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I just have to do this meme. It caaalls to me. :D

Rules

1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks—and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.


There are some of these I desperately want to explain... )
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Yesterday was nice. For once I didn't spend the whole day in front of the computer, which is something I've been complaining about lately. Instead, I started playing games with my family around 12:30, and didn't stop until 4:30 or so. There was only a slight lull when my father went to put supper on (hot turkey soup), but then we went right back to playing.

It felt nice to do something with my family for once. Even though they annoy and frustrate me, they're still my family and I love them. We haven't played games in a while, so it was nice to play for four hours. I never even got bored!

My brother won most of the games (probably because he was the scorekeeper, wink wink), but my grandmother won a few. And I was so determined to win a game that I insisted on another round of Greed (a dice game), which I won by... more than a thousand points, I think.

I also went to youth group yesterday, and that was fun, even though I am still too much of a chicken to ever tell my crush that I like him. Regardless, I enjoyed it; my sister always does the best lessons and she really made me want to read my Bible more often. I am toying with the idea of starting my read-through of the entire Bible and posting my thoughts here as I go along. Would anyone be interested in that?

If so, comment here and I'll add you to a filter. The posts, however, probably won't start until January.

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Today, it was a typical Saturday. I went to the library, got four books, went to the store with my father, and then came home. I have already started one of my books, Red: The Next Generation of American Writers—Teenage GirlsOn What Fires Up Their Lives Today, edited by Amy Goldwasser, and I'm currently sixty pages into it.

It's amazing so far. I first heard of it from Bookslut's review, and it is just so empowering, to read all these tales by teenage girls, just like me, who are as passionate as I am and just have this utter realness about them that just bounds off the page. And it's nice to hear the opinions of real teenage girls, although I have to wonder: Would it be possible to give teenage guys the same opportunity to speak their minds? Now that would be interesting.

You know, though, I wish I could be like some of those girls. The problem is that I am shy. Crippingly so. And self-conscious. Crippingly so. And I have no clue what I can do about it. Maybe something in this book will help somewhat.
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Since I haven't updated for a few days, why not do a meme? My very first analyzing my journal as a whole entry! Other than the whole "Is your journal masculine or feminine?" meme that was going around for a while.

So here goes.

Here's how it works: Go to your LJ calendar. Find the first entry for each month. Copy-paste the first line from the entries next to the corresponding month. That's the year in review, in a nutshell.

My journal only goes back to March, though.

Here are first lines. )

And all this stuff proves... what?

That I am completely boring and I need to get out more. Of course, I already knew this, so...
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I just got back from watching Twilight with my sister.

And it was amazing.

Hands down, it was one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have ever watched in my life. Robert Pattinson is definitely Edward, and there is no one better for Bella than Kristen Stewart. Hopefully it's not spoiling anything to say that it was absolutely amazing. And it stayed extremely close to the book. So if any of you are leery of watching it because it's not very close to the book, don't be, because it is so close, even taking the best scenes from the book word-for-word.

They're also going to make New Moon into a movie too, which I am incredibly excited about, although it will make me cry.

*squees*  I just adored the movie. Watch it if you haven't already!

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Bah. Materialism essay due for school tomorrow. While I'm having a bit of fun writing it, writing has been so tedious lately, no clue why, and it's hard to even get 1K out in a day.

But I will.

And, speaking of the essay, would anyone like me to post it here when I'm done with it? I'm toying with the idea, but haven't decided yet, so... if you'd like to read it, speak now (or forever hold your peace).

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Why not?

Meme:

What has surprised you the most about me (if anything) since joining my flist/"friending me"? Was anything completely unexpected or have I always fit the picture of me you have in your head?

Post this in your own journal and see how you have surprised people!

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I'm curious, what can I say?

Comment anonymously (or not, if you prefer) with:
- one thing you really like about me

- one thing you don't really like about me.
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My post yesterday didn't say much, I think. I just ended up talking about my English teacher, but more has been going on than that. And since my brain has gone kaput, I won't even bother putting it in some coherent manner. So excuse the possibly-incoherent nature, please.

  • Research Papers: I have one of those evil things due October 31st. It is on French Polynesia, and I have no clue how to start it. Most of my research is already done, but my French teacher's stress on thesis statements seems to be prohibiting my creativity, or something. It's not deliberate, obviously, but I hate trying to force myself into a mold of what I believe the teacher wants, and I feel as if that's what I have to do. So I'm trying to just forget about the thesis and just write it. Oh, and then start that stupid visual, which I have to finish by October 31st. *sigh* So freakin' busy.
  • California's Proposition 8: Is it a bad thing if I am irrationally interested in the results of this? I mean, I live on the opposite side of the country, but I can't wait until I hear the results. I have my own views on this issue, but in interest of not starting a debate, I'll keep those issues to myself. Honestly, I think this is one of the most important things (a portion of) America is voting about this year.
  • Elections: Is it over yet? It seems as if it's just getting dirtier and dirtier as the days tick by. There's only about ten days left, but it feels like ages. John McCain doesn't look like he has much of a chance to win, unfortunately, and I have no clue what to think of Barack Obama. I will soon see, though.
  • Objections to Christianity: Recently one particular issue in regards to Christianity has been coming up constantly. This issue is summed up easily: "What gives Christianity the right to force their views on other people? Why can't I believe what I wish?" Or in other words: "I don't like being commanded or forced to believe in a religion. After all, there can't be just one true religion, can there?" I feel strongly on this issue and wanted to write a post about it, but couldn't figure out how to word it correctly. I might write it sometime this week, if people want to hear it, that is.
  • NaNoWriMo: Eeeeeek. There are only six days and two hours left until NaNo starts. This is exact; at the time of writing this post it is 10:01. I have quite a few things planned out so far, but I still have to flesh things out. I am now officially going into "panic mode." That is, I'm freaking out about not reaching 50K, even though I know I'll be able to do it. I just tend to go into a mode where I am second-guessing myself. That'll go away once I've got about 20K, though.
Oh, and did you know that over 60,000 people have already signed up for NaNo? That means that if only 20% of all writers reached the minimum goal, we would have written 600,000,000 words. That is insane. And that's not even counting the words of the people that won't win, the authors that will exceed 50K, and the writers that are yet to join. I find this amazing.
  • NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month): I'm doing this, I think. Expect lotsa updates in November about NaNo and me moaning/celebrating it. Oh, and if I don't seem to post by say, seven my time, kick me. 'Kay, thanks. :D
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini: I think the fact that I have yet to finish this book after a week says everything. This book isn't bad, not at all, but... wow. There are so many things I would change. The book could be cut in half and it would go over the same thing. If it was cut in half, it would have been good thing after good thing after good thing, but as it is, it is just blah. The dialogue is choppy (I mean, honestly, who ends a statement by saying "Those are my thoughts"? And why must everyone speak in such a formal language?), and it just doesn't appeal to me at all. However, it's a decent book. I should have it done tomorrow. I hope.
  • HSM3: I want to watch this movie. That is all.
  • Um, me?: I think I've been discovering a lot about myself lately. I feel as though I'm growing as a person, just by looking back at my reactions. For example, this morning I nearly had a fit and deleted my previous post because my brain kept saying "ugh, my last post was so stupid, why don't I just delete it now?" This just shows the fact that I am too insecure for my own good. And I remember a time when I was young, when I was determined that I would never get insecure, that I would always be comfortable in my own skin.
*sigh*

I feel so naive admitting that now, but it's true. I wish that my younger self is more a part of my older self. Not that I'm not happy with who I am, I guess, I just... don't know how to express that. I'm cripplingly shy, and I just want to quit it. I've been trying to but, like, what can I do? I'm trying, and I guess I'll just have to see where it leads me.

Maybe starting that literary magazine will be good for me...

All right, I've rambled long enough. I can see there are some things that perhaps merit elaborating on (Proposition 8, elections, that objection to Christianity, NaNoWriMo, my... um, me-ness), so just tell me if you want me to say something more. I'll try to do so, if I'm not too busy tomorrow with writing that research paper and doing that visual.

(See my bouncy penguin? Isn't it cute?)
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I have entered into a high point of my life.

I'm not sure how or why. I just have. It's nothing I have done, that's for sure. I feel as if things are coming together. Although my social life is dreadful, my academic life couldn't be better, and my spiritual life bears improvement, but I promise—not to me but to God—that I will strengthen that. There's nothing that acts like a gray cloud hanging over my head, and for that I want to praise Him.

But let's start with my academics.

Recently, my grades have been great. I have all As in my classes. At the six week mark, my lowest grade was a 93 in Health. That's gone up since then, and my highest grade is now a 100 in French. English and Algebra are also quite easy, and I have upper-90s in both of those classes. Can I do better than that? Yes, but much better than that? No, and I'm exceedingly happy with my grades. If I keep them up, I could very well get valedictorian my senior year.

My favorite class, by far, is English. The teacher seems to enjoy my work, and he's even used some of it as examples in class. He also shows an interest in who I am as a person. He's noticed my passion for writing, and he cares. I brought up the subject of NaNoWriMo with him a few weeks ago, and he's talked to me about it in passing a few times. He also went to me about maybe starting a literary magazine—and mentioned how well it would look on my college app if I started it. And I'm still only a freshman at this point, not even a full two months into school yet. He already sees that much potential in me and, honestly, I respect my English teacher incredibly. It honors me that he sees that much potential in me, and you know what? I want to make him proud.

I want to make all of my previous English teachers proud, of course, but he is the only one that's really shown that much of an interest in my passion.

So... as you can see, my favorite teacher is my English teacher. Not that I don't like my other teachers, though, because they're all good in their own way. He just seems to take more interest in students themselves, not just their work, you know?

...okay, I'm blathering on and on. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. Maybe tomorrow I'll email my friend and see if she wants to just wander around and go into the boookstore for a bit, or I'll end up planning. Or possibly doing homework. Or praying and reading my Bible.

*sighs happily*

My life is going to be busy for the next month or so. I don't care, though, as long as this high point lasts. Don't you wish they lasted forever? I do. :)
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The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!

I'm mostly writing this for the benefit of my recent new friends who want to know more about me, but if there's anything, anything at all, you want to ask, do so.  I won't bite. :)

(Hard. :P)

(Oh, and if you don't want to post in your LJ, you don't have to.)
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That Personality Test :: Your Results
The latest personality test from ThatSurveySite... now featuring more and better questions than ever!
 
Emotional (51%)[....................]Logical (49%)
Concerned about self (47%)[..........|.........]Concerned about others (53%)
Atheist (12%)[..........||||||||..]Religious (88%)
Loner (49%)[....................]Dependent (51%)
Laid-back (45%)[..........|.........]Driven (55%)
Traditional (58%)[........||..........]Rebel (42%)
Impetuous (47%)[..........|.........]Organized (53%)
Engineering mind (42%)[..........||........]Artistic mind (58%)
Cynical (41%)[..........||........]Idealist (59%)
Follower (66%)[.......|||..........]Leader (34%)
Introverted (52%)[....................]Extroverted (48%)
Conservative (74%)[.....|||||..........]Liberal (26%)
Logical (34%)[..........|||.......]Romantic (66%)
Uninterested (56%)[.........|..........]Sexual (44%)
Insecure (56%)[.........|..........]Confident (44%)
Selective (20%)[..........||||||....]Tolerant (80%)
Pessimistic (35%)[..........|||.......]Optimistic (65%)
Principled (60%)[........||..........]Pragmatic (40%)
Tolerant (47%)[..........|.........]Opinionated (53%)
Humble (20%)[..........||||||....]Elitist (80%)
 
Take the test!

These results are fairly accurate, I'd say. The only things I do not agree with are the "uninterested" and "elitist" portions, because I'm consider myself more humble than elitist. Also, I am interested in a great many things, so... not accurate.

But as a whole, I thought it was one of those fairly accurate tests.

Memeland

May. 16th, 2008 12:50 pm
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Another meme post, but I really don't have any other ideas. Later, I might write a post about my day, but for now, I'm just content to procrastinate and do some memes.

First, here's one gacked from [info]cluegirl, whose post I found by randomly searching LJ for memes:


And then there's the latest five questions from [info]thefridayfive:

TV Time! )


And then, at last, there's a new community I recently found, called [info]fannish5 that looks interesting:


And now I'm done. I hope I didn't bore you all too much. :)
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This is yet another senseless post, but I can't help it. Maybe tomorrow I'll write something halfway interesting--maybe something about my life. Or the book I'm reading, since it's about politics and it's awesome. Or even a Christian topic, even though it's bound to be fairly controversial.

But for now, I need to get off the computer in half an hour, so bring on the memes!

Taken from [info]kambriel:

Let others know a little more about yourself. Repost this with your name followed by "ology".

(Note that Callista is not my real name, but I don't feel comfortable with bringing my real name into the open on a public post.)

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