Two Weeks Worth

Dearest Super Koala,

I am sorry that I have not posted in two weeks. I just completely forgot about it last week. However, I hope you realize that on Monday, you will have six pages due in order to catch up to me.

The first page was pretty easy. I was instructed to make a treasure map. I was at first just going to make a really cool looking map that served no real purpose, but then I decided to actually “bury” something. Bury is in quotations because I didn’t really dig up the ground and put something in it, rather I hid objects in our basement. Now that I think about it though, that is just as good as burying something.

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So the map is a layout of the basement and in three of the rooms I hid a different object. In the laundry room there is a container full of bouncy balls, in the bedroom there is a ball of yarn, and in the back room there is a painted box with rocks inside. All three objects are completely out of plain sight, so I consider that buried.

For the next page, I had to collect something from every place I went out to eat that week. We only went three places, and I wasn’t very good at remembering to take something, so I guess it was a good thing I didn’t post last week. Otherwise, this page would have been very boring.

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On Sunday, we went to Jo Boccardi’s; I had pizza. My object is the paper they use to keep the silverware wrapped up. However, I forgot to take this with me. Luckily, Frailey’s, where we went on Tuesday, has the same color wrapper, so I just took two from there. Finally, on Thursday, I had White Castle’s. I was going to cut out the logo on the bag, but I forgot about that and had to settle with a piece of napkin. To supplement for my lackluster items, I drew pictures of what I had in order to jazz the page up a bit.

On the next page I was supposed to write notes to myself that I would want to read in ten years. I couldn’t really think of anything to write, so instead I just wrote a bunch of cheesy motivational phrases in fun fonts to fill up the space. I think it wound up looking pretty cool.

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Finally, I had to drip wax onto a page. I got very impatient waiting for enough wax to melt, so I wound up with very little to work with. It was my plan to make a smiley face all along to go with my motivational sayings, I just had less wax to work with than I would have liked. But, I guess that is my own fault for getting antsy. Nonetheless, I think he is pretty cute.

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That’s all I have for these past weeks. I hope I will be more punctual this coming week.

– Captain Spazzmataz

 

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Satisfactory Pages

Dearest Super Koala,

Week 2! I am successfully posting on time for the second week in a row! I know that isn’t much of a streak, but it will be soon. Of course you know what the pages of our project are this week, so I will just get right into it.

The first page was a little tricksey. I had already done something similar in our previous books, so I wanted to try something different.

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I was really excited to do the shoelace thing, and it was my idea from the beginning, but it took so long for me to figure out how to make it work. I did follow the instructions and make the holes an inch from the sides and each other. However, once I marked it out, I realized it was impossible to get to the inside marks with the hole punch. I was thinking about how to fix this and decided on poking holes with a pencil. The holes aren’t very pretty, but they are round, and I was able to thread my ribbon through them, so I guess that is all that matters.

My next issue was that a page in a book is unlike a shoe in the sense that I cannot just pull the string through and have it be ready to thread again. After threading the first two holes, I quickly realized this was a major flaw in my plan. In order to overcome this challenge, I had to thread the ribbon through and then thread it through the back again so that way it could be on top again. This meant that I did not allot myself enough ribbon and had to cut a longer piece.

I finally finished about a half an hour after starting, but I think the effort was worth it. It looks pretty cool, and I successfully achieved the image I had in my mind which doesn’t happen often. Just a warning for when you go to do this; maybe try to think of something a little simpler because I had quite the struggle.

The next page was fairly simple except for the fact that I had no idea what I was going to use for a sticker. I couldn’t find any stickers anywhere. I thought I still had some puffy animal ones, but I could not locate those. I almost went out to buy some stickers when at the last minute I realized I had my Koneko Cat coloring book with stickers! I was super excited to get to use one. After picking the cat I wanted, I knew exactly what scene I would draw.

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My Koneko Cat is at a Fiesta! Complete with lantern decorations and food stalls. I think it is pretty adorable, and once again I am very happy with how this page turned out.

That’s all I have for this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with on Monday.

– Captain Spazzmataz

P.S. We should Skype on Sunday to read Joy Luck Club.

Rip it! Write it! Draw it! (Doing it!)

Dearest Super Koala,

I am finally doing it! I have started our new project. It took us awhile to get started, hopefully now everything can run smoothly. For those of you who don’t know, Super Koala and I have decided to put Keri Smith to the side and start a new project. Here is the first two pages of our new book.

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The first page was to make a welcome page and then write three things you are learning about yourself. I decided to go for a chevron theme for my welcome, but I realized that it would have looked a lot better if I would have allotted more time to complete it. Who knew that making a chevron pattern would be so difficult. Also, instead of markers I am going the colored pencil route on this book, and after doing this page I am super jealous of Super Koala’s fancy colored pencils. I simply have Crayola, which are nice, but they aren’t nearly as smooth as the prismacolor ones.

Anyway, the three things I wrote are:

1. I am super lucky to have a sister that loves me so much.

I know this is kind of cheesy, but yes, my sister is amazing, and I know plenty of people that despise their siblings, so I am very fortunate to have one that is basically the best.

2. I am way more dedicated than I though I was.

I know people going into the music education field practice their instruments for hours on end each day. I never thought I could be that person and therefore started having doubts as to whether I was cut out for it or not. Lately though, I have been practicing for at least an hour a day, and I realize that I want to practice even more after that. I am happy to have realized this within myself.

3. I need to let other people do things too.

I have realized that I am sort of super controlling, especially when it comes to school things. I was doing a group project in Astronomy, and I realized that the other people in my group were just as capable as I am. So, I am going to try to allow others work on important things.

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This second page was pretty fun; it instructed me to create a checkerboard on the page and then play checkers with someone. For my checkerboard, I decided to get a little squiggly. Then, at lunch, I used folded up paper as the pieces and played with one of my friends. She wound up winning.

Welp, I get to see you today which is super exciting! I can’t wait to see what you come up with on Monday.

Ultimate Sister Weekend

Dearest Readers,

This weekend the Super Koala and I had the house to ourselves because our parentals are in Cancun. They are super butt faces because the high temperatures here are about 60, and they are laying out on a beach right now, but at least we had an entire weekend of doing exactly what we wanted with no nagging.

Our super sister weekend started on Friday with Super Koala arriving in town very early because neither of us had school that day. We had decided to take a spontaneous trip to The Melting Pot other than our usual Christmas time visit, but our reservations weren’t until 9, so we went to the movies first.

Normally when we go to the movies we get kiddy combos as our snack of choice. This time they had extra special Peanuts Movie buckets for only 50 cents more. Of course we had to get them, and it was a really great idea because it was double the popcorn for only 50 cents!

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Our movie of choice was Crimson Peak because Tom Hiddleston. He is so wonderful even if I hate scary/suspenseful movies. I did enjoy the movie, especially after the wonderful turn of events that was revealed in the last 30 seconds that made everything better.

When it was finally time for dinner, we gladly stuffed ourselves to the point of no return.

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Whenever we go to the Melting Pot, we get the four course meal and it is always so delicious. For the cheese, we got the spinach artichoke dip which came with apples, bread, chips, and assorted vegetables to dip with.

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This was the first time we had tried this cheese, and it was so good. Especially with the bread and chips. The next course was salad. We both got the caeser salad which contains the most delicious parmesan encrusted pine nuts ever, but we forgot to take a picture of this portion. For the main entree, I got the steak lovers platter, which contained three types of steak, and Super Koala got the vegetarian platter. Hers had so many types of vegetables, that she was not able to finish it all.

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Finally came the dessert fondu. They had a special 40th anniversary dessert that consisted of white chocolate fondu with a molten lava cake on top. It. Was. Amazing.

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After almost three hours and not being able to move much anymore, we headed home for bedtime because our Saturday adventures took place at my band competition.

This was a local competition at Seckman High School. Our band was one of the biggest there, which is uncommon, and we took first in our division in prelims, and then took first overall in finals.

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During the day it warmed up okay, even enough for Super Koala and I to share a sno-cone,

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but once the sun started to go down, the temperature plumeted and we were very cold for the rest of the night. We came home, but not before a trip to QT for hot chocolate and taquitos, and cuddled in bed while watching Scrubs on Netflix.

Today we made a trip to Barnes and Noble to pick out a new sister project to do. After looking around for about an hour, we decided on, Rip it! Write it! Draw it! It is a book very similar to Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal, but it is something new with different activities in it.

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We will now get back into regular weekly posting with my posts on Fridays and Super Koala’s on Mondays. Every week we will be completing two pages of the book, and this time we are going to do them in order.

That is all we have for now, thanks for reading!

– The Sisters Ravens

Captain Spazzmataz: Final Day of Summer

Soooooo saaaaaaad!

I am terribly upset that today is my last day of summer. I know that Super Koala got three less days than I did, but I still think it was too short. However, today I was rather productive, and I finished up the last few things I had to do for my End of Summer List! I. DID. IT!!! I really am very proud of myself for finishing everything that I set out to do.

1. Finally take the Jazz Band field trip to the City Museum – I put this one together. A few weeks ago, I asked everyone if they still wanted to do it, and everyone agreed that it needed to happen. So, on August 7th, at 7 PM, five of the eight members of last year’s jazz band made it to the City Museum. It was probably one of the most fun nights ever.

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2. Read five books to catch up on my reading challenge – I completed this one, and a few days early too, but somehow I am still behind. I don’t really understand how because I read five books when it said I was five books behind, but I am still two books short. Oh well, I guess I will have to catch up somewhere.

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3. Memorize the marching show – I knew this one would be pretty easy because band camp ends before school starts, and we always get the entire how on the field (no matter how pretty it looks) before camp is over. That being said, this years music is the hardest ever, and for everyone else, it is the hardest drill ever. I didn’t really have to worry about my drill spots so much because I march less than half the show, but I still memorized them all and all of the music!

4. & 5. Complete 1000 Squats and Sit-ups – I can’t really provide much proof that I actually completed this task, but I promise that I did. I planned it out that I would need to do 40 of each every day, and I did for the most part. On the days that I forgot or was feeling too lazy, I just did the extra reps the next day.

6. Finish my LEGO airplane – This was probably the most satisfying task to complete. When I was finally done, it felt like a huge accomplishment, and it does so many tricks! The propellers spin, the fins move, even the wheels fold in! My next LEGO adventure is going to have to be pretty great to top this one.

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7. Do all of my summer math packet – This wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be. When I broke it down by only doing five problems a day, it really didn’t seem like it took me that long. I could have probably done it all in one day and not even have been that stressed out. Thank you new math teacher for not making me cry over the summer.

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8. Complete four Postcards and Wreckings – I almost didn’t do this one. I had forgotten about it until today, and I was just going to let it slide. However, when I realized it was the only task I wouldn’t have completed on the list, I knew I had to do it. And, it only took me about two hours to do it all, and it was pretty fun.

Postcards:

These are the postcards I did for the summer.

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The sculpture one was pretty tricky. I looked online for some index card origami to make a sculpture with, and I did, but it didn’t turn out so great.

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I mean, this is what it is supposed to look like, however, it was supposed to be a hopping bunny, but the material of the postcard was just to heavy for my bunny to get off the ground.

I finally did the hide this postcard in your neighbor’s yard card. I was pretty nervous, because I didn’t want anyone to see me doing it. However, if they do ever find it, I made it look very nice.

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Hopefully it will be enjoyed. You can’t tell from this picture, but I wedged it in between the two corner bushes. It went in pretty far, but who knows, maybe they will find remnants of it some day.

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The dice postcard probably would have worked better if I would have done it outside, but instead I decided to see where it would take me inside the house. For the first trial I started at my bedroom door, but only got through about four rolls before I got stuck in the bathroom.

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For the second trial, I started in the sunroom, figuring that it was a more open space so I should get farther, however, I was quickly caught in another corner.

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For my last postcard, It isn’t quite complete yet. I did the treasure map one, but no one has followed the map yet. But I will let you know how it turns out. I am going to hide it in the band room, and tell the saxophone section that the first person to find it gets a prize.

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Journal Pages:

Three of my four journal pages had to be done using the wilderness, and I think you should be very proud of me. The only one that didn’t was this one, and I kind of stole your idea.

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Mine didn’t turn out nearly as well as yours, but it still smells nice. I went for the pouring method, but when I poured the wax, it all kind of ran to the seam.

Two of my out doors pages relate to each other.

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For both of these I went outside and collected some supplies and then the tracing of the first page was a copy of what actually went on the second. I think it turned out pretty cool.

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My final page was very scary. I had to lay in the grass! Dun, dun, duuuuuun!

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When ever I flipped passed this page, I could never figure out what to do with it. However, today I realized what it could be used for.

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A pillow! If I am going to be dreaming outside, I must have a pillow to rest my head.

Well, I guess that is all I have. Nooo! I want there to be more summer!

Sort of Lazy Wrecking (sorry)

Dearest Super Koala,

I have some very exciting news to report today because you did not call. Today, Mr. B and P showed us what our show is going to be next year! I am super excited. It will be so cool (if we can pull it off). The title is Band Together, and it has an anti-bullying theme. This is the first year that will will have popular songs in our show. It is going to open with just some cords with voice over of bullying statistics. Then it will break into Same Love by Macklemore. Then the sort of feud section will include Bring Me to Life by Evanescence. After that is Beautiful by Christina Aguilera, and it closes out with Same Love again. The most exciting part is that I get to be Xtina!!! The soprano sax solo is the melody to Beautiful. I am so excited.

Now on to my Wrecking. I am sorry that it is kind of lackluster. I really ran out of steam when preparing my wrecking because it is so hot in our house. Also, I am missing one journal page because I had a plan, but then it turned out that I didn’t have all of the materials to do it. Whops. Furthermore, I was super prepared to do all of my wrecking outside of the house, but then I sort of forgot about it, and so I once again had to think of something quick to come up with.

For my journal page this week, I did a create your own. I really love playing with the different stitch settings on my sewing machine, so I made the challenge to sew the page. Tragically, it didn’t really turn out the way I wanted. Also, I should have used darker thread. I wanted to make a pretty design, but you can really turn the page when the machine is working out the super complicated stitches.

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Also, they got a little sloppy because I accidentally had the width set too small for some of the stitches.

For my postcards, I did the hand map and the time machine. For my had map I learned from your mistake and only did my fingers, however, I accidentally did my left had which doesn’t get used nearly as much as my right. I sat looking at my had for about 20 minutes trying to think of what else I do with it, but I couldn’t think of anything (once again because of the heat). So, this postcard will be a work in progress.

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As you can see, my fingertips get used quite a lot, but the rest of my fingers not so much.

My second postcard is a little better.

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I wrote about my Hawaii trip and how amazing it was, and how I really want to go back. The bad part about this one is that I tried to draw Hawaiian flowers, but they didn’t turn out so well. I wanted ones that look like they came off of a Hawaiin shirt, so I looked up a picture, but I couldn’t get the shape right. Also, in both attempts, I could not get five petals to fit. Now they just sort of look like the flowers in the sky on Spongebob.

I am sorry for my not too great wrecking, and I promise to try harder next week. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

– Captain Spazzmataz

P.S. Would you be willing to paint my nails tomorrow?

Wrecking with Glitter!

Dearest Super Koala,

I know I have talked to you about this, but I just wanted to remind you in case you forgot that you have not wrecked in quite some time. Quite. Some. Time.

Moving on. I don’t have much to say about my week since we have talked just about every day. We really need to limit our calls. I have nothing to write about. So, I will just go straight to my wrecking for the week. We will have about three weeks of regular posting before we see each other again, and then it will be summer time! I am so excited! We should start planning what we are going to do.

For my wrecking, I was able to get two of each, even though I told you I was only going to be able to get one journal page in. My two postcards are as follows.

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These were actually way more fun than I thought they were going to be. For the action one, I had some balloons left over from my birthday party. So, I punched a hole, and tied the balloons on.

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At first I only tied on one balloon, and it was just heavy enough to pull the balloon down, so I had to throw it up in the air and try to get a shot of it floating. However, I realized that I had plenty more balloons to tie one to get it to float, so I punched another hole and tied on another balloon.

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This set up worked much better, and the card floats like a dream. For my second card, I picked a very important day in the future to write about.

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Of course, that day would be the day aliens invade the Earth. I think my account is pretty accurate, so I guess we will have to wait and see. I mean, we probably won’t be around by the year 3000, but I feel like deep down in our graves we will be able to tell when it happens.

For my journal pages, I did these.

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For the first one, I absolutely don’t to mud, so I changed it to represent my tastes better.

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I had to clip the book open until it dried because of the glue, but I think it is beautiful. Unfortunately I didn’t plan ahead, and did the messy one first which is why I was uncertain as to if I was going to be able to do my second page by the end of today or not. But when I got home from my walk, the glue had dried and I was able to turn the pages without fear of them being stuck together.

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The dotted line is the drive to the track at school, and the solid line is my nine laps around the track. I know a circle isn’t the most exciting walk, so that is why I added the drive as well.

I guess that is all I have for this week. I will await your post on Sunday.

-C.S.