stressed, but do not want desserts

hey, people.

I haven’t written  anything here for more than a month and I don’t even really want to write now, but I also kind of want to share some things I’ve become really fond of since, uh, August? It feels so long ago.

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oh, ya, from the 1st September year 12 with year 1, I felt so big! [the photo is bigger if you click on it]

School started only three weeks ago, but the studies are in full force already. Being a senior is so hard, you guys! The last chance EVER to get good grades. really stressed. But also happy. I really enjoy studying, it makes me feel alive, it is kind of like riding the bike down the bridge with arms up in air. Oh, by the way, I’ve been riding the bike to school every day now. Trying to use the bike as much as I can before winter starts. Technically, I could ride in winter too if I changed the tires, but to be honest, there isn’t really a reason to do that as the public transport from my home to school is really good and  going by trolleybus can often be faster than by bike, so, ugh, idk it is just that I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

o Parks and Recreation! In late August I finally started watching Parks and binge watched the first 4 seasons. It is so good! aaah, really, I hope you all have seen it, it’s brillo [that's a hip way of saying brilliant, you dweebs. okay, I just heard someone say it and thought it was funny.] also APRIL LUDGATE. APRIL IS April. I LOVE HER. To honor April I feel obliged to include a song from our favorite band.

Naomi by Neutral Milk Hotel 

Naomi is such a pretty song. On Avery Island is a beautiful album in general, I really like it. When I first found out about Neutral Milk Hotel I only ever listened to Aeroplane and thought that Avery was noisy, but uh! the sorcery of Neutral Milk! Every time I have thought I didn’t like a song/album of theirs I become absolutely obsessed with it a few months later. Whenever I am feeling self-conscious at school I listen to Neutral Milk and soon I feel like a total babe. or as an Eastern European version of April Ludgate only bubblier.

o Ansamblis Manta is still the most loved band in my household. I don’t know how is that possible, but there are quotes for every single life situation in the 11 songs of their debut album. They aren’t really quotes, but my mother and I just use them as some quick jokes or so? but they are really funny, seriously. it is hard to explain, as the kids said in olden days we’re just hip and radical like that! [pretty sure they didn't actually say that]

Nāve jūras malā by Manta

Because of Manta I fell in love with the poems of Klāvs Elsbergs. I used to think the people who liked him were just pretentious hipsters, but ashhh, his poems are really good.

o Chungking Express! It was on the top of my list of films to watch FOREVER and I finally watched it. Ai ai, it is beautiful, the music is wonderful and the actors are great too, I mean Faye Wong and Tony Leung! Wong Kar Wai has some films that I think are pretty overrated like Days of Being Wild, which is just one big what. And not because it is ~intellectual~ or whatnot, but just because it is um, what? I have to confess that I still haven’t seen his infamous In the Mood for Love, might do it tomorrow though!

some parts from Chungking Express and one of the songs

you know how people make those bingo things about movie directors? Wong Kar Wai’s one definitely has to have POLICE OFFICERS in it, why are there police men in almost all of his films? Was it his childhood dream to work for police or what?

Kowloon

Kowloon Walled City [source]

Talking about Hong Kong, I’ve been reading on the Kowloon Walled City and looking at photos and the place seems to have been really interesting, kind of haunting even. Or maybe it only seems haunting to outsiders as people lived very normal lives inside. Still it is fascinating how so many people lived in a not so huge territory [~33 000 people within one city block] and how there were no laws governing the place allowing people to build a house onto the next building. It’s also sad that it was torn down.

yah, not sure what else could I write. Really. These days I mostly study, looking forward starting math and physics after school courses to get ready for the exams and stuff. Not looking forward reading all the boring books for literature, just because something is classics doesn’t mean it is good, okay? Quite interested in geophysics at the moment. Thinking about future and all. Have narrowed down my university choices to 5 places in 2 countries, but still worried whether I’ll get accepted or not and if I get accepted will I be able to pay the fees? I don’t know how often I’ll be writing now that school has started, but you can always reach me by email vendijaelizabete[@]gmail[.]com. I like it when people write to me.

Hope you are all feeling good,

Eli~

used to be a doll now I’m human

ayo, Northern hemisphere kids, did you see the Perseid meteor shower this year? I hope you had better luck than me. It was cloudy and the Moon was very bright so I only saw two meteors this year, might try again this night…

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pretty full moon 

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somewhat closer

I took those by simply putting my iPhone camera to the telescope, they aren’t really close to the surface, but it was very cloudy and had just rained so I was happy to see anything. That was while in an astronomy seminar/camp in Valmiera, despite the rain the seminar was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a great experience to meet so many astronomers, both amateur and professional [Ilgonis Vilks!], as well as doing random things like participating in the annual “who will assemble this old Alkor telescope the fastest” or even things totally unrelated to astronomy like playing Mafia late at night with a bunch of funny geeks. idk I just really like Mafia, you guys.

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in the gym where all the astronomy geeks were sleeping [okay, some slept in tents, but whatever]

a few kids I know have said that my hair is the same all the time so here you go, have me with curly hair plz appreciate

okay, this is all for now because I have to go this Dzīvnieku brīvība event about humane circus aka one without animals now. Also I’m continuing to be a busy babe with the circus protests as well as seeing different bands live. In my last post I put a video by a band called Manta, turns out they will have an album presentation this friday! Rest assured me and my mom will be there [she has become kind of a fangirl now].

Dazed and Confused

finally watched Dazed and Confused, maaan. Basically it’s a 1993 film about the last day of school in the 1976, the soundtrack is real good and the outfits are hip too. Slater is a pothead, but he’s way too cute, also Mitch Kramer also Cynthia? Cute people. I do think that most of the actors are a bit too old to play high school kids though.

Eli~

why is everyone so cute

Summer continues to be interesting. And I don’t even know what to write about it here. I have told stories about my little adventures and shared my thoughts with quite many people in real life so now it feels weird to write the same things here?

Gaujarts

Gaujarts on stage, idk why the photo appears so small [source]

As I mentioned before I went to yet another festival! Laba Daba is a very big festival [at least for Latvia] and this year it had exceptionally many attendants. I think it was even a bit too big for me, Klang seemed more…comfy? Or I guess that’s because I was a volunteer there. Buuut Klang might get bigger, which is awesome, they’re even seriously thinking about getting Slayer perform next year! Yes, seriously, Slayer, they even mentioned that on their Facebook page.

Anyhow, I saw Skyforger live again! They were doing folk without the metal this time, all acoustic, singing folk songs with traditional instruments and all that stuff. They were okay, but not nearly as good as when playing electric, also too many war songs in my opinion. However, I was standing in the very front and at the end of the concert Edgars [the bassist] shook my hand and gave me their setlist! OMG, YOU GUYS, SUCH A FANGIRL MOMENT. I think I’ve told this to more than 10 people already. I know it isn’t anything that special, but still it was pretty cool.

Svītriņas by Gaujarts 

Also I kind of fell in love with this band called Gaujarts. I find myself  listening to Latvian indie music more and more. Am I becoming old? Am I an old hipster now? Oh, and a fun fact – Gaujarts’ bassist Maija has a Ph.D in geography, badass babe.

 Viva Voleros by Manta 

This band Manta has 4 members and two of them are in Gaujarts as well. The video has the lyrics translated in English and if they seem weird that’s because they are, no translation mistakes. I just think the video is simple yet beautiful, the light is soft [I actually know the girl who directed it! Not like a friend, but through my vegan connections, hah]. If there weren’t white people with dreads it would be even better. Yes, I do think that dreads are cultural appropriation, but it really seems to be a controversial topic, so idk what to say on that.

empowered male character!

empowered male character!!!111!!

My favorite drawing of the week, can’t find the source, but hah, Superman dressed the way 99% of female superheroes are + a butt window. Like there’s nothing wrong with wearing revealing clothing, but when all the female superheroes are fighting in underwear and 20cm heels? Kinda weird, you know?

Okay, kids, that’s all for now, more interesting stuff may be written here next week after I return from a four day astronomy seminar. So excited about that ♥

Eli~

Relating to anime characters

It’s past midnight, but I’m still up watching Blue Spring Ride [that's an anime] while eating way too many dried mango slices. Life is kind of good. Seriously though how can life be bad when you have mango? Fresh mango, dried mango, mango sorbet, MANGO EVERYTHING. just mango.

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Oranžās Brīvdienas on stage (I’m the kid in a yellow shirt with no flowers around)

Anyhow, I was a volunteer at Klang [rock festival] and it was great! Me being a volunteer was also the reason why I am wearing a yellow shirt in the photo- all the volunteers had those. Everything was better than I thought it would be, the bands were awesome [at least most of them] and the people were really friendly, I got to meet so so many new, cool people and some I already knew before. Generally it was an interesting experience, I’m happy I went there, my first little festival, yaay!

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pretty much me everyday, don’t even care, dungarees 4lyfe

So ever since I got my phone (~5 months ago?) my call signal has been ひこうき雲, which is OST to The Wind Rises, but I hadn’t even watched the film until last week! I just wanted to say that I was a bit disappointed by it, imo the movie lacked the usual ~Ghibli magic~ and the storyline while promising seemed half-finished and lacked depth. The characters were pretty meh too, Jiro was just a boring, self-centered jar of mayonnaise, but Naoko had no personality traits apart from being fragile and soft-spoken. At least the music was good! Really good, you guys.

For some reason watching The Wind Rises made me want to catch up on this seasons anime [not anime movies] and I started watching Blue Spring Ride, which was one of the few shoujo series as well as one of the few non sci-fi ones this season. I like science so it might seem weird, but I’ve never been interested in any sci-fi things apart from Star Trek, I’ve always preferred realistic books/movies/anime. Soo, BSR isn’t anything wooow, groundbreaking, but it’s pretty cute, very reminiscent of Kimi ni Todoke. I like the main character Futaba who hides away her ~cute side~ and tries to act rough because she doesn’t want other girls to think she’s just faking cuteness to be liked by boys. I also sometimes try to be tougher than I am and talk in deeper voice or things like that and ugh, I’d like to have some female friends.

Also also I feel like I’ve never mentioned that here, but my all time favorite anime [apart from Ghibli stuff] are Aoi Hana, Paradise Kiss and Honey&Clover! I watched them all when being 13 or 14 and I actually learned quite a lot about myself from them all, especially Aoi Hana. If you want to watch some nice anime with complex story lines I really recommend those to you.

Probably no one is interested in this otaku talk, but I used to be a huge shoujo/josei geek when younger and anime will always hold a special and warm place in my heart ♥

Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco

Shout out to my friend Monika who just moved to Manchester! I have to confess that I only got into Ani DiFranco after Monika posted this song to her Facebook, so paldies, Monika ♥

Other than that I really like this song, if I had the rights I’d dedicate it to all of you lovely kids here who have this beautiful perfect adorable unrequited crush with silky skin who’s super cool and has great passion for something in life.

and yo, I feel sort of self-conscious and awkward and boring, so I’m just trying to cheer myself up and remind that I’m kinda cool… and I really like sugar free cornflakes, but they are so much more expensive than the sugary ones. why?

 

okay, so tomorrow I’m going to see Skyforger again! Aaaaah, my fav Latvian band!

 

Eli~

perfect gift for pets and rats

hey.

I’m sitting in my room and listening to Russian folk pop. Yesterday I was taking part in a protest by the circus [collecting signatures] and a lady called Marina Kapuro came to sign the petition to ban the use of animals in circuses. When she and her friend(?) had finished she told me she was a singer and gave me her CD. Isn’ t that sweet? Annija joked that I’ll sure write a blog post about it so I am doing just that.

Маменька by Marina Kapuro

I found a song from the album on youtube, turns out that Marina is pretty famous! Actually I quite like many of her songs, seriously, not in ironic way, her voice is sweet and the musicians she plays with are good too. Also why is it that people from Saint Petersburg are so distinctly different from other Russians, say, Muscovites? I’ve never been to Russia, but that’s what my Russian neighbors say and it’s the impression I get from music/films/art/ etc. Ugh, I kind of wish I knew how to read in Russian [ok, I can read some simple phrases, but that's not it], talking wise I am fluent because I just picked up the language from TV and neighbors when little, but I’ve never properly learned how to write or read.

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found a picture of myself in a sort of news site [source]

The signature table is the best spot, it is way more interesting than, say, standing with a poster. All the time there are people to talk with, also yesterday a little Chinese girl [a tourist] signed the petition and wrote her surname with hanzi and then asked to take a photo with me and Sandris. Cute stuff.

paint you B’Owl lips!

One night I was in mood for some anti-humor so I turned to the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! which is pretty ridiculous yet I can’t help, but laugh at their stuff. Anyhow, THAT B’OWL COMMERCIAL. Isn’t it adorable? idk I just really like B’Owls, okay.

This week has been fun so far and I hope it will get even more interesting. I’m kind of worried about volunteering at that rock festival though, full with drunken metal heads, you know? I really like various genres of rock and metal, but I don’t really feel comfortable in that scene. It would also be cool if more fans of hardcore music were straight edge and vegan, hah.

 

Eli~