At one point in my life, just recently, I thought about joining a branch of the military. I was getting tired of the same old things and wanted to do something worth doing. I wanted to do something that was bigger than me. I wanted to travel and see different places, and the military would allow me to do that. I wanted to see different cultures and different ways of living. I wanted some kind of change. I was not positive I wanted to do this, but was eager to think about this. It would have provided me with money for college and shape me into a better person overall.
I was looking into the Army specifically. One of my friends joined the U.S. Army and loves it. The scary part about that though, is the government can put you wherever they please. At this time, as previously stated, I was not 100% sure I wanted to do this.
I got thinking about plans for the future. I realized the best thing for me right now, is to keep going to school and earn this degree first. Once I have done that, there will be plenty of opportunities that will excite interest within me. Even though it is not an exciting lifestyle at this point, (a typical college student with a part-time job) I am comfortable with this situation. I have it too easy! However, I can not wait to finish college and start a career in a field I love!
Some people forgot how to use manners! I was working in the grocery store the other day when there were several instances when people yelled across the store to ask if we had anything or where something was. I am thinking, come closer to me and have the respect to talk to me face to face. “Where is ya’lls popcorn?!” “Where’s the restroom at?!” These type of people really tick me off when they yell nonsense across the store. I have learned to ignore them until they decide to walk closer to me and ask me in a decent manner.
I think some people at this point in time have forgotten how to use their manners and how to act politely. Just the basics would be nice to have: “Please” and “Thank you.”, holding the door open for someone, and helping anyone in need. Especially using these manners in public. Too many times have I heard obnoxious people in restaurants, grocery stores, or other public places. Use your manners…please!
All throughout high school I was in show choir. I formed a close bond with a lot of people who shared my interest in performing on stage for a large audience, singing and dancing. Recently, I saw my high school group, Charisma, perform at a local high school for a competition. Watching them made me miss show choir greatly. Every year Charisma has a great show!
It seemed like it took forever to learn the whole competition show. Everyday after school we would practice and learning new moves and notes. Although it took many hours to learn the show, it was always wonderful when we could run through the whole show without stopping. One of the best parts was when we got to see what costumes we were going to be wearing for the show. One of the greatest feelings was being on stage and hearing the crowd cheer for the group. Another great feeling was getting out of those sweaty clothes and changing into something more comfortable!
Yes, this is me having a good 'ol time with my solo! 🙂
When a group like this is tightly knit and always around each other, there is plenty of drama! I was not part of most of the things going on around me, but it was fun to watch some of it happen. When it affected our performance though, the drama did not sit well with me. Freshman year I was really quiet. As time went on I became more comfortable with everything. I became a leader of the group by my senior year and just wanted the best for everyone. Man was there a lot of drama my senior year! We all made it out alive though!
Competition season, January through March, was always the best time. Every Saturday was a competition somewhere. Most of the time, we had to get up early in order to get to the school on time. It was hilarious watching all of the non-morning people drudge around in the early hours. The bus rides were also fantastic and filled with laughter.
I will always remember all of the good times I had while in show choir I will always return to see how my favorite school is doing in the show choir world!
One thing I can not stand is people who are terrible drivers. They do not follow traffic rules or have any common sense. On thing that really makes me angry is when someone is tailgating me. They are right behind be, without even one car length of room in between us. One night on my way home this woman is right behind me, tailgating me. Here is what I do when someone does this:
First, I make sure that I am not going too slow. If I am under the speed limit by 5mph, they have all the right to tailgate me. If I am going at least the speed limit, then this is where the problem arises. Second, if I am indeed driving at least the posted speed limit, and someone is riding my tail, I will ease up on the gas pedal and purposely drive five to ten miles per hour below the speed limit, just to piss them off. It is especially fun if we are in a no passing zone like approaching an off-ramp to an exit or a two-way road when cars are coming the other direction. Lastly, I wave at them as they speed by me once they get the chance.
Just a couple of nights ago I had to do this to some lady who was tailgating me. I was going the speed limit when she decides to ride the bumper of my truck. I’m thinking “Oh you should not be doing that!” I slowed way down. She had no room to pass me for a couple of miles. We were getting on Interstate 69 and moving towards 469. I was going slow the whole way, especially on the on-ramp to Interstate 469. Once she got the chance to pass me, she swerved over, hit the gas, and flicked me off. HA! I just laughed and waved. I should have been the one flicking her off! But I like to have fun instead.
That is just another thing besides people not having their headlights on that bothers me. You can read about my rant about that here.
If you are not yet informed about this bet, view the original posting, Update #1, and Update #2.
There are two weeks left of the bet remaining and two more weeks until spring break. Both dates I am looking forward to. I have not lost anymore weight since the previous update, although I have maintained the weight I have previously lost. With these last two weeks, I do not think I will meet my twenty pound goal. It really is not realistic. I am going to try my best at it and really push these last two weeks. I am going to try to run everyday from now until then. Of course, if my feet, legs, or ankle are sore, I will take a break for a day. I need to keep a strict diet going and not take in too many calories and carbs. I also need to keep drinking water everyday, all day.
Like I said, meeting my goal in two weeks does not seem possible, but I will reach my goal and not give up even if the date of the goal has passed.
I will give one final update on the best in two weeks! Hopefully some good news coming! Thanks for all of the encouragement.
I am starting the seventh week of the Spring semester. I can not believe that the semester is already almost half over. I have been keeping up in all of my classes and doing fairly well.
My math class is going pretty smoothly. I have been introduced to some tough math problems and I am getting the hang of solving them. I currently have an “A” in math and plan to keep that letter grade throughout. I have a test scheduled for a week from now. I feel like if I do a bit more studying and do more problems throughout the chapter, I should do fairly well. My first two tests have been “A’s” so let us hope I can keep the streak going.
My philosophy class is probably the class that I have the most trouble with at this point in time. There is never any homework besides reading the textbook chapters. I go to class and listen to him lecture the whole time while taking notes. The class is based on quiz and test scores, and so far only two quizzes have been taken. The first test is online starting today and ends Wednesday at noon. I am planning to meet with four or five other people who have the same class to work on the test together. This way, all of us can put our minds together and get a fantastic grade on the first test, so I am hoping. Sometimes it is really hard to pay attention in this class. My mind drifts to other places often when I am not nodding off. I am seeing to turning this around after the test and try to find an interest in this philosophical stuff.
My composition class is somewhat easy for me. I am learning quite a bit of information. We have several reading assignments and notes due. There are three papers throughout the course. I have recently turned in an argumentative essay paper. I am eager to receive the grade for that essay. The next project is a big research paper. We will be spending quite a bit of time on the process of creating this paper. I am actually looking forward to writing this paper, however, I am not sure what I want to research. We can research anything that we want.
And finally, my Intro to Computers course. It is a joke. All of our quizzes and tests are open book and open notes. To fail this class, you have to try hard to fail. I am sure I will get an “A” in this course at the end of the semester. I am learning some cool computer tricks though. We are done learning the basics about computers: the functions of the different hardware and software parts. Now we are beginning to learn about the functions of different software such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. I think it will be very beneficial to me. I just know the basics about Word and PowerPoint, but nothing about Excel and what it is capable of doing. So, I am very excited to start these chapters.
Overall this semester is an easy semester. I am getting a good GPA base my first year. I am somewhat looking forward to the harder classes, because I like to be challenged. Also, I can not wait to take some more criminal justice classes this fall! But before that, let me enjoy the summer!
I always hate it when I see people begging for money on the side of the road or in the median. The latest cardboard sign I saw said “Broke but not broken.” I was really tempted to give him five dollars of some birthday money I had gotten. I just never know if they are deserving of the money. He looked like a nice guy, but you can never tell between the real ones and the crooks. That got me thinking. What kind of change can I make in someone’s life? What can I do for someone who will really make a difference? I kind of wanted to park my truck and go talk to him. I want to hear their stories. How did they end up the way they are right now? The guy looked pretty young; maybe around twenty-five years old. Jobs are hard to come by these days. Were drugs a problem that led him to the streets? There are so many questions left unanswered.
One of my life goals is to make a difference in someone’s life that greatly impacts them. There is a movie that I have watched called “Pay It Forward” starring Kevin Spacey. A teacher gives his class a semester long assignment to come up with an idea to change the world. One kid in particular came up with an idea to do something drastic for three people who was life changing for them. Then in return they would have to pay forward the favor to three other people, making it grow exponentially. It is a great story and something that I really wish could happen in the real world. I know it will never happen, because people now are too dependent on money and are very greedy.
How would you change someone’s life? Give up your job for a stranger? Buy clothes for someone on the street? Take in someone and try to make them clean both body and mind? I would like to hear your thoughts.