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The Count of Tuscany
Monday. 6.21.10 12:24 pm
Hey, so, I guess I'm back or something.

Things to get out of the way: apparently a certain woman whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting or, in fact, knowing at all, seems to still find herself reading my personal entries. I do not especially appreciate her presence because it makes me want to censor myself in case my words are used against others. The fact that she seems to think that is OK only makes it worse.

Plus girls have cooties. AM I RIGHT FELLAS?

OK so some crazy stuff has happened since my last post. Are you ready? Ready, Captain!

I got a job! Hooray for late bloomers! I am a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool. I've been doing it for about 2.5 weeks and I already know most of the kids by face, some even by name. I already have preteen admirers! It's adorable! It's a one-guard pool so I have to do everything myself, but I've always been one to have an appreciation for solitude, so that's OK. I'm already a few shades more tan, and I just sit shirtless under the umbrella most of the time! The two downsides are boredom and having to sit in that awfully uncomfortable guard chair. Plus having kids (and some parents) disregard my commands. Bah. They're paying me, so har har.

I graduated! There is actually a lot less to tell. I graduated. I kept making the joke, "I don't FEEL any older!" even though it wasn't that funny. The whole thing was, well, uncomfortably warm. But I graduated! That's supposedly a big deal! Katie texted me during the ceremony to inform me that she was watching me graduate on live TV. Thanks for creepin'!

A lot of my Puerto Rican family came to visit and stayed with us a while...Grandpa has cancer, and he wasn't doing very well. Grandma and her mum were here, and of course they were as sprightly as ever. Tio Mario visited with his family from Virginia, and Tia Ivonne came from New York. She's a lot easier to pick out now (Mom has 3 sisters) because she let her hair go grey. It looks really cool, actually.

My youth pastor and his new wife left the youth group for him to go to Seminary. It's something he told us about a few months ago, but it's still sad. We gave them a few gifts, and mine was...well, I etched another glass. This one was bigger than my last: 18 x 10 inches. Also the design I etched was WAY more intricate and detailed than my last...I took a picture of them holding hands, and, well, I'll show you when I get it up on DeviantART. Anyway, I stuck that in a picture frame over top of a photo of most of the group together at church after our annual Youth Sunday. I kind of regret sticking it with a photo, because the two detract from each other. But I figure they can separate them into two frames if they really want to. and I'm very proud of my work! I may decide to do it to make some quick cash some time. It's pretty fun and not a lot of people do it! I wonder how much a hand made, personalized glass etching can go for. Questions for later!

I went to my last Horizon as a student. Honestly, if I'm going to divide the experience into parts, I gotta say God was the best part of the trip. To be fair, God is always the best part of the trip. But my friendships don't usually fare very badly! Except this year...a lot of my close friends didn't come! People were working or at the beach or something and it makes me sad. In fact, we had a very small group this year, and without Charlie as our leader it was kind of weird. Weird but good! Zach, the new leader, did just fine and I am very happy to leave the youth in his large and capable hands. But still it was weird. The speakers were Dr. Mark Ross (the third time I've heard him!) and Pastor Rick Phillips, who is also a marriage counselor. Good stuff abounded! The topics were controversial and I think both speakers did a fair job of not stepping on toes or being TOO awkward. I took like 375 pictures/videos, which is sort of nuts, and I took extra notes because I was curious about Relationships and Christian Ethics. Tada controversial!

Other stuff: My brother is being a jerk-face again, I talked on the phone for seriously four hours or something last night, my friends will all be home from vacations by Wednesday, and tomorrow I will ONCE AGAIN meet my Universe Twin!

Kierra
Haha who is your universe twin Stevie?

12:05amMe
Emily!
She was conceived around when I was born.
So obviously we have to be friends.

12:08amKierra
?
I don't think I quite understand, Sir.

12:08amMe
Which part?

12:09amKierra
ny of it
*any
all

12:09amMe
Her parents were MAKING HER around the time I was being born.

12:10amKierra
OOOOOHHHHHH!!!!

12:10amMe
give or take 2 days, I figure.

12:10amKierra
Hahaha

12:10amMe
Once we figured this out we were bonded forever.
That and a whole lot of other random coincidences make us Universe Twins.

12:11amKierra
So you're having lunch with your Universe Twin tomorrow?

12:12amMe
Not lunch. Probably just gonna hang out at the park.
She wants to hear about the sermons from Horizon.
She might not even want to come out.
She's SENSITIVE

12:13amKierra
WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?!?!
to the sun?

12:13amMe
To people.
She's shy.
She is likely to be too afraid of me to come out.
...hahaha

12:14amKierra
Then assure her you won't bite silly boy

12:15amMe
She knows I don't bite.
Who bites?
I'll tell you.
...rapists.

12:15amKierra
HAHAHAHA
I bite.
Guess that makes me a rapist.

12:16amMe
Yeah basically.


----This post took me almost exactly an hour to write. Whee next day!

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Trying new things
Monday. 5.24.10 10:48 pm

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First and most awesome:



There's no support, so using them puts huge emphasis on muscles and nerves long-forgotten after the advent of the tennis shoe. Also, I've played more Ultimate Frisbee since Friday than I had for half a year, so I am taking the full brunt of the transition right now. I am so sore, both from the added exercise and the strange muscle group.

As for the shoes, THEY ARE AWESOME. I love wearing them. I love looking at them. It's kind of hard to describe...the toe pockets are probably really weird to anyone who doesn't wear toe socks (me). Plus the soles let me feel the ground I am walking on. It's cool! It's basically like walking barefoot, with all the fun stuff and athletic benefits, but with a much smaller chance of slicing my foot open on a rock or something. And they can go pretty much anywhere! Rad!

Muffy, I think you might be interested in these!

Also, I've been hitting up some bands that I appreciate but don't LOVE. This has led me to some songs that I really adore, like Be Calm.

"As I walk through the streets of my new city
my back feeling much better, I suppose
I've reclaimed the use of my imagination
for better or for worse, I've yet to know
but I always knew you'd be the one to understand me,
I guess that's why it took so long to get things right.
Suddenly I'm lost
On my street
On my block

Oh why, Oh why
Oh why haven't you been there for me?
Can't you see, I'm losing my mind this time?
This time I think it's for real, I can see

All the tree tops turning red
The beggars near bodegas grin at me
I think they want something
I close my eyes, I tell myself to breathe

and be calm.
Be calm.
I know you feel like you are breaking down.
Oh I know that it gets so hard sometimes.
Be calm.

I'm scared that everyone is out to get me.
"These days before you speak to me you pause."
"I always see you looking out your window."
"After all, you lost your band, you left your mom."
Now every single crack, every penny that I pass,
says I should either leave or pick it up
But with every single buck I've made
I'm saddled with bad luck that came

the moment I was baptized
or when I found out one day I'm gonna die
if only I could find my people or my place in life
a when they come a'carolin'
so loud, so bright, the theremin
will lead us to a chorus
where we'll all rejoice and sing a song that goes:

Oh be calm.
Be calm.
I know you feel like you are breaking down.
I know that it gets so hard sometimes,
Be calm.
Take it from me, I've been there a thousand times.
You hate your pulse because it thinks you're still alive
and everything's wrong
It just gets so hard sometimes
Be calm.

I don't remember much that night,
Just walking, thinking fondly of you
Thinking how the worst is yet to come
When from that street corner came a song
And I can't remember the man,
The panhandler or his melody.
The words exchanged had far exceeded any change I'd given thee.

Oh be calm.
Be calm.
I know you feel like you are breaking down.
Oh I know that it gets so hard sometimes,
Be calm.
Take it from me, I've been there a thousand times.
You hate your pulse because it still thinks you're alive
and everything's wrong
It just gets so hard sometimes
Be calm.
Be calm."

Funny timing, huh? Enjoy.

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You fail it!
Friday. 5.21.10 10:00 pm
I don't know what to do. I don't know how to handle the intricacies of life. I am going to FAIL at LIFE in the most embarrassing fashion possible.

I've screwed up scholarships.

I've screwed up relationships.

I'm working really hard on screwing up getting a job.

How do I expect to live alone?

How do I expect to stay organized and just keep track of things? How do I expect to pay for those things?

I'm just a charming mess. And I'm not even really that charming.

On one hand, this depression of sorts might be linked to my mom making me feel like total dick. Not A dick. Just. Dick.

On the other hand, I might just be dick.

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Mr. Twilight
Sunday. 5.16.10 10:39 am
That's me!

Actually it's a book I have about a man named Colin with a dark past steeped in mystery and magic, and he has to deal with the forces of good and evil fighting over him for reasons he doesn't completely understand. It's a bit corny, but not too bad. I think that when two authors collaborate...well, let's just say I'm not a huge fan of it.

Is anyone here a fan of the band "fun."? Here's their myspace. I really love Be Calm.

Oh man, I've been on facebook so long that I almost forgot how to write HTML links. Gosh.

Speaking of weak programming skills, I have been enjoying Rainmeter very much. I plan on learning to make my own skins in that, but for now I'm happy using Omnimo and editing it a bit. My desktop looks sort of baller right now, not gonna lie.

Also, I finished the pig latin translator (did I already say that?) and now I really want to do a stutter and maybe even a Morse code translator. That could actually be useful...

My IB exams are over...now I only have a few normal end-of-year exams to do. It's hard to concentrate on the little homework I have left at this point. This cannot be a good way to start off college. I'll just have to figure it out.

This weekend has been pretty rad so far, but of course now it's Sunday and I have to DO WORK. Man. But this band is SO GOOD! Actually I'm only getting every other song on their myspace playlist, hahaha.

AND OH YEAH I have a job interview Monday. I am the last person I know to get a job. I feel like I'm failing at life or something. But anyway it's on Monday and I plan on being a lifeguard for real this time. Wish me luck! I have never done this before.

I am not going to lie. I am VERY disappointed about how the magazine turned out this year. I was SO EXCITED about it, remember? The layout was awesome, the cover was awesome, and most of the poetry and especially the art was fantastic. But now all these mistakes have come up (of course after we printed) and I'm not sure it's all the printer's fault. Some of it definitely is, though. All of our page layout elements are meant to be greyscale, even on the "color" pages (most pages are completely greyscale, even the art, in an effort to save money, so we have certain pages set aside to be with color). But on the color pages, our blacks are more like dark magenta or in some cases navy blue. What the heck. Also there are some details that seemed to have changed, like missing drop-shadows and THE LINES OF MY HAIKU BEING OUT OF ORDER. For real. OUT OF ORDER. I thought I was misrepresented when they changed my careful punctuation a few years ago, but now I see that even when I am on the staff I have to be wary of liberties taken with my poetry! And also one of my pictures was on a color page, but apparently we were wrong about that because it printed in B&W. On Tuesday I'm going to look through the PDFs we sent the printer and see how much of this is our fault and how much wasn't.

Anyway, now I am really only proud of the cover (even though they didn't use the right gloss on the cover so now it sucks up finger oils like mad). Most of the problems are little things that nobody would ever notice (except that haiku thing)...but those are exactly the mistakes that will cost the magazine a good rating at the competition next year. Dang itttt. I was so proud.

Now I'm all peeved again. Bah. I went swimming yesterday and it was quite a lot of fun. The weather was hot and perfect. I had to swim in my pants and then drive in my underwear because the whole thing was sort of a surprise to me. But that's part of the fun!

Ehhh. I've spent a while writing this. I'm out!

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