Tuesday, August 28, 2007

cover your armpits!

hi everyone,

the bus for pyle usually comes around 7:25 AM which is about one and half hours earlier than my elementary school bus came. i've been having a really hard time waking up so early in the morning. i think i'm losing my beauty sleep so i'll look really bad by the end of the school year.
attention all elementary school kids: wear what you want now because if you go to pyle middle school, you won't be able to wear spaghetti straps (hard to believe!), any skirts or shorts above your fingertips when you put your arms at your side. you can't show your midsection or undergarments (which is understandable). shirts have to cover the top of your shoulders and "come" to the armpit (which i really don't understand). i mean why can't you show your shoulders?? what's so appealing about seeing people's armpits that they should be covered up? i can't wear 3/4 of my clothes now!
on the first day of school, opening my locker was so easy, i got it on the first try every time. today, for 3rd period, we went to gym and got a gym locker as well. i'm not sure if my locker is jammed or if i'm confused from my gym locker, but my locker won't open on the first few tries. our gym uniform is a gigantic gray t-shirt with the pyle panther on it and some really baggy black shorts, which are really long.
my new bus driver skipped my stop and everyone was yelling "you missed that stop, you missed that stop" but he would just say "there's no stop there" and look at the paper with all the bus stops. so we stopped off at the next bus stop which was two blocks away from my house. so i walked back with wyatt who's also at my stop. i really don't understand how that could happen since he picks us up from that bus stop in the morning.

beatriz atsavapranee

first day in a new giant school

hey everyone!

yesterday... was the first day of school for me at pyle middle school! i went onto the bus, the 6th graders have to sit in the front. a bit like how the kindergarteners had to sit in the front in elementary school. yesterday was an even day, so i had periods 1, 2, 4, and 6. one is social studies which is shorter than the other periods because i have it everyday. my social studies teacher is mr. dixon. he is really nice but other people seem to think otherwise. two is science, my teacher is ms. hall, she is really perky, in a good way tho. she gave each of her classes a color for their paper storage and journals. four is math, i am in math b. my math teacher is ms. ozenberger and the classroom is right across from my locker. my locker is in the basement. six is band, i play violin. my band teacher is ms. butler, there were over 75 trophies on the walls;7th and 8th graders compete, but 6th graders don't. most of the band time yesterday was just reading off rules and consequences. when i was riding home on the bus, a little before my stop i asked the bus driver if i should get off there or if he would stop at my street. he said to walk, but he stopped there anyway!! afterwards my mom, sister and i went to staples to get more journals and a new binder.

beatriz atsavapranee

Saturday, August 25, 2007

carrots + horse bucket + vacation = bad smelly idea

hi everyone,

last night at about 12:00 PM my dad picked us up from the airport. my dad had brought us some candy from my grandpa (from thailand), some rings, necklaces, an olive green cell phone case for me, and my grandma's old small red velvet jewelry box from his trip to thailand.
when i got home last night the house was dark and i thought that the carrots in my horse bucket looked weird, so i reached into them... and they were moldy! so, my horse shoe at the bottom was rusty. so today, i mixed baking soda with a little bit of water and rubbed it on my horse shoe for about 45 minutes, and it got much better. just a little more rusty than when it had come off the horses foot.

i got my hair cut a few inches and an angle in the front. the last few times i got my hair cut, nobody noticed so i don't think anyone will notice this time either. i went to the hair cuttery very close to the university of maryland as i always do. and i've had a stylist there do my hair for a pretty long time. my whole family has the same stylist do their hair.
we went bowling today and ella really wanted to get a spare. she has before so i don't know why it was such a goal for her that day. right after we stopped keeping score, i took another shot and got a strike. lol.

beatriz atsavapranee

Friday, August 24, 2007

curled by cousins

hey everyone,

yesterday... we went to the american girl doll store, which is only in LA and new york city. it was cool, they had a hair salon for the dolls, a restaurant, and a hospital (they take your doll and give you a new one, but i think it costs the same as getting a new doll. but i guess its supposed to feel like it's the same doll). ella got nicki, the doll of the year. the character likes horses and when ella was choosing, she said, "i want nicki. she likes horses, and i do, too! it's my favorite animal." my mom said, "really?" and ella said, "yeah, my favorite farm animal." everyone has to ask permission before they touch nicki's hair. we found out that they're actually coming out with an asian doll, ivy ling, in november.
we met my great aunt may, great uncle james, and my first cousins (once removed), eric and kevin (my grandma's relatives) for lunch at the cheesecake factory. my aunt and uncle live in houston, so i'd never met them or my cousins before. i had salad and a piece of pizza and a slice of chocolate oreo mudslide cheesecake :) yum... kevin's in business school at wharton and eric is a corporate lawyer in new york. after that, everyone who didn't get cheesecake (which was everyone except me) went to get ice cream at the farmer's market. it was funny because kevin was curling adam and me. although it made me feel kind of sick because of all the cheesecake before that. it was impressive that he could do it cuz i'm 60 lbs. he also carried ella (who's about 35 lbs) and adam (who is 51 lbs even though ella's a little bit older) at the same time. eric asked how heavy ella was and said "no way, i could curl you" and then he started curling her and then he said "you are 35 lbs".
next, we went to the getty center which was so beautiful. the garden in the back had grass that was so green, short and smooth that it literally looked like a green carpet. there were beautiful flowers on the path, a fountain, and a waterfall that flowed down around a bush maze. the getty was up on a hill in west l.a. so you could look down and see the city.
while we were driving, everyone was looking for cell phone towers that were dressed up as trees, palm trees or evergreens. adam spotted a lot of them.
we had dinner with my grandparents, great grandma, great aunts jane and karen, great uncle bobby, my first cousins (once removed) michael, robert and his wife annie and their baby lisa marie (9 mos) (these are my grandpa's relatives). lisa marie was so cute and she had a few teeth on the bottom. we were stuck in traffic on the freeways so we were about an hour late.
we went to fosselman's afterwards and i got some mango ice cream and some watermelon and green apple taffy too.

beatriz atsavapranee

Thursday, August 23, 2007

gelato paradiso

hi everyone,

yesterday... we went to the beach and the waves were gigantic! it was so fun, i boogie-boarded a little bit because my scrapes are getting much better. my cousin allie and i were looking for sand crabs but i was too scared to dig for them. allie found 4, but we let them go free before we left. it was fun because every time we sat down to dig, the waves would splash us.
for lunch, we had chips that were gigantic, the size of tortillas. and burritos.
last time we went to disneyland, i got a glass mug with my name on it. but when i was washing it, and put it on the table... the bottom chipped! so we went to disneyland again and my aunt rosie picked up another one for me which was really nice because disneyland isn't that close to their house.
for dinner we went to grandpa's friends' house in corona del mar near newport beach. when we got there we took a short walk to the beach, which you can see from their house. their house was really nice, they had a balcony, a fountain outside, and their furniture was awesome. the food was really good, too. they had cheesy garlic bread, fettucini carbonara, ravioli, salad, and meatballs. we had delicious gourmet cookies as a first dessert course, then gelato from gelato paradiso. there were 6 flavors. vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, creme vanilla, mixed berry, and mint chocolate chip. it was cute, they were served in these plastic champagne glasses, so when the bottom flavor melted, it would melt down into the stem. i tasted all of them besides for vanilla and creme vanilla in my 3 servings of gelato. there was so much food, it was like a buffet!!
after that we all played hide and seek, lol. tori, 12, and alex, 16, played with us, just for us i guess. i was looking for everyone and we found ella and tori last. they were in the garage, in the car, that was locked, and they were ducking when we came in.

beatriz atsavapranee

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

soarin' over california

hi all,

today we went to disneyland at around 9:45 for brunch at a pretty nice buffet where several disney characters walked around. the food there included cute waffles in the shape of mickey mouse, lots of fruits, cereal, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and ham, etc. we saw minnie, pooh, tigger, chip and dale, captain hook, pluto, and the fairy godmother. ella was so excited that she was going to meet minnie, she wore a nice dress, but changed into casual clothes for the park later on. ella really wanted to find donald duck and daisy duck, but apparently they weren't working today... except for the parade.
after that we went to california adventure, the other disney theme park in LA. all the rides were really colorful and bright. they had a beautiful mosaic near the front and a replica of the golden gate bridge. we went on a ride called "soarin' over california". you sit in a chair that lifts you up towards a big screen which makes you feel like you are flying over beautiful scenes in california. when planes or helicopters passed by on the screen, it was actually very noisy. we also went on a little rollercoaster called mulholland madness that was pretty short that featured sharp turns, steep hills and sudden braking. we went to "turtle talk with crush". it used animation and the turtle could respond to questions from the audience. when he said he had 65 kids, then someone asked what his kids' names were, he responded with "my-shell, me-shell, john, paul, george and ringo, tito, jermaine, michael..., the teenagers are named leonardo, raphael, michelangelo, donatello, crush jr., crush jr., crush jr. ... well, there are 25 crush jrs." he also explained how you get boy and girl turtles. he said, "if the eggs are laid on the cool side, then they become dudes, and if they're laid in the water, they become chicks. that's why dudes are cool, and chicks are totally hot!" he also said "don't make an enemy of an anemone". try saying that three times fast.

beatriz

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

sugar donut

hi everyone,

we walked to redondo beach, it's only a few blocks away. at the beach we saw some dolphins playing really close to the shore. about 50 ft away, it was within swimming distance from the shore, i didn't think they actually got that close to humans. it was hilarious when allie (my cousin) got all wet and then rolled in the sand-- this is called a "sugar donut". the sunscreen we put on was hard to rub in and would make my skin look purple. it was also waterproof so it made water bead on the surface of my skin.
later in the day, i went to souplantation with my grandparents. souplantation is my favorite restaurant, but there aren't any in maryland. it's a soup and salad buffet. there are even little ice cream cones that you can fill with soft serve ice cream. the best part is that you can get as much ice cream as you want.
it's 3 hours earlier in california than it is in maryland. i'm having a hard time shifting over. usually after we go out to dinner and come home, it feels really late. for example right now, so it's hard blogging at a time that feels like it's after midnight in maryland (or... later). so, thats all for now.

beatriz

Monday, August 20, 2007

disneyland turned goth

hey everyone,

sorry that i didn't post yesterday, i had dinner in disneyland at about 7:00PM which is 10:00PM in maryland. i was really tired and decided to write in my blog this morning.
yesterday... we all went to disneyland! my favorite ride is big thunder. it was so fun, but ella was a little scared and kept asking when it would be over. in the autopia ride, my car wouldn't go so someone had to go into the car and press the accelerator pedal for me which was really embarrassing. a lot of the people in disneyland were goth that day. i think they were meeting up sometime at night, i heard some people talking about it in the ice cream parlor. and someone came from new york just to go to this goth convention. it was scary seeing so many goths. some had pink, bleach blonde, red, or green hair. mostly black hair though. a lot of them had fish net tights, pierced noses, a lot of black make-up, or striped tights which was totally unfashionable in my opinion. some people even put their toes into the holes in the fish net tights and wore black (of course) flip flops. a lot of them were also carrying big, lacy, black umbrellas. some of them seemed semi-goth. they wore red lipstick, purple shirts, etc. i even saw some baby goths. we had lunch then went to california adventure. we saw an aladdin broadway show and genie was really funny. we went to dinner at one of the disneyland hotels which was nice. the iced tea woke me up a little.

beatriz atsavapranee


Saturday, August 18, 2007

california dreamin'

hi all,

the taxi came at 10:00 am and we went to Dulles Airport. the flight was about 5 hours long and we arrived in LA, california at about 2:00 pm california time. my aunt rosie, uncle michael and cousins, adam and allie picked us up from the airport and we drove to redondo beach. when we got home everyone played apples to apples besides for adam and me. adam really wanted me to play dominoes with him. then after that allie (exactly 8 1/4 today) and ella played dolls while adam (6) played rush hour with me. every once and a while he would come over to me and put a really big clown hat on me. my grandma and grandpa came tonight but they are staying in a house they own in pasadena.
i helped my aunt, uncle, and grandma cook dinner while my cousins and sister rubbed glue all over their hands and dried them in front of the fan. they peeled it off and told everyone, "my skin is peeling off!"
my dad's coming back from thailand tomorrow and will see us for a day when we come back home. but after that he is going to sicily, italy for 3 weeks for a big experiment. or as he says, "one of the culminating experiences of his career"-- doing a full-scale ship test.

beatriz atsavapranee

Friday, August 17, 2007

many scrapes in a day

hi everyone,

today, we had to groom two horses. one was a pony that we were grooming for the mini campers (half day campers) and one was the one we were riding in the show. our mini camp pony was tica and our pony was annie. annie is actually a new pony at meadowbrook stables. during the show, it was basically like a regular lesson. i was thirsty... so i went to get a drink. suddenly, out of nowhere, annie starts trotting towards the other horses. i still had my water, so at that point all the cold water was pouring onto her neck. we were in the middle of a no stirrup exercise. annie starts galloping around and around! my water was still spilling! stephanie screams, "DROP THE WATER BOTTLE!!" so i did. the stirrups weren't on my feet so they were smacking her sides, which felt to her like i was kicking her! which basically means... go. she just got faster and faster. i kept screaming, "WHOA!!" really loud which apparently spooks them and makes them go faster. i fell off when she was galloping at full speed. i had so much sand and dirt in my mouth (which horses ride on. and do their "business" on.) when i was lying on the ground, the instructors were blocking me so that annie wouldn't gallop over me and leave hoofprints. my chin was bleeding, my elbow has a pretty bad scrape, and my chest has a lot of scrapes which aren't too bad. at first it felt like my lip was bleeding really badly but it turns out that my lip is just really puffy. my jaw is really sore. i probably hit my jaw right where the scrape is. it makes it hard for me to smile, chew, or move any of my face muscles. i got last place and i got to choose which horse i wanted to ride for an extra lesson. i chose annie because it wasn't her fault that i accidentally spilled water on her. everyone said that i was brave to choose annie after i fell and said that what i did was impressive. when i was in the office, they gave me a Bryers horse model as a "prize" for falling off. i realize i only like horse back riding for the riding part, not the grooming or the cleaning tack. but of course, the riding part can be really dangerous tho. so, i don't know.
after camp i came home and put peroxide on my cuts. and i packed for redondo beach, california. we are going tomorrow at 10:00 AM. so my next post will probably be from california.

beatriz atsavapranee

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

bareback games

hey everyone,

today at camp we wore shorts the whole time for bareback games. so, we didn't ride with a saddle, only a bridle. my partner for games was lauren today and we almost got never. never always tries to escape, he kicks other horses and bites. so, when we went into never's stall, he ran out fast out into the grass. people were chasing and running after him. but, then the instructors changed our horses. and we got annie. we groomed her and went out into the ring. we were there about 15 minutes before everyone else. we realized that we forgot to fly spray and put sun-screen on annie. so i had to run back and get it. then we realized that we forgot our helmets and water, when i went back stephanie was mad that we forgot them. we knew the first game was the candy contest because we saw candy in the ring when we were there early. so, we had a plan on how to get the candy well. there where only 3 groups (6 people) in our ring. we trotted around the ring bending down trying to get candy. annie was really helpful because she pointed out the candy to us. we won the candy competition with 122 candies. we also won the barrel competition (obstacle course). then we came in second for the command class game. that's where the coaches command something and we have to do it in 3 seconds and if we don't, our partner has to get on. then if our partner has to get off, then we are out. lauren went to graze and groom annie when i went to clean her bridle. i had to put water on it, oil, then soap.

beatriz atsavapranee

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

sore legs

hey everyone,

camp today was definitely better than yesterday. when we rode, we had to post and go into two-point, first with no stirrups, then with no reins. no stirrups was definitely harder than reins-- you have to squeeze with your legs and push yourself up for posting and two-pointing. my legs were burning! no reins was fun, and it actually made two-point much easier. i was glad we didn't ride bareback today.

i didn't have breakfast because we were in such a hurry. we had lunch at about 2:00 PM. the lack of food made me feel a bit dizzy which i think happens before you faint. at lunch, we saw a baby bird being eaten by smoky, the cat who is supposed to eat pests. sad and scary. :(

ella wanted to go to the pool again. because of my back, i just sat near the pool and listened to music... for three hours! i had a pretzel and i played a little ping pong.


beatriz atsavapranee

Monday, August 13, 2007

the flash bite

hi everyone,

today was my first day at meadowbrook horse-back riding camp!

first, there was a grooming contest. i got to groom louie, my favorite horse my partner, alexandra, got the pony, flash. flash just replaced buddy, who got sold. we barely spent any time grooming louie. since he is really tall, we couldn't reach the top of his back. but, we did what we could.

then, we moved on to flash, i was a little nervous because the instructors said that he might try to run away. my partner and i spent a long time trying to convince each other to go in first. we eventually brought him out on cross ties and started grooming, but he didn't seem to like me. in fact, he kept putting his ears back and trying to kick and bite me. when we ran out of time, we put him back into his stall and wished for the best.

we all went to lunch and our instructor, stephanie, told us how our horses/ponies were. she said that louie had to be done all over again, and i wasn't surprised. she said that flash was pretty good but that we had to pick his hoofs and brush his stomach. she said that she didn't judge the top.

we decided to finish flash first, since he is much shorter than louie. we groomed and groomed. hair and dust was flying everywhere. we put him back into his stall and went to start grooming louie. in just a few moments, someone came over and said, "did you touch flash?" stephanie told us that we had to hoof pick. so, alexandra did two hoofs and then it was my turn. i finally finished one, but it took a while because he kept dropping his leg and moving around. i picked up his other foot... and he turned around and bit me on the back! hard. it was bleeding, but the instructors just kept saying, "it's just a bruise." i was so embarrassed and they wanted me to walk around giving out sunscreen for everyone and their horses' noses.

then, it was time to ride the horses out in the ring. i was the first one in the ring. louie kept trying to eat the sand and the water in the water bucket. i knew he wasn't supposed to, so i pulled and pulled until other horses were walked in. we walked around the ring the whole time, and then trotted around one at a time so the instructors could separate us into groups. we had to groom our horses again, and then got popsicles!

when i got home i looked at my horse-back riding shoes. even though they were new and i wore them only once, i polish both my new and old boots.

my mom and ella wanted to go to the pool, but i decided against it because of my back.

beatriz atsavapranee

Sunday, August 12, 2007

guitars and ping pong

hi all,

today i had a dance class. it's so fun! but, all the other kids are like, in kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd. so, you hear jasmine, the teacher saying, "please, stand up!" or "don't talk." so, it gets a little irritating because all the kids are talking and fooling around.
after the class we went to the Guitar Center and the walls were filled with guitars! it was crazy. i was playing this cute blue Fender electric guitar. but, it was full size. the sales man brought a 3/4 size one that was the same but it was this awesome red color. it was such a good price, too. i have an acoustic guitar, but electric guitars, you can change the sounds and stuff. they even have little microphones under each string. the chords are a bit easier to play on the electric because the strings are a little closer together. so, i am getting the red electric guitar and amplifier for an early Christmas present.
we also went to the Palisades pool for a few hours. my sister, ella, always wants me to play in the smaller pool with her. so, i usually do for a little, then we usually go to the bigger pool and sometimes even the well. it's cute how, when we play ping pong there, ella always plays with my mom and she's not half bad. she's actually pretty good, but sometimes she gets all "pumped up" and hits it really high or into a closet near the tables. lol. she just started playing (she's 6) and she's good.

beatriz atsavapranee

Saturday, August 11, 2007

hey everyone,

today my mom, ella (my sister), and i went to the tack store for horse-back riding supplies. i got a pair of extra horse-back riding pants that are size 12! although size 10 was good, the sales woman said that they would shrink. i hope so because the size 12 were really long and loose around the waist! i also got new boots because my others can barely fit.

we went to the mall, and as always i walked right into abercrombie. i got a long gray shirt, a sweater and some baby blue capris (well, sweatpants that are capri length). my mom said that that was probably it for school shopping.

beatriz atsavapranee

Friday, August 10, 2007

hey everyone,

my dad has been in michigan for three days now, and will be coming back today. tomorrow, he is going to thailand for a ceremony for my grandmother. he will come back a week later, right after we leave for california. then, when we come back in a week, he will go to italy for a three week business trip. looks like i won't being seeing my dad for a long time...

beatriz atsavapranee

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

hey everyone,

after this week, i have horse-back riding camp! horse-back riding camp is so much fun, but i hate it when the horses step on your toes. steel boots would definitely rock! when you take the horses out to eat, some just start rolling in the grass!
i screamed when that first happened to me. then there are the horses that are just too impatient to wait for the designated time, so they eat grass with their bridal on and you have to clean it... :(

then after that week, my family and i are going to redondo beach, california to see relatives. my grandparents, cousins, aunt, and uncle are going to be there. we are going to go to the beach and disneyland. my sister ella is excited to go to the american girl doll store. she just started playing with them again, which means that i have to as well.

i am in the middle of the city of ember (i can't find the underline button so i am just going to make the book name bold) and i still have to finish my other book and write 2 essays, one for each book. hopefully i can force myself to be productive during the five hours on the plane.

beatriz

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