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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Parkour: Problem Solving

In Parkour today, we did the most awesome thing ever: Team Problem Solving. Our teacher Zach explained Problem Solving is where he doesn't tell us how to get through a Parkour course, we just try to get through as quickly as possible. The Team part means that we were in teams of 3 and every member had to get through the course before it was considered completed. Shannon, Kyle and I were one team.

The first third of the course was easy for all of us. We could whiz through it without much trouble.
On the second third, however, we found that Shannon (being by far the smallest) could not climb a certain block that we had get up onto. We had to hoist her up and then, because she was afraid of dropping from a very high block, we had to lower her down. Fairly straightforward. It's Team Problem Solving, after all.
The third and final section of the course caused our biggest problem and our greatest victory. Right at the end of it, there were two blocks. We had to jump from one to the other without touching the floor. Kyle (the oldest and tallest) could do it easily, and I could do it after practicing a couple times, but Shannon just couldn't make the jump. At first Kyle and I were stumped at how to get her across. We tried giving her a leg up, even practically throwing her fron the first block to the second. Every try ended ridiculously and disastrously. Then Kyle had the crazy (or so I thought) idea of letting Shannon use him like a bridge. They are siblings, and Kyle often picks Shannon up and holds her upside down. So neither of them had any doubt at Kyle's strength, but I still thought it wouldn't work.
And the first time we tried, it didn't. Shannon couldn't figure out to get over without hurting Kyle, so they both collapsed to the ground. Zach said it was the funniest and best idea he'd ever seen, so we kept trying. When Shannon worked on it and I helped push her at the beginning, we finally got her over successfully. It was a little silly, but we did it.
Our parents got it on video and Rafie uploaded it to YouTube. The video itself is not the best thing in the world; it skips all the bits where I do anything except pick Shannon up, and you can't really see the blocks we're jumping on. But now that I've told you what we were doing, here it is:


Right now you are probably thinking this:
Huh? Is NamProm some kind of prom?? Why is Sasha writing about a Nam Prom and where did her space bar go? Or is it one word? What's with the capitalization??
Well, NamProm is something that my mom invented today. It is National Math Problem Month, December. (National, Na; Math, m; Problem, pro; Month, m.) It's like just NaNoWriMo, a month of intensive dedication and work, only with my very least favorite subject instead of my very favorite one.
Mom wants me to get through a series of math workbooks I'm doing as soon as possible, so for NamProm I will (and my brother Rafie will, says Mom) figure out how many pages of our math books we need to do per day to get what we need to do done. To do NamProm you just need to set a goal of finishing any workbook/textbook/EPGY lessons, at whatever level you're at. It's going to be very... interesting, I guess. Now all we need is a page-count goal, a forum, and a group of NamPrommers (anybody want to be one of them?)...
Look, I even have the NamProm (NaNoWriMo knockoff) participant's badge:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Word Count Update!

I hit 20,000 words! I can't believe NaNoWriMo went so smoothly this year! (Also, in Thinking, Writing girl news, my blog now has 3,000 pageviews total!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

NaNoWriMo Book Cover

Hello! I see I have a new follower, so welcome whoever you are!
Arina, who saw the book cover I made for my NaNoWriMo novel, has remade it in her own awesome way. May I present the cover Arina made. (Insert applause here.)
By the way, National Novel Wring Month is going epically; I've written almost 14,000 words. Tomorrow I plan to pass the number of words I wrote total last year (14,500).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why I Haven't Posted Much

Here is why I have barely been posting anything longer than a couple sentences recently. I hope you will find that it is not only an adequate excuse but also an interesting post.
1. I am, as you know, doing NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I can brag (and will) that I have written 12,000 words in the last 12 days. I wrote 12,000 words total during NaNoWriMo two years ago.
2. I have school work! Homeschool Co-op is being fun, but it and the other things I'm doing are keeping me quite busy. I have a confession to make: I haven't written anything for the David Stromme writing class yet! i expect I never will. David Stromme probably wouldn't care much if I don't write anything.
If he does care, I can say, "Your assignment was to write something. Anything. I did write something. A 15,000-word something (as it will probably be by then)! Your assignment was not 'to write something I'm willing to share with the class', and I'm not ready to share my novel yet."
3. I went to Carmen! Last night, just after I started writing this post, it was time to head to the operahouse. we didn't get reservations for Millie's favorite restaurant around there, the Hayes Street Grill, in time. Then Caffe Delle Stelle said we hadn't made reservations for it-- even though we had-- and wouldn't give us a table.
Mom and Millie said, "They should have given us a table!"
Said I, "What, and take away another equally innocent reservation-maker's table? How is that any better except to us."
So we ate at the operahouse buffet, which was just fine. The food was good and it was right in the operahouse, where we wanted to be. Shouldn't buffet be short for buffeteria? Like cafeteria?
We had really good seats, Row B, the sort Millie gets all the time because she really loves opera and if she can't hear it up close it's not worth it. But mom usually gets a seat very far back. However this time she arranged for seats for Millie, Rafie, me, and herself in the front.  they recently raised the level of the orchestra pit, so we could see the orchestra. The conductor was highly entertaining. (I kept peeking at the clarinets.) The singing was really awesome and the sets were fantastic. All in all, Carmen was a great show. Mom said that the moral is "always listen to your mother". I think there are many other morals to draw from it, for Carmen and Jose. Like, "if your first thought about someone is "she's a witch, don't run off with her." (Don Jose.) Or, "Don't seduce nasty old soldiers constantly." (Carmen.)
I got back from Carmen at ten minutes past midnight and decided to finish this blog post in the morning.
4. Books! I've been reading when I have spare time, and what great books they are. I got two historical fictions from the library. I have finished (and loved) The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas.

...and that is why I haven't posted much.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NaNoWriMo and More

NaNoWriMo is going well, though I got a little behind on word-count yesterday. I didn't have time to writing everything I had to write yesterday and went to Hickman Charter School, thinking I would write the rest in the evening. For reasons that were not preferable, my family ended up staying at my friends' house afterward. I did not have my computer for writing on, and I didn't get back until about an hour ago. So i'm a bit behind on word count, but I'm getting there.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


This is an odd picture I took a while back. It's sort of old, but I think it's pretty funny/sarcastic so here it is:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Oh my gosh. It's the first day of National Novel Writing Month. Yay! Let's celebrate and then remember that we should actually write during NaNoWriMo.