21 Days

There are only 23 days until I leave to Japan for a week. I am super excited. This morning we got the departure time and I got really exciting. I feel like I should have started packing, because I am probably gonna get really busy once it starts getting more close the date. I can also see if I need to buy anything I hadn’t thought of.

I am hoping to not over pack which is something I tend to do. I should probably buy a few pants and shirts so they don’t look so faded. I’ve started making my packing list.

I’ll probably also get an SD card for a camera we have. I’ll try to take lots of photos of the different places we go.

I also hope the blossoming trees which you probably imagine when you hear Japan in the spring will still be in blossom. I’ve always loved those types of trees so it would be very nice to get to see lots of them.

I think it’s amazing that a country like Japan can have so many nature filled and very developed cities all in one relatively small country.

I hope I’ll have time to post from Japan or if not then when I get back!

Enrolling out of Boredom

I’ve recently found myself involved in a bunch of things that I hadn’t necessarily planned on being involved in. I’ve been slacking and I know I shouldn’t be.

My perspective of how things should be and how people act are always changing just like everyone else’s. When I don’t feel comfortable doing something I used to like, I stick with it, because I don’t know how to tell someone that I’ve stopped enjoying what I do and that I don’t want to do it anymore, because I feel overly obligated and stressed.

That’s why I’ve just stopped doing the things I used to love and replaced them other activities that I haven’t tried before.

Something I am not proud of is every time I get out of something that makes me unhappy, I feel empty not having other things to focus on. A few months later I find myself joining another club or activities.

I’m really trying not to keep doing that and I think this will remind me of what not to do next time I’m about to join a club.

What would have happened if I had…?

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I had gotten out of my house to the bus stop one minute earlier. Would I have gotten a higher grade on my chemistry test? Would I have met the guy of my dreams?

Or how about if I’d decided to take my lunch break at 1 instead of 3. Would I have bumped into the next president of the United States? Or maybe I wouldn’t have had to deal with that annoying customer that came in at 2.

I always wonder about all of these things when I’m having a hard time making a decision.

I love the idea of alternate universes. Maybe in one of them I’m graduating early or maybe I’ve dropped out. Maybe in another I have to work everyday.

Anyways I always wonder what I’m doing in another universe. I don’t like focusing too much on it, but it is nice to think about a “what if…?”

It’s Been a While

So, it has been over a month since I have posted anything on here. I’m trying to get back on track so here goes. I started the second semester of sophomore year. I actually ended up getting all As last semester. I was very impressed with myself. Now I have school and my job. It has been quite easy so far. Well except for the essay I had to write for Language Arts. I had to sell some sort of car accessory to an insurance sales person in a frustrated tone. That essay was the most difficult and frustrating one I’ve ever had to write. I ended up finishing it the day it was due in class and now I’m waiting for the teacher to grade it. I’ll maybe post it once the teacher has graded it and I get it back. I’ve actually started to think about posting some of the work we do during classes, because you never know who it could help.

Chemistry hasn’t been so bad this semester. We started learning about moles and it isn’t so bad. I had a bit of trouble with the conversions from grams to moles, moles to grams, moles to molecules, and molecules to moles, but then I got the hang of it and now I can do them even faster than when the teacher explains then to the class.

Math is the class in which I am having a hard time and know I won’t do very good in this semester. I’m having trouble with the whole difference and sum of angles in our Pre-Calculus class.

They also changed our schedules so the person I wrote “When Will I See You Again” is no longer in any of my classes which makes me very sad. My World History class is very boring now. My technology class is the same as ever, independent work (which I absolutely love). Spanish is still pretty boring, but it’s alright.

Last year I was in a club which helps with the baseball games and since baseball season is about to start I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to balance 5 days of work and 11 games from the 12th of February to the 18th of April. I’m sure I’ll figure out how to finish my work in time. I know I’m gonna end up having a mini break down, but in the end it’s going to be worth it. My trip to Japan is also in 62 days as of today and now I’m really getting excited. I’m really going to try to write at least once every two weeks. For real this time.

Finals, AGGHHHH!!!!

As you can tell by the title and the time of year, finals are coming up. At least for me and the people in my area.

I’m trying my best not to have a mntal breakdown right now. No, my job and school work are not beginning to be too much for me. I is just that time of year when all of the teachers start giving us projects, lots of tests and quizes, study guides, and stress. My birthday is also coming up and it just so happens that I will have two finials on that day, but at least that day is a half day so it won’t be so bad (hopefully).

All the teachers are preparing us for finals, which means we’ll be getting tons of study guides. I’ve already gotten my chemistry study guide. Speaking of chemistry, my teacher decided to give us a project two weeks before the break. We are to figure out how to make a coloimeter and use it to conduct a series of experiments. He wants us to 3D print the parts and figure out how to wire the coloimeter without electricuting ourselves. We also have to do a ton of math, spreadsheets, and a lecture explaining our process of making and executing our plans. This is all due in three class periods (16 days inluding weekends). I just sent my teacher a super long paragraph asking how we are supposed to finish all of this in that amount of time, because one of the sections gets a whole day for their presetations, so that will be a class period where we don’t get to work on the project.

My math teacher has been giving us tests every class period. He says, “It’s the seaso of giving, so I’m givig you another test.” My lowest grade is in that class (I have an 85 as of now). I hope I do really good on his test. He says he’s gonna give us a study guide we can work on for the last few classes until the final.

My lnguage arts class is the only most normal class right now. My teacher isn’t giving us a ton of work, just the usual. We do have the performance final (writting an essay, probably) on Fridayfor class happens to land on my birthday, but I don’t think it will take up the entire class.

My world history final is also on my birthday and I don’t think that on will take up the entire class period either. I just got a 100 on one of our test and I always do pretty good on his test, so I think I’ll do fine.

I’m not sure if we are going to have a test in my technology test and if we do it won’t take up the entire class period.

I know we are going to have tests in Spanish, because my teacher aleays gives us tests and she said that’s what we’ll be doing the rest of the semester.

On the last day I’m gonna have my writer’s worshop final. That day we also have the chemistry class where we have the project we only have 3 class periods to finish.

So, the only thing that helps me relax and keep my mind of of school and all the stress attached to it is my job, which is probably kind of weird. Ipersonally find it relaxing to talk to people that I normally would never talk to. I also feel like when I stay at home I don’t acommplish anything and I just get depressed because of it.

I bough a film camera a few weeks ago and I haven’t gotten the oportunity to try it out, so I’m hoping I can get to use it on Thursday, which is the only day this week I don’t have anything planned for.

When Will I See You Again?

I feel like I haven’t seen you in years even though it’s only been days.

When will I see you again?

The last time I saw you, you were walking away.

When will I see you again?

Everytime we say ‘goodbye’ I feel a lot of pain.

When will I see you again?

You walk in the room and I can’t help but to smile.

My heart speeds up when you reach out for my hand,

using a foolish excuse like, “I haven’t turned around in a while.”

There’s this one thing I want to tell you, but end up not saying, scared you won’t feel the same.

Sometimes you look right in my eyes with your mesmerizing eyes and I’m almost sure I see that same look.

The same look I give you when I want to tell you how I feel.

You always make me smile and laugh so so so much.

Then it’s time to say goodbye and I ask myself,

When will I see you again?

The Shopping Cart

Feeling like I was being looked at, I looked up.

There he was.

I’d noticed him looking at me earlier, but had made nothing of it. I wasn’t a hot babe or anythig of the sort.

I was walking home, after a long day at work, and stuggling with my grocery bags.

Walking by a church , I saw just what I needed. A shopping cart. I walked over to it and put my groceries in it, then continued walking.

The sun had begun to set by the time I was halfway home. It was one of those sunsets that when you look to the right side of the sky it’s a pinky purple color and when you look the the left it’s orange with yellow streaks.

I heared a voice whisper in my ear, “You’re being followed.” Immediatly I looked to the right.

There he was again. Across the street at a bus stop. Looking right at me.

I kept walking, a little bit faster this ime.

Then I felt it. That same feeling I’s had earlier today. Looking up again, there he was. Staring not even bothering to blink.

I walked and walked. When I finally got to my apartments, I hid behind the sign. Looking aound it, I saw him. He wasn’t moving. I continued to my house.

I’d almost gotten there when I heard a cough. I kept walking, but the cough follwed me. I looked up and nothing. No one was anywhere to be seen, so I continued.

And so did the coughs.

Then they stopped, right when I’d gotten home. I took my groceries out and when I looked back, the cart was gone.

I looked around the corner and there he was. Running off with the shopping cart.

Hey so this super short story is dedicated to a lady that came into the store earlier this week. She told us a story that somewhat resembles this one and I decided to switch it around a little.

The First Week of my First Job

My first week working was quite eventful. I was very nervous and excited at the same time.

Tuesday was my first day. I learned how to take people’s phone bill payments. My manager taught me a bit about what we are supposed to do at the store. My boss was also there. They told me I had to learn the price of all the phones and the promotions we’d be offereing. I had a pretty hard time learning the prices, but now I know a lot of them. I learned the cheapest phones first actually which is kinda funny.

That same day this guy, maybe 14 years old, came in andasked for a phone charger. I told him the price of the one my manager told me to offer, which was 25 dollars and change. He only had 20 dollars though, so he had to go to the car and ask his dad for some more money. His dad started screaming, “I don’t have 6 dollars to give you,” at him. I was very startledd at the way did dad started screaming at him right on the street. When he came back, my manager told him she had another charger that was cheaper and got one from the back that wasn’t in the system yet. Of all the people that came in that day, that really stuck with me.

On Wednesday, I went into work and it was kinda slow at first. I mostly just took a lot of payments, because that was the only thing I knew how to do. My manager was taking this lady’s payment and when she was finished the lady turned to leave. The thing was, when she turned to leave, she walked a few steps and just tripped. All of her things went everywhere. We all went over to her to ask if she was ok. My boss put one of the lens of her glasses back in, because it had fallen out of its place. We asked once again if she was ok and she said, “Yeah”. Apparently her sandals had gotten stuck and she tripped (this is the main reason I don’t wear sandals out of the house).

On Friday, I did lot of different things. I went in an hour earlier, because my boss called me asking if I could come in a bit earlier. At the time I didn’t know, but the girl who had sold me my phone, on Saturday, had quit earlier. I just assumed he thought there would be a lot of people, because it was Black Friday.

That day I took payments and activated my first phone along with another 3. My boss said that he would buy a phone for himself if no one came in in the next hour. However, an hour later we got kinda busy. My boss was with a customer and this guy came in. He said he wanted to change his phone, because the one he had had broken. I showed him the different phones we had in stock and he choses the one he wanted. I asked my boss to make the quote for me, because I didn’t want to mess it up. Which wasn’t much help, because he made the quote for the J3 Prime instead of the J7 Prime. So I tell the guy that price and the total was about 125, but the price for the phone he wanted was about 150. So I had to tell him I’d messed up a bit and it was 25 dollars more. He was very nice about it, but his little brother wasn’t, he kept saying, “You know she doesn’t know what she’s doing right?” Which was true for the most part, but he didn’t have to be rude about it. My boss helped me activate his phone, I put all the information in the account. My hands were shaking so bad, because I didnt want to make a mistake.

When I finally finished activating his phone, given him his receipt, and the bag that had the charger and headphones he’d bought, he stayed. I was so confused and then he just started flirting with me. He asked if I had just started working there (to which I answered yes). Then he asked what time I got out, when I said I wasn’t supposed to tell him, he asked if I was single or not or if it was complicated. I just stayed quiet and went about fixing the stapler (yes the stapler, I was that nervous). He just looked at me with these cute eyes like “please don’t leave me hanging” and “I’m not leaving without at least an answer to one of these questions” So I gave in and just told him I was single and I got out at the time the store closed, but that someone picked me up (which is all true).

He said “Ok”, nodded his head, said to have a goodnight and then left.

I’m not gonna lie, I liked the attention. I never get that sort of attention. It’s just like my guy friends being funny and fake flirting with me. The guy wasn’t old either, he was just 2 years older (birthdate is on the account), so he wasn’t some creepy old guy. He was also most definitely looking at me and not my chest. I only say this, because this other guy came in the next day and was just staring at my chest. I felt so uncomfortable and went into the office like I needed to get something. My manager was activating his phone, so I kinda just waited until she was finished which was like 2 minutes later, because she’s a pro. I wasn’t showing any cleavage too, I was wearing a t-shirt on with my loose sweater over it.

When the guy was flirting I was even more nervous because my boss was only like 2 feet away and I didn’t want him saying something about it. Which he didn’t, all he said he seemed like a decent guy.

On Saturday, I was at the store for 10 hours. There were quite a lot of people that went in that day. We ordered some food around 12. I only ate some of it in case I got hungry later. Then we went back to work. I took some payments, but mostly activated phones. I sold about 5 on my own that day. I was standing for almost 10 hours straight so, my feet were killing me by the end of the day.

On Sunday, it was kind of slow. It was mostly just payments and a few activations here and there thoughout the day.

That was my first week working. I learned a lot of stuff. I can remember the prices and names for most phones. I’ve enjoying working there so far.

In the whole week, I only had two difficult customers. This guy came in to pay his phone bill. He told me a phone number and I typed it in, but that wasn’t it, so I asked for the number again. He gave me a different number than the one before and it still wasn’t it, so he was getting irritated. He looked up the number on his phone and it was completely different than the last two he’d given me.

There was also this lady, she was trying to get a free case and headphones without buying a phone (which was the promotion they had had about 2 months ago, when you bought a phone).

My manager said I’m going very good. She said I learn very quickly, but I need to be a bit more confident and smile to the customers a bit more. I will be posting about a story this lady came in and told us (my manager and I)


I got a job!!!

I’m pretty excited. I’ve actually been wanting to get a job for about a month even somewhat spoke to my mom about it, but hadn’t actually gone out and looked for a job.

So my phone had been acting up for almost two months now;. It would power off it it got too overwhelmed, it wouldn’t call people when I needed to make a call, messages weren’t sending, I was getting messages I had gotten weeks back again, and all sorts of random stuff. We had to look for an address on Saturday and my phone decided to freeze up right when we got to an area we don’t know very well, luckily I recognized one of the roads and told my mom to go that way. By that time my phone unfroze, but that wasn’t the end of it. We went into an area were there are only one way streets (and the “One Way” street signs are covered up by branches!!!). Of course that’s when my phone powers off and we have to pull over to get it working again. We got to were we needed to go after a few minutes and then started heading home. We were almost home, but decided to get something to eat. While we were eating my mom said, “We’re definitely getting you a new phone.” And I didn’t say “no” to that. So, we went to the phone store that was on our way home.

When we got there this very nice lady helped us. She was activating my phone and then my mom says, “I see you are hiring. ” The lady says “yes, we are” and then calls her manger over asking about the work hours. Before I know it he’s telling me to come on Monday to discuss my work schedule. No resume was asked for or an interview. I was pretty surprised, it all just happened so quickly.

Today I went in and we decided my work schedule. It isn’t many hours. I’ll be going for 4 hours three school days, Saturday and part-time Sunday. There aren’t many people that go into the store so the manager said that as long as I had finished doing my things and there weren’t any customers that needed help I could do some homework.

I’ll probably do another post in a few weeks to share my experience so far.

I also had this idea that I will do a bimonthly post that is a Mad Libs related to something going on in my life. The first one is right below and if you would like to try it out for you self you can click here.

Orange Chiffon Cake

This recipe is quite easy and very delicious. I first found this recipe while looking for something to bake for a social studies class a few years back. Whenever we finished learning about a certain area we had a day when we would bring in a food from one of the places. I chose Bangladesh and this was one of the recipes I found from there. The cake is soft and very tasty. I’ve made this cake for a wide variety of ocassions. I’ve made it a few times for family gatherings and twice for a birthday. The day of the food presentation one of my friends saw my cake and said that it looked very good and to save some for her. Fortunatly, my cake was a success, my classmates and teachers all loved the cake. One of my teachers even said it reminded her of a cake her grandmother used to make and no one knew the recpe to. Unfortunatley for my friend she didn’t get any that day, but I did make her that cake for her birthday last year and she definetly remembered that cake.

I also made it when I went to my grandparents house. We had gone to visit my great uncle and he happened to have an orange tree. We asked him if we could have some oranges and he happily let us take some. The cake ended up being very good, probably because of the freshly cut oranges.

To make a 10 inch (in diameter) cake you will need:

  • 7 egg whites
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of Self-Rising flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 3/4 cups of orange juice
  • Confectioners sugar

Once you have collected all of your ingredients you can begin baking your cake.

  1. Seperate the egg whites and yolks, placing them in sepeate bowls. Cover both of the bowls and set them aside at room temperature.
  2. Have a 10 inch pan two piece tube pan and grease it. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Farenheit.
  3. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in a big bowl and beat with an electric mixer at low speed until they are all combined. Then make a well in the center of the four mxture, add the egg yolks, oil, and orange juice annd beat until a smooth batter forms.
  4. Now take the bowl where you kept the egg whites and whisk them with the electric mixer. In the middle of the whisking add 1/4 cup of sugar and continue to whisk until it the egg whites becom stiff. Then with aa large spatula gently fld thhe egg whites into the batter jst until it’s blended. Pour the batter into the greased pan and place it in the middle rack of yur pre-heated oven.
  5. Bake the cake for about 55 to 60 minutes. When the cake is done take it out of the oven. Once the cake has cooled run the spatula around the inside of the pan.

You can decorate the cake by spinkling confectioners sugar on the top. It is better to do this when you are about to eat the cake or the sugar wil melt and stick to the cake.