Tuesday, October 23, 2012

better than autopia

At my school, I'm younger than almost everyone else in 11th grade, sometimes by even more than a year. While they're all 16 or just turning 17, I'm still 15. But today was a very important day. A pivotal moment in my life, really. Today, not only am I 15... I'm 15 and 9 months! And that's even better than a birthday because it means that I'm finally old enough to get my learner's permit!!

I was so excited that I convinced my mom to take me to get it today after school! As we waited in line at the DMV, my anticipation was building and I was getting giddy. Once we finally reached the front of the line, they had to burst my bubble by telling us that we had an incorrect form. What we thought was my birth certificate was actually just my birth certificate registration that my parents had mistaken for my birth certificate for my whole life. Until now, the birth certificate registration had always been completely acceptable, so my parents never made the distinction. Man, they really make you work for your learner's permit.

We rushed back home to grab my passport and got to the DMV just before closing time at 4:30 pm, which I think is an insanely early closing time. From there, everything was easy. To be honest, my main concern was the picture. Passport and license pictures are always so much pressure. You have one shot to look decent and then that picture will be in your face for the next few years whether you like it or not. Luckily, the picture looked good! I filled out my information for the permit and went to take the law test on a computer. I wasn't too worried because I had read the driver's manual and taken some practice tests online. Almost all of the test questions were in the online practice tests word for word, so it was definitely helpful to study. It was also nice that the computer told me my score as I took the test so I knew that I was doing well and could stay calm.

I was literally jumping with excitement as we left the DMV with my permit. I've already gone driving in the neighborhood with my mom and learned how to do a 3-point turn!

Friday, October 19, 2012

on tour part 4: land of the wahoos

There was no school today so we drove down to visit the University of Virginia! On our way, we stopped for breakfast and I tried chocolate covered bacon for the first time. It also had mint chocolate drizzled on the top, so it was an interesting combination of savory, sweet, minty and lardy.

I liked the information session because the assistant dean of admissions was really funny and entertaining. He was saying, "In all of the college brochures, there are above average looking people of every race holding hands and singing Kumbaya," which is pretty accurate. He also talked a lot about how much they revere Thomas Jefferson at UVA.

Then, we went on the grounds tour, which I hate to say was very boring. It was supposed to last for an hour and a half, so we separated from the tour early and explored by ourselves. The campus was beautiful, with open grassy spaces and lots of trees changing colors.

We also found a tree with giant leaves, which made for a good photo op.


At the campus bookstore, Ella bought a UFO and comet ice tray. Definitely one of those things you never knew you needed. At least it's less gross than the brain shaped one!



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