March 3

Why Texas Winter is Awful

With “Let it Snow” playing on the radio starting in October, candy canes lining the grocery store aisles, and Christmas trees everywhere you look, it’s hard not to feel a Christmas spirit in the air–and a hope for that winter snow. But we live in Texas, and when temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees in December, you start to realize a crucial fact that all Texans have learned: Texas winter is awful.

The first thing that makes Texas winter so amazingly unamazing is the complete lack of snow. One day in elementary school, school was cancelled because of ice. Not snow, but ice. Real exciting. It snowed one day in kindergarten, and that was the most amazing time of our lives. I used to live in Colorado, and in the winter snow was everywhere. But here in Texas, just too hot for snow to fall. And when it does get cold enough, it’s just one of those dry, cold, windy days when the wind cuts through your many layers and stings your face, sucking all of the warmth out of you. Good times. When there is snow, there is tons of fun, but in Texas, that doesn’t happen. I haven’t seen snow in Texas for a long time, and I’m getting impatient.

Another thing that makes Texas winter is so bad is the temperature. Can it go below 60 degrees please? Winter should be sitting at the table, drinking hot chocolate, and huddling around heaters. Not playing outside, sipping on ice cold sodas, and asking for someone to turn the AC up. That’s just WRONG. And I DO. NOT. LIKE IT. It is very  annoying to see the sun shining outside during winter break, when it should be hiding behind a cloud. Winter should be cold, and Texas is hot. It shouldn’t work like that! I can’t enjoy winter when it’s 90 degrees and sunny outside, but I sure will try.

So while Christmas carols are on the radio, I’ll be drinking my hot chocolate on a sunny day. But that’s okay. I still love Texas even though the winter here is undesirable. The next time I see snow, I’ll be grateful for it, and won’t take it for granted.

February 2

Why Fridays Are Awesome

The bell at the end of Wildcat Time rings, the hallways are filled wall to wall with students trying to make their way to the front doors, and finally, finally, after years- sorry, I mean after days– of waiting, we are free. And we have Friday to thank for it. You have to admit it: Fridays are the best.

Here’s why:

You know you had a long week. You had to wake up early to go to basketball practice or to catch the bus on time. Which means that you had to go to bed earlier than you would have wanted to. But not on Friday. When Friday night finally rolls around, you can do whatever you want. You can watch a movie with your family until 10:30 and it’ll be no problem, because you can sleep in the next day. You can go hang out with your friends and go somewhere without worrying about making it home for bedtime (or you could be antisocial and lock yourself in your room and read for a long time). And having the ability to do any of those things is AWESOME. It gives you so much more freedom than you would have on an average weeknight, and in turn you can have a lot more fun and be way more relaxed. Seriously. WAY more relaxed. Why?

Because homework. The second reason Fridays are amazing is because you don’t have to worry about the homework that is due the next day. No math pages due, no vocabulary packet, no project on the respiratory system to stress over (at least not for tonight). You can be totally lazy, and- face it,- us teenagers just want to be lazy. Friday nights are stress-free because of this ability to be lazy. This is the total counterpart to any other weeknight, where you have to work on your homework and not have any fun. And not having fun is just, well, boring. And we don’t want boring. We want lazy Friday nights.

So instead of pulling all-nighters to finish that math homework, Friday lets you pull an all-night movie marathon. Fridays are the stress-free, chill out, do nothing nights, and that is down right awesome. Sorry Mondays through Thursdays, but Fridays are the best!