Thursday, December 27, 2012

Julie's First Snow

Dia duit! Welcome to my blog! Today it snowed so much that it stuck to the ground, and still hasn't stopped. Before I could run outside and test my brand new coat and boots, Daid told me I should head over to the Southern MTTB. Apparently, Julie will be staying there as a boarder. I reluctantly agreed to help her go unpack.
I walked in to see Julie throwing clothes onto every free bit of floor space. It was so messy I had to walk on my tiptoes to keep from stepping on something!
I picked up one of her shirts and attempted to make a somewhat neat pile as I explained why I was there. The first thing I noticed was a pair of roller skates similar to mine. "You roller skate, too?" I asked.
"Yeah, I also love to ride my bike, but that's back in California." Julie responded briefly.
We stood there in an awkward silence until I managed to say, "I'm so glad it's snowing! Have you been outside yet?"
Julie looked at the floor uncomfortably. "No...and I don't really want to. We don't get snow in California. I don't even have a winter coat."
"YOU'VE NEVER SEEN SNOW?!" I exclaimed, dropping the shirt onto the floor. I grabbed Julie's hand and practically dragged her out the door. "WE CAN'T STAY IN HERE A MINUTE LONGER! I'LL EXPLODE INTO A BAJILLION PIECES IF YOU DON'T SEE THE SNOW THIS INSTANT."
After throwing on my coat and boots, I closed my eyes and fell backwards into the snow, letting my body slowly sink into it. I motioned for Julie to do the same, but she just stood in the doorway biting her fingernails.
"This is how you make a snow angel. See?" I shouted above the wind as I moved my arms up and down.
Julie walked in a little ways and then just sat down in the middle of the field behind the Southern MTTB. I could see her shivering but she didn't complain (for once).
Instead of playing or doing something FUN, Julie just sat there and felt the snow, like it was the weirdest thing she had ever seen. She squished it between her bare hands, drew hearts and faces in it, and tried to catch snowflakes on her fingertips. I'd grown up with snow my entire life. It was strange, watching someone touch snow for the first time.
"Why don't we do something? Like make a snowman or have a snowball fight?" I called.

Julie stood up and brushed the snow off her jeans. "YOU may have a coat and boots, but I don't. I'm freezing. I'm going inside."

I called after her to wait but she ignored me. I heard her slam the door behind her when she made it back to the Base.

I just stood there, feeling small and alone in the quiet field of snow. Julie wasn't in a bad mood at all. Why did she suddenly get so angry over nothing? The only explanation I could think of was that she's homesick, but that doesn't give her an excuse to treat me like I don't exist.

I'm going to get to the bottom of this.

~ Saoirse

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Nollaig Shona!

Nollaig Shona! Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! This Christmas, I woke up just as the sun was starting to rise over the pine trees in my backyard. It couldn't have been too early, though, because it took me forever to wake my parents up!
With Addy under my arm, I tiptoed down the stairs even though everyone, including a very excited Coconut and grumpy Licorice (they get presents on Christmas, too!), was already awake.
Look at all the presents!
As you may have noticed, my family has a funky looking Christmas tree. Since this is our first Christmas in Maine, Daid decided to start a new Christmas tradition. Instead of cutting down and killing a tree every year or buying a plastic tree, we could plant a tree and reuse it every Christmas! The only downside is that it needs a humongous, ugly pot.
My first present was from Mam and Daid. Isn't the bag pretty? Inside of it was...
A sparkly purple scarf! Go raibh maith agat Mam agus Daid!
The next gift came all the way from Ireland! I could tell it was from Seanmháthair right away. She never wraps her presents!
I got a purple polka dot sweater, a magenta hat, some jeggings, and purple shoes. Go raibh maith agat Seanmháthair!
The next present was obviously from Santa.
A pink winter coat! Thanks Santa!
This present was from my friend Dani!
It was a homemade pink t-shirt, green striped capris, and frilly skirt! Dani remembered my favorite colors! I can't wait to wear these once the weather gets warmer. Thanks Dani!
The last gift was from Rudolph.
It was two My Little Ponies! Thanks so much Rudolph!
Just as I was about to run upstairs to try on all of my new clothes and play with my ponies, Mam and Daid brought out ANOTHER gift! I started jumping up and down when I realized that it was a...
...NEW CAMERA! Now I don't have to take pictures with Mam's phone anymore! Go raibh maith agat Mam agus Daid!
Soon after I finished opening all of my presents, Daid and I walked over to the Southern MTTB to invite some of his work friends over for Christmas dinner. When we got there, I suddenly had a strange sense of deja vu.
Standing almost exactly where Caroline had stood a week earlier was yet another girl I had never seen before! She looked slightly impatient, almost as if she were waiting for someone. Daid suggested that I check and see if she needed anything.
"Hi," I said suspiciously, "I'm Saoirse. Are you looking for somebody?"
"Yeah. I'm looking for Mr. Linch." Her words stung with annoyance.
I threw my arms up in surprise. "ANOTHER NEW STUDENT?!"
"I'm here to complain, actually." She rolled her eyes at my dramatic reaction. "My mom sent me here for a boarding school. Neither of us knew it would involve time travel! Based on your ridiculous...I mean interesting clothes, I'm guessing you're from 2012? I'm from 1974, and so far it looks like America has done anything but improve. Do you have any idea how many species have gone extinct in the past 38 years? Or how much the sea level has risen? I'm not impressed."

I was a bit hurt by the way she had spoken to me, but I tried to brush it off. Besides, Mam and Daid were alive in the 70s! I bet they would love to meet Julie, and maybe Julie would warm up a little if she met them?

To her disappointment, I ignored her complaining and invited her to come have Christmas dinner with me and the rest of the Southern MTTB students. She actually smiled and said that sounded "groovy."

After Julie and I got to my house, I changed into my fancy green polka dot dress. Only minutes later I heard a knock on the door.

It was Caroline!

"Dia duit Caroline! Merry Christmas!" I greeted her. Despite the frosty air biting at my arms and legs, I introduced her to Julie. Thankfully, Julie was much more polite to Caroline than she was to me. Caroline would've been much more offended!

Kaya and Josefina arrived soon after. Josefina timidly hid behind Kaya as I introduced them to Julie. The "hello"s and "nice to meet you"s seemed to take forever as I hopped up and down to keep warm! 

 When we got inside, Caroline, Kaya, and Josefina placed all the food they had brought on a little plastic table. Unfortunately, the five of us had to sit at the Kid Table. It was tiny--there was barely enough room!

We talked around that dinky table for hours. Through our ever-changing conversations I began to learn more and more about the two newbies. Despite her harsh outer shell, Julie is actually a lot of fun to be around. She also obviously has a huge thing for the environment and animals. Her and Kaya found something in common there!

Caroline seems a bit prim and proper to me (she scolded Kaya for eating with her hands, and me for not placing my napkin in my lap), yet somewhat free spirited. She went on and on about sailing on lake Ontario with her papa. Well, on and on until Julie bluntly told her to shut up. I can already tell that this is going to be a very...interesting year.

Merry Christmas from all of us!

~ Saoirse

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Welcome, Caroline!

Dia duit gach duine! Welcome to my blog! Last week, I was pleasantly surprised when standing in the Southern MTTB's lobby was a girl I'd never seen before.

She looked about my age, but definitely wasn't from the present. I vaguely remembered Josefina mentioned that we may be getting a new girl from the 1800s on our first day of school. Is this her?

I decided to take a chance and greet her. "Dia duit! I'm Saoirse. Are you here for the Southern MTTB School for Higher Learning?" I made sure to say the school's whole name so I would sound smart and professional. 

"Yes, I am a new student. My name is Caroline. Are you from the current year?" She said with an accent that sounded slightly English, but that I couldn't quite place.

"Yep! Where are you from? How did you find out about time travel?"

"I come from Sackets Harbor in the year 1812. My papa is a ship builder, and I would love to be the captain of a ship someday! At the moment, my country is plagued with a war against the British. My parents were worried about my safety, and were searching for a safe place I could go to during the day, at least until the war ends. When a man approached them and mentioned education and safety through time travel, they were both amazed and horrified! At first, they refused to allow their 10-year-old daughter anywhere near such magic! But, when Sackets Harbor was attacked, the strange man finally won them over. And, well, here I am!"

I thought it was amazing how positively fearless Caroline seemed even though she had just time traveled for the first time, and was surrounded by things she had likely never thought possible! I can't wait to hear more about her life in 1812!

In other news, it's almost Christmas! My family invited Kaya, Caroline, and Josefina to come have Christmas dinner with us! Kaya doesn't celebrate Christmas, but she'll go to anything that has free food! 

~ Saoirse