Seventh Grade Reflection

As my seventh grade year comes to a close, I would like to remember how this year shaped me, and the life lessons that I learned. So here’s a blog post on just that.

On the fist day of school, I walked into my classes expecting them to be just like last year; easy. I was wrong. The lessons were on things that I hadn’t heard of before, and there was a ton of homework. I was getting more eighties than nineties, and more seventies than one hundreds. I needed a change.

By winter break, I had brought most of my classes up to A’s and had learned many valuable lessons along the way. For on thing, I learned how to budget my time better, and take more thoughtful (and legible!) notes. I also started truly paying attention during class instead of half-listening, half-daydreaming. I believe that these three things are what helped me survive this year.

As the year went on, I was spending a lot less time on homework, but still getting better grades on it. I also got all of my classes up to an A! (for a few days until one of them dropped down to an 89). Nowadays I am focusing during class and managing my time excellently. And that’s how I survived the seventh grade.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Warning, this blog post is a spoiler. I would recommend to anyone that you wait to see the movie before reading this post.

Last weekend I went to the movie theater to go see Captain America: The Winter soldier, and I really enjoyed watching it.
In the movie Captain America was working for an organization called Shield, which was slowly becoming corrupted. Soon when the leader of Shield is assassinated and replaced with a shady character, Captain America decides to go rogue to stop Shield from launching A.I. (artificial intelligence) drones into the sky. Following Captain Americas disappearance, Shield sends the Captains best friend (who was thought to be dead) after him as an assassin. Right before Captain America is about to stop the drone launch, the assassin catches up with him. After a huge fight he realizes that his friend had been lost his memory, and reminds him of who he is. Finally they work together to shutdown the drone program.

That movie was my favorite movie that I had seen in a long time. Reading my description of it probably wasn’t the same experience as watching it in person. But nevertheless I hope that you will/did enjoy watching as much as I did.

“Happy Dog” Poem

“I’m a happy dog at the beach
If I had the power of speech
I would tell you all
To throw my ball
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
There are no new tricks you can teach
I’m bouncy and glad
And my tail wags like mad
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
My joy is always in reach
Whatever the talk
It’s the best place to walk
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
As I hear the seagulls screech
I chase and I bark
Long into the dark
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
And I don’t want to start to preach
But if you ask me
The best thing to see
Is a happy dog at the beach”

By, Flying Lemming

I really enjoyed reading this poem because, it focuses on the pure joy of a dog. It also shows how dogs can easily become carefree without a concern in the world. This poem shows all of these things in the perspective of a dog on the beach.





Challenge Weeks four and five: Media and a Memory

When I was little I can remember spending countless hours playing with my Legos. My favorite type of Lego sets were the Lego Star Wars sets. I remember building them piece by piece until it was time to go to bed.
Whenever I had finished building one of my Y-Wing Fighters, or Jungle Speeders, I would bring out all of my other Legos and have a huge battle between them. I remember spending the whole day on a ‘special rescue mission’ and then the next on a ‘surprise attack’. At the end of the day when I put them away, I remember each one having its own spot on the shelf and how the had to be put up exactly like that.
As I got older I played with them less and less. They started collecting dust as I became interested in other things like sports, and video games. Now they are just a memory that I visit every time I look back at that shelf. These Lego sets were a part of my life, and I will never forget them.

Image credit: morgueFile

Challenge Week Three: My Favorite Apps

Apps are part of our everyday life, they help us do many things quicker than we would have been able to without them. Today I am going to tell you five of my favorite apps. Some of them are actually beneficiary, and some of them are just for entertainment. But either way apps have changed our lives, for the better: or for worse?

1. The first app that I am going to tell you about today is iTunes. This app is my favorite, because iTunes has millions of songs, videos, and podcasts that you can download wirelessly onto your device. Although you do have to be 18 years or older to make an account (Which you need in order to buy the music.), a parent can make one for the whole family so everyone can enjoy iTunes.

2. This second app is called Netflix, which I use it on my T.V., even though it is available for mobile devices. Netflix is a very cool app, that allows its users to stream thousands of movies/ series into your home. For example, let’s say one of your friends was telling you about a movie that he just saw (on D.V.D.), and you want to see it too. So you go home, do your homework(?), and get onto Netflix. After a few minutes, bam there you are watching the very same movie that your friend was talking about. Netflix does require a subscription(which you have to be 18 years or older to do), and it costs $15 a month. But I definitely think that it is worth it.

3. App number three is a handy app called pages. Pages is a versatile app that features countless tools and formats to help its users write a document, essay, contract, or flyer. I myself have composed many school papers on pages, and it has never let me down. Pages does not require a certain age or subscription, it does however cost $4.99. The choice is yours if you want to buy this app, but for me it’s a no brainier.

4. The fourth app is a fun and silly game called Surgery Simulator. In this app you are a clumsy surgeon who just got his medical license to preform surgeries on anyone whose name is Bob. The more surgeries you complete successfully, the wider variety of surgeries you unlock. Surgery Simulator does have an age restriction of 12 years and older, but you can play without a subscription. This game also cost a steep price of $5.99 which causes many buyers to turn away, but I assure you it is worth it.

5. Finally my fifth favorite app is Instagram. Instagram is an app that lets you share pictures with your friends instantly. The way that you see pictures that your friends post is that you follow them. Instagram is an app that requires a subscription and has an age restriction of 12 years and older, but it is free. Anyways if I were you I would definitely get this app.

So those my top five favorite apps. What are yours?

Lost Creek

A nice big open fairway, standing right in front of me. I empty my mind of everything else. I step up to the ball… and swing. It’s times like these that make the Lost Creek golf course is my favorite place in Austin.

No matter what happened that day, or what’s going to happen tomorrow. I can always go to the golf course and just forget about all of it. The way that I do that is I think to myself, now is the time that I can relax and focus on something else. I can always go back to what I was doing, but right now I am golfing.

Another reason why the Lost Creek golf course is my favorite place in Austin, is because it is extremely close to my house. So that I can usually get there in just a few minutes. That makes it really convenient to go there because I know that I can get back to what I was doing almost right after I finish playing.

In the end, those are the two reasons why the Lost Creek golf course is my favorite place in Austin: because it is a convenient place where I can have fun playing a sport that I like and relax.

The Nightmare

Darkness, only darkness.

Eyes starting to adjust; you now see alone figure on an island of shards. He stands, hunched over an old organ. You see him frantically scribbling notes on torn up pieces of paper.

He turns toward you and stares. Getting up from the organ, he rapidly makes his way down the island, narrowly avoiding countless shards of obsidian. He reaches a wooden rowboat at the base of the island and crawls in it. The rowboat creaks loudly under his added weight. And he rows, slowly but steadily coming right towards you!

He is covering the distance surprisingly fast, soon you are able to make out the words written on the hull.

The Phantom

That name reminds you of vague feelings of dread, fight and pity(?). It also carries a hint of mistrust.

The rowboat is now so close that you can see a lone figures face. But alas, a mask hides it (So the world can never find him?).

The rowboat has now beached on the cold hard obsidian shore. He abandons the rowboat, and walks towards you. He stops just a few feet away from you.

You try to look away,

you can’t.

Shaken, you try to turn around,

nothing happens.

You wrench at your feet, begging them to move,

they don’t.

Finally, he utters a single word,






July 16, 2532

I stumbled through the door and fell down onto the non-flammable carpet, I was dehydrated. “He needs water right away.” Everything started to swirl as the lack of fluids and prolonged heat exposure got to me. I felt a cool rush of water enter my mouth.

I had tried to prepare for the night; it didn’t work. The heat oozed in through the floorboards and sapped all of the water out anything in its path. My potted plants didn’t even last an hour without wilting. I quickly retreated to the kitchen, jumped into my tiny refrigerator and slammed the door behind me.

This is an update on the two people during the catastrophic month of July, 2532.
Will they survive?
Will Earth survive?

Grades are Important

Grades are very important for a number of reasons, they show how smart you are, they decide wether you get into a good college or not, and the biggest one of all; decide what mood your parents are in.

60: Not smart; 70: O.K.; 80: Average intelligence; 90: Good; 100: Smart. These are the unofficial rankings that every student applies to their-self and others when they see a grade wether they like it or not. It almost happens automatically, within nanoseconds they have already judged that persons intelligence off of just one little grade. I guess grades are important, but sometimes they’re just plain annoying.

“This email holds decides if I have a future or not, a janitors job or a doctors job, all rest in the balance of this one email.” This is probably what goes through the mind of every person who is about to find out if they have been accepted into a college. I think that too much pressure rides on this letter, whose contents are decided by one thing grades. Grades are getting too important.

And now the reason that you have all been waiting for, drum role please, “pitter patter pitter patter.” Parents mood!
Yes the all hailing big reason is the mood of your parents, again can be changed for better or worse by one little miscalculation. Let’s say you get a 60 on a quiz, your probably not going to be going to gamestop this weekend, but if instead you got a 98 on that quiz you’d probably being going to gamestop and top golf that weekend. Either way it’s all determined by grades. Grades are now at there maximum importance.

In the end grades are extremely important, heck I’m only writing this paper for grades. So I guess what I’m trying to get at is to GET GOOD GRADES, or else.

My Favorite Class

Simple programs, instructional videos that practically give you the answer. These are the reasons why Tech Systems is my favorite class.

Every morning from 9:21 to 10:12, I know that I’m safe. Safe from the catastrophe that is school, because I’m in Tech Systems.

In Tech Systems, so far we have covered the program iMovie, Scratch, and Sketchup. Each one easier than the last. Designed with simple controls and compositions.

There is another thing that makes the class my favorite. That would be the instructional videos. They practically do the project for us.

In the end these are the reasons Tech Systems is my favorite class by far.