Howard Part 1

This is the picture that will get me through this week:

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This is Howard and he’s about to be my new best friend!!! I couldn’t be more excited!!

Howard is currently at the League for Animal Welfare in Batavia and he has to stay there so they can get him up to date on his vaccines before we can adopt him.

 

Howard had a difficult past. He was in a boyfriend/girlfriend situation that didn’t end up well because they did not agree about having him as a pet. It was such a sad story to hear, but at least he was brought to the shelter and has been safely living there for the past few months.

Being in the room with him and getting to know him made me tear up because he reminds me so much of my old cat, Fred. He’s moody, fluffy, and very laid back. He also loves to play with purses and catnip.

I love him so much already, it was so hard to leave him!! I can’t wait to welcome him into his new home. :))

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An Open Letter to Tom Petty

Dear Tom,

You changed my life. It’s as simple as that.

Your lyrics are real; they’re genius and down-to-earth. When I listen to your songs, I don’t just hear them, I can feel them. The guitars in the background and the passion with which you sang all of your catchy refrains is unbelievable.

When I’m in a good mood, I listen to your songs. When I’m in a bad mood, I listen to your songs. There is just something magical about the songs that made me the person I am today.

I remember in junior high doodling in math class and writing you initials with a heart around them. One girl asked me who it was and I said it was you. She didn’t know who you were. Honestly, it’s her loss.

In those crazy junior high years when it was popular to listen to Katy Perry, Kesha, and Selena Gomez, I listened to your albums. They were the first to be downloaded on my iPod and the last thing I listened to before bed at night.

Now that I can drive, I listen to Tom Petty radio on Sirius XM, or I plug in my aux and find my Tom Petty playlist. There’s just something about your voice in those songs that takes me somewhere else; somewhere where no one judges me for the music I listen to or somewhere I can “leave this world for awhile”.

When I heard on the radio that you were doing your 40th anniversary tour, my bank account trembled. I knew that I needed to go and rock out with you: the greatest musician that ever lived. I made my cousin go with me and it was one of the greatest decisions I ever made.

That was one of the greatest days ever. There you were with the hair down to your shoulders, a guitar slug across you and the darkest shades, despite the fact that we were indoors. You had the coolest vibe about you and played the guitar like it was second nature to you. Being in the same room with you and hearing your soothing voice was unreal.

Your voice filled the arena and was met with cheers from 50 year old people who probably danced to your songs at their high school proms. I was probably one of the youngest people there, but I was definitely not the quietest. When you played “Learning to Fly” it was breathtaking. You sang the verse and we sang the refrain back and forth and together we filled the Schottenstein Center with the best noise it will ever hear.

When you died, I was a wreck. The only thing I listened to in the car was your songs and they just felt different in some way. If you wanted to leave a legacy, and I know you did, you definitely left one with me. The music world really suffers without you here and so do I.

Rest in peace Tom. “You being somewhere you feel free”

 


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High Hopes and Sticky Notes

When I looked at Mr. Wolfford’s weekly assignments, I saw that on Friday (today) we would be registering to vote in class if we were eligible. I happen to be eligible, which is kind of a scary thought. I’ve been 18 for a month and I’m still not used to it.

When I saw it on the plan, I thought it would be a exciting and a good idea for a blog post, so I wrote it on my never ending sticky note collection on my desktop.

I was going to write this post after I had experienced the process of registering to vote, but Mr. Wiseman gave us time in class to work on our blog posts and I didn’t want to work on something else because he did cut his lesson short for us to work. So here I am working on it.

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About this screenshot: Yes, that is me in the tube. No, I did not get thrown off. Also, above the blue sticky note with the Texas flag is Billy Rae Cyrus’s lake house. Sadly, I was not invited inside.

The note has been there a week and today’s the day, so stay tuned!!

To be continued…..

 

 

 

 

 

….I was very disappointed and expected a lot more from this experience. I thought it would take the whole bell and they would need all of my information. However, it took me about 5 minutes to fill out a form in blue or black ink (why is this not done electronically?? It is 2017 smh).

It was a very anti-climactic introduction and I was hoping that it would be a growing up experience. Instead, he handed me a form and I filled it out while the rest of the class took notes. I won’t complain though; this way I have one less deadline this fall and he was nice and mailed it in for me.

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Welcome to the adult world. Population of me and all the other Americans who have filled out this form.

I guess I can delete that sticky note now.

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According to Mr. Wolfford, this is a paper with “instructions you won’t need”. 

Moana

I’m a sucker for Disney movies: the plot lines, the unrealistically beautiful hair and makeup, and my personal favorite, the soundtracks.

Today as I was driving to soccer practice, I felt like the radio just wasn’t cutting it and I needed something different than the same old songs I hear all the time. I plugged in my aux cord and pressed on my “inspirational” playlist on Spotify. The first song that came up when I hit shuffle was “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.

My mood immediately went from a 3 to an 8. (A 10 would be if practice were cancelled :))  I started to sing along to the lyrics I knew by heart with the windows down for the world to hear me.

After practice, I plugged my phone in again and the rest of the song came on. As I listened to the ending with no energy to sing after a hard practice, I started to tune in to the words and think deeper.

When Moana kept repeating “sea’, it reminded me of the recent hurricanes and how devastating they are for the people affected by them. I thought about how all of the people who live there “used to stare at the waster, long as [they] can remember”. But now, they cannot do that and they are forced to relocate, or take shelter from the storms in the places that they call home.

It is a really tragic situation and I almost feel a little guilty about getting to live my own life normally while cities and homes are destroyed in the southern United States and islands like Cuba and Haiti.

But what can someone like me do? I could take the money I made babysitting last night and donate it to relief services. I could watch the news to be informed about what is happening. I can also keep the people affected in my thoughts and prayers everyday.

I can pray for them to have the strength and perseverance of the fictional character Moana and recover in the fastest and best way they possibly can. Hopefully they can rebuild their islands and territories together, like the characters in Moana, and become stronger as communities united for each other as they heal and the storms eventually go away.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Planet Fitness

After soccer season ended last fall, I took a few weeks off and it felt great. A lot more sleep, more time to do homework, and more time for nothing. Anyway, after these awesome few weeks, I realized something in my life was missing: eIMG_1394.JPGxercise.

I live in Milford really close to Planet Fitness and I heard it was pretty cool and a really good deal. It turns out that both of those things were correct: You can’t really beat $10 a month, and from what I have experienced, I like it a lot and it helped me get back on track.

So, for all of the exercise enthusiasts in journalism class, here is a list of things to do and not do at Planet Fitness in Milford.

Do’s

  1. Use headphones – The sound system is awful and they play the same “hit” song ALL THE TIME. If you are not a particular fan of Sia, like me, bring your own headphones/music. Also, if you have headphones in, people are less likely to talk to you and distract you from your workout, so that’s a plus.
  2. Wipe off the machines – They have the spray bottles and paper towels all around for a reason!! Use them!!! It is just gross to leave your sweat on things.
  3. Put things back they way you found them, especially the weights.
  4. Use the training bikes because they are easy and you can be on your phone while using them.
  5. Use only the machines you know how to use because there’s nothing worse than being corrected or looking like an idiot trying to figure it out.

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  1. Don’t leave a lock on a locker overnight if you are a guy. They will come in and brake it with bolt cutters. If you are a girl, you’ll be fine doing that because no one goes in there anyway. My record is having it in there for 2 weeks straight until I got scared of being out 4 bucks.
  2. Don’t do PDA because I saw people get kicked out for that once.
  3. Don’t hog the bench presses because there are only 3
  4. Don’t buy a black card unless you are planning on using the tanning bed or plan to take guests often.
  5. Don’t be a “Lunk”.
  6. And finally, don’t judge because it’s the Judgement Free Zone!!

And here is a nice quote to finish:

“The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back” — Franklin P. Jones

 

 

Random Screenshots

I am a pretty unorganized person. One way in which I accomplish this is by appearing organized and put together so people won’t bother me. Basically like “fake it ’till you make it”. I have no idea where that quote came from, but I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying it lately.

Anyway, an example of being organized but unorganized is computer desktop folders. I have a lot of folders on my desktop, color coded and labeled according to the classes I’m taking.

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Let’s take a look at the inside of one of those folders, shall we? I think we should look at the one entitled: Random Screenshots, 115 items.

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I made a powerpoint for Mr. Hanley’s European History class and he thought this was a good way to link it on blackboard for everyone.

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I was very proud of this first quarter grade. It all went downhill from here, however.

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yep.

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I probably sent this in a group chat over the summer because we all know how difficult it is to coordinate plans.

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I think this was a conjuguemos assignment for Spanish. (Not sure why it’s not in the Spanish folder)Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 2.28.22 PMMy schedule requests for work over the summer. In hindsight, I should have requested for more days off.

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I have no words for this one except, enjoy! 🙂

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Accurate depiction of me on every day that ends in a “y”.

I think I had some kind of life lesson in all of my other posts, so here is the lesson for this one: stay organized kids.

 

Brigadoon

So this year, I joined the musical.

The first day I got there for “tryouts” was super overwhelming. Everyone had their tap shoes and dance outfits on and here I was in jeans and a sweatshirt.

Why is is bad to be in jeans and a sweatshirt? The stage might be the warmest place in the school when the lights are on. It gets so hot with the lights on and the numerous people around you too. I think there were about 60 people on the stage running around and trying to get the dance moves right. Pretty overwhelming for the first day.

Long story short, I was unprepared. I’m not going to lie, but I would consider myself one of the worst dancers there. That’s probably one of the reasons I’m not a “featured dancer”. I’m just not graceful and I can’t memorize steps the way some people do. (shout out to Lindsay Stricker!!)

The fact that I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt did not help with the crazy steps we had to do. I’m really thankful that our school is small enough that we don’t cut people because honestly, at a bigger school I definitely would have gotten cut.

Also, you’d be surprised how hard it is to sing while making sure every step you take is perfectly aligned with everyone else on stage. Like while we are doing the “Machonnacy  Square” dance (one of the few times I’m on stage!!), if you don’t look to the right while you are walking right while crossing your legs one over the other in perfect rhythm while singing at the same time, you will stand out and make everyone look bad. Its actually really hard. Because I remember the first time we did that dance I watched the featured dancers ahead of me and tried to mimic their feet instead of looking right and I kind of got yelled at.

Anyway, when you come to our show on either March 17th, 18th, or 19th, look for me in the back row!! Also look for Lindsay  killing it in the front row!!!

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Note: there are no pictures in this post because I am not allowed to have my phone out at rehearsals!