Grace Leonardi

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Well gang, We’ve reached the end of week two and it’s been tough. From the beginning I was disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to go to school every day. It keeps me active and alive.

I think we all took for granted the daily interactions we have with teachers and our peers in school. I don’t have many friends at school, but I miss everybody. Seeing the faces and the energy and excitement that each class brings.

I miss my teachers and their passion for doing their jobs and taking care of us every day. I miss the awful crowded hallways and the aggravation I feel when walls of people walk slowly and turn around abruptly to run straight into me like im invisible.

All the things I thought i’d never miss, and all the people who barely even talk to me- they’re all I can think about and all that I wish I could go back to.

Ive heard that we may not go back the rest of the year and honestly I’m very upset. I can’t even imagine what its like for the seniors, wondering about graduation, prom, senior skip day and the rest of the senior privilege holidays.

We may complain about school, but it’s an important part of all of our lives and allows us to make the best of every day.

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Music makes my world go round. The emotions and feelings that come with different types of music are out of this world!

I have always been a music person but right now I want to focus on not music as an art but the music itself and how it makes a difference in daily lives.

When you’re happy what do you listen to, happy songs? When you’re sad, what type of music do you listen to? How does it make you feel? When you’re in a really lovey-dovey mood and feel romantic what do you to capture the essence of how you feel?

When you’re angry how do you harmlessly express that? When you’re in a confident mood, what do you listen to? There is music for all types of emotions that help cultivate the feeling inside.

Music helps me through everything- sickness and health, joy and sorrow, gets me through anxiety attacks and confrontations. Every day in life I use music to not only express myself but as a part of myself that I am closest to.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like waking up to yelling outside your window. This has been the case for the past few days in my house. The construction workers outside are putting in gas lines for the new road they’re going to build. They yell at the top of their lungs so they can hear each-other over the loud machines they’re using to destroy our front yard.

Their plan is to build a 5 Lane Highway in front of my house, taking up the majority of the front yard. Currently there’s only a two lane road (which is completely OK and does not need to be changed at all). It’s a pointless project and a waste of taxpayer money. They’re going to start the project, take years to complete it and it’s not even going to be useful or turn out the way they want it.

This “new and improved” road is taking away 1/3 of our front yard and that makes me pretty sad. We have three trees in front of our house that we’ve had forever. Throughout my life it is grown from 6 inches tall to close to 8 feet tall. They act as a barrier to some of the road noise and a symbol of my growing life.

The house will never feel the same or look the same without the trees. I feel they’re a part of me that’s being ripped away. I grew up with these trees and the road workers are just going to take them, destroy them and kill them, and there is nothing I can do about it.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Family game night! A phrase often heard on late night family comedy TV shows or commercials for the newest Hasbro game.

My family used to do game nights a lot when I was in elementary school, but haven’t done them since. We made time to start it up again with the way this break is going and the length of it!

My parents taught me and my brother how to play Euchre and we played a few rounds. Its a super fun game and now we are prepared for adult life in the midwest!

Euchre is a 4 player partner card game where the object is (usually in real life) to win bragging rights over friends and family. Everybody gets 5 cards and a partner.

Together you have to win at least three tricks: rounds where everybody puts a card in the middle and the highest card wins. Three tricks gets the team one point and a team wins when they reach 10 points.

Theres one thing that makes it even harder, nobody is allowed to talk, so team communication is virtually impossible.

Overall, family game night was fun and I’m glad we were able to do it!!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

It’s only week two and I feel like I’ve been doing this for a month.

Living at home every day and doing work is kind of like laying in a metaphorical bed of nails
You’re in a spot that is super comfortable – a bed, a place too comfortable to bring work to, and when it comes time for it it’s a lot easier to take breaks.

For this to get successful you need people who are driven and honest with themselves or on top of themselves because when you’re working any longer than six hour day from home it takes so much more effort than if you were to go to school. There are distractions everywhere as well as a tempting environment where you’re used to being able to do whatever you want

Tomorrow we start a government issued quarantine. How about that. I find it almost hard to believe that people were so busy partying with their friends or flooding the beaches of Miami for Spring Break that they ignored the people on the news who are constantly repeating these two phrases:

Social distancing and wash your hands, use a high five or elbow bump instead of a hand shake exc. these same people are posting online saying the same things but they wouldn’t even stay in their own houses. If people wouldve been a little smarter and listened, this may not have happened.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Self worth is the word of the day.

Theres this thing going around instagram where you post a picture of yourself and tag 10 people so they can do the same. It seems kind of silly but its a great thing for confidence cause the little things can really make a difference.

The point of it is to spread positivity and to let everyone know they matter and that they’re beautiful. The shared quote on the posts is similar to “All too often, women put each-other down or criticize each-other. This behavior must be unlearned. The world is unkind, if we don’t support each-other, no one will” #womensupportingwomen

Last night I was talking to one of my friends and the arc of our conversation was self worth. How the only opinions that matter in the end are your own. That in making any important decision, think of you, your well being, your safety and what will be the best for you.

Self worth is something that not many people in society have today. I know I don’t. I find it very hard to see myself, hear my name without feeling ashamed or feeling ugly or worthless or fat exc. self worth is something I need to work on.

I’ve realised its essential for mental and physical health

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Day 5 of coronacation and I have absolutely no idea what to blog about. The past three days have been so easy but with little to no outside human interaction, i’m finding it hard to think of what to write.

There’s really nothing going on in my life. I am doing homework and working on classes, I am practicing for the SAT, I’m wearing pink narwhal socks and have major blogging writers block.

I wonder what it would be like to write about nothing. If nothing could be something, and that something could be enough to entertain readers until I think of something better. But there is no nothing, because nothing is something. Even having nothing to say, that’s saying something.

The word nothing can be defined as an adjective or an adverb. Nothing as an adjective is defined as having no prospect of progress; of no value. Nothing as an adverb means not at all. both nothings describe something… Something that I’m writing about right now.
I’m struggling. This break, this social isolation business is messing with my head.

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

If this break has done anything for me, this will probably be the most memorable. One word. GLEE. Countless hours of episodes, songs and awesome storylines await me just around the corner!

I will admit and I’m not too happy about it but I started this show VERY late in life, and I wish I could’ve started earlier. Netflix has blessed me with the opportunity to experience this and be able to binge it!!

In case you’re not familiar with the show, glee follows a group of students at William McKinley high school in Lima, Ohio beginning in 2011. They’re all part of a student singing group –the glee club, run by Spanish teacher Mr. Will Schuester.

They face hate from almost everybody in the school and are a group consisting of people from all school classes and groups. though they get pushed down all the time, they keep singing and keep going! They sing multiple times each episode, every day and get sabotaged frequently by cheerleading coach and school bully Sue Sylvester.

Watching this makes me think a few things – One, I wish my school had a glee club. Being able to do that every day and perform alongside people who love singing as much as I do, being up on stage and compete against different schools from all around in sharing a passion sounds SO COOL!

Two, watching this wonderful show sitting at home, I’ve realised how much I miss being at school every day, interacting with everyone, hanging out in the drama room every morning, during lunch and having the occasional singing hour.

I miss band class every day, walking in and saying good morning to Mr.Bays, asking him what song we’re going to play and setting up for the percussion section. I miss coming into Mr.K’s room 6th hour and taking attendance, and working on scenes or monologues/whatever fun project were assigned for the week. I miss looking forward to rehearsal after school each day. I miss the arts and the privilege we have [with them] at Utica.

Food for thought. I’m on season three and will most definitely continue watching during my scheduled TV time over break. I’ll keep you all posted

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

I don’t understand the big deal with the toilet paper rush. The aisles in the stores are EMPTY and people are acting like animals fighting over the rolled tissue we use every day!

I recently reconnected with some of my friends from around the country who used to be my penpals and we’re going to start writing to each other again! I feel that having penpals is a great idea because it not only allows for communication outside of the phones, but also allows for a different type of interaction between people. There is something cool about seeing their handwriting on a tangible piece of paper and knowing they are talking to you.

I proudly admit that whenever I get a letter in the mail from a friend, I get really excited like a kid on Christmas morning, and it lasts a lot longer than a text or a phone call. We do text and call each-other pretty often, but the letters that we send back-and-forth make a lot more impact for me at least.

Another pro side to talking to people from all over the country is that we get to see the effect that it has on people all over and expand the perspective from just sitting at home in my Michigan house.

My friend from Texas says that down there, they are limiting how much people buy from stores of anything (foods, toilet paper and all purchasable goods exc.) and controlling their supply with like- actual guards, and my friend from California says it’s about the same as it is here with every storefront being a free-for-all.

My old neighbor who now lives in Vegas recently told us that the strip there is like a ghost town. Everything is shut down, eerie and dark.

My cousin in Florida told me that there are people walking around all over with masks on, if you cough at all you get looks from everyone and there are an equal amount of people who are freaking out to the ones who think everybody else is overreacting. Down there, some stores have been closing early to clean from all the chaos and restock and similar to here, are out of soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper and some food products.

If I’m being honest, I really was not excited for this break. Call me weird or whatever you’d like to, but being in school gives me purpose.

When I heard that we were having four weeks off, I was devastated and ready to throw a chair. As much as I don’t like being in school, staying at home gives the opportunity to lose out on what life has to offer. Staying at home is already limiting my contact and interaction with others, which I would usually get at school no problem. Another thing that staying at home prevents me from doing is furthering my learning.

I feel as if after this break we will all have more appreciation for being able to get up every morning and come to school, to be presented with new information to expand our minds and help transform us into the people we will eventually become as adults.

All of that is part of the reason I made myself that detailed schedule for over break, I didn’t want to lose my sense of purpose and my sense of life. Getting up and doing things, staying in a schedule is as close as I can get to being at school and will do me some good when it comes to going back.

As day three of coronacation continues, I will keep on my schedule and update you all here if anything crazy happens.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

It’s day two of our coronacation and I’m a day behind on my blog. 

Both of my parents, as well as my brother, are working from home and I have yet to get any time on the computer connected to wifi. 

Right now, I am texting this blog to my digital editor-in-chief, who will then post this for me on our site.  The struggle is real. 

I have made a detailed schedule for myself having to do with this unforeseen break so I can combat my lingering laziness and give myself a purpose. 

I’ll give you guys a run through of my daily schedule: my first alarm will go off at 8 o’clock and there will be multiple spaced out every seven minutes until 9am, all playing different showtunes that will progressively get more intense to make sure I wake up. 

I’ve scheduled myself until 9:30 am to roll out of bed and eat breakfast. After breakfast I have scheduled to practice Khan Academy for my core classes and the SAT. 

At 11 o’clock, I have set to work on my Econ class, and lunch at 12:30 pm. At 1:30 I have scheduled an hour to practice drumming, practice for the musical and write (in any order and the amount of time of each per day varies within the hour). At 2:30 pm I begin my mandatory break in which case I will nap, watch Netflix or do something on my phone. 

At 4 o’clock I plan to clean my room to keep it organized throughout the break.  at 5 o’clock, I read. I know it sounds silly, but I think it’s important to section a little bit of time to reading each day. At 6 o’clock (roughly) I schedule a dinner break, lasting until 7:15 when I plan to work out (via just dance or YouTube workout videos). 

At 8 o’clock I give myself 15 minutes to go outside and enjoy some fresh air, showering immediately after.  I have free time until 10:00 pm when I do a bit of yoga and then meditation. I plan to go to bed around 11 to keep myself healthy over this break.

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