Wrapping Up

Hey everyone,

This is my last blog post for a while, but I will most likely be continuing this soccer blog in September when the 2016-2017 season starts.

Usually summer is a slow time for soccer. Besides the MLS in the United States, there is not much for soccer fans to watch. However, this summer is filled with quality international soccer.

The Copa America, which is a tournament that usually only includes South American teams, is unique this year because it includes North American teams and is being hosted by the United States. The tournament is already a week in and there has been some really great soccer. The United States lost their first match against a quality Colombia side, but ended up winning their group because Colombia lost to Costa Rica. Teams that look like contenders are Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and the United States. Brazil is out of the tournament because they lost their final group stage match to Peru 1-0 on a controversial goal that looked like a handball.

The European Championship started a few days ago and favorites Germany, Spain, and France all won their first games. The group stage is always a little dry, but once the knockout stages begin, it gets very exciting.

The Summer Olympics, which starts on August 5th, will feature some more quality soccer. Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar will be playing in the Olympics and there should be some good matches.

This summer is jam packed with really exciting international soccer and international soccer is always fun to watch.

06 15

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Hopefully everyone has enjoyed my recaps of major tournaments, or my other opinions on events occurring in tennis. I am logging off now, since this is the beginning of the summer and the end of the school year, and also the end of my time blogging for all of you guys. I hope that my post prompted you to at least watch a tennis match, and it is always fun to write about and share what I love to watch, one of my hobbies that I am really passionate about.

Remember that there have been so many amazing tennis tournaments throughout the past year, and this is not the end. The end of me blogging does not mean the end of tennis, so make sure this summer during your free time to tune into some of the major tennis tournaments coming up. Wimbledon is a major tennis tournament with a lot of attention and famous guests in attendance, and the great traditions offer a very fun and classy atmosphere, this tournament is in England each summer so make sure to watch that. Another famous tournament coming up, usually in August or September is th US Open, which is a tournament that is very important to watch. So make sure to keep being an audience for this amazing sport, and have a great summer filled with activities and fun and relaxation. It has been a fun year writing for everyone, make sure to keep watching so you can always be up to date when I can’t keep you updated.

French Open

This competition was an interesting one, Djokovic in the mens tournament taking the title, breezing through matches to win in the finals. Some interesting matches were Gasquet and Nishikori, Nishikori being much higher in ranking, however must have been having a bad day because a long match, but Gasquet won the first two sets, lost the next one, and won the fourth set. Many on viewers were surprised, but maybe Gasquet had a home advantage this time.

Serena Williams actually lost this tournament, which did not come as a shock to any spectators or anyone else. Many think that she has not been putting in as much time or practice as usual, which they thought could end up hurting her. She lost in the finals, in a very close game, and was quoted saying she was not playing well, and was frustrated and thought she could do what she was doing better. She even went to twitter to share with her followers that after this loss, she was prepared to put in some more work this time to conquer at Wimbledon. She claimed that she cannot just show up to a tournament and think she can win, which is what some have been discussing about her the past month. She has recognized something that was not successful, and is attempting to change it. Hopefully by Wimbledon we will see her most amazing skills and play yet. The French Open overall was very entertaining to watch, and I can’t wait for more of the tournaments over the summer.

This is it; C’est tout; Esto es todo; 今回はここまで

Hello, everyone. The time has come to say my goodbyes. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my knowledge with you guys and honestly, this is very emotional for me. I have attended Issaquah High School for a little over a year and a half now and it feels like it was just yesterday when I transferred. I’ve gone through a lot, like moving for the thousandth time, adjusting to a new place, meeting new people, mastering a third language (French) [and counting], and making new memories. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Issaquah and now the adult life awaits me. I’m honestly really worried but I suppose that’s a common sentiment among people in this stage of life. I can’t believe time went by so quickly. Anyways, this is goodbye.

Hola, todos. La hora de decir “adiós” ha llegado. Me he divertido mucho compartiendo mi sabiduría con ustedes/vosotros/vosotras y honestamente, esto es muy emocionante para mí. He atendido a la Escuela Superior de Issaquah por un poco más de un año y medio ya y se siente como si fuera ayer cuando me transferí. Mucho ha pasado en estos momentos, como mudarme por la milésima vez, ajustarme a un nuevo lugar, conocer a gente nueva, dominar un tercer idioma (francés) [y contando], y creando nuevas memorias. Me ha encantado el tiempo que estuve en Issaquah y ahora me espera la vida adulta. Honestamente estoy muy preocupado pero supongo que eso es común entre la gente en esta etapa de la vida. No puedo creer que el tiempo voló así de rápido. De todas maneras, esto es “adiós”.

Bonjour, tout le monde. C’est l’heure de dire «au revoir». C’était amusant en partageant ma connaissance avec vous et honnêtement, c’est très émotif pour moi. Je suis allé ici pendant un an et demie et il semble que je suis arrivé ici hier. Beaucoup c’est passé dans ces moments, comme me démenager pour la millième fois, m’adapter à un nouveau lieu, connaître à nouvelles personnes, apprendre une troisième langue (français) (et en comptant), et créant des nouveaux souvenirs. J’ai aimé le temps que j’ai été à Issaquah et maintenant, la vie adulte m’attend. Honnêtement, je m’inquiète mais je suppose que c’est ordinaire entre les gens qui sont dans cette étape de la vie. Je ne peux pas croire que le temps a volé aussi rapide. De toute façon, c’est «au revoir».

皆さん、ありがとうございました!楽しかったです。イサクア高校が好ましい。私は、間もなく大学に行きます。頑張ります。今回はここまで。またね!

06 10

I’ll Be Back

If you spoke that in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice, I am proud of you.

Yes I will be back. If I don’t come back on this site however, check out my new blog, spookyspork@blogspot.com 

My blogspot may not be up until several weeks after the school year ends (between 6/17-7/3) but I promise you the spooks will be back.

I’ve honestly enjoyed writing this blog. I’ve been able to learn so many facts and things I never would have learned before, and in all honesty, it’s something I’m passionate about! It’s a great outlet for my spooky side that most often I can’t express.

If you loved reading this as much as I did writing it, again be sure to check out my new blog. It’s been a pleasure to write.

I’ll see you shortly.

This is spookyspoon, feeding you creepy, from day one.

Adios Fashionistas

Seems like just yesterday I was trying to find the perfect way to introduce myself and tell you all about my view as a blogger. Now, as the year comes to a close it seems like the longest and simultaneously shortest year of my life. Getting to write about something that wasn’t very deep, like my favorite new products or shoes was a good constant in this rocky year for me. What I want people to take away from my writing is that it is ok to love yourself. Be self-centered! Focus on your own needs! We are constantly told that we should put others first, and while that in the end should be the goal, I think we need to realize that we have to put ourselves first and make sure we feel good, before focusing on others. You can’t keep giving if you don’t have anything, so take some time to make sure YOU feel good. Put your own health and happiness before anything else, because in the end, all we have is ourselves. If that means an expensive face mask, or some retail therapy, knock yourself out!

As for me, I’ll be continuing my stylish ways on the east coast, studying in New York City. I can only imagine the trends and style challenges I will get to see in the most fashionable city in the world. Best of luck,

The Blonde Blogger

Rant… Part 2

Things I Hate Described: 

Nicknames from kids-

Don’t get me started on how much I LOATHE being called “sweetheart” or “honey” by some kid the same age as me. You do not have the right to belittle  me that way, nor do you have my respect to do so. Call me that crap and you get nothing from me. NOTHING.

Ketchup- 

It’s kind of ironic that I used to put ketchup on EVERYTHING. Now, please leave it out of everything but my meatloaf. It’s too tangy. The color is hideous, and it stains horribly. Not to mention it overpowers any food you put it on.

Mustard- 

Why was this even invented? You may see a trend here concerning condiments and I, but not only does it smell bad, it’s color should never have existed, and just like it’s brother demon ketchup it overpowers anything and everything and leaves the stain of it’s horrible soul on anything it touches.

Skittles- 

Taste the rainbow? I didn’t think the rainbow tasted like grains of sugar. The texture is horrible, the taste is horrible, and each granulate of sugar scrapes over your tongue. Literally it’s just high fructose corn syrup and sugar. The two things you specifically aren’t supposed to have. Hey, at least other desserts and candies mask it. This doesn’t. At least it’s being honest.

Radio talkshows- 

I don’t mean any radio talkshow. No, I mean music radio channels where the host tends to go off in 5 to 10 minute talks when clearly their channel is supposed to be for MUSIC. I did not come to listen to you talk about your sponsor for 20 minutes, I came to hear some quality music.

Commercials- 

Coming off of the radio talkshow tangent, commericals drive me insane. Sure, some can be amusing, especially the era of commercials during the 90’s when they were all color and that loud dude voice and over excited kids hyped up on crack. But other than that, yeah, they’re just unecessary.

Telemarketers- 

Yes, I feel bad for them. They are people too. But still, don’t companies know telemarketers are the most hated people in all of existence? aybe they should just use it for punishment or something.

Donald Trump- 

I can’t. I can’t even begin. It was funny at first, now it’s not. IT’S NOT FUNNY ANYMORE AMERICA.

Trypophobia- 

If you don’t know what this is, GOOD. I wish I still didn’t know. To sum it up, it is the fear of holes in human skin. No, not like piercings. Like a bunch of holes all bunched together in someone’s skin, deep. Even writing it is making me so grossed out. I hate it.

Beetles- 

Beetles. Ever since I’ve watched the Youtuber Brave Wilderness I haven’t been as grossed out or scared, but they still are so disgusting and horrible. Their pinchers. The BANE OF EVIL.

This is spookyspoon, feeding you creepy, from day one.

DIY Packing pt.4

Finally the last post going with the 4 part blog posts is packing. For many this is easy, for others this is a nightmare. But I was able to break it down into a few simple steps that can help many

What you will need

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Garbage bags
  • Tubs
  • Tape
  • Boxes
  • Space to put tubs / boxes

First start off by doing one room at a time, easiest in my opinion is the bathroom, usallally we place all the items except soap, a towel, and Toilet paper in the container we are moving with. Usually leave the certain items out for well you know why. Clean off every item before placing them into the conatier so nothing spills. If you are afraid of something leaking out the lip, take the lid off, place clear wrap over the open hole of the containers and re put the lid on, this usually stops spills. When done label the tub “BATHROOM #_____.”

Then do living room / game room. I have one giant tub with all my electronics including, 2 computers, wii, ps3 and other items al in some so I do nto loose them. Same with the bathroom clean each item off before placing them into the box. Also place things in their so it is easy to not get mixed. I usually place cords into sandwich baggies so they do not get tangled.

Kitchen is a easy but hard one

Bathroom

Closet: place garbage bags over your clothes and cut a hole for hooks to slip into at the bottom of the bag, then tie the ties on the bottom and your clothes should end up damage free.

DIY Budgeting pt.3

06 07 packing 3

Hope everyone is having a good day today’s post will be about budgeting for a new move. Many of you have probably moved in the past and money can tend to be a big thing standing in your way of going into that nice new place.

Things to keep in mind for the budget for moving

  • How much a moving truck will cost
  • How much movers will cost if you need them
  • How much food will cost to re-fill your kitchen
  • How much time it will take
  • How much it will cost just to be able to move in ( first/ last months rent, pet deposit, deposit, application fee, etc.)
  • How much it will cost to repair your current place
  • How much you will need for food that day itself
  • How much money you will need to bring in each month to stay living there

I am going to break it down to make it a little easier on how to plan this

  1. Moving truck cost: Look up local places to see how much it will cost, you could even post online that you need help moving and see who could help or you could make a post on somewhere like craigslist or facebook that you’d be willing to pay someone to help you move, usually a few people want to help.
  2. Movers cost: Same with the truck you could post online if you do not trust certain companies policy’s. You could even do it all by yourself if you have the time, but it more helpful when others help.
  3. Re-fill kitchen: Many things might go bad depending on how far you are moving away, you could start out with trying to move the food that needs to be cold in a mini cooler but sometimes that doesn’t always work, you could not spend as much on food the month before moving and use that towards the moving months food.
  4. Time: This can be everything when moving. If you already have your items boxed, and set up so it can be put into a truck / car / van when it gets there then time might be saved, the more cluttered your items are the longer it is to move.
  5. Cost to move in: places you are moving into usually tells you straight on the page what fee’s need to be paid in order to move into that place, the best way to save up for those unexpected fees / the cost is with every check if you get cost to $200 or more put $100 into savings each check, within 5 months you could have $1,000 if you get paid two times a month, you could always save more just depends on what situation you are in with money. ***Bonus you could see if your are capable of getting your deposit back from the old place and that could go to the new.
  6.  Repair: you could pay someone to do it for you or you could do it yourself, it really isn’t that hard as it seems, at my old house I patches up a big hole in the wall, several holes the size of quarters and nickels, and scuffed paint.
  7. Money for food that day: I would say leave atleast $100 for food that day, not that is a lot but think about: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks, coffee, things that you won’t be able to make until your unpacked, and its best to have extra money just incase it takes more than a day to unpack.
  8. Money for each month: The best way to figure this out is based off of how much rent and everything is.
    1. For example one of the places im looking into is $875 a month everything paid for except cable. On average with working part time getting between $160-$220 each pay check, each month by myself I can afford between $320-$440 each month, but I could choose to have a roommate (which I will have (my boyfriend)) but I could also choose to have another.
    2. If you are social enough for it you could get a roommate or two, just make sure you have the space and check on their past, last thing you want is someone who will harm your future.

Well that’s it for this long post, only one more to go with this set and you should know some of the basic’s that come along with moving out, hope you have a great day ♥Queen of Craft

Favorite Picture

INSERT MY FAVORITE PICTURE

Because I’m on a roll with favorites I decided to share one of my most favorite pictures. We were at point defiance and had gotten out of the car to go down to the beach. My little brother Sam was about 5 years old at the time. A vibrant starfish caught his eye, and reached down to pick it up. No matter how hard he tried however, he couldn’t quite reach the starfish. My dad hopped onto a rock nearby, took his hand, and lowered him down so that he could strain the last few inches to the starfish. As a photographer, the lighting and symbolism of this shot were superb. If I ever wanted to really get into photography, the goal is to make people feel by a single image. The deep symbolism of a father helping his child rings true with just about anyone. The coolest part of this photo is that it was entirely candid – it wasn’t staged in any way. It simply captured a beautiful, touching moment – and that’s all photography is about. One of my favorite things to do is to watch the My Flickr Moment and Behind the Lens videos. Flickr is a great website for professional and aspiring photographers alike, and some of the portfolios are incredible to look at. They all share common themes that my favorite photo utilizes – storytelling, symbolism, quality, and capturing a moment. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to have an eye for photography that allows me to capture as many moments as perfectly as possible.

DIY Place hunting pt.2

Hey everybody! So this is part 2 of 4 of the moving posts, today this one if you could not tell by the blog post name is place hunting.

With my past of moving over 14 times I have noticed it can tend to be easier on budgeting and packing your stuff when you know what you might be getting into. Generally I look for places with rent way lower then what I can afford because sometimes nice places can be cheap sometimes.

Some apps you could download that I use are

  1. Homefinder
  2. Trulia Rentals
  3. Apartments

When looking for an apartments make a lists of wants and needs. for example:

  • Wants: Dishwasher, in unit washer/ dryer, pool, AC, hardwood floor
  • Needs: minimal 1 bedroom, big enough for 2 people, can afford without struggle

Many times when looking for places to you will see that some places do not mark pet friendly but state it in the description area, basically, don’t start clicking boxes until you start to see you can’t find places that accept what you have ( smoker, pets, water bed.)

Pay attention to the area you are looking at, because I found a great little house in Salem OR, and it is in a area where people always get their houses broken into, or get mugged.

Another thing to pay attention to is distance from where you are now. Think about it this way: the farther you have to travel, the more gas / that rental van you might be getting will cost.

Finally, if you are moving into a place that doesn’t allow animals PLEASE do not leave your pet behind. Find them a new home if you can not continue having them, so many animals get left behind and pets are family and who would leave a family member stranded?

I hope this DIY is helpful, the next post should be up soon and it will be about budgeting for a move, this has been a thing I have had to work on for months now and hopefully it will pay off. have a good afternoon! ♥ Queen of Craft

06 07

bye

The time has come for another goodbye–and this time, the final one.

These past 4 years of high school have been amazing. I’ve met some fantastic people, made many wonderful memories, and learned a lot. I’ve grown not only academically, but also as a person.

It’s funny to look back on the person I used to be when I first stepped into the halls of Issaquah High School and compare that shy, horribly nervous, awkward girl (who by the way had the worst braces) to the girl I am today. But I know that as I grow even older, it’ll continue to be weird to look back upon the person I was when graduating high school. That’s just part of life, I guess. You live, you learn, and you burn all your old ugly pictures.

I think it’s safe for me to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m not perfect by any means, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. What makes me happy though is the fact that I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’ve learned to take risks and enjoy new experiences. I’m beyond excited (albeit still pretty nervous) to enter the next chapter of my life at college, and although I’m terrified to be stepping out of my comfort zone and leaving behind everything I’ve ever known for my entire life, I’m confident that this is going to be good for me.

I am so lucky to have so much support from my friends and family and to lead such a privileged life. I used to take it for granted that I had all these things, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that I am truly blessed. And for that, I am incredibly grateful.

As I leave behind this blog, my biggest piece of advice is to just live. Take things day by day. You’re going to make mistakes–we all do. Don’t let that be a negative thing, because that’s what separates you from all those other miserable people who never achieve what they want to in life, and you don’t want that to be you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You don’t want to look back regretting decisions you made, or regretting not taking advantage of an opportunity. Life is short, and you’re lucky to have it. There are no limitations to what you can accomplish, and I know that sounds cliché, but as an experienced high school senior who has been through the craziest stuff imaginable I can tell you it’s true. Life is a gift, and you can do whatever you want with it.

So yeah. All I have to say is, just live.

06 06

lots of love,

Why Runners Get Along

Runners understand each other. We need that because understanding is something runners get a whole lot of from the general public. Most people view running with vague discomfort. But one runner plus another equals good vibes. There’s something about that shared community, that deep mutual passion for singular experiences only runners really understand.

When I’m driving and see a runner slogging their way along the side of the street, my heart really goes out to them. I respect them and their effort, mentally encourage them, and maybe feel a pang of jealousy that I’m not doing something as fun as that at the moment. When I’m in public places, I identify other people who are probably runners. Slim build, moisture-wicking clothing, alert posture, Nike footwear — the likelihood is high. Then I want to meet those people. We’d probably get along. They’re probably really cool people — after all, they run. When I’m out running and pass another runner on the trail, I see their brow shiny with sweat, their lips set in breathless defiance, their form too rigid or else going to pieces, and I look them in the eye. They do the same. We nod, and nothing more needs to be said. I understand so intimately the struggle they are going through, and applaud them for deciding that it is, in fact, worth it.

06 06

Only runners really understand the joy in the small things, waking up early and lacing up shoes to hit the trails, exploring a new route or pounding down a familiar one, wiping the sweat from your face as it stings in your eye. Only runners understand the wild places the mind goes to when fatigue sets in, the bizarre cognition of the brain after six miles. Only runners understand the small battles of willpower that occur within a mile, a minute, a block, the triumph of not checking your watch or making those twenty extra yards to the furthest sign post. Try to find a runner who’s not cheerful. There’s not a lot of them out there. In my experience, people who love running love life. It is for these reasons that runners form such an offbeat, tight-knit, wonderful community out of their shared passion.

UEFA Champions League

Hi everyone,

The UEFA Champions League final was this past weekend and it was a good one. Real Madrid played Atletico Madrid in a rematch of a final from two years ago. In the match two years ago they were tied 1-1 and went in to an extra time period. In extra time Real Madrid scored three goals and one the match 4-1.

The match started how most people expected with Real having most of the possession and Atletico playing defensively. However that all changed when Sergio Ramos of Real scored in the first half. Atletico were then forced to play more attacking. Atletico came out in the second half with a lot of energy and earned themselves a penalty kick. However, the penalty kick hit the crossbar and bounced back into play. Atletico continued to play aggressive, trying to find the game tying goal. It finally came with ten minutes left when Yannick Carrasco scored a tap in.

For the second time these teams were going into extra time in the Champions League Final. This time neither team scored, so it went into a penalty kick shootout. For the first three rounds every player on each side scored their penalty, but in the fourth round an Atletico player shot the ball of the side bar. Christiano Ronaldo took the final penalty to win Real Madrid the Champions League Final.

06 06

Now, officially, European club soccer is all over. Nonetheless, there is still some exciting international soccer in the next month. There are two tournaments. One is of teams from North and South America and the other is just teams of Europe.

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