Super Bowl 50 Here We Come

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As the notification came across my phone my face turned into a smile. Excitement filled my mind as I read that the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots, and became AFC champions once again. This is the eighth time the Broncos have been AFC champs.

Later that Sunday afternoon, my phone showed that the Arizona Cardinals had lost to the Carolina Panthers, making Carolina the new NFC champions.

The Broncos won by two points, 20 – 18 while the Panthers destroyed the Cardinals 49 – 15.

Which now means that the Broncos and the Panthers will face off in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos have won the Super Bowl twice compared to the Panthers who have never won a Bowl.

The game will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 2 at 3:30pm. This will be your time to cheer on your team and watch some American football.

I will be cheering for the Denver Broncos, because Peyton Manning is the quarterback. I have been a fan of him for years, and believe he can pull out the win.

I think this game will be a nail biter as both teams have shown that they have what it takes to be Super Bowl champions.

Broncos have a record of 12 – 4 and are led by their amazing quarterback, Peyton Manning.

The Panthers have a record of 15 – 1. So, they have a better record than Denver, however, that does not mean that Denver won’t be a good competitor. Cam Newton, the Panthers’ quarterback is very talented and can put up a good fight.

So, I guess we’ll see who can take it all the way when Sunday comes around.

 

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

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My mom loves the Bellevue botanical gardens. During the winter one of her favorite things to do is go to the garden of DeLights, an event in which he entire garden is decorated with strings of Christmas lights. As far back as I can remember we’ve made the trip at least once in the winter or summer when the regular flowers are in full bloom. I never really enjoyed it, which isn’t all the surprising for a young boy who always loved to explore. However, just last Saturday I made he trip down and loved it. Hardly anyone was there because many of the flowers have even begun to show yet, but the garden retained its silent beauty. There was still a lot of green from the trees and shrubs and the only sound ha cold be head was the cheerful gurgle of the stream as it moved along on its merry way. It was beautiful. As I walked further along the many trails in the garden I found a new addition to the grounds: a 25 foot suspension bridge. I wish I had brought my full sized camera because the bridge was just as beautiful as the garden around it. We walked across a few times, then jumped up and down to get it to swing up and down. We walked a little further and saw a garden full with gnomes and tiny, stylized houses with doors built into the hills and boroughs. Obviously the gardens would be even better at any other time in the year, but even during the cold and quiet months it was still worth a quick trip.

 

second semester senior!!!!!!! …:(

hey friends!

So, I’m officially a second semester senior! Not sure how I feel about that to be honest. Let me explain…

So I’ve talked a lot about how I’m “so excited to graduate” and “can’t wait to be independent and experience life on my own” and “get a fresh start.” No matter how much I say I’m looking forward to graduating, I know that ultimately…I’m going to miss high school so much. Obviously it’s been such a huge part of my life for such a long time, and so many things have happened in that time. I’ve grown a ridiculous amount, and I’m so thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned these past 4 years so I can continue to work on being a better person. Every experience, good or bad–getting to be on the dance team, making it through AP Bio with mediocre grades, witnessing my friends get so drunk on New Years’ Eve that they made absolute fools of themselves, finally dating a guy I had been interested in for a while only to discover I didn’t like him as much as I thought I did–has taught me something important.

High school is long. High school is hard. You’re going to lose friends, make friends, cry over all kinds of things, and make stupid decisions. But ultimately, everything that you do is going to shape you into the adult you’ll eventually become. You’re not going to enjoy all of it, I’m not going to lie. But you’re most certainly going to miss it when it’s over. It’s impossible not to miss something your life has revolved around for 4 years.

I was just texting one of my really good friends about how high school is almost over and we really need to kick things into high gear this last semester of our high school careers. I know it’s going to go by fast, and I don’t want to regret my refusal to appreciate how great it’s been.

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It’s been a long road, and I’m excited for the next chapter in my life. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to let the present just pass by though–I want to experience everything to the fullest. So as high school comes to an end, I hope to look back happy and thankful for all the memories I’ve made.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: Appreciate, enjoy, and don’t take anything for granted. You’ll miss it when it’s gone.

love,

Street Fighter 5

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An upcoming popular series game coming out on February 16th, 2016 Street Fighter 5 is a long time series since 1987. It is only available on PS4 and Microsoft Windows. This is a fighting game by Capcom. The characters of this game come from all different parts of the world with their own unique fighting style. The game will feature 16 characters from the launch and four of them who are new to the game. The new characters in this game are Necalli who is an intelligent wild Aztec type of warrior from an unknown country (presumably Mexico) who seeks a strong opponent’s soul. Rashid is a Middle Easterner who is capable of manipulating wind and he is searching for a missing friend who has been kidnapped by Bison and Shadaloo. Laura Matsuda, a Brazilian fighter and older sister to Street Fighter 3 veteran Sean Matsuda who uses Brazilian jiu-jitsu and electricity in her attacks which is deadly to all her opponents. Things that changed in this game were the focus attacks which were removed in this game. The new components of this game are the V-Gauge which builds up as the player receives attacks and it also adds 3 new techniques. The 3 new techniques are the V-skills, V-reversals, and V-Triggers. V-skills are specials attacks that are different for each fighter.  V-Reversals allow players to use a section of their V-Gauge to perform a counter move while being attacked. The V-Triggers use the entire V-Gauge to allow the player to perform a unique ability (varies on each character), such as a temporary damage boost for Ryu’s energy balls or added hits to Chun-Li’s attacks.

Another defense against hooks

Say your opponent is coming in with a hook; pretty common. Of course, the first step is always going to be to get out of the way as soon as possible. If your opponent is taller than you, or if roughly the same height, this could work.

When someone throws a hook, which is one of the most common attacks you will get if you’re ever attacked…God forbid you are…martial artists will always instruct you to clear the path one way or another. That means moving to the side then striking back, or in this case: ducking. Ducking is an undervalued skill that anyone can do, even people who don’t have a lot of weight or strength. And if you’re clever with it, you’re going to find out that you can strike your opponent wherever he or she is vulnerable.

In this case, the opponent throws a high upper hook to the head, the most common you find in the streets or in unfriendly parts of town. The first step is to actively come in and close the gap while you duck (that is, step in and lower yourself significantly). Have both your hands ready. Your opponent is going to miss his or her hook, and that’s expected. However, your opponent is also going to try and strike you with their other hand. Using your right elbow, block that hand as the strike comes in, or press that hand against his or her body to prevent movement for a brief second. This way, both of the person’s hands are out of range to damage you. The high hook is probably passing over what would have been your head. Your right, or left, hand is going to be the blocking hand. But this naturally means you have on hand open. You can punch your opponent’s side with this as you’re aiming for a sideshot with these things. By doing so, in the case illustrated, I actively blocked while I punched the armpit of my opponent, raising his attacking swing in the process.

That gets you out of the clearing, and you can finish your opponent off using a kick, some more punches, etc. But at this point he or she is probably not going to pose a problem anymore.

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First Female Full-Time Coach in NFL

Kathryn Smith was hired on Wednesday as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills. She was hired as the organized quality control-special teams coach.

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Smith has been on the sidelines ever since high school helping her dad by keeping stats of the game. When college came around she served with St. John’s for four years as the teams manager. However, it didn’t stop there. Smith went on to get an internship with the New York Jets in 2003.

After 12 years of working with the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan, Smith followed Ryan to the Bills last year. She worked as an administrative assistant to the head coach. Just after a year working with the Bills, Smith was promoted.

Ryan says in a quote: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/21/463787891/kathryn-smith-makes-history-as-nfls-first-female-full-time-coach

“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” said Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.”

So there it is, Smith was hired onto the coaching staff for the Bills because she deserved it. She is the right one for the job. She is a person who goes after what they want and works hard for it.

Some say that a women should not be in the NFL, however, Smith is more than quilified and can handle anything thrown at her. She has been around football for years, and knows what she is doing. During Smith’s internship with the Jets she scouted for college athletes amongst other things. She has been in a wide variety of positions for the teams she’s worked for and has never dissappiont. Smith was the right choice for the Bills, no matter what anyone says.

Some Exciting Local Soccer News

Hey everyone,

Just recently the Seattle Sounders signed Jordan Morris, a local player from Mercer Island. Morris played his youth soccer at Eastside FC and then moved to the Sounders Academy. After his youth career, he went to Stanford where he caught the attention of the US National Team. He made a couple appearances for the National Team, which is an incredible accomplishment. To top it all off, he led his Stanford team to win the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

Morris is an incredible talent and now Seattle Sounders get to have him their squad. Morris was looking at signing with a team in Germany, but decided to stay close to home and play for the Sounders.

In the English Premier League the top two teams, Arsenal and Leicester City, both tied. This three teams closest to those top two all won, which means the top 5 teams now are closer in the league standings. Unlike some previous years where a team goes way ahead of everybody, this year it will hopefully be close till the end.

The reason I talk so much about the English Premier League is because it is the most exciting of the leagues. For example in the French League, Paris St Germain is at the top of the table by 20 points and there is 15 games left. The English Premier League is one of the few leagues where teams are very close.

The best game this weekend is Arsenal v Chelsea on Sunday.

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Should I get the latest device or save my money and get a less recent one?

Hey guys! This week I will be talking about whether or not you should go ahead and buy some of the latest tech or devices or save your money and get an earlier model for cheap[er].

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Have you ever noticed how many companies such as Apple, Google, HTC, Samsung, and Microsoft (among others) tend to roll out new devices every other day? Have you ever been stuck deciding between two or more devices because they had some things you liked or were looking for? Well no problem! I will be trying to help with that today.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Year it was released – is it a brand-new device from this year or a slightly older device from the previous year or is it a much older one?
  2. Price differences/Price range – is there a large difference in pricing? Is it within your range of pricing or within budget? Is it worth it?
  3. Features – is there a huge difference in what features the devices have? What makes one stand out from the other? What exactly are you looking for in a device?
  4. Technical specifications – if you’re a tech geek, this may matter a lot to you. How good is the camera? How many pixels in the display? Does it have something specific to that device that others don’t have? How many mAh (milliamp hours) in the battery?

Now that you have out the way, just make your decision. In some cases, the older device is already great and is about as good as the newer one, but only a fraction of the cost. For example, the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 are very similar and both great devices individually. The Galaxy S6 is just better in terms of performance and has slightly better specifications than the S5. Another example would be the iPhone 6 and 6S (and their Plus variants), the 6S fixes “bendgate” and like all “S” upgrades, it has an improved camera, faster, and in this case it comes in a new color option and also has 3D Touch (or Force Touch as some call it), so it’s mostly just new features. If all else fails, do some online research or talk to someone who is more experienced with technology and electronics. Good luck!

Glossier | New

I don’t know whether to call the new Glossier products additions (to the family) or simply addictions. As the company’s #1 fan, I was one of the first to try their new product. Back in mid-october they launched the Boy Brow, a colored brow setting/filling gel that promised to update you guys on. Like always, it arrived in it’s perfect cute little box with stickers and a poster (this one even featured one of my biggest inspirations and icons Ceilidh Joy in their Boy Brow campaign shoot). it is fairly small, but a little goes a long way. I was overjoyed that it actually matched my eyebrow color, because it is nearly impossible to color match them and Glossier only offered 3 shades. I gambled and bought it in blonde, although my eyebrows are naturally quite a bit darker than my hair color. It has a very small easy to use spooly, and does an amazing job for natural looking eyebrows. Usually I like penciling mine in to create the perfect shape, but like always, the relaxed and casual feel of Glossier is inspiring. The “no make-up” make-up look. If you still want the full brow look, it does go well paired with other eyebrow products. As the last step in your eyebrow routine, this gel can be used to set your eyebrows.

The second product launched since my last Glossier post is the Milky Jelly Cleanser. This was released just this week and thankfully shipping was fast. This cleanser is great when used as a pre-step to the Phase 1 set. One of the reasons Glossier is my go-to skincare company is because I have very sensitive dry skin and don’t believe that adding a lot of scary products to my relatively youthful face can be healthy. Their claims for the Milky Jelly include “hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, safe for the eye area, ophthalmologist tested, appropriate for all skin types, soap free, paraben free, sulfate free, fragrance free, not tested on animals”. I am especially drawn to anything hypoallergenic and fragrance free, because there is honestly no reason to be washing your face and cleansing with a perfume-filled product. The product feels rich and great, and has become a part of my everyday routine.

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I am really proud of Glossier, as I watch one of my favorite little companies grow up and branch out. They have even hinted at a potential make-up campaign that reaches more than just the brows, so I am excited to follow their journey.

~The Blonde Blogger

how to ace your college interview

hey friends!

just a disclaimer: I am not guaranteeing that these tips are going to help you definitely get into your college of choice. They’re just some tips that I’ve found helpful and I hope they’ll be helpful to you too! So anyway…

 

I’ve had somewhere around 5 college interviews (alumni interviews) by this point, so clearly I’m an expert on how to be perfect (lol). First of all, there are lots of different types of interview you might encounter:

  • Phone interview: this is the easiest because you don’t have to even know the face of the person interviewing you. It can be way less scary and feel pretty casual.
  • Skype interview: This can still be a little nicer than an in-person interview, but you’ll feel more like you’re getting interviewed since you can actually see the interviewer.
  • Face-to-face interview (in-person): These are generally the most daunting. These can sometimes be over food, but may not always be.

Regardless of the medium, you’re going to be judged based on how you sound in your interview. For the most part, alumni interviews are fairly casual, so don’t stress to much. Anyway, getting to the point, here are some of my go-to tips!

  1. Prepare in advance: You don’t have to memorize paragraph-long answers to every potential type of question, but just get thinking about the most common questions (“tell me about yourself,” “what are your greatest strengths/weaknesses,” “what do you want to do with your life,” “why this school”) so that you have an idea of what you might want to say. BUT make sure you don’t sound mechanical/robotic when you’re answering these questions!! You want to come across as natural and confident, not weird.
  2. Be clean: This sounds weird, but what I mean is to basically look well-pressed and presentable. You don’t want to have greasy hair, unkempt fingernails, or wrinkly clothing. You don’t usually have to wear a suit for alumni interviews, but definitely don’t come wearing sweatpants or a sweatshirt. Look put-together! First impressions do matter a lot.
  3. Do not order messy food: This only applies to face-to-face interviews while eating food, but be really careful not to order, for example, tacos. You don’t want to be making a mess while you’re eating because it’ll reflect poorly upon you! This is not the time to order your favorite, messiest food–be practical and order something mess-free.
  4. DO NOT chew loudly/talk while chewing: Again, this only applies to face-to-face interview over food, but this comes back to basic manners. You don’t want to come across as gross.
  5. Ask questions to your interviewer: People like talking about themselves. If you find an opportunity to ask the interviewer about themselves, TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY. They’ll likely be excited/happy.
  6. BE YOURSELF! Alumni were students at one point, and they’re people too. So they can tell when you’re sucking up to them and trying to say what you want them to hear. Maybe crack a couple jokes here and there (be careful to evaluate their personality first though), but mostly just be casual about it. There’s no reason to pretend you’re someone you’re not, because the more genuine you are the more they’ll like you! Interviewers have to deal with a lot of fakers and try-hards, so they’ll really appreciate your sincerity.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: alumni interview are pretty casual! don’t worry too much. As long as you let your awesome personality shine through, you’ll be totally fine 🙂

love,

Final Fanatics

For once, I’m not going to do a creepy post. I think we all need a bit of relief from the creepy unexplained occurrences of the world.It unnerves me sometimes too. Don’t get me wrong, all the things I post about are horrible horrible, and I recognize that.But I find an interest in the material, in the thoughts and actions of the individuals within it. Psychology is an interesting field, one I know I will probably pursue in my adult life to come.

I doubt I have many, if at all any, readers. We all just post here to get that next grade. In all honesty, these are the only times I visit the site as well, unless I am bored and interested in reading others at random times or intervals. No ones blog is nearly as dark as mine, but hey, as I already stated, the material interests me.

Now, although I AM avoiding one stressful unliked topic I am going to delve into another: Finals.

I think Finals could be spooky within themselves. It’s that thing that always lurks around the corner, threatening your either strong or struggling grades. Finals are the epitome of hatred. Although it does give us a small schedule where we have to attend school, it’s three hours of perpetual he*l.

It’s sad that our grades literally revolve around these tests. SAT, ACT, Finals. What is it with needing to take a “test” to prove our knowledge? It’s not at all fair, in any way. Some of us aren’t good test takers. We over psyche ourselves. We mess up. We shake from nerves. It just isn’t good for the human system at all. Why not put us into a real world situation where we would have to use our skills? Or better yet, look at our homework overall performance? How is it at all fair to kids who don’t do well on tests and in return get evaluated on that?

Things happen. Life happens. It’ll mess us up. But it seems administrators and colleges don’t care. They may claim they do, but it all comes down to those numbers at the top of the page, signaling your utter destruction, or gratification.

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

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Cydia Tweak Recommendations

Hey guys! This week I will be talking about some Cydia tweaks that I recommend. This is meant more for those who are on jailbroken iOS or who plan to jailbreak their iOS device(s). These tweaks in particular are mostly for customizing and I will include the repository in which it can be found.

Alkaline – themes the battery icon on the status bar. (ModMyi – apt.modmyi.com)

App Admin – lets you downgrade any previously downloaded or purchased apps from the App Store to older versions still hosted on the app. (UnlimApps Beta repo – beta.unlimapps.com)

Applocker – allows you to lock apps with a pascode or password, meant for non-Touch ID devices. (insanelyi – repo.insanelyi.com)

AutoRotateVideos – videos will rotate to landscape mode even if your screen rotation is disabled. May have some issues on iPhone 4S. (BigBoss – default repo)

BioProtect – allows you to lock your apps and can be unlocked using Touch ID or a passcode. (Insanelyi)

Bytafont 2/3 – install custom fonts (modmyi)

f.lux – automatically adjusts screen warmth at night to make it easier on your eyes and make it easier to fall asleep since blue hues make you stay awake longer. (Justgetflux.com/cydia)

icleaner pro – clears unnecessary junk files to make more space on your device (cydia.angelxwind.net)

winterboard – install custom themes (default repo)

and finally

zeppelin – customize the carrier name and add a custom icon (default repo)

there are many more out there but that would make this post very lengthy and these are just basics. Enjoy!

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Screenshot of my jailbroken iPod touch (6th generation) running its stock OS: iOS 8.4.

 

Bad Legs

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For some strange reason all three of my dogs have bed legs. When my dog Darcy was five years old she somehow broke her foot. She was in a red cast for three weeks! It was so sad to watch her hop around on three legs and try and bite at the cast.

But it is not just Darcy. For the first 4 months that we had Brinkley he would limp around and try to avoid putting weight on his back leg. At first we thought it was nothing, but after some research we discovered he has really bad hips. So bad, that he could lay on his stomach and his legs would stick out to the side like a frog. Eventually Brinkley stopped limping and the problem went away. But his legs are still frogish.

Lucy seemed to be perfect… Until about a month ago. After a hard day of running Lucy began to hop around on three legs. We thought that it was just because she had over worked herself, but the problem persisted. To this day she still has episodes where she hops around the house. Then the next day she will run and jump with no problem. It is the strangest thing to see your dog go from injured to fully active in the span of 24 hours. We have no idea what the problem is. Maybe she is faking it.

I wish my dogs did not have leg problems and I hope their issues will resolve themselves in the near future.

That’s all for now… Go Hawks!