Sunday, November 30, 2008

good night.

i am back in Sacramento. joy.

3 days it took to finish book 2 in the Twilight series (New Moon). score.

13 days till my 25th. lame.
2 more weeks of school. sweet.
3 more weeks till Christmas vacation. fuck-yeah.

time to go to sleep. thank-gawd.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

See you on Saturday night!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I wonder why I'm so caught off guard when we kiss... I'd rather live my life in regret then do this///

Song of the day: Jimmy Eat World> Disintegration

I have thought long a hard what to write about my latest movie experience yesterday afternoon. I am lucky to have seen a lot of really good movies this year (Be Kind Rewind, Burn After Reading, Cloverfield, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, The Dark Knight, Role Models). It helps that I have a great boyfriend who has good taste in music and movies. There have been some movies that I weren't too sure about which I ended up loving so much (like Burn After Reading), but still, the movies haven't been any lower then I expected. That was until yesterday.

I admit that I saw Twilight yesterday. The only reason why I got into the book was because of my co-worker, Sara. I love her to death. When she started to read the Twilight books (technically, I have only read book 1 and I am currently on New Moon, book 2), she told me how good they were and that I should give them a read sometime. Being that I was going to school with 2 hard classes at the time, I didn't have too much time to add another reading material to my ever growing list of books. I put it on the back burner of my world till about a month ago. I ended up dropping a real hard math class and had some time free to finally get to that book. I started it earlier this month and I managed to finish the book the day before the movie came out. Paul had promised me that he would see the movie with me if I had finished the book before the movie movie came out. I did win the bet, but I came to the conclusion that he wouldn't like to be stuck in a teenage movie for about 2 hours. I decided to go at it alone and have a day out to myself at the matinée showing. I figured that if I didn't like the movie, it would be better to spend $7 as apposed to $10 and having Paul not be into the movie as well.

My goodness. I wanted to like the movie so much and so badly. I couldn't do it. I figured that it wouldn't be as I imagined it because of its PG-13 rating... But it was just so bad on so many levels.

Things I hated/ were appalled by:

  • The cutting of important scenes and parts from the book. There was one part in which Edward tells Bella why he has been avoiding her, which happened over the course of few weeks and in the movie, it was like 2 days. The other scene I was upset about was at the end in which Edward takes Bella to the prom. In the book, Alice helps Bella get ready by doing her hair, letting her borrow her dress and heels... Oh yeah, that part was missing including her heel (she had a walking cast on her other foot) which was replaced by a freaking Converse Chuck Taylor.
  • Carlisle's history was completely left out!!!
  • The families history was left out too! Seriously.
  • The "animal" attacks never happened in the book (I think I would remember such an event as people being killed randomly) & totally threw me off track.
  • The acting was horrid. Oh my goodness, I know that the characters are young adults, but they could have put more feeling into their performance. Bella was so dry and dull, nothing like the book portrays her. Edward was too full of himself, which I understand is partly done to keep Bella away from him. The dad (Charlie Swan) was entertaining. He was a dull character too but he played a Dad who hasn't been in his child's life and the performance seemed to fit that ideal.
  • The soundtrack sucked. Of all the songs in the whole world, the list they presented the world was pathetic. I could come up with something better then what came out. I am so influenced by music, and there are others that could have been added that would have made a better impact then what actually was.
  • They spliced scenes and put them in different orders. In the book, Edward meets Bella's dad before he takes her to meet his family... In the movie, Edward takes her to meet the family first and then he meets Charlie.
  • The "special effects" were bad. Like painfully bad. The part with Edward running was funny for the wrong reasons. & the 'Meadow Scene' was a joke when Edward was 'glistening & sparkling'.
  • The following scenes lacked important info :La Push, The Cullen House, The Prom, The Hotel, The Airport, The Meadow, The Hospital.
  • One of the most important lines in the book was missing completely: When Alice says the following to Bella when James is coming after her:
It’s been almost a century that Edward’s been alone. Now he’s found you. You can’t see the changes that we see, we who have been with him for so long. Do you think any of us want to look into his eyes for the next hundred years if he loses you?"

Anyways, Other then that, I gave it a 2 of 5 "stars". It could have been so much better

In other news, I got my eyebrows waxed again @ Macy's, new nail polish @ Hot Topic (which I went in to see Nancy & bitch to her about the movie too) and new mascara (red) @ Ulta. I need to work on the speech for tomorrow. I know I will suck when I present it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

There is something I see in you... It might kill me; I want it to be true///

Song of the day: Paramore> Decode

So, I think I will see the movie by myself. I haven't been to a movie alone in such a long time. I think it will be good to get out of the house and let Paul do his own thing and me to do my own as well.

3 weeks to the day before I turn 25. I feel like such a child sometimes tho. *sigh*

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Maybe this problem points towards some larger trend///

Song of the day: We Are Scientist> It's A Hit

SO, I finished reading "Twilight" last night. And I am ashamed to say that I put reading that book before my Speech and Art History classes. which is a bad thing.

I am 3rd to speak on Monday (but, I do get to finally get it over and done with instead of waiting much later to present) but I have yet to practice anything or make my visual aide. I have a world of work a head of me come this weekend. I know I will do fine. I have one of the highest grades in the class. I just need to get my shit together. After this presentation, I only have one more left, which happens to be my final. *sigh*

Tonight is yet another test in my Art History class. I think I will be fine. I will do some reviewing later on tonight. I know that I will be fine. Paul likes to make fun of me because I haven't really done any studying and yet, I have gotten good grades on everything.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Bloc Party is coming to town (Oakland is close enough) the same day as my Art History final.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm just saying, hey Mona Lisa... Come home you know you can't Rome without Caesar///

Song of the day: Kanye West> Flashing Lights

Oh Mr Kanye West. You have a way with words.

"Feeling like Katrina with no FEMA
Like Martin with no Gina
Like a flight with no visa
First class with the seat back I still see ya"

Martin with out Gina... Classic.

I am here to change your goals... I regret it, but they're not done///

Song of the day: NERD f/ Julian Casablancas & Santogold> My Drive Thru

-1 month from today is my 25th birthday.
-I have a headache today and have had one since Tuesday.
-I had a disturbing dream involving myself, an x of mine (which I don't remember who he was) and Meghan McCain... Odd combination, I know. I think Starbucks was involved in there too.
-I need to get my eyebrows done again. I am getting all weird in the eyebrow department.
-I am hungry and need a Monster & a bag of Cheddar and Sour Cream chips.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Things I love: #1249...

Things that make me happy:

-I got a 98% on my Art History midterm. To be honest, I didn't study at all except for the fact that I rewrote all my notes (which in 3 weeks, I had about 20 pages of notes) during the weekend. All I need to do is keep up the good work and also get started on my final paper and I should be in the clear from then on.

-Vacation time is coming up sooner then it feels like. Soon, I will be in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving for 3 days... Then on to Christmas vacation for about 2 weeks and then today, my boss told me that he is going to take some time off in January so he can go to Washington DC to see Obama's Inauguration on January 20th. 3 more days of no working (score)

-My 25th birthday is coming up soon... 1 month from Thursday. I will be at my "quarter life" (assuming I live to be 100). I think I want to get a tattoo as a gift to myself. My goals for the end of the year are to save $2000 in my savings account (which I am about $150 away from that) and to open up a Roth IRA for my retirement.

-Paul and I are talking about going on a trip next winter, around Christmas time 2009. We are debating on either Marseilles, France or Vienna, Austria. I am looking at spending about $1200 to $1600 just on the plane ticket alone. The good thing is that Paul has an Aunt & Uncle who live in France & Austria which will take care of the lodging expenses. All I need now is a passport! My goal is to save about $3000 for this trip... I think I can do it.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The same place animals go when they die///

Song of the day: Arcade Fire> Keep The Car Running

-Saw the movie "Role Models" with Paul. I loved it.
-Had the most awesome nachos at Dos Coyotes.
-Dad's 49th birthday... We got him a new sheet music journal (to write music in) and a mini flask.
-Heard way too much information about my brothers.

-Watched some football with Paul
-Had a nice little lunch at The Bread Store.
-Went to the labyrinth for my paper that I have to write in my Art History class.
-Saw Murray and Inky at Paul's Uncle/Aunts house.
-Met Paul's Uncle Glenn while looking at his other uncles house that's being remodeled.
-The San Diego Chargers won today...
-& so did the Sacramento Kings (it's about gd time!)
-Beasley bit me today... He is too cute to be mad at tho.
-I think I found the newest classes I am going to take this semester.

  • Art History 308 - Renaissance Tradition in Art; Wed 7-10:05pm @ ARC
  • Art History 300 - Intro to Art; Tu/Th 6-9:10pm @ Natomas (1st 8 weeks)
  • English Writing 301 -College Compostition and Literature; Tu/Th 6-9:10pm @ Natomas (2nd 8 weeks)
I am trying to work on my Art History paper and get that out of the way so I can spend the rest of my time working on my latest speech that is due next Monday. I think its much easier to write the Art paper then the Speech one... I call it procrastination.

Oh yea, I have an A in my Speech class... 98.43%. I wish I knew what I got on my midterm in my Art class.

Oooooo, Kill Bill Vol. 2 is on! Score. Manda = 1; World = 0

Friday, November 07, 2008

...things i hate...

Things I hate:

-Lindsay Lohan movies. I think I have seen about 3 of her movies in the last week on tv (Mean Girls, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen & Freaky Friday) and I have never been so embarrassed in my life... Not because I am wasting my time when I could be doing other things (like working on my Speech paper or finishing that Twilight book that I am now about half way done with) but because she is a horrible actress. I feel bad for her. It just makes me so sad.

-The Girls Next Door... So many things are wrong with that show. From the controlling bitch named Holly, to the stupid retard Kendra and the ditzy blond Bridget. Banging an old bag of skeletons must be a hard job. This show is what makes this country so bad.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Team Obama FTW!

I found out at 8pm last night as I was leaving my Art History class for the night. I am proud to have voted for this amazing person and also that my youngest brother at the age of 19 took part in the most important election of our lives.

Horray for a day off!

Manda = happy!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Never gonna give you up... Never gonna let you down... Never gonna run around & desert you///

Song of the day: Rick Astley> Never Gonna Give You Up

All is not quiet on this Western front... Life is something else right now. I wish I knew what it was.

I voted this morning. I got the okay from my boss to take some extra time to go and vote since I work from 8am to 5pm and then go to class from 6pm to 9pm. I couldn't find time to vote, so I did it this morning. The place I go to usually is on the low key side. Very quiet. It's at a Fire Station about a block away from my apartment. I went in and voted. When I was done, I gave my ballot to one of the volunteers and we put it thru the scanner thing... It said I was the 52nd person to vote since 7am. I said something to the volunteer and he told me that the last election (which was about 5 months ago in June) that only 38 people voted all day... Paul and I were 2 of those 38 people... Sad. Today, I wear my sticker proudly and will have a spot on my computer monitor when I get home tonight.

Work has been okay. It's gonna be a busy day because Dr is taking tomorrow off to recuperate after this long and hard campaign and election season. It has been a trying time for everybody. I am glad that it is finally winding down and will soon be over. I pray that Obama wins and that history will be made, but if McCain wins, things might be interesting in a bad way I think.

When I got home for lunch, I parked my car and noticed there were some Kevin Johnson canvassers in the area trying to get into my apartment complex. I went in another gate and when they saw me, they asked if I could let them in. I told them that they needed to go to the front office if they needed to get in. I turned around to walk up the stairs and the lady asked me "Is your name 'Lupe'?" and I turned around and told her that was the most rude thing I have ever been called... She said that she didn't mean it that way, but she was looking for someone named 'Lupe'. I yelled at her again and told her to go to the office. They left but I was so livid when Paul got home to meet me for lunch.

So, only 3 more hours till I get to go home... Well, go to school and take my midterm in Art History. I just want to get my free coffee at Starbucks, free ice cream at Big Spoon and free chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. If all else fails, I have a frozen pizza in the freezer with my name on it!

Why can't this day move faster!!!

Its a beautiful morning and I am off to vote!

Sunday, November 02, 2008


its Orion's 19th birthday & also Dia Del Los Muerto

Manda = happy

Saturday, November 01, 2008


This is all.