Oh, it feels good to be online again. ::hugs Internet:: Sure, my computer went wonky the first time I got on, but it looks okay now. I really dislike this computer, but it’s the better of the two we have, so I can live with it. Now for the catch-up, which is becoming a frighteningly regular occurrence lately.
Monday: Hmm. I know I did some stuff. I spent my entire evening working on my college applications, once my regular homework was done. I had four to finish, and I took the bad road and wrote an essay or two while very tired. I did, however, come up with one really great essay. I don’t mean to sound conceited. The first draft wasn’t specific enough, so I revised it. After all, the essay is a way of getting to know me as a person instead of credentials, so I wanted to make sure it said what I wanted in a way that sounded like me. I think I used that same essay for three schools. :x Copying and pasting is really all I was up for. I stumbled into bed at 1:30 am, knowing full well I’d be a zombie the next day.
Tuesday: I was a zombie. Being half-asleep is not good for classes. After school was the Camelot trip. I sold pizza after school for NHS, then went around to the bus. Ms. O’Neal, her daughter, and some guy whom I assume was her daughter’s boyfriend helped chaperone with Ms. Sim and Mr. Bley. I watched the sunset on the way there and talked to Ian and Greg, and Rajni for a bit. I still dislike Ian, and he dislikes me, and we know we dislike each other, but he’s tolerable. And we’re both close to Greg, so we’re civil for his sake.
We went to Philip’s Flagship to eat before the play. It’s an upscale seafood restaurant, so in addition to be underdressed, I was surrounded by a fishy smell for about an hour. (I know Ms. Sim told us how to dress, but in my rush and fatigue, it just didn’t click.) Greg and I shared a table with Ian and Jonathan, from our English class (of course). I had chicken. Yes, chicken at a seafood restaurant. It was pretty good. Our waiter spilled soda on Greg, and we were one of the last groups out, but I enjoyed it.
We walked down the street to Arena Stage after dinner. Ms. O’Neal hung back with us at first, but then she moved farther up with the other adults. I think it was our conversation that ran her away. Not that we were talking about anything bad, but still. The stage was much smaller than I expected. I understand the name now; the stage is in the middle of the room, with the seats rising around it, like an arena. I actually thought that helped. In a regular play, you can’t look over the people in front of you as easily, and the actors can’t move around as much because they can’t have their backs to the audience. The play itself was fabulous. I’ve seen Camelot before, but it was a school play back in Germany. Lancelot’s accent was too thick to be real, but Guenevere’s fake Irish accent sounded nice. The set was beautiful, the music was lovely, and the length didn’t bother me. I did notice, however, that Camelot changed a bit. There were exactly two black people and two Asians in the whole play: the knights and ladies from Africa and Japan (China, maybe?). I understand being racially diverse, especially in DC, but I wouldn’t have minded if there were only white knights in Camelot. If I’m not mistaken, that’s how it is in the legends.
We got back to the school around 11:00. I drove home, trying desperately not to fall asleep. I turned the heat off to help keep me awake. I (obviously) made it home in one piece, then proceeded to work on my RP paper until 1:30 — another late night. I felt no better knowing that I’d have to get up early.
Wednesday: NHS meeting in the morning. I nearly forgot my gift. We donated presents to families in need that signed up at Damitra’s church. I actually had to let Mom buy my gift because I didn’t have a chance to get it myself. I was even more tired that day because I’d lost sleep two nights in a row. Somehow, I managed to make it through the day and our last It’s Ac before the break.
Thursday: We had our NHS Christmas party after school. I made peanut butter cookies Wednesday night, after I came back from taking Courtney to basketball practice at the Youth Center. They had the Santa Pajama Party that night, so there were a million kids. I read. The NHS party was okay. I listened to people I won’t name talk about other people I won’t name. It makes me wonder, if I knew these people better, would they talk badly about me, too? Do people already? What do they say?
And now we’re back to today. I took the rugrats to school early; Courtney had a field trip. Math class was fine, test on Monday. I talked to Danelle, Jackie, and Craig in RP. Mr. Witko left our test (if you can call an open-book, open-notes test a real test) with the sub. I think I did well on my Adkins test. I’m hoping for the Promised Land again. This was the Civil War, though, so I may have left out a battle or two in my essay. I tried to get my multiple-choice score after school, but he wasn’t in his room. I read some Hamlet after the test. Still, I may only have a mediocre score on the test. Some of those vocabulary and text quote questions threw me. At least we’re through with that play now — finally. And of course, Ms. Sim can’t let us enjoy the break. We have three chapters of James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man to read, a contest essay to write, and a Hamlet project to work on. Sigh.
I came home fully prepared to crash. I watched tv instead: TRL and Driven: Jessica Simpson. They admitted that she looks dumb on Newlyweds, but I guess everyone does dumb things when their guard is down like that. When I came out of my room, the house was dark. Dad’s at MCI tonight, so I guess Mom took the rugrats somewhere. If they went to Waldorf, I will be seriously upset. I have important last-minute Christmas shopping to do, and I’m nervous about driving out there by myself.
I’m tired, and I have many online things to catch up on. One more math test and a scholarship application, and then I’m good for the break. I can’t wait to relax.
Friday Five: Five Favorites.
1. List your five favorite beverages. Water, Sprite, chocolate milk, orange juice, and A&W Root Beer.
2. List your five favorite websites. Blogger, Yahoo!Mail, The Leaky Cauldron, LiveJournal, and the Hunger Site ring.
3. List your five favorite snack foods. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, Teddy Grahams, any kind of chips, pretzels, and string cheese (?).
4. List your five favorite board and/or card games. Go Fish, Solitaire, Monopoly, Life, and Scrabble/Literati.
5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games. I don’t really play computer games, besides Solitaire, and I almost never play video games. I do like DDR, though, and Greg showed me how to button-mash in the arcade at Hoffman last time we were there, so I played a random game.