I Just Discovered Classical Country Music, and I Think I’m In Love

 

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Not Our First Goat Rodeo, by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

A few weeks ago, I had the house to myself. And as one does, I asked Alexa to play classical music.

Background: I’ve been really into classical music lately. Since quarantine, I’ve been listening to SO much music – but the constant flow of lyrics was beginning to feel oppressive. It felt like sensory overload – I wanted to listen to music but sans words. Words were too much; they required too much brain power. I can’t be the only one who occasionally feels this way.

Anyways, back to the original story, on like the third or fourth song, Alexa played “Waltz Whitman” by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. The song can best be described as blue grass classic … I think? Honestly, I don’t know the official genre, but I love this song SO MUCH!

It’s just really good. When the song picks up tempo, my heart soars along with it. It reminds me of texting a crush – that rush of dopamine when they text you. It’s just really good! So good.

Also, this is the *perfect* study music. It’s upbeat to keep one from falling asleep and has no lyrics to not distract one. Okay, but have you been writing an essay and ended up writing down the lyrics of the song instead of your actual, you know, essay?!? Cuz, um, same. This is why I try to avoid music with lyrics when studying. 

I looked around some more, and Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, and Edgar Meyer actually made another album together.

Appalachia Waltz, by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor

I love these albums because it’s still beautiful instrumental music AND it isn’t reminiscent of the classical music I was conditioned to sleep from my years in daycare.

Sincerely,

Marie

What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Math Edition

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Here is the second installment in my series on test taking and prep strategies for the SAT. My parents paid an arm and a leg for SAT prep, so your parents won’t have to! 😉

General Test Taking Tips

Test questions are ordered from easiest to hardest.

The test is ordered from least missed questions to most often missed questions. For the grid-in problems the difficulty resets. So as you go on from the first grid-in problem to the last grid-in problem, the questions will get progressively more challenging.

You can either focus on doing as many easy problems as possible with reasonable assurance that you got them correct.

OR, you could focus on the hardest problems first then do the easy problems because the easy problems should take less time therefore you can put them off until later when you have less time, assuming that because they are easier, they should take you less time to solve.

When in doubt, skip it! Come back to it later.

Skip problems that take you more than 2 minutes to solve.

If you see a problem you know how to solve (but will take you a long time) or have a vague idea how to solve, skip it.

If you see a problem and you don’t immediately know how to solve it, skip it.

How to Save Time

The test answers choices are generally listed from least to greatest or vice versa. If you need to fill in a value, start with one of the middle values. Then you can go up or down if that answer choice doesn’t work.

Don’t show all of your work if you don’t need to. You won’t get partial credit for showing your work. If you can do it in your head quickly and accurately then do it and bubble in the answer immediately.

Know when it’s going to be faster to plug in the various options versus solving for the correct variable.

Getting Better and Avoiding Making the Same Mistakes

Identity areas where you are the weakest and categorize your weakness into the following categories

  1. Silly mistake (ex. simple addition error or mixing up values)
  2. Knowledge based: you didn’t know how to solve that problem
  3. Ran out of time

Avoiding Making Silly Mistakes

  1. If you’re making a lot of silly mistakes, SLOW DOWN.
    • This may seem counterintuitive, but you have to give you brain the time it needs to function properly. I’d recommend taking practice tests so you can get used to the stress of working under time constraints.
    • Also, double check your work if you have time.
      • Generally, I double check my answers before I go back to answer the really hard questions.
  2. If you missed the question because you didn’t understand it and/or know how to solve it, use Khan Academy to learn how to solve questions like that.

The Most Important Tip I Can Give You

All the questions on the test are weighted the exact same. One will not count for more or less than any other, so focus on the ones where you’re absolutely sure you can obtain the correct answer.

Equations to Master

You should be familiar with all the you learn in algebra 1 and 2. Some ones that you should definitely know are

  • Parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines
  • Point slope form
  • Equation of a circle
  • Quadratic formula

Skills To Master

  • Splitting the middle
  • Combing like terms
  • Factoring quadratics
  • Similar triangles
  • Expanding polynomials

Good luck with the SAT! Always remember that the College Board is THE devil.

Sincerely,

Marie

Currently Coveting No. 4

Having just announced my shopping ban, I felt a bit hypocritical writing this book and online window shopping. Ultimately, I came to this conclusion: this blog is my creative outlet and one of my creative hobbies is creating fun and pretty and outfits. Honestly, most of these outfits are so different from my usual uniform of jean shorts and a T-shirt – I like living vicariously through these Currently Coveting posts.

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Today, we have a navy gingham midi wrap dress from the Gap, strappy white sandals from Target, tassel earrings from The Tiny Tassel, a necklace from KJP, and an adorable hair scarf from H&M.

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Gingham Wrap Midi Dress

I hate midi dresses. I love wrap dresses. I’m not sure if I’d love or hate this dress. I do think this is would be the perfect introduction into midi dresses, as I tend to stick with mini dresses.

Strappy Sandals

I think I saw Kate from Lonestar Southern wear these. Honestly, I don’t really remember, but these sandals are adorable nonetheless! I could actually see myself wearing these with a nice little sundress in the summer.

Michele Watch

I was introduced to this brand by Dorothy from Prep in Your Step. I wouldn’t buy this $2,300 watch for myself, but it sure it pretty! Also, I’m not a big fan of metal watches – I definitely prefer leather watches.

Kate Spade Enamel Bracelet

I love a good enamel bracelet! So clean, so classic, so chic! You can’t go wrong.

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Me wearing enamel bracelets when I met Ayanna Pressley !!

Hair Scarf

I love hair scarves! Love. Love. Love. I think a cute scarf in your hair totally elevates your look. 50% of the time, you can find me with a scarf in my hair. Pro tip: you can use hair scarfs to tie up your hair (like a hair tie) when you run out of hair ties. 

Pearl Necklace

This necklace is actually really similar to a necklace my mom gave me that I wear almost every day. I love how simple and classic it is – I can literally wear it with anything. And I have!

Tassel Earrings

Generally, I am *against* tassels  in all their forms, but these are acceptable (and cute). These earrings are from Tiny Tassel. This is a Black owned company based out of Charleston, SC! We love to support Black owned businesses!

Sincerely,

Marie

Making Content to Consume Lists

A few days ago, I came across a massive post on Carly the Prepster’s Facebook Group. It was a list of small bloggers and micro-influencers. I clicked on every link with the intent to follow, read, or just check out all of the blogs listed.

I didn’t get to it that day, so when I opened my computer the next day – I HAD 30 TABS OPEN. Now, I’m the kind of person who gets super stressed out when I have too many tabs open. It’s just visually overwhelming and urgh! I’m just not a fan.

Then I had an idea! Eureka! (I’m like basically Pythagoras now!)

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Shout out to my friend Joaquin for sharing this meme with me!

 

Anyways, I made a content to consume list in Notion, my new replacement for Notes.

I started by making a new page within my one of my notebook in Notion aptly titled “Notebook”.

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Next, I created two separate pages within the content to consume page: instagrams and blogs. In hindsight, I probably should’ve just made two separate sections for instagrams and blogs on the same page. But if it’s not overly complicated, then did Marie really make it? I think not.

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Last, I just used bullet points to make my lists. I like to hyperlink the text. To do this, select the text you want to link, while the text is selected press command + K and voila! A box should appear and you can paste in the link and press enter.

 

Later, I combined the two lists onto one page to simply matters. Overall, like this layout much more.

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Happy list making! (But for real, how can list making not be happy?!?)

Sincerely,

Marie