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Today I stumbled upon a blog by a 14-year-old. I was looking through a few of the entries and I found one in which she mentioned that her birthday is coming up soon. She can't believe that she's going to be 15 and the thought of it scares her.
I thought, Pfft. 15 is easy, what could you possibly have to be scared of? Wait until you hit 16, kid.
Then I realized how ridiculous I was being. But I realized that most of my online friends must think along those same lines when they talk to me or read my LJ or whatever.
So... yeah. Thanks for putting up with me and my youth. You guys are awesome. =)

That also got me thinking, though. It doesn't feel like I'm just 16. Not that I feel like I'm 50 or whatever, but 16 seems like a very small number. I'm a freaking baby!
Still, I have 13- and 14-year-old friends whom I love (not many, but they exist). They're mature and entertaining and when I'm talking to them, I totally forget about the age difference.
I guess what I mean is that the number isn't what's important; the important thing is what happens in those years. You know? It's all about experiences that life decides to cram into a short amount of time and the extent to which you're forced to grow because of them.

Nerdfighter Gathering (very long post)

Yeah. I have lots to tell you, my fellow Nerdfighters.
First of all, I am so incredibly glad that I went. Thanks to Fabi because she put up with my nerves the morning before the gathering, and
supernovakgirl because she reminded me that if I didn't go, I would soon regret it.
So yes. The meeting was to take place on Sunday night in North County (about an hour from where I live, in South Bay). I was very nervous on Sunday afternoon. I was afraid that once The Parents got there, they'd find out it was more of an Internet thing, instead of a music thing (which is what I'd told them). I was terrified that Hank would sing about the vegetables that look like penises. (He didn’t.)
When we got to the library, we followed a sign that led us to the side of the building. There were two entrances. The furthest one had a "Welcome Nerdfighters!" sign, but my father marched through the first entrance cuz he’s just indifferent.
And then... I SAW HIM.
Holy crap, Hank Green is a lot taller than I expected (even if I am just short). As soon as I saw him, the disbelief kicked in. Like I said in my other entry, it just feels so surreal. Kind of like.. wow.
This guy truly exists on the same plane that I do. He breathes. And walks. And we’re in the same room. No way.

The feeling never really went away. It still hasn’t, when I think about it.
He was standing outside the doors that led to the room. It was dark, and I only recognized him by the light of his iPhone. At first, I thought it was someone's bored older brother. But then I recognized the hair. And the glasses.
He looked up as we came in. (Since we weren't supposed to be going through that entrance.) Looked at me. I looked at him. Gave him a polite, nervous smile. He continued to stare, though not in a particularly mean or happy way. I wanted to say hi, but was too shy. So I turned away and just walked into the room. It probably seemed rude.
Once inside, my mom commented on how there were mostly teenage girls. (Which was true. Are there more girl than boy Nerdfighters?) I was like, "Erm... well, the singer is the one we saw outside, so idk what you're thinking."
Actually, I did know. I'd known from the beginning that she thought I was wanted to go see some Jonas Brother-type dude (ick) that I had a crush on. And I let her believe it, just cuz it was easier than having to explain.

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For the next couple of weeks, seeing Hank in videos will be very weird because I've now seen him outside the screen. He, like... lives. And moves. In the real world. On his own. He isn't controlled by the play/pause button.
It feels bizarre and surreal. And now it'll be strange to see him back on my computer again. My mind will constantly remind me that he's actually a lot taller than he seems.

Tonight was pretty awesome. It all went well with The Parents. I laughed and there was a lot of cheering. Only a tiny bit of awkwardness.
I'm so glad I went. Thanks for the encouragement, guys.
Pictures soon.

Also, we all sang along to the Chartjackers song. It's stuck in my head. Why did they have to make it so catchy??
minuetteina recently posted this, and it made my day.
Just keep clicking on the image until it's big enough for you to read. But let me know if it doesn't work.

Cuz that's all it took

I can't stop listening to this video. It's even on my iPod by now. And it doesn't get old.
It makes me nostalgic.

And someone will always look for you
Because someone will always miss you
And someone will always find you

Aug. 9th, 2009

Mom: "Someone ate my chocolates. Do you have any idea who it could've been?"
Me: *shakes head*
Her: "Open your mouth."
Me: *laughing* "Okay..." *opens mouth*
Her: *frowns as she peers in* "You're too happy, it must've been you."

I'm in a good mood today.

And of course it was me. =)
The weather these days is amazing. Being such a hermit, I'd forgotten how much I love summer. Mornings, dusk, and nighttime are almost always beautiful, no matter what time of year. But something about summer makes everything in between much more enjoyable.
We went to the movies the other day, and when we stepped out, I expected to feel cool air hit and shock me. But it didn't. The air was perfectly warm and still. Nighttime smells sweeter. I love not having to worry about taking a jacket with me.

Next Saturday, my aunt is planning a bonfire at the beach to mark the end of our summer and the start of school. I'm excited. I've never been to a bonfire. I'm hoping it'll be nice.

My sister starts high school this year. One of my younger cousins starts middle school. They're big changes for both, and I'm kind of worried for them. But excited as well. It's something new, you know?
And I'm an upperclassman this year. Which I guess is nice, but really isn't a huge deal to me. At least I know I'm halfway through high school. It seemed like it'd take an eternity to reach this point back when I was a freshman. But it hasn't. It's scary.

Anyway, I wanted to share a few videos.

I know I've mentioned Kina Grannis before; I will continue to do so. This song has been stuck in my head all week.

nique1024 recently introduced me to this video. I can't understand a word of it, but I think it's amazing.

And finally, I came across this video a few nights ago. You guys should be able to guess who wins before even watching. =)

Two drifters, off to see the world

It may be silly, but sometimes, for some reason, this song breaks my heart a little.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Jun. 24th, 2009

I didn't sleep tonight. I'm bored. I'm starving but I can't go downstairs because my mother can't know I'm pulling all-nighters again. She'll know it's because I have my laptop back. Though in my defense, I read and wrote tonight, after all those hours of watching Buffy.

So it's officially summer.
And I'm officially 16.
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Over the years, a few of my teachers have become notorious in my memory for their scariness or outright inability to teach.  It's quite funny, actually, the way you just build up a list of teachers/classes and grow to hate them so much.

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