Friday, October 3, 2014

Authority figures are never wrong.

 Except when they are.

"Correct the underlined verb in this sentence: How do she find time to practice that much?"

You might answer "does" or "did". Either answer is correct. I assure you. However, I answered "did" when this question appeared on my Honors English IV quiz, and it was marked wrong.

On a quiz with only five questions, missing even one is detrimental, and this was one of two questions featuring a little red X on my paper. The other question was legitimately wrong, and I missed it because I didn't read the instructions thoroughly. My bad. That one is my fault. But when I'm handed a 60% on a quiz when I could swear on my mothers grave that one of the questions was wrongly marked off, I can't take that quietly.

I walk calmly to my teacher when she clearly isn't busy and address her in private. "What was the correct answer for number one?" I ask. She tells me. I explain to her that I don't understand how my answer couldn't also be a correct option. "It's just wrong, you aren't supposed to change the tense of the verb, so 'did' is wrong."



I will spare you the long grammatical explanation, but because the rest of the sentence is "practice that much" instead of "practice this much" my answer is actually MORE correct than the answer she had in mind. And aren't we asked in every standardized test to identify which answer is the MOST correct? Yeah. That's what I thought.

But guess what. She didn't have the patience or respect to hear me out. After being interrupted multiple times, I stopped trying to explain my grammatical reasoning. I settled with "I guess I just don't understand why 'did' doesn't also work in this sentence," to which she responded "Well there's just no argument for it. It's wrong."

So is it wrong because it's wrong? or is it because you say it's wrong?

That was enough for me. I sat at my desk and accepted my failed quiz with a huff of inner satisfaction because after all, I knew I was right. But I was ready to let it stop there. My teacher, however, was apparently not mature enough to do the same.

She gets up, and announces to the entire class (words thrown at me as indiscreetly as flaming darts) that she "will not argue over every little question" and that if we have a problem, we can go tell the principal, but under no circumstance will she be "challenged.''

As she speaks, I return the glare she means to give me though she refuses to look in my direction.

Instead of pulling me aside like an actual adult, she attacks me indirectly in front of the entire class. Even I, the "ignorant teenage student" had the respect to approach her calmly and privately when I thought she had made a mistake.

Essentially, today she has established that for the rest of the year, no student may disagree with her. She could tell us we spelled our names wrong and take off 20 points, and we wouldn't be able to challenge it. Is no one else seeing the problem here?

But remember kids, never challenge the authority.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

May 8th, 2013. September 30th, 2014.


I knew that it had been a while, but wow. To be honest, I was a little surprised to find that my blog was even still here. If you're still following me, I'm both impressed at your loyalty and amused at your optimism.

So there was a software glitch on my iPod touch, and iTunes is currently in the process of erasing my iPod's entire memory. I looked a few days ago, and I believe I had around 4,150 pictures on this little thing. 4,150 memories completely erased. My trip to New York, to Disneyworld, this entire summer gone because of some faulty software. I'm not too thrilled at the prospects of this, but it will be a new start for my little camera/game system/social media prowler. Maybe I can have a new start on here as well.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Well that wasn't exactly my plan...

What has it been now, three months? I almost didn't remember my password to log in.
I don't suggest that any of you leave your blogs alone for so long because strangers will try to sell them candy (or...uh...snowboards) I was greeted with 128 comments awaiting approval, 124 of which were spam. There was some stuff in there about car insurance, viruses, and yes, snowboards.

So in case anyone actually cares, there are two new ways you can Internet stalk me! (How exciting!)
Instagram- @TomorrowThereWillBeSun
Twitter- @AlwaysAbbyNoel

Short usernames are too easy.

Just a piece of advice, never listen to the comedy station on Pandora while you're in a quiet environment. You will most likely be "that freak" who is laughing hysterically at their computer screen. I had to learn the hard way.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I know, I know, I'm awful!

I'm so sorry that I disappeared for so long! Merry late Christmas and happy late new year! I'll check back in here with a more thorough update, but for now it would be great if you could follow me on Instagram @alwaysabbynoel ! I'm kinda addicted to it so.... Haha well I hope you all forgive me! Comment, I wanna know how you all are doing!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012


We recently had and assignment in English to write anything at all about 'growing up' and my story turned out okay, so I decided that maybe you guys would enjoy it. Some of this is based on things that actually happened to me, so let's see if you can pick out what parts of this are true! 

His hands flowed over the keys like a beautiful river, creating a sound so soothing that even an insomniac could fall asleep to it. He was only eight years old, but he already had a classroom full of people nearly drooling in admiration. I was among that crowd, wondering how a person could be so talented and perfect while I was nothing but a lowly 3rd grader. At that moment in band class, listening to the lovely notes floating from the piano, my life was perfect. There was only one small issue: I was completely obsessed with a person who had no idea I existed.

I was relatively anonymous at my school, but Alex, or “the love of my life” as I thought of him, didn’t have that problem. In fact, everyone knew him. He was known at our school for his ability to play a piano better than anyone, even the band teacher himself. (Apparently it was impressive back then to be more talented than a person who quit music school to teach a herd of whiny eight year olds.) Teachers constantly had whispered conversations with each other about Alex’s bright future and impressive talent. You would think that at such a young age, all of this attention would go right to his head. You would be right.

The problem that Alex and I had was that he was too in love with himself to notice me, and I was too obsessed with him to notice the constant stream of rejections. All of my years in Reynolds Elementary School were spent desperately trying to get his attention. I used every major weapon in the arsenal of flirting and none of them were successful. I tried being friends with his best friends. That didn’t work. I asked him if he wanted to dance with me at the Christmas dance. That was a disaster. I even wrote a love poem about him. That was so traumatic I nearly had to be hospitalized.

Despite all of my attempts to earn his affection, I was still nothing but another girl who would one day throw roses on stage after his Grammy performance. I simply couldn’t let myself live that way. Something had to be done.

I didn’t know exactly how to go about doing this, so I consulted the expert on all things boys- my mother. I was expecting an intricate plan, but she suggested something that I never thought of. “Just tell him how you feel,” she said with a shrug, and walked away. I sat at the kitchen table for at least a week, trying to process the simplicity of her idea. How could I possibly just tell him? It sounded too easy. Of course, I didn’t have any better plans, so it had to work.

The fact that I was in 3rd grade meant that I couldn’t just walk up to Alex and tell him how I felt. I would take my mother’s advice, but I had to complicate it somehow. After consulting with my closest friends, my dog, and my collection of stuffed animals (but not Betsy the Bunny because she knew nothing about boys), I formulated a plan that was sure to work. All I had to do was write him a note, slip it in his backpack, and wait until he found it. Then he would come running to me in slow motion, we would hug and fall into a field of daises, and we would live happily ever after. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

The day came and I was completely prepared. The note was written in the cutest handwriting I could manage, was sealed with a sticker in the shape of a heart, and was tucked away safely in my pocket. All I needed was an opportunity to sneak it in his backpack. That opportunity presented itself when my teacher announced that we would be watching a movie.

When the movie started and all the lights in the classroom were turned off, I walked into the sea of backpacks, pretending to look for my own, even though I saw it immediately. How could anyone miss a hot pink bag the size of boulder? But it wasn’t my bag I was truly looking for, it was his. Luckily he had tossed it near mine, so no one was alarmed when I kneeled down next to it. Just seconds later, the note was nestled between a planner and a notebook with dinosaurs on the cover. I walked back to my seat next to the projector screen, feeling accomplished. My mission had been completed. The only thing I had left to do was to wait.

Maybe if I did just wait, this all would have turned out fine. However, I wasn’t able to wait. I had to make things harder on myself, as usual. Instead of sitting there like a good little girl, I had to open my big mouth and tell people that I had a crush on him. Clearly this was Earth shattering news because it spread through the classroom before anyone even knew the name of the main character in the movie we were watching.

The next day, I tried my best to not make eye-contact with anyone. The gossip around the playground was that I had written Alex a “love letter”. I seemed to be the only one who realized how ridiculous that notion was. I hadn’t written him a love letter, just a note telling him I wanted to marry him one day. Those two things were completely different.

While being humiliated by my misunderstood note, the last thing I expected was to get a response letter from Alex, but that’s just what I received. It was simple, but enough to make my mind explode into a thousand little explosions of happiness. The crumpled, torn off piece of wide ruled paper read “I like you too.”

At that moment in my life, those were the four most influential words anyone had ever said to me other than “Santa is not real”. A glowing smile was stuck on my face for the rest of the day. I showed the note to my friend Maria while we waited for our moms to pick us up from school, and she was just as thrilled as I was. I wanted to tell everyone, but I decided to save the rest of the excitement for when I got home.

Later, I poured out the whole story to my mom, and she seemed happy. However, she did warn me not to get too excited, but I made another wise decision and chose not to listen to her. That was a big mistake.

The next day I was greeted with another note on my desk. Little did I know this note wasn’t quite like the others. I unfolded it and read “Dear Abby, I didn’t really like you; I just didn’t want to make you sad. Sorry, Alex.” Fortunately, school hadn’t started yet, so I was the only one in the classroom at that moment. Everyone was still on the playground, so no one saw the tears that welled up in my eyes.

Those words completely shattered me. They meant that I would never marry the love of my life, and we would never go on a piano recital tour together. Suddenly my life was meaningless. I had no future. I was sure that I would end up living alone with 47 cats until I eventually died of depression. How could I ever recover from this tragedy?

After that incident, most of my elementary school years were a blur. I do, however, remember buying him a Valentine’s Day lollipop. I also remember him throwing it at me after sucking on it for a few minutes. That was the highlight of my 5th grade year.

I moved away after 6th grade, and I never heard much about Alex or his predicted career as a musician. Last year, I was sitting in a coffee shop studying for a college midterm when I logged on to Facebook. I saw that I had received a friend request from an ‘Alexander Whittiker’. It took me a few moments, and some scrolling through his pictures, but I soon realized that it was him. The ‘love of my life’ from 3rd grade was now the one reaching out to me, instead of the other way around. I laughed to myself, and clicked “deny”. It was the first good decision I made regarding him since we met.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Let's pretend that never happened...

Broadway Night was terrible. Absolutely terrible.

I don't even know what else to say.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Even though I could probably be doing a million more productive things...

I'm writing this in Creative Writing because our teacher made the mistake of giving a group of highschoolers access to the internet for an hour and a half. With my logic, this is writing, and I'm kinda forced to be creative, so there's nothing wrong with what I'm doing. If my teacher wants to say something to me, she should first talk to the girl next to me who's on google looking up butter. I'm not even kidding. Butter.

Broadway night is tonight, and I'm terrified. As it turns out, I've learned my whole song in some weird, nonexistent key. So I spent last night frantically trying to relearn the song with completely different notes. For those of you that know music stuff, my mistake was disregarding the sharps and flats (which, in my defense, are virtually undetectable to a person who isn't used to reading music).

Hopefully I'll be able to squeze in some time between now and the show to go over the song in the correct notes, but I might not have that time considering that workshops for the musical are also after school today. I should just skip workshops today, because they aren't completely nessasary, but I need as much preparation for this audition as possible. Everyone at this school is so dang talented I feel like chop liver. And have you ever tasted liver? Neither have I, but I've heard it's pretty gross.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Today was lovely besides the fact that it wasn't.

I'll spare you all the depressing monologue about how my soul was sucked out of me today and stuffed into a little jar, but I will inform you that that jar now resides in my chorus teacher's closet. 

I auditioned for broadway night today TWICE and both times my teacher told me I was "singing it wrong", "wasn't hitting any of the correct notes", and that she could "clearly hear that it was wrong." 

Oh, look! A corner! I think I'll go sit in that and cry now!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm a poet and I know it.

My creative writing class just recently started a poetry unit which I'm super excited about because I've always loved writing poems. We had one assignment where we had to cut words out of magazines like we were making ransom letters, only less....threatening. 
So I thought that if I should post anything, it should be this because it's a bit more interesting to look at than my other poems which would all be typed out. 
So without further ado- 

As you can see, we were allowed to write filler words to make everything make sense. 
This was so fun that one day I want to do an entire blog post like this...but I don't think I could bring myself to cutting up my magazines.

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