Friday, March 31, 2017

Reflecting on SOLing

I have been really fortunate to be able to participate in the Slice Of Life Challenge this month. Having to write something every day has really made me aware of my writing. The first thing that SOLing has helped me with is being aware of my life. I have to come up with something to write about every day, and all of this is about my own life, so I have become more aware of what is happening in may day. Sometimes, I will have moments where I think "hey, this will make a great slice!", which is really great. The next thing that slicing has helped me with was my reflection skills. I have to be able to look back into a certain day, or just memorable things in my life and make a story about them. I also have become more aware of my writing style. I have found that I have more trouble putting personality in my writing and am much better at just writing down the facts.

I find it really incredible that the challenge spreads so far. It is so cool to be able to read about the lives of the people on the other side of the world. Also, I have learned things that I would never have thought about before. For instance, one of the teachers from Saudi Arabia posted their class's blog and talked about how they hadn't been able to post because there was a sand day. A sand day. I never realized that there was such a thing. but when you think about the concept, it makes perfect sense. I bet that the same is true in reverse, that they have never really though of snow days before.

And here is the final animal for the SOL challenge...




photo credit: doranyiro Uma via photopin (license)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bucket list

Sorry, you all are allowed to hate me, but I didn't continue my bucket list series like I said I would. So, I am today:

1. Visit Europe

2. Go skydiving/extreme bungee jumping

3. Spend at least a semester as an exchange student

4. Complete a marathon

5. Help to defeat world hunger and poverty

6. Jump off the top of Niagara Falls

7. Rescue dogs that have been abused and help them get better

8. Help the less fortunate

9. Win a Supreme Court case (this is a very big dream)

10. Become a respected and decorated lawyer at a major law firm

Instead of an animal picture, I have this video:

I am in no way endorsing Putin. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My break

My break has been very uneventful. This is entirely on purpose, as I have no desire to actually accomplish anything. To prove my point, this was my agenda for today:

7:45 - actually wake up

10:30 - re-wake up and actually get out of bed

10:40 - 12:00 - watch TV

12:00 - 12:10 - make lunch

12:10 - 3:00 - watch TV

3:00 - 3:10 - shower (finally)

3:15... - lounge, maybe go to dinner, do homework, write slice

Animal del dia:




photo credit: Ted's photos - For Me & You 2014 - San Diego Zoo - Even the King takes an Afternoon Nap via photopin (license)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The toy

Everyone has been writing dog related posts, so I decided to postpone my bucket list and write about my dog too.

My dog has this toy that he has had for years. It is blue and orange and he loves it.



We have trained him (sort of) to go and pick it up whenever we ask him "where is your toy?".


Also, he loves when we play tug* with him. Whenever I win, I toss the toy around and he tries to grab it.


*The growling isn't mean, it is just him playing. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anti-bucket list

So I am going to do a quick mini series. Today (or rather tonight) I am going to do my anti-bucket list, and tomorrow, I will do my bucket list. I know that I sort of did a bucket list already, for my birthday, but this one will be more extensive. So, without further ado, here is my anti-bucket list:

1. Eat worms

2. Meet Trump

3. Live in a post-apocalyptic world

4. Meet Putin

5. Be kidnapped

6. Slowly die in agonizing pain

7. Become unable to speak, but have my head full of thoughts that I can't express

8. Be on survivor, or some equally terrifying show

9. Become a reality TV star

10. Die alone, as a miserable cat lady with no friends.

I know this got depressing, and I am sorry, but here is an animal to cheer you up:



photo credit: Ted's photos - For Me & You 2016 - China - Chongqing - Chongqing Zoo - 4 of 8 via photopin (license)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Helping refugees

On Friday, Max's class (my class) went to Denver Health to help with a program that they have set up for refugees that are here for the first time. Basically, the families come into the clinic and the children get paired up with a volunteer. This volunteer leads them into a room, one for girls, one for boys, full of clothes. The children then get to pick out a bunch of clothes that fit them. There is a checklist that the volunteers follow to make sure that they have what they need.

On Friday, our class helped set up all of the clothes and shoes. Today, I went and helped the refugees.

I got to work with five kids. I didn't learn many of their names, but I know that one of the girls that I helped was sixteen and from Afghanistan. There were two other girls that I helped, one was about fourteen and the other one was six. The six year old refused to leave her mother, so I had to bring things out to her. I also got to help two little boys, one five years old and the other six or seven. The five year old was named Sit. All of the kids were from different places, but each spoke enough English that we could sort of communicate.

When I worked with the five year old boy, he found some of his friends also "shopping". They behaved exactly like my brother and his friends did when they were five or six. I find this interesting because it shows that even though there are many cultural differences, people are just people. It helps me relate to the people in these countries. In my mind, we are all similar people, just these people were dealt a more difficult hand in life.

It was an amazing experience to work with these kids, and it showed me just how privileged I really am. As you helped them find clothes, you could see the quite joy that they had, and when they got back to their parents, they were so excited and couldn't wait to show off their new stuff.

To sum that all up, this was an a amazing experience, and it was awesome to work with and help these kids. I think that events like these are really cool and there should be more of them.

Now, a quote:



photo credit: insbright Motivational Forgive and Forget Quotes via photopin (license)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

One Muffin

Occasionally, I will be super lazy but also want something sweetish for breakfast, so I found this recipe:

Sorry, the lighting in my house sucks. 

For those of you who can't read the recipe, this is what it says:

4 tbsp flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp milk
Pinch of baking soda
Fruit (blueberries, peaches, etc.)

Mix all ingredients, then microwave until ready, usually 2-3 minutes. 

It ends up looking something like this (I put it in a giant mug):

The stuff on top is powdered sugar. 

This kind of muffin is called a mug muffin. That means that it takes a short amount of time and is able to be made in a mug and cooked in the microwave. This kind of recipe is ideal for people like me who have limited cooking ability, but want something that tastes good. It is also great if you don't want to make a big batch of food, and would like to have only one for yourself. This is the original video that I got it from: 


Here is the animal of the day:

Just replace the salad with a muffin. 

photo credit: carterse 209/365 Funny via photopin (license)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women's March

At Logan, each student gets to choose a topic of study, called a unit, to work on for a while. The current one was started in March and will go to late May or early June. My topic is Political activism. There are teachers at the school whose jobs are to find trips and experiences for each student relating to their unit. These people are called Out Of Building Experiential Educators (OOBEEs). I recently went on a trip to meet with an organizer of the Denver Women's March. I thought that I would write about the experience.

The woman's name is Cheetah. She has a daughter and a son, the daughter being her inspiration to create the march. She started the event on Facebook late one night, and by the next morning, she already had a couple hundred people signed up for the event. From there, it just kept on growing. Within twenty four hours, she had a co-organizer to work with, and a small amount of fame. Then, Cheetah had to make the event into reality. She gained the necessary permits, and had to raise a lot of money in a little time. She ended up raising enough, and in just a few months. On the day of the march, about 40,000 people were expected to show up. But the numbers kept on growing. Every ten or twenty minutes, the number would go up by 10,000. It just kept on growing until there were almost 200,000 people present. Then, Cheetah and her co-organizers had to manage the event. They went around cleaning and checking all the medical stations, talking to people, making sure everything worked out. Sure enough, the event went off without a hitch. There were only three arrests, and two that were related. And the best part of the story? Cheetah is nobody special. She helps students with math at an elementary school. She is just a strong woman who went out and did something for herself and the people around her. 

Now, months later, Cheetah is still active in the community. She has a website (www.marchoncolorado.org) that shows people what they can do to be active. 

Now, a picture:

It's cold in Denver. 

photo credit: Tino Ellermann So cold via photopin (license)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Embarrassing song

When I was like eight, the song You Don't Know You're Beautiful by One Direction was very popular, so I made up a version of the chorus for my dog:

Nicki you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you lick my face gets me overwhelmed,
But when you lick the ground it ain't hard to tell, 
You don't know oh-oh!
You don't know you're so cute!
Ruff ruff ruff...

These are the real lyrics:

Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell,
You don't know oh-oh!
You don't know you're beautiful!


Don't judge my lack of songwriting skills, I was eight.

Here is a picture:

I had to hold a carrot above the phone to make him look at it. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Latin

I had already written the slice for the day when I saw the prompt: Lost in translation. Write about a time you misinterpreted something, either from another language or just took things the wrong way. I have Latin class on Tuesdays, and for this week, the homework was to translate part of a fairytale from Latin to English. The fairytale in question was Little Red Riding Hood.


Now, I will begin to tell you how freaking impossible it is to translate Latin to English. For instance, here is one of my sentences:


Lupus esuriens puellam edere cupivit neque asus est.  


This directly translates to: Wolf hungry girl eat wish truly intend to be.


Here is another:


Fer filia hunc cibum ad domum aviae tuae, timeo enim ne ea aegra sit.


This one translates to: for daughter this food to give granny your fear for not go sick exist.


There is no "the" and "a" in latin, making it even harder to translate. Also, the same word can be used in the same sentence with three different endings. This makes it much harder to find the smooth translation of the sentences. Here is a video that I found that explains this and the infuriating parts of Latin perfectly (it is relatively profane, watch at your own discretion):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI8UZubOJlo


Unfortunately, blogger wouldn't let me insert the video, probably because of the profanity, so I just have a link for you.

Here is my animal of the day, a monkey:






photo credit: AdrianoSetimo A Very Serious Guy #3 via photopin (license)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fooooood

So I was on this great website that appeared earlier on Paloma's blog:
https://fizzle.co/sparkline/81-blog-topic-ideas

Anyway, I found a prompt titled "healthy eating." And, being me, I decided that I would do a Gilmore Girls version, and made a typical dinner recipe:

1 large order of Chinese food (order everything remotely tasty off the menu, it will be good leftover).

Leftover Chinese food.

At least 1 pot of coffee.

Every candy imaginable. Some ideas include:
-Marshmallows
-Twizzlers
-All kinds of chocolate
-Pop tarts
-This could go on  for a while, so I will stop now.

Pie, lots of pie.

Popcorn.

Cheese of all kinds.

Biscotti.

I will stop here.

Also, a movie is necessary.

And an animal:

Cat food coma. 


photo credit: Kerri Lee Smith Escape via photopin (license)

Reflecting on SOLing

I have been really fortunate to be able to participate in the Slice Of Life Challenge this month. Having to write something every day has re...