Saturday, January 9, 2010

WOW. Dumb Matthew.

I can't believe myself. I just forgot to blog for two days. Just forgot! I'm so dumb.
But I will blog about today gladly. Today I woke up and made breakfast for my mom and sister and they liked it a lot so that made me happy. Then I wrote a newspaper article about Ted Kennedy for my school project. And then I had band practice.
After practice I had to go into the city because we had a gig. And I had to sit around for five hours before we played. But it ended up being a very good show.
And since the New Year I started making Origami with my new "Origami-a-day Calendar" and insulting myself in Shakesperean language with my "Shakesperean Insults Calendar." Those are both very fun.

All in all it was a very good day. Allie came to watch me tonight and that was very sweet of her. She is very lovely.

Today in history, in 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerrotype photography process. I love photography!
In 1951, the UN headquarters opened in NYC. That would make Laura happy.
In 1903, Alfred Lloyd Tennyson's son became the Governor General of Australia. Go figure!
In 1858, Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, committed suicide. :(

I win! Clearly! Also on a side note, I won the Awesomeness award in school yesterday! YAY!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A much better day.

Today had all the productiveness of yesterday, making me feel equally accomplished as yesterday but without all the grumpiness I had yesterday.
This morning I had gym which is always a good omen. Gym is a great way to start off the day. Also, Allie gave me a lollipop later. That was really great.
After school I did so much work. I went to town, and really got things done. In addition to all the homework due the next two days, I practiced piano, and worked out. So productive.
Anyway. I guess the really noteworthy thing was the lollipop. It was really great.

In 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state. January is a popular month for expansion.
In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.
In 1995, A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila,Philippines, lead to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
In 2005, American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen was arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers.

Despite the territorial gain, history seems riddled with some pretty ugly stuff today. I'm happy to say I've certainly had a better day.

Hope it's a good one,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A pretty good day.

Today was a pretty good day. I was pretty sleepy though, and I didn't do anything out of the ordinary fun, but nonetheless it was good.
The school day wasn't good at all. I did get to each lunch with my girlfriend though and I thought that was very nice.
After school I took a much needed nap, went for a run, memorized the pieces I need to for my piano lesson, and worked on a huge project. That was key. I'd been worrying about it and it felt good getting some work done.
All in all, an average day, but the accomplishment I got this afternoon felt good.

In history today, George and Martha Washington got married! In 1759! So cute!
In 1933, the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
In 1940, FM radio begins. That's an awfully good thing!
In 1976, Cambodia was renamed the Democratic Kampuchea by the Khmer Rouge. Hmmm...

Anyway, I'll give history the win. They seem to have a pretty good day, and mine was not anything special.

Hope it's a good one,

Monday, January 4, 2010

A very funny day.

Today I was in one of those moods. A crazy good one for no reason. But hey, there is nothing wrong with that. This morning it hit. That ton of bricks leaving me to realize that I was to return to school today. But I embraced it seeing as there was no fighting it, and took it with as much optimism as possible. On the ride to school my BFF Craig gave me a water bottle and the radio played good music so nothing could go wrong.
First period we had swimming, he and I. And let me tell you. Boy are we horrible swimmers. Man. We played one on one pool basketball instead of water polo with everyone else as to not embarrass ourselves. When one of us lifted the rock out of the water, we immediately sunk for the ball was the only thing keeping us afloat. We played most of the game hanging on the pool wall, but we decided shots taken while not holding on for dear life to the sides were worth double. I somehow managed to pull out a 17-11 victory, and much hilarity did ensue.
For lunch my friends and I went and got pizza. Pizza is easily the best food. But I am sort of embarrassed to tell people that because its so unoriginal. But it's so true. Thank you Marco Polo or whoever invented it.
When I came home I did nonstop homework until, well now, but I was fine with it because none of it was that boring. (math. math is the boring one.)
Now I'm very sleepy though and I'd rather not ramble and bore you anymore about the every minute detail of my stellar day.

Today in history, Christopher Columbus left the New World in 1493 ending his first voyage. Thank God. I am very opinionated on Christopher Columbus. I think he is a horrible horrible person and it's a shame that this wasn't his last voyage.
In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state. Good going America. It seems like a popular theme lately. State admission that is.
In 1903, Topsy the Elephant was electrocuted to death for stomping on people. It couldn't help being big. I think that is so mean. What's worse is that Thomas Edison filmed the event as to capitalize on the giant's misfortune. What a jerk.
In 1974, Nixon refused to hand over the Watergate tapes. Don't know what to say on this one. "I am not a crook?"

Anyway, I'm awestruck at how cruel history was today. Exploitation of natives and then execution of and Elephant. I clearly won this one.

Hope it's a good one,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A not so great day.

I had the most trouble sleeping last night. Couldn't fall asleep until well after two. So I slept until noon even though I have so much homework. I wrote a DBQ today and read a lot of Gulliver's Travels which I am getting pretty tired of. I still have to do an entire project before Wednesday. And another project before next Monday. And memorize two pieces by Wednesday. And on top of it all I am sick. What a horrible horrible week this is going to be.
I'd say the only good things about today were that I had band practice and it was fun, and that the Sabres won their fourth game in a row. Good going guys!

I'm going to take a wild guess that history has one upped me a second day in a row. (Sorry for my snootiness.)
In 1496, Da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine. Poor guy. He was unbelievably interesting, I read a biography on him. If I think of the name I'll let you know. It was a good one.
On this day in 1921, Turkey made peace with America. That's definitely good news.
In 1959, Alaska was admitted as a US state. Yay Eskimos!
In 1962, Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro. HAHAHA. Oh man. That's classic John XXIII.

Easy win for history today.

Hope it's a good one,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A horrible day.

History's got me in a landslide victory today. I spent half the day in a return trip from my grandmother's house in the car, and the other half being sick and doing homework. Oh man. My head is so congested and I have so much homework. So forgive me for my brevity.

Today in history, the planet Vulcan was discovered in 1860. Never hoid of it!
In 1900, John Hay announced the institution of the Open Door Policy promoting trade with China. Sounds good to me.
In 1959, the USSR launched the first space shuttle to orbit the sun. Way to go!
In 2001, Sila Calderon became the first female governor of Puerto Rico. Kudos!

Man that was a horrible day. History surely blew me out of the water. Sorry about the subpar post.

Hope it was a good one,

Friday, January 1, 2010

A brand new day.

Today was a day centered upon the very core of my values, and what better a day for one such as this. Kicking off this new year, I spent the morning, afternoon, and evening with the people I love, my family. My philosophy is that relationships are the most important things. Regardless of status, accomplishment, or possessions, your treatment of those around you is really all you have to show for yourself.
Anyway, enough of that sentimental New Years garbage. This morning I played some hoops in the snow with my uncle and cousins. We walked to the park, shoveled off the court and got down to some ballin'. That was a lot of fun. My team won.
When we came home everybody was watching football, but I watched the Winter Classic with my aunt because we both think football takes too long. It started out as a pretty bad game, but it was nice to see the intensity level in the third period and overtime even if I wasn't very concerned with the outcome.
Then we once again had a feast and I was more than contented, two fold sated. Past that, I'm not really sure where the day went. Later in the evening we had a family Christmas present opening, and I got money from everybody. That's pretty cool. I guess I'll just have to work on not spending it all. My grandma beat me in Scrabble after I had won last night and my mom the two nights before. But at least I won one of the four. And I got my first Scrabble in my entire life!So awesome!

So that was my New Years Day. Maybe it doesn't seem all that standout, but there's something that's tough to beat about quality family time.
In 1808, the importation of slavery was banned in the United States. That was a good start. Got the ball rolling.
In 1925, Hubble discovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Way cool!
IN 1949, War ceases between India and Pakistan. That is always good.
In 1995, the WTO goes into effect. Cool beans.

Despite the risk of sounding lame, I'm going to call it a tie again. Although history brought nothing but good stuff today, I think I had a pretty special day myself.

Hope it's a good one,