Looking Back

Well the school year is almost over and I feel like I have done so much. I have taken two AP classes, raised money for a charity, made it through chemistry (ugh!), and so much more. I had a lot of fun this year, but I have also had a ton of stress to deal with. In my English class this year I feel that I was able to refine my skills and that had I had a couple “Oh!” moments. Through my English class I was able to learn how to add my voice to a conversation. I feel that this will probably help me the most with my life in the future. I am a huge introvert but through technology and other resources I am able to talk to others and find out more than I would normally. I have also learned how to critically look at something and get more out of it than you would at a first glance. This will definitely help me in the future because not everything comes to us the first time we look over it. I know that I don’t necessarily like critically looking at everything, but I can see the purpose it serves and respect what it does for us.

Overall, this year has been pretty good… Now for summer!!!

-Navy Blue Dress

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

Summer!!!

Hello to all! Hope you are doing well.

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Well I officially have 12 days left to school and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get out and not have to stress about everything going on, every single day. It will be so nice to be able to sleep in the first day of summer, and the day after that, and the day after that… I have some big plans for this summer. I will be going to England to study at Oxford for a month. They have a program where you get to stay in the dorms and you take two classes of your choice there, and just basically get to live like a Briton for a month. I am taking creative writing and psychology. I can not wait to go!

What plans do you guys have for the summer? I bet their great!

-Navy Blue Dress

 

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

Everything Ends

Hello everybody!

We are coming to the end of the school year and with that, mine and Gold Glitter Pump’s project has ended. In total we raised $207! I had a lot of fun doing this project, and it was even better that I got to do it with my best friend. I learned that you really have to plan out when you are going to do things, and you have to stick those dates, or else nothing will ever get done. I also learned how to deal with other people in a polite way, even if they are extremely rude to you.

All in all I had a lot of fun with this project, and I might even continue doing it. I guess that is a really good plus to this project; that since these projects are supposed to help others and give our point of view on things, they don’t have to stop when the project is due.

Well I hope that all of you that are coming up to the end of the school year have a good time! Good luck on finals!

And I am going to put this photo in because it is from my all time favorite tv show, and it has something to do with this post. Hope you like it!

-Navy Blue Dress

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

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

No More Homework

This really is a terrible subject to talk about but let’s do it anyways.

The topic of senior year was what we were talking and reading about recently and the goods and bars of making it optional or getting rid of it.  I think this would not only be interesting to try but to se what happens and if it is worth it or not.  I think people, especially teachers and administrations, should rethink giving kids homework, especially before high school.  For so long it had just been the social norm and acceptable for kids to have several hours of homework a night, even kindergarteners.  I don’t want to nit pick on times because that isn’t the main problem.  I understand that the point of homework for teachers is to help kids further understand and learn.  However if children are trying to get homework merely so that it is done and out of the way then why aren’t teachers realizing that this isn’t a “normal” kid problem and they are just overreacting.  To stop and think, “Hey, there might be a logical reason that these two things may have a connection to each other; homework isn’t helping them and they hate it.”  Even if the child is not crying over homework or drowning in misery, they still do not like it but it has always been viewed as the teacher’s job to give homework and collect it and grade it.

I think this social norm should be changed or at least experienced because there isn’t one study proving that homework gives any of the benefits it claims to for kids below high school.

If you want to hear more about this and laugh a little too, then go look at some of these videos or just search for “Alfie Kohn” on Youtube.  Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npZ4dkt4e4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS3m1ocWhhw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt-ZI58wpw

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Maybe, Just Maybe

For today I wanted to share something exciting and a little neat with you, if that’s all right.

Next year will be my last year in high school and the time is coming for us to choose our classes that we want to take next year.  I pretty much had it down; three AP’s, math, and food and nutrition.  Recently however, I learned that we have a new class called physiology and it is all about the body, science wise not health wise.  Shocked was I when I heard this because this subject was the only thing I found interesting in freshman year biology and I still remember things I learned about the body that year.  Now I was in a pickle because I did not want to have six classes next year because that is a lot with three AP’s and I did not want to have to stay through lunch if I could help it.  We are required to take at least five classes next year and my issue was that I could not choose between food and nutrition and physiology.  Not that you have the same interests as I do but I am sure you can have been in a predicament like this before.  I finally decided that food and nutrition would be best because I am excited about it and I love working with my hands, especially when it comes to food.  Another thing, this is a class that will help me for the rest of my life because it is obvious that there will not always be someone there to make all of your food for you and you will have to know what you are doing, and maybe have some fun with it even.  One of the big reasons why I ended up deciding on food and nutrition was thanks to a very enjoyable and unique ten-minute “speech” on the class.  I wrote the word ‘speech’ the way I did because I liked it so much and was caught up in it that it did not feel like a speech by another teacher, but rather something greater.  I was not so much her use of big words or a super-smiley attitude but her excitement to even talk about it and share what it was like.  It sounds silly and unimportant but when teachers love to teach and do it with true heart, that is when they teach students how to love to learn.

I am telling you all of this because I wanted to give you some hope or support in whatever you are doing and do not think that it will get better.  I can understand to some degree how you might feel, especially if you are another student trying to just get through high school.  Being in high school has made me not enjoy school and really become a bitter and syndical person about everything and I know this because it tears me up inside to see this change in me because that is not who I am.  My goal then in high school was to just finish it and get it out of the way, like a grueling task of picking up spilled salt or trying to catch pillow feathers in the wind.  Your high school years are supposed to be looked back on with happy smiles and a good remembrance and an enjoyment of going through them as well but for me it was a get it done and move on to bigger and better things.  I did not realize the potential, however small or big, I had to making my last year one that I did not want to end instead of counting the minutes till graduation.  Even though I was only encouraged by two classes that I was eager to do, I am grateful that I had them to show me that I can make my last year however I want it to be.  I saw that possibility of what could be and the only person who has the power to take me there was me.  And I have decided on savoring and delighting in senior year.

I hope that you find the good in everything you do even if it is hiding so much from you that you need help from someone else to find it.  Do not give up and please realize that you can decide on exhilaration or tediousness.  See what you have before you before it is too late.

Have a good day and go tell someone that you love them and make them smile.

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

Love, Music, Death, & Books

All things in life end are best ended with music.  Whether it be a movie, play, relationship, funeral, or birthday and since we are officially done with The Great Gatsby in class I thought the best way to end it was with music.

I’m going to put certain scenes of The Great Gatsby to the music of John Mayer’s (with Katy Perry) Who You Love.

The lyrics to the song will be in blue and what scene it overlays will be in purple.

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