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Anthony Barney

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Day 73 in the trenches,

Well, the time has finally come. The end of an era, the end of my blogging for the school year has finally came upon us. Really, I did not know when or how this day would have ever came, but it did. I am so happy that it did. It still feels surreal that I am saying that. That the end of the school year is finally upon us, for seniors that is. Where did the time go?

It’s quite funny, and ironic that our last day of school was Friday, March 13. That day will always be bad luck for the class of 2020, I would like to think. That day really did shape this class, regardless of other opinion. It really did ruin Prom and Graduation, and all things Graduation. I mean, what are we going to do. It’s beyond our control, I can’t do anything about it.

Where did the time go, really. I can’t believe it’s already May 28. Like, It feels like March still. Where did March and April go? They literally just vanished in thin air, like it was nothing. Nothing really happened during these months, it just feels like a void to me. In the blink of an eye, and it was already May. Also, with Easter. We basically didn’t even have Easter this year. Couldn’t go anywhere, couldn’t do anything, nothing. I even worked Easter Sunday. When I got home, there was nothing special or brilliant about it. It was like an average day.

I wish that the governors would open up the state and begin to go through the re-open phases though. Like, I don’t see the purpose in extending each stay at home order, it is worthless. Shops and stores nation wide are re-opening, regardless of their governors orders. They, among many other people are going through bankruptcy, and it will show very soon. Keeping everything closed is not only affecting us, but the economy, and many other things.

I do wish the governor could’ve experienced what us seniors had went through. I mean, I’m not so uptight about it all. I mean, it does suck, believe me. Although, what is crying up a storm going to do about it? Nothing, that is what. I’ve learned to live with it, and move on. Although, if the governors went through what we have getting our graduation ripped away from us, they would know. They don’t care because they had theirs.

I hope that the order does not extend past June 12. I will begin to lose all sanity and trust in the authority of the government. The country is crumbling economically. It may now show now, but it will soon enough. I am not ready for this to happen either, so are many other people. It’s hard to wait out a storm in a situation like this.

Speaking of the weather, it is quite nice out today, for a change. It has been heat stroke weather for the past few days, and it was time for a break, really. Ninety degrees plus, in May, is just unrealistic to me. This whole year, will just be a mystery. 2020 is a cursed year, no one can change my mind. It was snowing a few weeks ago, then to be this hot, what?

To finish this off, I’m going to write a few words to my future self, and maybe other class of 2020 graduates who may stumble across these blogs.

How did the rest of 2020 go? Did you enjoy your graduation, or was it still a mess? Were you able to finally contact your college and get your applications submitted in order for the fall semester? Did you enjoy your first few semesters of college? Were they better than your years of high school? Did you finally get to move out of state like you have dreamed of since 8th grade? Where did you move too, Florida? (I hope so, I really want to move to Florida.)

Well, this is the end of the road for me. It was a pleasure to write these blogs, for my limited audience. I hope you all enjoyed them while it lasted. I have mixed feelings, but that’s besides the point. It is now time to move on, and close this chapter in my life.

Goodbye all, this is Anthony signing off.

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Day 71 in the trenches,

It is the second to last blog for me, the anticipation is building up. The time is almost here, my time is almost here, finally!

Today was pretty boring, I’m already bored and summer break hasn’t even started yet. I wake up at quarter to nine every morning, and my day starts from there. Soon after start the day with breakfast, which usually is avocado toast and eggs, because I’m just classy like that.

I am beginning to get more into fitness, now that it is summer is finally starting. I am still really lost on how to work each muscle group, to be honest. I hope I can learn as I go, but as of now, I have no clue what I’m doing. Honestly, the exercises I am doing, I don’t even know if I’m doing them in the right position to even be working the muscle group I am targeting. It’s a work in progress, I suppose.

As I wrap up the school year, I have been thinking more and more about my major, and my future plans for college. Related to that, my college is still on my nerves. As I mentioned last Thursday, I had emailed them about my placement testing, and all of the sort. They had said 3-5 business days for a response, and I still have not heard back from them either. It is beginning to aggravate me, because I am suppose to attend there this fall.

If I am unable to finish my application, and I can’t even finish my placement tests, how am I suppose to attend this fall? It’s all so aggravating to me. This has been going on for months I can say. Although now since Corona hit, It’s only gotten worse, I can say. I might just need to call them in the next day or two. It’s getting out of control. It is making me anxious, because I need to get this situated as soon as possible. With them not even reaching back out is concerning.

Along with College not wanting to email me back, my doctor hasn’t called me back either. Which is equally as annoying. I get everyone is so busy, and trying to catch up, I do. It’s just getting really annoying to not get any contacts back from anyone. I am trying to schedule an appointment with my doctor, but that plan has failed too. I think that I will just wait till next week to call, in worst case. Maybe call tomorrow during office hours, or on Friday, but who knows.

My room is a mess. It looks like a tornado flew through it, to be quite honest. I have when my room is dirty, it makes me anxious and want to just clean it all top to bottom. I am kind of waiting for Friday, my last day of school. To clean everything down and put my high school life behind me. I am ready for a fresh start, and a dirty room will not be helping my case.

I went to a party today. I had to go back to my dads house for it. It ended up working out really well though. Since tomorrow I have to go back to school to drop off all my books. So since he lives right down the road, and my mom lives 20 minutes away, it worked out. I plan on leaving right at 8 am, so I don’t get any traffic. I know if I go later there will be a ton of kids who slept in wanting to return their stuff. The one thing I am not doing is wasting my day in line at school to drop off my books.

On the bright side of it, I called off work for this grand event. I don’t want to work weekdays until school is over. So I called off Wednesday, and Friday. My availability shows that I’m not suppose to work weekdays till school is over, so it was simply not going to work. It ended up all working out, so it is fine.

Well, get ready for Thursday. It will be my LAST blog finale!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Day 66 in the trenches,

Update: I am still alive, but dragging very much so at this point. I don’t know how long I can last. I have made it this far so I’m trying not to give up, but it’s quite hard.

It always gets to these last few weeks of school, where I get really drained and find it hard to focus. I should’ve wrote this much earlier in the day, for the goal I set for myself. Although, one thing led to another and 3 turned into 5, then now. I’m trying to do my best to avoid this, but it’s not going very well.

I am a firm believer that I don’t have Senioritis. It’s just being so distracted for no reason AT ALL! I don’t know, it’s always late May and early June that gets to me. Despite all of this, I am pushing to next Friday! Finally, it ends next Friday, all of it is coming to an end. I am so happy about it all. Sounds dark to say, but I’m done with this phase of my life. I’m ready to move on.

I’m finally getting down to the college thing too. I started an application for my college last October, if you can believe it. I completed all the steps, but something just never went through properly. I don’t even know what happened. Then, last December, I went to campus to try and clear things up with a counselor. Even then, that didn’t even work.

Fast forward to last week, I had enough of it, and just started a whole new application, at the whole college. Now, for some reason, this went through and it said submitted. I don’t understand what happened, but I let it be and hoped that the first one was just disregarded. Well, I was WRONG!

So, I got another and they totally disregarded the second application. How ironic is that to see! It’s fine, I’ll just get down to business on the first one. So, I emailed them and lone behold the placement testing is being moved to online this year. I mean it’s not anything new, everything else is moved to online. Finally, I got the extension to an advisor to further my application. This is a huge relief to me to say the least.

I mean it is creeping up to June. I needed to get this college situation under control. I am glad that I finally did!

On a side note, I am not looking forward to work this weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I work all 8 hour shifts… Why would my manager do this to me. I’m going to just like deteriorate, like it’s not going to be good, at all. I can barely make it through 2 eight hour shifts, I literally fall apart towards the end of the second day. I have no clue how I’m going to make it through 3.

Well, I have to call off like 3 days in the next 2 weeks, so I don’t feel bad. My schedule still says I can’t work weekdays, so I don’t know what is going on. My manager scheduled me on all the important senior days, so I can’t go in. If they happen to say no, I simply won’t go in. I don’t even care if I get fired, this is so much more important. These are things I will never experience again.

Next week is going to be a mess, I already know it. With it being the last week of school and dropping off supplies, it’s going to be a mess. Since I’m the beginning of the alphabet, I will be going on Wednesday, at 8 am. SO much fun, I can’t wait for it! Who knew that my math book was a whole $100. That’s crazy to me. There’s no way that book is still worth 100 after what it’s been through in the past. Although to still be that same price, robbery.

Well, wish me luck for the weekend, I hope I survive. I will get back to everyone on Tuesday, my second to last blog… Crazy! Enjoy Memorial day!

 

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Day 64 in the trenches,

Today was quite the exciting day!

Today was free dozen donuts for the class of 2020 at Krispy Kreme, for those who don’t know. Although judging by the lines, not many people don’t know about it.

The line went as far as the eye could see, and I wish I was exaggerating! We were in that line from start to finish. We were true soldiers, we did not give up. We stuck it out the whole time! When one had to to the bathroom, we switched positions in the car as well. We did what we had to do to make it to that drive through. In the end, it was worth it! We both got our free dozen glazed donuts, it was a glorious time.

For this event, I had to go all out, as you would imagine me to. I had my cap and gown all set up and wore it for the full seven hours. My mom even liked my bow tie, so mission complete. I felt so empowered wearing my cap and gown. It’s kind of sad I might not use it when it really is time to use it. I will hope for the best though in these situations.

During the seven hours, it was spent pretty fairly I should say. We were always doing something, there was never a bland moment. One second we were gossiping, to the other second playing tic tac toe. Once the line progressed, and we got closer to the actual Krispy Kreme, people were becoming to be very very irritable. It was crazy to see what a dozen of free glazed donuts could do to some people.

There were these really funny girls in front of us, in a Chevy. Shout out to them for being the realist, I should add. At first I thought that they were crazy, though. They were screaming and giving the bird to the people in front of them, I didn’t know what to expect. Although once we got closer to them, they were pretty cool. They were waving to us, and giving thumbs up to us, it was cool. There was this one person who thought it was cool to cut in front of us, and he got what he deserved. He got the horn and the bird!

Once he left, the girls gave us a thumbs up, and it was all good. On multiple occasions, I thought someone was going to hit our car. People were creeping through the smallest spaces to get into the other side of the road or whatever, people were going crazy.

Although the real fun was when we got into the actual parking lot. People started randomly honking their horns and screaming. We didn’t know what to expect. So instead, we blasted the our music and went on with the day.

During the 7 hours we were in the car, I made my friend teach me some Arabic words. So that we can communicate, because why not. Although, unfortunately, I did not come out fluent. I think it will take some more practice than that to be fluent, sadly! Maybe I will take some time to learn some more soon, and my friend will be baffled.

The only negative thing from this, was I really didn’t have any time to do homework today. So, I need to stay up late tonight to be caught up tomorrow. Tomorrow I have some more plans with friends and some graduation pictures, so I need to be extra caught up. Especially since I work on Friday this week, which I usually don’t work…

I keep thinking one more week then I’m free! It’s really dragging to say the least. I really just want to be free and take a break from school for a little bit. This at home online work is tiring. It takes a lot out of me to study and do homework at home. To be honest, I don’t know how I did it at school for this long. I could never go back to what I did then now, it’s just crazy.

I feel like tomorrow is going to go by fast. When I’m busy, it always goes by fast. Let’s hurry it up to next week already! Next week is a week to celebrate to be quite honest!

We don’t have school next Monday, which I’m so excited about. I always enjoy a long weekend, it’s so relaxing.

Now, I need to submit my Senior photo for the online graduation ceremony thing. It’s due in a few hours, and I still didn’t submit it… Oops!

I will report in a few days with some updates, bye!

 

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Day 59 in the trenches,

I started my AAPPL test today, and it was the longest and most drawn out test I have taken in a long time. I only did the listening portion of it, and boy oh boy. It was really difficult to say the least. I don’t think I could have done the exam at the UCS building to say the least. I probably would’ve cracked from the pressure or something.

I only have 3 sections left to do, that I need to finish up soon. Tomorrow, I’m going to have to do writing and reading definitly. I think then, Saturday or Sunday I will do the speaking. I heard that the speaking is really hard… I am not prepared mentally for that to happen. To attempt to do this, I think that I will have to look over some basic conversation words in order to attempt it somewhat.

I would honestly be surprised if I passed the test to be quite honest. I think the speaking is definitly going to drag me down to say the least. I just really hope I do just ok on it. I would really like the seal on my diploma for the 4 years of language that I took, it would really be nice to show.

So, picture deadline for the virtual commencement thing was extended to this coming Tuesday, thank gosh. I left everything I had back at my Dad’s house, lol. The struggle of divorced parents, am I right? Yes, I am. On Monday, I’m probably going to the Park on 24 and Van Dyke to get some pictures. I believe Nur will be accompanying me during this as well, which will be fun. Everyone else I know has already gotten theirs taken.

I am so excited and shocked the next 2 weeks are the last weeks of High School for me! Honestly I couldn’t have seen it any other way looking back at it now. Although, still makes me sad to see we missed out on all the events. Although, it is what it is. The home order lifts on the 28 of May, Maybe we can go to school for the last day of school May 29, that would be funny. I would go 100% for sure. It would be really nice if we could have the clap out for us seniors. I was really looking forward to that.

The weather was nice today. I always enjoy the rainy days outside. I got a lot of work done too, it was a productive day. It’s also been really nice that it has been getting warmer and warmer out too. Hopefully, we will not see any cold temperatures for awhile. I am so tired of the cold, really am. I want the warm weather until at least September!

If I lived in Florida, I would never have these issues. I’ve wanted to move down to Florida since the 8th grade, from the very first time I took a real vacation in Florida. It is just so nice there, I think it would be a great fit for me. Although, I have never been besides in March and in August for only a few days, so I don’t know the extent of the heat. I’m sure it will come as a shock in the beginning, but I will live… No one thinks I should do it because of the heat, but I think I can.

I still don’t know what career field I want to go in. Either Dental, or Medical it’s hard to choose. I hate having to make a choice so young, it doesn’t really seem right to me. Why I think the system is so off. Of course some people have a passion from the start, but not everyone. I don’t know if I can decide what I want to do with my life at the age of 18, it seems like a lot of pressure. I know one thing for sure I want to do fitness as a second job. I love fitness this past year, and I’d like to share my passion for it, in the way of a personal trainer or something. It would be beneficial in my life and the others as well.

I will get back to everyone next Tuesday in my next blog, have a good weekend!

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Day 57 in the trenches,

I am back, it is a new week. Another long, and dragged out week that I want to end.

Now that we have only two weeks left of school ahead, I am feeling the effects of it. The end of the school year is always long and dragged out, and I hate it. It feels like it never ends. Maybe it’s from the homework I’m getting recently that is making it feel this way, it is very overwhelming, as I have stated before.

I decided yesterday that I wanted to take the AAPPL test for Spanish too. I have until this Monday to do it, so I think that I will do it on Thursday or Friday. I’m just going to review my tenses and go for it. There’s no point in memorizing a bunch of random vocabulary that may not be on there anyway, so I’m not going to do that.

I worked today, which messed up my whole day to be honest. I can’t go to work and come home and do my homework. It just never works out like I plan it too. I get exhausted after I shower and I end up just going to sleep. So, I did not do all  my homework that I planned on doing… Shocker.

Since I have till Monday to do the test too, it’s even more stressful. Because not only do I have to take this test, but also keep up with all my work… It’s a lot. Why I initially didn’t want to take it in the beginning, but then later changed my mind… Obviously. So, my new plan is to finish all my work for the next few days tomorrow, then study the aappl thursday and take it on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In other news my dog got an ear infection. Don’t ask me how it’s even possible, I don’t understand it either. Like he hasn’t had water in his ear for an extended period of time and he gets baths regularly and gets cleaned. So, I have no clue what’s going on with him. Either way, I have had the glorious job of putting ear drops in his ear each morning and night. I have to put 6 drops into his ear canal and rub it so he doesn’t shake it out. He squirms like a fish out of water from each drop, it must burn or it’s cold to his ear, who knows.

I’m going to try to grow a garden out of recycled vegetables in the kitchen I think too. All I know that work for this though is lettuce, onion, garlic, and celery. I think that I might start with the lettuce and see how it goes. I am really curious how it would turn out. I think it would be a cool experiment.

When I move to Florida, I will always be gardening. I hate only being able to seasonally garden in Michigan. I want to be able to garden all year around. Although it is colder in Florida during the winter, it is still warm. I would still of course be able to grow during the winter. So, it is my plan to experiment soon with this idea.

I hope that these last few weeks of school aren’t overwhelming. Every year it’s like this, and I hate it. Why can’t we just ever go out on a nice peaceful note. Why is it always filled with all these assignments we have to do. I don’t know why to be quite honest. I might just explode if that will be the case again.

I have been working out harder more recently. I really want to get in better shape, so I’ll see how it will go. I don’t expect much in these few weeks. Although, I would like to see some results mid to end summer, who knows though. It sucks being new at it so you don’t have all the positions and form properly down so workouts may not work. I will have to just learn as I go.

Well, time to study and do more homework! Good night and I will be back Thursday.

 

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Day 52 in the trenches,

Today was a quite exciting day for me actually, I got my cap and cords today! It was really cool to have these hand delievered to me. The times for these deliveries were at the crack of dawn at 10 am, to 2 pm today. I was not expecting Mr. Cubitt to be knocking on my front door right at 10 am either. I was a total mess when it came down to it. Hair fluffy and still in my pajamas, that’s alright though.

I woke up early for the occasion too. I was up at like 8:30 to get ready. Then, I got bored and did some homework in the mean time. Although, I finished it and got tired again so sat in my bed. To my surprise I was awoken to the door bell being rung and sure enough the bus had arrived, how nice. My step mom grabbed my stuff but they had said they wanted to say something to me. So I went down and they said congratulations to me, it was nice.

I still need to get my Stole and my NHS medallion. I don’t have a single clue when I can get them to be quite honest. For my stole, I already had a gown from previous so I didn’t need to order a new one this year. Then, so since I did not order the senior package, I did not get a Stole. I had to make a placement on Josten’s website to order one. It said that it will be shipped to my house this spring. Well, it is spring now darling! If it gets sent to school… That will be a big mess if it unfolds like this.

I don’t know when it will be coming to my house or what, who really knows. Then again, how am I going to get my NHS medallion and my diploma, are those being sent to me too? I don’t want my diploma sent to me, because I want to walk across that stage to get it myself. Although, due to current events, when will that even happen?

I hope that it just gets pushed back… If it does end up not happening, I am going to wear my cap and gown to my graduation party. No one will be stopping me there. Since no one will see me walk in my cap and gown, they will all get to see me at my party. That is the end of that!

In other news, I did homework for the majority of the day, although what else is new. I focused on Math and Medical Science because I have quizzes in those classes. I am really nervous about them, to be honest. In addition to that, everything in powerschool is being graded again, Joy. I thought the whole concept of being at home was school was to not be graded.

Oh, how I was wrong. Now, I have to be extra careful in what work I do and submit. Considering it is the last 3 weeks of school to me. These last few could go very smooth, or take it very south. I do not want things to go south, so, I have to take everything carefully and cautiously. Teachers are scared about cheating, for what though? Like yes we have the internet, but am I going to find the answers to my quiz online, NO?

I did not workout today, which is kind of sad. I spend too much time on homework and none for myself, I need to fix that. This summer, I will be basing my free time in exercising, so that’s ok with me. I need to plan my days for now on, so I can have a schedule. I think my days are more efficient if I have a schedule planned for the day.

I hope the weather stays as nice as it has been until next fall. I am really enjoying it to be quite honest. Although, it is suppose to snow tomorrow, so that’s just fantastic. I’m getting real tired of this snow nonsense. I’m really close to moving to be quite honest. This snow stuff is for the birds let me tell you. In May, and for what? Mother nature is really just not having it this year.

On the same note as mother nature, the Asian Wasps are now making their way around the United States, which is also so fun. They are being spotted all around in different states these past few weeks. Apparently, the first one was spotted last November. Why is it being brought up to the public’s attention now? Who really knows, the government is after all of us. These things will have no problem killing anything they see! So, get ready I guess.

I’m probably going to go back to homework soon. it never ends let me tell you. I’ll tune back in next Tuesday, one week down till we’re free from school, how fun! Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Day 50 in the trenches,

“Happy cinco de mayo” a holiday that America totally over hypes and does not have all the meaning in Mexico than it does here!

3 more weeks of school, I am dragging to the finish line let me tell you. As every week goes on, it gets harder and harder to do work let me tell you. Maybe it’s because the amount of work some teachers are giving out , I don’t know. I don’t want to give up because of the amount of work I’m getting. Although, it’s very discouraging and damaging to do it all!

I need to start applying for another job soon! I don’t know if Kroger will let me be a cashier this summer. Although I really want that position, I am just unsure. Because of the fact I am not 18, my store manager doesn’t always think it’s a good idea. Because of that, I need to get a second job. I want to apply to Bordines plant nursery I think. Most of their positions are summer, which is great for me.

I just want to work at Bordines for the summer because it seems like a good place to be. I do need to check their hourly rate, because I don’t want to be scammed out of my work for minimum wage, like Kroger does. Not that it’s under my managers control, I just feel like if I’m putting so much work into my job, I deserve more pay.

I guess that’s what I signed up for working at Kroger though, At least I have a job right now. I would just start liking if I could get payed more, or get that second job. With college coming in the fall, I need to start getting some school supplies ready… Like a new laptop, backpack, etc. I think I’m going to sell most of my old electronics to get money for a new laptop. It seems like a good idea. I think I want a Macbook too, the one I have been currently using is nice and runs well.

Yesterday I learned that us seniors will be getting our caps and gowns delivered to our houses this year. Which is kind of cool, I have been waiting for this moment. I wonder if our cords will also be coming with all of our graduation stuff… I hope so! I really want my cords and such to wear for pictures, I earned them! I did hear from some other people that they did get theirs, so that’s good.

I hope that they find my house. Considering I live in an apartment with a semi hidden door with no other units, I would not be surprised if they did not find my apartment… lol.

In addition to this all, I saw that someone from Eisenhower high school started a petition to not have a virtual graduation. All the power to her, girl! I know that the district is doing everything they can about this ceremony, but It’s nice with this petition so all our voices can be heard. I hope that they would just push it back to like July or early August before our class leaves for college.

I really think that would be an ideal idea for us all. I would hope that the faculty have thought of this idea already, because a lot of schools are also doing this. If there is a virtual graduation, I will not be joining it let me tell you. I might actually start crying if that were to be the case! At this point, I don’t even care for prom that much really. I’d much rather have a ceremony than prom. I can always dress up and go out to a nice dinner with who I was taking to prom anyway.

In all of this, my hair growth is going good during this whole quarantine. I hope I have some nice length on my head by the end of May and leading into June. Just so that I can style it and make it look presentable for some Graduation photos, that’s all. Really, shaving my head before this all happened was good timing for me, really. No one got to see the really ugly phase of my hair growing out.

Which everyone would have seen if we still had been going to school. So, I got something out of this quarantine. I do need a clean up soon though, but that can easily be done when everything opens again.

Although one problem I have, is that my eyebrow lady is closed down still. I really need to get my eyebrows done for Graduation pictures. I cannot go out in June, take pictures and look like this. It is awful! I wish I knew how to do them. Although, after attempting to do them myself sophomore year, I will never be touching my eyebrows ever as long as I live.

Well, I will be updating when I get any new information and be getting all my graduation stuff, I’m still excited for it all.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Day 46 in the trenches,

Happy first day of May! I never thought that I would’ve seen the day!

Commemorating this first day of May, my mom and I did end up going to Costco today. We as well skipped through the what looked like an endless line, with ease with her special badge. It really did save us from probably an hour of just waiting in line to even get in the store.

My poor mother was going to get a plastic bag for chicken and this Karen working yelled at her to stay 6 feet away from the lady that was looking at chicken for who knows how long. Ma’am, take a close look around, no one is social distancing around here! They probably just went after my mom because we didn’t go in wearing a mask.

As if a mask would’ve made a difference, yeah OK! The non air tight steal piece of fabric you wear around your face is definitely keeping Corona out of your respiratory system, OK! Some people just have no common sense, I’m sorry. The fact people are wearing a mask and a pair of rubber gloves in their cars, like? So, let me get this straight, you probably went grocery shopping in the store. Now, you’ve made your way back to your car and are now touching the steering wheel. Good logic there!

I guess the people of 2020 have no concept of cross contamination and the spread of germs. The virus is the size of dust. The flimsy single use mask you’re now using for the fifth time is just not going to cut it. I’m sorry to break it to you!

Besides that, my mother and I were the only people in Costco without a mask… lol. We both got dirty looks from people left and right, do I care, no! Start an argument with me, you won’t. Although they’re not ready for that conversation.

I got some really good food at Costco. I’m kind of sad to be leaving my moms on Monday. I really want to enjoy it all, really. My favorite is this granola I got that is birthday cake flavored, it’s amazing. As well as the little protein bites from the refrigerated section, it is really good.

Tomorrow I will see who my new ACSM manager is. Kind of scary, to be honest. I really hope that It’s Amber. She deserves it, and she’s just one of my favorite co-workers.

I’m not wearing gloves to work tomorrow, simply because I do not care anymore. I’ll wear my silly mask upon customer arrival to my register, but beyond that, just no. It makes me break out in pimples awfully, and I do not want to keep going through it.

I’m tired of the same shift as well. Same shift for the past however many months, it gets boring! I mean, the hours aren’t bad I get to go home at 5:30, but still. It’s always the same. I like consistency in my schedule but I just need a little switch up. Now, if I was a cashier, we wouldn’t have this issue. Just hang out at my register for my shift, so much more enjoyable.

I played Fortnite for the majority of the day today, again. I finished a lot of my homework the first few days of the week. I like to do it the day it’s assigned and submit the same day as well. So it’s not so overwhelming and incase I forget. I’m hoping the work load begins to slow down these next few weeks as we end the school year.

I was discussing college with my friend today. I’m kind of excited for it this fall. I’m excited for this new chapter and not having to go to Utica High again this fall. Boy am I tired of that school. It’s just boring, need more change in my life. I wonder what core classes I need to take and such. I also wonder how the placement tests will work since everything is shut down. I don’t even know when I will take them anymore. I planned to take them in June.

I’ll probably score really low in English, as I do every year on any standardized test, it’s just the way it is.

Finally, it is Day 1 of my 2 week shred program I decided to start today. A lot of my friends are doing it, so I decided to hop on the trend, why not. I’ll check back in occasionally how it goes. Today, the workout nearly killed me and my wrists are in pain.

Have a good weekend, checking back in Monday sometime.

 

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Day 45 in the trenches,

Happy last day of April, finally! I never thought that this glorious day would ever come, alas, it did!

Today was the day that I finally finished my senior project, YAY! It felt like a huge weight was lifted over me when I finally finished up this essay. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks now, and I’m glad that I finally finished it.

Besides finishing my senior project today, I did not do much really. I played a lot of Fortnite, but what else is new. Still trying to play a lot of it so I can actually get good and not die every second and a half. Although it turns out to be somewhat successful, I always keep dying because I get nervous when I fight people. My hands get all sweaty and I just build and spazz out, when I should be fighting! Oh well.

It was gloomy again today, which was nice. I have been enjoying the nice little break still. Although, I heard that it was supposed to be sunny tomorrow and this weekend, which will probably happen. The sun better start making the flowers and trees bloom! They’ve been in bud for weeks now because it’s been so cold, so I hope that this will make them bloom faster.

Well, tomorrow being May, the last official month of school, has finally arrived. It’s kind of crazy how fast senior year really did go by. It seems like the beginning of the school year was really long, then just sped up really fast. Then, now we’re here! In the middle of the school year it always feel so slow and so far from the goal, but I’m glad we’re here now. All my college friends said senior year would go by so fast, and they were right!

Tomorrow, I venture to Costco, yet again. My mom is a first responder, so we always get to cut through the lines, to get in. It’s always so bare in Costco, nothing like I’ve ever seen before.

I’m still not complaining about the stay at home order, I really don’t mind it. Although, When I do go out in public, it’s boring and always so high pressure. Everyone is just so scared it’s the only thing controlling them, and it’s out of control.

I’m really excited for summer to come, to be honest. I’ll be happy to finally open up my availability at work, because I’m so tired of my current schedule. I have worked Saturday and Sunday since September, and I am tired of it. Thought that I could have opened it up now because we’re not going to school, but nope.

I really want to go to Cedar Point this summer with a friend or something. I love going, I think that it’s so fun. You absolutely need the fast pass though when you go. The lines there are just not worth the wait. Like an hour or more for a 4 or 5 minute ride, I would never. Then at the end of the day it’s just paying to wait in line all day.

I think that I’m going to make a late night snack, cause I just can. There’s some apples or healthy dumplings I might have, I’m not sure yet. Sometimes the late night snacks just taste better, I don’t know why. Although, I need to stop because I always fall asleep before I can brush my teeth. I hate when that happens my mouth feels gross always when I wake up. Not to mention I can smell how gross without even opening my mouth.

I’m still curious who my new manager at work is. I hope they don’t let me down with who the new manager is. It’s a living death sentence with a bad manager let me tell you. They can make the job so enjoyable or make you absolutely hate it. Especially being a courtesy clerk at Kroger, it’s worse. I don’t know if I even want to work there this summer, because of how bad. I hate just being told to do one chore after the next there, it sucks.

Well, time for my snack. I’ll see everyone tomorrow in my next blog!

 

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Day 44 in the trenches,

I took my first at home quiz since we had left school, and it was a very high pressure situation, while still sitting in my bedroom. Although, since then, I am still alive as you could maybe tell since I’m telling the tale afterwards.

Despite popular opinion, I actually really enjoyed the weather today. It was nice and calming and grey. Most people hate cloudy days, but I love them. I think that I am the most productive during those times. It was a nice change from the sunny weather we have been getting lately, which is also nice.

My Japanese book finally arrived today, yay! I didn’t really get a chance to do anything with it though, as I was doing homework. Although, maybe this weekend I will possibly get into it. After I get my next paycheck, I might invest in some Italian books as well. That will cover my target language books that I may need. I still need to do some resarch on the Italian books. I need to make sure I will benefit from these books and my money won’t be wasted.

Today was my Manager Loris last day at Kroger… I was not there since as many know I don’t work weekdays. So, I said goodbye to her when I did work last Sunday. I’m scared to see who is going to be the next manager… I am friends I would say with one of the possible contenders who may get the position. Her name is Amber and she is really cool.

The other possible person, her name is Emily. She is also pretty cool, but I still think Amber is my favorite. There is also one other lady who may possibly get it. I believe her name is Kiana, but I’m not positive. She worked at my store before I was there and moved up to corporate before I also came. So, I never had met the lady before. I have heard some not so good things about her though. So, I hope that she does not become the new manager.

Amber on the other hand would be great. I think she really likes me so I never really have to any of the lower end jobs around the store like sweeping and trash. I don’t mind doing carts but I absolutly hate the store sweep, it’s the worst. When I was first hired in, Lori would have me do a store sweep every time I worked, and it left its mark on me. I feel like I get PTSD whenever I hear those words.

In other news, I did not write my senior project paragraph like I was supposed to, oops. I think that I will just write the last two tomorrow and call it a day.

I was just way too busy with other things today to do it! Like Fortnite! We all know how much I love Fortnite recently. Although I’m still really bad at the game, I still enjoy it. I still need to majorly improve on building techniques and shotgun aim though, those are my weak points I’d say that’re holding me back at the moment. I got to tier 100 in the battle pass today which was pretty exciting. In other words, I maxed out the battle pass and got all the cosmetics.

I made some really good chia seed pudding and yogurt bowl for breakfast today, like it was so good. I still have chia seeds left that have been soaking, so that will be breakfast for tomorrow too, I’m really excited. I think tomorrow I will add some sun flower seeds on it. I added almond butter so I didn’t want to add like walnuts or peacans, it’s too many nuts. So, I think the sunflower seeds will be really good on top.

I can always tell when I need more water when my lips get super super dry and crack. Like today for example. They have been hurting all day because they are so chapped. It’s so weird because it happens from the span of when I fall asleep to when I wake up is when it happens. I don’t really lick my lips or anything, it’s just dehydration. So, I need to chug some water soon.

I saw this Tiktok of this guy today who had really bad cystic acne and was on Accutane. My jaw literally fell to the floor when I saw it. It literally looks so painful. No one deserves to go through a skin condition like that. I have had my fair share of break outs, but that was a whole new level. Even the acne on his back spread all the way down to his waist line, like what! I felt so bad, I could never even imagine the pain.

I think that I’m going to relax before I go to sleep. Just to repeat the same thing again tomorrow! I still have no problem with quarantine, I’m enjoying it. I just wish that I didn’t have to do school and I could focus on what I want to do. Oh well, the world doesn’t revolve around Anthony, unfortunately. Alright good night all!

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Day 43 in the trenches,

I actually had a semi-relaxing day today for once in my life, wow what a change that has taken place.

I woke up randomly at 7 am today for no reason. This has been happening quite often lately. I can’t really explain why to be honest. I think it’s just because I always wake up so early for work my body clock has just adjusted to the early hours. I don’t last long into the night either anymore. Midnight or maybe 1 am, once in a blue moon. I cannot stay up as late as some of the people around me are.

I have never pulled an all nighter either. I don’t know what it is, I just cannot stay up that long during the night. My parents would always yell at me if they caught me up late. Maybe after awhile it was just incorporated into my sleep schedule and here we are today! I think the latest I have ever stayed up was 4 am. If you couldn’t guess what it was for, EXAMS! No shocker there!

In other news, I heard that there is going to be a meat shortage. Because there are no workers at meat packing factories, and some are going under as well. So, the fresh meat will start to go first, then the frozen will start to disappear as well. Although, I am not complaining what so ever to say the least. I personally hate almost all meats as it is. Pork and red meat, DISGUSTING!  I will eat chicken, and all types of fish, that’s it.

Although, since there is going to be a shortage eventually, It’s a great time to experiment with being a vegetarian! I have wanted to be a vegetarian since I was 13, fun fact! My parents won’t let me for some reason or another, I don’t know why. There are alternatives to eat besides ReD mEaT and PoRk in this world, it is quite diverse. So, I mean when everything is sold out, what choice will they have? None.

I really do want to change up my eating habits to a mainly plant based diet, with some dairy products incorporated, although not butter and heavy whipping cream, stuff with a lot of fat. I think it would be fun to explore different eating habits. Back to what I was saying earlier, I want to be a mainly plant based diet with maybe meat once a day, if that. When that, chicken and fish only! I will also eat turkey, it is also good and lean. I just hate how greasy red meat and pork is, it’s truly just so unappetizing.

It’s really hard to control your diet when you live at home, popular opinion. Although some parents trust their children to make eating habits for themselves, and I appreciate those parents. I wish I had the resources.

Other than that, I did not do homework all day, like I usually do. I did what I needed to get done, and nothing more. I need to copy down the notes for my math class tomorrow before class starts. I am so lost on the unit it is really funny actually. It really is like rocket science, almost impossible.

I’m almost done with my senior project essay. I only have 2 paragraphs left to write on it, which is good. I would like to wrap it up this week so I can get it out of the way and done. I need to gather some pictures as well still. Although, as long as it’s done by the end of the week, I’m satisfied.

Apparently, the biliteracy test I signed up for is now available to take at home. We have the option, but again, I don’t think I will be taking that. My mind is literally in a constant fight or flight mode at this point. I am in no way prepared to do such a test. It is not timed so we get an extended period of time to complete it. Although, I’m going to probably take a pass on that still. Not prepared at all to remember all those tenses.

For the remainder of the day, I played, you’ll never guess, Fortnite! I love Fortnite, it almost a staple of my free time activities. Although, I haven’t played in like a week and a half because I did not take my Xbox to my dads, and when I came back to my moms, I had to do homework. I did play Fortnite for a few hours today though, it was really fun. I want to take it seriously in the summer to win some money. Although, I don’t think that would ever happen, I can always try to improve. I am so invested in the game, I really can’t stop playing now.

When I was not playing Fortnite, I was watching my favorite youtuber EMMA CHAMBERLAIN! My queen and savior, I love Emma. Although, I think she has yet to find a real friend circle that really fits her personality. I just don’t think Amanda and Olivia are her type of gals to hang around. They don’t seem like her type what so ever, to be honest. Then again, through all the friend groups she has been through in the years, none seem to be. They don’t fit her or really just act the same at all. Emma loves Fortnite just like me. We must be soulmates, I’m waiting for you Darling.

Emma just bought a 4 million dollar home in Hollywood, how CRAZY is that, like what the heck?! It’s crazy how at just 18 she is able to do that for herself. The best part, is she does not brag, and is humble. Because she came from a small community up state California, and her parents are not rich by any means. It’s just enjoyable to watch her, she is just so genuine, which is hard to see now a days in youtubers, especially the very wealthy ones. I want to try her coffee brand that she has. Chamberlain Coffee Company. Maybe after quarantine I will buy some. I also want her phone case, it’s really cool. People would probably make fun of me though for having it…

I may now watch a review video on math, but probably not. I don’t feel like it anymore. Well, good night, thanks for reading!

 

 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Day 43 in the trenches,

Hi, how is everyone? Happy Monday! Wrong, it’s been a very not happy day for me.

Yet again, I have done homework since about quarter till’ noon. It is now quarter till eleven at night, when is this horror show going to end, really. I get swamped with homework on Monday’s and it somewhat shallows out during the rest of the week. So, I hope that It will level off soon and I can get a break. This is just miserable, if I’m being honest it’s triggering my anxiety through the roof right now!

That’s just school though. It always strikes my anxiety, so fun if I do say so. Then, some of my teachers started to bring up the idea of online testing, and let me tell you that SPIKED my anxiety through the ozone layer let me tell you. I just want to pass this quarter, like may others! Why am I being beaten down with quizzes? It does not matter if they are timed or not, they are WEIGHTED more than regular work.

Which is the problem behind it all. I don’t want an online quiz or test that I did poorly on to weight all the classwork that I spend hours upon hours on, like what is the point. At that point I would literally be cornered to do perfect. It’s so close to the end, which is why I’m stressing so hard really. If that is the case, why do I try so hard on the classwork then. What is even the point really.

I feel like I’m a hamster in a hamster ball, really. It’s just an endless circle of homework, sleep, more homework and repeat. Let alone mentioning teachers giving us notes or posting work that is not coordinated during their times, which also annoys be slightly as well. Like all our teachers work pilled on top of me is so much to begin with. Then assigning or posting work on the days where work shouldn’t be, is just so counter productive to say the least.

They say that we should not be spending as much time as an average school day on a laptop, or there isn’t enough work for that… False, false, false! Maybe this is me just being dramatic but It’s really starting to get to me and we have a month left of school. I don’t know how I’m going to last that long. I need a miracle to say the least, really. Or my IQ needs to skyrocket to intellectual level so that I can actually understand what I do in the homework. Although, that won’t be happening any time soon, unfortunately.

My one goal in life is to be an intellectual. I don’t know how to achieve that though. If I was smarter I would know how to do so. I just want to be SMART! I want to understand everything the first time I read it or it gets taught to me! I would be so much farther in my language studies, school, and probably have a full ride to Harvard. Although, unfortunately that will never happen. No matter how hard some of us try, we just don’t always get what we want, and that’s just a life lesson for us all!

I wish I had more interesting stuff to mention about today, although I did not do much at all. I did make a nice acai smoothie bowl for breakfast today. I also made homemade granola with it since we did not have any at the house. It was really good too! Although, next time I’m not going to cook the raisins in the oven. Rather, put them in after. They get a little too crunchy and it’s quite nasty if I’m being honest. Although, besides that, it was really good.

I left my grape juice drink at my dads today on accident. I hope he doesn’t throw it out because he thought I left it on purpose. I did not, so I might have to text him to notify him to not throw it out. Although it was quite bitter because it was apple cider vinegar with grape juice, it was like $2. For a drink that expensive, it will not be going down the drain! It will cleanse me of all my toxins I have in my body plus since it was so expensive, I’m expecting it to release all the inner demons linking me to extreme stress, due to it being the month of May!

I expect nothing less than that from my Apple cider vinegar. I did not drink much water today, so I need to start chugging some. Did you know if you’re thirsty, you’re somewhat dehydrated. Well I did, so that’s why I’m telling everyone! Drink your water you’ll feel so refreshed, it’s quite a divine feeling. I might put in a lime because I persuaded my mom to buy a bag from Costco. So, I have to start using them.

I expect to work out tomorrow morning before being chained to my computer all day. I need some form of exercise. I wanted to exercise today but lost track of time from doing school work. I did not write my paragraph for my senior project today unfortunately. Tomorrow I will resume it though. I still expect to finish it by the end of the week.

Well, hopefully tomorrow won’t be as depressing as today, goodnight

 

 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Day 40 in the trenches,

Today marks 40 or so days stuck, wow!

I was woken up by my lovely father this morning at dawn to be notified that Gretchen extended our stay at home order, how divine! Now, We’re stuck inside till May 15, how joyful. When this whole thing is over, no one is going to be at home ever mark my words. They will all just be roaming outside just to be away from home. Their houses will just give them all PTSD whenever they stay inside for an extended period of time.

I made my steel oats again. This time though, I made a puree out of my berries that I reduced on the stove, it was actually quite exquisite, I enjoyed it. Although there was some clumpy almond butter at the bottom of the jar. So, I mixed some coconut milk in with it and popped it in the microwave for thirty seconds… Long story short it did not work out well and melted the contained. Oh well, what am I going to do about it now.

I wrote my second paragraph of my Senior project essay today. Only three more to go. I think I will definitely finish it next week, hopefully. I want to get it done and out of the way to be honest. I want these last few weeks of school to just finish what odds and ends I have left to do around. Now that I’m not taking my AP test anymore, It gives me this time to just focus on the online work I have left.

Today, we got an E-mail from the principal of the top 50 students in our class. I was lucky enough to be in that top 50 too. I was so excited to read that email, probably the most excitement I’ve had in a long time. Even though it was just an email recognition, I really appreciated it and felt really good about myself. The work I have put in for the past 4 years for my name on that email, really meant a lot.

I am going to be buying Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins tomorrow at work. Because, no one is going to stop me. My friend showed me what ones she’s been taking and I’m going to get those as well. I used to take the same ones a few years ago too. Then I stopped because I kept forgetting to take them. Maybe they’ll grow my hair our faster, who knows. I hope they do something, but in all honesty I’m not expecting much.

It took me like three hours to do my med health homework, on and off of course. I could not for the life of me just sit there and write considerations for 7 different people as a health care professional. I just got so distracted and could barely make it through. Long story short, I made it through, don’t worry, and I submitted it.

I cleaned my room today for the first time all week. Usually my room is spotless let me tell you, spotless. Although, with the beauty of online school, it literally has me busy at all times of the day, it is ridiculous. I don’t do anything but school anymore, reminds me of my freshman year. It’s so BORING!

I want to go shopping with my friend Kinjal too. Especially to the thrift store. If someone doesn’t know me, they should know I love to thrift! I have been thrifting for years, all the way back to the sixth and fifth grade. I would always go with my dad to the Salvation Army in Mount Clements. That is my favorite one to shop at. When the Stay at home order lifts, I will be going there to shop. It brings back so much nostalgia of my childhood it’s crazy.

Where is this spring weather though?! I want to start feeling some warm weather and open my window and sit outside! It better start warming up soon, I am really getting ready to enjoy this hot weather.

Well, have a good weekend to whoever may stumble on my blogs. I’ll be back Monday, peace!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Day 39 in the trenches,

Today, I finally got a notification that some of my Amazon packages have shipped. About time if I say so! Actually, I don’t care to be quite honest. The workers at the post office are working horrible hours I’m sure because everyone isn’t showing up for work anymore. So, personally they should just take their time and don’t rush, because that’s just a mess among other things.

I started my senior project essay today. I got the introduction paragraph set and ready. I decided that I’m going to do one paragraph a day so I don’t overwhelm myself typing it. I mean, it’s not due for another 2 weeks or so. I have a lot of time to get it done. I’m planning on finishing it next week though, hopefully. I need to start gathering my pictures together as well. My teacher wants us to have some pictures with the essay as well.

Those pictures are scattered all over my phone and on my Instagram, lol. I need to go on a scavenger hunt to go get those eventually. It’s funny seeing all the phases of my hair in all those photos. In some, I have an ugly middle part, In others I’m bald! How funny is that. Regardless, I need those pictures for my essay. It’ll be the best final touch of it all.

I ventured out of my house today, and it wasn’t to go to work either! I got some Chipolte! Let me tell you, it was worth it! Since the restaurant itself is closed down, we had to order it online. It was a chore to say the least. We waited like half an hour for our food. To be honest, I think we were cheated on it too. I don’t know if they’re cutting product or what, but it was not the same.

Usually, when I go to Chipolte, I get a salad bowl with chicken and all that. Nonetheless, I never finish those bowls, even on a good day. Although yesterday, I did finish it. Maybe the spinach wilted because it was warm when the chicken was put on or the vegetables, but who knows. All I know is I inhaled that whole bowl in less than 5 minutes. Which honestly was a new record for me.

When this quarantine thing is over, I’m for sure starting to hit the Gym or something. Not that I’m eating bad, I just feel gross from all the inactivity I have been doing lately. Especially being at my dads place, there is not much for me to do. Especially living in an apartment, but that goes for all really. I still exercise at my moms, but I mean there’s still only so much that I can do.

I am tempted to buy some more textbooks off of Amazon, but I don’t know if I will right now. With shipping so backed up, it probably won’t be delivered for another month or two… Maybe if I compulsively buy it sometime I’ll just deal with it. Although, I’ve just been saving my checks so I don’t know if I will. Although, probably will.

Today has been pretty boring, but there’s always stuff to talk about. Usually what I think about in a day. 4 more weeks of online… Dreading thought, but I’m going to try to pull through it… Until tomorrow, good evening all

 

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Day 38 in the trenches,

HAPPY EARTH DAY TO ALL!

Another day of online school, I hate it all so much. It’s literally just consuming my entire being. It’s so hard to keep up with, it’s giving me anxiety words cannot express in its entirety. I just want it to be May 29 so bad, I can’t take much more of this.

I hate all this snow we’re having! It’s late April, why is it snowing? Next week is the first week of May and it’s still below freezing and causing it to snow, like really, what is going on? I think mother nature just hates man kind this new decade. Throwing climate change and a virus right in all our faces. I would like to have a conversation with her, she is making my life very much not  fun and quite sad.

To answer everyones question what I did today, I did nothing don’t worry! Today was quite scattered, per usual really. I woke up early to log in by 10:30, which is a struggle. This online school is messing up my sleep schedule again. I had it perfected again during March and prior to April 20. Although now, this online school is making me relapse in my bad sleeping schedule. Despite being home, you’d think it would help, I guess not.

I guess I should just work on time management and go from there. I mean I am writing this blog at like 11 at night, so maybe that’s the problem. I miss going to bed at 10:30 though. It made the day so much more enjoyable, and I didn’t have any problems with drowsiness or tiredness at all. Although now, it’s starting to begin all over again, and I do not approve of it at all.

I don’t feel like I was as productive as I should’ve been today. Although I feel that everyday, so I don’t know what I’m saying anymore. Maybe I’m just exhausted and drained. Who really knows to be quite honest, definitely not me.

I did do a lot of newspaper related stuff today, which I am proud of. Writing a good section of my final story and doing some editing, it was successful in that aspect. Although, per usual English is dragging me down. The senior project we have to do is so going to take a lot of brain power in which I don’t know if I even have at this point. I am drained I tell you! I am just done with all of this.

Now in English, we also have to start a book and take notes on it. If anyone knows me, they would know I am HORRIBLE at English notes. I really struggle with picking out elements and such in books. I don’t know really why, I just don’t see it like others do. I just can’t pick out these special elements in writing. I have to work extra hard to do so. Even then, I can’t find or didn’t find enough for my notes. Then I resort to skimming over sections again to scramble and find quotes and figurative language. I really don’t want to do it again this time. I need to find another approach.

I’ve been listening to more Italian music today too, I’ve been really enjoying it. Italian is also a pretty language. It is on my list as well of languages I want to learn. I still really want to connect back to where my family is from, and I think that this would be a great start to do so! Maybe I’ll do some research on this as well tonight, if I ever finish my blog. In the end, I want to know Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese. Each have very similar qualities so I think once I learn one, I can have an easier time in learning the others. I have a few others I’d like to be familiar with, but that’s uncertain right now. Those are really just my focus at the moment.

I feel like this Blog was very scattered, just how I feel like today, lol.

Until tomorrow, ciao.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Day 37 in the trenches,

I’ve had enough of all of this, this is my breaking point! I’ve done homework ALL DAY! The last few weeks have been a paradise and a perfect amount of work… NOW, now it all spirals down from here. To be quite honest, the whole system is just broken and scattered if you ask me. All these teachers going in polar opposite directions teaching wise is so unpredictable and miserable!

I was in less of a panicked mood in school, how is that even possible? I did more work these past two days than I can even fathom to explain. It’s making me feel like my ptsd of school is flashing before my very eyes, and it’s happening again! They said it was going to be easier, In what dimension are they talking about? DEFINITELY not ours, that’s for sure! Still, some teachers are doing a lighter load, and I appreciate that.

This is not over by any circumstances! I will be complaining about this till I write that last blog May 29, I’ve had it! I hate this, I’m so angry about this whole thing! Although, what makes it more broken is that some school’s are already done for the year, why is this not a state wide thing at least? Why are districts all doing different things? It really is making no sense in my brain, maybe because it’s in malfunction.

I want to do the work, and that’s all I’ve been doing to be honest. I’m all over looking at each tab for each hour. This app we use makes things so much more confusing than it needs to be. I’m not pointing fingers, because it’s not the right thing to do. Although I am happily expressing my constructive criticism. I’m sure that others have the same opinions as me.

In other news, I did a little DIY magic with some of my old terra-cotta pots today. I painted them white back in the seventh grade, but honestly it was a terrible job. Just an awful job with the paint drips left and right on those pots. So, with this in mind, I begun to look up creative ideas to do with pots. I found a DIY distressed pot idea, and I knew that I needed to do this!

So, last night I went to the garage and went to work. I took the sander and went to town on those pots. The problem was I was using a 100 grit sandpaper, and it made things go quite longer than it needed to be. So, today I went to ace and bought a variety pack with the 60 grit paper.

Then, going home and using that, it was a god sent. It sanded so fast actually, I couldn’t even keep up with it. Although, it did a great job in a very short amount of time! With this, I transported my rescue succulents from Kroger into these pots, and it looks amazing all put together! Also forgot to mention, I bought more cactus and succulent potting soil, as well as fertilizer for these types of plants.

I want to go rescue more plants now, I want to just fill my room with plants, I love them! Makes my room smell so crisp, my plant lovers out there would know what I mean, you just get this smell of clean and crisp you don’t get anywhere else.

I do want to get African violets and put them in the pot my grandmother gave me many years ago. they are her favorite, and she always talks about how pretty they are. So, I need to get some orange African violets, if they even come in orange, to match the pot that she gave me. If not, I’ll be back at the Home Depot going to get some plants. I do really want a jade plant. I have one more pot I can distress, because I had four.

I have to make an executive decision of what I want to put in there, It’ll probably be the jade.

I’m still waiting for my Japanese books to come in the mail, but it will be awhile. Apparently shipping is backed up, which is just great! I mean I have no time anyway to study with school, so I guess it’s fine. Although, it’s always cool to flip through the book to see what’s in it. I just want to add it to my collection.

I’ll update if I get more plants or some pots for my plants. I really want to expand my collection. I’ll be back tomorrow, farewell.

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Day 36 in the trenches,

So, it finally decided to stop snowing and finally warm up, lol Michigan weather is so odd. Considering it was literally below freezing and snowing just a few days ago to nearly 50 degrees and sunny, “Climate change!”

So, today started this fourth and FINAL quarter of the school year, joy! Which means now, we are starting the online learning for the remainder of the year. Only difference now is that it will actually be held against us, which is always cool.

All of my teachers are going totally different paths with this online learning, and I absolutely hate it with a burning passion. It’s so hard to keep up with all these plans and assignments and notes. Some of my teachers are going easy like they said they would, and I appreciate and need that.

Since I last posted, so many things have changed! For the senior project, we can write an essay instead of having a presentation, which I adore! I would like to think I’m okay at writing essay. I think it’s really up my ally. Especially now that we can skip the presentation part, which makes it even better.

I survived the weekend at Kroger, shockingly enough. I hate that face mask with a burning passion. It is starting to make me break out, and that is not okay! I am not getting a 10th grade flashback of those awful memories, I just refuse. I’m still doing my normal routine, just now using my toner more frequently than usual. If I use it too much, it dries my skin out, so I have to be careful how much I use it.

Recently my sleep schedule has been so good! Going to bed no later than 12:30 and waking up at 8 or 9 am is amazing. I need to keep it, it’s a great schedule. Although, I’ve been waking up randomly at 2 or 3 in the morning and staying up till 4 for no reason. I don’t know why, quite odd.

Speaking of Japanese, yet again! I finally bought my first book to study with! I bought it last night at 2 am, very good timing, I know! I’ve decided that I’m not going to use free apps that I casually play everyday for 15 mins, it’s doing nothing. I’ve been doing so for 3 years on and off. I want to start typing and reading, maybe speaking.

Kind of funny how I stumbled upon Japanese. I was a sophomore at the time, and was at the “Second and Charles” on Hall road. My step mother was looking around for books, and I stumbled across the language section. The only Japanese book I saw on the shelf was “Japanese for busy people” and I knew I had to have it. Looking through the book and seeing the Hiragana instantly caught my eye.

To this day, I have the same dream every time I study. This summer, I think I’m going to take it more seriously, since school will be done with for the time being. I realize that the amount of people in America who speak are very minimal. I’ve taken it into consideration whenever I decide into learning a language.

Really, contemplating that fact for the past 3 years to be honest. I’ve dabbled in Korean, Chinese, and a few more. Although, I don’t get the same excitement with these as I do Japanese. Yes, there are many Chinese and Korean Americans around me. Which made me contemplate for so long. Although, I’m just going to go with my instinct and go along with Japanese.

I plan on learning Chinese in the future, as it is the most spoken language in the world. For the time being, I will steer away. I would like to live in Japan in the future. I live one life, and I would like to make it memorable. I do not want a boring job in my hometown and stay there till I die, what a curse that sounds like.

Despite what criticism I face, I will do what I want to do. No one will stop me from what I want to persue.

Side note, this one time in 10th grade I switched the language on my phone to Japanese and I had to look up a video in the settings on how to change it back, lol.

I will be going to my dads later today, as it is Monday. It’s so much work going back and fourth. The packing and stuff just gets so tiring. I don’t know how much longer I feel like doing it. It’s been a decade now, how time flies really. I’ve been doing it for 10 whole years. Now, that I’m almost of age I would like to move one place or the other or switch up my schedule.

I want my own studio so bad, but that’s not feasible. It’s too much money with college in the fall, and just in general. Even though I’m going to macomb, rent and utilities and groceries is a lot of money I don’t feel like working for, so I’ll stay home.

I’m excited to see the trees and flowers start to bud. Means that may is just around the corner, and it really is! I am excited for the warm weather coming up, and the potential trips for the summer! I know one thing for sure, that I will be going to Cedar Point and buying a fast pass, that’s a given!

Update, before I was about to submit my blog for the day, and duck fight happened before my very eyes in my pool! The one lost feathers, it was very traumatizing for the girl duck!

Ok until tomorrow! goodbye

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Day 33 in the trenches,

Snowing for the third day in a row now? That is literally insane, it’s almost MAY!

I survived Costco, insane I know. It really looks like we’re in some apocalypse or something, I don’t even know how to like respond to it anymore. All I know is that I can’t wear a face mask anymore, I don’t really feel like it.

I finished my salad for lunch today, it was quite a sad scene. I really miss my salad, it is the best salad ever. I don’t know what I’m going to do now that it’s gone.

I have to be at work tomorrow at 9 in the morning for my 8 hour shift. I am so tired of my back to back 8 hour shifts, I get so tired! Not to mention I did them my entire senior year! I am getting really tired of them and want to change my hours up. Although, due to the fact that we have the online class Monday through Thursday I cannot do it anymore. Which is very upsetting, and now I have to wait till we get out of school.

Speaking about that, school for seniors is really almost done. It’s almost May… For seniors, that means that we get out the last day of this month, which is exciting. Although, I don’t know if the whole Virus will change that in any way. I really hope it doesn’t, I’m ready to be done with the online work. I haven’t seen much about it, or maybe there was a statement, but I didn’t hear or read it.

Speaking of my AP test… Since now finals seem to be cancelled, I don’t think that I’m going to take my test, lol. It only counts for an environmental credit towards college, and from what I know, I will not be going into that field. So, I think that I’m just going to skip it. College board says if we don’t wanna take it, we just don’t log in on test day. So that’s just my plan now.

I’m just focusing on finishing out the school year strong. I think, due to the current circumstances, I don’t think I can really focus on preparing for an AP test. Not that I’m incapable, but I just don’t think I’ll get a good score, at all.

I’m horrible at standardized testing, if that says anything. So with this AP test, and the fact that It’s multiple choice, It just seems like a recipe for disaster. I think that I’m just going to play out this last month of school strong, and forget about the test.

Back to Costco, I got a bunch of good food! I got some oatmeal bar things, which are to die for! I love the dark chocolate in it too, nice touch. The lines weren’t as bad as my mom says they were las6t time we were there, which was good. They went pretty fast. Costco’s security is so much more advanced than at Kroger. With people directing lines and all… It’s pretty crazy to see. I had a conversation with the Costco cashier about me working at Kroger, he was pretty cool.

I’m trying to get better at Fortnite to play in some cash cups for money haha. If we’re quarantined, might as well try to get good at it to win some money, because why not! I’m still not as good as I should be though, which is sad. I wish I was better, but life just doesn’t always work like that, which is fine I suppose. Maybe this summer I will play more, when I’m not working.

I hope I make it through my shift tomorrow and Sunday, I’m really dreading it. It’s so boring knowing that I’m just going to be doing the same thing for 8 whole hours. I’m so not excited, but that’s whatever.

Since it’s Friday, I’m tuning out for the weekend, see everyone on Monday, literally. With all the interactive classes! Ugh, bye.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Day 32 in the trenches,

Snowed again today, literally what is east coast weather! I saw it was also snowing in Canada too today, which seems normal to them lol… Although I’m done with the snow, It’s almost may!

I got a great carry out salad today from Honey Tree. It’s called the Athenian salad, and it may be the best salad I have ever had in my entire life. The fresh dill and the beets that go on top. It is out of this world and I mean it.

Tomorrow I embark on a new journey, to Costco with my mom! It’s going to be a big day indeed. To prepare for this, we will be making our favorite Avocado toast, which is a staple to our everyday diet now. I saw a video on Tiktok how to have the perfect yolk for over easy eggs, so I might have to try the technique. Over easy eggs are the BEST way to cook eggs hands down, and I will die with that statement by my side.

Although, If I’m forced to eat a hamburger, it needs to be cooked all the way through. Pink on a hamburger makes me want to gag it’s so gross. I don’t want my food to talk to me while I’m trying to enjoy dinner, really.

I also stopped at the grocery on my way home from getting my amazing salad. I got this coconut milk ice cream with no added sugar, it was EXQUISITE! I will be enjoying it again tomorrow. I had to put it away before I ate the whole pint.

I forgot to mention a staple to the Costco run tomorrow is for my favorite drink, Kombucha. I love kombucha more than words are able to express. The flavor is immaculate and like no other. The carbonation and fermentation to it is just amazing. I would recommend to anyone.

I want to be vegetarian soon. Just to try it, I think I can do it. I’ve been trying to be since the seventh grade but my parent’s are not very fond of the idea, so It’s not really been an option. Despite this, I will be trying soon enough! Although, when I go to japan it will have to pause. The seafood there is just to die for. I will be trying all they have to offer.

I really want to go to Japan in the near future, it just seems so cool.

My new chapstick is working great, I love it dearly. Even though it looks like a glue stick, I still like it.

I’m really not looking forward to the online learning for the next month. I was enjoying what we were currently doing, I think it was better. Although, in the scheme of things what does my opinion matter… NONE! I guess it could be worse, so I guess I can’t complain.

I want to buy some Japanese textbooks so bad! Although they’re so expensive. Like $40 for a book is so much money to me working at minimum wage lol. Maybe I’ll ask for them for my birthday or I’ll just buy them this summer or something.

I think my paycheck got screwed up, which I’m sad about. I should’ve gotten so much more money than I did, and I’m sad. I will be a Karen and talk to my manager when I go in Saturday. I should’ve gotten like $100 more at least… Which isn’t a lot to some, but for me it is! So, I need to get to the bottom of it. Maybe it’s my hero pay… I don’t know. It should not be my paycheck though.

I’m kinda hungry, so I might make some dumplings my mom bought. They’re tofu and really tasty. I do want some authentic food, it always is so good! I love authentic asian food it’s my favorite food ever!

I think I’m going to make some food now, I feel like it. I’m going to read my book now, bye!

 

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Day 31 in the trenches,

Why is it snowing today, like really what the heck! It’s the last full week of April next week and it’s snowing. What sense does that make. Michigan weather back on its insanity again we see.

My day started quite late today, like noon. For what reason, I don’t know. Apparently I just wasn’t feeling it.

I didn’t get called into work today. Maybe that was a good thing, sometimes I need a break from Kroger. I have a back to back shift this weekend each 8 hours, so I need this time off lol. My manager is retiring on the 30 of this month, it’s going to be very different. My cool manager is taking over the position of my current manager. So, I hope that I’ll get less back to back 8 hour shifts. They get so tiring, and I don’t really like them anymore. During the school year I did these double shifts on my weekends off from school. It was hard, but I did what I had to do.

I got my online news story today. I will be talking about the constant zoom crashers during online processions. I have a unique story that I will be sharing *insert clown emoji* on this story. So if you like my content here, make sure to give my story a read when it is done and published! I know that everyone will because I’m such a great author.

In other news, I found a PDF copy of the Japanese book I wanted, but is nearly $100 for the set of workbook and notes. So that’s cool. I’m trying to navigate around it online to see it better, but I’ll work on it. I opened the file and the first few pages of the PDF were in Japanese and I was confused to say the least. I thought I got played in thinking I hit the jackpot.

My arms still hurt from my Pilates class I did 2 days ago, a lot. They’re still so sore, which is so good! I was going to do the DVD again today, but I don’t know if I can. My arms are near crippling on me, oh well It was bound to happen eventually.

I don’t like the idea of college next fall. It’s getting annoying with everyone always talking about it. Like congratulations, you’re going to your dream cool! I didn’t ask! Makes me feel sad when all they talk about is college. I don’t really know my plans for college. I think I’m just going to go to my community college and transfer after all. It’s cheaper, and I don’t want to collect all this college debt already as a freshman. If you got a full ride, good for you. Although, to the 99% that did not, community is a good start I think.

I feel like my blogs are getting boring to read. I really don’t know how many people really even care about them. Which is fine I guess, it’s whatever. I need more interesting things to talk about to keep what audience I have entertained! I need ideas!

As the Ap test comes closer and closer, I don’t want to take it. I don’t think I’m going to do well with it just being FRQ based questions. I’m not good at those at all, and it’s really discouraging me from taking the test. I really don’t want to do it at all anymore. I want to drop out of it. Then again, if we have finals It would not have been a good idea for me to drop out of it, so I don’t know. I guess I’ll see how the cards play and come to a decision sometime.

I think I’m going to make lunch and play some Fortnite now, I’ll update my blog tomorrow, bye!

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Day 30 in the trenches,

I believe I only have one audience member reading my blogs, Abigail Jenkins. That is totally okay, it’s all the validation I need to keep writing my blogs. Someone finds them entertaining to say the least.

I am picking up shifts at Kroger since we get hazard pay for the virus. So I am taking advantage of this $2 pay raise while I can. It’s a tough life putting in all the energy you have for minimum wage. Although at least I’m being appreciated for the work I’m putting in a little more by the corporation.

Although due to the lovely decisions of whoever, I can’t really pick up extra shifts anymore. Because starting Monday, teachers are being forced to upload at certain times! Now I really don’t know if we’re supposed to do all the work right then and there during the 10:30-2 time window, but I’m sure.

I am SO mad over this. It’s giving me so much grief that I did not need in my life right now. Let alone now the teachers are grading these assignments too, like what the heck! There’s going to be multiple classes emailing these teachers periodically though out the last few weeks of school, and it’s going to be a disaster. I worked so hard these past 4 years for my grades. If they tank now due to this online learning, I don’t know what I’ll do.

I’m barely making it to that May 29 finish line, really. This online school is making things so much more difficult than it really needs to be. In the end,  I don’t see how students are benefitting from it. It’s just not the same experience as if they would be in the classroom. I get that we can’t be in the classroom, but the way that it’s being handled is just not in the right way.

In that, I do not have anyone to blame. Everyone scrambled that March 13 and beyond because they did not know how to handle the situation. I didn’t even know either to be honest. In saying all this, I don’t think it was executed right then, and it’s not being executed right now as well. I don’t want people coming after me for this, that’s not the point. No, I don’t have a real valid proposal that anyone would agree with, not what is trying to be put on the table.

Maybe when they cancelled school last week or whenever they did, it should’ve just been done with. Students could’ve went back early in August or something to get that time in the class if that is really what whoever wanted. Although, this online learning through Schoology is a disaster and a half.

I hate Schoology, I do not like the platform at all. It seems very unorganized and it’s just hard to navigate. Aside from that, I just don’t like this online school thing. It’s just awful. Although, knowing this now, I will not be taking online courses in college, ever. I don’t think hands on learners like me benefit from them what so ever. For me personally, I can’t read a book or a stack of notes from an online article and understand it in its entirety.

I understand that college is a lot of that too, but not the point. I need additional explaining. Even with email, you don’t get that same face to face explanation as you would in the class. The teacher just explains everything much better face to face than from email.

These last few weeks are just going to be rough juggling all this stuff. I will try my best though!

My mom got me this nice chapstick that looks like a glue stick. Which is cool, it’s nice chapstick. It’s from CVS.

I did my pilates video yesterday. It destroyed me! I’m probably going to do it again tomorrow, I need to get better at it. It’s a good workout.

I’m hoping that I can get my work done soon today so I can do something else with my life other than work, then do homework.

That’s pretty much all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow. Maybe I’ll get famous from my blogs because I’m just so funny. Probably not no one reads mine, bye!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Day 29 in the trenches,

Welcome back from spring break everyone! Hope you enjoyed your free time! I know that I sure did.

It has officially been one month out of school. It still doesn’t feel that long to me. It feels like just last week was our last day of school. Although, it’s been a month!

It does feel a little off being out of school this long, during this time of the year. I’ve only ever experienced this time off school during the summer. Not mid March and beyond. It still hasn’t hit me that we’re really not going back, which is weird in itself.

I’ve survived working at Kroger for this long, I think that I’ll make it longer. The masks are getting really annoying. It’s itchy, musty, and uncomfortable to wear. Not for an hour or so, but Eight hours is just so much. I really can’t wear it for that long, it gets so irritating.

It’s hard getting back into the swing of school. Especially after a week of “Spring break.” I really have no motivation to do school. It’s just the fear factor that makes me continue to do it. Seniors have like six or so weeks I think? For regular students I believe it’s nine. I don’t know how I’m going to cross that finish line, but I’ll do it one way or another.

I’ve been doing DVD pilates classes with my mom, they’ve been atrocious. They’re so hard to do, I feel like my legs are going to just fall off. I can’t even do it anymore, it’s traumatizing. I’m trying to build up the tolerance for it, but it’s not going well.

I still don’t think I’m going to try on the AP test. I mean, I don’t think we’re taking finals anymore, so I have no motivation. I don’t know, maybe I’ll feel like trying on May 18 when we take it, or whenever we do. I honestly don’t even care that much about it.

I don’t think I even have senioritis either. It’s just this AP test and the online learning makes me overwhelmed. I wish I was still in the classroom for the learning aspect but we all can’t win. The Schoology and all the notifications overwhelm me so much, I don’t know how I’m going to manage for the next month and a half.

My hair has grown a lot since I last mentioned it. It still sticks up straight lol, but I’m hoping by June it won’t. I’m excited to try some new styles with my hair once it grows back in it’s entirety. I might start wearing a headband after I shower so it’s not in my face and drys a nice way for the mornings when I have to do it again. Although that’s a long ways away.

I wanted to do pilates but the sun room was being occupied the one time I was not doing homework to do the class… How ironic. Maybe I will get to doing it sometime soon, I need the exercise.

At Kroger this past weekend floral department was giving out free plants, so I got three free succulents. I need to get some new pots and soil for them now. They’re cool plants that I will be adding to my collection at my dads. Although I don’t know where to get soil and pots because everywhere is like shut down.

Maybe I’ll work out soon or something, I don’t know. Till tomorrow, cya around all!

P.S I hate when people tell me to stay safe at Kroger, It’s all I hear. If I hear it one more time I might like lose my marbles and snap. I can’t take it anymore.

Ok bye

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Day 19 in the trenches,

I went back on the rail road tracks, this time with my parents. Although this time we cut it early and went back… BORING.

I’m glad that spring break is next week, I cannot even stand the thought of this online learning anymore. It is SO boring and school should’ve been cancelled all together when it was called we were going to do online for the rest of the year. May be an unpopular opinion, but hey, someone needed to say it.

At my dads, my brother is on Xbox almost all day. When I want to go on for a minute or two out of boredom, It’s nearly impossible to. Because his Xbox slows the wifi I swear. It slows everything down that uses wifi, and I will live by that. It is so frustrating and I can’t even stand it anymore.

I’ve been sick the past few days, it’s not been very fun. My step mother thinks it may be a sinus infection, I hope that it is too. I’ve been sleeping more than I ever have in my life, it’s been wonderful.

A perk with not going back to school is my sleep schedule. These past few weeks, I have not been exhausted to the point where writing something is even a challenge. I hope in the upcoming years the school board also puts on the table that late start they had us take a survey in last spring. I think it would benefit the students and staff greatly. I call myself an early bird, but 5-5:30 in the morning for school… I had enough.

My pepper plants I sprouted are actually still alive… I’m truly shocked, and still growing! I wonder what color they will be once they start to grow the vegetables. Although that probably won’t even happen till mid to late summer, nonetheless it’s exciting.

It’s kind of weird that we’ve been out of school for this long to me. I’m really not used  to it. I haven’t not been around other individuals besides the members in my household for this long. I mean I can go longer I feel, I’m not scratching to get out of here.

Because of my sinus infection, I’m not going to work this weekend. Rest in peace my paycheck. It’s alright though. When quarantine and this mess is over I’m going to work so much. I want to find another job, we’ll have to see where that takes me.

I still want boba, but because I can’t taste anything, it would be pretty useless to go buy some.

That’s all the thoughts I have for today… Enjoy your spring break!

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Day 18 in the trenches,

I went on a nice long walk today. For a whole hour, how exciting is that. Yesterday I was basically bed bound I was so sick. My step mom thinks that I have a sinus infection (she works in the medical field), so that’s cool. I feel better today, I can actually breathe out of my nose, but can’t taste anything.

I made the fatal mistake of leaving my pepper sprouts in direct sun all day today… BAD idea. I did some web browsing and found out that I need to keep new sprouts in the indirect sun, so I moved them into my room. They are starting to perk up, so that’s a good sign. I think when they are much bigger I will move them into the direct sun.

I received the “news” today via email that school was cancelled for the rest of the year. I don’t know how I feel. I mean yes it’s my senior year and all. I mean like, it could be worse, so I’m not taking it too close to heart. I said bye to everyone the day we left, so I said my final words. The real question is, why are we still doing online work? If school is cancelled, I don’t want to do work anymore! Whatever, it is what it is.

Any who, the rest of my day was quite boring, but I’m ok with that. Just the usual: Homework and study some Japanese in my free time. I haven’t gotten much into the grammar side of Japanese yet, just the multiple alphabets is a challenge in itself. Although that’s a story for another time. With my knowledge of Japanese, I hope to learn Chinese too in the future. There are many loan words that are used in the language that I feel would aid me with learning.

I think that I’m going to explore more tomorrow, and stay away from the trails. There are an enormous amount of people on the trails, and I don’t know what they have! They could have it for all I know. Those trails are so small there is no way everyone is 6 ft apart at all times… NO way! So, I’m going to do the side route tomorrow on the abandoned railroad tracks and get my walk that way.

I’ll report back tomorrow! Peace.

P.S hope you all are enjoying my blogs! I put a lot of work in these and deserve an award.

 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Day 17 in the trenches,

We’re living in a vicious cycle of April fool’s day pranks with all that is going on.

I decided I wanted some waffles, but had to make them healthy of course. So, I used oatmeal and grinded it up into powder to make oat flour. For what it was worth, they were ok. They didn’t even make it out of the waffle maker in one piece, so that goes to show you my morning. Not only that, but they tasted like air. I should’ve added a topping or something, but I mean, they were still enjoyable. Would I make them again, yes.

I watered my plants today, their dirty was looking a little cry and crusty, much like my waffles. So I watered them, and they’re doing just fine. I need to get a new hanging planter for my devil’s ivy plant. It’s getting huge really fast. (Me on quarantine).

I started homework fairly late today, why, I don’t know. I didn’t even bother putting on clothes either. Just hanging in my pajama’s all day. It’s fine I guess, who’s going to see me anyway?

I forgot my silent reading book at my mom’s and my English teacher has been asking us questions related to our books on Schoology… Whelp, I’ll start it next Monday, who’s gonna know?

Schoology was broken earlier today. I wish it stayed like that really. I’m bored of this online school. Although if it’s Japanese, I’ll do it for hours! Haha.

I don’t think I’m going to run today with my dad, I think I got a cold from running outside on the trail… How ironic. Maybe next time I’ll wear pants instead of shorts. I guess the coat and gloves weren’t enough for my intellectual immune system (Sarcasm).

Gretchen Whitmer is supposed to make an announcement about school tomorrow. We’ll see how interesting that will be. Apparently the virus is getting worse? From what I have heard. If I’m being honest, we aren’t going back to school, it’s getting out of control seems like.

I told everyone on the last day of school goodbye if we don’t return back. Everyone told me that I was crazy and we will be coming back. Who’s the clown now! Doesn’t seem like me.

Hopefully my cold goes away or whatever it is. I’m tired of the headache and it’s getting old.

Till tomorrow, maybe tomorrow will be interesting seeing the fate of the school year… Bye

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

day 16 in the trenches,

I had a zoom meeting for my newspaper class today, how interesting was that. Not only that, but the infamous random person named “Kody,” (who spells Cody with a K and not a C?) came into the chat and destroyed me. If he knew that I was growing my hair after I shaved it bald, why would he say such a thing… I felt not only attacked, but also hurt! Come after me again KoDy, I will get you right back.

I have not given up on Japanese yet, so that’s good I suppose.

There were these amazing gluten free pretzels in the snack cabinet that I found when I came over to my dads yesterday, I almost ate the whole bag. My dad went back to the grocery store, and I requested 2 bags, because they are that superior to all others. I like gluten free more than regular personally because they have more crunch and flavor, which automatically eliminated all others.

Since quarantine, I have gotten back into HayDay, a quite popular app I had when I was in the 6th grade. I’ve logged on here and there to look at my farm. Although, when I logged in a couple weeks ago for the first time, it said I hadn’t been on for almost 1900 days… I’m surprised that my farm was still alive.

I did not go get gas, nor bubble tea today, yet. I hope to go later and get some though. It’s drilled into my mind, and I almost need it now. I don’t know if they have ay low calorie options or not, I hope so. I need some low calorie. I can’t consume a day’s worth of calories in a milk tea drink, in what world would that be reasonable.

I’ve done a good portion of homework today already, I think that I’m almost caught up on it all. If school closes down for the rest of the year, I wonder what they will do with school… Will they keep having us do online or just count what grades we had that last day we were there towards the next school year? All very real questions we need answers for.

In other news, I panic finished my essay for English in 5 hours last week, as well as my portfolio. For English I am caught up on most of my assignments. Although we were supposed to pick out a silent reading book and continue to read it… Although, I forgot it at my moms. Whoops, lol. I’ll pick it back up next week, no worries! Don’t even worry about it, I have it under control!

Hopefully I can stick with my routine and get my boba later.

I need my friends to start texting me more, I’m lonely…

I want to start making some Japanese friends, seems really cool. Maybe in my college class that i can hopefully take, I can meet some cool people? If we even make it to college at this rate… Haha.

Well signing off, hope I get that gas and tea… I’ll make sure to use my metal straw to save the turtles.

Bye!!

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2020

day 15 in the trenches,

Supposedly school got shut down for the rest of the year, Although I don’t know if its real or not.

I survived the weekend of work, I don’t know how. I wore a respirator that I had bought when the first case was confirmed in the U.S.A. All day everyone was asking me where I had bought it, and how much I had got it for. Because they were all just wearing the surgical masks that do nothing, considering the virus is the size of dust and there’s many openings in their masks.

By the end of my last shift, I had worn my mask for so long that the skin on the bridge of my nose has been almost ripped off, red, and irritated. Now it’s all scabbed and it’s not the most attractive.

I came back to my dad’s today since it is Monday, and I alternate weeks with my parents… Still.

I did not do much homework today, I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe I’ll be more in the mood to do it tomorrow…

I have come to the conclusion that I’m going to study Japanese again. I studied it way before Korean, and I really enjoy learning it over Korean. I want to know so many languages, especially Asian languages. I love the characters, and I find it so fascinating. Also the culture and food, I need to get on it NOW.

I studied it for almost 2 hours yesterday. Because when you do something you enjoy, it really isn’t that big of a chore to do, which I really like. Japanese is one of those for me that I’ve enjoyed for many years. I’m glad that I got back into it.

I really want to live there after college possibly. I love the country, it is so beautiful and amazing. The architecture, the food, and so much more. I want to take Japanese in college, but I’ll have to see. I would really like to persue my dreams of being in the medical field there. I feel like it would be an interesting story. I mean, I live one life, why not do what you love, where you love it?

I need to plant my pepper plants that I’ve been germinating in a pot, they’ve grown out of their seeds, so I need to get them planted soon. Maybe that’s a plan for tomorrow.

I want to get bubble tea, maybe I will venture out, get some nice and cheap Costco gas, and maybe get some bubble tea after. Although my dad would need to go with me because it’s his Costco card. I’m sure he would be just thrilled to go to the bubble tea cafe with me.

I’ll update you all tomorrow on my adventures, Anthony signing off.

 

 

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

day 12 in the trenches

This break is going by too fast, and I’m not appreciating it.

Tomorrow I was supposed to go take the AAPPL test for Spanish, but obviously that was cancelled. I’m still waiting for my refund. They better give it to me and ALL the other people who signed up to take that test but couldn’t.

Because of this, I took off work for the test. Although since it’s cancelled now, I don’t have work tomorrow. I told my manager she could call me if she wanted me to come in, but who knows if she will. I don’t even know when I work on Sunday, so I guess I’ll figure out then.

The news was quite odd today, claiming that the governor might shut down school for the rest of the semester, how interesting. Really, I don’t care if they do. They really should. This virus is spreading like wild fire around the U.S and it isn’t getting much better. I don’t want to go to school in two weeks and have to wear a mask around school because the virus is going rapid.

We’ll just have to see how everything plays out really. I don’t care if we go back, as long as I can get my diploma I cannot complain. The end of senior year is important yes, but in the long run, I just want my diploma. I’ve worked too hard for that graduation day, and it’ll be very disheartening if something were to happen to it.

Any who, my days the past two weeks have been the same really. Same drill and all, still not tired of it. I hate waking up that early for school, so being off has me back on a regular sleeping pattern that I can handle and now enjoy my time.

Last week I found some dried bell pepper seeds on the ground from when I was chopping some peppers, and was bored and tried to germinate them. Lone behold they sprouted lol. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them. Maybe I will plant them in a pot and grow some nice peppers. We can’t count on the grocery stores so might as well learn how to farm myself.

I wish my hair would grow faster. It’s now taking too long to grow back. I still don’t regret shaving my head I think it was so cool.

For my 18th birthday, I think I’m going to get my second lobes pierced, seems cool. I really want some gold hoops to wear with them too. I think that it would match my style. People think I should get a nose ring, but I don’t think I could ever, they aren’t that attractive to me.

I saw this workout video on Tiktok that I need to do. I need to get my summer body ready. If I dont get a flat stomach and be toned after doing these videos, I just might have to block the person for spam. There’s NO time for that!

I’m out of sparkling water, this is whren the world really begins to spiral downwards, I don’t know how I can handle these changes.

My whitening toothpaste is working nicely I’d say so far, although I still think there’s a long way to go yet.

Other than that I’m pretty average. My bottom retainer snapped a few months ago so that wasn’t cool. At this point it’s basically unwearable. Plus with my wisdom teeth coming in, it’s also going to shift my teeth even more. So I’ve been saving all my luxurious Kroger money for braces part 2 for summer 2020, how cool! My dad is cool with it, but I have yet to tell my mom. I feel like she may call it over dramatic, but it bothers me everyday. So we’ll have to see later on when I go to the dentist in June and maybe they can tell me the best approach.

Well, have a good weekend, signing off.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Day 11 in the trenches,

Last night I stayed up till quarter to 4 watching the Hunger Games. Why, I don’t really know. Usually I can’t stand sitting and watching a movie, but for some reason, I did last night. Maybe just because it’s such a good movie. Although it messed up my sleeping schedule, because I woke up at 10 a.m today, which is just too late.

I did not work out today, felt like taking a break. I wanted too, but because I kind of woke up later, I just said no, and didn’t.

I did however take the dogs back out on their walk. Because it was so grey today, It gave me a very eerie atmosphere. With no one walking around, no cars driving, and it being overall very quiet. It was a very strange thing that I have not seen before. It really was a first time I’ve seen something like this.

I’ve been catching up on some of my other work. I still don’t understand my math unit so well, so that’s cool. Schoology is still overwhelming, and I don’t like it.

I have done something cool today though, I facetimed Nur for a while today, I have not had much contact outside of my house with people for a while face to face. So, this was a fun experience I’d like to day.

My mom got me Tropical Smoothie today, first outside interaction in days. It’s really good.

Today was pretty boring, but I’m not complaining. I still enjoy it over going to school. Hopefully we don’t need to make up school days after this is all over. I really am not in the mood for summer school. It is what it is if we have to, whatever.

Till tomorrow, I’m out

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Day 10 in the trenches,

I’m still not bored of Coronacation.

Although, because of the virus, my wisdom tooth surgery got cancelled, which I’m really sad about.

I spent 5 or so hours finishing my portfolio for English, which I’m proud about. I finally now have all my English work done, and I’m in a content spot, school wise. I need to work on a few other worksheets, but other than that, it’s not all that bad at the moment.

Schoology gives me too much anxiety, with all the material that teachers keep posting. I know it’s supposed to equate to a school day but online, although I still find myself struggling to keep with up with Schoology. Because the fact that I’ve never in my life done online learning, it’s a whole new realm that I’m really not experienced in, what so ever.

Especially for AP Environmental Science. I’ve been given a lot of free response because the new AP test is now only free response.  I was kind of relying on the multiple choice on the AP test to even attempt to pass. Now that it’s been taken away from me, there’s no possible chance of me getting at least a 3 on that test.

There’s so many possible topics with several underlying questions that aren’t displayed in the actual question but College Board expects you to get those, I most likely won’t. The test is stressful enough as it is, then it’s hard to understand questions under that pressure. So, at the end of the day, I don’t know what to do, might stand there for forty five minutes and stare at the free response.

I feel like baking something, but I don’t really have the materials to do so. So I might have to wait till after this is over.

Till tomorrow, peace.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Day 9 in the trenches,

Today was actually quite a different day for me.

Started off at eight in the morning, and I decided I need to start waking up that early everyday, so I have more time in the day. After that, I had my usual breakfast, and then did my 45 minutes of cardio, as everyday.

After that, I had a 10a.m. online learning class with my science teacher which was cool. I immediately said the wrong thing, in front of all the other students, which was so amazing.

After that I attempted to do homework, but after the cardio and the class, I was already exhausted, at 11a.m.!

I decided to take a nap for an hour, then started my day back up again, for the second time. I really wanted to get my English essay done today! So I did the entire thing, for five straight hours. I am very proud how it turned out. Also quite relieved that I finally got it done. It was really lingering over me, so I’m glad that it’s just done and over with.

Now that I have more of a routine, Tomorrow I am planning on catching up with the majority of my other classes. Before more stuff get sent out to us. I’m trying to keep up the best that I can.

I’ve noticed over the course of this online learning, it is very easy to miss information. Such as due dates, and other assignments and such. Which makes everything that more overwhelming, but I’ll work it out. Maybe I should start by turning on the notifications for Schoology, that seems like it would be a help.

Since I got my DNA test back, I’ve started to dabble in the languages that I am supposedly related to. Only the larger ones, Like the Russian and Italian. Maybe the German another time, but my focus at the moment is kind of those two. I really like the characters in the Russian alphabet, they seem so cool to me. So I’ve been working more towards those the past few days. Romance languages are kind of boring to me at the moment, and not very exciting.

I was on Tiktok, and I saw this one guy who was a gymnast and it brought me back to 6th grade when I really wanted to do gymnastics. I still really want to do it. Although, during the time my parents divorce was in the midst and asking them didn’t seem like the best idea. At the time, my neighbor recently enrolled in it, and she would show me some of the moves that they do. I will never forget that time, I really did enjoy it.

Maybe this summer I could enroll in a class? I don’t know really. I’m trying to take advantage of skinny girl summer this year, I want to start going to the Gym and possibly those classes. Although I want to work too so I don’t know how all that would play out. Maybe I’ll figure it out some time. I wish I had some friends to do the class with, It seems scary doing it alone.

Although if they had a mens class, I’m sure that I would meet at least SOMEONE. With my luck probably no one though. Maybe in college I can meet some new friends and maybe pull something off and persuade them into doing it with me. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for what, 5 to 6 years now. I feel like when I’m eighteen, I’ll have more freedom to do what I want.

I wonder if anyone is reading my blogs, probably not. If you are, I hope you enjoy them :), it’s kind of fun to write these.

Till tomorrow, peace out!

 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Day 8 in the trenches,

It’s now week 2 in quarantine, and I’m still enjoying my time home. Although with this online learning becoming prevalent this week, I’m very not excited to go on with it. I feel like I need to give myself more time In the day to do homework, 3 hours doesn’t seem like enough time for the amount of work I am getting on the daily.

Kroger this past weekend was ok. Everyone was in a mass hysteria all weekend, scared of someone coming in with possible symptoms. It was a thought on my mind yes, but really I’m still not terrified.

Because I have had a history of asthma my entire life, my dad doesn’t want me going into work the next few weeks, but I’m probably still going in anyway. I need my money! I may only get a little bit each paycheck, but I appreciate what I get! With my bills coming in, I don’t want to see all my savings go down the drain for a mass hysteria virus.

I got my DNA results back after 2 months, haha. I was so happy when I got that email at 4 in the morning. Before work, i just had to log on and see what I was! I was most shocked that I was RUSSIAN! Like wow! Never would I have thought I was Russian. People have always told me that I looked German because of my blonde hair blue eyes, and they were right lol.

Even though I was only seventeen percent, I was also shocked about that. I am really into genetics and getting my test back was so cool and eye opening for me. I plan on learning the languages that I am somewhat related to, so I can go and maybe travel there someday!

I think that I’m going to do some more homework soon, even though it’s eleven at night. I feel overwhelmed from school, per usual.

I dropped off a birthday card for my grandma today because her birthday was yesterday. I had to drive to her house and drop off the card in the mailbox so I don’t spread my germs to them… lol. It was the shortest time that I’ve been over there before to say the least.

I really don’t know how I’m going to pass the AP environmental test at all. I was kind of reliant on the multiple choice. Since that has been eliminated from the new test, I’m kind of screwed. Oh well, I guess that’s a problem for the week before the test. If we even have a test at the end of the day.

Well, it’s day 8 and I’m still alive, that’s impressive if I do say so! Bye

 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Day 5 in the trenches,

COLLEGE BOARD STRIKING YET AGAIN! Us students really thought it would be an easier time due to this whole catastrophe, maybe college board would give us some sympathy with the AP test. We really thought wrong. College board did us DIRTY! Making the at-home test 45 minutes long of just free-response questions. To be honest, they can keep my money, no way I’m even going to get a passing score.

I thought the SAT was the worst of my nightmares from college board, I guess not!

In other news, I checked on my DNA kit that I activated in early February, the results should be in the system this  Sunday! How exciting! I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for years to really discover where my roots are from, and this is a great stepping stone in that process! I told my friend Nur about this when I first activated it, and we’re going to live react it together. Possibly make a TikTok, I don’t know yet.

Work tomorrow is not going to be fun. Working at Kroger during this outbreak of whatever this is, really is crazy. The people are nothing that I’ve ever seen before. It looks like it’s the end of the world there and people are stocking up for the end. I mean it’s not my right to say otherwise, but no one should hoard a stockade full of toilet paper when other families can’t even get their hands on a single roll, that’s all I have to say about that.

In other news, self-teaching math is not fun what so ever. I find myself looking up math videos every day when I’m trying to learn a new concept because each lesson, I am so LOST. I feel like the material itself is harder than usual, then on top of trying to teach it to yourself is nearly impossible, for me that is. The notes simply are not cutting it. By no means am I blaming my teacher. (All names disclosed) My teacher was given a day to prepare a month’s worth of materials. It could have been executed better if more time was given to our teachers.

Homework is still overwhelming for me, especially in this quantity. I’m the type of person that needs to get all the work done that is given to me as soon as I get it. So, to get this quantity of work at one time is putting me so out of my comfort zone.

Hard to say what’s new, because there isn’t that much new. I’m still not sick of break and I’m still enjoying it really. The haters will say I’m lying, but I’m not!

See you all on Monday! This is Anthony signing off

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Day 4 in the trenches,

As the days go on, I’m starting to get more and more into a routine. Which I like a lot actually. It’s still a lot more enjoyable than going to school, in my opinion. I like doing things at my pace and at my speed, not being enforced by my teachers to do this one thing at this specific time or else. All and all, I’m enjoying my break.

I finally started up my Korean today and did my 30 minutes like I said I would yesterday, which I’m proud of. I would like to find a penpal or something from Korea in an app or something that I could begin to talk too slowly and maybe they could help me better my language skills.

I’ve eaten avocado toast, for now, four days in a row, and I’m not tired of it yet, to say the least.

Homework so far has been alright. The amount of English homework is still extremely overwhelming, and it discourages me a lot to try and finish it, but I’m going to try to do it anyway. It’s weird teaching yourself math and subjects on your own. I know that I do it with Korean but, like core subjects, it’s very odd and quite new to me. So far I’m enjoying it for what it’s worth. Although some math concepts are hard to grasp, hopefully, I’ll get them in the future.

I made my brother take my dogs on a walk today because I really did not want to do it today. Although he made the walk significantly shorter and I called him lame for it. Because it’s true! The only time they are able to get out is on walks, and they really enjoy it! So cutting it short is BORING, to say the least. Oh well, I made up for it today.

Other than that, being stuck inside for five days and just going outside to walk the dogs still isn’t so bad I’d say. I am enjoying it. I want to paint my room at my mom’s since there is nothing to do. I’ll check back with updates if I feel like asking her.

Till tomorrow, this is Anthony stuck in the trenches.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Day 3 in the trenches,

Even though everyone is freaking out about the world ending, I’m just here chilling. I can’t even complain, I love just staying home all day long. I have everything I need, so even if I wanted too, I wouldn’t even have to go outside. So this whole break, feels more like a luxury than a quarantine, in my opinion.

At this point, my days are starting to turn into a routine, which I enjoy. I couldn’t say how long it’ll be till I get sick of this routine, but I guess we’ll have to see when that’ll happen.

Today was kind of a lazier day than usual feels like. I mean, I still got some work done, but not as much as I would have wanted. I mean, on the bright side, I have a few extra weeks to do all of it anyway. So, I can’t really complain.

I still didn’t start that English book that I mentioned yesterday. Maybe after I finish today’s blog I’ll read a few pages, but probably not.

Now that we are off for who knows how long, I finally have some free time for some hobbies it feels like. Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve been trying to teach myself a foreign language on my own. I feel like because I’m doing it myself, It’s really hard to stay motivated. With school, work, social interactions, it seems like I never have any time for anything. Although, now that I am home free from the shackles of school, I can finally get to start studying my Korean.

I have really big plans for foreign language, it’s a huge hobby of mine. I really want to be a polyglot someday, it’s so fascinating to connect with other cultures from the exchange of foreign language. I need to set aside maybe 15-30 minutes a day I think to begin to grasp the basics of Korean. In the future, I would like to travel abroad to Korea, or maybe take a class at university, but I don’t know if my parents would be too fond of the idea. I should just stick with Spanish, what I’m currently learning at school, but what’s the fun in that?

Other than that, my day was pretty much the same as yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. I should probably start my synthesis essay soon, but as I said before, I cannot tolerate English class. It is just so boring and requires so much brainpower to come up with a whole paper, I don’t know if I have it in me to write it all.

I saw online that Kansas public schools and Arizona public schools have closed down for the rest of the semester. That’s so crazy to me that it’s basically already summer break for them. Like, are they going to have to do summer school, or what? I don’t know. I wonder who will be next to cancel, it’ll be quite interesting to see how this all unravels as time goes.

I don’t know If I’ll be happy or sad depending on what happens. As long as I walk across the stage and get my diploma and slow dance at prom I’ll be complete. I don’t even know how I’d feel if those were canceled too, some people would probably riot I’d think. Hopefully, my hair grows back in time for prom, It would be a shame to still look like a half-grown Chia Pet.

Today’s blog was kinda lame, maybe something exciting will happen tomorrow that I can share.

This was day 3 in the trenches with Anthony Barney, peace.

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Day 2 in the trenches,

To start things off, I was confused about how to start this one so I had Mrs. Smale set it up for me, thanks!

So today is supposedly Saint Patrick’s day? I honestly didn’t even know it was till I read some of the other blogs earlier. In the spirit, Happy Saint Patrick’s day I suppose. If I’m speaking on general terms, It really doesn’t seem that lucky to me! Due to certain circumstances that are, which we all know of at this point, haha…

Yesterday I failed to mention that due to the virus, I got an additional appliance installed in my house! Something you totally wouldn’t expect! Just take a guess, don’t be shy. Oh, you guessed wrong, it’s a deep freezer! A WHOLE deep freezer, sitting right in the middle of my kitchen. I guess the current freezer wasn’t enough, so now there’s that. Although if anything, we would need another regular refrigerator.  Although that’s another addition for another time.

Anyway, as the days go on, it’s starting to feel more apocalyptic it seems. Although, if anything, yesterday would’ve been. It’s taking a long time to kinda set in that this is real. Like REAL. It’s kinda weird, almost feels like a simulation. It started in one area, then made it’s way all around the world. People panic, grocery stores cleaned out due to the freakout. Staying locked up in their homes, trying to wait out whatever this is. Finally, schools closed, for how long? No one knows really. Yes, we could go back mid-April as the district says. Although they say that, they can’t predict the future.

We could go back next week, next month, or never really. No one knows the long term effects of this whatsoever. Friday the 13th could’ve been our last day in school for the 2019-2020 school year for all we know. How ironic, being Friday the 13th…

Ok, but seriously, do the Amish people know about the Virus? This has been a question of mine all day. I am a little curious about the well being of the Amish people. Although if they’ve made it this long without being wiped out from pandemics, I’m sure that they’ll be fine. Maybe we can take some tips from them, they seem to be doing something right.

Now that I’m off of school for who knows how long, I finally have some free time. Being able to work out is so nice. I haven’t been able to really work out since last summer when I actually had a second to breathe. I even got to work out with my mom. I want to start going to the gym this summer, it seems kinda fun. Although, I still look like I’m a twelve-year-old in a seventeen-year-old’s body. Maybe it’s from the hair, which I don’t really have. I still look like a Chia pet. Hopefully, I look better after it’s all grown out again

After that my day was pretty normal. I also worked out in the morning which was a nice start to the day. I also stepped foot outside and took my dog’s out on a walk. You wouldn’t believe it, I went outside and I made it back home alive, what a crazy concept I know! When I got back I took my afternoon nap, which was quite a nice touch to the day if I say so. It may have been the highlight of my day too, it’s hard to say.

The Tiktoks lately have been quite exquisite I have to say. Tiktok has been engraved into my daily routine. I wake up and go right to Tiktok, and I’m not mad about it. I really like the corona memes, they’re quite comical. I’ve also been really liking the retro-inspired Tiktoks, they put me in my vibes. I really want to time travel back to the ’80s and ’90s for maybe just a day. I would like to go back and see my parents and how they were back then. My dad had a mullet so I mean, I might avoid him because those are just SO ugly. It’s my opinion, so don’t come after me, sorry. Anyway, I love Tiktok so much, I don’t know what I would do without it.

Also, I made my own avocado toast today. I broke the yolk, so it wasn’t as good as when my mom made it, but that’s ok. A mom’s cooking usually is superior to any child’s, just facts, you really can’t debate over that. Later on, I decided to hop on the computer and send my incomplete NHS hours to the head of the club, which I needed to get out of the way.

I still need to write my English essay, which I haven’t started. I really hope my English teacher isn’t reading this. I swear I’m a good student, just sometimes English really pushes my buttons and I don’t have the mental capacity to write a whole English essay. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day and I’ll be more motivated to write it. Probably not, let’s be honest. As long as I don’t wait till the last week to write it I should be fine.

Finally, adding on to English, I need to read a book for extra credit. Since I got a nice extension to read the book, I might take advantage of it and read it. Reading it while working out seems like a nice way to multi-task, so I might have to take advantage of that.

Till tomorrow, these are the tales of day 2 in the trenches. Anthony out

Monday, March 16, 2020

Day 1 in the trenches,

Well, technically it isn’t the first day of this lockdown, but for blogging purposes, and it is the first school day off, it’s day one.

Today has been quite an interesting day. I woke up to my dad bombarding into my room saying all non-essential shops have been closed due to this “PaNdEmIc,” but to be quite honest, I stay home all day when I’m not at work or school, so I don’t even care. Later on, I saw this video on Tiktok of sweet potato waffles, and it seemed interesting. It was too much work, though, so I just made oatmeal and banana pancakes, instead. I thought that they were pretty good. I’m glad that my brother didn’t ask for any, because I wouldn’t have given him any, anyway, because he doesn’t deserve any.

After this, I was brushing my teeth and about to go on my merry way to my mother’s household. While doing this, I stubbed my toe; how fun. So bad that it split my nail vertically all the way down to the root. My break is off to a great start if I do say so. Inspired by the fact that restaurants and all were closing, I thought it would be a fun idea to go to Starbucks. That’s exactly what I did. Usually, I don’t order venti size because it’s a lot, but I was feeling risky. I say this, yet, I order light ice, because you know Starbucks scams you, anyway. If I’m paying that much for a drink, it’s my way or the highway.

Eventually, after I got home, I already was experiencing the boredom effects of this “quarantine.” Although my parents aren’t locking me inside like most, I could go out if I want to. So, I went outside and filmed a Tiktok of my dogs, which was a productive use of my time. Then my mom came home and made me avocado toast, which honestly was really good. I told her about this months ago, but it really just dawned on her about two weeks ago, and she’s been addicted ever since.

Finally, I cleaned my whirlwind of a room, which was a rodeo in itself. Eraser shavings on the floor from all my “HaRd WoRk” and effort. I did my laundry, which was screaming at me from the corner of my room to get done. (I think that it’s still sitting in the drier–I should probably get that soon.) At this time, I also took a nap. I never valued how much naps meant to me until sophomore year, and they’ve been like my best friend ever since.

I feel like as the days keep going on, the stories will become boring because I’ll run out of things to do, but we’ll see when we get there. Until next time, in the trenches of the Barney household!

P.S. My profile picture is me, my wonderful Starbucks, and my fridge. In times like these, I thought it would be appropriate to take a picture to represent my concern for the coronavirus.

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