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virginia trip day 6

sorry i didn’t post for 2 days, the wifi was awful.

this day started with a trip to the beach where we sat for a while and i took pictures of the nice cloudy sky.

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that black fin is a bottlenose dolphin

we saw some dolphins off the shore and that inspired us to get some tickets for a dolphin watching cruise (see next post).

we next went to assateague island to see the wild horses.

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after assateague, we went to eat lunch at De Lazy Lizard. they ran out of veggie burgers so i had fried avocado tacos and guess what?

more french fries!

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a virgin pina colada

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after eating we spent the rest of the day at the house and i got an email saying i’ve won another AP scholar with distinction award. i’m happy about t but i feel a lot of pressure to achieve every time i get an academic achievement.

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virginia trip day 5

today was a pretty low maintenance day. we went to the beach for the morning, walked down the boardwalk, then went home to relax.

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famous thrashers fries. you can’t eat them with ketchup

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i think i’m coming down with something. i’ve had a bad cough and a pressure headache all day. 😦

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virginia trip day 4

this day we drove from virginia to ocean city, maryland.

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the drive was about 3 hours and when we got there we dropped our stuff of at the beach house and then went to the boardwalk.

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so many beach umbrellas

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we ate at the frog bar (i got french fries) and then shopped at a few stores on the boardwalk. i bought some earrings and a shot glass for my collection.

we let the boardwalk to hang out at the house where i took a nap and in the evening we went to food lion to get some groceries.

guess what…

they had my favorite vegan mac and cheese!

after going to the food lion we just went back to the house and i immediately went to sleep.

sorry i didn’t post yesterday, the wifi was spotty but i’ll be posting twice today.

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virginia trip day 3

today i have 2 big plans: go to the botanical garden and see joan jett in concert.

i woke up at 7:30 and did my morning stretches, studied, an bullet journaled until about 9. i then got ready and we left for the botanical garden at 10.

not much happened there aside form taking photos and walking so i’ll show you the photos i took now.

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after going to the botanical garden we visited a vegetarian restaurant called sunflower. i enjoyed the inarisushi but i didn’t like the rice bowl i got.

i’ll probably get back from the concert after midnight and i really want this post up so check back later for an edit with joan jett details. ♡

edit:

we saw joan jett! this was my first rock concert and it was wonderful.

the concert began with Tesla, then Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then ended with Styx.

Joan Jett was my favorite (duh).

here’s some photos:

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virginia day 2

today’s big plan was to go to the arlington national cemetery.

i woke up at 6:30 and studied mandarin for about 30 minutes.

i sat on the porch and had about 1.5 liters of water to start my day.

i then put on my makeup, got dressed, and went outside to take pictures of the foliage in the woods around colette’s house. here’s some of the pictures i took. they’re out of focus, sorry.

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we sat around and did the finishing touches to getting ready and then we were off.

we took the metro to rosslyn and then switched to get to the arlington cemetery.

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i didn’t take many pictures out of respect but i’ll give you a brief synopsis. we took the tram tour around.

stop 1: JFK’s grave and the eternal flame. it was really nice to see. i have a mild obsession with jackie so it felt like a pilgimage to see her.

stop 2: Coast Guard Memorial

stop 3: Pershing Gravesite

stop 4: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. there was a cool changing of the guard ceremony. it was really long and i liked watching the dudes click their shoes but the rifles freaked me out. they swung them around and i thought each time “i’m gonna get shot”

stop 5: Arlington House. under construction so we didn’t get off the tram.

stop 6: Iwo Jima Memorial. that statue is giant! it seems like it would be life size in photos but it had to have been 30 feet tall.

i almost had a hypoglycemic episode but i had glucose tablets on me and my mom let me have some cashews from her bag.

when we left we took the metro back and then stopped at a restaurant called falafel express and oh my god. the best falafel i’ve ever had.

i got 2 orders of it to go alongside the bowl i had there because it was so amazing. i plan on having more falafel for dinner.

now we’re back at the house and i don’t have plans for the rest of the night. i’ll insert an edit if anything remarkable happens

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virginia trip day 1

i woke up at 2:30 today.

i was so excited/nervous that i couldn’t go back to sleep when i did my inevitable 2AM wake up. i double checked my suitcase and put my electronics into their chosen spaces and waited for my mom to be ready to leave for the airport.

we drove out and got to the airport at 7:15.

our departure was at 9:45.

i believe that arriving early to the airport is an absolute necessity. i may have a fear of flying but my fear of being late is worse.

so we went through the TSA and i got to show my ID for the first time.

then we waited at the gate for a little over an hour.

i did a small exploration of the airport while my mom watched our bags and i discovered our airport has a paciugo!!!!

i love cold shit!!!!!!

then it was the time.

it was 9:15.

we boarded the flight.

i took a selfie (of course)

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and the plane took off.

i made an attempt at napping but was immediately distracted by the snacks they brought out including the tiniest cutest pretzels ever!

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i watched a few stand up specials “Private School Negro” by W. Kamau Bell, “Nanette” by Hannah Gadsby, and “Hard Knock Wife” by Ali Wong.

and we were done.

of course i sporadically stopped my viewing to take pictures of clouds for you. here they are:

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while getting off the plane and receiving my carryon i broke the hell out of my right thumb nail.

we waited at the luggage carousel and i took pictures. duh.

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we were picked up by my moms friend, Colette, and we went to the place i’d been waiting to go to for over a year. CAVA.

i didn’t take any pictures of my food because i’m not that weird but i will tell you it was wonderful.

we then dropped our luggage off at Colette house and then went off to go swimsuit shopping for me. my old swimsuit doesn’t fit right so i needed a new one.

we also bought a bunch of food and household stuff at target alongside my swimsuit and now i’m at the house writing this.

these travel posts are hard to write because it is absolutely impossible to make life sound interesting via text if you’re uncreative like me.

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going on a trip

so i haven’t told y’all yet but my mom and i are going on a trip to virginia tomorrow! we’re gonna be there until the 17th so you’ll be getting more travel posts this week. i can’t wait to show you pictures!

i am almost finished packing right now after we just got back from taking samoa to the vet (he has an ear infection), all i have to do is pack my shower stuff after i take my pre flight shower.

i’m super nervous. i hate flying quite a bit but i’m excited to take photos of the clouds and hopefully i won’t have to use the airplane bathroom. **fingers crossed**

i’m excited to see my moms friend and her husband and her dogs

i won’t be giving anyones names until i receive consent.


i edited this photo today:

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i love the frog stickers on line camera so much! i’m gonna be slapping them on almost every photo.

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my frustrating headaches

i’ve always gotten the occasional god-awful headache so my issue isn’t new but i’ve been especially frustrated by my headaches lately.

i’m trying to minimize the amount that i look at bright screens and i’ve been taking pain meds and enclosing myself in dark rooms yet my headaches never improve until they eventually go away on their own.

the weird thing about my headaches is that they resonate through my whole head. i get a sore jaw and my eyelids hurt and even my throat gets tight.

i’m compelled to talk about this because as of 13:00 july 9th i’ve been dealing with a headache for 26 hours. at this point i’m just cohabiting with it.

i’ve done all the things google tells me to do and nothing helps. the only thing that makes me feel better is looking down. raising my eyes is pure torture so my current prerogative is staring at the ground.

let’s lighten up this post.

you’ve never met my moms dogs.

their names are Posh and Samoa. they’re french bulldogs

here they are:

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Samoa
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Posh

posh fell asleep in my lap today and you should see it

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makes the headache less awful.

p.s i watermark my photos now, i saw a nature picture i took on somebody elses tumblr without credit so i feel a need to keep my photos to myself 😦 don’t steal, kids

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July 1st-7th study log

July 1st: studied japanese for 35 minutes, korean for 25, russian for 40, and mandarin for 10

July 2nd: studied mandarin for 20 minutes, russian for 35, japanese for 15, and reviewed korean for 40 minutes

July 3rd: studied korean and japanese for 20 minutes each and swahili for 35 minutes

July 4th: studied japanese for 30 minutes, korean for 40, russian for 20, and practiced spanish for 15 minutes

July 5th: i studied japanese for 40 minutes and russian for 30 minutes

July 6th: i studied russian for 35 minutes, japanes for 45, and korean for 15

July 7th: i studied Korean for 35 minutes, swahili for 15, russian for 10, mandarin for 40, and japanese for 10