Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hunting for the Mona Lisa (part the end)

The Chase

We rushed out the door and examined every corner and room for the class. You probably know what happened, no luck. Not even a clue about where they were. There were footprints from other people but I don’t think any of my classmates had dirty shoes and if they did, I wouldn’t be able to figure out which one was theirs and if I did know the design on the bottom of shoe, I still wouldn’t be able to figure it out because the ground was splattered with dirt and had pieces of food on the ground that people left behind. You could tell that the janitor didn’t do a very good job. We looked out the door left and right. Suddenly I felt someone grab me by the arms. I turned my head. The (fake) detective was grabbing me and my teacher was grabbing Luke.

“You are under arrest for setting the school on fire and for stealing the Mona Lisa!” said the detective.

“What?! When did I ever. . .” I was yelled and I was angry.

“Jane, when did this rascal go to your school?”

“Ummm . . . I believe it was yesterday,” she said.

“The incident happened two days ago. That was just enough time for him to get back. It has to be him!”

The whole class gasped. I noticed the ripped part of the coat. I remembered all of the clues.

“Hey, we’re going the wrong way boss, what’s this?” I said holding up the piece of cloth.

The (fake) detective looked scared after I said ‘this.’

“W-what d-do you m-m-mean?” he said frightened.

“And what’s this?” Luke said holding up the burnt string.

“Th-that’s the string I burnt before I took the Mona Lisa.”

“So you admit it. Good choice.”

Luke immediately dialed 911 for the police to come. It took a long time because it was from theUnited states.

The next day the boss was arrested the case was solved.

拜年, 压岁钱

I love Chinese New Year’s Day!


Today I visited Helzberg Hall, which is in Kauffman Center. It is blue, white, and silver, and very smooth! The architecture’s designs were very abstract. YOYO MA’s actual master class was with 3 girls, and they were all celloists. It was funny, but he had very good playing tips. At one point He invited a little girl onto the stage to express his funny way of describing how the variation should go. The YOYO MA master class was definetely worth my time, and with 2 hours. I recommend going to his masterclass! PS. On the way to our seats, I bumped into my Spanish Teacher, Senorita Jackson. Her son was playing cello too.

Shiny Gems Get Together

       The shiny gems get together was a blast! We spent the whole afternoon together at Town Center. I think ice skating was the best part. Whenever I start gliding on the ice, I totally forget about every thing. And I finally mastered my axle turn! It’s so exciting!!

        After ice skating we went to CPK for lunch. I shared a table with April, Amy, Mulan, Faith, Eric, Jennifer (which Amy wanted to get rid of very badly) and I. We ordered a spinach Artichoke dip and drinks by OURSELFS! I feel so grownup! Amy, Jennifer and I shared a pizza together. It was delicious! I loved the way the cheese just melts in your mouth. Yum!!

Pottery Blast

On the 14th I went to a pottery class. My mom had to go in the drop in because she hasn’t had experience with clay before. In my class, we did some pottery on the wheel and we made animal masks. If you guys have done any pottery on those wheels that you get from Wal Mart, this is way different. The wheel that they have is electric. You still use a pedal but I think the one in Red Star Studio is still more exciting. Oh, I forgot to tell you. The studio name is Red Star by the way. The wheels in Red Star costs $4,000.

          We got to make two cups but, my second cup turned out kind of like a bowl. The steps are confusing and the wheel makes your hands hurt. I think centering the ball of clay is the hardest part. You squeeze the ball of clay while the wheel is turning then you push it back down. You repeat these steps until the ball of clay is centered. The rest of it is kind of easy. You make a hole then pull the sides outward. After that you pull the sides up. Then finally you stop the wheel and pull the cup off. Everything’s pull, pull, pull it sounds so professional!

            My favorite was the animal mask. I like to do hand-made stuff with clay better than the wheel. First you get a paper mask only the paper mask is the mask of a human face. You need to add the ears, the snout and all those other things by yourself. My animal mask is based off of a tiger. I forgot to add whiskers so when it’s time to glaze I’ll just have paint them on. I’m actually pretty pleased with my mask, it turned out really nice. Now we just need to hope that it survives through the kiln. Same story with the cup/bowls. For a first time on the wheel, I’m impressed. When I first got on the wheel, I was imagining a big blob of wet clay!

               Well, let’s cross our fingers and hope that my projects pass the level of kiln! Until next time!!

California Pizza Kitchen!

When the skating ended, the whole blog went to CPK for lunch. It was less than a block away, so most of us ran there.

My table, Jennifer, Amanda, Mulan, Eric, Amy, Faith, and me felt mature enough to order spinach Artichoke dip by ourselves, and our drinks, which were 2 rootbeers, 2 ice teas, and a bunch of waters. Mulan and I shared a margherita pizza. When you bit into it, the parmesan and mozzerella would melt in your mouth as a zing of oregano attacked your taste buds. The crust was as crispy as a cracker, that I dipped it in the artichoke dip too. I loved it all, chewy, crispy, and soft, all into one.


This would be the way my ideal reunion of blog authors would go.

We arrive at the skating rink.

We get our skates and put them on.

We skate.

And skate.

And skate until we skate the money we paid for worthwhile.

We rest.

We get our skates off.

We leave, and go to California Pizza Kitchen.

We eat.

We socialize.

We have fun.

We convince my mom and the other adults to take us to Orange Leaf, Peach Wave, or Apple berry, or any other frozen yogurt place.

We go, and we eat.

We say, “Oh, woe,” and flop down on the couch at home, due to stomach overload.


Blog Authors Get Together – R U Coming?

On Jan. 16th, the Martin Luther King Day, there will be a get-together of our blog authors. The purpose of the gathering is to meet each other face to face, to recognize, to reward and to encourage the authors, and to have fun together!  We will go ice skating first, then have lunch at the wonderful California Pizza Kitchen.  Details are below:

11:00am – Meet at The Ice at Park Place, 11565 Ash Street, Leawood KS, 66211 We will do ice skating for about an hour.

12:00pm – Go to California Pizza Kitchen at 11655 Ash Street   Leawood , KS   66211 We will have a short meeting and a great lunch and hang out till 2pm if you want 🙂


Annie’s Blog

My friend has a blog to work on for her IEP, and I thought it would be nice if you could go and comment. Thanks!

the link is:

My Random ToothBrush Story… Part 1!

     As a start for the new year I thought I might try to write a short story or novel. Depending on how the story goes. Also I need some help with the title of my story, and other parts in the story. So please comment and help! Thanks! Now on the story…  

     I stood in the center of the woods, watching the leaves dance in the wind, and thought, “This will be my last time to relax here.’ In my hand I am holding the  thing that can save the world, the ONLY thing that can save the world from the Dark Council. The Dark Council is made up of 7 big guilds that control thousands of little guilds, and I have the thing that can destroy them. My wand or so I say,”my toothbrush.” My magical toothbrush. Only I can control it and only I have the power. If I do the slightest thing wrong, The world will be at its end.

       I drew a big circle in the air with my wand and said,”(idk what to put here, im thinking of circadendum.)” The circle came to life, it started to glow and inside there was something twirling. I put one leg into the circle, which is now a portal, and it felt like fire was eating my leg. I pulled my leg out before you could say Potato Island. I decided to jump in super fast and it worked! I was in between space and time. I just had to say a place and a year and I would be there.

     So I said,”Potato Island in year 926!(which is this year)” In a flash I was there, standing in the middle of a battle.

2011 in review – Annual Report about our Blog Activities

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Winter Camp

I just got back from winter camp in Harbin, China. There were a lot of really nice kids from different countries. I had fun skiing and looking at ice/snow buildings. The only bad thing was that we had have lessons about China for the first week. All in all, I liked this camp and would recommend it to most people.