Jaimee's Life Blog

Nightmare

My eyes are closed,

I’m sitting-

laying-

On a hard something

Beep.

Beep.

I dare a peek

Blinding! Bright! Lights!

I gain focus,

Six of my friends-

some acquaintances, really-

Gaggled around me.

Sobs,

Heaving,

choking,

drowning,

Sobs fill the air around me.

I can’t breathe-

I’m going to die-

can’t-

I’m crying

-suddenly.

My most well-known friend in the group-

Bailey-

wraps her arms around me.

I hug her back.

Look down,

Tubes,

Fluids,

Beep. Beep.

In the back of my mind,

I know-

Beep. Beep.

Something’s wrong-

Beep. Beep.

But I can’t-

Beep.

Figure-

Beep.

“It’ll be okay”

Click.

And everything’s dark,

Quiet,

again.

-

This is based on a nightmare I keep having. I’ve had it twice already. It feels like the worst nightmare I’ve ever had. I hope it doesn’t mean anything.

Saturday Morning

Yesterday morning, my mom and I got up bright and early in the cool, 62 degrees morning to finally plant our plants that had been sitting in those Lowe’s plastic bags for the past two weeks. Thank goodness they didn’t die! We have an assortment of green, red, and orange bell peppers, aloe vera plants, dill, cilantro, basil, lots of pink and purple and orange flowers, strawberries, tomatoes, red hot chile peppers that I picked out myself because nobody else wanted them, and chamomile that I planted from seeds. It was so fun and relaxing. Too bad I didn’t have a tree to plant for Earth Day, but I think I did good enough!

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Who knew aloe vera plants spread like wildfire?! We started out with one and now we have about 8!

Strawberries

Strawberries

These were planted in a special strawberry pot with holes in the sides of it. But the first time I picked up the pot, full of dirt, by the holes, the top broke off from the bottom! Lesson learned.

Chamomile

Chamomile

You can make your own tea out of this!

My Backyard Patio

My Backyard Patio

The destination for most our flowers and other pretty plants.

My Shoes: A Poem

My shoes, my shoes,

My colorful shoes,

Covered in greens

And reds and blues.

They’re a little big

So I can wiggle my toes,

The stripes match almost

All of my clothes.

I can go biking,

Walking and hiking,

I can play basketball,

Run down the hall,

That’s why I like these shoes

Most of all.

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Happy poetry month! This is a poem I wrote for my Language Arts class about shoes. We’ve been writing poems all month and it is just delightful!

We have our annual Dream Flags celebration coming up soon, where the whole school gets together to write and speak aloud poetry. It’s been one of my favorite things to do ever since 6th grade when I first learned about it once I started middle school. Too bad, though, this year neither the chorus or the band is performing in it, as the school has decided to focus entirely on poetry, and I can’t blame them for that. I wonder how it’s all going to play out this year. Also, I’ve heard rumours that if it’s too hot, we’re going to do it inside the gym. But, I don’t really think that’s a good idea, because then we won’t be able to see the poems hanging outside in the breeze, like they’re meant to be.

Dill Garden!

A Dill Plant

It’s So Yummy!!!

Huzzah! The fruits of labor have finally been brought down to me from the Heavens!

A couple of weeks ago, I started growing a dill plant straight from the seed! I almost never start from a seed, and when I do, it usually doesn’t work. I’m so excited! I have a bunch of other seeds for different plants that I’m going to start to grow this afternoon. They’re easy things like other spices, microgreens, strawberries, and of course flooooooooowers! Starting a garden really makes it feel like Spring!

Spring Cleaning

This weekend was all about getting ready for the new season. I’ve been working relentlessly over the past 36 hours and I’ve accomplished some pretty big things. I’m cleaning out whole walls and sections of the floor that have been messy for years. Aaaaah. It feels good.

“A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.”

I agree wholeheartedly.

The Heist

Happy Friday! Another night sitting around my house. Doing nothing in particular.

Let’s do some catching up!

Daylight Savings time has dawned upon us. Woo! A whole ‘nother hour of daylight? More bike & park time, hanging out with my buddies, etc. I’ve been waiting for this all cold, wet, dark winter long! I didn’t do much this week though, because I’m sick but this weekend will be re – lax – ing!

I’ll be brother-free until Sunday since he’s on a camping trip for the weekend. Tomorrow I will be participating in a 5k I know nothing about and that my mom just told me about an hour ago. It starts at 7:30. In the morning. I might write about it.

Today was the last day of the 3rd quarter in the school year. 45 more school days! I can already feel the tears as I was crying last night about it. Leaving the best 3 years of my life especially since my 4 best best ever friends are all going to different schools. Their not even going to school with each other. I really hope we can stay connected.

We’re not going to get our report cards until April 2nd. After Spring Break which is the week before! It’s probably going to be too cold to go swimming at the beach. Aaaw, man!

I’m reading 3 books, now. Summerland, The Help, and Unwind, which I just started today. Summerland is really thick. It’s like you have digest the pages. The Help is hilarious, of course. Unwind is going to be great because it’s by Neal Shusterman and is already on-the-edge-of-your-seat-on-the-hammock-until-it-breaks thrilling.

Yup. I broke the hammock in the front yard. Just by sitting on it.

Right now I’m chilling out with my new jam, The Heist by Macklemore. You’ve probably heard the song, Thrift Shop, right? People won’t stop singing it at my school. That, Can’t Hold Us, and Same Love are my favorites.

Extracurricular Prep Work

Today I spent an hour sitting in the Dance Room at school. The Dance Room is a part of the gym, although I don’t know why they call it that because as far as I know, we don’t have a dance team or anything. The reason for skipping Band and the majority of Science class is that I was picking my electives for High School!!!!

The way it worked was everybody going to Washington HS (me!) went to the Dance Room because there were so many of us and all the other 8th graders went to the library. Then one of the Head Ladies started picking groups of students to go to work with the counselers, and of course I was picked last. But, that gave me the chance to hang out with my future classmates. One was this kid named Jason who wore red pants and a vintage Pepsi shirt. Super-Rad!

The electives I wanted most were Jazz Band, Regular Band, Spanish and Drama. The lady, who looked retired and very sweet said, “Oh! Well, you must be a Fine Arts person!” To which I replied, “Of course!” because I am! Anyway, she said I would probably get all of my classes I wanted except, maybe,  for Jazz Band because it’s so popular, so I might get into P.E. Bleh! But the awesome part is it will be the only P.E. class I have to take because if I stay in Band all for years, that makes up the rest of the credits!

I’ll probably end up knowing what I get maybe at the end of the year, but most likely over the summer. Can’t wait!

FCAT Writes!

Yay! Today everyone in my school’s county took the FCAT Writing Test. I love how they always make the Writing Test the first one you have to take in the FCAT series. To me, it’s always the hardest, most stressful and difficult test you have to take all year. It was especially stressful this year beacause the grade I get on this year’s test is what determines whether I have Advanced or Remedial English classes next year. I would hate hate hate to have double-block anything in high school because I wouldn’t even know what electives I’d be kicked out of like Jazz Band or Spanish, which I really want to take.

I think I actually did really good this year though. Mainly because the topic was exactly thesame as last year’s, which I thought was quite odd. The prompt was you had to convince a famous person to come visit your city. It had to be a persuasive essay, which I’m pretty good with. The planning only took, like, 10 minutes to do and then I had an easy-breezy 50 minutes to write the most perfect essay of all time! But, I, of course, still finished right on the dot with only literally 2 minutes to spare. Just enough to check over everything. I think I made a 4.5 or a 5 (the highest is a 6).

The absolute best part of the test, though, was not having to go to History or Band class because the test was during the first 2 periods of school!

Woo!

Camera

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

I finally got the present I have been wanting for ever and ever and ever!!! A black, chunky, super-technology-esque, beyond professional…

21 Zoom Megapixel Coolpix Nikon CAMERA!!! in BLACK!!

This is the new start of this blog. As soon as I start really figuring out how to use my wonderful new gift from my very lovely parents I’ll be sure to put photographs on as many posts as possibly.

Lots of photographs.

So, get ready everybody. Jaimee’s Life Blog is about to get a major upgrade.

Nikon Camera

Nikon Camera

Book Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

I learned about this book from my school. Right now they’re having this “One Book One School” event where if you read the book and take a test on it, you get to go to this pizza party. So, when I was walking around the public library, I saw it and decided to get it. It was a good choice.

I’ve never read anything like this, where the author portays a child with Aspergers and talks about how they feel and think from first person. I thought it was really inspiring. When you pair this with the school shootings epidemic that’s been going on lately, this story can really evoke a lot of emotion and tears. I know it did for me.

Mockingbird is about a girl named Caitlin, who has Aspergers. Her brother is killed in a school shooting that sets her and especially her father into a kind of confusion and depression, except Caitlin doesn’t understand alot of her father’s actions and emotions. With the help of her teacher, Mrs. Brook, Caitlin learns about herself and other people when they deal with certain situations.

(P.S.! Thank you guys for all the likes and views yesterday. It was my “Most Liked Day”!)

I Want To Live Here

By The Sea, Vernezza, Italy

By The Sea, Vernezza, Italy

This is Vernezza, Italy.

Hum Of Love!

Alas! It is finally time for the infamous annual presentation of The Phantom of the Opera!!!

Today was the day in my chorus class. All of the young ladies were swooned and entranced as Mrs. Horne gracefully belted out the melodies to this classic horror-story-turned-romance! I just love it! I remember the first time I heard the story in her class in sixth grade. My first thought was, Wow, how romantic! This has ever since opened up my eyes and ears to the world of musicals and has changed my world forever. I’m serious! You never really appreciate art or music until you learn of something so profound as to make you have a revelation of sorts!

Ever since, I’ve become obsessed with musicals and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to be precise. I’ve added at least ten to my mental musical repertoire, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Rent, and Madame Butterfly. But, The Phantom of the Opera has ultimately topped my list and probably will for the rest of my life! Right now, I own the 2004 movie with Emmy Rossum, and one of the actual musical’s CDs (I think it’s something like the London Symphony Chorus). I’m planning on watching the movie in celebration of Valentine’s Day either tommorrow or Friday. I’m so excited! Even though it’s, like, the 6th time I’ve seen it!

Anyway, so I spent the rest of the day humming with all of the songs stuck in my head. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

An Undelivered Letter – To My Loved One (Reblog)

I could feel my heart quivering as I read this letter. So much emotion packed into one letter to one specific someone. Amazing, the power of words.

An Undelivered Letter – To My Loved One.

My Playlist: Allen Stone

Allen Stone

Allen Stone

Lately, I have been rocking out to some pretty cool music. One of my recently favorited albums is Allen Stone’s self-titled album. I found out about him while watching Vh1’s You Oughta Know segment on fine Saturday morning while doing my laundry. They broadcasted his most popular song Sleep. It was so catchy I had it stuck in my head all day and then proceeded to look up the rest of his album which presently sits on its’ own playlist on my Sony Walkman.
I would describe his music as soulful, acoustic, and slightly bluesey. A nice break from my rap music fascination that I’ve seemed to have adopted lately. This is a list of the album’s songs, the ones in bold I adore (though I’m still in love with the whole thing!).
1. Sleep
2. Celebrate Tonight
3. What I’ve Seen
4. Say So
5. The Wind
6. Satisfaction
7. Contact High
8. Nothing To Prove
9. Your Eyes
10. Unaware


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