Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Time

It's come again already. As I was sitting outside, carving my pumpkin, I thought to myself how quickly the year has passed. It's almost November!

This Halloween, Olivia and I are going trick-or-treating like 6 year olds would. Once you hit 12 or 13, the neighbors start rolling their eyes as they dump a lollipop into your pillowcase, mutter "Happy Halloween", and then slam the door in your face. I wouldn't be going this year, but Olivia wants to so I guess I'll be wandering around the neighborhood with her after dark.
Of course, I haven't even thought about a costume.

Friday night from 10-12, I'll be at a lock in sort of thing at church. Then Saturday I have football practice (more info below), then I'll be volunteering at the fall festival (aka safe trick-or-treating festival at church), then we're going out to get candy and stuff from the neighbors.

Ok, football practice. The high school youth group has a Turkey Bowl in Novemeber, which is grade level vs grade level girls' only football tournament. So we're having practice on Saturday. I hope we dominate the upper classmen, and honestly, the seniors won't be a problem because I've heard that they suck!
















Me and my best friend at the haunted corn maze



my pumpkin! how cool are the teeth?!?!?

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Sam- Mad Professor
Landon- Frankenstein
Dad- Werewolf
Mom- Dancing lady
Me- Vampire (and don't even think i am making a reference to twilight.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Monster Mash

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tech Week

I am now on the crew of the one act play Trophies. We are going to a competition with it on Friday, which means I'll be missing school for the whole day. The bad part is that our call time is at 7:45 in Cookeville, which is also inn a different time zone, so it's 6:45 our time. The drive is 90 minutes. So we'll be leaving around 5 am. Which means getting up at 4:30 at least... But it will be ok. We won't get back until 7:00 pm, so no biology test for meeee!!! If we win or place highly in this competition, we move on to state!!!

Despite almost meeting my demise on Monday, tech week has been a lot of fun and a lot of work! How did I almost die? What is tech week?

Tech week is the entire week before competition during which the crew practices setup and take down 300 million times. I have the glamorous job of moving a couch to and fro, as well as putting a table in place and then setting the telephone on it and a glass. Oh yeah, and I have the degrading freshie job of being a sitter- which means we have to stand (not sit) for the 45 minute entirety of the play BEHIND the set, just to make sure nothing bad happens (such as a wall falling over and crushing our beloved senior actors and actresses.) All of the sitters are freshmen because that's the way it is. NO ONE else wants this job.  Personally,  I don't really mind!
I almost died on Monday because one of the flats (aka walls) was not clamped or bolted. Michael was walking through and he tripped on it, sending it off balance and falling on me. Lucky for me and my intelligence, the wall was not yet complete and therefore looked like a grid, so it had empty spaces. My head went through one of them thankfully, but the rest of the flat crashed down on my shoulder. Not very fun.... But everyone knows my name now!!
I am really enjoying this experience! I get to bond with some of the most amazing upperclassmen during rehearsels and yesterday, when we finished most of the painting.
I am happy to report that today I stood up from about 7:30 am to 8:45 pm. I feel the burn! Just kidding, I'm not that fat.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

RUN!!

I am laying in my bed with Angel curled up beside me. Sam and Mom have decided to take on the task of moving his room downstairs. Which means all of his crap is getting cleaned up and then moved downstairs. And then we have to lug everything else up here from down there. Basically the whole transformation is going to result in his room down there and a bonus room up here. Which will be pretty sweet.
 Day 1 of fall break has basically been extra sleep (yes!!) and cleaning (no!!). But I did my share by cleaning the kitchen so I'm good.

Last night, Olivia and I had an interesting expereience after church. We had to go meet her mom in the main building (we were in the student building) and I had the bright idea of going around the back of the building for a change. The back side of the church is in the process of being completed. There they are almost done with the new CCS (the church's school). There aren't any lights back there...

As we were walking, we got to the end of the sidewalk where they are trying to grow grass. All of a sudden, Olivia grabs my arm and says

"SAVANNAH!!!!!"

Me- "What??"

Olivia- "Do. You. See. That???"

I looked over where she was pointing.

Me- "That pipe?"

Olivia- "No!!!"

It was black, but I couldn't really tell what it was.

Me- "Is that a cat? Oh it's nothing...  come on..."''

All of a sudden, I saw it move.

Olivia- "IT JUST MOVED!!!"

Then I saw two evil, beady eyes. I then saw a white stripe down the middle of the black creature. It was then that I realized what it was.

Me- OH MY GOSH!!!! IT'S A SKUNK!!! RUN!!!!!

We took off running and screaming and laughing in the opposite direction and didn't stop until we were at least 150 yards from it.

Needless to say, I am very glad that I did not spend the rest of my night in a bath of tomato juice.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You Better Hope You're Not Alone

I love Jack Johnson. Name ring a bell? He is an amazing artist who usually does everything in acoustic. A few of his great songs include Sleep Through the Static and Hope.
In the song Hope, he talks about how you don't always have to hold your head above your heart. And if you do, you better hope you're not alone. The thing about this is pretty cool.

** DISCLAIMER: I am about to think this through way too much, overanalyze, and use metaphors as well as logical and in depth thinking**

Of course, if you were scared of that, you would have quit reading this thing a lonnnng time ago!

So this is true. You have to let your emotional guards down sometimes. I have had major problems with this! This is what leads to my relationship issues- I have to get out of my initial comfort zone to really be myself and be transparent. But when I'm in a group like discipleship/small groups at church when we start discussing things, I open up because I actually feel like they care what my opinions and certain experiences are.
So what's wrong with putting your head above your heart? Sometimes you just have to go with what your heart says despite everything else that your head is telling you.
It isn't always a bad thing. Putting your heart over your head can always lead to you getting hurt too, sometimes worse. You need to keep it half and half. A steady balance is the only thing that will keep you from sinking in anything you do.

Ok, enough with the metaphors.

So it's FALL BREAK! Notice I only put one '!' because it isn't that exciting. Last year, we had a whole weeeeeeeeeek for fall break. What did we get for this? 7 more days of summer. Big deal. Seriously, I would much rather have a week of fall break rather than extra time to get sunburnt. They also took out a bunch of inservice days, whch means we don't get those random little surprises of having a 3 day weekend b/c they gave us Monday off for teacher planning.
What am I doing this fall break? I don't know, but I've heard Pigeon Forge and/or Gatlinburg in the works. Let's do something!

Geez I am starting to feel like a reporter... which is really what I am considering I report my life to you readers haha.

In other news...
If I haven't already posted this, I am applying for a job as a camp counseler this summer. I went to this Christian (baptist) camp when I was little, and I saw something this year that sparked my interest once again. I desperately need money for a car in a few years, and I need a job. I really love working with the kids and getting the chance to be a spiritual leader to them is something I'm going to shoot for! I actually do have a ton of experience with all of my volunteering I've done i the past few years:

1) Volunteering @ Webb Drama Camp for 2 years, working w/ ages 6-13
2 )Volunteering @ GSMC Boy Scout Camp working in the "Tag alongs" (the kids that the workers need care for) ages 2-7
3) Volunteering @ STAR- 1 yr- which gave me experience working with the horses and the great kids with mental and physical disabilities ages 4-18
4) Volunteering now at church in the Children's Miinistry working as a co- teacher and helping hand.

I just got the last volunteer job last week, and I start on Sunday. YES!!!
I am so ready to make a difference in these kids' lives and try to set a Christ like example for them to follow. And someone to look up to for the right reasons. And someone who truly loves them and wants to make them better. And someone who they can always go to whenever and for whatever. I cannot wait!!!!!!!!! (Notice I put a lot of '!'s becaise I am very excited)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Memory Bank

Write down random memories you've had by age or year, then tag all of the friends in it. You'll be surprised!!

Alrighty then...

Age 1- Ok, I've definitely got nothing here

Age 2- Or here

Age 3 or 4- BAM! Vacation to Hilton Head, we rented a house with a pool out back with my 2 uncles and aunt. The house had a slanted roof and a blue turquoise leather couch. Sam and Luke were in diapers and a huge hurricane blew through and ruined our fun in the nonexistent sun. My uncles went out and caught a bunch of blue crabs, which they then cooked and we ate of course.
Feeding the ducks, going to the library

Age 5- I almost died in a plane crash on my way to DISNEY WORLD. How ironic is that? The airplane had a really rough landing and almost went off the runway due to communicationerrors and bad timing. A nice flight attendant carried me off the plane.
Had a cat (Kit-Kat)

Age 6- Fun day at Veteran's Park Elementary in Kentucky. My best friends Lenna and Laura, us in our handmade American flag t- shirts, wearing hats. When the day was over, we got those frozen tube popsicles.
Got Scout and Shadow.
One of my good friends died of a brain tumor.
I witnessed a jewelry store robbery. Dad was having his ring fitted when this guy walked in and started looking at some coins or gems on display. He had a bag in his hand. The clerk/ lady picked up a phone and started talking in a foreign language, then signaled my mom and dad to take us outside. About 3 minutes later, 3 cop cars pulled up outside the store and we later learned that this guy was wanted in GA for similar crimes.
Vacation to NC with the Bowlings.
Got Angel.
Girl Scouts.
Easter Egg hunt.
Swim team.

Age 7- I moved. From Lexington, KY to Knoxville, TN. In the middle of 2nd grade, never enrolled at A.L Lotts beacuse mom decided to home school me... needless to say I didn't do that much.. basically skipped most of 2nd grade there haha.
Later that fall, I started Lotts in 3rd grade. Amazing teacher, Mrs. Smith. I bawled my eyes out for 30 minutes on meet the teacher day b/c I knew no one.
Weird neighbors, but nice.
Building forts in the very back of the yard.
Met Olivia Monroe.
And Emily Watson. Both went to my church.

Age 8- Discovering the pond behind the house at Pine Springs.
Building more forts.
Angel had 6 puppies. Cute little furballs!
Neighbors got a golden retriever- I trained it for them.
Girl scouts.

Age 9- Moved to another house @ Shady Springs.
Nice neighbors.
Started 4th grade (Mrs. Alexander), another amazing teacher. We went to her house in December to wrap Angel Tree gifts and eat pizza and ice cream.
Took class trip to Rocky Mount. It was amazing.
Angel had 5 pups.
Ethan!!
Laura Ingalls Wilder Day. I wasn't in the play, but I narrated some. Ate amazing food.
Watched random episodes of the show, burned a lot of class time.
Bill Nye the science guy.
Model volcanoes.
Climbing through the window.

Age 10- started 5th grade- Mrs. Fultz. Awesome teacher again.
Started my unstable advanced math career.
Read tons of books.
Garden.
D.A.R.E.
Finding out my best friend and I 'liked' the same dude haha
Thinking I was so freaking amazing because I was at the top of the school.
Ha.
T.A.G
Got so mad and upset b/c none of my friends were going to Farragut and I had to move there.

Age 11- Moved AGAIN. To Farragut.
Started 6th grade in Blue Pod.
Had no friends until half way through the year (I'm talking sitting alone at lunch or forcing myself to sit with people haha I was just a shy loner)
MRS. ROGERS. One of my worst teachers ever.
Hammontree- oh thank you so much for making us write in INK and CURSIVE b/c it's a lost art and professional. 50 page packets that we were given months to do, endless amounts of extra credit oppurtunities.
Befriended Mrs. Sells before I even had other friends b/c of American Idol.
Finally started making friends right before Christmas break. Anna Miller haha.
Actually going to the bottom of the hill.
The cat wandered up to our house, layed his fat self out on our porch, and we fed him. Now, he's stuck to our porch.

Age 12- Started 7th Grade in Orange Pod.
Slow start to the year, eventually picked up.
Field trip to the Appalachian Homecoming Fair thing. SO much fun. Wasted so much $ haha
Going to see A Christmas Carol
Powerpoints in Reading
Mrs. Brock reading us books and egging us on to beat Gold Pod. (while keeping up with ALL of the other pods' point totals might I add)
Getting about 700 AR points.
Regular visits to Mrs. Sells.
Really great teachers, fun classes.
Mr. MAC!!!!!! And his stories of course.
Parfaits.
(Now using some of the stuff Mrs. Manning taught us haha)

Age 13- Started 8th Grade in Orange Pod.
C-SPAN (and this should pretty much describe my whole 8th grade experience.)
The sound of Ms Rehder's heels clicking quickly around the classroom.
Ms. Rader yelling at me in Algebra I, then smiling at me in 8th grade math whenever "the good ones" said something smart since we weren't complete morons.
C-SPAN.
Mrs. Yander telling us some wacky story that always tied into what she was saying.
Mr. Walker's interesting facial expressions :)
Almost never doing anything in Reading or Language Arts... OH WAIT, we were "doing C-SPAN." Yeah, that's what led to the jungle animal sounds competition.
"ANNA MILLER IS A GIRL ON THE GO" hahaha
My hysterical math class.
Mr. Danner lecturing us over and over about the same topic in the middle of a song...
Huge fight with a friend... :(
DC trip!!! Hanging out with Susie and Michael the whole time.
Finding out some stuff...
C-SPAN.
Jazz band with Susie.
"Ms. Rader's going to eats us!!"
"What the flagnog?!?!? Sum a su, fu la nong a!?!?!?"
"I hate all woodwind instruments, but not the people who play them."
Science with Jordan.- "Do you have gum? Can I have some? Give me some gum! I'm hungry.."
Sitting talking to everyone during 8th grade celebration.
Speaking of which, didn't Jordan break the mic after her speech? :P
Leaving middle school.
Overall COMPLETELY AMAZING year.

Age 14- Summer 09- present
Canon doing "The Canon"
Donna and The Boss.
LOGAN!
Canon and Kate saying how I am "in love with Logan"
and how "we are going to get married"? haha
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Kate and Canon attached at the hip.
The "amazing" smelling marker.
The cat fights between the girls.
Miss Rosina!!
LAWRENCE!!!
BRANDON as Willy Wonka. His Abercrombie shot.
Canon and Kate's obsessions with Twilight.
Braeden!!!
Kate giving Olivia the death stare. hahahaha
The delinquent girls at Bearden heheh
Webb.
140 hours at least of Theatre!!
Little Women
Me and Gloria sitting in the floor at Borders, asking questions to a magic 8 ball. very interesting. haha
CAMP 09!!!!!
Amazing kids.
The torch ceremony.
Crazy S-Dawg, Crazy Neck, and 8- Step!!!
Hanging out with my amazing cousins.
Meeting this really hot random guy. i just met. in Louisville. :P
You know who you are.
Starting high school.
Hating it, then absolutely loving it.
"The earth is circular..."
Wandering the halls.
Olivia and me eating sour patch kids in the 'dark alley' after church looking like drug dealers. haha
The EDGE!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

And Then We Sent Them Doggies Whimpering All the Way Home...

We beat Bearden. 42-17. Take that you annoying-mother-bulldog-woman-who-works-at-the-eye-doctor -and-made-fun-of-me. Take it!! FARRAGUT DOMINATES!!!

 So I didn't end up going to either games because of the uninviting weather. Instead, I have spent the past few days looking at the world in a whole different manner. Apparently, my vision was 20x50, which means that I am sadly pretty nearsighted. On Friday, the glasses came in. I love being able to see, but I really hate wearing them. Mom and Sam say I look good in them, but I don't think so.. So sorry, but you won't be seeing me at school in those things. I just don't want all of the comments or to draw uninvited attention to myself (wow, I sound like a shut-in haha). Just stuff like people stating the obvious such as... "Wow, you got glasses!" "Did you have those before?" "I've never seen you in glasses!" would all get old.
  I would much rather have some contacts, but my mom doesn't really want to get them for me. She's trying to sway me away by telling me how irritating they would be, not to mention expensive, and all this stuff, but I would much rather deal with them than have to keep the frames on. They get annoying after a while and kind of impair my depth perception when I'm walking because I always end up looking below the frames when I'm walking, and then when I look back up, I feel like I am thrown off balance.
 It is sooo different being able to see the individual leaves on the trees and the blades of grass. And I can read small type from farther away and license plates and signs. It really is crazy to see all of the random stuff I've been 'missing out' on.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

And to Whom Do We Owe this Honor?? Tyler Crone, Come on Down!!!!!

As you may have heard, (well duh, of course you have) 3 seniors on our footall team went across town to our best friends Bearden and did some rivalry vandalism in the spirit of the game tomorrow. Which of course is usually ok.... when is doesn't cost $6,000 to repair!!! Here's an excerpt from the big article.

"The damage to Bearden High School in West Knoxville was done with spray paint, motor oil, glue, and even bleach on the football field itself.

"There was damage to our memorial garden, to our press box, to some of our athletic facilities underneath the stadium, to the back of the school," Bartlett said.
The principal of Farragut High School apologized for the incident. "Dr Bartlett as well as I intend on putting an end to this kind of stuff," said Farragut High School Principal Michael Reynolds.

Cleanup began Thursday morning. Repairing the field could include new sod. Early estimates of damage are $5,000 to $6,000, money the school principals say could be better spent on something positive."

Here is the full article link that includes some pictures- http://www.wbir.com/news/watercooler/story.aspx?storyid=101346&catid=141

So here is my opinion:

1) It was an absolutely uncalled for, idiotic act that obviously did some damage to our standards of integrity and those boys' permanent records

2) The memorial garden?? Seriously?? That is the one place that should be completely off limits and yet these guys took a truck and drove through it, as well as tagged some of the memorial stones with paint.

3) Inappropriate images were painted in the stadium itself that were just...

4) Some of the enraged Bearden students are pointing their grubby fingers at ALL of us @ Farragut and calling us the old generalization (that Farragut kids are stuck up spoiled brats)

5) The guys painted their own numbers on a wall at the stadium. Can you get any more stupid than that?

6) Yes. They went and bought 50 cans of spray paint at the Wal Mart across the street. Way to go guys.

So congratulations Tyler Crone and your lovely assistants. You win the Farragut High School IDIOT OF THE YEAR AWARD!! And chances are that he's going to apologize all the live long day about this, but what good will it do? He's going to serve time in jail, get suspended from school, get kicked off the football team, have to pay for his damage, and say goodbye to his football scholarship. Good one!

I am going to the Bearden game tomorrow, and hopefully I don't get murdered. But I'll have Gloria to protect me. Hahahaha... :) You should come with us!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Homecoming!

Ok, so I didn't actually go to the dance. I didn't want to. Actually going to the dance requires so much extra time and energy- you have to go find a dress (and cross your fingers that no one else shows up in the same one you do), get the shoes, fix the hair, deal with the cold, having the limited pleasure of going with friends and not a date, and having to deal with everything a dance brings along. I'm not a big dancer. I just don't find it fun to jump around in a huge group of people and sing along to the songs. Then you have to watch all of the 'couples' dance, hang all over eachother, gaze into each other's eyes like the world has stopped for them, not to mention those who just stand around (well more like sit in the corners) and make out. I just do not see why everyone gets so excited about homecoming! Prom, maybe. I do love seeing all of the sweet ways that the guys have asked some of the girls this year. So cute.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not just sitting here sulking about not going. I'm not a complete shut in. I went to the game... but none of my friends were there (who said they would be) and I sat alone in the cold, with my toes going numb because I was too lazy to run upstairs and get some socks for my tennis shoes. So that was a bummer.

Oh! And my wonderful experience at the eye doctor:

Yesterday I had an eye appointment. Just a check up. The nurse/ lady was talking to me in a very belittling manner and I was getting fed up with her. First of all, she's a Bulldog with a son on the football team. So the Mama Dog (in Europe, also known as the bitch) was like making fun of me and laughing evilly with my oh-so-supportive and helpful father. So then she told me that the would probably have to dialate my eyes to get a good look inside and she said:

Witch- "Are you ok with that?"

Hmm... NO. I don't like anything put in my eyes that will make me cry whenever I see any light and give me a major headache.

Me- "Do I have the right to deny that?"

Evil One- "Yes. But your father has the right to override your denial."

Oh, she's good.

Me- "Farragut is going to beat Bearden."

Mama Dog- "We'll see about that."

Ughhh. I did NOT like this woman one bit. She had me inn a sour mood when the doctor came in, but he was everything she wasn't, so it was ok. Until SHE came back in to 'check' on me. Yeah right. So somehow we ended up talking about church and she said that her husband was going to the Westlake campus of my church. She said that she didn't go with him much because Phillip scares her. She also said this:

Her- "Well, I grew up in a Methodist church, and I just liked it better. I mean, when you miss a Sunday or two, you can tell that all of the people at the Baptist church look at you in a funny way. AND THEN there are the letters. They send you those postcards to remind you to get your butt back to church. It's just like they're invading you."

Me- "I like the Baptist churches better. And I like the postcards. They make me feel like they care."

Her- "Hmmphh. Well ok."

And with raised eyebrows and pouty lips, she retreated from the room, knowing the battle was lost. And me and my best friend Jesus have prevailed. Take that satan.*

And today Sam had an eye appointment. You know what she said to him?
"Wow, you certainly are not as difficult as your sister was!"

All I can say is YOU'RE DOGMEAT!!!!!!!

*OK I am SO overexaggerating some things. I do not think that the meanish nurse is evil or satan. I'm just saying that she wasn't too nice. But all of the dialog is 100% true.