A Short Story.

I recently read a handful of short stories for English. Usually, I am not a huge fan of them due to their unrealistic features, but these ones really made me think.

One of the short stories we read was Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets. It’s pretty much about this man who ends up stuck 11 stories high off his apartment ledge, all because of a piece of paper. The realistic thing to do would be to go to your neighbors and reach out their window to get it, but instead the guy climbs out his window, out onto the ledge, and attempts to get the paper.

Eventually the man ends up safe back in his apartment, and ironically enough, the paper flies back out the window, and the man just leaves and goes to find his wife. Now, none of this is important. I choose this one as the best of the four we read because it made me think the most. Not about what would happen if I were stuck 11 stories high, but what would happen if I were the one up there and fell. There would be no way to identify me.

I am the type of person who has random junk in their pockets. I looked in my winter jacket pockets, and I found some Jolly Ranchers, a glove, and some tissues. I rarely carry around my wallet or a purse, and I have no clue where my school id’s ever are. This man was talking about how he only had a piece of paper that had gotten him up their in the first place, and some matches. There were other things in his pocket, but I can’t remember them right now.

I’m not saying that I’m dying, but if I were to ever get stuck on a ledge and all I had were the contents in my pocket, I’d be absolutely screwed. Now, this isn’t even the message of the story, but this is how I interpreted it.

Anyways, have an amazing weekend. And, sorry for the double post, I just totally forgot about the other one in my drafts. Love Ya!

-Savannah

TL:DR?

If I ever fall off a ledge and plummet to my death, there would only be Jolly Ranchers and a glove in my pocket.

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Top (Insert Number here because I’m indecisive) : Books

*Disclaimer: These books are the best that I’ve read and this list is based solely on my opinion, sorry if you disagree. Unlike the last list, these are not in any specific order. Also, I’m not saying why because that would take forever and I have English homework.*

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chobskey

Papertowns by John Green

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
So, those are my favorite books. I have a lot more, these are just the ones that came into my head first.

Anyways, have a happy, healthy weekend.

Love ya!

-Savannah

(I actually have had this written for a week, I just forgot to post it. It was in my drafts!)

My life as a sophomore in high school (this far)

I’ve been waiting to write this post until I had a full week of school, but then I got a lot of homework. I only had a little bit of homework today, so I figured it was the perfect time to write.

So far, I’ve gone to school for 10 days. I’ve had three half days and I was off for Labor Day. As far as my teachers go, besides my spanish teacher who has yet to learn my name, I am pretty happy.

I have Spanish first, (on ACD days)  and we’ve yet to really do anything. We’ve done two dialogs (a thing my teacher does so that we can learn to pronounce words and speak in normal conversations) and we’ve had a large amount of free time. I love free time, but I do want to learn how to speak my language, something that I wish I was more interested in when I was little instead of saying I don’t want to learn (a stupid mistake on my part because now it’s challenging).

Then I go to gym (on ABD days). Right now I’m taking driver’s ed because it’s sort of required at my school sophomore year. I want to learn to drive, of course, but oh my lord, that class is so boring. I don’t know if I’ll make it out alive. Okay I will make it, but it surely won’t be easy.

After that I have forensics (on ABC days). Forensics is probably one of my favorite classes. We’ve already had a lot of fun. Even though my observation skills kinda suck. Well, it’s not that they suck, I just have a problem retaining minor details. We’ve been doing these activities where you look at a picture for 2 minutes or watch a video, then answer as many questions as you can. We’re allowed to work with the people at our table, which is helpful, because I remember the stupid stuff, but can never tell you how many people were in the picture, or the license plate number, but I can tell you that the guy was wearing a striped shirt with the number 11 on it and the robbers were armed.

My final morning class is US History I (on BCD days). History, not my strongest subject, but I’m keeping myself organized and studying, which has helped. Speaking of history, I have homework that I have to do still. It’s only three questions though, so it shouldn’t take long. Anyway, Mr. Cap is a pretty cool teacher, he tries to help us as much as he can to keep our grades up, and for the first time, I am actually raising my hand to answer questions in history, something I usually can’t do because I never know what I’m talking about.

Then comes lunch. Lunch is lunch. My two friends and I eat, then go to the library and do homework, or just talk until the bell rings being it’s much quieter in comparison to the cafe, but still manages to be pretty loud. Other than that, lunch isn’t exciting.

After lunch, I have English 10cp (ACD days). I like English to an extent. I love reading and writing about certain things, but I don’t like vocab or grammar lessons.

After I have Journalism (ABD days), my other favorite class. So far, I’ve already written two articles. One about the new debate coach and one about the new gym teacher. I only have one “friend” in that class, Kaya, and that’s because we had gym together last year and hung out with the same people. Now that we’re the only people eachother talk to in that class, we’ve become friends. I’m looking forward to when we get to write about whatever we want in the next few weeks because I have a lot of ideas.

After that, I have Chemistry Honors (ABC days). I love Chem so far. It’s more interesting than Bio was, but I miss my Bio teacher, she was a lot of fun. But besides that, I sit with close friends in Chem, so we have fun and get our work done.

My last class is Algebra 2 Honors (BCD days). Math is something I consider myself to be good at. I have the same teacher as last year, but she’s pregnant and goes on maternity leave in November. With her, I know how to take notes, what to expect, and how to keep my grades up. I also know to never be absent when I have that class because I’ll be clueless. That’s how it was for geometry anyway.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my schedule and I’m getting into the swing of things. Now that I’m better at managing my time, I can get back to a regular posting schedule hopefully with the exception of midterms and finals of course because those both entail a week of studying and flashcard making. I’m super organized and writing down all of my homework, which is helping to an extent. I still managed to forget to bring home my Chem notebook yesterday though. Other than that I’ve been good about homework. My year is off to a great start, and hopefully will get better.

Thanks for reading!

-Savannah

TL;DR

I’m in super smart classes and trying to keep my grades up as high as possible. Also trying time management and figuring out block scheduling.