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Monthly Archives: December 2010

So I figure I’ll post the story I wrote for Tweety’s  graduation. It’s a speech they will perform at graduation. It’s a little like a magic school bus story. They visit the oceans, talk to animals, and learn fun facts along the way.

SARAH TWEETY A: The other day, we all went to play on the beach. We saw a submarine out on the water. We all climbed inside and started our underwater adventure.

MICHELLE: The submarine went across the Pacific Ocean, to the Great Barrier Reef. It is 3000 kilometers long! It is so beautiful. The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing we can see from space. There was pretty coral, sting rays, dolphins, and giant clams! I never wanted to leave!

HARRY: We saw a very large sea turtle, so we talked to him. He was a leatherback. I asked him how long he could hold his breath underwater. He said the longest he’s ever gone was five hours! Their hearts slow down to one beat every 10 minutes! I had fun talking with this leatherback sea turtle, but he needed to eat. Do you know what leatherbacks eat? Jellyfish! YUCK!

CINDY: The reef was a lot of fun, but we had more to see. We left the Great Barrier Reef and went to find the biggest animal alive – the blue whale. I never knew why these whales were named “blue” until I met one. The blue whale was named for its color. I couldn’t believe how big he was! He was about 30 meters long! That’s 18 times longer then my dad! He eats 4 tons of krill a day!

DANIEL: We had much to see, so we said goodbye to our new giant friend. We were heading south go to the Southern Ocean. This ocean was huge! As big as 193 Korea’s! It was so cold that we had to wear winter coats. The temperature was five degrees! We saw  scary icebergs. Icebergs break off glaciers and float in water.

SARAH TWEETY A: When we got near Antarctica, we saw a bunch of penguins. One talked to us. She was an Emperor penguin – the largest kind! She’s bigger then me! She had a black face, yellow ears, and a white stomach. In the water, they have to look out for leopard seals and killer whales.

SARAH TWEETY B: Emperor penguins can hold their breath for 15 minutes, so she had to go back to the surface for air. We had fun meeting the penguins, but we had to leave. Up next, we were going to the Indian Ocean. It is the third largest ocean and the warmest. It felt nice after the freezing Southern Ocean.

DUKE: Near South Africa, we saw a hammerhead shark! His head looked like an anchor! He said he was hunting for fish. Hammerheads don’t attack people, so we talked to him. I thought he was big, but whale sharks are fourteen meters long! That’s as long as a bus! He was a scalloped hammerhead, the most common kind.

VICKY: We had a great time in the Indian Ocean. We said goodbye to our new friends and went home. The submarine took us home. Everything was so wonderful. The oceans are amazing places. They cover 70 percent of Earth. We saw a sea turtle, a blue whale, a penguin, and a hammerhead shark. We visited the Pacific, Southern, and Indian Oceans. What a great day!

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So I have always hated people who dress up and treat their dogs like people. People like Paris Hilton carrying around a toy chihuahua dressed in pink come to mind. However, since buying a small Yorkshire Terrier a few months back, I find myself gravitating to the puppy outfits more and more.

It started off innocently enough… After my vet shaved Fritz to resemble a stoned rat, I had no choice but to buy her a small sweater to keep her warm on walks. How else would she retain her body heat? She weighs 4 pounds! This small necessity has turned into an obsession. Over the weekend in Insadong, I passed a street vendor selling puff vest with fur-lined hoods for dogs. You can imagine what my next move was. I bought Fritz a red Polo vest (authentic, I’m sure) to keep her warm during the winter months. My next move? Tae-kwon-do uniform with black belt…. yeah, it’s happening.

So I recently bought a pair of shoes in Myeondong – Seoul. They are a great pair of shoes. One problem: Korean shoes seem to be lacking grips on the bottoms. This wouldn’t normally be a problem, except that Koreans love to decorate the sidewalks with shiny polished marble. So you can imagine what happens when it rains and I have to walk home from work. Every step I take on a rainy night makes me feel like I’m gambling with my life. How these ladies manage in heels I’ll never know.

We have been very busy at ILS the past few weeks. We had to pick and prepare graduation speeches for our kindergarten kids. They graduate in February. I wrote a ‘magic schoolbus’ type story for Tweety class. They will be going on an undersea adventure where they meet and talk with a sea turtle, blue whale, and penguin.

They will also all participate in a Wizard of Oz play. Tweety class is doing the scene where Dorothy destroys the Wicked Witch with water, and finds out she has to click her heels to go home. I will be very stressed the next few months trying to get my kids to memorize two scripts. Wish me luck….

I have recently become obsessed with K Pop music. The first few months, Korean pop music is extremely annoying. And then like any other boyband/girlband group, you end up getting hooked without wanting to. I am currently in the process of trying to find out how to buy tickets to a K Pop concert….

Here are a few of my favorites….