Friday, December 31, 2010

i can has depth perception?

driving at night = >.<
when the lights are staggered just right and your eyes are blurred just enough that you cannot tell if the green light or the red light is the one directly in front of you = >.<

BUT HEY it's New Year's Eve. I did have fun today. Vandalism is good exercise :P

New Year's Resolutions:
  1. Find something better to do on New Year's Eve.
  2. Develop a sense of direction greater than what I have.
  3. Develop depth perception greater than what I have. Don't die.
  4. Learn how to be passionate.
  5. Travel the world. (or, just make good use of my time in EUROPE ...!)
  6. Make lists exclusively of either 3 or a factor of 50 (but not 1 or 2).
  7. Read every single book C. S. Lewis ever wrote.
  8. Learn how to play an instrument like guitar, banjo, ukulele, or the like.
  9. Use every page in the Christine-book. EVERY. ONE.
  10. Do most everything more, better, faster, truer. Except Facebook, which I ought to do less.
Of, like, everything.
This list.
This post.
This day.
This year.
This chance for me to prove my normalcy.

Just kidding, y'all wouldn't believe I was normal even if I bought Hollister jeans and straightened my hair and got straight Bs.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lord of the Rings...


I mean, it's been completely written for more than half a century, but I finished reading it today :)

It was very good. I found very few parts I could have done without, or that I found unnecessary or unhelpful. This is high praise :P

Also, had a lot of fun taking pictures today. But I cannot say what they are for or show you any, because they are surprises. WHEE!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

inanity + hermitude

two of my favorite words :P

first, inanity (this is addictive)

second, hermitude (NO, HE HASN'T DIED YET. who is "he" anyhow and why are you trying to make this difficult for me?!)


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

le finis. + et al.

finished and REALLY turned in college apps, this time.
working through LotR. very good stuff.
played Scrabble with David and didn't lose (although, we didn't exactly finish the game).
played Boggle with David & the family and lost horrendously.

I still like Boggle. even though I rarely win. and by rarely I mean practically-never.


Monday, December 27, 2010


Today I wrote.
And today I read.
And today I FINISHED Native Son (loathsome thing).
And today I continued the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is not half so inane as certain acquaintances of mine would make it out to be.

And it was marvelous. Why cannot Christmas break be just a little bit longer?


Sunday, December 26, 2010


I think I might be a closet extravert. People make me so happy.

playing games with David & Blake & Mark & Kristen
making Christmas presents for ... other people ...

and, the highlight of my night... talking to Christine! on the phone! for a long time! EEEEP!



Saturday, December 25, 2010


Today David, Daniel, Blake, Mark, Kristen, and I went to go caroling at Walgreens! ...if you could call it that. We all went and sang sort-of-in-the-same-key for Drew, who had to work 9am-6pm. poor guy.
'Twas fun.

And talking with Christine <3

My family looked through about 5 reels of my grandparents' old slides. My grandpa was in the Navy and has some really cool pictures, like ones he got when his ship went through the eye of a hurricane and the wind was down enough that he could get the camera out but the waves were still giant.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve, and what Christmas is all about

Today, I...
-finished Christmas shopping
-continued Christmas making
-began Christmas wrapping
-sang O Holy Night for Christmas Eve service... after a week of laryngitis/cold... and didn't fall on my face!
-saw David's haircut and almost fell on my face :P
-talked to Christine! briefly, but whatever.



Wednesday, December 22, 2010


-last day of school yesterday? yesss.
-concert practice for 4 hours? awesome.
-starting one song... for the first time... 20 minutes before show? cool.
-Christmas concert? fabulous.
-cast party, eating cheese and warding off Doug's awkward comments? delightful.
-school Christmas party? better than actual classes.
-re-watching Christmas concert? a few painful spots of dissonance, but otherwise wonderful.
-Winter Solstice bonfire? superb.
-Christine not there for any of it? TRAGIC.



Friday, December 17, 2010

week in a small school

This week I have been reminded over and over again the wonderful things about a small school... mine, in particular. Let me walk you through my week...
  • Monday, forgot it was picture day. So my Literature teacher traded shirts with me... yes, she wore my red uniform polo and I wore her white oxford that was perfectly matched to the chapel uniform I was supposed to have worn. How many teachers will willingly wear their student's ugly uniform shirts? Not many, at all.
  • Tuesday, was tired and slept through Math and Physics. Because I am in a single-person math class... no make up work, at all! wheeee! :)
  • Wednesday, my Latin class got to bring in blankets and mugs for tea... and we drank tea and played Scrabble. Including the teacher, there are 6 of us, so it was perfect. Now we are making it a pre-test tradition.
  • Thursday, we got out of school two hours early. I couldn't go home until 3 anyways, so for an hour and a half I just hung out with my Headmaster and wrote a blog post on my laptop.
  • Today, I got almost every girl in the school... and every female teacher but one part-time-r... to wear pigtails for PIGTAIL DAY! I love pigtail day. It's the Friday before Christmas break, traditionally.
  • All week, my Girls' Ensemble (which Megan & I get to lead/direct/organize, because of the whole small-school-small-music-program thing) has been doing impromptu rehearsals during lunch and then eating our lunches during 4th period.
Yep. Wouldn't trade it. Concert Monday. I feel sick. But not head-cold sick... more the kind that I can fake/sing my way through; I just feel tired.

I'm actually pretty exhausted...
Feeling weary, and the worst part is that I'm doing it to myself. Physically and spiritually, which is worse.


Monday, December 13, 2010

tech week

'tis tech week.
no, I am not in a play.
nor am I a legit dancer.
but I am in 4 vocal groups.
2 of which have a concert next Monday.
1 of which I am directing/coordinating/stuff.
sooooo 6 practices/week and a 2:30-7pm dress rehearsal?

sign me up.

and don't expect posts this week. it may not happen.

I Learned...
"git," "gat," and "sate" really are words. thank you, Boggle. I still think you're fun, even though I lose miserably every time.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

O Come, O Come...

One of my new favorite pieces of the mimes. It was really cool.

I've been working on Christmas presents all day... and eating chocolate... and listening to Regina Spektor, because I haven't in a while. Found some new songs, actually.

I Learned...
Chinese students know 3 languages fluently by the time they graduate high school... the local dialect, Mandarin Chinese, and English. Some also take other languages like Arabic, Russian, etc. Crazy.


So many reasons to celebrate!

  • Four-hundredth post, right here!
  • "Hundredth" is an awesome word to spell.
  • Shopping with Kristina and Kristen... spending hours in thrift stores... Oh, Shabby Button, how I <3 thee.
  • Swing dance at Lancaster! My first time! Actually, my first time dancing anywhere but church's swing... literally... unless you count my house when nobody but Kristen and I are home ;)
  • Fell half-asleep on the way home, to the sound of squeaky windshield wipers and David saying something about lizards to which Kristina replied with something about crickets... David says I was asleep and dreaming, but I'm pretty sure I'm right.

I Learned...
A lot about following. Like, up until now I knew the cues and then what I was supposed to do next after that cue, but tonight I was dancing with a whole new crowd. Usually I dance with the same 4 people all the time. I know the moves they know. Mostly. But I certainly don't know any more. And tonight I learned a little more about how to simply follow and trust and not try to figure out what the cue means before acting (because that will only bring about back-leading, which is baaaad).


Friday, December 10, 2010

chipper :)

I have decided : I like the Charleston. And I like actually dancing at swing dance. It's a good feeling. Maybe I should leave early more often.
(Math: I dance more in the beginning, always. If I leave at 8:30, that means I probably spent about 75% of my time actually moving. If I leave at 10:30, it might be more like 30-40%. And did you know that 84% of all statistics are made up? but I'd say I'm close.)

And then when I ride home I can stare up at the clouds like the congealing, curdling clumps of brownish charcoal that they are. It's rather pleasant.

I Learned...
You should expect college interviewers to talk to you about politics and religion.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

"You have a soft ear."

Field trip to Gettysburg :)

I Learned...
I do often stick my foot in my mouth. Regardless, Kevin and Dan both eat their feet and ankles on a regular basis without a second thought. And if you prompt them to that thought, neither one seems to see the problem with it :P


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

more music stuff.

No school today, so... much-needed extended choir practice! and then more singing, and practicing O Holy Night (and that stupid high note... I AM NOT A SOPRANO!), and then Daniel's recital. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

My impressions, in order:
The Haydn Sonata- I could tell right away that this guy was a perfectionist. I mean, the piece itself does not lend so much to emotion or meaning per se, but more of the technical accuracy and precision. When he messed up a little at the end, marring this perfection, the whole enjoyment of the piece was lost to him.
The Fantastic Dances, Op. 5- Loved these. Kristina told me an interesting thing about them... that they were written during the Communist Regime and were semi-censored, except that Shostakovich stuck "acceptable" stuff at the end. How do you censor music with no words?
Gnossienne No. 1- Daniel's piece! I enjoyed the contrast between this and the first... while Daniel's hands weren't jumping like hyper bugs so much and doing so many technically impressive things, it was clear that the purpose of the song was the subtleties and emotions.
Ophelia's Song- Vocalists from here out. She was definitely a full lyric or dramatic soprano... sopranos tend to turn flat, and she didn't pull the runs with enough lightness or agility to be a coloratura or light lyric.
Ich Liebe Dich- She was even flatter, and it was kind of an awkward performance. She had her right hand in the air and her left hand by her side, fiddling with her fingers at a very fast pace. The entire time.

annddd then there were a lot more I don't feel like summarizing... or, all of them, at least... I'll go by name.

Kyrstin- She was the best to listen to. Nice timbre and color in her voice. HOWEVER, she forced her vibrato (like Charlotte Church... wiggle-chin, much?).
Adam- So very fun. He did all songs from musicals... very comedic. He's a tenor. He ended each of his three songs on big, dramatic, high pitches with well-controlled, tight vibrato. And a tomato face.
Alyssa- The program says she is a soprano, but she did not show it off in her song selection. They were actually kind of... nondescript.
Victoria- Meh. She had some serious breath control issues. She appeared to be very, very nervous.
Conor- When I saw he chose songs by Ben Folds and Jason Mraz, I could picture him... shoulder-length-ish hair and a preppy-grunge sweater with a smaller voice. I was right. He had his left hand in his pocket with the thumb sticking out (which is a major indicator of confidence, as opposed to the thumb in the pocket and all others out, which indicates discomfort), and the other fiddling frenetically with the hem on his right pocket.
Genevieve- She held her harmony nicely? Didn't sing much.

I Learned...
I have a high G in my range and it sounds decent... hallelujah and finally.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Best Day Ever!!!

I feel like Rapunzel in that new movie, Tangled, when she's swinging by her hair around that tree just squealing. Because I found out that, since the heat is broken at my school (ohmygoodnessitissoooooocoolllllddddd), we have no school tomorrow! AND that I forgot about the half day on Friday! I, like, will get to finish everything this week! Everything-everything. Every college essay, done. Every school assignment, done. :D

I Learned...
*sings* no school, tomorrow! no school, tomorrow! no school, tomorrow, even though it didn't snowww!!! :D


Monday, December 6, 2010

Dinner :)

We had 17 people over for dinner tonight. Yyyyyikes.

It was fun. The food was really good.

I Learned...
I ought to play Boggle more often. I need to work myself up to a level at which I can actually be competitive. For competitive I am truly not, right now.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Evening Service :)

I had a pretty good day today. Remembered just how difficult Christmas carols really are... and how fun, when you have them down. Especially in four-part harmony :D

There were two exceptions. Christmas Offering (Casting Crowns) and Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Those were not so difficult in the hold-the-pitch-and-hit-the-notes sense, but they certainly had their challenges (I dunno... playing piano, and singing, simultaneously, by myself, in front of people that I know, for the first time in my life, maybe?)

I Learned...
Madeline L'Engle has some seriously odd ideas about theology.
AND that I need to stop singing so much. Recently when I go to type words like "some," out comes "song." And words like "mermaid" come out like "melody." It's bad.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

* )
...content cyclopes...
...happy cyclopes...
...cyclopes getting excited...
...angry cyclopes...


Today... I played for the Christmas Tea... went shopping... found a dress! with sequins! that still miraculously looks sophisticated! (or, as Kristen said, "like the Eiffel Tower!")... got some stuff done, but not too much... overall, very chill day. I needed that.

I Learned...
Amazon has a lot of awesome free downloads of Christmas albums. And equally as many not-awesome ones.


Friday, December 3, 2010

weird day

It was long, long, long. Almost fell asleep a few times.

I feel accomplished, though. I finished another college essay, did my Old Man and the Sea reading, and practiced Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for Sunday.

And then there was swing dance.
Doug is the most hilariously awkward person I know.
Colin's math jokes! <3
And Livi's pepper joke... haha

I Learned...
I feel more awake the day after getting 5 hours of sleep than after getting 7.


Thursday, December 2, 2010


Today I have only Physics homework and college stuff. And that makes me happy. And I got to write a blog post on Veloquence :)
So now I will do my Physics and write my third Lafayette essay and then I will sleep. Sleep also makes me happy.
And the scroll button on my computer mouse works now. This also makes me happy. whee.

I Learned...
Implicit differentiation is a lot easier than my Calc 1 book taught it. I would explain, but I really don't feel like it. And nobody would read it.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rachel's face

"My face is going to be two thirds of Congress!"
best class.
My friends are entertaining. Especially when sleep deprived.
And according to Sparklife, Dan scored, like, 3 awkward points.
According to me... let's just say that that class involved a lot of blushing and wishing I knew NORMAL people, and then realizing how boring that would be.

I Learned...
A college "essay" might mean 250 words, and 1700 characters is not that much space to write.


PS- :))) Everybody come to the Christmas Eve service... one of them, they're at 6, 8, and 10... I get to do O Holy Night, and I am psyched. It's a gorgeous arrangement. Really simple and classic, not overdone or odd like the Point of Grace one. Or maybe I'm just a hymn snob.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas music :D

Mom: Are they really only going to play Christmas music from now until January first? Do you know how much bad Christmas music there is?
Katie: Yep. They play half bad stuff and half Josh Groban. And then maybe 3 or 4 other songs.

ANDDDD I started working on Coventry Carol and Adoramus Te during Math today... got parts all assigned and ranges figured out and I have to go to a G; that could be interesting.

And, of course, Youth Worship Team practice. Actually, first time I have ever played piano in front of anybody from church. This could be interesting.

I Learned...
I hate iTunes 10.


Monday, November 29, 2010


^^ that. :)

I did not die. Even though I DROVE on the HIGHWAY for AN HOUR AND A HALF.

I Learned...
My oversensitive senses are good for something after all. My grandparents DID have a gas leak, and I was NOT making things up, even though nobody else could smell it unless they put their faces up to the wall.


Sunday, November 28, 2010


I did not write a single essay today. NOPE. Not one. zilch.

That makes me so happy, you have no idea.

Also, Advent in the Baptist church is way cool... they actually, like, explain each of the candles as they light them and do Scripture reading and stuff.
Oh, and this is for Daniel... they did a good bit of jazz improvising during offering. I caught some chords that were definitely not your worship-music-C-and-Dm-with-an-Am7-thrown-in-there-once-in-a-while. It's a small church, but they had a saxophone AND trombone, and it was cool.

I Learned...
"Pepperoncini" is not a kind of small pepperoni that you can pick out of a salad. It's a variety of spicy yellow pepper that contaminates your salad.


Saturday, November 27, 2010


So tired, I don't even know what I'm thinking/feeling/existing :P

We went to see Tangled today. Don't laugh at me! It was actually really good! Please read my review at Awesome Possum (see right side bar) for a logicking out.
So that made me smile.
Also, the old guy behind the counter at Smoothie King was very engaging and funny. I liked him.

I Learned...
Living on a boat gives you a lot of spare time, but the time that isn't spare is busy enough that you sleep for a lot of it :P


Friday, November 26, 2010

cousins :P

"People love my face!"

This year, I finally got to sit at the "big-kid" table for the family Thanksgiving.

There are 9 cousins. In age order, the lineup looks like...
Kristen - Annie - Sam - Emily - KATIE - John - Lindy - Carrie - Nate
See? I'm exactly in the middle.
We had three tables: 4 "little" kids, 4 "big" kids, and 8 adults.
Usually I default to "little kid" and stick an extra chair in, but this year Carrie was away in Michigan. Therefore... I sat with Nate (college junior, pre-med), Lindy, and John (college freshmen, both undecided I think).

  • Kristen is my sister. 8th grade. It's funny to see how embarrassed she gets at my parents.
  • Annie is a high school freshman. She's HILARIOUS at "Guesstures." Her "hen" pantomime was the best.
  • Sam is a sophomore. He wins quote-of-the-night. Also, funny to watch how attention-craving he was in all the home videos.
  • Emily is a junior. She's more normal than anybody else.
  • I'm... me. Senior. Only "academic" person in the immediate family NOT really interested in science/math. The universe and Mrs. Bond are conspiring against me to make me an engineer! I refuse!!
  • John is the one I haven't seen in ages. He didn't come to the big family vacation because he can't fly. But neither can my mom, so it's okay.
  • Lindy is the extravert... "I go to the gym and don't ever work out. I just talk to people! I need people." She and Annie are funny together.
  • Carrie, as I said, was the absentee. She is junior. She has changed majors a zillion times... I think it was French last, but now she wants to get into culinary studies. I think that might be me.
  • Nate is the pre-med, super-soccer-player, typical-oldest-child-slash-cousin. Overachiever. And tall.
Thus, my family.

I Learned...
I could maybe spend two years of college in SCOTLAND at St. Andrews! :D ...and that tuition would be cheaper in that (joint) degree than if I just did William & Mary by itself. This is assuming I am one of the 5 to get in for my program... probably English. They only offer it in Economics, English, International Relations, and History.


Thursday, November 25, 2010


...for grandparents, who always seem to have the best-smelling hand soap
...for feeling satisfied with the Common App and never bothering with it again
...for fluffy hair that doesn't make my head hurt
...for GRAETERS <3
...for a good excuse to listen to Christmas music (as if I've needed one for the past month)
...for fantastic friends who don't always take me seriously
...for rain that looks like glitter on the front lawn



Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Sleepover last night. I loved Princess' imitation of a "teenage girl."

And our *plans* to do things like go partying etc. HAHA. as if that would happen... here... where "party" can either mean
  • place where you hang out and eat chips (-Kevin)
  • place where you get high and do things you regret in the morning (-Megan's co-workers, interpreted by me)

I Learned...
Curly hair can be cut wet and look okay after all. Who knew?


Monday, November 22, 2010

Something I Learned

I am killing the "Good/Bad/Random" form for a while. I am going back to "something that made me smile," plus the new "I Learned..." section. I do enjoy learning things, so I am setting out to learn something every day, even if that means random internet research.

SO, I am making serious progress in my college stuff. WHEE!! (No, really, that's exciting. Now I'm only 1 week behind schedule instead of two-and-a-half. And I will finish tomorrow!! :D)

I Learned...
"Gaol" (as in, awesome poem by Oscar Wilde, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol") is actually pronounced the same as "jail." Weird.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

4.5 down, 155.5 to go...

The Good: AAAHHH Youth Service was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! like so good!! Praise Team... y'all were awesome. Way, way awesome. And Matt was there! Which was so cool. And I could actually hear what I needed... even though I didn't get my in-ear monitors :P

The Bad: Driving for an hour, on 4.5 hours of sleep, when I haven't driven for exactly 70 days? Unfun. But I only made one turn that was too sharp... I did okay. But my legs do tired-ache.

The Random: Ummmyoumeanlike the firecrackers/rockets going off while I was trying to write in my Christine-book?


just realized the random coincidence that number of hours of sleep last night = number of pages completed in the Christine-book.
That is what the title refers to. The book, not the sleep. Although, I wonder how long it would take me to work up 160 hours of sleep, now...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day of Grace

"There are no good days and bad days. Every day is a day of grace. Some days, He gives grace to enjoy. Other days, He gives grace to endure." — Graham Cooke

Today I have done both, mostly owing to a one-hour nap and some caffeine.

See: Glogster, amazingly fun and addictive site which my History teacher introduced us to and has utilized for homework since. Here's mine :)


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


AHH. I love BibleForce. And even though our practice for the youth service went over, like, 40 minutes... it was awesome. And PAGE! So happy he came! And it was super fun teaching him all the motions, haha.

AAANNNDDDD I get to do (eep!) O Holy Night for something Christmasy later in the year and I can hit the super fun note at the end and it all makes me happy.

Oh, and Erin was back at chorus today... Hallelujah. We got much done and it was beautiful and I am HAPPY.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I smiled at small group tonight when my dad told the story of how he short-sheeted David's bed at the men's retreat... this weekend. I could just see him as a dorm resident in his boarding school, perhaps as a middle schooler, finding the same glee in that "classic" prank.
...and then the same disappointment at his victim's nonchalant reaction, or shall I say lack thereof.


Monday, November 15, 2010

goals! yes!

The Good: Just realized that I have officially met my goal of 375 total posts by 2011! haha! goal, I have beat you, and I will beat you again approximately 46 more times >:)

The Bad: I am behind in my college self-set deadlines :/ Such weird short answers take me FOREVER. Two that I have been stuck on for more than 2 weeks:
  • As a part of 2010 Wake Forest orientation, the freshman class examined The Andes of Ecuador, a painting by Frederic Church. Next year what work of visual or performing art should the incoming class analyze? Why?
  • What idea most challenges you?

The Random: I am so excited for Friday. May it never be said that Lady Kathryne passed on an opportunity to play dress up. (read: Thanksgiving lunch for US History :D)
...anddd there are other things in the works for Friday, but I have mixed feelings about that, so we shall be avoidant and not talk about it..


Sunday, November 14, 2010

yay media :)

Instead of posting Good/Bad/Random today, I shall post this video of a song that SCREAMS* and pictures that I took on my walk today :)


*I'M SORRY! I can't help it! I think in terms of choirs!
...speaking of which, you can check out the videos of us (FANTASTIC) and pictures of my tooootally attractive singing-face :P

Saturday, November 13, 2010


The Good: gorgeous day today. I mean, REALLY BEAUTIFUL. Like, high 50s-low 60s.

The Bad: I took Tag out today... I was on my bike and he was trotting leashless alongside me. Then, from behind one of the houses, there comes a 7 or 8 year old boy holding his dog by the collar. Now, I am sure the dog weighs more than he does, and it looks sort of like a cross between
...but bigger. As Tag saunters up to this dog, tail wagging as always, I get off my bike and tell the boy, "don't worry, he's friendly." Just as the boy starts to say, "oh, so is he," this dog snarls and lunges at Tag. I don't remember how, but I got Tag away.
However, I was pretty well-caught in the crossfire myself. Let's just say that my thumb really hurts and has lost some blood.
Then I give up on the walk, bring Tag home, and wash/sanitize/bandage my thumb.

The Random: THEN I went on a 5.5 mile bike trip to school to get my Physics textbook! ...yyayy... and sorta blacked out halfway home. But I didn't pass out! I kept going! Huzzah!
I believe I shall consult not only the distance but also the severity of hills before I undertake any such trips in the future.


PS- is my blacking out a sign of not being in shape or of not having enough food/water in my system or of it being a stupid idea for me to do any strenuous physical activity at all?

Friday, November 12, 2010

best night.

What happens when you have 22 schoolkids (aged 7-17) in a small room for 4 hours with minimal adult supervision?

Not Homework

What happens when the 9 oldest (aged 13-17) eat packets of sugar because the dinner came late and then sit on the floor entertaining themselves?

A massive Silly Bandz war, laughing fits lasting for 5+ minutes, chocolate syrup threats, carved mahogany peanut butter dispensers, dining on Oscar the Hamster, sleeping on the floor...
Oh, and Not Homework.

Where on Earth were you?!

A very ritzy country club. And yes, I am serious.

Why were you there?

We sang a couple of songs for the school banquet. We sounded fabulous too <3
(lol All For Jesus awkward silence at the beginning AND end :P)




Thursday, November 11, 2010

unexpected blessings

My Physics teacher surprised the living daylights out of me today.
We were going over some of our work from the past week or so. I raised my hand with a mundane, simple question about a lab report. As he acknowledged my hand, before I could get a word out of my mouth, he said...
"Katie, you can go have a study hall in the library, if you want. You get all of this already."

Shock much?

And then I went to Panera with Megan and Marina, yay! we talked. I like you guys <3
And then we went to Rachel's ballet class, since it's visitors week. I have lots of things to say about that, but am too impatient to type them.
And then I came home to find that ...CHRISTINE AND ERIN ARE ON FACEBOOK?!?

Shock much?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The Good: Hearing Doug talk about music. He knows much more than I do, even about choral/vocal music, which was something I once considered myself quite an authority on :P

The Bad: I have been in an odd state of mental lethargy recently. I think it's a combination of emotional exhaustion and physical weariness and straight out apathy. bleh.
and my oatmeal exploded in the microwave this morning.

The Random:
"It's payback time, cookie!"


Tuesday, November 9, 2010


That's sort of the noise my day made, alternately at a high fever-pitch of a buzzing fly and the low grumbling of an angry computer.

The Good: had not finished any of my homework last night. got a surprise study hall in Math and therefore finished everything! (because, since I didn't actually have Math, I didn't have to worry about finishing up stupid inverse hyperbolic transcendental ickiness.)

The Bad: It was kind of an anticlimatic day. And my ankles hurt, and my back hurts when I breathe, which I do surprisingly often. And the medley isn't going to work out for chorus, so we're going to copy somebody else's.

The Random:
(defending a guess in Latin for vocab)
Megan: When I think "to protect," I think "to eat"
Rachel: The kids you babysit had better be very afraid...

“I got the Mr. Sunshine award in 8th grade!”


Monday, November 8, 2010

slap happy!

The Good: ohhhhmy, today was just hilarious. Laughed so, so much. About everything. Most things of which should not be that funny. And then singing the rodent song... over... and over... and over... in the middle of Physics class... :P
And going to Panera with neighbor-Megan* :) broccoli cheddar soup = yummmm

The Bad: Have you ever posted something on a social networking site/blog/email/whatever and gone... wow, the only reason I did that was to get attention/create sympathy/inspire awe into the hearts of mere mortals, as my peers tend to be of such? and sometimes you can delete the offending/insecure remark, but other times it must remain in cyberspace and you are forever damaged... ruined... DONE FOR!

The Random: good times in Physics. and second-Math. lol.
I quote Megan: "haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
no lie.



*"Megan" with no modifier defaults to school-Megan. The one in my class. The one who has been my better friend** since like 6th grade. The one who makes music videos about rodents. That one. :P

** I cannot have a "best friend" because I have more than one, therefore I do not have a "best" (because that is a singular term) ... so, I have a few "better friends." There will probably be a blog post explaining that eventually.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


The Good: Lots of butter. Lots of cheese. Oh, and some awesome vegetable soup :)
AND CHRISTINE ! ! ! ! ! ! ! And plotting to come to their send-off at dawn with a bright pink shirt (so they can see me) and a handkerchief.

The Bad: grf. I shall see Christine only once, maybe twice more before... GAHITSTOOHORRIBLE. Also, realizing I am perhaps not an INTJ after all :(

The Random: It's lots of fun to rub a cat's belly until it purrs, and then after a few seconds abruptly leave and see the shock on its face >:)


Saturday, November 6, 2010

gorgeous day.

The Good:
The creek was beautiful today. There was more color there than shows in these pictures, I promise.
And... I cannot say how many times I have been walking down the middle of the (one-way) road, been distracted by some pretty tree, walked to the side of the road, then realizing that a car just came whizzing down the wrong way and almost ran me over.

The Bad: My hair takes so stupidly long to wash >.<

The Random: Listening to Christmas music... classical music... serious Celtic music...

Oh, and my sister is such a girl after my own heart :) she started Christmas music this weekend!
Although, you can always tell the difference between us by the size of our pony tail holders.


PS- I LOVE the end of Daylight Savings! And this is not merely because of that famous "extra hour of sleep"... nah. It's the freedom! The choices! It doesn't have to be an extra hour of sleep... it could also be an extra hour of awake! It's like tax-exempt time!
(you can tell I really mean all of this by my 13-year-old-girl-level use of exclamation points. I can say that with authority because I have a 13-year-old sister.)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quiet day :)

The Good: skipped school and got a bunch of college work (and the work I would have missed in today's half day!) done. AND now I am sitting in Barnes & Noble with a yummy Gingerbread latte and funny music playing over the speakers.

The Bad: I hate when you run into someone in a public place... someone who, say, you knew in elementary/middle school and are friends with/regularly stalk on Facebook... but you haven't seen them in person for so long that
a) you aren't sure it's really them,
b) it would be awkward to talk to them, and/or
c) you have no idea what you would say were you to talk to them.
So you say nothing and stand there and try not to look at them or let them see you. This has happened to me several times recently, and it's just weird.
The Random: created my first ever instructional video for the harmony to Be Unto Your Name! awesome fun. Feel no need to watch it, seriously, unless you happen to be in a choir doing the same arrangement.
Also, it makes me laugh when stores advertise not only their store hours but also their website hours :P


more pictures from last weekend! out of all, I like this one.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


The Good: nice day at school today. not too high-pressure... actually, I don't know if I had any real, structured classes all day.
Math was "independent study" (aka Lit homework)
Study Hall for 2 hours
More study during lunch
Physics was independent work on labs
Apologetics was a debate movie (whose soundtrack was TOTALLY the same as Narnia... I swear...)
Latin was more independent study

The Bad: trying to schedule stuff with Christine :/ life goes toooo quickly.

The Random: Muahahahahaha. ha. ha. (planning and plotting evil things)

The Quotes:
"Pro: folds his towels
Con: 3 foot 4
Pro: has nice teeth
Con: smells bad"

"I have no thoughts."

"I can hear my echo! *fwooooo!*"


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hamsters are rodents, na na na na na

The Good: Certainly Chapel worship was marvelous. As was chorus practice. "Labor of Love" sounds infinitely better with the organ.

The Bad: Princess stresses me out when she comes to school even though she's dead on her feet.

The Random:
Laptop with webcam? cost Megan a couple hundred dollars.
Collapsing on the floor laughing at the Rodent Song? cost me some dignity.
Watching the immovable Dan collapse as well? priceless.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cheeks & Balances :P

The Good: Senior picture sneak peak is up :) AND I heart small group.

The Bad: mmmmath.

The Random:
"It's not about rivalry... it's not about hatred... it's about MONEY." -Mrs. Bond (from Friday)
Rachel in Government class... "cheeks and balances" (read: "checks and balances") :P


Monday, November 1, 2010

So long, October...

The Good: study period during standardized testing :D

The Bad:
ccccold! ! ! !
Also, October is over :(

The Random:
WHEEEEE Daylight Savings ends in one week!


PS- had senior pictures today with Mrs Heather :) 'twas awesome. had a sort of bad hair day, but made up for it with my favorite purple sweater and favorite skirt.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

the days since...

The Good:
every single epic thing.


swing dance~

barn dance~

mime performance :)

The Bad:
tried to get homework done at the library, and this... (I blocked out some of the numbers for privacy's sake :P)

The Random:
Dan, on Friday, during MadLibs... "I'm sorry, I can't help that I'm so SEXY."


* if you can't tell, we were the four seasons.

PS- Christine, I adore you, for real.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Today in Pictures

The Good:
gorgeous morning! and evening!

The Bad:
[conspicuous absence of anything]

The Random:
memorizing Hebrews 11... this is verse 6 :P


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I have no good title ideas.

The Good: Even though I have been recently turning my alarm off in my sleep (?), and even though I didn't wake up until 8:25 as a result, and even though my hair was superpoofy today, I made it to school by 8:42 (only slightly late).
Also, started learning Let All Mortal Flesh... on the piano, even though that's not technically a part of the medley. That has yet to be begun.

The Bad: Starting to crash. Starting to wonder, how do I say no, more? Handling time and saying just those two letters... it's so elementary! I mean, I already say/have said "no" to...
  • church praise team
  • church anthem choir
  • Studio Art II
  • second half of Megan's chorus time
  • Varsity Basketball (that was a toughie. they were begging. BEGGING.)
  • youth group
  • all stuff on Sunday afternoons
  • Google/Facebook chat 80% of the time
  • shopping, ever
  • babysitting, ever
...and yet I'm still struggling to keep up with school work and finding myself neglecting college prep? why? I'm honestly not trying to whine about how busy my life is, because I know compared to others' it's simply not. But I'm having trouble learning how to deal with this.

The Random: We (12th graders) are going to make a video of each of us parodying another. Creating caricatures of each other. Whatever. It's fun.
Kevin will do Rachel ( I have no words.)
I get Megan (quotes, anyone?)
Dan gets me (he'll wear a poofy wig)
Rachel has Kevin (THAT should be entertaining)
Megan has Dan (not sure about that yet)

Quote from Kevin:
"Let's wear shoes that make our toenails fall off!" (mocking Rachel aka Princess aka flitting ballerina lady)


Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The Good: AAHHH! I get to arrange a medley for choir!! I have never done that before, but I am super excited, because it's a CHRISTMAS medley. The girls are picking between these three (with really stupid names)...
  1. Angels (Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; Angels We Have Heard on High; O Come All Ye Faithful... based on BarlowGirl's Angelic Proclamation Medley)
  2. Night/Lullaby (Silent Night; O Holy Night; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, etc)
  3. The Child (What Child is This; One Small Child; Gentle Mary Laid Her Child; Away in a Manger, etc)
The Bad: Busy bee >.<
(have to finish this skirt, find time to go to JoAnne's to get a zipper for the thing, do Bible study prep, keep up with homework, and prepare for all my different choirs... and this weekend I will not be home. Legitly. All of these things are wonderful, but they add up to mean DISASTER aka less sleep. I need to learn to say no.)

The Random: lolol. Picture day. No individual pictures, thank all that is good and gracious in the yearbook department... senior pics go in! But our class pic is ridiculous. See illustration (which is, unfortunately, kind of accurate... guess who is who! And don't you love my stick figures? :P)


PS- made my day-- "Flitting is marvelous!" (-Princess)

Monday, October 25, 2010


The Good: Finished the extreme paper!

The Bad: Now to work on 25-minute presentation! ...heh

The Random: Ew, is picture day really tomorrow? And how did we end up talking about the economy at the dinner table... that was weird.


1:10am- YAY bedtime! YAY seriously mad dark circles under my eyes on picture day! YAY cover-up :P
...oh, right, and YAY finishhhhheeedddd Apologetics stuff, for, like, ever! (not really)

Sunday, October 24, 2010


The Good: SUCH nice weather today! Walked to Bynum Run again, and played in the creek like a little kid :P

The Bad: The water was FREEZING, and then I (in my bare feet) almost stepped in this...

The Random: I realized today that it's really funny how I have never run into any of the crazy people (aka Mark & Daniel) who often bike around my neighborhood, when I'm out on my walks. Hum.


Saturday, October 23, 2010


Since I couldn't muster it up on the phone or even really on Facebook, I am giving Princess a really legit teenage-girl-squeal via blog.


I love you, Rachel dearest. Come visit me when you're famous.


Friday, October 22, 2010

My Day in Pictures

(with captions)

The Good:
Forgot to tell y'all yesterday, but... I GOT NEW SHOES! (I really am a teenage girl, deep, deep down)

Blackberry jam + new jar of peanut butter = heaven

The Bad:
[Conspicuous lack of art-gallery-ish pictures]
Only got to go to Norman Rockwell exhibit, and not even all of that, and that only for 20 minutes.

Stupid low lighting and weird ISO messed up all my pictures from the Harvest Party :/

The Random:
haha... read it. all of it.

Oh, Dalvin. You put us to shame.

Oh, Kevin... you are a shame :P (just kidding. but Larry the vampire sticker and Agnes his girlfriend are a little odd).

"Lady" Kathryne (not-de-Bourgh! it's spelled differently!)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alliteration and Such

The Good: I went to bed before midnight last night! For the first time in, like, a while! yay! ANDDD Dalvin & I did not have to go for our debates in government today!

The Bad: I am learning more and more about myself... my reactions to things... I'm really very predictable. I could be a math equation. Speaking of which, I have a gazillion of them to do by Monday... *sigh*

The Random: Had some awesomely alliterative moments in Lit class today. And then got Rachel's classic are-you-for-real face. And I believe my name is catching on... "Lady Kathryne." Thank you, David (and Megan, who read that over my shoulder :P)

"Lady" Kathryne

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The Good: I get to go to bed! Like, NOW! I refuse to feel guilty for not doing 3 hours of homework tonight!

The Bad: Dropped a contact. Lost in my carpet. (NB- I was going to change them in about a week anyway)

The Random: New blog post. Like, other than just this one :P


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I have 350 posts! wheee!!

The Good: Small group tonight :)

The Bad: I talk too much. Rather, I ramble. And I realize it while I'm doing it and can't seem to find a graceful exit and it's like GAAHHHHH*bangsheadonwall*

The Random: Something really funny happened today... I can still see Rachel's face in my head... but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was.


EDIT: Rachel & Megan just reminded me what it was... kind of dumb, but we all tapped sympathetically on Megan's sick/dying laptop at the same time :P

Monday, October 18, 2010


The Good: Saw Megan! Rachel! (email from) Christine! and Daniel, and David! Also, successfully guilted my mom out of reading my essay before it's ready :P

The Bad: Much work... little sleep...

The Random: ohhhhhmygoodness. Dessert tonight. MMMM. Angel food cake, chocolate, toffee bits, and amazing cream cheese/cool whip stuff.


Saturday, October 16, 2010


The Good: Finished Common App Essay 2.0. Got over my fear of "Choose your own topic."

The Bad: Am really really good at procrastinating that debate speech. Wondering if I'll be as good at winging it on Thursday.

The Random: Have not used a single subject in this blog post so far. SO THERE.


Friday, October 15, 2010


The Good: SWING! yay. Good, good times. Really good. Mostly because I wore my favorite shirt and an awesome pink lace hairbow, but... you know :P Also, learning Lindy! And, like, not-failing Lindy!

The Bad: Megan & Rachel both MIA from school. Christine MIA from Swing.

The Random: October is halfway over... this means... there are still 15 days of the best month of the year left! SO HAPPY!!!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

pumpkin spice :)

The Good: Rachel's family is on vacation. So, Mr C wasn't there for Calc, Physics, or Latin, and our sub took us to 711 for pumpkin spice lattes etc :)

The Bad: Rachel's family is on vacation. Rachel, I miss you.

The Random: SO EXCITED for the Lit project... role of women in the 1920s :D


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am a magnet for all kinds of deeper wonderment...

The Good: AHHHWEAREDOINGCOMETHOUFOUNTATCHURCHHHH!!! !!! !!! and I get to sing melody, and I NEVER sing melody. OH SO HAPPPPYYY!! Also, saw Chelsea!

The Bad: homework... what else is new? Also, Christine was at my house, and I said all of three words to her. blaaahhhh.

The Random: I like to listen to dramatic music while I do my math homework. It makes what I'm doing seem more important.
YAY for Narnia soundtracks/Freedom! (--totally had before the mime thing...)

Anddd picture for today...


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The Good: Everything!

The Bad: Not really anything!

The Random: I spend a whole lot of time thinking about those things which might be bad, you know? And, sure, they might be bad on other days, but today was really decent and I spent a lot of it worrying about other stuff on other days. When, really, that stuff fits perfectly well into my worry-quotient of those days... no need to overflow it into today.

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. WHOO!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day

The Good: Finished first draft of Common App essay. No school!

The Bad: I need to completely redo it because I wrote it in the wrong tone/style. So much homework!

The Random: Wore PURPLE! makes me happy.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fairy Place :)

The Good: got to go to BIBLE FORCE!!! :D

And, for those of you who are somehow unaware, there is a creek in my general area that has a stone wall I like to sit on (photo taken 10.25.09)...

...and today I got to go down there with my journal and my book and my camera (plenty of occupation for a few hours). I rediscovered my fairy place (upstream a bit of the wall) and had lots of fun just looking. I think Christine & Erin & Kristen and I are going to have a photoshoot sometime soon, when the leaves change.

The Bad: SAT yesterday :P

The Random:

(donkey from the farm across the street from the stone wall)


Friday, October 8, 2010


The Good: Life. People. Mime Family Dinner. Christmas music. Apple cider. Everything.

The Bad: SAT tomorrow.

The Random: some pictures from the past two days... (click to see full-size)

^^ from Physics class :P my "Blah Book"

^^ "Blah Book" itself... I have way too many notebooks/journals/sketchpads

^^ from Mime Family Dinner tablecloth

I do not deserve my life. I have been so incredibly blessed. AAAAH.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The Good: I have officially and successfully finished- my first college interview, my senior thesis proposal, my 3-page history essay, my Latin homework, and a good LOT of my college applications!

The Bad: I have officially and successfully finished- that part of my life where I get to sleep seven hours a night.

The Random: APPLE CIDER! (*swoons*)

And some quote catch-up...

"I have the attention span of, like, a squirrel." -Kevin

"Debate presentations are in two weeks. I will have a tazer. If you go above 8 minutes 15 seconds, I will taze you. If you stop short 7 minutes 45 seconds, I will taze you." -Mr. V
"Are you SERIOUS?!" -Victoria

"...for my students not in Chapter 10--" -Mr. C
"...NAPTIME! You couldn't have said it better yourself!" -Megan

"Maybe one day I'll be a tenth-grade girl." -Megan

"Let this be a lesson to you. Like what I like. Hate what I hate. And your world will be a more pleasant place." - (who else) Megan


Monday, October 4, 2010

Gray Day :)

The Good: These past few days have been decidedly gray. And I like them. It's like The Secret Garden, or those Beatrix Potter videos, or really any film that takes place in premodern Britain. It's quite nice, at least, when I am wearing gloves and a sweater.

The Bad: Math.

The Random: Dug through my computer archives to find something to post on Awesome Possum. Found some surprisingly good poems I wrote in elementary school. I think I was a better poet then than now.


PS~ Lit assignment! it's finished!

From the YouTube description:

This is my first attempt at a semi-surrealist film. It is based on the fifteenth stanza of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."

Music is the beginning of Cry of the Heart from Michael W Smith's "Freedom."

As this is surrealist, I cannot fully explain it (*devious laugh*). However, note Whitman's ending comments in stanza XV:
"And these tend inward to me, and I tend outward to them,
And such as it is to be of these more or less I am"
He comes to the forty-six people described in the stanza with open, empty hands. Not one of those forty-six is a poet or anything like Walt Whitman. I think he is trying to make the point that the others mentioned ARE Walt Whitman. And Walt Whitman IS them. He comes with nothing of his own, wanting to absorb the feelings, thoughts, and habits of the others.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


The Good: My friends get to do all kinds of crazy fun things this weekend :)

The Bad: I have to stay home for various reasons.

The Random: The Maryland Distinguished Scholar key speaker said that the lot of us were "the most brightest students in Maryland." Nice to know I'm the most brightest. :P

The Supplication: It is a guarantee that my college interviewer on Tuesday will ask me questions like "How would your friends and family describe you, in one word?" I dunno, how would you?


Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Um. Hi.

I'm taking a break from the Land of the living.

See y'all this weekend, I think. But then again, maybe not.


Monday, September 27, 2010


The Good: Found out I don't have to get my hair cut for my senior pictures!

The Bad: Was later informed I really really really ought to. And I have a headache.

The Random: My Georgia Colony brochure.


The mandatory post-scriptum: Proof that poetry comes easiest when you are tired and can barely spell the word "proof" (true story, and thank goodness for spellcheck)

Sunday, September 26, 2010


today was cool. very cool.

The Good: Church. And this. And talking to Christine even more than earlier.

The Bad: Trying to get mime video files onto the computer when they are in a seriously antiquated format. Developing a nervous twitch and pacing around the upstairs snapping my fingers compulsively while speaking to tech support aka Mark.

The Random: "Your outfit just emanates happiness... about the weather!" (me, speaking to Blake, who says he has never before been told his outfit -of black leather calf length coat, black hat, jeans, and grey shirt- emanates anything, much less happiness.)


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Do Hard Things... !

Okay. Hi. This is Christine & Kathryne/Katie. We are going to blog our day. EEEEEP!!! !!! !!! !!!

5:30 AM- "My Savior" by Aaron Shust playing way too loud in our sleepy ears
6:15 AM- Leave for DO HARD THINGS!!!!!!!!11!!!!1!!
7:00 AM- Katie reluctantly begins Government homework because the sun is now out.
8:20 AM- Motivational Red Wall Paint makes the shoutout board!
9:00 AM- Pure awesome.
5:00 PM- Fangirl time :) Brett Harris signed the MRWP. Then Joel Harris signed it, and he got to sign it next to Robin Mark so he took a picture :) THENTHENTHEN Shannon Harris, Josh's wife, who happens to sing for Sovereign Grace music including The Precious Blood, signed it too.
6:00 PM- Wendy's for dinner! sitting outside, and then this random old man came up to us and talked to us about Mennonite clothing and asked us if we were Mennonites and rambled some odd thing about modern women's clothing... o.0
7:15 PM- Leave for home. Katie attempts to do more Government. Snakes in the car. hehe.
9:05 PM- We both do homework. And talk. And Christine thinks she distracts Katie. But really Katie is just as distracting. Katie gets hungry.
10:00 PM- Sign on to Blogger.

OH. different Good/Bad/Random order today... we're really shaking things up here.

The Bad: No mime performance tomorrow. Major miscommunication. And so that's a bummer.

The Good: (see above, and in addition-) We get to sleep in. Relatively. Like, 7:30 instead of 5:30. But it's still nice. And we still get to see all of our favorite people (read: mimes) at church tomorrow.

The Random:
Good morning starshine, the earth says hello!

<3 Kathryne/Katie & Christine

Friday, September 24, 2010



And I am spending the whooollleeee weekend.


take that, teachers-who-try-to-ruin-my-life-with-exorbitant-amounts-of-homework. I SHALL DEFY YOU.

Understood, I will be leaving here at 6am tomorrow and getting back at 8pm (in between which times I hope to finish my government and/or apologetics), and then leaving again on Sunday at 6am. Yes. whee. :P I will get to sleep in for school on Monday! haha.

I am happy.

OH! I forgot!

The Good: (see: above) (and see: Princess' amazing poem!)

The Bad: (see: 6am, twice in a row)

The Random: I painted the MRWP with white-out so that it is a sign-able surface for ohmygoodness Alex/Brett/Josh Harris, to whom I will hopefully be gifted with the ability to present their first ever opportunity to sign a 2oz jar of Benjamin Moore Poppy Red wall paint.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Poetry and POSE!

The Good: Finished my poem for AP American Lit... and it would make me happy if you clicked the link and/or gave me feedback? :) Oh, and also had my picture taken for the newspaper! And it was a good hair day! (note: was, because humidity wrecked it)

The Bad: Lit essay test spun out of thin air and pretentiousness

The Random: Okay, not random, but too awesome to share a category with anything else.

Christine gave me this for my birthday :)



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Birthday :)

The Good:
  • I loveWednesdays!!!
  • Chapel = amazing
  • Movie & Smartfood popcorn in History!
  • Chorus
  • SUNSET!!!!! and THUNDERSTORM!!!! in the same night!
  • Birthday wishes from everyone :)
  • A certain card covered in C.S. Lewis quotes and purple lettering that made me smile a lot.
The Bad: I still have homework... lol.

The Random: Kristen made this my desktop (she put it together in PowerPoint)-

(note the upper right corner :P)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The Good: I might just be able to get all of my homework finished tonight! Like, in such a way as to not-have math or science... at ALL... tomorrow, which would make me extraordinarily glad!

The Bad: Seven worst words this year: "You'll have until Thursday to do it." Why is this bad? We hear it in every single Tuesday class, and thus Tuesday teachers feel they can assign extra. (OH WELL, they didn't do it so very badly today, which makes me... EEEE!)

The Random: I was reallyreally tired, fell asleep in Apologetics class today, and have been falling asleep ever since, except after I had that milkshake with Hershey's syrup and coffee grounds... if you can't tell, I'm pretty awake right now ;)
(and, wow, I just put three different tenses in that sentence: imperfect, perfect, present... Mrs. B would murder me)


PS- my birthday is tomorrow :) but, more importantly, International Curly Hair Day is tomorrow!

EDIT: this just made my day (on my Awesome Possum dashboard) -
for the record, the Romans did not seem to be aware there were such things as possums. However, "possum" in Latin means "I am able," which is totally motivational and cool.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Breaking Through :)

The Good: !!!!!! I MADE IT! Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist, that is :) I think that means I get a smallish scholarship if I go to eligible Maryland schools, but regardless it will look nice on applications.

The Bad: Monday much? got to school at 7:30 (70 minutes earlier than usual) and waited outside in the cold until 8:05 when Aaron got there with the correct code.

The Random: Do these song lyrics not make you smile? The actual song is even better, but I have to highlight these...

I am a blind man trying to find the way
A deaf man with my ear to the ground
Just listening for what You say

I've got no voice to sing the songs
Written by the prophets on the subway walls*
The kingdom is a golden table and we are beggars all

(Breaking Through, Audrey Assad)



Sunday, September 19, 2010


The Good: Sang on two praise teams today: one for Sunday morning 8:30 and 10:30 services, and one for Sunday evening Praise & Worship service. Yay!

The Bad: Have been pretty much out of the house since 6:45am. Ended the whole thing by standing up into Kristen's nose, which she is convinced is broken.

The Random: Deep-fried twinkies = d'lish. mmmmm.


Saturday, September 18, 2010


The Good: music practice with Kristina & Erin :)

The Bad: cleaned my room. and the bathroom. and did Government homework. and History homework. and I still have math.

The Random: "You have to put some hutzpah in it! cheil!" (rough transliteration) -Kristina


Friday, September 17, 2010


The Good:
  • Working with Doug in Lit class :D
  • My dad sent my mom flowers for her birthday... from China!
  • Princess came to swing! and Christine did too! and DOUG! Hi Doug!
The Bad(ish): Had to learn lead for Lindy... which was not bad. But I was. lol.

The Random: They played Burning the Toast! That is now my song, btw. It is so very, very cute. It makes me smile :D
And... tehe... began composing a poem in study hall. It's interesting. I'll finish it soon and then post on Awesome Possum.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

whackamole :P

The Good: Yay for not doing physics in Physics! I love substitute teachers who give us "study hall" & let us outside.

The Bad: um, that would be the Government quiz I totally forgot to study for. And it was take-home. Wow.

The Random:
  • "The uniform policy is like whack-a-mole. If you stand out, I have to knock you down." -ever-beloved Headmaster
  • Straightening my hair! Take a good look, because it's probably the last time many of you will ever see it straight.
  • This awesome song David showed me is so very me (yes, I do burn toast)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


(that was the sound of me being eaten by the physics monster)

The Good: I heart Wednesdays. And we talked in Lit about The Raven, and I kind of hijacked the class by asking all of them another question, but it was a really good question, and it just happened to include a quote by (*swoon*) C.S. Lewis that I-just-happened-to-remember while reading Poe's essay on how he wrote The Raven.

The Bad: [see Physics monster that is eating me alive]

The Random: "That was going to be my dramatic exit... but I forgot to ask you where we had choir." (-me :P)


The Good, the Bad, and the Random

I couldn't post yesterday because I wasn't allowed on the computer after small group dinner. Boo. But yay, because it was fun... and I think I'm going to try out a new format for my posts for a few weeks. See how it goes.

The Good: talked to CHRISTINE! and small group dinner was wonderful :)

The Bad: Homework. all. day. My to-do list looked something like this... I finished about 1/3?

The Random: Without a doubt, that award goes to The Game of Things. Myyyy goodness.


Monday, September 13, 2010

little bug grew

and I stayed home from school today.

but I chatted with Christine and Colin, and got another Awesome Possum post up, and it's all good. except that Latin homework I need to do...


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Black & White PARTAY

While my voice was incapacitated, I did almost win Twister... not that those two have anything to do with each other.

One game I beat David because he was nice to me and didn't totally push me off the board, and the championship round it took 5 minutes to get down to the two of us, and then probably another 5 with just us. And it was INTENSE. And David is very skilled. And I am very fortunate. But he did win. Then all of my arms/legs/hands/feet/fingers/toes were shaking and I couldn't breathe normally for about 10 minutes. I must be out of shape. (And while David was not in quite so bad a condition, my hair did look better than his when it was over :P)

So there was lots of Twister, and lots of food, and lots of talking.

lol, cartoon about secret identities:

(look familiar? haha)


PS- glove substitutes:

you can only imagine the rest of my outfit...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Coming down with a bug

thankfully, it is a fruit fly and not a cockroach (read: small bug, and I can still kind of understand my math homework).

and I WILL be going to the Black and White Party tomorrow! I WILL!

and I found out that it would cost me about $60,000 total to go to Cambridge University for four years of college. I am now seriously considering overseas studies.

Also, after three failed attempts at artistry and uniqueness via zebra-printed gloves... well, if glovemaking is an art, just call me Jackson Pollock. Also, it's not a good idea to wear gloves that cut off circulation in 3+ fingers.

Perhaps will retry in morning.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Silver Lining

Today was sort of a seesaw...

Bad: carwash at 7:30am
Good: made $360ish
Bad: everybody was in a really bad mood
Good: got to sow seeds of optimism!
Bad: got back to school in time for math class
Good: won the battle of "how to properly label papers"
Bad: I just dislike Physics class. sorry Colin.
Good: I get to choose my partner for the Rube Goldberg project
Bad: took practice AP test in Lit
Good: finished early and got to sleep
Bad: icckkkyyyy video about debate in Govt class
Good: icky videos are fun to criticize
Bad: too sick-feeling to drive home
Good: Mom didn't make me
Bad: ripped popcorn bag and about half the kernels... only kernels... fell out
Good: Tag didn't eat them
Bad: stepped in puddle of popcorn-induced Tag drool
Good: ... um ...
Bad: Comcast won't take my password
Good: I switched to gmail this past week! how foresightful of me!
Bad: knocked over bowl of raspberries
Good: Tag helped clean them up
Bad: stepped in said raspberries in only pair of socks
Good: perfect excuse for Mom to buy me more
Bad: totally ruined first pair of gloves I made (read: unsalvageable. not that I didn't try)
Good: all the more for me to practice! ...right?
Bad: wireless internet is awful (Comcast)
Good: HISTORY CHANNEL still works! :P


Thursday, September 9, 2010



I laughed so hard I cried.

no joke. I was literally crying for like 5 minutes.

Oh, Latin class, I love you.

and Mr. V... "Archy archy archy!"

and Rachel... "I cannot stand TRASH!"


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Mango ice :D

and saw Megan, and Jordan.

and although I was falling asleep at 8, maybe now I'll be able to stay up to finish Portrait of a Lady essay 2.0!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


am I an extravert?

I am doubting my introversion. I know I adore having time to myself being busy and such, and I need it, and I enjoy it... but dear me. talking with people and seeing people makes me so happy!

and "words of affirmation" is most definitely my "love language," if you will. therefore, when people talk to me and ..umm...affirm... me, it just makes me smile.

first day of school, by the way. goodish day.

and a boy asked for Kristen's email address today... lol. he invited her to come to his pool on Saturday. that made me smile.


Monday, September 6, 2010


Lots of secret, suspicious things are hanging in the air.

I love secrets, except for a few circumstances:

a) you know there is one, and you know it's sitting in your sister's un-password-protected email inbox... *cue inner turmoil*

b) you are keeping one, and it's really cool, and you're planning on telling/showing, but only at a specific time. but you reallyreallyreally want to let it out NOW, even though that would ruin the factor of surprise you'd have if you wait... *cue inner trauma*

c) your birthday is in 16 days... *cue inner tsunami*

Of course, sometimes these are actually the things that make it fun.


EDIT: I have officially finished all summer work!! YES!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

no words. lol.

Um, LOTR at church today? SHOCK.
but seeing Sandy's reaction made me smile :P

And, talking with Colin/Daniel/Judy/Sandy after church? LOVE.
but getting positive reactions to my favorite purple lace shirt made me smile too :P

And, getting this picture in an email from my darling Christine? J'ADORE.
and I need to show y'all.


Saturday, September 4, 2010


...because JESUS is Life :D

(how cheesy is that, and yet how true?)

seriously. I have been so incredibly effervescent since last night... maybe even since before that... I think it was since I put on my gypsy shirt in the afternoon, yes?

either way...

today planned fun things and made fun things and FINISHED THE MIDDLEMARCH ESSAY and had a bad hair day and didn't really care.



Christine & Erin came over today to hang with me & Kristen. Went to Joanne's and did fabulous, secretive things. And played with Photobooth. And stuff.

Then we went to THE MOST AWESOME WORSHIP/CONCERT EVER. Robin Mark, btw. I'd had the thing on my calendar since January, and it CAME!!!

So, I met the guy afterwards. He is less intimidating in person than on stage. But he is also very kind. I forgot my CD at home and had nothing signable in my purse. At a stroke of genius, I asked Colin if he still had the Motivational Red Wall Paint.

Can you guess what I did?

I'll take that as a "maybe."

I asked Robin to sign it. He wrote a message on the rim of the lid, and signed his name on the top, side, and bottom. Oh, he's so very cool. Kristina asked him, "have you ever been asked to sign wall paint before?" He said, "no, this is a first." LOL


Guess which one I am! hint: Anticonformity will eat your soulllllllll!!!!!