Sick :(

I’ve been sick for about a week and a half now. I got better in the middle of it, but now it’s worse again. I think I was basically trying to recover, but then would go to the fitness program (because I love it that much!) which would then make my immune system weak, making me sick again. I’ve missed the last two days of school, but was able to get a few handouts from a friend. So, in the mean time, I have talked to a BC calculus teacher about my science fair project (he is helping me a lot!), doing extra algebra 2 (which I haven’t done in awhile), getting ready for the bake sale on Friday where the high school has it’s Hockey Marathon (so we can earn money for the talent show), and working on my cello for a cello concert on Friday. I am doing a duet with my teacher, which is super fun! I have a lot ahead of me, and these few days have really given me some time to think and rest. Today at school, I was suppose to go (along with all the 8th graders) to the Weissman Institute. It is basically a museum of astronomy and physics. But unfortunately, I couldn’t go.

Summary of the Week! – Jan. 23rd (Training)

It’s been really fun last week and this week, to be really able to take charge of the student council (just because my principle really runs the meetings even though I am the president). So, it’s pretty hard to stand up. I’ve been trying to get everything organized for the Lock In. We had auditions for the Talent Show today. It went really well. We are going to have a prize for 1st place, or the first three places all depending on who wins. It’s a secret, so just in case any of my friends are reading this blog, I am not going to say what it is.

For Valentine’s day I’ve made it official that we are going to get long stem roses. So, that will be pretty fun.

I went to the fitness program today. However, it was open gym, so I came there right after school (even before dinner!). I exercised based of this list that I was provided last time, which took me about 30-40 minutes. My back and shoulders have been aching, but I want to ask next time if  I could add a few more routines to my exercise. This whole thing is exciting as well as everything that has been going on lately. . .

Science fair has been progressing along. I just saw this amazing clip of a boy (13 years old!) presenting a power point to all these judges on a really ingenious idea. Basically, he looked at the golden ratio of how a tree is structured, and tried to mimic that for this creating with solar panels. It turns out that his creation collected 50% more sunlight than just flat solar panels. Also, today I just saw this Youtube video of a women in Uganda who wrote the book I received for Christmas — Kisses from Katie. Then, I saw another amazing thing on TV about the way elephants communicate. It just comes to show if you follow your heart, you can succeed and really learn something amazing. I feel this has really given me a lot of inspiration on being able to do something great in science (almost like the high-schooler who believes she has found the cure to cancer). All this new science information has been starting to reveal. I just really hope to be apart of this really soon, and I might have an idea of what I will be getting into. . .

Jan. 22nd — Fitness Program

Today (Sunday) which is a work day for Israelis, I went to the fitness program. It was raining really hard hear, almost like a storm, so we practised inside. I’m not sure if this really counts as running (even though we did do a bit of running laps and sprints inside) but we mostly did aerobic exercises with weights.  I did so many different types of exercises, my legs are a bit sore, but my arms are so sore they are like limp. I feel good though because I have been sick for a week and just to be able to get out there and exercise makes me feel better (if you can believe it).  Even though it’s hard work and painful, it’s a pleasure and I know I’m getting stronger every practice. Just like the quote I had for my SSAT writing section – no pain, no gain.

End of the Week and Fitness (Jan. 16-17th)

I finished all my tests today and am working on my essay. By tomorrow everything will be done. I think it is all going well though. Yesterday, I went to the running program. We first did a ton of fitness exercises (we probably did more than 50 push ups). My arms were killing me even until today. Then, we ran 4 kilometers, more fitness (sit ups), and then 10 sprints. Today, there was open gym during 5 to 8, where you go to another room with all these facilities and just do a lot of fitness exercises. Actually, this whole program and open gym has been super fun for me. It is hard, and my arms do really hurt, but I think it’s really great to start getting back in shape. It’s just nice to be able to work out and kind of feel the same way as I felt in the gym. Until now, I didn’t realize how much I missed just working out. So, I’m really excited!

So Much To Do. . . So Little Time!

My week has been hectic! I’ve had to deal with an upcoming school event (yes the next big thing) — Lock In, Valentine’s Day, science fair, U.S. Western Expansion exam in humanities, an essay, and a Hebrew quiz! So, I’ve been having to study so much and talk to a bunch of teacher even though I’m sick.

Every year we have a special school event called Lock In.  Here, the student council and eco-club work together. This year our theme is being locked in Candy Land (so you are basically locked in at school). Right after school all the middle school students are locked in the gym. There are many games and a raffle (you get a certain amount of money for each type of game you play). Then after that, we all eat dinner, which is usually pizza. Next, we all move to the auditorium, where the talent show is held. I am probably going to do a Sonata for piano. There is going to be a grand prize (it might be an I-pod touch but we aren’t sure yet). Also, there will be a second and third prize (we are thinking about having a gift basket full of candy/junk food or something like that). All of this is a secret however, until we find out for sure what the student council is going to do. Basically, the eco-club is in charge of  the games and we (the student council) are in charge of the talent show and the Valentine’s dance afterwards. this is going to be on February 10th, so it’s a while a ways.

For Valentine’s Day, this year, we are going to have something special. With the high school, we are going to sell roses. White is for friend, pink is for interested, and red is for love. I think it is really cute and it’s the first time we have ever done anything.

Science fair is also coming up. It starts towards the end of this month. It’s about a month long (a bit shorter than last year). I had to go to my math teacher to see if he could help me with figuring out this formula (my science fair has to do with the math). He was not able to explain it to me, so I have to go to these two AP Calculus math teachers in the high school tomorrow. This weekend I’m going to buy the plants. My science fair is different than almost everyone at my school. I am doing it internationally with a girl from the U.S. and a girl from Germany. It’s fun, but much harder than doing it with someone at my school. Hopefully, I will be able to get this complicated idea figured out and do it well.

On top of all these big events coming up, I still have the everyday homework load this weekend — a huge U.S. Western Expanion exam, an essay on October Sky (a book we read), and a Hebrew quiz. I was sick on Monday, so I wasn’t able to get my notebook and folder that my humanities teacher had (because he grades that four times a year) to study. So, he mentioned about having a day extension on the test (which I really need) but the next two days we have an in-class essay. So, hopefully, I will be able to do it on Thursday during Instant Replay (a block where you do homework). Also, tomorrow I have a Hebrew quiz. I hope all goes well, because that high school class is really difficult for me.

So, as you can see, I have a crazy schedule. Hopefully, all will go well. But I know in the end, if the student council and eco-club do well, the Lock In will be a huge success! I’m really excited (and just can’t wait for the science fair to end)! It’s just such a huge weight put on your shoulders. But, I’ll just have to get through my last year doing the science fair. Can’t wait!! Thank you!

Running Program

Yesterday I went to the running program from 6 to 7:30. There were a bit less than 20 kids, one of whom (besides me) was a girl. It was actually very good. Not to extreme of a workout, but hard enough. We did running loops and then came back to the small gym and did all sorts of fitness exercises like push ups and sit ups, then we would go back outside for another running loop. The first loop was a .5 kilometer, the second was 1 kilometer, the third was 1.5 kilometers, and the final run was 2 kilometers. I would say the running part was the easiest. Also, since it was night time and a bit cold, it made the run easier. After practice my arms were a bit sore, which is a good sign I guess. I really enjoyed the workout and am going to do it four times a week (but two of the days is not really an instructed class, more of going to a gym and working out as long as you want). I have to quit after-school soccer because it is during the same times as this running program. However, I think this fitness program is going to help me become more fit and is just a really good program! I’m actually really happy to have this program because I can finally have something (that I enjoy) to do for exercise because I miss not having anything (like gymnastics) to do during the week.

Forever21 in Israel!

I spent a 3 day weekend with one of my great Israeli friend (Friday evening to Sunday). This morning, we went to Forever21 in Tel Aviv. It only has recently come to Israel, so all my peers and I are super excited! In a few months a Forever21 store will be coming to 7 Stars Mall (close to wear I live). The clothes are a bit pricey, but much cheaper than other stores in Israel. I know that Forever21 tried to have their clothes priced reasonably (so here it’s like four dollars more than America). For example, I got four items — a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, and a skirt — all of that cost $89! But it was still really fun! The store was huge! It’s nice to have a little piece of America in Israel for a change, and I hope more stores come here as well. I had a really fun time with my friend! We made each our own separate chocolate cake from my Cake Boss cook book. We started to try and become professional bakers (as in making amazingly decorated cakes), but that didn’t turn out. They still look pretty awesome and taste even better.

Here are the pictures:

(left) my friend’s                          (right) mine

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