Sunday, 29 August 2010

Grade Twelve

High school will be resuming on September 7th. This is a very scary time, but also extremely exciting, because it's my last year. This will be the year I'm applying for scholarships, universities and sitting at home obsessing about my marks. However it is also the year I will be going to PROM and it will be the only year of high school with my fourteen-year-old brother Mojojojo, who is starting grade nine in almost a week, so I think he's more excited than I am.

I'm pretty excited about the year after too. In 2011 I'll have commencement (official graduation with awards, etc), I'll be starting at a new school and I'll be meeting new people. And, OF COURSE, I'll be continuing my education! Personally, I love learning. Learning about things is a lot of fun, as long as it's not about math.

So, since school will be starting in little over a week, I have bought all of my school supplies. I have two binders, four course dividers, paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, pencil crayons, my french mini dictionary, my student package (with my student fees) and a four year old backpack.

Quote of the day: Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. - Sir Peter Medawar

Friday, 20 August 2010

Quotes on a Friday

I don't have much to blog about. I'm busy with my part-time job and they're adding more shifts (well, I'm taking them :P) if people can't come in. That means less time for writing and even less time for reading and word searches. Yes, I have a book full of word searches that I do. It's a lot of fun and certainly makes the time go by faster if it's a slow day at work.

Anyway, I'd like to share MULTIPLE quotes of the day so that I cover the past days I missed this week.

Quote of the day: It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. - William James

(I feel like this quote is great for writers.)

Quote of the day: A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind. - John Neal

Quote of the day: It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion -- these were the things that counted in a life. When you gave purely, the honour came in the giving, and that was honour enough. - Scott O'Grady

Quote of the day: A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words. - Phillips Brooks

Monday, 16 August 2010

New York City (and other random thoughts)

Ok, so I must say that New York City was an amazing experience for me. I mean, it was absolutely the craziest city I've ever been to and I would never ever live there, but the history and the museums and the fashion and theatre is so wonderful it almost makes up for the lack of politeness and law-abiding people! Almost. I may be a bit stereotypical in this post, so I hope I don't offend anyone. A lot of people I met/saw there were nice. Some were stereotypical Americans. I find that the minority usually ruins it for everyone, and that's what happened there. The minority gave New York it's reputation.

I was staying on Manhattan and was generally pleased with the island. Times Square was very interesting. It was a bit too busy and too touristy for me, but that's ok. I liked uptown best because there was a lot less traffic and I found that's were all the good parts of New York were. The museums, Central Park, the lack of traffic! It was all wonderful!

On Tuesday (we flew to Manhattan on Monday) we saw Rock of Ages which was an incredible Broadway show that I would recommend to everyone (with a rating of 14A). The story was good and humorous, the characters were real and life-like, the scenes were outstandingly done! Congratulations to the whole cast and crew members!

On Wednesday we decided to go to the MoMA, which I highly advise despite the opinion of a tour guide. The art there was incredible and there was so much to see we could have stayed there all day, but we didn't. While going down the escalators my father decided he wanted to check something out on the second floor so, thinking we weren't stopping, I got onto the down escalator and was halfway down before my dad said "What are you doing?!" and I attempted to run up the down escalator. I also had a bag in my hand. I wiped out. I smashed my knee into the moving stairs and thought I had shattered my knee it hurt so much. I got down to the first floor and my mom helped me clean up. I bent my knee and was overjoyed that I had not ruined it and that it was merely bruised. It just meant a lot of limping until Friday, where I could walk without limping. It still hurts a bit, but it's not as bad as it sounds.

The flights there and back were incredible! We flew above the clouds so it looked like we were flying over the tundra!! I loved it. I didn't like take-off or landing because of the jolts and the whole "WE'RE GOING TO DIE!!!!" voice screaming in my head when we took off in London for the flight to Toronto. Flying to Toronto from Laguardia was amazing. The flight was around dusk so the sun was setting when we flew over the clouds. It still looked like the tundra, but it looked like the sun setting on the tundra. Amazing. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

We got home midnight and Saturday I went to sleepover at my Grandma's with my brother, Mojojojo.

I have been very busy with my free time because while in New York I bought Wicked by Gregory Maguire!! I had been meaning to buy it for a while and I would love to see the musical, but that will have to wait. I had seen Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, which is also written by Gregory Maguire, and thought it would be neat to read but I never bought it. Now I have decided to buy all of those reinvented fairytales written by him since Wicked is turning out to be such a good book!



Anyway, I've also decided to add a "Quote of the Day" since I love quotes and I'd love to share them.



Quote of the Day: If one could drown in the grass, thought Elphie, it might be the best way to die. - Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Friday, 6 August 2010

Where I'm From

Where I'm From

I am from pencils,
from Crayola and sidewalks.
I am from the apple trees in the yard.
(Small, determined, rough bark.)
I am from the Red Maple
the dandelion that always came back
no matter what.

I am from egg hunts and freckles,
from Mom and Dad and Brother.
I am from questioners
and hysterical laughter,
from Go Play! and Turn out your light!
I am from Bow your head in prayer
and cracked bibles.

I am from London and Scotland,
lemon meringue pies and brownies.
From the tractor rides of my uncle
to the barn cats,
and the skinned knees of my brother.

I am from traveling with my family
and visiting friends,
making moments that last forever.
Pictures in frames watching the years go by.
Mementos of times of Laughter and tears.

{The original poem is by George Ella Lyon.}

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Traveling

I'm leaving for New York on Monday morning. It will be my first time on a plane, so I'm very nervous. Action movies where the planes always crash don't help much; especially if a fictitious superhero saves the people on the plane before it explodes into a million pieces. So I've packed pretty much everything I need but I'm trying to figure out what to take in my carry-on. Obviously I'm bringing my laptop and it's cord, my iPod, and my book(s). However, I'm doing some research for a story idea (I have about two of these a day and they usually end up as dead ends) so I'm thinking of bringing a few other books. However, there is a weight restriction and we are leaving the safe-haven of Canada (*cough* it's not as safe as all the movies say. We can't leave our doors unlocked, sorry Iron Man. *cough*). I think it will be a great experience though. I love to travel. A few summers ago we just traveled all along the American east coast. It was wonderful and I had such a nice time! Who knew so many Quebecians had cottages in Maine? Who knew people could tell we had accents? (A lady who had been a Canadian told us we had accents. She had moved to the States after marrying.) And who knew you could buy wine/beer at a grocery store? Or marshmallows in a jar? That is just gross. I mean, strawberry flavoured marshmallows in a jar? And I thought Nutella was disgusting. But that is a very biased opinion. I'm sure lots of people like Nutella and marshmallows in a jar and find buying wine/beer at a grocery store very convenient. I enjoy traveling to the States a lot, and I enjoy traveling in Canada too. One day I would love to see the Canadian east coast, and maybe even the west coast too. I would love to see Great Britain and Europe. In travel & tourism, whenever we learned about a new country I would tell one of my friends that I would love to go there. At the end of the semester, she told me that I should just travel the world since I wanted to go to so many places. But really, I am excited about seeing New York! We're going to see a play (Rock of Ages) and we're going to go shopping and do some sight seeing. I can't believe that I'm leaving in only 4 days!!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Thinking of Back to School

It's crazy that already we're thinking of what's going to happen for back-to-school when it's a little over a month away. For us in Canada (or at least here in London) school doesn't start until September 7th. This means that our sales start a bit later than those in the States, but they still occur about halfway through August.

Another crazy thing about back-to-school is that once I get back, it's my last year there (unless something happens and I'm unable to finish it *knock on wood*). I have to think about scholarships (which ones can I apply for?), what school I want to attend (UWO or King's?), and what to wear to prom. I also need to think about what I want to do with life after I finish my post-secondary education because the courses I take will reflect my career choice.

I would really like to get my PhD in something to do with English literature (or something like that). Then I'd probably go to teacher's college and then apply to be a university prof somewhere. I think I'd like to teach, but I really don't want to teach elementary school (because I know just how difficult that is for teachers) and I DO NOT want to teach high school (because my mom teaches it and I know how stressful it can be). Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I will probably teach university/college because I don't really have to interact with the students as much as teachers do in high school and elementary school.

Anyway, so as much as I love love LOVE the fact that I don't have to deal with high school and all its drama any more after this year, I'm also scared because I'm going to be forced to make decisions about my future. It's pretty daunting when you think about it. Some kids are taking a "victory lap" (fifth year) to figure out what they want to do, but I just want to get out of here! I don't want to stay in school any longer than I have to, considering how long it will take to get a PhD.

That's all folks.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Rib Fest

On July 30 a few friends and I went downtown to the Rib Fest that was going on. There are always lots of festivals down at Victoria Park, such as Sun Fest, Home County Folk Fest, Blues Fest and Rib Fest. Usually at these events there are lots of tents set up for vendors. Sometimes the types of vendors depend on what the festival is. There are also lots and lots of places to buy food. At Rib Fest we have vendors coming all the way from Kentucky, and more! Those vendors specialize in selling ribs as well as chicken. My friends and I shared a full rack of ribs since there were only three of us. After we ate we kind of wandered around a bit. There are always all these people handing stuff out to you and trying to make you buy something. We walked past a gym's tent and this lady gave me a free weekend pass, which eventually made its way to the garbage. During our wanderings I decided I wanted a tattoo. Not a permanent one (because I'm terrified of needles), but a temporary one. I got an airbrushed tattoo of a dragon on the underside of my wrist. Then, when we were leaving, we got free Vitamin Water (more free handouts!). When I asked my dad if he liked my tattoo he said no. I asked him why and he said, "Because it's a tattoo," despite the fact that it only lasts a week. But I'm kind of worried about work. I know it's temporary, but I hope no one at work freaks out on me.