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Um, I actually just got back from a family vacation to Florida a couple days ago... I was planning on writing something before I left, but then things kept coming up and then I had almost no internet access in Florida. I meant to write a big huge post when I got back, too, but HBP is out (!!!) and I am much too hyper and distracted for that. So, you get this nice little list instead!

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, by [livejournal.com profile] _cadenza
  • Cirque du Soleil was the most amazing thing I've seen in my life.
  • Cocoa Beach is very pretty.
  • Daytona Beach is very crowded.
  • The Disney parks were fun, but did not include anything from Jungle Book! Darn.
  • They did, however, have tons of Beauty & the Beast stuff. Yay!
  • Florida is hot.
  • Really hot.
  • And humid, too.
  • Seaworld is expensive, but really cool.
  • Everyone speaks Spanish in Florida. I could understand a few words... The people sitting next to me at the Cirque thought it very important to have a discussion about pants sizes in the middle of the performance. Whatever.
  • McDonald's hiring ad was written in simple enough language that I could understand the entire thing in Spanish.
  • I took over 500 photos.
  • I have already deleted 200 of them.


And now, I'm off to buy HBP! Much with the squee and excitement!
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After spending a week trying to make applications from 1995 work on my computer, I'm finally able to take my correspondence course -- Spanish I. And, upon starting up the program... I am incredibly confused. The program lists off a bunch of Spanish phrases... and expects me to magically know what they mean in English, I suppose. I was given a Spanish-English dictionary for the course; maybe I'm expected to look up every single word?

And, it's my birthday! Well, tomorrow is, but June birthdays were celebrated at my grandma's house today. Because Mom has such a huge family, birthday presents generally consist of random dollar bills thrown in a card -- thus, I ended up with $42 today. (A new candidate for the ultimate question: "How many dollars did [livejournal.com profile] _cadenza receive for her 16th birthday? 42.") Also received the DVD of the Hitchhiker's Guide TV show, and the Phantom of the Opera book!
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Here are my icons which, for whatever reason, were never actually included in an icon post. Enjoy!

Harry Potter Icons )

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Icons )

Zelda Icons )


Feel free to use -- just give credit in keywords!
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Activities That Cause Wrist Pain

  • Playing Piano
  • Typing
  • Playing Clarinet


Things That I Do Excessively

  • See list above


Activities Which Hurt A Lot When You Have Tendonitis

  • See list above
  • Also, in fact, moving any part of the arm in any which way


...All of which may explain why I have not been posting lately. And, of course, the tendonitis had to occur right before my biggest piano audition of the year, so I ended up playing more than usual. Thus, my wrist has been so very dead for the past few weeks, and I probably should not be typing now, but I am incredibly bored.
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
The local college just held their annual Tech Day this week. It's a competition in which there are five individual events (Website Design, Spreadsheet, Speed Keyboarding, Document Production, and Desktop Publishing) and one team Powerpoint event. I ended up taking 1st in the web design event, but what's even more wonderful is that my school's team of female underclassmen tied for first in the entire competition!

I confirmed my complete lack of fashion sense by wearing one of my toothbrush bracelets to school on Tuesday. Surprisingly enough, nobody actually noticed that my bracelet was made from a toothbrush until I took the bracelet off, at which point they either squeed over it or gave me funny looks for the rest of the day... Next up are Capri Sun purses and wallets, and my origami dollar bill ring.

My mother is forcing me to attend religious education classes again this year. I haven't complained too much yet; after all, I've only actually gone three times so far. However, today was confession, and I therefore spent over an hour waiting silently for my turn. I entertained myself by timing everyone else's confessions. The shortest one lasted fifty-seven seconds, while the longest one was three minutes and fifteen seconds. I suspect that everyone's actual confession consisted of the same thing ("I didn't obey Mommy and Daddy and I fought with my siblings"), and the longer times were only due to the obligatory conversation with the priest afterward.

Election

Nov. 2nd, 2004 07:21 pm
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
We had a mock election on World History class today. Out of the twenty-four students in that class, two of us voted for John Kerry. The other twenty-two insisted that Kerry is "stupid", an "idiot", a "retard", and "butt ugly". That was the most explanation I could get from them on their opinion. (A few did say Kerry was a flip-flopper, but could not say just what, exactly, he "flip-flopped" about.) Then again, this is the same class which thought that the two political parties were Democrats and Representatives. One classmate of mine had no idea who Kerry was before today. We also voted whether on Measure One, which would ban gay marriage in our state, should be passed. Surprisingly, only nine people in the class supported the measure. Then again, most of the class was hopelessly confused by the question. (The teacher spent ten minutes trying to explain the question, then gave up.)

Of course, I am only babbling about this in an effort to distract myself from the real election. Now, I must surrender the computer to my brother and return to sitting in front of the TV, crossing my fingers.
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
It has come to my attention that some people believe LiveJournals should be used to write things in. This is a new concept to me, but I suppose I could at least make the attempt! :)

Stuff that has happened in the last two weeks:

I read two incredibly good books. The 11th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events just came out, and it was, of course, wonderfully odd. Those books are so fun, but they do seem a bit immature, and I find myself hiding the fact that I'm reading a 'children's book' even more so than when I'm reading Harry Potter and the like. The other book was, obviously, Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. It is absolutely fabulous; in fact, it's one of my favorite Discworld books to date (and that's some tough competition). Vetinari is delicious, and Moist is definitely a new favorite character.

Play practice has been exhausting simply because we have so many of them. I am not used to having to do much of anything before 8:00 am, and these early morning practices are killing me. At least I have a reasonably fun part, even if it is teeny tiny.

It has snowed, ick! It's not the actual snow that bothers me; it's the accompanying freezing weather. At least we're still above zero degrees Fahrenheit...

I have a new digital camera! I just got my new Pentax Optio 450 a few days ago, and it is amazing! It's 4 megapixels, and has 5x optical zoom, and has so many features that my photos look like I have some sort of talent! So happy!

Of course, I am in a lovely mood anyways because my random audition of the week went absolutely perfectly. Honestly, it was 100 times better than my last audition. And what's more, I think a couple of my friends have a really good chance at making it into Honor Choir, too, which would be cool beyond words!


Also, I am through with auditions for an entire month! *throws confetti*
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THE ULTIMATE SILENCE
October 12, 1998




Six years ago today, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

Click here to post this on your own page or weblog








cadenza: (Up to no good.)
I am attempting to write a book report on Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time. Thus far, it reads like something written by a fourth-grader high on caffeine. Oh, well; we're just getting points for following the teacher's insanely strict book report format, anyways.

This teacher is obsessed with examples and quotes from the text, which brings up a slight problem: there isn't a single good quote in ToT that makes sense out of context. One of my favorite quotes from the entire series is in ToT ("Even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment."), and I'm trying to decide if I should just paraphrase, or what, because without the background info, it doesn't exactly make sense. And, of course, all of the humorous quotes make even less sense out of context, so I'm left just saying, in essence, "This is a funny book. Really! It is. Trust me!"

Also, have you ever tried to sum up a Pratchett book in four sentences? Gods, it's difficult. Pratchett books are impossible to explain to other people.
cadenza: (therefore I am.)
Good Omens: Predictions About Your Friends by hidingthestars
Username
Saunters vaguely downwardcopperbadge
Gives away a flaming swordrowen_r
Is an Olympic-grade lurkermctabby
Wears sunglasses even when they dunt need tolisew
Has teensy-weensy little hoofikinsptyx
Really wrote the Buggre Alle This Biblegmonkey42
Thinks tartan is stylishloneraven
Will always know the stain was there, deep downhpbnfdm_lives
Isn't occult; is etherealdarthmaligna
Harasses house plants, the utter bastardladyjaida
Has two nipples... or so they saylinnpuzzle
Quiz created with MemeGen!


*

Have received music for upcoming choir festival. Apparently, we are meant to imitate the sounds of the rainforest by making animal calls. Oh, how I love deranged Brazilian music.

*

I finally jumped on the Gmail bandwagon, and can now be reached at presto.cadenza@gmail.com . I also have invites, if anyone is even more behind the times than I am.
cadenza: (I plink)
All right, I finished transcribing the first 1/3 of Secrets of the Castle. Maybe later I'll work on the rest of the song, but for now, I'm sticking to the simple stuff. :) I'm still not sure if the rest of the song could even be transcribed for solo piano and still sound okay, anyways.

The images are under the cuts:

Page 1 )
Page 2 )

Bear with me; I'm still getting used to using Finale. I did clean it up in Photoshop, though, so it should be all right.
cadenza: (I plink)
I put up another desktop wallpaper, Rainbow Pool, yesterday. It's one of my favorites so far, mainly because it actually looks like something, not just random shapes. (I think that's how you can tell the good graphic artists from the bad: they set out to make a certain thing, and the end result is that certain thing.)

***

Before the piano book for PoA was available at most stores, I discovered someone selling copies on Ebay. So, I bought one. Two days later, my mom discovered that our local music store had the book and hadn't called me when it came in. Now, two weeks after the auction ended, my book still hasn't come and waiting is driving me insane.

However, something good has come of this: When I realized that Secrets of the Castle wasn't included in the book, I transcribed it for solo piano. (Or, at least, the first third of it. Parts of the rest of the song really don't work for solo piano, so I just found a good spot to stop.) I think I'll post it later today, if anyone's interested; I've still got to fiddle around with it a bit more.
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
I uploaded another desktop wallpaper, Pipe Weave, yesterday. I'm actually pretty pleased with it, except for its slightly small size.

***

There's an excerpt from Going Postal, the upcoming Pratchett book, up on the Harper Collins website. It's wonderful, of course, with an interesting new character. Also, Vetinari!

***

Sophomore registration is tomorrow. Hopefully I won't get stuck in any horribly boring and pointless classes. School starts next Tuesday, at which point my brain had better turn on again or I am in huge trouble. The most educational thing I've done all summer is watch game shows. >.

Icons

Aug. 8th, 2004 03:01 pm
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
All right. So. Icons. Admittedly, they are not the most unique of icons, but I am learning. Constructive criticism is much appreciated, as I am very much a beginner to icon-making.

Teasers:

17 icons behind the cut )

Please comment here and credit me in the keywords if you take any. Thanks. :)
cadenza: (I plink)
I'm all caught up from my little vacation to Canada, where I spent money on terribly important things, such as beads and Harry Potter coins.

Now, I'm attempting to learn Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue which is absolutely impossible and yet so pretty but the fugue has 4 voices and there are so many ornaments and it won't work. Ack.

I'm still fiddling around with various icons, but I'm very much a perfectionist, so it's taking rather a long time.
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
My DSL connection has been absolutely insane lately, and I was left with no internet connection whatsoever for the past half-week when their server went completely down.

What did I do with this extra time? Erm, I made string dolls with my cousins, learned how to make hemp bracelets, and did a puzzle. I did suffer from a brief craving for fandom, though, and I created some angsty Remus icons. They'll be posted as soon as I find a good, free animation program that works on Macs. I should also have more desktop wallpapers up soon; I'm almost finished with five different wallpapers.

A meme, ruthlessly stolen from ariastar )
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in

1. writing score: 18
2. anime score: 8
3. isadora quagmire score: 7
4. drawing score: 7
5. alan rickman score: 7
6. violet baudelaire score: 7
7. monty python score: 6
8. sam vimes score: 6
9. count olaf score: 6
10. sunny baudelaire score: 6
11. dragons score: 6
12. sleep score: 6
13. duncan quagmire score: 6
14. klaus baudelaire score: 6
15. lucius/severus score: 5
16. not sharing this interest score: 5
17. science fiction score: 5
18. orlando bloom score: 5
19. severus/lucius score: 5
20. video games score: 5

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.

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Ha. Looks like my Series of Unfortunate Events interests have skewed the list a bit. It's pretty accurate, though -- I'd say I'm 'interested' in all of them except Orlando Bloom and Severus/Lucius.

GIP!

Jul. 6th, 2004 10:14 pm
cadenza: (Up to no good.)
I uploaded three kitten pictures today. They are all so very adorable! I'm so glad my neighbors have cute animals. Hopefully I'll have more pics up soon, but many of them didn't turn out the greatest, due to my awful digital camera.

I made a new icon from the last picture. Actually, I made three different versions of the same icon...

Icons )

I also made another desktop wallpaper. I feel so productive! (Now, if only I could manage to write something...)
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Contrary to popular belief, summer classes are not quite bad enough to kill, although they have come close. Ack. Whose stupid idea was it to make summer classes an hour longer than a normal school day? Anyways, I am still alive, even after the longer school days and the 13-hour field trips to the Badlands.

I've been playing The Sims a bit again, mostly on Get a Life mode, which I hadn't played before. I made my character Harry Potter, and was amused to find that the default room-mate is named Dudley, and is a lazy arse who makes Harry do all the chores around the house.

Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose: Do a google search for "You know you're from [wherever you're from] when..." and bold the ones that are true.

you know you're from North Dakota when... )
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It is May 25th and I forgot all about it! At least I figured it out before the day was over. *wears lilac*

(Erm, this won't make sense to anyone who hasn't read Night Watch. Sorry!)
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