Nearing the days leading up to my dad's birthday, I asked my mom if I could make him a cake. My mom doubted my skill. . But, I stubbornly said that I wanted to do it, and that I could do it. She agreed.On his birthday, I made it.In the afternoon, he was at work, but my mom was home. She did not want me to use the oven myself. I used Betty Crocet Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix, and Bisquik pancake mix.I made the brownie batter in the blender. I added about 1/3 cup of oil, and 1/2 cup of water. It was a little more watery than I hoped for, but in the end it was fine. Then I made shortcake dough. I shaped the shortcake into a rough, roundish shape, and then my mom put them to bake. When I took them out, the first thing that i did was split the shortcake, and put the glazed strawberries that I had glazed earlier in it, so it looked like an actual strawberry shortcake. Then I flipped the brownie base out of the baking pan. It came out cleanly because I had put so much baking spray on the pan. I used icing to center the shortcake onto the brownie base. I iced a border, and put a strawberry on each corner. The cake tasted pretty well, given that I skipped using eggs. The cake was delicious.
was the first day of class. First we had an introduction to what we would be
learning, and then we jumped right in to it.We used a program called text
wrangler to use basic html to make a webpage that uses only text. We used the
to make the font size bigger or smaller. The page we
made was an introductory page about ourself. The page that I made included some
of my likes and dislikes, as well as some random facts about me.We didn't use
many codes today, but one of the main codes that we used was
which was the code to change the font size.
Today, we learned how to incorperate images and tables in webpages. we used codes such as - table row, table heading, and - table data. We also used long complicated codes at the beginning. The long, complicated code that we used came from Adobe Dreamweaver.We also learned how to write comments that are not there when others are reading it, so they can act as a reminder. The tables that I made were about flowers, and the colors that they come in. Another was a table about types of chocolate, and the companies that make them, and another was a table about fruits, and their tastes.
Today we learned about lists. Ordered and unordered. We also learned how to change colors and font styles and alignments. We learned how to tile an image on a webpage. We learned how to un tile images Today, we used quite a few codes today. Those codes are ol, ul, etc.. Some of the lists that I made are: a list listing types of berries. Another was a list of types of fillings that chocolate can have. Meaning like peppermint, caramel, raspberry, etc.. Another was a list of the types of genres of books. The image that I tiled was a picture of a zebra.
we used this day as a review day we made a page about something.We used lists, images, style, etc.. The page that I made was a list of types of poems. I made the background purple. The title of the page was types of poems. I included definitions of poems like haikus, epics,
Today we learned how to list multiple links on a page. We used Dream Weaver to do this. In the process, we used about 6 files. We learned how to list the links. We brushed up on the style categories, and added a few more items to them.
On this day, we started our websites. I decided to make mine about origami. I desided that I would have 7 pages. A page about history, a homepage, a page about animals, flowers, boxes, and birds. The seventh page would be about origami parties and classes, and the fact that I can do them upon request. Today, I also started the home, and history page. Day 8 Today, we worked on our website some more. I worked on the animal page. I decided that the two animals that I will give directions for would be a dog face, and a butterfly. You may think that writing directions for those two designs would not be hard, but it took a lot of rephrasing to make it so the directions were relatively easy to understand. I got a couple of diagrams from the internet when it came to the butterfly. One was showing how to make the waterbomb base, and the other was a diagram showing the steps. It would come to use for those who could not understand the directions without visuals.
Day 10 Today we worked some more on our websites. I just did a little of each of the pages. I finished the home, history, and animal pages. I started the boxes page, and the birds page, as well as the parties and classes page. Day 11 Today, the first thing we did was learn how to make an icon. We used a website called favicon.com. My icon was one with an o, and an r. They were both capital letters, but it is hard to explain. After that, we went back to work on our websites. I worked on the box page and the bird page because I had made the video of the bird base, which my brother edited, and I had taken some pictures for the box page. But, since all did not go as planned, I was unable to finish them.
Day 12 and 13
On these two days I finished taking photos, and finished up my website. I fixed all the things that were wrong, and gave the fife to the teacher for testing. It worked.
On the second to last day, we presented our websites to the class. Then, we were allowed to do what we wanted.
On the last day of class we watched a movie. The movie was about Micheal Jordan meeting the looney toons. It was a good movie.
The web design class was really fun. The class was at Harker. The campus was pretty nice. It was also pretty big. All in all, the web design class was pretty good.
On the sixth and 7th day of class, we worked on an excersice about linking and
media. We learned how to embed video and audio files onto a website. We worked
on making links on a horizontal line. We also put photos into our page. To do
this excersise, we used Dream Weaver.
Today, we worked on our website some more. I worked on the animal page. I
decided that the two animals that I will give directions for would be a
dog face, and a butterfly. You may think that writing directions for those two
designs would not be hard, but it took a lot of rephrasing to make it so the
directions were relatively easy to understand. I got a couple of diagrams from
the internet when it came to the butterfly. One was showing how to make the
waterbomb base, and the other was a diagram showing the steps. It would come to
use for those who could not understand the directions without visuals.
Today we worked some more on our websites. I just did a little of each of the
pages. I finished the home, history, and animal pages. I started the boxes
page, and the birds page, as well as the parties and classes page.
Today, the first thing we did was learn how to make an icon. We used a website
My icon was one with an o, and an r. They were both capital letters, but it is
hard to explain. After that, we went back to work on our websites. I worked on
the box page and the bird page because I had made the video of the bird base,
which my brother edited, and I had taken some pictures for the box page. But,
since all did not go as planned, I was unable to finish them.
Alaska is one of the most exquisite places you could visit. With its tall peaks, and its green trees, it is a very beautiful place. And even in summer it is easily the coldest in America.
We arrived in the biggest city in Alaska- Anchorage at around 1:00am. We took an airport shuttle to our hotel, and slept. In the morning, we all woke up slightly to the wrong side of the bed. My mom’s coordination sprouted a argument between me and my mom which was going strong until we got to the train station.
We took a cab to the train station, which would be taking us to the little town of Whittier.
At the train station, we had quite a period of time to go until boarding time of the train, so me and my mom got jackets.
A child then chanted All Aboard, and we boarded. And the train, it was quite luxurious. From foot rests, to a food car, The train had it all. From Anchorage to Whittier it was about three hours. The road we went on was very scenic. There were trees all the way there. For a while, I looked out at all the flora and trees. After a while my brother and I went onto the food cart The view from the food cart was even more magnificent. We got some stuff to eat, and after eating we went back to the car in which we were sitting. Nearing our destination came two tunnels. They were actual unlit tunnels, which went for a couple of miles each.
We arrived at Whittier at about 12:30. There we got some rather icky sandwiches which were rather heavy on the hummus. Then we boarded our cruise ship which would take us to see the glaciers. It wasn’t one of the cruises that went for days, it just went for a few hours.
The ship took us to see some glaciers. At one point the people running the cruise fished out a massive piece of ice from the water. When we were out on the boat (as in where there were no walls and windows) there was an amazing feeling. The boat may have been moving slowly, yet the wind made it feel as though we were going exceedingly fast. There was also food on the ship. We got some.
After we got off, my brother got some ice cream, and my mom got a strawberry shake, well I got the shake from the store. My mom told me that I would not get anything if I go into store. But I got the last laugh, because she asked me to help her finish it.. I told her no, because I don’t like milkshakes, so the task went to my dad.
Then, we got on the train back to Anchorage.
Once we got back to the hotel, we ate MTR ready to eat gourmet Indian food. And that is really the best thing since sliced bread.
The next morning, we got up and headed to Seward. It was about a hundred mile drive. There we went flight seeing, which is getting on a small helicopter, and looking at stuff from the helicopter. It was amazing. We started out on the water, and then we had lift of. We went around and saw some cool glaciers. We went all around the glaciers and back, in only 30 minutes.
After flight seeing, we got sandwiches for lunch at the general store. After eating, my parents got coffee, and my brother and I got ice cream.
Then we went to see the cabin that we would be staying in for the night.
I was amazed! It wasn’t your average hotel, it was more like a house. Two floors, a cooking area, and a porch. The place was awesome!
After coming to the cabin, my mom wanted to take some photos. She asked me to go sit in a wheelbarrow, but I ended up falling on my face and stomach in the rocks. After a few more photos, we got ready to go canoeing. So, we drove to the place which was about 90 miles from the cabin, only to find out that it was too dangerous to go, given the conditions of the water. So, we decided that we could go to exit glacier instead. But before we went, we went to the Subway there, and we also found out that it was the subway that had sold the most subs in a day it is apparently the Subway that had sold the most sandwiches in a day. At Exit Glacier, my mom took some photos, and then we went back to the hotel and slept.
The next morning, we went on a scenic float. There, we had to wear a lot of rain gear. At first, I was complaining that it was horrendous, and that it made me look silly, but on the water, I found out that It was completely necessary to wear it. The ride was really fun. We saw a lot of drift wood, forest areas, and cliffs. The whole ride was about 2 hours. Like I said, I was so glad that I wore all the rain gear. It was freezing in the water. It was so freezing, that by the time we got to the bus that would take us back, my feet were numb.
After we got back, we got some pizza at a store called Sackets, and started a 9 hour drive to get to our hotel for the night. So, we drove, and drove, taking the occasional stop for photos, and we finally got there.
There, we ate a dinner of more MTR ready to eat food packages. After that we caught a glimpse of the once in a life time midnight sunset, and then slept.
The next morning, we were in no hurry to get up and go, so we took our time, and finally left at 11:30. So, we drove, taking stops for pictures every once in a while.
At about 2:00, we stopped for gas. At the gas station, there was a rather dingy restaurant, where half the place was a bar, and the other half sold food, and smelled of cigarettes. I personally am trying to forget this restaurant, but I find myself unable to, so I guess I will continue writing about it, even though I dread the thought of the fact that we actually bought food there. So, there, my brother got a sandwich, and my mom got a salad, and my dad got a cinnamon role which he ended up not eating. I got some mozzarella sticks, which I ended up throwing away, because the smell that they gave was unbearable for me. So instead my dad and I ate some bread that we had bought earlier, with some veggies from my mom’s salad.
We kept on driving, and stopping, and driving and stopping, until we reached North Pole Alaska. There, we went to Subway, and ate dinner. Then my parents bought some groceries for the next day. Then we drove to our hotel for the night.
The next day, the whole day was just going around Denali National Park. For breakfast, we had whatever we got at the breakfast bar.
The bus was a full day trip. We saw 17 grizzly bears, a coyote, moose, sheep, and a lot of birds too. We saw glaciers covered in soil, mountains, and specifically Mount MiKinley, the biggest mountain there. It was really fun, four lunch we had asiago bread and tomato sandwiches. We got back at around 9:00, and we had sandwiches from Subway for dinner.
The next morning, we went to the MiKinley Chalet gift shop. I got a set of three Alaskan soaps, and a photo book about Mount MiKinley. Then, we went ATV side by side riding. I went with my mom, and my brother went with my dad. We stopped at a couple of cliffs, and then our last stop was a canyon. In the canyon, I got a piece of rough jade in the canyon. Then we went back. Once we got back, we got pizza for lunch and started heading back to the airport.
On our way, we saw Mount MiKinley from a better place. It was completely snowy. We stopped a couple of times for photos, and then continued driving. When we were almost there, we got some Subway sandwiches for dinner, and then we went to the airport. I slept in the flight to L.A, but I was awake on the way home.
Our Alaska trip was awesome.
Alaska is an amazing place, and it defiantly should be visited.
This summer, I have a rather tight schedule. I want to learn pre-algerbra. I am also going to Alaska. Where we will see the slowly melting glaciers, the national parks of the state, and the scenic roads are anther addition to our 1 week vacation. Lined up, we have a day cruise,a canoe ride, a scenic float, "flight seeing", and more.
When we get back from Alaska I'll be swimming for 6 weeks, and going to a web design camp for three weeks. I also plan to make that big rangoli, which I already wrote about. Well, my summer is going to be pretty busy, but that's a good thing because that is how I like it.
In this summer, I want to make a really big Rangoli. I will make it with four poster boards, so it will be really bigOn te edge of each I will draw a 1/4 of a circle, so when they are joined, hey form a full circle. The circle will be bordered by the traditional mango design. Inside the circle will be a simpler design.
Things I need are:
- 4 light colored poster boards
- Felt tipped pens
- 3 dimensional sequins
- Mango stencil
- 1/4 circle stencil
- 4 contrasting colors of scrapbook paper
- glue stick/ double stick tape
- liquid glue