Quinn Johnston

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Things are finally calming down. It definitely took quite a while, but things are becoming normal again. Of course, COVID isn’t completely gone and I predict it will take quite a while to reach a normal point again, but the cases are slowing down. It’s funny how they slow down as Junior year wraps up too.

Junior year has been quite a ride, definitely threw a few curve balls at me. But, honestly I’ll miss it. It’s a little bitter sweet. Next year I have to grow up and completely focus on the future. That small bit of childish freedom slowly being drained from me. But, that’s okay.

Sometimes you just have to grow up.

Thank you for a great year.

Wednesday, May 28, 2020

Wow. Summer is approaching faster than I realized. I’m almost complete with junior year. The fact I’ll be a senior next year feels almost surreal. You don’t really see it coming until it comes.

I remember when I was younger I would always count down the years until senior year. Just waiting and hoping for it to approach faster. But now it’s actually almost here. That’s crazy.

I’m going to be in college soon. Part of me can’t actually believe it.

Monday, May 25, 2020

I was so bored today I actually found myself studying for the SAT. It kind of dawned on me that hey, in the fall, I’m going to have to take it. It kind of makes me sad that I couldn’t take it in the spring because at that time I was studying daily and it was fresh in my mind.

Now due to the chaos surrounding us, the information has kind of faded away slightly. But that’s okay, I still have time to prepare and study. I am wondering how this will affect my college applications, as I am going to be a senior and need to start doing that in the fall. Hopefully it won’t make it too difficult, but I am ready for the challenges ahead. I am confident I will be able to complete the SAT.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

So, the dams broke. That is definitely not good. Amongst this crisis and recession and everything else, this is just like the icing on the cake. This year just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Murder hornets, pandemics, recessions, and now floods. Next there’s going to be crazy man eating crab people that sprout out from the ground. (I am calling it now!)

But in all seriousness, I hope everyone is safe and made it out. And I hope everyone finds their animals.

Monday, May 18, 2020

At this point, I am super bored. I feel like I am quite literally melting. Just..melting. There is really no other way I can put it, I feel like I’m just running out of things to do and stuff to write.

I’m just bored. Not tired, not stressed, just bored. Everything is bland. There’s not much to do anymore.

Hearing about Corona is dull and almost grim.

That’s pretty much all from my end, see you on Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I got bored and decided to move my entire room around. It was kind of a struggle to move around my bed and desk, but I ended up getting it done.

Honestly, even though I’m an introvert I just want quarantine to be done and over with. Mainly because there are too many people in my house at a time. And there’s nothing to do. And the internet is wack.

The next record I will break is sleeping for 84 hours. Let’s try that!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Week eight. I don’t even know where to begin. At this point, there’s not even much to write about. These keep getting shorter and shorter, because there isn’t anything going on anymore.

I just wake up, play games, sleep, and repeat. Of course, there’s also schoolwork. Schoolwork is there too, but not much of a challenge. I don’t know, I’m just bored.

That’s all, sorry this one is so short.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

I’m not really sure how I feel about the stay at home order extending again. Personally, I don’t mind much. But, it is scary to see what has been happening outside as of late. Things have been crazy. People are literally going crazy.

I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because they’re sick of being stuck in their homes, who knows. I just hope it doesn’t get too bad out there.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing that it was extended. If we’re all out again the virus could spread further. Which isn’t the best thing in the world. I believe the order is keeping people safe.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Has anyone else been craving fast food recently? Ever since this whole quarantine began I’ve just been like “Man, I could really go for some (insert brand here)”. I’m not even sure why, I don’t even really like fast food. Maybe it’s more of a you want what you can’t have type of thing.

I’ve just been substituting it with making stuff at home to hopefully deter the cravings. It hasn’t exactly worked quite yet, but I hope it starts working soon. If not, I swear I’m going to go crazy. Which most definitely is not a good thing.

Here’s to hoping quarantine ends soon!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Started playing my Wii again. I found it in the basement on Tuesday and just decided to start playing. It took a few minutes to turn on, but eventually it did. After a while I found some of my old games, and nostalgia hit me like a bus.

The game I have been playing the most is “Animal Crossing: City Folk”. It’s a cute little game where you live in a village and go around talking to your animal neighbors.

You can also fish, plant flowers and trees, and collect bugs. It’s pretty much a town simulator, but I find I relaxing especially during the pandemic, since you can’t exactly go outside right now, this kind of makes up for that.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Today has been pretty unproductive. Nothing much really happened, I practically just laid around all day, not doing much. I know that’s bad and I should do that buut, I honestly couldn’t think of anything to do.

I’ve done everything I needed to do in past days, so now I’m just kind of playing the waiting game. Even video games are getting boring. And school work makes me want to melt into the floor.

Maybe I’ll try to figure out more things to do. Hopefully. I’m so sick of quarantine.

Friday, April 24, 2020

So I actually decided to clean my room today! It was getting a little messy with blankets, wires, and video games practically everywhere. Since I finally had time today, I decided to clean it because my not. My cat and dog definitely enjoy not getting lost in the piles of books and video games, and it’s just easier to move around.

I also tried a new cookie recipe, red velvet cake cookies. They turned out amazing I was really happy with the final product. Unlike normal cookies, cake cookies are fluffier and softer. They kind of melt in your mouth. Definitely happy with that recipe.

That’s pretty much all I did today! But I definitely feel accomplished.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

I finally have had some time to just relax today. I picked up a new video game and just started playing, It was pretty calming and made me relax a bit. Sure, everything is pretty up in the air right now, but that doesn’t mean it has to be chaotic all the time. It’s good to take breaks from school sometimes.

I really miss being able to game all the time, but it’s a change that had to happen. Still, it is pretty nice to play them once and a while. It’s still my favorite thing to do even if school work gets in the way. Luckily I had time to play them today which made me pretty pumped.

Tomorrow is a completely free day so I’m excited to just chill out all day and do nothing but play video games and sleep.

 April 22, 2020

Online school is way harder than I could’ve imagined. It’s hard to focus on the task at hand when there are so many other things I could be doing at that time. I guess it will just be a challenge I’ll have to overcome. Maybe I should create a better schedule to transition into this crazy change. Things seem super hectic still, and honestly I’d rather be playing video games.

But, I know how vital it is to do this work. So I’ll just have to toughen up and see my way through it. It’ll suck, yeah, but it has to be done. Sometimes that’s just how it goes.

Other than that crazy change, nothing else has really happened today. Except my need to play video games. Man. I miss video games.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

It feels like summer already, even if there is school work. But even though it feels like summer, it also doesn’t. It feels like we’re all kind of stuck in one idle position, and nothing is really moving forward. It’s hard to explain really. It feels as if everything just kinda paused without a warning.

I really wonder how long it will take for things to return to normal. I don’t know if it’ll be a month, six months, or even a year. Everything just seems really uncertain.

Hopefully everyone is staying safe and taking safety precautions. Remember to wash your hands and wear a mask when you have to go outside!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Online school really kicks off today! I’m kind of nervous because I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with them or not because online is foreign to me. I am definitely trying my best to get a schedule going so I stay on track and don’t pile up the papers.

So far, I’ve been doing okay I think. I have a set schedule (honestly my plan is to just do everything as the teachers release it) and I think it’ll be okay. It is definitely a little stressful as I’m not too sure how grading is going to work, but other than that everything else is fine.

It’s beginning to dawn on me how much Corona has actually changed our lifestyles. Everyone except essential workers has to stay home, schools are closed for the year, most businesses are closed, wow it’s truly crazy.

I especially feel bad for the seniors who graduate this year as walking down the isle is uncertain.

I hope everyone is staying safe!

Friday, April 17, 2020

I’ve been researching different career options practically all day. I’m not really sure why, it just randomly peaked my interest. I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life, and since college is coming up pretty soon I realized I have to start looking at options. I found a few options: pursuing a career as a journalist, being a zookeeper, becoming a plant breeder, becoming a radio tech, and a few more options, but those are the ones that stood out the most to me compared to the others.

So, for pursuing a journalism career I’m not exactly sure what I would want to do in that field. I don’t know quite if I’d like to be involved with newspaper or online, or maybe a mix of both? It’s pretty much open ended with no real decision made quite yet.

Being a zookeeper actually seems the most appealing to me. As much as I adore writing stories and covering news stories, I’ve always enjoyed the company of animals and taking care of them. I’m pretty unsure of what zookeepers do, but I do believe I pretty much have the basics of it down alright. It definitely peaks my interest.

As for a plant breeder, I’m not too interested in this one but it is always a backup plan if the other two go south. It’s pretty much the same with radio techs, they are my “just in case” options if all else fails. They are both semi interesting anyway, so it isn’t too bad.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

I have found that skateboarding mainly consists of falling most of the time. At this point, I am really lucky that I haven’t broken anything yet. Balancing on a tiny elevated board of wood is a lot harder than I remember it being. Although it’s tricky and frustrating at times, it is still pretty fun and I am enjoying it nevertheless!

I’m starting off with the basics of skateboarding. You know, not falling off every time I get on the thing. That’s a lot harder than I could ever imagine honestly. I wanted to jump right into going fast and doing tricks, but before that I have to make sure I don’t fall and crack my head open.

I’ll continue trying to re learn how to skateboard. I’m up for the challenge, and ready to fall of course! It has made the quarantine experience not as boring because even though it can be pretty painful, it’s something to do. Better than sitting inside all day doing nothing, practically melting into the floor because of boredom.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I found my skateboard in my room today. So I decided to try skateboarding again, and it is way trickier than I remembered! I’ve fallen at least 30 times already. It’s hard to keep balance. I guess that would be a given since I haven’t been on one of these things since 8th grade.

It is fun though. It helps me relieve stress and pent up energy from being cooped up in my house all day. I want to try and skateboard everyday until this pandemic is over.

Besides that, I picked up a new video game and started playing it. Resident Evil 3. It’s not too bad for a remake!

I’m still pretty bored, but making the best out of whatever I can find!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Online school is really starting up! Semester four is going to be absolutely crazy! I honestly wonder how many people are actually going to do online school.

I wonder how many are going to blow it off. That’s a scary thought, since this is the new normal. I’m really wondering how well this whole thing will work. I guess there’s no other choice though, it has to work. There’s no other way to learn at the moment.

Regardless, I will be dreading it. Because it’s school. But online. That’s a terrible combination.

Oh well. As always stay safe and wash your hands!!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Apparently school is closed for the rest of the year? That’s pretty crazy. I wonder how the seniors are going to graduate, or if they are even going to graduate. It’s actually pretty sad to think about.

And as a junior I am scared about SATs. I wish we did them before this whole pandemic, because now I don’t know if I’ll be able to apply to colleges because I don’t have a score to show.

It’s a scary thought on how many futures are going to get messed up. I hope everything goes back on track soon.

I hope this whole pandemic clears up soon. It’s quite unfortunate.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter is almost here! Time to see if people actually go to parties and churches! I really hope not. That would be bad. We all need to stay inside.

The less people around you, the safer. So many people have died and honestly this isn’t a joke. People need to stop playing this off as ‘oh it will just naturally go away’ because it won’t.

We all need to do our parts. Wash your hands, stay inside, wear masks, you’ve heard it before. So actually stick to it. Or else more people are going to die.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

I am so bored. Literally so bored. I feel like I could melt into the floor. That’s how bored I feel.

At this point I’d be open to watching paint dry. Or grass grown. Or anything.

The internet keeps cutting in and out so I can’t play video games, and the children were send to their dad’s house because he was ordered to stay home, so they went to him.

My cat is getting annoyed of my training antics and will no longer participate.

I’m bored.

Stay safe, bye.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Easter, Easter, Easter. As I predicted, it is definitely a popular topic right now. People are still planning to go to church even though they could contract Corona that way.

I am now wondering if they will get arrested or something for that. Because the Governor ordered us all to stay home. So we should, you know, stay home.

If people don’t stay home this whole thing will just last longer. Which would be terrible. Please stay inside if you can. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter. I wonder how that is going to turn out this year? I wonder if people will still gather for parties and mass and stuff even though they probably shouldn’t. I wonder if Easter will be a big reason that Corona spreads faster because people won’t stay in their houses.

I know for a fact I’m not going anywhere. I still have the crazy kids, plus I do not want to catch Corona.

I really hope things go back to normal soon, though. I don’t know how much longer I can handle being quarantined with my family. Tensions are beginning to rise as we are forced to be in the same room for more than 15 minutes.

Monday, April 6, 2020

First weekend with the kids was absolute madness. My parents had to work during the weekend so I was left alone with two crazy monsters. And trust me, it was hectic.

So hectic to the point as where I almost forgot how crazy Corona is.

They would scream. A lot. I don’t get why. What is so fun about screaming??? I don’t see anything fun about it!

They also broke my charger for my laptop. Which is great. Totally amazing.

Friday, April 3, 2020

The monsters woke me up at 5 am today. I don’t go to bed until around 3 am. I was extremely tired, but I had to make them breakfast and stuff. Pancakes, because that’s the simplest thing I could think of making without much effort.

They keep terrorizing my cat, and I am not a fan of it. Chasing her around the house, scaring her by jumping out at her, gosh I forgot how crazy kids could be.

Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why did I have to become some daycare person? Well. I don’t know. I really don’t know.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Ended up having to take care of my two younger cousins today. They’re staying over for who knows how long. I have become a full time babysitter (without money, yaaay).

I guess it’s not too bad, they’re decently behaved and haven’t pissed me off to the point of no return just yet, so everything is a ok so far.

Their mom is a nurse, so I guess she didn’t want them around her since she now works in the front lines.

Don’t worry, none of them are sick so they shouldn’t be carrying it. My aunt just wanted to take extra precaution.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

I decided to try and bake today. Why? I have no idea. It just seemed appealing at the time. I mean, there’s nothing else I could really do today anyway, so why not try baking? Not like I would burn down the kitchen in some freak accident or something.

Luckily, I didn’t burn down the kitchen. Or the house. Or anything. No fires. No fires at all. Which is good, I think.

Anyway, I made strawberry shortcake. It was pretty good actually. I ended up sticking the strawberries inside of the cake in layers, so it tasted very strawberry like.

My cat kept trying to help me, which in reality means she kept trying to eat butter, and so I had to focus on that quite a bit as well.

That’s pretty much it for today.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Is it just me or does quarantine feel longer than it actually has been?

Like, it feels like it’s been at least two months. But in reality it’s only been about two or three weeks at this point. It just feels crazy long. Everything is out of place and nothing is normal.

I’m kind of afraid of what they’re going to end up doing for school because at this point I have no idea if we’re going back this year or not.

Pretty crazy. Sorry this one is short. Couldn’t think of much to say.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today I have decided to train my cat. I know. That sounds impossible. But, actually, it wasn’t as hard as I initially thought it was going to be. In fact, it was really easy once she realized that she would get treats for it.

So, all I did was teach her to sit on command. At first, she wouldn’t do anything. It took a good 45 minutes of throwing treats at the ground for her to finally realize she was going to get something out of this and it wasn’t just me telling her to do random things.

The first time she sat down on command, I felt triumphant. Like, oh my god I actually did it, kind of triumphant. I didn’t really have high hopes that I would do it. But I did. I proved my mom wrong! Let’s goo!

Friday, March 27, 2020

My internet was out practically all day today. It was torture. I couldn’t play video games, talk to anyone, school work, I really couldn’t do anything.

Honestly, I thought I was going crazy. Let’s be real though, at this point everyone is going crazy. And I don’t think this pandemic will slow down anytime soon either, so we all better relax and get comfy.

Except I couldn’t get comfy without internet. So, my alternative? I slept. Literally all day. That’s all I did. Sleep, sleep, and more sleep.

I think I’m starting to go crazy.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Corona situation is getting crazier and crazier as days go on. Instead of rationally thinking about steps, everyone is just kind of in a panic. If you thought toilet paper was bad, go check out the food aisle. People are panic buying more and more, out of paranoia. It’s almost as if some view this as some sort of apocalypse.

In any case, I believe it is being blown way out of proportion. Yes, it’s a bad disease. Yes, it should be contained. But you aren’t going to contain anything by buying 46 crates of toilet paper.

Panic buying won’t help the situation. In fact, panicking in general won’t help the situation.

That’s my thoughts for the day, I guess.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Instead of just stacking books, I’ve decided to read a few. Honestly I have nothing better to do, so why not shift through an enormous pile of books and find one I like. It took a while, and at first I really couldn’t find any books that even peaked my interest in the slightest. So, I kept looking. It took a bit, but I finally found a book worth while.

Well..that’s what I thought, anyway. The book I decided to read was a murder mystery, One Of Us Is Lying, but I ended up getting bored and not finishing it. It’s really tough. I thought I could finish it, but guess not.

Maybe books just aren’t my thing.

So, I went back to video games. I’ve been playing a lot of Doom Eternal recently, it is a very fun FPS (first person shooter) that really helps pass the time during this chaos. Other than that, I haven’t done much.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Oh boy…here we go. The boredom has overcome me. There is literally nothing I can do. So.. desperate times call for desperate measures. You may be wondering what that means, well..let me explain.

I have found a new hobby. Stacking books.

Yes. I sit there and stack books. Literally. That’s all I do. I organize and stack books..that’s pretty much it. I don’t know why I find it fun, I just do find it fun. Probably because I have to be super quiet in the day, so that’s pretty neat.

There’s really nothing much I can do.

I think I’m going a little insane..

Monday, March 23, 2020

So. Everything is super hectic around the world I guess. It leaves me with a lot of questions. Since we’re in ‘lockdown’ mode and stuff, it really makes me question how far this will really go. This pandemic is already quite the chaotic thing.

On the other hand, everyone in my family is home now and it’s pretty crazy. Three out of four of us have to do work/college, so everyone is sitting at the table in the kitchen and basically all day is quiet hours.

Other than that, there is not anything else going on today, I hope something more happens this week..I’m starting to get bored.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Today was way more eventful than I had anticipated it would be. We had to rush up to my sister’s college and help her move out very last minute because apparently they’re shutting down campus. Yeesh, it was stressful and not fun. I’m super tired. It took up most of the day so I didn’t get anything else done.

I just wanted to chill today, but I guess I had other stuff to do. Tomorrow I will be finishing up any homework I didn’t do this week so next week is free of stress and back on track.

As soon as I’m finished updating this blog I’m probably just going to pass out, because I’m super tired.

Sorry this update is so short, I can’t exactly think properly after rushing to get my sister’s stuff home.

Thanks, Corona.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Fifth day of this crazy thing! And actually, I am feeling pretty good! Things have been pretty chill in my house, and nothing too bad has happened.

A new game came out today, and so far, I am loving it! It’s called Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s basically a town simulator where you collect things, decorate your town, and talk to the villagers. It’s very relaxing during this hectic time and I am investing all of my free time into it. I definitely didn’t stay up to wait for the 12:00 AM release, haha..

In other news, I am such a terrible procrastinator. I need to get my work done! Everything is just so distracting and much, MUCH more interesting than homework, it seems. It’s not my fault everything is just so more appealing, like hmm…even watching paint dry would be much more interesting!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

So, it’s the fourth day. It already feels like school has just disappeared. Even with all the homework, I feel like it’s summer. I’m still super tired, but not much will change anyway.

So…today I lost all self control, and threw all of my academic work out the window. Instead, I’ve decided to beat a video game that I’ve been meaning to beat, but never got the chance. I can always do my work later anyways, meh.

ASL has been going along smoothly too, I know a few sentences and other small tidbits of information. Possibly swear words, I’ll never tell!

So, the game I’ve decided to beat today is called Resident Evil 2. It’s kind of funny because it’s about a virus that got loose, turning people into zombie like things. I think it fits the atmosphere at the moment really well, so that’s why I decided to play it! I’m already almost finished with the game and I plan to finish it by today or early in the morning tomorrow, because I have no self control!

Who needs self control anyway? Not me!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wow, it’s only the third official day of this break thing and I am already exhausted. I’ve been doing work all day today, and honestly, it’s extremely tiring.

I love doing work as much as the next guy, but after a while it gets boring. Other than that, I’ve been focused on video games and ASL. I have actually found a virtual reality world specializing in ASL, which is amazing. It is so cool to see people communicating this way! ASL is pretty easy to learn as well, especially for visual learners like me.

So I’ve been spending a biiiit more time practicing ASL and not doing homework. Oops? It’s just way more interesting to me! I will definitely try to schedule out more time for homework, but for now I’m still a little all over the place.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I have decided to actually do something instead of just sit down and sleep through this entire break. I started thinking about what I could do, and I came up with something. During this break, I am going to try and learn American Sign Language, or ASL. I think it will be challenging, but that’s what is fun about it. Learning something new during this will be a step in the right direction.

ASL seems challenging, but it’s actually quite simple. There are many signs you have to learn, obviously, but once you learn the basics it gets easier. The reason I wanted to learn this is because I am not in any language classes, but I’m still interested in the field.

Other than that, I’ve still been playing video games and doing homework. I already missed three assignments due on March 13, so that’s just great…

This break is definitely not fun.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Everyone around me has been freaking out about this whole corona situation. Personally, I haven’t.

What exactly have I been doing then? Good question. I’ve been sleeping and playing games. Somehow, in two days, I have managed to go back to my summer schedule. Stay up until 8:00a.m., and sleep until 1:00p.m…

Of course, this probably isn’t exactly a good thing. I’ve been doing my school work around 2a.m., and I easily get distracted. I’ve noticed there are quite a few video games I haven’t gotten to finishing yet, and this three week break just so happens to be the perfect time to play every last one.

My mother definitely is not happy with this schedule. But, I can’t help it. The video games are just too enticing. I’ll figure out a better time to do my work, hopefully.

My pets are also super happy with this situation. Instead of being sad and lonely all day when I go to school, my cat and dog now cuddle and chill with me while I play video games.

I’m planning to do most of my work before the 20th, because a new video game comes out, and I am definitely not missing it for school work. Sorry, school.

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