Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Why don't I know any guys like this?

See these three lovely boys? They're from London. Don't ask me how I know, I found this picture on Tumblr.
I know you can't be in love with a picture, but God, why the hell do guys not look like this in my town?
Amazing style, gorgeous, and not to mention they have British accents. Yes, I'm judging guys based on their accents. I'm a shallow, terrible person.
It's not my fault that British accents make a guy like ten times more fun to talk to. And it's also not my fault that I've never met a real British guy. We want what we cannot have.
Well, maybe they're not all like in the picture.
But being completely serious now-if you fulfill the above requirements (yes, including the style), please "hit me up" (I mean that completely non-sexually :P). The guys here in town really need some tips.

Monday, May 30, 2011

30 Days of Truth- Day Five

Day 5-Something you hope to do in your life 

 No doubt, this is one of my favorite days of this challenge. I'm a huge dreamer, so there's plenty of stuff I want to do in my life. I literally made a list. I'm not going to share all of it right now, but here's just a few things I really want to do.
Move to London...
...Work for the NME (hehe,that's kind of funny-NME, "enemy," get it? Guess not :P)...

...and still have time to travel the world
This is really just the bare minimum. There are so many things I really want to do in my life, travel being at the top of the list. I have a huge Bucket List, which eventually I'll probably post up here.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I got an award!

I decided that for today, I'd put off the 30 Days of Truth till later today or tomorrow, because this is quite important.
I've won my first blogging award! I'm quite excited, since it shows that someone likes my blog enough to consider me for something like this!
The Good Bloggers Pay it Forward Award!

So this award was given to me by the lovely Frisky Virgin. Her blog is funny, sweet and a fun time to read, so I highly recommend you check it out! Thanks again! :D
Anyway, so the rules of this award are as follows:
  1. Name the blogger who gave me this award (Done!)
  2. Post a link to their blog (Done!)
  3. Pay it forward to five more bloggers-Hmm.. I don't really have too many blog followers since I'm pretty new to this, but here are some of my favorite blogs:
Victoria at Victoria's World
Rebecca at The Life of an Ordinary Girl
V at The "Half-Baked" Music Snob
Meleonie at Ramblings of a Teenage Daydreamer
Jen at The Girl in the Purple Pants: Middle School

So there you have it! Oh, and if I did something here incorrectly, let me know! I'm new to this award thing :P Look for the new 30 Days of Truth post too, I think it's the most enjoyable one I've done so far!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

30 Days of Truth- Day Four

Day 4-Something you have to forgive someone for
I've been sitting for awhile, trying to think of something I've been upset about enough to not forgive someone immediately.
I've got nothing.
I don't stay mad at people. Not because I don't like being mad at people, but because whether or not I want to be mad at them and hold a grudge and not forgive them, I always do anyways, and it's always within the span of an hour.
It annoys me because if someone hurts me, I'll forgive them even if they don't deserve it. And because they know I'll forgive them, they go off and do the same things, and then I forgive them. It's a vicious cycle of forgiveness.
Flowers or not, I'd still forgive you.
You know, this 30 Days of Truth thing seems kind of depressing. Hopefully it'll cheer up a bit :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

30 Days of Truth-Day Three

Day Three-Something you have to forgive yourself for

 A while ago I made a major mistake.
It might seem stupid, but to me it's something I've never forgotten.
I told my sister to "go burn in hell".
Some people might casually just say it without feeling any remorse, just because that's the kind of relationship they have. For me though, I think it's the worst thing I could have possibly said. It's worse than any insult; I basically cursed her.
You just don't say that to your sister, the person you grew up with; the person you've spent more time with than anyone else. I mean, I was just angry and when I get angry, I blurt out things I don't mean just to ease the anger and make me feel better (as most people do). Usually I apologize and things get better afterwards. I never forgot this though, even when all the apologies were said.
I mean, of course she forgave me, but I never really forgave myself for that. It's something I promised I would never say to anyone, and then I go and say it to my sister.
I never really told anyone about it, because to them it probably would seem like I'm a heartless sister. I love my sister, I'm just bad with the words that come out of my mouth. I'm working on it though :)

On a lighter note, I'm having a John Mayer kind of week, where I listen to him almost obsessively. Here's one of my favorite songs. I think Continuum is my favorite John Mayer album. I really hope you like this song as much as I do! :D

PS: I decided to change my background, but I'm not sure if I should stick with it. Yay or Nay?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

30 Days of Truth- Day Two

Day Two- Something you love about yourself

I love how easy it is for me to have fun. No matter what situation I'm in, whether it's in school or my friends and I are just doing nothing, I'm able to make something fun. If I'm in a situation where I don't know too many people (say, at a party or something) I'm easily able to overcome that and just have a good time.
I don't let things get me down. I smile as much as I can and laugh way too much. I'm easily entertained and amused, and I don't let circumstance or a bad day get in the way of my happiness. Even when I'm extremely tired in the morning in school, I feel energetic. I feel like just by smiling, I automatically feel better. It takes a lot to really bring me down.
I feel like it's really important to make the best of any situation and always enjoy yourself. Each day is a gift, and I feel like it's wasted by being mopey and negative.
I love being happy, and that's what I love most about myself.

30 Days of Truth- Day One

Day One- Something you hate about yourself

Yep, that's it. My nose.
Well, aren't we being a bit pessimistic! I think if there's one thing I hate (well, dislike), it's my nose.
It annoys the hell out of me. It's long and skinny and sticks out. I'm not even joking, either. It's like a ski jump, meaning it curves up obnoxiously, and the edge is long and pointy. It's just really long and sharp, so it's too distinct! I feel like it's the only thing I can see when I look at my face in the mirror.
Oh, and side shots? I hate them. I can't stand looking at myself from the side, whether its in a mirror or a picture because my nose is all. I. see.
I honestly think my face would look so much better if it wasn't for my pointy nose.
In all honesty though, I would never get plastic surgery or repair or anything. I'm afraid it'd purposely look even worse as revenge for me trying to change it. Maybe someday it'll shrink.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Challenge-30 Days of Truth

So I found this awesome challenge from Rebecca called 30 Days of Truth, which I think is going to be an interesting one as my first challenge on this blog. Hopefully these will be daily, but with my consistency, who knows? First post starts tomorrow! I'm hoping these will be at least somewhat interesting for everyone to read, but here goes:

Day 01 - Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 - Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 - Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 - Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 - Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 - Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 - Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 - Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 - Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 - Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 - Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 - Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 - A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 - A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 - Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 - Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 - A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 - Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 - What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 - Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 - (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 - Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 - Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 - Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 - The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 - Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 - What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 - What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 - Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 - A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Magic Ends Here

CAUTION: This post is extremely depressing and long- not intended for the light-hearted.

So I finally got around to watching the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Teaser Trailer (wow, that's a mouthful) in its entirety on Youtube. I suppose I should be excited, but in all honesty I'm having mixed feelings about it. Actually, to be frank, I'm dreading it. I'd rather it keep getting put off into the future, so that the premiere never comes. I was excited about Part 1 because I knew it wasn't the end (plus it came out the night of my birthday), but this is really it. The final chapter. I don't know what I'll do when it's over. Harry Potter was my life (well, not really, but it was huge). When I look back at my childhood, it's one of my favorite things to remember. No matter how much things were changing, I always knew I could count on another Harry Potter book. And when the day finally came that the final book was released and read, I knew I could still count on the movies. Now the movies are ending. I just thought, in honor of the magic Harry Potter has brought to my life, I'd make a little nostalgic list :P

I remember:

-in 3rd grade-running around with my friend on the playground pretending to be Harry Potter and Ron Weasley to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (I think it was that one?)
-in 5th grade-when we were asked who our role models were, I proudly said "Hermione Granger from Harry Potter". No one laughed. Instead, I got 3 high fives. It was a good day for shy 10 year old me.
-in 6th grade-watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my class the last day of school and gushing about how "hot" their haircuts were (they were :P- shaggy was "in")
-getting every single book (releases of course!) and locking myself in my room to read them
-falling in love with Fred Weasley from the very first book (dont ask me why, it just happened)
-imagining I was with Harry, Hermione and Ron in Gryffindor and we were absolute best friends (I'm not going to get into all my Hogwarts fantasis-there are too many of them). Oh, and Fred Weasley was my boyfriend.
-dreaming at night about performing spells to get what I wanted
-wishing I lived at the Burrow
-waiting for that day when I would get my Hogwarts acceptance letter (never came-you could have at least tried, Mom!)
-reading the part when Fred died in the last book (to late to warn SPOILER?) and crying my heart out from that page to the very last page, and then hiding the book somewhere and crying more into my pillow (is it sad that he was the closest thing I've ever had real love? -nervous laugh- :P)
-staying up till 2 am that night after reading DH trying to find some reassuring facts online about the disappointing epilogue (you call that an epilogue, Jo?! Really, REALLY?!)
-jumping up and down whenever I saw Harry Potter books in the bookstore, even after I had them all (ha, wait, I still do that actually!)
-trying (unsuccessfully) to force my mom into taking a Florida trip to see the Harry Potter cast on the opening day of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
-dueling with people in the school hallways earlier this year when we had Harry Potter Spirit Day, complete with wands and everything (and being sent to Azkaban by my English teacher for using an Unforgivable-it slipped)

That's only a small part of my list. I wonder how I'll react when the credits start. It won't be pretty. For now, I'm jut stuck between watching the trailer 30 times a day, giggling at old interviews, and watching previews from the past moviews, wishing I could go back to the days when there were still like 4 movies left. Oh, and waiting for that terrible day in July when my childhood finally ends.

Ooh, I've got a great handle on this over-dramatic thing. I should be a depressing poet.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I Love Guitar Players

If there's one thing I really love, it's guys that play guitar.

I'm not even sure why. I think it's because music is so so important to me, and knowing that a guy can share that with me by being able to make music with a guitar is just amazing.
Guys with a talent that they're passionate about are just perfect. 
Plus, guitar playing guys seem more sensitive. I mean, what girl doesn't want a song played just for her?
AND he can finally teach me how to play.
Sensitive guys? My God, I'm such an idealist.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Girls Gone Wrong.

So I basically posted a really long blog post about how much I love a certain musician, but Blogger obviously disapproved, because they decided to screw up my template for some reason right after I posted it. I then deleted it, thinking I had copied the text, but apparently I didn't, so it's all lost and I'm left extremely annoyed. So I decided to give up on it, because I don't want to get annoyed by typing it all over again, knowing it will never be as great as the original. Maybe I'll post it another day.

Anyways, one thing I've been noticing on Facebook is the abundance of partially unclothed profile pictures posted by girls (I know, NO WAY :O). By "partially unclothed," I mean the girls who think it's okay to show so much cleavage not even girls could look away. It shows such a complete lack of class and it's disgusting. Seriously, who are you trying to impress? Oh, guys, I know, but what kind of guys? The creepy 26 year old guys that still live at home and go out at night drinking cheap beer and hang with 18 year olds. Oh, and post "damn, your hot" on the picture where your shirt is conveniently cut in a low U. And then you sit there smiling, all pleased with yourself because you've gotten 25 likes and 15 comments from these kinds of guys.

I know one sophomore who I'm friends with on Facebook who apparently really likes alot of my friends, because she's been trying to get closer with them (don't ask me why, we're an odd bunch). But when my friends and I look through her Facebook profile pictures, this is our reaction:

Seriously girls, please try to show some respect for yourself. If you don't respect yourself, why on earth would a guy respect you? Don't be squeezing your arms against your chest to appear more "voluminous" and angling your camera directly down your shirt. That's not the kind of attention you need, and it sure as hell isn't something I want to look at.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Be inspired.

I keep a little journal full of inspiring quotes that really touch me. One of my favorite things is to look for new quotes to add, because there are so many great people that lived and live in the world, and I love to be able to appreciate a little piece of them by writing down things they once said. I secretly hope that someday, people will write down things I have said in their little quote journals, just to know that maybe my words could be significant. Anyways, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes from my journal, and hope you'll like them as much as I did:

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. -Mother Teresa

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo

Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. -Voltaire (really liked this one :P)

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. -Emily Dickinson

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. -Paulo Coelho

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. -George John Nathan

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. -Anne Roiphe

In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. -Paul McCartney

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. -Henry David Thoreau

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. -Albert Einstein

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abraham Lincoln

Great hopes make great men. -Thomas Fuller

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. -Thomas Fuller

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams. -Hosea Bailou

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. -William Shakespeare

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. -Winston Churchill

Some of them might seem cheesy, but I think it's reassuring to know that famous people have thought and felt the same way as someone as average as myself. I have alot more, so maybe I'll post more sometime.

--Ugh, actually, looking at these quotes, I sound like a 60 year old woman talking about the old days and preaching "believe in your dreams" to a bunch of teenagers. Why do I always sound so maternal? Oh well, I still like the quotes :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Current State of the Union

I am...

-annoyed that Blogger was shut down for almost 2 days, and that some of my stuff still hasn't been returned to its original state (I'm being patient though)
-tired because I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in exactly 3 weeks
-nervous about my mom's reaction when I tell her I left my saxophone at school because I'm not planning on practicing this weekend
-happy because I just got home from one of my best friend's birthday party, where I had alot of fun and realized just how much I adore my friends
-excited because we have finally been getting some good weather here!
-ecstatic that the debut album of my new favorite music artist (Miles Kane) finally came out in the US iTunes store.
-annoyed/frustrated because I think all my blog posts are completely uninteresting, and I have no idea how to change that.
-confused about how this all turned into one big rant

Oh, and since I've already started ranting, you know what else bothers me? Disrespectful teenagers. There's one girl in my honors English class who really hates it, but for some reason stuck with it the whole year. Instead of dropping, apparently she has decided to make the teacher's life miserable by mouthing off and declaring that "nobody cares" about the books/poems we discuss and that it's all a "bunch of crap," right to the teacher's face. Then she goes and blatantly does other homework in class, sighing exasperatedly if the teacher asks her to stop. If you don't like it, fine, you know where the door is-don't disrupt everyone else's learning if you refuse to learn anything. The worst part? The teacher doesn't do anything about it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oh hi, who are you?

Yay! One new follower! Welcome Jen :)
So I realized I never really introduced myself as a person on here, and my "About Me" doesn't really say much so I'll just give a bunch of random facts and hope that will suffice:
 1.) So I'm obviously Anna. I'm Russian by heritage-my parents literally came from the Soviet Union (and no, they weren't fleeing :P), so I speak fluent Russian :)

2.) When I graduate from high school (currently a junior), I want to be either a journalist or a marine biologist. Very different professions, I know, but that's me.

3.) Art is so important to me, in every way and type-I love to draw and paint, play the piano and saxophone, listen to music, take photos, it goes on.

4.) I'm an absolute anglophile-I adore everything British. I pretty much listen only to British music, gush at their amazing accents (which I've only heard like twice in my life) and dream about the days when I'll live in London. It's a lifestyle :P

5.) Harry Potter changed my life. That's all I can really say. Oh, that and I adore Fred and George Weasley.

6.) My music taste changed so much from what it was a year ago. I used to listen to the popular music that was on the top charts, now all I really listen to is indie (British, of course :P). My favorite band changes like every week, but bands that have always managed to keep my interest are Muse, Arctic Monkeys (<3) and The Strokes.

I am the master of the ugly face.
7.) I'm in love with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, he is the most gorgeous specimen of a man ever created (I'm sure I'll have a blog post about him eventually).

8.) I've never had a boyfriend before. I mean, I'm in no rush and (this is going to be really cheesy) I secretly think that somewhere out there (I always imagine England), the perfect guy for me, the one I've always daydreamed about, is waiting.

9.) I went to Europe last summer and saw places like Paris and Vienna. I only went for a week and a half, but it changed my life forever. It's the reason I love traveling, and the reason why I want to move to Europe.

10.) I love tea and coffee. Invite me over for a cup of tea and a donut and I'll love you forever.

11.) I'm a hopeless romantic, which is pretty much self-explanatory as seen by #8. I also really love beautiful things, like landscapes, artwork, melodic music (like beautiful movie soundtracks), people's dreams, love, feel-good movies, etc.

12.) I'm terrible at math but good at English. I'll analyze a book like you've never seen before! No, I'm joking-for some reason my English teacher just thinks I'm really good at English and gives me high grades when in reality my essays suck. It's an unexplainable phenomenon.

13.) I have a terrible fashion sense, but I'm working on it! Like today, I wore a band t-shirt with skinny jeans and cool sneakers (like old-school Converse).  Not much, I know, but maybe when I get a job things will change.

14.) I'm a Christian, but not in that "oh, I hate gays, non-Christians and everything in between" Christian. I believe in Jesus but I don't ever shove my faith down anyone's throat. You're Muslim or Buddhist or anything else? Cool, let's be friends :)

15.) I'm too much of a dreamer. I dream about my future, guys, what could happen, just anything. I think that life seems to be easier that way.

16.) I'm really starting to love blogging, because it feels like I can be myself without feeling awkward (like in a journal/diary) and it's great to know others on here feel the same way.

17.) I'm that girl that sings loudly and off-key in school hallways, just because when I feel happy and want to sing, I do it. I'm one to speak my true, honest opinion without coming off as rude (though it's happened before :P). I feel that if people acted more like themselves without worrying what others think, the world (especially teenagers) would be much happier.

So that's me in a nutshell. I hope everyone wasn't completely bored by my life story, because beyond this I'm really just a boring small-town girl with big dreams :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Keira, why are you so awesome?

Lately I've been watching alot of feminine movies (I'm not sure if I'd call them chick flicks, because I feel like they're more than that). These days, it's so hard to find an actress who actually plays a smart girl-one who is intelligent, classy and smart. When I think of that kind of actress I usually think of the lovely Audrey Hepburn, one of my favorite female role models. Unfortunately, Audrey's long gone and there hasn't really been anyone who has inspired me since. Recently, though, I've been watching alot of movies with Keira Knightley and I realized how much I like her. She always plays the strong, intelligent young woman who takes control of her own life, but yet at the same time is so romantic in her roles and so beautiful.

Just look at that fierce look! What a cool pirate!

Obviously, one of my favorite characters of her's is Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean. She was so headstrong, even in the beginning of the first movie. Even if she did kill Jack Sparrow (oh, sorry, spoiler :P) in the second film, the way she took control in the third film at a historical period when women were just expected to look pretty was such an inspiration. I know it's cheesy to be inspired by a movie character, but hell, if I could be a pirate (which I would love), I'd want to be just like her.

And then there's the character she played in my absolute favorite book and movie-Pride and Prejudice. For anyone who hasn't seen or read it, it's the most mind-sweeping beautiful romance that could ever have been written. Keira plays the main character, Elizabeth Bennett, a headstrong 20 year old who refuses to marry until she finds the perfect man, turning down multiple guys just for that reason. Keep in mind it was written at a time when women were eager to marry the first man that gave them an offer. Keira plays the role of the independent Elizabeth so wonderfully-probably because she herself is quite headstrong and talented. She's so admirable, I really can't wait to see more of her movies. If you haven't seen any of her movies, I strongly recommend you see Pride and Prejudice, Atonement,and Pirates of the Caribbean.