But really, a surprising amount has happened since my last post. Well, actually not that much more than usual, but it seems like a lot when I look back. Let's see, where to start...
I'll start with that dissert I wrote last time. You know, the one that was 15 pages long. I got it back today, and I got 13/20. Not too bad of a note, actually. It's probably the equivalent of a B, but I'm not sure. The comment the teacher emphasized the most? That I wrote waaaay too much. My notes in general have stayed up. I got an 18/20 on a graded chemistry lab! (Oh, random note that you probably don't care about but that I'm gonna say anyways: We have a new chem teacher. Who looks like a goldfish and likes to pick one student in the class to stare at the whole period. Kind of stressful, really).
I've also started hanging out with friends more after school and on the weekends. I had a sleepover with some of my friends one weekend, which was really fun. We pulled out a lot of the things that were the obsession of our elementary-school selves, and I noticed it was a lot of the same as chez moi. Gimp (called scooby-doo here), marbles, POGs, jump-rope, the floor is lava, all of that fun stuff is pretty universal! And last weekend I went to a bal. Well, technically this was a diner dansant, but they're the same thing. It's a dance, ours was hosted by a volleyball team, and dinner with a bar and DJ. But the thing that I found super amusing was that there wasn't an unspoken age limit. The middle schoolers danced with the high schoolers, who also danced with the parents and grandparents. All to current music. I found it cool. (That being said, by 3 AM when we left only the high schoolers and drunkest of the adults were left).
It's started raining. And the rain cancelled both a type of tri-sport competition (bike-run-rock climb) and a rock climbing/camping weekend. That was a bit of a downer. But I've been super happy despite that, and I seriously can't believe that I only have 60 days left. I don't want to leave!! Not at all!! Like, you seriously could not believe the level of unwillingness that I have. This is my life, these are my friends, that's my family... (Not that I don't want to see all you Towson people. You still count and all but I've made so many new friends. It's hard to express myself well...) But those 60 days should be fun. I've been invited to several parties, am planning one of my own, may go camping, have 2 piano recitals coming up, have the school concert in which I have 2 solos, have plans for tomorrow, have plans to meet people in Lyon, and am just generally filling up my schedule =)
I've also invented a new game! Here, I'll tell you how it works:
- A bike
- An iPod
- A camera (optional)
What to do:
- Turn on iPod. Find some happy, upbeat music. Start listening.
- Get on bike and start riding.
- Get lost.
- If you find yourself somewhere picturesque, take a picture
- Start by going up hill as much as possible, and then when you're tired you can coast back home.
- Avoid going down a big hill if you don't know the roads on the other side. Because you may find yourself at a dead end and your only option is to go back up the hill (and that, my friends, is not exactly the most fun thing in the world)
- Avoid singing out loud to your iPod when you don't know who's at the bottom of the hill your on if your self conscious. Because it may be a large group of people from your school who'll give you strange looks.
- Roads look different depending on which direction you're going. So that fun little extra turn you took to be able to see more of the town might just take you right back to where you started.
That's all for now!