Thursday, March 31, 2011

class study: History 212

Hey guys! I don't remember what class I told you I was going to today's study on, but we're going with History. History is one of my favorite classes because I love my history teacher.

See that guy right there? The one with the circle around him and the arrow pointing to him? That's my history teacher. You can see by his face he's an interesting character, but I love his classes. He's really A.D.D. and has lots of "squirrel" moments. Here are my history notes from my last class: (sorry I can't include my drawings, they're the best part about my history notes)

History 212: Dr. Mac

*paper due: 31, 2011
-book review - determine/focus on the author's argument. 
-how does she use her sources?
-is she a good authority?
-is the argument convincing?

TODAY: political developments leading up the cold war. 
Thesis: post WWII with the dropped on the atomic bomb was the last nail in the coffin of American isolationism.

Global security--
-dividing Europe
-United nations

Marshall Plan - make the world safe for capitalists

Korean War
-loss of China (1949)
-the Korean War (1950-1953)
-price of national security
1. enlarged the geographic areas of the cold war
2. shifted American policy on communism from containment to roll back
3. initiated huge American nation spending
4. 54,000 Americans died
5. people are angry at Harry Truman and the New Deal 
6. established an ominous tradition of unwinnable conflicts that left Americans skeptical of fighting and their authorities.
I will say my notes are a little sketch because I have this thing about paying attention. I draw and doodle and miss things sometimes (especially in history class) and so sometimes I have holes. But there it is folks, history at Providence. You should come visit and then go here, it's a pretty cool place! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday's Writings: Emma's Escape Chapter 1

Hello again, my faithful readers! Thanks for reading my blog each week, I appreciate it. Today marks the day that I post the first installment of "Emma's Escape", a short story I wrote for my Fiction Writing class last year. Each Wednesday there will be another chapter. Please tell me what you think!

"Emma's Escape"
Chapter 1

A muscular midnight stallion raced towards the docks, urged on by his rider. The pirate held Emma tight in his arms as they galloped. She didn’t try to fight, knowing that at the speed they were going, they could both be thrown and killed. She twisted her head back to watch the road behind her.
Her captor saw the motion and squeezed her stomach a little tighter. “No one is going to come after you, love. You're mine now.” He laughed and kicked horse into a gallop. Emma hated to agree with him, but as she watched the road no one came into view. Where were the boys?
Too quickly, the docks came into view. A group of shabbily dressed men sauntered and shoved their way down onto the dock. Several of them saw her, sitting straight and tall, in Marcus’s arms and whistled.
A man stepped forward. “Captain?”
“Hold her while I dismount.” Emma breathed in sharply and slid down into the arms of Toby. He held her tightly, but it was only for his boss and she could tell he knew that by the way he held her. Marcus swung down. “Crey, stable him.”
A young man nodded and slipped his hand through the reigns. Emma watched him. He was barely more than a boy. Probably only twelve or thirteen. He glanced at her, grinning, then threw a reverent look in Marcus's direction. Swiftly he led the horse towards a shelter nearby.
Emma watched Marcus talk to a few of his men, then he turned to her. The pirates were boarding the boat, Marcus was last.
“C’mon, love.” He took her arm and none too gently pushed her up the gangplank. She stared ahead in a daze, allowing him to lead her on. He took her to his cabin and shut the door.
Immediately Emma’s demeanor changed. She knew she had once chance. She turned to him fiercely. “Listen Mr. Pirate and listen good. I am a rich, married socialite. My family has lots and lots of money and if you let me go without laying a hand on me, I will make sure you are well compensated. My husband and two brothers are sure to follow me, and they will fight and kill you. All three of them are well trained in swordplay. Just let me go, and you will be rewarded.”
Marcus stared at her. A smile crept across his face. He stuck his head out the door and yelled, “Prepare to set sail, gents!” Then he turned to Emma. “I have an idea of my own, love. You stay here for one year. If you still wanna go home after that, I will take you. You don’t have much choice.” He studied her.
Emma looked down. She realized she had no choice. “Deal.”
“Cap’n. We need to set a course.” A man’s voice penetrated the thick wooden door.
“Coming.” Marcus left her in the cabin.
Gingerly, Emma sat down in the corner of the tiny room. The ship lurched and she scraped her hand against the rough planks trying to stay upright. Wedging herself in between the corner and the captain’s trunk, she settled in for a long, uncomfortable night.
            The rattle of musket fire startled her awake. Slowly, she managed to crawl out of her narrow sleeping space to peek out the porthole. The Lady Luck was alongside another ship. She could see the puff of smoke from guns being fired from both sides.
In a few short minutes, the battle was over. Emma heard Marcus give an order to board the merchant ship and the pirates surged across planks between the ships. They took prisoner the remaining opponents, tying them up around the mast. Then they plundered the ship. The other ship was carrying spices from India, tea from England, silks from China, wine from Italy, furs from had just finished its cruise and was heading home with its goods. Marcus laughed as he saw all the loot aboard. He gave the order to stow it all in the hold. After emptying the merchant ship of all its cargo, the pirates returned to their ship. Marcus pulled a small pistol from his belt with a flourish. Emma realized what he was going to do, and turned her head away feeling sick. Four sharp reports later, the Lady Luck sailed away, laden with the precious goods.
The captain returned to his cabin. “G’morning. Sleep well?” he grinned tauntingly. She didn’t deign to answer him. “I have to go see to my wounded. Do you know anything about medicine?”
“I do, but I won’t help you. You just murdered several men in cold blood. I have no respect for men such as you.” She stood regally.
Marcus’s face hardened. Roughly, he pinched her arm between massive fingers. “You will help if I say you will. I’m the captain around here.” He shoved her through the cabin door towards the hold.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

oh, that's funny.

I hope you all are having a relaxing week and that it's not as hectic and chaotic as mine! I made a rough schedule for the week during English class today (yes, instead of taking notes), and I'm trying really hard not to feel overwhelmed! I have a paper due tomorrow that I have to edit tonight, an article due tonight for the school newspaper that I have to write, and a paper due Thursday that I have finish reading for. *sigh* So today, I decided to offset the depressed overwhelmed feeling that is coming over me by looking up silly pictures on the internet. Here are some of my favorites: (Enjoy!)

I love this cat...his face looks like mine in the morning.

 I second that statement.

 dream big <3

 I just love this one because I'm a nerd too :)

way to spell!

I hope you guys enjoy this few funny pictures and I hope you have a great week! Try not to over whelm yourselves :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nixon Library Avodah

My Saturday morning/early afternoon was spent at the Nixon Library in Orange County, CA. It's a museum dedicated to the life of Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States. It was very interesting because the museum was undergoing construction so the part concerning Watergate wasn't open. So, basically all we saw the "good" aspects of Nixon's presidency without the "bad" parts. I took lots of pictures though, here are some of my favorite parts:

 on the way there
 the group! (that's my history professor with his hands like a president)
 the seal that's on the floor
 President Nixon and Mrs. Nixon
 a beautiful car that was on display
 the elephant collection
 Mrs. Nixon had buttons too
 the Nixon family.
 I thought this was cute. It's a card that some little kid made when Nixon became President.
 some of the gifts that were given to Pat Nixon
 they had a whole section dedicated to Pat Nixon
 this is a drawing of one of the dresses that Pat wore. It looked better than the actual dress.
 Britt with the President's limousine.
 the gardens outside
 looking up at the gazebo
 excited to be outside in the warm sun!!
Marine 1. unfortunately it was closed so I couldn't go inside and take pictures or anything, but at least I got the outside. 
Well, those are just some of my pictures that I took. The rest are on my Facebook page. Feel free to visit it and see what else I took pictures of! You can also see some of my friend's pictures that I'm tagged in. 

Yesterday afternoon, I went over to my RD's apartment and made some of my gluten free spaghetti. It was actually really yummy, and while I waited for it to cook (and while I ate it), I watched Star Wars V: the Empire Strikes Back with a couple people. After I finished my spaghetti, I went back to my room and cleaned up a little bit before watching Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi. It's one of my favorites, especially because I love Han Solo (Harrison Ford). The Ewoks are cute too...contrary to some people's opinion. :)

Well, I plan on being holed up in the library for the day to finish up my Bible paper, and begin my History paper. I also need to write my article for the school newspaper because it's due by tomorrow at midnight. This week is pretty busy and I hope you get a good start on it. But first, I'm going back to bed...we had practice this morning at 7a.m. and I'm tired. Have a good Monday guys and thanks for reading :)