What Was That All About?

You are officially almost as dizzy and confused as I am while reading Catcher in the Rye.  I don’t really have a strong opinion as in I don’t loathe it but neither do I adore it, I’m just indifferent to it.  It is, however, confusing me because I don’t understand why Holden does some of the things he does and he will often barely explain something and then say something like “Well, I don’t know how to explain it but that’s it.” or “You know what I mean.” and he is very vague and it makes you feel a little crazy sometimes.  I am really hoping that the book ends with everything making sense and I understand why the author decided to write this book this way because otherwise it would just be a waste of time that I can be spending on studying for my finals.

Beyond that, Catcher in the Rye doesn’t seem all that special to me and my friends either love it or hate it and some even think it has funny parts, which are completely invisible to me.  You know that feeling you get when you’re doing something and you can tell that it’s going to be something magical or make sense in the end and make you happy that you did it, well, I almost feel that way about this book but I’m trying to expect the worst and hope for the best so that I’m not angry or disappointed when it ends and I’m left there wondering what the point of all that was.

To show you how incredibly lax and seemingly useless the story is, Holden failed at a private high school or some sort, for the nth time, and he is trying to avoid his parents during his Christmas Break until they get the letter that he failed so that he doesn’t have to tell them himself.  However, Holden hasn’t even gotten home yet and I only have 40 more pages in the book.  I hope I get a happy surprise and if not then I really hope it  brings joy or deep thought to others because it sure isn’t doing that for me, and that’s okay because I have other books that are special to me.

Now that I have thoroughly made you dizzy, told you a brief synopsis of Catcher in the Rye without giving anything away, and giving you my perspective on reading it, I hope you go do something that gives you a happy surprise or something to the affect that my books have on me, “You know?” hahahahaha.

Have a good day everybody.

Be Good Humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

 

But it certainly grows on banana bread!  Well, at least it did for Navy Blue Dress and I while we were doing our project for English class together.

Goodness, there is so much to say about what we did for this project.  You already know what we did and why, and if not you can go look at past posts to find out, but it’s hard to sum up all of our memories and experiences in doing this together but if one thing is for sure, I was sad when it was over. Only until I realized that just because it was over for school didn’t have to mean that it was over for us or the people that we are helping by donating the money.

Even though I previously said that money was “growing on banana bread” for us but I was just making a funny pun because although we made over 200 dollars it would be wrong for me to  insinuate that it was easy or was only a loaf away.  We definitely got rejected by people more than once but it didn’t stop us and if it had then we wouldn’t have been able to meet some of the wonderful people we did.

Navy Blue Dress and I didn’t have to get together to make and sell banana bread very many times to make as much money or have as much fun as we did.  I would say that what we set out to do was accomplished and it gave us a lot of experience in going door to door and in being shut down or happily welcomed.

If we do do something in the future I would love to put up signs at our old middle school and our high school and other places so people can order online and then we can go and deliver the food, this time more than just banana bread, and collect the money there and then donate that.

I hope you have a lovely day and eat something yummy.

Be Good Humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Only 14 More Days

There are only 14 more days until the end of school and believe me when I tell you that it could not come sooner.  If I have anything to say about AP English 3 this year it’s that I’m glad that I have had this experience but I don’t want to say that I liked it or not because this year was too stressful and not good for me that I don’t want to say that this class was bad because it wasn’t but this year makes it feel like all of my classes were.

I wish that I could have gotten more feedback on my essay like notes or comments when he returns them to us and I think it would have been really fun to more having fun with english in class instead of read, analyze, discuss, fall asleep, but that’s okay.  I am really glad that my best friend, Navy Blue Dress, had the same class with me.  I don’t remember a lot of specifics that happened this year but I didn’t like any of the books we read this year and my teacher is even having us read one now!  I just hope that he gives us a simple plain-old test on it instead of doing a project or seminar or discussion but one can only hope.

That’s really it about this year but the most important thing out of all this is that Navy Blue Dress and I only have 14 more days!  It’s like I just want to yell at all of the authorities keeping us there one day longer: Please Let Us Out!  But in a nice way of course.  Hahahaha.

Well, have a good rest of your school year if you’re not out already because then I’m jealous of you, but not when you have to go back to school in the beginning of August.

Be good humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Wow

Last night Navy Blue Dress and I went to this project showcase after school.  You know how Navy Blue Dress and I are doing the banana bread project?  Well, you got to choose what you did for you projects and the showcase was to see what other people had done for their project.  We helped set up everything and afterwards people started setting their things up.  The people at tables had more of a walk-around and see what each project is about and then there were also seven or so groups that presented in front of everybody.  We had a lot of fun and some of the projects and people’s ideas were impressive and/or creative and fun.  The only problem was that the presentations were taking too long and we had already been there for three hours not including school.

Overall, it was neat to see all of the projects and we also got extra credit for our class by doing this.  We had no expectations when we went since we didn’t really know what to expect.  I also had a problem, or something working in my mind because if we were to present or even be at one of the tables it seems so simple or plain to say that we make homemade banana bread, sell it door-to-door, and then donate the money.  The problem is that it is so much more than that between meeting both rude and lovely people and everything that we’re learning while doing this.  I didn’t know how we would be able to express that to anyone though and have them truly understand.  I told Navy Blue Dress and she agreed with me and I said that we should do something bigger or something to show people its worth or even go along with our idea of selling things at school.  We don’t know what to do but the awesome thing about our project is that it doesn’t ever have to stop.

If you have any ideas to help with this conundrum then it would help so much!

Be good humans.

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

Not Only Valentine’s Day

 

One thing incredible that the Grapes Of Wrath show is how to give love freely and in different forms.  And that none of what I am about to talk about has to only take place on Valentine’s Day.

The Oakies, in the book, never hesitate to give to the next stranger even if they have nothing to give.  They understand that they way to survive is a team effort and to keep everyone afloat.  You not only give to someone else but you must do it with your whole heart.  The people and the Joads don’t give grudgingly or half-heartedly but they would never think to keep from others what they can keep for themselves.  One really good example is when Ma has made breakfast for the family and she has cleaned everything and put it away and when someone comes walking down and stops to say ‘Good Morning’, she offers coffee and breakfast, both of which have been put away, dishes clean, and are in very short supply.  It’s even more awesome that these people were brought up that way and they are teaching their children the same things.

Although the Oakies tried to give freely and by doing this giving love and generosity, the people already living in California were hard-pressed and was trying to take everything from the Oakies because they wanted the Oakies to leave.  The funny thing about this is that if they hasd just treated them fairly and like descent human beings then the Oakies would probably have been able to support they family and make money quickly and move back home or to another state to start life over.  Instead, the Oakies were forced to not only stay in California but roam the land as well while they would get enough to only continue to move from place to place on an never ending cycle.

You see, one group of people have everything but are unhappy and angry while the other has nothing and lives to give more and more and are happy to have their family beside them and strangers, who quickly become friends, all around them.  I feel like more and more people these days are starting to view the world as a every-man-for-himself when that is exactly why we get problems like the Love Canal, Pollution, Bankruptcy, Crimes, and so many more.  It’s kind of funny actually because Capitalism is based on the ability to improve one’s situation and better oneself but we tend to loose sight of other people and focus only on ourselves and then blame the system.

Don’t forget about those around you.  Don’t be self-centered and hang your head in the corner while you pity yourself while someone needs you help and can’t do it on their own even if it is just to make them smile or take them out and get their kids off of it for a little while.

Let them know that you won’t leave them and you will help them get through it.  Extend yourself for others and you’ll be amazed at how far they’ll go for you in return.  Ma did this for the family that they found along the road and never wanted to stop helping them.

Be good humans.

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

To Infinity and Beyond!

 

Okay, so I have the perfect idea for what Navy Blue Dress and I should do next for our banana bread project.  The requirement for whatever our project could have been was that you are supposed to make a positive difference in your community.  To add to what we are doing already, making and selling homemade banana bread from door to door on weekends, I had a thought that we could make something easy like cookies or muffins and tell people at school what we’re doing and ask them if they would like to preorder some.  For instance, we could give them a flier explaining what we’re doing so that they can read that on their own and give to other people and we can ask them if they would like to pay for whatever amount of cookies or muffins and then tell them that they will have it brought to them at school on a certain day.  Get it?  I might not be explaining myself very clear but I want this to work and am excited but hope that this doesn’t overtake Navy Blue Dress and I like the picture of Woody above.

So far, as far as the food options go for people to “pre-order”, we have thought of cookies and muffins.  We don’t want something that is hard to carry and keep nice like cupcakes and we figured that if we tried to sell banana bread that people may not know what it is and if they do they probably don’t want a whole loaf of it, even if it is a mini one.  If you have any other ideas besides these two then we would greatly appreciate it and will respond back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope I am not geting myself too excited over nothing because Navy Blue Dress and I are still just talking about this as a total up in the air idea.  However eager and enthusiastic I am about this idea, I only want to do it if Navy Blue Dress wants to do it honestly and not only because I want to do it.  Because otherwise it wouldn’t be as enjoyable.  We would also have to be able to really work together because if one of use doesn’t have time to make it with the other person for some reason before the date to give the “customers” their goodies then we would just need to make sure that we are staying in constant communication and working together.  Which that should really be no problem for us since we’re best friends and see each other every day for at least 5 hours.

Whether or not this idea of mine will go through or even if it does if it’ll be successful, Navy Blue Dress and I will still have tons of fun together making the banana bread and maybe even giving some to my mom to sell at her work.  The picture below is me dancing with Navy Blue Dress  when we make banana bread!

Go have some delicious food and dance.  Be good humans.

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Just Keep Testing, Just Keep Testing!

Hello everyone. Hope its all well wherever you are.

This past week all the the juniors at my school to the Smarter Balance Assesment (the one that will replace the STAR test, because of common core). The testing was done over two days and we used chromebooks instead of the traditional pencil and paper. When the testing started, I wasn’t exactly excited. With all the other tests and other things being done for school at the moment, one more being added wasn’t happily accepted. I did like the testing being done on computers because writing long answers went faster. Though, they made us write long answers for math questions as well as English. Do we really need to explain how we got a certain answer to a math question? Either we know how to get the right answer and we got it or we don’t.

To say simply, I did not like the test, but if its in place of the STAR test I think I prefer one to the other. What I want to know is why the STAR testing was not good enough for common core?

Do any of you know? If so please do tell. And if you have an opinion on this please do tell.

-Navy Blue Dress

Grapes of Irony

Grapes of Irony, well it’s really Grapes of Wrath but the first one is better since it serves a point for this post.  As we are reading The Grapes of Wrath for class right now I am realizing how ironic everything is, not to mention twisted, miserable, and desperate.  For instance, the big businesses, created by the people outside of the South, push the Southerners out of their land to make more money.  Well, they don’t realize that those people they just took over was their money that they were taking as well.  Obviously the “Oakies” had to move somewhere else to survive and make money so they went to the West and other areas that had pushed them out in the first place.  However the oakies were viewed as vermin and bugs that needed to be pushed away and rid of.  To sum up, the North and West pushed out the South and took the South’s money so the South moved North and (mostly) West to make money but it was somehow wrong for the South to share profits in the North and South even though they had liked the Oakies completely out.  It’s also very hypocritical and selfish because everyone was feeling the pains of the Great Depression during this time period and for the N and W to do this to someone else and then be appalled when the S tried to move.  Where did the N and W expect or think that the people would go.  What, they would just stay home and volunteer to slowly die from dehydration and starvation?  Talk about being naive or so self-centered and closed-viewed as to not think that something drastic would happen after they did something drastic.  I’m going to be all sciencey and say that with every action causes an equal and opposite reaction.

Just think about this and remember to be good humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Just Around the Corner

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I know that this doesn’t seem like it’ll be about banana bread or anything happy for that matter but just trust me for a moment.  Recently I have been more quiet, exhausted, and anxiety ridden because my schedule is so busy that I have to try to figure out how to fit sleep in.  So I am naturally enjoying the things I wouldn’t get excited about and they are what get me from day to day.  I have had a few people ask me if anything was wrong or if I was mad at them and I assured them that they were not the problem.  But!  I cannot wait for this weekend because me and Navy Blue Dress are going to make banana bread again this weekend and even though I enjoyed it a lot before, I am incredibly excited about it and am looking forward to doing it with my best friend.  Especially since it will be her birthday in 12 days!  I would also really like to tell every single one of you that even though it sounds redundant and cliché, I believe in you and more importantly, believe in yourself because I know you can do it and when you believe you can do it you’re already half way there.  I am also glad to say that I will have my bestie there to also make sure I don’t eat all of the banana bread before we even sell it!

Have an amazing day and got do something you love with someone you love. ❤

 

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Teachers and Passing Notes

No, no, I did not get in trouble in class recently for passing notes or anything like that.  For once, it was the teacher who gave me a note and it wasn’t to be sent up to the office or another form of punishment.  It was an odd but considerate and thoughtful note.  It’s also a bit mysterious because I don’t quite understand my English teacher and I am not quite sure on what he meant.

I put this particular picture up because first of all it is incredibly worth of an “awww” and was too adorable to resist and the note that I received from my teacher had a little sticker on it that had the letter ‘Mm’ and a tiny mouse.  I think I might even put a picture of the note up here for you guys to see.  Yes, I think I will.

It was nice to get this because lately things have been kind of dreary and stressful and I am very glad that for whatever reason that my teacher decided to give me it, he did.  Interesting quirks in a day make you feel like you are not just going through the motions of life and they revive you and wake you back up a little bit too in the sense of changing from robot to human once again.

The note also did have a funky looking crown thing on it with a smiley face and on a side note the picture above has made me want a tiny mouse pet but only the ones online are always this cute.

Here is the note from my teacher.

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– Gold Glitter Pumps