Christmas

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” -Tale of Two Cities. Another holiday post! Yay! Something about the holiday time always gets me excited. Whether it’d be the decorated houses with Christmas lights, candles burning, family time around the cozy fireplace, the cold weather (not exactly in southern California), or opening presents on Christmas Day. I always think of the holidays as a break from school and quality time to spend with family. Nope. Just kidding. Even on breaks, students are still piled with homework. Even the week before winter break had started, everyone was overwhelmed and overloaded with cramming for tests and homework. Well, obviously, who actually does their homework until the last couple days of break?

What happened to when the purpose of break was to spend time with family and get an actual BREAK from school? I wish teachers would try to at least lighten up the homework load during break. I guess the stress never goes away. I’m still trying to enjoy every last minute of break by spending time with family and friends. I’m definitely going to miss the Christmas spirit once it’s over. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

First Dates

First Dates. The first thing that came to mind was the movie 50 First Dates. Loved that movie. Anyway, recently, instead of a discussion about Tale of Two Cities, we had a set up power point presentation about First Dates. It was quite interesting and informative. The boys jokingly said, “We got to take notes!” I’m sure most of the girls felt extremely awkward, because I know I did. Although I’m glad this was only the start on Theriault’s many life lessons. When he told us to take out a pen and a piece of paper, I could hear everyone panicking and my heart dropped. This meant we had a reading check quiz and for many, on chapters we haven’t read yet. However, he told us to either reflect on our very first date or write about an ideal first date. Not that I want to share what I wrote down, but I’d like to share some of the advice he gave us! I know most girls would always have in mind of the perfect ideal man and wants everything to fall in place on exactly how they want it to be on a perfect first date. In reality, sometimes things don’t turn out as expected. (Although first impressions aren’t always as it seems) Just like Sydney Carton from Tale of Two Cities! We thought of him as a worthless wreck, but we soon discovered his love for Lucie and that he would do anything for her and anyone dear to her. Even though first impressions may be deceiving, it would still be nice to create a good first impression on the first date. Here are a few ideas!

Probably one of my favorites, although it is quite pricey, is spending time with your significant other all day at an amusement park, preferably Disneyland! 🙂 If you’re willing to save the money for a ticket, it could be quite the special date! (And also make reservations at the Blue Bayou for dinner!)

Another fun idea is to go ice skating! Don’t know how to ice skate? Great. Chances are one or the other will not know how to ice skate. This will result in one clinging onto the other for support/balance! The cold will also cause close proximity. 🙂 Maybe get some hot chocolate! Most of the time, there are nearby indoor ice skating rinks, but if you’re lucky, you can get to an outdoor ice skating rink!

A more scenic kind of first date could be at the beach during a sunset! Again, the cold will result in close proximity. Going to the beach is also a very inexpensive date idea! Walk along the shore and watch the sunset.

Although it may be super nerve wracking, the most important thing is just to have fun and enjoy each other’s company! No matter where you go, it should be a fun day filled with memories with who you go with! I hope you enjoyed my post and learned a little something for the future 🙂 Good luck!

Another door opens…

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This is my second family, the front ensemble also known as the pit. As the marching season comes to an end, I’ve began to feel nostalgic and reflect on how much we grew as an ensemble and as a family.

I’ve really enjoyed coming to practice and spending countless hours each week with these people. Knowing that this will be our band director, Wampler’s last and final year, every member poured their heart and soul and left everything they had out on the field of each performance. Performing to a full crowd and having them stand up and clap for you after your performance. Isn’t that the best feeling ever? Knowing that they came out and paid tickets to watch your group perform. They’re not just people that dread sitting through your performance at a half-time show football game. That’s the best part. Performing with people you love for people who come to watch you perform. It’s not about the tub of trophies we won. Literally, we have gigantic tubs of trophies.

“As one door of happiness closes, another one opens.” It’s not over yet. When marching season ends, that means something else is coming.  This means percussion indoor winter season. It will be my 2nd year doing indoor drumline. And I have to say, it is definitely better than marching season. However, rehearsals continued to occupy my schedule every week. During indoor, a stronger bond grows between the battery and the pit. Going to Dayton last year meant a lot to me. Especially when Castro, our captain, would give a motivational speech before every competition. One quote was “If he can do it, and she can do it, so can you.” which pushed me to work harder than ever before. I’m extremely excited and ready to take on this indoor season.