Quinn's Life

Autobiography, 9th grade, 2015

Chapter one


A name is a title of a story and a story that will never be repeated. Like most stories the title doesn't matter much. The title doesn't change the story, make it better or worse. It's the ideas and emotions related to the title that matter, the title itself doesn't have much meaning at all. Therefore, since my name is my title it isn't very important, and that makes me smile. My name only becomes meaningful when my story is told, and my title remembered by the ones I care about. I make my name, my name doesn't make me. My name is sharp like knife; saying it fast cutting through stone with the sharp edges digging into each individual crack. My name is light like ballon floating in mid air only to slowly drift down into a smiling child's hand. The small child smiling only to mutter one word as the ballon reaches his finger tips. My name. How it's said and thought of, is my decision. It can be whatever I please, soft or sharp.


Now, how I got my name is like the prologue of my story, very important. My parents originally were going to name me gala, like the party. Looking back on it I'm happy I wasn't named gala because it sounds like I was named after an apple. My dad, Donn, actually came up with my name on the way to the hospital. He was in the car with my mom, Holly, and he looked out the window for split second and saw a sign. He never actually saw what the sign said, but he thought it said my name, not gala but the name that they decided to give me. My dad thought it was a beautiful name and wanted me to have it; my mom agreed. I'm not sure where my older sister Arbour was when all of this was happening, but I would guess that she was at dance or school, because that's all she ever does. Dance, dance, dance, dance, and occasionally school work. I'm not sure how long this car ride took, but I'm guessing it seemed like forever for my mom. After we got to the hospital a lot of things happened. My mom gave birth, I was born, my sister came to the hospital to see me, but I'm going to skip through all that boring stuff. The point is, I was born on May 13th 2000 in the afternoon and I was in the hospital for a while.


Now that I'm named the first thing my dad did was give me nicknames. I have 15 nicknames exactly and I love them more than my actual name. My nicknames represent who I am, my name doesn't. My name was given to me before anyone knew what I was like or what I want to be. All my nicknames come from stories and experiences I've had as a child. Two of them came from soccer. Tangle foot and Grace. My dad called me grace because I am just so GRACEful on the field and tangle foot because, realistically, I am the clumsiest person on the team. My nicknames represent all that I am and all I will ever be. You get to choose your nicknames, but you can't choose your name.

This is My name. My story. My life. My title. My nicknames. My experiences. Who I was, who I am, and who I'm going to be is all in my story. My story is what's important not my title. The title of my story is only on the cover, and you never judge a book by its cover.

-Anonymous

Chapter 2

When is your birthday? May 13th 2000

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List at least five famous people who share their birthday with you. What are they famous for?

Debby's Ryan- actor

Robert Pattison- actor

Stevie wonder- singer

Francisco Lachowski- model

Hunter Parrish- actor/singer


List at least ten things that happened throughout time on this day in history .

May 13th:

Season finale of glee season 5

Pope John Paul II, is shot in St Peter's Square in Rome in front of 20,000 worshippers. Police in the square apprehended Turkish citizen Mehmet Ali Agca after the shooting.

A warehouse in Enschede storing fireworks starts on fire and causes over 170 tons of fireworks to explode with devastating results killing more than 20 and injuring nearly 1,000, the explosion was so bad over 400 homes were completly destroyed and more than 1,000 other homes severly damaged.


Find out how much these things cost:

a postage stamp: 44¢

a luxury car: 12,000

an economy car 6,000

a four bedroom house in Media 40,000

a gallon of milk 2.60

going to the movies 5.50


Who was President?

Bill Clinton


What movies came out?

X-men

How the grinch stole Christmas

Almost famous


Who were the biggest movie stars?

Robert Williams


Most popular TV shows?

Friends


Music?

Thong song by Sisgo

Kryptonite by 3 doors down

There you go by Pink

What a girl wants by Christina Aguilara


What were the fashion trends?

Peasant tops

Shiny pants

Neckties as belts

Layering tank tops

Favorite memories/pictures

Chapter 3


Summer sister

I found a photo. A delicately thin piece of photography paper. On the photograph was a picture of 3 girls, but within it was a story of hardship and love. First there was me on the end; pulling my shirt up just high enough to see my tiny three year old belly button. Next to me was my sister striking her model pose that only a 6 year old could've come up with. Then, on the other end slightly farther away from me and my sister was Ira. By just writing her name tears start running down my face, if I were to say them out loud I may crumple to the ground, sobbing. She was my summer sister, at least that is what we called her. She lived with us, but only during summertime. As a child I had no clue why she was here or why she only stayed for so long. When I grew up I was told, at least most of what happened. She was from right outside of Russia. She lived in a bad part of the world with horrible food, education, and air; the air was highly polluted. She came to us for help. She was part of a program in Russia to help children get a better life, we were also part of that program, but we were the ones helping out. She stayed with me and my sister, played with us, and fought with us for the whole summer. She was practically our third sister, we loved her.

She came every summer. When she was here we gave her clothes, food, money, and education, but most importantly we gave her another family. Every day we would have a babysitter come to our house and play with us in the summer and she would teach Ira how to speak English. After a while Ira could talk to us and understand what we would joke about. She fit right in. At the end of the summer we would send her back with some money to help buy things back home. Sending her back would be the hardest part for me because even though we gave her so much, she gave us so much more. When ever I was upset she would comfort and hug me. She was a friend to me when no one else was. She would never complain or ask for more, she would just smile. Ira came back every summer and our bond would only grow stronger. We did everything together. Ira, Arbour, and I were like the three musketeers that could never be separated.

One summer we were having an addition built onto our house. Before they started building the addition they had put cement on top of ground to level it out. As the workers were putting the cement down one of them called us over. We were confused but gladly came over to see what was going on. He looked at us and smiled, he then said that he needed our help. We all nodded and giggled with excitement! He then said to put one of our hands in the wet cement to leave a hand print. We all did as we were told, ecstatic to know that we were 'helping' out. Till this day our hand prints are still there, the three of them in a row. I can't see them anymore because the house is on top of it, but I walk on top of it everyday and remember our three small handprints engraved in the cement below.

That was the last summer we saw Ira. After that summer the program was cancelled because a girl didn't go back home when she was suppose to. She was scared to go back and she didn't want to. She liked her family and refused to leave. Sadly the program found out too late, all the kids were already home and the parents of the girl were furious that she did not come home. Eventually the girl did come home and everything was fine, but the program had to be shut down. We tried to have Ira come over by herself, but it was practically impossible. Even when she was old enough and capable of coming her mom didn't allow her too, and even if her mom allowed her to come, Ira had to work.

She is 19 now. I haven't seen her since I was little, but I still love her. We are trying to have her come over sometime soon since she is now an adult, but I don't know what's going to happen. We keep in contact, but it's hard to communicate. I miss her. She is like another older sister to me. No matter how far away or how long it's been since I've seen her, I promise that I will always miss her, I will always love her, and she will always be my summer sister.

Chapter 4


Music plays a big role in my life. I have seen over 40 bands in concert and I listen to music almost everyday. My family actually plays music constantly in the house on a low volume. 1/2 of the music I listen to is alternative. The other 1/2 is split between rock, pop, Christmas songs, and what ever the glee cast sings. When I'm happy I listen to either alternative, pop, Christmas songs, or glee. When I'm sad I listen to Kodaline, and only Kodaline. When I'm mad I listen to alternative or rock. When I'm studying I listen to alternative.


Favorite bands/Singers:

Artic monkeys

Panic at the disco

Imagine dragons

Cage the elephant

Fall out boy

Paramore

Glee cast

Glee cast (holiday)

Coldplay

Red hot chili peppers

Green day

Of monsters and men

Mumford & sons

Blink 182

Weezer

Foo fighters

KONGOS

Fitz and the tantrums

Milky chance

The naked and famous

Kodaline

Twenty-One pilots

New politics

MSMR

Passion pit

The all-American rejects

Songs I love (favorite from the artist=*):

Little talks*

Dirty paws

Mountain sound

Thnks fr th Mmrs

Alone together

Young valcanoes

Phoenix

Centuries

I don't care*

Sugar, we're going down

Dance, dance

This ain't a scene, it's an arms race

The scientist

Paradise*

Yellow

Best of you

My hero*

Everlong

Bones*

Hurricane

Fantasy

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Miss Jackson

Nine in the afternoon

Ballad of Mona Lisa

But it's Better if You Do

Nicotine

Harlem

Tonight you're perfect

Berlin*

High hopes

Love like this

Pray*

All I want

One day

Can't take it

Dirty little secret

Move along

Night drove

Ends tonight

11:11 pm

Straight jacket feeling

Top of the world*

The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year

We Need A Little Christmas

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

All I Want For Christmas Is You

Extraordinary Merry Christmas

Let It Snow

Santa Baby

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Christmas Eve With You

Little Drummer Boy

My Favourite Things

Oh Hanukkah

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Christmas Wrapping

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Last Christmas

You’re The One That I Want

I Kissed A Girl

Don’t Stop Believin

Hate On Me

Keep Holding on

Sweet Caroline

Defying gravity

Don’t Stand So Close To Me / Young Girl

True Colors

Don’t Rain On My Parade

Hello, I Love You

Express Yourself

Run Joey Run

Jessie's Girl

Dream on

Bad Romance

Bohemian rapsody

Billionaire

I’m A Slave 4 U

Toxic

The Only Exception

Losing My Religion

Lucky

Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me

Time Warp

Teenage Dream

Umbrella/Singin’ In the Rain

Valerie

Bills, Bills, Bills

Thriller/Heads Will Roll

Sing

Blame It On The Alchol

Misery

Raise Your Glass

Loser Like Me

Somewhere Only We Know

I Feel Pretty/Unpretty

Go Your Own Way

Isn’t She Lovely

Pure Imagination

New York, New York / I Love New York

Light Up The World

It’s Not Unusual

Run The World (Girls)

Candy man

Uptown Girl

America

We Found Love

Scream

Smooth Criminal

Cough Syrup

Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio

Fighter

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Shake It Out

Cry

Dinosaur

I won't give up

It’s All Coming Back To Me Now

Americano/Dance Again

New York State of Mind

Womanizer

Crazy/You Drive Me Crazy

A Change Would Do You Good

Barely Breathing

Don't speak

Juke box hero

Dark Side

Holding Out For A Hero

Let’s Have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey Time

Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

Don't Dream It's Over

Torn

Diva

Hung up

Shout

Old Time Rock and Roll/Danger Zone

Footloose

How To Be A Heartbreaker

Got to Get You Into My Life

Drive My Car

Help

A Hard Days Night

Hey Jude

Marry The Night

Applause

Movin' Out

An Innocent Man

Into The Groove

I Believe In a Thing Called Love

Broadway Baby

American Boy


I have two theme songs:

Loser Like Me- Glee

Yeah, you may think that I'm a zero

But, hey, everyone you wanna be

Probably started off like me

You may say that I'm a freakshow (I don't care)

But, hey, give me just a little time

I bet you're gonna change your mind


All of the dirt you've been throwin' my way

It ain't so hard to take, that's right

'Cause I know one day you'll be screamin' my name

And I'll just look away, that's right


Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth

So everyone can hear

Hit me with the words you got and knock me down

Baby, I don't care

Keep it up, I'm tunin' up to fade you out

You wanna be

You wanna be

A loser like me

A loser like me


[Cory Monteith/Finn]


Push me up against the locker

And hey, all I do is shake it off

I'll get you back when I'm your boss

I'm not thinkin' 'bout you haters

'Cause hey, I could be a superstar

I'll see you when you wash my car


All of the dirt you've been throwin' my way

It ain't so hard to take, that's right

'Cause I know one day you'll be screamin' my name

And I'll just look away, that's right


Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth

So everyone can hear

Hit me with the words you got and knock me down

Baby, I don't care

Keep it up, I'm tunin' up to fade you out

You wanna be

You wanna be

A loser like me

A loser like me

A loser like me


Hey, you, over there

Keep the L up-up in the air

Hey, you, over there

Keep the L up, 'cause I don't care

You can throw your sticks, and you can throw your stones

Like a rocket, just watch me go

Yeah, l-o-s-e-r

I can only be who I are


Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth

So everyone can hear

Hit me with the words you got and knock me down

Baby, I don't care

Keep it up, I'm tunin' up to fade you out

You wanna be

You wanna be

A loser like me

A loser like me


Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth

So everyone can hear

Hit me with the words you got and knock me down

Baby, I don't care

Keep it up, I'm tunin' up to fade you out

You wanna be

You wanna be

A loser like me (A loser like me)

A loser like me (A loser like me)

A loser like me


this is one of my theme songs because I used to think I was a loser, I fact I still am, but when I'm older everyone who ever treated me like crap will regret it.


Favorite lyrics:

Push me up against the locker

And hey, all I do is shake it off

I'll get you back when I'm your boss

I'm not thinkin' 'bout you haters

'Cause hey, I could be a superstar

I'll see you when you wash my car




I Write Sins Not Tragedies- Panic At The Disco

Oh,

Well imagine,

As I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor,

And I can't help but to hear,

No, I can't help but to hear an exchanging of words:

"What a beautiful wedding! What a beautiful wedding!" says a bridesmaid to a waiter,

"And, yes, but what a shame, what a shame the poor groom's bride is a whore."


I'd chime in with a

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in,

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of...


Well in fact,

Well I'll look at it this way,

I mean technically our marriage is saved

Well this calls for a toast

So, pour the champagne

Oh! Well in fact,

Well I'll look at it this way,

I mean technically our marriage is saved

Well this calls for a toast,

So, pour the champagne, pour the champagne


I'd chime in with a

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in,

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of poise and rationality again.


I'd chime in,

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of poise and rationality.

I'd chime in,

"Haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door?!"

No, it's much better to face these kinds of things

With a sense of poise and rationality again.



This is my other theme song because when I was 8 I decided that this was my favorite song and promised myself that if anyone asked what my favorite song was I would always say I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic At The Disc. It later became known as my theme song. I will always keep that promise and love this song for all that it is.


My favorite lyrics:

As I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor,

And I can't help but to hear,

No, I can't help but to hear an exchanging of words:

"What a beautiful wedding! What a beautiful wedding!" says a bridesmaid to a waiter,

"And, yes, but what a shame, what a shame the poor groom's bride is a whore."





Another favorite/theme song is Top of the world by The All-American Rejects. It's been one of my favorite songs since I could remember. When I was 7 I fell in love with it on the radio, but when I asked my dad about the song he said he couldn't remember what it sounded like or what it was called. For the next year I listened to the radio everyday trying to find the song again, and when I finally did I swore to never lose it.


[Verse 1]

Is there anybody out there?

That wakes up with a bitter taste?

It's a king that we put up there

And he's a short way to fall from grace

It's slowly filling upward.

You can stand but you have no ground.

I hear it from the lost words.

They say it's time that you lost your crown.


[Chorus]

Don't be so greedy.

A dollar's a penny to you

When hearts are beating

Say what you want 'em to do.

Wasting away... I see you.

When the top of the world falls on you

Finding a day, don't wanna be you

When the top of the world falls on you


[Verse 2]

Is there anybody out there?

That can see what a man can change?

It's better that you don't care

Because he knows that he's in his stage

I feel the paranoia.

When there's a time, put you in your place

In the eyes of those who watch ya

Well they can wait 'til you hit your face


[Chorus]

Don't be so greedy.

A dollar's a penny to you

When hearts are beating

Say what you want 'em to do.

Wasting away... I see you.

When the top of the world falls on you

Finally a day, don't wanna be you.

When the top of the world falls on you


Paint yourself a picture

When you waste another picture

And you win, and you win, and you win

Paint yourself a picture

And then you break another picture

And you win, and you win, and you win

And you win, yeah you win, and you win


[Chorus]

Don't be so greedy

A dollar's a penny to you

When hearts stop beating

Say what you want 'em to do

Wasting away... I see you

When the top of the world falls on you

Finding a day, don't wanna be you

When the top of the world falls on you


Wasting away... I see you

When the top of the world falls on you

Finding a day, don't wanna be you

When the top of the world falls on you




Favorite lyrics:

Paint yourself a picture

When you waste another picture

And you win, and you win, and you win

Paint yourself a picture

And then you break another picture

And you win, and you win, and you win

And you win, yeah you win, and you win

Chapter 5

One Medium Suit case:

1.) I would take a credit card with my parents account set to it so I would never go hungry and die. This not only helps keep me alive, but entertains me in the form of shopping or going miniature golfing on weekends.


2.) I would bring my bear, Beary. I got him when I was little and I take him everywhere with me. My bear has problem travelled to more places than most people have. He's my best friend and I love him so much.


3.) I would bring my iPad because it has so many memories already on it. It has all my pictures and friends which are irreplaceable.


4.) I would also bring some photos that AREN'T on my iPad, because I've only had it for a year and I've been alive for 14 years.


5.) I would bring my blanket too. I've only had it for a few years, but it's the softest blanket ever and I can't live without it.

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Chapter 6

My Triggers

Revealing the things that I regret is like giving away part of myself to a paper, and I am not ready to do that. Of course, I've made some mistakes that are practically insignificant at this point in time, but why write about those? No one wants to read about something that isn't important. You start to unlock the important things as soon as you write anything personal about your life, especially your mistakes. Mistakes happen throughout life. Sharing your mistakes happen throughout writing, but I'm not ready to share.

The point of this assignment is to learn from your mistakes and reflect on what you did as a child. I don't need to write a paper to think of all the mistakes I've made, all I need is a single word. A trigger word. One word can allow me to reflect on things I've made mistakes on. For insistence, when someone says 'perfect' it creates confusion and regret in my head. For other people it just means : having no mistakes or flaws : completely correct or accurate : having all the qualities you want in that kind of person, situation, etc... Everyone has trigger words, numbers, or phrases and that's all I am willing to share right now. They may mean nothing to anyone else who reads them, but to me they show my life.


My trigger words:

1. Perfect

2. Quack

3. M&M

4. Internet doctor

5. Gay neck collar

6. Mpfs

7. 16

8. Never

9. Frozen

10. That smile

11. Trust

12. -er

13. Olive oil

14. 11

15. Elf

Chapter 7 (year in reading)

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Chapter 8

Quinn Pancakes


Ingredients:

2 cups of happiness

1 cup of insanity

1 1/2 cups of craziness

1 cup of kindness

1 cup of stubbornness

1/2 cup of sarcasm

1/4 cup of annoyance

2 tablespoons of laughter

One drop of talent


Steps/Instructions:

1.) Combine happiness with kindness in a medium bowl and set asid.

2.) Combine all the dry ingredients: insanity, craziness, sarcasm, annoyance, and talent in a large mixing bowl. Whisk stubbornness into the happiness and kindness. Pour the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.

3.) Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with laughter.

4.) Pour 1/4 cupfuls of the mixture onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

5.) take pancakes off of the skillet and serve it warm with a side of apologies

Chapter 9

I have a lot of great friends, and a lot of people who I care about. All my friends are amazing, but I have 3 friends who really understand me and I considered to be my bestest friends. My first best friend is Ally shearer. We met about two years ago at ice works (we are both figure skaters there). She is one of my newest best friends, but I can always count on her and tell her everything. My next best friend is Lucy Jones. I love her for so many reasons, but mostly because she's like my sister. I've known her since I was 4 and we have never gotten into any fights because we are always just there for one another. My last best friend is my very best friend, he means the world to me. His name is Max Pinheiro and I've known him since I was 6 months old, he's my neighbor.


I always saw Ally at the skating rink and thought she would be nice, but I never actually talked to her until one day she came up to me and told me she liked my sweater. I said thank you and we just started talking. We found out that we both knew Lucy Jones (I knew her from school. She knew her from a camp.) and that we would be going to penncrest together the following year. After that, we always talked during skating and got jobs as CIT's at the summer camp they have at the rink, Camp Chill. Everyday we just became better friends and when we started school in the fall, she helped me find other amazing people to hang out with. I love my other friends, Caitlyn, Maura, Emily, Annie, Abby and so many others, and it's all thanks to her I met them. She's my goddess and I will always thank her for being there when I need her most.

Lucy, how can I describe our friendship? Strong. Our friendship is strong. I've known since I was 4 and we've never gotten in a fight. Sometimes we go a month or two without talking and as soon as I see her it's like we never stopped talking. She stands up for me, even when I'm wrong. She listens to me, even when I ramble. She talks to me, even when she doesn't have time. I have never known anyone to care about me as much as Lucy does. She may not be perfect, but to me she's the most amazing friend in the world. I always say that it doesn't matter how long you've known people, you can become best friends in a day, but my friendship with Lucy has lasted 10 years and I can't wait for it to last 100 more. She's my sister and I love her so much. Nothing could ever break us apart, because no matter what, we have trust in eachother, and I'll never let go of her.

Last, but not least we have Max. He's my neighbor and I would be lying if I said I didn't hang out with him everyday. We skate together, listen to music together, watch Doctor Who together, he is like my twin. Unlike all my other friendships we fight, a lot and it's hard, but we get threw it. We've been having some hard times right now, but it just shows that we will always be friends no matter how difficult it becomes. We may not have the most honest friendship or the most trusting friendship right now, but we've always had the most caring friendship. If anything were to happen to max, I don't know what I would do. It breaks my heart every time we fight, but I know deep down we will always make up no matter what. Our friendship may be the hardest, but it's by far the most rewarding. I just hope that I will always find safety and comfort whenever I see him, because he means everything to me.

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