Where I read this interesting story!

My Summary:

     Joseph Kony has been spotted in Eastern and Central Africa. U.S troops have been working with Somalian troops in finding the wanted villan. Once traced back to Somalia, Kony has moved deep into Central African Republic’s forest. Kony’s army has been breaking apart, kidnapping without his command. We estimate his army size at 300. A U.S. official sees only one way to stop Kony, and that is him being killed.


My thoughts:

     I think Joseph Kony was wise in his choice of hiding, a deep thick forest with not many roads or way of communication. I also find it interesting how Somalia is working with the U.S. Somalia has been the only African country to help with the search. I believe that our government will be able to stop Kony, but like Bin Ladin, it may take us awhile.

News in Vietnam

Mrs. Simonds had my class look up recent news in South East Asia. I came across an article about the dispute over the Paracel Islands. Recently Vietnamese fishermen have been captured by the Chinese. China claims that the islands belong to her, while Vietnam insists they are under Vietnamese control. The two countries are frustrated by the other. Vietnam demands the relies of the fishermen, but China is refusing to hand them over without punishment.

My class just got finished with our chapter on East Asia. I am interested in seeing the contrasts between these two regions. China is large in size, while many of SouthEast Asian countries are small. I wonder if their size will play a major role in foreign affairs.

My Reflection:

     I do think my second podcast was better than my first even though I haven’t finished my second one. My script was longer and was more about the importance of my country rather than the fun activities you could do or places you could visit. I also felt more on task and focused being alone.  However, I enjoyed working with William more. I liked how we could talk back and forth. It makes the podcast more interesting, I think.

     We started this chapter by setting goals. I think that is very beneficial and motivates you more. I met most, if not all my goals. I wrote down in my planner ever day what I needed to work on and gave my self deadlines. I think we should set goals in the beginning of ever chapter.

My recipe:

  • 8-12 avocados
  • 1-2 serranos/ jalapenos
  • 1 cup of diced cilantro
  • 1-2 lemons
  • 1-2 limes
  • 1/2 cups of onion (optional)
  • 1-2 tomatoes (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder

Making it:

     It is best to make guacamole right before you are about to serve it because avocados turn brown easily. I made mine the night before. Mine stayed green because I kept a few of the avocado seeds in the bowl and layered the top with lemon slices. I always start with the avocados. I cut them in half and then scoop out the meat with a spoon. You always want to season your main ingredient well. So salt, pepper, and garlic powder are added at this point. I usually add the citrus next. Lemons and limes are sometimes super juicy and other times have hardly anything. My lemons produced much juice, so I didn’t have to use that many. Next comes tomatoes. I am not a fan, but my family loves tomatoes. I like to gut my tomatoes, removing the seeds, but you do not have to. I then dice them finely. I do not put onions in my guacamole, but my sister Caree does. If you would like to add some, I would suggest you dice them small. Cilantro, you have to wash it well. Afterwards dry and chop till you have about a cup. The last ingredient that I always add last is the Serrano. Serranos’ seeds are hot. My mom’s hands turn bright red if she cuts them. I also gut the peppers and dice them even smaller. Now for the fun part, taste testing! You dip a chip into your guacamole and take a bit. You taste it to see if it needs more or less of an ingredient. Once you have fixed it to your likings, either keep it in the fridge or serve it with tortilla chips.

 Eating my classmates’ food:

     I love that we are able to make and try other people’s food. My favorite item was William’s churros. Even though they looked strange, they tasted wonderful. They had the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar. I had already had every item before, so I wasn’t scared to try anything. My family loves Mexican food and I have been exposed to many Mexican dishes. Everything I tried was yummy and my classmates seemed to enjoy my guacamole. I believe this potluck went better than the last because we were more interested in the type of food and have a greater background knowledge of Mexican food due to Mexican influence around us.

Having fun in Geography class

Summary of the project:

The United States is made up of 5 different regions. William and I were assigned the Northeast. First we had to research the states that are contained in the Northeast. Our book wasn’t much help, so we had to research online. Second we had to write a script for our podcast. We dialoged back forth, talking about a few of the individual states. Third we had to record our voices. Next we had to make a  slide show on keynote. We had to find pictures that went along with our script. Both of us are very indecisive, so this took most of our time. Then we had to record our voices onto our slide show and make the pictures come in and out at the right time. Lastly we had to convert the podcast into a movie file. Thankfully we did not have a difficult time with this. Overall, I liked our podcast.

Evaluation of my work:

I have never worked with just William before. It was an interesting experience. Both of us do not like to choose. We wasted a lot of time because neither of us would decided. I think that was our biggest setback. However, we both were on the same page. We did not argue much and took each others suggestions well.  We found bright, interesting pictures that went along with our topic. I felt that we were on task most of the time. We weren’t easily distracted. The next time I do another podcast with someone, I will try to be more decisive if needed. I would also look up pictures at home and save them on my thumb-drive. The computers did not always do what we needed them to do. I learned that the hard way. I think I did a good job.

My thoughts: (98 words)

     I have never really studied Eastern Europe before. With all the different religions and countries, I thought the food would be very strange. Surprisingly their food is similar to ours. I enjoyed making the bread pudding. It wasn’t hard to make, but the recipe wasn’t specific. It just said “Nutmeg”, so I had to guess. Primary industries make up most of Eastern Europe’s jobs. Their food is probably some of the freshest. I noticed that they have very sweet desserts. I love sweet food. I enjoyed Ashley’s torte and Andrew’s fried batter, which was surprisingly yummy. 

Where I got my delicious recipe!

Summary: (134 words)

     Western Europe has no desert, 1 climate, 2 dominate religions, and 3 very distinct regions within it.  Europe is the only continent without a desert. Marine west coast climate stretches across 16 of the 24 countries. Roman Catholicism and Protestantism are the primary religions. However, in Greece over 90% of the people are Eastern Orthodox. All three differ, but Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy are similar. Eastern Europe can be divided into three regions. Northern Europe consists of 10 countries that lie on the Scandinavian Peninsula and Great Britain (exception of Ireland and Finland). The ocean separates these countries from the rest. Continental Europe consists of France, Germany, the Low Countries between them and the Alpine Region.  Mediterranean Europe consists of three large peninsulas that have a Mediterranean climate do to their location.

What I liked: (78 words)

     This had been my favorite chapter so far. I liked learning about the different major exports of each country. I had no idea that Portugal had forests of oak trees. Even though Luxembourg is tiny in size it still has a major role in Western Europe surprised me. It leads the world in the highest GDP per capita. I also thought it was strange how certain parts of countries acted as though they were their own independent country.