Wacky Onion

About the Owner

I am a university student alternating between school in Flint, MI, and co-op work while living at home in Ann Arbor, MI. I run this blog in my spare time and write about things such as gender and existentialism. More about me

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I haven't worked with yellow in a while. It's refreshing. When making this layout, the theme in my mind was "making the pieces fit together." More about the layout

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Well, This Summer…

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 ; related to Updates, Real life, School, Literature, What I Think. Leave a comment?

Hey guys! Summer is nearly ending (for some of you it has already ended). Where I live, school starts the Tuesday after Labor Day. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, and that you have taken a vacation somewhere. As for me, I haven’t been anywhere far, just orchestra practice in my bordering state. Oh well…
Anyway, since the school year is coming, these are the classes I take or will be taking.

  • English—A.P. British Literature
  • Math—Finish up Geometry, take Pre-Calculus
  • Science—Finish up Physics, take A.P. Physics
  • Social Studies—Psychology
  • Foreign Language—Thai (???)
  • Music—Music Performance

So yeah, here are my classes. As you can see, it’s a bit fuzzy, but I manage. What classes are you taking this fall? Or, if your school year is different from my school year, what classes are you currently taking?

One last thing… Have you read Beowulf? I just finished it for my A.P. British Lit class, and it was just awesome. At first I thought it would be boring and archaic, but I was totally wrong. It’s dynamic, action-packed, and suspenseful. It can also apply to us in the modern day, concerning morals and character. Now I’m going to read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I start it tomorrow. I hope all my books in A.P. British Lit are not boring! (Maybe I’ll list them in a later post…?)

Social Networks & Audition

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 ; related to Updates, Real life, What I Think. Leave a comment?

Another lazy Sunday. That is, until this fall. (Excuse me, Onion, my sister, is reading this as I type. Better go, ahem, distract her.) In August I’m going to audition for an orchestra. No, I’m already a member, but I’m auditioning for the 1st violin part in Bach’s Double Concerto for my orchestra’s fall performance. Apparently the auditions were supposed to be in June, but my violin teacher talked to the conductor so I could audition in August. The piece itself is not that hard, but it’s just that auditions suck, no matter what.

My mom’s now into Facebook. Same as my dad. They both got sucked in into the “reconnection with old friends” idea. So now every night nowadays I see my parents using their respective Facebook accounts. It’s weird, because my father got into Facebook the same time as I quit.

Speaking of social networking, I deleted my Twitter account a year and a half ago. Just for the heck of it, I went to Twitter a few days ago and looked at my old account to see if it’s there. Turns out, it was. You can see it here, if you care to. XD I don’t know what happened, but when I tried to log into the account, it won’t let me in, and I deleted the email that was associated with the account. I guess account deletion according to Twitter means that they don’t let you in your account but keep it on the website. Huh. Maybe I’ll make another Twitter. I don’t know yet. What do you guys think?

Oh, by the way, I’m thinking of adding a weekly feature for the posts to keep things interesting. I don’t know what to post yet, though. Maybe something about real life (not a blog post about my life, but about the things we have to deal with). Or maybe posting my old “guide to emotions” that I wrote when I was 12 for entertainment value and sentimentality….Anyway, tell me what you think!


Recycling with Benefits!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 ; related to Updates, Real life, What I Think. Leave a comment?

Hey guys! I’ve always been recycling, but now I’ve been recycling even more. It pains me to see people throw away recyclable things such as office paper, water bottles, and recyclable plastic containers. Now, to get people to be motivated about recycling, there’s a program called Recyclebank that’s offering rewards for people who recycle. So, there you go, motivation!

Also, here are a few good ideas to use less stuff. Not all of these may work for you, but try out some of them!

  • Use both sides of notebook paper
  • Type instead of write
  • Upcycle used items. More info later in this post!
  • Instead of throwing away used stuff that’s no longer needed, find people to give them to or to trade with. For example, if I have a stack of books that I no longer need, I may give them to a friend, have a garage sale, donate them, or exchange them with a friend.

A special note on upcycling. Have you heard of it? It’s a revolutionary new way to stop wastefulness and save your money. I’ve been upcycling for some time now. Here’s how you do it: if you have something used that there’s not option but to throw away, say, a t-shirt with a hole or one of those toilet paper rolls, have no fear! You can, with a pair of scissors and maybe needle and thread, refashion that t-shirt into something snazzy and cool! As for those toilet paper rolls, you can refashion those by making them into pencil holders. (see near end of post) Mookychick.co.uk has some useful guides on upcycling old CDs, DVDs, and games as well as old toilet rolls and old t-shirts. The book Generation T by Megan Nicolay is also good. In fact, here’s a whole list of books on upcycling on Amazon.

OK, a wrap up how-to! (I might write an article about this later with pictures if I can get them) To make toilet roll pencil holders, you will need 3 toilet paper rolls, glue (super glue is AWESOME), and a pair of scissors. Take the first toilet paper roll and cut off a circle with a slightly larger diameter than the regular roll. Then, take a second roll and cut off a few centimeters off the end. You can cut it into a pattern if you want. Put the uncut third roll in the second roll, so that you can see layers. Then, using glue, attach the circle you cut off from the beginning to make the base. Wait for it to dry, and you’re done! You might want to color or decorate it (to make it not so obvious what it’s made from XD).

Thanks for reading! RECYCLE!!

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