Monday, June 9, 2014
My experience with Twenty Time was overall very positive. I wish I had challenged myself more so I could have gotten more out of it, but the concept is a very good one. The aspect of challenging oneself should be explained more, the more likely one is to fail, the more likely they are to get something out of the experience. I also believe that weekly blogs help with the advancement of the project, it forces the student to do something every week. Something that should stay the same next year is the freedom of the project, there shouldn't be any project outlines or ideas to chose from, the project is best utilized when it is ones original idea. I think twenty time is something that every student should experience at one point, it opens their creative mind and forces one out of their comfort zone, which is a good experience to have while learning. My advice for next years twenty time students would be to not be afraid of pushing yourself, if you are going to dedicate 20% of your time to something, it should be worth it.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I did the slides for my talk and I am only a couple days away from presenting to my class. I'm not very nervous about it but I still have to tweek it and practice it. I am worried about the length of it, I feel like I talk a lot longer than I actually do, so although I might feel like I had been talking for eight minutes, I was actually only talking for five. Other than that I think I'll do fine and I'm excited to get it done. Everyone's speech so far has been really good, which adds pressure as well as reassures me that it won't be too bad.
Friday, May 9, 2014
The project is coming to an end and speeches are coming up. I have a good idea what I am talking about but I have yet to sit down and work on it. I don't really have a lot of free time lately and I just haven't had the chance. This weekend hopefully I will get around to it and have an outline. It would be awesome if I didn't bomb this but I am pretty clueless on what slides to put and what to say. I'm sure I'll figure it out I'm just not very good at public speaking, not because I'm nervous or anything but it's just not a talent I have. My procrastination doesn't help it either, so I plan on starting it this weekend just to get it done.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I haven't really cooked much lately, but my mom and sister stopped eating meat for lent and my mom has went back and cooked several of the recipes I made. I was very surprised with how little they slipped up, and my mom said she felt much better with out meat in her diet and she plans to continue eating less of it. I know that being a vegetarian is not an ideal lifestyle for most people, and what I want people to get out of my project is not to be a vegetarian, but that everyone needs to take the time to learn how to cook for themselves and how to make meals healthy and complete, so that when the time comes to move out you aren't relying on microwaveable meals and take out. Another key concept of this project was that when you are cooking for yourself, you have likes and dislikes, so in order to get all the nutrients possible out of every meal, instead of just taking something out, you can replace it. That way the meal is tailored to your liking while having plenty of healthy benefits.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Over the past couple weeks I haven't really accomplished much. I can tell I'm getting lazier when it comes to my cooking, but I feel as though I got to where I wanted to get when I had this idea for the project. I've been thinking about what I've learned from this project and I've realized that some kids are kicked out when they turn eighteen and though they have spent their entire lives "preparing" for life, they have not learned anything to do with actually living. Sure, they know how to find the volume of a sphere, but they don't know how to do laundry or cook. I was very fortunate in my situation and my parents were there and taught me vital skills so one day I can live on my own, but not everybody has a parent that has the time to not only provide for their children but also teach them all these skills. I have realized that's schools spend too much time on meaningless education that we truly don't need, rather than preparing students for life. Kids are thrown into the real world without a chance of having a good life, they struggle teaching themselves how to laundry, cook pasta every night, and have no idea how to write a check, but the education system sees no flaw in that because they know Edgar Allen Poe's stories. I just think that instead of feeding us meaningless information we need to learn how to live by ourselves without relying on our parents.
Friday, March 21, 2014
During these past two weeks I decided to attempt to make sushi, and much to my surprise I accomplished it. It wasn't as hard as I thought, and the only part I failed was the filming or any documentation of the process of making it or the finished product. I attempted filming it, but midway my phone died resulting in the loss of the entire clip, and I got too excited at the end devoured it before picturing my masterpiece. I thought thy it was just shockingly an easy food to make, but than my mom attempted to make a roll that resulted in more of a sushi rice, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber salad. I'm realizing that I'm actually pretty good at this whole cooking thing which make me happy because it's a life skill, so when everyone is eating Ramon Noodles in college, I can make myself some sushi.
I am unsure of what I am going to make next, but I will be making something soon. For the cookbook that I was planning on making, I'm not sure how that will turn out. I will probably have a makeshift collection of the recipes I used, rather than an actual cookbook. That's kind of disappointing but I just don't think I have time to make a legit cookbook. It's not set in stone what I plan on doing yet but I just don't see it happening. Overall so far this project is going really well and I'm happy about it.
Friday, March 7, 2014
This week I made sesame noodles, it was simple and tasted pretty good. I never had this dish before and I liked it just fine, but it was a little sweet with a relatively spicy after-taste. The sauce was really light and it would have been pretty bad with just the pasta and sauce so I mixed in some broccoli and it made it taste much better. I probably wouldn't make this meal again, but my mom, dad, and brother really liked it.
My sister and mom decided to give meat up for lent so more meals will be meat free until Easter. I think it's pretty cool that they are doing so and hopefully they will stick with it. Next week I'm unsure of what to make, but I kind of want to try making sushi. Avocado and cucumber rolls are my favorite food, but I have no clue how to make it, so it will be a bit of a challenge. I will look into it a little more before I make a final decision, but I think it'd be fun and taste awesome.