Archive for May, 2014

Graduation.

It’s that time of the year again. Graduation. It’s a stressful time, especially for juniors and seniors. (Probably more stressful for a senior, but it’s pretty close for juniors too.)

It’s part of growing up. And it’s rough. Here are these people that some have known their whole lives, and others for just a short few years.  And now they’re leaving.

Throughout high school, this year’s graduating seniors made an impact on my life. Not always in a positive way, but they shaped how I looked at the world, through their struggles and triumphs. They helped me decide what classes to take (more like what classes not to take) and what to do when I wasn’t sure how to approach something.

This year, I realized that this was the last year to see those faces in the hallways, at lunch, and before school. It was my last season marching and working with this group of pretty wonderful people. Next year, I’ll be in their shoes as the walk across the stage tonight to get their diploma.

Tonight is the night where the whole game changes. Their life starts from tonight forward. I’m jealous, and rightfully so, not just because I’m still stuck in school, but because they now get to embark on this journey- as a class, together. Even if they don’t go to the same school next year, they’re in the same boat as future college freshmen.

My mom says that I shouldn’t be jealous, that I should be glad I still have high school left before going off to college. According to parents, this is the best time of your life. (If this is it, life looks pretty gloomy.)

All I know is that many of this year’s seniors won’t be back to visit come next year. Why? Because high school sucks. Apparently senior year is the worse too because you’re in the midway zone between being an adult and still being a kid.

I honestly don’t know how some of the seniors decided what to do with their life because up until Wednesday, they still had to ask to go to the bathroom.

Even though I knew seniors my freshman and sophomore year, they hadn’t impacted me as much as this year’s because I didn’t know them. Maybe if I just go through life not knowing anyone, then this time next year won’t be so hard for me.

I guess it’s just part of life.

Thanks for reading. For your time, here’s a picture of stair slides.

 

 

#YesAllWomen

Over the course of the past few days or so, there’s been a movement on Twitter that’s slowly moving broader than that. It was sparked by a Youtube video posted by Elliot Rodgers and his essential hatred of women. He then went on a rampage that killed several individuals.

The #YesAllWomen is a feminist movement that shows that even if not all men do something this awful, all women fear something distinctly related to the male gender.

Even though I grew up in a small town, I was even told, starting in middle school, to never go anywhere alone, no matter what time it was. At the time, I thought my parents were being overprotective, I still did for awhile when I started high school. There was no singular event that sparked any sort of change in favor of my parents view. Maybe it was all the murder mysteries my mom watched on Saturday mornings, or maybe it was the increase of news related to kidnappings. But between the two, I realized that women aren’t treated as the should be, but rather as possessions, extensions of males and subhuman.

Women aren’t looked at as humans, they’re looked at as being women. Things that are supposed to be pretty, thin, and motherly. Oh, and don’t forget, mostly empty headed. And if a women says she doesn’t want kids, the first thing someone else says is, “Well, you’ll change your mind.” Which is one of the most infuriating things. Not all men want kids, why should all women?

Hollywood and media tell women that to be pretty is to be thin. The girls at school who try to live to the thin standard are unhappy. You can see it in their faces. Never mind being healthy.

It’s not just that men treat women this way, but we do it to each other. Pointed comments about clothing, hair, weight, and a whole list of other things. It’s awful, how can women expect men to treat them right, when women can’t even do it to each other.

Back to Twitter, I’ve had the Twitter search open for about a half an hour. It went from 10 new posts to 279 posts in the time I’ve had it open. Most are about reaching a point of equality for all people, men or women, black or white or any other ethnicity. Humans are humans.

There is a portion, a very distinct portion of males that harass women for speaking out against men. It’s that portion that’s the hardest to read, it’s also the portion that shows that this movement is doing something right. When there is that much negativity brought on by social media, then what will it be like when it leaves the internet?

I am not a feminist. But I’m not an anti-feminist. I am a human, and I believe that we should all have the same rights and be treated correctly.

Is Dating a Waste of Time?

Is dating a waste of time in high school? I’m sure that there are many students who would agree because either 1) they don’t have a significant other, 2) they go through boyfriends or girlfriends every other week, 3) or they won’t get married anyway, why bother.

Well, while some of these things are noticeably true in my school, I’m sure that it’s not the case everywhere or there wouldn’t been that many teen couples (or teen pregnancies).

Take James (refer to note) for example, here’s a student who agrees with the idea that dating in high school is pointless and a waste of time. He says you’re at the mercy of your parents, if they say you can’t do something, then you can’t do it. So, if they say that you aren’t going somewhere, then you can’t go necessarily.

Another student, Emma (refer to note), agrees with the pointlessness of dating in high school to a point. She says a huge part of a relationship is the physical part and at 17, you really don’t know who you are or what you’re going to be doing.

However, I think that there is a purpose to dating. When you have relationships, whether or not they are serious or just friends, it teaches you about yourself. Not just that, but also what you like and don’t like when you’re with someone.

Sure, there are negatives. They might include not doing well in school because you’re focused on that other person. Along with many other things. But, it teaches you how to manage your time. Just because you have someone else doesn’t mean you can put off other responsibilities.

There are those people who just don’t like dating, and some people do. It all depends on the person and their own feelings. Just because someone doesn’t like to date doesn’t mean they think it’s a waste of time, and vise versa.

Overall, I think that there are both pros and cons to dating, but that doesn’t necessarily make it pointless or a waste of time. But to each their own.

In my own opinion, I think that there is a purpose to dating. It not only teaches you about other people, but yourself. Not only that, but it also teaches you how to interact with people, in both a romantic sense and a non-romantic sense.

Note: The students above have had their names changed, and both are in relationships as high school students.

Thanks for reading. For you’re time, here’s a picture some guys trying to go through a drive-through.

 

Godzilla.

The new Godzilla movie came out, right? So, I went and saw it with my little brother for his birthday. I honestly didn’t like it, but the CGI effects were really pretty awesome.

(Note: This post may or may not contain spoilers to the movie, be warned.)

I think that the movie did a good job of explaining how things went together from the 1950s to 1999, but there was definitely plot holes. This might be because it was an action movie, but there wasn’t much action in the first half hour- just background information.

I’ll break it down into parts- obviously, I’m not going to give the full plot summary or anything like that. Just what I liked and disliked.

Disliked:

They killed off my favorite character. I mean, really, ever movie does this to me.

The beginning was choppy, it really didn’t make sense at first. It just felt out of place.

Ford, the main human character, was a jerk.

There are probably main other things that I didn’t like so much, but I wouldn’t qualify them as dislikes.

There was a huge lack of character anything. It was focused on killing Godzilla and the Mutos, not so much on where they come from or what they are.

A lot of the situations seemed way too convenient to happen in real life, so it wasn’t realistic. But that might be because it’s entirely fictional.

 Liked:

As mentioned before, the CGI was really great. I mean, I’m pretty impressed with how realistic it was.

The amount of explosions was a little on the low side, but they were okay.

But that was really all that I actually liked about the movie which is sad considering how expensive going to the movies is anymore.

Overall, it wasn’t that great of an action movie. But there were a reasonable amount of explosions.

This was an okay movie if you don’t expect too much from it other than Godzilla crushing and killing things. That’s what Godzilla is though, so that part was okay.

That’s all I’ve got for this post. For your time, here’s a picture of the original Godzilla. Thanks for reading

How to: Take a Nap

There are many times throughout the school year when life just gets stressful. Sometimes there’s no way to reverse this stress other than to take a nap.

Naps are one of the most efficient ways to reduce stress (source). You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

The problem with naps can be if you don’t know how to take a nap. This actually sounds ridiculous, but there are really better ways to nap. If one doesn’t nap correctly, then you may feel worse than when you took a nap.

There are a few different types of naps; power naps, full cycle naps, as well as some that are based on how long you’ve slept.

The most common nap type is the power nap. It’s simply a shorter nap. This type of nap ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. Due to the fact that the nap is fairly short, your body doesn’t have a chance to make it into REM sleep (which is the deepest type of sleep), because of this, you’re able to wake up and then continue on with your day without feeling groggy or having a nap hangover.

After the power nap, comes the hour nap. Like the names sounds, you sleep for an hour then wake up. These are the naps that are recommended you take when studying because you’re more likely to remember the facts that had just been learned previously to the nap. The downside of this is the fact that there is always slightly grogginess when waking up because your body experienced a longer sleep cycle so you went into a deeper level of sleep.

My personal favorite is the 90 minute, or hour and a half nap. This nap is also called the full cycle nap because your body goes through a whole sleep cycle which includes somewhat lighter and the deeper sleep stages. Normally after I take a nap of this length, I’m able to function at a higher degree than I would have been able to if I had taken an hour nap (source).

When to take a nap?

That depends on the person. It all depends on when you feel the sleepiest, some people feel this way in the early after noon, and others during the mid-morning. I, for one, am tired shortly after lunch and into the early afternoon. This makes afternoon classes especially difficult for me because of how tired I can be.

When in doubt, take a nap. Chances are that you needed it.

Thanks for reading! For your time, here’s pictures of people sleeping.

 

The End of School

The school year is starting to wind down and come to an end. Thank God, because it’s been far too long already. Some schools only have a week left, others still have a little less than a month until the summer begins for them. (The latter being my school.)

School coming to an end means a couple of things:

Summer is soon.

Finals. Finals. Finals.

Girls showing off absolutely everything they’ve got.

And everyone gets tan way too fast.

 

Now, finals means studying, which is the hardest thing to do during this time of the year because it’s so nice outside. (Sometimes.) So, to get studying done and then go outside, here are some finals tips.

Tip #1: Study outside. Grab a blanket and textbooks, then head to a park. This is the easiest way to study and get to be outside. But this only works if you don’t get distracted easily.

Tip #2: Put the phone down. I repeat, put the phone down. Spending a short amount of quality time studying is so much better than spending a lot of time being distracted while studying.

Tip #3: Make sure to take breaks. For every half hour, take some time for a break. (This doesn’t mean get on social media and get sidetracked for an hour.) This is also a good time to get outside and relax both your brain and body.

And finally, step #4: Just do it. Studying sucks but to pass, or get good grades, you have to do it. Once finals are over, then you don’t even have to pick up a book all summer if you don’t feel like it.

In reference to the earlier list, I don’t think I can help there other than about finals. Why? Because I don’t control the seasons, understand why people dress the way the do, and I’m too naturally pale to be introduced to the tan people club or understand their ways.

Get some studying done! And don’t be this person! Never give up, never surrender.

 

Thanks for reading. For your time, here’ s a picture of some weeds.

Callous Clear

There are many products out there that claim to leave your feet feeling smooth and get rid of the callous’ that happen from everyday life. This product claims the same thing. This is a product that I hadn’t heard of before today and the video is down below, if you’re interested in watching it.

Alright, seems too good to be true, right? Well, that is because it is.

While many of the offers seem to include things that seem as though they would work exceedingly well for callous removal, they in fact do not. The reviewers of this product seemed undeniably unhappy with the product above. That it was messy, and really didn’t do what it was advertised to do at all.

Then there are the people who are the exact opposite of that. Those people thought the product did absolutely everything they wished for. It smoothed skin, rid their feet of callous’ and was just genuinely a great product.

But, here is the catch, in comparison to those who liked the product, the number of those unsatisfied was much great. Overall, a majority of users disliked the product. Just because of that, I would think that this product is not one to waste your money on.

Quite frankly, I don’t have the problem of callused feet so I don’t know what I would do about them. But apparently other ways to get rid of them include soaking your hands/feet in water and then scrubbing away the dead skin, wrapping them in crushed aspirin and ace bandages, or rubbing cornstarch to the calloused area. There are many other home remedies, but they all look pretty silly.

So, this product has an overwhelmingly no when it comes to buying this product. This could be for many other reasons too, not just not working well. I’ve noticed that it’s possible that it worked, but just not the best product for the issue or the most cost effective.

Word of advice; research things before you buy them, so that you’re not disappointed when they don’t work. Or, don’t complain about being disappointed because you didn’t take the time to research it properly.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading, and for your time, here’s a picture of some cats in boots.

 

Post AP Exam Coma

Now that AP Exams are over, it’s time to go into auto-pilot the rest of the year. This, however, is both a good and a bad thing. But probably more bad than good just because there is still probably quite a bit of school left in the year (and finals are coming up).

This being said, it doesn’t mean you need to hit the grind as hard as you had been during the rest of the school year because a lot of your big stresses shouldn’t be there because most AP classes do very little after the exams.

If you’re taking more classes than the average student, it’s still just as stressful. Especially with end of year assignments, projects and then finals.

I have some tips for how to beat the stress without feeling like your life is falling apart. (And hopefully managing to keep your room clean.)

Tip #1: Take time for yourself. This doesn’t mean procrastinate until the last night, it means don’t spend absolutely all your time on homework and studying. If things start to feel too overly stressing, take a break. Spend some time with your family, clean your room, or go for a run; all of these things leave you feeling better and then when you go back to the work feeling refreshed.

Tip #2: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Even if your grades are super important to you, everyone gets a bad test or quiz grade sometimes. Most teachers will let you retake them anyway. Even if they don’t, they can and normally will sit down and talk to you about how to do it the right way.

Tip #3: Naps aren’t just for little kids. If you’re spending the whole weekend on homework, take time to take a nap. Not a four or five hour nap, but a shorter length nap. In the long run, you’ll feel less overwhelmed.

Tip #4: Eat right. It may be easier to eat junk food while you’re studying or working, but you’ll just feel worse by it. Sometimes all you need for a pick me up is a fruit smoothie or salad.

These aren’t things that you shouldn’t be doing anyway, because they’re good for you. But many times you forget about what’s important when a lot of things are going on at once. Take time for you because stress doesn’t do you any good.

For your time, here’s a picture of a pomegranate berry smoothie and the recipe to make it. (More recipes can be found here.)

Ingredients:

2 cup(s) frozen mixed berries (Or fresh fruit if you have it available)

1 cup(s) pomegranate juice

1 medium banana

1/2 cup(s) nonfat cottage cheese (or yogurt, if you’re not a fan of cottage cheese)

1/2 cup(s) water

Steps:

It’s really super simple, put it all into a blender and blend it until smooth.

 

Mother’s Day.

Today is Mother’s Day. A day where we celebrate the women who gave us life. It’s really a pretty great day overall, unless the weather is cruddy. Even then, it’s not a bad time.

So, here are some tips for what to get your mom next year for mother’s day.

Tip 1: Flowers or a plant. Apparently all mothers love flowers. Plus, they’re pretty especially during this time of the year. (The flowers below are the ones we got my mom this year.)

Tip 2: Breakfast in bed. There have been many days when you’ve stayed home sick and your mom took care of you.

Tip 3: Quality time together. Just go out and get lunch. It’s simple and it makes that special bond stronger.

Tip 4: Clean the house. This is my mom’s favorite. My siblings and I never did it on mother’s day either- normally about a week before or a week after, we’d clean the whole house before she got home from work. (This is also something to use for her birthday, Christmas, or any time you need to suck up to her. (Seriously, it works, but it does take some time.))

My mom always said that quality time is better than an expensive gift. Especially when it’s time with the whole family.

Some other mom advice includes, but is not limited to, the things listed below.

‘Eat all your vegetables, they’re children starving in Africa.”

“Because I said so.”

“Pushing all the stuff under your bed is not cleaning it.”

“I don’t care who started it, I’m ending it.”

Another common one this time of the year is, “Have you even been going to school?”

There are many many more, but these are the ones my mom uses the most. (Normally all in one day too.)

So, take the time to thank your mom or someone else’s. (They are kind of important.)

That’s all I’ve got for today, get offline and go see your mom and make sure to give her a hug.

Thank you for reading! For your time, here’s a picture of mom and baby mule.

And because I’m feeling generous, here’s another picture. This time, a horse and a foal.

Late Nights

As a teenager, sometimes nights get late. You end up spending almost all night finishing assignment after assignment only to get up the next morning at some ungodly hour to get to school on time.

Some nights might not be so late, maybe only until 10 or so, but there are some nights every once and awhile that go into the following day to get something done.

Maybe it’s because you procrastinated (like most) or maybe it was a last minute assignment. In my case, it’s normally a forgotten assignment that’s remembered right as you are getting ready for bed. Those are the worst.

Here are some tips to avoid late school nights.

Step 1: Post-It notes are the greatest invention. Write down long term assignments on them and stick them to places you look often or to things that you use a lot. Normally, I put them around my mirror and both on and in my laptop. If you remember the assignment earlier than the night before, you won’t have to stay up late to finish the assignment and chances are, it will probably be higher quality work.

Step 2: If it comes down to staying up late, have a plan in the morning to get everything done efficiently so you can sleep in longer. Make sure you have clothes picked out and ready. (Definitely make sure not to screw around in the morning either.)

Step 3: Relax and take breaks throughout the night. If you don’t, you’re more likely to have awful work because you want to sleep and are stressed. Unless it’s a paper, take five to ten minutes breaks for every half hour of work you put in. This makes things move smoother and gives your brain time to process what you’ve already done.

And last but not least, step 4: Take time to organize all the thing you have to do before the last minute. Really, it helps make life less stressful for you and everyone around you. (It really doesn’t take that much time to organize either.)

Thanks for reading! For your time, here’s a Calvin and Hobbes comic.