Devin (canariesrise) wrote,

Science Olympiad: Regionals and A Few Other Things

 After a while, here's an update on life and all its lifeness. Below a cut for potential length, but I promise no Revelation spoilers. 

I'm currently chilling with a quesadilla, which is pretty much my idea of heaven on earth. I'm kind of beat though because I gave blood today. I'm feeling rather sapped just from having walked around my house for the last five minutes even though I gave at like 9:30. Right after I gave I was really dizzy, but things haven't been too bad. I slept through a lot of my IS, which was nice. The whole experience was pretty unfun, but luckily I had Jordan with me. She held my hand while they were drawing the blood and talked to me about Harry Potter, which was really helpful. Still, it hurt a lot more than they said it would (big shock there....NOT). As I wait to recuperate, I've been downing food and fluids like there's no tomorrow. Normally, being able to eat so shamelessly would be really fun, but in this case its more like I just really want to have my energy back. 
So, since I've basically talked about nothing else for the past two months, perhaps a little news from Regionals for Science Olympiad is in order? Well, the news is:

We're going to States!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm just a little bit excited....just a little. 
Tuesday was one hell of a day. At Experimental Design, we weren't actually given an experiment to run, but we had to do a "hypothetical" experiment with car paint. Not good. Its really too bad, because normally we would be able to medal in that event. The stupid heads who were running it not only called it "Design of Experiement," but they also completely left the Analysis and Error sections out. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. 
I had a two hour break then, the first of which I just sort spent around doing random stuff and explaining electrophoresis to Jeremy. At 11, I went on my little promenade with Chris, which was definitely not as eventful as last year (I don't really know how it could be). But, it was still quite nice, the weather was lovely, and he played me a version of "My Immortal" sung by the Yale a cappella groups. You never know what sort of treasures are hiding on Chris's iPod, now do you....
At 12, Alex and I went to Remote Sensing. It was the same guy running it as last year, one of the Coaches from Penncrest (aka Intense!!!!!!). The test was quite difficult ( I was totally laughing in the back of my mind at the poor suckers who came in unprepared). It was really long too, Alex and I barely managed to finish, and that was with guessing on a lot of questions. The test was very similar to last years, but since we were much better prepared, things went better (but we got 6th last year, so things didn't go so badly then either.) Although I was pretty panicky during the test, Alex told me that he thought we were a lot more confident about things than we had been last year, and now that I think on it, we really had a lot of good stuff in that binder. I even got a very sincere, "Devin, thank you for these exploration notes" from Alex in the middle of the test. Still, the exploration notes failed me a few places, which was very disappointing. Otherwise, though, it was fun to see these terribly picky questions like "When was Mars last in opposition with Earth?" and be able to look in one place and write down, "December 24th, 2007" (to which Alex goes "Wow") We still had a lot of trouble with image interpretation though. That was frustrating, because I felt like I had worked a long time on it. 
Anyway, after that, I went to lunch with Alex, Ellen, and Chris and then we hung around and played BopIt for a while. After stopping by the Pentathalon, which is a whole other story in itself, we just had to bite our nails until the awards ceremony started. Which it didn't until 4:30, but that was only with B division results. Speaking of which, the middle school coaches were all like "You guys are so much better prepared than us....we're probably not even going to States." And they got like a gajillion medals. So yeah, I don't think there was much doubt about them going after all. 
Anyway, it was probably like 5 before they got to C division (and the extra hour and half felt like 800 from the captain's seat). We didn't medal in ED, which I could see really upset Alex (sad face), but.......

We got 3rd in Remote Sensing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm also rather excited about this. All our hard work finally paid off. I was pretty much jumping up and down all the way back from the award stand. 

Despite that not-so-minor victory, the awards ceremony was so crazy pressure packed. We actually only ended up winning five medals, and the whole time I could see Alex freaking out and thinking "We're not getting enough medals." And of course, I was freaking out too. But that's my natural state. When Alex freaks out you know things are bad. I think part of the problem was probably that they didn't even give out fifth place medals this year. I bet you that cost us one or two, because there were some really good events that didn't medal. Anyway, after all this time, they finally got to the overall results, and we weren't 8th, we weren't 7th...

We were 6th! 

Alex and I pretty much hugged the crap out of each other, and then I just started sobbing. It was crazy, I never would have predicted that I would cry that hard, but I am so dedicated to that team and I was so worried that we wouldn't go to States my senior year. So year. About a minute later, John tapped me on the shoulder, said "Stop crying, bitch" and shook my hand. Which is very sweet of him; you'll just have to take my word for it. Then there was much happiness throughout our geeky little world.....
Oh, and the ms team got 3rd. Not going to States my ass. 

On the bus, we got to look at the schedule for States, and Remote Sensing and Experimental are at the same time. Poor Alex again. That event is really like his WIDI, and he's so sad. But, he says he really like RS, so I guess he'll be doing that. At least I get to do WIDI again.... oh, but wait, Jeremy has Forensics then, so I think I'm doing it with John again. Wow, what a giant circle this is! Other than that, I'm quite excited, but for the fact that Jenny, Chris, Jillian, and Ben aren't going. Why couldn't it be Meng, Eda, and Yuxi not going. They don't understand how things work. I got a copy of the schedule today and just seeing those building names got me really excited. 

(Oops, just got up to dance and forgot that I was minus a bunch of blood, now I'm very dizzy)

Anyway, luckily, we're not staying at that creepy/crappy hotel again, although there are some pretty priceless memories from there. Its just so excited that we have another two months of being captains without the stress of Regionals over our heads. Not that we won't work, but its nowhere near as stressful. Oooh, I'm so excited. 

Okay, I should probably spend some time talking about the rest of my life. I don't know if I mentioned this already, but I bought that red dress that I was talking about. I really love it now, I think its gets better looking everyday I see it hanging in my room. I'm excited about the prospect of planning and accessorizing with it too. 
Revelation is going pretty slowly. I haven't had much time to read, and I seem to be in that boring lull between the opening half of action and the climax. I'll get to it eventually; I have lots of other reading to do and its not like there's any rush. 
Okay, I'm officially tired of this. Hasta la vista....
Tags: blood drive, books, friends, sball, school, science olympiad, star wars

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