Good afternoon peeps!

Today is a great day.

Today is my break week.

Normally on Fridays either I have to get up really early to spit out a post or wait until after my co-op class and drag myself to the computer in the evening and crank something out if I still have the energy, but today I woke up, did a little Latin, a little nothing, a little reading, and a game with my little sister.

And what does break week mean? (…beyond feeling lost and confused and losing my school groove and flailing my arms.) It means I’m half way there to Christmas break and the end of the first semester of… my Sophomore year…?

Wow, already there?

Okay, Sophomore doesn’t sound as impressive as saying “junior” or “senior.” But still. Once this year is over, I’ll be half way done with high school.

I can never decide what time truly is.

A snail?

S o

s

l

o

w

that

you

find

your eyes

h u r  t.

And you’re bored.

And you’re suddenly hungry.

But then sometimes time is like lightning. So incredibly fast and blinding that it strikes you unconscious.

Or maybe then time is some strange combination.

Out of which we deduce time is Turbo:

giphy turbo

And in which case, it all makes sense because time is really just a fantasy.

I never have time.

Do you?

This year of school has been very interesting. I was expecting not to like Biology but so far it has only meant pages and pages of details on mushroom and fungi and the fatal illnesses they cause.

What’s not to like?

The pond water after four weeks of feeding and then killing off micro-organisms did smell up the entire building, but it was extremely interesting. (Not to mention spending the rest of the biology hour in the bathroom, cleaning again and again the droppers.)

I’ve been learning a lot of interesting systems for organizing organisms, interesting controversies, etc. It’s all been very inspiring for world building. And to think of all the smallest details that all work together to create the level of this world we see. (And now I can not look at a jug of milk sitting on the counter without thinking about why it should be in the refrigeratorโ€ฆ)

But not only has all this been prompting a new view of my world building, it has given me a new appreciation for the beauty of the world.

In fact, the first slide of the semester that I looked at (that of a onion root) immediately reminded me of something.

Zentangle: that art where you fill in objects with small intricate designs.

Observe:

onion root
(not my photo, though this looks just like what I saw. Source.)

Isn’t that gorgeous?? It makes me want to find a microscope and stare at tiny particles all day.

And I thought I would hate biology.

Did I mention we got to take a walk during class to go collect mushrooms?

Oh yeah. And then we got to poke, prod, cut, and shred them up to go under the microscope.

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Beyond biology, there has been ancient epic poetry, endless logic exercises, and another round of Latin exceptions to all those Latin rules.

I was very excited though, because I actually used my knowledge of Latin when reading poetry a month or so ago when I stumbled upon a piece by Emily Dickenson in which the first two stanzas switch between English and Latin every line.

AND I UNDERSTOOD IT.

Talk about crazy.

Then the same thing happened with a poem by C.S. Lewis this week.

How cool is that??

Also in the past week, my brother discovered that Duolingo released a course in Latin!

I dusted off my old account and cracked open this interesting development, to delve into its dusky depths.

Turns out, its super easy and I have not heard a single mention of Caesar or the Gauls yet. (And bonus points, they use the classical pronunciation, the right pronunciation. #Latinsnob)

I’ve been doing an entire lesson or two per day and am already about to hit the half way mark through what they have.

It makes me wonder if I had memorized ending for declensions in Spanish all those years ago, I would have stuck around and pushed through.

Well, now I can talk to all my Ancient Roman Solider friends about theaters and actors and markets and relatives and even booklovers, instead of slaughter and death and defeat.

See if I tried out for a Ancient Roman play a couple weeks ago, the only character I could manage to play would be Miss Flite from Bleak House as I fluster about and say the only words I only know:

Hope! Joy! Youth! Peace! Rest! Life!

Dust.

Ashes.

Waste, Want, Ruin.

Despair, Madness, Death.

Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin.

Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon,

and Spinach.

(…everyone’s favorite bird of course.)

So, fellow scholars studying the wars of Caesar and the Gauls, if you’re interested in broadening your acting horizons for your next time-traveling adventures, Duolingo might be a good place. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also want to read something interesting, find 1 Thessalonians 3:11 in your copy of Biblia Sacra. It’s fascinating in Latin.

And for all the rest of you?

Don’t grow up telling everyone you hate science when you’ve never really taken a full science course

Until next week!

WHITE SHADOW

~ evelyn ~

18 thoughts on “Rambles at the 25 yard line

  1. I was also excited to see that Duolingo now has Latin! Perhaps now I shall converse in words other than “Caesar” and “death” and “Jesus” and oh yes, more “death”…. sigh. Henle really liked Caesar. And death.

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    1. Exactly!
      Though about half way through Duolingo did introduce โ€œgraves.โ€ Honestly I was just surprised Henle hadnโ€™t taught me that one yet. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      You should try it! Itโ€™s really eye opening as to how easy it can be to complete a lesson since you know all the grammar already. ๐Ÿ˜„

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  2. I am actually SUPER EXCITED to study biology in the future #science-nerd.
    But right now we are in physics *yawns* and I canโ€™t wait to get it over with. Though, I know many people will disagree with me, depending on everyone’s different views on the many aspects of science. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Biology is super cool! I think you will really enjoy it. All the studying of plants and such. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ah physical science for me was so broad and jumped from one topic to the next. So I enjoyed some modules in my curriculum but then some less so.
      Haha yep. ๐Ÿ˜‚ You will always be able to find someone with a different opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I am actually SUPER EXCITED to study biology in the future #science-nerd.
    But right now we are in physics *yawns* and I canโ€™t wait to get it over with. Though, I know many people will disagree with me, depending on everyone’s different views on the many aspects of science.

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  4. I love your rambly posts…they are hilarious and highly entertaining! ๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธ
    I actually liked science…it was one of my favorite subjects. (far more preferable than Math ๐Ÿ˜ซ) Especially when I was learning about the human body. But as for cloud formations and the reproduction cycle of spiders…well that got a little tiresome. ๐Ÿ™ƒ
    That’s so cool that you are learning Latin! Do you think you’ll keep studying it after school?

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    1. Hahaha thanks! ๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธ
      Ah yes. Cloud formations were what I was studying last year. Spiders though have not come up yet. Maybe next semester? Is biology youโ€™re favorite type of science to study then?
      Maybe if I go to college and the degree I want has a language requirement, then Iโ€™ll take a Latin class. That is if they have one. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Beyond that, my Latin studying will probably be kept to readings of Winnie Ille Pooh and Ille Hobbitus – two books I am hoping to get soon โ€œfor school.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ

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      1. Yes, biology is definitely my favorite type of science. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wanted to be a nurse for the longest time…I still kind of do. ๐Ÿ™ƒ
        Winnie the Pooh was translated into Latin?! That is so awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Hahaha and rightly so. I am guilty as charged! ๐Ÿ˜œ
      Have you done CC?
      Thanks! Those werenโ€™t actually the ones I took during the seminar because Iโ€™m only allowed to use pencil in my lab notes, but since I love mushrooms and then Zentangle, I decided to try to sketch some of my favorite observations from this semester so far. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      1. Haha! I knew it!!

        I have not done CC, but I have some very close friends who do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Also, there’s a big CC community in our area) My close friends really wanted me to do CC for the last half of high school. It sounds so fun and I know it’s the type of environment I would really thrive in. BUT, I already had a bunch of dual enrollment planned. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (I’m graduating this year and I’ll be transferring all those credits as a music major next fall)

        The drawings so prettttty. โค

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  5. I love your biology notes!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also doing biology this year, and I’m really enjoying it!

    Henle isn’t talking about Caesar and the Gauls now??? *Gasp* ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Time really is crazy, isn’t it? I can hardly believe how fast the school years have flown.

    Enjoyed this post!!

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    1. Isnโ€™t it awesome? I love diving into all the different classifications and all the different types of mold and fungi and mushrooms.
      The tests are pretty hard though. All those vocabulary words and long names to memorize. ๐Ÿ˜

      Time is crazy. It feels like breaks all the rules of common sense and yet it is one of the overarching rules to our lives.
      Crazy….

      Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed my rambles! Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Science is so fascinating, but I get bogged down but taking actual science CLASSES. I mean, I am glad I took the ones I took, but I don’t miss the grueling days of study. I get more excited about the broader concepts and the fun facts than I do about all the nitty gritty details. Mushrooms though. That makes me think of The Grim Grotto. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, sometimes classes get in the way of real learning meaning seeing and understanding how things work and why and applying that knowledge to real life – especially with science since it is so hands-on. Why not get your hands dirty doing school, right? ๐Ÿ˜œ
      Though the benefits of studying and tests and class learning are good too.
      Arenโ€™t fun facts fun? I love fun facts. ๐Ÿ˜†
      Did you know that plants that are talked to scientifically have been proven to thrive better than plants who are not? Itโ€™s because of the carbon dioxide the owner thus breathes out right by the plant.
      Thereโ€™s a random fun fact. Youโ€™re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I have not read the Series of Unfortunate Events actually. Would you suggest it?

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      1. I know! Classes can sometimes suck the life out of learning, but at the same time they can be really important.
        That is a good fun fact. More people should talk to their plants. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Well, I personally love A Series of Unfortunate Events quite a lot, but it’s definitely not for everyone. One of my friends stopped reading it because she thought it was depressing and a few others stopped because they found it too repetitive. I can see both points, but I find it to be hilarious (I adore Lemony Snicket’s quirky writing style) and heartbreaking in the best way. It’s very ridiculous and you can’t take it totally seriously, which allows you to…take it more seriously. That doesn’t make sense. But that’s about what it’s like. So I would recommend it, but not to everyone. Hopefully that answers your question. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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