Gabi’s Marvelous Magnetic Bookmarks

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At my school this year we are having a Young Entrepreneur Fair! I have decided to make and sell magnetic bookmarks! Magnetic bookmarks mark your page by clipping onto the paper and sticking together. I have finished my prototype, and we have just started our money plans, but we also get to create surveys to get feedback from people around our school! I’d really appreciate if you would take the time to answer a few questions to help me out. Thank you!

Good Movies, Bad Movies

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Pretty much everyone has watched that really sucky movie that was a total waste of your time. Everyone has watched that movie that was absolutely AMAZING and you’ve watched it over ten times. I’m going to name some movies that made me leap around the room they were so incredible, and some movies that were a major ‘meh’.

  1. Highlander. Highlander is about these special people who are immortal. An immortal person can only be killed by another immortal person. They try to kill each other, and try to be the last immortal. If you are the last immortal, then you get a grand prize. The movie focuses on one everlasting guy. My Dad was an 80’s dude, and still is. We only listen to 80’s music in the car, and he is always showing us movies that he watched from that era. My Dad was so excited to show us Highlander, and he told the story when he was a kid, his sister showed him this movie, and he freaked out and watched it over and over again. I had my hopes up, and I knew that Highlander was going to be boss. But it wasn’t. It sucked. If you’ve seen Highlander, loved it, and you’re yelling at your screen in anger right now while reading this, I’m sorry you’re upset. But when the movie was over, I said, “That’s it? That was boring.” I do not recommend this movie, but if you want to use the precious time you have on planet earth to see it, do whatever the heck you want.

Highlander Trailer

2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Okay, if you got the impression that I don’t like 80’s stuff, you’re wrong. The 80’s are great. Just not Highlander. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was just plain awesome. It’s what it sounds like. It’s about Robin Hood. He is a criminal, but escapes from this place where they cut your hands off(the movie takes place in medieval times, so that explains it all). He finds these forest people and they fight, but Robin eventually joins them. The Sheriff of Nottingham hates Robin for a reason I forget(I haven’t watched the movie since forever, and our copy of it is caput). The Sheriff captured some of the forest people and is about to hang them, and there’s this big, epicly awesome battle, plot twists, a little romance, basically everything you’d want in an action/adventure movie. I’d totally recommend this movie, and you should go watch it because it leaves you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Plus Alan Rickman is in it. (R.I.P.)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Trailer

3. Sing. Now I know what you’re thinking. Most people thought Sing was a fantastic movie! I did too! But it wasn’t. In my opinion. If you’ve forgotten what Sing is, or just haven’t seen it yet, let me sum it up for you. It’s an animation about an animal city, and a koala who owns a theatre that has had really bad reviews and shows. So he decides to have a singing talent show with a grand prize to bring a more positive vibe to the theatre. He chooses a bunch of different animals, runs through a few problems, and does the talent show. Sounds like a fairly decent movie, right? Well, I thought there were too many issues in the plot. When it seemed like the movie was over, a new problem came up, and another half an hour went by as the characters tried to solve it. The big plot idea had problems, and each character themselves had their own problems. Some parts of the movie were alright. There were funny moments, but all in all it was a bad movie for me. I personally wouldn’t recommend this movie, but like I said before, if you want to use the precious time you have left on earth watching this movie, go for it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Sing Trailer

4. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Back to the 80’s. More like way back in time for the characters in this movie. It’s about these two teenagers, Bill and Ted, who are totally into Van Halen. They want to be musicians just like him. They do really bad in school. There’s a history project that they have to get done, and get a good grade on, and if they don’t get a good grade, Ted’s dad is going to send Ted away to military school. A magical telephone box pops up, and it can send them anywhere in time. To the future, or to the past. This movie is totally excellent, laugh out loud, and fascinating all at the same time. I’d recommend it more than any other movies in this post. All I can say is, ‘Party on, dudes!’

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Trailer

Thanks for reading this post! I hope you got some helpful movie criticism today! Do you have a favourite movie? Do you have a non-favourite?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

My Non-Bucket List

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Life is short. You’ve probably heard that a million times. It’s getting kind of cheesy, and it’s a bit of a cliche. But it’s 100 percent true, besides the fact that humans can live for 100 years, which is quite a long time. So life may not be too short. But for 100 percent of my life, I want to do what I want to do, and have fun doing it. Some things in life make you cringe, laugh, cry, scream, yell, smile, and in life you have to make some pretty devastating choices. But having things like books, movies, family, friends, can help you get through tough times. Lets face it: Humans are not 100 percent flawless. We all have challenges, triumphs, embarrassments. We can’t change that. In 100 years, humans have developed new technology, new concepts, new discoveries, and new failures. New goals. So instead of sharing my goals, I’m going to share my non-goals, if that’s a thing. What do I never hope to do before I die? Okay, Here we go…

  1. I hope I never have to witness anything violent. Right now, our world has been having mass shootings, and I see reports on the news about murders and stabbings, assaults. It’s unbelievable that some kids witness violence in their own house! That can effect their learning and their brain. People get traumatized, and too scared to even leave their bed during the day in fear of something bad happening. Our world is better than this, and I hope neither me, or anyone else has to witness anything violent. I know this a big non-goal, and it’s probably not possible, because these things happen every day, but I want at least for it to not happen as often, or for witnesses of these things to know that they are not alone, and it will get better.
  2. I hope I never have to wait in a lineup for an hour or more. I mean, waiting is fine. But not for an hour. What would I even be waiting for? Driving in a car, waiting to get to your destination is a whole different story. But waiting in a line? No, no, nope. First of all, you have to stand. Second, the people around you are usually very loud, so you can’t read while waiting, and if you go on your phone it makes you look bad(In my opinion, I don’t really know why). You are stuck when you’re in a long lineup. So I hope I never have to wait in an hour long lineup. Oh, and waiting in the ferry line? THE worst. I could go on and on about ferry line ups, but I’m assuming you’re just nodding your head and saying ‘yeah yeah, get on with it.’ So lets continue to the next non-goal…
  3. I hope I never drink spoiled milk. First thing you should know about me before I continue my lecture, is that I only drink almond milk. My sister is lactose intolerant, so we don’t have any cows milk in the house. I’m fine, I can drink cows milk, but personally I think it tastes weird. Because I’m so used to almond milk. BUT, almond milk can go bad. So I hope I never drink bad/spoiled milk. Would it taste weird? Gross? I don’t want to find out…
  4. I hope I never get lost in the woods. When I’m by myself. If I got lost with someone else, I’d be fine, but being alone is just freaky. Meaning I would start freaking out. I remember in grade 5 a guy came in and taught us how to build a lean-to shelter in the woods. Would I have to make one of those? Just wondering what would happen and if I’d stay in the forest overnight gives me the heebie jeebies.
  5. I hope I never get stuck in elevator. I can’t see what’s going on outside of the elevator, I don’t know if people are trying to help me, and I don’t know how long I’ll be stuck in there. Plus elevators are boring. Unless I’m in a glass elevator. I could look out and secretly spy on people. Or I could be scared to death because the glass box I’m sitting in could explode any minute. Well, if the glass elevator is overlooking the city then I could smash the walls and climb out, but that puts me at risk of dying. I think I’d just wait.

Thank you so much for reading this post! Do you have any non-goals? What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator, or lost in the woods?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

Death in Space: Death by Alien

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Lately in class we have been working on sentence structure and word choice. We found this video called ‘Death in Space’, which is exactly what it sounds like. I chose the first one to write a paragraph about, and today I’m going to share it with you.

Eaten by an Alien

As I bounced from foot to foot along a new, rocky, grey planet, I studied the randomly sized craters, taking notes in my head. N.A.S.A. was going to be so proud of me when I got back from this mission, because I discovered a whole new planet! Excitedly, I thought of cool names for this strange world. The weird sized craters were what really caught my attention. I wondered if the planet got lots of meteorites and powerful explosions.

Suddenly, I noticed a strange and out of place thing up ahead. It was curved out of a crater, which was cracked and misshapen. The thing was dark grey, covered in silver goo, and had little lines all over it that looked like wrinkles or sly smiles. Was it a space-tree? Or a cactus without spikes?

As I approached, I slowly reached out my hand to touch it. I poked it. Swiftly, immediately, the thing burst to life. It had no eyes, no nose, no ears, but I wish it didn’t have a mouth.

As quickly as an angry rattlesnake, it flashed its crammed mouth full of pointed sharp teeth, and devoured me down in one obnoxious bite. For a moment I could almost feel my blood trickling down the alien’s throat, until everything went black, and I was in so much pain and torture that I couldn’t even take my final breath.

Where I Live

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Canada is a very diverse country! We have mountains, rivers, forests, fields, arctic, the list could go on forever! I am very grateful to live in Canada, but I truly wouldn’t want to live in any other town in this country than the incredible Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. My city has three main ‘towns’. The Village of Cumberland, The City of Courtenay, and the Town of Comox. There’s also smaller cities that branch off of Cumberland and Courtenay, like Fanny Bay, Union Bay, Royston, Black Creek and Merville. All of these places make up the Comox Valley! We’re about the fifth largest city on the island.

If you and your family were ever to come visit the Comox Valley (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), here are a few of my favourite places you should check out:

The track! If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’d know that I love track and field. My family has been involved in track for a very long time, so I’ve been hanging out there since I was about two or three! Our track is not exactly in the best shape. The equipment shed is super small and has a leak in the roof(once there was even a person sleeping outside on top of the shed), and the long jump board is splintered and has a pit of water underneath it, so when you jump on it water squirts out. Our bleachers are really old, and once someone tried to burn them down. Our hammer cage it rusty and bent awkwardly(hopefully from my amazing throwing that went wrong and flew into the fence). But I think all those things make the Comox Valley track, our track.

The beach at Seal Bay, from the Seal Bay Nature Park site.

Seal Bay Park is an amazing place to go for a walk. Some of the trails are open to horseback riding and biking, too. The forest spreads out to different places, so you can find trails all over the valley that are with Seal Bay Park. One of the trails leads down to a really stunning beach! Most of the trails are loops, and you can take hikes for different lengths. My Mom and I love to go running and walking there. Once we even saw an owl perching in a tree!

Miracle Beach, from the Miracle Beach site.

Camping at Miracle Beach is one of my favourite things to do in the summer. We usually go with our cousins, so it’s even more fun. Camping is always really exciting because you get to leave your house, sleep outside in a tent, roast marshmallows, and play games! Miracle Beach is especially fantastic since there’s a beautiful beach just a short walk away, where you could play in the water and sand all day. Each of the campgrounds has a fire pit and a picnic table, and there’s also a really great playground near the toilets (okay, the location isn’t ‘really great’). There’s also a small nature house, which is basically a museum for nature! I have so many wonderful memories from there, like when a squirrel took one of our Doritos and faked its own death, when we created the ultimate s’mores combo, or when my cousin and I freaked out and swam away as fast as we could from a red jellyfish. Miracle Beach is basically all fun in my mind, and I’d definitely be there all summer if I could!

Thanks for reading this post! The Comox Valley has tons more places that I love, but I had to go with these three. Do you have places similar to my list in your town? What are some of your favourite places to be?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

Harris Burdick Mysteries: Missing in Venice

After being scared half to death by the school principal,(for reasons I’d rather not say), I never thought I’d experience anything as spooky, frightening, or confusing as what I’m about to tell you.

Heading home from yet another day of school, I was crossing the old, crumbling stone bridge that connected one set of aged, beige and stone houses to the next. It curved over the small canal in town. The loud whistle of another big vessel docking at the harbour rang in my ears, blocking out any other sound for a quick second.

Somewhere, a horrid scream sounded, echoing down the canal, freezing me on the bridge. Crack. Suddenly, a tall building toppled over. The nose of a massive ship slowly veered around the corner. A boat was in the canal. I spun around and dashed off the bridge, darting through small alleys with damp walls, and around large buildings covered in ivy. Scrambling, I swiftly climbed up the side of a chunky cobble building, which had solid grey stones sticking out randomly, perfect for foot holds.

I pulled myself up and stood on the roof of the building, gasping for breath. Suddenly, I had to dive for cover, for the ship had slammed into the towering structure beside me. The top of the house tumbled over, the bricks like skydivers somersaulting off a plane. Pulling myself out of shock, I spontaneously leaped into the air and crash-landed onto the front deck of the boat, because I had to stop the ship from ruining more homes.

Gingerly rolling over, I forced myself to my feet and rushed into the small, under-cover room where the big steering wheel was. Swerving around the corner, I yelled, “What are you doing?!” But there was no one there.

What are Four Different uses of a Christmas Tree?

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Could you use a Christmas tree for anything else but a Christmas tree?

Hi everyone!

I’m going to share with you four different ways to use a Christmas tree. It’s weird to think of using a Christmas tree for anything else but a Christmas tree, since a Christmas tree is called a Christmas tree. But here are some ideas.

  1. You could use a Christmas tree as firewood for your fireplace during Christmastime. Keeping warm during the holidays is very important, so why not use your beautiful tree as your main or backup supply!
  2. You could use a Christmas tree as a supply of air fresheners for your car. If you have a tree that smells really nice, like pine or fir, maybe. Every time your car smells disgusting and you don’t want to go out and buy a regular freshener, you could just grab a pair of scissors, march out to your backyard, and snip off a clump to use in your car.
  3. You could use a Christmas tree as just a plain simple decoration in your back or front yard. Trees make things look very simple, and provide great shade in the summer if they grow a lot.
  4. You could also use a Christmas tree as a main prop at a party. You could set up one of those pools in your yard, and people take turns balancing on a log on the water trying to knock their opponents off. The log could be your beloved Christmas tree, in which you had good times with last Christmas.
  5. Lastly, you could use a Christmas tree as a house for your pet squirrel that you adopted. You could set up the tree in your kitchen and have your new squirrel climb all over it as it’s new home.

Well, that’s four things you could do with a Christmas tree! Do you have any ideas? What would you do with your Christmas tree?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

Throw, Throw, Throw!

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Hi everyone!

I bet lots of you have heard, or even tried some of the events in track and field, or athletics. Every year at my school, grades four to seven go to the local track and have a whole day of track and field fun, with friendly competition against two other schools.

I’m  part of the real track club, which isn’t part of school, and my Dad is the president of the club! My Dad is one of the top javelin throwers for his age in the world, and his all time personal best is 72.72. (seventy two meters, seventy two centimeters)

He is fifty years old, and this past track season broke the Canadian record for his age group. He competes in all the throws, and I’m nagging on him to try a 100 meter or a 200 meter sprint this up coming season.

As for me, javelin isn’t my best. My best is about 17 meters. But I’m getting better! But right now I’m focusing more on another throwing skill. Hammer! This past summer I went to a junior development (JD) championship on the mainland, and I threw a huge personal best (PB) in hammer, and got a first place medal, so I was ‘provincial champion’ in hammer!

I threw 23 meters, as a standing throw, and if you read my post about Anita Wlodarczyk, at the top of the post there’s a video that has a link to youtube where you can watch her world record throw. In the video, when Anita throws, she turns. I just stood, swung it around, and let go. It looks a lot more impressive when she does it.

I’m working on my turns, and my goal for hammer is to keep pace with my older sister. She is 14 right now. She threw 31 meters in hammer this past track season. Next season she’ll be fifteen. I am twelve right now. Next track season I’ll be 13. So If she threw 31 meters when she was fourteen, then I need to throw over that mark when I’m 13.

Basically my whole family throws! My Mom used to do track, and she did sprints and javelin, you now know my sister, my Dad, and I all throw, and my grandma throws in all the events and she’s eighty!

Here are all the throwing events:

Discus, like throwing a heavy metal dinner plate, where it rolls off you fingers and flies into the air.

Shot put, like a cannonball that you push out into the air.

Javelin, like throwing sticks really far.

Plus hammer, like a shot put on the end of a wire with a handle that you swing around your head and release.

Have you tried track and field before? What’s your favourite event?

Thanks for reading!

Gabi

 

 

Bananas!

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Hello world!

Today I’m going to tell you about bananas! Personally, I love bananas, and I usually have one before I go to bed if I’m still hungry. I heard that they help make you sleepy! Well, today I’m going to test that theory. I’ve been doing some research, and here are 20 facts about this amazing fruit.

  • There are about five different species of bananas. The Cavendish banana, the plantain banana, the Saba banana, the Musa acuminata, and the Musa balbisiana banana.
  • In Mecca California, there is a Banana Club Museum.
  • Potassium, magnesium, fiber, protein, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 all reside in a banana peel.
  • If you rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for a few minutes every night, for a couple of weeks, it can naturally whiten your teeth.
  • Mashed banana with a tablespoon of heavy cream and honey makes a great conditioner that helps get rid of dry, and damaged hair.
  • To help cure a headache, rubbing a banana peel on your forehead helps.
  • A way to polish leather shoes is to rub the inside of a banana peel on the shoe.
  • Songs have been written about bananas more often than other fruits.
  • In India, a man once ate 81 bananas in half an hour.
  • Technically, bananas are actually berries.
  • A cluster of bananas are called a hand.
  • A single banana is called a finger.
  • The banana split was invented in 1904 by David Evans Strickler.
  • You can eat a banana peel if it’s cooked.
  • According to research, bananas can help lower the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and even some kinds of cancer.
  • The banana species Gros Michel went extinct in 1965 due to a fungal disease called Panama.
  • Bananas are at risk of going extinct, due to another Panama disease. If it infects one variety, it can infect all of them.
  • Bananas actually help boost your cheerfulness, and can elevate your mood, due to tryptophan, which is an amino acid that converts to serotonin, which boosts your cheerfulness when you have lots in your brain.
  • There are actually over 1000 kinds of banana plants in the world today, but most are disgusting.
  • Since bananas have high contents of potassium and magnesium, which naturally relax muscles, bananas do help you sleep! 🙂

There you are! 20 facts about bananas! As it turns out, they do help you sleep! I hope you all enjoyed and learned something from this post!

Do you know any fun facts about fruit? What is your favourite fruit?

Happy blogging!

Gabi

 

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Anita Wlodarczyk: Hammer Hero

 

“I still throw with this glove. I still have memories of her. It was 16 years ago that she won in Sydney and I’m very happy that I continued this tradition.”

That was what Anita Wlodarczyk said after she threw the woman’s hammer world record while wearing her friend’s hammer glove. Her friend, Kamila Skolimowska, was a fellow Polish Olympic hammer thrower like Anita, and died in 2009 due to a pulmonary embolism. Anita Wlodarczyk is a 30 year old track and field Olympic athlete in hammer throw. She is from Poland, a country in Europe, and is the first woman ever to throw over 80 meters. She holds the woman’s world record for hammer (82.98 meters), and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is also a successful learner.

Anita Wlodarczyk is industrious. She works so hard to achieve her goals in hammer, and trains to push her abilities to be a better athlete. She focuses on hammer, putting her time and effort into challenging herself, and making herself better. She perseveres through difficult situations. She gets advice and help when she needs it.

She is enthusiastic. She keeps a positive attitude with herself, her coach, and her competitors at track meets. She is excited when she gets a good throw, and is excited to work towards a good throw. She is confident and takes on new challenges. Anita loves hammer, and puts a good effort into doing her best.

Lastly, she is also strategic. She plans to go out and train, and informs the people she needs to coach her, so she can have support and advice. Anita is organized, and knows what she needs to do or work on, while still taking on new challenges. She listens to directions and follows instructions, and knows what’s good for her so she can make good decisions to help her throwing.

Overall, Anita Wlodarczyk has all of the successful learner trait qualities, in some way or another, and we can follow her example in our everyday lives. Trying your best, not just in sports, but at your house, your school or work, and in your community, you can put your best effort in everything you do. Being positive and confident in yourself makes a difference in your attitude, and rubs off on others too. Having a plan, not being afraid to ask for help, and challenging yourself can all help you become a better person and learner.