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In a mere couple of days, I start my first year of college!

For the past week or so, my mood's been yoyo-ing dramatically between

and


Ultimately, I do know that once I've moved in and started classes and lapsed into a routine, that normality will dispel the majority of any fears I'll enter with. And honestly, I am very excited to begin this new chapter of my life. I know it won't always be a perfectly great time, but I have faith that everything will work out one way or another!

Plus, I'll be studying art, which'll be über awesome! :squee:

And, not only will I be close to home (about 1.5 hours away), my roommate is to be the wonderful sunshine81795, so that'll all be quite splendid indeed! :D 

Boston Strong

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 2:49 PM
So for an [early] graduation present, sunshine81795 took me to the Bruins game last night against the Sabres.

It was very surreal, to say the least.

At the beginning, there was a moment of silence to honor those affected by Monday's tragedy, and then they showed a tribute video overlaid with the song "Home" by Phillip Phillips of how courageously the city responded. Amidst cheering for the images of the brave men and women who stayed strong on Monday and ones showing further support for Boston, I definitely cried. I was not personally affected by what happened, but being in a stadium with thousands of people, many of whom were affected in some way, was very emotional.

And then when everybody there sang the national anthem, it was absolutely chilling. Even re-watching the video of it online (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzMsag…) gives me goosebumps.

During the game, when the camera would pan the crowd, cheers would rise up wholeheartedly when shots of military members, policemen, firemen, and any other responders were shown, and also when people wearing shirts or holding signs in support for Boston with messages such as "Boston Strong" or "We are Boston" were displayed.

And amidst the "Lets go Bruins" chants, there were quite a few start-up of "U-S-A" and "We are Boston" chants throughout the game, which was just amazing and I was always sad when they died off or got uncoordinated.

At the close of the game, members from both teams got together at center ice and saluted the crowd with their sticks, an act actually coordinated by a member of the Sabres team, which was very classy and a great gesture!

As has been stated a lot, it was more than just a hockey game, and it really felt that way. It meant so much more, and the fact that the Bruins dropped the contest in the shootout was of no consequence to that fact.

PS - THANK YOU sunshine81795 again for taking me! It was amazing :heart:

Boston

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 3:10 PM
My heart and prayers go out to those who were affected by the tragedy in Boston today and their loved ones, and may those who lost their lives rest in peace.

:heart:

  • Listening to: Shinedown

It Can't Rain On Shinedown!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 6, 2012, 10:47 AM
And thankfully, it didn't.

So basically, :iconsunshine81795: had plans to go see Shinedown, but when I learned of the pricey ticket price I backed out, opting to instead save my money for smaller, more general uses.
Well, we still wanted to hang out, so we made plans to go bowling on the day that would've been when we would've gone to the concert.
About halfway there, when we were lamenting waiting in the car, she asked if I knew what would make it worth it, and pulled out a ticket for the show, informing me that the bowling was a lie and we were gonna go see Shinedown after all!

The show itself was amazing. The opener, Beyond the Fall was surprisingly much better than I expected, and Papa Roach didn't disappoint (although I don't know enough of their music to make a serious judgement on it).

Shinedown, however, left them all in the dust, as would be anticipated. The vocals were spot-on the entire time, with little added flairs to make it a unique live show. From the opening refrains of "The Sound of Madness" to the closing reverb from "Fly From the Inside," their fourth and final encore song, there was never a dull moment. They played a nice selection of songs from their newest [frickin awesome] release Amaryllis, as well as a lot from The Sound of Madness and a couple from older albums.

It was better than I could have expected, and I know now that expensive concert tickets are expensive for a very good reason, and they're worth every penny in the end.

To :iconsunshine81795: it's probably gotten old, how much I've said thank you. But THANK YOUUUU! So much! :heart: That was so totally awesome :tighthug:

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  • Listening to: Shinedown

LA-NJ Stanley Cup Final

Journal Entry: Fri May 25, 2012, 8:11 PM
Sure, why not?

Honestly though, as much as I wanted the Devils to win, I was still sad to see the Rangers lose like that. To come so close to playing for the Stanley Cup and then to lose that chance after one bad scramble, you could see it on their faces that they were very upset. And rightfully so.

However, as tough as that all was to watch, the pure excitement from the Devils served to make up for that.

I especially appreciated how captain Zach Parise did kind of like what Zdeno Chara did last year with the Boston Bruins, in that he called the entire team over for a picture with the Prince of Wales Trophy, rather than going it solo and then rejoining the team. I love that kind of stuff so much.

Ironically, although LA is entering as the lower seed I'd be surprised if they don't get pegged as the favorites to take it all this year. They've only lost twice in these playoffs, after going up 3 games to none on all of the top three seeds.

Obviously, I'd love to see LA win just because of that amazing Cinderella-esque Western Conference pwnage. It's like the Miracle on Ice, where USA beating USSR only got them into a position to play for the gold, not the gold itself, where had they not won that game, that historical event would be ever so slightly marred.

But of course, I have a spot in my hockey-fan-heart for the Devils, as they were one of the first teams I really started to watch since I started following the NHL coming out of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where my favorite player on USA's team had been Parise. And, they'll technically be the underdogs here, and who doesn't love to root for the underdog?

In a way, it's both a great and terrible situation. I'll be very happy to see either team win, but also sad. They both deserve it, so even knowing that one team won't win is a little sad even now.

I mean, at least watching the Bruins play for the Cup last year, there was that clear "I-only-want-Boston-to-win-and-Vancouver-doesn't-even-deserve-the-cup" distinction, so seeing Ryan Kesler in tears after the loss was sad, but not so much so to watch.

But anyways, I'm very excited for this year's finals, as neither team was really considered a "top dog" going in, so for either team to win it would be huge for their respective clubs.

I kind of wish they could just pull a King Solomon and cut the thing in half, y'know? Or just utilize the "sharing is caring" technique.

  • Listening to: Radiohead

IIHF World Championships

Journal Entry: Sun May 20, 2012, 1:31 PM
So Team Malkin–I mean, Russia, topped Slovakia today to earn the well-deserved gold medal. The Czech Republic also beat defending-champs Finland to take home the bronze.

That means the Bruins' own Zdeno Chara and David Krejci earned silver and bronze medals respectively with their countries, so congratulations to them! In fact, Krejci even scored the eventual game-winner for the Czechs in their 3-2 victory, and Chara was voted Best Defenceman of the tournament and also named to the All-Star team, so even more props to them! Represent! :trophy:

I personally enjoy world-play so much more, as there's such a more passionate dynamic when it comes to representing your homeland. I was able to watch one of the quarterfinal games (Czech-Sweden) and it was so fun to watch how excited the Czech team was when they scored the game-winner with about 30 seconds left.

Don't get me wrong – I love the NHL and the Stanley cup playoffs and all, but I definitely can't wait for next year's IIHF World Championship and the next Winter Olympics. :meow:

  • Listening to: Simple Plan
  • Watching: LA-PHX Conference Final

History Will Be Made

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 26, 2012, 5:41 AM
With games 1 through 6 all decided by a single goal, the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals' quarterfinal series was already set to be one for the books, as such a feat had never been accomplished prior in NHL history. With game 7 looming, analysts everywhere hesitatingly made their picks, unsure of which team the edge belonged to. But in a series so close, it doesn't matter who has the edge.

    It matters who makes that final mistake.

    Living up to the standards set by their previous 6 matches, the Bruins and Capitals took their final game past regulation, deadlocked in a 1-1 tie. Boston arguably got the better of the scoring chances, but rookie goaltender sensation Braden Holtby thwarted their every attempt, save Seguin's lone desperation tally amidst a mad second period scramble.

    So, much like the start to last year's historic cup run, the Black and Gold once again found themselves on the doorstep of game 7 overtime to advance past the quarterfinals. Perhaps they were more experienced, more poised, thanks to last year's trials. But that's the funny thing about overtime, especially to close out a series.

    Anything can happen. Just like that, one genuine contender will be left to clean out their lockers while the other heads back to practice to gear up for their next match.

    Chances were traded, hits were mutually delivered and shots were taken on both ends in this match-up of the 2nd and 7th seeds. But when Brad Marchand danced his way through the sea of Capital defensemen towards the front of the goal, it felt as though magic was about to happen for the defending champs. A slick pass to Bergeron on the empty side of the net resulted in a shank mere inches away from the net mouth, putting Bergeron's hero status on hold.

    Then, it was the Capitals' turn. A blocked Bruins dump-in from the neutral zone gave Washington a 2-on-1, and they made it count.

    They made the defending Stanley Cup champions pay for their one slight miscue.

    As the Capitals pilled on top of their savior Joel Ward, drunk with victory and yelling deliriously, the Boston Bruins conversely stood in a stunned silence, quiet other than to comfort their upset goaltender. Up and down the bench heads were hung low in shock, and players on the ice looked up to the heavens in desperation as though they hoped the scoreboard would tell them some different result.

    With vacant stares brimming with regret and utter disbelief, the Bruins readied themselves to congratulate their opponent on a series well fought and won. Then, it would be off to a locker room much more somber than the ones following the game 7s of last year.

    And while Washington's crew will look back upon that overtime with delight, every missed chance and mistake will haunt the Bruins until they can use next season to put those nightmares behind them. Bergeron will lament his blown opportunity, whomever it was who blasted his shot off of a Capital instead of the boards will dream of a different angle taken, and of course, reigning Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas will look back in hindsight on how he could've made that crucial save to give his team a few more chances.

    Although it is rather unfortunate to see the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins derailed so soon from their quest to be the first team to repeat since Detroit did it in the 90s, therein promotes the allure that is the Stanley Cup playoffs. The parity alone is remarkable, and lends itself to the harsh reality that anything can happen, for better or worse.

    Honestly, one of the most exciting parts of the playoffs this year will be the mystery of having a new champion to be crowned. As much as it benefits not the dear Black and Gold, it does wonders for the league and sport as a whole, and makes the hockey over the next couple of months something worth watching, even if Rene Rancourt won't be the one belting out the anthem pregame.

  • Listening to: Social Distortion

The Quest for the Cup

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:34 AM
And so it begins.

The Bruins, ending the season boasting an impressive, 49-29-4 (102 pt) record, are set to open their championship defense this Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

And what a season it has been.

From their hangover days of October, through their historic run of November and December, to the infuriating inconsistencies heralded in by the new year, and down to their peak during the final stretch of the season, the Bruins have made a legitimate case as to why they could be the first team to repeat in a while.

Then again, the New York Rangers have also made a name for themselves this year, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have again turned in a consistently impressive performance. The Philadelphia Flyers are also hungry again, out looking to prove themselves in lieu of their Stanley Cup final defeat two years ago at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, and last year's lackluster performance against Boston in the conference semifinals. In the west, the Vancouver Canucks showed the league why they made it to the Finals last time around, and teams like the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings had historic performances of their own to brag about.

But the Bruins more than anyone know what it will take to win it all again, and as they enter the second season with the recent/impending return of a number of key players, they find themselves noted as genuine contenders against the other hyped up teams.

And while Tim Thomas' numbers did not match the Vezina-quality stats he produced last year, he's still an elite goaltender, and he's fronted by a team somewhat more shored up on defense and more potent on offense than last year's squad.

Is it their year again?
*Can it be* their year again?
Only time will tell.

But I must say, going into my third year watching the Stanley Cup playoffs, if there's one thing I've learned, it's that nothing's guaranteed.

Up 3-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers does not guarantee a series victory, or even a game 7 victory for that matter.

Heading into game 7 of the Stanley cup finals on the road when every game in that series has been won by the home team does not guarantee the home team will win, or even score a single goal.

Anything could happen, and therein lies the attraction that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's a great time for hockey.

Go Bruins!

  • Listening to: The Used
  • Reading: Johnny Got His Gun

Hitchhiker's Guide to Discovering New Music

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 5, 2012, 4:33 PM
Just a little something I wrote because I was bored :meow:
Enjoy!

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     Have you ever gotten into that rut where you're bored with all your favorite music, and yearn for something new? Chances are, most of you have felt that way at one time or another, yet failed to take any kind of action. Sure, waiting for that phase to pass is acceptable, but why not go out and discover something new?

    Is it because you don't know how to?

    If your answer to the above question was yes, I invite you to read on into my makeshift list/guide for how to discover new music that will suit your tastes.

1) Pandora is your friend
    If you like a certain band for their sound, you'd probably like a different band with the same sound, correct? That's where Pandora comes in. Simply make your station for a band you enjoy, and sit back to listen to what had been deemed similar to that initial group. With many ways to customize your listening experience, I guarantee your time won't be wasted.
    
2) Follow up on your leads
    What I mean is that if you find a song you like, don't leave it at that. Go out and explore that artist's discography. Searching online for top ten lists of that band's best songs is a good way to start, and don't hesitate to use the 30-90 second clips on iTunes to do some discovering. If you liked their sound once, odds are you'll like it again.

3) Keep your options open and give everything a chance
    Don't be afraid to step out of your genre-comfort zone here. Limiting yourself based on pre-conceived, outside notions is absurd. If you're looking for something new, try to leave as many doors open from the outset as is possible. Yes, using Pandora can guide everything into a pretty small window, but only if you make it so. Try to make a station for a genre you haven't tried before and see what comes up. You might be surprised, or, at the very worst, annoyed.

4) Ask and ye shall receive
    Music is a language of its own, and, like any language, is based around communication. Talk to people, see what they like. Or, go online and read about what other people are liking, and even find some pointed suggestions. And again, just because a particular suggestion doesn't fall into your normal genre selection, don't shun it. Many an artist I've personally discovered from types of music I never thought I could dig, all because I took a lot of suggestions seriously.

5) The iTunes chain
    This is a fun one. It's almost like a poor man's Pandora. What you do, is go on iTunes and search for an album you already like. On the page for that album, look where it suggests similar albums. Sure, you might know a lot of the ones there, but seek out those you haven't heard of. You can go through a lot of music in a very short time, and I've used this technique a couple of times in the past.

6) Tours and features and guest appearances, oh my!
    Check out who's touring with your favorite band. You'll probably find out that their styles are similar, which means you'll probably like them too. Also, if your favorite band has featured a different singer, or the singer from your favorite band has made other guest appearances, go listen to that different singer's band, or just all the different appearances. Making those connections can carve pathways into areas of the music world you never thought you'd find your way to.

7) Never be satisfied
    When you find your new favorite artist or album, don't stop your search process there. You can branch off farther from your new musical addition, often in many new directions. Not to say you should always be actively searching for more, but keep your eyes (and ears) open. There's always going to be something new out there, and all you have to do is discover it.

    Now it's time to venture onwards and outwards into the land that is the music industry. I hope you have gained some form of insight here as to how to go about finding something new to jam out to.
    Rock on.

  • Listening to: Machine Head ~ Bush
  • Eating: Peanut Butter

2012 Super Bowl Champion Not-Patriots :(

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 5, 2012, 7:15 PM


Although it would've been nice had the Patriots won it all for Myra Kraft, making it to the Super Bowl against a lot of odds (coughcoughWORST. DEFENSE. EVER.coughcough) is still very impressive in retrospect, and an [almost] perfect way to pay tribute to someone who apparently was quite an amazing woman.

About the game, I would like to provide a simple mathematical reason as to why the Patriots couldn't possibly have won.

Defense = Championships  -> "defense wins championships"
Thus,
[No] Defense = [No] Championships

That's kind of the difference maker there.

Brady was mostly shut down by the Giants' defense, but the Patriots defense couldn't contain the likes of Eli (which is funny, because the scores were still so close :XD:)

But anyways, New England closed out a remarkable season on a particularly low note, but there's always next year. They accomplished a lot this year that nobody thought they could even dream of doing, which earns them high marks in my book.

So kudos on a kickass year, but just for future reference, a trophy isn't necessarily a bad thing, mk?

Now let's go Bruins!



  • Listening to: 30 Seconds to Mars

Premium Membership :3

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 26, 2012, 12:12 PM
:icontransparentplz:


So after days of :iconsunshine81795: collecting money from what felt like everyone except for me, it turns out it was all for a gift 12 month premium membership that was bestowed upon me earlier today :squee: Pretty sweet, right?

I don't know how I can repay everyone who was involved, but I do know that for :iconsunshine81795: the drawing I've promised her for a while now will have a lot more incentive behind it, possibly enough motivation to finish it quicker than I would otherwise :D

So yeah, I guess that's all I really have to say... that and this may or may not be the cutest journal skin in the history of cute journal skins.

Ps, because I know you're probably reading this Sierra, thankyouthankyouthankyou!! :thanks:

Free Premium Membership Day? Yes, Please!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 19, 2012, 3:23 PM



I'm gonna be straight with you - I have nothing important to say.

But it's Free Premium Membership Day, so there was no way I was gonna pass up the opportunity to make a very kickass looking journal entry.

Apparently, this journal entry will stay looking awesome until I edit it, which needless to say will be never, so... *cue internet fist pump*

Yeah I guess that's pretty much it.

Good day to you all.



The last journal I posted was in tribute to the Bruins becoming the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champions.

This one marks the beginning of their defense of said title.

After an emotional banner-raising, the Boston Bruins are finally getting ready to play their season opener. In fact, they just dropped the puck.

All I can say is that Recchi will be dearly missed, as a great player and teammate. Losing his skill and experience is a great blow to the Black and Gold, but he couldn't have gone out on a higher note.

And honoring Ference/Kelly with the "A" is a nice choice I think. I personally was pulling for Krejci, but I like the situation they have now.

Can they win it again? It's possible. But that's at least 98 games away at minimum. For now, hockey season is back <3
  • Listening to: Versus Announcers?
  • Reading: Night Shift
  • Watching: The Bruins defend the Stanley Cup! :3
The Boston Bruins are the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions!
They definitely earned this one. Back in the quarterfinal series with Montreal, when they dropped two games at home before heading to the building they hadn't won in for over a year, it looked like there was no way they could win the cup, let alone not get swept by Montreal. But they battled back to force a game 7, which they won in overtime with help from Nathan Horton.
Then, for the second straight year they met Philadelphia in the semifinals, the team they blew a sweep against last year. There was no mistake this year, though, as they exorcised their demons and swept Philadelphia right out, advancing to the conference finals for the first time in almost 2 decades.
From there it was Tampa Bay, who was deemed "too fast" for Boston, and their 1-3-1 defense was too much for Boston to penetrate. Well, try telling that to Horton, who scored the lone goal in a 1-0 game 7 victory to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
Losing two heartbreaking games to Vancouver wasn't the ideal start, but through the first six games it was all about home ice. Vancouver eeked out 1-goal wins (two 1-0 shutouts and one OT goal) at home and Boston blew Vancouver out in TD Garden all three times. Losing Horton was devastating, but arguably a turning point in the series. From then on, the Bruins wanted it more. Heading into game 7, everything was stacked against the Bruins. Odds... history... and especially the fact that they had yet to win in Vancouver during the series. Yet that didn't stop them from scoring 4 goals and helping Tim Thomas to a shutout and the Conn Smythe trophy, and the Stanley Cup of course.

So congrats to them. They worked so hard for it, and to see so many players who had never won the Stanley Cup before, lifting it high above their heads (I'm pretty sure when Chara lifted it that was the highest it's ever been) in celebration was amazing.

Go Bruins!!
  • Listening to: Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
  • Watching: The Bruins win the Stanley Cup! :3
I suppose it's a dream of most every artist to get their work published in some way, shape or form.
Well yesterday, I learned that dream would actually become reality for me.
I entered a contest a friend showed to me, called "Celebrating Art" with my drawing of Boston Bruins' winger Milan Lucic.
For this contest, there are two stages.
The first, is to be accepted to be published in their collection-book of art from the contest.
The second, is to be labeled a "winner" (there are 10 winners for each age group of the contest).
The second stage goes down on Tuesday, but for now, I still get to rejoice in the fact that someone out there thought I was a good enough artist to decide they wanted to publish my artwork.
When I got the email about it, I was happy beyond belief. For a while now, I've longed for something to put my name to. Everyday I'm surrounded by people who all have an amazing talent they excel in, but I had yet to discover such a thing. Now, I'm one of the happiest/proudest people in the world.
  • Listening to: Tears Don't Fall - BFMV
  • Watching: Playoff Hockey
  • Playing: Doodle God
Dear Tim Thomas,
Thank you for being the beastliest goaltender ever.
Sincerely, Boston hockey fans everywhere

The Bruins advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1992 last night, sweeping the Flyers after blowing the sweep last year. Karma, much?  

Only downer was Bergeron getting a mild concussion, but hopefully he'll be able to come back at some point in the playoffs, if not the start of the series with Tampa. Thankfully, they do have Seguin to fill in to a certain degree, yet no one can really replace a player like Bergy.

On a somewhat related note, I finally finished my drawing of Milan Lucic, just in time for him to score two goals against Philly! Glad he was able to finally snap his goalless streak, and glad I'm finally done with the drawing! Sent it out for the contest, and I'll hear how I fared in a few weeks.

And I got my driving permit! Glad driver's ed is over, and can't wait to get my hours in and then eventually my license. :)
  • Listening to: Misery ~ GC
  • Watching: Playoff Hockey
So I haven't actually written a journal entry for quite some time, so I think it might be time for one.

As far as artwork goes, I have a drawing I'm maybe 1/4 of the way done on. It's pretty special to me because I'm entering it in a contest that could get it published which would mean the world to me so I'm taking my sweet time on it. Only problem is that it's due in the beginning of May, but I have a vacation coming up so that might be my saving grace.

The NHL playoffs start this week! This year has the potential to be the one for the Bruins, but only time will tell. The team seems to be playoff-ready with the talent, depth and heart to go far.

Well, that's my life summed up in 7 sparkling sentences.
...
This makes me wonder how many of you actually went back through to count XD

Carpe Diem!
~FootballHockeyPilot
  • Listening to: Lifestyles of the Rich &amp; Famous
  • Reading: Fallen Angels
  • Watching: The Nightmare Before Christmas