Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sorry, no pictures...
I wasn't planning on going to MORP for three reasons
(a) It was really close to Prom, and I did not realize that it was coming up so soon.
(b) I didn't have a group, or a date for that matter, and it was less than a week before.
(c) I didn't really want to pay for it.
However, I am Peer Tutor, which means I have a class where I help out with the special needs students. I am in the cooking period with them actually, so I get to help them cook. I LOVE the class. It is so much fun, and the kids are amazing. I found out that they were going to MORP, and they needed Peer Tutors to go with them. We got into the dance for a discounted price because we weren't taking dates, and we went out to Fat Jack's for pizza. It was so much fun!! The theme was super heroes, and one of the girls dressed up as Kim Possible. She looked great!! We had such a fun time. It was probably the most I have ever danced at a school dance, and let me tell you, it was a work out!! One of the boys liked it when we all joined hands in a circle and ran around and around. Another one pretty much refused to dance for the first half, but eventually we got him to dance. It was a blast, and I am really happy that I went.
Okay, so I am usually not the person who freaks out over tests. I go ballistic over projects, but tests are no problemo for me anyway. However, a three hour test, two of which are spent writing essays, seemed slightly overwhelming to me. A two hour Psychology test freaked me out even more because I didn't feel as prepared. I will document the experiences in two orderly paragraphs.
AP English Literature and Composition was a class that we endearingly called AP English, The Heart of Darkness, and many other terms. I have very ambivalent feelings about that class. On one hand, that class was more work than I even want to think about. I probably wrote 9.89373832 billion essays in that class. We analyzed ever piece of literature that we read to DEATH. I have a very comprehensive knowledge about Shakespeare's Macbeth now, considering I wrote around six to seven essays on it. Mrs. Earl was pretty tough on us taht way. However, by the time it came to take the test, I wasn't stressing out while I was taking it. Writing three essays in two hours? Meh, more of an annoyance than a reason to freak out. I really learned to whip out a decent essay in that class in a very short amount of time. I loved the actual class though. We have a ton of fun together, and we have a bunch of inside jokes about EVERYTHING. For any of you 2008-2009 AP English kids that may some day read this, You wanna ride bikes?
AP Psychology was a really interesting. Coach Rockwood made it way fun, but still taught us a lot at the same time. It was really cool to learn about how my brain & mind work. We learned about different psychologists, and I decided that Freud was CRAZY! Wayne Robbins and I were study buddies in that class. I honestly and truly believe I would not have done as well without him in the class, thanks Wayne!! I don't know how well I did on the test, but the multiple choice part seemed a lot easier than the practice tests I took. Maybe that was just becauseI was crazy, and I really missed everything. I guess I will find out in July!! Overall, I really, really enjoyed the class, adn I hope I did well on the test.
First of all, for those of you who don't know, I served as Co-President of National Honor Society this year, or NHS. It has been crazy, but we finally had our end of year banquet.
I have been a member of National Honor Society for three years, I am actually one of the few in my class who can say that. When I graduate, I actually get to wear an NHS medal along with my honor cords. So that is lovely.
The banquet went well. I would have changed some things if I could have, but hindsight is 20/20.
Being an officer for National Honor Society has been fun, but I am excited to move on with my life. BYU, here I come!!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
If you read my mother's blog, you know that Tyler was early by ten minutes. Luckily, I was ready. After much panic on my part, I wanted to look simply perfect, and perfection takes time!
Cute couple right? I never would have thought that I would end up wearing red... but I did.
From left to right is BreeAnn McCleve, my best friend who lives in Virginia, Devan, her date, me, and then Tyler Tarter. I look SO short. But Bree was wearing heels, and I was wearing flats.
Tyler putting on my corsage.
Me pinning on the boutonniere for the FIRST time that night... I am not so good at that.
I suppose you all would like a description of the date. Well, they picked us up at five, then we went to Devan's, so his parents could take pictures. We then went to the Arby's in Orem. Now before you skeptics start, let me explain the whole thing... They set up a bunch of fancy dishes in the party room downstairs, and we ate on fancy plates, with fancy glasses, etc. It was way fun actually. A. I was not too worried about ordering anything way to expensive, B. I was not afraid of ordering something I wouldn't like, and C. I was with a bunch of friends, and I was going to have fun regardless. After this, we were supposed to go to a Twilight Spoof, but some people took too long getting to dinner. So we went to the Orem Mall and played couple hide and seek. It was great fun! We then headed to the dance to party the night away. (Until 11 of course). I was so tired by the end, probably because I got about fiveish hours of sleep the night before... oops!! I made it home, and I had an amazing night. Thanks Tyler!!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
One day, I came home from feeding the homeless, and I saw a dozen long stemmed roses on my counter with a card right next to them. They were for me from Tyler. At the end of the card it said that he wanted to ask me a question and to go to the back to find out what it was. So, I went to the back yard and there was Tyler holding a sign that said Will you go to Prom with me? I was pretty excited!!
So, I had to come up with a way to answer him. So I used a special little pan that we had to make a cake that looked like a mushroom. I put a paper with it that said, "YES! I would love to go to Prom with a "fungi" like you!"
So there you have it. My general Prom update. Yes, I have my dress, and I will post pictures of the dance at some point after. In that post I will describe getting FOUR girls ready at my house, the date, and how we pulled it off on Easter Saturday. Until then, this is Kassi Miller, signing out.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Isn't it adorable? In case any of you were wondering, that is Tyler. But if you have done ANY sort of reading on my blog, you would know I went to Sweethearts with Tyler, wouldn't you?! That's right, I thought so. I had a great time. The other couple was Wayne and Meagan, but again, if you read my mother's post she has pix of them too. Oh, and Audrey curled my hair. She hates it when I don't tell people that I pretty much make her do that all the time.
Moving on to Skiing. I went with one of my dad's coworkers. Brother Lords. He is a partial owner of Powder Mountain up by Ogden, so he took me, Audrey, and Zach. I had a fantastic time. HERE is my mom's post w/ video commentary... yay. I was pretty good at balancing by the end of the day... but I had a hard time turning. The #1 rule was if we started going to fast, or felt out of control sit down. Simple, right? I am so bad at rules sometimes. There was this one stupid hill. I felt nauseous at this point, and I just wanted to sit down; however, I had to get to the bottom of the hill. I tried to turn, it didn't work. I started to go really fast,but I thought I was in control. I tried to slow down, yeah, that didn't work so well. I tried to stop, nope, not working so well. First I kinda crouched down a bit more, and I went even faster... which I knew would happen, but I saw some kid doing it, so I thought maybe it would help me have a little more control and be able to stop or something, I dunno. Once I realized that I definitely needed to stop soon I tried to stop while standing. Ha! So not working! So I remembered that I was supposed to sit down. That is where it was kinda tricky. I over think EVERYTHING. So I thought, I could sit down, but I would keep sliding on my rear, and probably hit someone before I can roll over. Or I can just fall on my side, which might hurt a little bit more. So, I contemplated that for a few seconds while going WAY too fast. (Brother Lords was yelling at me to sit down, but I could only hear him yelling something, I couldn't tell WHAT he was saying, because I was too far down that stupid hill). Anyway, eventually I decided to just fall on my side, one of my skis ripped off my boot, but was unharmed, and eventually I stopped. Another time, I don't remember which, I actually ran over my ski that came off, and my leg now has the bruise to prove it. All in all, I had a fabulous time, and I would love to try it again sometime.
Now for Macbeth. Due to the fact that my father did not feel up to it, I got to go with my little brother Zach to see it up at BYU. FABULOUS!! Macbeth is actually one of my favorite plays *side note, my favorite play is Phantom of the Opera which we saw this summer with the traveling Broadway cast, OH MY GOSH IT WAS AMAZING, but I believe I posted briefly about that sometime*. Yeah, it is kinda dark with the whole evil bit, but I think it is just showing that evil can consume your life if you allow it too. Honestly, it is showing how evil RUINS your life. Actually, that is a theme in half the things we read in AP English. Anyway. We had great seats, fifth row up, exactly in the center. Thanks Mom and Dad! They set Macbeth in MesoAmerica, kinda a Book of Mormon twist. Instead of Thane of Glames and Thane of Cawdor, it was Judge of Glames, and Judge of Cawdor. Macbett instead of Macbeth, stuff like that. It was excellent. There were a few changes, but I absolutely loved it. I had to explain to Zach what was going on some of the time, but heck, it was Shakespeare, he's 12, of course he's going to need some explaination. I know I did when I read it in AP English.
Okay, last of all, but not least of all... of course. The Draper Temple dedication. It was really nice to be able to go, I was exhausted, and it probably LOOKED like I was sleeping half the time. But I really was listening... in an exhausted sort of way. The speakers were great, the temple was gorgeous *yes, I went to the Open House, twice*, and the prayer was amazing. Side note... when we handed Zach the Kleenex/Hankerchief he almost wiped his nose... HAHA, I told him, No! That was not what it was for in this particular instance.
Anyway, that is my general update. If you read this, you might as well comment, you made it through the really long post, and it would be nice to know that SOMEONE appreciates these updates.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
P.S. I am going to post Sweethearts pictures... I swear. And more D.C. pictures. I will.. really!!!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It does not matter if students are sick, they go to school, infecting the healthy kids. Why go to school when one is sick you ask? Because if the student is absent, they will die from all the difficult make up work that will be PILED on them. For instance, if I miss AP English, not only do I have to make up the work, I also will not be excused from the end of term essay that you do not have to write if you have perfect attendance. Unless I am throwing up repeatedly, I go to school to avoid the stress that comes from MISSING it. It is a vicious cycle. If students were allowed to be sick once in a while, and stay home to get better, we would all do better in school.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I went to the same journalism conference I went to last year when I won first place for Best Column. This year, I won second place for Best News Story. The ironic thing is, I wrote that article in approximately twenty-five minutes. I watched a play, not knowing that I would have to review it, and a few days later, my teacher asked me to review it. I was like WHAT?! I DIDN'T EVEN WATCH IT TO REVIEW IT!!! I CAN'T DO IT!!! She made me write. I was not going to submit it, but I was like, what the heck, I'll just throw it in there. When they said my name I was like... seriously?! Anyway, click RIGHT HERE to view the article.
Oh, and a little info for ya, there were over two hundred and fifty entries for these things... so... yeah. I guess second place was pretty sweet.
P.S. Miss Baker said I had to post about it, because I am supposed to brag about these sort of things.
Friday, February 13, 2009
The Admissions Committee is delighted to inform you that you have been admitted to Brigham Young University to begin Summer 2009.
I will hold for the applause.
The best part is I got a half tuition academic scholarship, so that means I am super excited.
I will hold for additional applause.
Anyway, that is my exciting news. You all KNOW what I need to post next.
Rise, all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
You will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
Loyal, strong, and true
Wear the White and Blue.
While we sing, get set to spring.
Come on Cougars, it's up to you!
So Rise and Shout, the Cougars are out
Along the the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out,
As you unfold your vict'ry story.
On you go to vanquish the foe
For Alma Mater's sons and daughters.
As we join in song, in praise of you, our faith is strong.
We'll raise our colors high in the blue,
And cheer our Cougars of BYU.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There were also balloons, which Emily brought in, and stole a few. Three of the balloons had letters on them. Y-E-S. And I have been too lazy to clean out my car since.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tyler answered me, and I will post pix soon!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today marked the beginning of an end. Today was my first day of my last semester in high school. I know, it is crazy. In one month and seven days I will find out if I am accepted to the university that I have been working to get into for pretty much my entire life. If accepted I will be starting classes there in five months and two days. In four months and eight days I will graduate. It is insane that I count down to everything like this. I wonder who I am related to??
On A days I have a relatively easy schedule. I start off the day by working with the special needs students, it is called being a Peer Tutor. In the hour that I am a peer tutor, it is their cooking class period, and I think it will be a load of fun. After that I make my way to AP Psychology, which is an awesome class because I learn a load, but I am so interested in what I am learning. Plus the teacher is amazing. Then I have Seminary with Bro. Dixon who I had sophomore year as well. He calls me Kass-Kass. I know, weird. After that I am a Counseling Office TA, because I am National Honor Society President along with Caren, and our adviser is a counselor, so that is when we get everything done.
B days are a lot harder. I start off with Journalism, which involves a LOAD of work, believe me. After that I make my way to College Writing where I get to hone my writing skills again. For third period I go to AP Literature and Composition, where I write millions of essays, analyze everything from comedies to poetry compliments of authors such as Shakespeare, Dunn, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, and many others. It is an insanely difficult class, but I LOVE it. After that I am a teacher's assistant for Miss Baker, the newspaper adviser. Since I am the editor, I have this period to get all of my editorial duties done, it is very helpful.
So far, it looks like this semester is going to be a great one. Even though most of my friends are at different schools, I still have really good friends at Payson, and I get to see my friends from Salem Hills often. I am excited to have fun finishing off this time in my life, and preparing for what lies ahead.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
On Thursday, I had a date with Jack, my cousin Daniel's roommate, we doubled with Daniel and Becca. We went to Jump On It in Lindon. It took a while for us to get on the right path, but eventually we made it. It was so much fun! For those of you who don't know, Jump On It is this warehouse looking place filled with trampolines all connected together, and it has a velcro wall. Yes, I tried the velcro wall, and yes, it was fantastic. Click here and then click on see inside to get a look at what I am talking about. Except, when you do that, imagine it full with the guys from ROTC and their dates. It was pretty sweet! Afterwards, we went to Daniel's building's lobby to play Balderdash. I lost... miserably. It was tragic, but fun. Jack won.
On Saturday, I had a date with Tyler. We went ice skating. For those of you who have seen me skate, I will hold for the laughter. It's okay, just let it out, laughter is healthy for you, and since I probably can't see you, it works out well. Finished? Sweet! Yes, I was horrible, Tyler helped me out, and he did a fairly good job, I only fell once. But I just about hyperventilated every time we ventured away from the wall. I made a myriad of shrieks and other crazy annoying noises. Sorry Tyler! Hopefully you did not lose your hearing. After that we all went to Tyler's house for Donuts and Hot Chocolate. (We being, Tyler, me, Garrett, Amanda, Austin, and Carolle). I had a fabulous time, even if I didn't do so well on the skates.
Both dates were a lot of fun, and I hope that everyone is pleased with my reports on both of them.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1. What is your name? Kassidy
2. A 4 Letter Word: Kick
3. A Boys Name: Kevin (haha, that was hard)
A Girls Name: Kelli
5. An Occupation: K-mart employee
6. A Color: khaki
7. A thing you wear: kilt
8. A Beverage: Kool Aid
9. A Food: Kit-Kats
10. Something found in the bathroom: Kits
11. A place: Kansas
12. A Reason for being late: killed a cat, by running over it with a car
13. Something you shout: "KILL HIM!" *If any of you have been to a football game, I am sure you understand what I am saying here.*
Am I cheating? I dunno, I am tagging Torrie, Cindy, My mother, and Breezy