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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Reviews!

Hi!

Oh wow! I just RANDOMLY checked my blog (that has been sitting idol for who-knows-how-long) and it turns out a lot of people actually look at this! Yes, by a lot I may mean 20, but that is far more than I ever expected!

Because people still read this (apparently), maybe I will start posting things on here! If I keep looking at the stats and its as consistent as it is now, I'll definitely start writing some new things!

IN THE MEAN TIME:
if any of you are book fans, like myself, you should definitely check out this blog (not at all by me... psh....). As the blog title describes, this is a book reviewing blog. Typically they won't be too extensive, unless someone comments and asks for more details, but it should be some basic info to help introduce fellow readers into new books! The title of the blog is down here VVV so just click on it and check it out! THANKS! :)

beyondthecoverbookreviews.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hobbies and Surprising Experiences

Recently at school we had a day where everyone was able to go to classes of things that interest them (like a hobby) instead of their usual classes. There were tons of amazing options. There were classes that involved cooking, art, music, sports/athletics, and almost anything else that you can think of. However, sadly, my class was one of the last classes to sign up. I was forced to sign up for two classes that were not my first choice.
The first class I had was a band I had never heard of called "Jackpot Donnie Band", and the second class I had was "scrapbooking". I was happy with my second class because luckily I really enjoy scrapbooking, but I was not looking forward to my first class. To make my lack of excitement even worse, I heard from a lot of people who were also 'forced' to go to Jackpot Donnie that they were a strange band of people playing rock-reggae band. I also heard that they had a song about elbows; so, no surprise, I had very low expectations for the concert.
The morning of, I grudgingly woke up and headed over to the school; however, once I arrived at school and the performance began, I noticed a few people up front dancing. Gradually, one by one, people were going up and dancing together, so, naturally, I joined the group. One of the band members asked a few people to play an instrument on stage with them and I was chosen along with a few others! When the concert was over, I was actually kind of sad to leave because I had so much fun and the music hadn't been bad at all.
Even though I ended up having a great day, it wasn't only great because the concert was awesome, but I was happy because I had given something new a chance even though I didn't think I would like it and I ended up loving it! Even though people always tell you that you should try new things and maybe you do with food or with experiences, but the message doesn't sink in nearly as well until you live it. New things that sound strange may turn out to be a great experience! :)

Jackpot Donnie Band

Skydiving-- one other thing I want to do

Wow... I'm not sure what to call this... but it looks amazing!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Musicals and a review! -Legally Blonde!-

How sad is that title; it wasn't very creative at all! Regardless, I'm talking (rambling maybe...) about something very creative: musicals! Recently, I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the musical "Legally Blonde" at our local theatre. I didn't have high hopes for the production because the musical was based off a well known movie (as you probably know!). Nonetheless, I was really excited because I have seem multiple productions at that theatre and they have all been great. Before the show even began I noted on the interesting scenery and prop choices. Most of the props were small or open because it was a theatre in the round (audience members were sitting on all sides) but they were also eye-catching, interesting and fit the performance well. The show opened with a catchy song that was not only funny, but told the back story flawlessly and the singing was phenomenal. Throughout the show I was captivated. It was hilarious, the characters were very personable and the movie was recreated in what I felt was an even better performance, not to mention a great message.
Overall, I would give it five out of five stars. *****
Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the show, but it reminded me how much respect I have for the cast and crew of musicals. When watching a show, the audience is reminded how much time and effort goes into every production! In Legally Blonde there were two live dogs that not only behaved nicely on stage but they barked seemingly without a command and did all of their tricks perfectly. It really showed how long they had worked on the production and the audience could tell. I was very, very impressed! Definitely go and check it out :)

-Keep you're eyes open for an upcoming Jersey Boys musical review! :D

5 star performance :)
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Legally Blonde the Musical 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic leap day! This is a pretty exciting day! People who have been alive approximately as long as I have and were born on this day will be turning the big "oh four", and they technically won't be able to have their "sweet sixteen" until they are sixty-four in "actual years".
Now, most people know that leap years (or leap days) exist, but most people don't know why, so I have decided to use this post (and this unique day) as inspiration.
Hopefully, you all know why a year has 365 days, but if you don't, it is because one year is calculated as the time it takes for the earth to do one full rotation around the sun (and, if you would like to know, a day is calculated by the amount of time it takes the earth to do one full rotation about it's axis). However, even though we typically say that it takes 365 days for the earth to rotate all the way around the sun, that is just an approximation. It actually takes 365.25636004 days for the earth to fully circle the sun. As you can see, (we are still rounding because it would be much more difficult using the full decimal) there is approximately an extra .25 of a day. This may seem like nothing, it is only about 1/4 of a day, or 6 hours, but if every year, the calender were off by 6 hours, after 100 years the calender will be off by 25 days, and after 500 years, the calender will be off by 125 days. This may seem irrelevant to daily life, but it would result in people trick-or-treating in the snow.
Hopefully this makes sense. After reading over it, it seems kind of confusing, so if you are confused, you can try this link I found that shows a guy who explains it a lot better than I do.
Anyways, I hope you all have a happy leap day because there won't be another one for four whole years! :)
CELEBRATE :D

Earth Rotating around the Sun (one year)


Earth Rotating about the Axis (one day)

HAPPY LEAP YEAR :)





Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cold and Awkward

I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for a blog post, so I decided that I should tell you all a story about something awkward that happened me, which will also kick off the new "segment" of Just Your Daily Dose of Awkward. So here goes; enjoy!
Not too long ago, my family and I went on vacation in Florida. Of course, we stayed in a hotel with a pool because, come on, it's Florida. As soon as we got in, my sister and I threw on our bathing suits and asked our parents if we could go to the pool. My parents told us that we had to go out to get breakfast foods for the room, but that if we stayed at the pool, we could go while they went grocery shopping. So, we grabbed the room key and ran down to the pool.
After an hour or so of swimming, we were tired and decided to go back to our room. So we looked around the pool to grab some towels, but to our surprise none could be found... In hindsight, it probably would have been smart to check this before we got in the pool, but hindsight 20/20.... Because we didn't want to return to our room dripping wet, we decided to go to the front desk, which was only a few steps away, to get some towels.
Without much further thought, we ran out the door and towards the front desk. As soon as the door closed behind us, we realized that we had left our key inside the pool room, which left us locked out of both the pool and our room. Because we didn't have any options, we continued towards the front desk in search of now not only towels, but a key back into the pool.
We walked into the lobby and realized that getting the key wouldn't be as easy as we thought. Not only was there a huge line, but the door to outside was automatic and kept opening and closing, and all we had on was our bathing suits. We walked over to the end of the line and had to wait at least fifteen minutes in the freezing cold to get our towels and room key.
Not only was it awkward, but it was freezing too!
The End :)

Room Key

I wish this was the pool we were swimming in!!
Awkward Turtle :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just Your Daily Dose of Awkward :)

Hello there reader!
 As you may have noticed, the title of this post is a spoof on the title of this blog! Pretty clever, eh? (Yeah, it wasn't my greatest idea I must admit....) Anyways, back on track because I tend to go on really long random tangents (I'm doing it again!). My blog is titled "Just Your Daily Dose of Awesome" (hopefully you know that by now). It is not titled that because I think my life is so awesome that I think if you just read this you will need no more excitement in your day. It is titled that because I hope that if you go on this blog you will learn something that is awesome or you will find out about a movie that is awesome or you will hear something funny that makes you laugh (which I think is awesome).
 Now that we covered that, I can introduce to you a new segment or section of my blog that will be full of awkward things that happen in my life! If I run out of awkward things that have happened to me and I am forced to ask my friends if they have stories that they would like to share, I will notify you of the transition, but, I highly doubt that this day will ever come because there are SO many awkward things that happen in my life daily.
Okay! Well, I am pretty sure that covers it! Look out for these new posts soon! Thanks for listening!

Awkward Turtle
 
Awkward Situation

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First Post of 2012!

Hey everybody! I'm going to start this year off with an... interesting... post. This actually isn't the first post I have written this year; I've written a couple, but I was unable to post them because of technical difficulties. However, I'm pretty sure that my blog, or my computer, or whatever was causing the problem is all worked out, so I will get those posts up as soon as possible. Anyways, back to the original topic:
The post today is kind of a rant, a story, and a complaint all compiled into one post. I'll begin with the story to give you some background.
This past weekend I was at a volleyball tournament. Volleyball tournaments are always incredibly long, but are tons of fun. The most recent tournament I played in was a two day tournament in which we played approximately 6-8 hours on Saturday (beginning at the insane 7:00 in the morning which requires players to wake up at almost 5:30 am!) and then 6-8 hours on Sunday. During the tournament, most of the time teams play (obviously), but some of the time they have to ref. This story takes place while reffing. 
 I was standing on the line calling balls in or out because, well, that was my job. The teams who were playing were both putting in a good effort, but one of the teams was winning by a lot. Suddenly, the losing team shocked the audience by hitting a ball for one of the first times in the game. The hit, however, was really tight to the line and the call to decide if it was in or out was on me. I had a really good view and I was 99.9999% sure that it was out, so I called it out. To my surprise, my call wasn't taken very lightly. Although the ref agreed with me and called the hit "out", a lady behind me, almost definitely a mother to a girl on the losing team screamed out, "WAKE UP, GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME AND MAKE GOOD CALLS!" before mumbling something to her friend. I could only guess what she was saying, but I could tell it probably wasn't a compliment.
That's the end of my story. It wasn't exactly an "upper" but it's a true story. This is where the complaining and ranting part sort of comes into the post. I know that there is freedom of speech, but was that really necessary? The rude lady's team ended up losing 16-25. The call I made was not a deciding point at all. Also, her comment made me start thinking: Is winning so important that we are willing to be personally insulting?  Also, I began to wonder if I was doing a bad job and I was slightly offended and embarrassed! I know that I didn't have to take the comment personally, but I couldn't help it. While I was reffing I kept thinking to myself, you don't have to change your reffing style just because that lady was rude, but I could not stop myself from thinking that! I wanted to prove to her that I was totally awake and that my head was in the game. Even though that had nothing to do with why she was rude, I felt like I had something to prove.
Anyways, I hope you guys think about this if you ever feel like yelling at the ref (which, I don't want to be a hypocrite because sometimes it is irritating when refs make bad calls); think about if you're comment is constructive or just insulting. Also, if you are on the other side (the side of the ref) try not to take the spectator too personally; they probably were just riled up in the heat of the moment. Perspectives may change if you think about how you would feel if you were on the other side.
That's it for today! Sorry for the rant, but thanks for listening!