pennypanda

27 years old
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from Madison, WI

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    • Gaslight Anthem

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      pennypanda

      I just started listening to Gaslight Anthem's album American Slang
      and it makes me sad that it took me so long to actually start listening to their music (they were recommended to me quite some time ago)
      because I really love their music!
      any other fans out there?

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    • Pretzel bits anyone?

      8 years ago

      pennypanda

      So my roommate recently made this purchase that annoys me.
      And don't get me wrong, my roommate is generally a cool person, and I have nothing against her, but this purchase, OH MY GOD!!! It drives me insane!!!
      You may ask: What did she buy?
      Well dearies, my roommate bought a giant cardboard pretzel bits poster.
      And I generally have nothing against cardboard pretzel bits poster, but this one has 5 little LED lights that flash. constantly. without stop. all of the time. even at night.
      it is the worst feeling of the world to be totally exhausted and asleep when suddenly you are being woken up by a POSTER OF PRETZELS!!!
      If you are curious about what this looks like, well here you go:



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      and so here is my question to you internet: HOW SHOULD I GET RID OF THIS THING???
      my current favorite option is setting it on fire, but I feel that there are more creative options out there, suggestions?

    • Best ever!!

      9 years ago

      pennypanda

      So I though I would pop in to share with the internet that I just had the most AWESOME birthday in the history of birthdays!

      I should mention that since my last journal I have since started college, so I am currently living quite a distance from my actual home.

      Anyways.... so my birthday was the Saturday that just ended like a hour and fifteen minutes ago, and it started with the night before getting drunk for the first time in my life off of Southern Comfort, tequila, rum, and some 99 proof apple-tasting drink. And that lasted until about 3 in the morning when I was escorted back to my dorm by a friend of mine (I think... the details are a little fuzzy).
      Then to continue with an epic day, my hall baked me a birthday cake and sang to me! It was so sweet and I love them soooooo much! <3
      And to just add the cherry on top of the sundae of such an epic 18th birthday, I went to a frat party with some friends and had a magnificent time, and possibly drank more beer (you have no idea how difficult it is for me to type at the moment....)
      So that was my birthday
      And now for the next continuing adventure in my life... college!

    • 9 years ago

      pennypanda
    • Smoky Mountains

      9 years ago

      pennypanda

      Last week I got the wonderful opportunity to go hiking in the MAGNIFICENT Great Smoky Mountains. And I'm sure it would have been a great trip if it weren't for some crappy planning on my part. I went with the boy scout Venture troop that I am a part of (yes, I am a boy scout, venture is a co-ed faction) and we hiked from Fontana Dam to Clingman's Dome, spending only about 2 miles on the Appalachian Trail and the rest of the 40ish miles on back country trails.
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      The picture above was one of the first, and only views of the mountain range that we actually saw unfortunately. Most of the views were something like this:
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      And I am definitely not saying that the forests are not beautiful, but when you see tree after tree, sometimes you wish for a little bit of a break to see some views. We did have the fortune that every campsite we stayed at had a gorgeous rushing stream, in fact while we were on the trail only once or twice did we actually get out of earshot of a rushing stream. When we went into Gatlinburg after the trip, it felt almost empty to not have the sound of water in the background. But I'll talk more about Gatlinburg later.
      Along the trails there was some beautiful flora:
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      and of course some great fauna:
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      but not all the animals were so nice. The insects were the most notable annoyances during the trip. From all of the bites that I got from multiple different insects, including a black fly (ouch), my arms seriously look diseased with all of the little red bites that are almost impossible not to scratch. And I am pretty convinced that they are not mosquito bites, because I did not see a single mosquito on the entire trip. We also had a slight problem with the butterflies. Yes, butterflies are very pretty, but I learned the hard way that they are also VERY clingy. This one would not get away from me and eventually decided to stick to my nose:
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      Unfortunately, my heath wasn't really up to par for a trip of this caliber either. I had serious problems with my asthma and actually got very sick for the last day or so of hiking and for the next few days as well. After we got back into town, I called my mother for some sage advice on what was possibly wrong with me, because I had truly never felt so awful in my life, and as it happens I probably made myself sick by majorly changing my diet the week before leaving for the mountains, and then going onto a diet of entirely dehydrated food, not very good for my insides. This was also the moment that I learned that Pepto Bismol is the wonder cure for so many things.
      But anyways, aside from all of these shortcomings and the TERRIBLE weather that we experienced (it rained so hard for 2 of the days, I would equate the intensity of the rain to the water pressure in a hotel shower), the trip was actually quite fun. The trails were hard, yet somehow relaxing and invigorating at the same time. I know it sounds like a total contradiction, but I felt totally at peace with myself as I was struggling up and down major elevation changes with severely bruised toes (I really wish I was kidding about the latter part). And when it wasn't raining, the sun shined down on us and felt so refreshing, and also provided ample opportunity for breathtaking views through the trees.
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      After we got off the trail, we were up at Clingman's Dome, which is a place heavily populated by tourists, most of which gave us dirty looks, and I really just wanted to tell them "Sorry that we are dirty and we smell, but we just got done with hiking for a whole week in the woods, so just give us a break!!"
      After our adventures in hiking, we went into Gatlinburg, because at the Nantahala Outdoor Center we had heard that there were showers for hikers, and I have to say after spending a week surrounded by trees going into such a tourist trap of a town is the biggest culture shock that I have ever experienced. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love tourist traps, they are so much fun, but it was just so weird to see so many shops and people and everything.
      We actually found out that the Nantahala Outdoor Center showers were only supposed to be for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail, but the people who worked there were nice enough to let us use the shower facilities. Maybe it was just that we smelled way to bad, and they thought if we stayed the way we were we would scare off everyone else with our stench. But anyways, I think I can proudly say that it had never felt so good to actually be clean!!!
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      I would definitely have to say that it was a trip to remember!

    • I B DONE!!!!!!!

      9 years ago

      pennypanda

      So my IB scores just got released today and I am so proud of the results, I felt the need to share with the internet!
      (and for those of you who don't know what the IB is, it is a soul sucking high school program that leaves teenagers with no social life and questioning his or her sanity. Feel free to educate yourself: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Baccalaureate )

      History SL --- 4
      English HL --- 4
      Music HL --- 4
      Biology HL --- 5
      Spanish SL --- 6
      Math SL --- 6
      TOK: D
      Extended Essay: B = one extra point
      Total points: 30

      Results: I GOT MY DIPLOMA!!!!!

    • Day 1

      9 years ago

      pennypanda

      So today I am starting the SlimFast 3-2-1 diet plan. See, I've always had this self-loathing problem in which part of it has had to do with weight issues. I have tried starvation (doesn't work too well since I LOVE food) and also the cabbage soup diet, which worked, but was really hard to stick to. So today I am trying something new! I am fully willing to stick to it (at least at this point) and I intend to keep going on it at least until I leave for college in August. There is one little flaw though, I am going on a hiking trip in the Smoky Mountians next week, and so I kind of need to eat the set meal plan for that rather than the SlimFast diet (can you imagine stocking 14 cans of SlimFast shakes in your pack! Talk about excess weight!!) So other than that one week, I am going to try my hardest to actually keep to this diet!! Wish me luck!

    • So.....

      9 years ago

      pennypanda

      So, as you can probably see, I have been a member on this site for a little over two years, and have currently only logged 18 hours and 1 minute on here.... it's sort of a sad and pathetic stat, I know. And so, merely minutes ago, I decided to get more active, and one of the ways to start doing that is to make a journal entry. I really don't know what I'm supposed to say in these journal entries... or if anyone will read them, but that's not going to stop me!! MWHAHAHAHAH!! Anyway, let's start with some basics: I am a high school graduate, about to start college in the fall (go University of Rochester!) and am having the normal mix of emotions like excitement and sadness all rolled into one, I have been massively addicted to RvB ever since my brother sat me down in front of the computer to watch the first three seasons (I got started a little later in the game), I listen to the podcast every week, and I am a complete n00b when it comes to video games. I mean it, if there is a way to kill yourself or a teammate in a video game, I guarantee I will find it within the first few minutes of picking up the controller. Don't get me wrong, I still love to play them, but I do sometimes get sick of losing miserably all of the time. And since that's all I can think of to say at the moment I am going to stop typing now.. bye!

    • 2019 years ago

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