Tuesday, January 31, 2012


"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."
-Beatrix Potter

Isn't that just great?

Monday, January 30, 2012


I have had a very sick couple of days, but I think I see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. I have gotten little to no sleep, and have been feeling generally awful. My emotions have been all over the place, and I missed my classes this morning. Hopefully in the next couple days I will get back on track, and start to feel better.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Sorry, yet again

Another absence, and now another apologetic post. I am truly sorry for not writing more frequently, but I feel like I have been on my feet all week rushing around and studying. German test on Monday, math test on Wednesday, and another two days of babysitting. Add on a Shakespeare paper, publication in a poetry anthology, a picture a day, a two hour orthodontist appointment, a couple hours at the historical society, and a partial sick day, and you can see why I have not  had much free time.

Here is a little look into what I have been up to this week:

Monday: On Monday, I had a written German test for the two chapters we had covered so far this term. It was nerve wracking, but I ended up with an honors grade which I am very proud of. Monday afternoon I trudged down to the historical society to begin my research. I am going once a week to research certain objects in their collection, then write short articles for their blog. I had never had much researching experience, but it was one of the more interesting things I have done this year. I loved finding facts about the first object, a cribbage board. When one of my articles goes up, I will include a link.

Tuesday: On Tuesday, I had chorus, and we started a new piece, sung in Estonian. My music/sight reading skills are getting better by the week! I spent most of Tuesday with Much Ado About Nothing, writing a paper comparing and contrasting the two main couples of the play. I have posted it in the Papers section of this blog. Also on Tuesday I went running, slipped, and got a pretty good cut on my leg.

Wednesday: On Wednesday, I woke feeling absolutely awful, after one of the worst night's sleep I have ever had. I managed to drag myself to German class, because I knew that if I missed it, I would be very behind. After German, I came home and fell back asleep, missing my math class. My mom picked up the math test for me so I could do it later. After sleeping for a couple more hours, I awoke feeling much better and went out to lunch with my mom and three of her students. We had a wonderful time. In the afternoon I babysat.

Thursday: On Thursday, I got my braces off after two and a half years, which was amazing! It took a long time, and my gums are kind of sore, but it was worth it. I have my smile back! After that, I took the math test and babysat in the afternoon. I had chorus on Thursday night.

Friday: Today, I am having a soccer tournament! This morning, I got my math test back, and I got an honors grade for that too! I wrote my first article for the historical society, and I am looking forward to the weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mid Week Check In

This week, although slow to start, has sped up with vengeance. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was on Monday, so no classes, but I did use the time to do homework and read. Having recently been to the library, I am proud to say that in the last four days I have finished five books! It was a slow weekend, including the much anticipated watching of Much Ado About Nothing, produced by Kenneth Branagh, one of the most amazing Shakespeare actors and movie producers I have ever seen.

After reading the play, my dad and I were eager to watch the film adaptation and think about the choices they made. I loved everything about it! The movie was shot in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, where the play is set, and the production is joyous and full of sunshine. The music in the movie was especially good, and I think it really set the tune for the rest of the play. Branagh and Emma Thompson played Beatrice and Benedick, and they were fantastic in their mutual hatred of each other in the beginning and their love in the end. This is now one of my favorite movies, and I know that I will watch it again and again.

In my classes, I have gotten back my math test, learned about triangles in Geometry, along with more proof writing for homework. In German, we continued to watch a documentary about the Berlin wall and learned lots of new vocabulary like foods and drinks. Today we had a reading for pronunciation quiz, and on Friday we are having an oral test in the Language Lab.

I am also looking into a new opportunity regarding the Historical Society in our town. They are looking for volunteers to look into collections and artifacts, find interesting stories, and write about them for a blog and/or newsletter. I am scheduled to meet with someone on Friday, and if this works out it could be a great thing to do for my history, which has bee sadly neglected in the past few weeks.

Today I posted a new writing piece for Write on Wednesdays, and my photography project is going wonderfully. Today and tomorrow I babysit after school, and then on Friday it is time to go to the kindergarten class to help out and play indoor soccer.

Well, that's it for now,

Friday, January 13, 2012


Well, I have officially been absent for a week from this blog. I am sorry for the lack of news, but nothing incredibly interesting has happened on this end. On Wednesday this week, I had a math test on our  first week of geometry. We learned lots of postulates, theorems, and how to prove things, and although it is a lot of memorizing, I enjoy it.

In German, the pace has picked up, and we finished the first chapter since vacation in only one week! Currently on the table are future tense verbs, Berlin culture, and die Mauer (the wall). I have not been doing as well as the first term, but I think it is only the increased pace which is making my grades go down. I am trying hard to stay on top of it and really learn things as they fly past.

This week has been rainy, and the weather has been generally cold and disgusting. I am very disappointed. I did, however, take some wonderful pictures on the way back from my kindergarten volunteering. The rain had stopped briefly, and the sun was shining. I am going to share a couple with you.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Weekend Plans

The weekend so far has been fairly normal, and I am using today as a homework day to complete my assignments and organize my week next week. Yesterday was the open house for the high school I am applying for, so I went to the English department to learn more about the English curriculum next year. It was very interesting, and I am glad that I went.

In the afternoon, we watched the 2011 movie adaptation of Jane Eyre, which was wonderful. I have read the book many times, and was eager to find how this movie handled the characters and plot. It was a good version, and my favorite character of the adaptation was the housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax, played by Judi Dench. She portrayed Mrs. Fairfax almost exactly as I imagined while reading. The plot was good, and the scenery was as breathtaking as the writing of Charlotte Bronte.

Today is the day for Shakespeare writing assignments, geometry homework, and German vocabulary and grammar. I will probably clean my room, and think about my week next week.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weekly Snapshot: Project 365

For this week's weekly snapshot, I am going to include a couple recent photos that I have uploaded to Project 365, where I upload a picture I have taken every day. I am including two, both of which are Christmas ornaments, which I have taken in the past two days. The first is of a Swedish girl, where I attempted a new technique called bokeh, which is deliberately putting the lights in the background out of focus. The second is of a pig which was painted by my grammie, where I wanted to experiment with close up.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Back in the Fray

After a restful break and a wonderful holiday, it is time to get back into the swing of things in the new year. My classes start tomorrow, and I am very excited to hurl myself back into all the work and fun and writing that I have been actually missing over break. This week I have classes, we finish Much Ado About Nothing, I have babysitting, chorus, and soccer, and I am starting a new project with photography.

First off, with my high school classes, I am excited for new challenges that will come with the new term. I am starting geometry in math class, and moving up in German to a more advanced class that moves faster.  For Christmas, I got a new digital camera, and I am itching to put it into use. It is a Canon Power Shot SX150 IS, and so far the pictures with it have been amazing. I am keen to explore the world of photography, and I have several helpful books which have been helping me to sort out all the different things to remember. As a way to improve my photography, I have also entered a photo challenge called Project 365. I take a photo every day and upload it, and others can view my work and comment on it. There are also discussions that give great advice and contests weekly. I like that I have made a commitment to a year of photography, and it has got me shooting all right!

Today was a slower day, cleaning and preparing for the start of classes tomorrow. I am very excited for everything to start, and I will write again tomorrow when everything starts up again.