Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Let's All Go To The Fair!

Alright! I haven't blogged in a little while, but I am getting better! Today the blog will be about the annual founders day picnic my town holds every year. Now, in our town of 3,000, the picnic is the IT place to see and be seen. It's our little attempt at a home-grown hick grammies. None the less, it can be fun.

The picnic always is held from Thursday to Saturday. My town is VERY conservative, and since the picnic is held on Main Street and there happens to be about 4 or 5 churches on Main Street, the picnic has to be picked up and out of there by 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Now, if you don't go to the picnic for anything else, you have to go for the food! Now, I have eaten A LOT of corndogs in my 19 years upon this earth and none have ever surpassed the corn dogs of our picnic! You can either buy a regular corndog OR a foot long corndog! Oh my gosh, they are so good! Along with corndogs, there is your typical picnic foods- Suzy Qs, Funnel Cakes, Shaved Ice, Candy Apples, Cotton Candy, Nachos- all your faves! This year we also had some new stands! A church had Chili Pie and Taco Salad- TO GO! It was so cool! and good! haha What they did was took a bag- one of the ones you can buy in the check out line of Wal*Mart- of either Frito's or Cheese Doritos, opened it, and put in diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, graded cheese, sour cream, and, of course, the hamburger! Then you just mixed it together and tada! Taco Salad/Chili Pie To Go! And to top it all off it was delicous!

Thursday my family went just for food. It was so humid! We were there for maybe an hour and we couldn't take it! Now, it's always hot during the fair but I have NEVER been there when it was so uncomfortably humid! Friday my mom, my sister, and I went. We got more food and just walked around. Usually I ride the rides, but this year I had no desire to! All I could think was GERMS!!! But I suppose germs are everywhere... haha. Later we met up with my cousin, her husband, and their two kids- whom I love so much! We walked around with them and watched while they rode. They had so much fun! And I had fun watching them! :)

Saturday was the last day. My mom had to work so her and my dad came after she got off. My sister and I went and met up with one of my sister's friends. We walked around, talked to people, and, yes, ate more food!!! Later my sister and her friend walked over to her friend's house and I stayed with my other cousin, his wife, daughter, and some of his wife's family!

All in all, I had a good time. I always do, even if I don't like to admit it. :)

So it came and it went. The focal point of the summer, and some locals might say the year. Months of planning gone in three brief days, along with the venders, the rides, and the carnies, who call out to you as if they are market vendors and you a passerby in some market in Guatemala. Memories made and corndog eaten. Now to count down to next year's founder's day picnic.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Saga Continues!

Alright! So something amazing that happened June 2010- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse came out! For all you anti-Twilighters out there please ignore this post!

So, anyways, my cousin, my sister and I went to the midnight showing of Eclipse with some of her friends from work. My sister and I arrived at my cousin's, Eileen's, workplace around 5 p.m., we left for the hotel- Hampton Inn- and arrived at 5:45 p.m., we got ready and went to pick up food at 6.30 p.m. We were at the theatre and camped in line by 6:45 p.m. We had been told that we were going to have to wait until a quarter to twelve to enter the theatre but, as luck would have it, they allowed us in at 9 p.m.!
And so the wait began! We spent our time doing a number of things- eating snacks, reading, drawing, creaping on the couple in front of us, who happened to be watching New Moon on there laptop(!), looking at magazines, and, of course, talking!

Anyways, the movie was FABULOUS!!! I loved it! I had heard on the radio that it wasn't as good as the first two. Let me just say... Eh?!?!?! Estan locos?!?! Baka!!! It was great! My cousin Eileen was so, ahem, moved by Taylor Lautner's um... acting, that she screamed in the theatre!!! People started laughing! The effects were very well done! And might I just say that I enjoyed this Victoria just as much as the original. I thought she picked up right were the other actress left off. :) Might I also say the Riley was cast very well! I was in the process of reading "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" when I watched the movie so it gave me a bit of a different perspective.

In short, if you haven't seen the movie... GO WATCH IT!!! :D


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Most Horrible Blogger... Ever!

So I haven't written a blog since JANUARY! Unacceptable! So much has happened! So a quick (and I'll try to be quick!) recap!


~My bestest friend, Fran, came to visit from the Philippines! I had so much fun visiting with her!

~I am also finished my first year of college! Woot!

~We went to Guatemala for three weeks! It was so amazing! I will definitely dedicate a blog just to that! We went down for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary and OMG was it a journey just getting there!

~The last highlight is one that ended today actually! THE WORLD CUP!!! This is the first time I have actually gotten into the world cup and I have been watching it religiously! My team was Brazil (Kaka!) but sadly they didn't make it. But I was happy with Spain winning! It was so funny because we invited some friends over who were rooting for the Netherlands while my family was cheering on Spain!

Anyway, I am going to try to post more! Till then, stay fab!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tired of This Winter Wonderland...

So I wasn't going to blog today but I'm here, watching The Nanny, with nothing to do. Nothing interesting has happened other than the endless snow we have had all day. Will spring ever come?

Anyways, so I'm sure everyone has heard about the crisis in Haiti, neh? Well, my sister and I really wanted to do something to help. Unfortunately, me being a college student and my sister being fifteen, we don't have much money. Well,while at college I found out I had off work the following Saturday, so I thought to myself, "What to do? How about raise money for Haiti!" Yes, and that's pretty much the conversation to myself went. haha Well, I started thinking about what I could do, and came up with the idea of a bake sale! We would bake sweets and ask for donations! And so it started...

My sister did most (ALL) the baking! lol Well, I mixed! Unfortunately I am no baker... :(

My sister also made the poster! She's a girl of many talents!

I promise I helped! I made sure they didn't burn!

Couldn't resist! Carmel dansen, anyone? haha!

The finished product! We set up at the restaurant where I work, Rusty Jug!

By the end of it all we came up with $100! We donated the money to our church, which has a fund set up with World Missions, so the money was sent straight to Haiti!

Well, all this was done before I turned 19 but I still thought it was worth documenting! Till next time! :)
~ Arantxa

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Snow, Spring, Ice... What?!

So I come to you today not from my dorm room, but from my house. Yes, I am home on a Thursday. You see, Missouri weather seems to enjoying being topsy-turvy and totally twisted. I left school after my last class and drove home, so as to not get stuck there over the weekend.

Since nothing has happened since yesterday that is worth telling you about I will attempt to entertain you by recounting a very traumatic event that happened to me since starting college.

I will tell you today about a character that is likely to pop up some in my post. We shall call him Michael. We shall call him Michael because his name is Michael, and since it is unlikely he will ever hear of, let alone read, this blog I am confident about using his really name.

Let us begin- Michael was in my initiation group for college. He was very sweet. I talked to him some during the time we were there. Well, initiation ended and the school year started. I had a psychology class, and one day I noticed Michael waiting outside. Presumably to go into the next class. I saw him and I took that he saw me as well, but, me being me, I started second guessing myself. Is that really him? Does he remember me? Well, one day I resolved to go up and say something. I exited class determined, walked straight up to him, opened my mouth, and... said nothing! -Now to understand why this happened you must first understand where I come from. I come from small town USA where cute boys few and sweet, cute boys are even fewer. So naturally, I am not trained in the art of talking to cute boys.- Well, not wanting to look like an idiot I said the first thing to come to mind- "Do I know you?" DO I KNOW YOU?!?! Did that really come out of my mouth?! Yes, yes it did... He stared at me as if I had just asked him if he was truly male. "Uh... SOAR..." he answered. And to finish topping my idiot ice cream I replied, "Oh..." and abruptly walked away. And that, my friends, was the start of my downward spiral of Michael-related incidents.

Did you enjoy my tale? Well laugh it up. It's all true. Unfortunately that was not the only time I embarrassed myself in front of this boy. But that is a story for another time. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

And So It Begins.../ Happy Birthday To Me

So it's happened. I am now 19. I thought it would be an absolutely retched and depressing birthday, but I was wrong. From the moment the clock struck 12- signifying my transformation into a 19-year-old I was bombarded with "Happy Birthday's".

To recount my day I will start at the beginning of the day- 12 a.m. Yes, at 12 a.m. I was watching anime on my computer, when my two roommates- Kelly and Amy- turned off all the lights and then came in singing happy birthday to me and switched the lights back on. Even our former roommate, Jessica, inserted her part in the little party by way of Kelly running in pants less saying, "Happy birthday from Jessica!" Which was a disturbing traditions we seemed to have last semester. Oh how I miss the days of yester-semester...

And so my day continued... Classes, naps, and cleaning the suit. Other then the horrid weather, which has decided to grace us with its presence, my day seemed quite normal. And for that I am glad. I really never was a fan of everyone in school telling my "happy birthday." And receiving presents is alright when one has something to give in return; however, simply receiving gifts makes me feel awkward.

Later my parents and my darling little sister came down to see me and take me out to eat. We are at Golden Corral, and I would have loved it so, if only I were not coming down with a cold (Thanks again, crazy Missouri weather!) which caused my taste to be somewhat muted. After, we went shopping. Well, what we could in about 2 hours. We then came back to my suit and my family gave me my gifts- which I accepted in another awkward moment. I received a new garment bag- zebra striped with pink accents, a hounds-tooth long pea coat, and a touchscreen GPS (Because I have the remarkable talent of getting myself hopelessly lost in the most simple of places.)

So, all in all I had a good birthday. Alas, no pictures were taken to document the occasion, but rest assured, I have not changed much since yesterday. :)

~ Arantxa

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here We Go!

Hello all! My name is Arantxa Rodriguez and I am 18... well, I will be for approximately 3 1/2 more hours. That's right. Tomorrow is my birthday, as well as, my last year of being a teenager. I will be 19. I am quite down about this fact. I have very much enjoyed my being a teenager.

Now before you think, "Oh, just another emo blog..." look around! There is absolutely nothing emo about me. Not that there's anything wrong with emos...

Ahem, off track. No, this blog is a sort of tribute to my last year of residence in teenagerdom. I plan on making this next year as memorable as possible and document said year here! Hey, if you only live once you might as well make it count, right?

So anyway, here is to one more year! I hope it will be one worth remembering!

P.S. I do NOT plan on harming myself in any way after this blog is over. Just in case some of you were wondering. :)