Summer is Closing In!

Yes! Summer is in 16 days! Hope you’re all ready for some good posts this summer! Of course, until that time comes I still have to finish up the school year and the end of the year also means finals; looonngg testing hours and dreadfully boring review sessions here I come!. At least the last two days of school are half days.

P.S Have a good Memorial Day everyone! Make sure to send a letter to the military or remember what they do for us and show appreciation in any way. It’s the thought that counts.

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I completly forgot to see this and I was soooo bummed. Luckly I found some really cool pictures online that helped me get a glimpse of the event. 😀

Japan - a Foreigner's View

This morning I set my alarm for 6.30. Twice before I had been in a place where a solar eclipse was due, once in South Africa, and once in England. The South African event had been a complete washout, and the one in England only a partial success: viewed through high cloud.

So would it be third time lucky. Would I be wasting good sleeping time, or would the sight of this annular eclipse take my breath away. It would probably be my last chance to experience a total solar eclipse; the next one visible in Japan would be in about 300 years time (or so I was told by CNN). I doubt I’ll be around to see that one.

Well, as 7.00am passed, the area surrounding our home in Nishinomiya became rather gloomy; eerily so, it seemed. But was it the long awaited eclipse, or the clouds that seemed…

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I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. I’ll post a picture or my amazing Alice costume from Halloween.

Nicole Belopotosky

I am so bummed that I missed The Washington Ballet’s performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre. To reimagine the Lewis Carroll classic, powerful forces of breath-taking talent and visionary direction were combined.  From the revolutionary artistic director Septime Webre, designer Liz Vandal (Cirque du Soliel’s OVO), composer Matthew Pierce (who created a completely new score), sets by Jim Cronzer, and puppets by Eric Van Wyk, The Washington Ballet took a trip down the rabbit hole for this season’s grandest production. To capture the incredible costumes, personality and drama of this magnificent performance, the husband and wife team, Jake and Pum Lefebure, of Design Army were brought in for the creative direction of the photo shoot. Known for their unique and surreal creative vision, Design Army was the perfect choice to capture the magic of Wonderland. Hair and makeup artist Dean Krapf created the editorial-style beauty using…

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Mother’s Day, Late Minute Conservatory Applications and a Dance Performance

It has been a hectic week! Over this weekend was Mother’s Day and last year, my family did a terrible job last year; so we had to make it up. We went to the beach in La Jolla to see the sea life during low tide and my sister and I stalked the squirrels. There were squirrels EVERYWHERE! Even baby squirrels were coming up to people and eating out of their hand despite the looming dog next to them. You could have kept one as a pet and the squirrel wouldn’t have know the difference. Plus, I think Mother’s Day may have been one of the first sunny warm days! Due to the early morning breakfast I had to make that morning I kind of fell asleep on the rocks.

 Right after Mother’s Day I found out that my Conservatory applications were due on Tuesday not Thursday. So I had to rush to get it finished witch was just delightful business. In the end I got it all done so it was ok. To top it off though, we have a dance performance so I have been staying after school until 6 everyday and will for the rest of the week. Well, it’s only Wednesday and I need a Friday. Hope you enjoyed my ranting!

The Iron Lady Movie Review

Just watched The Iron Lady. It was so good! The movie was about Margaret Thatcher after her many years of being Prime Minister. The movie set-up was interesting because it started backwards, then started to present time and then back to her past. It starts out as Margaret having dementia. She sees her dead husband when she needs someone to confide in and has full conversations with her imaginary husband; this, of course, worries everyone around her, consequently getting everyone to think she has lost it(though she kind of has). The sad part is that she realizes that she is going crazy and her husband is a hallucination. She continues to battle her own mind to differentiate the difference between reality and imagination hoping to pull herself out of her depressing state. However, she isn’t incoherent all the time. The writers did a great job throwing in smart remarks that conveyed her wit and personality.

Throughout the movie, she flashes back to her younger days and that’s how you see her back history. It takes the viewers back to her teeage years up to her stepping down from the position of Prime Minister. The writers made  it difficult to gauge whether the movie was praising or disapproving Margret Thatcher’s actions because of how they made her act towards others at times. Overall, it was an eye opening movie; I learned new things about the time I didn’t know before.

WARNING: MAY RESULT IN TEARS!