Monday, May 11, 2020

Welcome to interactive learning: week five, ladies and gentlemen. My favorite color is blue. Whenever I see it, it makes me feel welcome and at home. Wearing it makes me feel powerful and stronger. It is almost like an ego boost. Like, wearing red is like, eh. But when I wear blue, then I feel like myself and like I can do things, I guess it motivates me as well. This is because blue can represent anything (sad, royal, happy, angry.) When I see the color blue, it reminds me of the ocean and of water. This makes me feel at home, because water is (almost literally) everywhere. It also makes me feel serene. 

Currently, I am at that terrible moment in one’s life, when they don’t currently have a book to read. This could, quite possibly, be one of the scariest things that has happened to me. Aside from snakes, I hate them so much…, this is the scariest thing. I’ve thought about reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, but the preview on my kindle didn’t quite capture my interest. It seems too close to Narnia. But, if I don’t read that, what am I reading. And if I don’t know what to read, do I really know myself? 

I strongly recommend The Left Right Game. It is captivating. I am on episode seven and can say for sure that I can’t wait for the next one. 

My Neighbor’s House

Today we went over to my neighbor’s house for dinner. There is a ton of drama going on in our neighborhood right now, so we had to meet up with them to discuss battle tactics. Well, my parents did anyway. Kids weren’t privy to that kind of knowledge, but I took some photos of their house. They were taken on an older iPhone, so they might be a bit low quality, but what the hey.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Today, overall, was rather good. That being in the sense that nothing bad happened. It was super fun to go to class with three other people max. I mean, the learning just seems so personal. I like when the teacher focuses on me and only me. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an attention seeking lunatic, I just like to feel like people value my time. I ordered a new phone, I should get it some time next week (tentatively). Then we went over to my neighbor’s house for dinner. Salmon is like super good, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. There is some neighborly drama going on (meeting saturday) but everything will go how it is meant to go. Just an FYI, lime ice cream goes really well with chocolate ice cream. 

I started a new podcast today. It is called The Left Right Game. It encompasses all the necessary elements of a tv show, but you don’t have to stare at a screen. The Left Right Game stars Tessa Thompson, among others. It is science fiction, and though I typically prefer fantasy, it is amazing. Well, as far as I know (I’m only on episode three).

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

If there were the option to go to another planet that was hospitable to life, would I go? 

I think this really depends. If it was one of those things where I don’t actually get to reach the destination, but my descendants do, then the answer isn’t clear. Yes, I would like to provide a better future for future generations, but then I have to be stuck on a stupid ship for the rest of my life. 

If it was one of those cryogenic type things, then that might be fun. Nothing I would love more than to be frozen to not-death. However, this is way better than the first option.

If it was one of those light speed things, that would be totally radical. However, I would probably want to wait. I would hate to be the guinea pigs that blow up in the middle of a vacuum.

That (hopefully) sums up whether I would go to another planet hospitable to humans.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

I am officially retarded. I was making brownies today, and I put the brownies into the pan, without coating it in non-stick spray. But this isn’t what made me retarded. Luckily, I caught myself before putting it into the oven. The following is what made me retarded: I took the batter washed out the pan and then put the batter back in, without coating it in non-stick spray. So, I had to do it again. 

I did a floral watercolor painting. Special shout out to Shayda Campbell, her video really helped. Looking back at the first watercolor painting I did this year and comparing it to my most recent, my skills have really improved. 

I have wondered, vaguely, in the back of my mind, whether or not we are living in a high tech computer simulation. I mean, think about it. 

  • We can all agree on the date and time. There is no country that thinks it is the twelfth of never. Everyone knows that today in Portland, OR, it is 9:46. No questions asked. 
  • Yet, we fight over everything else. What proof do we have that someone isn’t just testing everything else? For instance, what type of government works best? Do humans always eventually treat each other equally? What is freedom?… 
  • Going on right now, are we simulations for what would happen during a pandemic? Every so often there seems to be another sickness.
  • In 2017, a group of researchers discovered that they could embed computer viruses into human DNA.
  • Why would we have rules? Isn’t that just so conveniently like a computer game? 
  • Is the speed of light how fast the computer can transmit data?
  • What proof do we have that we aren’t?
  • Yanny vs. Laurel. I mean come on? Why in the world is this even happening?

Monday, May 4, 2020

May the Fourth Be With You.

The following is a list and description of the highlights of the things that made me happy.

  1. When I got up I did a math test.
    1. Wait… disregard the above statement, it wasn’t true. 
  2. Legacies
    1. I am in love with this TV series right now.
    2. Something amazing happened in it.
  3. Read Aloud
    1. Read Aloud is super fun, so why wouldn’t I like it?
    2. Plus, it helps me remember to read the book.
    3. If I don’t know the answer, I can just listen to other people. And, voila, I have the answer.
  4. Watercoloring
    1. I was just practicing flowers, not a masterpiece. So, it was laid back and relaxing.
    2. I get to surprise myself with how good I thought I did.
  5. Everybody Else
    1. My brother’s birthday party was today. As a result, a ton of people came over and it is nice to see that many people. Even if they are mostly family.

Who Am I (April 29-30)

Quarantine is a great time for deep thinking. Here’s the most basic question: Who Am I? I guess the old proverb “a man is known by his friends” comes to mind when I think of this. So, who do I spend most of my time with? If you want the short answer, my family. Basically my brother, my mother and my father. And I guess they have a pretty big impact on my life. My brother is there simply to test me. Sometimes it seems as if his sole mission in life is to destroy me. Other times he is just there to miserably fail at being the comic relief in the family. I must say, occasionally he nails it, but he often gets redundant and just plum annoying. Yet there are those times when he is my number one supporter. And this is why he is my test. Because he can be so many different things, like batman then ice-batman, then blue batman, then heat batman. As you can tell, he likes batman. But that meager attempt at pulling myself out of the spotlight didn’t fool anyone. He is my test because I have to constantly read him, process what that means, and act accordingly. Does that mean I don’t have some fun once in a while? No. Like when he is mad about something and I stare at him across the dinner table. He gets so irritated, but he can’t do anything because our parents are right there. Thank goodness he can’t read me that well. My mother and my father dictate my life, so not a lot there I can talk about. 

It is also true that we look up to our role models and tend to be like them. So… let’s look at mine. Note: these are not in any particular order.

  1. Oma 
    1. She never swears unless it is in a dire situation.
    2. When she wants something done it is done. No question asked. My grandfather asked what was in the bag. He is no longer here. Kidding, of course.
  2. Parents
    1. Kinda get taken for granted, but do they love me less? Not really.

You can tell a lot about a person by the media they enjoy. So. . . top five books and movies! Top five books would have to be the Harry Potter series, the Red Queen series, the Twilight series, and Ninth House. What does this say? This basically says I love fantasy and fantasy related subjects. But this could be taken further to say that I like to hope. I like to dream. I like to believe that there is something more. If I was a psychologist I would draw some weird conclusion that oddly makes sense, but since I am not, that’s as far as it goes. Much the same thing with tv shows/movies. The top five for those being Legacies, The Good Witch, Supergirl, The Good Place, and Aladdin. Case in point all of these are fantasy (with one sci-fi mixed in there) and therefore supports the above conclusion that I like to hope, dream, and believe there is something more.

What could I change about myself? This question is actually pretty deep. If we know what we want to change, then it tells us something more than what we are. I think that I would change my vertedness. I tend to be an introvert, and I think that life would be so much easier if I wasn’t shy. So I think that I would change from an introvert to an extrovert. What does this say about me though? I think that it says that I love people and I love supporting others. But I am just too shy to do that. I would rather sit and watch people then mingle, because I just feel overwhelmed. That wraps up my deep dive of Who Am I?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

There are 52 days until june 19. (That’s when we are finished with school, right?) There are five days until my brother’s birthday.

Math right now is pretty easy. We are supposed to do a certain lesson a week. Since I had to do those lessons before online learning started, I really just have to check the answers, and submit them.

I hate how disappointing movies are if you’ve already read the book. Especially when the characters have lots of emotions and feelings and the actor is really dry. I won’t say any names because everyone has different opinions. I also hate how most dog movies are so sad. I mean, who wants to be saddened.

Whenever I feel bored or sad (not the same thing, I know), I like to think about where I want to go in life. In short, I think about what I want to be when I grow up. This question in particular annoys me, because I just don’t quite know. If you asked me a year ago, I would have said, “I dunno, teacher I guess?”  If you had asked me six months ago, I would have shrugged and thought about being a biologist/botanist. Now I’m onto forensic scientist, but who knows how long that will last. I think that I want to live in Canada. Somewhere near Victoria. Definitely outside of the city, but just close enough that I’m too far out there. Kind of like Ridgefield and Portland. 

Quote of the Day:

“And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”

Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

Monday, April 27, 2020

I have been playing around a lot with my website. But, I think I have finally gotten it to a point where it feels good. I mean, getting the themes right. Every time I change the theme, I have to reconfigure the website so that it flows better. However, I did figure out how to make it seem like I posted something a while ago. So, in cases like when I forget to post my journal entry, I can post it yesterday, from today! The problem with changing my theme so much, is that eventually you have just waaaay too many downloaded. So, there are a few that I like, and can always change to, so I didn’t remove them. I have found splitting wood to be three things. 1) A form of exercise, 2) A therapeutic thing to do, and 3) A means of getting yourself out of doing other chores. I actually do not mind this whole quarantine thing. I normally don’t lead a very social life. In fact, this routine is very close to that of my normal summer life. The only difference is the learning we have to do. For all the classes, save science, the workload is pretty minimal. Science is just one of those classes, where there is a lot of stuff to cover. Band is downright boring. If I wanted to play an instrument by myself, I wouldn’t have signed up for band. I started watching legacies, because Netflix recommended it to me. The characters seemed really well developed and seemed to have a backstory. So, I did some research. It is actually a sequel series to The Vampire Diaries. So, now I have a lot of things to watch. I seem to go through phases where I have like nothing to watch and then I have a lot to watch. The same applies to reading. Have you ever noticed that readers congratulate themselves for finishing a book by buying more books? It just seems weird, like having lunch for breakfast. While I was down in the forest today, I couldn’t help but overhear the telltale buzz of bees. I didn’t see them along the trails. But they are down there somewhere, waiting for the chance to sting. That seemed to conclude the entry in a seemingly ominous tone.