Friday, July 19, 2013

The Little Things

You know how there are some things in life that seem so irrelevant compared to everything else going on in our crazy, mixed-up lives? You have to give those little things credit, because, even if you don't realize it, those tiny details can easily make your day. For example, I was flying into LA the other day at nighttime and the view from the small airplane window was absolutely gorgeous. The city lights were breathtaking. It's things like this that keep us going, even if we never notice them. 

The view:


Can I move to LA?

     After spending a full day wandering around LA, I've decided that I must move here. This morning, my dad's friend, who works at Fox Studios, showed us around Fox. We got to go on the sets of shows like New Girl and How I Met Your Mother. It was all very surreal after watching season after season of these shows and then walking where Zooey Deschanel walked. 
      After Fox, we made our way to the heart of Hollywood where another of my dad's friends showed us around a production facility where a lot of promo spots and movie trailers are cut and produced. It was all very cool. 
      So far, this trip has made me realize, to put it simply, that I have a very cool dad, to say the least. The people that I met today were clearly impacted by what they learned from my dad when they worked for him back in the day. It's really amazing to see this side of my what my dad used to do. Anyway, this is me on the set of New Girl: 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Current Obsessions

         Right now, there are a TON of things that I am absolutely in love with:


1. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
I recently purchased this book, and I cannot put it down. It's hands-down one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The authors put an entirely different spin on everything you ever knew (or didn't know) about economics. I highly recommend it; it's that wonderful.

2. Anker iPhone Back-Up Battery
This back-up battery has honestly changed my life. I cannot live without it. It fits so nicely in a small purse that I take it everywhere I go. I never worry about charging my phone anymore. This thing will give your phone a full charge about 6 or 7 times. It's even a flashlight! If you have an iPhone, buy it. Right now.

3. Moleskine Notebooks
These handy-dandy little notebooks are the cutest notebooks to jot down anything in. I have multiple that I use for quickly writing down ideas, writing out goals, and making lists. They're the perfect journal to have around.

4. Penny Skateboards
This one is odd, seeing as I don't know how to skateboard. At all. I don't even own one of these; although I'd like to. They're the daintiest and cutest skateboards I have ever seen. Who knows, maybe I'll be a skating pro if I get one of these?

5. Instax 210 Polaroid
Once again, I don't own one of these, yet I'm OBSESSED. I want to purchase one so badly. The only thing holding me back is the pricey film. Think of it this way in terms of how expensive the film is: every time you take a picture, you're basically ripping up a dollar in the air.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Weekend Adventures

       A weekend adventure is always the best way to go if you find yourself wanting to travel but not wanting to give up too much time. This past weekend, my dad and I headed up to Gatlinburg.
      We stayed in a really nice hotel, called the Park Vista. It's round and has an amazing view of the mountains. It's in it's own little world up on part of the mountain and is the perfect place to go if you're ever up in Gatlinburg. The view:


       Walking around downtown Gatlinburg, you can find ice cream shops, typical tourist trap t-shirt stores, mini golf, Ripley's Believe it or Not attractions and so on. 
       The best part in my opinion, was Ober Gatlinburg. It's a ski resort in the winter but functions in the summer as an amusement park type place. You take a tram up to the top where you'll find the ski lifts, an alpine slide luging course, an indoor skating rink, and some kiddie rides. The best part of the entire experience to me would be the tram rides up and down the mountain because of the spectacular views: 



      




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Babysitting

         The other day, I was babysitting some kids. The parents said their goodbyes and walked right out the door leaving me with their two kids for the next four hours. As soon as the door closed, the pair silently faced me and I had a mini heart attack. Why? Because the look they were giving me, and they were they were standing proposed that they were about to run about the house wild and not listen to a word I would say. It almost was about to be one of those crazy movie scenes until the older one said, "Can we go to the park?" It was a frightening experience.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Problem

           Today I realized something: I have so, so many clothes, yet I fail to ever feel content in the amount of clothing I own. I always feel like I need more. I also feel like I don't own any decent article of clothing. Hence:
           
            I love shopping, it's as simple as that. I always want to be wearing the next new thing. It's normal to get tired of a top once you've had it for a while. But I find myself getting tired of tops after one or two wears. It's really bad. Here's to hoping I learn to save my money for once...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Film-Making Hopeful

           As long as I can remember, I've always wanted to have something to do with Hollywood. When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress or a singer and be on shows like Lizzie McGuire and Hannah Montana. Of course, that was the dream for many little girls back in the days of pink tutus and ballet class.
          When I was a little older, maybe in fourth or fifth grade, I started to want to be behind the scenes of movie magic rather than in the center of all the bright lights. I started making videos in my front yard with the cheap digital camera I had gotten for my birthday that year. My dad told me how he used to work as a producer. A job liked that started to appear more glamorous than something that required red carpet walks every other night. My future was all planned out: Go to UCLA, major in film production, become a director. It all seemed so simple until I realized that you don't step right out of college and onto the next Harry-Potter-type-blockbuster. My dad later told me that he started out in the shipping department of the company and worked his way up.
           Even though my dream seemed to be pushing itself farther and farther away, I still clung onto it for my dear life. Last summer, I spent a lot of time writing a script. I planned out every single component, down to the last shot and who I was going to put in the special thanks part of the credits. Once again, I had a let-down. I had another realization that logistics would be impossible to manage and that my film would never come into existence. I know I'll make it someday though...
          My dream is still relevant. I'm only going into my junior year in high school, so I still have time to plan it all out. *Fingers crossed.*

The Hollywood sign

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I'm a Shopaholic

             Here's my problem: I love shopping, but I hate handing over the cash. Spending money is something I just really can't stand to do. I always end up wandering through the colorful fabrics of Madewell, J. Crew, and Anthropologie. I torture myself with the thought of ever owning any of those beautiful pieces of clothing. I tease myself by trying them all on, completely ignoring the fact that a t-shirt costs more than a tank of gas.               
             My other problem is that I have an expensive taste. I shop like I'm the daughter of rich upper-east-side socialites. Sure, I end up settling for Target, American Eagle, and occasionally Ann Taylor Loft; yet I can't help but imagine how amazing a closet full of clothing from a place like J. Crew would be. Buy me all of Madewell or J. Crew, and we'll be best friends forever.