activity booklet

Day Seventy-Two

-For Christmas Eve Eve, I wore jingle bell suspenders. Tonight, Christmas Eve, I stepped up my game. I wore a homemade ugly Christmas sweater that my girlfriend Lauren and I had created together. Covered tastefully in pompoms, pipe cleaners, tassels, small present boxes, and more, it went over phenomenally. Plus, it worked fantastically as a deterent. No one could yell at someone who looked this tacky.

-“Here’s this. Here’s this.” A nine year-old girl handed her mother her Starbucks drink and pastry to hold. “Now I’m going to go to the bathroom, because I really need to go.” Moments later, she returned. “Now, where exactly is the bathroom?” Never before have I found a child whose struggles I knew so well.

-A man told me that we were doing the right thing by staying open so late on Christmas Eve. I would now like to cordially invite this man who waited until the last twelve hours possible to purchase his daughter’s gifts to come and do the right thing and work my shift for me.  

-Men continue to find it necessary to throw any even slightly feminine products onto the register, to distance themselves from such a girly thing as hairspray or a greeting card. I continue to find this absolutely hilarious, a very telling display of their fragile masculinity.

-In what seemed to be a sweet act of Christmas kindness, a woman paid for the items of the guest behind her. It was all ruined though, as she then turned and said, “I’m a Christian. Don’t forget that.” This was all fun and games until it turned into a Jesus fan power play.

-A baby, barely old enough to speak, saw me in my sweater and hat and came to the conclusion that I was the present man she had been told about. Her eyes widened, her hand stretched out, and her face lit up. “SANTA???” she shouted in an adorably squeaky voice. I stepped up to the plate and handed her a long strip of stickers, cementing this as the most fulfilling Christmas Eve either of us will ever have.

-After scanning a Shopkins activity booklet, an adorable five year-old girl in the cart asked me if she could hold it. I naturally acquiesced. I then heard both her father and her brother repeatedly tell her, “That’s not yours. That’s not for you.” She acknowledged this, but would not let go of it. I realized to late that she had taken advantage of my naivety and was holding the gift hostage, tearing it up more and more as her father scolded her.

-A woman attempted to use a “rechargeable gift card.” I put that in quotes, because as she found out, it was an actual credit card in the name of a stranger whom she did not know at all. She told me that she had taken a few cards out of her twelve year-old son’s wallet and that this had been among them. She does not know how he got a hold of Kevin Jones’ company credit card, but I am impressed to no end and look forward to hearing about this boy in true crime podcasts to come.

Just One Class

Prompt: You try to convince Jason to do a new hobby with you.


“No.”

You groan in annoyance. “Come on, just one class.” 

“I said no. Jason bellowed. You picked up the activity booklet and curled it. 

“I read somewhere that when couples do hobbies, the relationship strengthens!” You persisted, this time cuddling against his arm.

“Yeah well I’m not doing…ballet, I’m not wearing a tutu and those flimsy pink shoes.” Jason said turning his head. You thought for a bit, and you were very sure he’d try something else.

“How about a sewing class for couples?”

“No.” 

“Yoga? Swimming? Skiing?” You went through more activities on the list and each time Jason shook his head with his arms folded like a stubborn toddler.

“Then what do you want to do?” You asked nearly giving up. His face lit up.

“Guns.”

“Guns?” 

“Yeah guns! You and I can take a shooting class! Or join a gun club!” His eyes twinkled as he gushed about guns.

“Jason, it already freaks me out you carry a dang AK in the closet next to my work shoes, do you really think I want to be around more of them by strangers?” 

“Well I don’t want to do ballet!” He shot back stubbornly. 

You thought for a moment and a light bulb went off in your head.

“Okay, we’ll join a gun club if and only if you do ballet with me.” You smile as you answer; your stomach relaxed as you both finally come to an agreement on something. 

Jason thought for a moment.

“Just one class.” He said as he kissed you on your nose. You squeal as you kiss and hug him causing you both to fall back on the couch. You already have a cute tutu waiting for him. 

GCSEs: How I Revised For Each Subject

Hello! So I’ve had some asks about techniques for revising/studying specific subjects so I thought I’d make a post about what I did when revising for my GCSEs (my grades are here btw):

{I’ve put links on the names of some subjects which will take you to other notes and tips I’ve posted for that subject}

  • Maths: For maths I looked through my revision guide and wrote a list of the topics I would need to revise. I then made quick notes for every topic on sheets of lined paper (flashcards may also be good for this). Then I did every past  paper I could get my hands on! For subjects like maths the only thing that can really help you learn and improve is by practicing, so print out exam papers from your exam board’s website (or ask you teacher for some) and then mark and correct them yourself once you’re done. Doing this can also help you figure out what you need to work on, and what you’re already good at so you can focus your revision next time on things you need to improve on.   
  • English Literature: For english literature I made big posters about plot details, key quotes, characters, themes, etc. for every novel I was studying. I then did past exam questions (you can just plan essays if you don’t have enough time to write whole ones out). I also made some short notes of important things to remember the night before my exams. 
  • English Language: For english language I practiced picking out facts and key information from text by highlighting articles/sources from the exam board website. I also made spider diagrams of what I needed to include for each type of question in the exam. I did plenty of past exam papers too (my teacher very kindly marked anything I asked her to). 
  • French: For French I mostly did past papers (reading and listening) and made flashcards/lists of key words that would probably come up (things like holidays, family, health, etc.). I then got my family to test me on the key vocabulary. I also recommend sticking post-its of key words around your house so you familiarise yourself with words and their spellings.
  • Graphics: In graphics my teacher told us the topic of our exam (ours was firework safety) about a month or two before hand (when the exam board released it). He then made a booklet of activities that may come up on the exam based on past questions. For example we designed firework safety posters and key rings (this actually did come up if I remember rightly). So I’d recommend doing past papers and familiarising yourself with your topic. Also revise by making notes/spider diagrams from your revision guide.
  • Art: Your exam in art isn’t anything you can revise for but I would say to make sure you do not get behind at all when preparing for your art exam as otherwise you will not get a good final grade. Work hard and really focus because otherwise your final exam piece won;t be as good as it could’ve been! {keeping on top of art coursework as well as revision for other subjects}
  • Geography: For geography I made sheets of notes (from my revision guide and class notes) and then got my family to test me on them- this is especially good for learning case study facts. I also made little flashcards of diagrams (like longshore drift, hard engineering techniques, case study facts also). I did past papers quite a bit too and this is good as it can help you see how to answer different questions and what to expect in your exam. [Tip for geography: bring a piece of string into your exam in case you need to measure curved distances, like on a map]
  • History: For history I made bullet notes and mind maps from my revision guide and class notes. I then did a tonne of past papers and essays, as well as getting my mum to test me regularly on key dates and events.
  • Sociology: For sociology I made flashcards. Lots and lots of flashcards. I basically copied my whole textbook onto flashcards! This really helped, especially after I got family to test me using them. Past papers and mark schemes were also good for revising.
  • Ethics, Religion and Life: For ethics I made one massive revision poster using my notes and revision guide. I also did past papers and did a workbook that came with my revision guide.
  • Biology: For biology I made notes in a notebook, made mind maps, flashcards, spider diagrams, revision posters, and did practice exam papers/questions. I used my class notes and revision guides. For science-based subjects I found that I had to revise in different ways and for quite a long time as there’s a lot of material to get through. Just try different methods out and find what suits you- even if its a variety of methods/techniques. All I can say is practice! Do lots of exam papers.
  • Chemistry: For chemistry I did the same kind of thing as biology and physics; lots of revision using different methods!
  • Physics: For physics I again did similar things as for chemistry and biology, except I focused more on exam questions and using formulae. 

I hope all of this is some help and please feel free to message me about anything! :)

{Useful links: my resources page, fun study tips, starting year 11, organisation tips, how to study for the first time)

BILL NYE JOINS JUNIOR RANGERS FOR TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

Bill Nye – The Science Guy® and CEO of The Planetary Society – will join park rangers and celebrated science educators as part of a three-day festival focused on the total eclipse of the Sun at Homestead National Monument of America in August. On the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21, Nye will be on stage to welcome park visitors and to highlight a new Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet.

“We’re planning many special programs during the three days but we are thrilled that Bill Nye is joining us in a partnership to roll out a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet and Totality Junior Ranger Badge,” said Mark Engler, superintendent of Homestead National Monument. “Lots of lucky kids are going to complete the educational activity booklet, which features kids and Bill, and be sworn in as new junior rangers right after the eclipse.”

Nye said, “The Planetary Society is over the Moon to partner with the National Park Service for this great North American eclipse. Through a remarkable cosmic coincidence, our Moon is of just the right size and at just the right orbital distance from us to completely block out the Sun every couple years – a total solar eclipse. This year, this phenomenon will sweep right across the world’s third most populous country. It will be spectacular. We encourage everyone to experience this rare, extraordinary event. It’s going to be cool – I’ve been looking forward to it for years. Experiencing an eclipse changes the way you feel about the cosmos and our place in space.”

Homestead National Monument is near the centerline of the total solar eclipse and will experience totality for 2 minutes 34 seconds. The festival, August 19-21, will also feature eclipse-related science engagement and human interactivity with the sky, stars and planets programs and activities like “From Homesteading Frontiers to Space Frontiers.” Homestead’s program lineup will include multiple NASA scientific presentations and the PBS Kids’ show “Ready Jet Go!” will delight families with science, astronomy and music. Through Native American star lore, park visitors will experience the dance of the Many Moccasins Native American Dance Troupe. The program also features the music of talented local musicians like Chris Sayer and the Spitfire Fiddle Band.

Engler said The Planetary Society is the world’s largest non-profit space interest group, and in partnership with the National Park Service, will offer total solar eclipse viewers a safe and life-changing experience. “We share a mission to deliver enjoyment, education and inspiration to people of all backgrounds with a goal to provide an array of eclipse experiences designed to empower and delight visitors and other eclipse viewers across the country,” he said.

The collaboration builds on the National Park Service’s existing night sky interpretive programs by bringing The Planetary Society’s astronomy education resources into the fold. “The National Park Service is a wonderful source for science learning, because kids get outside and do some real field work,” Nye said. “At parks and monuments, you can learn some geology, anthropology, and astronomy and gaze at the night sky. The Junior Ranger program offers great resources for the eclipse. We hope millions of kids and families get out to enjoy the experience. Don’t forget your viewing glasses; they let you look safely right at the Sun.”

SaveWOY Booklet

Since I know the SaveWOY website is being updated again, and I’ve been looking into con stuff, and Operation FORCE has kicked off, I kinda meshed some ideas into thinking maybe a pdf packet wouldn’t be amiss? I was thinking it’d have things like the templates @peepsqueak made for those cute keyrings (+instructions), #savewoy cards, the Hater flags, and any other information on how to participate in a more hands-on fashion. Those were just the first few crafty things I grabbed off the top of my head, and I’m sure there were things I missed like just ideas for get-togethers or other people’s designs and templates or however. The idea will definitely need some polish, but the #SaveWOY Arts-n-Crafts-n-Activities Booklet (or w/e it winds up being, kinda starting broad) might be a fun idea.

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