“We were all just looking at the sun, slowly watching it get eaten up and it was great.”

So, today's prompt is, "Did you see the eclipse last Monday, and if you did, what was your experience like?" So, it was actually really, really fun. There hasn't been an eclipse since when I lived in -- somewhere else, so it felt really great to see it again. And last time it was fun, but not nearly as enjoyable as this time. Last time, we had these little boxes. Little shadow boxes that you could use to see a reflection of the sun or whatever. And then if you were lucky, there'd be like one pair of glasses per little classroom. Uh, and then we would have, like, one pair of glasses for each class. So I got to see through it for like two seconds, twice maybe, during the whole lunar eclipse, or solar eclipse, whatever it was last time. I think it was a lunar eclipse last time. Like, two, two years ago in 2019, I believe?  Something like that. And so it was pretty -- it obviously was 2019, what am I saying? Two thousand -- eh, well, hey, 2019. I don't know. It's been a while, man. And so this time, I was really lucky. We -- I go to a pretty small school, but we get no funding what- whatsoever. But somehow we had enough money to buy every student in the school a pair of solar glasses. And I thought that that was incredible. Very, very nice of them to do that for us. And so it was really great, and we each got a pair, and we got to go outside for the last 20 minutes of class to look at the solar eclipse to see how it was faring. So, the whole school was out in the front or in the back, and we were all just looking at the sun, slowly watching it get eaten up and it was great. It was really, really fun. But it got even more fun when I asked the teacher if I could keep the glasses over -- over the -- over -- if I could keep the glasses overnight because by the time we left the school, it -- the moon -- it wouldn't be at its, like, totality yet. And so I wanted to see it at its totality, and so I asked if I could keep the glasses for a few…

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“So, one of us had to clean this up while the other person was watching six kids outside by themselves.”

So my sister and I would babysit together. There were these two little girls down the street and they were probably four and six. Yeah, I'll say four and six. So one time we went over to their house to babysit them, and their parents told them that they could invite friends over. So they invited literally every single kid that lived in this cul-de-sac over to their house, so we were watching like six kids at once. And one of the little girls needed to go inside and use the bathroom, so we took her inside. And they had a dog also, and the dog like didn't recognize her, so he was, like -- got really excited and hit the table and a vase fell down. It was glass but it didn't shatter, but sunflowers, like, spilt everywhere. So, one of us had to clean this up while the other person was watching six kids outside by themselves. It was kind of a bit of a mess, but it was -- it was okay in the end.

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“I remember thinking before the race, like ‘What if I end up finishing in front of all the other girls that are faster than me?’”

Oh, oh, oh, so I had a cross country race this fall. I wo- -- I'm not the fastest. I'm the fourth fastest on our team. Um, third or fourth fastest on our team and -- for girls. All th- -- like almost all the boys are faster than me. So there was this one race, the big invitational, and our top runner -- she kinda did this a lot, she started like throwing up and -- on the side of the course and I passed her and I was like "Oh this is not good, right?" And usually when that happens, she just like passes me right back and, um, still does really well because she has a crazy last -- crazy fast last mile. That did not happen and then I passed the two other girls that were in front of me from our team and so for the first time ever, and probably the only time ever, I was the fastest finisher for our team in a cross country race. And I thought that that was nuts because I, I remember thinking before the race, like "What if I end up finishing in front of all the other girls that are faster than me?" And I did and it was crazy and I just felt like really cool. Like during the race, I felt really good and I think I negative splitted the third mile. And like, so many people came up to me after and they just, like, told me how proud they were. And I dunno, it was just a big moment for me because I, I never saw myself as like a fast runner and I think that really helped boost my confidence.

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“So, sorry about that, Uncle!”

So another person I interviewed was my uncle. And my uncle lives in Vietnam and I do not live in Vietnam, I live in America, the U- – uh, Michigan. And so, I thought that our time difference was 12 hours, right? And I wanted to interview him. So I thought, "Oh, if I get to school at 6 o'clock and call him to interview him, then over there it will be 6 PM. And then that'll all work out and we can do the interview." So I told him, "Okay, we're gonna interview each other at 6 PM, Vietnam time." And I was like, "Yeah, this is gonna work out great. This is such a great idea." Mm-mm. Apparently it's not a 12-hour difference, it's an 11-hour difference. But I didn't know that! So the first time I went to school, I started calling him and he was not answering and I was so frustrated. I was like, "Where are you grand- –? Where are you uncle? Where are you?"  He would not answer, and an hour later he was like, "Oh sorry. I was washing the dishes."  And I was like, "Um, 'kay then. Uh, I- I guess that could happen."  Because he works in a monastery – he's a priest, that's why I was interviewing him. It was about, uh, covid relief that he was doing. He and his missionary were doing some work for covid and I wanted to interview them about that.  And so a few... days later, I think? I decided to do it again. So we went – so I went into the journalism room and my teacher was there. Pretty sure I went and got her keys. Maybe she had to come in early because I was going in early too. Sorry about that! But, um, she was my journalism teacher. And then, so, I was like, "Okay, here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to call him." And it was 6 and he still didn't answer and I was getting really frustrated at that time. I was like, "Dude, what is going on?!" And then finally I was like, "Okay, last try." And I called him again, he did not answer!  And then, finally at 7, when I was in class, he was like, "Oh, yeah. Um, I thought we were gonna call each other at 6." And I'm like, "Yeah,…

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“He brought a fertilizer sprayer, and he put mints in it.”

Friday was "Anything but a Backpack" day, and we also had to wear blue, and we had to wear blue for the unified basketball game. And I think [name] won on Friday, "Anything but a Backpack," 'cause he brought a, a -- oh, what are they called? It's like, a fertilizer sprayer. So, he brought a fertilizer sprayer, and he put mints in the -- in it. So then when the people who, like, judge came through, he put the mints in it, and he started walking around with it so it, like, sprayed mints everywhere. So yeah, that's how he won.

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“If I didn’t sub for them, they would have to be disqualified or like forfeit”

But, um, so what was I talking about? JTT, junior tennis team. We make our own team of four to five people and we play each other and I had to sub for someone because -- for a different team. I'm like, "Okay, I'll do it." And then I figured out it was the same time, same night of my game, but if I didn't sub for them, they would have to be disqualified or like forfeit. So, I mean like -- I'm like, "You know, I'm not that mean." So I subbed for them and skipped my JTT. But I mean, we both lost, my team and their team, but I was okay with that because I had a lot of fun with my friends.

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“What are they gonna do, put a rock in jail?”

Here's the thing. I would actually love to be a bear. If I believed in reincarnation, I would definitely be a bear. That would be great. That's like, number two on my "If Reincarnation Existed" list. Number one would probably be a rock, 'cause like -- this is kind of off topic -- but like, as a human, I can't break the law. Or I can't break like, crazy laws. Like, if I jaywalk they're not gonna like put me in handcuffs and they're not gonna be like, "Oh, you're a disgrace to society," but like, every person has a rebellious phase. And you know, I kind of -- I kind of want to be -- want to be rebellious. But I can't do it as a human because I would get in trouble. But if I were a rock… Imagine, little children. They're trying to break the windows of some creepy old neighbor. They use me, the rock, to break into that window. And there you got it. I broke the law without breaking the law. What are they gonna do, put a rock in jail? No, of course not! And so that sounds pretty great. And like, what would I even do? I'd just exist, honestly. What's the worst thing that could happen to a rock? Like, the worst thing I can think about is maybe if there's magma or lava or something like that. But chances are, hopefully, I don't get reincarnated as a rock in some place that has, like, crazy amounts of lava or something. And like, if I was reincarnated into a rock that went to the middle of the ocean? I'd be pretty chill with that. I think that'd be pretty awesome as long as it wasn't like, deep dark, dark ocean, 'cause then I can't see anything and it'd be kind of boring.

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“It was like the second most venomous snake in Australia.”

When I was in Australia one time -- ugh, this was such a bad trip. Actually, I was in Australia twice. Um, the first trip was when I was younger. Might have been the first time I ever celebrated Christmas 'cause we didn't really celebrate Christmas until my sister came in. So, I missed like seven years of Christmas, which I don't really, like, care about. I did miss seven years of gifts. But, that's not the point. And yeah, so I remember -- I don't remember much about that trip in Australia, but when I was older, I had like, a whole biking accident and whatnot, and we [were] walking. And Australia is like, known for, for their stupid venomous like, spiders and snakes and stuff. And we were just walking, having a good time, and I, like, didn't notice -- like, the path was, like, dirt. So like, if you have a brown snake -- I, I don't remember what color it was, but I do remember not being able to see it. I don't remember if it was 'cause I just wasn't looking, which is probably the case, or if it blended in. Regardless, I almost stepped on a snake and I like just caught myself. And I was walking ahead, so it was not like anyone could warn me or anything. Um, or anyone who's like, logically looking at the ground. And I almost stepped on it, and I saw it walk away, and it had this like, distinct pattern. And I remember I googled it, it was like the second most venomous snake in Australia. And after that, I ran to the end of the path and I wanted to go home. ‘Cause it was so, like, crazy that it just crossed my path and if I did one wrong thing, I would have been bit by a snake. So that's -- that was kind of jarring.

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“I am always and forever their Snow White.”

Tell us about a time you were able to dress up either in a costume or a fancy outfit... Oh, I get to dress up all the time. So one of the things that I love doing is volunteering to be a princess. So my theater group every year has princesses that they send to the fair, and I am always and forever their Snow White. So I have my Snow White dress which I bought myself because, um, I do it so much and so I can do princessing at other parties, and then I walk around and be the character. And I don't know if I can do the voice right now, but I can try to do it for you guys. "Hi!" No. Oh my gosh. "Hi! I'm Snow White. What's your name?" That's not exactly it because my voice is super hoarse from singing Love Story and “Since you've been gone, I can breathe for the first time" yeah... all day yesterday. And then doing a two hour vocal rehearsal after, but it was fun. Okay.

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“I don’t know how he did it, but he beat it, and he was wearing an Elmo suit.”

Tell us about a time that you got to dress up... During school spirit weeks, I really like to go all out, like, as much as I can at least. We had something -- like, it's like our homecoming week and like, most of us usually dress up. It's really fun. But there's one kid who's really, really, really good. He always has the best costumes. Like last year, we have something called “neon day”, and he came to school in like a literal neon green like, bodysuit. Like, covered his face, covered every single inch of him. And then he wore a green wig. So he went to school as a broccoli, which was kind of funny, but technically -- basically, he's really good. And so I wanted to beat him that year. And so I remember that one day we had, um, “dress up as a character”, and so I wanted to do a duo dress up with a friend of mine, and we were going to be going as the Good Witch and the Bad Witch from Wicked, and so I was going as the Good Witch. And so I had this cute little pink dress I was gonna wear, and then I did my makeup. I usually don't wear makeup because it takes a lot of time, and also my parents would probably not like that, and also it's just bad for my skin anyway. So that day I had done my makeup. I'd done my eyeshadow. I had a little glitter on my eye. It was really cute. And I mean, it was very poorly done, but I did my best and the dress was awesome. I had planned on going outside of my school to go find a stick that would work as a wand. I even made my own little tiara since I didn't have one, and I made it out of tin foil and it was a lot uglier than I wanted, but it wasn't horrible. I mean, like, it wasn't bad. It just looked more like something an alien princess would wear rather than the type of princess I was going for. And so I went to school and I was like -- what was I about to say? Oh, And so I got to school and I was like, "Yes. No one's gonna be able to beat this. This is…

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