Rose Parade 2014!

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All of the most salvageable pictures I took. They aren’t that great because I had to crop out people’s heads and it was all with my iPhone, but I did my best to fix them up.


A Formal Introduction

I believe I have been writing on this blog for almost a week now, and I have yet to tell you who I am or what I’m even doing here, so that’s what this post is about.

My name is CJ, and I am a sophomore in high school.  I play the cello (as you can see from my URL), and I hope to make a career out of it.  I enjoy just about anything excluding crazy rollercoasters, horror movies, haunted houses, and illegal stuff.  Reading, writing, hiking, and playing my cello are at the top of my favorites list, though.  I am currently learning how to play the piano, how to speak Spanish, and how to get over some horrible stage fright.


I’ve been trying to keep a regular journal since I was in kindergarten.  I’ve written in one on and off throughout the years, but now I’m starting to think that a blog would be better for me.  It’s public, which may help me with my stage fright (I’m not sure how, but I hope it does), and I love technology.  It’s like an online journal.  It’s a place where I can talk about my feelings and what’s happening in my life without being judged, and I wouldn’t feel so bad if I went a couple of weeks without posting anything.  Not only that, I can vent about all of my frustrations to strangers, so the odds of what I say getting back to anyone are slim.  Also, a blog is fun!  I actually started to get back into blogging after I caught up with BBC’s Sherlockso I think this sudden interesting in blogging again stemmed from John Watson’s blog.

As far as topics go, I’m not quite sure yet.  It could range from all of my theories on how Sherlock survived the fall to linking some of my recordings on Soundcloud for you guys to listen to, to talking about my feelings and whatever drama high school decides to bring me (I hope that one will not be frequent).

I think if this blog is successful for a year, I will probably jump for joy, brag about it for months, and then keep writing for another year, and perhaps another.  Keeping up with a regular posting schedule would be a huge accomplishment for me, since I tend to be flaky about those things unless it’s for a grade or for advancing my music career.

Wish me the best of luck!


Quick Note

I just merged one of my blogs, Photography and Fandoms, with this blog, A Personal Blog.  This is mostly because I liked where this blog was going, and I sort of abandoned Photography and Fandoms.  Some of the old posts will appear before my introduction post, “Here Goes Nothing.”  Sorry if it’s a little weird, but I didn’t want to lose those posts forever when I delete Photography and Fandoms.

The Rose Parade!

This morning, as many of you know, the Rose Parade made it’s way down Colorado Boulevard this New Year’s day, and I had the fortune of seeing it. Luckily, I didn’t have to camp out on a sidewalk all night (we bought tickets in the grandstands), but it was still cramped shoulder to shoulder on the bleachers.

Despite being in one of the back rows, I had a spectacular view of all of the floats, marching bands, and other groups of people who paraded through Pasadena. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and through this I have developed a new appreciation for marching bands. Imagine having to walk five miles and play an instrument for most of that time!

I plan on posting the pictures sometime tomorrow or Friday, as soon as I weed out the duds and edit the ones that were salvageable.  The floats were truly amazing, and I think all of them deserved an award.  Funny thing about the awards, a lot of them all generally mean the same thing: they arranged the colors and the flowers nicely and it looks pretty.  Some of the other awards were more diverse.  There was a humorous float award, an innovative float award (which, ironically, broke down in the middle of the parade), president’s choice award, and others.

I think what I’m taking away from all of this is that I’m glad I play a stringed instrument.  We don’t march.

Just kidding, I’m a little deeper than that.

My parents don’t really like crowds, and that’s always been difficult for me because I love being in the thick of things.  I love the city, malls, shopping, anything to get out of the house really.  I love noise.  I think this is why I probably got more good memories out of this whole experience, this trip to LA, than my parents.  They spent a lot of time complaining about the crowds and the noise, and missing out on having a good time, creating memories, and simply going with the flow.  I do love my parents, but sometimes they’re downers.

That about wraps up this first day of 2014.  Seeing the parade was a great start to what promises to be a great year.

Oh, and I’m adding to my New Year’s Resolution list.

4.  Learn how to play the piano.  This is essential if I want to be a professional musician, right?  Well, that’s at least what I’ve always heard.  I’ve been teaching myself here and there, and I got a full keyboard for Christmas, so now seems to be the best time to start learning.

New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year, my followers! 2014 is almost upon us, so I decided to make some resolutions. I don’t typically make these, and if I do I never go through with them; but maybe this year will be different.

1. Keep this blog up and running. I think writing a blog will be good for me, a sort if permanent routine thing. I don’t really have that now besides school. Not only that, but I’ll get more comfortable with publishing my writing and such.
2. Keep straight As in school. This is one I have every year. Haven’t quite succeeded these past few years, but this school year has been one of my easier years, so maybe I have a hope!
3. Be kinder to myself. This past year I’ve been really hard on myself, from how I look to my schoolwork to just everyday things, and I’m not happy about it. I’m a perfectionist, so this one will probably be the hardest for me, but it’s a goal I plan to follow through on nonetheless.

So that’s about it, really. I imagine this list will grow and change throughout the year as I grow and change, but this is all I have so far.
Comment your New Year’s Resolutions!