Friday, April 24, 2015

what's trending? || ap tests, decisions + myfitnesspal

hello again!

It's pretty late, but I wanted to write this post right now.

Life has been HAPPENING lately.

This week was pretty awesome. At first it kind of started out like eh, and then I made some decisions that will kind of change the way I do things. (More on that in a later post, though.)

AP TESTS.

My first ever Advanced Placement Test is on Friday, May 8th, from 12-4 p.m. for AP European History in my high school's small gym.

If I'm honest...I'm slightly freaked out.

And excited.

And freaked out.

And excited.

Like dude! I'm an AP student now! Dude! I have to study! Dude! It's Friday night, so I need to blog!

And like DUDE, I LEARNED SO MUCH THIS YEAR!

And dude, there's so much I need to review!

And dude, I still need to blog, man!

(Don't I just sound like a surfer guy? Minus the surfing and the guy part.)

I MUST STUDY FOR IT.

DECISIONS

I made lots of life decisions this week. 

MYFITNESSPAL

So basically, I realized that I've been eating too much, and it was getting to a kind of unhealthy point. So I got a free app. It's called MY FITNESS PAL.

Basically, you plug in your weight and your target weight and it sets you a certain number of calories that you can eat per day. Every day, after every meal and snack, you're supposed to log in your food, check to see how many calories each one was, and at the end of the day see the results. 

It's pretty awesome too because it has almost every food ever invented on planet earth logged into it. Also, it tracks your fat and carbohydrates, you can plug in your exercise too (so you can see how many calories you BURN) and it's generally amazing.

And this is the part where you're thinking,
Dude, she's weird, or
Are you sure she isn't a middle-aged woman? or
Rcubed, ARE YOU OKAY?

And yes, I am okay. I think that while it's good to be satisfied with your body type and image and stuff, there are certain limits you need to set yourself, especially for a non-active person like myself. My Fitness Pal is actually really helpful and it's kind of like a game that you play with your self control:

Eat that cookie?
No. Let's not eat that cookie.
Eat that cookie?
Noooooooo....but what'll MyFitnessPal say?
maybe i can cheat on it a little. Say I only ate half a cookie or something.
But no! I want accurate results!
*huffs* Fine. Don't eat that cookie.

As a result, I've been looking at like fried foods and pizzas and stuff like that, and even though they still look good to me, I know that I can resist the temptation to eat them because, dude, they're unhealthy and I'm trying to keep my weight at a level that's reasonably proportional to my height.

It's actually been very fun. And it gives me incentive to exercise. And it's made me realize that I don't need to eat as much as I would like to.
But don't worry, I won't become like those control health freaks. And I won't ever be stick-thin, either. Or anorexic or bulimic, because making yourself throw up?

I hate gagging.

Also, here are some pictures from this week. As you can see, I was trying to be artsy in several of them. I've recently gotten into taking pictures from an aerial view, which is hard because I'm hardly over 5 foot, one inch.


(going to read Legend for my book club;)


One day I ate this for snack. HARD BOILED EGGS ARE THE BOMB.


One time a moth decided it liked me so I took a picture of it. This was as we were standing around at school during break. I really like how it's not one of those disgusting big moths.



Hopefully I'll write another post a little bit later, but I'm off right now for some summer planning and writing for my other blog. See you in a bit! (And I'll definitely be back:-)





Friday, April 17, 2015

COMMON TEENAGE GIRL TAG!


If this were an inspirational YouTube channel dedicated to giving truckfuls of self-esteem to young girls, I'd say this should be the UNIQUE TEENAGE GIRL TAG.


But since this is Random Rants by Rcubed, I don't believe in too much self-esteem, and I will say that I am indeed somewhat of a common teenage girl, we're calling this the COMMON TEENAGE GIRL TAG.


Because sometimes it's unique to be common in a world when everybody tries to be different. (P.S.: Sorry the photo's really bad. I haven't edited one in ages.)



1. Favorite Starbucks drink? I don't go there very often, and since I don't like coffee (BLEGGHH) my choices are limited even when I do go. But my go-to favorite is the vanilla bean frappuccino, with whipped cream. I always eat the whipped cream off the top first.

2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Um, sometimes I wake up fifteen minutes before I have to go to school. Sometimes I wake up at the time that I'm supposed to leave for school. So generally...five minutes? Or when I wake up early like twenty or thirty minutes before I have to leave. But I don't usually wake up early.

3. How many selfies do you take on a daily basis? Like a seventh of one...I take, on average, a selfie a week. Then I delete it. So really, this question can't be answered.

4. How many IG followers and pics do you have? 137 followers and 120 pictures. I'd have more, but I deleted all my early ones because they were embarrassing. (My very first picture was a trash can full of TISSUES. I think the caption was something like "I'm sick." 



i am so glad i deleted that post.)


5. Do you ever say "LOL" or "OMG" out loud? No...I don't like saying OMG out of habit and respect for God's name (dude don't I sound like a perfect Christian right now), and OMGAR is kind of weird to say out loud. (It stands for "oh my gargoyles," and I only really say it when I'm texting or on the Internet.)


Occasionally I say "Lol" to something that isn't funny, though.

6: Do ever wear the same clothing item more than once? Dude, yes. I wear my jeans like [censored] times before I wash them. I don't usually wear them for the entire day, though, so when I do I wash them after that.

7. How many tweets do you have? 0 at the moment. But I'd like to get a Twitter this summer, so more hopefully.

8. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr? Instagram right now but you can only post so many pictures. I think I'd like Twitter better...I stalk it already.


9. What do you spend most of your time doing? Homework + being at school. And Googling people. When I actually force myself to write, I write.

10. Who are your favorite Youtubers? Mikey Murphy, kirbyisaboss, and Luke Korns. Plus the random beauty gurus I watch.

11. How often do you do your nails? I haven't done my nails since I was, like, nine.

12. Are you a shopaholic? Are you kidding? No! I don't like shopping unless I really really need clothes, and even then I hate spending money.

13. How many times have you watched Mean GirlsI've seen the trailer like 3 times. I want to watch it sometime, though. I already know all the quotes--"It's October third"; "We wear pink on Wednesdays."

14. Do you own a lot of clothes? At the moment my drawers are bursting because my mom keeps on giving me hand-me-downs and I haven't cleaned them out in months. I usually only wear like five to seven outfits.

15. Do you take pictures of your food before you eat it? Yes, I do. I like to document what I eat, especially if it's really pretty or looks juicy. I mean, come on. How do you not take pictures of these?






16. Do you wear make up every day? No. Occasionally I'll dig out eyeliner or something, or I'll wear coverup when I have especially bad pimples, but I DON'T HAVE TIME. HOW DO PEOPLE HAVE TIME FOR THIS.

17. What are your average grades in school? A's. But I have a B right now.

18. How do you usually style your hair? Ponytail.


19. Do you always look presentable? You mean like, even when I'm sleeping and stuff? Does anybody always look presentable? No. I almost never am presentable enough. 


I tag WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THIS. Hope you liked this, and be sure to give this video a thumbs-up...whoops I've been watching too much YouTube. Thanks for reading!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

day four: yosemite


I listened to music for like four hours on Thursday.

Not straight, of course. But adding up all the minutes and the songs, probably four hours.

(*makes new record*)
(*should try out for the Olympics*)

Okay, on with the story!



The Polaroids.



We got home a lot later--like at nine p.m.--because we spent an hour or two at Mariposa Grove, where all the big trees live.

We went on a 1.6-mile hike (round trip), but I'm going to be honest with you guys:

I wasn't feeling it.

When it snowed on Tuesday, I was, like, EUPHORIC. A bunch of happy hormones got into my system. I was happy. The snow was glorious.

But by Thursday, I'd run out of endorphins. The snow had melted to a slushy sheet that looked positively disgusting meshed together with dirt. And I really wanted to go home.

So I did the hike kind of grudgingly. At least it wasn't too steep.

Then we got into the car and drove to a little town to eat lunch. Funnily enough, there was a Korean barbecue restaurant there (for those of you who don't know, I'm Korean) so we ate there. 


Then I kind of just, you know, chilled. I studied for the AP test (it's on MAY 8TH AND I'M FREAKING OUT INSIDE). I relearned about the kings. England is my favorite country, by far. France had too many revolutions, Italy's kind of complicated, and Germany and Russia were kind of boring. No offense to Bismarck, of course.

And then I doodled.


When we got home my endorphins returned. Because, honestly, I'm probably not going to move away from this: this sunshine, the occasional rain, the trip to the mountains to see synthetic snow. I like staying at home and cozying up with a good book and blogging and writing and watching words pour onto the page. I'd prefer not sharing a room with four other people. 

And I might move away. Who knows where God's going to take me? 

But I know that as long as I have Him and a notebook and pen I'll be fine. 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

day three: yosemite


I actually didn't write very much because I was too busy watching Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday...




On that pleasant note, I'll finish the rest of the story.


There was still snow, even though it had stopped actually snowing. The sun was shining, so we knew it'd all melt by the end of the day.



A sign.




Another sign.


I also like taking pictures of bridges and staircases.



This was Vernal Falls. My brothers and dad hiked up to Nevada Falls (why it's called Nevada Falls, I don't really know), but it was at Vernal Falls that I decided I needed to come down. There was snow on the steps and it was steep and all these people were going up and down and my knee hurt, so I figured I'd better not push it.

We went back to the hotel room and rested and watched Alaska State Troopers and rested some more and then finally the rest of the family came back and then after they rested my dad decided we should go out and take pictures. 

Did I mention that I don't like taking pictures? I figured out a long time ago that you can think that you're smiling your prettiest and whatever whatever whatever, but when you actually look at the picture that was taken you look AWFUL. That's why I don't like taking pictures. If I had any idea how I looked while I was taking them, maybe it'd be better, but no.

Did I also mention that this year's school photos came out and my hair was bushy and I looked like I'd just spray-tanned myself orange? Yup. Sophomore year picture is not good.




Look at dat deer doe.

HAHAHAHA GET IT?


It's not actual bear poop. It's just pralines and chocolate, I think.

Then we went to this restaurant for dinner since it was our last night, and we ended up getting dessert (it's a rare occasion for my family to get dessert at a restaurant). We ordered mountain mud pie (coffee ice cream, Oreos, whipped cream, CHOCOLATE) and razzleberry (blueberry-raspberry) cobbler. I don't really like fruit desserts, so for the razzleberry cobbler I just kind of ate the crust and the ice cream :-) It looked good, though.


Yeah. Wednesday was interesting; Tuesday was probably my favorite day out of all 4 days of the trip. Tomorrow's the last post, so stay tuned!

Have you ever been to Yosemite? Gone hiking? Eaten razzleberry cobbler?



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

day two: yosemite

Tuesday I could only focus on one thing. ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING.

Read on.







Our main staple for breakfast was apples, biscotti, hot chocolate, and oatmeal. I don't like oatmeal (it's kind of a congealy mess, even when it's ultra-sweetened), so I mostly ate PB&J and biscotti. Breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day, so it wasn't a huge loss.


Before.


Before.


Before. For some reason I have a strange fascination with taking pictures of signs. I don't know why; I just do.


After.


THE BACKYARD. WAS GORGEOUS. (Well, I mean, it wasn't really a backyard, but still. It was gorgeous.)


A sign.


Me.


The snowman. It was kind of pitiful. We meant to put carrots on it, but...obviously we didn't. We had to use a pine cone instead.

Hope you liked this post! Does it snow where you live? What do you think of snow?




Monday, April 13, 2015

day one: yosemite

I'm not quite sure which pictures are from which days, but you'll get most of them at any rate, so I suppose it doesn't really matter:-)

I wrote the most on Monday, mostly because I was in that motivated, nature-loving, feel-good spirit, and I was like YEAH! and then my knee got injured and all that fun stuff, so it gradually tapers off until I didn't write anything on Thursday. Oh well. I'll make up for it.














Obviously I was feeling super chatty.



Since there were nine people going, my dad decided to rent a 12-passenger van. It was nice and spacious :-)



My heavily edited artsy picture of my Polaroid camera. I got it before these were cool and never used it and then I was like, whatever I'll just use it for this trip. So I did. You'll get to see the Polaroid pictures I took on Thursday :-)



IT WAS GORGEOUS. THE PICTURE DOES NOT EVEN CAPTURE A QUARTER OF IT.



This was, quite literally, the view from the backyard. We stayed in an old, historical lodge.



Me on the balcony. Creds to my little sister for taking the picture.



Yosemite Falls!

We went to a cafeteria for dinner. It was INSANELY busy. So busy that there was no more chili (which we all wanted) and instead some of us had to get curry carrot soup, which actually wasn't half bad.



There was this British lady waiting by the chili. She was waiting for her husband or something, but HER ACCENT! If you want to go to a somewhat diverse place, go to Yosemite--you'll hear tons of accents from people who are "on holiday" (love the sound of those words!) and different languages, and as much as I dislike learning other languages (Spanish is not going so well for me at the moment) it's fun listening to other people's languages and realizing that dude...they're communicating. Using those sounds. How do people make up sounds and connote meanings to them? That's what I want to know.

Anyway, hope you liked this post. I hope my handwriting wasn't too awful. I write stuff down thinking that it's neat, and then nope, it isn't.