New Garden Gadget

Posted: March 13, 2017 in Articles

If you remember from last year, we attempted to make our own indoor hydroponics system in which to grow lettuce and spinach all year round. That didn’t work so well. At first, it was going well; we harvested some lettuce and planted more, but after a while, it started to not really work. We eventually decided that it wasn’t worth it and we’d be better off buying something.

This year, we did! We bought a very small hydroponics system from Miracle-Gro called an AeroGarden. It’s recommended for growing lettuce and herbs, mainly. So far, we’ve planted it full of lettuce plants and they’ve all germinated. We’re still in the early phases of testing, so we’re not sure how it’ll work in the future, but if we’re happy with it, we’ll write more about it!

In addition, I wanted to write an update on my debate. As you may know, it was supposed to happen last Thursday, but it definitely didn’t. The person I was supposed to be debating is not able to return to the class for the rest of the semester and the teacher had to reconfigure the schedule. As long as all goes well, I’ll be debating this Thursday. We’ll see what happens!

 

The Prolonged Debate

Posted: March 3, 2017 in Articles

Yesterday was supposed to be the day when my first school debate happened. The morning started out being quite stressful, since we were caught in a bit of very bad traffic. The problem was with a traffic light. Through the course of the night, it went out, and while power was restored to it, it was out of sync, only letting about three cars through at a time. So traffic was backed up for several miles while cars went through the light three at a time. I wonder why the cars didn’t just go through the red light when no other cars were in the intersection.

Regardless, we only ended up being about ten minutes late to my public speaking class and since everyone else got stuck in the same traffic, it really wasn’t a big deal. Even the teacher was late.

Feeling rather conspicuous in my suit (one must look presentable for a debate) I entered the classroom, which filled up quickly after I arrived. In about five minutes, everyone was there – except for one person, who was excruciatingly absent: my friend, the person that I was supposed to go up against in the debate. Eventually, when the class was supposed to have started 15 minutes ago, the teacher found out that he was sick. He had called ahead of time, but for some reason, the teacher didn’t get the message and when he was late, she simply thought it was on account of the traffic. As she found out all too late, he was sick.

We ended up doing impromptu persuasive speeches – basically 1-2 minutes speeches thought of on the spot on silly topics. Next week, debates will resume as usual. Now I have yet another week before my debate. I am looking forward to some more time to prepare, but I do have to wear a suit again next week – not that I really mind 😀

Garden and Debate Update

Posted: February 27, 2017 in Articles

dscf3779Since last we wrote about the beginnings of our garden, it’s grown considerably. We’re reaching the stage where the white plastic table will no longer be able to hold all of our plants. Thankfully, this year, we have nowhere near as many peppers and tomatoes, and we aren’t growing tomatillos at all, so we shouldn’t have to cram plants into every available space in our house like last year. Or such is the hope. All that aside, our plants are doing very well. A lot of them have their true leaves and, if our weather is consistently as warm as it’s been, we could even start moving some out to our greenhouse soon.

Also, apologies for the recent lack of posts. As I mentioned, the debate has been a lot of research and other work. And speaking of the debate, it’s been going pretty well. When I initially started researching it, I had a slightly negative view towards the topic. Over the weekend, after having read so many articles, it was starting to sound like a good idea. Today, I started reading about the negative side of it in order to strengthen my affirmative position, and I’m realizing once more that there are both positives and negatives to the argument. I’ll just have to be convincing on whichever side I’m arguing!

Learning Policy Debate

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Articles

Near the start of the 2016 school year, I began a public speaking class. Since that time, we’ve done several types of speeches like informational, demonstrative, and persuasive. Now, we’re starting on policy debates. For this particular course, the teacher will pick the topics and each student will be paired with another. One will be arguing the affirmative side, and one the negative. After each team has done one debate, the students will switch partners and sides and do another round of debates on the same topic.

So next Thursday, March 2, I’m going against my friend. I’m affirmative, and he’s negative. A couple of weeks later, I’ll be arguing the negative side of the topic against a different partner. Our topic is whether or not students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition at a community college or trade school. So far I’ve found, as the teacher warned us early on, that it’s a lot of research. For every point and sub-point you have, you need to provide evidence. It takes a lot of work to find that much evidence.

Anyway, feel free to comment on the topic of free college education. It could only help me out 🙂

Mess Up Again, Mr. Pizza Hut

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Articles

Yesterday, we ordered some pizza: sausage, mushroom, and green pepper, a Hawaiian, and regular old pepperoni.

Here’s what we got after the store messed up our order:

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Honestly, it looked a little bit scary, but it actually tasted pretty good even though I could swear it tasted a little bit like pizza. We also got a $15.00 store credit.

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And with our pizza, some cheap wine with a screw top 🙂 I’m sure it wasn’t suppose to be had with pizza, but I wanted to try it!