Monday was a doozy of a day. It started at 6am when I woke up to shower and get dressed. By 7:30, I was standing in a line outside in 28 degree weather. By 10 am, my toes were ready to freeze off, but they finally let us inside. After standing for another 2 and a half hours, Barack Obama finally made his appearance.

Did you know that my school's gym is the second largest venue in D.C?! Me neither! So yeah, Ted Kennedy joined his niece Caroline and son Patrick to announce his formal endorsement for Obama at MY SCHOOL! It was a pretty cool experience, even though I'm not exactly pro any of those people. News cameras were everywhere, and I could already imagine the look on my uber conservative uncle's face when he saw me at a Obama rally. Luckily, I avoided the cameras for the most part (though, it's not like he'd cut me out of his will or anything - one usually has to be IN the will to be written OUT...). Anywho, we were one of the first ones there, the line eventually stretched over a mile down the road, which is pretty freaking crazy. There was a cut off of about 6000 people I think? And then there were a couple more thousand left outside.

I was about 15 feet away from Obama and the Kennedy's. He had some interesting things to say, some I agreed with, but most I didn't. Still, it was really cool, my first political rally, and a good chance for me to get to know another possible candidate. After that ended, I ran home and grabbed my bag (they wouldn't let us take them into the rally) and then rushed off to my other classes, which sucked since I was BUCK TIRED. I don't really remember much after that because I came home and passed the hell out.
this is something I found online from one of my favorite poets...

Step out of reality, Step into my head



This is not a drill!

I took a walk to the edge of reality

I took a drop from the sky to the sea

I felt your voice push me out into fallacy

I hit the dirt hard but now I'm free...

I broke my name when I jumped out of my head

I broke my back when I climbed out of bed

I tried to land on the words that were not said

Despite your efforts I am not quite dead

And I won't surrender till you believe me

I won't stop living till my life ends

And I won't abandon ship till you need me

I see the world through my broken lens

-Castle Woods
I have my first regret of 2008...I think. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, I'm really jealous of some of my classmates that are studying abroad in Japan right now. There's no better way to pick up a language than to go to the actual country and submerse yourself in it. I originally decided not to go this semester because I wanted to be in the United States for my 21st birthday, where I could celebrate it in all it's glory. But now that I look at it, does it really matter that much? The end result is the same no matter where I am. Did I really sacrifice all that opportunity just for one night of drinking and possibly puking? Studying abroad was one of the most amazing experiences for me. Not just for the studying part, but because of all the new people you meet. The bond that is created between you and those other people is incredible, and is a big part of the experience.

On the other hand, if I had decided to study abroad, I probably wouldn't have gotten an apartment last semester, and I wouldn't be as close of friends with some of the people that I am now. I would have been stuck in the dorm for an extra semester, and probably not enjoying it. I also probably would have had to push back graduation, or drop a specialization (neither of which I want to do), and I probably wouldn't have gotten to go the school I wanted to go to in Japan (Keio University).

It's just something I've been struggling with. It's the second time I've turned down going to Japan to study. Though this time I'm not so sure I made the right choice. I like to think I did, but still, there are times when I question myself, and my reasons.
In terribly sad news, Heath Ledger has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with his family right now, especially Matilda Rose.

It's weird to think about it, in all honesty. I think it's because it was so unexpected and so tragic. I mean, if I were to wake up tomorrow and the headline read: "Britney Spears Found Dead at 2AM in Stranger's Hotel Room" I really wouldn't be that shocked (although it would still be tragic). But Heath? Not him! He was so low-key! Things were just about to take off for him! How could this happen?! Almost every person my age knows him as the mysterious, brooding, gorgeous guy that sang to Julia Stiles on the football field in 10 Things I Hate About You. The latest installment of the Batman series, The Dark Knight, is still months away from opening, but people have been talking about Heath's performance as The Joker for weeks now! The studio has centered it's marketing campaign around him!His career was about to explode, but everything just came to a screeching halt. My heart breaks for Michelle Williams as well. Apparently she didn't find out until late Tuesday night because she was shooting another movie all day. Can you imagine being the LAST PERSON IN THE WORLD to find out that your ex, the father of your child, has passed away?

New reports are still coming in about what may or may not have happened. No matter what way you look at it though, it's extremely sad and sobering.
Well, I've been a bit absent this week from the blog. I wish I could say that it's because I've been so busy being a diligent student during this first week of class. I wish I could say it's because I've been busy preparing myself for the next class and getting organized. But no. It's because I've spent countless hours parked in front of my friend's television playing Donkey Kong on the Super Nintendo. Yes, that is the sad truth. I've spent countless hours dodging barrel throwing orangutans, hopping over vultures and jumping on different colored alligators. I've definitely reverted back to my childhood. I remember being in Japan and watching as my best friend's older sister was SO GOOD at the game. I remember being in Florida watching the other people beat the games with such ease! Suddenly though, I've become the one that everyone turns to when the pressure is on! haha, that's too funny in my mind.

My friend, Vicki, brought her Super Nintendo back with her from home. And we've all been amazed by it all week long. Who doesn't love a good game of Super Mario Bros to ease the school stress? A round or two in Donkey Kong Country (1, 2 and 3), or a race around the track in Mario Kart? The Nintendo is every college kid's dream! God help us all if we get a wii...
Alrighty...I finally finished my list. I actually took a lot from the other one because I realized there were things I still wanted to do. The clock starts now, so here we go:

  1. Graduate college
  2. Get a sweet internship sometime before graduation
  3. Buy a Mac (I'm not copying, it's something I've been wanting! It’s like driving stick, I think everyone should know how to work both)
  4. Bring my gpa up to a 3.5
  5. Go back to Japan
  6. Run in a 5K – as long as I’m not last, it’s cool.
  7. Watch all the movies nominated for Best Oscars
  8. Go back to San Diego
  9. Score a sweet job that I love
  10. See the Little Mermaid – on Broadway
  11. Get serious about photography
  12. Get back into yoga – I’m such a lazy bum
  13. Workout on the weekends
  14. Discover 10 new music artists to get into (3/10)
  15. Jump into the ocean fully clothed
  16. Fall in love
  17. Have a day of complete peace
  18. Settle some things between me and my dad
  19. Help build a house
  20. Be in someone’s wedding
  21. Have a picnic outside
  22. Go to an NFL game – preferably the Redskins!!!
  23. Stop being so naive about some things
  24. Order room service – what? Don’t look at me like that
  25. WOW someone!
  26. Go on a cruise
  27. Go drinking with my Mom! Hahaha
  28. Move into a nicer place – where I’m at now just ain’t cutting it
  29. Grad school?
  30. Go back to the dance world, even if it’s just for one class
  31. Buy an Orchid plant
  32. Party in Miami again
  33. Buy myself something from Coach
  34. Do some serious shopping in NYC
  35. See the monuments of D.C. at nighttime again!
  36. See some rolling mountains
  37. Go water-skiing
  38. Go to Ireland
  39. Ride in a hot air balloon
  40. Start getting my life in order
  41. Flash my LEGAL id!
  42. Take a helicopter ride
  43. Convince some Orlando people to visit me in DC
  44. Try and do something good everyday
  45. Visit the Louvre
  46. Stay on track for Daily Devotionals
  47. See the northern lights
  48. Take a fabulous vacation with friends somewhere
  49. End the semester on a good note
  50. Do some serious redecorating
  51. Heat healthy foods for a month straight
  52. Host a dinner party
  53. Do something really creative with all these photos I have
  54. Dedicate at least one day a month to refocusing and regrouping myself
  55. Surprise myself
  56. Be completely comfortable with myself
  57. Go on a road trip
  58. Continue to grow through Christ
  59. Ride a mechanical bull
  60. Submit a secret to PostSecret
  61. Go to Africa
  62. Keep my room completely neat for 3 months
  63. Buy my own car
  64. Discover 10 new artists/bands to listen to
  65. Learn to play an instrument
  66. Save my change for a year and see how much I saved up
  67. Two words: sky dive
  68. Make something delicious involving Tofu
  69. Watch a sunrise
  70. Tell someone how I REALLY feel about them
  71. Make my bed for at least a month
  72. Go to no less than 10 concerts
  73. Make a snowman – I’ve actually never done that
  74. Have a salary
  75. Take a cruise somewhere
  76. Have an amazing date
  77. Send flowers
  78. Fly first class
  79. Build some credit
  80. Get a chance to really stare at the stars
  81. Have a day without saying something insanely stupid
  82. Finish a really hard puzzle
  83. Learn to communicate better
  84. Improve my writing
  85. Go snowboarding and skiing again
  86. See my dad more than once every three years
  87. Become fluent in Japanese
  88. Go to China
  89. Be really great at something
  90. Dream big and go big
  91. Stop procrastinating so much
  92. Try some new foods
  93. Spend less save more
  94. Be able to recognize a constellation or two
  95. Have a wish come true
  96. Clean out my closet at home and donate the unwanted stuff
  97. Try to limit myself to checking facebook and myspace only once a day – for a week
  98. Be more spontaneous
  99. Try not to be so judgmental
  100. Join a small-group at home.
  101. Buy myself a really expensive camera.
Alright folks, well there you have it. That's my list of things I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. What's yours look like?

P.S. I'm back in D.C. Reality kicks in tomorrow. Boo.

So, apparently it's national de-lurking week in the blogging world.

Which means......it's time to come out of the woodwork and leave me a comment!! I know more people read this then they do comment. So tell me about yourself! What's your favorite pet? Color? What are you looking forward to most about 2008?? Really, I want to know! I'll even comment back! I love comments, they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So today, take a few minutes to be the highlight of my day :)


I've been working on my 101 list, but it's taking longer than I expected because of things that have come up. So in the meantime, I made a list of eight things boys can do to impress me. I got this idea from Chickbug, and she got this idea from Men's Health. So here we go:

1. Watch an occasional chickflick with me. I know, it may be one of the most horrible experiences of your life, but it would mean a lot to me. I like to share things I like with the people I like, and every now and then it'd be awesome if you would watch a girly movie with me.

2. Introduce me to your friends and family, and be willing to hang with mine. I love to meet new people, and I think it's cool when you trust me enough to let me into your world. And if you can get the approval from my family and friends, that's more bonus points for you.

3. Run errands with me. They can be more fun than you think, and it's a great way to get out of the house and do something without having to spend a lot (if any) money. Just tag along and keep me company.

4. Be understanding. Sometimes, all I need is a good hug and someone to listen to. When I get stressed, I can be pretty unpleasant to be around. Please don't take this as a sign of me hating you, because I don't. I'm simply stressed (usually by school) and I just need someone to hold my hand.

5. Surprise me. Every now and then, do something that I'm not expecting (in a good way, of course)

6. Show me that you're passionate about something. Whether it's saving the world one surgery at a time, or taking pictures, I dig a guy who is passionate.

7. Show me your fun side. I love being goofy and silly. I want to know you're serious about what you do, but also that you know how to have fun.

8. Be into music. I love love love music. I have a very eclectic and broad taste in music, I need someone who can introduce me to new stuff, and appreciate the stuff I like too.
there are some people in your life that leave a profound mark upon who you are as a person. For me, these people are the ones I went to high school with. Although I love my friends from college, and I would do anything for them, there's something about my friends from home that will never be touched. High school is such a huge part of anyone's life. Going from 14 to 18 is a long four years, and really start to determine who you become.

These are the people that are there with you through all the growing up. Being in IB was hard, but it was always a little easier knowing that there were 50 other kids going through the exact same thing as me. I think that created an extra bond between some of us. We still get together when we come home and have bbqs, play football, go to dinner, and hang out.

It's like when I come home, nothing has changed. They don't know my hardships from school, so it's not talked about, it's a relief. Just like it was a relief to go to college, and start fresh. It's easy for me to distinguish these two lives because neither coincide with one another. But my friends from orlando will always be home to me. They are the ones I will think of first when I come home. We may not always be in constant contact during the year, but when we all reconvene back here, we always find ways to hang and have a good time. As we get older, we get to do more things instead of just watching movies or hanging out at the mall, but it's always a good time, and always comes back to the same people.

Sometimes the beauty of growing up is coming back home.

So, without further ado, I give you a look at my friends, it's things like these that make it such a great time:

The great thing about the first few days of the year, at least for me, is the excitement of everything new! 365 days for new things to happen! New chances, new friends, new memories, and my favorite, new pictures!! I'm all about being NEW this year! I'm following Lindz and creating a new 101 list, it should be ready in a few days. I also decided to give my blog a new look.

So let's see...
New blog-look (check)
New goals(check)
New me-look (half check. my hair appointment is next week)
I even found a new blog to read! I love blog hunting, there are so many interesting ones out there, my favs are all linked to the right -- check them all out!

This is one of my favorite pictures of 2007. It's of this little girl, Stella, that I sit for in D.C. It was a gorgeous spring day outside, so I grabbed a blanket and my camera and we played in the backyard. I got some great shots of the lil munchkin, but this one is by far my favorite. My mom had it blown up and matted for framing and gave it to me for Christmas. I thought it was pretty neat to see it like that. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Click it to see the extra-huge-in-your-face version.

I got a new camera for Christmas, so expect to see more pictures this year. I'm excited for the new year, are you excited?