I did nothing today

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's 6:31 p.m. right now and I'm sitting at my desk on my computer watching Cryaotic's let's play of Beyond Two Souls while brainstorming post ideas, and now, for some reason, I've come to the realization that I've done nothing today. Absolutely nothing.

Which, kinda irks me, for more than obvious reasons.

I could try to find a silver lining in this. I mean, it's not even dark out yet. I can have dinner and shower, and I can still make a productive time out of my night. But I know I won't, which is what makes this more irritating.

I mean, it's summer! There are a million and ten things I could be doing right now. I could be working on my common app, finally putting a dent in all my summer work, updating my blog pages, making plans with friends, finishing that book chapter, or even sketching, something I haven't done in ages.

But no, I decided against all that and just decided waste my time on youtube all day and do nothing of significance. Am I gonna remember this day when I go back to school, the first day of senior year, and everyone asks me what I did all summer? Probably not. So me being my natural self, I tried to justify this crappy day by trying to think of every little thing I did do today, from start to finish.

- I woke up at 9 am, relatively late compared to usual since I saw Cars 3 last night.

- went on Reddit for an hour and cleaned my room.

- at noon my mom and I went for a drive to my testing location (road test tomorrow, fingers crossed!)

- drove to Barnes & Noble and bought an Archies comic book and coloring book, for chillaxing times

- read the entire comic book. I haven't finished a whole Archie comic book in months. It was an Archie Marries ... version too so it was almost impossible to put down.

- bought ink for my printer

- had McDonalds

And that's all I came up with. That's all I could come up for today, Monday, July 24th, 2017. Would I remember Monday, July 24th, 2017 in 20 years when I'm 36? When I graduate from college? When I get my first job? When it's my kids first day of school? At first, I thought, no, it wouldn't. Because I did nothing today.

But the crazy thing is, I didn't really realize what actually mattered today. I completely omitted things from my mind, that at the time I thought were trivial.

Like how my friend called me today, a friend who I haven't heard from in a hot minute, just to check up on me and my mom and how my summer was doing. Or how I totally got an email back from the people from a summer program that I really want to go to in August that I didn't expect.

It's kind of ironic how little details in between tasks during the day slip between the cracks. Like how I unloaded on my friend about how frustrated I was about my lack of studying and how mundane summer had been, and how I'd finally been able to register for the summer program that I really had wanted to attend. Those things really were day brighteners, but for some reason when I was recalling my day I couldn't remember them.

I suddenly felt the need to remember this day. I wanted to remember it so that any time I feel like I waste days on Netflix watching Family Guy or online shopping for nothing, to try to remember the little things that made the day important, things that I initially look over. :)) and hopefully that'll help my outlook on slower days like today.

Why Math isn't a Dry, Boring Subject

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I know I've heard this all through high school, and I guess I did kind of understand the reasoning behind it.

"God math is so hard, kill me before I get to Algebra", "Please give me last night's Geometry homework, I couldn't even deal with it", "Honestly not surprised that I'm failing Algebra 2, how do you do it Rachel?".

I'd say 95% of my friends hate math and are always dreading going to the class. I never really felt this way because math always clicked for me and I always understood it and didn't feel very stressed over it. But I feel as if math is accumulating somewhat of a bad reputation, and I'm here to defend it.

 Math is in Everything we do

I know this is totally a typical math teacher response when kids whine to them saying "why do we have to do this? When will I ever use this in real life". Sometimes I've totally been there, questioning my life over whether or not to really study for a statistics quiz since it's only a small part of the regents, but then I just suck it up and power through.

But what's really cool about math is that it comes up in many everyday things, and if you're like me, you actively search for the math in your life. Like for example, in nature.

Since I live in a very rural and small town, there's a lot of trees and plants in my area, including pines.   Fun fact: all the patterns and number trends in agriculture stem from Fibonacci numbers/series/ Fibonacci series is a sequence of numbers where every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones. So it goes:

1+1= 2
1+2= 3
2+3= 5
3+5= 8
5+8= 13
8+13= 21

Examples of nature that follows this pattern would be strawberries, pine cones or flowers. You can even actively see the spiral in their DNA and seeds. Personally, I think it's really cool, and it comes up in so many objects, not just plants.

So basically, the limits of math aren't restricted to the classroom, and it's not all Pythagorean theorems and quadratic formulas. If you really are interested and into learning about math that isn't constricted to academic purposes check out khanacademy's Math for fun and glory lesson set because it's honestly really cool and insightful.

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