Jade
09 July 2014 @ 02:04 am
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Okay, I saw it. From the excited reviews, I was honestly expecting something really amazing, but I didn't really like it all that much. I mean, it's not X3 levels of suck, but it's not as good as X2, not even better than FC. Maybe it's around the same level as X1, which is pretty disappointing.

Honestly, though, my problem was basically Erik (the young one).Read more...Collapse )

Maybe Captain America: The Winter Soldier spoiled me. Great action, plus great characters, with great emotional moments that make you feel for everyone...now there's how you do a superhero movie where the protagonist and the antagonist both go through epic emotional upheaval and make it good and believable.

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Jade
09 April 2014 @ 07:54 pm
Holy shit
I just got High School class reunion notification in the mail.

OMFG, it's been 10 years since I graduated high school!

Lol, now I feel old, jeez.

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Jade
02 March 2014 @ 04:45 pm
I'm still alive...
Sorry for being all absent for the past...long time, lol. I've mostly been spending my time on tumblr lately, mostly because it's easier to reblog more articulate people than it is to put everything down into my own words, haha.

I'm jade-ramblings.tumblr.com if you wanted to know (and let me know yours, too).

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Jade
07 October 2013 @ 09:55 pm
Disneyland 2013
Sorry for the silence, haha. Nothing new really going on in my life right now, basically just working and sleeping, with a little bit of eating involved. The only exciting thing that happened to me was that I got to go to Disneyland yesterday, and spent the entire day there! It was even more awesome than last year, mostly because I wasn't so confused about the layout and I had better, more supportive shoes. :)

I went with three friends, and I have to reiterate that Disneyland with friends (or even alone) is a totally different experience than Disneyland with family. It's way better, because you can go wherever you want to go and do whatever you want to do, not just what your parents or your kids want to do.

We got there very early, when the park opened, which meant that we could start the day off with an adrenaline jolt at the Tower of Terror with only a 13 minute wait - it was awesome! We hit pretty much every ride we wanted to go on. The Haunted Mansion was already decorated for the holidays, so that was cute - plus, Jack Skellington was there with Sally, taking pics with people. Sadly, we were in line for the Mansion when we spotted them, and when we came back out, Sally was gone. But we were still able to get a pic with Jack, which was still awesome. (I felt really bad for all the people in the costumes, tbh, because it was a pretty hot day - especially Jack in all black, and the guys in the fur costumes.)

We almost didn't get a chance to ride Indiana Jones again (last year it was closed when we went); we were almost at the front of the line when the ride closed for an indeterminate amount of time. As we were leaving the line, though, the cast members gave everyone a free no-waiting pass for the ride for when it re-opened. Lol, we actually got more fast passes for Indiana Jones, though, and used the no-waiting pass for Space Mountain instead. Went on Splash Mountain, did the Toy Story Mania one (always fun, and with only a 40 minute wait instead of a 65 min wait like last year), the Cars Land ride (fast passes are awesome, let me just say), and the Goofy ride that's a small roller coaster that makes you feel like you're going to die, haha.

Got amazing coffee at Ghiradelli's, ate great pasta and had an afternoon cocktail at the Winery, and saw two shows. One was a short, tiny show in Bug's Land that I'd never seen before, and it was really cute and totally worth seeing - I really recommend it to everyone. It doesn't take that long to see and it's super cute. Also saw the Aladdin show again, and the Genie was hilarious. I'll never get tired of seeing that one, to be honest.

Lol, every time I come back from Disneyland, I always have this burning desire to get an Annual Pass, because, holy crap, I love it so, so much!

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Jade
10 September 2013 @ 12:11 am
Pacific Rim
Came back from seeing it at the dollar theater. It was a lot better than I expected from a giant monsters vs. giant robots movie.

It's hard to pinpoint what I like so much about the movie, but I think it has to do with how the male and female protagonists were handled regarding their relationship with each other and the storyline. As in, the man wasn't the sole hero, the woman's storyline was just as important, and she wasn't just there to be the love interest or provide emotional support. In fact, it was really weird, but the man pretty much spent the entire movie providing emotional encouragement and support for her, instead of the other way around, which - well, where else have I ever seen that before?

Oh, right. Never.

I mean, if you've ever seen a sci-fi action movie, pretty much the basic plot points are predictable - but you could say that about hundreds of other movies and books out there. I think the execution of the action scenes were well done, and the main characters were all likeable.

Plus, the main character guy's shirtless scenes were pretty much worth the price of admission.

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Jade
22 August 2013 @ 07:55 pm
New place...
So, I did move from that studio apartment to a one bedroom. It's really bare right now, mostly because I didn't need furniture for a studio aside from a bed and some bookcases, lol, and that's clearly not the case anymore. The layout is pretty weird in this new apartment, to be honest, and I don't think I'll ever get a couch. No place to put it - not space wise, but design-wise, because any couch would have to go opposite the TV and that would just get in the way of where I had to put my desk due to a need to be near the cable outlet for my internet.

Plus, new apartment worries, I guess. Noises are unfamiliar, surroundings are unfamiliar...it's my apartment, but it doesn't really feel like it at the moment. It just feels like an empty place filled with boxes and my computer. I'm jumping at every noise, checking the locks, wiping down everything several times (I'm not a clean person because I don't like messes, I'm clean because I hate bugs - I dgaf about dust or anything, but if I see a single bug of any kind, I will attack everything with Raid).

Downside: Money is going down the drain right now. Urg.

On the plus side: Internet.

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Jade
21 August 2013 @ 03:37 pm
Update
Sorry I've been missing for so long, but I basically had no internet for, oh...a month. I'm honestly not sure how I survived with my sanity intact, but I did, and that period of time will be banished to the depths of my memory forever. Plus I was busy moving, which I have now done, and this is the first thing I set up, lol.

Long story short: new apartment, new internet, same me.

:)

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Jade
12 July 2013 @ 11:01 pm
Texas passes sweeping abortion restrictions
I'm gonna take a minute to step out of my personal life bubble here and address this:

Texas passes sweeping abortion restrictions

Okay, I have a lot of rage-y feelings about this particular thing, mostly because I have a lot of feelings about women's rights in general. As a daughter of a poor minority single mother, I have a LOT of feelings about politics.

First of all, you should know that this is not my knee-jerk reaction. My knee-jerk reaction wasn't nearly as coherent, and more resembled something like this:



Secondly, okay, my problem - okay, problems - with the GOP and their anti-abortion crusade is that, well, it's essentially a crusade against choice. Against women having agency over their bodies. They call themselves "pro-life" because that makes it sound so much better than what it actually is. They talk about "unborn children" like they actually give a flying fuck about anyone other than themselves and those around them.

Because if they were really pro-life, then they wouldn't be for the death penalty, or for war, or for unrestricted access to guns for everyone.

And if they really cared for the well-being of babies and children, they would do more for the millions of children already in the U.S. that lack loving homes, or access to healthcare, or proper education.

But they don't.

They're all for death when it comes to anyone not in the womb. They throw money at weapons manufacturers and into military coffers when the military itself says there's too much to spend, all the while cutting spending from social programs and education. They take money away from things that will benefit children in order to fund more death, and have the gall to call themselves "pro-lifers" just because they "care" about fetuses.

And, honestly, they can't care that much about fetuses, either, considering that they're also against providing pre-natal healthcare. So...they don't care that children are unwanted, or are unhealthy, or are uneducated. They just care that they're born, even if they're born to suffer.

No, it's not about the children, the babies, or even the fetuses.

It's about women. About hating the fact that women can choose what they want to do with their bodies, with their lives, with their futures.

"What if your mom had an abortion when she was pregnant with you?" That's a question that gets asked a lot by Anti-Choicers, and it really reveals how selfish they are, and how selfish they think everyone else is, too.

Honestly, if my mom had aborted me as a baby, I would never know the difference, but my mother wouldn't have had to struggle so much. She would never have had to work every day to try and make ends meet, never have had to struggle to get out of bed with a migraine to get to work because she had to pay for my needs, never have had to suffer what must have been the worst kind of humiliation in order to ask people for money because even with all that hard work, sometimes it still wasn't enough.

If I could have spared her all of that by not being born, I would.

But that's not my choice to make, it wasn't anyone's choice to make, except for hers - it was her choice.

It should be every woman's choice, not something forced on them.

I've seen families where the parents don't want children but have them anyway because "abortion is wrong." I've seen what happens to the children that are raised with the knowledge that they're unwanted, that they were always unwanted. I've seen how it affects a someone when they get told, point blank, by their parents, "I wish you had never been born." I would never wish that kind of emotional turmoil on anyone, much less a child.

I want every woman to have a choice, because it's their lives and their futures and their health on the line. And because women having that choice will also result in more children being born to homes with want them, that love them - instead of homes that resent them and neglect them.

Why is that so hard for people to understand?

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Jade
09 May 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Vegetarian status update
Well, it's been 2 months since the Vegetarian Pact, and I'm proud to say that I stuck with it. There were some hard times, where my mouth flooded at the thought of some of my favorite chicken-related dishes over the past few weeks, but I really liked the whole thing better than I thought I would. Some notable things that happened to me over the past 2 months after turning vegetarian:

1) There was a period of about a week at the beginning stages of vegetarianism where I broke out really badly. Worse than I've ever broken out before. Even during the height of my pimply teenage years, I'd never gotten more than two or three pimples at a time, but that one week, it was like the Rockies on my face. I honestly was super pissed and kind of worried, but I drank a LOT of water and ate a lot of raw veggies and fruits to super-cleanse my system, and I stopped breaking out and the existing pimples slowly retreated.

2) I experienced insomnia for the first time in my life. Ever since I was little, I never had any problems falling asleep and staying asleep, not counting that one time I stupidly took a Sudafed at like 9PM. After the breaking out period, though, I had a week where I basically stared at my ceiling for close to an hour and a half every night, waiting to fall asleep. And after I eventually fell asleep, I would then wake up several times in the middle of the night. I had no idea why this was happening, but I think it had to do with the drastic change in diet because my co-worker (also doing the vegetarian thing) also reported bad sleeping patterns.

3) After the week of bad sleeping, I went through a week of extreme tiredness. I felt like I had no energy all day, and started feeling really sleepy at like 4PM while at work, to the point where my eyes were drooping. The tiredness made it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, solving the insomnia problem, but even when I went to sleep early, I was tired during the day. I thought maybe it was a problem with not getting enough protein or something, so I upped my intake of almonds and started eating Greek yoghurt instead of the regular stuff.

4) Once all that passed, I started feeling hungry every few hours. This was weird to me, because I used to be the person who forgets to eat because she doesn't feel hunger until like 15 hours without foot, but, man... This is actually a problem that still remains, where I feel hungry very often. I have to eat at least four times a day, often five times, by eating snacks between meals. I think it's because vegetables and stuff digest faster than meat, and it's pretty annoying when I'm at work, but my boss is really cool about it.

In conclusion: lots of drastic changes, but I really did end up liking it. For now, I'm of a mind to continue the vegetarian thing for as long as I can, although there is a new sushi restaurant opening in the plaza where I work and I have a really terrible weakness for udon, which, while being a noodle dish, is actually made with fish broth and thus cannot be consumed by strict vegetarians. So conflicted...

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Jade
09 May 2013 @ 10:57 pm
Vegetarian status update
Well, it's been 2 months since the Vegetarian Pact, and I'm proud to say that I stuck with it. There were some hard times, where my mouth flooded at the thought of some of my favorite chicken-related dishes over the past few weeks, but I really liked the whole thing better than I thought I would. Some notable things that happened to me over the past 2 months after turning vegetarian:

1) There was a period of about a week at the beginning stages of vegetarianism where I broke out really badly. Worse than I've ever broken out before. Even during the height of my pimply teenage years, I'd never gotten more than two or three pimples at a time, but that one week, it was like the Rockies on my face. I honestly was super pissed and kind of worried, but I drank a LOT of water and ate a lot of raw veggies and fruits to super-cleanse my system, and I stopped breaking out and the existing pimples slowly retreated.

2) I experienced insomnia for the first time in my life. Ever since I was little, I never had any problems falling asleep and staying asleep, not counting that one time I stupidly took a Sudafed at like 9PM. After the breaking out period, though, I had a week where I basically stared at my ceiling for close to an hour and a half every night, waiting to fall asleep. And after I eventually fell asleep, I would then wake up several times in the middle of the night. I had no idea why this was happening, but I think it had to do with the drastic change in diet because my co-worker (also doing the vegetarian thing) also reported bad sleeping patterns.

3) After the week of bad sleeping, I went through a week of extreme tiredness. I felt like I had no energy all day, and started feeling really sleepy at like 4PM while at work, to the point where my eyes were drooping. The tiredness made it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, solving the insomnia problem, but even when I went to sleep early, I was tired during the day. I thought maybe it was a problem with not getting enough protein or something, so I upped my intake of almonds and started eating Greek yoghurt instead of the regular stuff.

4) Once all that passed, I started feeling hungry every few hours. This was weird to me, because I used to be the person who forgets to eat because she doesn't feel hunger until like 15 hours without foot, but, man... This is actually a problem that still remains, where I feel hungry very often. I have to eat at least four times a day, often five times, by eating snacks between meals. I think it's because vegetables and stuff digest faster than meat, and it's pretty annoying when I'm at work, but my boss is really cool about it.

In conclusion: lots of drastic changes experiences, but I really did end up liking it. For now, I'm of a mind to continue the vegetarian thing for as long as I can, although there is a new sushi restaurant opening in the plaza where I work and I have a really terrible weakness for udon, which, while being a noodle dish, is actually made with fish broth and thus cannot be consumed by strict vegetarians. So conflicted...

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