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What's your favorite midnight snack, and why?

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No toast, no nothing. Just good ol' Nutella.

Although if there isn't any Nutella (like right now ;____; ), cheese and crackers is a classic that I love.

blah blah blah school blah

So I spent Saturday night at Shell and Becca's and they reminded me that livejournal existed and that, in fact, have an account there that I've been neglecting. So...here I am.

I just got back from India on the 21st, in the afternoon. I hate international flights - I mean, they have movies and stuff all right there for free, but I'm so grumpy by the time that I get on the plane and settle in that I'm in no mood to watch movies. I just want to sleep, but I can't, because sleeping sitting up is highly annoying, and my neck always hurts because I am too short to comfortably put my head on the headrest. My flight to India was an absolute nightmare - one that is too long to recount here. And it just makes me angry thinking about it. But Shell and Bec can attest - it was HORRIBLE.

India itself was nice though - I got my nose pierced! I expected it to hurt and was terrified, but it didn't hurt at all! Just was a little sore whenever I forgot I had it pierced and went to scratch my nose. I was tired all the time though - not because of jet lag, surprisingly, but because the mattresses and pillows are SO different in India. They're filled with organic cotton, which, after prolonged usage, bunches up and hardens (sort of), so it was kind of uncomfortable. And I was way too shy to say anything, so I just dealt with it. I can say that I am ECSTATIC to be back in my own bed!

But not for long, I guess. I'm at home now, but I have to be back at school by the 27th for a mandatory Macaulay event, so I should go back by the night of the 26th. As much as I love my life in the city and on my own, I'm going to miss having people cook for me and being able to be in bed by 10pm without having to worry about homework or essays or readings or deadlines or anything like that. I'm a little nervous about this upcoming semester - we had to up our courseload to 5 classes, and I'm going to have to adjust my time management. Last semester wasn't too hard - only four courses: Anthro 101 (Intro to Cultural Anthropology), History 151 (US History from Colonization to Civil War - Honors), Spanish 311 (Advanced Structure of Modern Spanish), and MHC (The Arts of NYC - my required Macaulay seminar). They were all pretty easy - history and anthro were HEAVILY reading-based, which annoyed me, but what can you do. I did pretty well, I think: A-, A, A, and A, respectively. I thought I'd get a B or B+ for MHC and Anthro, so it was a nice surprise. My course for next semester are:

Math 150: Calculus with Analytic Geometry
Asian Studies 210: Asians in the US
Spanish 341: Intro to Hispanic Literature
Women and Gender Studies 100: Intro to W&G studies
MHC 150: The Peopling of NYC (required Macaulay seminar)

The Asian Studies course and the W&G one were NOT what I had originally wanted to take - I had had Intro to Lit and French 101 there originally, but I had to scrap them because of incompetence on the part of the College Board (with regards to sending my AP scores) and my college (in processing these scores). And I was so set on learning another language, so I'm kind of crushed now. I would've taking Russian, but they only offer Russian 101 in the first semester of each year, so I have to wait till then. And the Lit course is a prereq for EVERY other class in the English department, as well as for a bunch of other cool classes in other departments. I was royally pissed off at the change. But hey, what can you do. I guess I just have grit my teeth and do it.

OK I feel like this is going on forever and I'm just rambling at this point. So I bid you adieu!


I keep forgetting I have this...

I'm still alive! Just spend more of my time on Twitter these days...I feel like I spend so much time with people on Twitter and Tumblr that I forget to stop by here, haha. (This is my tumblr, by the way: http://kerishma.tumblr.com)

But I'm in uni now! Well, right this second I'm at home for the long weekend, but I've officially started school! I LOVE living on my own, even though I have to improve my eating habits A LOT...I got quite sick my first weekend and a few other days, and I have no intention of reliving those experiences. So my priorities now are: do schoolwork, keep a clean room, and EAT REGULARLY. Those seem like good priorities to have, right?


I guess this is growing up?

I'm here - in college! Yesterday was the first day of classes, and unfortunately it wasn't as good as I hope. The class I was looking forward to the most, and fought to take the most (Film & Literature) was a bust. Like, a total bust. It was a small class, with maybe 20 students, tops. And the professor was...how to put it...an arrogant, self-centered, superior bitch? She was cutting people off and talking about herself and how she's a "famous film journalist" and how she did it without ever taking a film class blah blah blah. I want to drop it right away and sign up for another class, but from my own searches, the only class that fits my schedule is Beginner Arabic. Which I would like to take, (and it's 4 credits), but my parents wouldn't approve of...so I emailed my advisor and am meeting her this afternoon. Hopefully something will work out...

In other news, I have met some people here. I mean, I found a group of people, but no one I've really clicked with...I miss home in that respect. I feel like I don't have any real friends here - people with whom I have common interests, a common sense of humor. I know it's good to meet people different from myself, but after hellos and how-are-yous, it gets awkward. Like I said, I've yet to find someone I've clicked with. Hopefully soon.

On the bright side, Becca is visiting me tomorrow! Finally something to keep me sane.


This is an update-ito

Wow, I haven't been around...just been so busy with work and college and soccer mania! This is just a mini update:

1. Last day of work was this past Friday! My coworkers took me out to lunch on my last day, to a nice little Chinese place. It was so nice and I had really good cold noodles with sesame sauce that were just YUM and I enjoyed myself. As much as I enjoyed working there, I am so happy that work is over! I literally started working the Monday after the last day of classes and took two days off for prom and graduation. Now, 6 days of freedom and planning until

2. COLLEGE! Holy crow I can't believe it's almost time to go. I leave in exactly one week - August 22 - for Hunter College, NYC! As excited as I am, I don't think the enormity of the situation has really hit me yet. I have a feeling that once I've moved in amd my parents've driven off, I'll be left sitting on my bed, swinging my legs, going, "Well...what now?"

3. OMG THE USA VS. BRAZIL GAME WAS INSANE! Yeah, we lost, and yeah, it wasn't even to Brazil's veteran squad, but I had way too much fun to care! I went with my friend Rebecca and my dad, and we had a blast! We were both decked out in our Landon Donovan kits, and we painted each other's faces red, white, and blue on the train ride there. We expected more people to be decked out in face paint, but there wasn't, so random people stopped us and asked us for photos! It was awkward at first, but then it was fine. And the train stations before and after the match were FLOODED with people wearing red, white, and blue and soccer jerseys, and it was just incredible - like being a part of one big family. Is this what soccer feels like in Europe??

In other soccer news, the Red Bulls lost 1-0 to the Galaxy - we'll get 'em next time boys - and Liverpool tied 1-1 with Arsenal. The own goal was a real shame, but I felt so bad for Pepe Reina - he's truly a world-class goalie who just goofed up. But the squad's in top form - we took them with only 9 men at one point and still conceded nothing!

That's all for now, I guess. Besitos a todos!

Random meme, because I am bored

List 5 of your favorite TV shows in no order, and then answer the questions!

1. Arrested Development
2. Will & Grace
3. Mad Men
4. Merlin
5. Community

Who’s your favorite character in 2?

Who’s your least favorite character in 1?
I love them all equally; which is to say, I hate them all equally as well!

What’s your favourite episode of 4?
The ones where Uther marries the troll! I literally laughed myself into a stomachache

What’s your favorite season of 5?
Only one season so far!

What’s your favorite ship in 3?

Who is your anti-ship in 4?

How long have you watched 1?
Maybe a year and a half, maybe a bit longer? I got into AR after it was canceled, and I just happened upon it on Hulu

How did you become interested in 3?
I was simply interested in the visual aspect of the show, but neve really had the motivation to watch. Until pen_necklace forced me to watch

Who’s your favorite actor in 4?
Bradley James!

Which show do you prefer? 1, 2, or 5?
You're making me choose between my 3 favorite sitcoms?? OK...winning by a hair is Will & Grace (1), just because of Jack and Karen.

Which show have you seen more episodes of; 1 or 3?
Will & Grace (1)

If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
DUH, Merlin! Of course I want the guidance of Gaius and magical powers.

How would you kill off your favourite character in 1?
Jack and Karen are made of awesome and would regenerate should I try to kill them. Which I would never do

Give a random quote from 1.
Karen: "It's Christmas, for goodness sake. Think about the baby Jesus: up in that tower, letting his hair down... so that the three wise men can climb up and spin the dreidel and see if there are six more weeks of winter."

Would a 3/4 crossover work?
Who knows? Community can do ANYTHING

Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.
Jack and Will!

Has 5 inspired you in any way?
It made me want to be as awesome and film-savvy as Abed.

Which has better theme music, 2 or 4?
Merlin (2). It's more ~dramatic~


Guess who's back, back again

Back from the Student Leaders Summit in Washington DC! It was great fun, although I do think a good portion of the seminars we went to were a load of crap, and if you didn't know some if it, you should worry about fixing yourself before fixing the world. (lol harsh)

But on the bright side: MY TICKETS CAME! I'm seeing BRAZIL VS. USA ON August 10th and I'm so excited! It's a friendly obviously, but it's my first real soccer match! And with such great teams! I'm ordering a Landon Donovan jersey and will of course go the whole nine yards: face paint, all red-white-and-blue, etc. Maybe I'll even take my graduation cap with me to wear (and on the off chance I meet any of them, get it signed)! OMG OMG SO EXCITED

My GO USA graduation cap:
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Because everyone else is doing it...

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

So I write like an intelligent, sarcastic, power-feminist who I just so happen to idolize?

I can live with that.


Happy Bastille Day!

Merde alors! I almost forgot that it was Bastille Day today! In honor of this lovely French holiday, here's a picspam of a lovely French boy named Yoann Gourcuff. Enjoy!


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Un poco tarde, pero


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Not even going to comment my disgust at the manner in which the Dutch played. Just happy for La Roja!


So. World Cup 2010 finals today. Matchday 25. La Furia Roja vs. the Oranje. Spain vs. Holland. OMG OMG OMG

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You do that, Fernandito. YOU DO THAT.

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Praying to San Iker like loco.

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I haven't been this nervous since the USA vs. Algeria game.



Second post today, third post in two days! MUST BE BUTTER CAUSE I'M ON A ROLLLLLLL

Sorry. I had to.

I just found out that Christina Hendricks was FINALLY nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as Joan Holloway on Mad Men. I realize that these Hollywood awards really don't mean anything (hello? Community getting zero nominations, while stupid Glee got multiples? WTF, Primetime Emmys?), but it's nice that she's finally getting more recognition! Also, I was just looking for an excuse to post photos of her.

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That, my friends, is what perfection looks like.

16 days till Mad Men starts up again!

Walk walk fashion baby

So I know that I skipped over the resort shows completely this time, but I really don't have the time for anything anymore. I barely have time enough for the World Cup and getting through my reading list and graduation parties and sleeping. But the minute I saw the 2010 Haute Couture show of John Galliano for Christian Dior, I was in love. Like literally in love.

Usually I'm the first person to dismiss florals in the summer and spring as cliche, overdone, etc. But Galliano took it completely to the next level, making his models the flowers. The bright, sometimes almost Day-Glo colors gave the pieces a refreshing breath of life, and the petal-like skirts and the thoughtfully-thorned heels were details I delighted in. It was truly as if the Garden of Eden itself took human form and graced his runway.

My favorite looks: The black dress with the pink tulip skirt (15th and 16th photos) and the yellow and black gown (21-23)

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Viva la Furia Roja!

So after that last self-pitying/depressed/whatever entry, I come with happiness! Although I've been CRAZY busy with work as of late, I have in fact made time for the FIFA World Cup, and it's has been a quite topsy-turvy one!

My two teams are the USA and Espana, and am I so incredibly proud of them both! I don't have time to do an in-depth analysis of my thoughts on the WC as a whole (the horror of the Refs From Hell during USA-Slovenia & England-Germany, the astonishment of giants France & Italy not making knockout stage, the glory of the USA making the knockout stage in the amazing victory over Algeria, etc...), so I'm just going to say that Landon Donovan is pretty much my new national hero (and the rest of the team is amazing as well; Bob Bradley is pretty much made of awesome) and I seriously hope Spain goes all the way! A Spain-Holland final is definitely going to be interesting.

I have to go finish up some work now, so I shall leave you with these happy images:

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I try to be positive a lot of the time. I really do. Even when I make sarcastic and cynical comments, 9 times out of 10 they are just in jest and good fun. I often speak in hyperbole - if I think your shoes are cute and look good on you, I'll tell you that you should wear them forever until you tie. If I think you're annoying and want you to get away from me, I'll tell you to go jump in a ditch and stay there for the good of mankind. And while I do have my subtle moments (which I revel in), I like my personality. I just naturally exaggerate. It's not to be mean, or hurtful, or lie, it's just how I am. I'm strong in my political and ethical beliefs. I know that a lot of my interests - whether it be in the realm of literature, film, or music - is generally not the mainstream where I live. I am aware that I have a strange sense of humor. And in the end, I like who I am.

But sometimes I wonder if other people do. I don't have many friends. My close friends who I can call, text, and count on at anytime could be counted on one hand. Sure, I guess I have people who I can chat with socially; but that's not the same thing as a friend. There are people who I thought were my friends, but ended up pushing me away. There are other people who I thought (and currently) think are my friends, but the way they talk about others behind their backs I can't help but wonder if they do the same about me.

I recently graduated from high school this past Saturday, and as I looked around and saw friends cheering for each other as they got their diplomas and hugs and take photos together after the ceremony, I was jealous. Logging into facebook and seeing the pre-prom get-togethers and after-prom fun that all of these groups of friends had, I was jealous. Knowing that I had only been invited to 2 graduation parties this past weekened when everyone was partyhopping between many parties and having fun, I was jealous. And I still am.

Now don't get me wrong. The close friends (two in particular) I have I love dearly and with all my heart. They are truly my soulmates and we will always be that way, no matter what. But I can't help but think that maybe I limited myself. Maybe if I was more social I'd have more friends. Maybe if I didn't have to state my mind so much I'd have more friends. Maybe if I joined more clubs I'd have more friends...maybe, maybe, maybe. Maybe if I did all of that I wouldn't have been crying in my bedroom last night seeing everyone's happy prom/graduation/party photos and knowing that I never had that and that it was probably my own fault.

I look forward to college - a fresh start, a bigger pool of students, a more diverse pool of students. Everyone is supposed to blossom in college, right? But I still have this gripping terror that college - socially, at least - will be a repeat of high school...and middle school...and elementary school. None of which were good times for me. In elementary school, sure I had a group of girls I knew, but I wouldn't call them friends. They would talk to me in school, but never (or very rarely) was I invited to birthday parties or playdates. Middle school wasn't much better - the aforementioned group of girls was a little more spread out, and I thought maybe I had a chance to maybe form a new group. But for reasons I still don't know today, that never happened.

I don't know what to do...I just want friends. Is that too much to ask?


Waka waka

So I haven't posted in FOREVER, so I thought a quick little update now couldn't hurt. I'm actually at the office right now because I somehow managed to find a decent-paying job. Well, actually, it's an internship, and I got it through a Bank of America international "student leaders" competition. In addition to this paid internship, I also get a free trip to go to Washington D.C. to meet with congresspeople and lobbyists to learn about corporate philanthropy at the policymaking level. Which is, I guess, pretty cool.

So now I'm working 9-5, 5 days a week. It's nice to actually be doing something with my summer days, because usually all I do during vacation is eat, watch movies on the internet, and read. But I guess I'm unhappy here because the FREAKING WORLD CUP IS GOING ON and I'm stuck in an office sticking labels on envelopes.

I mean, I got to watch the England/USA game, which was good, but I'm still trying to get over the fact that I missed the Spain/Switzerland game yesterday. And I still can't believe that Spain LOST. (I'm rooting for Team USA and Team Spain, by the way) I want to be at home, watching the games and yelling at the TV in a mixture of English and Spanish and Hindi and making raunchy comments about the players and instead I'm HERE. Oh well, I guess I just have to grow up and move on...

So how are all of you? Who are you all rooting for for the World Cup? How are your summers going?

San Iker te agradece por tu tiempo:
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So the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up a few days ago, and I considered doing a worst-dressed post and a best dressed post. But as I went through red carpet photos, I so fell in love with every look that Chinese actress Fan Bingbing wore that I made this post entirely for her and her exquisite red carpet selections.




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I really like movies

I've stolen this meme from hobnobofjoy, and, like her, am doing it all at once instead of over 11 days.

Why? Because it's 2 AM and I've absolutely nothing else to do.

Day 01 - The best movie you saw during the last year
Inglourious Basterds. I adore Quentin Tarantino, and Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent are to DIE for. The REAL Best Picture, in my opinion.

Day 02 - The most underrated movie
One of my favorite movies ever is called Expiration Date, which my European History teacher showed us two years ago after we'd taken the AP exam. It's a black comedy about a guy who think's he's going to die on his 25th birthday because of a family curse, and it's amazing. And since pretty much no one has heard of it, I think it qualifies as underrated.

Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy
So many! Chariots of Fire, Amelie, The Princess Bride, Return of the Jedi...also pretty much every film of the Disney Renaissance.

Day 04 - A movie that makes you sad
Oh man...this list is sooo long because I'm one of the WORST movie criers you will ever encounter. But to name a few: The Pianist, A Single Man, Roman Holiday, La Vita è Bella, Dead Poets Society, El Laberinto del Fauno, Edward Scissorhands...the list goes on!

Day 05 - Favorite love story in a movie
The ending for Princess Ann and Joe in Roman Holiday always breaks my heart, but their day in Rome together and their love story is peerless to me. Also, even though I'm sobbing "Don't leave, Joe! She'll come back!" every time I watch it, I think I do appreciate the realistic ending.
Also Clementine and Joel in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Again, completely heartbreaking at times, but intriguing. The dynamics of Joel and Rose's often tumultuous relationship are so interesting and I like that they still keep going back to each other.
And just to have one happy one, Elinor and Edward in Sense and Sensibility! Even though Colonol Brandon is my one true love, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant played their roles to PERFECTION, and I loved every minute of it.

Day 06 - Favorite made for TV movie
I don't know if this counts, but the BBC's production of Casanova, starring David Tennant. I was literally
crying laughing through so much of it.
Also, it goes without saying, the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. COLIN FIRTH = THE ONLY DARCY

Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
The Sixth Sense, obviously. And The Empire Strikes Back, what with "Luke, I am your father" and all that stuff. Spellbound has too many plot twists to name, what with the amnesia and the running from the law and the impersonations going on.

Day 08 - A movie that you’ve seen countless times
Aladdin. My favorite Disney film, and one of my all-time favorite films. Fun fact: I can recite the whole movie from memory, dialogue and everything. (Well, I haven't attempted that in a few years, but I'm still fairly good at it.)

Day 09 - A movie with the best soundtrack
From the Disney repertoire: Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, and Mulan. From Bollywood: Dil Se, Om Shanti Om and Lagaan. From Hollywood: pretty much any Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film.

Day 10 - Favorite classic movie
Roman Holiday! I love Audrey Hepburn, I love Gregory Peck, I love William Wyler - it's a win-win-win situation for me! But seriously, it's one the greatest movies ever. They just don't make 'em like that anymore.

Day 11 - A movie that changed your opinion about something
Well, I don't know if it necessarily changed my opinion, but Tweleve Angry Men made a huge impression on me as a child, as did Inherit the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird (lol, courtroom dramas). The idea that truth and justice should alway be fought for, even in the bleakest of circumstances is something that I keep in mind everyday and is something I strive to apply in my day-to-day life.



Yes! I am alive! AP exams are over and I'm allowed to finally relax. It's so wonderful, I can't even express how happy I am...

But, I mean, I still have work to so. A lot of my classes are now just filled with final projects for our end-of-the-year grades, which is fine with me. For Spanish, we're doing an eighties-"Totally Spies"-badass-themed spy movie, and it's going to be AMAZING. Ela, Katie, and I went shopping today for the things we would need, and emerged successful with hoochie shorts, glow sticks, and dollar-store makeup. I seriously cannot wait for this movie to happen.

It's going to be a mix of:

No puedo esperar!


I'm still alive! Sort of

I would just like to say that I'm not dead! Just exhausted. A bit like the living dead, just feeling closer to the "dead" bit at the moment...

I have my last AP exam Monday (the day after tomorrow), Physics B, and then I'll be free! I am so looking forward to sleeping and being bored and being lazy all day!

I love you all! Besos <3


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Me too, Abed. Me too.

School is for losers

Sorry I haven't posted in forever! Unfortunately, I won't be posting in a long time because of AP exams...I'll be taking six of them this May, and I'm just about ready to pull a Virginia Woolf and toss myself into a river.

I'll be back as soon as exams are done! Besitos <3


Picture of the Day: Dita von Teese

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...is perfection. I love this photo so much! And it's perfect because spring is on its way!

EXTREMELY image-heavy!


In order to stave off my increasing depression caused by the end of the figure skating season (until October...sob), I have created a skaters picspam! It's mostly Joubert, because I had been planning a picspam of him anyway, but whatever...it's not like any of you can COMPLAIN about too much Joubert. It's also really only men's skating, because, well, most of womens' skating now bores me...

Congratulations to Brian Joubert for getting the bronze at Worlds, and to Daisuke Takahashi for claiming the gold! Two incredible performances from two incredible skaters. And also, yay for Mao for capturing ladies' Gold! She totally deserved it.

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