Yeah, I've been back from Washington DC for about two weeks now. Last week was my first week of school in awhile, however. Spring break ended up being much more hectic than usual, and even my Tumblr usage has been lowered. Nonetheless, here I am! The Washington DC trip was literally AMAZING; best trip I've ever been on! I got lots of pictures, and best of all, I've already finished editing them, so they're ready to be posted! As soon as I'm done with this journal, I'll work on that. A couple of interesting things have happened since then, however.
This year's Day of Silence was WAY better than last year's! It was extremely successful, even! Me and my friend, Nik, actually went to out principal to talk to him about it this year, due to me getting yelled at last year (see here: whovian178.deviantart.com/jour…
. We made sure that no one who wanted to participate would get in trouble this time, which was made easier because the bitch who did last time isn't at our school anymore. More on that in a second. But, not only did we do that, but we were even able to get the whole school involved, which is surprising since I attend a Catholic school. My principal explained, however, that he was willing to take any unpleasant emails from bigots who have problems with us standing up for LGBT bullying. My respect for him has jumped up immensely, and I want to thank him so much for making this possible. What we ended up doing is allowing students who wanted to participate in the overall Day of Silence to do so (I did, although I had to start after church. I need to be able to communicate with the other musicians who play for school mass.), and those who didn't want to remain silent for the whole day had the option to stay in my social studies teacher's room for a silent lunch. Some students were silent the whole school day, and almost everyone came in for the silent lunch, including my social studies teacher and the religion teacher
. I'm so glad that we were able to make this happen at a Catholic school and raise awareness for this!
Now, about the teacher who yelled at me last year... she was my previous math teacher and religion teacher, but she retired last year. Thank God, right? Wrong. The new teacher we got this year was HORRIBLE. Notice how I said was
. The most miraculous thing happened while we were at DC. I was down by the Peeps store on National Harbor, Maryland, and it was our last day in Washington. I was actually in line, buying Peeps, when Lilly's mom gasps and tells us the best news I've heard in awhile: she received an email on her phone from our principal, telling us that the math teacher was gone! Whether she quit or got fired, no one besides maybe the teachers know; she was even at school on the day the email was sent, and then, *poof*. Gone. At first, I thought it was a rumor, since she didn't tell me that she received it in an email and I assumed she had heard it from someone else. But, after hearing more and more from people, I left the store, only to find my teachers huddled in a circle around the corner. Something was definitely going on, and I confirmed that the rumors were true and the nightmare was over. So, the Washington DC trip ended on a happy note. Our new math teacher seems to be brilliant, however. She's nice, and she seems like she can actually teach!
I am definitely looking forward to having her until the end of the year.
Now, up to more recent times. Today, I had a religious retreat, since I'm making my Confirmation soon. Confirmation is a sacrament that Catholics make in the 8th grade. The retreat was AWESOME, especially since the priest that ran it was almost certifiably insane. I knew him a little bit before the retreat today, and I must admit that he scared the shit out of me. But, after the retreat, I've come to the conclusion that he's awesome. I'm still slightly frightened by him, but still. I've never been more happy to be a Catholic, honestly. The retreat was five hours, however, so I'm kinda tired now that I'm home. I have to make cookies for my birthday today, too... oh yeah, my birthday is in two days, isn't it? Wow, that really crept up on me. I literally have no idea what I want for my birthday; I've been to busy with DC and getting back to school to think about it. Either way, it's my golden birthday, and it proves to be a good one.