Sunday, January 31, 2010

13 Going on 30

I was watching this movie yesterday that I used to watch all the time about 3 years ago and I was totally obsessed with it. It's called 13 going on 30. Ever heard of it? It's really good, in my opinion anyway. I know all of the words to it and I know exactly what happens every single time. I really don't know why I know all of the words or why I was obsessed over it. I guess because if your a teenage girl watching the movie and your having problems in your life that you just want to go away (just like Jenna Rink does in the movie), then you would love to wish that you were that little girl. There is a time in everyone's lives that they wish they were someone else for a day, whether it be a famous person or your best friend, I guarantee everyone has thought about it before.
There are actually a lot of movies that I used to watch when I was in middle school that I still know all of the words to. I would watch them over and over again when we went on trips to visit grandma in the car and on a Sunday afternoon when I was bored. But now all of these times that I used to spend watching movies, I find myself having to do homework, and lots of it. Its funny how much school changes in a matter of 2 or 3 years. Back in the good old days of "let's try to be popular" middle school, there was absolutely no homework and it was just a social craving. Now you have to do your homework or you will most definitely fail high school. Which isn't a bad thing because we're trying to get prepared for college and all but still, I'd like to hang out all the time like we used to be able to. It was quite nice.
I enjoy having a little time to go catch a new movie or watch an old one every now and then but I understand my priorities and what needs to get done first. That's probably the biggest difference between high school and middle school.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Soo Thankful

Just recently this week, I talked to a girl who used to go to our school but then was sent to Metro because of getting pregnant. I'm not going to disclose names so I'll just say her name is Sue.
Sue and I are not exactly friends but we used to talk occasionally being involved in dance and having some classes together. I hadn't seen her for about 6 months or so, so it was good to see her. But I was totally surprised about how open she was with me and my friend about the whole situation she has been through. I'm not going to explain the whole thing, but something she said to me was very inspiring and it totally changed my life. She said to us, "For a couple of months I didn't have any friends at all. All I had was my family." This totally shocked me and I missed some of the stuff she said after that to us because I couldn't stop thinking about it. It made me realize not to take anything or anyone for granted because you never know what will happen. I felt really bad for her because it's not like she wished this upon herself or could do anything about it once it happened. And I have resentment for those who make fun of teens who are pregnant. I'm sure that you know of people having sex in their relationship but you just never hear of any of them being pregnant. This time, it just happened to be an unlucky girl who had friends, family, grades, and hobbies that she loved. After the news, well, all of that went away.
The last few days after I have heard the story of Sue, I have been a totally different person to my friends and family. I love my friends and I don't know what I would do without them. We are so lucky that we have other people in this world to share our lives with and too many people say and do horrible things to others that just aren't necessary. I'm lucky to have two best friends who I can tell anything to and I know they will always be there for me. Some people can't say that, but I'm so thankful that I can.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Oldies but Goodies

The olden days of Disney channel and Nickelodeon were probably the best there was. There was Lizzie McGuire, All That, The Amanda Show, Phil of the Future, Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents, Drake and Josh, and so many others. Those days were the best. I remember watching The Amanda Show and totally laughing my butt off. Saturday mornings were the best when I would wake up at 9 o'clock just to watch the new episode of Fairly Odd Parents. Cuddling up in my blanket with a bowl of cereal was the bomb. Now all of the shows on these channels aren't very good. In my opinion, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody is pretty lame. And I don't even know what half of the other shows are. They have weird characters and they are not even funny. I guess it's a different generation now but I wish they still played some of the oldies, you can't find TV like that anymore these days.
I had the biggest crush on Drake Parker ever because he would play the guitar, hes popular, and he was just a cool dude. I would always tell myself that one day I would meet him and we would get married. Of course something like that would never, ever happen, but hey it was worth a shot when I was younger. I also wished I had a pair of magical godparents that would grant my every wish. That would be the life. I don't know why but I always wished for breakfast food all of the time, but now I hate having breakfast for anything but breakfast.
I'm sitting here on my Spongebob blanket trying to think how long that TV show has been on now. I can remember it being on when all of those other shows were on, and it still runs the old ones and comes up with new episodes. That show is the absolute bomb. Me and my friends still quote and laugh our heads off for hours over the stupid square sponge creature and his weird friends. What's really funny is that half of the stuff in that show is completely unethical. People can't light fires underwater? It doesn't make any sense! That's probably one of the reasons this show is so funny. Even my parents enjoy a good laugh from Spongebob every now and then.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Michael Jackson

Ever since Michael Jackson died, I have been listening to his music a lot more then I ever had before. I know I'm not the only person who is in this situation either. And it might be that people start to realize how great the music was after the celebrity has died. I put Michael Jackson on my ipod and I listen to his CD's in my car all the time. I discovered this video from one of my friends of these two guys who made a mix of a bunch of Michael Jackson songs and it's really amazing. I cannot stop listening to it and I probably know the song better then some of his other works. The link to the video is here. I always love finding new videos on Youtube and then watching them over and over again.
I remember when I was little, my favorite song was Hey Juliet by LMNT. My best friend and I knew every word and listened to it every single day. I still know all the words and it's still one of my favorite songs. It's funny how I have all of these CD's from when I was little and now all we do is buy and download our songs from the internet and onto our ipods. And when our parents were teenagers, they listened to records. Technology has changed a lot in the last 40 years.
The other day in my AP Biology class, we watched a video on people who are paralyzed and can't talk and how scientists are coming out with machines to hook up to people's heads to detect what they are thinking and spell out individual words they are wanting to say. It was really neat actually. We're watching a lot of videos that are showing us new advanced technology and it's kind of scary to realize what could actually happen in the future. They're talking about cloning mammoths and recreating them to bring them back to Earth. I don't really understand why we would want to bring animals back that died a long time ago. Nature took them away for a reason so why should we bring them back?
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Hooray for Babysitting

So last night I took on the job of babysitting my mom's friend from works son who is about 3. I walked into their house and he is always really shy and wont talk to me at first but once he realizes that he knows me, he is totally fine. His name is Connor and I was a little nervous to be babysitting him again considering the temper tantrum he threw at me the last time I was there.
He wanted to go to sleep, so of course I wasn't about to argue with him, so I got him ready for bed by brushing his teeth and putting on his pj's. I laid him down in bed, read him a book, turned off the light, and walked out of the room. About 5 minutes later I can hear him screaming and crying, so I run down the hallway to see what was wrong. He said that there were scary monsters in his room. But then when I reassured him everything was okay and a couple minutes later he started crying again, he made up a different excuse not to go to sleep. I told him that he needed to sleep and his mom was going to be home soon. Finally after an hour of going back and forth to his room and the living room, he kind of fell asleep. But when the parents came home ten minutes later he ran out of the room to give them a big hug, crying. I felt terrible but I guess there really wasn't anything I could do.
Luckily this time none of these events happened. We built a dinosaur, played "roll the ball back and forth then hide it so he can find it," and superheros. The superhero and the ball game was the worst ever. In the superhero game, he would say he was superman, or batman, or spiderman and I would lift him into the air so he could fly above the city. After awhile it got quite tiring because, well he's not a baby anymore. Then there was the ball game. He found this ball, that is their viscious dog's, and we started rolling it back and forth. Soon the game turned into you take the ball from me and I'll punch you to get it. So that's exactly what he did. He got on top of me and hit my arms and legs just so I would give him the ball. It was quite entertaining. Not. One time he got the ball and then chucked it strait at my shin. That was the end of the game.
I'm not trying to complain because I love being with little kids, and Connor is totally fun to be with, but I don't think he knows that you're not supposed to hit people yet.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Let's Not Be Wasteful

So again after reading the latest essay, it has inspired me to write about something else on my blog. The essay about dumpster digging has really overturned my views on how much people actually use and consume. I know for a fact that I buy way to many clothes and shoes that I don't get the full use out of and then end up throwing them out or selling them when they are in perfectly good condition. The homeless then take these things because, well, what else are they supposed to do to get by in life? But the people who live in this country buy way to many things that they really don't need. They buy things because they look cool or they think they will need it later in life when they wont. These things then eventually go to waste. I guess there are two points to this situation. If your on the homeless end, this is absolutely a good thing that people throw out perfect things. If your an average person with this problem, well then that sucks for you because your wasting money and buying other people things.
I've noticed as well, that when at a buffet, people take food that they then don't end up eating. Many people throw out and waste food that is then eaten by the homeless people.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that my goal is to watch what I buy and spend my money on so that I'm not wasting it in the end. And I'm going to watch what I take when I eat and make sure I eat everything on my plate. Some people don't get to eat every day like we do. We have to be greatful for the things we have. I think other people should try to watch what they spend their money on too. Because it doesn't grow on trees. We have to work for our money and of course we deserve to get paid and spend that money on the things that we want. But that doesn't mean that we have to overspend and buy things we don't necessarily need. There is a difference between wants and needs and everyone has to establish the difference between those things in their lives.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

An Experience to Think About

As I am running out of things to blog about, I found myself going to the website: and looking for ideas. I cam across one that was about people working at a checkout lane and dealing with customers, so I decided to share my experience while working at HyVee Drugstore.
It was a regular Monday night when I would usually take the 6-10pm shift because it was pretty slow going. I was straightening up some of the items in the first isle when I saw this lady come in with 3 children. One was older maybe around 10 and the other two were about 5 and 3. However, the lady was handling the older girl very fiercely and telling her what to do in a very upsetting tone. I guess to me it seemed unreasonable she should be talking to her daughter that way because I've been raised in a household where my parents don't yell and swear at me. They proceeded further into the store and I didn't really think anything of it. About twenty minutes later, the family was ready to check out and the mom started putting her groceries onto my lane. At HyVee drugstore, There is only one main lane for checking out and a small area for the carts to be placed. I started ringing up her items and she told the older girl to put the cart away. The girl simply pushed the cart then let go of it so it would go into line with all of the other carts, but the mother must have thought this behavior was unacceptable for some reason because all of a sudden she grabbed the girl by the neck and arms, threw her onto the ice cream freezer and put her head down on the glass and grabbed her arms and started swearing at her. "You do not act this way in public," she shouted and I was totally freaking out. I had no idea what to do. My manager came over and told me to call 911 but I was panicing and someone over at Customer Service called instead. We have a security guard who works in the store and he came over and took the lady back and the manager took the girl. They brought them both into a conference room in the back and I was left standing at my register with a picture of that entire scene happening and another customer and her child standing at my lane. She simply said to me, "I cannot believe people would treat their children that way," while holding onto her sons shoulders. I thought to myself how lucky I was to have the parents that I do and that I don't have to be treated that way. The police came in about 5 minutes later and the lady was banned from the store. I sure hope that her children got taken away from her and put into foster care. Kids do not deserve to grow up that way. My manager asked me to write down everything I saw and heard after it had happened because the police were going to file a report. This is probably why I will not ever forget what happened.
It just made me realize how much I need to appreciate the good things that happen in my life and I cannot even think about parents or even other people abusing kids.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Artificially flavored what?

After reading this weekends essay about McDonald's french fries and how they make them, it made me want to throw up and never ever eat anything processed ever again. Now I know that this, of course, wont happen because mainly everything you eat has chemicals and other factors in it that make it "look right, taste right, and smell right." Are you seriously kidding me though? In the essay, it talked about how companies that make flavoring and smells for foods can basically make any type of smell there is. You want body odor? You get body odor fruit snacks. You want freshly cut grass? You get freshly cut grass nutrigrain bars. This is completely unbelievable to me. Why in the world would anyone even need to invent something like that? That seems like a total waste of time and money. No wonder this country is in a recession.
Now don't get me wrong, I love McDonald's french fries more then anything in the world. I crave them nonstop. But, that doesn't make them good for you. They are totally harmless to your body. They're cooked in vegetable oil and are frozen before being cooked. Not to mention the amount of salt on one fry. I used to work at McDonald's and I saw what the food looks like behind the counter. Going to the freezer to get a bag of french fries so one can load the little wire basket with fries and shove it into the burning oil was not the most attractive thing ever. Just standing there I could feel the grease going into my hair and accumulating on my face. Of course McDonald's is still delicious, but the process to get it that way is terrible. And the food is so bad for you.
Overall I guess I'll just try to not eat so much fast food anymore and try eating healthier. Or are fruits and vegetables enhanced too with coloring from different insects I've never even heard of? Maybe I'll just grow my own garden so that I know the food I'm eating is safe. Eh, what am I thinking. I don't have time to do any of that stuff. So for now, I hope the bunches and bunches of chemicals I'm consuming each day aren't going to affect me later in life. Thank you, artificial flavoring.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dancing at Disney

As the days go by, the closer and closer the dance team gets to going to Nationals in Disney World on February 4th this year. Personally, I really don't care how we do at this competition, we're going to Disney World for goodness sakes! But some of the other girls on the team are really concerned about what our placing is in the end. I get that they want us to be good, and I do too, but we don't have to be the best there is and get first place at a National Championship. We can't even get first in our own state so how are we supposed to get first in Florida? I guess I'm being a little bit of a negative person here, but what do you expect? Our coach pushes us to practice for two and a half hours for 3 to 4 days a week. I'm not complaining because it could be a lot worse. But we do have other things to do in our lives as well. And when she doesn't compensate for those other things, what are we supposed to do? This time of year gets really hectic because I have dance team practice and showchoir practice all the time. Not to mention the early morning and late night Saturdays that occur almost every weekend since January 9 until March 19. I get sick really easily this time of year and it's already happening. Once I get sick it usually doesn't go away until I can get enough sleep to get over it.
I feel like I'm complaining a lot so let's look at the bright side of dance team. One, the girls on the team are the best people in the world aside from the times when some can get nasty. I love dancing so I guess there is another positive. We get to get out of school occasionally which means not having to sit in class for 55 minutes. We have sleepovers sometimes which are always fun because we can't ever mess around at practice or we get yelled at. We get to go out of town together a lot. We get to eat a lot because we're always hungry after practice! I guess there is a lot of positives about being on dance team, I just never see them that often.
Disney World is such a wonderful place and I cannot wait to go back, even if it does mean that we have to dance while were there, it will be an experience in itself.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Waking Up to a Great Start

So this weekend starts the actual beginning of showchoir season. Friday night after the dance team danced at halftime during the boys basketball game, I went over to my friends house so she could put approx. 30 hard curlers in my hair so I could get the pleasure of sleeping with them in the entire night. After that was done I didn't get to bed until about eleven o'clock. Now, one may think that this is an early time to go to bed on a Friday night. But I haven't told you yet that I had to get up at 3:30am the next morning to be at school at 4am. Getting up wasn't the hard part. The hard part was functioning that early in the morning. I was shaking because my body was so tired. Running on four hours of sleep is not the way to go.

Arriving at school, everyone else looked the same way I did: like they had just rolled out of bed and drove to school. Not to mention that it was negative 15 degrees out or something around there. We all loaded into the bus after taking attendance and we were off to Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Now I'm not going to complain about having a charter bus to take on a 4 hour drive, because it was much nicer then taking a regular old school bus. But, there was a squeaking noise right next to our seat the ENTIRE TIME. So there goes sleeping for me and my bus partner. We ended up just talking the whole time on the way there and trying to fall asleep, but it was no use.

Upon our arrival we had to help unload the trailer containing all of the things that we used to do our show later in the day. We then watched our prep group (who is amazing!) and then grabbed some food. After that it was about time to get ready to perform. I took out those curlers that had been giving me a headache ever since I had put them in and my hair was about ten inches shorter then it usually is. Doing your hair, makeup, and putting on your costume usually takes awhile and time flew while we were getting ready. Before we knew it it was time to perform. For a lot of us, the first time performing in the varsity showchoir at our school. Which, might I say, is quite an experience!

We gave our best show that we possibly could both in day round and finals and this is the earliest our varsity showchoir has ever competed. So we didn't do as well as we hoped we would, but it was still and experience that wont be forgotten. Despite all of the difficult hair and makeup issues, performing is totally worth it in the end.

This picture was taken by one of the moms of a girl in our group.

That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Nosy People

So I was sitting in class the other day while we had some free time and I just got out my phone and started replying to a text message i had received. In the middle of my sentence, I can see out of the corner of my eye someone leaning over to see who I'm talking to and what I'm saying. Now if this person was somebody that I knew and trusted, I wouldn't have minded so much. But the point is that this person was a complete stranger, someone I had never talked to before in my life. That is just plain rude. I understand that people want to know things sometimes but not if you do not even know the person who is trying to get into your business.
I seriously cannot stand when people are nosy and get into other people's business. I mean I guess I do it sometimes too but not that often and I don't pry people for information. People don't need to know everything about one person. That's why we have friends, to tell them things. But others who you don't know don't need to know each little detail. There are people at school always trying to get into everyone's business and create drama, which is a little immature if you ask me. Drama is middle school. This is high school, so get over yourselves and move on with your life. Yes, people do abnormal things, that's just part of life. But you don't have to go asking them every little thing about the event to get information. Just be happy you actually know what is going on.
I'm sorry that I'm totally ventilating on this blog. People have just made me mad the last week or so so I wanted to get it off of my chest.
There is one more thing I'd like to add while we're being open here. I hate it when people who aren't in high school, act like they are. If you graduate from high school, shouldn't you be happy and not want to have anything to do with your high school? I would be ecstatic if I could just leave high school right now and go live up my life in college. I wouldn't want to come back for high school events. Now I understand a couple of times of visits like to a football game or something but not every little event.
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Little Kids are the Greatest

This year at Christmas, I played an Uno game with my 2nd grade triplet cousins and my other 6th grade cousin. We dealt out the cards and started playing, but right off the bat it was a complete disaster. The older girl was trying to control the younger three children and tell them how to play the game. We went around in a circle and you know how uno has draw two or draw four or wild cards where you can change the colors? Well they had absolutely no idea what to do with any of those. So when they would put a card like that down, the older girl would yell at them and tell them what to do. Then once one of the younger girls unterstood the game a little more, when another youngster would mess up, she would yell too. It ended up turning into a giant yelling fest. I eventually calmed them down with a matching game that they actually knew how to play, but it was quite entertaining to watch them think that they know what exactly they were doing, but in reality none of them were playing right. I probably wasn't even playing right because of all of the things they were doing, I couldn't remember which way was right! I'm pretty sure that these younger cousins of mine always have looked up to me. My mom gives them my old clothes for Christmas sometimes and then I see them wearing them when we come to visit. They always want me to play with them and be around them whenever we go, but there are other family that I'd like to talk to as well. But it's fun to spend valuable time with your little cousins who are just completely enjoying their life as a little kid. I miss those days when I could just be myself and nobody would judge you for what your wearing, what you look like, or what your doing. That's how my cousins act. They are so crazy and wild, they eat so much too! My little cousin in 2nd grade ate constantly the whole day and was always hungry for more. I was like dear God child! How can you keep eating and not get full and not become overweight?!
That's all for now my fellow bloggers.