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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

fairy tales

Once upon a time there was a little green frog. The frog was lost and unable to find his way home. He missed his mommy, and wanted to go home. A little girl found the frog, and asked him why he was so sad. "I am lost far away from home, and want to go home", said the frog. This made the little girl sad. He asked the little girl if she could help him find his way home, but when she asked him if he remembered what his home looked like and which direction he traveled from, he said that he did not know. The little girl frowned, and said "if you do not know where you came from or what your home looks like , I will not be able to help you. This made the little frog sad and also angry, he thought maybe he should trick the little girl into helping him find his home. He said to the little girl, "I am a magical frog, and if you help me find my way home I will grant three wishes for you". The little girl thought for a minute... three wishes- "oh, what should I wish for? She thought to herself.....She agreed to help the frog find his way home, and their journey began.........
The little girl wondered which direction the frog could have came from. Her home had a lot of land, and she thought that they should look there first. The frog said that he remembered that his home was near water, so the little girl said they would start with the ponds on the property. They came across the first pond, and ran into a big toad. The little girl asked the toad if there were any frog families living nearby. The grumpy old toad said "The frogs all left a few days ago, they said they did not like it here anymore", and then he jumped into the pond. The little frog said he did not remember ever meeting this toad, but he was not sure if he lived nearby or not. The little girl and the frog continued their journey to the next pond.
At the next pond they came across a turtle. The little girl asked the turtle if there were any frog families living nearby. The turtle said " I’m not sure, I just moved here today, my old home had dried up", and then he swam away across the pond. The frog said he was not sure if he ever met this turtle before, and that he did not remember this pond. They were just about to leave, when the little girl spotted a blue jay. She decided to ask the blue jay about the frogs. The blue jay said to her " I see many frogs every day, but I am not sure if I remember where they are, I travel so much that I never know where I am". The little girl thanked the blue jay, and they continued their journey towards the next pond.
When they arrived at the next pond there were frogs everywhere laying in the sun, and on lily pads in the pond. The little girl asked the frog if he remembered anyone there, but the frog was not sure. The little girl decided they would have to talk to all the frogs. They talked to the frog families first, asking if any of them remember the little frog or his family. None of the frog families knew the little frog. Next, they spoke to all the young frogs, but no one remembered or knew the little frog. They got the same results after talking to the older frogs, no one knew or remembered the little frog, and some of them did not remember their own families. This was the last pond on the property, so the next stop was to travel up the river bed.
They started at the end of the property, where the river split of into smaller streams. At first it looked like the water had been abandoned. But then a large green snake jumped out at them. The little girl screamed. "Please do not be afraid of me, I am just a harmless water snake."
The little girl was still shaking from being surprised by the snake, but told the snake of their dilemma. The snake told her that he had been swimming all day from one end of the stream to the other, and met many frogs, but was not sure if he met the little frogs family or not. The little girl and frog thanked the snake for his help, and continued their journey.
They went a little further down the stream and ran into a little turtle, they asked him if there were any frog families close by. The little turtle tucked his head inside his shell and started to cry for his mother. The little girl told hi they just wanted to know if he could help, and did not mean to scare him. He refused to take is head out of his shell, and said "my mommy said not to talk to strangers, and you are a stranger so I cannot talk to you". The little girl thought for a minute, and then introduced herself to the turtle, and introduced the turtle to the little frog. She said " now that we have been introduced, we are no longer strangers. "Will you please help us?" she asked the turtle. The little turtle peeked his head out of his shell, and said " I think I saw a family of frogs further up the stream about an hour ago". They thanked the turtle, and continued their journey.
A little further up the stream they ran into a frog family, but sadly it was not the little frogs family. They talked to them for a few minutes, and the daddy frog said " I think I remember you, I think we used to live near you by a pond a few days ago." The little girl asked him why they moved from the pond, and the frog told her about a grumpy old toad that had chased everyone away. The little girl squealed in excitement, they had met the toad, so they at least knew where the little frogs home was a few days ago. They thanked the family and continued further down the stream.
The path down the stream was almost complete, the stream puddled into a small pond nearby, and maybe they would find the little frogs family nearby. They saw another green snake on their walk, and asked him if he had seen any frogs nearby, and they were in luck- "just down the path at the end of the pond there are a lot of frog families" said the snake. They both thanked the snake for his help, and continued down the path.
At the end of the path, both the little girl and the frog gasped. There were frogs everywhere. The little frog started to call out for his mommy, but heard no answer. They started to ask every frog they met about the little frogs family but, because it was so crowded, they could not hear anything. They walked and walked, but the little frog did not see his family anywhere. He started to cry. The little girl told the frog that he did not need to cry, that if they could not find his family , he could come live with her. This cheered the frog up a little bit, and he agreed.
Because of their failure to find the little frogs family, they started their way back to the little girls home. Along the way they passed all the ponds they passed earlier, but there were no frogs in sight. They came across the grumpy toad again, and decided to ask him again if he had seen the little frogs family, but he grumbled something and jumped into the pond. They agreed they would just go to the little girls house and give up the search.
When they got to the little girls house, the little frog was crying. The little girl asked him why he was crying, and the little frog said "I am crying because I had tricked you into helping me... I am not a magical frog, and cannot grant you any wishes". The frog apologized for tricking the little girl, and she said " I knew you were not a magical frog, I helped you because you needed help, not because you would give me something". The frog was happy, he did not like to lie, and felt bad for doing so. The little girl smiled, and said "if you were magical and gave me a wish, I would wish for us to be able to find your family." This made the little frog happy, that someone would want to do something like that for him. The little girl told the frog that since he was going to stay with her, she would make him a safe place to swim.
The little girl had filled a little kiddie pool with some water, placed a few big rocks in it for him to lay on in the sun. When she was done the frog hopped in and thanked the little girl. After a few minutes the little girl heard some croaking, and said to the little frog that she thought she had heard some frogs nearby. The little frog got excited, thinking that it might be his family, and asked if they could go check it out. They walked in the direction of the croaking, and came across a frog family hopping around frantically. The little girl asked them what was wrong. The frogs all started shouting at once that they had lost a little frog, when the little frog heard that he jumped down on the ground. All at once the frog family shouted "where have you been, we looked everywhere for you?" Both the little frog and little girl said "we were looking for you!"
They told the frogs family about their journey, and everyone laughed about it. The frog family had traveled the same path, only after they had. The little girl invited the whole frog family to live at her house, and told them about the pool she had filled. The family agreed to move to the house, and everyone was happy.
The End

Saturday, March 25, 2006

3-25-06

"Once upon a time there was a little girl" who wanted nothing more than to be accepted by her brothers. She did everything she could to try to make them forget that she was a girl, so they would let her play with them. She tried to dress like a boy, act like a boy, play with "boys toys", and play sports , like her brothers did. No matter how much she tried they would not accept her, the harder she tried-the more they denied her. They would tell her that she was too little to play the game they were playing, or that girls could not play..... This frustrated her, yet inspired her to proove to them that she could indeed play the same games and sports that they could. She involved her friends and other girls from the neighborhood that she lived in, and they formed a girls club. They studied all the games and sports that the boys in the neighborhood were playing, and practiced everyday after school... Then one day, after they all felt they were good enough they challenged the boys. The boys laughed at them, saying that it was unfair to play against them, because the boys would win, and the girls would be humiliated. The girls kept insisting that the boys play against them, and finally one day the boys agreed. The game was football. And the rules were, there were no rules-which meant that this was a game of tackle football. It was a tough game, and no matter how much the boys tried to hurt the girls or make them give up, the girls did not retreat.. Through all the effort the boys made to make the girls give up, they neglected to make any points. After all their struggle, the boys lost the game. This made them realize that the girls were formidable opponents, and always let them participate. This made the little girl extremely happy, and "they all lived happily ever after".

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

3-21-06- read me!!!!!

The year was 1978, and it was July 4, a Tuesday....The location is Port Jefferson
Memorial Hospital on Long Island, NY... You may ask, why is this day important? Well, to
most it was just another independence day, but to me, it was the day I was born.... My parents
were not rich, but not considered poor either. Society would label them as lower middle class... I
was the 5th child born to Jesse and Carole Stacy. I was to be the last child born, and the only
daughter. I would have to say that I had a normal childhood, considering the circumstances...5
older brothers, all different ages. My oldest brother, John, is 13 years older than me, next in line
is Brian, who is 11 years older than me, next is Kevin, who is 7 years older, and finally Drew,
who is 4 years older than me. I was tormented like any younger sibling usually is, but I was also taught many things through those experiences. All the tormenting, and all the fighting taught me self defense, and to stand up for myself...which I did a lot of over the years.
Each of my brothers taught me different things...
John taught me responsibility while I was growing up. I am not much older than his children, and by the time I was ten I was required to baby-sit my nephews after school, for 2 hours, until my parents came home from work. I realize now that while this taught me responsibility, it also took away part of my childhood- it caused me to grow up faster than I should have.
Brian taught me to think for myself, to analyze things for what I think they mean or stand for. He is an artist, and pushed me towards being artistic as well... I enjoyed all the one on one time with him, learning drawing techniques, and painting techniques. While I enjoyed this time, I also missed out on time that I could have spent doing something else...
Kevin taught me about books. Being an avid reader himself, he wanted me to be one as well... I started reading fairly young, before kindergarten, thanks to him reading to me, and teaching me to read. Kevin also taught me about math. He was constantly trying to teach me how to do things, and add things up... Maybe he was tired of me asking how much, or how many- either way I am thankful he spent the time to teach me.
Drew, well there is no one else like Drew, he taught me more than I usually give him credit for. Drew taught me to be independent, to stand out.. He never wanted me to follow the crowd, and made sure that I did things for me, not for anyone else’s benefit... He taught me about athletics.. He ran track for school, and would make me run with him. There wasn’t a day that went by, that he did not teach me , or make me do something beneficial to my health- exercise....
My parents taught me also about independence ,and to be a leader of the pack.... Now, they had a tremendous impact on my childhood education as well, but it was easier to understand all of my brothers methods of teaching.
I look back over the years and try to tally up the experiences I have been given, thanks to the efforts put forth by every one of my siblings, and I feel like crying. They have given me much more than I have given them... Because of my brothers I enjoy, and am passionate about reading, math, art, music, and have grown up to be extremely independent and the leader of the pack..I am always my own person, and never follow the crowd.

I have sent this by email to each of my brothers, and had both my parents read it... I know it is not thanksgiving yet, but I wanted them to know what I am thankful for, and how much it means to me that they are my family.... If this hits home with you, I strongly recommend that you thank your family for being there for you, even when you thought you did not need them...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

3-19-06

wow, what a short week... had lots to do.. my brain is about completely ready to give u on me from the overload!!!!! lots of research to do for english, apsu 1000, chemistry,and communications for my persuasive speech!! all i want to do is sleep for at least 3 days, but it is just now possible...... I am not able ot access what i need for my english essay online, so i will have to try again through the library......... i will also have to get what i need for apsu through the library, since i am not able to access some of the online articles and ebooks online.. my chemistry stuff is fun, we are doing an energy audit, and a lab- i found what i needed online, now the fun part is to record the energy usage of my home for the next week.... I have no clue what my next speech is going to be on, we need to use something contraversial, but with all the choices out there it is hard to decide on one.... i think cq researcher is a great tool, but how are we to pick just one topic???
ok- now i am just rambling on and on..... back to school work

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

well i did decide to rewrite what i had for my 3rd essay in english class. I feel it is better than what i originally had, but when i went online to the library page to print of the sources i referenced that were ebooks- it will not allow mw acces now... i will need to go to the library to find out what is up with that...... for now i will just have to turn in the essay, and get my sources tomorrow afternoon......
I am so excited, i made an 88 on my public speaking midterm, and a 95 on my latest speech!!!! yay for me!!!!!!!!!!!!
By th eway the prior post that says yay fot me, is supposed to say yay for me!!!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

3-14-06

someone just put me out of my misery now please!!!! my head hurts,my sinuses are killing me, my glands are swollen, my eyes hurt, my stomach is trying to leave me, and my entire body aches..... the soonest Dr. appointment i can get is at 2pm on friday, so i have to suffer till then...... I am so totally miserable...... I'm at a block on my essay... I chose the topic of best animals/ pets for families with children, but i'm not sure exactly how i want to rewrite it... the only info i found through felix i feel is not sufficient enough to support my ideas...... maybe i should start over................. but if i do that, i'll probrably get a lower grade than what the current one would be worth- what to do , what to do......... on the brighter side, the renovations on the house are complete, my son is happy with his room, i am thrilled with the bathroom and tub, and the semester is almost over!!!!!!!!!!! i just hope the hardest parts of my classes are over!!!
well, enough for one night, gotta get back to brainstorming and contiplating what to do....

Saturday, March 11, 2006

yay fot me!!!!!!

i finally did better than i had imagined in English class!!!! I made a 90 on an essay and an 88 on my midterm!!! I am so happy!!!! Now the hard part comes, to continue to do this well and hopefully even better!!!!!! I am totally psyched to get back to classes- I have done nothing but clean, and work on the house- finally finnished the renovations on my bathroom- i now have a jacousie(think i spelled that wrong)tub!! my son's room is finally finnished as well, and he is thrilled with it!!!! just got my income tax refund, which pays my car payments for at least the next 9 months, and i will be getting my balance check from my loan on the 15th, which goes on the principle of my car loan, and part gets banked to ensure that next semester is paid for!!!! I've been rereading a lot of stuff (from classes) and going over my notes- apparently i need to take better notes, and feel more confident in what i have read, that i partially understand what i was clueless about!!!yay for me!!!! well i have babbled enough for tonight!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

3-8-06

well, renovations are going good on the house... finnishing up on the painting of Dylan's room....now, to just put all that heavy furniture back in there.... i've been rereading some of my books for classes, and am just as confused as i was a week ago!!!1 will this ever end??? well, just hopped on for a minute to go over some stuff, so i'll post again.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

3-5-06

i think i am going crazy!!!!

spring break- what is that????

what exactly i sspring break? is it a time for young kids to take out their frustration, from ding poorly in school, by partying for a week non-stop? Or is it a time for you to collect your thoughts, redisn your plans and reset a goal for doing better in school........ i never was into the party scene, so i am going to do the latter. i will regroup and replan, and set my sights on doing better in my classes. I feel i owe it to myself..... if i am paying for this education, shouldnt i be learning everything i possibly can? i know this to be true, but still find it hard to comprehend why i am not doing as well as i feel i should be................................. so far, i have started rereading all the chapters in my books, i have started with chemistry/physics because i am doind really bad there- hopefully this will help me, and i will have a better grasp on what's going on!!!! then i will be going back over my english and speech stuff... i have a midterm coming up for speech, and need to do well!!! i am doing great in math, but will reread anyway!! i guess this week break is to give students the opportunity to realize that they can do better, and maybe by the time the week is over they can institute a better strategy for learning!!!
well, that is my plan anyway!!!!!