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:Sigh: … November 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 4:43 pm

Sweet Surprise.com.

WTF?

Okay, I admit my mom is a health nut and has drilled that into my head, but…    Advertising corn syrup. Have you seen the commercials?  If not, go to the website and look.  It’s flippin’ unbelievable.  It shows things like Hawaiian punch and Popsicles, someone tries to serve someone else, they go, “You don’t care about the kids do you?  That has high fructose corn syrup.  You know what they say about it.”  “what?”  “Well… um… umm……”  “It’s got the same calories as sugar and it’s made of corn.”

Anybody who makes a big deal about it just doesn’t want it in their bread.  “Fruity water.” (Dasani, that lemon, strawberry, rasberry stuff.  Blech.)

But AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGHH!  So annoying, those commercials.

 

More About New Haven, and Rock Houses July 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 11:18 am

So!  I’ve lived at the new apartment complex for about two or three months.  I’ve been having so much fun!

I just realized I’ll pretty much have to start from the beginning since I haven’t posted in a loooooooonng time.  I love my new school so much – it’s challenging, my teacher was really nice to me and “treats us like people and doesn’t take any crap” as my father said when I told him about Mr. Miller.

All my new friends that live at the complex are lovely.  There’s – in order of age, youngest to oldest – Andre, Jeong Wang (jong wong, and I’m sure I’m spelling the name wrong), Yash (yush), Hong Mai (hung may), Maya, Sara, George and Jake (twins), Yoga Sai (yoga sigh), Emily, Laksmi, Eric, Lulu (a boy, and I find it hilarious that his last name is Lee), and the other Emily who’s two years older than me.  They’re all awesome, though Maya and Sara are a little whiny, George and Jake like to test if people can tell the difference, Yoga Sai’s a tattletale, the second Emily is a little bit of a bully, and most of them are on vacation.  I have lots of friends and spend most of my time outside.

But the real reason I wanted to make a post was because there’s this thing most of the girls do, where they craft a little house by hand out of a shoebox or something, and they end up being pretty elaborate.

They’re called rock houses!  They’re little houses made for rocks that we draw faces on and name.  Mine is Carlie Cobblestone.  I really just like actually making the houses and the stuff inside.  So here’s where I go crazy: I was tired of just stapling together thumb-sized magazines for the little bookshelf you see in the above picture.  So I actually sewed together a book made of thin cardboard and plain printer paper.

See where I’m a bit of a maniac when I get into these things?  I stayed up ’til midnight last night making furniture and things for my rock house.  But that book is smaller than a nickel!  I cut the pages individually from a piece of printer paper and made the cover out of thin coardboard by actually sewing the whole thing by hand.  Have you ever shoved a needle through a pile of paper and two pieces of cardboard?  My thumbs are raw.  I’m really proud.  It was so fun, and I did this with no help whatsoever.

I might be posting more often now.  Let me know – is my life interesting at all?

- Charlie

 

Short Essay About Reading Logs April 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 12:57 am

Charlotte Winter
April 27, 2009

Reading Logs are not a good idea and counterproductive. I read plenty already, but maybe if I didn’t, it would work, though I doubt it; I know the desired effect is that I would remember people would see exactly what and how much I read and read more.  But all it does is make me want to read less because I have to record every single page read and put me under the impression that most homework is to control my life unless it is a real project or writing assignment, which is my opinion, shared by my mother.

I know for a fact this ‘log’ doesn’t work with most students either because one hundred percent of the classmates I asked about it said they did not record most of the reading they do.  If someone likes to read, it’s an annoyance, and if they don’t, they keep the reading to a bare minimum or lie.  Another problem with it is that our school’s Reading Log is that it is, as one of my parents pointed out, quantitative rather than qualitative.  Instead of measuring just the minutes and pages, couldn’t teachers have a conversation with students or have a worksheet to see how much we actually learn and get out of the reading?

The entire thing is also not a good idea because only a fraction of the reading most adults and children do is in physical books.  To put it bluntly, the Internet is now.  It is assumed that most people have at least one computer in their house, and there are millions of websites out there where you could read good, completed works on a number of subjects—message boards, places where people post their unpublished stories, online magazines and periodicals, and much more.  Does making students use the Reading logs imply they must document every kind of reading they do?  Maybe soon the school system will enforce the rule that we jot it down when we read a sign and to try and find our way around the campground, when we check the instructions in our math workbook, or look at the ingredients on a box of cereal.

This is my opinion on the subject.  I hope Mr. Sullivan sees this short essay and it affects the opinions of the teachers and staff.

P.S.  I have read informative articles from the first person perspective.

I can’t believe that any teacher would tell her class that all informative articles were written in third person.  I read the Science section of the New York Times every week, and plenty are written from personal experiences and studies.

Please visit these links for some things written by parents who noticed these Reading Logs as hindrance rather than help.

http://www.readingrockets.org/blog/16768

http://stophomework.com/fourth-grade-teacher-i-did-away-with-reading-logs/1108

 

I suck at blogging, am I right? April 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 8:08 pm

Sorry I haven’t been posting at all!  For, like, a year…

So, I’m back in school.  Pretty much stopped dancing.  Everyone in my class hates me, pretty much, and the feeling is mutual, except for this cool girl named Cassandra with goth tendencies who hates being described as goth.  People make fun of her ’cause she writes poems, shops sparingly at Hot Topic, talks too much, and is weird in general.

I like her.

She’s awesome.  Today’s her birthday, April 22, Earth Day.  For my eleventh birthday, I went into Manhattan with her and my mother, who seemed to be acting cool.  Cass’ observed that she talked like she was really young, and told me examples such as my mother using LOLspeak and saying whack.  “No, she really talks like that.  Seriously.”  Cassandra just gaped.  “I’m not kidding!” I said, “We’re very into the internet and stuff.  Sometimes she acts younger than me.”

Anyway, we went into Manhattan and got pizza at Two Boots, than went over to St. Mark’s Place.  We went to St. Mark”s Comics, but there was nothing we really liked but Courtney Crumrin books, and Cassandra bought a Tales From the Crypt comic.  Then we spent the rest of our time at a costume jewelry shop called Hottie.  I bought another pair of leg warmers and she got earrings and a headband.

So, I’m moving to New Haven, Connecticut.  My mother’s going to a Yale graduate program, and we’re moving into a cute little townhouse in a housing complex.  The kitchen door opens out to a huge backyard playground shared with and connecting to a bunch of other townhouses and apartments.  It’s pretty much student housing, and 80% of the residents are Asian.  The current house we live in is a total disaster from packing and the existence of a near-two-year-old.

Also, I am now Atheist… and a Twilighter.

I love Jasper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cut my hair.  Now it looks like Alice Cullen’s, but curly.

My little brother is doing alright, almost  two years old.  He has the most gorgeous hair ever – blond, soft, wavy, barely tangling – and we’re still not cutting it, which everyone in the family is uptight about.  We put it in a ponytail on top of his head to keep it out of his hair, and it’s adorable, but the word feminine is thrown around sickeningly way too much.  I don’t care, except my aunts and uncles talk about it like I’m not even there.  Grr.

Anyway, I should end this endless post.  That’s not nearly all that’s gooing on in my life, but there’s definitely too much.

 

Thanksgiving December 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 5:38 am

My Thanksgiving was great.  I spent it at my Aunt Alex(andra)’s house, with my father and a bunch of her really cool friends, Corinne, her boyfriend, Alex’s fiancee Jake (who cooked a delicious meal.), Jake’s brother Harry, his fiancee Sarah (Alex and my cousin), Jake and Harry’s parents,  everyone’s friend Adam, some other old dudes, a couple nice old ladies, and even the Asian lady from the deli who was actually really nice and much older than she looked.  Wow, long list!  I know, it really does seem like a lot of people to fit into my aunt’s apartment, but they did not all come at the same time, and some people stayed only briefly.

It was awesome.  Some people gave me gifts and lectured me about life because I was the youngest there.  Like Corinne, the owner of Love Nico t shirt company, gave me a super awesome blue tank top.  (Totally check out the website!)

It was fun.  I don’t know what to say about it…!

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My little brother September 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 3:55 am

Is too adorable for words!

cuh-ute!

cuh-ute!

Right??!!!  I.  Just.  Love him!!!

 

Hello world!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Charlie @ 1:17 am

I am new to word press, and uh…. have no idea what to do!

 

 
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