Yesterday morning, my mom and I got up bright and early in the cool, 62 degrees morning to finally plant our plants that had been sitting in those Lowe’s plastic bags for the past two weeks. Thank goodness they didn’t die! We have an assortment of green, red, and orange bell peppers, aloe vera plants, dill, cilantro, basil, lots of pink and purple and orange flowers, strawberries, tomatoes, red hot chile peppers that I picked out myself because nobody else wanted them, and chamomile that I planted from seeds. It was so fun and relaxing. Too bad I didn’t have a tree to plant for Earth Day, but I think I did good enough!
Who knew aloe vera plants spread like wildfire?! We started out with one and now we have about 8!
These were planted in a special strawberry pot with holes in the sides of it. But the first time I picked up the pot, full of dirt, by the holes, the top broke off from the bottom! Lesson learned.
You can make your own tea out of this!
The destination for most our flowers and other pretty plants.
Happy Friday! Another night sitting around my house. Doing nothing in particular.
Let’s do some catching up!
Daylight Savings time has dawned upon us. Woo! A whole ‘nother hour of daylight? More bike & park time, hanging out with my buddies, etc. I’ve been waiting for this all cold, wet, dark winter long! I didn’t do much this week though, because I’m sick but this weekend will be re – lax – ing!
I’ll be brother-free until Sunday since he’s on a camping trip for the weekend. Tomorrow I will be participating in a 5k I know nothing about and that my mom just told me about an hour ago. It starts at 7:30. In the morning. I might write about it.
Today was the last day of the 3rd quarter in the school year. 45 more school days! I can already feel the tears as I was crying last night about it. Leaving the best 3 years of my life especially since my 4 best best ever friends are all going to different schools. Their not even going to school with each other. I really hope we can stay connected.
We’re not going to get our report cards until April 2nd. After Spring Break which is the week before! It’s probably going to be too cold to go swimming at the beach. Aaaw, man!
I’m reading 3 books, now. Summerland, The Help, and Unwind, which I just started today. Summerland is really thick. It’s like you have digest the pages. The Help is hilarious, of course. Unwind is going to be great because it’s by Neal Shusterman and is already on-the-edge-of-your-seat-on-the-hammock-until-it-breaks thrilling.
Yup. I broke the hammock in the front yard. Just by sitting on it.
Right now I’m chilling out with my new jam, The Heist by Macklemore. You’ve probably heard the song, Thrift Shop, right? People won’t stop singing it at my school. That, Can’t Hold Us, and Same Love are my favorites.
Yay! Today everyone in my school’s county took the FCAT Writing Test. I love how they always make the Writing Test the first one you have to take in the FCAT series. To me, it’s always the hardest, most stressful and difficult test you have to take all year. It was especially stressful this year beacause the grade I get on this year’s test is what determines whether I have Advanced or Remedial English classes next year. I would hate hate hate to have double-block anything in high school because I wouldn’t even know what electives I’d be kicked out of like Jazz Band or Spanish, which I really want to take.
I think I actually did really good this year though. Mainly because the topic was exactly thesame as last year’s, which I thought was quite odd. The prompt was you had to convince a famous person to come visit your city. It had to be a persuasive essay, which I’m pretty good with. The planning only took, like, 10 minutes to do and then I had an easy-breezy 50 minutes to write the most perfect essay of all time! But, I, of course, still finished right on the dot with only literally 2 minutes to spare. Just enough to check over everything. I think I made a 4.5 or a 5 (the highest is a 6).
The absolute best part of the test, though, was not having to go to History or Band class because the test was during the first 2 periods of school!
Ugh! Winter break is not turning out the way I thought it would. It’s way too cold and humid in Florida. All this week and last it has either been raining or too cold and windy to do anything. I even tried to go to the park yesterday. But by the time I got there my fingers were so numb I thought they would fall off!
I did go to New Orleans last Friday just for one night and guess what? It was the same there, too! Except it was worse in New Orleans because my parents couldn’t agree on where to go.
It was still super fun just wandering around, looking at things and places and people. :Especially Uptown. Oooh! It’s sooo lovely and beautiful and nice there! I would love to live in one of those big houses when I grow up.
Maybe for the next couple of days the weather will magically get better before I go back for the (drum roll, please)…
Second half of the school year!
I’m going to be taking a few holiday breaks from blogging. Like, I just got back from my big Thanksgiving Break and soon I’ll be going on a Christmas Break. Just to let yous know.
While we’re on the subject, Happy (late) Thanksgiving! My holiday was nothing spactacular, but it was still fun! Unlike the rest of the country who had a week off of school, I had Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off along with the weekend. Boy, have I been looking forward to that! It was lovely not having to get up and just being able to enjoy this nice weather and go to a park and not worry about if I’m going to get my homework done!
During the day, all everybody was doing was cooking and preparing for the feast that awaited us. Also, me and my brother decorated with hand and feet turkeys. I’m sure everyone’s seen a hand turkey, but feet ones are pretty weird looking.
For Thanksgiving dinner, we had three times as much stuffing as we thought would come out, potatoes my brother made all by himself, canned cranberry sauce, my mother’s coleslaw with an entire jar of mayonnaise (60 servings? More like 10!), my secret recipe candied sweet potatoes with a super-sweet sauce, and a big, fat scrumptious turkey that had spent the night brining so it would be nice and juicy and plump the next day.
Yesterday, I did the Walk For Breast Cancer. It wasn’t exactly a 5k, but then again I’m not sure how long it was. It was really fun. The weather just started really cooling off this week-60 degrees when I left the house! I even think it started to get colder as the day went by. But, I was totally warm because over 12,000 people showed up to do the Walk! That’s not even counting the unregistered people like me! It might have been around 15,000 people there by the time it started. We were all in a ginormous gaggle in the Mall parking lot, that’s where the walk started, and you could feel everyone’s body heat as though it were a mile long blanket. There were so many people around me and my mom and brother, we could hardly even move at first. Just shuffling our feet like old people. After a couple of minutes, it started to thin out and we could stretch out our legs.
Everybody was wearing pink because, you know, pink is the Breast Cancer colour. I had on neon pink triangle earrings, crazy pink watermelon flavored lip gloss a pink v-neck shirt, pink Adidas shorty-shorts, two different pink bracelets that say Breast Cancer on them, a pink knit jacket, and some mostly grey but have a pink Nike sign on them sneakers. I was the Pink Masquerader! We even got my hesitant brother to wear a pink sweatshirt. The coolest part was that the route the walk was on was in the shape of the ribbon so from the sky you could see this big, moving pink ribbon. I wonder if they ever took any pictures of it or even if they planned it that way!
We finished the walk not at the beginning or the end, we were right kind of in the middle of it. I didn’t time it, but I think it took about 45 minutes to do the Walk. I seriously can not believe I forgot my camera, again. It’s not even funny this time. I’m going to have to strap it to my arm next time or something! My next walking excursion will be, I think, a Christmas Parade Marathon, but, for one, I’m not sure if the parade people are even doing that this year and two, I might even find something a little closer to now because Christmas is sooo far away!
Yesterday, I participated in my first 5k! It was so active and physical! It was for the American Heart Association, one of my favorite foundations ever because of all the good they do. The Heart Walk 5k was located at the University of West Florida, which has a huge campus and is just perfect for walking around. When I got there, there were a few hundred people, if not a thousand, all ready to get to the finish line first. It wasn’t technically a “race”, but it still felt like one to some people like me. But, for the walkers like my mom, though, they were probably thinking about what it would have been like to sleep in. The walk started at 8:30, so that was totally normal for me to be up and about by then, but my mom almost chickened out since she thought it was too early. That was until I forced her from her bed and into the kitchen for some verycoffee to wake her up. The walk itself was free but, people were encouraged to make donations so, me and my mom made one for $25.
I can not believe how perfect the weather was for this. All this past week, the temperature has been in the 80’s but, it was like the sky knew there was going to be a walk so it got down into the low 70’s. Love-ly! Also, there was a 0% chance of rain so it was nice and sunny, too. The walk was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I didn’t even get tired or sweaty or anything! It was like a walk in the park! We finished the race kind of near the end, but not too bad. We really started sprinting at the end though because if we hadn’t then the end result would have been quite sad…no offense to the turtles.
When everybody was done with the end of the race, they had little booths set up where like, you could sign up to be a volunteer for other events and buy T-shirts. I going to think about being a volunteer because it sounds like it could be really fun and something for the community. There was also a booth where people were handing out Subway sandwiches so to finish off our race, me and my mom had a picnic and we got to say hi to some of our friends who were also doing the Walk. It was a really fun experience.
Next time there’s a race, I’m going to be running the whole time and I’m going to be one of the first people at the end of it. Also, I’m going to try to join a team of some sort because 90% of the people in the 5k had these team t-shirts on and I think it sounds cool. I’m thinking of starting my own team for my middle school and I bet I could get a few people to join it. The next walk I’m doing is the 27th and that one’s for Breast Cancer. I can’t wait for that!
Uuuugh! Hurricane Isaac knocked out my power again all earlier this week! I just got it back on yesterday. Now, I shall finally talk some about school.
Well, since I only had two days of school this week, this post should be easy. I’m going to kind of summarize Thursday and Friday together.
History: All of the eighth graders get a chance to go to Washington D. C. over Spring Break! I don’t know that much about it, but since it’s such a gigantic deal, Mr. Horne decided to start talking about it this week. We got a little packet of information (which I haven’t read yet) and there’s supposed to be a parent meeting about it on the 11th.
Band: We got our first piece of music!!! It’s Dynamite by Taio Cruz and since most people know what this sounds like already, it sounds completely awesome!!!! Aaaaaand…….I’m 1st Clarinet now! Woo!!
Science: Boring. We had one of those pre-FCAT tests.
Chorus: We’ve just been doing little warm-up things ever since school started. Yesterday, though, we watched some of The Music Man because we had been singing Good Night, Ladies that day.
Lunch: Not much. I ate a sandwich.
Algebra: Algebra is so awesome! Math has always been such an easy subject for me and I must say, it’s still easy! Maybe even easier than last years’ 7th grade math! I was really kind of worried when they said I would be taking a high school class. I thought I would end up bombing it and ruining my overall grade-point-average. But, so far, it’s good!
Math Gaming: Not much. We still have this subsitute, Mr. Baldwin, that we’ve had since the first day of school. I just recently found out he was a sub, though. The real teachers name is Mrs. Egly…Can’t wait to see what she looks like!
Langugage Arts: We started a daily class read, where the teacher gets up and reads a little bit of a book every day. Right now, we’re reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio. It is really fascinating!
I still sit in the same spot on the bus as I have ever since 6th grade, right next to Tabitha and Mr. Rudolph the bus driver. And, they still have very weird conversations.
Last night, when my brother was at Boy Scouts, me and my dad went fishing off of this pier near our Downtown area. We had two fishing poles and a type of net that you drop off into the ocean and then when you pull it up you have a chance of catching something.
The first time we used the net, it didn’t have any bait on it. While we were waiting to bring up the net, we used our fishing poles and then realized it would be near impossible to catch anything because we were using the wrong kind of bait, (Eels instead of shrimp!). After we put the poles away, we brought up the net for the first time. Nothing.
My dad had brought little pieces of chicken to tie onto the net so we tried that. We lugged up the net and caught a little soft shell crab, which are everywhere in Florida. We picked it up in the net and dropped it back into the water.
We did it one more time to see if we could catch a fish. Instead, we pulled up the biggest crab I’d ever seen! We got it out of the net and let it scurry around the pier for some time, snapping it’s claws at us when we wagged our fingers in its’ face. Finally when we decided to set it free, we tried to get the crab into the net, but it would not get in it! Scared that the crab might get run over by the cars driving down the pier, my dad picked it up in his index and thumb finger. Just as he was walking to the ledge, it bit him! (By “bit” I mean pinched him with its’ claws, we just call it a bite.) This caused my dad to slam the crab on the ground out of reflex. Afterwards, I think the crab was kind of stunned since he was still alive and moving, but he was much more eager to get in the water again. Now, my dad has a huge chunk of his thumb missing,
My mother switched her days off to Thursday and Friday instead of Saturday and Sunday, this means that today we got to do a ton of stuff! To start off our day, me, my mom, and my brother took a walk all over the place in my neighborhood. So far we got to play at two different parks and go into the Civic Center, I think it is, and those places are all kind of far away from each other. We were out for two hours straight! I was surprised by how cool it was outside this morning, 83 degrees or something like that. Also, all I was running on that morning was a giant glass of orange juice so when I got home I was starving!
The next part of our day was finding out where to go out and eat, after taking good showers first, of course we had been sweating like pigs all morning. We decided to go to Denny’s again, but this time a different location. We usually go to the really busy one down by where the interstate gets off, but this time we went to a much quieter one. Personally, I didn’t like it. At the other Denny’s all of the people that work there know us because we’re such regulars and are extremely chatty and nice. The people working here looked and acted like they all hated their jobs and it was sending terrible vibes out to the customers, I could just feel it. Also, the food didn’t taste too good, either. In fact I could barely stomach my eggs, they tasted like plastic, but I was so hungry from the walk I just scarfed it down. Another thing was my brother said his pancakes tasted like onions and, from restaurant working experience, my mom knew what that meant. They probably didn’t clean off the surfaces where they cooked the pancakes before putting them on there. Finally, I found the restaurant really quiet, like too quiet. I felt like I was in a library.
Third, to burn off all that Denny’s, we went bowling! Our location was DeLuna Lanes. It’s not nearly as popular as Oops Alley, which makes it really cool because we’re usually the only people there with maybe one or two other groups. It’s alot cheaper, too. $2 a game! I don’t know how they stay in business! I got into last place in the first game with, like, 24 points. Then in the next game I came in second with 64 points. I could have done a ton better, but, did I mention we were playing without the gutter rails?
Afterwards, we went to Publix to do some shopping. It was the Publix that didn’t have free samples but had crazy low prices, so it was good. We got things like milk, Quaker Chewy Bars, cat food, banaynays, Cheerios, and some meat for a pot roast tonight. Not that exciting, but I did learn something, one of my buddies’ mom works there and I said hi to her.
Later on, we might go out for a bike ride, but, it looks like it’s going to rain, so we’ll probably stay inside.
At around 11:00 a.m., my mom and I went out to start our awesome 3-day Memorial Day weekend, well, 3-day for me because I don’t have school on Monday, but she still has to go to work. Neither of us had had breakfast yet because my mom spent 5 hours gardening (she thinks she’s finally done!), so we made plans to go out and get lunch and hang out at the beach.
For our lunch spot, we traveled to Peg Leg Pete’s. We decided to sit inside for the first time ever, and it was good, but I think that I’m going to want to sit outside next time. Our waiter was an Asian guy named Jimmy and I’m pretty sure he lives in my neighborhood because he kept staring at me like he was trying to recognize me, too. He only gave us, like, 30 seconds to look at our menus. Because of the short time span, I ended up ordering a Cajun Burger with “special Cajun seasoning” even though me and my mom knew that was just the Tony’s Creole Seasoning that we use at home all the time. When I got my food and took a bite of it, there was something weird going on. I looked at it and there were these really odorous green slug-looking things on my burger. I asked my mom what they were, she said pickled green peppers.
I don’t think I’m getting that again.
After that, we headed out to the beach around noon. It was at least 90 degrees outside! As we were walking to the beach this crazy, super weird looking lady came up to us and just started talking to us. My mom and I tried as hard as possible to ignore her and then she just left and started talking to some other people. The first thing we did after we set down our stuff, was jump into the ocean. We stayed in for like, 2 hours. Then we got out and took naps on the beach. When we got up, both of us had the awesomest tans ever!!
That concludes my Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Band: Now there are only three third row clarinets in my band class, ever since two of them got promoted to a bass and a contra alto clarinet. Today was our 2nd pass-off of the year, Crystal Moon. I had to play from measure 13 to 21. I passed with flying colors!
Language Arts: We read more of our new book, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. This might be one of the most miserable books I’ve ever read. First her mother dies and they get into this freak accident. It’s absolutely terrible! I have no idea why my teacher picked this book. Hopefully it has some resolve in the end.
Science: My class did an experiment with cacti and African Violets. We were comparing root systems and how they are adapted to the two plants’ environments.
Chorus: I learned what the emergency was about. Yesterday when I came into class Mrs. Horne said there was some sort of emergency concerning Mr. Horne and everyone was in a panic. Soon she was running out of the classroom and we ended up having Mrs. Domulot as our substitute teacher. Today I heard from a few people that he had a crazy nose bleed and had to go to the emergency room at the hospital. So for our sub today we had this guy with slick black hair.
Geography: We finished (well, most people finshed) our project today where you had to invent your own country. Mine was called Fruit Island and the capital city was named Kiwi.
Over the next ten days I will be writing a lot.
Wow, I haven’t written a new post in ages! Here’s what’s been happening for the first few days back from Spring Break:
Band: (1st) I’m going to start taking my practice sheets seriously for the last quarter of the school year!…Maybe. (2nd) We got 2 new pieces of music-Looney Tunes aaaaaaaaaand… the RAINBOW CONNECTION!!!!!
Language Arts: We are finally at my favorite part of Mrs. Lee’s class; poetry. I just love reading poems, writing them, everything about them is totally awesome! To kick off the poetry season my class is reading Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. So far, it’s pretty cool, but, I heard that it gets kinda weird at some point in the story, so, I don’t know about it.
Science: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!!!!! First, my science textbook gets stolen from the classroom over Spring Break and then when I find it today, it turns out that it’s been completely BLACK. SHARPIED. ALL OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not even sure how I’m going to use it for the rest of the year because it’s all on the inside pages. Second, it’s good old fashioned Science Fair time. Yay. (I’ll, at best, get a big fat 50%-of-your-grade D)
Mrs. Galloway’s: We have to do a research project. It has to be at least 4 pages long. It’s pretty boring.
Math: Woo! Our class doesn’t have to use the CFC (Criteria For Credit) format on our Accelerated Math anymore! Now, it’s going to be about 10,000 times faster!
Chorus: We got our dresses…(I’ll tell you tommorrow…)
Geography: Same old, same old. Mr. May’s gotten nicer, again.
I still need to sell these Girl Scout cookies before my mom eats them all. $3.50 a box! Anyone?
Shortly after Girl Scouts, I went home with Vivian for the day. She was expecting Tabitha to come over at 3:30 for a sleepover. I would have stayed for the sleepover, but I already had plans for Sunday. From 2-3:30 she and I cleaned her house, which was alot more fun than I thought it would be, and screamed along to the music playing on the radio.
After we picked up Tabitha, we headed straight for the Cordova Mall. This is the itenerary of what we did, but I’m not sure if it’s in order:
1) We went to the awkwardest store in the whole mall, Hot Topic, to get our friend, Sasha, who is the awkwardest person I’ve ever met.
2) In Bed, Bath & Beyond we got kicked out because we were rolling on the floor laughing and playing really loud hide n’ seek in the curtain department.
3) The only reason we didn’t get kicked out of the World Market was because I actually purchased something before I realized that Sasha and Tabitha and Vivian were practically yelling across the store.
4) We all had Chinese food. I learned that Tabitha doesn’t like sushi. Also, we had ginormous pretzles.
5) At the Puppy Shop we were comparing the animals to people at our school.
6) In Bath & Body Works, Sasha was singing “I Am Not A W****” by LMFAO. She also did this in the parking lot for like 15 minutes straight.
That was pretty much it for my Saturday.