…I present to you a video of a kitten playing with a watermelon. Enjoy.
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I occasionally check my blog stats to see how many views it gets every day, just out of curiosity. I realize my blog has a very small audience outside of my friends and family, (hi Mom!) but it’s nice to know strangers sometimes click their way onto my ramblings.
I couldn’t help but notice that my top post, the one that has gotten the most views, is my post about the “Hoedown Throwdown,” from Hannah Montana the Movie. This post has gotten 123 views, which means 18 percent of the total views my blog has received since its start back in January.
So apparently no one cares to read my comments on pop culture or my musings on the goings-on in my life. Nope, they would rather watch a YouTube video about Miley Cyrus in a blonde wig. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Posted by aljal on June 10, 2009
I present to you Yukon Cornelius and Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who I’m fairly certain came from the same womb.
Posted by aljal on June 10, 2009
I’ve been absent from blogging for a loooong time. Spring Break, subsequent Spring Break withdrawal, and the dance show have eaten up my time and energy.
I have a lot on my mind these days, so I’m hoping I’ll be motivated to post more frequently. We’ll see…
Posted by aljal on April 7, 2009
I spent a fair amount of time in the library this morning, working on my World Religions term paper (which is due the Tuesday after Spring Break, but that’s a rant for another time.) When it comes to spending time in there studying, I’m a creature of habit. Our library offers tons of striking views of the Hudson River and campus, but those spots are way too distracting for me. I choose to sit in the ground floor in the back of the building, in a study desk right next to the electrical closet. I’ve sat there during every library trip since sophomore year, and I don’t plan on moving my study spot in the next 80-something days before graduation.
That was until I met the person I will now refer to as Grunting Anime Guy (GAG for short.) I first encountered him last week when I was going to my usual spot to work on my paper. He seemed harmless enough; laptop, headphones, notebook, etc. It wasn’t until about an hour into my work session that I heard the grunting and the humming. There was no one else around so I knew he was the culprit. His guttural sounds are eventually replaced by laughter and occasional shouts of “Stop that! Oh no!”
At first, I thought he might have been on the phone, one of my biggest library pet peeves, but as I peered around my desk to see him, I saw an anime cartoon fill his computer screen. I admit I know nothing about anime except that it’s some sort of glorified cartoon from Japan, but I’m sure there’s a time and place for it outside of the library on a Saturday morning. I tried to drown out GAG with my iPod, but that led to even more distraction. I packed up my things and left, shooting GAG a dirty look on the way out, but he was too enraptured with his cartoons to notice.
After an envigorating trip to the gym this morning, (14 days to bikini body!) I went to the library. Who do I spy as I turn the corner to the back part of the library? GAG, his setup now featuring colored pencils and a sketch book. My immediate instinct is to leave and sit somewhere else, but I refuse to let GAG ruin my time at the library. I busy myself with my reading and note-taking, but about an hour into my work, I hear the sound of a pencil being sharpened. It’s actually many pencils being sharpened, because the sound continues for what seems like 10 minutes. GAG kept the grunting and exclamatory statements to a minimum today, but was a nuisance nonetheless. I could only stay for two hours, and I made sure to drop another unnoticed dirty look on my way out.
I’m sure GAG is a perfectly nice person, albeit one with questionable choice in TV shows, but he really needs to learn that the library is a place for quiet work, not giddy reactions to Pokemon.
Posted by aljal on February 28, 2009
In 17 days, I will be on a plane headed to our Spring Break destination. As excited as I am, I can’t believe it’s so close. We booked this trip back in the beginning of October, and March 15 seemed sooooo far away. Now it’s frighteningly soon.
We’ve all joked throughout the semester that it’s “__ Weeks to Bikini Body,” but it’s really not as comical as one would think. I’m going to the gym as much as I can, and suddenly I’m worried that I’m too pale to be seen in a bathing suit in two weeks. I’m translucent to begin with, and the fact that most of my skin hasn’t seen sunlight since August isn’t helping. One of my bikinis is white and it’s hard to discern where the fabric ends and my skin begins. I’m already anticipating being sunburned, so I’ll make sure my wardrobe coordinates with red.
As excited as I am about white, sandy beaches and an ocean that looks turquoise, there is so much for this anxious girl to get through before then. Packing is the bane of my existence, and I’m not lying when I say I’ve been thinking about what to pack since we booked the trip. My Spring Break Checklist is getting freakishly long, and I’ve been making myself loco trying to plan my laundry in order for everything to be ready to go.
Then there’s the flight. I’ve only flown twice in my life, and during takeoff on my first flight when I was 16, I had a full-fledged panic attack. Many people have told me that air travel is safer than driving, but there’s just something so unnatural about a large, heavy, metal object being suspended in the air. I’ve even worked for an aircraft manufacturer and I still don’t understand or embrace travel via airplanes. Our flight is fairly early in the morning so I’m hoping I’ll be too tired or running on a crazy adrenaline rush to have another panic attack, because there’s really nothing better than hyperventilating in front of the 20-something other people you’re going on Spring Break with.
Once I’m safely on Dominican soil, things are going to get a lot better: an all-inclusive resort and 80-degree weather.
Posted by aljal on February 25, 2009
I usually hate spring. I don’t know why, but something about the snow melting and the ground thawing and the trees budding does not appeal to me. I’m a fall and winter kind of girl, so the transition into warmer weather is always hard for me. Since coming to college, the anxiety of spring has grown significantly, knowing that each time the weather gets warmer, another year is over and I’m one step closer to the real world.
I try to stall the season change as long as I can – I won’t wear shorts until it’s at least 70 degrees out, I picket against the wearing of sandals (although that’s a whole other story,) I refuse to do outdoor-related activities and get very sanctimonious about not participating, etc.
So someone please explain to me why this year I want the weather to get warmer. Maybe it’s the deluge of snow we’ve received in the past month and a half; maybe it’s the fact that for a few weeks it was never higher than 20 degrees outside; maybe it’s because I’m off to the Dominican Republic in less than a month…I honestly don’t know. All I know is that I just spent the past 75 minutes of my World Religions class staring out the window at Route 9, wishing the snow would melt and I can retire my North Face for the season.
It’s funny, because I shouldn’t want spring to come this year. Not only does it signal the end of another academic year, it signals the end of my academic career. The dreaded g-word is 100 days away, (thanks for that terrifying email, Career Services!) so I should be wishing for an arctic blast of winter to prolong the inevitable.
Who knows, but maybe I’ll be less sanctimonious this year about outdoor events : )
Posted by aljal on February 13, 2009
I joined the thousands of people who are willing to share 25 random facts about themselves on Facebook. (The New York Times even wrote an article about it.) Since I like writing about myself so much, (hence this blog) I’m going to repost my 25 facts for everyone’s reading enjoyment.
1. My hair is currently its natural color, which it hasn’t been in 5 years.
2. When I was younger, I was terrified of Pee Wee Herman. (And I still kind of am.)
3. My feet are two different sizes (7 and 8.5) and I HATE shoe shopping because of this.
4. I’m severely tone deaf, which anyone who’s heard me do karaoke at Nuddy’s can attest to.
5. When I was 12, I got my hair cut really, really, really short, and when people see pictures of me from that time, they ask who that boy is. I’m scarred for life by this and subsequently never cut my hair shorter than shoulder-length.
6. I hate when people touch my neck or throat.
7. One of my biggest fears is never getting married and being alone for the rest of my life.
8. I’m a firm believer in karma…what goes around comes around.
9. In middle school, I was convinced I was going to play basketball for UConn…until I played rec basketball and absolutely hated it.
10. I talk in my sleep all the time, and I occasionally sleepwalk.
11. I had braces for 5 years and I’m still not happy with how my teeth look.
12. My brain is like a sponge for trivia/pop culture facts. Sports trivia, not so much, but I’m trying.
13. The fact that I’m graduating TERRIFIES ME. Nothing in my life has been scarier than this and I feel sick thinking about it.
14. I wish I had better style…I tend to dress like I’m 15, which is probably why a lot of people ask me when I’m graduating from high school.
15. I love makeup but I always need help putting it on.
16. The smell of books is one of the best smells in the world.
17. Contrary to popular belief, having webbed feet does not make you a better swimmer. I can barely tread water.
18. I have very bad road rage.
19. I’m terrible at keeping in touch with people and I hate talking on the phone.
20. I can’t inflict any sort of pain on myself….plucking my eyebrows, ripping off Band-Aids, etc.
21. I like the idea of the beach, but once I’m actually there, I hate getting sandy and salty. I’m terrified of the ocean, too.
22. I read Twilight and I HATED IT. I’ve read hundreds of books in my life, and this horrible piece of crap ranks in the top 5. Nothing you say can convince me otherwise.
23. I don’t like relying on other people, especially when it’s for something I know I’m capable of doing myself (such as driving.)
24. I’m incredibly self-conscious about my iTunes library and I always wonder what people would think about me if they looked through it.
25. I’m incredibly, horribly jealous of people who can wear flip-flops. I’ve even researched surgeries to undo webbed feet.
Posted by aljal on February 6, 2009
I’m determined to get myself to sleep through the night, so yesterday I downloaded a relaxation Podcast. I usually listen to low-key music on my iPod while I’m in bed, but lately, John Mayer just hasn’t been doing it for me.
I probably should have realized the title of the Podcast is “Relaxing Stream,” so I can’t blame anyone but myself. I press play and the sound of running water fills my ears. I immediately know there will be no relaxation going on in my body with the sound of water coming out of my headphones. It never fails; the sound of running water always makes me feel like I have to use the bathroom, and that feeling is anything but relaxing.
I try to ignore the water as soothing music starts playing. This is nice, I think, pulling my covers up over my head. As I listen to the music, it sounds very familiar to me. It takes me a while, but I realize it sounds like the music my salon plays in the background of the waxing rooms. So here I am, lying in bed trying to relax, and the music I’m listening to reminds me of hot wax being applied to my eyebrows and then being viciously ripped off.
I defeatedly stop the Podcast and scrolled through my iPod library to find Continuum, hoping John could do better.
Posted by aljal on February 4, 2009
I haven’t slept through the night in over a week and it’s pretty much driving me insane. I can’t fall asleep, I can’t stay asleep, I talk in my sleep, I sleepwalk, etc. (I woke up standing in the middle of the bathroom the other night.)
I’m always wide awake when I should be falling asleep, but when my alarm goes off the next morning, I can barely stand up I’m so tired. I think I fell asleep with my eyes open when I was eating lunch at work last week.
Nothing helps – not melatonin supplements, not aromatherapy, not listening to my iPod…NOTHING. The bags under my eyes would make Louis Vuitton jealous.
Posted by aljal on January 29, 2009