Sunday Afternoon in the Sooner Nation

Today, my brother went to take a saxophone lesson from a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Since it was the first time he went, we decided to make a family trip out of it.  My mother, sister, and oldest brother all went to OU. Once we met the professor and he started the lesson, my mom, dad and I took off to explore the campus.  My mom showed me where she took most of her classes. As she talked about the buildings, I could hear how proud she was to be a graduate of OU.  We also saw a number of new buildings that were not there when she attended. According to her, students have classes in buildings all over campus.  I find that interesting because that means that one class could be way across campus. That concept is foreign to me since I’m just getting used to middle school and changing classes in the same building and doing it in the 5 minutes that they allow us between classes! I can’t image having to go clear across campus to another class! We also got to see where she lived when she was a student. Most of the businesses around her old housing had changed. She liked all of the campus changes because it makes the campus more integrated. I took a few quick photos…

DSCF2462George Lynn Cross, was the president of the University of Oklahoma for twenty five years. He oversaw the expansion of OU and guided it through integration. He has a building named after him on campus.

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The campus is divided along the North and South Ovals. Here’s a couple of buildings on the North Oval.

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The campus is also known for these working British telephone booths brought to the campus by the current President, David Boren.  I looked but couldn’t find a cell phone in that one!

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I’m sure you can guess which buildings these sculptures are in front of?  The art building and museum, of course.

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The Catlett Music Center is where my brother took his sax lesson. There were lots of students playing in different rooms throughout the building when we looked around. Music was definitely in the air. My brother liked his lesson so it looks like he’ll be spending a lot of time in the Catlett Center.

Happy Turkey Day!!

Happy Turkey Day everyone!!  It’s the end of the day and I’m really tired.  We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner today. It all started out with my parents waking up at 4:00 am to begin cooking. (Of course, unlike the original pilgrims,  some things were cooked yesterday and refrigerated.)  Our Turkey weighed 21 pounds. It had to cook for ten hours so my mom put it in the oven at midnight. Each year we wake up and watch the Macy’s Day Parade on TV.    It was the 88th. So it’s a tradition that millions of Americans have experienced each year.   By late morning, our house was filled with the smells of turkey, sweet potatoes, and other great scents. I set the tables:

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As you can see, we had a lot of people around our tables (and this year, some people were unable to come).  Our meal included: turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, cabbage, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, noodles, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and red velvet cake. Lots of good food!

What Thanksgiving means to me:

Turkey is the best to eat.
Ham is also very good meat.
A good meal sounds just fine.
No crying or pouting its Thanksgiving time.
Kindness throughout this time of year.
Sweet potato pie makes me want to cheer.
Giving thanks is in the air.
It’s time to watch some football.
Variety of foods so where do I start?
I am thankful for my family.
Now I’m finally done eating everything up.
Goodnight to everyone it’s time for a long nap.

We have so much to be thankful for this year. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving like I did!

Girl Drama and the Perils of Middle School

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Today was the last day of school this week – YAY!!!  Thanksgiving vacation at last!  The last few days at school have been annoying and I need a break.  Non-stop girl drama since the beginning of the school year, and I have been getting really tired of it lately.  I try my best to be drama free, but apparently when you’re in middle school, you can’t escape it.  Drama is all around you.  I try not to long for the carefree days of elementary school too much because I know that I can never go back there again.  But sometimes, I just wish……….

Where to start?  I hang out with a group of the same girls that I went to elementary school with.  I find it interesting to see how much they have changed just over the summer.  They are so busy trying to be the leader of the pack, the most popular, one of the cool kids that they have become kinda mean and don’t seem to care about hurting each other’s feelings anymore.  The same girls that I spent the last six years with have turned into people that I don’t even know anymore.  Is that what middle school does to you?  I see so many girls in my group and outside of it too who post inappropriate selfies on Instagram (pictures and posts that they wouldn’t want their parents to see) and brag about what they did on the weekend or who they hung out with (all to make the people who weren’t included feel bad).  They make fun of each other and say hurtful things and they exclude certain girls from activities, while including the rest of the group.  They change “besties” every other day and even fight over boyfriends, trading them back and forth.  Boyfriends?  We’re eleven.  Well, I just turned twelve, but boyfriends?  Really?

My mom calls it the perils of middle school and she says that girls are affected differently at this age than boys.  I don’t feel like I am affected in the same way though.  I hate the way they act.  I would like to see an end to the girl drama, an end to the mean behavior and selfishness, an end to being conceited and self-absorbed, and an end to the “boyfriend” stealing and rude comments about each other.  I usually sit in silence – on the outside of the “inner” circle.  I talk to my mom about how bad it makes me feel.  She encourages me to be brave enough to walk away from it all and to show that I don’t support the way the other girls are acting and treating each other.  I told her that I don’t want to lose my “friends.”  She questioned my use of the word friends and told me that I have to take a stand at some point or I will continue to be miserable.  Then she said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”  Well, I think I’ve been falling for anything, just so that I don’t have to be alone.  But I figured out that I’m alone anyway.  So, wish me luck.  I’m going to be brave and take that stand now.

Ballet IS a Sport!!

There is a really cool commercial from Under Armour that’s been out a few months now.  It features one of my favorite dancers… Misty Copeland, of course!  The point of the commercial is that ballerinas come in all shapes and sizes and that ballet is a sport.  With all of the jumping, spinning, leaping, and specific technically proficient movements, ballet is the equivalent of a very disciplined sport.  Yes, it takes the grace of an artist, but it also takes the strength of an athlete.  Ballet dancers use so many muscles and spend most of their time on relevé (that means on our toes)!  One of my teachers, Ms. Erica, calls it “beauty controlled” because there is so much discipline in every movement.  If you don’t believe me, just watch the commercial below….Misty rocks!  And if she isn’t an athlete, then there is no such thing!

Ballet……….I will what I want!