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Random Rambles

Last week I became a first time juror which only lasted two and a half days. I was pretty shocked when I was chosen.  I wanted to drop my jaw when my name wasn’t called to be dismissed. But I had to keep my composure and bite my lip down from laughing it off. It was a good experience though but I wouldn’t want to do it again. I missed two days of work which I won’t get paid for. Just sitting to the side and listening to the witnesses talk was tiring as well. And I was lucky that the trial was only 2 and a half days. I overheard a man talk on the phone saying that his trial was 6 weeks long!

I also decided not to read some of my books that I checked out and wrote about on a previous post. I returned Number the StarsYELL-Oh Girls!, and Journey Home. I actually finished Journey Home but decided to give up on the other two. I had checked out too many books.

There’s a small bit from Journey Home that reminded me of what I used to do in middle school:

Yuki often carried conversations who were hundreds of miles away, because she felt if she had just concentrated hard enough the message from her brain would somehow reach theirs, no matter where they were.” Page 6

There was a boy I had a crush on in middle school and whenever the radio played a love song, I’d face the radio to the window so that the song would reach the boy wherever he was. I’d also whisper whatever I wanted to say to him out the window so that the wind would carry my words to him.

He did eventually find out about my crush on him although I don’t remember how. I’d say “hi” to him a few times but he’d always ignored me. I did see him at a night club a few years later and he looked the same. Just taller.

Reading

Boredom Reading

So on Tuesday, I went around town going to two different public libraries to track down some books. I’ve always wanted to get into a habit of reading for leisure, but I told myself I needed to read my textbooks first, which never happened. Now that I’m done with school I can read whatever I want.

So these are the books I checked out:

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It seemed like many people read How to Kill a Mockingbird in high school according to the internet, but I never did.

Journey Home is actually the second part to a story about a girl named Yuki and her experience in the 1940s Japanese concentration camps. The first part is Journey to Topaz, which I just finished a few weeks ago. I actually read both books in fourth grade.

I googled a list of classic books that were typically read during grade school and Lois Lowery’s Number the Stars popped up. I actually recall seeing the book in one of my sisters’ room. Perhaps they’ve read it during school.

I picked up Kate and YELL-Oh Girls! just for the hell of it. I’m not sure if I’ll get to both of them.

I’m actually trying to reread books that I recall reading in school before university so these are next on my list:

  1. Island of Blue Dolphins (4th grade)
  2. A Raisin in the Sun (9th grade)
  3. Othello (10th grade)
  4. Lord of the Flies (10th grade)
  5. A Walk to Remember (10th grade)*
  6. The Great Gatsby (11th grade)
  7. Animal Farm (11th grade)
  8. Star Girl (12th grade)*
  9. Lovely Bones (12th grade)*

That’s all I can remember. The ones with an * just means that I read that for pleasure/silent sustained reading (SSR). I don’t think I’ll reread Othello or Star Girl since I don’t really care for them but I thought I would just include them in the list. I do remember reading The Hobbit in 8th grade but no way in hell am I touching that book. I don’t even want to watch the movie. Here’s another list of books that I would like to read:

  1. Pieces of You
  2. Catch-22
  3. Mindless Eating
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire series
  5. Harry Potter series
  6. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali

Pieces of You is by Korean rapper Tablo of the trio Epik High. It’s consists of 10 fictional short stories that he wrote during college. There’s no particular reason why I want to read it. I just want to check out his writing. He’s also coming out with another book that I believe will be titled Blonotes. I’ll have to wait a bit for that one since the Korean version will come out first. I’ve checked out the public library catalog for Pieces of You and it looks like if I want to dig in, I’m going to have to buy it. It’s on Amazon for $16.99 so we’ll see if I actually go through with it.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller just because I’ve heard that it’s a classic.

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink because it was recommended by Jenn Im. It’s one of those lifestyle books which I have never read before so I’ll see how it goes. I also have it on hold, waiting for me at the library.

I have A Game of Thrones, the first book from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, already in my possession but I have yet to finish it. I’m just stuck on one of Bran’s chapter. He’s so dull. I don’t like reading his section.

I want to reread/finish the Harry Potter series. I got up half way to book 5 in 9th grade and it was just too long. I think I stopped at the part where they were at the quidditch games. Shit, wasn’t that in the beginning? lol

I bought The Secret Life of Salvador Dali a couple months ago so I should be compelled to open it. I’ve honestly only read the first few pages when I first got my hands on it.

Wow, can this post BE any longer?

 

Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part V – August 1

This was our last day in Seattle. We decided to spend the day downtown since I wanted to go to the Great Wheel located at the pier. We checked out of the hotel by 12PM and headed there. For convenience,  we parked at the same parking structure from our last trip downtown. The Great Wheel was only a few blocks down plus a steep staircase away. The walk wasn’t bad though since it was sunny and breezy!

pier1Nice, clear blue sky that day!

pier2Lots of construction going on downtown.

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A ticket was $13 which is not bad at all. Since it was a Monday, there wasn’t much of a wait.

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Honestly, we were Facetiming with my nephews while we were in there since my mom was freaking out so bad. We were all more preoccupied with that than basking in the view haha. And it was getting really, really warm inside since the sun was hitting us at all angles and there was no air circulating. It went around three times before we had to get off.

After the Great Wheel, we went exploring around the pier, trying to look at some gift shops that were available. There was a pirate gift shop at the corner, but since I don’t care for pirates, I wasn’t in there for too long.

We decided to head towards the aquarium since there were some seating spots close by.

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Some views from the sitting area…after bumming around for a bit, we decided to go back to Pike Place Market because I wanted to see the famous gum wall! Luckily it wasn’t packed like Friday but there were still lots of people. And after going up and down stairs and being frustrated, Sophia found the gum wall which was only a staircase away.

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It was really low light, only because it was still the afternoon. And I wasn’t there for long since some people wanted to leave the area. It smelled really fruity though. But right before Sophia found the gum wall, I threw away my gum out of frustration so I didn’t have anything to contribute.

pikeplace2pikeplace1Beautiful bouquets of flowers on sale at Pike Place Market. My mom wanted me to take pictures of them.

After that, we decided to walk around the area and explore more shops. I eventually bought some ice cream at a Dreyer’s shop. And since no one else was contributing ideas on what to do, Sophia eventually ended the day there at 4PM and went to the airport.

We had to wait a few hours for our departure at 9PM so we sat around at the airport. I was beginning to go crazy but my feet were so tired that I couldn’t do anything.

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The sunset.

I was excited about getting a window seat. I really wanted to see all the lights but of course, there ain’t shit north of Sacramento. I saw Chico though haha.

And that concludes my Seattle trip. I’m debating whether or not I would want to venture up there again. Maybe with a different crowd and better plans. I wouldn’t want to do the Space Needle again. It’s such an expensive activity with a subpar view. But I would want to explore downtown Seattle a bit more.

Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part IV – July 31

Kubota Garden was one of the stops on my list for Seattle. I didn’t think we’d be able to go because I thought our days would be jam packed.  I don’t know whether it was a good or bad thing that we didn’t have too much plans lol.

I was a bit afraid that there wouldn’t be any parking available since my research indicated that parking was filled quickly and since we were going on a Sunday, I thought it would be true. Luckily there were plenty of parking spaces available. The garden is also located in the middle of a neighborhood.

It was an overcast day but it was quite warm.

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As you could tell from the pictures, it was super green! I didn’t think it’d be this green…and open. I’ve been the the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, which is green as well, but it’s not as open like Kubota.

There’s options of small trails throughout Kubota that lead deep into the vegetation. (Is that even the right term? lol) I attempted to explore a path until my left cheek touched a spider web that had a spider present. I totally ran out of there when I saw the spider.

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It was beautiful but I wasn’t ready for all the bugs and spiders.

As we explored further, we came across rock formations and water and those highly arched Japanese bridges.

kabuta07They drained the pond the day before…

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There were various small waterfalls.

kabuta09This is where the water lead to.

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This is a koi pond which had a few koi. There were also a lot of bugs that looked like daddy long legs.

This garden was very serene. I would definitely like to come back on a sunnier day.

Our next stop was to the Bellevue Botanical Garden located in Bellevue. Sophia had actually looked this one up. It’s just as green as Kubota.

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I forgot what this was call. The “Rock” something. It’s located to the right of the entrance. This is where we began and ended our exploring.

bellevue02There were a lot more flowers here than at Kubota.

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Exploring the garden felt like walking in Yosemite…I imagine. Lots of tall trees and dirt paths.

There was a small cafe where we had order two drinks. I ordered a peach Italian soda which was just peach syrup, half and half, and club soda.  The barista told me to let him know if I needed more syrup which was nice of him. Sophia ordered a caramel macchiato that turned out to be really sweet. After we were done being explorers, Sophia wanted to head downtown where there was a fatass mall.

There were so many people there since there was an art festival going on. There were a lot of art to look at and buy plus a ton of food vendors! I bought a cup of clam chowder that had juicy shrimp in it and it was delicious! We eventually headed into the mall where I did a lot of waiting because I didn’t want to shop around. We were just killing time before we headed to Boiling Point for an early dinner.

There was a 30 minute wait for Boiling Point which was apparently too much of a long wait for some people, but we finally were able to get seated. I ordered the Japanese miso soup which was decent. Actually it was kind of bland. I kind of regretted by decision lol It was a lot of food though and I had left a lot.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and call it an early day since some people were getting restless. My mom had suggested getting pizza for a late dinner. Sophia ended up ordering two pizzas at one of those Pieology type places which wasn’t that feeling but I guess it satisfied my mom’s craving. And that’s how we ended our last full day in Seattle.

 

Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part III – July 30

We didn’t really do anything this day. We were running out of ideas already.

But I did want to go to some local flower gardens so we decided to drive about 1 or 2 hours up north and visit Roozengaarde. I believe my aunt and uncle visited a few months earlier during the blooming of tulips.

It was a really nice day, temperature wise. It seemed a bit hazy.

roozengaarde01This is at the front of the garden on the left side.

roozengaarde02This was super cute in real life.

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Yeah…we didn’t do much here. We took a lot of photos though but there wasn’t much to do since the tulips weren’t in bloom anymore. We probably spent only an hour here and left.

Next we stopped by a small flea market. There were food and live music. I bought a quesadilla and some enchiladas from a Mexican woman. They were okay, not the greatest, but the homemade tortillas really made the dishes.

There was a shopping outlet on the way back so we stopped there as well. It was really big and clean. There were a lot of Chinese people too, which I’ll assume were from Vancouver.

We decided that that would be the last stop of the day, and it was only 2PM? While we were on the freeway, I suggested that we go to H-Mart since it was on the way and there’s none around Sacramento. So we went there and bought some of those spicy Korean noodles and some pastries along with snacks and drinks.

For dinner, we went back to the local mall to have dinner since we couldn’t decide on a place and we weren’t really excited to try anything new. I think we were all wanting to go home soon.