March – In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, But There’s So Much More To It Than That………………….

Lion and the lamb
There’s something about the last day of March that seems like it should be more important than it is.  For the last few years or so, I’ve used the end of March as a sign that things are about to change.  Today is March 31st, and even though the official first day of spring began on March 20th, you really know spring is here by the time April 1st rolls around.

March 1

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 34° High, 26° Low, Mostly Cloudy

And once it’s April, that means that there are only two months of school left.  Two months and I will have made it through my first year of middle school, which I absolutely dreaded, as you may remember!  Once April is here, I’ll be able to look forward to blue skies and warmer temperatures and green grass and trees.  Dance recital, the end of the school year, and summer!  Sleeping in, no homework, and staying up late!  I can focus on my first year of summer dance classes at my new studio.  I can read more, which I don’t do as much as I’d like because of homework and being so busy during the school year.  I’m looking forward to it.  It’s been a long year for this 12 year old 6th grader and I’m kinda over it all by now.

March 31

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 85° High, 59° Low, Sunny

Just the thought of today being the last day of March puts me in a better mood.  The last day of March holds meaning for me.  It makes me happy and it reminds me that all things must change and all things (good and bad) must come to an end, just like the month of March.

My Spring Break Staycation

red barn

Hey everybody,

Well, today was my first day back at school after having a week off for Spring Break.  Oh, how I waited and waited for Spring Break, then it finally came and just as quickly it went!  Sigh………  Well, I was glad to have the time off from school and dance.  Some of my friend’s families went out of town last week.  Some just hung around the house and did things like go to the mall.  My parents said that we absolutely would not be going out of town because we were still recovering from our trip to Disney World last summer.  Instead, of a Spring Break vacation, we had a Staycation.  We stayed home, but did a lot of things in our hometown.  Last Sunday, my mom, dad, brother and I went to a breakfast restaurant that we had been wanting to try for a couple of months now – Waffle Champion.  It is owned by the same people who have a really popular food truck in our area called Big Truck Tacos.  The place was full of all different combinations of waffles and it was absolutely packed.  When we got there we were approximately the 20th people in line and behind us were so many people that the line went outside.  My brother and I had the waffles with the buttermilk fried chicken.  They were huge and you eat them like tacos.  It tasted awesome!!

On Tuesday, we went to dinner at a new Italian restaurant called Moni’s Pasta & Pizza.  We had pasta with mussels and marinara sauce, chicken pizza, Caesar salad, and the best bread.  The food was delish!  I tried my dad’s eggplant dish and we had a great time.  On Wednesday, we had takeout Chinese food from The Great Wall.  I really like the chicken lo mein, but the shrimp fried rice and eggrolls are pretty good too.  On Thursday night, my sister took me and my brother to a new place in town called Main Event.  We spent the whole evening there eating and playing video games and winning tickets and trading them in for prizes.  It was absolutely packed, but so much fun.  Between the ropes course, laser quest, and bowling the wait was anywhere from two to three hours, but it was worth it.  In between the time we spent waiting for to be called I learned to play shuffle board.

red barn 2

On Friday, my mom and dad took vacation days from work and took me and my brother to the Famous Round Red Barn in Arcadia, OK.  It’s along Route 66.  Afterwards, we went to Pop’s.  Pop’s is a restaurant along Route 66.  Out front, Pop’s has a 66-foot soda pop bottle.  Inside, Pop’s is a gas station, restaurant, shake shop, gift shop, and convenience store.  But, the best thing about Pop’s is the soda pop, of course!  Pop’s has a record-breaking selection of over 600 ice-cold sodas and beverages.  It has 80 different kinds of root beer and 50 kinds of cream soda.  We bought a dozen different kinds of soda pop before we left, but not before we ate our weight in burgers and french fries and onion rings.  Finally, on Saturday, we went to the movies to see Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent trilogy.  I wrote book reports about the Divergent series here on my blog.  The movie was pretty true to the book and I liked it a lot – not more than The Huger Games:  Mockingjay, but it was good just the same.

pops  pops soda

I had a very busy week and it was pretty great!  Who needs a vacation when you can take a Staycation in your very own town?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!


Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on the 17th of March each year. This is the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, or pretty much celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. St. Patrick’s Day is a legal holiday in many countries around the world. While not a legal holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is still celebrated all over the country. It is a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture and includes wearing and displaying the color green, eating and drinking (the drinking part is for grown-ups), religious services, and parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century. We went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant tonight and people were drinking green beer (my mom doesn’t like beer and my dad didn’t drink any). Mom and I wore green dresses, even though we are obviously not Irish. We had fun and my brother was even tolerable tonight, so it was a good night. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Happy Pi Day!!!

PI

Yesterday, during my Pre-Algebra class, which I just happened to be in during the 9:00 hour (more on that later), we celebrated Pi Day.  We brought sweet treats to share with the whole class.  The only catch is that whatever we brought had to be round, like a pie.  Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) each year.  But, since March 14th is on a Saturday this year, we celebrated yesterday.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.  Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.  Pi is an irrational and transcendental number, meaning it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.  Pi only uses a few digits when normally used in calculations; but the fact that it is infinite means that you can memorize it out to as many places past the decimal point as you like and continue to calculate more and more digits because you’ll never run out.  Yesterday we played Pi games and had a lot of fun!  Yes, a lot of fun calculating Pi in math class.  I know, right!  But, what makes Pi Day this year so interesting is this:  Pi is 3.14159265358 and on and on and on.  But, if you look closely, 3.1415 means March 14, 2015.  And furthermore, I was in math class at 9:26 a.m. yesterday, so that’s when we started our Pi celebration!  Neat, huh?  That only happens once every one hundred years!  I had such a good time at our Pi Day celebration on yesterday that it even made me forget how superstitious I am and yesterday being Friday the 13th didn’t even matter to me!

Learn more about Pi Day at these sites:
PIDay.org
NBC News Science

Happy Pi Day!