Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ups and Downs of Life

My title is soooo cliche. Get over it.

I will highlight my week, as usual. There are only small things I remember, none of them LIFE-ALTERING moments, but all of them stand out for some strange reason. There probably is a connection and if any of you feel so inclined as to tell me this connection as you read, please do so.

Oh, and a special shout-out to those who recommended books to me. Much appreciated! I might check them out, but there are two that I have in mind: Seductive Poison (a memoir about a woman apart of Jim Jones' cult and Jonestown) and Naked by David Sedaris. The titles are so scandalous. But I want to CLARIFY to everyone that I am not addicted to porn or anything remotely related to that kind of rubbish. I just enjoy provocative titles of quite normal and mundane books. They make me laugh. So that'll probably be first semester. But I'll check out the other suggestions. They sound amazing! And if I have time, I'll read a few for this semester. So many books, so little time! I feel rushed...

So, the moments that stood out this week. For one, I bought all the materials I need to create my mini-stage of the show The Secret Garden. The set I chose was the garden wall and setting around it. I decided to have a rotating piece in which the wall is the dividing part. On the outside is the old worn wall with weeds all over it and a bench. On the inside is the brown/"dead" garden with an overgrown wheel barrow and garden tools. I found all these miniatures at Hobby Lobby! It was amazing! I was going there just to get the weeds and bench and ended up leaving with styrofoam for trees, mini-flowers for the garden and the wheel barrow and tools. It was amazing. Hobby Lobby=lots o' love. I'll have to take a picture of the finished product and post it on my blog. It isn't exactly to size because my wall is mishapened and the trees and flowers will look bigger than they're supposed to be. But it will get across my vision. So I remember that excursion and the excitement of finding those amazing treasures.

Another moment that stands out to me was when I got my cornea looked at. If you've never had this experience, its quite scary. He has to numb your eye and then put some freaky yellow dye into it (I rhymed!). After that, he looks at your eye with a black light and you can see your eye ina reflection of the light bulbs. It looks like your crying neon yellow urine. It was FREAKY! I guess I should tell you the story of WHY I had my cornea looked at. Long story short: I woke up on friday with an eye that wouldn't stop hurting. Blinking, not blinking, opened, closed, it HURT! I stayed home from school and went to teh doctor. He told me it didn't look like anything and to go to an eye doctor if it persisted. It stopped hurting today. Thankfully. Although I was looking forward to missing more school.

Lets see...another moment that stood out to me. Oh yes! My friend invited me to his bonfire after homecoming. I didn't go to homecoming because I was working, and he and his date came in to eat at Bob's. Thats where he invited me. So once I got off work and re-looked up where he lived, I went out there and spent about an hour and half there enjoying people's company and unwinding. It was nice spending time with people that enjoy fires as much as I do. And my friend's frog is named Sarah Palin. How awesome is that?!!

I have a few unpleasant moments about work. But thats another story. And it really is. Its going to be apart of my memoir for my WTP(Write To Publish) class. Once that's in a readable format, I'll post it on either of my blogs and you can read about all the ups and downs of work, for there are many. Lets just say...I get annoyed with people. A lot. Particularly ONE person. Grrrr.

Lets see, I should make a list of things that I need to get done. Don't ask me how this is relevent to this post. I just feel like I should. Not that I'll check it or something. But Here are my weekly goals:
1. Work out schedule with Bill and Shawn as far as dates that I can't do because of musical
2. Finish stage set
3. Cash all my checks and pay debt
4. Turn in Band of Brothers(LOOONG over due) and check out other memoirs
5. Write up rough draft of memoir
6. Paint furniture and move it into my room
7. Work out musical schedule with other commitments
8. SURVIVE this 3 1/2 day week. YES!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This Week in the Life of Kirsti...

Two words: Oklahoma Auditions. Thats what has sucked up my life for the most of this week. I auditioned using the Ado Annie audition script and music and ended up getting only chorus. Its fine. Its kinda what I was expecting. I knew I wasn't destined for a good part. But thats perfectly okay. I'll have fun in chorus nonetheless. I am only a featured dancer in one song, something me and my friend Lauren are very bitter about. Since we're seniors, we wanted some more solo time. Its not like we're crappy dancers! Annnnyways, the audition process was stressful. And the practice schedule will be stressful, what with juggling work, private lessons, homework, and my teaching of private lessons, which will start full swing with at least 2 brand new students plus my 2 I had before. So just keep in mind, if I don't contact you for a few months, its because my life just got so much more busy, even with me quitting tennis and the marching band(yes, I quit that idea).

I also had the ACT this past Saturday. This was my second time doing it, and it was just as bad. ACTually(get it?), I signed up for this ACT because when I was still commited to the band, the October ACT date conflicted with Greater St. Louis (GSL) competition. So I panicked and signed up for the September date, which was only a few weeks from when I signed up. I didn't study and then band fell through, so this ACT date became another practice. I will be taking it in October so that I have a good amount of time to study. Not that my current score isn't horrible. I'm pretty sure both my propective schools, BYU and UM-SL, will accept the score. I just want to raise it because I'm sure I can, if I try hard enough. So far, both ACT attempts were very half-hearted. I want to give it my all come October.

This last bit is for anyone: Does anyone know a good anthology of Short Stories, or even a collection of short stories, or a really good memoir? I need anything I can get my hands on for my Independent Reading in my Write to Publish(WTP) Class. Thanks!!

P.S. Federer won the US Open. Fed Express is back on board! :D Bye bye, Nadal!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ugh, I FAIL at updating my Blog.

So, apparently my blog is a monthly thing. I wish it weren't but every time I think about blogging, I feel this huge overwhelming daunting feeling that I have to commit to it for hours and hours, making it look pretty and presentable. I guess the real solution to this huge leave of absence between posts is to NOT CARE if its as pretty as my sister Emily's blog or as informative and witty as Steven's blog or as heart felt and emotional as Sarah's blog or important to the family as Beckie's blog. I should just write. Much like my journal for my Write to Publish, I won't really care for pretty-ness or even things that make sense. I'll just write weekly things that I feel like writing. If you want more or want a specific detail of my life, just call me or request it in the comments. Kay?

So, my classes. That's what I'm going to rant about today. Here is my schedule:

1. Orchestra
2. Personal Finance
3. AP Statistics
4. Human Genetics
***LUNCH***
5. Write To Publish
6. Musical Productions 3
7. AP Music Theory

Yeah, so Orchestra is orchestra. No biggie. But Personal Finance is easily my most boring class of the day. I don't know anyone in the class except two juniors who I remotely enjoy talking to. But we're on a seating chart and they are on the EXACT OPPOSITE side of the room. Yayz -_- It'll hopefully be an easy A. I've yet to see how challenging tests are. I'll know by tomorrow. I have one then.
AP Statistics will be a challenge. Already had a test and got a B. Mind you, I didn't study. Which was stupid of me. Really. Anyways, it'll be fun. Lots of friends in there and the teacher is adorable! Mrs.Neider for those Hickmanites who are curious. So yeah. Thats Stat.
Human Genetics. Where do I start? Heheheh. Well, the material will be neat to learn. Just the teacher will be the horrible part of it. She's an extremely horrid teacher! I'm not going to post the name in fears that she'll randomly google her name and my blog will come up and she'll read this horrible crap about her. Believe me. Thats what my tennis coach did. Thankfully, it was nice stuff and not me bashing him(not that I would). Anyways, so anonymous teacher just...CAN'T TEACH! And I swear she hates me. Probably because Sarah fell asleep in her class all the time. Great. So it'll be an interesting year in that class.
Then I have lunch. I eat with Daniel, Kelsey, Kevin, and Miranda. Gabby joins us sometimes. Its a small but fun group. We sit outside and eat while either enjoying the weather, complaining about the weather, or commenting on the fact that they cut down a tree or mowed the grass. Good times. Then me, Kelsey, and Kevin make our way to Write to Publish.
This is easily my favorite class right now. Stover is a genius. He has strange mannerisms that I enjoy observing, like the fact that when he wears button up shirts, he leaves the first two buttons undone so you can clearly see the salt and pepper chest hair peaking out. And he clears his throat a lot in the middle of sentences. I wonder if this is because its right after lunch and his throat still has remnants of his meal. I can understand that. Or maybe its a tic. I don't know. I just know that he is brilliant and I find myself yearning for more writing time and for a longer class period. Everything he says about writing makes sense. I even enjoy the readings he assigns. Especially Natalie Goldberg. She's an amazing writer. And hilarious! So Write to Publish is definitely demanding and will be very intense, but I'm excited and pumped. Motivated. Energized. And every other adjective that exists that are synonyms of the previous words.
Then I have Musical Productions 3. We're doing a musical project. We choose a musical, do everything a director has to do, including costumes(having to draw a few at the moment). I'm doing The Secret Garden as my musical. Its great fun! But we only have 12 people in the class, and we're actually putting on a few scenes in the class. The minimum is 2 songs and a scene, I think. I'll probably go over the minimum. There are so many good things in there! I'll let you know how things are going when I'm actually directing the scenes and such.
Last, butnot least, is AP Music Theory. At first, I enjoyed this class. Now its the pinnacle of all my grief. Its not boring. The teacher isn't horrible. Its just that we're being graded on THEORY! Its like being graded on your opinions. Except you don't have your own opinions. You HAVE to agree with the teacher. You have to do what he says. And what he's saying isn't exactly...correct all the time. And its annoying. I'm doing things the way I think is correct and get points off when it isn't because he says so. It IS correct, just not to him at that moment. And its sooo annoying! I'd explain. But it takes too much out of me. Call me for the full rant. The people in the class are fun. Its an overall fun class. Its just....me and the teacher don't exactly meet eye to eye. See, he's a choir teacher. They do things differently than orchestra or band(which I've been in both). And....its annoying. REALLY annoying. I'm almost tempted to drop and try and do something else, like tech theatre for a practical art. Then I can drop personal finance and take something else then.
Anyways. Thats about it with my schedule. Want any more, call me. You know how to contact me.
Sorry the post isn't aesthetically pretty. I just hope the actual act of me posting is enough. Plus its late. I have school and seminary tomorrow. Ugh. Seminary.