Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wacom Intuos4 ( Medium) Help- Bundled Software and Etc.

 So for Christmas I received an Wacom Intuos4 (medium size) and I was totally excited. If you don't already know, I'm an art fanatic. I really want to be ambitious and learn as many different varieties of art--painting, photoshop, graphic design, etc. This tablet will let me experience a lot of neat things. I can't wait to work with it more.


However, even though I had the main tablet software installed, the bundled software that comes with it was a totally different story.  There are in all 6 different kinds of software to choose from, but you must choose 5 out of the 6.  I choose: Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Corel Painter Sketch Pad, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, and Wacom Brushes (goes with Photoshop).


Here are some tips:
 -Do not click "Run" when you reach the download list.  If it wants to link you to the internet to try to get you to download another piece of software to help it install, then that is RED FLAG all over.  Instead of clicking "Run" click "Save", and make sure to put it in a file where you can remember where they are.


-Once you get all the downloads saved in a good place, look at the names.  At the end, there should be either ".zip" or ".exe" at the end of each name.  For example, "corelsketchpad.exe" or "adobepe9.zip".  If you do not see these, then that means you will not be able to install the downloads properly.  But do not panic.  Sometimes certain web browsers do not save downloads correctly and the extensions get dropped.  All you have to do is  rename the download (right-click the name, add the extension, and presto!).  Please look below:


Add ".zip" to: 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 
 Wacom Brushes 
 
 
Add ".exe" to:
Autodesk Sketchbook 
Corel Painter 
 Nik Color Efex 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 

You'll know if these extensions worked if the little icon that is next to the download name changes for a white piece of paper to a icon that associates what the download does.

-double click on the download to get started with the installation.

-If you can't figure out what it means when it asks for a serial number during the installation process, go to your email and there should be a message titled "Licence Keys".  This message should contain the serial numbers you'll need to complete your installation.

A huge problem that this Intuos4 has are its nibs, the tips for the pen.  They wear down fast and I've found that the Quick Start guide does not tell you how to change nibs.  Youtube (good ol' Youtube :) ) does though:


And if you're having trouble figuring out how to change the ExpressKeys, there is a whole set of helpful videos on where else? Youtube!





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For anymore help, you know where to ask! 

Good luck, tablet friends!


~Ally-Cat




Sources:


Wacom's Customer Care (via email)

Wacom Download FAQ

Youtube.com

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Are You Good at Fashion?

Because I need some assistance.  I have this dress:

And I also have lace black tights:


But I need to spice it up a little. . . I need help.

What should I add? I've got suede boots (black) that end above the ankle... But should I where a different color? Like a velvet red boot with some heel? Like this (kinda):


Not exactly the same boots, but close enough.

Necklace or scarf? And what color? What kind?

If you do have ideas, some pictures would be nice--just send/post me the the link in the comment section below. :)

Thanks guys. 

~Ally-Cat



Monday, December 12, 2011

What Happened to "Once Upon A Time" Last Night?!

Holy crap! I'm really ticked off!! Seriously? They really had to kill Graham off? REALLY? Goshdarnit, right when Emma was actually letting go of her high horse, no-risk wall, they freaking messed it up!!!!!!! oduaweoharhiiewajdlkfd So frustrated. =__=

They better make up for the damage they've done this week.

I expect an excellent show Sunday, writers. YOU HEAR ME? It must be perfect!
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So I said I was going to post a sneak peek to the upcoming chapter for Eminent Hearts...soooo here I go:

Psst : viewer discretion is advised. (In other words, there's no-no language in here. So don't read it if you can't handle it.)


“Cam, I said no.” I moaned as I stormed out of the theatre’s back door.

After the spotlight incident, I had revitalized my confidence and stayed firm as to not acknowledge the presence of Mr. Know-it-All.  I regret saying this, but the movie was surprisingly good for a zombie flick. At least it wasn’t a slasher film with body parts flying everywhere—that’s just tasteless. This one had a little more flavor with its plotline and special effects.

As soon as the movie was over, I got up and left. There was no chance in hell that I would stick around to talk to the Ass any longer. 

And I certainly wasn’t going to take my chances by going to the after-party.

“Please?” Cam pleaded like a child. She even had her hands clasped together and shook them desperately as if that would change my mind.

“No,” I growled, “you said premiere. You never said after-party. So stop asking me to go!”

“Chris,” Cam whined, “Nikki wants you to go.”

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what Nikki wants. Can we please go home?!”

“It’s part of the package. You have to go!”

“No!”

“Yes!”

“No!”

“Please?”

“Stop it! I’m not going!”

“Yes, you are or we’re not going to Maine!”

I moaned. You may think I’m really gullible; I’m not.  I just know my sister. And she’s good to her word—threat or promise.

Closing my eyes and rubbing my temples, I responded softly, “Okay, you win.”

“Booyah!” She cheered and then pounced on me with a hug.

I hung my head in defeat.

 “But only for an hour..” I added reluctantly.

I hate you, Nikki. I hate you sooo much.

Much editing to do! Not the final. :P  

I take waaaay to long to write. So again, I apologize for the slowness.
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I feel like I have something else to say, but I can't remember.. poop. All well! Maybe I'll remember tomorrow. ;)

Bye-bye!

~Ally-Cat

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bittersweet Shopping

In essence, I hate shopping.  I'm seriously a frugal person, so it's really hard for me to go out and buy stuff because I think everything is expensive.  Anything over that looks like it's overprized--like an off the shoulder sweatshirt that is $30--I usually don't buy.  Basically anything that looks good and that I'll wear on for more than one occasion... aaaand that's less than 20 bucks is a garuntee-buy for me.

Shopping is like exercising; I have to warm up to get into it.

Oh, I found this sweater that I really really like! Let's see if I can find a pictuuuure...


Not the exact sweater, but it's the same color.  I like it. And it was $10!

Clearance clothes are a girl's best friend. Forget diamonds. 

~Ally-Cat

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Late Birthday, Blog!

ARGH!  I wish I had more time yesterday. But all well, better late than never.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Bloggy!
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UPDATED
-1) I just now checked Formspring and it has been updated! Yaay!
-2) Keep commenting! Ask questions! If any are good, I'll make them an official post!


~Ally-Cat

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I Missed You

Good news. I'm not depressed anymore! :)

Yaay! 

New Year's Eve movie looks absolutely awful.  If you can recall the review I did for Valentine's Day...Yeah, I garuntee it's going to be bad. Scout's honor.
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So I've been working on two stories. 1) Eminent Hearts 2)Diary of a Broken Soul 
They are both love stories.  Here are the summaries:

Eminent Hearts
While many people would kill to be a part of the Hollywood scene, there are a few who see it differently. Chriselda "Chris" Meade, a popular young actress, would kill to get out of her hectic life of nonstop paparazzi and crazy working schedule. When a mysterious new actor, Aaron Quinn, comes around, the whole media-centered world gets drawn into his nonchalant charm. Chris won't buy it and avoids him as much as she can.

But Chris can't avoid him for long when she is left with no choice but to date him! Will this relationship become a huge disaster? Or will it become something that is unexpected?

Diary of a Broken Soul
Evelyn Maybell has had a hard life since a very young age. She's seen many things; things that a young 17 year old should never see. That's why she, her mom, Joanne, and Stacey the cat decide to move away from Florida, and begin a renewed life in Seattle.

But what happens when she starts falling for a boy who will bring her right back into the painful memories of her past? Will she have the power to leave him? Or Will things spiral back to the way they were before?



UPDATED: Oops, forgot to post the link! http://www.wattpad.com/user/HumbledByKindness
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Tomorrow is going to be my blog's 2nd birthday. I'm really excited. :D 

Till then!

~Ally-Cat

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nothing Like Trying To Avoid Someone

I have this really bad disorder.  It's called Severe Guilt Disorder (SGD).  It's the same as any regular guilt, but I'm more hyper aware of it and the load is about 10x worse.  But that's not the hardest part. The hardest part is facing the person who might have called you out on it. And if you're both mad at each other, well the avoiding process is pretty hard. This means that:
  • Avoid passing and/or making eye contact in the hallway
    • It's easier just to avoid being around them in the hallway
  • Avoid talking as much as possible
    • (And why would you even consider talking? It's either a) going to start something bad b) be really awk or c) all of the above)
  • Avoid breathing in the same air
    • Okay, yeah this might be a little steep, but when someone irks you like no tomorrow you kinda get a little peeved to being breathing in the same CO2 as them. Just saying.
I know I've been Ms. Debbie Downer lately so that's why my rant is written in a more "uplifting" way. 

Would you say Win-Win?

~Ally-Cat

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Balancing Act

In high school, you need to surround yourself with people who will support you.  You have to have people who make you feel good and that you genuinely like.  Take for example this morning, Lauren came up to me from her car to give me a cup of coffee she bought for me.  She didn't know I was already having a bad day; maybe she had some kind of intuitive thought that told her that her friend needed a pick-me-up. Who knows? All I know is that she made my day a little bit brighter, and for that I thank her. 
That's what friends do.  So be wise when you search for companions. They make up such a big part in your school life.

~Ally-Cat

Sunday, October 2, 2011

In Truth

In truth, life is complicated.  We take on step forward hoping that the next will be be a lighter tread. Though, in time we see that our steps are harder, not softer.  The terrain is messier, not flater.

I'm fed up with people.  I'm sick of everyone asking me if I'm okay.  I'm tired of people following me around like a lost puppy.  I want to be alone. I want to be happy that I can be alone.  But when I'm alone I'm only angry. Angry at people. And now we've come to a full circle.

I've been gone for a while, and I'm coming back.  This is where I need to be now.  To write means to be at some temporary peace.   I won't be angry all the time, I promise.

~Ally-Cat

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another Playlist, Y'all!

  1. Tonight, Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae
    1. I heard this on the radio today in my car.  As soon as I got home I played it over and over on youtube. :D
  2. You and I - Lady Gaga
    1. Someone mentioned that a new Lady Gaga video was added on Vevo.  Youtube-surfer me hopped right online and listened to it.  I loooove the country twang.
  3. Nothing - The Script
    1. Heard it on the radio too!
  4. Not Your Birthday - Allstar Weekend
    1. I wanted to see Prom, but I didn't get to.  I found the soundtrack though!
  5. Surrender - Neon Trees
    1. Another prom soundtrack song!
~Ally-Cat

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Basics: Foundation

Foundation can come in two forms: powder or liquid.  Some people like powder because it's lighter, and it doesn't cake.  Other people like liquid because it had better coverage and it's more versatile for skin types
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Powder:

NOTE: Dry skin types SHOULD NOT wear powder because it makes your skin look even drier than before.
  • light coverage (The nicer brands can sometimes have medium)
  • Good for first time make-up users
  • Great for oily and combo skin types
  • Also great in the summer when you want to wear something light, but yet cover up blemishes
  • Applies best with a kabuki brush or a regular powder brush
Liquid:

NOTE: Oily skin types should avoid the "dewy" looking foundations and look for matte and/or oil-free formulas.  The best foundation to find for your type? One that battles acne, is oil free, and is matte!
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Great for all skin types
  • Comes in different formulas: dewy, matte, SPF mixed, etc.
  • Applies best with a paddle brush or stippler brush
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I do not recommend using your fingers--nor sponges, or puff pads--, but if you have to, then sanitize you're hands first. If you use the sponge--please don't though--get it damp before applying the foundation; it avoids streaking. And as for the puff pads, just don't even try.
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Tips For All The Different Skin Types

DRY

I suggest investing in a tinted moisturizer, which is basically just foundation mixed with moisturizer.  And to save money, you can just make you're own.  (A pea size of  SPF moisturizer mixed with a pea sized amount of foundation is ideal.)

COMBINATION

I'm not too sure how to explain this so that it's helpful to everyone since it seems that after some researching People with this type of skin vary between oily and dry, it can be day by day or by season. Anyways, I can say a couple of things: (1) ALWAYS moisturize, no matter what. Do it. (2) It seems like liquid or mineral foundation is the way to go.

 I've heard that powder can leave 'dry patches' on some people, so I want to point out something to those who may have this problem: have you ever tried to exfoliate? Try that, and then see what happens...

OILY

For the best coverage, wearing liquid foundation and then setting it powder is best.  In some cases, powder can work, but they do tend to melt off after a while. 
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Well, I think that's it. Questions and comments post down below!

~Ally-Cat

Sunday, August 7, 2011

My Latest Favorite Songs On My iPod

**Note: if you'd like to listen to the song listed, click the title of that song! I provided a link, it's just not noticeable right now.. :P **
    1. Catchy. And I like Busta Rhymes; he's an incredible rapper.
    1. It's kinda different from their usual stuff.  I bob my head to this song every time it comes on!
    1. My new obsession! This is one of my top bands.  I like the sweetheart-lift-me-up kind of lyrics; I can imagine summer right at my fingertips.  Smell that crispy heat and feel the light, weightless feeling of laying out on the lawn and getting lost in the starry sky..
    1. Saw this movie on the plane for vaca.  I almost cried.  This song probably stuck out to me the most.  "Where the memories will keep you company, whenever you're low.."
    1. Gawd, another song that almost made me cry. Did anyone see the season finale for Vampire Diaries? I was so emotional; angry, shocked, sad.  Poor Elena...
    1. Found this song as I was looking up "Skinny Love".  It has a familiar aura to it.  I don't know if you've noticed this, but my music preference is very scattered.  Dark and haunting to pop and catchy.
    1. EVERYDAY I'M SHUFFLIN'! I want to learn that dance. :D
    1. Reminds me of vaca! I actually didn't like this song until I saw Tyler Ward's version.
    1. I watched her half hour video on Vevo.. O.o She's a very dedicated woman.  Bravo to her!  I've wanted to buy this song since I saw the Target commercial. ;)
    1. I <3 Adam Levine.  He has such an interesting voice. *sigh* So dreamy. Oh, this song has some good lyrics too. :)
I hope you enjoy! It's good to be back...

~Ally-Cat

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Movie Review: Cowboys Vs. Aliens


I just got home from seeing this movie. Can I just point out the obvious? Daniel Craig is craaazy hot as a bad ass cowboy.  *longingly sighs* Why does he have to be married...?

Anyways, graphics were amazing of course.  Scenery was beautiful of course.  The characters were a-- wait... Let's rephrase that. The characters were okay--with the exception of Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.  I mean Olivia Wilde was good--and I know her potential because she's a great actress on House--but her character in this movie lacked personality for the longest time (plus she was boring) until it reached a mini-climax.  *sighs* I don't know...It was slow in some parts, yet it was interesting, then it got cheesy, then it got really cheesy, then good, then well..... The ending was somewhat satisfying, but you kinda want want more.  Like for me, I was ready for a twist, but it didn't happen and I was a bit disappointed by that.

Overall, it was a good movie, but it lacked in some parts, like the beginning could have moved a little faster. You know, I might regret saying this, but when I watch Steven Spielberg's work I come out of it feeling like it lacked either accuracy or a better ending..

Would I recommend this movie? Ahhh maybe, but if I were you I'd wait till it came out on On Demand...

(3/5)

~Ally-Cat

The Basics: Concealer

4 Reasons for Using Concealer
  1. You have blemishes to cover up
  2. Dark circles under the eyes
  3. Make your face look younger and brighter
  4. Uneven skin tone
5 Important Tips and Facts about Concealer

Concealer is a think cream that you use to cover up the above.. Some people use only concealer since it's thick and they don't want to add another layer of make up--foundation.
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Concealer comes in: green, lavender, pink, blue, and orange.  Here's why:


The most common colors you'll find in drugstore are only the green and lavender usually.
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Concealers can come in a couple forms: stick, pallet, or liquid.  Depending on you're preference, the stick and pallet versions are thicker, usually, than the liquid. The liquid version is more buildable though.  I recommend for people who just want a little bit of coverage to go liquid, it won't be cake-y if you but just the right amount on (pea-size is sufficient, but sometimes less is more).  Stick/pallet is good for the under eyes especially. However,  thicker concealers are hard on oily and combination skin; you tend to breakout since your pore are being blocked up. 
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Go light on concealer; it's easy to go overboard and look cake-y...You never ever want to look cake-y. To check for this, stand in front of natural light and see if you're darker in some areas or if you skin looks overall grainy and "unnatural".  If so, take a tissue or a make-up sponge and start dabbing off the excess.
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The best way to put on concealer is a using a concealer or paddle brush.  It's not good to use you're hands, since they have bacteria, unless you have dark circles..in that case use your ring fingers to lightly dab your under eyes in a sweeping motion.


~Ally-Cat

Friday, August 5, 2011

August Theme: The Make-up Basics

I need to get myself on the ball here. I'm totally lacking in the blogging department.  :P I'm sorry everyone.

So a quick announcement, I'm going to be doing make-up stuff this month as much as possible.  So if you have a request for something specific like foundation: which is best? or what type of make-up you should get depending on your face type... stuff like that. :D

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Oh and I finished Hannah's picture--which I should go tell her now!-- I'm still trying to figure out how to get these pictures up from my phone. Fingers crossed. :)

My next project is Hugh Jackman (shirtless). *cue the screaming women*

Ooooh yeaaaah.
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Well, that's about it.  This isn't very organized, but I'm in quite a rush. I love you all!

Welcome new follower, Riley Ristuccia!
Ha, you surprised me today. I wasn't expecting a new follower.  :) You made my day. Thank you.

~Ally-Cat

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D Movie Review

I never, ever seen any of the transformer movies until just recently.  To me, they seemed to be kind of stupid.  I guess they just never appealed to me. Anyways, last week my friend asked me if I wanted to see a movie, of course I said yes.  But then she mentioned Transformers, and immediately I went, bleeeeh, do we have to? However, with some thought I figured I'd be a good friend and watch it with her, even if I wasn't to fond of going.

Let me just ask you something.  What is the longest movie you've sat through?  An hour and a half? Maybe two? Okay, first off, this movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes long.  That's almost 3 hours people! Talk about butt numbing time!  Basically, it was a good movie, which to me was kind of surprising.  The plot was so-so, but the intensity was on FIRE. By the end of the movie, my friend and I were literally yelling at the screen.  We were so emotionally attached to it.  The movie is insanely packed with action and the effects are AWESOME.

The 3Dness of it was lacking I think, and really just an eyesore.  Nothing ever jumped out or anything.  And it would have had the same effect if didn't have the 3D crap. But that's it.  Really, just an okay plot and annoying 3D glasses. 

Would I recommend this? Yes. Though be warned about the longevity of it and that your eyes get really strained after a while. 

Be prepared for a few surprises.

Enjoy, movie goers. :)

~Ally-Cat

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chihuahua Scares Off Robbers




YAAAAAA CHIHUAHUAS! So apparently these two guys entered the store with a rifle. The store owners chihuahua of 5 years came running out and scared off the robbers. (However, they did manage to take $200.) But the dog was not fazed when they stuck the gun in his face.  He even chased them down the street.

Would you have been able to do that?

Chihauhuas rule.

'nouf said.

~Ally-Cat

PS
These guys are still at large, if you have anything that would help catch these jerks please contact these people:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

So I forgot the trio's names, but I came up with nicknames: (L-R) The Annoying Idiot, The Manwhore, and The "Normal" Guy.  You might recognize the Manwhore from a NBC show...think you can name it?

In case you don't know exactly what Horrible Bosses it is about these three who have really awful bosses, and they come up with this plan to murder them so that their lives (and the lives of others) will be much easier.  The "Normal" Guy has a manipulative and greedy boss, who treats all his employers like cow pie.  The Manwhore has a boss who use inherited the company from his father (the previous boss); he's a big douche/druggie.  And finally, the Annoying Idiot has a sexually harassing female boss who trys to do some "kinky" stuff with him during work.  All of them get to the point where they feel that it is their duty as citizens to exterminate their bosses for the better good. The whole story then focuses on they taking this idea to action. Of course, they couldn't have a great movie without its fair share of misfortune and snappy banter.

I really liked this movie! It was very funny and quote-able. The plot was okay for a comedy, but what made it was the chemistry between the actors. 

Yes, I would recommend this movie.  I'd say it's a good friend-hang-out movie. With a date it might be a bit awkward (especially if it's your first).  Remember this movie is rated R.  Though there is no sexual content, there is crude humor. 

(4/5)
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Hey everyone, I'm glad to be back! I'm extremely sorry for lacking this summer. A lot of stuff is happening than last summer, so blogging time kind of diminishes. :( I'm trying to work on checking my email and formspring. I hope people haven't forgotten me...

I missed you all!

~Ally-Cat

Monday, July 4, 2011

IT GETS BETTER (Being Gay Is Not A Sin.)


You, with your words like knifes, and swords

and weapons that you use against me.
You, have knocked me of my feet again,
got me feelin' like a nothin'.

You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard
calling me out when I'm wounded.
You, picking on a weaker man.
You can take me down with just one single blow.
But you don't know, what you don't know..
~"Mean" by Taylor Swift
I saw that commercial that had this project advertised in it. And recently, with all the troubles that I keep seeing in this world, something uplifting like that just couldn't be ignored.  So here, just minutes ago, I looked up the video above. Let me tell you if you haven't pressed play let, do it now. Such wonderful people.  How fantastic that they've been together for 16 years.  And they even have a son.They are human beings that walk this earth just like anyone else.  They are beautiful children of God.

I want to say something.
I'm Catholic.
I'm not going to deny that.
I love God.
I believe in Jesus.
I believe that we are born equal and good.
There is nothing wrong with being gay.
Nothing.
I truly believe that if you love someone then you should be with them,
no matter their gender.
I will not stand for those people who think it's "disgusting".
Those people are disgusting.
And if preachers of my faith try to tell me that God favors those kind of people then
they are blind.
The God I believe in does not turn his head away from the children that are "different in orientation" than his other children.

And to all those bullies out there:
May God have mercy on your soul.

So if you are gay, bi, lesbian, or transgender please listen.
This will get better.
Maybe not right away.
But it will.
You know why?
You can make yourself stronger.
Instead of cowering in the corner of the locker room,
or eating lunch in the bathroom everyday,
put yourself out there.
Keep your head high.
Feet in place.
Walk with purpose.
With dignity.
Because out there, there are people who care.
Even big name people care:
Anne Hathaway, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Chris Colfer, etc.
We all love you.
Did you hear that?
The real you.
Please.
Don't hurt yourself.
Don't hid.
Life will get better.
Take it from the hundreds of people who post on

Be strong.
Love,
Ally-Cat

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tired of Being Single

I scrapped my knees while I was praying,
and found a demon in my safest haven.
 Feels like, it's getting harder to believe in everything.
Just to get lost in all my selfish thoughts.

I wanna know what it'd be like:
to find perfection in my pride,
to see nothing in the light.
I'll turn it off, in all my spite.
In all my spite, I'll turn it off.

And the worst part is before it gets any better
we're heading for a cliff.
And in the free-fall I will realize
I'm better off, when I hit the bottom.
~"Turn It Off" by Paramore

Okayy, so far summer sucks.  2011 just isn't a great year.  I think I'm more confused and depressed than ever.  So far my relationship between that certain someone has very marginally gone up.  Yet, this summer I know that there will be no time for me and him to be anything more than best friends.  And yes, we are at that level, which leads me to that question almost all of us girls go through: Is it worth the risk to try to become something more or stay where we're at?

*sigh* So once again, I'm stuck. I care for him, but the way our summers are scheduled there's no time for "romance". I can't hold my heart back like this anymore.  It can't sit there, twiddle its fingers, and wait for something cinematic to happen.  That's not realistic; that's just painful.  But I can't let go either.  Well, not entirely anyway.  Somehow I feel like I have to keep searching.  If you remember that saying a while back: "The only way you can get a happy relationship is to be happy in the first place".  Well, what if I can't be happy? What if I need a savior to raise me out of my funk? By golly, did I try, but look what the universe spat out at me: hopelessness. Did I not give it my all? Were my intentions wrong? Or am I suppose to be lonely the rest of my life?

At this point, I think it'd be better not to jeopardize a good thing.   It's nice to fantasize what could be, but it's also a jab in the heart knowing that it won't be.   Maybe it's time to move on.  To step back from a standstill relationship and move to one that will move forward.  I've got a lot of reasons to doubt this decision, but as of now that's all I can see that looks probable. 

The more and more I re-assess my beliefs the more I realize, God really does hate me..

~Ally-Cat

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Project

Hey y'all!

So I've got an art project to do this summer.  Guess who? ... LADY GAGA! *roaring applause* Yes, yes, I know. It shall be a important job to do. It's Hannah's birthday present and I'm really pumped to do it.  I've developed some skillz this past year so hopefully it'll be better than last year's summer project.

This is the picture I'm using:

So tell me what you think.  Are you ready for this you guys?

~Ally-Cat

PS
Yes, I spelled "skills" with a "z".  So what? I'm cool like that.  That's right, peeps, get on my level yo! xD

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

I never got to see the third installment of the POTC, which I heard was beast, so I wondered if that would effect my experience in watching the 4th movie, On Stranger Tides. It didn't, I'm glad to say. It was very well done.  Penelope Cruz did a FANTASTIC job.  I didn't think she could do it, but by golly she did.  And yes, she is the love interest of Jack Sparrow.  (So don't ask me, because I just told you. Don't' worry, it's not like it's some big secret; I didn't spoil anything.)

Let first say that I did not see this movie in 3D.  I wish I had, but at the time it wasn't my choice.

Overall it was a very good movie.  I missed seeing Will and Elizabeth, but the new cast was enough that it wasn't at all disappointing.  I love the mermaid chick; I think her name is Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey. Then there's Black Beard played by Ian McShane.  He plays a great bad guy. Oh and let's not forget the newbie, Sam Claflin, who plays the hunky new "pirate".   
 

Also, something to note: the movie is well over an hour and a half long.  It's just a little over two or more. Yeah, that's right; you heard me right, pal.  So if this is going to be some kind of date movie, let me suggest going to dinner before hand.

Do I think there's going to be sequel? Hell yes. 

Do you think there should be a sequel? Hell no.

Why? The series can only go so long before its plot just becomes to tiresome and boring.  Yes, the writers and directors have done a wonderful job of keeping the characters and plots alive, but how long can that last? One more won't hurt, I guess.  But anymore that that is just ridiculous.

Like some great theological dude said, " All good things must come to an end...."

(4/5)

~Ally-Cat

Monday, May 30, 2011

At Least I Know I'm Free...

Dear God,

I'm proud be an American because at least I know I'm free. And I will not forget those men who died, that gave that right to me.  I'll proudly stand up next to them and will defend with them all the way.

There ain't no doubt. I love this land.

God, please bless the USA.

Love,
The American People
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Thank you to all our soldiers in the army who still fight for our country and will forever believe in freedom, justice, and peace.

We love you.
Come home soon.

~Ally-Cat

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Amazing, Hilarious Youtube Videos 4

Promised for a while now, so here it is!

This group of musicians, Parachute, is amazing.  I love that they have such expressive music that sounds so sweet and catchy.  I love Will.  He's a sweetheart.  :)  So these first couple of videos are of the band.  I'm very obsessed as you'll see soon.

Parachute Does Yoga

Parachute Episode 5 (Go-Kart Race)

Parachute Episode 1 (Buying a Sword!)

Parachute TMZ - I love how Will says "scoop". <3

Music:

She Is Love

Under Control

Kiss Me Slowly

Comment below if you like what you hear! :)

Moving on to some other videos...

Super 8 Trailer - I am really surprised this video hasn't gotten over a million view yet. Right now it only has 50,000. 

Captain America Trailer - Once again, everyone talks about this movie but there's barely any views... like 45,000. Okayy, maybe that's a lot to some people... but this is a big deal, y'all, since they're setting all these movies up for an Avengers movie (Iron Man, Thor, Capt. America...)

Zach Galifianakis SNL Monologue - This guy is great. One of the best monologues I've seen in a while. Well done.

The Awkwardest and Most Terrible Interview Ever- Bradley Cooper & Justin Bartha Hangover  interview was baaaaad. It was very awful.  Just painful to watch.  Her questions were terrible and that gosh awful sound fx maker was the icing on the cake. 

Anyways, that's really all I got.  Hope you enjoyed. 

~Ally-Cat

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Easy 5 Minute Way To Get Great Wavy Hair

What You Will Need:
  • 1 1/2 inch curling iron (ceramic is highly recommended)
  • clip or hair tye
  • heat protectant spray
  • brush
  • hairspray
  • mirror
Tutorial:
1. Plug in iron and set it to around 365 degrees
2. Start out by brushing your hair to get rid of the tangles
3. Spritz some heat protectant spray to prevent split ends/fried, damaged hair
4. Section off hair by clipping or tying the top half of your hair up. You'll want to do this to gain volume and texture!
5. Start curling! Clamp the iron an inch before the root and drag it down slowly until you're 3/4s of the way to the hair.  From there, curl the iron toward you're face; keep dragging the device down until you're at the end of the piece of hair.  To save time, curl big sections. (2-4 inches depending on how much hair you have.)
6. Touch up if needed and hairspray lightly.

Helpful Tips:
  • If you have thick hair, try to do a "inward, outward" pattern of curling.  This will minimize the "poofiness" that can sometimes happen when curls are facing inwards. 
  •  Before moving on to the next section, check to make sure you got every piece.  Do quick touch ups if necessary. This saves time and the bottom curls will be less likely to fall out throughout the day.
  •  If you have bangs, instead of curling inwards, curl outwards. It gives you more texture.
  • I've said this many times over, but I'll say it again: regular metal irons do not work. Not only do they damage your hair, but they take forever to heat up and they don't hold curls for very long.  Ceramic or tourmaline-made irons are better for your hair (Though that does not mean that they do not damage your hair! That just means that they don't damage it as much as regular metallic ones.), they hold a curl better, and they heat up in less than a minute.  Not only that, but they give you're hair a glossy sheen to it.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS use heat protectant! It's so easy to overlook, but trust me, it's worth it! 
  • I suggest after using any heating device on you're hair to use a repairing shampoo and/or conditioner.  You can usually find these items at a local drugstore.
The finished product should look something like this.


Questions? Comment below! ^,^

~Ally-Cat

Monday, May 9, 2011

Catching Fire Book Review


I've read a lot of series in my lifetime. However, I've never had came across a book that surpassed its predecessor.  This book did that and beyond. 

Plot: Ehh, really uninteresting start, in my opinion, since it was the Game tours.  The only thing that was truly interesting about it was when they visited District 11, if you know what I mean.  Oh and biiiiiig twist (though, maybe not so surprising if you infer right)! I'm not going to give it away, but to me, I think from that point on it makes the book. Also, you will be learning how Haymitch won his games and what drove him to drink, if you're the type of reader who needs everything explained. ;)

Characters: We're back with the same characters.  Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch... All of them are basically the same, though Katniss has gotten a depressed after finishing the Hunger Games.  Plus her guilt for Peeta lingers along with the rising feelings for Gale, who will now be taking a larger role in this book.  Through out the book, you will see Katniss grow into a more complicated character.  Also, minor characters, like Prim, are more apart of this book as it progresses.  There will be new characters introduced.  My favorite is Finnick, who is a former winner of the Games.

I just want to say that these books will not be sugar coated.  Be prepared for a full out reality blow as the rebellion begins.

And really, that's about it.  I can't say much since the majority of the book is based off a twist. But if you have any questions, post them here or on my formspring and I'll get back to you ASAP. Promise. :D

~Ally-Cat

UP NEXT: Amazing, Hilarious Youtube Videos 5?

PS
Sorry you guys, that this is soo late.  I'm trying to get caught up here.  I've missed you all.  Welcome back, Ever!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Books I'd Love To Reread

I can't believe how far behind I've gotten.  Incredible.  Anyways, here is my list of past favorites that I wouldn't mind going back to reread.  Sometimes a book is even better the second time around.

1. The Twilight Saga

After recently reading The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, I really want to go back and reread the entire series again.  I miss that world.  I miss reading about Edward and Jacob, even if now it sounds a little too dramatic then it did then. 
 
2. The Season by Sarah MacLean

"Strong-willed and sharp-tongued, 17-year-old Lady Alexandra had to learn to hold her own growing up in a houseful of brothers in Regency England. But soon Alex finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery just as ball season begins." ~"About the The Season" on Borders.com

Okay I have soft spot for romance novels, I'll admit it.  But I'm a sucker for mystery/romance novels too.  Though the mystery really wasn't a mystery at all if your observant reader, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fashion talk and how fond I was with the characters.  It was such a fun read for me. It got me into this temporary obsession with proper, lady-n-gentlemen era books.  (Ex: The Luxe series)

3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

"The author of the #1-bestselling Twilight series delivers her brilliant first novel for adults that's also suitable for teen readers: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake, featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies." ~ "About the The Host" on Borders.com

Arguably the best of Stephenie Meyer's published works.  Even if you didn't like Twilight, this is a whole different experience.  At first, I was tempted to put it down, partially because I kept comparing it to Twilight.  I'm glad I gave it a chance.  It's a really great read.  I recommend it to anyone who is intrigued with sci-fi. 


4. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

"This hilarious novel chronicles Scott's freshman year, as he decides that high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. Here Scott records his first year of bullies, romance, honors, classes, and brotherhood." ~ "About the Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" on Borders.com

I'm sure about 95% of my readers would agree with me: I hate hate hate mandatory reading.  HATE it. I just can't appreciate it because in the back of my mind I know I'm being forced and graded for reading this particular book.  I'm telling you right now, this book is different.  Yeah, the title isn't appealing. Heck the cover is a bit bland, but its great read.  I mean, it's really fantastic.  Slow to start, but much better as you go along.  I recommend this to all ages.  d(^.^)b



5. The Color of Water by James McBride

"The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all." ~Goodreads.com

A sad, but good book.  It really opens you're eyes.  It's not the typical book I'd read on my own.  It was a school project.  Anyways. I'd love to reread it.  Click here for my initial reaction to The Color of Water.

Well there's my five books.  I encourage all you book lovers to read at least one of these books.  (If anything, read Sleeping Freshmen). 

Enjoy! :)

~Ally-Cat

Up Next: Review for Catching Fire

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Those Days Are Gone

This is attempt one of creating a 200th post theme or whatever you want to call it.  Around the time I worked on this I was in a deep funk.  I had a pretty bad week and I was desperate to give others some advice to avoid being in the dilemma.  I don't give direct clues as to what I'm talking about, but the little hints should be more than enough to give it away.


You guys might be wondering what I'm up to these days and I'll tell you: mourning.
I thought, that day I decided to take off for a while, concentrate on whats going on in my life around me, but I..don't know. Everything's all messed up.


My heart is yearning for change. Something uplifting. I know I've said that you can't depend on anything or anyone for your own happiness, but I am so desperate to cling on to something to pull me out of this dingy, damp depression I'm in..I need motivation.


I'm going to give you some life wisdom, so listen carefully..The worst version of losing something isn't when they are dead and gone from this world; it's when you lose them from your grasp, but yet can still see, hear, nor feel them in some distinct way and know they aren't gone from the world, but alive and "well". Always there to torment you, knowing you've failed. Rubbing it in your face. Maybe not just them, but others who associate themselves with those people who can't stop hurting you. Its like you recovering from a wound, but someone comes up and takes a knife and slices that wound open again, and your spiraling back to step 1.


It's so scary. How people tell you lose friends as you grow as a person, but you never expect it will happen to you. Yet, that day comes and you're lost 'cause those people who warned you failed to tell you how to handle the situation when it comes. I can't tell you how hard and painful it is to try to let go. You can't help but reminisce the old days...


Guys, I'm gonna stop myself. I'm so sorry. I lost myself while I was writing that.

Yeah, that's it. Take it for what it's worth.

Be informed, dear readers.

~Ally-Cat

Monday, April 11, 2011

200th Post: How To Have Bigger, Brighter Eyes

Finally, I've decided on what to do for this post.  I had like three ideas, but I came to hate them and now their on the back burner.  Well anyways, here I am. I've been so busy, but I've got time now.  So you know, why not? (Also, I think I'll gradually be coming back to Blogger.  I know my absence has been long, and maybe people have even forgot about me, but I promise I never forgot about you.)

How To Have Bigger, Brighter Eyes
What You'll Need:
  1. liquid eyeliner (preferably black)
  2. black mascara
  3. lash curler (with a spring if possible)
  4. white eyeliner or cream shimmery white eye shadow
How To:
This is really simple. Anyone can do this with a little bit of practice.  Before I get involved in the step process make sure you've got you concealer/foundation stuff already done.  Whenever you're doing you're eyes--unless your doing something elaborate--, eye makeup should always be last. 
  1. First, make sure you do some practice runs on the back of your hand with the liquid eyeliner.  Then starting from the middle of the eye and working your way out, draw a thin line.  Then go back over and start from the inside of the eyes and out but this time aim for a cat eye look.  Something like that in the picture.  (If you're having problems creating a cat eye, try this: imagine a line running from your temple to the end of the outside of your eye.)
2. With the white eyeliner, color the inner corner of your eyes and taper downwards like in the diagram.  Afterward, pat the color a bit to blend. (And yea I drew that.  its crappy I know.  xP) Oh and if you don't own white eyeliner, just pat in some white shimmery eye shadow cream and you're good to go.

3. Use the curler to curl eye lashes.  If you have short lashes, curl the base only.  If you have long lashes start by curling the base and work your way to the end of the lashes.  BE GENTLE! One false move and you'll pull out some eyelashes.
4. Coat your lashes with either mascara.  (You may do one or two coats. It's up to you)

5. Done!

I hope this helped and made sense.

Leave comments below.

HAPPY 200TH POST DAAAY!

~Ally-Cat

PS
Excuse any grammatical errors.  I didn't have time to edit. :(

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's My Birthday!



I also want to take this time to talk about me leaving.   Not for good, of course, but I feel like for a while. 

It's been a good run so far, and I'd love to keep it that way.  That's why I need to form my ideas for this coming months.  I know I want to continue with The Basics and reviews, but is that it? Like I feel like could be doing more.  But I limit myself.  On purpose you see. I feel like it is fairly easy to give away so much personal information here on the Internet since people can't see your face, or know what you're like in the real world.  Its so easy to be someone else here on ye ol' Internet. 

That's why I want a break. I need to stay as genuine as I can be. 

So do you guys have any ideas? What is something new you want to see?  I'm trying to improve here.  Would you like to have a running story here? (I'd have to make one up, plot it and such, but it is do-able.)

Anyways...

Lastly, you might be asking: "So how long will you be gone?"

Good question, I don't know exactly.  I need to come up with something for my 200th post.  That needs some planning.  And I just feel like I need a long break.  A step back into my social life, instead of behind a computer screen.  So the answer is uhhh sometime in the future.  I don't know when. But I'll be back. 

I love you all. 

Goodbye for now!

~Ally-Cat

Friday, March 11, 2011

HUNDREDS DEAD AFTER KILLER TSUNAMI IN JAPAN!

I found out like 5 minutes ago, Japan got hit with a 8.9 earthquake and a tsunami hit them hard.  Hundreds of bodies were found floating in the flood. 

And Honolulu is next.  Maybe California.

Guys, brace yourselves. 

Maybe the world is going to end.

The video

5th largest earthquake since the 20th century.

Pray please for these people.

~Ally-Cat

Monday, March 7, 2011

Boy I Hear You In My Dreams

TRIPLE POST DAY!

This is the last one and I'm done for who knows when. 

So who want's to hear some date dets? Well, too bad your gonna hear them anyway.

Okay so last night was my second date all together.  I don't know if I told you about my first date--probably not because it was really awkward and horrible.  But I went to this dance with a boy who I've liked for a while.  He asked me to go with him Monday of  last week.  Anyways, it went really well, I thought.  First, we ate at a restuarant with Lauren and her date.  There was the dance part which was fun, though the music could have been better.  I was so nervous, but yet I wasn't. Maybe more hesitant that anything. 
My favorite part as Lucky song by Glee came on we danced together doing this dip move.  He asked me if wanted to spin and I went "sure". So we did. and a minute later I was like "your turn!" and I spun him.  It was great. 

It was almost like a dream.  I woke up this morning thinking back wondering if I just did that or not.  Its incredible to be with the one you like and especially one who is your friend. I mean its one thing to imagine something like that Lucky song could happen, but then when it does... I can't describe it.  It's unreal. 

And you guys are going to kill me.  Do u remember way back when, I told you about this guy who ignored me all summer?  Well, my date was that guy.  And before I get heat for this, I want to say something:

If you want something, you have to earn it.  You have to work for it.  I was too shy and unexperience to flirt and try to get him to like me. Back then I barely knew him.  I just met him through friends.   I was afraid.  I thought he'd guess on his own and sweep me off my feet, but that only for the movies.  This time I did try. It was when we were setting up for another dance we actually had conversations. (And by that point, I was done with the ignoring part. ) That's when I realized I wanted to be his friend.  It just escalated there.  But I promise you. I'm on my gaurd.  I'm keeping a level head.

So what do you think?

Comment below only; no questions on formspring for reasons I won't say.

Thank you. I'll see you later.

Bye,
~Ally-Cat

Review: I Am Number Four Movie


TRIPLE POST DAY!

I've really been behind on my reviews.  I guess that'll be something I'll focus on when I come back from my blogging break.

In case, you didn't know, the movie is based of a book.  I haven't read it yet, but seeing the movie makes me want to.

It's not you typical alien movie, where strange looking creatures arrive to abduct or kill the human race. These aliens look like us and actually came here for survival.  However, there are evil aliens, who destroyed their enemies home planet, and are hunting the good aliens to extinction. 

It's a fascinating premise.  And the main character, John Smith, couldn't get any less hotter.  Like any movie, there were some logical holes in the plot, which bothered me.  But I like everything to fit together and make sense.  It wasn't totally noticeable, so don't let that hinder you from seeing this movie.   I glanced at the book plot and there are some things left out, but what do you expect out with a book-to--movie movie?  They just can't put everything thing in an hour and a half show.

The effects were fantastic! It's amazing what movie people can do with effects nowadays.

Characters were average.  Same old, same old acting.  No one wowed me. Though I'm glad Pettyfer fixed the glitches in his American accent.  Seeing the 2 min. Beastly trailer, you can tell its a struggle for him to hid his English accent. Oh and I do want to point out there are no brunettes (not counting extras) in this movie.  That's a let down. :(

Overall, it was a good movie.  Nothing wowed me too much, excepted the effects.  Good stunt work.  Predictable plot.  But a fun movie anyway. Expect a sequel. 

Do I recommend this movie? Yes

(4/5)

~Ally-Cat

Up Next: Boy I Hear You In My Dreams

Reply: Skin Care And Treatment


TRIPLE POST DAY!

This has been looong overdue, and I'm making time right now to do this and that movie review I promised. 

Also, before we get started, I've been debating this for a while, but I'm going to take an indefinite break.  I promise I've not given up on That's What She Said! I just need some time to gather up some ideas and prioritize on other things right now.  I'm not sad at the least, I'm actually in a good place.

So enough of my blabbering (we'll save that for a later time.) Let's get started!
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Firstly, if you haven't read this post: The Basics: Prepping The Face + Make Up Primer please do so now.  There's a lot of information about keeping the face clean and oil-free, if that is the kind of answer you're looking for.

If that's not enough, here is the little info I know about "blackheads, acne, and etc."

Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or whatever you want to call them are basically created the same way: build up of dirt, grim, and oil in the pores. The only difference between all of these facial blemishes is the way in which to you treat them.

Blackheads and whiteheads are more deep set in the skin.  Meaning it's harder to get rid of them.  The only way I know how to get rid of mine are pore strips. The downfall of using these are that the oils you just pulled up leave some oozing which can spread over to other areas of your skin, allowing more blackheads/whiteheads to develop. To avoid this: 1) wash your face as usual 2) use the pore strip as instructed 3) apply an acne gel (no creams!)

Gels tend to dry faster and don't produce much oil on your skin.  Only do this once a week. 

Pimples are more of a surface blemish.  They aren't as deep set nor as hard to get rid as blackhead--though on rare occasions then can be.  With regular pimples let them run their course.  That is the hardest thing to do.  Many people say to pop them, but that actually does more damage than not. If you have a really bad pimple, one that is large, red and hurts a lot, there are 2 options.  Zeno, a device that heats up the blemish to progress its development stage to get rid of it faster, or the home remedy trick.  Here's how it works: 1) wash your face like normal 2) ice the spot for twenty minutes 3) wet a cotton swab with lemon juice and hold it on that spot for 5 additional minutes

You'll definitely see results the following morning. I swear this works. ;)

Hmm, and yeah I think that's it.. I can't think of any more advice to give.  If you have any questions, comment, email, or formspring me. 

Adios, and good luck!

~Ally-Cat

Up Next: I Am Number Four Movie Review

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