Posts Tagged ‘AP Euro’

I once vowed

May 5, 2009

to place a little note in every library book I ever checked out and returned, only I never wrote even ONE. I was reminded of this fact when I read Katie’s recent post about secrets (link to her blog in the sidebar). Maybe I actually will do that from now on, though I’m terribly frightened that people I know will see this post and from this date forward make a note of every book I check out to find the little notes. I’m sure they wouldn’t do that to be CRUEL or anything, but curiosity is curiosity, and you know it wasn’t the dog that killed the cat…

“The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As I tweeted recently, I spend much more time googling AP Euro exam study guides than I do actually reading them. I rarely study and do not enjoy it one bit, so even if it might just count for college credit I still won’t do it religiously or even halfway often. I’ve studied for maybe a total of an hour and a half for this exam. I’m trying not to care too much about it because I don’t want to get my hope held up high on a scaffold for all to see. That, and PreCalc. I have the fourth lowest grade in the class, I think it is, and I am trying to pretend that I’m perfectly alright with that even though I’d really rather not have a 51% on my permanent record.

Tomorrow is Wednesday and Friday is the AP Euro exam and the Friday after that is my birthday party and from then on it’s practically summer already.

P.S. I’m positive I could have written this book, from hearing the title, but apparently it’s actually full of puzzles, which sounds quite neat:

BEDA Installment Thirty: Different than Usual, eh? How so?

April 30, 2009

A heads up: expect LOTS and LOTS of unnecessary captilzation today, MUCH more than usual.

For some reason, today seems different. Even though BEDA isn’t officially over (and it will NEVER be officially over, though technically, it will be…), I feel like things have changed. I feel like, post-BEDA, I have MORPHED into something different, even though I haven’t changed much at all. I’m not going to say anything else sappy, but I must say this has all definitely been a positive (and UPLIFTING) experience. I am grateful to the people I’ve met and the people I’ve learned more about, whose lives I’ve been rooting around in for a month now.

Today my parents gave me four more books that came in the mail for my birthday! These include The Superior Person’s Book of Words, The Superior Person’s Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words, The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate, and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate. I feel like my parents give me more credit than I deserve, all because of my love of words. With these newfound books, I feel like I am SUPERIOR and HIGHLY SELECTIVE and, above all, EXTRAORDINARILY LITERATE.

For the last little while I became EXTREMELY stressed out, mostly due to not doing my math homework until just now, and I NEVER wait to do my math homework. I always do it right after I get home from school, and so doing it this late was a STRANGE and STRESSFUL time. It wasn’t even that much, much less work than usual, but it still scared the bejeebers out of me. For a moment there, I felt like I was going to be expelled from high school, all because of a little math assignment. I NEVER forget to do my homework. I pride myself on NEVER having not turned in homework (double negative, but you get the point).

This afternoon I went to Rachel’s house where her, Kaitlyn, and I attempted to have an AP Euro study session. Of course, we ended up going to the playground and playing Uno and running away from the sound of gunshots when the police showed up near the playground (it wasn’t nearly as exciting as it sounds) where we were swinging and halfheartedly studying.

This morning Daniel gave me crumb cake for my birthday. IT IS SO GOOD. Daniel is a fabulous baker.

All day today, really, I’ve been fooling around with my camera. I LOVE IT IN EVERY WAY.

Tomorrow is the day Courtney and I are going to Ellicott City! I am PUMPED for this triparoonski. While there, I will be LESS THAN FIVE MILES away from one of my BEDA buddies, Sophie. THAT IS MARVELOUS, wouldn’t you say?

In other news, something strange happened today during fourth block. I was sitting in the auditorium in front of some guys from my guitar class (we were waiting for a teacher to come into the auditorium who was winning some sort of award) when one of these guys tapped my on the shoulder. Not sarcastically or rudely at all, strangely, he asked me if it was true that I make all my own clothes. I didn’t know whether to be flattered or not, so I simply said, “no,” and then he badgered his friend next to him, saying he had once told him this false statement. The friend kept denying ever having said anything about it. The first guy then proceeded to ask me if I had made SOME of my clothes, to which I said, “not really,” although I have made a few skirts that I wear pretty often. I didn’t feel like going into a lengthy explanation on how, TECHNICALLY, I made the skirts, and, also technically, I make hats and stuff, so I just replied, “not really,” and then sat very still as nearly the entire row behind me collaborated on finding words on the back of my shirt, which was this shirt I have that has a word search covering the whole thing.

Well, good night now! I hope you all have the best end of the evening and end of BEDA ever, and continue to enlighten me in the future.

Question Thirty: What book is currently cloest to where you are?

I have some time, and it is time.

January 23, 2009

That sounds like it would rhyme, but alas rhyming the same words together does not count in the least.

Anyway, my brother is out somewhere with a friend and will be for awhile, so I thought I would post here, finally, hopefully a proper post.  I will attempt to post more in the upcoming days and weeks but of course they will be rather irregular for quite a long time.

Over the last few days, I have been knitting a lot and subsequently watching movies.  I am pretty sure I’m misusing that word, but it sounds right and I’m sure you all can comprehend the meaning.

I’ve been watching whatever I can find in our house, in the weak amount of movies we have and even weaker amount of movies we have that I wouldn’t mind watching over again or for the first time.  Really the movies are just a backdrop for the knitting.  I’m pretty far along on a long stocking cap, something I’ve been meaning to make for many moons, so that’s prolific (again, I’m pretty sure I’m misusing that word but oh well.  no time for lollygagging about.).  It is in Ravenclaw movie colors, because I already have the scarf in book colors (I did mention that I finished the Ravenclaw scarf, didn’t I?).  The movies I’ve watched, anyway, are:

-The first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies and a bit of the third

-The Golden Compass, from Netflix

-Mission Impossible II even thought I’ve yet to see or care about seeing the first

-Earthlings

These are basically movies I’d never planned on seeing, but as we have a weak selection of DVDs in our house, as I mentioned, they were the best I could manage.

Tomorrow starts the new school semester.  I have Biology, Photography, Pre Calculus, and Guitar.  I have people in my lunch shift which I’ve sort of been drifting away from, so I’m glad about that.  Maybe we’ll go back to being more of friends this semester.

Last night I watched the pilot of a new show, Lie to Me, and I must say I’m captivated.  It was really marvelous.

This morning in English I won a grand drawing, which equals a $10 gift card to a place of my choice.  I chose Borders.  I’m excited.

Now, on to less fluffier means:

Today I learned something about two of my friends that I never would have guessed.  I’m actually really hurt that I wasn’t told about it all sooner, but [misused cliche ahead] you win some, you lose some, I guess.

This year, and part of last year, I’ve really been drifting away from my middle school friends a lot a lot, mostly because of a lack of shared classes and lunch shifts and such, so I really don’t know what the future holds.

Well, I must be off, I’ve a plane to catch.

Not really.

Good night everybody.  I love you.

P.S. Just recently my AP Euro grade went up from a 79% to an 85%!!!  So ridiculously happy-making (and P.P.S.- despite recent events, I’m still in a downright euphoric mood)

Frozen Computers Frustrate Me

December 24, 2008

If you hadn’t guessed it by the title, the reason I failed to post yesterday was that my computer was frozen. I only wish outside were becoming as white-Christmas as the PC. *cue Christmas songs*

Blegh, sorry, I know, that was completely uncalled for. Christmas songs are heard enough around the holidays as it is.

Speaking of the holidays, just as the last time I posted: boy, am I excited! Tonight was the third night of Hanukkah– we got a new menorah, replacing the one we got as a gift before I was born and which we have to jab the wax out after each use in order for it to actually hold new candles. We also got some chocolate covered oreos in festive Hanukkah colors. Blue and silver, blue and silver, blue and silver. What comes next? Silver!

Gee, am I really still in the Child Development preschool/pattern mood? Guess so.

Oh, and so yesterday was the second day/night of Hanukkah. Baskin-Robbins gift certificates galore and a fruit basket along with that! It’s a sort of running joke in my family that every year my father ends up getting summer sausage from somebody. Guess what? There was summer sausage in the fruit basket! And fudge shaped like a tree! And an apple with a Merry Christmas stamp on it! Ironic, eh? Jolly good fun for all.

Speaking of which, I never even wrote about the first night of Hanukkah! Sorry, I’m a bit scatter-brained at the moment. We got the Wall-E movie. I still have yet to watch it– that and Elephant Man, and The Incredible Hulk, for that matter. I love movies but it’s difficult to find time to sit down and watch one. I get distracted easily.

Over the past few days, I’ve knit up three soap sacks. Yup, supremely snazzy indeed.

Oh oh oh, guess what all the things I received from friends as presents were? (verbose sentence alert!) Well, there were plenty of candy canes, of course, and a scrumptious cookie from Daniel, and then a bag of holiday-color-wrapped Reese’s peanut butter cups from Kaitlyn from yesterday (and possibly some from Friday). Then, today, I got a piece of peanut butter fudge, and MORE Reese’s peanut butter cups from my bus driver, and a super adorablicious pink and green turtle from Rachel, and two marvelously adorable real (as opposed to fake?) handmade crystal animals, a dog and an elephant (a puppy-sized elephant! except not! half-dollar sized, perhaps?). Great great great presents. Thanks, everybody.

If I get around to it (and it’s on the official List of things I have to do over the holiday break), which I most absolutely definitely will, I will be bringing in gifts after the break, not only because I didn’t get around to collecting gifts beforehand, but also because it’ll be nice to give things after the holidays, once everybody’s suffering post-break depression and all.

Oh, and today I was working on an AP Euro project in the library (what a shocker– usually it’s lecture lecture lecture lecture test) and I came across a few carts full of old books that the library was going to get rid of to make room for new books. Naturally, I couldn’t let them go unnoticed, and I plucked three of the spined, word-filled creatures to take home with me. Two of them were those corny scary story sort of books for more or less middle school aged kids, so I brought them to Clara and Emma in case they were interested. The third book, far more superior in every way to the other two, is a lovely old-book-scented being titled The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Sound familiar? Amazing, that book is. I’ve only had a chance to read the first tale of mystery and I’m as hooked as ever. Doyle, Doyle, Doyle, fantastic human you are.

Though, naturally, the computer’s basically frozen again and so if this doesn’t end up being posted for a while, then you will know the reason, though it will be too late to wish about it anyway by then.

Wow, I’ve practically written up one fiftieth of a NaNoWriMo-sized novel! Crazy, that is.

Golly gee wow, Christmas is the day after tomorrow! The year is nearly halfway through!

Oh, good, the computer’s sped up again. Maybe this will end up being posted straightaway just as planned after all.

Well, I’d better post it before it’s too late.

Sayonara, por favor. (ooh, getting cultural now, are ya? two languages at once? does it even make sense? that is doubtful. does the writer care? also doubtful.)

Sleep tight, sapes. Lovely weather we’re having, eh? Cold and windy, not a hint of snow? Come along, white fluff, we love you.

P.S. Let It Snow is in the school library! I, for one, was SHOCKED, with a capital S.

EDIT: Wow, I just viewed this post and found that it is the longest in quite a while.  Now, cheerio for real.

Homework, Baking, and Making a Movie

December 20, 2008

I am just about finished with this weekend’s homework– Child Development bookwork, AP Euro outlines (which I finished a while ago– hooray!) and English homework (a brochure advertising an imaginary product). All I need to do is color in the brochure, and I’m home free for the entire weekend.

The brownies I’m making are in the oven… boy, I’ve been baking a LOT lately. Maybe it’s because I’m in the Christmas spirit and Christmas usually equals baked goods.

Tomorrow I will be going over to Ashley’s place, along with Courtney, and we will be making our movie, the filming part, which will probably end up being the best part. The lines are hilarious and I will have a very tough time keeping a straight face.

(Person 1: We’ve been really distant lately…

Person 2: [robot]: We are only sixteen inches apart.)

Let the hilarity ensue!

Like, five or six people followed me on Twitter today. Very strange. Three or four were from a television show called Mad Men, which I’ve never even seen before.

Now, now, now, I have nothing to do but I will leave you. I’m super excited about Christmas and Hanukkah and everything, really. Wallie, if you’re reading this: Have a fantastic time in Florida!

Bye now. I should be updating this weekend but if I don’t, know there’s a reason for it. Christmas shopping, perhaps, or something of the sort.

P.S. For the record, I accidentally approved a comment on a past post.  It’s a good thing I clicked on ‘view post,’ because it turns out it was somebody advertising porn.  Tricky people.

Exploding With Awesomeness

December 18, 2008

I’ve spent a significant amount of my time after Wednesday Club (where I played Hangman with Daniel, which was EPIC) rating, commenting, and viewing Project for Awesome videos.  If you’re reading this and don’t know what it is, check out http://www.projectforawesome.com/.  It’s for a number of great causes.

Now, besides that-

In Knitting and Crocheting Club today, I began my second mitten.  I actually lost the original pattern so I’m adapting a different one and hoping it turns out relatively the same.

Right now I’m thinking about all of the hate and all of the love in the world, all of the good and all of the bad.  There are so many wonderful things about everything and everyone, but evil as well.  The classic good vs. evil.

My father borrowed a GPS system from a guy at his work to see how he likes it because he’s been wanting one for a long time.  It is grand, I tell you.

We finished watching Gallipoli in AP Euro.  How did I know that the ending would make me cry?  War movies always end tragically.

It’s a good day, a very good day indeed.  (Kapillionth time I’ve said that, but eh)

Farewell, my children, and otherwise.

Love,

Hope.

Still more to do, but done for now

December 17, 2008

I typed up the Chapter 29 Outline for AP Euro this afternoon, start to finish.  Speaking of AP Euro, our teacher was absent today and yesterday.  Videos and discussion, oh joy.  Today we watched most of a video called “Gallipoli.”  I like it.  A lot.  Love love LOVE it.  This truly has nothing to do with the fact that the main characters are named Frank and Archibald, awesome names, by the way.

Christmas packages have been coming in the mail left and right, and I wonder- what on earth is inside them?  I’m not the sort to shake presents and guess what they are, but I do wonder…

I’ve been watching on and off television shows about people with rare skin conditions.  That is all to say about that.

A few minutes ago I brought Lydia outside in a sling all wrapped up toasty warm with a fuzzy green blanket that mysteriously showed up one day and my father’s Yankees hat in order to put my library books in the car so I don’t forget to return them tomorrow.

I hope it stops ice raining and snows instead, though I would rather it ice rain than nothing.  Actually, I hope it snows Wednesday night or Thursday morning, not tonight.  I don’t want to miss Club Day tomorrow, or Wednesday Club afterwards.

It’s a good day, my friends.  A very good day.

With love,

Hope.

Fragmented Sentences, hear me roar.

December 16, 2008

Tired.  Just finished the AP Euro Outline, Chapter 28.  Still 29 to do, but due Friday.  Secret Santa with the family was picked today.  Should be interesting.  Opened up the family kindness can and counted the money– about 55 dollars.   Not bad.

Good night.

EDIT: I forgot to add a title… strange, that’s never happened before.

December 9, 2008

SO, I typed in ‘how to pass ap european history’ on google, and two truthful sites came up. Though not helpful on this matter other than saying “QUIT THE CLASS WHILE YOU STILL CAN,” they are funny.

First, from Urban Dictionary: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?page=1&term=ap+european+history

Second, from Uncyclopedia: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/AP_European_History

I have a test tomorrow, so I just wanted to see what people had to say about the matter.

Other than that trivial matter…

It’s very chilly outside. I really need to get a cozy sweater or two. Also, I need to get some sock on right now, because it’s ice cold in my house and my toes are frozen.

Other than the coldness… hmm, for the zillionth time, I have nothing more to say. Except, mmm, books.

Tired

December 3, 2008

I’ve been exceedingly tired lately, especially during fourth block, AP Euro, enough that I’ve fallen asleep nearly every single day for about 15 minutes, so I’m going to sleep about 45 minutes earlier than usual tonight.

That is all, my friendly fiends.  I love you all.

P.S. Does anybody have any book recommendations? I haven’t read much of anything lately.