Saturday, October 24, 2015


this is going to be a quick post because I need to do my homework, but I'm going to tell you a story:

I took the SAT (a VERY important test for American high school students) on October 3rd. The gist of it is that it's a major part of whether colleges will accept you or not, and that you can take it as many times as you want in case you get a bad score. I'd signed up for the November test, just in case.

I received my score on October 22nd, just this past Thursday.

On Thursday morning, after I went to bed at one a.m. the night before, my mom woke me up at 6:40 a.m., asking me if I had seen my score.

My dad had had a night shift, so he had been up when they had released the scores online at around 2 a.m. He checked them and sent them to me.

My mom, upon receiving the text at around 6 (she gets up early), showed me the message.

Guys, I'm not going to share my direct score. But I will tell you that I do not have to take the SAT ever again, ever. All those hours of SAT prep class and extension courses--paid off, in full. you'll get no more complaints from me on that level.


Now, when all my other classmates are stressing out about it, I WILL NOT HAVE TO. I'm so glad I took the SAT in October, and that now I can just be done with it.


Thank you, Jesus, that the curve was high.

This past week was also the last regular-season tennis match. We're undefeated league champions once again!

Next week is League Finals (I probably will not be playing), and after that CIF. But I'm incredibly relieved that the bulk of the season is over, and that I can get down and focus more on school. Junior year is kicking my tush like an overly spirited wild horse (excuse the unglamorous metaphor), and as soon as tennis is over, you'll probably receive a fairly normal Rachel again.

But here are two pictures from my week. (I went to an Asian shave ice place with my team after we took pictures on Friday.) Hope you enjoy them.

And yes, the shave ice was as good as it looked :)

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Recently, in spite of the fact that I am busier than I have been at any other point in my life, I became obsessed with a number of things, some of which are partly the reasons why I have been a little MIA on this blog (that, and school).

Since it's 10:51 PM and I still have a bunch of stuff to do, here's a quick rundown:

1) Pentatonix's new album & Hollyn's EP

Pentatonix is self-explanatory. They're amazing and their new album is too; "Na Na" and "Sing" are my favorite songs off the album. 

Hollyn was featured in two tobyMac songs off This Is Not a Test, and also in a Mike Tompkins video for "On My Mind." Her EP just released, and this track below is my favorite--it's a cover of "All I Need Is You." She's signed to tobyMac's record label, Gotee.


Unlike a number of other people, all of whom seemed slightly disappointed with the outcome of "Texas," I was actually quite fine with it. I was able to watch all three episodes on Friday and Saturday (due to and was quite pleased with it.


Here's why I was happy with it:
  1. It wasn't predictable, like a lot of other Disney shows are. We all really had no idea what was going to happen. We were all fairly sure that something was going to happen between Maya and Lucas (it did) and that things were going to change (they do).
  2. The ending wasn't wrapped up in a neat little bow. People want instant gratification. I want reality. Let's be honest: nothing in life is ever going to be wrapped up in a neat little bow for us, and the GMW writers realized that. I think that this plotline will take development over the next couple of episodes, and I'm incredibly excited to see how this all plays out in "Girl Meets Graduation" (which, by the way, is also three parts, apparently).
  3. We get both Lucaya and Rucas moments. I've been a strong proponent of Lucaya (like seriously...their chemistry is unreal...but those dates were SO AWKWARD and I feel like somewhat out-of-character, except for the smoothie thing, which was funny), but as Riley is starting to mature and catch up to Lucas' level, I feel like I wouldn't mind if they got together either.
Part Two was probably my favorite out of all three, with Three being a close second. (One was just a little setup episode, nothing fancy.) The Lucas-Maya moments were STRONG in that one, and the humor was still consistent throughout. Seriously, Sabrina Carpenter and Peyton Meyer are actually being given the opportunity to play well-written characters, versus simple archetypes. And Riley is growing up!


I stumbled across these people on America's Got Talent and their Instagram account. They're a family band with Irish roots but also an affinity for synthesizers and fun stuff, and they live in Tennessee. In addition to music, their family members can also dance (won championships in swing & other forms), and wrestle and write and basically everything. They're really cool...and they have a show on TLC. They've aired the first season and are filming the second, so I'm really excited--I've got a bunch of episodes recorded, haha :)

And, unlike 19 Kids and Counting, their show is actually kind of interesting. 


I'm attending yet another one of Shannon Messenger's book launches on October 30th, which I'm incredibly excited about. And then my dad bought tickets to a Trip Lee concert in November. I picked up a bunch of good books from the library.

And I'll be able to get my driver's license in December/January! I just had my second driving lesson with an instructor today, and he said that I've gotten a LOT better. (Tried out the freeway and it wasn't too scary or crazy!)

My grades stink, and I've been staying up incredibly late and studying and trying to do ALL THE THINGS, but other than that I've got a lot to look forward to, and that's always fun!

What have you guys been up to?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Now I Know//a random collaboration of jumbled messes

Wow, this year has been tiring. How long has it been since school started? A month? Only a month? Geez. Wow.

How long has it been since I last posted? Like ten days? Geez. Wow. I can't blame myself. Life has been crazy.

Here are some songs I've been listening to lately: 

But since I haven't commented back, I thought that maybe instead of talking about myself like I was originally planning to, I'll talk to you guys. What have you all been up to? What's going on in your lives? Are you crazy busy? Strangely relaxed? Are you experiencing a crisis? Or are you in a good place? 

I'll try to respond as much as I can, and hopefully we can get a good discussion going :)