Friday, 24 April 2015

Muskoka Motto

What do you think this motto means?

"You don't have to be the best, 
             You just have to do your best." 

Personally, I think that this motto means that you don't have to be #1 in everything. You don't have to wake up first
every morning, you don't have to be the best dancer, or anything else like that. You just have to try. It's okay if you 
get 2nd, 3rd, or even last in a race- as long as you tried. It's okay if you wake up a bit late- as long as you tried. It's
okay, if you aren't a good dancer- as long as you tried. As long as you try and have fun, Muskoka will forever be a 
positive memory for you. 

Muskoka vs My thoughts

I am feeling very anxious, worried, scared, excited, and a load of other feelings about Muskoka. I am nervous to go, nervous to think about it, nervous about every single thing even remotely related to Muskoka Woods. I hope I don't have a panic attack or embarrass myself while we are there. The activity that interests me the most is "the big swing" or "ziplining" because it is all we are talking about, and the suspense is KILLING ME! The activity that interests me the least is waking up in the morning. JUST LET ME SLEEP, WILL YA?!I

A story I once heard about Muskoka was from my brother. It's really a short story, but it has given me a bit of hope. All it really was was he had a choice to either go zip lining or he could go on the big swing. His hand, or thigh, or knee, I don't remember. Anyway, he couldn't go zip lining because of the "injury", so he went on the big swing. He said that the experience was amazing and that it was so much fun.

Although I am terrified to go to Muskoka, that story has given me the hope that it should all be okay. That I will come back still in one piece. That I won't come out of my cabin, having forgotten my pants. That I won't fall asleep and wake up to find a mustache has been drawn on my face, or a spider (Rubber or real) on my bed. That I won't get lost in the woods or a bunch of other horrible possibilities. This story makes me believe that everything will be...

Alright.  =)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Muskoka Woods.

Every year, all of the grade 8 classes in our school board go on a "graduation trip" to Muskoka Woods Youth Resort- or as I like to call it, Muskoka. Our class is leaving next week, on April 28th. The main reason we do this, is not for fun, it's not for "physical training" (Although there is a lot of both!), but it is to show us how to be leaders. 

If you click the second link below, you will find a route to Muskoka from Windsor. (It will take almost 5 and a half hours to go the whole 564 Km). If you do not want to do that, I will list the major cities (in order) that we will be passing.
Some of these cities listed are not that big, so I won't be putting "major city" before each one. I shall instead underline the name of each "big" city.

  1. The first place we go is to our school itself. We have to be there at 3:45 in the morning, because the buss leaves at 4:00. (I, myself, am planning to arrive at 3:30... afterwards, I shall sleep on the bus!) 
  2. The second stop is at another school- the one that will be riding on the bus with us. 
  3. The first city we pass by is Lakeshore. The drive here will take about 35 minutes.
  4. The next city we pass is Chatham-Kent. We are now about 1 hour into our drive. 
  5. This next city, we don't actually pass through, but we do pass by St. Thomas. We are about 2 hours in. 
  6. The fourth city is Woodstock. By now we are already 2 hours and 20 minutes in. 
  7. Next is Kitchener. 3 hours has passed since we were in Windsor. 
  8. There are a lot of smaller cities, such as OakvilleMississauga, and Brampton, but the next major city is Toronto. The drive from Kitchener to Toronto takes almost a full hour (3 hours 45 minutes total). 
  9. VaughanRichmond Hill, and Newmarket make the total so far almost 4 complete hours. 
  10. From there to Barrie makes the drive 4 hours and 15 minutes. 
  11. Finally, from Barrie to Rosseau (Where Muskoka is located), makes the whole trip there last 5 and a half tired, slow, boring hours. 

Click here if you want to go to the Muskoka Woods website.
Click here if you want to see a route from Windsor to Muskoka.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wait, What?! Did I really just watch that?

Our class heard a story and watched a video about a 15-year old girl who was body slammed.
I was like, "Wait, what?!?!"
Like, why do people think that this is okay?

Watch this video. I'll be putting comments where & how I reacted.

0:06- Another? How many of these things do they show?
0:11- Oh. My. Gosh.
0:22- Wow. Um... Okay?
0:28- Did he seriously just walk away? Wow.
0:35- Is she okay? Why isn't she moving?
0:40- 15? Unconscious? Hospitalized? This is not cool. This is really, really bad.
0:50- If it really was that simple, I don't get why it mattered so much that she be thrown to the ground! (Sorry, I'm mad!)
0:56- Me either.
1:07- Wow. That's kind of how I felt, too.
1:13- Wow. I totally agree. How do people think that this is okay to do to someone? It's not. I hate it.
1:25- I feel for that woman who tried to take his hood off. Why doesn't he just show his face and take responsibility for the horrible thing that he has done?!
1:58- Is she seriously saying that it's someone else's fault that they didn't try to stop it? That they saw what was going to happen and didn't try to hold him back? Is she seriously defending him? No, that's not cool. No one else can take responsibility for his actions, except for him!
2:06- Yes, because that will make everything better! (Not.)
2:11- At least she'll get better. That's the only happy part.

These are just my thoughts.
Comment what you think!