A Diary Entry

I really didn’t know what to write today so I decided to just write about my day today… I mean, why not? So, here we go!

Dear Diary,

Today was fine, I guess. I mean, I didn’t have coffee this morning, which is always horrible! I had a headache! And I fell asleep in three of my classes because of this problem.

Anyways, it was my good friend’s birthday today so I gave her reeses peanut butter cups and a pack of trident gum. I also posted a happy birthday thing on my Instagram as well as my Snapchat.

I will not lie, I was a force to be reckoned with this morning. I was sleep deprived and hadn’t got my shot of energy (coffee) this morning. Seriously, my body decided that the only way that I will ever be able to stay awake is if I have coffee in me! I wasn’t even trying to fall asleep! At least not in Math because I was trying to learn so I could understand it, but I kept on drifting off! We weren’t even learning a boring lesson that morning! It was giving me a headache to keep my eyes open because my eyelids were so heavy!

I was probably a bit rude to some of my friends because of my conditions. I was snappy all day, like a chiwauwaa. (what?!?)

Lunch today was bad because my mom didn’t pack me a spoon or a fork and the stuff my school uses to clean their utensils is simply disgusting so I had to give my salad to my friend Kylie! Thankfully my birthday friend brought in ice cream sandwiches so I didn’t starve to death!

After lunch, we were FORCED to go outside by our teachers, probably because they wanted to stay inside and gossip about us! I didn’t want to go outside! It was sort of cold out and I didn’t have a jacket so I had to put my hands in my shirt for warmth!

When we finally got back in it was time for Music class. We have to choose a song to sing as out eighth grade song. I’m pretty sure we’re going to Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi! At least that’s the one I’m voting for. I love that song! The class period was pretty fun because we got to listen to a lot of songs and just talk.

Next we had Religion, which was as uneventful as usual.

So, after Religion, Bell, Kylie, and Beyonce were standing outside by the lockers just talking about how the project shouldn’t be so rushed, like any group of friends, when a teacher approached them like, “What are you guys doing? Sounds like you’re gossiping?” Then this other teacher heard and got involved, “Is there a problem here?” Um no… and if there were it wasn’t any of your business! They weren’t even gossiping in the first place! Gossiping is spreading false rumors.

Then that teacher took things a step further and had a “chat” with Bell! It is really unfair of the teachers to keep on torturing her. Don’t they know she’s under enough stress already and you are probably not helping! Poor Bell.

After school I had guitar, which went smoothly, except for the fact that my parents forgot what time they had to pick me up and were an HOUR late! I basically spent this time just walking around town, hauling my guitar behind me.

Later tonight, June, Claire, and I went shopping for Polar Plunge costumes. (Polar plunge is where you jump into a freezing lake.) We are going to be synchronized swimmer. We all got cute one piece swimsuits and swim caps that we will glue flowers on for our costumes! It will be so funny!

Finally, I had voice tonight. I’m very excited because I made this elite recital and have to practice my songs for it!

Love,

Josie

So that was a day in my life. Hope you enjoyed!

Stay Gold,

Josie

The Notebook (Follow-Up)

Ok, so you probably read my last post and began to worry (once again) about my sanity. I’m sorry, I was not at all thinking straight. I was watching it with my best friend and we both started crying our eyes out! If you were there you would probably think our crying was the most pathetic thing ever. We were crying about trees and tissues near the end of our cry session. 

If you haven’t seen the movie go watch it right now, I doubt you’ll be able to relate to me unless you go watch it. I promise you that you will cry your eyes out. By the end of the movie I was not functioning correctly because I was so sad. I couldn’t even talk! 

I went onto my Snapchat memories, where I had saved a bunch of videos of Abby and I crying, and just started laughing!

It was pretty funny, but the movie is really sad. Just watch it and you will be in my position.

Stay Gold,

Josie

The Notebook

Just saw the saddest thing ever. I can’t, it’s just so sad and this is basically a drunken from tears posts and I’m not thinking bout straight because it’s so sad! (I’m not actually drunk that was a figure of speech.)

Why Nicholas Sparks? Why???? Imagine people actually going through that situation. He read that book to her everyday just for five minutes with his truest love. I’m sorry I can’t… I just can’t! They were heiebwujsbeusjebeisxamt I jail can’t it was so sad! This just just explains how I’m feeling  crying rn I just can’t it’s was so sad and anybody who laughs me because I I’m crying is mean it was so sadnfubrhrhrhrbrvdbsjsjanwbebebebebddbfbbfbdnfj en.  What about my grandparents?????? I hate my life it’s so sad because of this movie and I just wanna be happy but this movie is making me really sad and Abby’s crying too and it’s making me cry even more and wouldn’t be able to watch it again and I can’t I’m just sad stay gold,

Josie

My Competitive Spirit

I am a very competitive person. It is hard to tell this about me when first meeting me. There are two main things that drive my competitive spirit (there are many other things) Snapchat and Monopoly. 

Snapchat is all about the snap score for me. I am OBSESSED with making my snap score higher than everyone else’s. I will literally scroll through my friends on snapchat and check everyone of their scores, making a mental note of who has a lower score than me, is catching up to me, or is higher than me. Right now my goal is 100,000 and I’m halfway there. My thrill in life is passing up people who have had snapchat longer than me. I have streaks with people I barely even talk to just to build up my score! See with snapchat, you don’t need a lot of friends because it doesn’t count followers like Instagram does. Sometimes I’ll spam my friends or even celebrities who don’t even add me as a friend. I just spam them to improve my score! I know, I am a horrible person, but Snapchat really feeds my competitive side. 

I’m pretty sure that the competiveness that monopoly brings is self explanatory. I become ruthless in monopoly. I have made people quit the game because I become so mean. Also, either I win and be really rude to everyone, or I quit and be really rude to everyone. Last time I played monopoly was before a weekend and I avoided my friends the entire weekend. I wanted them to know that I was mad at them so I would open bomb them on Snapchat and not answer their texts. All of this just because I felt that this game of Monopoly was so important. I almost started crying! Monopoly brings out the worst side of me. 

These aren’t the only things I’m competitive about, but they’re the main things. I’m very competitive whenever someone challenges me. 

Last year we did this mock election with fake parties. I was nominated and I knew that I HAD to win! I was obsolete. My character was named Holly Wood. I was one of those sketchy politicians who broke the law and bribed people for votes all while making people be quiet about my secret plans. (It wasn’t REALLY bribing for votes, we were giving candy to people that said “Vote for Holly Wood.” 

Bell was my VP and we slayed. We made it through the primary election like the queens we are and pretty soon it was time to choose a campaign manager. We knew that we had to get the guy vote so we had two choices for campaign manager in mind, both of them very popular. 

We eventually sided with one, mainly because we thought that they’d be more focused. The other guy still helped with my campaign. Taylor, the girl I was up against (and also my friend) choose the smartest boy in my class, a person who I often compete with. I beat him in the first round so he was very much against me. 

Everything got so tense. It even got to the point where our campaign manager and Taylor’s campaign manager got in a fight with each other. 

Propaganda was being made, speeches were written, everyone was getting ready for Election Day. 

Let me just say, I went up there and gave my speech with such finesse that I just had to win!

You’ll never guess what happen. My class mangaged to get the 1/60 chance of making the result a tie. Now Taylor and I are th co presidents of our class. 

That was actually a really fun unit, but it really brought out my competitive side. 

Arguments also make me competitive. I hate being wrong about something because I usually never am… Just kidding, but still, I’m very smart-aleky. I will pick arguments just for the sake of arguing to make me feel good about myself when I win. 

I’m just going to end this here. Sorry this post was all over the place, hey, so was The Catcher in the Rye, and look where that is! Do I reference that book too much? Of course not, rude of you to judge me! Ok, I’m going to just say bye now. 

Stay Gold,

Josie

Love Advice From Someone who has no Clue what they’re Talking About

Whether you choose to believe it or not, I actually give my friends who have relationships love advice. I don’t know what would make them come to me. You know, some have said that I look a bit like Cupid, so that could be it, but as I said, I’m the love guru. I’ll admit, I’m exaggerating a bit considering the fact that only like five of my friends actually have relationship problems, but I really only have like nine close friends, so…

In situations where I have to use my knowledge (that I’ve taken from Cosmopolitan), I just put on a confident face and talk about solutions to their relationship problems. By the way I talk about this love stuff, you would never realize that I have never been in a relationship. Just by looking at me you wouldn’t believe it. Just kidding!

Personally, I think middle school relationships are stupid. That may be a bit biased coming from a girl who has never been in one, but honestly, what are these middle-schoolers thinking? “Hmm… how can we make the awkward years more awkward??? Hmmm… I know! Awkward relationships!”

Still, if the circumstances are right, I can see middle school relationships actually being somewhat cute. My friends Abby is mainly the one I give advice to. I honestly love hearing about her relationships! I love gossip even more than the teachers at my school!

Anyways, here is some advice for you this Valentines Day!

Tip #1

Don’t be too picky when searching for the right guy. If you set your expectations too high, you will never be able to find someone! Nobody’s perfect, not even your dream guy.

Tip #2

Don’t set your expectations too low. You don’t want to start a relationship with a jerk who will lie to you. Look for someone with at least half of the things on your list.

Tip #3

Act normal around your crush. Don’t try to pretend to be something you aren’t or cooler than you actually are (me). If the guy doesn’t like you for who you are than why would it ever work out between the two of you? (Some sick reasoning right there, am I right?)

Tip #4

Actually talk to him! Don’t just stare at him from afar. You should initiate a conversation. Make it something that’s easy for you to talk about so you feel more calm if you get tongue tied, but also make sure you give him time to talk. Once you get your crush talking, pay attention to him.

Tip #5

Don’t care too much about rejection. So, not every crush turns out the way we want it too. It’s fine. Think of it this way, you basically just dodged a bullet because would you want to date someone who doesn’t like you? (Unless they were Dave Franco. If you have the chance to date Dave Franco, take it!)

So those were some of my tips. I know, how much did I sound like a cheesy teen magazine? Well, hope you meet the one this Valentines Day! ❤

Stay Gold,

Josie

P.S. I’m having trouble coming up with blog post ideas. Please comment if you have any?

My Nemesis

Believe it or not, I do have a nemesis. Sure, they might not be a person, but they are still extremely evil! I have been trying to battle them, but they have such a pretty desguise. Who is this dreadful nemesis, you may wonder? Perhaps I am once again talking about my school or perhaps my eyebrows. No! My nemesis is far worse! My nemesis is… My expectation.

Sorry for the extremely dramatic intro.😂

As a teenager, I can already tell that my biggest problem in life will be my expectations. I always set the bar really high for every single thing I do. 

I have a tendency to fantasize things way too much. I spend to much time thinking about what could be and less time be grateful for what I have. My goal is to break this tendency, but when I try I set my expectations too low and expect that nothing with ever go correctly in life. 

I will just have to try to be more realistic I suppose. I’m just too imaginative to be realistic so that is really hard to attempt to do!!! Am I alone in this?

My worst fear is never being able to settle for anything because I will always feel like there is more out there. 

(I admit it, I just saw Pippin😂, still it made me legitimately scared and contemplative!)

Sorry Abby, I know you wanted a long post and this is not long at all, but this topic is hard to draw on into a long essay so…

Stay gold, 

Josie

An Open Letter to my School

Inspired by a letter my friend wrote, but did not send or publish

Dear (school name),

I am very angry with how things have been running at (school name). You may be wandering why I would write a letter of critique considering the fact that I am an eighth grader. You may be annoyed and think to yourself, Don’t be so pessimistic, you only have five months left, you can make it, you’ll be fine. The thing is, I’m not writing this letter for just me, I’m writing it for all of the other students who I want to be happy with their time here by the time they graduate, not just praying to get out like the eighth grade right now. Believe me, this is not just an eighth grade feeling, younger grades tell us how they feel all the time and how frustrated they are because they trust us more than they trust any teacher! Our school needs to improve drastically and here are some ways it can do that. 

1. Better Student and Teacher Relations and Communication. 

The students and the teachers do not get along in any way whatsoever. On some days you’ll be walking through the halls and receive dirty looks from teachers. Sometimes you’ll notice teachers standing around with a mean look on their face just waiting for a student to mess up. It’s no wonder why the students are afraid to talk to them about anything! Even when students do talk to the teachers about issues they are having, they are usually not taken seriously. Some girls had an issue with something a teacher said (they had came to us first because it really worried them) so they told another teacher after much deliberation amongst themselves to do this. They told the teacher their issue and got scolded for coming to us first! Right after, the teacher they told came to us and told us the whole story. It seemed like this shouldn’t be our business, we just want to go about our day. I mean, if someone asks for advice, I think we have a right to help them out. 

We were once told by some seventh graders that a teacher had called us “little snots.” How do you think that made us feel?

Communication also needs to improve. My brother had 24 missing assignments all at once and my mom never got notified about it until the end of the trimester when she noticed his grade was an F. This teacher never bothered to email my mom about this problem. 

Many students have missing assignments or their grades don’t get logged so they think they are doing well when they are not or vice versa! Believe me, I am not just “making up” these complaints. I have heard these over and over again!

2. Teachers Should Spend More Time on Complex Subjects.

My class has recently had a test. Nobody got over a B. We got recover, but that was mainly people asking the teacher for the answer. In the end, none of us could tell you anything about intransitive verbs, verb tenses, passive and active voice, and anything else in that unit. 

The reason that this happened was because of the fact that when a new subject is introduced, we are merely given a definition and told to go to work on the homework, even when no one understands. You would think that after all of us failed the homework assignment that we would go back and look over it, but this is not the case, we just move right along. 

We are not learning anything at all with this teaching method. We forget everything right after the test. I could not even tell you what the test was on the unit before this one. 

3. Teachers Should Have more Trust in Students. 

We are always told that we are being “treated like adults” by the teachers. I know this is not true. We are also told that we are being “prepared for highschool.” Once again not true. I’m sure that you aren’t scolded for going upstairs and getting your lunch or going to the bathroom without asking. I’m sure that if two adults don’t get along in the work place, they don’t have to go have a “peace conference” with their boss. 

I was briefly interrogated for walking to a lunchroom table a few tables away from mine to see my dad because he brought us lunch that day. A teacher wanted to make sure I was doing anything. 

Also, what is with teachers teaming up to scold a student? I think just one of them to scold conveys the point, they don’t need to team up and make the student feel even worse about what they did. 

Another thing that bothers me is the fact that teachers have to get involved in every small conflict. People aren’t going to get along all of the time. It happens. It should be up to the student to solve their problem unless they ask for a teacher’s help. 

I could go on, but I think that I will start with those big three complaints. 

Sincerely,

Josie

So, did you like my open letter? Truthfully, I only ended it because it’s late and I’m tired. Now for a real ending. 

Stay Gold,

Josie