Minna's pictorial diary.
L.A. is a feeling. Read More »
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I love this, I love this, I love this. Read More »
I had a special visitor this week. Read More »
This is going to sound crazy but… I LOVE THE SUMMER. You guys are all having good times, my friends and I are having a good time – there are just such good vibes EVERYWHERE. Please can September just never arrive!
Enjoy the rest of the summer everyone!
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I started school today.
Such a great set of diary entries this week. I especially liked Katherine’s. That sounds so insanely fun!
In response to Katherine: It’s funny how there are those moments or experiences that change everything.
I remember coming home from my first visit to the college I’ll be starting in the fall. I had found my people, so to speak. They had stories and thoughts and looked at me like I meant something, too.
I remember sitting next to the window on the train, eating avocado sushi from the co-op, drinking from an old-fashioned glass bottle of Orangina. I felt so removed from myself, I was almost shaking. I hadn’t yet clicked back into my old self, that costume.
I kept looking at myself in the window – my hair was sticking up from a long night of being held and sitting on a warm roof.
I was thinking: Everything is different.
Can that feeling be sustained? I guess I’ll find out in a few weeks.
Katherine your entry was really top notch today! I feel like I know exactly the feeling and experience you are describing, but I haven’t felt it for a long time. Places like the W Hotel make me feel really itchy and super anxious…
Quirks of Blazoning Pens
aw katherine your diary makes me want to cry. happiness is so beautiful and I love how you described our crazy sleepover night and your week and rookie! I know what you mean about feeling a part of the community.
and dylan, so glad you enjoyed LA this time around. time can be weird and it’s interesting how you experienced the city in a different way this time around.
ruby you are the sweetest.
Katherine, your piece made me bawl. And then like, glow with joy. And then send it to four of my friends. And then glow with joy some more. Thank you.
This was basically my exact reaction as well.
Me too. I’m about to ride off to work bawling. Katherine, I’m so happy for you!
Katherine, that story was literally everything I wish I could have in a teenage adventure. I wish I knew people who were up to doing such crazy shenanigans and having a BLAST doing it.
Don’t worry about not having a first kiss story because when your time comes it will be worth waiting for!
“I brush my teeth, I swear!”
^ Best line.
literally the best thing ever.
I go for all the teams from all the places because its more fun that way and it makes me feel all the feelings.
Like its so great that we all come together for an event and share culture, particularly the one of the host country. But its sad that some countries have so few athletes because their government doesn’t even really afford to keep its people alive and healthy, let alone invest in sport. And it’s both inspiring and heart wrenching that people dedicate their entire lives to this thing that just may or may not pan out on the day. But mostly it gives me so much hope that the world can come together for a while and create an event which is so spirited and happy and united rather than sad. The glory and the dissappointment and the just getting there and the Mr Bean in the opening ceremony. ALL the feelings.
That said, yayyyy Australia!
also all the entries were really nice this week. I wanted to say that but got distracted by THE OLYMPICS
way 2 make me cry sis xoxo ur smelly brother
Katherine just screamed @ that
Hooray for the Stephen Fry reference!
Everyone should read ‘Moab is my washpot’ it is a brilliant book filled!
I love the Olympics so much! That opening ceremony was pretty amazing.. my favorite part was definitely Rowan Atkinson’s bit!! Oh and that 100 ft Voldemort haha. My only complaint was that huge creepy baby thing… heehe :)
Oh and also I’ve stayed at the W hotel… the whole place feels like a giant dance club! The lobby is all dark and the only source of light is from the garishly neon colored light fixtures!
“…my love is difficult to collect and organize, all over the place like glitter that’s hard to sweep up.”
THIS TOTALLY RESONATES.
Such great entries… <3
This is so sweet!
Also, Buenos Aires makes me think of my new favorite song (and fervent obsession):
idk bout u guys but i cant access the last article. the one that comes out 11pm EST? isnt it midnight there already?
Try this link? http://rookiemag.com/2012/08/ltbte-audiobooks/
Ian Thorpe. Represent.
Katherine your piece was beautiful. You completely captured the essence of love and happiness and … living! I haven’t felt that sense of absolute happiness and comfort in a while, but this article really reminded me that it’s out there. That was probably my favorite piece on Rookie, ever. Thank you so much!
Aaaah this is all so amazing! I love summer, i love sun, i love meeting interessting people, i love reading rookie and i’m freaking out because i’m gonna go on holiday later on today! Katherine basically sum up all of my feelings and made me even more happy! <– don't know if that made sense or not BUT I'M JUST SO FREAKIN HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!!
yay olympics!! Rowan Atkinson was awesome as ever, just makes me proud to be British!
Naomi. You are the greatest.
Katherine, I just wanted to say that I think your piece is amazing. It felt like I was there. Thank you for sharing it :) (And A+ for the Stephen Fry reference!)
Minna your illustration this week-!!!!!! 8D
KATHERINE I know that exact feeling! I wish I’d been able to go to a rookie event though :’( for me I feel like that when I get to meet people that I get, and that get me – when I feel like I fit in with them for once and don’t feel all awkward and self conscious and bleh… hope I find that once I get to college cause I certainly won’t in my high school. So jealous of you and just wanted to say you are so awesome :)
I’m a floaty pro, it’s not a big deal. KATHERINE I would have done anything 4 u to come on that trip (kidnapping, bribery, etc) so I’m glad that you got to come because otherwise…WTF WTF I can’t even think about OTHERWISE.
it was an amazing race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_m5VQnXBg0
the ability to be happy is lifegiving. I’m glad you and Dylan got to hang together in LA and SF!!! sounds divine
Ruby, hey!Bumpa, gooosh, love it!
How little things can make you smile, it’s so magical.
I love being with my grandparents and talk with them about history and stuff.
when’ll you be back from camp?I kinda miss your posts on your blogggg
Katherine! Oh my god, I am a freak, I almost added you as a friend on Facebook because I couldn’t think of any other way to tell you how MUCH I loved your entry. Then I realized I could just comment on the post. Okay, I went on a trip recently and I couldn’t quite put it into words how I felt, and wow your words just work so much better. I am smiling and inspired and hey, I might still add you as a friend on Facebook. Thank you! :)
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The premiere of a Radiator Hospital music video, directed by Allyssa.
Why I quit doing poetry slams.
I felt defeated. Then I focused on my strengths.
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We premiere her new song and talk about cheerleading, etc.
A day in the (after)life of a ghost.
Can’t you just see yourself in these sunnies?