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What’s the number one movie you’re looking forward to in 2013?

I know this probably isn’t coming out in 2013..but I recently saw an article about casting calls for The Book Thief! (For those of you who don’t know, it’s a book about a German girl whose family is hiding a Jew in their basement, by Markus Zusak.) I’m currently rereading it and hope that he is the script writer/director or even just very strongly involved in it! I loved what Steven Chbosky did by been so involved in Perks and would love to see that continue with both The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars.

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One goal for February - that’s it, just one. Keep it simple! New Year Resolutions don’t have to begin January 1st…think about something you’d really like to accomplish within the next few weeks and discuss. (from Mia’s blog)


Seeing as my goals for myself seem to change every week, or day even, I’m going to set a broad one. To be more confident of myself.

I’ve always had a problem with self-confidence and I think that becoming more sure of myself could benefit me in so many ways. For example, I’ve noticed that whenever I raise my hand and know the answer, I still say “um” before saying the answer, as if I’m unsure. I don’t want to get confused with cockiness and confidence though, because I believe that (depending on where I am) I tend to be more of an observer and speak up only when I have something to say. Even then, I often hold my thought in my head and wait and wait for the right opportunity to say it then the conversation moves to another topic too quickly.

In general, I think being more sure of myself will benefit me to be smarter as well. In classes such as Spanish, where I feel advanced and completely confident of what I’m doing, I feel smarter because I know what’s going on. So in classes like honors pre-calc, if I tricked myself into thinking I knew what I was doing, I’d eventually pick up what we are learning and studying faster.

February’s goal: be more confident.

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the patience I’ve grown from filling in “adult” coloring books is absolutely incredible.

the patience I’ve grown from filling in “adult” coloring books is absolutely incredible.

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Today I got the amazing opportunity to go see my school musical. Now, usually, high school musicals aren’t as good as you hoped they would have been. but with my high school, it seemed like the cast was born for Legally Blonde.

Sure. Everyone walks away thinking about what a great performance it was, and how good the singers were, and forget about it later. But I’d like to take a moment (as a band member myself) to appreciate everyone that helped produce such a fantastic show.

First, the cast. Of course. Every single person on stage was absolutely perfect for their role, and there are some seriously talented people in my school. From Elle to Emmett to Warner to Paulette, the leads all kept the show entertaining and you could tell they loved what they were doing. The dancers were wonderful as well and the ensemble provided a perfect backup to the show.

Next, the crew. I cannot imagine a show without sets, lights, and people keeping the show running efficiently the whole time. The sets were built to match a lower-budget rendition of the Broadway show, but you couldn’t tell from the impressive scenes. Truly thinking of it, a show without well timed dimming of lights and shining spotlights just wouldn’t have the same effect, and the hard work put into that is outstanding. The stage managers and everyone else kept a show going that would have been dull otherwise.

And lastly, the pit orchestra. I think that music is one of the best parts of any production-the way it flows and keeps the show transitioning smoothly from song to acting to song. The energetic melody of the trumpets, soft harmonies of the clarinets, and solo of the piano guiding the songs was the thing that kept me alert the most. Of course I’m biased, but there should have been much more applause for the pit when they walked out for intermission.

So congratulations, to any and all high school theatre kids. You keep us entertained, and keep things running. Thank you.

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happy february! what comes to mind when i think of february is:

pink
valentine’s day
red
hearts
breast cancer awareness
warmer weather (hopefully!)
and simply another month of getting by.

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Learned how to make origami stars today. Maybe I’ll put up a tutorial tomorrow.

Learned how to make origami stars today. Maybe I’ll put up a tutorial tomorrow.

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ah, math class, torture
why must you last forever?
block days are the worst.

my eyelids, they blink
struggling to stay open
as the teacher drones

no, stomach, stop that
I will feed you soon, quiet
(I am hungry too)

I have to pee and
there is nothing poetic
about this haiku.

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Today I drove alone for the first time! I felt like this needed to be documented as a significant moment in my life, so hey. There we go.

Today I drove alone for the first time! I felt like this needed to be documented as a significant moment in my life, so hey. There we go.

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