May Wrap Up: 2013

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10 things that I accomplished this month (with pictures! so it’s more fun!)

1. I finished my sophomore year of college!

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I am pursuing a BFA in Theatre Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In my program sophomore year is called conservatory year because they stuff our schedules to the brim with classes, papers, and rehearsals and then say “good luck!”. This year has been a huge challenge for me, both academically and artistically, but I managed to scrape by with good grades and only had a few minor rough patches in my social life. Now, I’m a junior and halfway to a degree!

2. I flew from Dallas back home to Seattle, my favorite city!

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Scenery? Seattle  +1 Dallas  +0

City life? Seattle  +1 Dallas  +0

Coffee? Seattle  + 1 Dallas +.5  (I can still brew my own Seattle style at home)

Sweet Tea? Seattle  +0 Dallas +1 (I do miss dat sweet tea)

3. I turned twenty!

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For my 20th birthday I was reunited with these beautiful ladies who dressed up with me to go see the Great Gatsby. Even though it was the 2nd weekend the movie was out, the first theatre we went to was SOLD OUT.  So, we had to go see a 9:40p.m. showing at a different theatre, which was bad news bears for Kaysy because I am infamous for falling asleep during the movies. I bought a giant bag of sour patch kids in hopes that the sugar high would keep me awake but alas, even though Leo stared dreamily at me from the screen, even though Baz Luhrmann was assaulting my eyeballs in grand 3D, and even though I was getting ill with the great number of sour patch kids reaching my stomach, I still managed to miss a good portion of the movie with my slumber.

4. I adopted a cat from the humane society!

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Meet Rhea, the little black cat we hand chose from our local humane society. Just over a year old, Rhea stole my heart by being the cuddliest cat in the room. She had just had kittens before we adopted her which is why I named her Rhea, the “mother of the gods”. Now this divine feline sleeps by my feet in the night, purrs on my shoulder whenever I pick her up, and has become so obsessed with her food dish that she’ll leap at my ankles if I try to walk away without feeding her. I’ve never met a cat without a personality and Rhea is definitely a little charmer.

5. I spent a beautiful day with friends at the 2013 Seattle Folklife Festival!

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Every Memorial Day weekend the Folklife Festival takes place in downtown Seattle. This is an entire weekend of free music, dancing, and happiness. I only went for one day, the Saturday, but it reinvigorated my love for the culture of Seattle. For $10 an artist painted a beautiful hummingbird on my cheek, I participated in a complicated square dance in which everyone that I danced with was at least 20 years older than me and had to point me around because I was so confused, I took a nice nap in the middle of a grassy field, and I got to enjoy the city with my best friends.

6. I played an epic game of laser tag!

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We checked in at Mission Control where we had to choose a code name. I went with the classic “Conundrum”. Then we were all escorted into the briefing room where we put on our gear and had to recite the Players Code. After the countdown we ran through the 2 story maze attempting to get as many kills as possible. I was ruthlessly slaughtered by all the children and just barely slid into 15th place by the end of the game.

7. I successfully dip dyed my hair!

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I felt that summertime need that I often feel to change my hair in some way. I also had the house to myself for an entire day so after looking at lots of pictures on pinterest I decided that dip dyeing my hair was a necessity. I did it all myself: the trip to the store, the bleaching, and the dyeing. Call it red! Call it magenta! I call it a success. This girl is on fire.

8. I read a grand total of 4 books!

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Finally, I had time in my schedule for pleasure reading and I definitely took advantage of it. Here are my brief summaries:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury: LITTLE PIECE OF PERFECTION: 5/5 stars

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Fun dystopian premise, but the whole book was one long chase scene: 3/5 stars

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: Spooky classic vampire story with largely forgettable characters: 3/5 stars

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: A series of short stories all involving Mars and Bradbury’s genius writing: 4/5 stars

(you can read longer reviews on my Goodreads page! See my links! Should be on the right sidebar!)

9. I saw a grand total of 6 movies at Siff (the Seattle International Film Festival)!

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Siff is always perfectly placed right around the time I return home from school. With my TeenTix card I can get into any Siff movie for $5! (Don’t tell them I just turned 20…please) Siff movies are always amazing and they really deserve to be in widespread movie theatres. Anyways, here are my brief summaries:

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks: This documentary feels like a thriller with Julian Assange playing the charismatic and power hungry leading man. 4/5 stars

What Maisie Knew: Maisie breaks your heart not because she’s a 6 year old girl but because she’s a fully developed human in a 6 year old girl’s body. 5/5 stars

The Spectacular Now: The teen romance that gets it just right; I laughed, I cried, and I didn’t believe that any of it was scripted. 5/5 stars

C.O.G.: Based on a David Sedaris short story, this movie approaches the ideas of small town beliefs and homosexuality with sensitivity, sass, and wit. 3/5 stars

The Kings of Summer: I laughed so hard that I got a stomach ache and I also wished for eternal summer and eternal youth. 4/5 stars

Blackbird: A careful and thought-provoking approach to the story of a teen accused of planning a school massacre because of post-Columbine paranoia. 3.5/5 stars

10. I wrote and completed a few songs!

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Most notably were the songs that I uploaded to youtube – “Only One” and “I am Selfish. I am Brave.” but I also wrote music for the musical I am co-writing and finished some songs that I set aside when the days got busy. Songwriting is so important to me but it is also easy for me to hit dry spells because I don’t like forcing inspiration. However, this month I turned out some really nice stuff and I’m really inspired to keep writing throughout my entire summer.

I’ve decided this will be a series. It requires me to do at least 10 cool things every month which is totally possible if I keep my eye out for adventure.

Thanks for reading!

~Kaysy

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