Two Years

An egotistic chronicling of achievements and ‘done-that’s

  • Saw PTX in concert! (May 12)
  • Read 23 books over the summer (June 17 – August 28)
  • Ran 262 miles as summer training for fall XC (June 17 – August 28)
  • Knit an entire dress for my Halloween costume (October 1 – 30)
  • Made a XC scrapbook covering 5th grade until 11th grade (November)
  • Knit 24 headbands (and other birthday gifts throughout the fall) (December)
  • Put 1400 roses on a float in the Rose Parade (December 31)
  • Made at least 3 cool arts
  • Recorded 3 pieces of music
  • Wrote a bunch of essays and drabbles
  • Opened up the wormhole that is Facebook
  • Definitely watched more movies this year than my entire life combined

People in my year

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Rin
  • run for fun
    • TD, AP, JP, VH, DK, SK, SS, BS, and more – conquered and melted together
    • JR, AT, EC – carpool squad
    • RQ, JB, SS, JS – my favorite new friends
    • AL, OH, AD’A, MP, DH, BD, AB, NU, SS, JS – the crazy freshmen, also my favorite
    • JS, ML, TG, SK, DK, HB – I pretend I’m part of you, also my favorite
    • LS, TL, RW, NC, CW, AVG, MF, MK, EH, EB, AC, VS, GK, TD, AP, SS, BS, KS, AU, and all the rest – cool people, also my favorite
  • JP, JN, I guess
  • JS, SS, RQ – again, because we talk
  • MF, JQ – again, because you make me laugh
  • RC, JP – ?
  • AW
  • JD
  • VS – on and on
Two Years

I Have A Problem With The Nation’s #1 High School

Folks, my mind. Except also about college. New Year’s post to follow, sometime Soon™ not that long after the actual new year.

Just Angela Things

While this post features TJ, it is by no means specific to TJ.


Almost two years ago, I graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. In another two years, my younger brother will do the same.

Me and TJ, we’ve got history. TJ is where I had my first slow dance, learned to drive a car, and once got chased down the chem hall by an eleven-year-old supergenius with a roller backpack and the blessing of Satan. TJ also happens to be Newsweek’s #1 high school in the United States of America. I know, right? You’d think an institution like that would learn to keep its child prodigies in check.

Anyway, I have something to say about this school:

Something is wrong.

Something is very, very wrong.

And it’s not getting better.


Flash back to my freshman year. I’m volunteering at Techstravaganza, an annual STEM activity fair for elementary-…

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I Have A Problem With The Nation’s #1 High School

One Year

I don’t even believe in New Year’s (seems rather arbitrary, doesn’t anyone else feel this way?), besides the fact that I am hesitant to post informally on this blog, but watching other people do New Year’s posts just looks so attractive. They’re so pretty, even if I believe they’re pointless. I guess they do store up memories, sort of.

Quickly first–last year I resolved to become ambidextrous and write more. I definitely wrote more, and left handed writing is quite comfortable for me now, even if it’s still ugly looking. In general, though, I will keep working on my left hand.

This year, I have three resolutions:

  1. Rely on myself less and on God more
  2. Love everybody as much as I can
  3. (as a specificity of #2) Hold the door and don’t let go until everyone has passed through

In 2015, I:

  • Started this blog and got excited about writing (Jan)
  • Put on a musical sort of, in the cave (Mar)
  • Took 4th place in MC State for the 2nd consecutive year (Mar)
  • Sang in a choir (Apr, Nov-Dec)
  • Attended my third and final National SO (May)
  • Traveled without my parents for the first time, to LA, and flew on a plane back solo (not specifically under any adults) (Jun) (random: said solo flight had the Rhodes twins on it)
  • Went back to Adventure camp (Jul)
  • Did Shakespeare for real for the first time (Aug)
  • Crazy XC thing (Aug)
  • Went to…public school. *hangs head* (Sept)
  • Left my orchestra of seven years (Sept)
  • Saw Newsies on tour (Nov)
  • Quit cello lessons (Dec)
  • Saw Matilda on tour (Dec)
  • Knit a ton (Sept-Dec)
  • Went to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (including David Copperfield) for the first time (Dec)
  • Generally wrote a lot, including working on three books, finishing one of those, and a ton of random essays and poems

If I wrote a list of people’s names this year, it would be awfully long and I would miss people. So instead let me generalize:

  • Thanks to my family for loving me, putting up with me, being patient with me, and supporting me in general.
  • Thanks to my homeschool fam–I know how disrespected I must seem now since I looked on other deserters like that, but I still love the entire community as much as before. Thanks for my childhood.
  • Thanks to everyone at my new school for exceeding expectations and making it easy to transition. I cannot express how much my heart is with every one of my new acquaintances there.
  • VS, for continuing to be there
  • RC, for talking to me

Neither are these bullet points equivalent in weight but I figured I might mention the last two.

On this blog: I am sad about the extremely dotty content, but I find I feel more satisfied with posting well when I feel motivated than forcing it out from somewhere that is not my heart. So the activity here will likely continue as before, but I have no wishes to abandon.

2016, I guess? Again, I don’t really believe in New Year’s.

One Year

Hello World

It’s me, knittingfrenzy18. I might as well open with some 2015 Resolutions (which turn out to be more like goals than resolutions, but whatever).

  1. Pay attention to my soul
  2. Find a work ethic
  3. Become ambidextrous
  4. Write more

Small words, powerful goals. As part of the fourth item listing, I’m writing an actual blog this year. How fun.

Hello World