Posts Tagged ‘Robot’

Learn the Tricks of the Trade and Be in a Parade

April 23, 2008

Today was a nice day, though dreadfully hot (which I disliked immensely). It was Wednesday (well, it still is), meaning that the Wednesday Club met. Unfortunately, Valerie, Danya, and Laura were not able to stay for the whole thing (Valerie did not come at all, we walked Laura to her neighborhood and she walked home, and Danya left at around 3:30 pm rather than the usual 5 pm). However, Courtney, Daniel, and I had fun nonetheless. We did not walk around much, seeing as none of us live in that area and would have gotten lost, (plus it was a real scorcher, as I already mentioned) instead electing to stay at the library the majority of the time, with a quick trick to the Giant next door.

Because Valerie was not able to come, we had no video camera (plus she did not unload last week’s episode from it so the memory was full) and merely had fun without the added pressure of being captured on film.

I returned my fourteen books of two weeks ago and checked out fourteen new ones, including about fifty percent non-fiction books. Because I like actual knowledge and all.

At Giant, Daniel and I bought spice drops (which turned out to be a bit too spicy for my liking), dark chocolate peanut M&Ms, and a pack of Orbit gum for Courtney, who elected to stay at the library during this trip.

I tricked my little brother Benny into thinking that I was getting my driver’s license rather than going to the library. I told him I was going to McDonald’s to get a drink and he asked if he could come. I told him yes and got him to sit in the passenger seat up front and buckle up. Then I pretended I was driving by telling him he needed to close his eyes (as everybody knows, when you are up front the sun is too bright to keep them open) and then shaking his seat so it was as if we were driving. Once we ‘got there,’ I spoke in a robotic voice and said the whole fast food spiel, complete with “Thank you, have a nice day!” We had bought a soda from McDonald’s about an hour before, meaning that there was actually something to ‘prove’ that we had gone there. I think that he still believes I drove there.

It is Lover’s Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, Take a Chance Day, and World Laboratory Day. It is also James Buchanan’s birthday. (See the epic [Elephants Prefer Ignorant Children] card I made him below):

The reason it says ‘thanks’ on it is because I made it during Random Acts of Kindness Club, where we were instructed to make a thank you card for somebody.

Oh, yeah, obviously it was the actual club day at school. Besides the above mentioned club, I went to German club, because, as I believe I mentioned yesterday, Meditation Club was cancelled.

In German Club we had a party, where we wondered why the fruit snacks provided included gummy pineapples that were, rather than yellow, blue. We also wondered whether there is such thing as an actual, real-life blue raspberry. In fact, I am going to find out now. Google, here I come!

Okey dokey, apparently the flavor originated from blue whitebark raspberry juice and has, since then, been used as an artificial flavor somewhere between tangy and sour. I guess that settles that.

We had to run the mile in Gym today, unfortunately. It was scalding and all, but shockingly I beat my old-time wimpy score of 14:30 with a new-time, improved wimpy score of 13:01.

The word of the day is ‘twixt,’ a variation of ‘betwixt,’ both of which mean ‘between.’ I did not even know this when I chose the word, but my good friend Laura has been trying to bring the word ‘betwixt’ back into modern use. A noble cause, Laura. Very noble.

Actually, speaking of Laura, she is the one who recommended that I read an autobiography of Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo. I did not take her up on the suggestion last time because I got kind of distracted. However, I checked it out this time around and, so far, I love it. Thanks, Laura.

Oh yeah- at the library, something momentous occurred. I found two quotes lying on this table in the library. Though I am still not convinced that my friends did not write and leave them there in order to trick me, they are wonderful nonetheless. I am going to hang them on my wall, actually. I have scanned them and they are below. And, yes, I know that ‘afraid’ is spelled wrong in the second one. That annoyed me a bit as well, but not enough to sway me away from them.


I was wondering what Buddha’s birthday was earlier today. It is sometime in May, in case you were also wondering.

I cannot take it any longer- I am going to read now. Please leave a comment if you wish; they please me to no end.

By the way, I apologize for the monstrous amount of tags.  I got a little carried away.

May your life be merry.

The Very First Day of Spring Break Which Turned Out, Shockingly, A Bit More Uneventful Then I Thought It Would Be

March 20, 2008

I woke up around 10 am (I believe it was exactly 9:51, but I rounded it up) this morning. Then I proceeded to go on the computer and waste time for the good part of two or three hours. After that, my mother told me I had been on the computer for too long (which I had) and kicked me off. Wandering around the house, I found that two more movies I had been waiting for had arrived on Netflix: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Are You Afraid Of The Dark: Freaky Favorites, Disc 1. Naturally, this thrilled me and also gave me something to do. Borrowing my older brother’s laptop (he’s off from college on Spring Break as well), I spent at least two-and-a-half hours watching the first and one episode of the second video. I haven’t seen the fourth movie for quite a while, and the time I did see it I did not get to appreciate the full effect because I had to go to bed or something before finishing it. It was okay, I guess, although I haven’t read the book in a while and I still noticed many things that were left out, making it so that if I had not read the book then I would not have understood it very well. Nevertheless, it was interesting.Afterwards, I watched the first episode of the latter movie. It’s an episode of an old television show that I was terrified of when I was little. I believe that this particular episode was titled, ‘The Tale of the Virtual Pets.’ It was about how technology basically ruined everything for these kids. It was pretty intense, and I’m actually shivering as I type this up considering the main dangerous electronic was a computer.

Oh yeah- while on the computer, I made a birthday list. Even if my birthday is a ways away, I’ll probably forget about it once I’m closer to it. Some of the items include… well, I’m not going to spoil it. But they’re all pretty cool things that I hope to receive. Even better, they’re all relatively cheap so I won’t feel bad about money being spent on me.

Now for the most eventful part of my day, which happened before the movie-watching and after the web-surfing-marathon: making a robot.

I made an awesome robot out of various cardboard boxes, a granola bar box and some other box of I don’t know what. I also used an old blue masterlock lock, some aluminum foil, scotch tape, masking tape, duct tape, a red paperclip, and orange paper. The end product was a nice robot whose head doubles as a bank and body is a safe. I haven’t decided much of what I am going to put inside it, but definitely the lime green game boy color and bright yellow walkman of my childhood. They always seem to go missing and need to be kept safe.


Well, I am off to take out the trash before my father reminds me to. I believe we are even going to roast marshmallows shortly, though I’m not sure whether my grandfather was joking about that. I hope he wasn’t.

And she’s off!