My Dad Loves Taylor Swift?!

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Sure, it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of T-Swizzle, as many teenage girls are. I’m no obsessed fan, I do not know her birthday, all the people she has dated, family members names, or where she is at the moment, because that would be creepy, but I do know most the lyrics to many of her songs. 

This may not be surprising to you, but you might be surprised to know that my dad is a big Taylor Swift fan, too. In fact, today, while at school, I received a text from my dad telling me that Taylor and (the amazing, the incredible) Ed Sheeran would be playing in my home town in August and that he really, really wanted us to go.

I’m not sure when my dad became a big fan, but I’m starting to think it was right after I learned more about her. A few months ago, I saw a documentary on her life called “The Road To Fearless” which follows her on her first tour, and lets her explain how she rose to fame, a quite moving story, actually. As soon as I watched that, I gained more respect for her as a singer, songwriter, and as a person. 

I guess my dad became a fan because we like to have conversations about literally everything. My little brother’s become a fan too, although he will deny it if you ask him. He’s always asking me about her dating life, as if I’m her best friend. 

Some people have a serious problem with Taylor Swift’s dating life. People pin her as a bad role model for dating a bunch of different guys. Honestly, I just hope my dating life is as good as hers is when I’m her age. I don’t see any problem with going on a few dates with a guy, and then going on a few dates with a different guy. Seriously, she’s 20 something, and she should be able to figure out who she wants to be with. It’s better than most college students!

My dad seems to agree with me. It’s not like she’s in a serious relationship with any of those guys. There’s so much media hype, and I’m sure there’s a ton false matches made by the media. Come on people, leave the poor girl alone!

One of the other things I love about TS, is that she’s done amazing things with her fame. Not only has she given to charities and set a great example in that regard, but she’s also helped out so many other singers out there. It’s amazing how many of the award winners last night thanked Taylor in their Grammy speech. Everyone loves her because she supports and helps everyone. She’s jumpstarted many careers.

All in all, I think Taylor Swift is a phenomenal artist and person, and I love learning more about her, but I find it absolutely hilarious that my dad is a fan! But when I think about it, why not? 


The Dresses of the Grammy’s

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So the grammy’s are fun to watch because of the music performances and the hype about who’s going to win album of the year, but what I find the most fun of all, is looking at the dresses the girls decide to wear. 

Some go for classic ball gowns, while others go for sparkles. Some go for tight, and some for a looser fit. Some short, some long. some had lot’s of material, some hardly any, and while some were beautiful, some I just wanted to shout at them, telling them to COVER UP!

I’m comfortable in my body, and I don’t mind changing in the same room as a friend (as long as they are not starring at me) but I wouldn’t want the whole world to see me almost naked. A short dress is fine, a tight dress is fine, but when the collar goes down to your belly button, and we can see everything, I think it’s time you cover up!

Not only are you at a formal event, but you are at a televised formal event! Millions of people were watching you dance in the almost nude. I don’t know, it just bothers me.

What was your favorite dress of the night?

Facebook’s birthdays!

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Let’s be honest here, we’d all forget about everyones birthdays if it wasn’t for Facebook. 

I remember a while ago before one of my friends had hers, I knew her birthday was either the 9th, 10th, or 11th of October, but I couldn’t remember which one. I didn’t go to school with her, but she was a good friend so I needed to call her, but I couldn’t remember which day. I’m glad now she has a Facebook, so that doesn’t happen.

Honestly though, birthdays are probably Facebook’s best use. They remind you, then they allow you to wish the person happy birthday weather or not you have their phone number. It’s also great when you don’t really know someone well enough to call or text them on their birthday, but you still want to say happy birthday. 

I’m just super thankful for Facebook’s reminders because I would feel so bad if I forgot a friends birthday, but now I never do. Greatest invention ever!

No Place For Hate

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Today marked the end of No Place For Hate week at my school, and while I had a large role in planning and facilitating it, I thought I’d share what we did and what I learned.

Monday consisted of handing out No Place for Hate stickers and tattoos before school and at lunch, the point of this was to spread our message.

Tuesday brought a halucoaust survivor named Dr. Edith Eva Eger who used her incredible dance and gymnastics skills to entertain the guards at Auschwitz to earn more food, and subsequently, keeping her alive. She had an empowering story and I’m happy that I had the change to hear it.

Wednesday we ran the Butterfly project at lunch. It is a world wide memorial movement to remember the 1.5 million children that died during the holocaust. The goal is to paint 1.5 million butterflies because a butterfly represents freedom and transformation. We were lucky enough to have the founder of the project with us, and it actually originated at the school I went to, while I was there. There is now being a documentary made about it.

Thursday brought a speaker whose parents lived in the Japanese Internment Camps. His story was extremely powerful and I’m not ashamed to say he made me cry. It’s something that’s kind of kept on the down low, but it’s really shameful what our government did to the Japanese during this time.

Today, Friday, we had Tati, from Z90.3 come broadcast live from our school at lunch. She has an anti-bullying campaign, so that was the theme for today. That was a blast to have.

All in all, it was a successful week! It was a lot of work, but we got some great feedback really. Teachers loved it, students loved it, I know I loved it. 

It’s funny how when you put that much effort into something, it always seems to work out. 

There’s no place for hate!

Homework Limit

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I honestly think there should be a limit to how much homework you’re allowed to get each day. Recently I’ve been getting about 4 and a half to 5 hours. These hours may consist of a few distractions such as Facebook and a snack break, but I don’t take long extended breaks or multi task too much. Sure you could blame it on the classes I chose to take but I don’t think it’s right that you could have 5 hours of homework a day. 

I know I personally do a lot after school and some days I don’t get home until after 7, such as last night and the day before. I’ve been sitting in traffic for the past hour trying to get home from the school where I tutor refugee children, and finally when I get home, it’s 7, I’m exhausted, and I’m starving. So I eat, take a quick break, and get started on homework. It’s 8 and I don’t go to bed until 2 am because I have too much homework. Let me just take you through the day with me so you understand.

Wake up at 6 to get ready

Get to school at 7:40 to plan for the “Butterfly Project” at lunch (made posters, planned the set up, talked to ASB about tables. It’s a memorial for the children that died during the Holocaust. We were doing it for No Place For Hate week)

English Class

ASL Class… left 10 minutes early to set up the table for painting butterflies at lunch

Lunch: Manned the table

Math- while I was eating my lunch. Also got there late cause I had to clean up.


Raced to the school to tutor refugee’s.

Got home at 7, ate dinner, took a quick break.

Wrote and essay for english.

Translated a 5 minute video from ASL to english (takes longer than you’d think)

Did a lab write-up for chem.

Math homework.

Read and annotated a chapter for english

Watched a video and read 20 pages for chem.

… And you’d think I’m behind or something with all that work. In my opinion, it’s too much.

I’m not saying I didn’t finish it, because I did, but It did kind of frustrate me. Just my two cents.

I Feel Like an Architect

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With all this construction talk circling around my house, I’m beginning to feel like an Architect.  I find myself saying things like, “Well, if we were to push this wall back two feet, it would give enough room to make it a closet” and other things like, “Honestly, it makes more sense leaving that bathroom where it is. It’s just too much of a hassle to move it.” 

On top of this, I’m always building homes in my math class. It’s either that or gardens. So for all that want to know what calculous is, so far is seems like you build homes, gardens, and use the unit circle while at it. Of course they make it much more complicated…

If you are planning on doing a remodel project or you’re just in the mood, I suggest using Houzz. It has been so helpful coming up with design ideas for my room, bathroom, closet and the rest of the house. The process is pretty tiring, but also exciting. I’m not particularly looking forward to living through it though. But for now, I’ll enjoy the prospect of design, and I’m sure I’ll be glad after it’s all said and done.

But seriously, check out Houzz. I expect to see you there 😉