November 30, 2010

Sweet potato.

My English class was more subdued today than it has been in the recent past. Perhaps it was the gloomy weather taking effect upon our dispositions. I was nearly lulled to sleep by the woman narrator reading aloud The Awakening. Listening to a book with an audio tape immediately transported me back to days in elementary school when my class would sit in the secluded shutter room, imagining the scenery depicted in The Cay and The Island of the Blue Dolphins.

The further along we get in The Awakening, the more I like it. Our teacher said that the author, Kate Chopin, did not waste any words; every passage is significant. And so I constantly am looking for the story beneath the surface when reading. At the beginning and end of the period respectively, The New Girl and Annoyingly Talkative gave power point presentations regarding any aspect of The Red Badge of Courage, (for instance, the famous Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady, or The Civil War in general) for extra credit. Sadly, neither presentation was interesting nor fully informative. The former tried to get to cutesy with word art to the point where it was quite illegible and the latter most likely directly copied and pasted from Wikipedia.

I plan to create my own power point this week about the author, Stephen Crane. I can't say I'm looking forward to getting up and talking in front of the class, though. I worry it'd feel like a waste of time, talking to people who probably couldn't care less. I also -- irrationally -- worry people think I'm a snob. To try to counter this, I'm starting to take a back seat to discussions and let others try to answer the questions for once.

After school I went to chess club with my Senior Boyz, which is the affectionate title I've given to the group of senior guys (Zack, Kyle and Robert) that I hang out with on almost daily basis, especially in the mornings. Zack beat me in one match, but then I redeemed myself against a newcomer to the club, James. Good times.

Yet again, history booknotes are beckoning me to work on them. But I don't wannnnnaaaaa.

November 29, 2010

A cast of characters.

I'm not really sure how to preface this. I know for the majority of this school year I've shied away from talking about my grades and classes. Actually, scratch that. I've complained almost non-stop about the trials and tribulations of junior year. You must be getting sick of it. I suppose what I meant to say was that I've never really gone into specifics. I never talked about Academic Team practices and matches that occurred on a bi-weekly basis, nor how thanks to AICE Biology, I over analyze simple processes, like taking medicine. I think about how if I drink more water when I take aspirin, it'll absorb into my blood faster and therefore be more efficient and how pain is really all in the head so do I really need aspirin? It's quite annoying, actually.

I also have not written about my English class. I often find myself the passive observer to the madness that ensues during this class. I don't particularly mind this because sometimes eavesdropping on conversations is more fun. It certainly is easier; no pressure on my part to contribute. If you think it's rude of me to do so, you might also say it's rude for my classmates to talk with their outside voices whilst inside. Especially this one kid, (referred to below as Obnoxious Jerk) who really thinks he's the bee's knees.

This is the one class I have without any good friends. In fact, it is the first class I've shared with several people that I had only heard rumor of or seen briefly in the halls. So I guess it's a chance to get to know them better...

I sit in the middle row towards the back. To my left are Hipster One and Hipster Two, Cheerleader One and Cheerleader Two, Crazy Girl, Quiet Kid, Boyfriend of a Friend (BoaF, for short), and Mr. Thin as a Rail. In front of me in my row are Artist, Worker Bee, and The New Girl. Directly behind me is Pack Mule. (That's not meant as an insult, she seriously carries a lot of stuff like a pack mule would.) To my right are Ask-A-Lot, Swimmer, Cute Outfit Girl, Obnoxious Jerk, Video Game Enthusiast, One Dimension, Extremely Long Winded and Descriptive When She Writes, Future Actress, Football Star, Miss Priss and, last but not least, Annoyingly Talkative.

I find it rather disheartening that nearly everyone, save my row, cheats during the weekly vocabulary tests. I just don't understand why. Who doesn't know what "subtle" means by 11th grade? It also bothers me when Hipster Two will be texting the entirety of the class. She tries to hide it in her purse atop her desk, but honestly, who does she think she is fooling? I guess I find it extra aggravating because I can see it out of the corner of my eye when I'm just trying to watch something on the projector.

But I digress.

Ah, history booknotes are calling my name, regrettably.

November 26, 2010

Thank you.

Yeah, I forgot to give my hand-turkey wings.
It happens.
Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday, everyone!
I am thankful for just about everything.
Except for football constantly being on TV.
That, my friends, I could live without.
Still, I'm glad my brothers are home.

November 21, 2010

My heart is like a marching band.

I've had a somewhat eventful week.

Aniesa's birthday scavenger hunt on Wednesday was not as epic as I would've hoped, but she loved it nonetheless. The hunt concluded with various gifts from friends. My gift to her was a pretty cross/Bible locket and Butterfingers, her favorite candy. I figured she'd appreciate the locket because she is heavily involved with her Church youth group and since I usually wear "the coolest" necklaces, (according to friends and her, haha) that she would think of me when she wore it.
I finally finished my most recent art project: a creative color wheel and an album cover on a record! I chose to do the latter for my favorite band at the moment, Freelance Whales.
I went and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 with Puja, Aniesa, Regina, Andrea and Zach yesterday afternoon!! It was such an amazing film! We went to Coldstone creamery afterward, where a cute boy proceeded to take my order and make me a delicious smoothie. Then my friends and I took pictures and everyone left, except Regina, who I was giving a ride home. Her and I went to Books-A-Million and talked about life. (And, just to clarify, I'm wearing white tights in the picture below. I'm not that ghostly pale, thank you very much!)
I have school tomorrow. Gross. At least it's only for two days?

November 14, 2010

Takin' care of business.

Is it really Sunday? Do I actually have school tomorrow? Having Thursday off as a holiday (Happy Veteran's Day?) but then still having school Friday has messed with my internal clock somehow. Oh, and Daylight Savings Time has been tripping me up, too. Strangely, I miss it being dark outside when I wake up at 7 a.m.

Bad news aside, I've been pretty content with my life. I'm looking forward to seeing both my brothers next week and generally just enjoying a proper break off from school. None of this on a day, off a day crap.
This, my dear friends, is a zentangle I made. As you can see, I drew a design in one section and have now sent it along to the lovely Aren in a package filled with other goodies. I was wondering, though, how many other bloggers would like to fill in a section? Please e-mail me at if you are and we can sort out the details! I think this could be awesome.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go plan an epic scavenger hunt for Aniesa's birthday. Catch you cool cats on the flip side.

November 07, 2010

Time is fleeting.

Here are some photos I've taken and then neglected to share.
The rest of these are from my very first photoshoot ever! They feature the lovely Annie.

I hope everyone is well.

November 03, 2010

Robots in disguise.

Happy Halloween, (retroactively)!

Nikki's birthday is November 1st so for the past several years we've hung out/celebrated together. Last year we went and saw Paranormal Activity together. It might've made perfect sense to go see the sequel this year, but instead, I threw her an awesome Transfomers-themed party complete with an Optimus Prime cake (that I made and hand decorated, no less)... Optimus Prime pinata that she refused to bust open...
...along with Trasformers-themed plates, napkins, noisemakers, cups...
...a Transformers tablecloth...
...and a Bumblebee light-up banner!
After all the excitement, we went trick-or-treating in her neighborhood. My candy haul was pretty bad this year. What gives!? Most popular candy received: Butterfinger.

Guess who gets to write an approximately four page analysis of Patrick Henry's famous speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses tomorrow in only 40 minutes? That's right; yours truly. I also have a math test and a physics lab due. Fan-freakin'-tastic.

P.S. I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Pretty much I have no idea what possessed me to think that I'd be capable of writing a 50,000 word novel. You guys know I'm stressed as it is. I'm so silly. But, you should let me know if you're doing it as well. We can become writing buddies!