Monday, August 29, 2011

Evil English Instructor

I survived my first week of high school!

The night before school started I was a complete stress-fest. I wanted so badly to back out and not go.  But that would just be silly. I can't hide from things that scare me.

I packed my backpack, my lunch. That night I dreamt of an evil English instructor who expected us, on the first day of school, to read a whole novel that we had written over the summer, to the class.

[like Chipper's haircut?]

Turns out though, that my English teacher is awesome. I really like him.

My new high school is so huge. I was overwhelmed and totally lost on the first day. I have a whopping total of four friends on the whole 2,600 student campus. I have one class with one of my friends, so that's good. But other than that, everyone in my classes is total strangers to me. It doesn't help that we're all juniors only they have been going to this school since freshmen year, unlike me.

[i love this tree in front of my neighbor's yard.]

The hardest thing for me has been realizing that I need to just talk to people. I am really shy and  like to stay in my comfort zone and not talk to anybody new, but how am I supposed to make friends if I don't talk? I've been trying really hard to get out of my comfort zone and talk to everybody and anybody I sit next to in class, at lunch or on the bus and I am slowly making friends.

I am so lucky to be taking great classes this year. I am taking Photography 1 and it's AWESOME. We each made our own camera obscuras out of a shoe box (something I've seen before and have been wanting to do)!

I am taking my first AP class, U.S. History.  My teacher is great and I love history, so it's going to be fun. Despite what I have heard AP doesn't seem too bad...yet.

I have already missed the bus in the morning 3 times.  Mom is not amused nor appreciative that she has to take me to school.

[Branden. eww. just eww.]

I have been waking up at 5am. Ick. Way too early for this night owl. It's weird to wake up when it's still pitch black out, but I secretly like being up and at 'em before the rest of the family.

I have been trying to see all the students at school as people. Children of God I haven't been judgmental and it's been amazing how much love I have for everybody.

All the strangers I squeeze past in the over crowded hallways. Even though I don't know them, we all have a common purpose, a common goal.

When I was at home schooling, I never realized that there were lots of other teenagers going through the same things I was and it's actually really comforting. We all have different personalities and ways we deal with things and I am coming to love the diversity of us all.

Middle school was rough and it seemed like everybody was competing against each other.

Being mean was popular and being obnoxious was in. But what I've realized in high school is that we all accept each other for who we are. Everyone's there because they want to be there and are trying to be the best they can be.

Friday, August 19, 2011



School starts on Monday.

I'm going to high school.

Last night at the Open House I was freaking. out.

There were so soo many students milling around. The school is HUGE.

All my classes are pretty fun and my teachers seem why am I so freaking nervous?!


I must not be as "up to date" as I think I am because I just found out that The Pioneer Woman is going to have her own show on The Food Network! SO AWESOME. She's my idol and a goddess in the kitchen. I learned a lot about photography from her, too.


I can't stop thinking about pumpkin, cool weather, and Christmas. I'm ready for Summer to be over. Let's get a move on!

Monday, August 15, 2011


In an attempt to use up all those limes, I made blackberry-lime waffles. I used the juice of two limes but it wasn't enough and you couldn't taste the lime. Sad. We topped them with vanilla yogurt (Branden's idea) and they were still delicious.

We went on a temple trip and this is the only picture I took. I'm lame.


The fogged up windows I was telling you about. Bee-yoo-tuh-ful.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Peeta!




It's Peeta! With the burned bread and the welt on his cheek! 

I just realized, they've been shooting The Hunger Games movie for a long time now! 

When they first cast Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, I was dissappointed. 

I know him as the kid on Bridge To Terabithia, NOT Peeta. 

But he's growing on me. 


That's Gale, on the left of Peeta, there. 


And that's all I'm going to say about that.

But you know, if they stay true to The Hunger Games story, do justice to the book and the acting is good, then I am not going to be concerned about their choice in actors.

I am a little worried. The HG movie better not configure the plot, ruin the characters and completely destroy the series like the Percy Jackson movie did. 

Don't even get me started on that.

The Percy Jackson movie was awful. Everything about the movie was wrong, they didn't stay true to the books and they messed everything up. Ever since, I've been wary of book-to-movie adaptations. 

le sigh.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Enjoy your berries, I got key limes

I picked about 20+ of these from our two key lime trees today!

It's so Floridian of me.

They smell glorious.

Thank you, Jared, for being my model.

What shall I do with them?

I'm thinking key lime pie. Or limeade. Muffins?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bunnies And Happiness

Today was not all bunnies, sunshine and happiness.

I managed to sleep through BOTH of my alarms that were set for 6am.

[How did I NOT hear them?]

So there went my plan for a sun rise bike ride.

Story of my life.

Instead, Chipper woke me up, like he does everyday, at precisely 7:40am.

All the glass windows were fogged up. Humidity - I don't love you.

I could not get motivated to finish my Algebra 2 Segment 1 Practice Test. Online school is bad and good. Good, as in you can take as loooooooong as you want to take the test. Bad, as in I take too long and take too many "breaks" and beforeI know it I'm just sick of staring at it. It was a practice test, so my grade didn't count anyway, so I -don't kill me- bubbled in answers randomly for the last half of the test.

Sometime after lunch, Chipper started hacking and I found a pile of his vomit on the carpet. That's lovely isn't it? Well, yours truly had to clean it up. I somehow need to teach him to CHEW his food and not inhale it then swallow it whole. I'm just not sure how to go about doing that.

So many important things are looming in the future. Since I decided to go back to high school, about a million and one more things need to be figured out. Will I be doing Dual Enrollment? Should I forget Dual Enrollment all together and just do AP? Should I finish Algebra 2 online, or take it at the high school? Should I take Art so that I can take Photography next year? Should I even go back to high school? Should I get a job and keep doing homeschool?

*insert headache, tears and peanut butter here*

And then I had some Biology to finish. And should probably do more. But, ugh, I really don't want to.

I'll leave you with this photo I took last week of a bunny in our yard.

Bunnies equal sunshine and happiness, and we all know I could use some of that right now.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Good Boy

Hi August.  

And hellooooooo-


What is this and what is it doing in our backyard?

Oh. It's an armadillo, you say? 


Ohhh, I see it now. 

Yup, that's definitely an armadillo. 

Cute little guy.

Well. Kind of. 

We put Chipper on the ground and let him chase the armadillo. You know. To help Chipper have a little "excitement" for the day. 

The poor armadillo scurried away.

Monday, August 1, 2011

too stressed to think of a title

I am under  M A J O R  stress right now.

I have exactly 22 days to finish the second semester of both high school online Biology and Algebra 2.

22 days? Yeah....

But! Instead of being doubtful I have decided that I'm just going to put all my energy, thoughts and brain power into my school work. I mean, I have ALL day to do schoolwork. It's not like I'm doing anything else at all this summer.

I'm not going to think about anything else until I'm done with those classes because I reaaaallly don't want to have to worry about them anymore.

You see, I've been home schooled, taking online classes since 8th grade, so for three years now.

And I am sick-of-it. I am so done with it all. I hate sitting on a computer all day. Sure, it's been nice while it lasted and I get a lot more freedom but I am craving a real teacher, a real classroom setting. Plus, it's been extremely worse lately since both of my parents are working now and I'm home by myself. All. Day. Long.

That's why I signed up to go to high school. Just out of the blue. Just like that. I've never been to highschool, but how bad can it be? Surely it'll be loads better than middle school.....?