Monday, August 22, 2011


School started last Tuesday. I already hate it.

I've always been really good in school. All A's sort of thing. All the way through 8th grade. School just came naturally to me and I was always near the top of the class. My only problems were my study habits but I never needed to study, I could always make great grades with minimal effort.

Last year, as a freshman, I took the pre-AP courses for Algebra, Biology, and English.
High school whooped my ass, no mercy.
I was struggling severely and my grades were dropping. At times I would have really terrible test grades and had to copy homework from others in my class to make by with B's. My parents weren't any help, either - they just wanted me to be the best, just like every other year. "Don't get stupid on us now, when it really counts." That's the sort of thing they'd say.
Really supportive parents I've got.
It was really stressful... Just more and more stress that I didn't want to handle. This, soccer, student council, and...other stuff... It was just too much to handle.

I scraped by those classes with high B's and low A's, but it was practically torture. Long nights studying and lots of homework. Projects and essays for other classes didn't help at all.

This summer was an awesome break from it all. I'm really sad to see it go.
I hate the Winter.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Some thoughts

Sigh. School's starting this Tuesday. This summer has been..okay. I've been hanging out with friends more so than other summers but still. Lots of lonely home-alone time.

Again, sigh.

I've been doing some reading!...No, not my required summer reading hahaha. I have been reading up on that Slender Man stuff MsSynclair linked me a few days ago. It's interesting, although not scary, but I do like it. Videos to watch and blogs to read, at least it's been keeping my mind off of boredom.

I should pick up Their Eyes Were Watching God again. I've yet to start... and I need it read for the first day of school.
I'll do that now.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hello Blogger!

Alrighty, well I promised an explanation.

First off - the ACTS retreat. Nice experience, I liked it, mostly. I was pretty uncomfortable when I was with anyone other than Lexi though, and we weren't a part of the same table group, but nobody was rude or judgmental or anything, it was rather refreshing. Lexi really enjoyed it and made a ton of friends, some of whom she introduced to me, but I didn't really get too close to anyone else. Since it's ACTS I really can't tell very much about it - there's a rule about not letting others know about it. What goes on in the retreat, stays in the retreat, that sort of thing. All I can really say is that it's a pretty cool retreat :)

After that I didn't really mind not having my cellphone or internet, so I did without them for a while... Spent the night at Shaun's three times that week. That was fun - I actually got him to come out and bike a couple of miles a few times! That was really surprising, he's normally not really into doing something like that. We road around the neighborhood, into some trails in the woods nearby too actually. Saw busted up tents, radios, coolers, stuff like that. People had definitely been there before, a while back it would seem too, everything was busted, water damaged, or ripped up.

That next weekend, my parents and I went to a cabin near Destin, Florida for a week! 8-day trip. It's one heck of a car trip there but we did drive there and back. Lots of fun in the sun at the beach. I started teaching myself how to skimboard, and I actually got pretty darn good at it - I could ride and spin 180 degrees by Saturday! That was kinda exciting, I've never done it before this year.

Lot of shopping in Destin and Panama City. I got a Destin shirt, some salt water taffy. We went out to eat a few times but mostly ate at the cabin. My parents let me rent a bike at the place we were staying, there was a lot of ground there. Once I got lost near all the campgrounds though... I had to ride up to the highway and bike back to the main entrance and get back to our cabin that way... Didn't quite tell them about that little adventure ;)

We rented a pontoon boat one day and boated to a small, uninhabited isle called Shell Island. You could see to the bottom and there were lots of manta rays, sting rays, fish, and even little clear jellyfish. I got to skimboard there a bunch and we also dug around for sand dollars. That was a really cool morning! I enjoyed it.

The main reason I didn't Tweet until we got back today is because we didn't have wi-fi at the cabin, so I couldn't use Mom's laptop to stay in touch. Oh well, no harm done, I guess.

This was a pretty cool way to end the day. I have Shaun coming over tomorrow and the ACTS reunion Tuesday. This should be a fun week too. I plan on relaxing most the time, though... The past couple weeks have been a bit busy.

How's everyone's Summer been?