Monthly Archives: August 2011

Noises of the night

I genuinely enjoy my sleep. If I was able to sleep 12 hours a night, I would do it. There is something so zen about snuggling in my bed with the covers tightly wrapped around me and Purple (my blankie) at my side. So when my blissful sleep gets interrupted, I am not very happy. Not happy at all.

And that is exactly what happened last night. First off, I couldn’t even go to bed until, like, 2 am (damn cheap coffee refills) so I stayed up and did some homework. Ok, I did plan to stay up late to do homework, but not that late! And my hand was spazzing so I coudn’t even type. At that point I just gave up and went into bed. Which leads me to my next point…

Secondly, do you know how many freaking noises my house and neighbrohood make while I am sleeping? A bajillion! It’s really weird because randomly, the wall behind my head will make a popping noise. The kind of noise like if the house was stretching and at the acme of the stretch, it would just pop. If that makes sense. That noise always gets to me! I literally jolt awake whenever I hear it and then I get paranoid that someone is in the house.

And those darned phones! I turn mine on silent because I don’t want to be awakened by a text or sometimes a call (Daniel Rojas, I’m talking about you here). But I put my phone on my night stand next to my iHome alarm clock. Apparently when you are about to receive a text, the freaking satellite signal is interfered by the stupid alarm clock and makes that static hiss. Again and again and again until my eyes pop open to see what’s up. When I realize that it’s just my alarm clock, I have a strong urge to chuck it across the room.

Not all disturbing noises happend during the night–the morning is full of them too. Today is Tuesday which means that it is Trash Day. So exactly at 7:30 AM, I can hear the obnoxious roar of that obnoxious machine on wheels. To make things worse, I had my window open which intensified the noise and made it ten times louder than necessary. And as a lazy person, I didn’t want to get up to close the window. Oh, but I don’t get to hear it once. No, the way my street works is that the truck has to circle back around to collect my neighbor across the street’s trash. After the truck passes my house, I get over it and am able to go back to sleep. Ten minutes later, I again hear that distinct vvrrroooooooooommmmm. And I am again not happy.

I already sleep with an eye mask to block out the light. Maybe it’s time for some ear plugs.

Ronald McDonald is my new BFF

I am so over studying at Panera and Barnes and Nobles. I get that us students come in and take up your tables, but we are still buying your expensive food and put up with your slowness while making our caramel macchiatos.

So yeah, I’m over it.

There are plenty of other places that offer WiFi and have comfortable tables to sit at. Namely, McDonald’s.

Although the chain definitely has a stigma about it, McDonald’s is a better alternate for students. At first, I was totally iffy about studying at McDonald’s because it is McDonald’s.  But it’s seriously the greatest.

I was really surprised when I saw on a sign that McDonald’s offered WiFi. Internet access has become so necessary when studying that even if I’m doing math, I find myself on the internet (thank you, YouTube math tutorials). And to connect, it’s free!

McDonald’s also has a spacious area for students to study with access to power outlets to charge your laptops. That is one thing Barnes lacks. It is completely inconvenient to not have any outlets in a cafe. Where people study. And use laptops. Which don’t last forever.

And thanks McDonald’s for providing comfy booths that aren’t ripped (ahem, Panera) and tables that are always wiped down. The renovations Mickey D’s did a couple of years ago did them quite a service. The chain – which is usually associated with nastiness – has a cleaner look that doesn’t make it feel like you are eating at just a fast food chain.

Ok ok ok. I know that the food at McDonald’s is…you know, yucky. But no one says you have to buy the burgers there, ok? (And for the record, McDonald’s has changed the way the food is made.) The McCafe offers coffee, mocha fraps, lattes, etc. for a lot cheaper. I know that whenever I go to Barnes or Panera, I always ending up buying something and then I regret it later in the week when I realize thatI have no money in my wallet. McCafe is much cheaper than any drink at Barnes/Panera.

So next time Barnes/Panera kicks you out (because you know they have), take shelter at Mickey D’s and enjoy your cheap Mocha Frappe while writing your essay with free WiFi.

Link Leaders start off with a BANG!

Well, what a day!

Link Cru put on its biggest shin dig today: LINK CRU FRESHMAN ORIENTATION! I look forward to this day every year because we show all the incoming freshman what it means to be apart of Beckman and all the positive outlets offered. Here is a recap of what went down.

1. The Traditional Gauntlet:     This is probably one of my favorite parts. All 170 Link Leaders, clad in blue, lined up and welcomed the Class of 2015 in a tunnel-like formation. We were all cheering, clapping, high-fiving, dancing, singing, and just being enthusiastic as over 300 freshmen walked through the doors. It’s interesting to see all the different expressions on their faces: excitement, awkwardness, and just those who simply don’t want to smile. But we welcome all!

2. Meeting My Freshmen:     Each freshman is assigned two leaders and a group. My partner is McKenna and I have to say, we have a pretty great group of kids. Go Group 66! All the groups were done by random so at first they were of course timid to be with new people that they didn’t even know. So McKenna and I tried to be funny about our clown theme and they loosened up a bit. The best part is that the group is very diverse. We have a freshmen on the soccer team, in band, cross country, one has a job as a club promoter. Each has an important story to tell that is worth hearing.

3. The Activities:     After sharing our Life Stories, it was pretty clear that almost everyone wanted to go sky diving as something they’d like to do in their lifetime. How cool is that? During 64 Squares, communication was crucial, but it was hard to get them to help each other out. The activity required them to cross a river of paper squares and they could only step on the “rocks”, if not they had to turn back the way they came. It took about 20 minutes for them to get to the other side. I wish they would have communicated more and been more open with each other. They are all in this together, why not help each other out?

4. Tour:     The orientation dwindled down with a campus tour. McKenna and I managed to show them every single monument, window, and important classroom withing 45 minutes. Score! I realized that it is actually really hard to walk backwards and talk at the same time. I know get why college campus tour guides want you to shout out when they are about to hit something. It is quite common to back into those danged trees on campus. (Why are they in the middle of the hallway?)

5. Dance-off:     So this was totally unplanned, but our ASB President JD challenged another group to a dance-off. Uhhhhhhhhh, yeah. But this one freshman, Michael, was really good and won the crowd’s attention. That is one kid who will make things happen during his four years here. And that is exactly what us Link Leaders want to see.

What I really appreciate about Link Cru is the fact that these freshman are put into a diverse group to learn on. They are coming onto a new campus with new rules, expectations, and lifestyle. They need guidance, even if they don’t admit they do. That’s what us leaders are here to do. Every single freshman knows at least two juniors or seniors that they can rely on. Who wouldn’t want that coming into a new domain?

This year, Link Cru has adopted a motto: NEGU, which stand for Never Ever Give Up. NEGU is a foundation founded by a 12-year old girl Jessie Rees. Jessie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. But she responded with a positive outlook and decided to give back with her Joy Jars. You can watch the full story here: http://www.joyjars.org/jj/about/as-seen-on-tv/

Link Cru’s mentality is that if she can take the time to do this, then we can take the time to reach out to our freshmen and make a difference with them.

I am looking foward to getting to know all my freshmen this year. Shoutout to McKenna, Chasen, Amy, Jaime, Daisy, Homaira, Tejna, and Shane!

3-D can go die

While on Facebook today, I saw a post from Titanic (yes, I did “like” the movie) that the movie was going to be released again April 6, 2012. OMG yes! I was going to see my all-time fave movie in theaters! My life is soon to be complete, right?

Nope. This time, it has been decided that Titanic is going to be launched in freaking 3-D. What the hell! This movie won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It is a complete disservice to the entire legacy of the movie to put it into 3-D.

Now imagine what this movie would look like in 3-D. Stupid, that’s what. I can’t think of any scene, and I’ve seen this movie at least 25 times, where 3-D would be a good idea. Titanic isn’t an action movie, so don’t try to make it one. And 20 bucks says that the 3-D will be added in to when Cal points his gun and shoots at Rose and Jack. Oooh, scary! Or when Rose’s (or Jacks; I’ve never been able to figure out whose it is) hand shoots up during the scandy sex scene. That would just be awkwardly gross.

There is no need for 3-D at all in this movie. Period.

Speaking of which, there is no need for 3-D in ANY movie! I hate how every new movie coming out is offered in 3-D. Harry Potter, Captain America, Green Lantern, Thor, Kung Fu Panda, Cars, and yadi yadi yadi are all examples of summer movies with the 3-D option. First off, I personally don’t want to pay more for “special” 3-D. A movie ticket is already $11.50! And you have to wear glasses! What about the people who already wear glasses? They have to wear glasses on top of their own glasses! I can surely imagine that their ears are all itchy after having double glasses temples on their ears. At least the new glasses aren’t those rinky-dink red and blue paper lenses that once gave me a paper cut.

3-D even comes with a warning of nausea, confusion, temper tantrums, and it’s even bad for your eyes. The world honestly doesn’t need more vomit catalysts. Rebecca Black is enough. Really.

Shout out to the hotties!

After the success of last night’s list, I decided to make another. This one, however, is about my personal specialty: celebrity hotties. After all, I was awarded the “Teenage Dream Award” at CSPA journalism camp. Here it goes:

1. Orlando Bloom

This really shoudn’t have come as a surprise that he is my number one. I’ve been obsessed with this rarity since fourth grade. I have had my fair share of I Love Orando watches, yearly calendars, photobooks, and even an authentic signature from him. Thanks eBay! My life was complete when I got to see him at Disneyland for the Pirates premiere. Sucks for me that he is now married to Miranda Kerr and has a baby boy. And Miranda is a Victoria Secret. How am I supposed to compete with that?

2. Alexander Skarsgard

Whoah, like whoah! Alexander Skarsgard is my new obsession, and I think it is pretty obvious as to why. Just look at him! On True Blood, Skarsgard is a semi-evil/cynical player vampire. I seriously wouldn’t mind being bitten by him. Awkward connection to Orlando: Skarsgard dated Kate Bosworth, who dated Orlando Bloom, who worked with Skarsgard’s dad on Pirates of the Caribbean. Awko taco!

3. Leonardo DiCaprio

Let’s just say that I’m really looking forward to Leo being the new Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of The Great Gatsby. I’m positive that Leo will bring the same class and desperation Robert Redford conveyed really well in the original version. And if he doesn’t, oh well, I’ll still love you Leo!

Did I miss out on any other A-list hotties? Let me know!

Top 3 stress relievers

With school just around the corner, I am of course scrambling to get all my summer homework done. Oops. No matter how many times I’ve been in this procrastination situation, I seem to never learn. And as a natural and annoying consequence, I get really stressed out. And when I get really stressed out, this is embarrassing, but I tend to pick at my eyelashes.

I’m sure you just got creeped out or think that I’m crazy, but there is a legit backstory to this. I’ve told a few people this story and it’s quite funny. Well to me at least.

When I was living in Missouri, I had to go to day care at KinderCare. And then the center closed down, so then my sister and I got put into another day care called La Petite. I totally hated it. First off, they pronounced my last name like “Calvin” despite the fact there is no freaking “a” in my last name at all. Second, they didn’t provide hot dog buns with the hot dogs. Like, really? Who does that? And when I brought in a store-bought doughnut, I had to eat it in the lobby because the other kids would “get jealous”. Again, really?

So yeah I hated it. And then I remembered what my mom said: whenever an eyelash falls out, you get to make a wish. So what do I do? I plucked my eyelashes out and wished to not be at Le Petit. To my credit, I was like six, so I have an excuse for being totally stupid. And it worked– I didn’t have to go there anymore. But that’s because we moved here to Irvine.

Ever since then, it’s been a habit and sometimes I have eyelashes, bald spots on my lids, or barely any. And during the school year, I’ve noticed that my eyelashes are gone because of all the stress. Yeah, junior year was that bad. So don’t be too surprised if my eyelids are bald during the college applcation process.

Obviously, I need a new stress reliever because my eyes look better with mascara on, and I can’t wear it if I don’t have any lashes.

So here is a list of three alternate stress relievers that others found to be helpful.

1. A Stress Ball:     I guess there is something comforting about squeezing a ball in your hand. These balls come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized with a smiley face or a picture of Orlando Bloom. Stress balls help the squeezer focus in long term sitting positions, according to medical research. Not only do they relieve stress, but you can exercise your hand and strengthen it at the same time. I love killing two birds with one stone, or in this case, one ball. I did use one of these before but it was really squishy and I ended up getting really frustrated and it gone torn to shreds. I might have other issues than stress…

2. Primal Scream:     At Northwestern (oh, how I love this school) during finals, there is a designated time for the students to go to the campus quad and just let out a blood curtling scream. Sometimes, that’s all you need. I definitely wouldn’t mind doing this, but I don’t think my parents or neighbors would appreciate this. Which is why I would do it. Ha!

3. Pet a Kitty or Dog:     I was reading in Reader’s Digest about cancer patients who are given dogs to pet. According to the theory behind it, petting is relaxing and therapeutic. Personally, I don’t have a furry animal to pet, so I can just go to best friend McKenna’s house and pet her multiple animals. Just not her cats because they creep me out.

I guess now that I came up with all these solutions, I don’t really have an excuse to have bald eyelids. Now you know if I’m “touching my eye”, I’m not really scratching it, but relieving stress. So keep me accountable! Or just hand me your fluffy dog.

Hi, my name is…Mia

Thanks for clicking onto my blog! And I’m pretty sure that this won’t be your last visit here, right? 

My name is Mia Colvin and I currently live in Southern California, Irvine to be exact. The place with lots of shopping centers.  

I’m glad that I can finally say that this year is my senior year. Go class of 2012! I’m not really expecting it to be anything like High School Freaking Musical because it’s kinda hard to sing your way through six AP classes, college applications, and activities like Mock Trial. Too bad my life isn’t a Disney movie.

For college, I hope to attend Northwestern University for journalism. After attending the California Scholastic Press Association journalism workshop, I now know that I want to pursue multi-media and online journalism. Hence, the blog.

So sit back, relax, and keep clicking back here for updates about my senior year and the funny/awkward/memorable events that I will encounter. Just don’t expect me to sing about them.

Mia Colvin