Essex County Club, my home away from home in the summer (and sometimes the winter). Essex is a country club located in Manchester on the North Shore. In the summer many go there to play tennis, golf and to swim, but in the winter the premier event is sledding. On the 18th hole, there is a truly massive hill that many sled down. Today I went there with two of my old friends from the North Shore. Unfortunately all of the powder from Tuesday and Wednesday had been sledded away, but that left behind hard, compacted, snow that at many points was just a sheet of ice. This sheet of ice created challenging conditions if you wanted to turn, but was extremely fast. On the final run I probably went about 200 yards. These conditions combined with the sled I have created a great sledding experience.
Well, the weekend is almost here and I am ready for it. Today we had a wrestling meet, but it was cancelled. I doubt I would have wrestled anyways, but it is too bad we didn't get to compete. It probably means we will have a hard day of conditioning and drilling old moves.
Wrestling practice today was full of conditioning and endless drilling of old moves to create muscle memory. I feel that just over the course of the past 2 months wrestling has turned from a completely foreign sport to a warm and familiar activity. I can't wait for our next meet.
Thursday, the snow has been cleared and we are headed back to school. The amount of snow that came down on Tuesday and Wednesday is amazing. I was amazed when I arrived at Fenn that they had been able to clear it all. In Social Studies we are working on a CIP (Controversial Issues Project). I am covering abortion. I have found that much of the debate depends on wether a fetus is a human life. I will be researching this over the weekend more extensively. I can't wait for the Superbowl on Sunday. The commercials usually make it worth the game however good or bad it is, but this year the Patriots are playing (again) and I hope we don't see another disheartening defeat. I feel like they will win this year. Go Pats!
Snow day (again)! There is something thrilling about waking up and seeing a winter wonderland outside. Today I awoke to what I thought would be a winter wonderland. I turned over to the shades and pulled the string to allow the light to flood inwards, but instead of getting a brightly colored winter wonderland i just saw shite. There were whiteout conditions (which could be a winter wonderland). Snow was everywhere. The clouds prevented the snow from glinting. Everything was white. The bottom half of my window was covered by snow and visibility was severely limited. Not what I had expected, but what I was awed by was the massive amounts of snow. I think that the amount of snow here definitely made up for the snow day in November where it didn't snow.
Today is a snow day! A large storm is scheduled to drop 24-36 inches of snow right on our doorstep. This means it will be a day filled with hot chocolate, shoveling, and getting ahead on homework. Hot chocolate is a favorite of mine. There is almost a tradition of Swiss Miss hot chocolate made with milk being the hot winter drink of choice. I would say that it is the total preferred winter drink, but egg nog from Richardsons is a strong competitor. Another wintertime tradition is shoveling. Us Lockes do it ourselves when it comes to snow removal. Wether its the driveway 1/10 of a mile long at Blue Sky Farm or our current home we don't cut corners with snowblowers or plows. Shoveling is great exercise as well as being good for the environment, so cut down on those carbon emissions and pick up a shovel. I hope all of you have a great snow day.
Monday... Monday... The lyrics from The Mamas and the Papas echo in my head. These lyrics were played over and over on the car radio for two weeks when we rented an album from this fabled band. For me, Monday has never been a particularly bad day. This year it is even less of a bad day because of the quality of my teachers and because of what we are learning. I have found school to be incredibly interesting this year and feel that this will continue throughout my education. In English we are reading the Odyssey, and it is becoming one of my favorite books of all time. In Science we are wrapping up a project about diets and foods. I was covering GMOs. Throughout the research I have found that GMOs can be very useful, but some studies have shown certain ones to have grave side effects. In Latin, we are chugging along as always and learning more and more vocabulary as well as more grammar. I think that by the end of the year we will be done with Latin grammar. It looks like we will have a snow day tomorrow! Have a great Monday and don't forget to smile!
Do any of you know the feeling where you wake up after being sick and feel one thousand times better? There is a moment of magical joy where you are awakening in complete bliss. Well I woke up this morning and received none of that. I had an unrestful sleep which involved changing the numbers of blankets and the climate of where I was sleeping multiple times as stealthily as I could so as to not awaken my parents. I guess I will be spending another day at home, preparing for school tomorrow as well as finishing up my homework. See all of you tomorrow.
Well my suspicions were correct. This morning I woke up with a fever, a bad cough and a runny nose. I have spent the day in bed watching movies and sleeping. There isn't much to say about today as it is a fairly uneventful day with little going on. The most exciting thing that has happened so far today was that I realized there is a cushion between me and my bed that makes my bed unnecessarily soft. I will remove this and make my bed firmer. Riveting story right? So as you can tell, I have had a very exciting day. All of this excitement has worn me out so I must be off to sleep. I'll write more tomorrow.
January 23, 2015, Fitz English: My classmates typed on their keyboards and on the screens of their iPads around me. All of us vigorously writing our daily ramble. Last night I went to sleep early again and I woke up feeling very refreshed although I still felt a little sick. Yesterday I attempted wrestling practice, but left after I re-awakened my neck injury as well as my cough. Tonight is the Fenn-Nashoba dance and many of us are excited, although only a few show their enthusiasm. Many are wondering if they will get the courage to ask a special someone to dance while others are thinking of an excuse to avoid the somewhat taxing social event. Previous dances have been... well I wrote a post on them. They tend to be in dark rooms with bad music playing loudly, destroying almost all hopes of conversation. Typically the DJ's aren't very good either. This time we will have four ninth graders "DJing" and I hope that the music will be turned down and that they will not attempt to use a smoke machine again. The last time we had a dance at Fenn a smoke machine was used in the "Old Gym" where the dance was held. Right as I got out of my car to walk in, I saw the flash of the fire alarm and the stream of kids running out of the building. We spent the next ten minutes shivering in the cold waiting until we would be let in again. Let us hope this one is not like the last.
Fitz English 2015: The cold, still January air outside gently settled over Fenn. The kind of air that was refreshing upon getting out of the dry superheated air of the car, but grabbed at the inside of your lungs in a raspy way. This raspiness did not help my current condition for I am certain I am coming down with something. Although there is not often much to write about early in the morning I will try my best. This morning I woke up to the sound of the blender downstairs. Although usually an unpleasant sound this morning it seemed softer, gentler. At first I thought it was my radio going haywire but when I opened my eyes I realized it was in fact the blender. Last night I had gone to bed early (about 8:55) in an attempt to fight off whatever I am coming down with. Unfortunately, this resulted in shunning much of my homework so I will have a lot of work to do tonight. Yesterday I had a semi-official wrestling match for the first time in my life. Going into the match I was unsure of what to expect, I just thought to myself that I had to appear confident. "If you can't make it, fake it" echoed in my head as I crouched down and moved up, changing levels and distances away from my opponent. I tried my best to look like I knew what I was doing and ended up taking my opponent down with a sloppy single leg that somehow turned into a headlock. The second and third periods are blurs but somehow I came out on top 13 points to 1. It was an exciting experience that left me gasping for 15 minutes. I can't wait until I wrestle again. Hopefully next time I will have sharpened my moves and learned even more.
I'm William Locke, a Fenn student who loves to write! The more you write the better you get!