So my mothers has been pressuring me to get a job. The thing is, i don’t want one, like at all. Every job i look at doesn’t sound too interesting. Flipping burgers, or stocking shelves? BORING! I know i really don’t have many options but id like something a little better than that. So i signed up for Care.com. Care.com is a website/App that allows you to advertise yourself as either a babysitter/nanny,companion caregiver,errand runner, etc. THAT IS PERFECT FOR ME! Since i want to work with people when i am older (preferably kids), i just believe this was the right choice for me. I absolutely love children, they really make me so happy. It would be so great if i got maybe two families that were a recurring babysitting gig, like every friday or saturday night. That would be so great. Honestly it isnt about the money for me, i really am looking for just having fun with little kids, and hopefully give me great life experiences i will remember forever. I am eager to stat babysitting and i am really hoping the lady who contacted me follows through with what she told me, she is a very nice lady who has two little girls, one 3 and the other 7 months. That sounds like a handful to some but i would really enjoy watching her children. Since i never really have anything to do on the weekends or during the summer, it doesnt really effect my “schedule” (like i have one). This will get me out of the house, because according to my parents i am always home… i see that as a good thing, like they can see that im not some rebellious kid i might think i am, but really i sit at home and watch Greys Anatomy…ooooooooh so rebellious… i know. I think they are tired of seeing me here all the time 24/7, when i am able to go basically anywhere i want (within reason) since i can drive and have a car to drive. Eh i only have like four real friends, and they like do stuff on the weekends, unlike me. You’d think i would be hanging out with my best friend before she leaves…but im not. I am an awful friend really.
May 9th is PROM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited! My dress is so beautiful, but a lot of money. I cannot wait to wear it and go have some fun with my friends. At first i was not going to go, but then i found out my best friend Jordyn is leaving me next year, so therefore i am going to prom. My dress is a champagne color with some nice jewels on the waist. I really hope i have a great time, i really don’t think anybody will ruin the night, well at least i hope not. Hopefully all drama will be put aside so everyone can enjoy the magical night, that my parents paid gobs and gobs of money for. So thank you mom and dad for letting me go to prom, even though you probably have nightmares thinking about all the money you spent, for one night…but i digress (AHA vocab word). May 9th is a Saturday, so i have all day to get ready, prom starts at 7 and ends at 11… 4 hours of carefree partying. May 8th though…is my AWFUL AP US History exam, GROSS!! I am honestly so nervous for the exam. All those dates and turning points in American history all jammed into my head. Even after i take the AP test i am not done with US…OOOOHHH NO im not done, then a month and a couple weeks later i have to take the Regents exam for it too. The end of the year is awful, so much pressure on us to make sure our grades are decent, and to start reviewing for our AP, regents, and finale tests. But (obviously) it is all worth it in the end because in 2016 i am going to graduate, and i will move on with my life, and i will succeed. No one will stop me, i hope. Confidence is key in life, which i am kind of just figuring out….which is sort of a shame but oh well, you learn new things everyday. As you can a probably tell from this blog i cannot wait to graduate, but also i do not want to grow up, i do not want to pay bills and be an adult. I WANT TO BE A KID AGAIN! I want to go on my weekend vacations to Florida with my dad, where he pushes me into a fountain, or brings me to a private beach where i would play in the ice cold waves. I want him to buy me a strawberry coolada and watch a Disney movie with me, but i have to grow up, because thats life. (I still will have him buy me a coolada though, and watch a Disney movie with me….How about the Goofy Movie?)
“Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devils preserve”
The forest came to personify an evil place and became the home of the Devil to the puritans when the puritans realized that the Native Americans lived throughout the woods. The Native Americans practiced a different culture which was similar to neo-pagan. Neo-pagan is when a “Great Spirit” is worshipped by song, dance, and spell rituals. Neo-pagan was in the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. In the very first scene Reverend Parris has found the village girls dancing throughout the woods. Spell rituals were also being done to get men to love them. The forest also symbolized the Devil in Puritan times because at night the shadows of the trees would rise and stalk your every move, and make you feel as if you were being watched. If you felt that someone was watching your every move in an unknown place, who would go in there? Today in modern society the Devil is within ourselves. I’m not saying we are evil, I’m saying that we all have something inside us that makes us go, that is our motivation. But we all have another thing or entity inside that stops most of us from achieving, which is disincentive. Disincentive is what I symbolize as the Devil. Our world today is very different than it was in 1692, just because we dance and shout some words does not mean we are Satan worshipers, maybe we all are just having some fun.
This January has been crazy! All month we have been packing and unpacking and getting all stressed out, but it is all worth it because we are finally in a house! My family and I for the past year and a half, have lived in an apartment. I am not saying there is anything wrong with apartments but, before we moved to New York we lived in a pretty good sized house. So from going to a house to an apartment was a bit annoying. But my family and I are very grateful for this house, and we cannot wait for the summer because we have a pool, and a huge backyard! The work load at school is also increasing, which made things a tad more stressful, but what is school without all of the work? January is also the time where retaking/taking regents occurs. I did not retake a regents, but I did take the English 11 regents. No, it was not a retake, but my teacher, Ms. Woodward did persuade the board to let the English 11 kids take their English regent early. All the prep that went into these last few months was crazy! But honestly, it was all worth it in the end. I believe I did pretty well, but I know if I did not doing well, then I can just take it again in June, before school is out. Regents are so stressful! You work all year just to take one regent for that one class! There is one regent for every one core class you have. English, Science, Math, History, a Language, and a music have a regents. If you have an AP core class, then you have the AP exam (that costs money) and a regent’s exam (does not cost a dime, out of my parent’s pockets, thanks taxes!) So you can see how school might be a bit stress full in January and in June. January also marks when we ae halfway through the year. My elective classes are coming to an end, and that means finals in my electives. That means that is our very last grade in that class, and hopefully it boosts our grade, and not lower it. Some core classes also have midterms. On top of it all some teachers decide to throw a midterm at us right after Christmas break! OH JOY! That is just adding right onto all the stress. I think for all these reasons, kids are dropping out of school. I’m still in school (obviously), but I have found four grey hairs on my head, WHAT!?
In the time of need I count on my parents. They are always there for me no matter what. They provide for me day in and day out. I cannot explain how much they mean to me. I know i can count on them because they love me so much and will do anything for me (within reason). My parents have been going through a lot recently and still somehow take care of our family. Parents are literally superheros! I do not know how they do it! They come home from work and take care of us after that long hard day, to hear me and my brother arguing with each other about whos who in whatever show we are watching. My parents are my inspiration and i hope i can be this good a parent when i start to have kids. I want to be as strong and as fearless as them. They let things just role off there back and bounce back into life. I have never seen them give up on anything, they power through. They continue to give us things that we want and still pay the bills, and hey kids are not cheap. I wish i could give them back of what they have given me. They have shown me the way to be, the way to do things in life that will be useful. Now that i am growing up, i see with open eyes how much they sacrifice for us. Just the other day my dad lent my his jacket on a seven degree day in the east. I was so touched that he did that for me because i was freezing. I love my parents so much. My mom just recently helped me get my first job and i cannot thank her enough. She basically made my resume for me. They both want to see me succeed in my life and I know they are in my corner since day one. I will love forever and eve and i will not stop saying thank you to them until i die! So thank you mom and dad for truly everything. And thats who i would go to in a time of need…my parents.
Ms. Woodward has asked my class a very important question, who can I count on everyday? I can count on my parents. I say my parents because they are always there for me right when i need them. They pay for everything i need, and i trust them with almost everything. I love them so much, i really do not know what i would do without them. My parents taken in almost all the stress and worries for us and deal with them. I know they do more than enough for my brother and me, and i am truly blessed to have them. Another person that I know i can count on is my brother (crazy as it seems). I know i can count on him to keep my secrets and help me get over issues i might be having. I know he truly cares about me, and would do anything to protect me even though he is four years younger. I love him to death and I hope he know i will protect him no matter what. I am so lucky to have him as my brother. These two people i can count on everyday is my aunt and uncle. I know they have my back through thick and thin. I have done some pretty risky and awful things and somehow they still love and accept me for who i am and who I’ve become as an young lady. I will always love them to the moon and back. They always seem to know the right things to say when i am upset or nervous about something. I will never forget the time i smashed into my aunt on our bikes, and she didnt even get mad at me. I believe i have learned a lot about how to be a good person. A neighbor of mine has also had a great impact on my life, and i know i can count on her anyday if anything should have to happen. Her two children mean the world to me, and i would do anything for them too. These 3 people are like family to me, and it makes me sad that we live so far apart now. These last two people are my Best Friends Jordyn and Marlone. These two friends are the bestest friends I have ever had. They have there for me in my toughest times. I know for a fact they can count on me and i can count on them.
At four o’clock my aunt and uncle met my grandma half way and they took us into their possession. On the ride to their lovely home we talked about many things and had some good laughs. By the time we got to their house it was 5:30pm and we were all hungry. After dinner we unpacked our bags and went and sat with my aunt and uncle. At 9:00pm exactly my uncle went to bed and my brother, aunt, and I stayed up to watch the ball drop. I honestly was not worth it, if you compare it to Australias New Year. After that we all went to bed and slept peacefully. That next morning my aunt told me that her and my uncles New Years tradition was to walk on the beach in the morning. So we got ready and headed to the beach and it was really cold and extremely windy! We then went to lunch at Salt Life, a popular restaurant in Florida. The drinks took forever and then our food took even longer! My uncle told me to set my timer for five minutes and thats when we would leave and just pay for our drinks. So i set my timer and four minutes went by and our food wasn’t at the table yet. They had ten more seconds and we would’ve left without any food. At that five second mark they finally came with our food! It was a pretty good meal. The next day we went to the alligator farm and fed some big ole alligators. That would’ve been a great experience if my brother didn’t get hives from the shellfish in the pellet you feed them. There are over 3,000 alligators at the farm on display to the public. They also have mammals and beautiful birds there too. The alligator farm is my favorite place in St. Augustine. At the alligator farm my brother and i bought my mom a mug, because she loves coffee. The next day we went to a Tiger Reserve and saw 45 different kinds of big cats! The tour was two hours long and has lots of walking involved. The big cats were once pets of people who could not take care of them. You walk in and automatically feel awful for all these animals. It wasnt just big cats there, there were deer, wolves, hyena, and even a black goat that would follow you around the reserve. Florida is an amazing place to visit and i am so thankful that i have the opportunity to visit so often. I loved visiting my grandma and my aunt and uncle. I’m very thankful that they let my brother and I stay in their homes. Our flight home was rough and bumpy but obviously we made it. The flights took longer because of the severe winds up in the east. My dad picked us up and we finally got home safe and sound. I really really missed my bed and my dog Lucky…and maybe my parents too.
My grandma was the one who had to pick us up from the airport in Daytona. She seemed so excited to see us! I missed her so much. Since we were with her for only five days we had to jam everything into a schedule. The first day we were there it was a rest day and we went swimming in her pool, the pool was freezing and we were only in it for 20 minutes. A bit after we finished swimming we went to see a movie. The movie we saw was The Hobbit and it was pretty good. The movie theater was NOT as nice as the AMC that we have up here but it was alright. Right after the movie we stopped and looked around in Target, to find myself a new charger for my phone. We then went to a Mexican Restaurant called Salsas and the food was ok guess. I think on my burrito there was Marinara sauce on it….and American cheese. Oh well. The next day we woke up at the crack of dawn (7:30am) and drove about two hours to Blue Springs. In Blue Springs there are pancakes that you make at your table and a pond/swimming pool. We did not have pancakes but we had burgers, we did not swim but we did go on a boat ride! On this boat ride we saw manatees, alligators, and birds. Quick fact about me I ABSOLUTELY love manatees! But anyway the boat ride was so much fun, i loved every second of it! I am so glad to share this experience with my brother and grandmother. I know i have been there before when i was little with my grandma but i didn’t quite remember all of what happened. We were there all day long, in the hot Florida sun, sweating to death. The temptations of the pond/swimming pool was out of the roof! It was calling my name…but alas i didn’t have my swim wear. As we drove home my grandma and I talked and talked about all sorts of things, about the stop light cameras and some way back in the day stories too. The third day we were with my grandma we swam all day. We spent hours in the pool! Until i got six leg cramps, three in the left and three in the right. Those were so painful, i kept falling under the water because i couldn’t move my legs. Since i couldnt move my legs i couldnt swim to the stairs to rest them. My darling brother sat in the water with me and massaged my legs for a half an hour (he is so sweet). I have to say that was the last time i went swimming in Florida this trip down. The next day and last activity day was the Kennedy Space Center. I have been there once before and i do remember being there. I loved seeing the spaceships and Sam Gemar (a former Astronaut).
On Christmas eve my family and I opened all of our presents. What my parents got my brother and I was AMAZING! Of course I appreciate everything they got for me and my brother. Its sometimes hard to give them these amazing presents too, since i make no money. They say all they want are big hugs and kisses, but I end up feeling bad for only being able to give them that. Soon I will be heading off to college, and I cannot wrap my head around how much I actually need them in my life. I have been thinking a lot about how many things I need them for. I need them for money, food, shelter, love, protection, and support. Those six things don’t even cover half of what they do for my brother and me. I know we might not be in the best positions sometimes, but my parents always find away to make sure we are ok, and make sure we don’t worry about our family. So i just wanted to take time (and 177 words) to thank my parents for giving me the world and more. On Christmas day my parents shipped my brother and me off to Florida for 10 days! My first real adult experience of flying without my parents there to guide us. With a connecting flight waiting for us in Atlanta! I know you all are wondering “WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING? Sending two kids on a plane alone!” Dont worry, we had a escort on and off the plane. When we said our goodbyes at the gate to our parents i felt really nervous that something might go wrong, but nothing went wrong thank goodness. The flight to Atlanta was surprisingly smooth! In Atlanta (for the kids) they have a kids room called Skyzone. They had 9 Xboxs with nine TVs to go with it, i charging bar (to charge that darn technology), a snack area where the snacks were free, and a lounge. I know it sounds pretty nice, but its only nice when you’re there for more than ten minutes. The escort picks you up from Skyzone one hour before your flight, so our flight landed at 12:45 and it takes five to ten minutes to get to Skyzone. So by 12:50 we are in the room and then we realize we need to check into Skyzone (to make sure you still the same kid that you were ten minutes ago, when they ask you right when you get off the plane who you are and where you’re going). So it takes about five minutes to get through all those questions again. We set our bags down as we were told o and sat down on the lounge couch, five minutes go by and the next thing i know i hear “ALANNA AND ALEC YOU’RE FLIGHT IS HERE!” Please tell me why they brought us down here to the Skyzone when we were going to be there for five whole minutes? Our flight to Florida was smooth and we finally saw our Grandma!
On Thanksgiving our family and friends gather to celebrate what we are truly thankful for. It is a time to catch up and a time to relax. For kids its a time to sleep in and maybe do our homework. For my family it is just us my mother, father, brother and me. We always seem to have a great time. This thanksgiving was very nice but different. We did not have a big turkey dinner, or have any family or friends over. What we did was we minded our own business for most of the day. I sat in my room and watched movies, my brother did who knows what (played video games maybe?), my mom cooked food and watched football, and my dad he slept and watched T.V. For dinner we ate lasagna, yes not a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but it was good enough for us. After dinner we went to go see Interstellar, BEST MOVIE EVER! This movie really makes you think, what if this is all real? No one has explored black holes, no one has gone out of our universe. The action scenes were amazing! This movie was truly a great one, I have not seen a movie this good in a long time. I recommend everyone to see this movie. I would tell you all about it but i do not want to spoil anything for anybody. The movie is three hours long by the way, so i would not get any big drinks, you do not want to miss a second of this movie. That was our whole day. At the dinner table my mom asked us what we were each thankful for, and everybody just copied me and said their thankful for family. I think everybody said that because we were all hungry, the food smelled great, and we had a movie to get to. I know we are all thankful for a lot more than just family, but her question did spark some thought into my head. What i am thankful for is of course my family, but also for the soldiers who are over seas and fighting for our country. I am also thankful for the friends i have made in school, and for the friends i have in my old school. I have realized the types of people i should hang around with, and who i should not be around. I have been hurt by my so called “best friends.” I am thankful that i actually have a best friend who does care about me, and not just about herself. I am also thankful for my boyfriend who just recently went off to college up in Toronto, Canada. Even though I can’t physically see him right now, he does constantly text me, to make sure I am ok. I am very thankful for that. Overall I am thankful that I am alive and have a roof over my head and have two loving parents who will do anything for me. Two years ago on November 21, 2012 a friend of mine passed away from an accident that happened at school in gym class. He was only in America not even a year. He came from Africa to America. I was put into my science class in 8th grade. Then in 9th grade we had gym together. In gym he had an accident and from that accident he passed away. I will never forget that day. I take Thanksgiving to remember him, and I will never ever forget him or his amazingly bright smile. He could make a room filled with 600 people laugh. He was an amazing guy. I miss him so much.