Saturday, 22 January 2011

Exams

So now I have gone full circle. First semester exams are coming again and intimidating even the sturdiest grade twelve. Studying for exams is taking precedence over everything else right now so my stories will be put on the back burner. I only have three exams this semester: English, dance and Canadian literature. They should go by fairly quickly and then second semester will begin.

Second semester means that there are only a few more months until acceptance letters start coming from universities and a few more months until we leave high school and start university/college/apprenticeships/careers/etc. It's kind of frightening, but also rather exhilerating.

But before second semester, acceptance letters and university I have to finish my first semester exams.

Quote of the Day: Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. - Charles Caleb Colton

Monday, 17 January 2011

DIY

Yesterday I discovered a marvelous website while surfing the Internet. It's called Design*Sponge and has lots of interesting ideas for crafts, gifts, recipes and so much more. I've been stuck in the DIY section of the website, finding many marvelous DIYs. On my list of things to make are storage books, homemade lip balm, and homemade body lotion. Something else I want to try, but has nothing to do with D*S is a furoshiki bag.

I would love to make all of these, and many more! I'm very excited to go buy the items needed for those crafts (when I end up going, which could be any time) and make them. I will definitely blog about the results of these crafts.

Quote of the Day: Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soil of the true scholar. - Nnamdi Azikiwe

Saturday, 15 January 2011

End of the Show

Yesterday was the night show of "Home Grown" and coincidentally the last time I will ever perform onstage with that group of AMAZING girls (and probably the last time I will perform on stage ever). The end was so sad and we were loving every minute of it and just enjoying ourselves. Before performing the grad dance (the last dance in the show) we all hugged each other and smiled and laughed and got ready to cry our eyes out. My teacher's speech made me cry and I just felt like I would miss that class immensely, even though I'm not a dancer and don't ever plan on being one. Our class went to someone's house afterward and we all just hung out and had fun and enjoyed each other's company. It was an amazing experience for me and I can't believe that I'll never see those girls on stage again!! (At least, after exams I won't see them on that stage again.)

Good luck to the girls going off to dance for their careers and good luck to those who aren't! And remember, it doesn't matter what size or shape you are, you will always be amazing!

Quote of the day:
The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. - Isadora Duncan

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Dance Like No One is Watching . . . Except They Are

Today was the first matinee of the South dance show. The theme? Canadian artists/songs called "Home Grown". It was very exciting, since this is my last dance show. It was more of a dress rehearsal since only two schools came to the matinee. Our next matinee is tomorrow and the night show is on Friday. All of the dances I'm in are very good and have great choreography. I have mixed feelings about this last show. I'm sad and happy at the same time. Happy because it means there will be no more stress about this show for me (it will be passed down to the grade 12s next year) and sad because I will no longer see all of my friends. We had such great times in dance class and I enjoyed myself immensely. We've all had laughs and cries and supported each other. I very certain I will cry on Friday since there is so much history between us now. We have truly become a family and ending this semester with the show will be the last we will ever see each other under similar circumstances. I don't regret a single moment of it and I hope everyone enjoys themselves at the show, dancers and audience members alike.

Quote of the day: I just put my feet in the air and move them around. - Fred Astaire

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

New Year

Happy New Year everyone! It is now 2011 and we have almost two years until the end of the world . . . just kidding! It's amazing how the world changes around us. Before the holidays I blogged about the three snow days we had in a row. Miraculously, last week it got warmer and the snow melted so there's now only appoximately two or three inches on the ground as opposed to three or four feet, even five feet! And there's a flood in Australia. So, I think all those people who believe in the whole "the world is going to end in 2012!!!" thing do have some justification.

But thinking back, the world has changed so much in such a short period of time and I think the beginning of the new year is a great way to reflect upon the past, present and future. So for your new years resolution(s), how about considering learning from mistakes and making the world a better place for your future and the next generation's?

Quote of the day: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi