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[Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 @ 2:46pm]
Yes, I AM well aware I haven't updated for a full quarter of school, which is quite a few months. I probably won't have time to make a decent update of any sort until AP exams are over. Just wanted to let you all know that I'm alive and haven't completey abandoned this thing.
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[Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 @ 3:44pm]
[ mood | nervous ]

So uh...if I don't update for a good month, it's most likely because I've been grounded due to the fact that I, like half of all the AP Physics kids in the school (not even kidding), failed the midterm. So um...yeah. I still have an 85 for the quarter, though, and my other grades mostly kick ass:

AP American History- 97 on quarter, 96 on midterm
Band-*shrugs*
Eastern Philo-99, 99
Pre Calc ACC-92, 88
AP Eng. Lang.-99, unknown
Gym-100

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[Friday, January 20th, 2006 @ 10:17pm]
Yes, I'm aware I've been even more spastic in updating than usual. I'm still alive, but school's been keeping me very busy as of late. Next week is midterm week, so I'll be sure to update then ♥
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[Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 @ 3:34pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Sorry for the lack of updates. School's been keeping me busy and the such.

Speaking of school, we got our 1st quarter grades a while ago, but I never posted 'em, so...here they are!

AP Physics is the DevilCollapse )

So all in all, I did all right. Certainly not my best, though. I was hoping junior year would shock me into working harder, but so far, it doesn't seem too different from any previous school year. I'm already doing better in some classes, though. I have a 91 and 97 on two tests in AP American and I received an A and A Plus on questions for The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and "Inherit the Wind". Acting out the character of Drummond in the latter was far too much fun, I must say ^^; I hate how quiet my english class is, though. Apparently my teacher's other class is constantly debating and ours is just...quiet. She'll ask a question about something we've read and there's no response. She has to keep poking and prodding us until I or somebody else finally says something. Although, the answers aren't always...intelligent. For example, there's this one guy in my class who has compared The Scarlet Letter to "One Tree Hill" and "Inherit the Wind" to the movie "You Got Served". The hell? At least he provides for amusement.

In other news, an Evangelical Christian who thinks Harry Potter is Satanic now sits with Mike and I at lunch. I have decided to refrain from revealing my atheism to her for the time being, because I think she'd tell her "spiritual mother", leading for the woman to come to my school and chase me down with a knife (I'm not even joking. From what I've heard of her, the woman's freaking scary). She's actually fairly nice, though. In an odd way.

I may be in the dilemma of having joined too many extra curricular activies, since some of them I thought were gone for good have come back. So now I'm in Anchor Club (community service), Philosophy Club, possibly the National English Honor Society (first reinstatement of it in this school for numerous years-they have to approve my application before I can join), and Mock Trial. I wasn't so sure about returning to Mock Trial since I heard the case sucked, but it's actually the first manslaughter case in a while, so everyone's a bit excited about that (only time you'll ever hear poeple going "All right, it's manslaughter! Awesome!"). I've been told there's a lot of new blood this year, but the majority of the crowd dropped out last year after they received the case, so....time will tell, I suppose.

I have too many research papers O_O For philosophy, I'm researching/comparing & contrasting the various views of the afterlife (or lack thereof) between Hinduism, Christianity, and Atheism. Honestly, I wanted to do something a bit more unique than 'the afterlife'-I had read a really interesting article regarding gender in various belief systems, including the grayer areas with transvestites, those who considered themselves androgynous, those who considered themselves to be a different gender emotionally than they were physically, etc-but I didn't give myself enough time to look further into it. For AP American, we have to create and research a thesis about the Civil War, so mine originally was how the various interpretations of the Constitution were used to justify certain actions taken during that period, but he mentioned it would be best to focus mainly on how it related to the South's succession from the North. And for AP American Language, we have to research the works of a particular author and develop a thesis regarding their style, themes, etc, and I picked Edward Albee. Should be interesting.

Outside of school, I saw both Harry Potter & The GOF and RENT* during their respective opening nights, and I'll post my reviews of them after the Hairspray trip on Friday. I'm definitely excited about the trip, since I'll get to relax and have fun for once. With all the work I've been doing lately and all the friend 'drama' going on (which I honestly feel bad for continuously spewing on you guys), I think I deserve a break.

* For any RENTHEADs on my F-list (or just RENT fans in general), if you wish to see how RENT evolved over the years, look for the NYTW script on google. It is truly appalling XD I've never been so grateful for 'One Song Glory' ('The Right Brain'? The HELL? I mean, I get the right part of the brain is the more creative side, but...) and 'Take Me or Leave Me'.

And I shall leave you with a quiz!
IntuitionCollapse )

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[Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 @ 3:19pm]
Two updates in a row? I'm on a roll!

Guess who's gonna see "Hairspray" on a band fieldtrip?

KELLY! a.k.a., me.

Well, only 55 people are allowed to go, so I have to get to school early tomorrow to hand in the slip. But Dad prob can't drive me because my brother got into a car accident (he's fine) and needs his car, so I'll probably have to walk unless my sister can drive me. It'll be dark. Cold, too. But worth it? OH YES.

So the rest of my entry is...only a survey type thing. STFU.

You know you love those cliche memesCollapse )
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[Monday, October 24th, 2005 @ 5:12pm]
[ mood | silly ]

I did not abandon this journal for almost 2 months. Really. I didn't.

*straight face*

Ahem.

...So onto talk of school, eh?

oh em gee. It's junior year!Collapse )

Hmm. I write different. Better than the bland voice I used to use. Ew.

...Or perhaps an hour of doing Sudoku puzzles will do that to you.

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[Thursday, September 1st, 2005 @ 12:46am]
[ mood | restless ]

I got in one more movie before school starts, so at least I haven't been wasting most of August. Me and Fran saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday (after having to reschedule it due to transportation difficulties). It was...all right. Definitely different from the original movie; I missed the orange skin of the Oomphaloomphas and their old songs, as random as they were. Although supposedly this version was based a lot more on the book than Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Today (well, yesterday, technically) me and mom headed to the mall to buy some last minute clothes for school, and luckily I was more successful this time than when I went with Leanna and Co...that day I got a single shirt ^^; But yeah, I bought home...4 shirts today. Although I am partially scared that I bought three of them from a store that played 3 Britney Spears songs back to back. I'm a bit worried. Just a little.

I bought the last Spiral DVD as well...and I must say that the infamous anime ending is indeed a cop-out XD I must say Grey Ayres said it best on the commentary track when he said something along the lines of "...all the advertisements said 'What are the Blade Children?' and Zack was like 'No really, we're asking you, what are the Blade Children?'

And I finished The Scarlet Letter finally. I meant to finish it at the end of July and revise the essay once in each week of August, really I did...but then I got lazy because I sucketh so. Ah well. I'm devoting all of tomorrow (well, today technically) to write the essay, and then I have until monday to read that book on George Washington. That leaves tuesday to do that assignment, and then...school the next day.

I'm not really dreading it actually; I'm kind of excited. Although I now have to be at the bus stop at 6:40-6:50 as opposed to 7:20-7:30.

...Yeah, I'm not too happy about that.

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Long Live the Wicked! [Saturday, August 27th, 2005 @ 10:44pm]
[ mood | refreshed ]

So yesterday-the 26th-my dad and I headed up to the city to see "Wicked". We had the train ride from hell, but I don't feel like writing in detail about it, so I won't ^^;

I was curious to see how this experience would compare to my POTO experience. The seats weren't as good; we sat 3rd row, practically center in the orchestra for POTO, and because we got these tickets from my dad's company as opposed to buying them, we sat row X stage right for "Wicked". I also had waited for POTO for months and months, so I had a lot more time to imagine what might happen or read up the many interpretations various actors brought to their role. For "Wicked", I had only bought the CD a week and one day previous (although I learned a lot about different actors soon enough-I get obsessed easily, you see ^^;)

I ended up enjoying "Wicked" more than POTO, although I think the only reason why is because I was looking foward to POTO for months and expected an awful lot out of it; I kept envisioning the perfect POTO version to the point where anything would have slightly disappointed me. But with "Wicked", I luckily learned from my mistake. I don't know if anyone else on my Flist is a "Wicked" fan, but I'll post this here anyway so at least I won't forget too much ^_^

It's Not Easy Being GreenCollapse )

OMGSTAGEDOOR!!!111oneoneCollapse )

Woo, I think I'm done XD

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Teh New and Improved Scedule! [Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 @ 2:08pm]
[ mood | happy ]

My schedule has been changed and I am quite pleased ^_^ Changes are underlined!

1. AP American History
2. Concert Band
3. Fall: Eastern Philosophy
Spring-CREATIVE WRITING!
4. Fall: Lunch
Spring: West. Philosophy

5. Pre-Calc Accelerated
6. AP English Lang
7. A Days-11/12th Grade Gym
B Days-AP Physics B Lab
8. AP Physics

I know my teahcers now too, and I already know or love most of them. I'm only unfamiliar with my gym and physics teachers.

I am also happy due to having tickets to see "Wicked" on Friday, the 2nd musical in two months. This week officially rocks.

EDIT TO THE EXTREME: Because of the budget....there are no proms. I kid you not. No junior, no senior. I wasn't even planning on going...but...damn. There's no winter or spring concerts for the music kids (band, orchestra, chorus), no NYSSMA, no more art exhibits, no music and art awards, no dance team, no drama play or musical...my god. I knew a lot of things got cut, like our clubs, but...I didn't know to what extreme.

It's...kinda sad, really.

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My Junior Schedule... [Saturday, August 13th, 2005 @ 3:36pm]
[ mood | worried ]

Dude, my fucking schedule sucks.

Why is that?

THERE'S NO CREATIVE WRITING. They gave me HUMOR instead.

At least we're allowed to schedule a meeting with our counselors before school starts to fix stuff that we don't want. I am not pleased. And I have both Eastern AND Western Philosophy in the fall as opposed to one in the fall and one in the spring. Oy vey.

Anyway, here how it is so far:

1. AP American History
2. Concert Band
3. Fall: Eastern Philosophy
Spring: Humor (*head slam*)
4. Fall: Western Philosophy
Spring: Lunch
5. Pre-Calc Accelerated
6. AP English Lang
7. A Days-11/12th Grade Gym
B Days-AP Physics B Lab
8. AP Physics

I'm not so mad journalism got replaced with lunch, since I kind of expected the class to get canceled after the budget got voted down twice. And it also sucks AP Physics, of all classes, is LAST. But no Creative Writing? I am not pleased. Not at all. I'm so fixing that, whether they want me to or not.

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[Saturday, July 16th, 2005 @ 10:41pm]
So I've read 373 pages of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and am feeling much better compared to last night. There's nothing else really to say, so I'll leave with a quote from my brother:

"it's sad JK Rowling has gotten kids to read while public education has been trying to do it for 2 decades-and failed."
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[Thursday, July 7th, 2005 @ 3:23pm]
Britain should be celebrating, not facing crap like THIS.

Stay safe out there, guys.

There's even an LJ community set up for it, for those interested in keeping up with what's been going on:
london_070705
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[Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 6:24pm]
happy birthday to me :)
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[Saturday, July 2nd, 2005 @ 11:02pm]
You know the world is becoming a scary place when there is going to be a Mario version of DDR.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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[Friday, July 1st, 2005 @ 10:36pm]
[ mood | content ]

So summer has arrived. Well, it arrived a little while ago, actually, but still. To be frank, I'm bored already o_O At least my birthday is on Monday-that should give me SOMETHING to do.

Although I've started reading The Scarlett Letter for AP English (11th grade), and although I wasn't sure how I would like it, I'm finding it a lot more enjoyable than I thought I would. I can't wait to write the essay; I LOVE writing essays. I'm going to end up checking it over so many times; the rubric they gave us is a lot more strict than what we're used to (although I was really quite happy when I saw it for that same reason) and I'm going to use it so much my eyes just might bore a hole through the paper.

Then again, I also have a book on George Washington to read for AP American History. I read a little of it and it's not as boring as I was afraid it might be. And hey, at least the teachers for the course sound really passionate about the subject. They tend to be the teachers I like best.

Speaking of school, I got my report card back. Not my best...my scores on the Regents (state test) were...eh. Well, the 77 in Chem was to be expected (although I was hoping for at least a low 80), since my teacher taught us shit all year. I spent 4 good hours studying for that one, but it's kind of hard to reteach a year's worth of stuff over again. I could even tell it was supposed to be an easy test, but my class was still not at all prepared for it. I was VERY surprised by my 80 in Math. I read online that they actually had to regrade it since so many people were complaining it was so hard. They made the curve huge, it seems. I thought it was a little bit difficult, so I figured I originally had a low-mid 80 that ended up being a high 80 or low 90, so when I saw the 80 I was like "uh...WTH?" But hey, least I got 97 in my Global History Regents ^_^

Speaking of exams, Candy beat me in all of them o_O I don't know how she does it. She waits till the last minute to study, doesn't even do the review in one (math) of the classes, does worse than me in said class almost all year, and claims she doesn't get a good portion of the material-and she beats me. I don't get it O_O

I intterupt this entry with one of the many varients of the Jung/Myer-Briggs Personality Test-same result as always-and random musings!Collapse )

So I'm off to review drabbles from someone I haven't read from in a while. EXCITING! Well...sort of. But hey, it's something to do ^^;

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[Friday, June 10th, 2005 @ 11:55pm]
[ mood | crappy ]

I don't know why I keep doing this.

Every time I make a new journal, I tell myself the same thing; I'll be better at expressing what's on my mind, I won't hold in as much, I'll actually sound like me for a change.

I still don't. Sound like me, I mean. I don't know why it's so difficult. I mean, I look back at all these entries and I sound so boring, and I know I'm not. I know I'm weird and unique and all that, but I can't express who I really am deep down at all. You need a voice to get through life, and I can't find mine. Maybe I'm not completely sure who I am yet. There's just so many sides to me that I can't tell what I'm imagining and what's really me. And I never can make myself be honest in all these journals. I'm afraid of history repeating itself; I'm afraid of everyone getting tired of me and all my dumb complaints. I'm afraid of people seeing who I really am-whoever she is-and not liking me. Rejecting me. Maybe that's normal. I don't know.

I know I should have a better entry than this after not updating for a month, but...I needed to get that off my chest.

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[Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 @ 3:42pm]
[ mood | confused ]

SO ABOUT THAT AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM!

Actually, it wasn't too bad (I took it yesterday). The multiple choice wasn't too bad and the essays could've been a lot worse. Although when we saw the DBQ everyone's eyebrows just kinda shot up for a minute. At least the ducuments helped out a lot. So I think I did okay overall...I probably got a 3, but I really, really want a 4.

Everyone on the way home complained our teacher didn't teach us anything, which is bullshit. Maybe I sound like a teacher's pet, but I don't get a lot of teachers often who I think are very good. Maybe last year's teacher sucked, who didn't know about the Heian period in Japan or how to spell "Stock Market", but I loved our teacher this year. She didn't just list the facts off, she gave us reasons for why everything happened. That's what the AP people are looking for. And then they complain that we barely took any notes and that we had to teach ourselves a lot. Guess what, guys: IT'S A COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE! What did you think you were signing up for? You don't get a lot of notes in college. You do have to teach yourself a lot. And she didn't have the TIME to teach us everything, since last year our teacher taught us NOTHING. She can't make up for him. Admit it. you didn't study enough. Get over it.

I hung out at Eric's house the Sunday before. He was working on a dress he was making for Sasha when I got there. She came over about an hour later, I guess. It was actually a nice dress, although the straps kept coming unpinned whenever Eric tried to pin them down. Chaos ensued trying to put makeup on Sasha, though, and Eric ended up with lipstick all over his face ^^; Tabitha came over a bit later to help Eric with his Tale of Two Cities project, since he chose to film scenes from the film. We watched the outtakes afterwards (Eric saying "my love," in the most monotone voice ever had us laughing for a bit) and...that's really it.

Anyway, it feels like Social Studies is over even though we still have the Regents (state test). It feels like the year is over, actually. We began reviewing in math, although we had major paper passing issues today that took a good 20 minutes to resolve ^^; A lot of kids were worrying about NYSSMA (a solo or ensemble music festival where you get graded on a certain scale). Last year, it felt majorly weird not doing it after having taken part of it from 5th grade onwards. It was weird not doing the "typical" schedule: listen to music on the way there (Vanessa Carlton usually), do it, think I did okay, and then start feeling worse on the way home. But I'm rather glad I didn't do it this year either, especially because of all the studying I did for the AP. At least I got an "Outstanding" (the highest level) in my last year doing it.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to change my schedule for next year. so far I have AP English (Language, I think), AP American History, AP Physics (O_O), Pre-Calc ACC, Band, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Journalism, and Creative Writing. I'm trying to decide if I should switch the last two with AP Psych or not. CONFUSION! It randomly started bugging me after leaving the newspaper room. Ah well, I'll figure it out...I hope O_O

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*glares at ff.net* [Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 @ 10:13pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Bah at ff.net's new rule. BAH I SAY!

Just finished editing 3 of my older songfics. Granted, they all sucked. But hey, I still want them on there...for some reason O_O

*clears throat*

ANYWAY, me and Candy went to the movies tonight and watched "A Lot Like Love." It was...okay. At least I got popcorn :D

The only other thing I've been doing during vacation is studying for my AP World History exam. I actually got an 87 on the practice multiple choice, which was very odd due to A)only studying for the essay and B)not knowing half of the answers. I guess the little bit of logic I used worked. Granted, it was supposed to be a 14 point curve, but we'll have that on the actual test as well. But some of the people I know got in the 40s, and I felt bad saying what I got =/

Anyway, I've highlighted over 40 pages in my review book, covering two units. The other units I either highlighted already for an assignment or I learned this year, so it's still somewhat fresh in my mind. Unlike last year, where the only thing I remember is the rape of Nanjing O_O And those crazy map quizzes he gave us where we'd be learning about China and he'd quiz us on the geography of Africa O_O Nevermind the fact that he took off points if my "a's" weren't completely closed and looked like "u's". Apparently the man can't spell "stock market" either. A girl in my lyrical class said he spelt it as "souk merket." Something along those lines.

Oh, and I finished Evangelion! Well, except for End of Evangelion, which is pretty essential. At first, I got wrapped up in all the Shinji-ness of the last TV episode, so I forgot about all the unresolved plot points and ended up loving the ending despite its shortcomings ^^; But I adore Shinji, as messed up as he is.

On other news, I have decided that manga has the weird side effect of making me less interested in actual books O_O The last one I read was Phantom of the Opera, and that was when I was rereading it. Reminder: must post a defense of Raoul in hated_character soon. As much as Erik is my favorite, Raoul needs some defense against the bashers.

Off to join an anime rating community or two-I think they might become my new addiction O_O

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[Saturday, April 16th, 2005 @ 2:30pm]
See? I finally updated! HA!!!

*clears throat*

I-CON!!!!!!!!

I-CON is a sci-fi/anime convention held on Long Island-this year it was held on the 8th-10th of April. I got there around 11, although it opened about 9:30-10. At first, all I did was buy my membership at the sports center and go downstairs to where they were selling stuff. I bought volumes 6 and 7 of Evangelion: The Platinum Edition as well as a Lain poster. Some guy there saw me and was like "You're at a convention and you're not smiling! SMILE!"

Then I split up from my friends to head over to other buildings for other anime stuff. First up was anime karaoke at 12, although I got there at 12:30. I didn't sing, but I listened to the others, and I recognized the Eva theme song and two Inuyasha songs (first opening and one of the endings, I believe). Some people listening got really into it, it was great. That lasted until 2. Originally "Name That Tune" was supposed to be from 1-2, but I guess they changed it.

At 2, I took a bit of a break and met Candy, Mike, Eric, and Tabitha again to eat a little. Then I headed back over to the same building for a panel on fanfiction. I met two girls there who I talked to a bit, and we liked a lot of the same anime. The panel was quite interesting; it discussed the legalities of fanfic (basically, it's mostly illegal to write fanfic) as well as some of its history. A shoujo anime panel was meant to be at 4, but apparently the schedule was messed up and it took place the day before. So, me and the two other girls headed over to watch a showing of Evangelion playing (by the time we got there, it was up to episode 9). They left to watch Kenshin after a while because one of them wasn't familiar with Eva's story. And then Rob and his friend came in. They didn't know the story either XD They just saw me inside and stopped in and watched it for a while. OH! I was interviewed by a New York Times reporter! Someone came over to me when I was watching and asked if I minded answering some questions the reporter had on an article she was writing about anime. Actually, looking back on my answers, they were the typical "Anime is often deeper than American cartoons," comments that people say all the time, but oh well. She basically asked how often I watched it, if it was something I had an interest in pursuing, why I enjoyed it, why I came to the convention, etc.

After a few more eps, we headed over to yet another building to see the cosplay/masquerade contest, running into even more people from my school on the way.

COSPLAY!Collapse )

I left at about 9; the cosplay was supposed to be from 7-9; it started at 7:20 an ended 8:30, so I had time to spare.

The other panels/anime showings that I didn't attend were: Outlaw Star, Gunparade March, Martian Successor Nadesico, Mobile Suit Gundam, How to Cosplay, Anime 101, Dubbing Workshop, Death and Rebirth/End of Eva, Tsukikage Ran, Weiss Kruez, Full Metal Panic, Kaleido Star, Cowboy Bebop.

So that was last Saturday. Yesterday, I headed over to Rob's house to watch POKEMON THE FIRST MOVIE! Inspired by a late night aim convo reminiscing about the past. Brian was there, along with Rita and Priya. We all laughed at how much we remembered ^^; The theme song, the pokemon, their evolutions....Rob repeated every goddamn word Brock said XD And I actually said one of Ash's lines the same time as him because I am just too lame like that ^^; Then Rob, Brian, and Rita played Halo 2 live while me and Priya just kinda...watched. Then we just talked about random things, in which I discovered that apparently I fake cry very convincingly. Anyway, Rob's house was TRES fun. I was feeling crappy beforehand, and all week I've been feeling like I'm randomly going to start crying, so that took my mind off stuff.

Today I had the practice AP test for Global History. The multiple choice sucked. Most people thought so (except for Tabitha, who thought it was really easy), but the essay was okay (which was prob because they gave us the topic beforehand XD)

The real AP test is in less than 3 weeks.

O_O

*dies*
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[Sunday, April 3rd, 2005 @ 11:57am]
You know, I've always been really bad with writing journals. I promise to write in this tihng again. Very soon. I mean it this time. REALLY.

...Don't look at me like that O_O
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