Packing Up and Moving Out

I’m moving.  No I’m still living in my same house.  I’m moving urls.  This blog has been fantastic, but I feel like I need a clean start.  My Edublogs Supporter is about to expire and the new blogging challenge is beginning, so I figured that I might as well start fresh with a brand new blog.  Be sure to visit me a Jazzing Up Seventh Grade!

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Noah

My church is also the home of Noah’s Ark Childcare and Preschool.  This is where I went to preschool and pre-K.  But due to the economic downturn and some turbulence at our church, Noah’s Ark could use new books! With the help of my aunt, my mom and I are creating a fundraiser that anyone anywhere can participate in.  It’s as easy as ordering books!  That’s right: for every 10 books ordered through my Aunt’s online bookstore, she will donate a book to Noah’s Ark! How cool is that! If you are planning on buying books for yourself or gifts, buy them through my Aunt’s store using the promotion code Noah in the order comments section. Below is the bookmark we created to advertise this special fundraiser.

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Even January “Challenge”

I am SUPER busy right now but I want to find time to blog.  Therefore, I am challenging myself to blog on every even- numbered day in January, started today.  Basically, I will be blogging every other day.

I am typing this in our school’s auditeria after finishing my band final.  We have most of our finals before break, but music and specials have finals at the end of the semester.  I have taken piano for 8 years, so this final was easy for me.

The bells about to ring, so I must go.  Blog ya Thursday!

Finished My FPS Scenario/ Palindromes

I am super excited about my FPS Scenario this year.  I’m not sure if you recall, but I wrote a scenario last year.  I did fairly well in competition and I was happy with my story.  But this year, I am ecstatic!  I still need to revise, edit, and come up with a great title, but my first draft is awesome!  Once it is perfect, I’ll share the finished product with you!

This is a rather short post, but I would like to leave you with this cool info I found about palindromes and dates.  I don’t take credit for what is below.  It came from here.

Some people are into cars. Some people dig the ocean. Aziz Inan, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland in Oregon, loves numbers.

“I can relate to them,” Inan said. “Each number has its own personality.”

With this adoration in mind, consider today, Jan. 2, 2010. The day is a palindromic date, meaning the number can be read the same way in either direction: 01-02-2010.

There will be 12 palindromic days this century, Inan said, and today is the second. The first was 10-02-2001. (His complete list is here.)

A native of Istanbul, Inan creates math puzzles in his spare time. So it was a big day when he looked closely at his own name and saw a pattern. His first and last names are both vowel-consonant-vowel-same consonant — and, if you write the names in all caps, switch the vowels and turn one set of consonants 90 degrees, both names are the same.

“I jumped in my chair,” he said of the day two years ago when the connection hit him. “My parents had no idea.”

Despite Inan’s excitement about numbers, he dismisses the notion that mysticism and magic are connected to such dates.

He doesn’t, for example, fear Dec. 21, 2012, the date the Mayan “Long Count” calendar marks as the end of a 5,126-year era. Some folks think the date portends a revolution or an apocalypse.

Jan. 2, 2010, and Dec. 21, 2012, he said, just happen to be really cool dates.

Merry Christmas!

My friend Abby just reminded me that I didn’t do the Christmas Countdown this year. Sadly, I haven’t had the time! So here, on Christmas Eve, I give you an entire months worth of Christmas Countdowns.  With each day is a random word of a Christmas song.  See if you can guess the song before we get to one day!

25 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! all

24 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! way

23 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! fun

22 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! sleigh

21 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! a

20 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! the

19 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! snow

18 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! one

17 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! laughing

16 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! bright

15 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! ride

14 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! through

13 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! horse

12 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! oh

11 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! hey

10 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! o’er

9 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! ha ha ha

8 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! bobtails

7 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! spirits

6 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! it

5 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! is

4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! sing

3 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! and

2 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! bells

1 DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS! jingle

What was the song??? JINGLE BELLS!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Long time no blog

It has been a LONG time since I’ve blogged. I’ve been busy with school and finals and jazz band and piano and FPS and the holidays so I have become way behind on blogging.

I think that the most important thing that has happened since I last blogged would be finals. They are finally over and I am glad to announce that I am happy with all of my grades so far.

Right now, I am typing this on my netbook sitting at my kitchen island wearing new fuzzy holiday socks that I got from my friend. They are blue and white striped with a polar bear with a scarf, socks, a snowboard, a hat, and sunglasses. I love them!

Earlier, I was eating this HUGE jawbreaker sucker that I got from another one of my friends. It’s interesting because it has different layers of flavors that comes out to be this almost overwhelming fruit flavor.

My dad every year gets this HUGE (I’ve said that quite a bit, haven’t I?) box of Godiva chocolate from his boss and it is SO yummy! My favorites are the truffles. Mmmmmmm . . .

Hope your holiday season is festive!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Joyous Kwanzaa!

“Cartoon”

A Christmas Carol Free Writing

Spoiler Alert!

“Mankind was my business.  The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business.”

This is a quote spoken by Marley’s Ghost, during Scrooge’s first encounter with the spirit world.   Scrooge is telling Marley how he was a wonderful businessman and Marley spattered out this comment.   He is saying that though he was good at his “job” and succeeded, he had failed in the job of helping others, being kind, being helpful, and caring about others.  Had he chosen to do these things, he would not be in Scrooge’s home, telling him these things.  Instead, he had spent his time working and tricking people out of their money, while being cold and unkind to them.

So Marley’s Ghost came to Scrooge to remind him to be kind and helpful to others, or he will suffer the same fate as Marley.  Marley and Scrooge had been partners, yes, but they had been so alike in their personality and manners.  If Scrooge doesn’t learn to be kind to others, he will be forever lugging around the chain of his unkind, money- infested manners.

After this quote had been spoken, Marley went on to say that his “job” was no more than “a drop of water in the ocean of [his] business”.  Scrooge must learn to be more than an accountant, but a community member who makes stops on his way to and from work.  And so Marley sends three ghosts: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

TO BE CONTINUED . . .

Going to the Championship!

I am currently sitting in our room at the Executive Inn in Evansville waiting for my family to finish getting ready.  We are at the Veterans Invitational Tournament for my brother’s club soccer team.  We played twice yesterday, at 10:15am and 2:55pm.  We won both! We won the first game 2-1 and the second game 1-0.  Now, we are advancing to the tournament championship! We play this afternoon at 2:30pm.  I’ll let you know what happens!

“Soccer”: http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/departments/dwi/images/soccer.gif

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Story

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is about a boy who lives in a “utopia”, where everyone receives a job assignment at age 12.  Jonas, the boy, is given the assignment of Receiver, which is the job of holding all of the memories, good and bad, from the past.

My Thoughts

I surprisingly liked this book.  It was really easy and a little boring at first, but it had quite a few surprising elements to the story that I did not see coming.  It is one of my favorite books that we have read in school.

The Prompt Response

Our in- class assignment for today is to answer  one of four prompts about the book.  So, here follows my response.

Jonas has a different relationship with The Giver versus his family. With The Giver, Jonas is open and shares everything that he is thinking.  He feels comfortable around him.  Jonas feels alright with asking questions of The Giver and getting answers.  In contrast, Jonas is not very open with his family.  He is prohibited from dream- telling, and he has to hide countless things from his family.  He is not allowed to share the memories or information he receives from The Giver.  Whereas Jonas is open and trusting of The Giver, he is rather closed around his family.

“The Giver”: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/080702/books/the-giver_l.jpg

Happy Veterans Day!

Today is Veterans Day!

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate those who have fought in wars. We created wordles in class to celebrate and I wrote this poem for Social Studies.

veteransdaywordle

Versailles’s Treaty brought the first celebrations of this day
E
isenhower was the man to change the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day
T
wenty- four million, nine hundred thousand veterans are in the U.S.
E
veryone in America and some other countries celebrate this day
R
ed, white, and blue! It’s a national holiday
A
rmy, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard
N
ovember 11th at 11 a.m.

Service

Dead, alive, and still serving
A
rmistice Day was the original name
Y
ou can celebrate this day too!