Sunday, July 19, 2009

If you didn't know...

I've started a book blog! So this blog will be all but abandoned. Swing over to Taste Life Twice to find me.

Tashi <3

Friday, July 10, 2009


Booking Through Thursday has given me a reason to write what I consider my very first Book Blog post.

Yes, I'm starting a book blog, and my friend keundria aka kiki may be joining me.

Anyhow, here is a list of my unread books. It is extensive.

These are either school books or books I just picked up at a dollar book store. I need to read them, but somehow they've been put on the backburner.
School Books:
Antigone by Sophocles
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
Book Club Book:
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Just Books:
Accountable by Tavis Smiley
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Audrey Hepburn's Neck by Alan Brown
Candide by Voltaire
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Iggie's House by Judy Blume
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Night by Elie Wiesel
Quinn's Book by William Kennedy
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
The Bad Place by Dean Koontz
The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The Ruins by Scott Smith
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Utopia by Thomas More
That's 18 books. Perhaps I'll give some away? Check back and see.
Now, let me hear about your unread.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Signed Copy of This Lullaby

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Win 3 great YA chiklit books

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Win Becoming Chloe! and other cool contests

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Win Boy Toy!

It's signed! I'm so excited for this book!

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

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If you want some free books HERE is the place to get them. Seriously, everything from Beautiful Creatures to Three Cups of Tea. Check it out. Free of course or I wouldn't be bothered.

I'm going through all the book reviews and they are short, sweet, and interesting....even if the blogger's taste and mine aren't exactly alike.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Win an ARC of Ash + Swag

Super exciting! My fingers are crossed. Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What a Wonderful Book World!

Enter here to win Suite Scarlett and follow for some cool book reviews.

Yet Another Great Contest

For some slammin summer reads check this out.
Haha Slammin yay.
Here's a really cool book apparently. See what you think.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hardcover or Paperback

I love books. I love them until they're worn and tired. Then I love them even more. Pretty books are either new or not worth my time. Give me frayed edges, ripped covers and torn binding. I want annotations and underling and that stain from when I drank cocoa while reading.

Don't get me wrong. I do not abuse books. In fact, my hardcover books are in perfect condition.

Paperbacks give me the freedom to drag a book through my life. School, reastaurant, hair salon, friend's house. They're light and easy, manageable.

And the smell. Somehow hardcover just doesn't get the smell right. Oh, how I love the new book smell and, oh, how I adore the worn library book smell.

So I choose paperback. All the story, easy and manageable, all for a cheaper price. I'll take it.

Oh and this all stems from this contest to win a copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Here's what I've discovered,
Truly the truest truth I've ever dared to face,
Almost eveything I do,
Almost everything,
Stems from the profound fear that I will never be good enough.

I haven't yet decided if I'd like to change that.

Coincedentally, this song makes me feel better about my new truth.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm the Girl Who

always adds an i love you to her goodbyes
has a mature mind and an immature sense of humor
duty haha
still wonders about her 4th grade crush
makes her room a tornado in 2 hours or less
loves the smell of paint, adores the smell of new books
showers by nightlight
puts herself out there and sometimes gets burned
makes mistakes
sings while she cleans
rarely finishes what she starts
stays online for hours
empathizes with fictional characters
must get to the happy ending or feel crappy until she does
procrastinates until the VERY last minute
eats unhealthy amounts of yogurt
dances when she's happy
dances when she's sad
stays up late because sleeping sounds boring
can't wait for long summer days
would rather talk than txt
feels connected to strangers
wants to live a day in the life of someone else--anyone else
talks far too much
has days when she doesn't want to look in the mirror
has days when the mirror is her friend
ditches on the last day of school
has a knack for saying the wrong thing
loves writing
vows never to go on a diet
vows always to act her shoe size
loves with her whole heart
may never fall in love
detests calculus
wishes at 11:11
wishes at 1:11
wishes randomly
will never figure out what to do with her life
loves to swim
loves to skate
likes nightmares
blogs randomly

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SAT's and Such

Hi. Found out my SAT score 2day.
Just thought I'd document it.
2090. I'm pleased-ish.

Today was awesome bcuz I realized the San Francisco-SAT-Sand Diego-Rent-Ditch school on Monday weekend rlly was like the best I've ever had.
P.S. I<3 Terasita Pines and hayleyghoover's blog.

Friday, March 20, 2009

English is Love

Why do I connect reading and grammar to love. Because c'mon, those are pretty weird things to connect to love.
But I figured it out.

It started with my dad. He read to me every night. So much and with such enthusiasm that I memorized the stories, yearned to read them for myself. I'd bring anyone in my house of stack of books taller than me if they promised to read me a story. But my dad was the best. He did voices and everything.

Then came my mom with the hooked on phonics. I thought it was a game. I get to learn to read and spend time w/ mom and at the end I win a toy. This was a win-win situation, cuz when ur 3 hooked on phonics is crazy fun.

Then I started reading my dad to sleep. Role reversal. And I would get up really early, before he left for work and he would do hooked on phonics with me.

So I guess for me reading started as love and attention from my parents. Not that I didn't get enough of that all the time lol. Still do.

Then there was my grandma. She taught me pronouns in her living room. It was my first grammar lesson. So reading became bonding with my grandma.

Then there were teachers. So reading became gratification. It made me special and seperate.

Then there was my sister. Who, at 16, would rather kill herself than spend time with her eight year old sister. But she liked to teach me to read Shakespeare in our garage, and talk about life. So reading was bonding with my sister.

So I figure the reason I love reading, and grammar, and understanding and such is because for a long time it was the bridge between me and the people in my life that were too old to have anything else in common with a little kid. For me, it was being seen by the adults I cared about. Really seen.

Ok and it was about gratification :)

Today was awesome bcuz I was reminded of that.

Peace <3


I feel like I'm being trampled
By calculus and bio
And then English picks me up
Dusts me off
And makes it all ok again :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Things I Like

I'm compiling a list of things I like, because it seems when someone asks me I can never tell them what I like.

  1. The colors yellow, pink and purple light up my world.
  2. I'm Yours and I'll Follow You Into the Dark are the love songs I love.
  3. Musicals are too exciting for words. Take me to one, and I'll love u till death do us part.
  4. Sees candy is the greatest :) no contest.
  5. Having my hair curly makes me feel fabulous.
  6. I luv getting notes from friends.
  7. Dancing and singing in public is what it's all about man.
  8. Speaking of, heck yea I like the hokey pokey.
  9. Books. So many books.
  10. California sunshine :)
  11. Good grades. Who doesn't like that?
  12. Cheesy pick up lines make me smile. :D
  13. Horoscopes and fashion magazines r my embarrassing loves.
  14. Cakes and cookies and muffins and bagels and all kinds of yumminess.
  15. Myspace
  16. Stayin' up late.
  17. Sleepin til noon.
  18. Blog posts that aren't finished yet.

Maybe i'll do a little known facts about me post later.....hmmmm.....

Live Life Brilliantly

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Soooo.....I Got Ice Cream.....Wanna Make Out? lol

hw and exercise--not a fun mix but all is well :)

Sometimes I'm so complicated I don't even understand me. Or I can't even explain me, but getting on my good side is simple. All u gotta do is gimme baked goods and call me pretty.

Yay I got my braces off 2day. How cooool. Now I get a pink sparkly retainer.

O and i bought purple heels. They make my world go round :P

'Tis time for more hw and such.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Trisha's a Lifesaver

Yay! I got my post bak thanks to the lovely and talented Trisha J. Gragera lol nehowww....

SAD was prtty cool 4 me. All except for how I woke up...which went something like.....
"Tashi, get up. U know we have an appointment 2day."
"Whaaat? :? "
"The gym."
"Whaat? :?"
lol then we go, then the trainer doesnt have us scheduled, then we come bak home, then life was ok again, blah blah blah

neways kewl beans

dad bought me sees candy :) he does it every year
and every year its flippin awesome
thats y 2day was awesome
plus i watched teen witch lol those crazy 80's movies

nehow i g2g to olive garden soon

catch ya on the flip side.....whatever that means

Sunday, February 8, 2009

So Much to Tell

This shall be in 5 parts.

#1 No more bf. still friends. ehh...

#2 Personal trainer= hot

#3 Some college sent me a letter. I think I might be a National Merit Scholar. Hopefully.

#4 I passed AP Calc this semester.

#5 i have weird dreams. here's one i had recently.

I'm in a casino. Its kinda dark and all red green velvety textures. It's the 40's or 20's. I can tell because of the decorations and clothes like flapper dresses. I'm an old white woman. I see a rich man gambling at a blackjack table. I see his rich wife in a shiny silver flapper dress calmly get up and leave the room. She's beautiful. Her husband follows her. His posse follows him.

All of a sudden I'm a man sitting in the same casino across the room from the old woman. I can't tell what race I am, maybe Italian. I think I'm a mobster. I pull a gun into my lap. It's a revolver. I shoot the woman in the silver dress. She stands.

All of a sudden I'm the wife. No race this time but I have brown skin. Maybe I'm black, or latin, or middle eastern. I'm sitting waiting for my husband to finish gambling. I'm content. Someone shoots me. My stomach is bleeding but it doesn't hurt. I get up and leave. My husband follows.

I get into a horse-drawn cairrage. It's all black and leather. My husband gets in too. A man I know gets in opposite me. A woman is with him. I feel uneasy. I don't know who shot me but I suspect its him. I see the gun. I move out of the opposite door of the now-moving cairriage. I hang on to the outside. I don't know where my husband is. I think the man shot him. He must have a silencer because nobody heard his gun go off either time. I jump of the cairrage and roll. I try to decide what to do. There is a forest in front of me and the road stretching out on either side.

Then I wake up. Weird dream, I know. I always have dreams where I'm other people. People who are older or younger or the opposite gender or a different race. I've had very few set in a different time tho. I also have a lot of dreams that change perspective randomly like some weird movie. I don't know why. And nothing's ever in clear detail. Especially people, I just imagine people but usually I only know their age gender and race if i'm lucky.

Today was awesome because me and isabel had beans and chicken and veggies and it was yummy. Also, I myspaced a lot and didn't do ne work.

I guess I'll sleep now. Or sumthin close 2 it.

Peace out tootse.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Let's call these the before and after photos. Before and after exercise. Apparently exercise makes u really,really tired. Who knew? It also makes u a member of Leo Club....ok maybe not.

Want a math problem? Me neither. But ur getting one nehow so shut up and take it. lol

stayin up 'til midnight + 0 period + math test + hour long strentgh endurance class+ healthy food (my body is seriously like wtf?) =.......u guessed it!.......unless u didn't.....tired tashi.

Such is life.
So before I figure out why today is awesome I thought I'd try to say something meaningful. I read an article by Jasmine Quezada in the windjammer today ( idk her but maybe u do) and it was all about stereotypes and how we sort of mold ourselves to fit them.
I took two points from it. #1 people want to fit in, even if it is under a false label #2 people use stereotypes as excuses.

Think about it. If only nerds, or only asians, or only losers, or only w/e's do well in school, I don't have to feel bad when I get bad grades because I'm a jock, or I'm black, or I'm popular, or w/e. (Are u likin' the parallel syntax? I knew u would :) lol) Nehow labels allow us to be lazy. Because if we all accepted that MLK, Ghandi, Einstein, and other amazing and intelligent people were only human, we would have to ask ourselves "Why aren't I trying to make as big a difference as they did?" And that would force us to get up off of our fat, lazy, American.....well u know what I mean. So don't rule yourself out or give yourself an excuse not to try just because you don't fit the stereotype. Make your own stereotype. I don't know about u but people saying "o she's just a black, dorky, smart kid" doesn't sound as good as "o she's just tashi" to me.

Now back to even more useless babble (just when u thought it couldn't get any worse right?).

Today was full of suck because... umm did u not see the 0 period math test part?

Today was awesome because...that exercise class was fun and my mom had a BLAST which doesn't happen that often so I was quite pleased, Nguyen gave me extra time to finish my math test, I got to see my friends and bf, I had very little homework, mom and I bought healthy food, and I finally got Perfume ( the book) oooooo and there's an episode of one tree hill on my DVR thats callin my name.

It's time to answer. TTFN (cuz tigger rox my sox even though poor eeyore is my favorite)

Monday, February 2, 2009


I was bored. I like writing. Thus this was created.

Right now I'm procrastinating.

No me gusta studying for calculus.

Basically I made this because I like writing, it will help me procrastinate :P, and it will help me remember to look for the good in each day.

Today was awesome because.....I cleaned out my inbox, I saw my friends and bf, my mom made tuna, I didn't have calc homework, and the best thing....haha I walked home w/ Kel and David and we had ice cream!

Oh ice cream....u make everthing better.

That will be all for now. Stay fabulous imaginary people who will read this lol.

P.S. today is also awesome cuz i can make this pink!