December 12

Snow Sports!

Yep, it’s that time of year again. The nearest mountain opened on Dec. 1st, and a little more than half my class is counting the days till they get up there, including me. Most of us ski, some snowboard, and some just like being up there. Personally, I have been skiing for 4 years, and this year is the year I want to try snowboarding. Every year I get a mountain map, and I highlight every run I do. Each year one of my goals are to do every run on the mountain! (Not counting the cross-country runs). Last year, I only missed three runs on the whole mountain. Two double-black diamonds, and one that is black at the top and blue at the bottom. I was sooo close! Do you do any snow sports?

Have a great day!

~Sarah

December 9

Thor, My Doggy!

Thor, my doggy, is a one and-a half year old Golden Doodle puppy. I gotta say, I love dogs and cats all equal, but my favourite doggy breed is definitely the golden doodle. I had 2 cats recently, brother and sister Maine Coons named Max and Ruby. I love them and my doggy so, so much! So, I’m going to include a couple facts about my favourite doggy breed!

  • The golden doodle is a hybrid between a poodle and a golden retriever, which is where it got it’s name!
  • Golden Doodles are hypoallergenic, meaning they have hair, not fur, so they don’t shed and people mildly allergic to dogs don’t need to worry about allergic reactions!
  • They are super family-friendly and pet-friendly, so they are a great starting dog for a family!
  • Golden Doodles are super-easy to train, making it a good dog to train for first-timers or timid owners.
  • These doggies aren’t well suited to apartments, because they like large, fenced in backyards.
  • Golden doodle come in multiple colours, despite the name. They can come in white, pale-cream, red, golden, black, brown, dark-brown and silver.

This is my doggy, Thor!

Hope you liked the post! Do you have a favourite dog or cat breed? Have a great day!

~Sarah

Here are some of my sources for the doodle facts;

  • Dogtime.com
  • www.petwave.com
  • wagwalking.com
  • www.cuteness.com

 

December 7

Drawing Challenge!

If you read my About Me post, you would know I love ♥ all types of art ♥ , but especially drawing and sketching. I got the idea to try to make my own drawing challenge! I thought I should post it so if anyone else loves to draw and sketch, or even if they don’t like to, they can try it!

Pretty much what it is is a list of a whole bunch of drawing prompts. There is one for every day of the month, (any month) and the goal is to draw something, even if it is a tiny little doodle, of the first thing that comes to mind when you read the prompt. It could be a piece Van Gogh would be proud of or something so bad the dog wouldn’t even WANT to eat it, it doesn’t matter! You don’t have to be good at art to do this challenge. In fact, this could be how you get better!

After the month is over, even if you missed a couple days, I can bet your mind will be blown when you see how much your artwork has gotten better. I’ve also included a picture of what came to my mind when I read the first prompt!

(To see something similar to this on a different blog, click here.)

Day 1; Milkmaid

Day 2; Frustrating

Day 3; Drowning

Day 4; Paris

Day 5; Movie trailer

Day 6; Animatronic

Day 7; Impossible

Day 8; Winter

Day 9; Sad

Day 10; Fiery

Day 11; Shattered

Day 12; Delicious

Day 13; Divided

Day 14; Beautiful

Day 15; Arrogant

Day 16; Assassin

Day 17; Shadowy

Day 18; Sparkly unicorn poop (Yep, I just went there! Deal with it!)

Day 19; Cozy

Day 20; Mysterious

Day 21; Discovered

Day 22; Poison

Day 23; A fat cat on a mat

Day 24; Gone

Day 25; Mailman

Day 26; Artist

Day 27; Cook

Day 28; Locked

Day 29; Ready

Day 30; Swordplay

Day 31; Crooked

Welp, that’s it for the prompts! Sorry for the long post. If you decided to do the challenge, or if you used any one of these prompts, I would love to know which one! Have a great day!

~ Sarah

December 4

5 Most Unique Beaches

When I think of beach, I think of white sand, turquoise water, sun shining and lots and lots of bird poop. However, not all beaches are similar to what I imagine. Not all beaches are the usual water, sand, rock combination. Some are in crazy locations with strange facts about them that you probably wouldn’t believe. Here are 5, crazy weird beaches you may have heard of.

1.) The Green Beach

At first glance, you may think that moss is covering every inch of sand at this beach. Not at all! At one of Hawaii’s many beaches, the sand is actually green! The reason the sand is green is definitely not because of a lot of algae. The native sand gets its bright green appearance from a nearby volcano that produces a lot of the green mineral, olivine! It is only one of 4 green beaches in the world!

2.) The Hot Water Beach

Forget baths and hot tubs, just imagine a hot bubbling beach! The water is heated by underground springs! You can sit in there all day, but that’s probably not the best idea health-wise. If you want to visit a natural hot tub, just visit the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. The water temperatures can peak at 147 degrees fahrenheit. No jacuzzies in the world can compete!

3.) The Hidden Beach

There’s a reason why this beach is called “The Hidden Beach”! (Very creative names, I know!) You wouldn’t be able to visit this beach unless you know it’s there. You have to be very high up to spot this beach on the Marietta Islands in Mexico. This beautiful beach is in a large crater, almost cave-like among the edges. You can only see the way in from high above! However, this beach has a violent past.  It was formed when the area was used by the Mexican government for bomb testing. I’m not sure why the government chose this particular spot, but all those tests led to a huge hole that was blasted into the earth! Fortunately, they don’t use this spot for tests anymore due to swimmers. Now, this beach is a beautiful swim hole!

4) Boulder’s Beach

Who knew you could sightsee penguins and soak in rays at the same time? Well, this beach in South Africa is made up of 2 inlets between granite boulders in the False Bay. It’s actually a getaway for both humans and 3,000 penguins! Located just south of Cape Town, South Africa visitors come here year round to take advantage of the wooden walkways as so to not disturb the penguins. The penguins are also very smelly though, so you may not want to get too close.

Penguins on Boulder’s Beach, 2005. Photo taken by Ms. Smith’s shipmate, John Holmes.

5.) The Glowing Beach

Who dropped a couple thousand worth’s of glow stick juice in this beach? This beach gives a spectacular, glowing view to tourists and visitors. It seems like something out of a fairy tail with its glowing blue water! The reason this water glows blue is because of phytoplankton, which glows when disturbed! Question is, who’s bugging these plankton’s? Whoever is doing so, don’t stop! The view is beautiful! These phytoplankton are quite common among the shores of the Maldives, which makes it a hot spot for tourists, especially honeymooners!

Those are 5 spectacular, unique beaches you may have never heard about! If you know about another beautiful, strange beach or have something to say about one of mine, tell me in the comments!

Have a great day!

~Sarah

December 2

Would You Rather…? Part 2

A little while ago, I made 15 Would You Rather’s in a part one and said another 15 would be coming soon. Well, here they are!

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  1. Would you rather have a snake as a pet or a tarantula?
  2. Would you rather live in space or underwater? (In both places you have unlimited oxygen!)
  3. Would you rather shoot wet noodles out of your fingers or sneeze meatballs?
  4. Would you rather have a head twice as big or half as small?
  5. Would you rather always have to enter rooms backwards or always have to somersault out of the room?
  6. Would you rather be totally covered in hair, head to toe or always be completely bald?
  7. Would you rather have a unicorn horn or a squirrel tail? (I would pick a squirrel tail in a heartbeat!)
  8. Would you rather be able to shoot hot sauce from your eyes (it doesn’t burn you, only others) or be able to jump 20 meters high?
  9. Would you rather be able to fly or be telepathic? (You can read minds, transmit thoughts and lift things without touching them!)
  10. Would you rather have a pet dragon or be someone’s pet dragon?
  11. Would you rather find a dragon or a unicorn?
  12. Would you rather have an extra leg or an extra arm?
  13. Would you rather only ever be able to shout or whisper everything you say out loud?
  14. Would you rather be guaranteed heath or wealth for the rest of your life?
  15. Would you rather quack like a duck for 1 minute after every sentence or do the chicken dance 3 times after every sentence?

There we go! Is there one that stood out to you? What did you choose and why?

Have a great day!

~Sarah

November 29

Robots Are Here!

Did you know robots have actually been invented? Well, they have! With this type of robot, you could see anywhere without leaving your bed.

This new robot, (invented last year) called the Double, is a phone or tablet on an adjustable stand that’s mounted on motorized wheels. All you need to do is make a video call to the bot from your own phone or tablet, and once you’re connected, the Double will stream its live video surroundings to you. Your own face will pop up on the tablet attached to the Double, and you can move the Double around as well as interact with others around you!

All you need to do is tell the Double to go to the movies or the zoo, you can see everything there live without ever leaving your room! To learn more about the Double, click here. What do you think it would be like to learn from home this way? Or maybe what it would be like to have a Double in the classroom?

Have a great day!

~Sarah

 

November 28

Would You Rather…? Part 1

Have you ever done a would you rather? I think most of us have. It’s a great game to play in the car, or literally anywhere. If you have never played, it’s simple. Someone gives you a choice between 2 scenarios. The scenarios can be funny, disgusting or awesome. It’s up to you! Here is a list I compiled of 15 would you rather’s. Another 15 will be coming out soon in a part 2!

What would you choose?

Neal Jennings via Compfight

  • Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or 20 minutes early?
  • Would you rather be thrown in jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or do something horrible, never get caught but live in fear of being discovered for the rest of your life?
  • Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you?
  • Would you rather drink a cup (by cup I mean the measurement) of cat pee everyday for a week or have to wear high heels everyday for 2 weeks?
  • Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people?
  • Would you rather drive a beautiful, sleek sports car that is very unreliable or drive a rattling rust bucket that never broke down?
  • Would you rather be in a pool of marshmallows or M&M’s?
  • Would you rather it rain root beer or snow cotton candy?
  • Would you rather live in a place that is always too hot or always too cold?
  • Would you rather always wear your shoes on the wrong feet or always wear your pants backwards?
  • Would you rather everything you eat be too salty or not salty enough no matter how much salt you add?
  • Would you rather have unlimited sushi or tacos? (Can be any type you want!)
  • Would you rather sweat melted cheese or always smell skunk?
  • Would you rather be the best player on a losing team or the worst player on a winning team? (Can be any sport!)
  • Would you rather sleep in a bed of peanut butter every night or have your air conditioning spit out rather large spiders every 2 hours?

That’s all 15 would you rather’s! Hope you liked them. These are also a great thing to ask friends or family! I love asking my family these, so if you have a good one I didn’t include, I would love to hear it!

Have a great day!

~Sarah

November 27

How to Cross a Piranha-Filled River

Hello people! Have you ever done a Mad Lib? Pretty much, it’s where someone gives you a whole bunch of blanks and the type of word that should fill it in. Once you have filled in all the blanks, (in this case I recommend writing them down), you read the following story and where the blanks are, you insert the word that you used to fill it in! Since you didn’t read the story before you filled in the blanks, it turns into a short, quirky story that probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Have fun with it! Just remember, fill in the blanks BEFORE you read the story. If you are like me and you forgot what each type of words means, I’ve included a cheat sheet. (P.S, the story I’ve chosen is online but has been re-written by me to avoid plagiarism.)

Adjective; A describing word, such as blue, small, beautiful.

Noun; A person, place or thing.

Verb; An action. ( i.e. running, cutting, smiling). Does not have to end in -ing.

Interjection; An exclamation! Something you would yell out when you are excited, or happy. (i.e.  Woo! Bazinga! Hallelujah! Cool cheese!)

Plural; More than one. (So, like, instead of “Taco” it would be “Tacos”)

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(1) Adjective          (2) Adjective          (3) Foreign country          (4) Part of body          (5) Adjective

(6) Type of food plural         (7) Same food but not plural          (8) Verb        (9) Noun

(10) Adjective      (11) Article of clothing plural          (12) Verb ending in “ing”          (13) A place

(14) A number

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Saranac Lake - New York - Saranac River - Adirondack State National Park Onasill ~ Bill Badzo via Compfight

How to Cross a Piranha-Filled River

If you have ever heard of a piranha before, you would know that they are very (1)________ and (2)________. They live in the rivers and lakes in (3)——–so here’s how to avoid getting your (4)________ bitten by a particularly (5)________ piranha when trying to cross a river.

Piranhas natural diet are (6)________, so unless you are a (7)________, you won’t catch their attention too quickly unless you (8)________ around.

Shaded or cool areas have more (9)________ flies, one of the piranhas favourite snack, so avoid those areas.

Piranhas are attracted to (10)________ (11)________, so NEVER wear those in the water or near the water.

If you see a (12)________ piranha in the water, get back to the/a (13)________ A.S.A.P. The piranha could be potentially deadly.

Even if you have the smallest cut, NEVER enter the water. Piranhas would be able to smell the wound from (14)________ miles away.

Hopefully, if you are ever crossing a piranha-filled river, this guide comes in handy!

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So that’s a Mad Lib! Hope you liked it, there’s A LOT more where that came from. What words did you use? Have a great day!

~Sarah

 

November 26

5 Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Did you know that there are so many different species of animals out there scientist don’t even know the exact number? Some are the first animals that come to mind when you think of the word “animal”, like your brother, your sister, cats, dogs, horses or birds. But some are so strange and rare very little people even know they exist! Here is the top 5 weirdest animals I composed.

1.) Portuguese Man O’ War

This animal lives in the ocean and is truly beautiful. It looks very much like a jellyfish, ’cause it looks like a coloured blob of goo with long tentacles. That’s why it’s sometimes called a False Jellyfish. You can find it mostly in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Pacific and Indian ocean. The thing is, technically we should call it “Men Of War” and not refer to it at “it” but “they”. Here’s why. It’s an animal that’s made up of a colony of organisms cooperating together! Man Of War has tentacles that could be 30 feet long, which it uses to paralyze and kill fish and other small creatures! A Man Of War, to humans, luckily isn’t deadly but only EXTREMELY painful. The worst thing about it’s venom is that it can stay on beaches for days after the animal has already left!

2.) Blobfish

Don’t let the miserable, scowling, slimy face fool you. The blobfish is a harmless fish found in the deep sea off Australia, Tasmania and even New Zealand. The blobfish has won the contest for World’s Ugliest Animal in 2013. Poor blobfish! There is even quite a few memes, my favourite being a picture of Mr. Blobby (a very photogenic blobfish) with the words saying; “Go home Evolution. You’re drunk! Overall, the blobfish is basically a loose, gelatinous sack.

3.) Venezuelan Poodle Moth

This moth was only discovered in 2009, and doesn’t it look like a tiny, furry poodle?! Mammals need hair or fur to keep their body heat, but insects are cold-blooded, meaning even though the poodle moth looks like it should be in Antarctica with all its poofy hair, it in fact comes from Venezuela, a tropical country. It’s hairs don’t serve for heating! Most insects use hairs for smelling and sensing what is around them in the environment or for protection. Maybe that’s what the poodle moth’s hairs are for as well. Seeing as it was a pretty recent discovery, not much is known about the poodle moth.

4.) Trumpapillar

Trust me when I say I am not joking about the name. The scientific name for this caterpillar is the Flannel Moth caterpillar, but it is also widely known as the Trumpapillar because it looks EXACTLY like Donald Trump lost his hairdo. At least, the yellow ones do. There are a variety of colours. If you were to put this caterpillar on his head, no one would even notice. That’s the main reason why this caterpillar is on this list. The other reason is because the Trumpapillar’s hairs, even though they look like a wig, are extremely painful to the touch because they cause burning and irritation. If you were to look really closely at the hairs under a microscope, you would see tiny little needle-like things covering every single hair. This acts as protection against predators! Unfortunately for Trump, his hairdo lives in the Amazon.

5.) Glass Frogs

Like the name suggests, this frog is completely translucent, which means its almost completely see through, like looking through a fogged window! Glass frogs are found in Central and South America, and this type of frog, like you may guess, is extraordinary at camouflage. Sometimes these frogs have green bones to help blend in with leaves or grass behind them. The coolest thing about this froggy is that you can see it’s heart beating through it’s skin! Also know the following picture is a female glass frog with eggs.

That’s my top 5. If you know about another super-weird animal, or think one of my five is crazy, tell me in the comments!

Have a great day!

~Sarah

November 24

Harry Potter

I think there’s not a SINGLE kid who’s read Harry Potter and hasn’t wanted to go to Hogwarts at some point. If you don’t know what or where that is, you should read Harry Potter. It’s such a good book series.

Anyway, I think all of us who have read that series (or watched the movie, which isn’t half as good) have admired SOMETHING about him. (And if you are a super fan, tried walking into every brick wall at the train station). I’m past 11 and I’m still hoping for that letter of acceptance!

Anyway, here are three successful learner traits that he shows and that we all could work on. Also, be warned. There are spoilers up to the end of the fourth book.

1. Compassion. In every single book (or movie) he has shown his compassion for pretty much everyone except Malfoy and, well, I don’t know, Voldemort. (Not including Dudley.) In the first book he saved Hermione, even though he didn’t like her, from the troll in the girls’ bathroom. In the third book, he spared Peter Pettigrew’s life, even though he killed Harry’s parents. In the fourth book he and Cedric touched the Triwizard cup together instead of only Harry.

2. Risk-Taking. I’m pretty sure we all see the risk-taking in Harry Potter. When he stabbed the Basilisk in the mouth, when he followed Sirius Black (dog version) under the Whomping Willow to save Ron, and many, many other examples.

3. Thinker. We all know Harry Potter doesn’t exactly plan ahead, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be smart. He found out the way to get into the Chamber of Secrets. Also, it takes some real improv thinking to grab a sharp rock on the lake floor to free Ron and Fleur. I mean, he didn’t exactly bring a pair of scissors.

I think Harry Potter shows us all to take risks sometimes. We won’t get anywhere in life if we are afraid to take the next step! He also teaches us to give people second chances, be forgiving, and think on our feet!

If you know anyone with these traits (or other traits too) tell me in the comments!

If you want to see the authors (J.K Rowling’s) official page, click here.