Thursday, May 29, 2014



A lot has happened in my life lately.  For one, I am finally done with high school.  I graduated this week, and so did all of my friends.  It was a little depressing, actually, because I know I may never see some of them again.  Of course I'll keep in touch with my closest friends, but I may never see some of them in person again, which saddens me.  I don't know if I should feel happy that I'm no longer a high schooler or horrified that time has gone by so quickly.


The night before my last day of high school was the worst all-nighter of my entire high school experience, no, scratch that, of my life.  I was so stressed out about my exams I had what I think was an anxiety attack or nervous breakdown.  Or both.  I'm not really sure if there's a difference.  But whatever.  After the last day of school it felt like all the stress of high school over the years came toppling down on me and I was completely exhausted.  I was basically like:

So I'm glad that's all over with.  However, I will miss my film class.  Film was the class I enjoyed most, not only in my senior year, but in all four years of high school.  I enjoyed writing every essay we were assigned to write, especially the last one.  For our last essay, we were assigned to write about our favorite film and why we connected to it personally.  I chose to write about Frozen.  Best.  Essay.  Ever.  I thought such essays were only assigned in dreams.  My only complaint was that we were required to write only two to three pages.  I had to restrain myself from blabbering on and on, since I had a lot to say.  Part of me wanted to talk about Kristoff, Anna, and Hans, but I decided to keep it mostly focused on Elsa's character, since I related to her the most.

Another class I enjoyed a lot was Art.  I think this was my favorite project out of all the ones I did, even though I ran out of time to do the background:

Drawn with pastel

In other news, I adopted two cats from a cat shelter.   One is a boy named Pirate.  I decided not to change his name, since it had a nice ring to it and I had gotten so used to attaching that name to him.  He had gotten skin cancer from being a street cat and being exposed to too much sun on a daily basis.  The cancer spread around one of his eyes, so it had to be taken out, as well as one of his ears.  The vet said nothing more could be done, and she wasn't sure how much longer he has to live.  He is bursting with personality, though, and is one of the most loving animals I've ever befriended.  I'm not looking forward to when I'll have to say goodbye, but I think giving him the chance to experience life outside the shelter before he goes is worth it.  He's not too fond of my rough collies, though.  It's kind of funny, my dogs seem eager to befriend my cats, but my cats simply ignore them by turning their back, and act completely indifferent when they're not hissing them.  At least, Pirate's like that.  The other cat I adopted, Esmeralda, is very inexperienced.  She's much shyer than Pirate - Pirate adapted very quickly, in fact he settled in on the first day.  Esmeralda was in the shelter for a long time.  I think this may be why she is so fearful of everything, because she doesn't know what to expect.  She's warming up to me, though.  She also went up to one of my dogs and kind of booped him on the nose.  I named her Esmeralda because of her green eyes (she reminded me of the Disney character from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, since she has green eyes too).  I got a picture of Pirate on his first day out of the shelter, and I would have gotten one of Esmeralda too, but she was pretty camera shy.

Pirate on his first day out of the shelter
Pirate's eyes are huge and golden-colored.  He makes me think of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I mean, his eyes even have a similar shape:

I've been watching a lot of Anime.  It's all my friend's fault.  I think the first Anime I watched may have been Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan, but really, it all started when she suggested I watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (which is now my favorite Anime).  So I guess it's her fault I've developed a crush on Roy Mustang.

Every time I see Roy in an episode...

It might seem weird to crush on a fictional character, but hey, I'm already weird anyways.  My friend even drew a mini Roy for me as a birthday present.

Well, now that I think about it, my interest in Anime really began when I watched the sequel series to Avatar:  The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra.  Now I've seen so many, like Ouran High School Host Club, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Kimi ni Todoke, and others.  I've also been watching more Studio Ghibli movies, like Grave of the Fireflies, which is a very sad film about World War II, and Howl's Moving Castle, which I love to bits.

I'm really thankful to my friend for showing me the world of Anime, because now I know more about Japanese culture, which I hadn't known very much about before.  She's also been teaching me some Japanese - she even taught me how to pronounce the first few lines of my favorite opening theme song from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which is a really beautiful song.  It's called "Again", by Yui.

And then here's an English cover of Again that I like:

I made another one of my friends watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood after I finished watching it, because it was so good.  Now we both ship Edwin (Ed x Winry) and Royai (Roy x Riza).

One of my favorite Edwin moments:  "It's your hands, they
weren't meant to kill.  They're meant to give life.  That's why."
One of my favorite Royai moments:  "I've done it again, I've hurt you."

Well, that's what's been going on with me.  I plan to post much more consistently now that school's over.  I haven't been writing much in general, which worries me.  I hope to catch up this summer by spending much more time updating my stories and as I said, posting more on my blog.


  1. I know what you mean about an anxiety attack before a big exam. That has happened to be a few times before my college exams.

    Now that is a cool assignment for an essay! I did get to write about my favorite movie, The Empire Strikes Back, in my college English 2 class, and explain how certain critics are incorrect in their criticism for it. It is a lot harder than expected, but it turned out well in the end.

    Cool! FMA: Brotherhood is one of my favorite anime as well! I have seen both Brotherhood and the original, and they are so good! Edward, Al, Roy, and Lust are my favorite characters.

    Funny coincidence is that I was listening to the opening of Ouran High School Host Club, Sakura Kiss, while reading your post. I really enjoyed the series for being hilariously safe-aware and parodying cliches.

    Oh, I love Again! Easily one of my favorite openings! Thanks for posting the cover of it.

    I am glad that your friend convinced you to watch anime. I started some time in July of last year and I have seen more than 50 anime. :)


  2. Congratulations on graduating. Graduating is scary but there are other things to look forward to. It felt for me like saying goodbye to an era. My mom had me do a similar assignment where I got to write about Harry Potter themes and characters. It is definitely tons of fun to write about something that really interests you and that you relate to!

    Your cat is so cute. I am so happy that you are taking them outside the shelter it makes me sad that some animals don't get a loving family. I wish we could have more than our two cats but we can't. I think it surprises some people that cats can have as many different personalities as people can.

    Congrats again and I hope you have a lovely summer!