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Highlights from my trip to Hangzhou, China
June 27 - July 20

  1. passing a tea loft near the West Lake
  2. before a boat ride on the Xixi Wetlands
  3. during the hike at Tianmu Mountain
  4. pretty cobblestone paving at a public park
  5. last blooming sunflower in Bagua Tian
  6. people waiting in ridiculously long lines at KFC
  7. the Grand Canal
  8. me climbing up a rope ladder to the top of this cliff/rock formation at Tianmu Mountain

Book Log: Week 29

23. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Another humor book! This book was really funny and a good light read. However, it was so casual and read more like a blog post than a book. I would describe it as an “amelia’s notebook” for adults. The stories Lawson told were crazy and almost unbelievable. She’s had a VERY eventful/exciting life, not one that I can relate to. I love her attitude and liked that every story had some kind of lesson at the end. 

Rating: ★★★

Book Log: Week 28

22. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino

I brought this with me on my month-long trip to china and read a little bit of it every night. It’s the book my college assigned us for the summer. Everyone incoming freshman is reading it, and we’ll have discussion groups for it the first month. The book discusses the issue of conformity, “covering”, among different groups (ie gays, asians, females). Being part of two of these groups, asian and female, I could personally relate to many of the things Yoshino brought up. I think the female covering chapter was a bit lacking, it read more like a research paper than the rest of the book. I think if he didn’t have more personal anecdotes/ideas, he should have cut the section out entirely. Overall, I found the book very interesting. The ideas shared in this book are pretty radical. I’ve grown up in California so I’m pretty used to these things, but I’m curious to see how students from other, more conservative, states will react.

Rating: ★★★★

Book Log: Week 26

21. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Amazing amazing amazing book. I read the book because I love Mindy Kaling (her show The Mindy Project is one of my favorites). But honestly, I would recommend it even if you have zero idea who she is. Mindy’s writing is so funny and real; her narratives are at the same level of amazing as David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. I mean she’s a comedian tv writer so I should’ve predicted that, but the book completely exceeded my expectations.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Log: Week 25

20. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

I read this book almost entirely in the ariport during a crazy 7 hour flight delay. I think this book was the sole reason I didn’t go crazy stuck in the airport. I absolutely loved this book. It is as funny as Sedaris (as the cover testimonial promised), maybe funnier. I could relate to so much of what she wrote (quite a few girl things packed in there) and her word choice was so on point.

Rating: ★★★★★

Another Resolution Completed: Mural

This post is a bit overdue, but GUESS WHAT I FINISHED MY MURAL!

Though my school doesn’t require senior projects, I decided to do a big project for my final year as an art student. The mural is science themed, dedicated to the school’s science department, and combined two of my biggest passions (art/science). I worked pretty quickly and got it done in three months. The mural is 8 feet x 12 feet and will be a permanent installation in the science hall of my school.

Administration/maintenance put up my mural last Friday, June 6, and I went to see it on Tuesday this week. This project was such a huge part of my senior year; I swear I was in that room painting more than I saw my friends. I had two class periods dedicated to “independent study art” and spent most of my study hall periods and lunch times painting in a tiny storage room. Now that it’s been installed and over, I feel like high school has finally ended. It’s like a part of me has been left behind in this school that I’ll never fully get back… postpartum depression? maybe haha.

Anonymous asked: which state is your college in? :)

Missouri, haha this makes it pretty obvious.

Book Log: Week 23

have been really bad about reading these past two months, but I’m finally back to doing these book logs!

19. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

This is the sequel to Burned, which I’d read in January/February. I remember really enjoying burned, and some of the other Ellen Hopkins books, but unfortunately this book didn’t measure up. The storyline in this was a bit choppy. The two narrators/two points of view were not executed very well in my opinion; there was no difference in voice, and they sounded like the same person. Nothing much happened. Also it took me more than a month to get through so it definitely was not a page-turner.

Rating: ★★

Un-Emotional Grad

I graduated high school almost a week ago. While everyone was crying over leaving this school, I haven’t gotten sad once. It’s so strange, actually. I cried more at 8th grade graduation than I did for this one. I do love my school, immensely, and I will miss my friends so much, but for some reason I don’t feel any sadness about leaving. 

Honestly, I’m excited for the uncertainty in my future. I’ve decided to go into the premed track in university (way different than my previous business path). I have no clue how the next 4-10 years will go, just know it’ll be a lot of meeting new people, studying and hard work.

Anonymous asked: what school are you going to?

lol come off anon

University of…

Yes, the rumors are true, I’m going to college.

The past month as been a stressful one. I got a couple acceptances and a LOT of rejections. In the end, the decision was clear. There was one school that clearly surpassed the other schools in terms of academics, resources, guidance, and quality of life. I have to be honest, I did not expect to be going to this school. I’d applied on a whim after my friend told me she was applying.

I just got back from visiting the school. I’m in love. This school is really the perfect one for me, funny how it worked out this way. I will not be posting what college I’ve chosen to go to, but if you ask I’ll probably tell you.

Book Log: Week 14

18. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Finally finished! This was a great non-fiction book. Some of the information was disturbing but it’s good to know the truth about our food production system. This is the book that drove me to continue my vegetarian diet. I would recommend it to everyone who is considering becoming a vegetarian. To those who are meat-lovers, reading this will make you sad every time you take a bite out of those chicken wings :/

Rating: ★★★★

Book Log: Week 13

17. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book is written by the same author as Speak, and was recommended to me by one of my best friends. This book was ok, not as  good as Speak for sure. The end was a bit cheesy but overall it was enjoyable. It wasn’t as heavy a read as Speak was, although there were some serious parts involving her dad’s ptsd.

Rating: ★★

Book Log: Week 11

16. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

This book took me forever to finish, even though it wasn’t very long. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I liked the other books by Sedaris. There was a lot more satire in this book, which I usually love, but somehow it didn’t work for me here. It’s still a great book, but didn’t live up to the huge hype that surrounded it.

Rating: ★★★