"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." - Author Unknown


Hottest Halloween

Think-outside-the-bun: Live life one sauce packet at a time.

Late October is chili no more once I step on the scene! Because I was running out of thyme, I started to run through my neighborhood and now I am a hot mess! Now everyone I know is gonna taco bout my dubious sense of fashion.

(Orange you all relishing my cheesy food puns)

Taco Bell should really be paying me for being a walking advertisement.

Lettuce all have a happy Halloween!

#iwokeuplikethis #hottestcostumeever #thisgirlisonfire #muchpunsverywow

CSYO Kickoff Concert

What: CSYO Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras
When: October 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where: Garfield Middle School, Hamilton

It was the first time that the concert setting was a gymnasium, how different it was!! But the good thing was that it allowed the audience to observe EACH player quite clearly and enjoy the concert from an elevated view.

It was also the first time that BT acted as the concertmaster for the orchestra during a concert; she has multiplied the amount of time spent on violin every day since she was assigned to this position. Great position comes with great responsibility, that's what she has learned.

The program included Hungarian Dance No. 5, Night in Mexico and Capriccio Italien played by the Concert Orchestra; March to the Scaffold and Pirates of the Caribbean played by the Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras combined; and Die Fledermaus Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 played by the Philharmonic.

The concert went relatively successful, except the wind solo hit some wrong notes in one piece. But the Pirates was wholesome and strong, and I found I was helplessly captivated by that vivacity and power.

The concert was at 4:00 pm, and the rehearsal started at 12:45 pm. So I was sitting with another mom in the gymnasium and watching the orchestra in action for the entire procession. A glorious treat of our weekend!

Left, BT and her stand partner and assistant concertmaster, Katherine.

GlenOak Novice Tournament

What: Speech & Debate Novice Tournament
When: October 24, 2015
Where: GlanOak High School, Canton

Firstly, based on the information on the roster all parents were inexplicitly prohibited from participating in this event. All judges would be varsity students. What an exasperating news to us ready-to-go parents! D:

Secondly, it was an overnight event. The only thing I did was feed her with her favorite food - half a dozen fried dumplings and a bowl of pomegranate - after school on Friday, and drive her to school again without being allowed to help take her suitcase and bag after dropping her off. She has declared her independence again and clearly, and has told me that helping her at school is most strictly forbidden. So after that all I did was wait and stalk the kids, watching them board the bus and whispering "Have a good trip" (I did manage to steal a hug from her and took a toothy-smile picture before she stepped on the bus). The school bus, packed with all the debaters and speechies, left for the destination at 4:30pm.

Then, for the next more than 24 hours, I felt like I was lost. I didn't quite know what I should do. I forgot what my life looked like before I had BT. When someone special is not with you, even if it's temporary, you just feel hollow and empty inside. Quite strange. I stayed at home the entire day on Saturday, forgetting what I was doing.

Saturday at 9 pm, the bus returned to school. Sitting in my car, BT smiled and told me the stories from her trip, and that she placed 1st in her event.

In Love with Stone

After procrastinating for more than two years (Geez! Why was I so tenacious to life? Why didn't I dare to change?), finally I've embraced it at home!

Now I'm enjoying the sensation of observing the unique patterned hues and touching the coolness and smoothness of the natural beauty - granite, an amazing natural igneous rock composed primarily of quartz, mica and feldspar as well as other minerals built up on the Earth for millions of years.

Remarkably strong, reliable, unshakable, radiant, and never-changing. Those are the characters I look up to and greatly appreciate. My love.

Speech & Debate Centerville Workshop


is when new year's resolutions
start to peel away
and the squeaky-shine voice
of conscience takes over.

is when you've outgrown your old
skin and try to stitch
another one back together.

is friends and strangers
switching roles
a film of frost on
every word.

is a balancing act,
a fiery maroon
coaxing dying embers.

is when mistakes and sweet
remembrances pulse back and
linger like
a crooked arabesque.

Just For You

Life Lesson

(Image Credit: photoswithquotes.com)

Homecoming 2015

I have no idea how this even happened but all seven of us girls happened to wear some shade of blue or ivory ahhhhhhhhhhhhh this is so cooooooool we're a gradienttttt *jumps up and down *

Didn't we have such a great time awwww so cute love you all *squishes cheeks *

What a great night! :D :D :D Thank you all, and my mom and dad! *swoons gracefully *

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

This is what I captured at 8:15pm at Mason, Ohio. The moon indeed looks 30% brighter and 14% bigger than usual to me :)

Also according to NASA, the eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m., peaking at 10:47 p.m. Eastern Time, and will last about an hour.

It's a rare phenomenon; there have only been five supermoon eclipses since 1900 (in 1910, 1928, 1946, 1964 and 1982). After tonight, a supermoon eclipse will not happen again for another 18 years, until October 8, 2033, when we'll be very very old, so let's ENJOY THE PRECIOUS MOMENT TONIGHT!

We Remember

10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we personally experience
95% of what we teach others
- Edgar Dale

My Terrific Weekend!

NUMATS 2015 Award Ceremony

When: September 12, 2015
Where: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University
What: NUMATS 2015 Award Ceremony
Awards BT Received:
. 1st place SAT Math
. 1st place SAT Reading
. 1st place SAT Combined
. 1st place ACT Math
. 1st place ACT Composite
. 2nd place ACT Reading

Thank you BT, you never cease to amaze us and bring us joy. Keep up your great work! My sincere thanks go to BT's dad as well - our reliable chauffeur who drives us to places safely and never fails to turn each trip into a gourmet journey (why am I not surprised). Good job, buddy!

Windy City

I hope our burgers won't be blown away at the place we are heading for today, the windy city Chicago.

A Spectacular Day

While Beijing was enjoying the World War II military extravaganza, BT and her dad were putting up a spectacular day for me at home.

Thank you so much guys for everything you have done for me, especially BT's extravagant card with fine drawings and a long listing of my laudable deeds which made my eyes tearing up... and BT's dad's singing of two silly songs.

Except please no more roses which are too ephemeral. If you buy me any more roses I will, like, not.


I had my audition for CSYOCO again on Saturday (YES CONCERT ONLY DO NOT JUDGE #veteranamongnoobs) why does this scene look oddly familiar. I'm happy to say that it went quite well (knocks on wood ow); however, I guess I was so excited that I didn't realize until like days afterward that I left my solo piece music sheet with the conductors, and I forgot to take them back!! *hangs head*

The director made me play C major, and he did not ask for a minor scale, the sight reading was extremely easy too... Also, he didn't let me finish the first two excerpts, he said I was playing very well and the "sound is quite good". So after I came out of the audition room, I was so full of excitement that I forgot where I was and I almost lost myself along with those music sheets xD

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