Monday, August 22, 2011 contest!!/media/set/?set=a.160949607316834.39933.131389660272829&type=1

If anyone wants to vote for people (Like me, Kat! =D) You should check it out! The person with the most like will win 100$ for educational purposes. I'm sure everyone is wanting to win, so make sure you stop by the page, like it, and like your favorite photos!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scott Lang: Professional mirror holder upper

Yesterday, as part of band council, we went to a leadership workshop by Scott Lang.

This man's an inspirational genius..but a major nut!

However you can learn a lot from this man, as he's good at what he does. He had me almost crying(he lost his twin brother to cancer, and since I'm a twin I can only imagine what that was like) then laughing the next minute. The guy's hilarious, but when he's serious is when you learned the most.
Here's what I get from my notes from his lecture yesterday:

~Three life principles only taught in band (by public school systems):
      1. The more you give the more you get; the more you GET the more you have to GIVE.

      2. Life is a WIN-WIN or a LOSE-LOSE. NOT a Win-Lose. If the best helped the worst, where would we be?

     3.Never give up. Not till it's okay. Not 'till it's good. Not 'till it's great. Until it's perfect. Then do it perfect again and again.

~ If you CAN, you MUST

~Never leave a trombone sectional unsupervised

~Go ALL the way. Put 100% effort into EVERYthing

~Don't judge/choose what's right or wrong for others. Do that for yourself. Make the best decision YOU can in that very moment.

~Our mind works in multiples of 3's,4's, and 7's. Ever wonder why your cell phone number is 000-0000? 3+4=7

~It's not WHAT you do, but HOW (Kinda like "It's not what you say but how you say it", etc.)

~It's how you start it. You can judge a 7 min show/performance on the first 7 seconds.

~The only one who can change you, is you

~In every group/room/class, there will be a person who does not want to be there. They're not bad people, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a leader, it's YOUR job to fix it.

~Marching Band student leaders aren't picked because they've shown leadership. They're picked because they knew how to follow directions faster and better. It's your job then, being totally unprepared as a leader, to get others to do the same - to be a follower as well as you are. To do so, you have to go that extra bit to maybe whisper "Don't move at set!" to the guy next to you, etc.

~Marching Band, in essence, is the dumbest thing anyone coulda invented. But it's the life skills you learn from it that make it valuable.

1 Litre of Tears (Drama + Special) Review

I have to say...when I read the reviews saying this was so sad,moving,beautiful,etc. I was kinda skeptical.

I shouldn't have been.

Plot(based on true story): Kitou Aya is your normal,bright, clumsy 15 year old girl starting her first year of high school when she suddenly is diagnosed with the incurable Spinocerebellar Degenerative disorder(This isn't a spoiler! This is probably one of the first sentences of the drama). She will lose  her motor skills(moving,talking,writing,trouble eating, etc.);however, while she looks like a disable to society her mind is still sharp, if not brighter, than most peoples.(How....cruel) In just the first year it progresses very fast. The drama goes through her thoughts as she is forced to give up things like love, being healthy, going out with friends, being bed-ridden, and purpose.

Special: It's a mix between a recap of the series/her life(a memoir?) and showing what happened to her family/Asou-kun. It's really nicely done as well. (Spoiler): You see a now high schooler Rika, Ako is a nurse for Asou-kun who's a nuerologist, and Hiroki you don't see but they tell you he became a cop in Ep.11.

Rating: 10/10. There's no reason not to watch it unless you really aren't in a sad mood.
Watch time: 2 days if you don't have to leave the house - 3 if you do. I kinda wanted to watch it as quick as possible because school starts in a week and being doomsday on the first day isn't gonna make me any friends haha (Not to say you shouldn't appreciate it! But you should appreciate it at appropraite times, it's made me so sensitive) She never believed she would die, it truly is a drama to learn from.

Pros: Makes you appreciate life, being healthy, is inspirational, wonderfully acted out,

Cons: Heartbreaking, Her last 5 years of life aren't really shown; then again, she couldn't write by then so her diary probably stopped as well.

Everyone should watch it. But make sure you have a few down days!! Good for reflective times like over the Summer or something

If anyone wants to read the true story if Aya, people have translated them on their blogs here:

Edit: I hadn't realized both are kinda incomplete...but this one is nicely organized and seems to be full!! There seems to be some different content on the 3, but this one is still quite detailed:
I don't know about you, but I'm off to watch the Heartstrings end(after the Special). I really hope it's happy, I'm in need of it T-T Honestly this is truly an amazing drama. It's terrible what happened to her, and this drama stuck close to the real thing (I think, I'm still reading it). Have tissues!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hard Candy: Lip Tattoo Review

The title rhymes!!
  Either way, since lipbalm is generally the extent of my lip makeup, and I had a little extra money I got one of these in "Petal"
  And I have to say, I really like it! It's a lip stain vs. gloss/stick which I prefer as it's not gooey and the color lasts better (imo). Aside from the color matching my skin very well/ not being overwhelming, how nicely it goes on, and how the consistency is very nice; it also has a breath freshening gloss! Personally I really like this because it's not an overpowering smell/feeling (a small tingle) but really does make your breath(not your actual breath, but when you talk it smells minty) smell fresh and isn't a bad gloss (not too gooey,etc.)

  You can use one side if you wanted, and it wouldn't even look weird.
And it was only 6 or 7 $.
For a person that wears minimal makeup day-to-day, this really isn't a bad deal. d(^-^)b

An for the animal activists out there, it's not tested on animals!(=

Sunday, August 7, 2011

OOTD + EOS at Walmart!

Wal-Mart had a 7$ dress the other day, and while this is pretty girly compared to what I normally wear, I liked it haha

50$ to go to a new camera!

Heartstrings is gettin so sweet<3

I found EOS lipbalm at WalMart! I don't know if it's me, but I've never been able to find it except online. So it was really nice to find it for like $3 at WalMart by the checkout haha I have t osay, I like the awkward little shape and mines completly organic, and really makes my lips look and feel good.

RIP<3 I'm at the point where I don't cry when I hear about it anymore, but any deep thinking into it might just set me off. I need to take a broader approach to it, instead of spiraling into a she died too young mindset.