Thursday, June 6, 2019

Last blog of the year


This is my last blog for the year! It is crazy to think finals start tomorrow and that the year is already over. I have one year left until I graduate and leave to go to college. It feels like it is all flying by. I have been really stressed lately, mainly over my term paper and finals of course. I hope I did good on my term paper and hope I finish out strong for this class. This class has taught me more than any other English class, and I am glad I took it, even with all the work that comes with it. My worst finals I get over with the first two days, thankfully. I am just stressed about Algebra, Chemistry, and Spanish. I have like an 89 for the year in those classes, besides Spanish which is an 85. I am hoping those will be the only B's I get for the whole year. I hope next year is less stressful than this year. They say Junior year is the worst year, and so far, everyone is right about it. I'm sure next years classes will not be as stressful, seeing I do not have to take history, Spanish, or a lab science, but the whole college situation will really stress me out. Applying and getting accepted or denied and picking the one place to go. It's all so scary. Anyway, this year has been good, and I hope everyone has a great year next year. :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Finals Week

Today is June 5th which means there are only 7 days left of school , but really only 1 more day of actual classes. Its weird to think that a year from today I will be graduating from high school and leaving this place for good. Before we even worry about that I have to focus on the next 4 days of finals. One of the only things I am looking forward to in the next couple of days is getting out early and being able to relax the rest of the days. June 12th flew here and now it is actually hitting me that junior year wasn't as bad as I created it to be and it made me open my eyes that this is the real world of school even though senior year I have two real classes. I am excited to finally say that I am a senior but also sad at the same time. Forever will I always remember junior year and especially this class and all the work I tried to do last minute sometimes. Junior year is close to over and close to being gone for good. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The month of June is nuts

Man, I thought that May was crazy with AP exams and Math MCAS? I was wrong. June is so busy. I have been job training every Saturday since the end of May. Towards the end of May, I was dreading June just as I was dreading May at the end of April. May is definitely the month for dinners and awards nights, but June is just chaos. This Saturday, the annual Harvest Triathlon will be held at Tihonet and I am volunteering there. On June 15th, it is my brother Owen's 9th birthday! Then Father's day is the following day. My class' biggest fundraiser is the annual car wash we hold in June and this year it is on the 15th. I then leave a bit early to go to work and then I have a birthday party to attend. Also, almost forgot, my sister's graduation is this Friday! Yikes. The senior scholarship night is also this week. Anyways, June 16th I'm volunteering at a DECA event which I am getting Honor Society hours for. The event is the Scotty Monteiro Golf Tournament. I have never volunteered for this before, but I am sure it will be a lot of fun. I feel like I always say this, but jeez, just gotta make it through this month. Heck, through the rest of this school year. It's so close!

Driving

I can't wait to get my licence in October. Along with the excitement comes a lot of responsibility. I have never really thought about it before, but I have recently realized that having a car and licence is literally the definition of freedom. You can do so much, it's just a crazy thought to me. Even though my birthday was in March, I decided to take my drivers ed book course over the summer in July because I felt that the school year was too busy and a hassle for my mom. It's is only for a bout three weeks and it is three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am-12pm. I work at Nana's, a candy shop by Onset Beach and drivers ed is very convenient for me since the shop opens at 12 in the summer. I would only be losing an hour of work versus 3 or 4 hours if I were working somewhere else. To complete drivers ed, there is a minimum of 12 driving hours with an instructor. I am planning to do 8 of the hours over the summer on my off days and do two hours in September and 2 hours in October when my drivers test is approaching. I thought it would be a good idea to have a few instructions before taking my road test just in case I make any mistakes that would be held against me on my road test. If I do everything right, I should get my licence on October 26th. I will be really excited when I get my license, but for now I have my permit. Stay off the roads!

The Dark

I am still really scared of the dark for some reason. Like, when I shut off the lights (I'm sure a lot of people do this), I bolt up the stairs even if it's 1:00 in the morning and people are sound asleep. I always try to be a man about it but I am just a scaredy cat. I thoroughly enjoy horror movies and I don't get really scared from them, in fact, I am intrigued by them. It's always been a childhood thing, though. I am not really scared of many scary, entity-like things but I think I am just scared of what could be lurking in the dark. I also think it's just that I am scared because I can't see anything and therefore do not have control over the situation. My younger brothers are not even scared of the dark that much and I feel like that is saying a lot about me. But it's weird though because sometimes it'll be like 12:30 am and I'll be walking up to bed. I would just be so done and I'd walk everywhere without turning on the lights or my phone flashlight. "Whatever's out there, please just take me." Like, that is literally what I would think. Other times I would be really absorbed by my work or something else that I'd say to myself that if something is there, I'd let it get me because I don't really care anymore. Anyone else feel like that?

Camp Sunshine

Another thing I am looking forward to this summer is my trip to Camp Sunshine. I learned about Camp Sunshine through my sister through Key Club and other upperclassmen who have attended. I am going to the Labor Day session so I think I will miss the first day of school this coming year. So, Camp Sunshine is a camp in Casco Maine that is basically a retreat for families with kids who have terminal and life-threatening illnesses. There are camp counselors, kayaking, arts and crafts, campfire singing, outdoor games, swimming, and much more. I've heard from many people that volunteering at Camp Sunshine is the best thing they have ever done. You meet families with amazing children and you make unforgettable memories. I am so excited to volunteer this Labor Day weekend because it is truly something like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although there are February sessions and other sessions year round, you do not get many opportunities like this. You can volunteer as an adult and I plan to do that in my future when I am in college. Also, you make lasting friends at Camp Sunshine. The volunteers and people who work there to make the kids' experience 100% are truly amazing people. They reach out to you even when it is not Camp Sunshine season. I can't wait to see what it is like there and make many new friends with the kids there.

Summertime!

It's the moment we've all been waiting for. It's almost summer. Once the stress, pressure, and tension of exams and year 1 grades are all set, we can all take a breath. For me, I know that that breath will last until July when I finally decide to pick up a pencil or read a book again. Sometimes over the summer I'll have this irrational thought that I'll forget how to write or something. Also, am I the only one who thinks that their handwriting in the first few weeks of school are a bit more messy than usual? Or is that just my mind? Maybe. Anyway, I am excited for summer even though my schedule is still busy. It's run, lift weights, work, eat, sleep, repeat. I can't wait to hang out with friends and beach trips and day trips with my family. I have always loved the simple feeling of the summertime - the feeling of not really having a worry in the universe. I love sitting outside when the sun is setting and the landscape turns orange. The sky would be pink and my aunt would always say that a beautiful sunset indicated that the following day would be a warm, nice day. I love playing outside in the grass with my brothers while my dad cooks hotdogs, burgers, and steak tips on the grill. I love coming inside and eating potato salad. Man, I'm getting hungry just writing this.

Cross Country again next fall with ORR

This past fall I ran Cross Country with Old Rochester's team as an "unattached athlete" running "unattached" at races. Basically what that means is that I am not actually on the team and I didn't pay any fee (because I don't go to that school and all that jazz). I cannot score any points for their team and I am not considered my own team either. And no, I do not have to wear the ORR uniform thankfully (that's what I thought when I originally started). But anyways, I will practice with the team pretty much everyday after school and I will attend all of the meets including the SCC Meet (South Coast Conference). However, I can't compete in the Divisional State Meet unfortunately. I am not really sure why, but I think it has something to do with fees and it gets complicated. If I attend an invitational meet, Coach Gardner, my track coach, will give me money from our track fundraising stash to pay for my attendance for the race. Last year, I was really nervous about joining a team of girls from another school. I did not know any of them and they did not know me. They just knew me as a girl from Wareham, however, I made my mark on their team. On the 1st day of XC practice, Cindy who is their head coach had everyone run in groups to help with placement. I ended up being faster than all of the girls on the team (about 50 girls) except for one. In the middle of the season, Cindy moved me and the girl who's name is Emma, to run with a group of boys who would better suit our speed. My first time running a cross country race which is a 5k, I ran a 22:30. Emma ran a 21:30. My second meet I dropped down to a 21:48. I got down to a 22:35 at a conference meet in Fairhaven. On October 19th, I did something amazing that is unheard of. On the cool night of October 19th Barnstable Fairgrounds course, I ran a 20:57. My track coach was truly ecstatic when I texted him how I did since he couldn't make it to watch me run that night. Little did I know at the time, it was rare for a runner to break 21 minutes their first cross country season. I was shocked and even right after I crossed the finish line I broke into tears of happiness because it was something I never imagined doing. I was faster than all the seniors on ORR's team and I was ranked the 3rd fastest girl in the whole Cross Country Division 4 (I think it's division 4) in the state of Massachusetts. I was ranked one of the fastest girls in the SCC as well. With the end of the season nearing, Coach Gardner pushed to have me run at the state meet but it was no use because Wareham did not have a team. This year, Gardner pushed to have a cross country team at our school but declined interest lead to another year of me training with Old Rochester. I loved training with their team, but I was hoping I could run at states and gain recognition in the Standard Times SCC and run at Nike Cross Regionals. All of those things require a team, but those limits don't stop my dreams. Next fall I plan to train hard again over the summer to break 20 minutes in the 5k, I want to run 19 minutes and I believe I will next fall.

End of the year already?!

Seriously, what even happened in November? And December and February. This year went by so fast that it feels like a blur. When I was in middle school, I always felt like high school was another lifetime that would be like an eternity. But, I was definitely wrong. I am already halfway done with high school and I am going into my junior year. I remember being in 8th grade and thinking about how the rest of high school would go, I thought it would be so different. I was also wrong back then, in high school you just have to do the work, put in the effort, seek help, and it's almost over before you know it. It's kind of sad in a weird way. With my sister and cousin being seniors, there's all kinds of talk in the family about college and careers. I sort of feel like a baby because I'm still a sophomore, but at the same time I'm glad I'm still young because the idea of college and rejection letters and stuff is just terrifying. I'm glad I have time but that time is going to run out faster than any of us could imagine. Scary right? Like my dad always says, time flies when you're having fun. In terms of high school, I would change it to "time flies when you're stressing out and crying about exams". I mean, it's true. I think all of us would speak from experience....

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summertime and Why I Enjoy it

The beautiful season of summer is slowly approaching us yet again and I can't be more excited. There's nothing like spending a few hours on a beach laying in the sun with the sound of children screaming and playing around while you're getting a suntan. One thing my family likes to do during the summer is set up a fire in our outdoor fireplace and make roast marshmallows for smores. I looked inside our pantry in the kitchen and I saw one of those pans of popcorn that you put under a hot surface and wait until the popcorn pops inside. When I saw that along with a large unopened bag of marshmallows, I knew that the time was coming. There is something really nice about summer nights. It might be the sounds of crickets chirping or what the night sky looks like, with all the small, bright stars and the large moon shining down. It might also be the actual temperature too. That's also something that I really enjoy about the season of summer, the days are hot but the nights are cool, it's like you don't need a fan or an air conditioner. But then you remember that there are mosquitos that'll give you itchy bug bites.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Junior year closing

It's crazy to think that there is only about 8 days left of school, and barely even eight days because finals start next Friday. I remember writing a blog not to long go saying that there was only two months left of school, and now I am writing a blog about 8 days left. Junior year flew by, and the seniors are already out of the school which means us juniors are the seniors of the school. It's kind of sad that we only have one year left of high school, and then it's off to college. Before we even think about that we have to worry about finals in a couple of days, and finals are hard well at least I think they are a little tough for some classes.  I have to say that I am excited for summer because who doesn't enjoy being in the sun and hanging out with there friends while not worrying about school. One thing that I am excited for over the summer that has to do with school is getting my schedule at the end of August to see what my senior year is going to look like for classes and electives. Also, the excitement of volleyball being so close to starting, but also sad that it is my last year of playing. Junior year was a hard year but one I will never forget.

Memorial Day Weekend

So this weekend was a long weekend as you all know. For me this weekend was very busy but also very fun. On Friday night, my brother Ben was getting confirmed and after we had a very big party because we were also celebrating his birthday. Every 10 to 15 minutes a new person showed up, it was like once one left another one showed up. Then on Saturday I went on the boat for the first time this year. I was really excited because in my family boating has always been apart of our lives and it's a place where we just forget about everything else and just enjoy the time we are spending at the moment. We went fishing and my family actually caught five descent sized Striped Bass. Sunday was probably my favorite day during the weekend. I went to my friend Cece's beach house with our friend Ava and the weather was also very nice. We went to the beach and walked around a lot and then got Dairy Queen. I wish there was a Dairy Queen in Wareham because Dairy Queen in my opinion is my favorite ice cream type place just because they have blizzards. The weekend eventually came to an end on Monday and my family had a cookout and we just got ready to get back into the routine for school. This weekend I noticed that this school year is almost over we have less than two weeks for finals and summer is actually right around the corner.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Hat in Time: Queen Vanessa's Manor

Perhaps one of the most notorious levels in A Hat in Time; Queen Vanessa's manor. Most of the game is pretty careless- you play as a optimistic-nihilist child collecting pons(the currency of the game) and time pieces to power your spaceship to get back home.
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Most of the levels are pretty cartoonish: a bird film studio filled to the brim with avian puns, a mafia city with over-caricatured goons, a cat themed Japanese metro station, and a spooky forest full of exploding apples and haunted outhouses. And deep in the forest is where you run into Queen Vanessa's manor. 

As soon as you enter the manor the game goes from happy-go-lucky to some brainchild of Lovecraft and Steven King. The s indistinguishable black being with glowing red eyes chases you around the house until it catches you, killing you instantly. If she cant see you, she taunts you her chilling voice with lines like "I can smell you", "You're close by, aren't you?", and as soon as she sees you raid sirens start going off and the screen starts shaking and the color scheme changes to a dark red/purple. 

Just the soundtracks alone are about enough to summarize the difference between the rest of the levels(specifically this, this, this, and this) and this one.
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Ending the school year

We're only a little more then 2 weeks away from ending the school year. It's one of those moment when your feeling relieve that you don't have to do anymore of the school work but now have to step a foot forward into the real word. I'm excited of only having one more year in the school and becoming seniors, but then we're off to college. I feel as though it's a moment that we all wish for as we go through the four year in high school, but when it comes a part of you doesn't want to go on into the world. While being in high school you have the choice of doing as you please. Then as you continue on in life the sense of freedom slowly disappears then the increase of responsibilities os greater.

The New Addition (sorta)


My sister recently got a dog. She got to bring him home in March. His name is Charlie, he is four months old, and a golden doodle. He is super sweet and has grown so much in the past few months we have been with him. Even though my sister has her own house, he is an addition to the family since we constantly see them. Charlie has cute little white spots on his back paws, does not understand the concept of a Frisbee, and likes to steal your shoes if you leave them on the ground. Although he can be a pain at times, he is super sweet. He is learning that cuddling is nice. At first he hated it, and now he loves it. I almost don't even remember him as a small puppy anymore! Big dogs grow up way too fast. Below is a picture of him when my sister first got him, and the top picture is a recent picture :)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wrapping Things Up

As you know this year is coming to an end. Honestly, it is kind of sad so many different things have happened this year and it all felt like it went by in a course of 10 minutes.  I was thinking about it the other day but it felt like I was an 8th grader just yesterday but now I'm a sophomore almost a junior and soon going to be graduating high school. Time sure does fly when you are having fun. But the time from when I was an 8th grader to now is the time or even a little bit less to when I'm a senior and graduating high school. It's weird to think about teachers talking about finals and almost being on the last rotation in Wilson's class when I still feel like we are on the very first rotation and reading The Last of the Mohicans. Testing is finally done between english and math MCAS and all the AP exams everyone has took.  This year truly flew by and it's time to see where the next season takes us which is summer.

Almost a senior


After this week, we have 2 weeks of classes left before finals. 9 days of actual classes before finals start as of right now. This school year has gone by really fast, almost faster than any other year. I can't believe in a few more weeks, I will officially be a senior in high school. I feel like I was just a freshman yesterday. Along with the excitement of senior year, comes a lot of stress as well. Going to another prom, the question of going on a school trip, deciding what colleges I apply to, deciding what college I actually go to, and more. It is scary that in just a few more months when fall rolls around I will be applying to colleges and starting the whole process. I want to enjoy my senior year, but I also can't wait to leave and start a new chapter in my life, live in a different area, and meet new people. It's scary to think I am growing up, but I also can't wait either. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Good Horror vs Bad Horror

I almost never go to see horror movies. Its not that I don't like them, or don't like a good scare, but because they aren't that scary. They rely on momentary fear, like jump-scares and intense fights.
Its also part of the reason a lot of horror games like FNAF get a bad rep and others like Petscop, Doki Doki Literature Club, and Life is Strange got such good reps. Its because FNAF relies on "bad horror". Horror that just startles you for a second and then its gone. The other games rely on "good horror". Stuff that creeps you out and stays in your head. Doki Doki disguises itself as a innocent visual novel, so when you play it and the creepy stuff starts unraveling, its even creepier. And even though Life is Strange isn't exactly a horror game, it still haunts you after you play. This is also the reason The Twilight Zone as remained popular despite its age. And its especially noteworthy that some of its most popular episodes like "Eye of the Beholder", "Monsters are Due on Maple Street", "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", and "Time Enough at Last" only have one jump-scare between them (a very well placed one in "Nightmare at 20,000 feet"). A perfect example of all of this summed up is this comic by Shen (Bluechair). 

Wareham and its Love of Festivals

As I was going to school one morning, I realized something as I was going into Wareham Center. I saw a little sign planted in the middle of one of the sidewalks. It was a little graphic of an oyster shell with big eyes and lips drawn on it. On the top of the sign read the words "Oyster Festival." When I was near the school, the sign that's right next to the town hall also had a graphic for the Oyster Festival. This time, I actually saw the day when it was taking place: Saturday, May 26. As I saw both signs, it gave me the vivid memories I had when I used to go to the Oyster Festival every year. I can't remember the last time I've been to the Oyster Festival, but if I could bring back that tradition where I go every year, I definitely would.

The love of festivals that this town has is great. It shows that this town has a love of celebrating and having traditions. The Oyster Festival is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to festivals here. There's the Cranberry Festival, the Illumination Night that happens in Onset, and the Cape Verde Festival that also takes place in Onset. Not only are festivals a great way to bring the family together, but it's a nice way to take a few moments and just forget about life's problems as you listen to live music, enjoy some freshly cooked food, and look through different shopping items. They also take place when the weather is sunny, warm, and really nice. Festivals really are great.

Friday, May 17, 2019

My sister is going to Harvard...

      Last week my sister got a strange missed call with a Cambridge area code number. She decided to call it back, wondering if it may be Harvard. The Senior of Admissions answered the phone and invited her to a second interview to get to know her better! She was thrilled. The Harvard lady told her that her Alumni Interview went exceptionally well (she originally got wait-listed and received that interview). She had the second interview on Saturday, the day before mother's day.

     On Tuesday afternoon at 4:00, just three days after the interview, the mysterious Cambridge area code number called her again. She answered it and she was accepted!!! My family was ecstatic! My brother and I were at a track meet when it happened and we got the news from Jill, her friend. Everyone was so happy for her. I see how hard she works every single day and to see it pay off is truly amazing to witness and nonetheless inspiring to me. Words cannot describe how proud I am.

     Speaking of inspiring, many teachers and faculty members has expressed that since her acceptance, it has been so exciting that it feels as though we all got into Harvard. Renneanna is living proof that you do not need to attend private or charter schools in order to receive a "better education" or get into an Ivy League or big name school. Hard work, dedication, sports, volunteer work, and other activities are what really wow college admissions officers, not the type of school you attended. She's hoping to inspire the other kids at Wareham to see that they can be successful here and take advantage of the amazing things our school has to offer, despite the looming negativity that constantly plagues Wareham.
   
     After watching Harvard's virtual 360 degree tour multiple times on their website, we are hoping to drive over there this Sunday to see the campus. She is going to major in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Move over Avengers: Endgame because there is a new sheriff in town... or should I say, detective? On Friday, May 10th, the movie Pokemon: Detective Pikachu came out. This movie is based on the extremely loved video games made by Nintendo which originally came out in 1996 for the original Gameboy console. Throughout the years, there have been, among other things, different Pokemon animes, trading cards, and toys.

On February 3rd, 2016, Nintendo released a new Pokemon spin-off game entitled Detective Pikachu for the Nintendo 3DS. This game took a very different turn on the games that we all know and love. What you normally do in a Pokemon game is go around different worlds and catch different types of Pokemon which you can use to battle other trainers. The main goal of the game is to defeat the Elite Four, which is a group of highly skilled Pokemon trainers.

However, Detective Pikachu is more of a plot-based game. The game's protagonist is a Pikachu, who is an electric mouse Pokemon, that is also a super intelligent detective. Also, he can speak in perfectly good English, which is not common for other Pokemon who normally just say their names as a form of communication. The other protagonist is the person you actually play as, whose name is Tim Goodman. He finds the Pikachu and they slowly grow a friendship as fellow detectives.

Now, the fact that they released a full-length movie based on this game 3 years later is still astonishing to me. But the fact that the movie is really good is even more astonishing. That's right, I got a chance to see it on Friday and I genuinely enjoyed it. The CGI on the Pokemon was phenomenal, the chemistry that Tim and Pikachu had was lovable and probably the best part of the movie, the action involved in the movie was entertaining and the overall storytelling was great. It was a great movie and I would totally see it again if I had the opportunity.

One Test Down One To Go

Last Friday I had my first AP exam along with many others. I was really scared for it because it was for History and it ranges from exploration and settlement all the way to modern history. The week before the test and the week of I was studying like crazy doing a study guide every night to try and make sure I know the information or at least enough to pass the test. When we got into the testing room it felt very weird and to be honest it felt unprofessional like I thought it would. There were people walking into our testing room even though there was a sign out of no where and the surrounding classes were making noise and we were listening to a Spanish class singing the alphabet and then the morning show. Surprisingly, MCAS seemed more professional and more intimating than that AP test experience even though the AP test is a lot bigger. Hopefully on Wednesday when we all take this AP exam we all do our best and put our best effort into it because in the end that is all what matters.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Pushing Boundaries

I hate to sound like a pessimistic Holden Caulfield type, but my current generation is a bunch of phonies, however I don't think it is by choice. Something about the culture in which my generation is a part of seemed to have been given by the previous ones, for us to be petty, self obsessed, self conscious, unambitious, and cruel. Nobody interacts anymore, and I would have loved to be in the time where teenagers were always about going places, and having good wholesome fun, because that is where the heart lies. People I feel have lost touch with their own empathy, and have become bitter, tasteless, and overall just kind of terrible. People just don't care anymore. I sort of made it a goal to push the boundaries of being in the grade I am in, being in the time I am, because it is all I have, and where would any of us be without pushing boundaries? Without pushing boundaries there would be only one genre of music, there would only be one form of language or writing. Humans need to push the boundaries on everything, and we will do that eventually, but right now there is simply no ambition. I won't blame it on the current state of music, but I think that the answer lies somewhere around there. There is so much music being put out every day, and it all sounds the same. There is a time and a place for today's hip hop and rap sound, as there is a time and place for every sound, but one can only pray it will not be for much longer. Considering the huge amount of bland music coming out every day, people just don't really care that much about making anything good. Kids my age just soak it all in, it's like watching a baby with a rattle. I feel as though it is important to do things that others won't, I mean I just wrote a whole movie, and I had fun doing it. In today's world kids are only interested in staying in alone and intoxicating themselves with whatever drink or drug they can get their hands on. They don't even know what they are getting themselves into with those things. They don't see it now, but they will. That mentality is not only killing the people it involves, it is also killing the culture. That mentality is lowering the standards, making everything just good enough. This is making it almost to the point that having the ambition to push boundaries almost has no place in the culture today. Most people think that this generation is the future, but the way it is going there isn't going to be much change. It is a sad truth. But I have learned to cope with that, and be ambitious, stay away from the sea of peer pressure, and drinking and smoking, because it's just crazy talk. It is up to those with a clear mind, up to those with perfect perception of the world around them to change the future. I am happy to be able to do my part, I am proud to call myself ambitious.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Track Season

The season feels as if it had only been a couple weeks, with plenty of new memories. Such as me finally getting over 30 feet in shot, Coach K really just tried to get me really mad so I wouldn't over think about the throw. Surprisingly this had also helps me get my other PR in discus getting over 100 feet. The thing was, at the first couple of the meets I would get 99.2 then next meet 99.4 and 99.6. Then at our home meet against bourne I threw easily 108 feet then the kid who was in the field marking wasn't paying attention which led him to only mark it as 100.5. While not only I was able to make some new PRs I had also made some new friends at different schools which mostly was us yelling at the people who would mark wrong

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Power of the Endgame

On Friday, the 26th, I saw one of the biggest movies to ever be released. I saw Avengers: Endgame. I'm not going to be writing about the actual plot to the movie due to spoilers, instead, I am going to be talking about the impact of this movie and why it means so much to so many. It is the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU for short). The first movie to ever come out in the MCU was Iron Man back in 2008. Although it wasn't strange to see comic books be adapted into film (like The Dark Knight movie which was based on the Batman comics coming out in the same year), Iron Man was very special because of the fact that it introduced the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The next movie to come out was The Incredible Hulk a few months later, which introduced a brand new main character to the universe. Then there was Iron Man 2 which came out in 2010. This introduced another character that would be essential to the MCU, Black Widow. Then, there was Thor that came out in 2011 which also introduced Hawkeye. And last, but certainly not least, Captain America, who was introduced in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2012, the movie The Avengers came out, which brought all of the characters together to fight one big evil. It was something like nobody had seen before, different directors making individual movies for major characters and then bringing them together in the end.

Jump ahead a few years later, when the Guardians of the Galaxy movies came out and introduced a villain named Thanos. Although Thanos wasn't in the first Guardians movie for a very long time, he was shown, again, in a scene at the end of the credits of the second Avengers movie entitled Avengers: Age of Ultron. The scene showed him grabbing a giant golden glove called the Infinity Gauntlet. The actual conflict that fully involved Thanos was in the highly anticipated sequel to The Avengers entitled, Avengers: Infinity War, which came out in April of 2018.

Infinity War was what made people realize just how much of an impact these characters had. And we found out in one of the hardest ways possible: by watching them turn into dust. At the end of the movie, to everyone's surprise, Thanos actually won. It's so uncommon to see the antagonist win at the end of the movie, especially a comic book movie. And half of the array of characters turned into dust and basically died. One of the characters being Spiderman, one of the most iconic fictional characters of ALL TIME. This is what set up the next big movie, Avengers: Endgame.

To conclude all this, Endgame was such a huge movie event because it was the end to a major story created in the MCU. We as the viewers wanted to see how the Avengers manage to reverse Thanos' victory and get everyone that died back. But we also knew that that would come with the cost of some of the characters. This was the final movie in the Avengers franchise, which took over ten years to create, we were saying goodbye to these six great characters. The actual anticipation of the movie was something I was never going to forget. And although the MCU hasn't come to a stop yet (there is going to be a new Spiderman movie coming out in July), it's going to be different without Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Getting my Permit

Last week I got my permit since I was finally old enough to. I was very excited but also very scared to get my permit because of the permit test. I was studying for that permit test for three days straight using an app DMV genie to make sure I understood all the rules of the road. My mom dismissed me from school and we went to Plymouth where I would get my permit. When I got there I had to wait around 15 minutes before I could actually go and take the test. But before I took it, at the desk they took my picture and they actually made the permit before so when I took the test I had a number to put down. Thankfully, I passed the first time and I was super excited because now I can drive, so if I were you I would be extra careful while driving. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The End is Near


As the end of the year comes, life gets more and more stressful. Next year is senior year. I have to start thinking about things such as college and what I want to do. I know I want to be a school teacher. Pre-k through 2nd grade, specifically. I either want to go to college in Boston or somewhere in Western Massachusetts. My dream school being Boston University- they bought Wheelock college so their education program is really nice. I just need a change of scenery. I can't wait to start something new but I also don't want to rush my last year. Another thing stressing me out is tests. I am nervous for the SAT and both of my AP tests. I think the SAT is stupid, since it is one test that determines if a college accepts you or not. I hope I end this term with good grades since that is what colleges look at. A year from now though, all of this will be over and I will know what I am doing for the next 4 years of my life.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Thinking About College

Junior year is a tough year all around from not just the classes and the stress of SAT and AP testings, but also the thought of having to think about after high school in which is known as college. It is really stressful because most people don't know what they want to major in at college which is a huge part when deciding on where you want to go. I am having trouble with deciding what I want to major in an spend years learning about. I have three studies in mind which are criminal investigation or athletic training or physical therapy. They are all something I would enjoy learning about, but I don't know just yet which one I would have the best time doing. It's also hard trying to look at over a hundred different schools because there are so many to choose from and to look into that you get frustrated along with all the scholarships. I have been looking and right now I like SNHU, UNH, and URI. They are all really good out of state schools and have most of what I need. Also, two of them have strong dance teams which is also a large plus. Looking down the road t college is very scary, but also very exciting at the same time.

April Vacation

This past Sunday was the end of our spring vacation or as we call it April vacation. I think that this vacation felt like the longest one out of Christmas vacation and February vacation. The weather wasn't that nice, but some of the days where there was no rain the weather was beyond gorgeous with nice warm weather and bright sun. I didn't do many exciting things this vacation, but a lot of many different things like going to the movies or lacrosse games or going out with many friends. Even though it wasn't anything big like going away some where I still had a fun time, and didn't have to worry about getting up early or stressing over school or school work. I could just relax and enjoy the freedom. Until now we are back in school, and next up we have to wait for summer.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Outer Banks

During this April Vacation I have spend this past week in the Outer Banks, Nags Head North Carolina. My family had rented a huge house with three other family's which were my cousins. The weather was really nice it was in the high seventies and low eighties all week which I think is perfect weather. This week was very fun because not only did I spend time with ,my family but I saw a lot of things that I wouldn't see back home. For example, palm trees, pelicans, dolphins, tropical pigeons, and whales on an everyday basis. The environment here in the Outer Banks is very relaxing and calming, you never feel overwhelmed and there is always something to do; whether if its staying at the beach, going out for ice cream, going shopping, or even a run or bike ride. This was one of my favorite April Vacation's yet and hopefully it was the same for the rest of you.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Why Smash Bros Never Gets Old.

Most games, when they're released have a period where they're extremely popular, and then just sort of die. Super Smash Bros on the other hand almost always has a huge fan base. And its not only because there are multiple releases for it. Even with the five year hiatus between SSB4 and SSBU, it remained as popular as ever between those times. I think the reason it never gets old is because it has almost unlimited options, and you never truly master it. Take Fortnite for example: your options are usually shoot. move, pick up/change weapons, and heal. Smash bros has way more options, which chain into other options.
When grounded, your attack options are neutral special, forward special, down special, up special, jab, forward tilt, down tilt, up tilt, forwards smash, down smash, and up smash. You can also grab the opponent, which can be followed with pummels, and either a down throw, up throw, forward throw, or back throw, which are almost all unique to each character. And that is only the ground options: once you are in the air you can forward air, neutral air, back air, up air, and down air (often shortened to Fair, Nair, Bair, up air, and Dair), and if you have a character with a tether grab, you can also Zair, to space out your opponent, and some character's specials (usually down specials) change if they are in the air as opposed to on the ground. For defense, characters can roll in either direction, spot dodge, shield, perfect shield (if their timing is right), and if they are in the air they can air dodge. All of these can be chained and connected into each other, and they all 70-something characters have their own attacks, all slightly different. On top of this, most characters have some gimmicks, such as Roy's one-hit-kill that is almost impossible to hit, or Lucario's aura which makes him hit harder the more damage he's taken, or Peach and Daisy's ability to float, or Link's shield that absorbs any projectiles if he is standing still, to name a few.
Also, it is completely unique in its genre. It is the only large fighting game with a percentage based damage system, as opposed to health bars, which allows players with a huge disadvantage to come back.

April Vacation

This April Vacation I am going to the Outer Banks, in Nags Head North Carolina with my family. The house we are staying at is super nice and I'm really excited to go. This April Vacation I hope will be a fun one because I will also be spending my 16th birthday during this vacation. I'm really excited about this vacation nit just because I'm going to a new and different environment and atmosphere but because this is a week that I can spend with my family without anything else going on.  The weather is supposed to be really nice as well and I get to see some of my aunts and uncles and cousins I haven't seen for quite a long time during this week too.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Starting Projects With Friends

I enjoy being productive. I am a musician, I enjoy writing and drawing, and I enjoy all of that stuff. My favorite pastime is writing with friends, skits, and even a movie. My movie is my baby, and I started it with like 5 of my closest friends. Now the only ones to continuously write were me and one of my other friends, but we still get things done. In writing this huge project though we decided to start exploring other medias, and other ideas, which is a great thing. However in light of these new projects, we leave the others behind. We are always doing something with expression, mostly in the realm of comedy, but it is expression nonetheless, so it hurts when some projects get abandoned. I think it might be an issue with the attention spans of today's kids. We really don't have large attention spans, they have been diminished over the years, most likely due to the fast pace lives the cellular era has given us, but this proves an issue when trying to get things done. The movie may just be the only project we haven't completely abandoned, but it just hurts that we have so many great ideas left in the dust. They say never go into business with your friends, but I don't know why that is exactly, because in light of what I've learned, making simple ground rules works fine. Being able to work with your friends is great, you just have to make sure everybody is on task, or nothing is going to get done. It's been almost a whole year since we began the writing of the film. It's unfortunate that it has been so long, but that is just the way things have unfolded. While it is one thing that we can't get ourselves focused enough to do anything, we keep the same ideals in mind, we can't rush anything. If the movie takes another year so be it, but we just need to not worry about it. With pressure, your work, especially comedy, comes out unnatural and poorly done. This is a work of art (just believe me), and art takes time.Image result for Looney tunes gif

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Old Games are Better

I recently downloaded the 2002 game Metroid: Fusion on my 3DS, and have been rather addicted to it. As I was playing it, I couldn't help but notice how well it was made. Despite the low graphics, everything is extremely artistic and deceptive. And despite being able to count the pixels (Samus is 40 tall), everything is very carefully made so it looks way more HD than it is. Also it gives a reason for everything. Instead of saying "you jump on a Goomba, you get a coin, because reasons" like most modern games, it tells you why it heals you and why it drops; "The thing there is a parasite that vacated the monster you just killed. But you have a special medicine made from the parasite's natural enemy that not only allows you to be immune to the parasite, but benefit from it." he game also teaches you the mechanics instead of telling you how to use them. When you get the bombs, the game tells you how to access them, but doesn't tell you how to use them.  Just after the room where you get the bombs, there so exit, except for an out of place box. If you drop a bomb near it, it will open up a little hole in the floor to drop through and escape. After that, you come across a narrow passage that you cant jump in, but have to jump to get through. If you place a bomb under you, it will launch you up a small bit so you can get though the passage. And on top of this, perhaps the most important part, is the story. Its extremely immersive, and really get you to feel like a bounty hunter exploring a dangerous foreign environment. And the cutscenes give us some backstory to the game, and get us to know Samus better. One of them describer her old commander, Captain Malkovich, who she said always referred to her as "Lady", in a respectful way, and compares him to her new boss, Adam. She hints at how she doesn't like Adam as much, since he's too demanding. Instead of the respectful "Any objections, Lady?" after each mission briefing she gets a cold, calculated "Is the objective understood?" And later, we get a cutscene that proves her right.
The map is also very well constructed. There is never a straight path to the objective, there is always some little obstruction that makes you take a detour all the way around the map. And no matter how bad I am, I never get lost. For one level, I just wandered the map, and somehow ended up at the boss fight I was suppose to be at. And multiple times I thought I got trapped in a dead end, but after a bit of running around in the enclosed area, I find a little passage that I can get through, or find a wall I can break and roll through.
Modern games may have more time put into it, and more people working on it, but graphics don't always make the game. Unless its an open sandbox game, like Minecraft, there should be a story behind it. Like Fortnite: you get dropped out of a flying bus into a Hunger Games-like environment. Why? Who cares?! I mean, even Team Fortress 2 has a plot: the family feud between Redmond and Blutarch, resulting in the Red vs Blue battles.
Yeah, anyway, I think the old games are better.

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Track Meet vs Old Rochester

Today we have our meet against ORR, which are very talented in all of their athletics. They have a very strong track program and since they are in the "big school" category we are treating this meet as a scrimmage but if you place, these points go towards you lettering. This meet will probably be one of the biggest normal meets of the year because ORR will give us experience vs the bigger schools and show us what's coming us with things like Conference meets. Also this meet is going to be like a family reunion for me. I have four cousins that run track for ORR and they are all very good at it too. So all together there will be six of us competing at the meet, my four cousins, my brother and me.  Hopefully we can pull of another win like we did vs Sturgis on Tuesday and everyone runs very well.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Questions I ask myself frequently


I do not understand how people think in this world today. I ask myself a lot of questions when I hear people talk. I also just ask myself a bunch of questions because the way the world works is stupid. Why are people racist? Why don't dogs live for longer? Why is cancer a thing? Why does laundry take so long to wash? Why won't America do anything regarding gun control? Why are there still school shootings? Why is everything so expensive? Why are school uniforms sometimes required? Why are standardized tests a thing? Is college worth the amount of money you pay? Why isn't college less expensive? Why are people homeless? Why is Donald Trump our president? Why is gym a required class? Why do we learn things we will never use once we leave school? Why is insurance so expensive? Why don't people vaccinate their kids? Should we really drink milk from cows? Does being vegan make you better than anyone else? (the answer is no) Why on earth do companies test on animals? Why is the electoral college still around? Why are people still bothered by same sex marriage? Why are dogs so expensive? Why are animals homeless? Anyway, those are some questions I ask myself a lot.

March Madness

As you all know, March Madness is a big entertainment event for the month of March. Everyone has brackets either through, work, friends, or family and even if you aren't a basketball fan usually people still take part in this event. At my my family is involved in about five different brackets ranging from prize money up to $3000, to $200 for first place. Currently, we are in first on the bracket for $200 dollars. But in some other brackets we have Duke and Kentucky going in to the championship while in others we had UCF and Kentucky. But sadly, UCF lost to Duke by one point even though they should've won. I think it would have made the NCAA tournament a lot more interesting if Duke lost since they win or go to the championship, sweet 16, final four every year. Hopefully people's brackets are doing good and this year March Madness was fun for people.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My Sister's Fourth Birthday

Yesterday, March 26th was my sister's fourth birthday. Before her birthday, I would always ask her "Hey, Amelia, how many days until your birthday?" And she would always respond. She would sometimes get it wrong the first time, and I would correct her. And then I would ask her again, and she responded with the right number. However, there was another question that I asked her that she would answer correctly was "How old are you turning?" She would yell out "Four!" When I came home yesterday, nobody was home. I got a call shortly after from my mom. I picked up my phone and answered. It was my mom calling from the car. I asked her where she went, and she said they went to Children's Museum in Boston. It took them about 45 minutes to come home. When they came home, my sister ran to me and said "It's my birthday!" with a small box in her hand. My grandma came over to the house about 20 minutes after they came home. For dinner, my dad ordered pizza, chicken fingers, and mozzarella sticks. The cake that she had was chocolate and had white frosting with pink, yellow, and purple decorations, it was adorable. It's hard to believe that my sister is now four years old. It felt just like yesterday when I met her for the first time in the hospital.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

JK Rowling's Brilliance in Naming

One time (I don't remember quite how) I came across the word mundungus, and immediately thought of the character Mundungus from Harry Potter, only to learn that it mean "a foul smelling tobacco" which just so happened to fit his character perfectly. While reading Harry Potter, I noticed similar allusions in the characters names, some rather obvious and some rather obscure, so I decided to list as many as I can remember here:

Beatrix Potter (the author of Peter Rabbit) shares the names of Beatrix Lestrange and Harry Potter. Also, the character Peter Pettigrew is also a rodent (although not a rabbit, but a rat).

Remus Lupin's last name could be derived from Lupine (of or relating to wolves) or Wolves' scientific name,  Canis Lupus, as he is a werewolf.  

Sirius Black's first name is probably inspired by Sirius the dog star, and his animagus form, which is described as a "big black dog" which ties his first and last name into the allusion.

The Weasleys' name is similar to weasels, which are known for their reddish brown hair, as are the Weasleys 

This one isn't an allusion, just attention to detail. Lily Potter's tombstone said she died on October 31, 1981 (Harry was 1 when this happened), and in Book 2, Nearly Headless Nick died on October 31, 1492. Since we are told that it is his 500th death-day in book 2, we can conclude that it takes place in the year 1992, which makes Harry 11 during the second book which fits perfects as it is his second year in Hogwarts (assuming Hogwarts runs by the standard middle school grades 5-8 corresponding with years 1-4). Also this this just brought light on J.K. Rowling's infatuation with the 31st of months, as Harry's birthday is July 31st. 

Tom (Voldemort) and Myrtle (Moaning Myrtle) have similarity with Tom and Myrtle of Great Gatsby: both Myrtles died, both by Tom's vehicle (under different definitions of vehicle though). 

Also, a lot of the spells have Latin roots (I assume, I'm not that fluent in Latin)

Lumos (light spell) has the same root as illuminate
Nox (darkening spell) translates to 'night'
Wingardium Leviosa (levitation spell) has both 'wing' and the root of levitation in it.
Expelliarmus (disarming spell) sounds like 'expel arms' (remove weapon)
Expecto Patronum literally translates to "I hope for a patron"
Crucio (pain spell) seems like 'excruciating' 
Homenum Revelio- reveal human
Petrificus Totalus (full body bind)- petrify totally
Aguamente (summons water)- has root 'aqua'
Muffilato- muffles voices
Levicorpus- levitates someones body (corpus) in the air
Priori Incantato- reveals the previous incantation of the subject's wand

And that's some of the less obvious ones (as opposed to say decendo which, you guessed it, makes your opponent descend, or Impervius, which makes an impervious force-field around the caster)

Monday, March 25, 2019

New England Sports

The past couple of days have been happy and sad days for many New England sports fans for many different reasons. The other day many Boston Bruins fans got a huge surprise that a very big part of the team literally was signed another contract to be around for another year and many years after that if he decides to stay. This shocked everyone because he was suppose to end his career this season that is going on right now. Everyone believes that he should end his career with a good season since he is getting "old" but he doesn't think he is that old just yet, but speaking of ending careers one of the most popular athletes career has come to and end. Gronk one of the most famous Patriots players has retired after 9 years, and 3 rings. This was a giant shock to the pats nation. He left us all hanging with his final message at the Super Bowl. We all wondered what he would decide to do, and this was the last thing we expected. So there was some sad and some happy in New England sports these last few days, and one we will never forget.

The Grind

Many of you probably would of thought by the title alone this would be about me working. Such as simply hitting a PR ( Person Record) or as even such as me doing a different workout. Instead it is about "The Grind" of getting all my hw's for school including projects that I haven't even started that are due this week. I'm sure we are all on this type of grind towards the end of each term. For this weekend alone it had been pretty hectic for several reasons, one obviously is attempting to finish all the missing work I have for this class before we can not turn it in anymore. Another is about how I need to start actually studying for all the test and quizzes that are coming up this week. I can really only think of about three classes being Algebra, History, and Chemistry. All of which subjects I have not even the slightest clue about what we are going to be tested on but so far winging it has worked well enough this year.

Flu Season

I don't understand the term "flu season" because I don't know why it can't be any time of the year. I have always gotten the flu at whatever time the flu wants me to have it. Any sickness could get anybody at any time. I suppose that in a sense, looking at things in a larger scale, you could think of the flu as an epidemic with a cure. I suppose flu season can start when one person gets it, and then another, and then another, until everybody just doesn't have it. I think about a movie like "Contagion", that told the story of a fatal and airborne disease, and that is how I think the flu works, except not fatal (not always anyways). The only reason a disease like that wiped out half of the population is because there was no vaccine or medicine for it. If at this point we hadn't learned how to cook up tamiflu, half of our population would be toast. I would be toast.😧

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Driving! + My dad's birthday

     So, I did not do my permit test on Friday. I did not feel ready and I wasn't really studying because school was getting too hectic and, well, you know...priorities. However I did go for a drive with my dad on Friday and Saturday instead. Now I have a grand total of 4.5 driving hours and I think I have improved drastically. My dad said if I had my permit, he would've let me drive home! How exciting is that?! I am doing Drivers Ed. during the summer and I am planning to get my permit Post DECON (Key Club leadership conference from 4/5-4/7). Until then I am going to continue to drive with my dad. I just drive around the whole school area. I practice around the town hall/multi-service center parking lot, all around the Middle School, the track parking lot, high school parking lots, etc. I think it's a great place to practice driving because it's a school zone and the speed limit is only 20 mph. Also, going on the weekend is ideal because it's empty for the most part. The road is a bit winding and the turns are sharp in the parking lot area so it is definitely a great place to practice turning and using your turn signals. Driving is really fun and I thought it would be a lot harder than it actually is. Turns out, all you have to get used to turning, speed, and the gas pedal (and this is only the basics).

     On Saturday night, my family and I went out to dinner at Bertucci's. It was really awesome because turns out our waitress was from Wareham and she graduated in 2006. What are the odds? We were in Plymouth (not that that's far away, but still). She named some teachers who are actually still here after all this time. Small world! Anyway, the food there tasted great and I'd say it is pretty similar to Olive Garden. Also, happy birthday dad! <3

Saturday, March 23, 2019

First Week of the Spring Season

This week went by a lot faster compared to the last week and I think its because of spring sports. I also think that when the weather is nicer everyone is nicer and more bright. It makes people happier and so when we are all happy we are having more fun which makes times seem like its passing by quicker. Spring Track had started along with the other spring sports and lets just say it was a quick but painful week. I should have ran more during of the off season because being sore is the opposite of fun. The first week of track is typically the hardest because we all need to get back into shape. Hopefully all this soreness will go away soon and this spring will maybe go as fast as this past week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sports

I have been very busy lately with sports even though it isn't even my sports season because volleyball doesn't start till August. Right now I am trying to start captains practices for volleyball to try and prepare my team for next year. This isn't the only piece of volleyball in my life because I am starting lots of off season volleyball in a couple weeks. Volleyball also isn't the only thing I am dealing with right now because I have dance to focus on also. My dance show is only two months away and lots of work has to get done and have to make sure the dances are done. Even when i'm not at dance I have to focus on karate which I am going to end up going back to soon. All of these things can be hard to handle sometimes with school, but I try my best to get them all done while having fun at the same time. I do wish there was lacrosse as a choice here at the high school, but I guess the spring is a break from sports for me.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1st day of Spring Track

     Yesterday was the 1st day of spring track and I was surprised to see how many new people had come out to join. I recognized quite a few people who had done it one year and then quit, and now are back again. For boys and girls total, we have about maybe just over 40 people. That is pretty impressive considering our small senior class and our small school in general. For girls, our team is mainly made up by underclassmen, just as it was during the indoor season. For boys, I think you could say the same, however there are much more upperclassmen who joined the spring so maybe it is half and half now. So far, the New England weather has not bitten us yet but it has actually blessed us. The temperature has been in the 40's so far this week, nice enough for a tee-shirt at least because the sun has been out and about (and shorts if you're a psychopath like me). Our first meet is in one of the first few days of April and I believe it is a home meet. We have about 4 home meets this season, and I feel like that is more than usual. But hey, I'm not complaining! I love home meets. They feel so comfortable and relaxing and I think most people would agree that you are less prone to getting that nervous feeling before a race simply because you're in a familiar environment. Also, in the early days and throughout the season, I tend to run my best 2-mile times at our home track. The fastest I ran in the spring was my freshman year, and it was a 13:36. I will definitely beat that time because of all the muscle I've gained from Cross Country. I am also excited because being with a team is something that is really fun and you can't really explain why or how. A lot of people say track is an individual sport, but I say the pain and the hard work everyone puts in unite us more than any other sport. 

My Trip to Trinidad

     Even though I came back from Trinidad a couple of weeks ago, I guess I'll talk about it now. So, we arrived on the 13th of February and returned home by the 20th. We stayed for a full week and even contemplated staying a bit longer because we still had four left of February Vacation. But when you really think about it, a week in another place besides home is probably enough time. Anywho, Trinidad. The whole vibe there is so different compared to life here in the US. Even though it is not summer there and everyone is working/has a job, the people there are the definition of "work and play". The vibe there is so happy compared to the stressful we-have-to-rush-around-because-there-aren't-enough-hours-in-the-day kind of feel we have in the United States. It is so laid back and relaxed to a point where it feels as if life there is timeless. The sun is very hot, so powerful that most people don't go in the sun unless they need to (and then there are people who are just immune to the heat from living there). Trinidad is very beautiful and the scenery there takes your breath away because the landscape is better than any picture you could find on the internet.




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Permit Test on FRIDAY

     I am taking my permit test this Friday and I am kinda scared for some reason. My friend Cece failed it a few times and she studied, so now I'm kinda scared. I mean, it's a simple written test, right? You only have to get 18 out of the 25 correct. I just have this bad feeling though, that I am going to fail. But I just have to study and believe in myself. I know it's not a big deal and it's just a driver's permit test, yes, that's what I thought before my friend failed it twice in a row. Now I'm afraid I'm gonna do that. I am going this Friday because it works so well. My dad is off and can drive me to Plymouth, there is no weight room this Friday, and I can easily talk to my coach and tell him that I'm going to practice earlier. The only downside is that I am going to miss an Honor Society meeting, but I have not missed one yet this year so I guess it's okay if I miss this one. Anywho, I'm scared. I'm scared because I don't wanna make my parents drive me all the way over to Plymouth again if I fail. Also, it would be VERY, VERY disappointing to walk back to the car and tell everyone I FAILED. Ugh. I've been using an app that is similar to the exam and I've been getting 8-10/25 correct. But I guess that's alright because I haven't even read the book yet. Cece is lending me her 2019 drivers ed book since my sister's 2016 is too outdated, apparently some laws changed in 2017. I don't even care if I get the bare minimum correct, I just want to pass!

Famous Quote or Text-post?

A Tumblr user named danishprince invented a game called "Hamlet, Kanye, or Dril" (Dril is a twitter shitposter [I'm not insulting his posts, its an actual word now] ) where you have to guess who's quote is who's. Think it is easy? The example given is "I will face God and walk backwards into hell", "Nothing in life is promised except death", and "Words! Words! WORDS." These are by Dril, Kanye, and Hamlet respectively.

And the longer I've been on Tumblr, I've noticed you could probably modify this game to guess if its a Tumblr post or a quote from literature, so I've listed a few below with their answers, so scroll down slowly if you want to play along:









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"You kneel before my throne, unaware that it was built on lies"
Answer:

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"Go chase a donut"
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"One day, you will be face to face to face with whatever saw fit to let you exist in the universe, and you will have to justify the space you've filled"
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"You cannot kill me in a way that matters"
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"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. "
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"You've been here a while, better wake up before you forget how to"


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Spring is finally here

This week will make the spring season official to all. This week spring track starts and March 20 will be the first day of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring track I personally like better than indoor. The environment is very different and it feels more like a team sport than individual. This season I'm going to work on improving my times in all of my races but especially the 800 or half mile. Since I did indoor I got a lot stronger and I hope to continue to get stronger throughout the season. The first week of track though is always the hardest since we are getting back into shape from the off season. So if you were to see me walking really slow in the halls or anywhere its because of all the weight training and workouts we are doing to get back into shape.

More Sick Days?!?

After DECA States, I started to feel sick. Just after I recovered from a cold, of course I would get sick again. But this time it was worse. I went to the doctors and they stuck a cotton swab down my throat I wanted to cry. They tested it and turns out I had strep throat. They also tested for the flu but it came back negative. I spent my next couple of days in bed and was not allowed to go to school. Lets just say it wasn't pretty. After a couple days of antibiotics I felt better, and was able to make it to the home show for DECA. I worked both days so I got a lot of hours for honor society :) My weekend was pretty boring seeing that it consisted of being sick and working at the home show, but we can only hope next weekend will be better. I cannot wait for the weather to start getting warm. I have a conspiracy that my body is not made for the cold. I never get sick and I am way more happier when the weather is warm. Anyway, it has been too cold for too long, and I hope we get more warm days for the rest of March.

Friday, March 15, 2019

States

Last week I had just went to states with Deca. It was a good time I was able to have new experience and be able to see how it would be it i'm able to go there again next year. Rakeem and I were not able to place in the top 10 but I would say 25th was close enough. For our first role-play we had a score of 87 which is pretty good considering it was at 9am and we had just woken up around 8. Obviously I wasn't in the right mind set or awake enough in the role-play so we real just spent the first 15 min of preparing for the role-play arguing. Fun part it was that in the half and hour they give you to prepare for the role-play you want to keep a little quiet so no one knows what subjects your going to bring. But instead Rakeem and I spent most of it arguing to where people across the room could hear us and this room was able to keep about 100 kids in it. Thankfully enough our second role-play was at 2 so I was able to wake up at bit and get some food, on that role-play we were able to score a 93. So after that all the role-plays had finished we were able to meet the guest speaker that had told us about his life and going forward constantly.

A Long Week

This week has felt like the longest week in a while. Everyday felt like a week by itself and then that week would never end. It is finally Friday but all week has just felt like a huge blur. My dad was home sick with pneumonia and then I started to feel under the weather as well. He has been sick ever since hockey season ended almost two weeks ago. I was really hoping I wasn't going to be sick for my birthday which is tomorrow, and right now it is looking good. I'm excited to finally be seventeen, but also just because it is my birthday. It is going to be a long weekend just like this week was. I have two parties on Saturday along with working the DECA Home Show as well. Then on Sunday I am going out again for my birthday with my friends which should be fun. It felt like it was a month ago I was saying wow my birthday is so far away, and now it is actually here and hard to believe I am another year older than I am today.

Track Banquet

Yesterday was the indoor track and field banquet. The banquet was a pot-luck dinner so each grade was assigned something different to bring. We all ate a lot of food and it was fun. After we ate Coach Gardner handed out awards which were participation, varsity,All-Star, Honorable Mention, Most demanding, Sportsmanship, and the Coaches Award. Whenever I'm at a sports banquet whoever I sit with we all guess which person is getting the award and that makes the banquet more fun. I ended up getting my letter in my first season of indoor track along with the coaches award. Overall, the banquet was fun and its a great way to officially end the season and move on to the next. I'm excited for the spring season for track and now more excited for the next indoor season.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Games

I have been playing games my whole life, as most have. Whether they are board games, video games, games on long car rides, or just communication games, I've done them all. Video games have always been huge for me. I have grown up with them, and I feel like they have grown up with me in a way. Take for example my very favorite game of all time "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time". This is a game from 1998 by Nintendo on the Nintendo 64. It's a story about a young boy named Link, who goes on a quest to save a princess, and to save the world, by going on an adventure through time. The game does a lot right, such as revolutionizing video game controls, along with creating a vast and endearing world to explore. It's all just pure fun. After you beat the first few levels of the game though, Link must go through a transformation. He must be old enough to wield a specific sword to be able to defeat the evil that captured the princess, but he is only a young boy. You start the game as an 11 year old boy, who goes on an adventure in a dense, and innocent world, and it fits who you are. But when he needs to grow up, he makes the time jump to 17 years of age, and the world is a wasteland. The world grew up with the character of Link, his innocence lost in the battle. I have been playing this game since I was just about 5 years old, and I always connected with Link. I also always made sure to take my time with it (It was also a very difficult game). I played the game for so long that by the time he made that transformation, I was 12 years old. That was around the time where school started getting harder, and pressure started to creep up on me. It was a scary time, and I was playing through it as I was living it. That is one of the reasons this game is so near and dear to my heart. The amazing story, is also one that is relateable and beautiful, and isn't that all you really need in a game?
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