Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

My thanksgiving break was not all that interesting. Of course I went to my aunt and uncle's house for thanksgiving day and ate plenty of delicious food but there was nothing that was particularly exciting. However, my sister's best friend came home from college for break and I spent a lot of time with her and my sister. Erin has been a good friend of ours since we were just little kids. It has always been Becca, Erin, and I going places together. Erin goes to College of Charleston in South Carolina, so when she is home we try to spend as much time with her as we can. My sister, Becca, and I went to Erin's mom's house Friday night and watched movies. I didn't mind just watching a movie because we still have fun whether we are out or at home. Saturday, my dad had a party for the Ohio State Michigan game and Erin came over for that as well. Although we unfortunately lost the game, we still had fun. That night my sister and I went to Erin's dad's house to help her pack for her 5 o'clock flight the next morning. We stayed for dinner and then drove to Worthington Hills where Erin's mom lives. Once we arrived, we decided we could play a game before Becca and I left. Along with Erin's brother, mom, and step dad, the three of us played a card game called Pitt. It was the first time I had ever played but it was definitely not the last. I was terrible at it, so I would like to play it more often and actually win. Becca and I left around 9 in the evening because Erin needed her sleep before she woke up early Sunday morning. We said our goodbyes but we were hopeful because she would be home again in less than two weeks for winter break! Sunday was spent doing homework and finished up college applications. Last night was very exciting because the new season of Kourtney and Kim Take New York premiered! It was a really good episode and I understand why Kim and Kris are now getting divorced. They are not meant to be. I can't wait for the next episode!

Why are they not meant to be together? Why do you follow them? Why are they so interesting and exciting?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Shrek and Satire

The clip from the movie, Shrek, deviates itself from the typical formula of a fairytale by showing that the woman is able to save herself in a situation. Fiona did not need Shrek's help to keep the men away.

Exaggeration: The man dance and sing to Fiona and saves herself my using all sorts of self defense moves.

Incongruity: An example of this in the movie clip is when Robin Hood's men pop out of no where and the accordian player comes down from the trees.

Reversal: Fiona saves Shrek from Robin Hood and his men rather than Shrek saving himself. Women rarely save themselves in these sorts of situations in fairytales.

Parody: Fiona fights Robin Hood and his men in slow motion.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Veteran's Day

Every year, our school has veterans come in to discuss their experiences with the students. Every year there are new stories to listen to and amazing people to talk to. Their experiences are remarkable and the courage they have displayed is eye opening. On Thursday, I had the chance to listen to two World War II veterans, and something they said really touched me. One of the veterans was speaking about the hardships they had to endure and he interrupted his own story and exclaimed, "As hard and difficult as it was, I would do it all again because I was fighting for you. You all are living in a free country because of what we did and I would do it all again for you."
When he said this, I was truly touched. It made me remember that, because of these extrordinary people, we live in an amazing, free country. I believe that America, as a whole, does not give veterans the recognition they deserve. They sacraficed their time and lives for us and we need to remember and embrace them more than just on national holidays such as Veteran's Day. I love being able to listen to their stories, because not only are they sometimes funny, but they remind me of how lucky I am to be living in the United States.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I Want..

During high school is when most adolescents are pushed by society to mature. They are expected to get good grades, have a job and maintain a social life all at the same time. I think about this very often at times and realize that my teenage years do not have to be such a sturggle if I have parents that help me.

I want parents who will wake me up in the morning for school. I want parent who will make my bed for me every morning. I want parents who will make me breakfast everyday and have a glass of orange juice waiting for me on the counter. I want parents who will clean up after me, even though I am fully capable of doing so myself. I want parents who will give me lunch money weekly, so I will not have to pay for lunch with my own money when I go out. I want parents who will pay for my gas, insurance and if need, pay for traffic violations or other expenses. I want parents who will have a snack ready for me when I come home from school, one that is healthy. I want parents who will prepare dinner for me daily, even when they have to work. I want parents who will take my siblings to religion class, even when I have time to do so.

I want parents who will pay for my needs and desires. I want parents who will pay for my clothes when I want to go shopping, even though I have money to pay for them myself. I want parents who will pay for my makeup, feminine products, and hair products. I want parents who will buy me an $100 straightner when I have one that works perfectly fine. I want parents who will buy me something when I say I want it. I want parents who will buy me the newest technology out, because if they do not, I will not be up to date. I want parents who will give me money when I ask for it. I want parents who do not require me to have a job. I want parents who do not want me to work for what I want, because that needs time and effort. I want parents that understand that I am going to do what I want, and I will not always have time for them and my siblings.

I want parents that will do everything for me. I want parents that make sure that I will not have to lift a finger. I want parents that will write my papers for me when I do not feel like doing them myself. I want parents that will call me out of school when I do not feel like going. I want parents that will go into to school and talk me out of trouble, if I am in trouble. I want parents that will take care of all the paper work a high school student requires. I want parents that will fill out all my information required to play school sports. I want parents that will take me to get new running gear when I am tired of what I already have. I want parents that will go to every meet, rain or shine, and leave when I want them to. I want parents that will talk to college coaches for me. I want parents that will contact specific schools that I plan on going to. I want parents that will write my college application essays for me, because if I do them, they will not be up to par. I want parents that will do my college applications for me. I want parents that will complete the Common App for me, so I do not have to do it myself because it is very long. I want parents that will pay for all my college and not ask for one single dime from me. I want parents that will pay for out of state tuition, even though I know they do not have the income to do so. However, I do not care because I will go where I want to go. I want parents who will continue to care for me, even when I am out of college. They will call on my behalf, to work establishments and get an interview for me. I want parents that will continue to care for me til the day they die. I  want parents that will make life effortless, so that I will never have to grow up and become a responsible adult.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


1. The essay does not have  thesis that is specifically stated, however the thesis statement that is implied is that wives are essential to everyday life.

2. As Brady repeats the words, "I want a wife", the effect of the repition is clear. It makes it obvious that the need or want for a wife is huge. Also that with a wife the stress of everyday life would be minimized.

3. She doesn't refer to a wife as her or she because she doesn't want to give them a human appearance. Brady wants the reader to believe that her writing makes it come off as if a wife isnt a human being but an it or material thing that you can retrieve.

4. No,  I do not believe that Brady wants this kind of wife and I do not believe that this kind of wife exists. The essay is just merely a description of a man's fantisy of a wife, or his utopian idea of a wife.

5. In the essay, Brady describes the wife as doing everything for the man. She organizes the essay starting with the family life, to keeping a man's social life in order, even to his sexual needs. I believe that this characterization of a wife is completely incorrect and somewhat sexist. A wife is never the person who is soley responsible for all the duties in a family. It should be a combined effort between the husband and wife together. With that said, I believe Brady characterized the wife like this to draw attention to how wives should be characterized and treated. She wanted to make it clear that this was not how a wife should go about her life and certainly not how a wife should be treated.

6. Dear Brady,
        After reading your essay, it drew my attention to how wives may be persieved. I certainly admire your blunt statements on what wives ar expected to be like. It almost comes off sarcarstic in a way and I think that it is witty. You made it clear about what men may expect in a wife and there is no need to have to meet at these demands. When you state, "I want a wife who will have the house clean, will prepare a special meal, serve it to me and my friends, and not interrupt when I talk about things that interest me and my friends," I was disturbed. For someone to write this, it is obvious that someone has thought it before. Wives are not slaves to their husband, and with this essay and its clearly stated thoughts, one would have to agree that it is wrong. I admire you for writing this because it draws attention to how wives should be thought of with its satire. Thank you for writing this very interesting piece.
                                                                        Megan Neff

Friday, October 28, 2011


Once upon a time..
It was Halloween and all the children in the neighborhood were extremely excited. There some dressed as a witch, zombie, and vampires. There was also a little boy dressed up as the ghost, Casper. All the costumes were interesting and fun to look at as the children walked by. As the dark night began to set it, the neighborhood became quiet as the children ran back to their houses. I got up from my chair and walked into my house. As I closed the door, I heard a loud bang on the wall of my house. I walked outside to see what it was and I stepped into something slimy. I looked down to see that someone had thrown a pumpkin and qourd at my house. I was very suspicious, and wondered if it was the evil kid thatg lived next door. He always caused problems in the neighborhood. In that moment, I remembered that I had an apple pie in the kitchen. I quickly ran in to get, ran back outside and threw it at the boy's house. Now he knows not to ever mess with me again.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Exercise 2 Continued

Although some people believe these authors are taking aware their right to creative and personal writing, Graff and Birkenstein insist that they are merely trying to assist in the ways people structure their writing, rather than writing for them. In sum, then, their view is that their book will only benefit studennts and their writing techniques.
I agreewith Graff and Birkenstein. In my view, the types of templates that the authors recommend are very straight forward and can have any view point fit with them. For instance, in the example, "she argues that...., and I agree because,"can go with any view supporting or not supporting. In addition, you could use many other templates as well. Some might object , of course, on the grounds that the templates will only make their writing sound more robotic, than opinionated. Yet I would argue that the level of enthusiasm in the writing is soley based on the writer itself, rather than the templates. Overall then, I believe the templates that Graff and Birkenstein created, provide support and structure to opinionated writing-an important point to make given the fact that there are many opposing opinions surfacing in today's world.