Blazer, Marshall's | Top, Chicnova | Skirt, LC Lauren Conrad | Tights, Vera Wang | Shoes, Kohl's
Bank parking only. Violators will be towed.
"Augh, are you kidding me?" Inching my way into the cramped parking lot, I groaned upon reading the harsh words on the black and white sign. I glanced at the time on the dashboard. Good. I still had fifteen minutes before call time, plenty to scrounge about for a decent parking space.
"Wait, we should be allowed to park here. Banks are closed on Sundays," My mother reasoned from the passenger seat, accompanying me to watch my orchestra concert.
"Yeah, that's true. Does it say anything about exclusions?" I peered over the steering wheel, scrutinizing the sign.
My mother squinted. "No," She answered after a moment.
"Well, we'd better be safe and find another space," I sighed.
Little did we know that the fine print beneath the bold letters allowed parking on Sundays.
We could've saved ourselves plenty of trouble if only we had read the sign carefully. We eventually turned into a parking garage, where the poor car got a scuff on the paint.
Lesson number one: read the fine print.
If only I had remembered that while completing my AP Chem lab yesterday. My lab table, fittingly self-named the "Asian Disasters," plowed through several timed trials completely wrong. None of us had read the lab instructions carefully enough, so we tested the temperature change of chemicals while the thermometer was still in the sample. We were supposed to have removed the thermometer to measure the cooling effect of evaporation.
Lesson number two: read the instructions.
The lessons are so simple, but so easily overlooked. Luckily, we were able to run all necessary trials again correctly in Chem, and the scuff on the car can easily be fixed with a small paint job. These will remain as reminders to be more astute, to carefully read all signs and instructions.
After all, "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens..." (Anonymous). Ideally, we would learn from our mistakes the first time we make them, but that doesn't always happen. We are only human.
As for the concert, it was fun but mildly uneventful--in the warmup room, I finished some AP Lit reading, helped some people with calculus, got some help in calculus, was introduced to Flappy Bird, chatted with friends, and tinkered around on some tricky violin passages. For all you music geeks, we performed three movements from Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite, though I wished we had also played Respighi's Pines of Rome. If you'd like to read more about my passion for orchestra, read this post. I actually have a much nicer, revised version, but it was a college supplement, so I'll wait to share that until summer.
And this outfit was something I wore to a recital in December, so it seemed only fitting to shoot it with my violin. While snow stops no fashion blogger, it does stop century-old violins, so we retreated indoors for this one. Other than school and college prep, violin, running, and blogging basically sum up recent happenings.
I've been feeling a little funny lately. Too much time on social media leads to existential crises. I've recently gotten a Tumblr and Twitter, and boy, do they suck the life out of ya (mostly tumblr). It boggles my mind to think of how many blogs there are out there and how mine is a drop of water in the vast ocean. It's even crazier when translated to people--I'm just one out of billions. That's why I love Humans of New York. You encounter people whose stories make you smile or perhaps even strongly resonate with yours--and these are all souls you may have never encountered otherwise. It's made me consider starting my own Humans blog in my tame ol' Midwest hometown--there are so many interesting people I would've loved to talk to, but in this day and age, you don't walk up to random strangers and talk to them without a valid excuse. This blog would be my excuse.
Anyways, I'm trying to practice this all in moderation--the occasional breaks social media can do you much good. Check my new platforms out if you like and tell me what you think of my Humans idea. I'll just be here--studying for tests, writing essays, practicing violin, conditioning for track, surfing the web, arranging outfits, shooting photos, pondering the meaning of life.