Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Formally 20

First blog post of my twenties!

Yup, that's right. I'm 20.

20. Two decades. Twentyyyyy yearrss old! I was still trying to figure out how I felt about this whole leaving my teenage years behind when I looked down at my watch in IHOP and realized that it had just turned February 17th and I had just turned 20 years old.

O.O Cue my friends singing Happy Birthday at 12:01 am in a fairly busy IHOP. The reason we were in IHOP at such a late hour is 1)really, when else would one go to IHOP? and 2)we had just left formal.

Formal is the biggest dance of the spring semester-- here's a post to pictures of last year's formal. Being the photographer, I ended up with zero pictures of me in my dress-- something that I fixed this year.

This year formal fell on the day before my birthday, an interesting way to end my teenage years, finally feeling like a teenager in a mock-club party.

Questionable stereotypes of teenage years aside, we all had fun getting ready for the party.

The happy couple!

While I don't have any pictures of formal, it was downtown and pretty cool. We stayed there for a couple hours before heading off to the obligatory IHOP late night snack and musing about two decades of life.

Two decades. I feel like I should feel like an adult now. You know, live on my own, not in a dorm, have a job-- though grading Astronomy totally counts--, have my life figured out. Or something like that. Still, I don't feel drastically different then I felt in high school. Twenties are when I'm supposed to get my life figured out. Finish school, find a career, fall in love. Ten years from now (a date impossibly in the future) I can barely imagine what my life will be like.

Anyway! On Sunday the caf workers all came out to sing and give me a birthday cake-- yet another reason why Hendrix is awesome.

I spent most of my birthday doing homework, per usual. However, it was most pleasantly broken up by a surprise birthday party my friends threw for me.

Here's the delicious cake my amazing friends made for me!
You can't really see it in this picture, but the candles all burned different colors. :)

Since I've never really celebrated my birthday much-- being at All-State for three of my birthdays kind of complicates the whole celebrating thing-- I loved having the surprise party. It was short, as everyone was terribly busy, but the fact that everyone took the time to organize it and bake the cake was so nice. :)

I had barely finished eating my slice of cake when I was taken to the fountain for the lovely Hendrix tradition of throwing people in the fountain on their birthdays.

Thanks Ashley and Michelle for snapping photos as I was tossed into the frigid water. Luckily for me it was an unusually pleasant day, even if the water was terribly cold.


Apologies for the break in posting! It has been a hectic couple of weeks, packed with far too much work. I should go study for my Chem test tomorrow, but I wanted to post about you know, the whole 20s thing and the fact that I am no longer a teenager.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Montage

Photo montage, that is.

Look at that! I'm not dead after all. It has been a ridiculously long time since my last post but I just kept waiting for something photogenic to happen in my life and give me something to talk about.

Instead, life happened. A mountain of physics homework and far too much advanced French reading has been keeping me far too busy. And this week is the kicker-- two tests, problem set, physics paper, history debate, and general reading. All due within like five days of today.


To distract myself from this fate of misery, I thought I would post some pictures of my life. I saw a really cool TED video a couple days ago about this artist who would film one second of his life everyday and then put it together. It's a really cool idea, and not necessarily a novel one in the photographic realm. I have seen far too many 365 projects, or monthly projects where people think that using a forward facing camera to snap a shot of their face everyday is fulfilling the photographic challenge.

Pet peeves aside, here is my life:

The annoying part? I worked alllll weekend and didn't finish this list

The worst part? Its all wrong. I made a small transcription error on the first line and everything that follows is wrong. 

Something to do while playing D&D
D&D! One of my friends thought it would be cool if we allll got together, most of us only knowing about D&D through Big Bang Theory (me!) and played a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

Three weeks later (do you know how much planning goes into one game of D&D??) we finally played the game. There was like ten of us and it was a lot of fun, I got to say. Odd, but interesting.

Ice skating fun! If I do end up in Conway this summer (*fingers crossed*) then we will go ice skating a lot; it's so much fun, even if none of us know what we are doing.

The picture that started this post! I snapped this shot, and then thought about how all the little pictures I take with my iPhone portray a glimpse into my daily life. It might be cool to do the photograph a day- like the video a day the TED guy did- and then string them into a video, watching weeks go by in less than a minute in a flurry of shots and memories.

So! Besides pictures; I just turned in my ISEP application. I'll know in a few months if I'm studying abroad next semester, and where. I'll also know in a little less than a month if my research program received funding.....

I've procrastinated enough, I should get back to reading my quantum physics papers.

Thanks for reading!