It didn’t take very long for me to start breaking the list of virtues created by our good old pal, Ben Franklin. Wednesday night my gram came in clutch and made her specialty, lasagna. She makes the best around and I pretty much ate my body weight in lasagna. I felt like I was in a food coma, so there goes the virtue of temperance. We also made some homemade sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies over the weekend and I managed to eat half of them myself because once you start you cant seem to stop. Industry was broken quite a few times, including right now, by procrastinating on my homework. Instead of getting it done right away, I found myself on the couch taking naps. After I woke up from my naps, I searched for any excuse possible to dodge doing the work. So here we are once again, 8:57 at night (which is early for me) doing my homework. The cleanliness virtue was broken too because I decided I was too lazy to put my clean clothes away, so I sat them on the chest at the end of my bed. Who knows when i’ll actually get the motivation to fully put them away. Maybe tomorrow maybe the day after that, who knows. Even when I do decide to put them away, more seem to magically appear. I swear its a repetitive cycle of clothing. Don’t even get me started on Order because 99% of the time my decisions are spur of the moment. I find myself never setting specific times for things or making lists of things that need to get done. I found myself randomly deciding to binge watch Christmas movies on Saturday when I should have devoted that time to getting around because we had to be in Hershey that night. Frugality is one that I will probably always struggle with. Do I really need that pair of Uggs, that Northface jacket, or those leggings? No, but I want them. I find myself buying things, wearing them once and never wearing them again. Even worse than that, when I clean out my closet I often find things new with tags that I just refuse to wear. The question “why would I even buy that?” floats through my mind in situations like those. I honestly thought that it would be easier to try to follow the virtues. I obviously proved to myself that I am far from perfect, but then again who really is? Everyone makes mistakes and everyone does things they aren’t proud of, but that’s what makes us human.
My first reaction to the poem, A Smile, was that I was confused and wasn’t a big fan of it for that reason. The poem had a lot going on with no rhyme or reason to it. The poem didn’t follow stanzaic form and didn’t have a specific rhyme scheme that I was able to pick out. However, I did find that the poem had some allusions buried within it . The allusion that helped me understand it a bit was “so much depends upon”. This statement means that life depends on the small things. Also when it is stated “reliant self” I was able to understand that everything in life depends on your choices and you have to make yourself happy. I feel like if we analyzed and read it together in class I would understand better but for the most part I’m pretty clueless about the overall message. My question is how do the footnotes tie in to the poem because I found they were throwing me off even more. The poet made sure to include some pretty complex vocabulary most of which I didn’t understand. I had to read lines multiple times in order to have half a clue what the poet was trying to get across. Some questions I have are why does the poem not follow a specific stanzaic form and why are there so many allusions found within? Also what is the theme that is trying to be presented? The poet has a very negative outlook in this poem. Maybe someone in the speakers left them but besides that guess I’m unsure of why it turns so negative as the poem goes on. I guess the end of the poem is meant to say that although life may be awful and miserable at one point you need to live it to its fullest. I’d say that, in my eyes the poem is about having to create happiness for yourself because you are the one that has any control over it. It’s your choice to be miserable in life or to have a positive outlook and live your life to the fullest.
My experience with poetry was a pretty rough one and I have concluded that I am far from being a poet. Having to write poetry made me realize just how difficult it is. While writing the poems there were times I wanted to throw something across the room and scream. Just when I thought my poem was sounding half decent a problem would arise, usually in the syllable count. Coming up with topics to write about and trying to make meaning of them was pretty difficult but I survived. Before this year, I avoided poetry like the plague because it was always taught in such a boring way. In 8th grade the same poems were played over and over again until you wished you hearing would just go. A lot of teachers would shove one specific theme down your throat instead of allowing you to interpret it your own way which made me really hate it. Interpretation of poetry has always been a weakness for me because I usually have no idea what is going on because some poets feel the need to whip out all these fancy words. My experience with poetry this year has been better than the rest, but id still prefer to pretend it doesn’t exist.
When I was informed we were writing poetry, I wasn’t too thrilled but I figured I could whip up a nice free verse poem. Then I read the directions and my hopes and dreams of my poem being a simple free verse were squashed like a bug.Writing the poems in stanzaic form stressed me out but once I got the hang of it I was able to stress a little less. Once I got the rhythm down I knew I could do it, even though I didnt want to. After creating poems, I give some serious credit to poets. I couldnt imagine writing poetry on a regular basis. After the poetry unit I have decided to give poetry more of a chance instead of automatically hating it. Overall I believe I kind of have a love/ hate relationship with poetry because some poems have good life lessons but some I just cant understand at all which makes me frustrated.
I decided to choose the 6 word story “Longed for him, got him, shit”. I decided to choose this 6 word short story because I just thought the concept of it was funny and decently relatable because a lot of people today find other people on social media and when they finally “get them” like they wanted they turn out to be completely different than they had hoped or expected. I decided to base my story around a senior in high school named Julia who had transferred to a private school, in a different country, in hopes of perusing her dance career. This private school has an advanced dance program making it one of the most desirable schools in the world for aspiring dancers. When Julia arrives she realizes that everyone at this school is too stuck up and snobby to be nice to her except for one girl named Carly and one guy named Max. She instantly draws a liking to Max but a fellow dancer who is super rich and popular by the name of Rachel is dating him. Rachel treats Julia horribly and tries to ruin any friendship she has with the Max. Max starts to ignore Julia due to the request of Rachel. Eventually Max breaks up with Rachel but once Julia starts to spend time with him she realizes she needs to get rid of him and fast. He turns out to be a super big jerk and not anything like he had portrayed himself to be. I feel like the the 2 plot diagrams really helped me to develop an idea for characters, setting and the overall theme of the story. I’m the type of person who usually makes everything up as they go, but I feel as though the plot, setting and character development helped me better plan what I was going to write about and I feel a lot more prepared going into writing the story. The character development was extremely helpful because I didn’t have an exact idea of the personality traits of my characters, all I knew was that there was going to be an innocent new girl and a preppy snobby girl trying to make her look bad so she couldn’t get to the guy she wanted. Overall, the process of story development has changed my initial concept quite a bit.
Fair week seems to be everyone’s favorite week of the year. Its a time where you can shove your face with fried foods and forget about the world. However, by the end of the week you somehow magically put on about 10 pounds but nobody really seems to care. I was looking forward to having a nice relaxing fair week filled with naps and food, but that all changed when the field hockey team had to park cars for all 8 days due to the wrestling team backing out on their days (thanks guys). Parking actually wasn’t as bad as I had expected. We played cards to pass the time when business was slow. I had taken three 4 hour shifts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. So here is where the story begins, Monday afternoon around 3 oclock. My 2 friends and I were parking cars as usual and minding our own business. It was extremely hot and not many cars were coming to park, so we had a lot of free time on our hands. We were lucky if 5 cars would come in an hour. We were all ready to just call it quits and get the heck inside out of the heat. After abut half an hour of no cars, a car came flying into the parking lot slamming on its brakes in order to pay. Driving this car was a little old lady and her husband. My one friend walked up to the car to gather the $5.00 charge to park. The little old lady driving refused to put down her window at first. Eventually she rolled her window down and my friend told her that it would be $5.00 to park. As soon as she heard this information she started getting upset saying it was senior citizen day and that everything is suppose to be free. She turned to her husband and demanded the $5.00, throwing it out the window at my friend. Trying to be friendly, my friend told the lady to follow her in order to show her where she should park. Before she had finished this sentence, the little old lady squealed forward barely missing my friends foot and made her own parking space. My friends jaw dropped, amazed by how rude the lady was. The little old lady and her husband got out of their car and as they walked past us the little lady started yelling at us. She was screaming about how we were ripping her off and how she could have parked closer for less money. As she was walking she was flailing her arms at us and her husband was holding her back. She continued yelling all the way out of the parking lot and down the street. Her husband was extremely humiliated by her actions and apologized to us. Thankfully, my shift was over before the little old lady came back from the fair. My friends and I were glad to get out of there in fear of experiencing another person like the little old lady. The rest of the days I had to park cars went smoothly which was great. The lesson that was learned from this experience is that you have to be prepared for anything because people can be extremely rude. Hopefully ill never have to see or deal with that old lady ever again.
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” The Fault In Our Stars is full of hope, happiness, sorrow and heartbreak,with the underlying theme that making memories with someone is worth the pain of losing them. This important theme is established through setting, characterization and presentation.
We are first introduced to the protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster, better known as Hazel Grace. Hazel, a cancer patient, fears getting close to anyone because she knows her possible death would hurt anyone close to her. She often refers to herself as a grenade just waiting to explode. Eventually, Hazel starts to let herself get close to a boy who she had met at support group, Augustus Waters. She expresses her fears that she could die anytime and she doesn’t want to break his heart, but Augustus doesn’t care about the possibility and just wants to live his life with her. In the end, it turns out that Augustus would be the one experiencing death from cancer. Hazel looks back and realizes that although she experienced the heartbreak of his death, she was thankful that she let herself fall in love with him. This realization helps build the theme that making memories with someone is worth the pain of losing them. The setting also helps build the theme because Augustus and Hazel travel to Amsterdam in hopes of making memories with each other .They go on dinners and spend nights out on the town enjoying each others company while they still have the chance to. The point of view in this movie is also important because it is told through Hazel. Viewers are able to understand her thoughts and feel her pains, but also see how special the time she had with Augustus was.
There are multiple themes that could be picked out within The Fault In Our Stars, however I believe that the major one is that making memories with someone is worth the pain of losing them. The whole movie is focused around Gus and Hazel making as many memories as possible while they still have each other. Thanks to characterization, setting, and presentation viewers are able to pick out this important theme being conveyed.
I actually didn’t mind having almost an entire week of notes. The notes definitely taught me some things that I didn’t previously know. For example, I didn’t realize the climax was when the readers starts to loose emotional connection to the story. I also learned that the antagonist isn’t always the stereotypical “bad” guy. Instead, the antagonist is described as someone who works against the protagonist. Also going alone with the previous statements, I learned that the protagonist isn’t always the “good” guy. The protagonist is just whose story is being told. Also with the help of the notes, I have a better understanding of why some stories seem to “plateau” keeping readers in suspense. This plateau allows there to be a sequel or even multiple sequels. For example, the book “A Child Called It” leaves the readers in suspense, so they are almost forced to read the books after it. The first book was so good readers expected the next one to be equally as good, but I discovered the second one was quite disappointing compared to the original. However, I still ended up reading the 3rd book because I had such high hopes that maybe the 2nd one was a mess up and the 3rd would be equally as good as the first. The author did a really good job of getting readers to buy/read the sequels. The notes also made me realize how plots are just slightly changed in order to create a different story all together. An example of this is all the Nicholas Sparks books. Also, most Adam Sandler movies are just spin offs of each other.
Overall my second week of school was better than my first. Trying to get adjusted to getting up so early every morning is still difficult but should get easier as I get back into the swing of things. The amount of work and homework is picking up, but that is to be expected. Regular season field hockey games finally begun this week so that was a plus because the whole team was getting sick of the preseason drag. Hopefully week 3 will be even better than week 2!
Summer went by way too fast and I was not ready to come back to the “prison” we call school. The first day I was only in school for 2-3 hours because I had to leave for a field hockey tournament at 10:15. Even showing up to school that day was a waste of my time. Both Wednesday and Thursday, I had to leave at 11:30 to get my braces removed and then my retainer fitted. I missed Anatomy and Physiology the first 3 days of school which means I had no notes and I was so far behind. I finally was able to be in the class Friday, only to find out we had a quiz on Monday on the notes we had learned the days prior. I didn’t even have the notes on the section so I had to ask my one friends for them. I knew my weekend would be busy because of a field hockey tournament on Saturday and a race on Sunday so I had practically no time to study the new information. Also, don’t even get me started on the new freshman this year. I am not one to complain about the “freshies” because at one point I was a freshman as well but this years class is really annoying. I’m convinced they don’t take showers and just dump a bucket of cologne or perfume on them. If you are within 10 feet of 98% of the freshman boys, you are smacked in the face with the overwhelming scent of cheap cologne. The worst part about school starting back up is having to get up so early. Every night I only get around 6 hours of sleep due to sports, homework and other activities. Getting up at 6 AM insures that I will most likely be miserable for the rest of the day. I actually enjoy most of the people in my classes so that is one positive thing about the first week. I sit by my friends so that makes having to show up a little bit better. Overall, my first week was pretty trashy but hopefully school becomes better throughout the year. One thing I learned about my classmates is that Emaley has been to a lot of awesome places while doing what she loves. I was surprised at all the places she has been and how successful her acting is. One of my favorite TV shows is Riverdale starring Cole Sprouse. I really enjoy it because it has a lot of mystery involved and the outcome of season 1 leaves viewers in shock when they find out who Jason Blossom’s real killer is.
Along with many other readers, I read the rising novel, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. It is a realistic fiction novel that was published by Penguin Books on January 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom. This story is definitely one to make you feel as if you’re living in it; it creates an emotional and romantic mood throughout it’s whole. I would definitely recommend this book to those who have a place in their heart for sappy love stories, and as with almost all cases, the book is significantly better than the movie.
I think that the most impacting element that this story has on the reader is it’s setting. In this novel, there is a 26 year old woman who has grown up in a working-class family. She has few qualifications and lands a job caring for a quadriplegic man. Will Traynor had the perfect life, and after a traffic accident, he is stuck in a wheelchair with limited use of his upper body and no use of his legs and back. Time after time, Louisa attempts to foil his plan to live life miserably and she tries to help him see that he still has places to go, views to see, and people to meet. Will remains bitter to Louisa, and she becomes cold-hearted towards him as well. Through all of her attempts of adventure for him, Louisa Clark and Will fall in love. Will’s mother learns of his plan to go to Dignitas (assisted suicide organization in Switzerland), and she respects his wish as long as he promises to live 6 more months. Louisa takes him on an exotic vacation and they connect like never before. Will then decides that it is better to tell her of his plans now than to wait any longer. Louisa feels that she has failed her mission to make him choose life. The mood throughout the novel makes the reader feel involved; Will’s choices that affect Louisa also affect the reader. Moyes uses her power to connect the reader and crush them with a sad ending.
Even though the ending of this story was by far the worst I had ever read, the entire novel as a whole makes up for it with the love that Louisa has for Will. The sacrifices made and the differentiating emotions pulls the reader in, and that makes this an amazing novel. Because what’s a better than feeling like you’re one of the characters yourself?
Best Friends is a novel by Martha Moody about the friendship between two young women in college and how it blossoms into the later years of their lives. It was published in 2001 by Penguin Group. I enjoyed this novel because of the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot.
Clare Mann goes to college in Ohio where she meets Sally Rose, a wealthy and beautiful girl from California. Clare is immediately fascinated with her lifestyle and finds her to be more interesting then anyone she has ever encountered. This friendship only grows when Clare goes with Rosie to L.A. to meet her family. The secrets Clare finds out answers all her questions about Ruby, while the California air transforms her into a different person. Clare becomes more carefree and treats L.A. as an escape from the reality of her life back home. She soon finds it hard to be able to separate her own life from Ruby’s. They soon grow older and begin to separate, but always seem to be able to rekindle their friendship. The many things Clare craved in Ruby’s life hold would be revealed to be just something undesirable in the end.
All in all, I can say I really enjoyed this novel, but mostly because of the secrets and surprises it holds. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a good read about the element of envy in a friendship and about a family trying to maintain an image much different from the one they actually have