Parker Hopkins

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I came to a realization today: I really miss school.

Well, like the people at school. Actually mostly my teachers. Really, I just miss when Mrs. Kevonian would get so annoyed with our class talking about communism everyday.

I realized this today, when we had our first Zoom class. It was chaotic to say the least, seeing as it was made up of 35 students and one teacher. And there were communism jokes made, of course. Someone even brought their dog into their lap so that we could all see, which prompted Kevonian to say that we could have a ‘bring-your-pet-to-class-day’ next time we met. (I am most definitely doing this).

We mostly just went over the same things that other classes have been over. AP stuff, do we think we’ll be going back to school, what do we do if we don’t. However, we were also told that we are still proceeding more or less as Kevonian had planned, and that we’re still going to read “Frankenstein”, which I am incredibly excited about. I’m even excited that we still have to write some form of an essay on our individual books that we read. (I can’t wait to make her read five hundred words detailing how “The Metamorphosis” is about communism, just as a joke.)

Before the call, I had been working on my psychology packets, but I ultimately gave up and continued world building for the script I’m trying to write. I have had the idea for it for over three weeks and have yet to write a single word of the actual script.

During this time, I was listening to (and don’t make fun of me) a podcast, called Wolf 359. It’s about a crew of people on-board a spaceship orbiting a star. It’s very funny and very good, and I highly recommend it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

After the Zoom meeting, and an hour and a half long nap, I went to (finally) do actual work at my grandparents’ house. A few days ago, they’d gotten a few trees removed from their front yard, which left a big mess of woodchips throughout their lawn. My job was to remove them and dispose of them, which seems easy. Except for the fact that the rake I was given was mostly broken, only one of the brooms worked, and the snow-shovel was crooked and didn’t sit flat on the ground. Nevertheless, I got it done, and was given a compliment on my grandparents’ house while I was at it.

(Side note: it is incredibly awkward to be given a compliment on ‘your house’ when the house is, in fact, not yours.)

Now, after I finish writing this, I’m probably going to read more of the book I have been ignoring for no reason.

I will update on whether or not this book is also about communism tomorrow. (Spoiler alert: it’s probably not)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Today felt like a week.

It’s probably due to the combination of boredom, lack of sleep, and lack of things to do in my house, but today has been way too long. Just thinking about what I did today for this blog makes me feel like a wise elder looking back on their life to bestow wisdom upon the younger generations. I should not feel like that.

I believe I started today with a Microsoft Teams videochat with my AP Environment Science teacher. It was pretty rough. Nobody, including the teacher, really seemed to know exactly how to use the program, plus there was someone eating incredibly crunchy food into their microphone the entire time. Not cool.

Once that meeting was over, and I got super stressed out due to boredom, I took a ‘nap’. Really, I threw a blanket over myself and thought about all of the things I could be doing if I had the motivation while simultaneously hurting my neck from being so curled up. This lasted approximately two and a half hours. Not fun.

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This is Pi, the cat who doesn’t know how to cat very well. This is one of the only photos I have of her because it might have just been the only time that she wasn’t moving around.

After hours of sitting around on my phone, doing pretty much nothing, I had another videochat meetup on Zoom with my AP Psychology class. This meeting was more fun because Mrs. Greico struggles with technology and had to enlist help from “IT support” (which I believe was her daughter). Pretty enjoyable.

Once psych was over, and also because I’m a big nerd, I started making a Dungeons and Dragons character. Apparently, this is the best way for me to completely lose track of time, because I did not realize that hours had passed until my mom got home. Note: I don’t have a group to play a D&D campaign with, so this character will probably go to waste, like many others I have made. Very creative.

Just a few minutes ago, one of my cats, Pi (right), just came racing up the stairs from the basement (where my room is) making real cat sounds (she usually can’t make more than a squeaking sound), so now I have to decide whether or not I feel like getting attacked by whatever demon monster scared her in order to go to bed. Very festive.

So, I guess if I don’t get possessed or murdered by the demons taking over my basement, I will be back tomorrow with another update.

Monday, March 23, 2020

I meant to update over the weekend, I really did. But then, I forgot, or I didn’t know what to write. So here we are.

Saturday and Sunday are basically mashed together in my head, because I’m losing track of what day it is. However, I do know that over the last two days, I did some things.

I believe on Saturday, I went to my boyfriend’s house for a a bit, and we ended up playing Trivial Pursuit with his mom and grandma for three and a half hours. It was really fun, even though we got most of the questions wrong. I still won, though, so that made up for me feeling like an idiot.

On Sunday, I drove to Oakland, just to get some more driving time in. After that, we stopped at my grandparents’ because my grandpa made me pudding. We sat with them and chatted for a while, and then went back home, where I sat and played video games until five. Then, since it was a weekend and my mom is against cooking on the weekends, we ordered Thai food and went to pick it up. It was delicious, and I’m beyond glad that we did that because the Thai place closed this morning.

Last night, after eating, I started a new book, called “Red White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuinston. It’s about the First Son of the United States who has a supposed rivalry with one of the British princes. It’s very good, though I’m only three chapters in so far. I’ve actually been meaning to read this book for a long while but could never find it in stores, so I ordered once I realized I would have a lot of free time on my hands.

As for today, I did minimum amounts of work, and played minimum amounts of video games. I napped, a lot. And watched TikTok, a lot. But mostly, I ate way too much food. As in, eight Bagel Bites for breakfast, two potato skins for lunch, two more potato skins an hour later, eight chicken nuggets and another potato skin for my first dinner, and a chicken sandwich and more potatoes for second dinner. Plus a bunch of chips and cookies in between.

Earlier tonight, since it’s Monday and “Prodigal Son” was on, I went to my boyfriend’s house, once again, to watch. (I’m actually writing this just after getting home from there.) The show is really good, and I enjoy it because even though it’s full of twists and turns, I can still tell what’s going to happen, or who’s the real suspect. Tonight’s episode marks at least the third in this half of the season that I’ve called correctly. Basically, what I’m saying is, if there are any “Prodigal Son” writers or producers or et cetera reading this, please hire me.

And now, I’m going to take leave of this blog for another day. It’s either bed time or reading time, and I have yet to decide which will win.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Day Five: The day I really lost it.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been so bored in my life.

After getting up, doing my homework, and playing more video games, I did the only thing left for me to do: nap. For two hours. And then, I played more video games.

I also finished “The Metamorphosis”, and nobody can convince me that it’s not about communism.

Then, I played more video games until my mom got home with dinner.

Once dinner was finished, I alternated between TikTok and more video games.

And now, I’m writing this just minutes before bed because I totally forgot about it.

The next few days better not be this boring.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Today, finally, I got to leave the house at a reasonable time, for a reasonable reason, because today I finally got to go see my therapist.

I was supposed to go on Tuesday, but due to everything that’s going on, the whole office had to deal with getting clearance just for the workers. So instead, I went today. And apparently, I’ve made my therapist proud due to my calm composure throughout all of this corona stuff. So, that was amazing to hear.

After I got home, it was lunchtime, so I ate some Bagel Bites, which are without a doubt the best food on the planet. After calculating how many days-worth of heavenly pizza bites I had (a five day supply if I only eat eight a day), I sat down on my table, and started up my PlayStation again.

A quick thing to know about me: when I start playing a game, I don’t stop. For days on end I will sit in the same position, with limited movement and food, staring endlessly at my TV screen until I finally get sick of whatever I’m playing. The one good thing about doing this, is that I tend to drink a lot of water, since water bottles are easy to pile up on the table. So, even though I lose sleep and forget to eat, I manage to stay hydrated.

Once my mom left for work (her hours got moved around because her work could potentially be shutting down for a while), I finally started on my homework.

For AP Lit, we had to choose a book to read form this really long list, in order to prepare for the AP test. I chose the novella “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kakfa, and it was the best decision of my life. The book itself is only about 47 pages, but the story is absolutely wild. Basically, this guy wakes up one morning and realizes he is a human-sized bug. That’s it, that’s the whole story. Since it’s only three chapters, I’m almost done with it. I can’t wait to write an essay on this.

After I finished today’s chapter, I sat in front of my TV some more, then moved to the other room to watch more TV, then back to play more games. I played until I couldn’t anymore, out of fear (I am a big baby, and although I love playing horror games, I still get very scared.)

By that time, my mom was almost home, so she made dinner while I watched TikToks. Then we ate and watched “Jeopardy!” (I got Final Jeopardy! right, so I think I did pretty good today), before going on a bit of an adventure.

You see, we didn’t prepare too well for this whole coronacation thing. Sure, we got food for the week, but that’s it. We forgot about cat treats, hygiene stuff, and, most importantly, coffee. So once we finished dinner, we ventured out to Wal-mart.

And they were closing as we arrived, so we ventured out to Kroger. The parking lot was nearly empty, which was shocking to me, as I don’t think I’ve ever been there when it wasn’t packed. My mom and I ran in (literally, since it was raining) and quickly found the things we needed. Most of the aisles had very little left. There was maybe one loaf of bread, two rolls of paper towel, it was like a ghost town.

Now, after finishing this, I’m probably going to get ready for bed. And yes, I know it’s barely even nine, but I usually go to bed by half past eight, so this is surprising for me. Honestly, most days, once “Jeopardy!” is over, I get ready for bed. I have friends who can vouch for that, too.

For now, dear readers, I bid you adieu and goodnight. Stay safe and healthy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Today is Day Three of no school, and Day Three of me losing my sanity.

I actually managed to get work done today, which was surprising because I had no motivation to do so yesterday. Granted, it was only one page of my psychology packet, but in my defense, I had to sit there and read about Freud for close to an hour. (Disgusting.)¬†Since today wasn’t one of my scheduled literature days, I was done after psychology until lunch. And by lunch, I mean a two hour long nap that took up both my lunch and scheduled APES time. Luckily, no new APES work was sent out, so I didn’t miss anything.

Today, finally, my grandparents called me. To see if I wanted to go driving with them. Which I definitely did not.

So instead, after rushing to get showered and dressed, I sat on my living room table in front of my PlayStation. For a good twenty minutes I browsed games, looking for something both interesting and free. No such luck.

A bit of background, on my gaming predicament: I own a PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Since I’ve had my Xbox the longest, I have the largest collection of games. I have two Switch games, and approximately one PlayStation game. Now, you may be wondering ‘why not just play one of my many Xbox games?’ Well, about two months ago, after going back and forth a few times to a friends house, my only remote stopped working. (It seems that one of the essential buttons is stuck, but I haven’t had need to fix it. Until now.) Both of my Switch games were too calming for how I was feeling today, and I’d already beaten my one PS4 game. So I browsed.

And I browsed.

And I browsed.

Then, I tried to download a demo version of a new game coming out in a few weeks. But it wasn’t out at the time I tried, which was so, so very upsetting.

So, I browsed some more.

I browsed until I found a game for less than ten dollars. It’s called The Forest, and it came out a few years ago. Basically, after surviving a jet crash, the player has to collect supplies and survive and not get attacked by the weird cannibal people that live in the woods. It’s very terrifying for someone who prefers action-horror to survival-horror, but it’s also a lot of fun.

My mom got home a bit after three, extremely stressed out. She works in a surgery center, and most days the only thing she has to worry about is annoying children. Today, however, they shut down all elective surgeries indefinitely, so she and her coworkers had to screen others as they came into the building. All day. And now, since they removed all the supplies to the nearby hospital, she has no clue if she will be able to work next week. We’re lucky enough to have savings and family who are willing to lend us money if we need.¬† My heart goes out to all of the people and families who can’t work and don’t have the funds saved.

We went to my grandparents’ house again today, in an attempt to get some free dinner, pop and windshield wiper installation. In the end, we only made it out with the pop. And a small political argument.

Now, my mom is making dinner and I’m trying to rewatch Supernatural for some reason, until my boyfriend comes over later so we can watch one of the stupidest (and my favorite) shows on the planet: Legends of Tomorrow. The same show that made me cry for a whole hour earlier today.

Until tomorrow, this is Parker, signing off.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Day Two of no school in one word so far: boring. Day Two in two words: incredibly boring.

After waking up just after nine, the boredom hit me so hard I ended up taking a nap. At ten. Granted, I didn’t go to bed last night until close to eleven because I was at my boyfriend’s house to watch TV until ten. (My house doesn’t have many TV channels, and a new episode of one of my favorite shows was on.)

Yesterday, out of fear that one of my favorite restaurants, Khom Fai, would be closing soon, my mom and I ordered takeout. We went to pick it up after stopping by my grandparents’ house to help them, and as the person who has had a driver’s permit for three years and no license, I had to drive. This was all fine and dandy to me, I believe I’m a pretty good driver. However, it was less fine and dandy once it started raining, and we realized only one of my windshield wipers work. Needless to say, it was a very stressful drive.

I was supposed to go back over my grandparents’ house today to help them around the house, but they never called me. So instead, I took a two hour nap that felt as though it lasted an entire night.

Once my mom got home from work, we went out driving, because not even the coronavirus can stop her from forcing me to drive. Driving gives me too much anxiety, I’ve realized, especially when my mom is trying to tell me where to go without any sense of direction.

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This is my cat, Valentino Sylvester Amore Kash (Tino for short). He is the baby of the family, and also the king of the house. Today (Mar. 17), he just lounged around and tried to bully me while I took a nap.

Now it’s almost the most important time of the day, and my one true solace in this mess: Jeopardy. Almost every weekday, my mom and I stop whatever we’re doing at 7:30 to watch our man, Alex Trebek, and usually feel incredibly stupid when we don’t know the answers.

Hopefully tomorrow will be more interesting.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Today marks Day One of our state-required break from school due to the coronavirus. I’m kind of worried about how the next few weeks will play out, especially since it was just recently announced that restaurants would be closing. I don’t know if I can survive the next three weeks without takeout, so hopefully that will continue to be an option.

I’m the kind of person who needs a constant schedule and routine, and without one I tend to get really on edge. To try to combat this, and also a suggestion to others who feel the same way, I’ve set up alarms for each of my classes. This is to help me actually do the homework they’ve assigned, and to keep me on track with time. (I tend to lose track of time and not get off of my couch for almost a whole day if I’m not reminded.) I’ve set mine up for every 45 minutes, with a five minute break in between each one. I also scheduled specific times for breakfast and lunch just to make sure I stick to some kind of eating cycle.

So far, this schedule has worked. I’ve gotten my first packet for AP Psych done, and started reading my book for AP Lit. Since my other classes have yet to send out assignments, I’m free for the rest of the day. Free to do basically nothing until tonight. Fun.

Hopefully, I don’t get too bored with all my extra time. And hopefully this whole virus clears up pretty quick.

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