...cliché, cliché, cliché~
-- Part II (On The Run) | Jay-Z and Beyonce
Mmmkay! I'm going to try to get an entry in this week before it turns into August. My workplace asked if I could resume work on August 15th or so. My break feels short now (lol). So anyway, since my last entry, I had been monitoring twitter and the news about the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) rulings before they went on summer break and hoping that any law barring same-sex couples from being married would be ruled unconstitutional, but that didn't happen. This country is so slow paced when it comes to progress...ugh. On the bright side, if I wanted to marry a hot boy, I can in my home state of California and that is thanks to the Supreme Court justices who ruled that the Arizona based supporters of the same-sex marriage ban had no "standing" to defend and instate such law (or any private party for that matter but it's kind of a flaw in California's highly democratic legislative system that allows for a person or party to easily petition a law into ballot as long as they get enough signatures in a certain amount of time). Same-sex marriage was approved by Supreme Court of California in 2008 on the basis that marriage is a fundamental right that cannot be denied because of a person's sexual orientation (it's discriminatory) and basically having a law that denied someone a right everyone should have "because the public wanted it" was no excuse. Fairness is like this fundamental value we're taught since we were little. It makes no sense but yeah, me... married? -awkward laugh-
Furthermore, SCOTUS struck down the "Defense of Marriage Act" which didn't allow for married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits because their marriages weren't recognized by the federal government. The striking down of the act means that same-sex couples in the thirteen states that have legalized same-sex marriages are now able to do a list of things they couldn't do previously like file joint tax returns and get spousal support via military or social security. Nice to know that these married couples can support each other more now and contribute more to the economy, as a result.
A couple days after the ruling, the district courts allowed for marriages to resume earlier than the estimated 25 days. The announcement was, like, sooooooo perfect because the mayor of Los Angeles (Antonio Villaraigosa) was officially leaving office that day (he was termed out which means that he can't run for mayor anymore) and basically spent those 24 hours traveling across the county doing fun stuff like make his own hotdog at Pink's. He had the honor of issuing the first same-sex marriage post SCOTUS at city hall and marrying one of the couples who took the case to Washington D.C. It was beautiful :) ~
|Photo Credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/paul-katami-jeff-zarrillo-burbank-gay_n_3522055.html|
|Photo Credit: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/06/lead-plaintiffs-in-calif-gay-marriage-case-marry-in-san-francisco/|
In other news, I want to go to the Aquarium of the Pacific since the last time I went, I didn't even get to go in because of my stupid friend misreading the extended hours thing. My summer is slowly coming to an end anyway, so I might ask my dad again and maybe my little cousin(s) can come along with my uncle since it's just faster to drive there (it can take almost 2 hours via MetroRail). I haven't been inside it since I was, like, 11.
Also, I've started my summer quarter so I've been going to class on Wednesday nights. I thought that the class would be focused on theorists and how they pictured government but I'm apparently just learning to compare governments of other countries and how it'd help explain things at home like gun violence. The whole thing is kind of retarded because you can't be too sure of any conclusion, but yeah. I need to graduate, so I'm taking this stupid course. I also have NEVER gotten below a B- in this university, so I kind of want to keep my, like, 3.2 GPA (LOL). AUGH! I'M ALMOST DONE, GODDAMMIT! JUST THREE MORE ADDITIONAL CLASSES. My mom asked me if I was walking and I told her I didn't plan to because she was so busy anyway. My mom has been working 60+ hour work weeks for the past couple of months, my dad could care less, my brother doesn't care at all, so what's the point.
When it comes to my non-existent social life, my ex-coworker asked if I wanted to go bowling and I was super intrigued since I haven't bowled in over a year. I asked who was going and it turned out to be a bunch of other people I knew, so I went. I totally lost my groove but got some of it back by game 2. After game 2, the monitor still said we had another game so we got 3 games for the price of 2. WHAT A NIGHT! I went from having a shitty score like 40, to 90, then at least 100...lol
So that afternoon, I went to buy him a cake after I watched my morning/afternoon talk shows. I went to the bakery my mom likes to go to and bought a cake with my awful mandarin. If you didn't know, I basically speak CHINGLISH. I walk in and the girl was like "you want to buy a cake?" in mandarin and I walk over to the fridge and was like... 这个SIZE有没有STRAWBERRY的？ and she was like "this [purple] one does.". So I was like...THEN我可以拿这个吗？which I don't think is proper but whatever. I got the cake. Mission accomplished. My mom forgot to tell me to also buy KFC but I kind of knew and wanted to get it anyway since I know she didn't want to cook dinner, so I went on the way home. After buying a 10 piece family meal, I went on to Wendy's to buy myself lunch and then ate. When night came, I decided to walk over to the park to watch fireworks rather than watch from the street corner, so I walked like a quarter before 9 o' clock. Surprisingly, I managed to catch two good shots from my cellphone so I think the likelihood of me catching a good shot of the city lights would be greater with my phone than my DSLR. It took a lot of pre-focusing and spontaneous shutter button pressing to get these.
When it comes to my physical fitness, it'll be one year since I've taken my cardio initiative. I'm, like, 18 pounds heavier and I still don't have a nice flat stomach. Clearly, I suck at dieting. I'm not that annoyed though since it is a lifestyle I have to keep up to get a hot body anyway. My waist is tighter. I'm a bit more firm and my veins are becoming ever more distinct, but my stomach is like the last thing to go. I've pushed up my running from mile intervals to just long distance last month, so I'm hoping this change will mean physical change too. I set myself up to walk 1 mile, jog 2 miles, walk 1 + rehydrate, jog 3 miles and that's it. I usually finish this in 1.5 hours and get home in under 2 hours. No more walk one, run one. I've also reverted back to the Nike+ Running app since my Runtastic app is being annoying and not getting a good connection to GPS satellites. I think it might be the receptor in my phone or just Runtastic trying to make me not use a bootleg of the app *devil face*. With Nike+, I could at least start tracking right away with a weak GPS signal and it'll eventually get a solid connection. The calorie burn estimate is also a bit more reasonable than Runtastic's. Maybe my body will look better by Halloween or my 25th birthday TT O TT ~ I'll start cooking for myself once I'm done with school, I swear.
The day after Independence Day, I got my ASOS order. I got these two from their 4th of July sale.
Lastly, I've become a TV and music slob. I was anticipating the Lifetime movie titled Anna Nicole, FOR WEEKS. Ever since I saw Wendy Williams talk about it on her show, I was like "I NEED TO WATCH THIS". She's like the Paris Hilton of my tweens. The trailer was really good and the movie wasn't that big of a disappointment. Wendy Williams said she didn't care too much for the ending, so she liked it. I thought the ending kind of sucked but it was only because I felt like the story wasn't fully told due to it. Also since what happened to Anna Nicole Smith was not that long ago, I felt really close to the whole thing. *tears* Here's the trailer.
That is all.