It is finally SPRING, sort of, which means it is time for shorts. I am a person that really does not like the winter purely because I love wearing shorts. It was 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit this week so I broke out the shorts. Yes, those Patagonia shorts served me well. I was criticized of course but I turned it into a movement. Why are boys allowed to wear shorts but I'm not? It's not like I'm wearing two-inch booty shorts, I was wearing longer shorts. So #freethelegs was born. Our motto: "Sky's out, thighs out." The movement continues tomorrow.
With the coming of Spring also means the beginning of a new soccer season! Having practice every day and conditioning makes me smile just thinking about it. I'm not being sarcastic, I truly love it so much. We have our first tournament in Cincinnati next weekend. I'm a little bummed that it falls on the same weekend as the ODP Showcase, but I don't really care a whole lot because I know I won't make it to the state team. Not even some of my really talented friends have made it mainly because of the coach politics that influence what players go. I would say half of the kids are from the club Ohio Premier strictly because they are the only ECNL team in the Columbus area. Whatever. Spring also means being outside in general, which I love. Next year when I go to Exeter I really want to play basketball in the winter so I have been trying to keep up my skills. Basketball is such a great sport because it is so easy to just go out and play. You don't need a goalie or someone to throw for you, it's all you- just go out and shoot. Now obviously to get better at the game itself it's imperative to play with a team, but honing in on pure shot accuracy is as easy as going outside and picking up a ball- that's what I love about it. I've been doing that every day for the past couple weeks and want to continue for as long as I can just to get the feel for it again.
Another interesting thing I have been partaking in this year is Science Olympiad. It has been a bittersweet experience; I love the science and my event (Protein Modeling) but it has been extremely difficult participating without a coach or someone who actually knows what they are doing. I have had to figure everything out on my own, which I'm not complaining about the workload- I can handle that, but it makes it very difficult to improve. The protein modeling event in particular needs people who understand how to make a great pre-build model (the model you bring to the competition and prepare before hand). In addition, our "organizer" (I use this term sparingly because she is very disorganized and did not help us at all) only was able to get us in to one competition before regionals and only two competitions total. Other teams had 5-8 competitions under their belt before going to regionals which means more feedback and experience to then improve upon. After my second competition I felt a lot more prepared and ready but it was already over. My model struggled with the detail of layers, which I still don't understand, but there was nobody to tell me what that meant! It is devastatingly frustrating when you know what is wrong but don't have the resources to fix it. Anyway here is a picture of my model so you can get a feel for what I had to do. In addition to building this model at the competition you have to use the computer program jmol to use as a guide to build an on-site protein model and then you have to take a written test in conjunction with building the model all in 50 minutes. It's super fun and if I was given a couple more competitions I definitely could have placed or done exponentially better. Shoulda, woulda, coulda though, it's not worth thinking about.
Other things I've been doing? Well GE Light Day is coming up soon which is the activism project I've been working on for my AP Lang class. I will have a full post about that later but it's turning out to be pretty cool. Saxophone has obviously continued to engross my life. And, yes, I am still basic; I never miss a night of The Tonight Show, keep up with The Walking Dead, and I'm in season 3 of House of Cards. Not much else other than the routine weekly things that you don't care about. Volunteering is still going great and I somehow manage to keep up with friends. It's a good life, I'm blessed to have it. I thank my God for it every day. The day I take it for granted is the day my faith and certainty of my life has been lost. Congratulations if you read to the bottom of this, you rock.