Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ridiculous, Regardless


As you can probably tell from the Pink Floyd reference, I am sincerely dissapointed by my school system. Sure, it's only payed for by taxes, but really? This is the kind of leadership in education we boast about?

Recently our graduation requirements have been revised. We now need to do a capstone project (requiring one semester class and hours of out-of-school work), pass the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program), Have the required number of credits, and complete a Class portfolio. These requirements are as intricately deatailed as they are monotonously redundant. They're putting us in thes pigeonholes, telling us our educations will be unique but supplying requirements to make them as uniform and orderly as the ground meat they expect us to be.

As I type this (only allowed because I'm an honors student) my advisory teacher is lecturing us about how we should proceed with this. I wish he would tell us how we know he really feels. THESE ARE A SERIES OF MUNDANE TASKS THAT ARE COMPLEX AND UNECESSARY. I wish he would convince the other adivsor in this class of the absolute stupidity.

I understand why these requirements are put in place. They're to make sure nobody slips through the cracks and graduates without actually passing or being ready for the real world. Truth is, everyone will take a different path to the real world. They say they'll prepare us for college, but almost nobody (compared to the population of a public high school) is actually going to college! I would liek to elect which classes I take so I can get the most of my ltime here in the educative environment. I would like to spend my 'Advisory' in the library, where I will study independantly. And blog. I love this, blogging is probably my guilty pleasure :)

Such a silly system. Now that my rant is over, I would like to look at a mroe peaceful side of life. I am completely sane and honestly more at peace with myself than I have ever been. Everything is working out so well, save some things that just can't be helped. I've got dress projects, where I am making one for me from paper from phone books! I haven't got a girlfirend. I am excted about going to Denver to see if I can get into the YES (Youth Exchange and Study) program! I am barely passing chemistry. I am almost finished with another dress that is turning out so amazingly! I am in love with my best friend, he is the only one I could go straight for. My best friend has a girlfriend and he's so happy and they're so adorable! Acid wash jeans are dead to the fashion industry :)

So I'm a nice positively balanced mess of simultaniously occurring events. And I am complimented on my vocabulary on a regular basis. It makes me smile. People tell me I'm smart, unique, beautiful, interesting, fantastic person and amazing friend. I tell them that I'm lucky to know them. Everyone needs friends to tell them what they need to know, and I've needed these pats on the back for a while now :3

So I've resolved to TEAR DOWN THE WALL in an effort to let people into my lucky little life.
Speaking of references to The Wall, I feel like I could tell a story through the music of Pink Floyd and similar bands. Also, they've gone and uploaded the whole freaking abum to Youtube. Search it, it's one hour twenty-one minutes and forty-eight seconds of bliss during an extended homework session. My foerign exchange student hates it >:)

Little Thoughts: I would be the best little taoist if I could only stop valuing information for the sake of information :) That is, intellectualism is not a good practice for the followers of the uncarved block. I love learning about Eastern Wisdoms, especially the intricacies adn writings to Taoist masters and Confucianist politicians.

Last Bit: Viva la Musica! C'est vie! (Long live music, music is life)
Timbuk 3~ Shame On You
The Raconteurs~ Thes Stones Will Shout
Cat Stevens~ If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

:) Peace Out

Monday, February 28, 2011

Halleluiah for the Good News!

Wow, guess who's vacation has been the most fabulous assortment of amazing news, the variety of excellent reports!
Mine :3

To begin with, everything went so erfectly in my medical life that I feel like a brand new person, honestly.

Secondly, I received confirmation that I have made it to the final selection of the YES (Youth Exchange and Study) program! This program is a federally and privately sponsored foreign exchange that deals specifically with getting American students to one of ten middle-eastern countries with significant muslim population. I am so excited, they're flying me to Denver Colorado over a weekend in March to asses us. By 'us' I refer to the 75 national finalists, 2/3 of which will be selected to travel to one of these countries:
Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mali (semester only), Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey.

Now, I understand to political and social uprisings and demonstrations that have taken place is a few of these countries, but I would like to assure you of my optimism regarding my safety. And just think! I'll be there with the peopel when history is being rewritten! When these countries throw off the yoke of opressive governments and take up one of political freedom!

As you can see, I am truly optimistic about this. The email notification said at the Crown Plaza we will participate in various team-building games and activities where the observers will analyze ur actions to choose the people best suited to represent our country. This is the reason I cheer, I have had extensive CIT training, and the games we play with the campers (in my case, girl scouts) the girls participate in activities similar to team-building games. I know what the organizers are looking for, because I have looked for it myself!

It's that purpose, that collaborative leadership that puts a spark in a child that we search for. It's the little bit of arogance in thinking that maybe you, yes you, could be a big part of a team, that you could gain the respect of your peers and work together with them to make the world a better place. This is what they look for.


In other news, I've been increasinly inspired by fantasy/sci-fi characters for the pieces I design and create. The major thing with fantasy is that it's all about imagination, and that's really my forte if I should be so bold :)

Any-hoo, I hope everyones' February vacation rocked their socks! We're onto that last strech of school before summer break and the air is full of renewed anticipation of the renewed world, full of optimistic intentions about things to come!

Who am I to deny it? Am I a dork for quoting Shakespeare about this?

What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?
Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much?
Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu!
No glory lives behind the back of such.
And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,
Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand:
If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee
To bind our loves up in a holy band;
For others say thou dost deserve, and I
Believe it better than reportingly.
~ Much Ado About Nothing

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh Lordy Me, Busy Bee

My deepest and most sincere apologies, but I have not been able to post any sort of blog as of late.
I will make up for it with a super-stocket, awesome-fun post RIGHT NOW!

News: Wow, unrest in the middle east, the 90's in returning in more ways than fashion and grunge music! It's such a major deal for more people than vacationers. It's really increible that the political demonstrations have been peaceful so far, when tehre's so much to fight against. Also, I would say that Amerca should take a firmer stand in asking President to step down to allow for a democratic republic system of government that the people have been calling for for decades, but I understand the hesitance our government shows.

Fashion: As stated before, we've got a 90's resurgance on our hands! Last year is was all about the 80's, very much neon and print and tent sweater dresses. Totally not plus-size friendly, its never been. Now we're experiencing more geometric patterns and serisous construction to follow the wonderful, flattering plaids that accompanied us last fall. There is a large push to the inde-rocer movement in fashion, lots of 'vintage' and ironic 90's. My Response? I made myself a nice plaid western shirt and I've dug up my mock turtlenecks in addition to my silver lockets and silluette jewelery. Very vogue. In addition, I'm making some more interesting more indie style green-friendly thing that's become my project. It's a dress. Made of Phone Books :) A boutique I am interested in in Dear Creatures, which is featured in the Anthropologie shop. I'm so excited, there's one cming to Garden City Center!! Also, Tofu has caught my attention of late. I'm not sure weather I adore the style or not, but it is definately my type. Check out Ruelala if you're interested in actually buying things instead of looking and them and making them from scrapbooking materials!

Personal: Wow, another high school semester come and gone, and I've done well in my elective classes. Most namely, fashion design and history of rock. So easy, these were the classes I looked foward to, even though I could've taught fashion design better [and sometimes I did, to my teacher's relif]. English is fun and tough, Chem is toughy-tough but fun sometimes, Geometry is ridiculously easy and bored me half to death, and History is, well, History. It's a little boring, a little interesting. Passing, overall. Highest Honors, actually. Perents are proud but wondering why I didn't do better. Well, live and let live.
I've applied to the YES program [youth exchange and studies] recetly, and I am eagerly awaiting their judgement of my person with the offer that I might study abroad. So excited I might get to a country where there is minimal political unrest :).
I am single again, and looking for a lady that'll treat me right. Any takers? Didn't think so. :(

Professional: Haha, who am I kidding? I don't have a job. I'm getting a number of pamphlets from colleges as a high school sophomore, and taking advantage of anything they'll send me! Even if I don't want to attend, perfect additionas to a scrapbook, don't you think?

Here are some links, they're all related to this post:
https://www.likezebra.com/ LikeZebra: the foremost internet indie-funk website, really the best! Plus, it's not blocked in most public schools because they don't know it exists!
http://www.modcloth.com/ ModCloth: The greatest little internet boutique, feeaturign some of the greatest little indie designers this side of the planet, and sometimes the other side.
http://www.dearcreatures.com/ Dear Creatures: One of my very favorite little online inspiration-finders! Always excellent collections, anways appropriate to what's on the runway and what's on my mind.
http://dakotacollective.com/ Dakota Collective: Another indie fabulous designer, it's all so formed!
And oh so much more!

Toodles :)
~Peggy