Monday to Friday and it's the weekend and then it's Monday again. I've been through this seven times over in a row. Sometimes there's assessment, sometimes there's not. Sometimes I do something Friday night, sometimes I don't. I've been through short-lived phases of boys, makeup, classical books, braiding, postcards... Here's week 7:
There's a massive 3000 word physics research report due on Thursday and I'm only 2000 words in. Yet, instead of writing those final paragraphs, I decide that obsessively finishing my maths homework is the priority. I work all through my free period, trying to concentrate and listen to music in vain while people are talking and laughing all over the room. I work all through recess. I skip PE and work through all of that too. There's another girl in the room who disturbs me every five minutes or so. She contributes to my study playlist and we name an album after her in my iTunes library.
By the end of Monday I have two more paragraphs to go.
The brass section of the orchestra are playing this really loud piece to open the school's special concert this year, so in the morning we rehearse on the balcony.
We drive past the parliament house every day on our way home, and today there is a seating. There are military guns and tanks on display, and various tourists are taking photos. My mum stops the car, says, "these are the perks of living in the capital,"and I am delayed from getting home against my wishes. I run up to the majestic looking building in my heavy school uniform in desperate need of the bathroom. We go inside the parliament house in search of free postcards, but of course there are none. I am rude to a group of school kids on an excursion in my attempts to get out as quickly as possible.
In the evening I spend a good six minutes walking to the post box to deliver a postcard to the Philippines. I'm listening to some song from a really nice movie soundtrack.
By the end of Tuesday my report is finished and the majority of it has gone under vigilant editing.
I spend my double free referencing my report. I then spend all of English referencing my report. And all of the next period too.
There is a massive argument in my physics class about the unknown requirement of in text referencing, which is only worth half a mark of our report, but which is still a considerable amount. My teacher doesn't deal with it very well and everyone hates him more than they did before. The argument went way too far, in my opinion.
My driving instructor picks me up from school and I learn how to park and give way, but my concentration just isn't there. He ticks off zero competencies. Hopefully next week will be better.
I have my first shift at work in over a week and it's nice. I teach a girl with a Malaysian boyfriend a little bit of Malay, we discuss the perks of being invited to weddings in the break room, and a lanky guy explains that the reason he now has stubble is because he's growing it out to 'intimidate the opposition' in his grand final game. He tells me that he reckons at my school I'm a nerd who hangs with the cool kids, whatever that's supposed to mean.
My physics report is done and gone and I am relieved. I can now relax. I watch Gilmore Girls for the first time in days and go for a jog.
It rains all day and I'm forced to take a fifty minute bus from school to work. I come to the realisation that some of the people I talk to on snapchat, I really don't talk to in real life, even if they're right over there. My bag is heavy and awkward and when I get to work I'm practically tumbling up the stairs. People ask me if I'm okay. At work a nice girl starts to seem self-obsessed, a guy isn't who I thought he was, I see a friend I haven't seen in ages and I'm wearing matching outfits with this guy in every which way.
After work I find my dad playing basketball in the opposite arcade. He's somehow managing to get every single shot in with quick one-handed throws. I have a go and get almost every shot in with two-handed throws. My mum then has a go and pretty much misses all of it.
And I am now spending my weekend studying for Week 8.