Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Not All There" Turns Out to be the Best Thing for Me

I found this poem by Jack Prelutzky while I was attempting to do homework while I was battling a nasty cold. Needless to say I was completely indisposed at the time and quite insane. I realized that I really wasn't paying attention or even really coherent when I began searching for an article. Instead of typing "Educational Reform in Utah Schools" into the search box I typed "I don't like homework" because it was the thought running through my mind at the time. I immediately hit "enter" like I always do out of habit and before I knew what was happening a page filled with websites about hating homework had commandeered my monitor. My eyes fell on this poem and I started smiling like a mad woman. Here it is:

Homework, Oh Homework

Homework, oh homework I hate you, you stink.
I wish I could wash you away in the sink.
If only a bomb would explode you to bits,
homework oh homework you're giving me fits.

I'd rather take baths with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion alone in the dark.
Eat spinach and liver, pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework my teacher assigns.

Homework oh homework YOU'RE LAST ON MY LIST.
I simply don't see why you even exist.
If you'd just disappear it would tickle me pink.
Homework oh homework I hate you, you stink.
-Jack Prelutzky

The strange thing is that it made it easier to finish my homework, so I am indebted to Jack for that. I really needed a motivator!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


We all know that it's good for us. (Usually not cupcakes unless we are saddened or distressed.) We all know that we need to do it and that we do better in class if we actually put time into that homework. (Except for those crazy people who just get A's anyway.) It's incredible how many other things I can find that I need to do when I don't want to work on my homework. Suddenly I have to go clean my room, fix my keyboard, organize the bathroom, and play with my little brother. Yes, I confess! I am a horrible procrastinator. If there is time still left before something is due or before it has to be done then I am the first one to do it at the last minute. Why do it early when you can wait til the last minute and rush around like a mad college student trying to get everything done at once? Over and over I've seen how procrastinating causes me problems. It keeps me from going to that movie that I wanted to go to, it makes it so that I can't relax when I'm exhausted, and on many an occasion it causes the assignment to be late or worse. So why do I do it?

Mostly because it's a weakness. Partially because I can. The most important thing is that I'm getting better!! Someday I will not be lazy with my homework and I will get it done when it needs to be done instead of later. Therefore, I hereby declare that by the end of this semester I will no longer procrastinate my homework to the last second! I will have it done at least a day before and not the day of. Life will be fantastic. And I'm starting now! Which means I have to stop writing this blog and go work on it. Wish me luck!!

P.S. I'm also going to start making food that is good for me. Hence the awesome gluten free cupcake that my mom made for me!!! AWESOME!!!