Elfinstones…

Yesterday, when I went to the Sunshine Coast, my aunt Laurie took me to this rock shop called Elfinstones, and it was so cool. It had this huge quartz ball that was about a foot and a half in diameter. It would have been clear, but the inside had all these cracks that showed up white, and when you turned it to the light it reflected rainbow. There was this fossilized ammonite that had been cut in half and the chambers had grown quartz crystals. Laurie said that if there was something I wanted that was not to big and/or expensive, She would get it for me. I like things that I can use, wear, or fidget with, and not just look at, so I  was about to say that I couldn’t think of any thing, but then I saw that in the corner there was a large wooden bowl of magnetic balls, just bigger than marbles. You can tell when there is just something that you want. Something that you can feel that you just need to have, and let me tell you, you can sure fidget with these.

It is to bad that they do not have their own website, but you can check out their Facebook   page in the link above.

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Easter…

Yesterday I went to the Sunshine Coast for Easter. In the morning, when we got up, there were no eggs hidden. Later that morning, my dad parked my brother and I in front of a movie so that the ‘Easter Bunny’ could come and hide the eggs like usual.

My brother and I are very competitive when it comes to a lot of things, including easter egg hunts. My brother has this strategy planned out, where every time he sees an egg, he will run up and pounce on it. He usually gets more eggs, but when we go back in, it is like he doesn’t care any more. He will go around the house giving out eggs. I like to save all my eggs for as ling as I can, so I get to keep my eggs in my room. I love easter.

workshops…

On Wednesday, I got to help my mom teach a workshop on basketry. I have helped teach a lot of workshops, and I like them a lot. I do not make baskets for my own enjoyment because I find it boring, but I love teaching it. I love working people, especially kids, and I like the conversations that come up. At this workshop, I met a lady that went to the same school as I do when she was a kid, and there was a lady was left-handed like me. That always makes it easier to teach because I can work the way that I normally would. It is always a lot of fun.

That doesn’t mean that I want to be a teacher.

Cooper’s Hawk…

One day when I was biking home from taekwondo in the evening, I saw what looked like a pigeon. I came closer and took a look, and it turned out that it wasn’t a pigeon at all. It was a cooper’s hawk. I think that cooper’s hawks are probably my favourite kind of bird, besides kinglets, chickadees, red tailed hawks, and scarlet macaws. I was really sad when I found this one. It must have been quite a recent death, because he was still warm. In big cities like Vancouver, birds of prey are most often killed by cars, and by those black rat poison containers. Because it is not an instant poison, the rat or mouse will go in, eat the poisoned bait, and run back out. Later, when a bird of prey eats it, the poison will enter their blood stream, and act as a poison to the bird instead.

Nicaragua Project…

At school, I am doing a project on Nicaragua, and this Wednesday, I am going to do a presentation. Our teacher said that we can do anything to make our presentation interesting, and I am still not sure what to do, but I like the idea of Nicaraguan food. When it comes to presentations, everybody has their own amazing ideas, but I always feel confidant in my own.

Performing Arts…

I have always loved singing. Recently, I started taking private voice lessons with a lady name Jenny Andersen. It has been really fun, and she has taught me a lot about how to sustain my voice and things like that. Before I started private lessons, I sang in the grade 4-5 choir at my school, and I did not enjoy those nearly as much. It did not teach me anything because my teacher was so strict that you could not even ask a question without getting yelled at.

I have always loved acting and drama, and I have done a few productions with my class, but nothing outside of that really. I am still hoping to take classes, but probably not a fulltime kind of thing. It just doesn’t seem to work out that well.

Nicaragua…

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, and has a total area of 130,370 sq km  119,90 of which are land, and 10,380 of which are water. This rich climate has many divers species of flora and fauna, including the Plumed Basilisk, a bright green lizard with a large plume on its head that extended down it’s back; the Sea Turtle, who lays their eggs on the Nicaraguan beaches; and the Bull Shark, the only fresh water shark in the world. These sharks get their name because they head but their prey like bulls.

In recent decades, this country has had to deal with many disasters and wars. In the seventies, a massive earthquake hit Managua, killing many thousands of people. The damage can still be found today in the old cathedral of Managua. After the earthquake, a bloody civil war was raged between the Contras and the Sandinistas. In more recant years, Nicaragua was faced with many natural disasters such as drought and excessive rainfall. Current environment issues include deforestation, soil erosion, and water pollution.

Demo Team…

I take taekwondo at Sirota’s alchemy. I am on the Jr. Taekwondo Demo Team, and today we had our first ever performance with the Para Taekwondo Demo Team, and it went really well. In the past, we have performed at the Richmond Night Market, the Annual Taekwondo Tournament, and a couple more. The performance we did today was at the annual tournament. It was a lot of fun, because I love performing. It one of the thinks that has kept me at taekwondo for so long, and I plan to keep doing it for a long time.

Curry…

When I was in grade 5, we were studying India, and we decided to do some Indian cooking as part of the mix. Our teacher said she had a big surprise for us, and we could not think what it might be. And then she told us that she had set up a day when Meeru, from the restaurant Vij’s, was coming in to do Indian cooking with us. The next morning when we all arrived, there was a buzz of excitement. About twenty minutes after school started, Meeru arrived with some supplies, and we spent all morning making curry, which was really amazing, and for days after that, the classroom smelled like Indian food.