week 27 RECAP

To keep it simple, there is not much to report for this week. In class, I only did industrial designing and timed sketches which was the same as usual. It wasn’t really challenging and didn’t really help toward my goal so it was ok. On Sunday, I was able to start my project for Japan and get in a couple hours of drawing. After Sonora, we were touching up our Madagascar set while the rest of the team was at Swap Meet. While I helped monitor the team’s progress since I knew the set best visually with my co-artist, I got permission from my director to do it and with that, the project was underway, starting with the typical and common Japanese cartoon characters you’d find everywhere: Hello Kitty, Chococat, Rilakkuma, etc. etc. With that much done, I didn’t really work on it after throughout the week that made my schedule tighter and pushed my deadline closer.

My sleeping schedule was actually really good this week because I slept before midnight for the majority of the week and not having much homework to do. It was probably one of my best weeks of rest before competition that weekend but toward the end, I stayed awake until 1-2 in the morning for whatever reasons. It was probably because of this weekend with my first competition back after sitting out for a week and a half. Glendale Games is one of the most hyped competitions and I don’t know how I am going to do. I am not where I need or want to be and on Tuesday was the worst practice ever in terms of run-throughs. I forgot my All-Male routine and it was a great disappointment. Thursday was ok since we didn’t really do much but it did get me more scared for this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

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week 26 RECAP

I shall make this quick because I am on a time crunch so I can continue on my Flatland Project due next Thursday. Also, there isn’t much to report besides the same thing that happened last week. Unfortunately, I still sat out of practice all week on Sunday, Tuesday, and last night as the coaches and I came to the conclusion that I will not be competing this weekend at Sonora. I will be attending to support and whatnot but I shall not be dancing until Sunday at the earliest, Monday at the latest. Last night, I was just upset by how impactful my absence is on the routines I’m in. Our All-Male team is reduced to a trio, there’s no Giraffe in our Novelty set, and holes in our Co-Ed set where even though those are the only three routines I’m in, I was thinking about it and was overwhelmed. I didn’t feel like the team needed me as well as thinking that the team was suffering because of me. With that in mind, I was vulnerable and shed a few tears in front of the team which was not supposed to happen. Whenever my coach approaches me and asks what’s wrong, I don’t want to talk about it but the more I thought about it, the more disappointed I was in myself and the harder I was on myself for not being able to make it and be there with them. I am still using Friday night and Saturday night for the competition like the rest of them but the difference is, I will be in the stands the entire time. My coaches said it was just Sonora, meaning that it wasn’t a crucial competition but it still was a competition and I am missing it because I don’t feel ready with everything I’ve been dealing with. I should be back in by Glendale and if so, I have to work harder than ever to catch up and be on par with the rest of the team.

Sleep-wise, I had a pretty good week as I slept no later than 12:30 the majority of the week and on Wednesday night, napped from 8 PM – 1 AM and stayed up until 3:30 the next morning to finish my Psych assignment and watch a little of another movie but woke up at 7:30 instead of 6:30. It was tragic because I felt that I had enough energy to wake up on time and go to school on time but I forgot to reset my alarms as it was still on Wednesday schedule when I would have an extra hour. Thursday in general was bad, but I got out of the house at 7:35 and ran all the way to school with my backpack, stopping only at the cross-walks. And the result of my hard run was…I was a minute late. A minute. A single minute. I was at the front gate when the bell rang at 7:45 and that just killed me. On top of that, I was super sweaty so I had to endure 1st period covering myself up with my jacket and not let my body odor escape into the classroom air. I feel that my body odor would be more embarrassing than being sweaty but overall, for the most part, it was pretty good. It felt pretty natural to do the bare minimum of homework instead of getting ahead and sleep on time as I hope this habit continues.

Art-wise, we were design sketching these past few days because the technician didn’t come to fix Mr. Cepeda’s computer so he didn’t want to be inactive and gave us something random. I’ve gotten my first two compliments of the year from him yesterday and the day before because of how decent it looked as he said that I would be great at engineering. I mean, I draw as a h0bby a couple of years ago so of course I know the basics. I can take a picture and copy it but I can’t like make my own drawings. I can do certain mediums like posters, paintings, a drawing on paper that involve a certain image to be on it that I can get from Google. I admit I am not creative enough to create my own ideas but for the most part, I can do sketches of Disney characters or anime or whatever two-dimensional drawing there is. Three-dimensional is more abstract, realistic art when I am more on the animation side. This leads to my next and probably biggest art project yet that will be for Japan DDT that is coming in a week and 6 days from now as they will have a performance at snack and our team will meet and greet theirs. By the time they walk into fourth period in the gym, I want to hang it up and welcome them with a personalized poster filled with different characters such as the classic, typical anime hot-shots: Naruto, Luffy from One Piece, Hunter x Hunter. There would be Disney like Big Hero 6, taken place in San Fransokyo that has Tokyo in it, and Hello Kitty. There would be characters from Hayao Miyazaki’s famous works like Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Secret of Arietty, and if time permits or if it isn’t too difficult, my favorite non-Miyazaki film, Kimi No Na Wa or “Your Name”. It’s an interesting film and I can definitely see why it was rated so high with its storyline and character development to provide meaning to the work as a whole. I don’t know but that’s what’s coming up as this will probably be the last project before closing off my 20-Time Project at the end of March and give myself time to prepare for my presentation of it all in May. I’ve done the basics so far but now it’s time to expand on it all. Stay tuned to hear about my progress next week.

week 25 RECAP

This week was pretty bad. I got injured, I got sick, I sat out of practice, and I rarely had an efficient week of sleep once again. Let me tell you. After West comp, our coaches were super upset about our team’s performance and sportsmanship. According to one of them, who was a judge, the team was not doing their best as she said that our run-through was god-awful and beyond. Even though we scored pretty high in placements and scoring, we felt strange earning our awards against the other teams. While we felt that as a whole we did decently, we apparently didn’t deserve our awards. On top of that, we weren’t cheering loudly enough for both other teams and our own. However, when you hear the videos, you can hear us cheering but I guess not all of us were. In addition to that, most of us were late to the meet time and did not let her know when we would be there which irritated them even more. As a result, we ran 30 laps around the gym, did wall sits, planks, splits, variations of push-ups, ab workouts, leg workouts, arm workouts, you name it. On Sunday, we basically took an hour and a half to do insane a P90X cross-fit program until the entire team was interviewed the questions, “What were you thinking of when you were running?” and “Why are you still here?” Since that day, we were all even more sore than  when we woke up earlier that morning and Monday was a bit worse as I regrettably started rolling and practicing tricks in my own house without properly stretching and minorly sprained my neck. After Tuesday, when we learned how to do safe partner flips (it’s hard to explain), I guess I exhausted myself even more because I got the cold that night. My body was aching, I had a fever, a sore throat, and I was cold despite wearing so many layers. It was not a good night for me as I still pushed to do my part of the Lit project. Even though everyone said to stay at home, I went to school the next day, suffered, came back home to recover all Wednesday, slept 12 hours without do anything, but still had a stiffness in my neck and that sore throat. My fever went away and I can move alright, but my neck was killing me. And I would get yelled at by my leaders if I didn’t practice during 4th period because they think I’m faking it or weak or both so I did it and got injured even more practicing the flip when I said I wouldn’t do it. So basically, I did it until I got even more hurt and then they shut up about pushing me to do the stunt. With the sudden spike of pain, I went to the doctors to get it checked and the doctor thinks that the injury and the sickness I had previously was linked and considered it viral as he prescribed me anti-inflammatory drugs to take for the next week and took me out of DDT until March 13th. In that case, I would be missing Sonora competition next Saturday and out of the next three practices up until then. It’s unfortunate to miss so many practices but I’m trying to not miss so many practices. Last night, my parents didn’t let me go so I was at home finishing my FAFSA and did nothing until today. My health is slowly improving but it’ll take a long while. We’ll see how I do where in art, Multimedia class, I did nothing really but sleep. On the other hand, I think I will be able to showcase my drawing abilities again as I help make posters for the other teams so we can make the coaches think we’re not too shabby in sportsmanship and for my next project, a poster filled with anything and everything Japanese when Japan DDT comes to Cerritos in a couple of weeks. I am excited to see what they have in store for us and I just want to meet them already. To be able to connect with a Japanese DDT team is a dream come true and I would say this was one of the reasons that made me like getting this far as a part of this team. I’m planning to start later this week so I will keep you updated later on.