Hey all. I’m pretty bored right now, and sore because I keep coughing. I didn’t go to school Friday or today because of it, but last night I finally got some medicine that’s helped a bit, so I will probably be back to my regularly scheduled tasks tomorrow. And since I’m on now, I guess I can catch y’all up on what I’ve been doing lately.
Thank you to the people who read my entry from Tuesday and who have encouraged and prayed for me. I’m still feeling really badly about how jerky I am, so it’s been good to know that you kids are here for me.
We took this test over political parties, and I feel kind of bad for most of my class because a lot of people didn’t do very well. They all said it was because Mr Franz tested us over things that weren’t on the review he had us do and that weren’t really in our notes… maybe they’re right and maybe they’re wrong, but I can’t really say anything about it because I got a 96.
Ah… we were talking about predestination vs. free will. I won’t say anything about that presently because I do not want any theological arguments springing up in this… but on a lighter note—JD was contributing to the discussion and said something about a person making a 360 degree turn and going the opposite direction in their life… I had to tell him while Mrs Jones was talking that what he really meant was a 180, not a 360 turn. Someone else wanted to know what we were snickering about and JD told them… it really isn’t a “Maranatha thing” like they said it must be, but it’s true that Mr Kirtland’s classes are the only reason I remember it. We also recited all the good lines from Napoleon Dynamite while signing thank you cards for everyone who helped us with the spaghetti dinner last Saturday, and Mrs Jones discovered that 12th graders aren’t capable of passing cards around in any kind of system to make sure everyone signed all of them. It was funny.
Well, we were all switching personalities Thursday, and that was plenty of fun. David was being Mr Drake with the whole running his fingers through his hair and talking British deal, I was being David and applauding in sign language every time I spoke, and JD was being me… it was fun except for JD hitting me in the head with his lunch box. I had to give up being David for a while so that I could mime what JD was doing while he talked to Lisa about the talent show. I’m getting better at it, but I had to give up after a while because Lisa started laughing at me and obviously wasn’t listening to JD anymore.
Miming is fun stuff.
We got into some trouble with paining each other last week… I was helping Alicia paint a fancy window on one of the backdrop sheets and she was talking about how she liked the grey colour, so I had this sudden idea to put a dab of it on her face. Then she decided she had to make me match and put some on me, and later we traded spots and got spots put on the other sides of our faces too… then Chris came over to see what we were laughing about and Alicia put a stripe of paint in his hair and then painted the top of her own head and one of my curls… and then Mrs Hughes came over to see what was going on and was really upset about it. We all had to go wash it out of our hair because it was house paint and doesn’t come off after it dries. The next day Mrs Rankin told us we’d all get detention if we painted each other again, so I guess that’s out for now. Chris and I also had fun designing the costumes for Rex, Alex, and Phillip… we gave Phillip (Prof. Higgins) all sorts of fun hats… propeller hats, do-rags, old lady hats with veils and flowers… and I put Rex (Col. Pickering) in the mafia. I gave him a fedora, dark glasses and a violin case… fun stuff. I had to do a lot of erasing after that though because Mrs Rankin wanted to actually be able to use the costume sketches, but it was fun.
I did my project on the coniferous forest… these biome projects keep getting pushed further and further back due to illnesses and days off school. Maybe we’ll just spend the whole rest of the year on biome projects. During the times when we’re not taking notes or listening to a presentation, I talk to Lisa, Breanna, Stacy, and Demi about their strange bible projects and how I don’t really think that the last one they did was right to do a project on. And last week I got a donation for my class’ senior trip fund—Lisa gave me a bag full of change and with the change I found in my wallet it came to almost 5 dollars. That was compensation for her not being able to come to our spaghetti dinner because she was going to a youth conference or something with her church. Something that was really funny was that she has told me a few times that she’ll definitely be coming to our class’ graduation, but I always have to tell her that I already knew she’d have to come because Joe’s graduating too… and there was one day where I said that and she was like “well, yeah… I guess I’d have to go anyway because I have a senior brother”, and Stacy turned around and said “oh yeah, I’m stuck going because of that too… oh, wait… well, because my sister’s graduating, not my brother”. I’m glad to know that our family members are so enthusiastic about us all graduating, lol. Being Stacy’s “brother” wasn’t that funny though… what was funny was earlier that same day when JD accidentally called me “mother” during lunch. Heh, poor JD… he was really embarrassed about it. I don’t think he has ever apologized to me so many times in a row, but I wasn’t too offended. I don’t think there have really been too many times at school where I’ve laughed that hard ^_^
Due to current financial and geographical circumstances, I guess I’m going here for college next year. Please pray hard for me that all will go well.
Wow… two weekends ago I went to a concert at Cypress to see Kids in the Way, Seventh Day Slumber, and Skillet. It was an awesome show, even though I was there by myself. I gave the extra 3 tickets away that my mom had bought because Brooke (former Maranathian) had been waiting a few hours for the person who had her ticket to show up and they hadn’t, so I felt bad and gave her my extra tickets. Then I found Todd and my friend John (former Maranathians) and John’s older sister and I stayed with them for most of the rest of the time I was there. Before I found them I was hanging out in the lobby and talking to all the people at the different merch. booths. They were all really nice and told me a little bit about their ministries and stuff, which was cool. I bought buttons from all of them except the Seventh Day Slumber people because I bought a shirt from them instead. I had never really heard any of their music and they hadn’t played yet… but I wanted the shirt because they borrowed the UPS logo and put the band’s initials on it and it looked neat. I was glad I bought it because later on I got to hear their singer’s testimony and I’m always glad to support a brother in Christ and I hope God really used them to reach out to people. This was a really enjoyable concert because at the last one I went to (Pillar & Project 86), they didn’t really share the gospel, but they did at this one and that’s what the important thing is, right? To share Christ with the music they make? I know that Project 86 is a cool band and I really like their music… but sometimes bands like them disappoint me because they try to be like “music is the most important thing to us besides our personal beliefs, but we aren’t here to tell you about our beliefs… we’re not all ‘moshing for Jesus’ or something like that, we’re just here to play some good music”. That’s basically what their singer told us at that concert… and I know it gets a little bit cheesy to say things like “oh, I’m moshing for Jesus!”, but to try and make it sound like your beliefs aren’t really a priority and that maybe you are a Christian but don’t want to come out and say so… it’s just disappointing. I mean, I understand a little bit of why they do it like that (the same with Too Bad Eugene, which is another “we’re-Christians-but-we-won’t-tell-you-to-your-face” band that I love), but I think that if you don’t want to talk about it, then you should just keep your mouth shut instead of opening your mouth about it and trying to tone down the fact that you’re Christian.
While I was there I also bugged Michael Buckingham and Obadiah at the RadioU table about why I’m not on the street team yet… I’m still waiting to hear back about what they want me to do, and it’s killing me to try and be so patient… but Smitty told me to just be persistent and patient, so I’m trying.
What a lot of fun that was. Not. I had to get up early Saturday so we could get to school around noon for setup. Setting up wasn’t so bad… Paige Smith and me were tackling the chair wrack from Satan and took forever to get it into the gym. Then I helped set up some more chairs and tables and put plastic tablecloths on them and it wasn’t too long before everything was pretty well finished and almost everyone went home to shower and change. I live too far away from school to go home and I’d eaten lunch while me and my mommy were on the way to school, so I didn’t go have lunch with JD and his mom either. Staying at school wasn’t so bad though… Paige Morgan’s step dad gave me a dollar so I could get a pop from the machine and I helped Amber’s mom write up sheets for the silent auction items. JD helped me with that when he and his mom got back, and then we all set out plastic silverware on all the tables, only JD was being sloppy about it and I had to fix all the napkins and forks so they’d be in the right spot, and then his mom had to fix it too because I was putting the knife on the outside and supposedly the spoon goes on the outside… guh, what a pain just to set a table! It was funny though because JD’s mom kept calling him Johnny… I forgot at first that that’s his real name that he hates. Then around 4-something everyone started showing back up at school and I decided I should go change into my nice serving clothes, so I did that and helped with a few more things and then our class all had an early dinner together (they had to test the spaghetti on us before serving it to other people). I got a little sauce on my pants, but it didn’t matter too much because they were black… but after everyone started getting sauce on them we all decided to put our napkins in our laps to save our dress clothes from sauce stains. JD got sauce on his shirt too, poor kid. I shouldn’t be surprised though because he’s a messy eater. That’s why I have extra napkins in my lunchbox. Still, I think our table made a lot less mess than the other one did… probably because we had all the girls, James, Brad White, and JD. The other guys were at another table and got in trouble for making a mess at it that they had to clean up. I think I didn’t really contribute to the dinner that much… I spent a lot of it hiding or walking around and trying to look like I was on a mission so that I couldn’t be accused of doing nothing even though I wasn’t. I was glad when I finally got to go oversee the auction tables, because I’m better at that than I am at taking orders from people. It was also kind of nice because while I was over there I got to talk to Amber, Angela, and Sarah, and I hadn’t really ever spoken to them before. All-in-all the dinner was a success and we made the money we needed… but I’m glad it’s over.
Well kids, pray for me to heal quickly so I won’t disrupt class too much with my coughing. Hope all is well for everyone.
Later days & God bless.
Colin: “If people were less dumb, I’d be less insane.”