Sunday, October 24, 2010

Can You Spell S-T-R-E-S-S?

Saturday night I went to see our school’s play about a spelling bee. It might just be the funniest play I’ve ever seen! Though I had a great time, I couldn’t ignore that nagging feeling in the back of my mind… “I should really be home doing homework right now, rather than having a night out…” In truth, I spent all of Friday afternoon and night doing homework, as well as most of Saturday—I felt I deserved to go out for a two hours, otherwise I might drive myself crazy doing homework! Not to mention I spent most of today doing homework as well. I was so exhausted from all this homework that I had to take a nap, because it was getting to the point where I couldn’t focus on reading 30 pages of European history…. What had intended to be a simple one-hour nap turned into a two-hour one—I woke up in a panic, “Now there’s NO way I can get my homework done! I just wasted an extra hour that I should have been doing homework!” My family was supposed to go out to dinner at Olive Garden tonight, but I opted for a faster alternative because I didn’t have the time to spend much more than half an hour at dinner—I had to get back to, you guessed it: homework. Even now, I still have a lot of it left, after an entire weekend doing homework!

The quarter ends this week, so all my teachers are trying to get everything in. This week, I have a test or project in nearly every class! It’s really taking a toll on me, as I’m sure it is on my classmates, too. We high school students shouldn’t have to be so stressed all the time, after all it is the weekEND.  Shouldn’t we get a chance to just relax?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

I came home from school today, and what’s the first thing I did? I was thirsty, so I had a glass of water. Sometimes we all forget how important water is, because we Americans have such easy access to it and take it for granted. If you watch the news, most likely you will see a story about some third-world country that doesn’t have enough water, or their water isn’t suitable for drinking. Hearing about stories like that makes you think twice about how lucky we are.

Water is crucial to life on Earth. After all, our bodies are 65% water! Water was fundamental to the growth of civilization. Ever heard of the Fertile Crescent? Yeah, that’s basically where humans began agriculture and irrigating their plants with the use of none other than: water. Perhaps you don’t know about the Fertile Crescent… how about ancient Egypt? Life in the desert made possible by the Nile RIVER. Still looking for modern examples? Look at almost any capital city, and you’ll see that most of them are built around some body of water—Rome, the Tiber; London, the Thames; Paris, the Seine, just to name a few. Even here in Chicago, we have Lake Michigan!

So why are we Americans so fortunate, while much of the world lacks something so simple as water? That I do not know, but with advancing technology, we may be able to do something about this—maybe not today, but we WILL give everybody access to clean water.

I found this article after writing my post, and I think it’s interesting and relevant to my topic:

Feel free to write about this year’s Blog Action Day topic, water:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All About Me

Hi, I’m Nicole. I love reading, but I don’t have time anymore… I love hanging out with my friends—they’re the best! I love listening to music—I probably have about 300 favorite songs (it’s too hard to choose!). I have no musical abilities whatsoever, which is why I greatly appreciate those who do! I have an obsession with taking pictures—whether they’re good or not, I’m not sure. I love scrapbooking with all those pictures I take, but as previously mentioned, I don’t have the time to do so. I’m a history nerd, what can I say. I love traveling—I’ve already been several places, but I definitely plan to travel more! I’d even like to live abroad someday. Where, I’m not sure, but it’d be a great experience, not to mention I’d love to pick up the local language. Just like my desire to travel, I don’t really know where this blog is headed quite yet, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens!