I am now fully in nocturnal mode sadly. I sleep at 7:30 in the morning and don’t wake up until 2:00 in the afternoon. I have noticed that my productivity and my creativity has increased astonishingly. However, the con is that I have to force my sleep schedule back to usual school timing since I have to get onto my zoom meetings. I have been completing every assignment that takes the most time, such as completing essays that would usually take me days and right before the deadline, but now I complete those assignments in a matter of time. At night, everything is so quiet and peaceful, and I turn up my speaker listening to LoFi or whatever that’s just calming. My mom usually sleeps and does her daily routine, but my brother, who is across from me, is yelling into his mic and video games with his friends online, and usually stays up at the same time as I do. Also, speaking of creativity, I was able to make perfect souffle pancakes! I didn’t think that I would find all the ingredients, but after roaming around the kitchen, I did. I had trouble finding the correct measurements and actually ended up doing some math. After having trouble separating the egg yolk and egg whites, I was finally able to separate them with my hands like in those experts in baking shows. I gently mixed the whipped egg whites and the other mixture together and folded them together. Then I placed a dollop of the batter into the buttered pan and waited for three minutes, constantly checking on them. Finally, I flipped them over, and once I saw the golden side of the pancake, I felt so accomplished. I topped them off with powdered sugar and frozen fruit on the side. They ended up tasting so light and heavenly, and my mom was surprised at the outcome. Furthermore, I also painted a video game character, and it honestly came out so well; I usually find painting as too messy and too much work, but it’s actually pretty calming and soothing once you get the hang of what you’re doing. That was pretty much the highlight of the day out of the other days, which was cleaning around the house and playing fetch with the dogs. I haven’t been up to date with the whole coronavirus news, but I have been listening to my friends talk about their experiences when they’re out and about. It seems frightening knowing how different everything has gone and how people have been acting so differently. Last week, my dad and my older brother arrived home after they got the weekend off, and they spent Easter with the whole family, but we all stayed inside and played Jenga, which brought the whole family together. However, when my dad was cooking outside on his grill, he came inside and told us that there were two helicopters roaming around, probably checking up to see if families were keeping their social distance. So, that just sums up my week, and I hope I’ll actually fix up my sleep schedule.

She is 16 years old, and currently is a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. Her long term goal is to become a veterinarian and earn her PhD in Veterinary Science.  She enjoys drawing, and playing video games in her free time.

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