Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

I honestly can’t with Trump anymore. There is absolutely no reason for him to ban trans people from serving in the military. Trans people have EVERY RIGHT to serve in the military if that’s what they want. I am disgusted, disappointed, and utterly appalled right now.

#transrightsarehumanrights

Ujima

Ujima, the third principle of Kwanzaa (pronounced u-jee-ma), means to work together, or collective work and responsibility. Being in middle school, I do a lot of group work and group projects, and I’ve currently been working on one since Halloween or so.

In my design class, I (along with six other girls in my class) am building a tiny house. Not a scale of a tiny house, like we did last year, but an actual tiny house, that has to be six feet tall and six feet tall. Ours is a PVC pipe yurt, and technically 72.5 inches, but our teacher’s letting us slide after seeing how worked up we got about it. It is only a half-inch, after all.

But in order for a project this big to work, each group member has to carry their weight. (Not that everyone is doing that, which is creating tension within our group.) So, at the beginning of the project, we made a role system so that we’d complete everything. Each of the six girls–we’ll call them Adele (that’s me!), Chanel, Emilie, Gabrielle, Holly, and Mai–has a job they have to complete in order to complete the yurt by the due date (January 26th). Four of the six girls are doing their jobs and more for the group. The other two…well, they’re working on it, I assume. The jobs are as follows:

Holly and Adele: Tarp/Frame (This refers to the construction of the frame and measurement and securing of the tarp. I also have the added responsibility of keeping up with our isometric drawings, since no one else is willing to take them.)

Gabrielle: Roof (She’s in charge of the roof designs and oversees the construction).

Mai: Floor (She’s in charge of the floor designs, if we do decide to build one. Jury’s still out on that one.)

Emilie and Chanel: Interior Design (They’re supposed to be building furniture. We’ve yet to see a piece of completed furniture, but that’s a rant for another time.)

Those are our main jobs, but we often make plans for the construction day based on what needs to get done and how we need to do it. Also, constructing the frame was a three-person job, so we enlisted Emilie to help with that. Even putting up the tarp and securing it requires at least four people. (There are three separate pieces to the tarp.)

This project is almost completed, but we wouldn’t have gotten it done if we didn’t have these specific roles, because if we didn’t, we’d all be stepping on each other’s toes trying to get things done. That still happens sometimes, but thanks to these roles and responsibilities, it doesn’t happen often, and it’s looking like we’ll finish the project ahead of deadline. Well, the outside and frame. Can’t say anything about the furniture.

Here’s What I Think About Mockingjay

I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two yesterday. I was somewhat wary, after hearing all of the bad reviews.  I have to say, it deserved some of them. I’m going to give it 3 out of 5 stars.

I read the book, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved Mockingjay, or as I called it, “The installment where everyone dies.”

I’m not wrong, am I?

Back to the movie. The reason I’m only giving the movie three stars is because, despite being a brutal movie, it just wasn’t very exciting.

I was only on my toes for one part of the movie, and that’s because I knew that one of my favorite characters was about to die. (It, was, however, right before another character’s death–a death I had forgotten.) That was the only part where my heart was threatening to beat out of my chest.

Also, Liam Hemsworth. We need to discuss. At first I thought that it was ridiculous that a review said that his performance was terrible.

That review (read it here: http://www.vox.com/culture/2015/11/20/9768210/hunger-games-mockingjay-part-2-review-final-movie) shocked me at first. But now that I’ve seen the movie, I think that the blame should go to Gale, not Liam. In the movie, I hated Gale as a character, but not Liam as an actor.

Another criticism I have is that I feel like it rushed through the book (it was the second shortest Hunger Games movie). Squad 451 stayed with Tigress for much longer than they did in the film.

It had also been way too long since I had seen Part One, or reread the book, so some of the criticisms I had been unwarranted since they had been in the first movie. I won’t mention those.

My favorite part of the movie was the ending. Not because it was over, but because I loved Katniss’ words.

All in all, I think it was a decent ending. Could’ve been better. But we’ll live.

Mean Girls

“Why should Caesar just get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar, right? Brutus is just as smart as Caesar, people totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar, and when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody because that’s not what Rome is about! We should totally just STAB CAESAR!”–Lacey Chabert, Mean Girls 

Sadly, guys, this isn’t about the movie. I know, I know. It’s upsetting, but you’ll live. I promise.

What I’d like to talk about today are mean girls in life. Well, a mean girl. Her name is Tricia*, and she doesn’t bully with insults and other things. She’s super passive aggressive about it.

“Dear Savannah and Taylor,

What you keep doing to Tricia is extremely wrong. Why you would do anything like that, I don’t know. There is no excuse. If she was really your friend before you would not do that to her. She didn’t know that she was hurting you. And it’s not right to hurt her.”–a girl in my homeroom (let’s call her Ashley), one hour ago

Here’s a refresher course from my earlier post Best Friends Forever? Tricia started ignoring me and Savannah. We didn’t know why until a week later. She told us her mom took her phone, so she couldn’t talk to us.

This is what I said to Tricia:

“Dear Tricia,

Ignore that first message. [I had accidentally pressed send after typing her name.] Anyway, I am writing to let you know that I don’t hate you, but I don’t think that we should be friends. I’m sorry.”

If you’re wondering why I didn’t forgive her, since she was only ignoring us because she didn’t have her phone, here’s why.

Tricia told me and Savannah that the reason she never talked to us was because her mom took her phone. However, Tricia, Savannah, and I go to an extremely tiny middle school. There are 23 of us in the seventh grade. Savannah has ALL OF HER CLASSES with Tricia. I only have two classes without Tricia, but I sit next to her in all of our shared classes, except for English. (And science, now that our seats have finally been changed. Thank goodness.) Plus the three of us ride the same bus.

She had every opportunity to talk to us, but she didn’t. Ashley said that Savannah and I have no excuse for what we are doing. If that’s the case, she doesn’t get to put Tricia on the same pedestal: Tricia can’t say she ignored us because she didn’t have her phone if we can’t say we’re not friends with her because she’s evil.

I thought that all of this drama had died down. Everyone still sits with Tricia at lunch, leaving Savannah and I to sit with our squad comprised of imaginary friends. I’m not even kidding about that, by the way. Everyone sides with Tricia (except for our guy friend, because he’s a platonic bae.) so we made up imaginary friends to replace our real squad.

Clearly Savannah and I have better taste in friends. Plus, if we had an issue with someone, we’d say it to their faces. We’re not so cowardly that we have our lapdogs stand up for us.

Mainly because we have none, but still. I wish people would realize that Tricia’s not a martyr. I wish they’d take her off of the pedestal they have her on.

Most importantly, I wish that people would realize that her side of the story isn’t the only side of the  story. Savannah and I were hurt, too. Don’t we have the right to say what we think?

*She was called Sidney in the post Best Friends Forever. I chose to use her real first name because I’m sick of her trying to hide behind everything (aka her lapdogs). But fake names applied, so now you know.

Watch an Earsplitting Eulogy for Wes Craven

I was completely shocked and saddened to hear about Wes Craven’s death, but this really is the perfect tribute.

Source: Watch an Earsplitting Eulogy for Wes Craven

First Day of Seventh Grade

Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs! Today was my first day of seventh grade in the International Baccalaureate program. It was totally awesome. Let me walk you through my day. First, I stood at the bus stop for twenty minutes waiting for my bus to come and watching six other buses drive past. Fun! So I called my mom, and we drove to school, picking up my friend Savannah on the way.

From there, it was off to school for the real fun! When we got to school, we received our schedules (again) and were instructed to head to the cafeteria to eat breakfast, socialize and wait for the other buses to arrive. After leaving the cafeteria, we went to our A Day homerooms. For me, that’s Health and PE with Mr. Shue. But, there are only six of us in that class. Everyone else has Spanish, and that’s where we went. In there, we learned about school rules, and went over the student handbook.

Then we had lunch! Lunch, if you’re curious, consisted of chicken patties, veggies (carrots and celery), water ice (the brand name was American Hero Ice, and it was delicious). There were also salads, chips, milk. Normal school lunch selections.

Next, we took our school pictures, and I can actually see your eyebrows going up in confusion. Well, the reason we had school pictures today was for our school IDs. After going back to class, we took our class picture.

Right after that, we had an assembly and we took a tour of the school. After touring the school, we the got the chance to individually meet all of our teachers. It was like having a walk-through of our A Day and B Day schedules.

Once that was over, so was the school day. It was a pretty great first day. So as school begins, I want to know. How was your first day of school? if you haven’t had it, bonne chance! I hope you have a day just as great as I did. If you have had your first day, bonne chance for this school year.

Make it a great one.

Yelp is Giving Away Coupons Whenever Donald Trump Says ‘Mexico’ During the Debate

I see some coupons in my future…

TIME

No matter who dominates tonight’s Republican presidential debate, anyone who loves delivery can consider themselves a winner if Donald Trump says “Mexico.”

Eat24, a food delivery service owned by Yelp, is giving away $5-off coupon codes on Twitter every time the Donald utters the country’s name during tonight’s debate.

“We’re not very political, but after reading a few articles on TMZ, we learned that Donald Trump (#HolaDonald) really likes to talk about Mexico. That’s why Eat24 is giving away one free taco every time Trump says the word “Mexico” during the debate,” the company said in a blog post.

The company is billing the giveaway as a free taco offer, but after reading the fine print one will discover the coupon codes can be used to discount any $10 or more…

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