Running – Blending – Finding Dory

One of the things I’m trying to consistently do this summer is run. This appears to be a difficult habit to maintain for obvious reasons. I’ve planned to work out for 2 hours a day Monday through Friday. This is a lot for me. Time is not a problem but the weather is. I love summer because I love the heat. But when you’re running, you overheat. It’s too hot, too sunny, too sweaty. I made a resolution to wake up early in the morning to avoid the harsh sun but this is also difficult because I’ve started sleeping later again. Of course commitment is also difficult. I, like many other humans find running to be a hard chore. To build endurance can take weeks which strains my need for instant gratification. I’m going to try to run in the evening instead in hopes of a milder sun and less reluctance. I’ve done my research which says according to our circadian rhythm, running around 4-5 PM allows for optimal performance.

 

I’ve recently whipped out my blender. It’s become a very important aspect of my summer. Buying drinks outside is taking a toll on my wallet and making your own smoothies and juices is much healthier, more fun, and open-ended. I really enjoy making pina coladas, my favorite drink. I’ve also enjoyed making watermelon smoothies. Home-made smoothies are a great breakfast as they’re filling and nutritious. I’m probably having way more fun than I should with my blender. Looking for recipes online is an adventure, the drink is the treasure.

 

I’ve waiting for the Finding Nemo sequel for a very long time. So long in fact, that when it finally came out, I was nowhere near as excited as I should have been. Some comments, baby dory is adorably vulnerable. I found her backstory endearing. A lot of old characters meet a lot of new characters. The plot is somewhat symmetrical to that of Nemo’s. The moral of the story: if fish had cellphones, life would be easier. And of course: Just keep swimming.

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Adults – Patience – Summer ‘16

I’ve been receiving a lot of crap from adults recently. In every imaginable scenario in the past month, I’ve had a run-in with a sassy ungrateful old person. This includes the teachers, the bosses, and of course, the family. I’m quite, unhappy and unsatisfied at the moment. Even though it’s summer, I feel nothing but dread. The teachers I can avoid. But the boss? The family? I’ve been searching low and high for another job. It hasn’t been working out. I hope to quit my current one. Although it pays decently, it doesn’t pay enough and certainly not for all the shit I have to deal with. My last encounter with that place was like the 5th straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ve been tallying this up and the camel may actually die soon. It’s a tough life I’m leading: the life of a teenager. Old enough to be expected to act wisely but not old enough to be treated with respect. As for my family, well I suppose those people are irreplaceable. Nothing I can do about it now but suck it up and carry on.

 

I suppose I can’t always blame everyone around me for my sour mood. Maybe I’m just high-strung now. It’s difficult to control my outbursts because they come so naturally now. I won’t lie, I’m very easily irritated. Maybe it’s because I’ve been really tired? Either way, I feel like I need to take some time to relax, take deep breaths, and filter my thoughts before I act on them. Maybe I’ll do some yoga or go for long runs to burn off the negative vibes. Patience does not run in my family. I’m choosing to take responsibility for it however, and try to train myself to be kinder and more considerate. It’s going to expel a lot of energy but a huge part of making myself happy is making the people around me happy too.

 

Summer is among us. Not officially. There are about 2 more days. But schools out for me. The feeling is unreal. I can’t believe it because it doesn’t feel like it. I feel like I’m going to wake up tomorrow to the sound of my alarm and have to go to school. I’m just not in the right mentality, my brain is still active and wild and cautious up due dates and deadlines which is necessary because I’ve got a good chunk of summer work to do for prep for my classes next year and I also have to begin my college application process. I’ve designed a calendar that maps out everything I need to do to feel productive and so far so good. Hopefully I’ll be returning back to school, to senior year, on a high, happy note.

Ditching – Productivity – College apps

I ditched school for the first time in my life. It’s actually one of the first times I’ve had an opportunity to do so since I have my driver’s license and a car. In my defense, it was one of the stupidest school days I’ve ever had. By stupid I mean pointless. I’ve been pretty much done with school since mid- May since I had finished all my assignments and all the grade books have closed for my classes. So I’ve been waking up at 6:30 every morning just to go to school to watch movies all day or do tedious busy work and then go home. You can see how this gets old very fast. I need rapid stimulation. I’m used to it because of my vigorous course schedule. And if I’m going to do nothing, I’d much rather do it at home. So on a Friday, I decided I had enough. I had the SAT the next day and I was about to leave during the last hour of my class to study for it. Even my teacher has decided that school wasn’t worth coming to anymore and has left us a mean amount of busy work that may never be looked at. I did it and then came up with a legitimate excuse to leave the class. After which I thought I was home free and left school. That was until some of my other classmates had similar ideas and left as well. At this point, it was quite noticeable that the class was half-empty. Which of course means we’re all busted. Overall, it was an exhilarating experience at first, but it quickly got frustrating upon the realization that we’ve been caught. Probably will not be doing it again this school year.

 

This summer, I’m going to be productive x7. I want to rid myself of my procrastinator mindset and opt for the jetsetter style instead. I’ll be vacationing for at least two weeks. I probably won’t be bringing my work with me but the rest of the summer will be productive. I’ve made a google calendar that plots out all the events I have going on as well as what I plan to do each day to keep my brain from rusting. One of my priorities is prepping for my classes next year. I do have summer packets for 3 classes. It’s a good amount of work. Unfortunately. I just want to make sure that I don’t wait until the last day to do all the work like last year. Last year, I spent my lunch breaks doing work and then stayed up until 2 am during the first day of school to finish my work. That was a representative prerequisite to my junior year. I’m striving to be proactive so that I can sleep early and get things done for maximum productivity.

 

Another thing I have to worry about this summer is college apps. College apps are only a piece of the college process. I also have to think about financial needs, figure out how FAFSA works, apply for scholarships and cross my fingers etc. Currently, there are only about 4 colleges on my list. I definitely need more. But more colleges mean more applications and more application fees. I’ve heard scary stories about college app season and I can only hope that past seniors were exaggerating or overstating to prepare me mentally. But the likelihood of this is low. Currently the motto is start early and push on.

Motivation – New Home – College Essays

Running head-first into May may lead to tragic results, somewhat similar to running through 5 day old mud. Dragging my feet, head held down, I’m so overwhelmed by all that I have to do that I can’t seem to find it in me to take the first step. I like to think that I do well under pressure. But that doesn’t make it any easier or less stressful. I have 5 classes that I have to relearn and review for and none of them are a cake-walk. To stay motivated, I watch other people struggle with schoolwork on YouTube, and read tweets by late-night owls doing homework. It usually makes me feel better, more motivated. If it were a pill, I’d take it.

 

I’m moving temporarily to a new home. I’m actually sharing it with a lot of other people. I just need a change in atmosphere to keep myself focused. I’ve heard very good reviews about this place. Apparently it’s a good place to stay on track. As the French say, <<la bibliothèque est un très bon endroit pour étudier ». Thank goodness French is not one of the exams I have to study for. But yes, I’m moving to the library for a couple days this week. In addition, over the weekend, I’ll probably be spending my birthday there as well. What can I say? I’m studious seventeen.

 

I’ve been on a college grind lately. After having been to many workshops and hearing about the difficulties of college application, I’ve decided that I must start soon to prevent heartache/ brain ache/ body ache later on. There are many aspects of college application that take a very long time. The most obvious would be the college application itself which asks for an overwhelming amount of information that I didn’t even know about myself. In addition, branching from the application are the essays. The various amounts of topics that have to be interesting, unique, and display your strengths and humility at the same time. The hardest part of this all? Getting started. Hopefully I’ll be very productive this summer.

Warning

I’ve got important advice that everyone should heed to. DO NOT buy products off the internet using your credit card without knowing the true legitimacy of the company. DO NOT be tempted by promises of “free trials” or boastful reviews because it’s likely to be a lie.

I have a specific company in mind as I’m writing this. The Beauty and Truth Company is NOT to be trusted. It offers a free trial with the request that you simply pay the shipping fee. But then it comes back to bite you in the butt as it saves your credit card information and continues to charge from its monthly. Let me add that this is no minimal, brush-off-your-shoulder, baby charge. I’m talking nearly $200. That’s well over $1000 a year.

I have no comment on whether the product is truly as miraculous as it claims to be. I only know that even if it were, it would still not be worth the monthly charges.

Even more infuriating is how the company tries to trap you into staying with it. They don’t allow you to cancel a “subscription” or “membership” online but rather over the phone. When I called to demand that the company stop making me auto pay monthly and for a refund, they started shooting useless questions at me about how I thought the product was and why I decided to stop using it. After which they began to urge me to keep using the product and bribing me with discounts. This was frustrating after some time seeing as it took way longer than it should have.

I then settled with the person on the phone that I would no longer be charged, that products would no longer be sent, and that I would be getting a refund.  Funny thing is, a month later, I received a bill that charged me for SOME MORE of their products even thought I had cancelled and I received NOTHING.

Save yourself the headache and the heartburn. DO NOT try to take advantage of “free trial” items unless you’re confident about the company’s legitimacy. Often times than not, it’s a scam and it’s basically guaranteed that you will not receive compensation.  The only thing you may walk away with is a lesson learned and a more cynical view of the world.