paint and markers and he’s Korean so when he smiles, his eyes disappear (just like mine!) He’s a little bit younger than I am (about 17 years younger, to be approximate) but he gives the best hugs. During those three days of the week at my internship, he makes my day, even though he always leaves me to go back home to his Mommy.

Bah I love kids so much. Especially the Korean ones.

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stranger danger

Tonight, me and Pal went to Stranger Danger, a self-defense workshop where I basically learned to flip her on her back. And she liked it. I learned how to escape if someone holds a knife to my neck…or if someone sits on me and chokes me. But only if my attacker (or, as our teacher taught us, the “direct object” of us) is slow and clumsy and weaker than I am. Or socially awkward. I can take on socially awkward people.

And on the topic of Stranger Danger (which is kind of the most awesome phrase ever), I tried to look for videos online on Stranger Danger but apparently people don’t like to make jokes about strangers touching children. But I like this video because they made a song about it!! Aka they basically stole my idea and made over 100,00 people watch some poor guy and four puppets try to be cool. And fail. Fail miserably.

Also “Stranger Danger!” is my new favorite phrase to shout at the onset of awkward encounters.

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