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*resurrects this*

Wow, I say I'm not going to abandon my journal, then I up and disappear for five months. I'm sorry LJ, I still love you! ...MOST of the time. ;)

But seriously, I really do want to keep this thing alive, considering I've had it since 2007 and most of my friends are here. It's hard for me to stay consistent with things though, considering how easily distracted I am by... anything and everything, I guess. Anyway, here's what I've been up to the past few months:

- I got a new dressage trainer. Honestly, my original trainer leaving turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because my new trainer (Lets just call her L) is awesome. She pushes me pretty hard (I'd say I'm on the verge of tears about every other lesson, really, due to my own frustration), but I know it's for my own good deep down. I'm also unlearning a lot of bad habits, since as it turns out, my original trainer was teaching me a lot of improper methods. WHOOPS. Live and learn, ehh?

- I turned 18! It was pretty cool, I actually had some family over this time, and I got about $200. Which I am still trying not to blow on everything cool I see.

- I got a Tumblr! Check it out if you wish. It's, uhh... an interesting place. I'm still trying to figure it out, so it's pretty much just me reblogging little things that amuse me right now. I hope to use it as a place to upload my drawings/photos once I become more productive in that area, since LJ doesn't lend itself well to that.

- ...Oh yeah, I became horribly obsessed with Portal 2. I'm still horribly obsessed with Portal 2. I guess I'm in this fandom for the long haul at this point.

- I've gotten waaay more consistent when it comes to sketching. I make a point to at least doodle a little bit every day, or if I'm out somewhere and bored. I've actually seen improvement in even my quick sketches lately, which is incredibly exciting for me! Drawing has been so much more fun now that I'm actually ALLOWING myself to grow.

Things I should be doing in the next few months:

- Finishing up school. Awww yeyeah.
- Learning how to drive. Awww noho! D:
- Art school? Maybe?
- Also possibly an internship with a few of my dad's friends? They're a married couple who are both very successful photographers in this area, and they've offered to help me out with anything. I think this would be a great learning experience for me, so we'll see!

This entry is already too long, and I need to get ready to go see X-Men: First Class later, so see you later LJ! I promise I won't abandon you this time. ...Maybe.


So, uhh... I've been sick for about the past two weeks now. Or at least, I have something akin to being sick. The day my parents came back home from California, I came down with a fairly bad flu that lasted about half a week, and knocked me out for even longer. And then, just as I was starting to recover, I'm up all night Friday night with a really sore throat that I figured was brought in by the recent snow we got. After a while, my sore throat went away, and I slept all the way through Saturday night, but last night, I was up all night yet AGAIN because of some horrible pressure and congestion in my head and nose.

So yeah, now I can't breathe through my nose, I'm incredibly weak, and more than anything, EXHAUSTED. This winter has been miserable for me so far, and I want nothing more than to just go back to normal so I can get on with my life. What's really bugging me is I'm not even sure what I have. I thought it might be really bad allergies, but I have a bad feeling it might be some kind of sinus infection now. I'm currently mentally preparing myself to go to the doctor as early as later today if Mom is concerned enough about me.

Ugh, is it spring yet? Seriously. Screw winter 2011.

Before I go, here are some pictures I took of the snow we got on Friday. We got about an inch and a half, which is pretty impressive for central Texas!

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Disney World 2010 - Photos

Yeah, I know I'm a month late with these, but editing takes time, y'know? ;) Anyway, 99% of these photos are edited, which means they're the handful I found to be decent. Hopefully the next time we go though, I'll have a better camera. Anyway, here we go!

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So yeah... if these don't convince you to visit Disney World at least once, I don't know what will! Just... make sure you're going when the weather is nice, and the crowds are low. Weather in Florida tends to be unpredictable in the winter, and it was FREEZING the entire week we were there with the exception of the first day. The crowds were also higher than expected, which made us all miserable at times. Honestly, our best times there were when it was the least crowded... like the night during the Magic Kingdom Christmas party, during the first parade, where we walked on to every single ride. Or on the last night at Epcot, when they were having Extra Magic Hours and we nearly had the entire place to ourselves.

(Also, the park hoppers actually kinda bugged me too. They were nice for a few days, but Dad insisted on using them EVERY day. I much preferred focusing on one park each day, like we did on our '06 trip... I was just able to soak in more of the parks that way.)

Anyway, that's all for now I guess!

Happy New Year!

Here, have a stolen 2010 meme! :D

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And that's it, I guess. This year has not been an eventful one for me, but it was a crucial one for me personally. I learned a lot about myself and about life in general, so I hope I can take what I learned and apply it to this year!

And so, to all my friends and loved ones, have a happy 2011!

Christmas presents~!

Well, since everyone else is doing it!

- A $20 Amazon gift card as a Christmas EVE present from my folks
- To Kill a Mockingbird and The Princess Bride, the books
- Toy Story 3
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season One

- A very pretty scarf from my aunt and uncle back in Florida! They also give me this elephant thing that I'm PRETTY sure is a ring, but it was way too big for my fingers, so I just looped my scarf through it. Makes a beautiful little accessory.
- Movie theater passes
- A Hot Topic gift card. I'm not sure how much it's for, but at the very least it will be enough to get me one shirt. Still waiting on some Regular Show shirts, Hot Topic...! ;)
- Another $20
- A Jack Skellington pillow, Jack Skellington nightlight, and a Zero figurine from my uncle and cousins
- And last but not least, Cyberlink Power Director 9! I'm going to have to use it on my parent's computer, but it's so nice to have a decent video editor now.
- My bro got Epic Mickey and Sonic Colors, which I will also be playing. Oh, and Dad got a 6-month subscription to Netflix, which will come in handy!

All in all, this Christmas was much better than last year. Despite my Grandpa dragging us all into a 4 hour long philosophical discussion as soon as they got there that morning (*sigh*), it was very relaxing, and I got everything I wanted!

And of course, seeing everyone again was great. Ate until I made myself sick (Thank goodness for the wondrous healing powers of greens), and then hung out with my cousin and brother upstairs for a long time, quoting things, discussing movies, being dorks, all that good stuff. We also watched my bro play Sonic Colors, which I'm really liking so far, by the way! It's very bright and looks fun, and I'm liking Sonic and Tails' new voice actors. What's this? A new Sonic game that's actually GOOD? Truly it is a Christmas miracle!

Anyway, I'm going to go to bed soon since everybody is coming back here tomorrow to spend a bit more time with us, but I hope everyone had a nice day!

Dec. 24th, 2010

(our living room)

Just finished our traditional viewing of A Christmas Story with my family, and wanted to wish all my LJ friends and friends in general a merry Christmas! Seriously, I love and appreciate every single one of you, and I hope y'all have a ton of fun, eat lots of good food, and get everything that you wanted... you know the drill. XD

As for me, I'm going to attempt to get up sometime around 5AM for some chillout time before people start waking up, as per tradition... although it's getting harder and harder for me as I get older, but it's worth it. XD Then my Grandma and Grandpa are getting here to watch us open presents in the morning, with my uncle and cousins following later in the afternoon. I adore my dad's side of the family, and this will be our first Christmas spent with them in quite a few years, so I'm honestly more excited about that than whatever presents I'm getting.

And now, off to bed... and once again, merry Christmas. ^_^

So, uhh... I've been thinkin'.

I'm not sure I want to be an animator anymore.

...Wow, there's a sentence I NEVER thought I'd type. But then again, I never thought I'd have another passion for something like I do now.

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Anyway, I guess that's pretty much the gist of it! To be honest, I'm a little nervous about posting this... mostly since it's so personal for me, and I don't want anyone thinking I'm just dropping my dreams of being an animator out of laziness or self pity. That's not the case at all. I still love the thought of being an animator and contributing to this amazing medium, believe me, but I just don't think I'm ready for it at this stage of my life. Maybe one day when I'm older and my wanderlust has been satisfied I'll go for it, but right now, I feel like this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Besides, I'm still as passionate about it as ever. Heck, since I decided this, I've been able to watch cartoons again and actually ENJOY them, rather than spend the entire time worrying about how I'm going to get into the industry. In the end, I can say with all honesty that I've never felt as happy and at peace with myself as I do now. For once, I feel like I'm really on the right path.

It's... pretty awesome. I almost feel guilty for it. But still. =)

Thanks for reading, if you did!

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Been a while since I posted to the ol' LJ, huh? Well, I have something to post about today! My dad is currently on vacation, and for two days straight, we went to visit places in other cities in Texas. Our first stop was the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and lets just say I went a little... crazy.

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All in all, I had an amazing time! The museum is wonderful and has a little bit of everything, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. My brother even got to hold fossilized dinosaur poop, and I got to hold a cast of a T-rex tooth. XD (It was about the size of a butcher knife.) If you're ever going through Houston, I highly recommend stopping by and giving it a look!

Texas, Disney World, and rambly things

Stolen from netbug009. :P

1. Go to Google (or Yahoo) and type, "You know you're from (your state) when..."
2. Cut and paste the list.
3. Bold the items that apply to you.

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Hey, Lightning! Now that you've completed this huge list, what are you going to do next? "I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! :DDD"

No, seriously. I am. People who follow me on Twitter or Facebook probably already know this, but I just wanted to document here too: I AM FINALLY GOING TO DISNEY WORLD IN DECEMBER! WHOOOOOO! 8D I've actually been before back in early 2006, adored it, have wanted to go back for years, but it's never been set in stone until now. I am BEYOND excited, especially since some of my relatives might be joining us for a few days if nothing goes wrong. We'll be leaving on December 4th, I believe, and staying for a whole week at the Coronado Springs Resort. I can't wait! I think I'll appreciate it more now that I'm older, as strange as that sounds.

Oh yeah, and we spent a good while today looking at menus for various restaurants there and planning our reservations. I'm looking forward to trying all sorts of new foods too, since I was MUCH pickier the last time we went, and pretty much lived on chicken fingers for the whole week. Bah. :P I've learned that part of the fun of Disney World is spending months planning the trip though.

Anyways, think that's all I needed to say... I'm really tired. I spent a while at Dave & Buster's with my family today, mostly playing the horse racing game, which is... INCREDIBLY addictive, to say the least. And then I went to my lesson and raced my actual horse around for a bit. After we did some super complicated dressage stuff that I'm sure no one wants to hear about, anyways. I'm so proud of Mio though, especially since he was so good when I ran him around the property, which is the first time we've ever done that. Cantering a horse around in a natural, open area like that is one of the best feelings in the world, seriously.

And now I shall chill out for the rest of the night and watch geeky things. Goodnight!

Fandom stuff!

'Lo Livejournal! It's been a while. First off, let me say I had an AWESOME couple of days with my relatives earlier this week! My Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Casey, James, and Julia came over for a belated birthday celebration for my brother, and we just had a blast. We spent about six hours at the Guadalupe River on Monday, and even though I'm not really a fan of swimming, I really enjoyed myself. Swimming in a river is a HECK of a lot more interesting than swimming in a pool, that's for sure. (And I didn't sunburn my feet off this time, yaaaay!) I think next time my dad suggested we go tubing, which I've never done before, but it sounds pretty awesome.

Oh, and the night after that, we went to see Captain Blood at the Paramount Theatre. It was really good! Very enjoyable film. My only issue with it was I felt like the romantic subplot was a liiiiitle bit tacked on, but it wasn't too bad. I had a great time there as well, and was sad the visit had to come to an end. But hey, they may be back in a couple of weeks to see the new Rifftrax Live if we decide to go (I just have to make sure the film is kid appropriate), so that would be cool too.

Speaking of movies, I decided to take this journal entry to talk about various fandom related things, since I haven't done that in a long time. Sorry about that, Twitter and Facebook are just so much more convenient. :P

#1: Avatar: the Legend of Korra. All I can say is heck yes. Finally, I'll have a reason other than the Travel Channel and So You Think You Can Dance to watch TV again! The original A:TLA is one of my favorite shows of all time, and when it ended, I pretty much had no reason to watch TV anymore. Personally, I think this sounds awesome and very interesting, even though I'm sad about the fact that Aang is now gone. ;_; I mean, of course it had to happen sometime, but it's just so sad to think that the characters we all grew attached to are probably now either dead or very old. But hey, we'll probably grow just as attached to these new characters, and I trust Mike and Bryan will give us another epic story. So excited for next year.
(And by the way, TOTALLY avoiding even looking at the fandom this time around. Yeesh, Avatar fandom. *shudders*)

#2: A live action Fairly OddParents movie is coming out in 2011. I just... wow. I've actually known about this idea for a while now, but I didn't know they were actually in the process of filming it. Given the recent influx of horrible "LETS TAKE CLASSIC CARTOONS AND TURN THEM INTO CGI ABOMINATIONS WITH REAL LIVE ACTORS LOOOOL XTREME!1!" movies, you can probably guess why I'm balking at this idea. I mean, it's not like I'm all that ATTACHED to FOP... I still enjoy the cute older episodes, but since about 2006, I've LOATHED the show. It went from a fun little show with cute characters to this loud, frantic piece of animation with mean spirited characters that just wasn't the show I loved when I was younger. So it's not that I'm a loyal fan who's just decrying something new. It just... doesn't feel right to me.

Also, the plot so far screams 'bad fanfiction' to me. Why the heck is Timmy still in 5th grade? I know Cosmo and Wanda aren't exactly the brightest godparents in the world, but they do still care about him, don't they? Why would they allow him to basically stay a kid and not move on with his life? And what about his parents, or his friends? Is everyone in this world just so friggin' stupid now that they don't care that a 25 year old is still attending 5th grade? I know this is a kids movie, but really now. Ehhh, maybe I'm taking this all too seriously, but it bugs me. Maybe it will surprise me and be halfway decent though, we'll see.

#3: A new live action Haunted Mansion movie has been announced. Please please... please be good. Seriously, I actually saw the 2003 film in theaters, and it sucked. I LOVE the ride though, and have always told myself that if I ever became a filmmaker, I would make an actual GOOD film out of the many storylines behind the ride, but I guess this guy got to it first. So far, I'm feeling hopeful... they sound like they're trying to be more loyal to the spirit of the ride, and it sounds like they're not afraid to make it a bit creepy, so that makes me happy. Only time will tell, though... I'm not familiar with Guillermo del Toro's work, but he better not screw this up, or I will be a very unhappy Haunted Mansion fan. PLEASE be good. ._.;

#4: I... honestly don't know what else I want to see as far as movies go. I looked up a list of all the upcoming films of this year on Wikipedia, and there are only a handfull that I MAY see if I hear they're decent. I'm actually really depressed about this. I've seen a ton of movies this year (Check our movie review site I linked to in the top of my journal to see my views on the ones I've seen. The only ones I haven't written reviews for are Despicable Me, which I thought was okay, and Inception, which I will eventually be writing a review of. SPOILER ALERT: I liked it), but it looks like for the rest of the year, I might not be seeing many, if any at all. I might have to force myself to see some mediocre films just so I'll have something to review. *sigh*

No trailers have caught my eye so far, either... except maybe the Alpha and Omega trailer, just because of how TERRIBLE it looks. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a kid movie, but there are sex jokes in the trailer. Clearly they're at least sorta trying to appeal to an older audience as well, but it just looks really bad. And I'm not even touching on the animation. Maybe they had to do it on a low budget or something (If they did, then I haven't heard about it), but sheesh.

...Oh, there is ONE trailer that caught my eye though! When I went to see The Last Airbender, I saw the trailer for Rango, which I had read a brief synopsis of (I also saw the rather bizarre teaser), but up until now didn't really know a ton about. You can see the trailer here. Wh... What's this? An non-Pixar animated film that looks unique, quirky, and funny? Be still my beating heart! I know a few animation purists hate the sort of hyper realistic textures for the characters here, but I frankly couldn't care less, because I love this trailer. I seriously hope it's as awesome as I think it will be, because I NEED good animated movies. I need them or I will explode. ...That happens to me sometimes.

Okay, I've rambled long enough, so I'm going to end this now! I oughta talk about these kinds of things more often, it's fun. :P


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