Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday all to myself and Friday at the Aquarium~

So yesterday I slept in until 9 a.m. Alright, so technically when you sleep in, your supposed to sleep in until 1 o'clock. I got up, had some breakfast, and then went on my host parents golf cart - with previous permission of course - around the neighborhood. I took tons of pictures of southern style houses and even went to my friend's house. We went around the neighborhood a couple of times and it was really nice because the weather was so nice. Later tonight we're thinking of going out again for a night ride in the golf cart~ I can't wait :) When I got home I started packing up some of my clothes and have been washing the rest. I missed the fun classes at Pinewood but it was nice to sleep in and take the time to pack almost everything up.
Today I went to a wonderful Japanese restaurant near here in West Ashley with a friend who used to live in Toledo. I had the best salad that I have ever had. The sushi was great too but that salad was amazing. We then got some Japanese candy on the way out and it is soooo good.  After that we went to the aquarium and it was really cool. They had sharks and this albino alligator that just stared at us. It was kind of freaky. I even got to pet a sting ray and a blue crab, hold a star fish, and have a sea urchin crawl across my hand. I had a great time and on the way back we talked about how much twilight sucks. A great day overall and a fun last day here~
Coming to South Carolina has been a wonderful experience and I've enjoyed it so much. I had a wonderful time and made some great friends. I'm hoping to come back some day, to visit everyone because I'm going to miss them a lot. I've learned, that while things can seem and be so similar in some ways, other things are entirely different, even when you live in the same country. I'm not sure yet if the grass is greener down here in South Carolina, but I've seen, and gained, an entirely different P.O.V. I'm going to miss this place.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Last day of school~ :(

Alright so today was my last day at Pinewood Prep. and I'm extremely sad about it. Before school started I went to get a school t-shirt that they offered for me. I got a sweat-shirt because while it's 80 degree weather down here I'm sure that the minute I get back to Toledo it's going to be freezing~ First period Art we were all sad to say goodbye to each other. Then when I went to the teacher cadet program I was extremely sad when the kids started saying goodbye to me. Some of them even came up to hug me and say that they'd miss me. I took a picture of all of them in front of the boat in the classroom. In third period Music Tech. Class pretty much went on as usual except that the teacher helped me to learn some of the keys on the piano. Fourth Period in Government my friend Danni gave me a necklace and some chocolates. It was so nice and sweet! The teacher who usually acts extremely tough said goodbye. Which was really sweet of her. Chemistry class pretty much went on as normal. During lunch I went to one of the offices to pay off my lunch money. Ap Human Geography was extremely cool today. A person from the local GIS came in to talk to us. He helped us set up an account to make maps on the internet. Then when the class was over the teacher came up to me and gave me a present and a hug. It was extremely kind of him. I opened it in my next period class - because the bell had already rung - and found a bag of original South Carolina grits. It was even wrapped in map wrapping. So kind!!! Last class of the day was art. I packed up most of my art projects into a folder and even did another painting. IT's really just a bunch of swirls but I guess I could call it a picture of abstract grapes. At the end of the class the teacher came up and gave me a hug and said to keep in touch. She really is a very kind teacher. In my opinion she's been one of my best teachers. A lot of the students came up to me to say goodbye and some of them even wrote their names down so I could look them up on Facebook. I said goodbye to Mrs. Girgan and she gave me a CD with a video of my interview on the Morning Show - the schools newspaper in a way. Overall when I packed up everything in the car to go home I was extremely sad to be saying goodbye to everyone. I'm really going to miss Pinewood Prep. and this experience has been a one in a million.
P.S. In the next two days I'll be going to the Charleston Aquarium and going out to eat at some of the local restaurants. Right now it's extremely hot and there's a tornado watch for the area. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a warning and hopefully it gets cooler!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Third week :)

So today's Tuesday and I'm really enjoying things herel. I'm so sad that tomorrow is going to be my last day going to school. I just love my two Art classes. AP Art is so fun because the teacher is really relaxed about what we do. It's not like we have to draw certain things or that we actually have to draw. We're allowed to paint, draw, use oils, and even clay if we want. The teacher is really big on being creative in the class and going along with our own inspiration, not just what she tells us. The other art class is super fun too because she let's me continue on my work from my first period - AP Art. She even asked for my email so she could email me art projects to do in my free time. Today I just started a painting that I hope I finish before I leave.
The teacher cadet program is also fun because the kids are just wonderful. I've been sitting in on my host mother's classroom which is a third grade classroom. I answer the kids questions and help her organize her papers for handing out. It really gives a classroom experience.
Government, Music Tech, and AP Human Geography are also all fun. I love learning about how the government works and about some of the laws. The teacher also talks about some of the news that she hears on the television. It's nice to talk about what's happening out in the real world at the same time. I'd really love to continue taking it if Maumee Valley has it. Music Tech is great because we started a whole new song to learn. I took some time but on the quiz that we took I got a 99%. It isn't bad though considering that I just started the guitar from scratch! We've started working on duet songs. AP Human Geography has really picked up since we've started talking about culture and religion. I really enjoy learning about the other areas of the world and people's different beliefs.
Oh! And I almost forgot to mention about how the weekend went. A friend from school and I went to downtown Charleston.We stopped by the piers and got to see the pineapple fountain. It's a really cool fountain that I saw some of the newscasters standing in front of when I was watching the news.. After that we went to the market which was really fun. I got some more souvenirs and a couple of scarves for myself. Then after getting lost for about half an hour we finally found King St. It's a street fuuuullll of shops and that day - being the 2nd Sunday of the month - the street was closed to cars. So there were people walking on the streets with their dogs and some of the restaurants set up tables outside. Eventually we stopped and had some beef hot-dogs. They were amazing and the guy told us that they were voted to have the best hot-dogs in Charleston three years in a row. After that we had a 30 minute run around the King St. Game where we tried to find the car. Eventually we did and just in time to make it to Boone Hall Plantation. We walked around the plantation and took tons of pictures. It was extremely beautiful!
Oh and I forgot to mention that on Saturday we went to the local Boeing plant. It's a factory where airplanes are made. Not just anybody can get in on a regular bases but that day it was open to volunteers and factory workers and their families. We volunteered but then got to go around some of the plant and it was HUGE! For being an airplane factory though it was extremely nice inside and out. Inside the beams on the ceiling were different colors so it fave this really nice feel to the entire place. A lot of the inside was made of class like MV is and it was really nice.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The End of another week~

So it's Friday again! Today I went to Perfectly Frank's - a hot-dog restaurant - and had a peanut nut butter, honey, bacon, and banana hot dog - called a Frankie Elvis. It really wasn't that good but I had a bite of a different hot-dog that was a hot-dog with macaroni and cheese. That was really good! I wish I would've gotten that instead of the one I did :) Apparently this restaurant was visited by that guy who does Dinners, Drive-ins and Drives. Which is really cool.
For school we're learning two new guitar songs for the guitar. And while learning the new songs we're doing a duet at the same time which is pretty cool. I changed my creative writing class to a second art class. I'm a little sad that this is going to be my last week here in South Carolina~
Tomorrow we won't be doing very much but Sunday me and a friend are going to one of the local plantations. Afterwords we'll be going to downtown Charleston to visit and shop a little. I can't wait~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I FINALLY finished the painting in art :)

So I finally finished that painting. I took a picture.....but that was before I added the eyebrows lol :) I don't love the painting but I don't not like it. So I'll put up the picture with the eyebrows tomorrow. I just starting drawing figures and I'm really excited about it. I really like drawing figures and I especially like it because I'm partial to using pencils instead of paint or chalk or charcoal. :) Today we had a veteran come and talk to us about his experience in the air force. It was a pretty cool presentation. I really enjoyed doing my sit-in - the teacher cadet program - with my host mother's classroom. The kids are just so cute. I'm thinking of going in there during my creative writing class as well. Creative writing is nice but during the class period we don't do anything. The teacher assigned a project that's due after I'm gone and every single day the students work on it until it's due. So there really is no point on me being there during the class. Anyway off to bed until tomorrow :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Passed an AP test!!!....well almost :)

So it's Tuesday and I almost forgot to blog! I was just about to go to bed when I remembered to put up a new post~ So I know I keep saying this but I'm practically finished with that paint! Finally I know I think the picture will be tomorrow~ I shadowed my host mother during my second period today and I must say that her kids are wonderful. She teaches second grade and the kids are soo cute :) I loved helping them out with their math problems when they asked. I took a Government test today. It was extremely easy for being a senior class and I got a 97% on the test. I really want to know what I missed though because when I went to hand it in I was almost sure that I had gotten a hundred. I later had to take an AP test in Human Geography. Most of the answers that I put was just guess work and the rest was me trying to remember what the teacher had said during the days that I was there. I got a 60%....well after the teacher let me change one of my answers :) I had a 29 out of 50 when I first graded my test. I was joking around and really wanted to at least get a pass on the test. So the teacher let me change one of my answer from 'many' to 4,000. So I guess you could say I passed the AP test if you don't count that small change :)

The rest of the day was great. This week is definitively better than the last one because I feel like I'm making a lot more friends. I was even interviewed today for the schools morning news. I was so nervous that I started rambling about seeing dolphins in Charleston!!! Lol I'm extremely anxious as to when it'll show. I'll try and see if I can upload a copy of my part to this blog. Well other than that the day really wasn't eventful. I'm planning on either inviting a friend to the movies for Friday or going to the Plantations near here. Then this Saturday I'm planning at working for fun at a catering. It should be fun to compare working here in South Carolina to in Ohio!~ Well I'm off to bed like I was going to do before I remember to blog :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wonderful weekend and its Monday again~

So I had a wonderful weekend. My host family and I went to downtown Charleston. I saw the rainbow houses and I even got to see a couple of dolphins!!! I swear it was extremely beautiful just to see them swimming and popping there heads up out of the water. The sun was shinning and there was a light breeze over everything so that right when you'd start to get just a little too hot it blow across your face. We all also went to the market where I bought one souvenir for my friend who collects them. Other than that though it was just nice walking down the market and looking at all of the things for sale. We might be able to stop by there again so I might get something for me next time. The sweet grass baskets were beautiful however they were a little too expensive for me. A small basket was about $40 and the regular sized ones were $200. This weekend I'll be able to go to one of the plantations. I'll post some pictures up later :)

Other than that it's Monday again! I have two or three tests tomorrow and I'll be finishing my painting. I have some projects to work on too so I'm pretty busy~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ok so today was a rather good day. I almost finished my painting in art and am super glad that I'll be moving on to drawing. I tried making random lines on the paper and didn't like it so thank goodness the teacher new how to fix it! The background is a VERY light green but it looks nice if I do say so myself :) I'll take a picture when I'm sure that I'm done with it. As for the guitar I'm almost positive that I'm progressing nicely. Today I really got down the transitioning and hopefully the next day will be even faster~ I'm also hoping for some extra music to start practicing on. Tonight I'll be going to the fair again. I'll be sure to actually take my camera with me this time so I can upload some pictures :) It's a really beautiful fair ground. Tomorrow sometime after 11am we'll all go to downtown Charleston, SC. So I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully we'll be able to make a stop to some of the beaches even if it's just to take some photos. I've heard that they're beautiful. And I'm also hoping that the weather clears up a little more for tomorrow at least.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day.....What day is it???

So today's day unknown! I don't remember how many days have passed~ Anyway about yesterdays food. It was great and I loved it. I also learned that my host father was a professional chef - Which is GREAT news! I'm looking forward to the fried shrimp and creamy grits that he said he would make for me~ The sweet tea that I had last night was sweeter than the last time I had some. The first time was fine but last nights sweet tea was a little mouth cringing. Art was great today and the teacher really helped me in defining the face of the girl - the teachers daughter - I'm drawing. She did tell me though that I need to loosen up a bit more and stop thinking about the lines that I'm making. Which is hard for me since whenever I've drawn my teachers have always asked to make nice perfect lines and TO worry about detail. I'm really glad that she's trying to break me out of that line of thought when it comes to art. So tomorrow hopefully I'll be able to really make my drawing/painting look a lot more like I let loose and just drew what I wanted.

As for Algebra 2 I got out of that class and sat in on a AP U.S. History class. It wasn't at all what I thought it would be since the teacher barely interacted with the students, like Mr. Ghram does. So it was extremely boring and while I caught everything that the teacher said, the class itself really wasn't working any magic on me. So I talked to Mrs. Girgan about trying the teacher cadet program. I had asked about it before I was in South Carolina and she'd said that they weren't doing it this year. Mrs. Girgan mentioned however, that I might be able to try it out if I was interested since she might be able to talk the teacher who does it, into letting me sit in on her classes. So during break, when I asked Mrs. Girgan, she said she'd talk to the teacher. When I went back to see if she'd gotten any news about it at lunch, the teacher had said yes!!! So tomorrow morning, I'll sit in on the 7th grade English class! I'm extremely excited about it~

Oh! I never really explained how the classes go here in Summerville. First when you get to school you go to an adviser to check in. You stay there for about 20 minutes and then you go to the first two periods of the day. After that the entire school has a break. The break is for the high school only and you go into the cafeteria and eat whatever you want. Most of the people just eat a snack but I've seen a couple of people who eat a full out breakfast meal. The break lasts for about 20 minutes and afterwords everyone goes back to classes. After 5th period the school has lunch and then you go back for the rest of the classes. It's nice in a way that you have a lot of breaks but personally I think they have too many breaks. I have a friend and she has two study halls on top of the break. I'd think that you'd have too much time to do whatever you'd want and not enough time for school.

Tonight I had some more sweet tea and I think I might be getting addicted to the stuff. I can't seem to stop drinking it! Hopefully I'll be able to take some with me back home because I don't think I'll be able to stop cold turkey :) This weekend the family is trying to make some time for us to go to downtown Charleston. I've heard of a famous pineapple fountain and I'm super excited to go and see it. Oh and I should definitively tell you guys about my guitar lessons!!! So the other day I told you that I was learning the parts to the song secret agent man. Today I really just practiced the song but since I'm not used to pressing down on the strings as hard as I have to, my fingers hurt a ton. The strings left impressions for the rest of the day and my fingers have been red ever since then! Well until tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Today's day four!!! Because it's a Wednesday though the whole school dressed up which was pretty fun. Nobody else likes it anymore though because they have had to do it for over 4 years for almost every single Wednesday.....I can see how that could get annoying. I didn't blog for yesterday because while I had written it done on Microsoft word I never had the time to post it up and by the time I came home it was already too late. Last night Madison and her friends took me to the South Carolina Coastal Fair! I had a really fun time! I tried for the very first time fried Oreos, fried pickles, a caramel apple and some homemade lemonade! It probably wasn't the best mix and if my mom ever hears that I ate all of that she's going to freak so....shhhhhhh :) We went on a couple of rides first and then went to a country music concert. It was okay but I'm not much of a country music fan and if I do listen to country music it's usually Brazilian.

Anyway since I didn't blog yesterday no one knows about how schools going!! All of the classes are going fantastically!! In AP Art even if it's more advanced the teacher has me going at my own pace. She has me doing a monogram - which is painting on a glass and then pressing paper on top for the image to go the the paper. I just finished painting a face outline and printed it on a piece of paper. Tomorrow I'll hopefully be able to make it look better with the pastels. Our Algebra 2 class at Maumee Valley is extremely ahead of the class so I'm thinking about asking if I can switch out of that class. Music technology is fantastic! At the beginning of the year the class had learned how to play the guitar and now are in the middle of a project. Since they're doing that the teacher said it would be fine to teach me how to play the guitar!! Today was my first lesson and I can just barely play the notes for The Secret Agent Man. It's slow and painful - my fingers hurt after having to press down on the strings - but I think it's definitively worth it!

Government class is pretty great - I have a wacky teacher that roams around the classroom, waving her hands, and trying to get her point across. :) I'm super glad that I took the class because so far I'm learning a lot of what I wanted to about the government.....that was redundant but I'm sure you get my point :)
Chemistry is pretty nice - the class was very welcoming and fun! The class is a little more ahead than what I've learned so far but I've gotten the jest of everything. AP Geography is fun in a certain, I'm learning and actually liking it sort of way :) The other day was the count down to 7 billion people in the world! Can you believe it 7 BILLION people live on this globe like planet that we live on! I feel so tiny and minuscule now that I think about it~  Creative writing is another class that I'm really enjoying because so far we've been free to do whatever we want... Well in a way. See during class we're allowed to just sit there as long as we know that we have two projects coming up :) Yay! So far just in that class I have to write up two creative writings for the 16th - like a short story or a poem - and write a short story that is completely separate for Friday.

Now most of the excitements passed in the last two days but I've been told numerous times that I'm missing out on the best of foods. While I've had sweet tea I still have a lot to try and I'm hoping that I'll get some of that tonight because we'll be having home-cooked dinner tonight - or at least I think so :) So until tomorrow then or later tonight when I tell you about how good the food was!

But wait! I forgot to tell you guys why I titled this blog the way I did! So I told you guys - or at least I think I did :) - that pineapples are a sign of welcome in the south. Well this house that I'm staying at has tooooons of pineapples all around it! I've made it my job to go around, look, and possible even take pictures of all the pineapple objects that are around the house. I might even post up some of them if I have time later on!

Pictures of South Carolina house!

This is the front of the house with hunter!-he's the dog :) Isn't he so cute?

I was trying to take pictures of the house and all he wanted was to play :)

I just love the southern style of homes!

It's so nice outside right now :) and look hunter's so cute!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Second day blog that mysterious reappeared :)

So first of all I had written this blog yesterday yet when I went to publish it I couldn't find it and didn't have enough time to rewrite it. Today when I went to write my new blog I found it! well here it is:

Today's the second day in South Carolina! I just got back from school and thought I would write this blog up while i still had some time. Tonight's going to be a busy night because it's Halloween. And Halloween is a BIG thing around here or at least in the household! The family is having a huge Halloween candy give away and hopefully it won't get too cold tonight because we'll be sitting outside.

The whole day start off really well with me waking up at 7am. Madison drove us to school and we just ran around for a little bit because it was a big day for the school. They were having a Halloween parade consisting of the juniors and seniors and the preschoolers. It was extremely cute because the preschoolers looked adorable in their costumes!! The cutest one I have to say was this little girl dressed up like an Egyptian Princess. Even with all this great excitement though I think it would have been better for me to start out on a more normal/regular day for my first day. Mrs. Girgan has been a wonderful help in getting my schedule organized and arranged for me. This is what it looks like so far:

Period 1: Art - something I'm really excited about since I haven't taken the class in over 2 years.
Period 2: Algebra 2
Period 3: Music Tech
Period 4: Government
Period 5: Chemistry
Period 6: AP Human Geography - something else I'm looking forward to after having met with the teacher
Period 7: Creative writing

I did get confused when the office worker showed me around. I expected some kind of map of the school for me to be able to look at but unfortunately did not get one. Hopefully I'll be able to get used to it rather soon.  One major difference between Pinewood and Maumee Valley is the bell! I know it's probably nothing big but after becoming accustomed to no bell at our school and to suddenly go back to it is a huge shock. I practically jumped a foot in the air when the first one went off!! The classes are also a whole lot bigger! They're about the size of what my old school was so it's nice to go back to that for a little while.

Now the school did give me some sort of debit/credit card to pay for my food. I don't know how much money's on the card or if I'll have to pay for it later though. They just kind of took my picture and then handed me a card without saying anything about it. Other than that though I can't wait for another day in South Carolina!
So here's when I was leaving Dullus Washington and I was supper excited to be going to Carolina that I took a picture :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First day in South Carolina!!!

So today was an overall busy day but it was definitely worth it! The beginning of the day was a huge rush to get to the airport and to make sure I got my bags checked in. I woke up late this morning and there was a lot of fog on the way to the airport-We could barely see two cars ahead at a time! When we finally got there I had to check everything in and then run to the gate to make sure I was checked in on time - Just as I got there they had started boarding in passengers! But even if it was a little hectic at first, it quickly slowed down afterwords. I even got some sleep on the second plane! Thank goodness otherwise I'd be dead on my feet by now - its 10 pm. When I first got here Mrs. Girgan picked me up from the airport since my host family was out of town at the time. We quickly got all of my stuff into the truck and went to the local mall. I bought a hat for myself because tomorrows apparently a day that people wear hats, for a dollar that's then given to a charity. We had a little ice cream after that, and went to a couple more stores before going to Mrs. Girgans home. It was an extremely cozy place and I loved visiting. I was able to feed a couple of chickens some bread from my hand. At first I was a little nervous that they might accidentally peck at my hand but it was an amazing experience. We all settled down a little bit after that and watched some tv. At around 6pm we went out to eat at this place I think it was called Pizziris and I had some of my very first sweet tea. It was great!!! Then I had some of the best clam soup I have ever had. Mrs. Girgan told me those were only some of the southern specialties that I was going to try. I'm going to have to remember to visit the Piggly Wiggly. After that we learned that my host family had finally come back so we headed on towards there house. We rang the door bell and I noticed that it was a pineapple and Mrs. Girgan told me that it was a sign of welcome in the south! Pineapples!  After that I quickly got settled in and said goodbye to Mrs. Girgan and her daughter - she was with us for most of the time. I still haven't met madison - my host sister - since she's still out for volleyball. I'll be able to meet her tomorrow morning when we go to the school. For now though I'll be going to bed to get some much needed sleep :)