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I Can Drive!

Last week was our second spring break. I went to drivers’ ed Monday-Thursday from 8am-2pm. This was my first real experience in a classroom and I actually loved it. My mom has always said that I would do great in a public school if I needed to attend one for some reason, and after my experience I’m sure that I would. I know that drivers’ ed is different in some aspects from public school, but I think the general idea is the same.

We learned about tons of things. We learned about what the different fluids in the car do, the illegal per se law, how deductibles and premiums work, and how to get out of a skid. My teacher, Miss Veronica, was so hilarious. She made all kinds of jokes and she had an unlimited supply of old fashioned peppermints that we could get anytime. We also learned about her family history and the variety of times she had been hit by cars and in near-death situations.

On Thursday we took our written test. We had two hours to answer 200 questions. I finished in a little over an hour. I was torn in between feeling super confident and feeling super nervous. After lunch we got the results. I passed with a 91! I had the fifth highest score in the class of probably 25 students. I felt really proud of myself, especially because the learning was so different from what I was used to. I noticed that nobody else ever asked questions, and I asked a lot of them. I wonder if that had something to do with my schooling versus theirs or if it’s just a coincidence.

In the state of North Carolina you do thirty hours of classroom time and six hours of driving with an instructor before getting your permit. I thought I would need to wait a month before getting my first three hours of driving done, but I was able to do my first three hours on Monday (school started on Tuesday) and my last three hours after school on Tuesday. My instructor is named Paul. He is also very nice and very calm. He said I got an A+ after my first day. My second day I drove on I-485, which is the interstate highway that circles Uptown Charlotte.

Today before school my mom and I went to the DMV and I got my permit! I had to take a vision test, road sign test, and a 25 question test. You are allowed to get 5/25 wrong on the test, but I got every single one right so the test cut short once I reached 20 correct answers. I drove home from the DMV and I drove my mom and sister ( @animalfreak9 ) to school.

I’m so excited to be able to drive!

Also… I’m getting a snake! My mom said yes! I’m planning to get a western hognose this August or September. If you or someone you know has a hognose and has any tips, please let me know through the comments!

ALC NYC Peeps Visiting

This week a facilitator (@melody), two parents, and some students (@douglasawesome, @simoneboss, @serenagermany, @thewitchqueen908, @agilesaylor, @flamewheel) from ALC NYC visited Mosaic. Serena and Nahla stayed at my house. We had a really fun time playing Uno. Unfortunately, I was sick yesterday, so I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to hang out with them at school. Here are some things I did with the visitors:

  • Balderdash
  • Do You Really Know Me
  • Blokus
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Walk to Harris Teeter

Overall, I had a really fun time with our visitors, even if it was only 2 1/2 days (they got here Tuesday at 11;30ish).

Something else. I’m on a 51 day streak on Duolingo! I feel like my German has really improved recently with being able to conjugate verbs. Instead of being horrible, I’m now slightly okay. 😉

Bye!

Winthrop Eagles

This week, as you probably know, was the beginning of March Madness/March Mayhem/NCAA Tournament. In case you don’t know, this is a tournament between the top college men’s basketball teams in the country. There are 64 teams who play each other until there is a winner.

There is a college called Winthrop University out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. This year, Winthrop made it into the NCAA tournament for the the first time in (I believe) ten years! The reason this is exciting for me is because my family knows two of the players; Anders and Bjorn Broman, who are brothers. Because we know them, we get to go to a lot of Winthrop’s home games.

There was a Selection Sunday watch party at the Winthrop Coliseum my family went to. Winthrop was the number 13 seed and was going to play against the number 4 seed.

Thursday, March 16th the Winthrop Eagles played the Butler Bulldogs in Milwaukee. They unfortunately lost by 12 points, but it was still a really good game to watch. It wouldn’t have been such a sad loss if it wasn’t the last time I’ll see the seniors (Keon Johnson, Tevin Prescott, Josh Davenport, Hunter Sadlon, and Roderick Perkins) play.

I’ve decided to draw all of the Winthrop players and then get it autographed! I have drawn 14 of the 16 players on the team, including red-shirted players. Here’s my progress so far!

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The Curly Girl Method

Hi! I’ve mentioned the Curly Girl Method a few times on my blog, but not in much detail. I thought that I’d do just that.

The Curly Girl Method is for anyone who has wavy or curly hair. The basic idea is to only use conditioner, gel or mousse. No shampoo. I know, I know. No shampoo?! Trust me, my hair is very clean. Shampoo contains sulfates, which strip the hair of its natural oils. Some shampoo (and pretty much any other types of hair products) also contains silicone, which coat your hair in plastic, making it so that no moisture can get through to your hair. Ever. For your hair to be healthy, it needs moisture, and it can’t get that when it’s coated with plastic.

To start the Curly Girl Method (or CGM), you need to do a final wash. This is washing with a shampoo that has sulfates, but not silicone. You can also use diluted dish soap. The sulfates wash out the silicone so that you can start anew with non-plastic-y hair. Then, you add conditioner. The conditioner can’t contain sulfates or silicone.  It all depends on your hair with how much conditioner, which conditioner, if you leave some in or not, etc.

Personally, I leave in one HUGE handful of Suave Essentials conditioner. That’s right, I don’t wash it out. My hair loves moisture that much!

The next time you wash your hair, instead of shampoo or dish soap, just use your CG (Curly Girl Method Safe) conditioner to wash your hair. Put some on your dry scalp (and, if you want, dry hair) and scrub your scalp. Don’t use your nails, though. Scrub until you feel like your arms are falling off, then get into the shower. Scrub some more so that all of the conditioner is out of your hair and off of your scalp. Put some more conditioner in your hair and let it sit like you would with normal conditioner, and shower as normal. Once your shower is over, rinse all of the conditioner out while combing through your hair with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Now, add some more conditioner in your hair. It should feel like wet seaweed and your fingers should be able to go through it effortlessly. I suggest doing this with your head upside down; it’s easier on the arms. I then add another handful of conditioner and work it into my hair. This is too much for some people, and not enough for others, so you just have to figure out what’s best for you!

Once you’ve finished with that, put some gel in your hair. Remember, the gel can’t contain silicone or sulfates! I like to scrunch my gel in, but it’s up to you. You don’t need to use gel, but that works best for most people.

It’s normal for your hair to need to transition. For some people, their hair looks good right away. For others it takes up to 3 months. During the transition period the hair is usually limp, possibly greasy looking, and overall unappealing. But once you get past that stage, your hair will probably look so much better! I know mine did. Here are some pictures:

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My hair when I was little.
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Before the CGM. I wore my hair in a ponytail 24/7.

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This is after my first time doing the CGM. I didn’t know about the final wash, so I didn’t actually do one.
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Right after my first DevaCut. My hair was cut dry so that she could see how my hair naturally fell.
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My 13th Birthday! A couple weeks after my DevaCut.

 

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A few months after my first DevaCut.

Over time, my hair got curlier and curlier. Now, a year after my first DevaCut, my hair is pretty curly.

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My 14th birthday! This was yesterday 🙂 (March 1st, 2017)

If you have any questions about the Curly Girl Method, comment, and I’ll do my best to answer them!

I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

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My NaNoWriMo Project

This week I got a little bit behind on my Wings Sprint, so I’ve decided to blog about something else.

If you’ve been following my blog for around a year, you should know that every year I participate in a program called NaNoWriMo. That’s an abbreviation of National Novel Writing Monthy (Which is November). I have participated and won 2 times and plan to win this year as well.

The idea is that you write an entire novel in the month of November. For adults, the minimum word count to win is 50,000 words. As a kid, I can decide what my word goal is. In 2014 I won with 12,000 words and in 2015 I won with 14,000 words (maybe 15,000, I’m not positive about that). This year I want to write 18,000 words. Kids can change their goal up until the last week of November, though, so if I need to I can lower it to be more realistic for my schedule and what’s happening in my life.

This year I’m super excited about my plot! I was actually a bit too excited, though, and I’ve already started writing. I have a few thousand words. I’ll start a new document once November starts so that I can keep track of what I wrote solely in November. I don’t believe this is unfair as long as I don’t use my writing from the summer as part of my November writing.

I’d be interested in started a group on this site if anyone else was going to participate this year! I really suggest it enjoy it every year. The feeling of satisfaction when you’re done is awesome.

Message me if you are interested!

Last Blog of the School Year

This, as you probably read, is my last blog of the school year. I decided that I’m going to go back on my blogs, choose some of my favorite, and post a link to them here with a smaller description. That way I can more easily incorporate my entire 2015-16 school year into this one blog post.

Charlotte History Museum: September 18th, 2015

I remember that this was a whole lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to go back there, but we just haven’t made it happen. Hopefully we can go back next year.

 

The Hunger Games: October 7th, 2015

I was obsessed with this book series for a while. I would dream that I was in the Hunger Games, read it almost every day with Charlotte, and talk about it all of the time. It’s grown old for me now but I still enjoy the movies. #TeamGale

 

Bald Head Island: November 20th, 2015

This is one of my more random blogs. The Bald Head Island trip was actually a bit more disappointing than I made it sound. I said that the hike was still fun? It was actually pretty boring. The squid dissection was fun, though. I also wrote about the Amy Steinberg Performance! That was a big highlight of the year. We worked on it for 8 long weeks before we were ready to perform. We had a pretty big audience considering our small school. No disappointment there.

 

Urban Ministry: December 18th, 2015

This was a pretty fun trip. I never did end up going back there besides delivering deodorant one time. I would like to volunteer when I’m older, though.

 

Biztown Happened!: February 5th, 2016 (actually happened on January 21st)

I pretty much cover all of my feeling about this in my blog. For an update we still haven’t gone back, but I hope we can figure something out for next year.

 

Friendship Trays: February 12th, 2016

We did this for a few weeks afterwards! We didn’t start up again after Spring Break, but this is definitely something I would love to do again.

 

Drawing Portraits!: February 19th, 2016

This was a lot of fun. I never did finish drawing everyone on the team, or even a 5th player, but I might finish up someday.

 

My haircut!: February 26th, 2016

This isn’t really about school, but this was a big part of my year in general. I’m still as curly as ever 😉

 

Braces!: April 8th, 2016

This also doesn’t really have to do with school, but oh well. Yes, 2 months later and I STILL have braces. Shocker.

 

Natalie’s Farm Trip!: May 10th, 2016

This was SO much fun! I would really like to go back sometime. Maybe even for a weekend or something.

 

Writer’s Workshop Project: May 20th, 2016

Writer’s Workshop was such a big part of my year. It helped me improve with my writing and I’m getting better every day.

 

And last, but certainly not least…

Washington D.C. and Annapolis: May 30th, 2016

This was an amazing trip. I enjoyed this far more than any of my other trips with school! I can’t wait to go on a trip somewhere else next year. I didn’t finish this post, so here is the short version: We just happened to see the Blue Angels do formations, then we got stuck in terrible traffic for 2 hours on a 20 minute drive, then we ate food and left the next morning.

 

I had such an amazing school year and can’t wait for 2016-17 to start!

See you until August.

P.S. Today I got pedicures with Kristine and Melissa because why not.

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Braces!

I got braces on Wednesday! I thought I would write about how they put them on and how it felt like when they were doing it.

First of all, they brushed my teeth like they always do at appointments. With that electric brush and gross toothpaste that they try to make taste good. Along with not putting that spit-sucking tube in your mouth even close to often enough.

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Next, they put this massive plastic pink thing in my mouth. It poked me in two different places.Braces2

They painted a bunch of “soap” and sprayed a bunch of disgusting smelling/tasting air onto my upper and lower teeth, and my tounge. Finally, after spraying and cleaning and wiping off it was time to glue the brackets to my teeth! I’m not sure how they actually did it, but I think they put glue on my tooth, and then put a bracket on top with tweezers. This process took quite a while and I got super duper bored.

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When she finished with the brackets I went to the sink to rinse. I could feel them, but they didn’t hurt or feel bad. They just felt different. Before the brackets have O-Bands/the colors they look like this, and this is what I saw when I looked into the mirror.

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Then I went back and they took out my space maintainer that I have had for over (I think) 2 years. That looked like this:

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It really didn’t hurt like it did when I got my palate expander out, which looks like this:

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Now it was time to fit the bands around my teeth. This didn’t really hurt that much, but it was uncomfortable and it wasn’t very fun at all. Not that anything that day at the orthodontist was fun at all. The bands are pretty much just metal bands that fit around your molars pretty tightly to keep your wire in you mouth. They are the same things that kept my palate expander and space maintainer in. You can see them in the pictures on the molar teeth.

Putting the wire on poked a bit because what they do is the put the wire in little part of the brackets (not sure how this works) and then they can cut it after. But not before. So basically I had a big wire poking into the sides of my mouth while they were I guess kind of threading the wire through my brackets. Then they could trim it. The wire wasn’t that bad, though, because it’s pretty flimsy and obviously made to go into peoples’ mouths.

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This is what they look like without color. I can’t remember if it was before they put on the colors or after when they tightened the wire up or something. Let’s just say that next they let me choose which color I wanted. I was stuck between green and teal.Braces3braces1

I finally chose teal because I can choose another color when I go back in two months. Finally! My braces were all on and they didn’t feel too weird. This is what they looked like! braces11

 

And that’s the end!

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My haircut!

I know this really has almost nothing to do with school, but I don’t know what else to blog about. Therefore, I am blogging about my new hair.

It all started about a year ago, when my hair turned into a big, frizzy, static mess. Every time I brushed it. Everytime it dried after being in the shower. It looked something like this when it was pulled back: HairBack

But if I put it down it was like this: IMG_3064

Well, it’s sideways, but oh well.

If I took the hour to flat iron it or blow-dry it then:

Nov 12, 2014 10_17_42 AMBut it only lasted a day or two; and I was damaging it. Badly.

 

So my mom (not sure what her tag is) AKA Leigh Fransen got me a book called The Curly Girl Handbook. curlygirlhandbook

I started following the directions from the book, and my hair was actually curly all this time!

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I got a haircut on Wednesday with an official DevaCurl expert who only takes clients who

  1. Have curly hair
  2. Follow the Curly Girl Handbook

So she seem pretty perfect. I had my hair cut, and voila!

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The funny thing is? I’ve always LOVED curly hair and wished I had it! Well… I love it!

 

Goodbye.

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