7th May 2012
Today I woke up randomly early, around 7:20ish. I was scared I was late for class but it was actually too early. I tried going back to sleep but I just couldn't. I fell asleep for a bit and woke up again by 8, thinking I was late again, but I wasn't. This time I just closed my eyes since I really couldn't fall back asleep. I was just thinking too much already because of the dreams I had. It's another dream about fighting my family and relatives and how annoying my mom can be lol. I eventually got up b 8:49, thinking I should get ready early, go stretch, warm up and everything. I took a shower and I was feeling really restless. I wanted to go back to sleep but finals start at 10. I got ready and left my house by 9:39 and parked at school by 9:44. Luckily, there was a person that parked really close to the doors and I took that spot since that person just left. I got outside the classroom and everyone else was waiting. The other class went out already and I was just on my freak out mode and tried to practice everything. I practiced with Tuan but I picked Claudio as my partner instead. Tuan goes too fast so I don't think it's a good idea for him as my partner for step sparring. We practiced everything, from self defense grabs to step sparring. I practice the Sajus on my own and I was pretty nervous. Our instructor eventually told us to line up and told us that we'll start off with kicks. The doors were closed and Alex wasn't there, and she was the only one not there in class. We did our kicks and did the side kick wrong. I did side piercing kick twice and I'm sure my professor noticed that. Oh well. After the kicks, everyone sat down on the outside and I was the first one to go. I went really slow and did good. Then I watched everyone else and some of them rushed it. After the karate 2 kids went, it was time for me to go again for the step sparring. I got nervous so I forgot all about the shout at the beginning. I also forgot how to shout at some of them, and instead I breathe. But I did well, however, I'm sure I messed up on some. Everyone went, then the karate 2 kids did, then we all went for the step sparring with partner. I did the whole thing with Claudio then we did the self defense grab too. After that, we got to break boards. It was me and Daniel to go first. I thought the board was pretty thick and hard to break, but when I kicked it, I broke it easily. It was easier to break than the black boards we broke before. Then our instructor told us that we get to keep our boards that we broke. Haha. It was just a fun fest after that. We switched people that hold the board and both me and Daniel were paired up with someone else. When the black guy from karate 2 went, he missed and the boards hit my right hand. It was hurting like hell. Yes, boards. 2 BOARDS. He did a side kick and then Rachel had to go too. But she didn't break the board immediately so she kicked it several times. Instead of kicking the board, she kicked my left fingers. LOL. 5 TIMES! I was hurting already cause of my right wrist, but she eventually broke the two boards. After her, we huddled up in the front and our instructor just told us that he wised that we enjoyed martial arts and that it has found a place in our lives, and maybe some of us will continue it in the future. He also told us that do whatever you love to do and get money out of it. It's either you live a rich life but hates your job waking up every morning not looking forward to it, or be poor and love what you do every single time. He told us that he got a lot of jobs and careers before he started teaching. He is also able to support his family. He seems such a great man, he even told us to come by sometimes just like one of his students 7 years ago, now lives in Colorado and got a wife and kids. Then he told us that if we're interested in sparring, he'll have a sign up sheet with our email addresses there and he'll contact us whenever it is. I was really happy about everything, passing the final, everyone just smiling and happy etc. I signed up for it and Tim randomly told me that he wanted to spar/fight me and I was flattered cause he told me I have good techniques. Oh stap it, you. But I do practice it and I try my best. Well, I kinda wanted to see everyone before everyone leaves, just to look at their faces one more time. But everyone just left like it's just another day. I left too, said my goodbyes and such like I'm gonna ever see them again. I left the school by 11:39 and I received a text message from my mom telling me to go meet her up at Shell by 12 so we can finally let the people fix my side view mirror. I got home by 11:42 and just rested for a bit and my mom called me and I eventually left. It was really hot outside and I can feel the summer heat already. I left by 11:55 and I got to Shell by 12:02. They just looked something from inside and that's about it, and the guy just placed back and pushed back my rim thingy back in so it was all set. I went to Walmart gas station to put some gas in my tank and my mom came there too. She put 20 dollars on my tank and good thing I didn't use the check yet. She also got lunch for me already from that Vietnamese place and I took that home. I left by 12:12 and passed by the bank by 12:18 to deposit the 30 dollar check my mom gave me in the beginning of last week. I got home and I ate my lunch. I was texting Gillian and we were just making some plans and I told her I had nothing else later on so we decided I'll come with her for her ice skating practice and that I'll go to her house by 2 since she told me to be there by 2. I just relaxed for a bit and by around 1 I took a shower and got ready already. I thought about leaving by 1:48 so I'll be there exactly by 2. I was just getting all my stuff, camera, and jacket since she told me I would be needing it since it'll be cold there. I was about to leave and my mom came home. I didn't really say goodbye cause she was on the phone and I just left by 1:51. I headed towards her house and I'm surprised I remembered where it is. I got there by 1:57 and I was more surprised how fast I got there. I thought it would be like an 8 minute drive but then I guess the way I drive...lol. So I texted her that I was there already and I just got off my car. It was so hot outside and I just tried to find shade. She finally came out with her skating outfit already and we got in the car and left by 2:02. I was getting better at making conversation and asked her about her morning. Since I told mine already earlier, I didn't have much to say. She told me she just went to the physical therapist and she and her mom got in some argument. We were on the way there and it got quiet again lol. The first song that played on her phone was a song with lyrics "Will you be my fucking boyfriend?" and I was like LOLLL, is that..supposed to be a hint? Well, I tried to ignore it and all and we finally got to Sugarland's Ice and Sports Center by 2:34. I was just there awkwardly standing until I found something to do. I was just watching Top Gear and I was even more excited to do that! LOL. I haven't seen that show on the actual TV since James' house. And this is the British version too! Yeah. I didn't really wanna listen to that white boy trying to show everyone that black girl's video of her putting salt and ice on her arm. I didn't find that quite fascinating like he did. Well Gillian did her stretches and we just waited the last group to go out and let the ice skating ring cleaned or whatever they say or call. We finally went in and I took out my camera and tried to fix my settings. Unfortunately, the 55-250mm's aperture doesn't work quite well on that kind of lighting or setting so I had to really bump it up to 1600 ISO. I couldn't really take much pictures cause the barriers were on the way and it blocks my shot so I just ended up observing them and how good the kids are. I was just like wtf. Gillian was learning something new, or something she needed to master. It's that twist and landing, but she was falling when she lands. In my mind, I was conducting some learning and observation and some calculation of how you should do it. I also tried to connect the pieces and thought that all performing arts, including martial arts and dancing are pretty much all derived from each other. The way you lift your knee up is exactly how you do it in tricking and Tae Kwon Do kicks. I was more impressed and interested. I just watched the whole time and some Asian girl came in and the Asian guy that skates there asked that girl to prom with a small green banner saying "say yes". I thought it was a bit lame but it was just cute. But I'd say pick a more good looking girl but I mean they kinda match somehow. LOL. It's just I'm not into Asian. But today, I actually realized how pretty Gillian is. Maybe it's just the fact I got to see her main passion in life. I think that's what really gets me. Like for Amy, it was her journalism and I supported her a lot when we were going out. Not to mention, there are times that Gillian sounded like Amy. Well, she finished her lessons and she put her things away and changed. We then left by 4:32 and told her how I was observing and all. I really was interested but I'm sure I can't do that thing. I can't even spin on the ground like that lol. Maybe one day. We headed towards HBU and got there by 4:51. We walked around so she can show me the place and it wasn't that big of a place. It's just like Lonestar's area with dorms. She was supposed to meet up with her professor but then she wasn't there. We always walked by the friendship bridge where she took that one picture on Instagram one time. After that, we went to her dorm to get her things but then she didn't have a box. We didn't know that one of her roommates was there and I got to meet her. She looked like a kid surprisingly. She looked sleepy and all cause we found her on Gillian's bed sleeping. All we really took was her big penguin which she hasn't named, some of her stuff and her snacks lol. She didn't take her books cause there's no box. That was all about our HBU experience. We left by 5:15 and headed out to Tapioca House which I've been before. It was really hot outside and we could use some refresheners. We got to Tap house by 5:25 and we both ordered the mango smoothie with tapioca. They didn't accept my card cause there's a minimum fee. Asian places geez. Good thing I have 5 dollars on my wallet which was enough to pay. We sat there and drank and Sarah Ven came there. She looked at me and I'm sure in her head that she've seen me before. Yes you had! No one said anything. I told Gillian that though. Well, besides all that, that Asian girl cashier is hot as hell. I think I've seen her before and Quan knows her. I don't know for sure. Oh well. We stayed there for a while, chatted, laugh. I tried not to be boring and made things interesting. I don't know if I can keep that up in the near future though. I was also teasing her about how she stalked me, well she kinda did, or she did. Then we left the place by 5:58 and headed back to Cypress. I was just messing around and playing with the penguin just like I was. I was making it "talk" and puppeting it. I was just trying to make her laugh, and maybe others on the road laugh. But I didn't quite achieve that goal. I started to feel sleepy on the way and the sun was hurting my eyes. I really need to buy new sunglasses cause that just won't work for me with this Houston sun on my eyes. We got back to her house and I said my goodbyes. She's not really the huggy-affectionate type girl like most girls. I don't know. Maybe it's making her weird somehow, but then she wanted to cuddle with me before so, I don't know. I left her place by 6:31 minutes when we got back and got home by 6:39. I was really sleepy so I just went straight to bed thinking I would nap right away. But I ended up going on Tumblr and checking posts on my iPad. I just continued talking Gillian through text and told her about how I noticed her being left handed. Not to mention I did see her write with her left hand on the Tap house. But then, I tried to sleep cause I got really tired and napped till around 8:20. My mom eventually woke me up and opened the damn lights telling me there's a package for me. That's so rude though seriously. So I just got up and dinner was ready anyways so I ate. After eating, I thought about studying but I just ended up playing my guitar and trying to cover Daughters by John Mayer first, then I Will Follow You Into the Dark, but both failed. I just ended up messing around seeing Out of My League and posted it with no care in the world. Then while texting Gillian, I found out she's ticklish. We just had a good convo and I just realized that we hanged out 3 days in a row. I guess it's time to slow it down cause it's not good for me. I still haven't received any text messages from Maddie which really makes me curious now that she might have the idea that I've been hanging out with Gillian and she's getting a bit hesitant about talking to me. Not to mention she made a cover yesterday of a song called "Lie about Us". So, I don't know. Gillian eventually went to sleep. She said something about me is cute. I don't know what it is. I just started writing here since I don't really want to study but I need to. When I tried earlier before eating, I just thought it was too much. But I need to do what I need to do. Bleh. I eventually studied and I could hear the winds getting louder. Lightning followed but it never rained. There were several lightning and thunders but it wasn't anything major. I just studied and Johnson FB imed me asking for critics on his boudoir shoot. He gave me his dropbox account and password so I could look into it. I looked over everything and gave him some pointers on sharpness, what to blur, and I didn't really say anything about color scheme cause it's his own. Some I really like, and some are just okay. Of course, it's always like that. You pick at least 5 best shots to give out. They aren't all perfect. I got tired and didn't really respond afterwards. I gave my thoughts about it and told him I like this and that. I went to bed by 12:26. I was feeling sick and I thought it might be because I used the mouthwash. That's the only reason I could think of cause I always feel the same when I use it. I was thinking too much about studying, but I prayed and set that aside.