x_dryad: (smile | glee)

Coolest thing ever!

I also really love the picture of the plant nucleus. It is so gorgeous. Would it be too nerdy to say I want a print of that on my wall?
x_dryad: (bedhead)
Apparently having never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a crime against humanity or something. Or at least that's what Fred's reaction to my never having seen it seemed like.

ANYWAYS so there is going to be a screening of it this Saturday at midnight if anyone wants to come along. I'm told costumes are required. Which means I need a costumes. But I've never seen the movie. So people who know the film and everything, who should I be?
x_dryad: (more serious | hair on the shoulder)
So, I go out to my car to go to mass and what do I find but a wind up handle (like one finds on a toy but bigger and made out of cardboard and covered in glitter) sicking on to the back windshield.

I feel the unexplained urge to quote my father: "Remember Calliope, it's a car, not a toy."

So anyone want to come clean?
x_dryad: (biting nails)
So even though we had that brief foray into the season of winter, it's still autumn.

To celebrate this amazing and beautiful season, would anyone like to go apple picking with me this weekend? Get outside, breathe the crisp air, get some delicious apples, maybe some cider and donuts? And when we come back there might be a reward of pie!

Who's in? This totally extends to everyone, especially those of you reading this from the city. Get yourself away from some of that dirty city air and into the relatively cleaner country.
x_dryad: (relaxed sunshine content)
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, after Spring of course. The air is crisp and clean, and the trees begin to turn colors. Of course when one examines why this phenomenon occurs it could be viewed as a sad event. All the same, the trees are their most glorious all dressed up for a final moment of grandeur before the fury of winter sets in.

Which makes now a prime time to explore the forests and to talk with the trees. Which, okay coming from me would be like a someone who can fly saying "oh hey today is a perfect day for an aerial view of the grounds." But even before I got my powers I talked with the trees. They just have this wisdom and knowledge built up through the ages that radiates out. An aura if you will. Each tree has a unique personality, which can be felt and experienced.

So before you all think that I've finally flipped and gone completely cuckoo, I found an article that explains how to do this. So if I'm crazy, at least I'm not the only one right?
x_dryad: (singing)
Yay first day of classes!!!!

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!!
x_dryad: (Deep in thought)
A few months ago, I was told I couldn't understand something because my powers are not destructive. I'm not super strong, I can't fly at fast speeds or at all, I can't hurt people with my mind, light them on fire, or do a bunch of things that people here can.

I grow plants. Which, I mean I guess could pose some potential damage if I lost control. I mean, I did kill a bunch when I was sick. And if I sped up growth a lot it could cause damage. Or I could cover people in poison ivy or tie them up with vines. But I mean I wouldn't do that. And even then people could probably cut through them easily. Each power poses its own problems though, some more grave than others. Compared to many, mine aren't that bad.

So I guess they were right, I'm not very destructive or powerful.

And this got me thinking. Many people here and elsewhere have problems that pose significant problems. They have to go through training to make sure that they don't hurt people. To make sure that they can control their powers for safety reasons. That's one of the main purposes of this place right? To help those mutants who need training in their powers.

But I'm not like that. I wasn't really like that. But that's another story.

Then I asked myself "What does it mean to be a mutant?" I always thought I knew. I grew up knowing I was a mutant and looking like one. I thought I understood the struggles associated with being a mutant. Which was really presumptuous of me. Coming here really opened my eyes, being exposed to a wide variety of people with different powers. I knew that such powers existed, but I hadn't had much of a chance to interact with them.

I told myself this didn't matter, that we are all mutants. We're all in the same boat.

Then two weeks ago I put Julian in a coma. For the first time in my life I experienced what it was like to hurt people with my powers. It was only through touch, but if any of you have ever met me I'm a very touchy feely person. So I knew how much I had to change.

I was scared. I didn't want to hurt people. But I had and I could. And as much as I hated it, it opened my eyes. I realized that even though I knew I was a mutant, I never really experienced the same things that so many of you have. I was incredibly lucky. I know. My parents were both mutants, and my dad's family accepts and loves us. I never hurt anyone, nor was I ever really in danger of doing so. Compared to a lot of people, I was a mutant in looks and name only. I lacked the insight and experience to know what it's like for so many mutants.

Now I do. I think. I don't have to live with it daily like so many people do. Someone told me I was lucky for that, and I guess I am. A part of me feels guilty. Guilty that I'm one of the lucky ones. That I don't have to really worry about hurting people. But that same person who told me I was lucky told me that they envied me because what I was experiencing would go away.

I swear I have a point, and I'm coming to it. I used to think that I knew what it meant to be a mutant. After all, I can't pass for a normal person so this had to be what it was like. When I received Miss Marie's powers, I was shown the error of my ways. But being a mutant isn't about how different we may or may not look, or how destructive you can be. I don't know what it's about, but I maybe it's about those experiences that can't be put in a box. That we can't always define.

We're all different, and maybe that's what we have in common.
x_dryad: (scared)
Can everyone do me a favor please? If you see me please don't touch me. I'll take care to remember that as well, but it's going to be difficult to adjust for awhile.

And if you don't see me, don't worry. I promise to have my cellphone on me at all times.

Edit: And I have no more Nutella. Great. How do I not remember eating an entire jar the size of my head?
x_dryad: (arms over head)
So my art history professor told me about this really cool sounding exhibition that's at the MoMA right now. It's a mutant artist who turns sand into glass sculptures, as well as doing some more traditional paintings. The reviews I've read make it sound really good. It's going to be around for the rest of the summer, and while I'm not an art aficionado I think I'll try to see it.

Just putting this out there in case anyone's interested.
x_dryad: (Laughing)
So that Angel Food cake in the kitchen with the strawberries and strawberry sauce?

It's for Ms. Marie's birthday!

Happy Birthday Ms. Marie!

(And to my other teachers: I swear I didn't just make a cake to procrastinate writing your papers and doing homework. Mostly.)
x_dryad: (Laughing)
I did it!

I am completely DONE with AP exams! I survived them all! I won't find out my grades until July! But even if I don't get all 5s I SURVIVED! And they were torture (I will be the happiest person in the world if I never have to write another DBQ ever again!) but not as bad as I expected. Except for Physics, I do not wish that on anyone.

And even though school isn't out, I feel like the worst is behind me. Just a few more papers and a physics project to complete and I'm DONE!

Hmmm a hovercraft or science in science fiction? Or do I be lazy and combine a physics project with art and see if I can do one for the two? Decisions, decisions.
x_dryad: (sad or thinking)

Can we just like fast forward to like two or three weeks from now? That would be totally amazing.


Earth Day!

Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:06 am
x_dryad: (Holding Plant)
Happy Earth Day!

I encourage everyone to learn more about conservation and sustainability today. If you haven't a clue as to where to start I have a ton of websites and blogs dealing with that subject. And it doesn't have to be like super drastic things like moving out into the woods and creating a self-sustaining, zero-waste, commune, but really little things.

Because we should all love and respect our Earth. It's our home, and not just our home but the homes of all the plants and animals and our children and our children's children and so on and so forth. It's the only one we have too. There may be planets out there with a similar ability to sustain life, but we can't get to them yet. And the Earth is so beautiful and fragile and we're the ones who can help her.

So yes. Earth Day. This weekend there's a celebration at Grand Central station. So take some time to make some changes and continue with them. Because we should celebrate our earth every day.


Apr. 21st, 2009 11:59 am
x_dryad: (Laughing)
Attention all:

As an experiment I made brownies last night. And because I wasn't thrilled with the idea of making normal brownies, I decided to put something extra in them.

If you can guess what it is you win... something. Oh! You get to request I bake something for you! Or whatever.

And yes Kyle, they are made with carob so you can eat them.
x_dryad: (Wide bright smile)
Happy Easter everyone!!!

I hope everyone had a good weekend, what with Passover and Easter and the full moon and all that. Dad was in the city so I was able to see him and do all of our crazy Easter celebrations together. I ate so much chocolate it's incredible that I can still move, and that I still have a ton left!! So I'm going to force it upon everyone, which I know will totally be hard to convince most people to eat good European chocolate. I don't know how you all will manage.

Also! Exciting for those who can't/don't eat chocolate. Dad brought some of this AMAZING carob powder from home. It is seriously the best stuff I've ever eaten. Expect some delicious carob brownies in the near future.

What else? Dad and I started planning our trip for my birthday/entire month of August this year. We couldn't decided where to go and stay so we're going to be backpacking around the Pacific Rim. Not every country, but a lot of them. Which will be incredible.

OH! I almost forgot! Since you know Easter lasts for 50 days I was thinking of trying to do an egg hunt around the grounds. Since you know technically we can still do it. And egg hunts are amazingly fun. Anyone up for one?
x_dryad: (arms over head)
Hey guys! Hard to believe but the play is here! "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens THIS THURSDAY! And runs through Sunday. Shows start at 7pm on all days but Sunday where we have a 2pm matinee.

Everyone should come because we've worked really hard and the play is really good. Let one of the actors/crew know when you want us to hold tickets for and how many.

So who's coming?

Earth Hour

Mar. 28th, 2009 10:08 am
x_dryad: (Wide bright smile)
It's Earth Hour 2009 today guys! At 8:30pm to be exact.

So at that time I'm encouraging everyone to turn off all non-essential lights electronic appliances for one hour. Why? Well the aim, for everyone who isn't quite sure of the purpose of this event, is to promote awareness on the actions we need to take against climate change. Obviously more needs to be done, but every little bit makes a difference.

And I have candles and boardgames if anyone wants to join. And it's only an hour, so it'll pass quickly. Besides candlelight is so pretty.
x_dryad: (lipgloss makes me happy)
It's 3/3/09!

It's square root day! One of the nine times this century when the month and date are the square root of the year.

And next Saturday is Pi Day! I know I'm excited.

I should maybe lay off the math for a little bit.
x_dryad: (Lounging | Asleep)
I'm exhausted. No more three part harmonies for at least a week please.

What does one wear on a date? I have no idea.
x_dryad: (relaxed sunshine content)
I hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day doing whatever it is everyone did.

Anyways I still have a ton of cookies and chocolate/carobs left from all my gifts so if you didn't get enough please please please come get more.
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