Mary Poppins – #Awesome & Funny

Hi Peoples!

Sorry I haven’t written in a while, I have been very busy rehearsing for my end-of-the-year show with my dance company (and finishing school for the year).

As we speak, I am watching Mary Poppins. A great number in my dance show (not one of my numbers) was to Steppin’ Time, an iconic song from Mary Poppins. I felt like watching Mary Poppins since that dance reminded me of it; plus my Grandpa is visiting and he mentioned he wanted to see it too. I am enjoying the movie especially today; all of the songs and the magic and the dancing. But this is the first time I realized how pretentious Mary Poppins is in this movie. When she measures herself at the beginning the tape measure literally said “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way” she said that in such a knowing manner and it was just sooooooo funny!

My favorite song in the movie is A Spoon Full Of Sugar.  I just love the concept and the melody of the song. It gets completely stuck in my head all of the time but thank goodness, it is one of those songs that I don’t mind getting stuck in my head. Keep an eye out for my top ten list of worst songs to get stuck in your head; I think I’m definitely going to do that one next.

I also only just now realized that Mrs. Banks is as absent in her children’s lives as Mr. Banks is, (which of course is the reason that Mary Poppins arrives in the first place). Like when Bert finds the children after they run away from the bank and brings them home Mrs. Banks just leaves them with a stranger. She apparently thinks that  her suffragette meetings are more important than her children just as order is more important than quality of life and being with his family is to Mr. Banks. It does sound pretty outrageous when you write it down but they do finally come together at the end and for real, #bertisawesome.

Happy Summer everyone! Watch some old movies!!

Clio 😉

P.S. If you have not watched the movie Mary Poppins then you are deprived and must to watch it immediately.

 

 

Top Ten…

Here are my top ten favorite things about the end of the school year:

  1. Lots of field trips; My class is going to the beach and going swimming. There’s nothing in the world wrong with that.
  2. Fun class projects; Like in science we are doing electricity and I touched this metal ball and my hair went flying out in all directions. It’s pretty cool, and I feel like a lot of the fun stuff happens at the end of the year…
  3. Planning the summer with friends; sleepovers, hangout sessions, summer camps etc. Fun. Stuff.
  4. Finding fun things and projects to do during the summer like; camping, rafting, pool, beach, sleeping in, berry picking, etc. So. Many. Things.
  5. Getting warmer outside… Going from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is a HUGE deal in New England. And every rainy day kind of feels like the end of the world.
  6. Having free classes on the last day of school; not having to do work during class. School without the work is basically a giant playdate. I kind of feel sorry for the teachers.
  7. Everyone is happier. This might be scientifically proven. And really, we made it to the end of the year, why wouldn’t we be happy?!
  8. End of the year concerts; for music and chorus and any other programs we might be involved with. The concerts are cool.
  9. Less daily homework and generally more big projects (#YES!!!)
  10. Finally turning in all of the school projects; this in my book is very satisfying.

I have a lot of fun in the last month or so in school, please comment and tell me your favorite end of school activities!

Clio 😉

 

Service Palooza!

Hi Peoples,

So a couple days ago was Service Palooza! For those of you who don’t know what Service Palooza is, it is the day that my entire school goes out and does service projects for the community. Like my team walked around the local college and picked up trash on campus. It was super fun! This may not sound like a  lot of fun but digging water bottle caps out of the ground and searching the ground for leftover beads (most likely from a summer camp) is actually really fun! The other grades and teams did different projects, like painting the elementary school’s playground, cleaning buses or even planting new plants in front of the school.

This is one of my favorite days all year besides the first, last day and field day.  I mean what’s better than helping out the people in your community and making the town look nicer for all of us?! Plus the  weather was perfect. Who could ask for more than that?!One of the best parts though…when we stopped for lunch, I had a cannoli! #YUM! 😀 After lunch we were divided up into teams of four and we had a competition to see who could pick up the most trash. My team won!

We headed back to the school and because it wasn’t time to go home quite yet, we watched a movie afterwards. Then when the movie was over we went outside and made a video for the 4th graders coming to the school next year to help make them feel more comfortable. Then we got popsicles, which were also very yummy! 😀

Clio 😉

 

Smarter Balance Uuuugggghhhh!

Hi Peoples,

For anyone who has not taken a smarter balance test… IT COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY STINKS!!!!!! And for anyone who has taken it and actually likes it, then I suggest you do not read any further because I will be complaining about the test and saying why it is totally horrible and should not be required for any students.

Smarter Balance… The one four part test that students AND teachers dread. Even my brother’s teachers say that it is horrible and often a waste of time. Maybe it would be better if they spread it out more but it seemed to take forever and I missed a lot of classes because of it. I had to take the second part of the math test the other day and it was so unbelievably stressful. I didn’t even finish! The wording was really confusing, plus I was the last one working on it which made me feel bad since I don’t like it when people go out of their way for me. Like all of the kids had to stay quiet while I was still testing. I felt slightly embarrassed which of course is never fun and made the test even worse for me.  Has anyone else felt like that, ever? Please comment if you  have.

I don’t even get why we even have to do it. It doesn’t go on our record, it doesn’t prepare you for tests like the SAT’s because we don’t get to study for it. I understand we need to learn to think critically and on our feet, but that is pretty hard when you don’t understand what they want from you. All they are for are for the school statistics and I don’t really see how they benefit the kids at all. It is only for them to see how we are doing but we don’t even get the results until part way through next school year, so I’m not clear as to how it helps us. Is that even worth it, to spend two weeks of school time on it? All it does is make tweens stress out, and I can’t even imagine the elementary scholars! Just why do we have to do it! That is my question… WHY!?!? I am seriously considering writing a persuasive letter to the board of directors about this one day but right now, I’m just glad I got through it. This is just my opinion of course, but it sure is nice to have a place to vent!

Clio 😉

P.S. If you have to take these tests, you CAN ask your parents to opt you out but that’s up to them…

Braces…

Hi Peoples,

This one will be short…

New Fact: I have braces.  All of the photos you have seen of me without braces thus far are inaccurate, I do have braces. Those photos were from before I had them, or before seven weeks ago. They definitely hurt for the first week but after that they were ok. It was not fun to  have metal bumps scraping against my lips and cheeks. Just so you know, the wax does not stay on, so it is better to just be tough and work through the pain.

Braces are not a huge deal anymore to tweens (at least not the ones I know); just about all tweens (except for those lucky few) get braces. They are uncomfortable and it really kind of sucks not to chew gum or eat popcorn but they’re not something we get made fun of for or anything. Note to parents: Don’t feel anxious about the whole social thing and braces, no one really cares anymore except of course…you…because we know how expensive they are. And yes, I swear we will thank you for them later.

So I recently got my braces adjusted and had new wires put in. One of the upsides of having braces is that you get to choose different colored bands for your braces every time you get your braces adjusted. This is one thing tweens ARE interested in and I try to match my band colors to different events I have coming up. This time I got white bands and they look really cool. I picked these ones to match all the costumes for a dance show I have coming up. That is very important. 😉 Oh yes, and for a first meal with braces, I had a baked potato and milk it was yummy but even that hurt to eat. I suggest LOTS of yogurt and jello in the first couple of weeks.

Clio 😉

P.S. Younger siblings get bored at the orthodontist. I recommend leaving them at home if possible….

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My little brother NOT having fun

 

 

NOM NOM NOM!

Hi Peoples,

I LOVE to bake! I feel that baking gives me a happy safe place. I would rather sleep in the kitchen than in my own room. I am calm and focused and comfortable when I bake, and I like that feeling.  A new thing to be learned about me…I do not like having nothing to do. I always need to be doing something (just ask my mom), so when I am bored I like to bake. It keeps both my mind and hands busy, plus its such a great feeling of accomplishment when it comes out right. My signature bake is a pineapple upside-down cake. #YUM! I love to make this recipe. I’ve made it for B-days, my teachers, and also just for my family to nibble on. The original recipe I use is from Sally’s Baking Addiction, I suggest you check out her website for more delicious recipes. I’m a big fan.

Here is the recipe:

Topping

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • sliced pineapple (6-8 canned slices or use fresh)
  • 15-20 maraschino cherries

Cake

  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) sifted all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar  (I use dark brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature preferred
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt (I use strawberry yogurt) 
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk3
  • 1/4 (60ml) cup pineapple juice (reserved from the canned pineapple or use fresh) (I use a mix of cherry and pineapple juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract (sometimes I add a little extra)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius

Prep the topping in your baking dish, place the pineapple slices and cherries in your own pattern then set the dish aside.

Mix all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix well (it is ok if there are a few lumps in the batter).

Pour the batter into your dish and level. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and invert cake on stand or plate.

Feel free to use the alternative ingredients I have next to the recipe! It’s super easy and wicked YUMMY!!

Enjoy!

Clio 😉

 

World Of Wearableart = WOW!

Hi Peoples,

Today a friend of mine took me to the Peabody Essex Museum to see the WOW exhibit. WOW stands for World Of Wearableart, which is exactly what it was. The original competition is in New Zealand and it gives people with all skills and trades a chance to create fashion that seems like it was taken straight off of the wall and put on a body. The exhibit is there until June 11th so I suggest you go and take a look. (and take your kids! They will LOVE it, esp. the tweens.)

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Me and my friend Courtney in front of “American Dream.”

If you need another reason or two to go (I don’t see why you would but here they are anyways), there are plenty of other cool exhibits and any kids under the age of 16 are free! The outfits were  AMAZING! Every one of them were completely original and unique. The different materials that were used are insane. There was: wood, metal, plaster, plastic and even taxidermy (AKA: Gross and sad…there were taxidermy porcupines and birds! And yes, tweens care about animals…If any tweens are in that exhibit steer them away from the taxidermy bras because ew.) I think tweens would really like this exhibit because we haven’t completely gotten to the point yet where we care too much about fitting in. Well yeah, we do care about looking cool and nice, but we don’t care about what others think that much…yet. Back to the point, all of these styles are unique and they would definitely be liked by tweens, especially girls into art and fashion.

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The WINNER of WOW – “Lady of the Wood.”
One of my favorite outfits was the wooden ball gown, be sure to check that out. It had such a cool look; it looked like fabric draping but you could still tell that it was wood. I think that the designer designed and created this dress really well and it looked exactly like a 17th century ball gown should. It kind of reminded me of Pinocchio’s daughter Cedar Wood, in Ever After High (which I’ve slightly outgrown…I think…but loved it.) Seriously, there is so much at PEM and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the museum next time!

 

Make sure to check out the hyperlinks I hid in today’s blog to the PEM (I just learned how to add them)!

Clio 😉