Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer!

11:21 pm.

Today would be Joe Strummer’s sixty-first birthday.

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Joe Strummer (born John Graham Mellor) was one of the most important figures of the Punk movement in England in the seventies and eighties. Best known for his position of lead singer for The Clash, he also went on to do other groups, including The Pogues, The Mescaleros, and others. He died at age fifty from heart issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feH9NVtYtJM This is a video I found on the Youtube of The Clash performing live in Munich in 1977.

Asylum Photos

6:10 pm.

On Monday, we went to the Old State Hospital. This is one of my favourite things about Traverse City; it’s an old mental asylum, established in 1885 under the premise of “beauty is therapy”. It was shut down in 1989, and fell into a state of disrepair until recently; a few of the buildings have been restored already, and more have been bought, with the intentions to restore them and preserve the history. You can read more about the place here.

While I was there on Monday evening, I took over 300 photos. I have since sorted through and edited them, and I was able to narrow it down to twenty-three favourites. And, here they are:


























(note: all photos of the insides of the buildings were taken through broken windows. No trespassing occurred 🙂 )




I DIY’ed shoes!

11:07 am.

Yesterday, I made do-it-yourself galaxy shoes! Here’s the tutorial I used:

DIY Galaxy Shoes–Kiss My Fashion

A few notes on the process:

– if you put tape on the edge of your shoes to keep the paint off, I advise against using electrical tape–that’s what I used (all the other tutorials I read said to use it), and it left residue on mine. Undesirable. Instead, you could use painter’s tape–that stuff always comes off clean. Or, if you have a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge thingy handy, use that after you’re done–it very easily took off some paint that went under the tape.

– I also advise you to water down your paint–it makes it bloom much better, and the colours blend at the edges of patches much better than if you used undiluted paint. Just a little water will do–I would wet my brush, drip it into the paint on your palette or plate, and mix it in until it is runny. Trust me. 🙂 (Also, don’t forget to start off by dampening you shoe with a sponge and water first.)

– Now, I shouldn’t think the paint would run if the shoes get wet, being acrylic and all, but I wanted to be on the safe side, so I used a basic water-proofer sealant spray on mine.

I know you’re all dying to see the finished product 🙂 So, here they are:





I’m rather pleased with how they turned out. If you’re a fan of the whimsical, go ahead and try this–I’m really glad I did!

Oh My Bean! An Award!

1:10 pm.

Today has turned out to be a Very Nice Day. Know why? Well, besides the fact that it is another snow day (the second in a row!), I was just awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger award by InkPaperPen! She has a great blog over there–filled with meaningful discussions on important topics.



1.) link back to your nominator (check!)

2.) put image in post (check!)

3.) share seven facts about yourself:

-I dabble in photography.

Stargirl (by Jerry Spinelli) is one of my top favourite books–it ought to be on everyone’s must-read list, regardless of age!

-I am a very organizational person.

-I am an overachiever, and I hold myself to Rather High academic standards.

-I love old stuff…that musty smell, the stories held by everything…

-I love finding pennies (and other coins), and I’ll go out of my way to pick it up.

-I’m frequently told my sneezes sound like those of kittens.

4.) Nominate other bloggers and tell them you have. Here’s a list of blogs which I think are fun, interesting, or just plain lovely:

The Penny Project


Photo Booth Journal

The Future is Papier Mache

WTF is Photography?

Bucket List Publications

Daina’s Book

Spoon Humping

Malala Yousafzai

12:48 pm.

In my school library, I saw the Person of the Year issue of Time magazine. We have it at home (my mom is a subscriber), but I hadn’t read it in depth before. So, with a forty-minute lunchtime with nothing planned to do, I picked it up and flipped through it. I ended up reading the article on Malala Yousafzai, who was Time‘s Person of the Year Number Two.

Let me tell you, this girl is amazing.

She is a 15-year-old Pakistani girl who is the daughter of a newsman, a precocious learner, and a role model for girls, leaders, education advocates, and everyone in between.

She spoke out loudly and proudly against the Taliban and against the lack of education for girls in Pakistan and developing countries all around the world. When she was just 11 years old (eleven!), she gave a speech titled “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education?” People feared for her because of her “confronting the Taliban so brazenly”, as it’s worded in the article in Time (page 100).

Malala has made so much happen for education. She has supporters including Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister, Megan Smith, a Google Vice President, and Mark Kelly,  former astronaut and husband of former senator of Arizona, Gabby Giffords, who also survived a shooting to the head. These supporters helped to found the Malala Fund, named after her, to give grants to organizations and people working in education.

Because of her outspokenness and lack of backing down, the Taliban ordered her to be assassinated. On 9 October 2012, an assassin shot her in the head while she was riding in a “school bus” (no more than a glorified truck–Pakistan was, at that point, spending a mere 2% of GDP on education). However, the bullet grazed her brain, and went behind her left eye, down to her jaw, and ended up being lodged just above her left shoulder blade.

She is was recovering in a hospital in Birmingham, England, where many gifts and cards have been sent to her. Her family has received over 13,000 dollars to fund her recovery! She had been in the hospital for two months, and was just discharged from the hospital on the fifth this month. Instead of the Taliban silencing her, they did the opposite: her story and words are now more powerful than ever.

Malala is more than a girl–she is a hero. She is so inspiring, brave and courageous. She risked her life for her cause, and she’s on the road to recovery. She is just plain amazing. That’s why I signed this online petition to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize–Malala deserves it so much. It only needs 146 more signatures on it.

This girl is going to move a mountain some day, I just know it. Even if she stays in England where there is more security for her, and even if she retires from activism and raises a family, her message will not quiet or slow down. I am honoured to be growing up at the same time as she is.

Here We Are, At The End

10:05 pm.

Wowzers! In less than two hours, this year will be over. I almost can’t believe it, but y’know, I’m ready to stop writing “2012” on everything I write a date on.

This year’s been rather nice for me. I enjoyed it. I saw Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand performed in Grand Rapids; I made new friends; I found great treasures at my beach; I started a blog (of which I’ve become rather fond); I was awarded, along with some of my classmates, an academic letter for having a high GPA (3.963) lat year (I want to bring back letter cardigans! 😀 ); I got everything I wanted for Christmas; and, again, I made new friends.

I look forward to this coming year, and hope it to be better than any before.

Happy New Year’s Eve, Everyone! (Look at that, I even capitalized “Everyone”, you guys, my viewers, are so important 🙂 )



P.S. – This is my year in pictures:2012 My Year in Pictures

If You Need a Good Laugh…

8:55 pm.

You know, I don’t watch television, really. I watch MSNBC (yep, what a geek I am, watching the news all day…:) ), Pretty Little Liars (my sister got me started, and I need to know how it ends), and Saturday Night Live. Last night’s was Martin Short and Paul McCartney.

One of my favourite bits on SNL is “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party” on the Weekend Update. Cecily Bayers is the Girl at the Party; she’s one of the new girls, and man is she funny!

So, if you need a good laugh, you should watch her bit from last night’s episode:

Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party, 14 December 2012

Check it out, have a good laugh…It’s definitely worth the three and a half minutes! 😀

Label Day!

9:53 am.

Well, my blogger-friend Rarasaur created a rather fun thing for today–Label Day! I was so happy to participate, here is my label:

ImageWhoo Hoo! For other blogggers who participated and gave a photo of them wearing a label, check out Rarasaur’s post at http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/bloggers-celebrate-label-day/

Have a good day! 🙂