Sunday, January 20, 2013

I Didn't Know "Rustic Dinner" Meant Dinner at 2:30 PM

I thought I would have a few weeks of relaxation. 

Completely wrong on my part.

Finally, the long weekend arrived and I found myself sleeping, drinking hot cocoa, writing songs, writing stories, and watching The Vampire Diaries. Tomorrow is my official "day off" (the reason why it's a long weekend), and I really have no clue what I'm going to do.

Actually, I do. Drug Store Haul with the mother :D 

My mom's birthday is coming up and my dad oh-so romantically suggested a "rustic dinner" (I didn't know rustic meant dinner at 2:30 :3), and soon, we were driving the long path across the state. I was uncomfortably sandwiched between my sister and brother-in-law in the backseat, with my sister sleeping on my shoulder and my brother-in-law's head lulling back and forth.

We started the day off going to my sister's wedding venue and planning the costs. I saw the place for the first time and it is gorgeous. Words can't even express my excitement for this wedding. 

We then proceeded to head towards our little rustic dinner place. It was actually fantastic. We took a sleigh ride, drank some hot apple cider, watched our dinner cook over an authentic 1700s, and got a three-course-meal that was absolutely delicious. 

This little picture was taken out of boredom. The fire looked cool. The lighting was perfect. Thus, the picture was born. 

Hot homemade apple cider. Mmm! It was perfect after a cold sleigh ride outside and with a sweet little cinnamon stick :) 

And the prime ribs, the prime event, arrives! The meat was delicious. Though, I can't say I'm a huge fan of cow meat. I still ate it (and brought some home!), and I loved it. 

The dessert was obviously my utmost favorite part. I have a sweet tooth, needless to say. The perfect homemade apple pie was topped with homemade cream that was absolutely superb. I was drooling by the time I finished. I can practically taste it in my mouth now, mmm---

Anyway! Hope you enjoyed and stay classy <3 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Oh hello, 2013

(Picture taken from Tumblr) 

2013 has finally arrived, and that means plenty of New Years Resolutions. Now, I have a strange view upon New Years Resolutions. I think it's important for everyone to make at least one, but it can't be something simple like "Be nicer." it has to require more thinking and effort. How are you going to be nicer? By giving back to the community? By making an effective plan, it's more likely you'll be effective rather then slacking one month in.

I'm determined to make 2013 the best year, especially because 13 is my lucky number. Because of this, I've decided to share a few of my New Years Resolutions with the world and  giving examples of an effective plan. 

(Picture taken from Tumblr. This has got to be the best quote.) 

♥ Keeping It Cool 

First, I'll start with controlling my anger. I'm known for being awfully temperamental if someone does something that just presses my buttons that day. Yeah, I'd like to be nicer to people I don't know as well (I can provide good advice, that is, if I like you), but this isn't just for them it's for me. Anger can be good or bad, my focus is to get rid of the bad anger. Good anger can result to instigation, which has happened to me in recent years, and can drive you to do better. But bad anger can result to instigation that'll result in punching someone in their face. As a solution, I'm using a diary to vent out my emotions and learn some deep breathing exercises I'll do every night.

♥ Photography 

(My dad got me these books from a garage sale. Thanks, daddio.) 

Second is exploring photography. Since last year, when I went on a foliage trip with my family and a few other families, I was constantly complimented on my "photographer's hand". Now, I'm not sure whether or not this term is actually a term, but to me it means that I have good balance and can focus well on a picture so it turns out nicely. I don't have a fancy digital SLR, I have my HD Video Camera and a simple canon digital one. I know that if I show off my photography more to my parents, I'll hopefully get a good camera in the next coming months and can further my exploration. For now though, I'll keep reading photography books, reading blogs, and taking pictures with the camera I have.

♥ Blog ♥

(Picture taken from, hey, look! Blogspot!) 

Third, on the topic of blogs, I want to maintain this blog. Hopefully I'll get more followers, but as of now, I could care less. Blogging is an outlet for me, and if I get people who are interested in it, it's a plus. I've been meaning to create this blog for a while, but I never really did. I followed many blogs independently (meaning, without commenting and without Blogger/Blogspot), including Zoella's. Zoella is a blog on blogspot I absolutely adore and was created by a girl named Zoe, I believe she's twenty-two now. She also started blogging one day while being bored (for me, this was a Friday night I had no plans on). She's a role model in my life. 

♥ Stay Active and Eat Healthy 

(An apple a day keeps the doctor away...especially this one I found in my fridge) 

Fourth, I plan on staying active and eating healthier. Luckily, I'm blessed with a super metabolism and gain no weight no matter how hard I try. I mean, come on, I gained eleven pounds since last year and I'm still on the low side of average for my height (5'5"). I don't want this fast metabolism and terrible eating habit to bit me in the bum when I grow older, so I'm starting my precautionary measures now. This means exercising four times a week (at a minimum and excluding my physical education class) and eating healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, at an even portion. My problem isn't junk food, it's remembering that I need to eat, since I don't get hungry easily and am pretty busy throughout the day. It's also making sure I eat the correct servings, like three servings of dairy and eight servings of fruits and vegetables. 
(I ran in these sneakers for the first time about two weeks ago. HEAVEN.) 

♥ Smile 

(Yes, yes, I used YOLO. But at least it's in nice terms, right?)

Fifth, and also kind of adding onto the first resolution, is to smile more. Be happy. I'm going through the never-ending phase of raging hormones and constantly changing social status', it's normal for a teenager to wallow in a pool of self pity. My solution? To smile! Smiling more instantly makes me feel better. When I'm feeling upset, maybe I'll browse through tumblr or watch my "feel good" movie at the time (as of now, it's Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging). Point is, happiness can alter a person, so why not alter it so it makes me a better human? Being happy is good. So let's strive for it!
(Don't judge my hideous hair and sweatshirt. It was 2 in the morning, okay? Well..maybe like eight at night..)

♥ Music 
(The song I happen to be auditioning for a solo tomorrow. The nerves :3)

Sixth is my music. I'm a singer, a songwriter, and a pianist. I want to learn at least two songs per month this year. For songwriting, I want to be able to record a few of my songs (lyrics, rhythm, the whole shabam). And for piano, I want to stick to it. Lately, I've been slacking in that department, and as my piano teacher is one of the strictest classical piano teacher's around, I need to make sure I stand my ground and keep my position as one of her students. 

♥ Writing 

(Ah, Benji. Taken from Tumblr)

Seventh, and the last resolution, is to finish a novel. I have an awful habit of not sticking to a story and coming up with a plethora of ideas. I've promised to myself to end this habit and complete a full novel by the end of the year. I'm hoping for about 150 pages. It's a huge resolution, but I'm hoping to complete it. 

I hope this was inspirational (and hopefully interesting) for you! Get a start on those New Years Resolutions and most importantly, be who you really are, don't let other people shape you. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Winter & I

Picture courtesy of tumblr

Snow is what I first think of when I hear "Winter". Luckily, the area I've grown up in for the majority of my life has a pretty amazing winter climate. That's right, there's snow. Where some of my friends adore the summer, the waves, the water, I mostly adore the winter. It means scarves, hats, mittens, sugar cookies, fires--you name something about winter, I love it. I'm the idiot who uses their bare hands to throw up the first snow of the season, completely disregarding the fact that I could get frostbite. Personally, I believe I've grown immune to the cold. I mean, walking to the bus stop every day in below freezing weather has got to help somewhere, right

Now, I'm going to hit all of my sections here at once, you with me?

Inspiration: winter is an excellent time for photography and an even better time to curl up with a good book to learn a thing or two. Lately, I've been taking a mug of homemade hot chocolate up to my room and not coming out until my book is complete. I'm starting to take the initiative to bring our "family shared" camera everywhere, hopefully I'll learn the skills in a matter of time and I'll get my own! As for now, digital cameras on manual are my focus. 

Sports: this one's a no brainer--winter is time for hockey. Last year, my utmost favorite thing to do was finish my homework in a hurry then turn on a hockey game and forget about everything for two hours or more. It was an amazing break from reality I so dearly miss it, now that the NHL lockout has a no end in sight. Sigh. Oh well, watching old games it is. 

Fashion & Beauty: this is probably my utmost favorite one to talk about. I'll be posting later on my skin care routine as well as my newly found (and deeply adored) lip balm! Moving on, my favorite season for fashion is winter. Girls have no choice but to dress modesty (unless they want to catch a cold). Or, that's what I thought until the whole routine of, "regular shirts and tight, tight leggings." came along and plagued my school. Leggings are meant to be worn with tunics or skirts, darling, not with that cropped shirt of yours. By all means, wear leggings, just be modest, please? I have a feeling that one particular dream won't come true, but one can only hope. Point is, I love layering my clothes and adding cute scarves and hats to match my outfits. For beauty, winter is the season of my favorite lip color--red. Not everyone can pull it off, I surly can't, the only lipstick I wear is light colored ones, but those who can look fantastic. It's festive and bright, it keeps the holiday spirit going long after its passed. And who doesn't love the happiness that comes with the holidays? 

Finally, we arrive to music: Christmas carols. Those are the two words that I think of in regards to music during the winter. My favorite at the moment? Michael Buble's Christmas. Oh, it's absolutely beautiful! Christmas carols brighten up my day, and even after Christmas, I'm still awkwardly singing along to the tunes inside my head. 

I suppose that's enough for my "first post". :) 

Goodbye! <3