life, i guess (2)

a bunch of exciting stuff has been going on in my life recently, and i thought i’d share everything with you guys by dumping it into one post.

our cabin

– my best friend izzy and i spent the first weekend of june being counselors at camp victory. every year, our church takes their after school program up to the camp to have fun and learn more about God. we were put in a cabin with the elementary school girls, but we were primarily assisting the younger ones. izzy’s family has been helping for years, but this was my first time. i sort of hated it, but i know i’ll go again next year if i get the chance.

izzy!

highlights:

– i carried so many girls on my back that i have bruises on my hips from their legs.
– it rained pretty much nonstop. there were about two hours on saturday when it wasn’t raining and we got to play games outside, but it was pouring the rest of the time.
– one of those games involved running around with a dead octopus. izzy got a bit too into it and ripped off a tentacle.
– they made us do zumba every morning. that was . . . something.
– i got into the pool with izzy when i was fully clothed. it was fun and all, but i didn’t bring enough dry clothes, and the t-shirt i was wearing at the time was white and kind of thin. still, i’m glad she convinced me to do it.
– the girls in our cabin decided that our group would be named the “glitter star bears.” we had to do a cheer about it at every meal and it was sort of awful.
– we had a movie night on saturday, and someone told me we were watching shrek, so i was naturally very excited. they lied, though, and we were really watching monsters university. don’t get me wrong, i love that movie, but i had my heart set on shrek.
– i slept in the leaders’ cabin the last night because our girls were so loud and stayed up really late. sadly, i didn’t sleep any better up there, and i ended up getting about four hours of sleep over the whole weekend. also, there were roaches in the cabin and a snake in the bathroom. :)

– my brother was at a karate tournament the same weekend i was at camp. he did a roundoff backflip during his first kata, landed wrong, and ended up breaking his foot and injuring his knee. but he got back up, completed the kata, and got second place. his foot was broken in three places, i think, and he had surgery on monday to fix it.

– i found out last week that i’m old enough to work at my summer camp as a counselor in training! since i’m a girl and it’s a boy scout camp, i didn’t think it was likely that i would be accepted, but somehow i was. i’m ridiculously excited for this, because i’ve wanted to work at camp since i first went there in 2016.

getting ready for camp has taken a lot of work. i had to complete three online courses, do a bunch of paperwork, and buy a venture scouts uniform (unfortunately, the guy that ordered it got the wrong size). on top of all that, i’m leaving today for a training session at the camp and i won’t be back until friday night.

– a few months ago, my math teacher saw me drawing in class and asked me to make a new mathematics-themed poster for him. i sort of forgot about it until the last two weeks of school, so i had to rush to get it done. i worked on it for nine hours (most of which was probably organizing art supplies on the table), but i finished it in time. my favorite part is the blue jay, i think i did a good job coloring it in.

– this is maybe less important than the others, but i’ve heard that love, simon is being put on netflix this month, and i am so excited to watch it again. i love the soundtrack, i love the book it’s based on, and i am so ready to cry at the ending again. happy pride month, by the way! 🌈

– a few people have been asking if i’m going to do cwwc again this year. i’m sorry to say it, but i won’t be. i just have too much planned this summer, so i think it’s unlikely that i’ll have an entire month that i can dedicate to it. sorry!

have a good day! :)

xo apollo

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gem museum

hey, guys! i hope your day is going well.

for science class, my friend izzy and i visited a local mineral museum. it’s part of a college, so it’s not very big, but i was still quite impressed. i took a few pictures of the gems and wanted to share them with you.

here’s the museum itself.

i’ve always had a thing for gems and smooth stones. not as much the stylized ones that are used in jewelry, but raw ones, or polished ones that fit perfectly in the dip of your palm. it amazes me that such complex shapes and gorgeous colors are being created under our feet.

i’ve found quartz in my garden, and it always excites me that they were growing in the dirt along with my plants.

stone roses.

these look like dragon eggs or jawbreakers. i know that they’re rocks and that they’ll shatter my teeth if i try to eat them, but i kind of want to try one anyway.

they’re just so pretty?? help.

this one looks like someone painted it with watercolors.

there was a display under ultraviolet lights, so the rocks, which looked normal in regular lighting, glowed neon colors. :D

i saw some really awful geology jokes on the internet, and i thought you guys should suffer with me, so here you go.

q: what do you get when you mix sulfur, tungsten, and silver?
a: SWAG

q: anyone know a joke about sodium?
a: na

q: what do you do with a dead chemical?
a: you barium
(and then cry because this reminds you of my chemical romance.)

i feel like such a nerd.

have a good day, my friends! you look great and you are loved.

xo apollo

public school from a homeschooler’s pov

bus and school image
i spent the night with my friend b recently, and since my screwed up schedule allowed it, i went with her to her high school the next day. my mom was surprised that the principal even allowed me to go with b. i wasn’t surprised, though. i’m irresistible.
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so to any homeschoolers who are curious about the public school scene, wonder no more. and to public schoolers, you can read about a clueless homeschooler thrust into your daily life. it’ll be fun.

 .the night before

i got barely any sleep that night. it was a sleepover, so of course we stayed up until 2 a.m. and once b and i finally settled down and went to bed, one of her kittens fell asleep on my arm. which sounds adorable and just what you need to fall asleep, blah blah blah. but the thing is, this cat kept farting on me, and it smelled so bad that i woke up every time he did it. so i ended up only getting about an hour and half of sleep. dangit, midnight the cat.

my alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. i picked sci-fi as my alarm (don’t ask me why), and the sound was turned all the way up, so it sounded like a freaking alien invasion was happening in b’s basement. i was so thankful when that alarm went off, because that meant i could get up and away from that cat.

the morning of

b’s mom made us breakfast. it was ripped up bread covered in something called egg gravy. i think eggs are one of the grossest things on the planet, so i didn’t have any. the entire family joined us for breakfast, which i thought was kind of strange, because why get up that early if you don’t have to go to school?

her grandfather drives one of the buses. we climbed aboard an hour later, waved goodbye to her sweet dog molly, and off we went. we had to stop every two minutes to let another kid on the bus. there were a few kids that got on who couldn’t have been more than five.

the bus ride wasn’t that awful, although it was bumpy and i felt a little sick and b tells me that it’s usually freezing. but i can’t imagine doing that everyday.

when we got to the school, we had to wait on the bus for awhile before we were allowed to enter the building. the guy sitting behind me had his earbuds in and was crying, i think. i was going to give him a tissue, but we had to go inside before i could get them out of my backpack. i feel bad about that.

i followed b around the commons area while she searched for her group of friends. they were squeezed into a table in the corner. one of them was eating from a giant bag of candy corn. that girl knew the right way to start your day.

n goes to school with b. i was really, really, really excited to see him, because i hadn’t seen him in over a week, and that’s way too long to go without seeing your best friend. but n took a really long time to show up, so i stood beside b being quiet and awkward while i waited. a girl who was in my co-op class a few years ago said hi, which was neat, because i didn’t even knew she went to that school.

n finally showed up, just a few minutes before the bell rang. good job, pal.

math

8 a.m. is too early in the morning to do math. but apparently public schools don’t know that.

n happened to be in b’s math class, which made it bearable. the teacher was pretty chill, and he didn’t seem to care that i was drawing instead of doing math. i think i only did one math problem the entire time, and i got it wrong. oh well.

that math class was way more relaxed than the ones at my school. the teacher let us use the desks as dry erase boards (it blew my mind that the markers wiped off the desktops so easily), talk to each other and listen to music.

i sat behind n, so i got to annoy him for an hour and a half. >:) i was telling him about all these dumb things i made my brother believe (you can’t pee when your pregnant, kidneys are in your knees, geography is the study of the human body, etc.). i wonder why n even talks to me.

he looks disappointed because i was trying to spell “boobs” on a calculator. (people still do that, right?) i’m really not the most mature person in the world. example: b and i were singing the veggie tales theme song that morning before breakfast. it was fun.

earth science

i honestly can’t remember much of what happened during that class.i think they were learning about moon phases.

the teacher let us hang out and listen to music for a long time. i was head banging to show tunes from dear evan hansen and be more chill. (micHAEL IN THE BATHROOOOM.)

lunch

that was probably the most boring twenty minutes of my life.

one girl was singing car radio // twenty one pilots in the lunch line and she was adding hand motions and everything. the meatballs in the spaghetti still looked frozen. the people at our table swore every other word. the chairs in the cafeteria all had one leg bolted to the floor.

p.e.

i loved p.e. when i was in co-op, mostly because our teacher was kind of a pushover and let us play soccer every week. but apparently public school has a horror version of p.e. they have this wonderful thing called “family life,” aka everything you never wanted to know about the ancient question “where do babies come from?” i think i got off lucky, because all they talked about that day was what guys vs girls look for in a relationship. we were supposed to split up and guess what the other gender would look for. the guys were really dumb and suggested “blue eyes, beard, country, tall.” i think that’s because b’s school is in what we call “redneck country.”

after that was over, we played a game called castle dodgeball for an hour. i probably would have liked it, but i have a hard time playing games with strangers. if i’m in a dodgeball match against my friends, i can hit them in the face and we’ll just laugh it off. but with people i don’t know, i feel the need to apologize for hitting them. so b and i hung out in the back with this kid who was really into protecting the castle. he was the hero of the game, honestly.

guitar

b can play a couple instruments and writes her own songs, so it’s not that surprising that she picked guitar as her elective. unfortunately, i cannot play guitar, which meant i just sat next to my friend for that class while trying not to fall asleep. my mom had suggested that i bring my ukulele. i probably should have listened to her.

a fire drill saved me from listening to everyone pluck out a song in their own time with only three notes. the alarm was freaking loud. i wonder how public schoolers haven’t all gone deaf from hearing that so many times.

the teacher didn’t do much teaching that day. she told us that we could play whatever we wanted or just hang out. b played one of her original songs for the teacher and they recommended singers to each other. some kids were daring each other to backflip off the stairs. someone wanted b to kick them in the face just to prove that she couldn’t get her leg that high. the same guy found a textbook for a completely different class and threw it at me. i was supposed to catch it, apparently. i did not catch it. the book had a love note inside it. but it wasn’t that great and i can’t remember it.

the ride home

some guy sitting in front of us tried to say hello to me, but i thought he must have been talking to someone behind me, so i didn’t react at all. i just glared at my shoes. those dumb converse are so beat up. they really need to be replaced.

so that guy figured out quite quickly that i’m angry at literally everything and left me alone. :)


observations:

1) high schoolers like swearing. i muttered “language” to my friend at least fifty times that day and she probably wanted to smack me.

2) it was much, much, much better than middle school. don’t be too afraid of high school, young ones. you will be going to a better place.

3) everyone complained about the family life class, but they didn’t seem to mind so much once it got started.

4) you can find very interesting people there, sometimes even weirder than the kids at homeschool co-ops. for instance, there was one guy who looked like a walking hot topic advertisement. he even had super dramatic eye makeup.

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it wasn’t as awful as i thought it would be, but it was exhausting, and i can’t imagine having to do it everyday. i feel kind of bad for the people who have gone to public school their entire lives. do you guys even know what sleeping in is??

i am not looking forward to going to school full-time next year. :’)

xo apollo

back to school tag

hello, my friends! k.a. tagged anyone who has borrowed something from their sibling within the past week. i used my brother’s snare drum, so here i am. :)

rules:

1) thank the person who tagged you.

2) answer the questions.

3) post new questions.

4) tag as many people as you want.

5) wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

6) don’t die.


1) when’s your first day of school?

it was august 22nd, i think. so i’ve been doing school for about four weeks now.

2) what do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? uh, i mean the learned?

likes: i do a lot of doodling during class. i’ve got a pirate, a stereotypical french dude, and some spanish-inspired things scrawled over my classwork. i also like observing how the people interact with each other; it fascinates me.

dislikes: being around people for a long time makes me tired. my math teacher is a bit evil, and she makes us take a quiz everyday. (but i just transferred to a different math class and the teacher is much nicer. he didn’t give us any homework just because we were behaving so well.)

3) homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?

i’m doing a weird combination of homeschool and public school. every other day, i go to public school for two classes: spanish and math. i do the rest of my work at home.

4) what are your goals for this school year?

this is going to sound super screwed up, but whatever.

i have this list of things i want to do while i’m at public school, for the ~experience~ or something like that. i’ve already gotten a F (on a math quiz), so that’s one thing checked off my list! since i’m a part-time student this year, i’m not allowed to join the band or sports teams or do any of the fun things. i could probably get into a fight or get detention, but i don’t really want to do either of those things this year.

and i want to do nanowrimo again this year. i haven’t done much planning on my novel, though.

5) what’s your favorite season to school in? fall, winter, or spring?

probably winter. i love sitting in front of the fire with my schoolbooks, drinking tea and watching snow fall. during the other seasons, i’d much rather be taking pictures than staying inside to do school.

6) how is schooling going to effect your blogging?

i don’t think it will effect my blog too much. all i can think of is that if i’m falling behind in schoolwork, i might not be allowed to use the internet for a bit.

7) what’s your favorite school subject?

i love art and theatre, but i don’t have any of those classes this year.

8) your least favorite?

math, of course. and my science book is rather boring. (i’m doing this tag just to procrastinate science. i’m learning about gravitational potential energy. yay.)

9) what subject are you best at?

grammar! which might be surprising, since i don’t use capital letters.

Me during life are you kidding me10) what subject are you worst at?

my F on that math quiz probably answers this one.

11) what extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

i’m playing soccer, and my scouting group, ahg, just started up again. i think the badges my unit is working on are puppetry, social skills & etiquette, and zoology.

12) how are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

I DON’T HAVE A PLAN FOR MY LIFE. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

13) do you play any sports in school?

i don’t play on any of my school’s sports teams, but i play spring and fall soccer for a different league. the first practice of the season is this week, actually. :D

14) is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

sometimes i’ll be studying something interesting (rarely), and i’ll be inspired to blog about it. and i work on my drafts to procrastinate schoolwork.

15) how much time a day is school going to take for you?

on days that i go to school, only three hours, because that’s how long my classes take. on the other days, about two or three hours. maybe five hours if i start procrastinating.

16) are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

i’m actually going to be seeing my friends much less than in previous years. for pretty much my entire life, i went to a homeschool co-op that met every friday, and most of my friends went there, too. but i aged out of it last year, as did my friends. now it takes a lot of planning to hang out with them. but i still get to see my friend izzy every week, because she comes to my house for a science class.

17) are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

i should have been freaking out about the first day of school, because i overthink everything. but over the summer, i somehow forced myself not to think about it, which means i did basically nothing to prepare myself. in fact, it didn’t click for me that i had to go to school until i was looking for something to wear that morning (i ended up wearing a my chemical romance shirt, because that’ll make a great first impression).

18) what are you most looking forward to about school?

working on my list will be exciting! and i get to visit b and n’s school this week, so i can cause some trouble there. >:)

19) how are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

actual life?? i’m a homeschooler, i don’t have a social life.

20) what are your overall thoughts on school?

i love learning, especially about science and history and psychology, because it explains the world and the people in it. but textbooks and homework and deadlines ruin it for me. they stress me out and take the fun out of learning. so, basically: i like learning, but the school environment sucks.


i tag q, charis, daisy, rutvi, sam, and anyone else who would like to do it.

here are the questions (i’m using kellyn‘s original questions because i’m too tried to think of my own):

1) when’s your first day of school?

2) what do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? uh, i mean the learned?

3) homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?

4) what grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)

5) how many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?

6) what are your goals for this school year?

7) what’s your favorite season to school in? fall, winter, or spring?

8) how is schooling going to effect your blogging?

9) what’s your favorite school subject?

10) your least favorite?

11) what subject are you best at?

12) what subject are you worst at?

13) what extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

14) how are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

15) do you play any sports in school?

16) is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

17) how much time a day is school going to take for you?

18) are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

19) are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

20) what are you most looking forward to about school?

21) how are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

22) what are your overall thoughts on school?


about that list i mentioned for #4: if you guys have any ideas for questionable things i could add to it, please tell me in the comments. my friends haven’t offered any good suggestions yet.

xo apollo