Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Some More Swimming

So when I hurt my knee I was on a swim break. However since I'm back to practice and I also had a meet. Well, actually I had two meets. One of my meets was on Saturday and my other was on Monday. I know it sounds weird. 'Why would you have a meet on a school night, that's just crazy.' It was actually a practice meet.

The summer team is way more laid back compared to the winter team. We play games and the meets are less competitive. We had this practice meet for the new people swimming on the summer team. My mom was the starter. That means she was the one who said "take your mark".

The other meet was a real meet for 10 and older's. Since I'm thirteen I went to the meet. Sadly because I am no longer 9-12 I cant swim 50's anymore. I have to swim twice that length. I won first place in my 100 butterfly. I won second place in my hundred backstroke. I also won third place in my hundred freestyle.

Friday, June 10, 2016

SCUBA

I have recently been taking SCUBA classes. I had mentioned that I was going to do them before but now I have actually done a few classes I am going to talk about it a little bit. First I am going to make a hyperlink  HERE in case you want to check out the website.

My class is mostly adults so if your thinking it is a class for kid's, its not. The instructors are really nice too. I had a bit of trouble doing one of the skills and the instructors really helped me and worked with me until I could do that skill. The instructors go through everything and make me feel safe SCUBA diving.

Over all the class if fun and safe. I would totally recommend it to anybody who is looking to become a certified diver. They go over everything and you can stay back if you don't get something and its just a fun class to go to. I look forward to it every weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Perfect

In my mind I see the world as a wonderful place. Some people don't feel the same way. In my mind the world is perfect, but to me perfect doesn't mean there are no flaws. I personally feel like perfect is what you think, if something in your eyes is so great. That in my mind  is the definition of perfect.

Dictionaries are helpful. For vocabulary, or helping you understand a word. But dictionaries don't define us. Even perfect for example. I don't use the exact definition to my use. I see the world as perfect, but not flawless.

So I'm not saying I am against the definitions. I am not against other peoples thoughts. I am not even against dictionaries. I am only saying that sometimes we need to stray off of our path. I think we need to chose our own definitions sometimes.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

PT

I know I have blogged about my injury to my knee. I also know I mentioned it in another post. But what I havent mentioned is PT. PT is just shory for Physical Therapy. When I tell people im in Physical Therapy they think that my injury is super serius because I have to go to PT now.

The truth is for neary every injury you have to go to PT. It's not just for the serius injurys. I only dislocated my knee. The PT place I go to is awesome though. They give me free candy sometimes. Its also a good place to go. Everyone there is nice.

I would write down the name but being me I forgot. I have a PT apointment. I might remember and mention it in a future post. I just wanted people to understand that my injury is not serius. I can walk, I am planning on going back to practice soon, and I am working on running again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grandma's Pie Shop.

My birthday was on may 7th so I am now officaly 13. I actually published my last blogpost on my birthday, however I did not mentuon it in that post. My family dosn't really do really exiting things for birthdays. I went out to lucnh at Grandma's Pie Shop with my grandparents, my mom, dad, and sister.

Personaly I love grandmas pie shop. I love their pie. All of the people there are nice. Best of all, I love their food. I had their chicken parm when I went on my burthday. Before I go further, I'm just going to say if you go to Grandmas Pie Shop they give you a lot of food. It is rediculas. You get two sides. (Soup or salad and andother side like apple sauce, pasta, or french fries.)

I ate all of my food. And I was really full because it was a lot of food. We decide to buy a pie and go back home because we could eat it then. Before we left the bame around with a bowl of whipped cream and a candle. The thing is I hate whipped cream. I can't stand it. I felt bad so my grandma ate the whipped cream for me. I just had a really good time there.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Injured

Recently I was Injured. I dislocated and bruised my patella, I also bruised tibia and fibula. I am currently wearing a brace that keeps my patella in place. (A patella is the same thing as a knee cap.) As sad as it is I got this injury by stepping on a football.

Luckily I am now off of crutches. I was on crutches for about 2 and a half weeks. I'm glad I'm off of them because they hurt. Now I am able to walk. I only have a brace that keeps my patella stabilized.

I have been walking and sometimes my knee will suddenly give out. When that happens I just look weird. I've never actually fallen over but my knee has given out. My knee tends to give out the more I walk. Sadly I still cant run, but that also means I don't have to do gym.  I guess injury's have their ups and downs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scuba Diving

My birthday is coming up, it's on may 7th. My dad is a licensed diver. Me and my dad had talked about me getting my Jr. license, and that's what the class is for. The license will allow me to go up to 30 feet deep. After I have my Jr. license for a year I can get the next license which will allow me to go deeper.

My class is five hours long, and there are four of them. The class is in a pool, because everyone there will be a beginner. I'm really exited for the class. My dad was talking to me about scuba diving and I cant believe I will actually be able to scuba dive. On my birthday I will officially be the youngest age able to get the Jr. license.

Sadly the first class I will be taking will begin 21 days after my birthday. Knowing myself I will not be able to contain myself. I am very impatient, and sometimes I get in trouble for that. As I have said before I am really exited for this class and once I take it I will write about my experience. I plan on getting further licenses so I will eventually be able to dive deeper. Sadly I have to be older to get the further licenses, but I can wait with my Jr. license.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Flash

One of my favorite shows is The Flash.The Flash is on the CW and it fallows the story of Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who's father was convicted of killing Barry's mother. The thing is, he didn't do it. Barry claimed that he was yellow and red lightning in his house that night. He also claimed he saw a man in that lightning. And nobody believed him

One day when Barry is older he is struck by lightning in his lab. Barry then falls into a coma. Nine months later Barry wakes up at S.T.A.R. Labs, and soon finds out he has superpowers. Barry can run, and he can run fast.Soon when he finds out there were others who got powers (Meta-Humans.)

 Barry uses his speed to try to stop the people who use their powers for bad. With the help of his friends at S.T.A.R Labs Barry will go head to head with the Meta-Humans and the thing that killed his mother. Can he stop the man who killed his mother? Can he keep his secret? I suggest you watch the show because it really is a great show.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

States

Recently I was in Buffalo for a swim meet. This was a championship our team goes to. The way this meet works is that we are told a certain time, if we qualify and make that time we get to go to the meet. I really like this meet because I get to stay at a hotel with my friends and its fun to mess around. This year it was in Buffalo but has been in other places before.

This meet is the end of the winter season for our team, and I'm sure it's the end of the winter team for all of the other teams too. This year at states beat my best times in all of the events I swam. My relay also placed sixth, which is really good for such a big meet against such great swimmers. The only thing I didn't like about this meet was there were prelims, and finals. I didn't do so well at finals.

For the two events I made it to finals in I was places 12th and 13th. Sadly for both events my place was knocked down to 16th for the two events. The way finals works is simple. You swim your event once at prelims, Then either later or the next day the people who placed 1st to 16th go back to swim it again. Its simple but when you swim for three days doing it, it's horrible. But I'm happy with what I achieved and I'm exited for next year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stuck

This is actually a really funny story, and I promise that it in fact did happen. My last blog was all about key west but this story is about leaving. Trying to leave at least. The first part of this story is simple. The plane was broken so they canceled the flight. I'm glad they noticed and that we didn't fie in a blazing plane crash, but still I wanted to go home.

Being stuck in Key West is not the worst thing that could happen to a person. Sadly though, we had to pay for another three days at the kennel for my dog because the kennel wasn't open on the weekends. When the next day came we left the hotel, that luckily the airport payed for. When we got to the airport and went through customs and such we hat to sit waiting for the plane to be ready.

With out luck the flight ended up being delayed for another 2 hours. When it was finally time to get off the plane in we got off to find out that we missed our connection home. So here we were staying yet another day in a hotel. It wasn't terribly, it was really funny actually. Now my family looks back and laughs about it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Key West

I know I blogged about a specific thing that i did in Key West, but today I'm going to blog about the vacation and not just the mask. I had a lot of fun in Key West because my dad came. We never really go on vacation with my dad. To be honest I don't think the vacation would be nearly as fun if he wasn't there. I really don't like the heat much, but Key West was such a nice place.

I think one of the most memorable things about key west was the roosters. If you don't know this, I guess it's a fun fact but Key West has wild roosters. Another thing I can remember about this summer is that we really didn't go to the beach much. I think we went once of twice, but I really hate the beach. I know people say that but totally ignore it when they get there but I really hate the beach.

But one fun thing we did was go snorkeling. I have to admit my sister and my mom didn't enjoy it too much but me and my dad loved it. To me the water is like a second home because I'm a swimmer and I spend so much time in it. But when I went snorkeling I tended to stick with my dad. Now my dad is legally certified to dive and we were talking about it and he said when I'm old enough that I could take a course. And that is something I'm exited to do.


Friday, March 4, 2016

The Adventures Of A Girl In A Mask Part 2

As I have said in my previous blog I got a mask in key west and I did wear it around. I thought it was really funny and so did my mom, but my sister being my sister thought it was 'embarrassing'. So being the person I am I just wore it around more. At the moment I cant wear it because it's too cold but I will do it in the summer.  I had a lot of fun and today I'm going to blog about some stuff I did in the mask.

Before I start blogging I'm just going to say I actually have two mask's. The first mask I previously blogged about, but the second mask is a fox mask. I wear the fox mask in the car and stick my head out the window. Just seeing peoples reactions makes me laugh. One time was particularly memorable.

It was summer so I was sticking my head out at stuyvesant plaza. Me, my mom, and my sister were going to coldstone. (The ice cream is really good there.) When we drove by there was this couple with their mouths open staring at the car. When we parked I rolled up the window and laughed with my mom and my sister. That was a fin day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Adventures Of A Girl In A Mask.

I took a family vacation with my family and I think I will write more about that someday but today I am going to write about a specific think that happened. We went to Key West for a week and had a lot of fun but this was the best thing that happened to me on that vacation. My mom had wanted to go to this store on duval street so we went and me and my sister found a shelf full of masks so we were messing around trying some on and we took some pictures. Eventually I ended up buying the mask.

When we walked out of the store with the mask on. Walking to the stores I kept the mask on acting like it's perfectly normal to see a girl in a unicorn mask. I thought it was really fun to see peoples reaction. My dad had been with us but we ended up splitting up so it was just the girls. We ended up getting home late so me and my sister just went to bed.

The next day my dad was up so me and my sister decided to mess with him a little bit. My dad didn't know about the mask yet so I walked downstairs with my mask on and scared him just a little. I just stood behind him waiting for hi to turn around. When he did we all laughed and started to pack up because we were leaving the next day. I had an amazing time wearing my mask but I do still have some more stories about it.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Irish Fest

Over the summer I went to Irish 2000 with my dad. Irish 2000 was a music festival. I thought it was really fun and me and my dad are planning on going again. At Irish 2000 there were also a lot of  vendors and my dad bought me a necklace that I really like.

The necklace my dad got me was a symbol for the Irish god of the sea. The name of the god is Manannán Mac Lir. I still don't know how to pronounce that name. When we were at that vendor we bought a bookmark for my sister. I think its funny because my sister didn't even go to Irish 2000 because she is not as into Irish culture as we are.

We had taken the top of my dads jeep off and we were wearing hats so I was really scared that my hat would fall off. Luckily it didn't. Overall I had a really fun time at Irish fest. I loved spending time with my dad because we never go out as just the two of us anymore. Me and my dad are planning on going again and I'm really exited about it.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

States

This year I made it to states, and the last time I have dine that was when I was ten so I'm really exited. States is really big swim meet that alternates between the same places every 3 years. This year will be in Buffalo. The other years it has been in Ithaca and Long Island. I love this meet because you have to stay in a hotel, but our coaches always pick a hotel for the team to stay in.

Last time I went to states I only swam one event because that was all I made it in. This year I made it in five events and I even qualified for some events next year as a thirteen year old. The way states works is if you make a specific time you get to go to the meet. Simple, right? Sadly you can only sign up for three events, and depending on how fast you are you can be put in a relay too.

States are in march and before that we have another meet like states but with slower times. After that meet only the people who made it to states can go practice with the team. I don't get that but it's just the way it works. I might not have broken the record I was trying too, but I wont say that I didn't do anything this season. Wish me luck in  march!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mechanica

Mechanica was a really good book that I recently finished. I loved this book so much. I think this may as well be my favorite favorite book. This was a version of Cinderella. This book was one of my favorites and here is a little bit about the book.

This book was about a girl who had been trained to become a mechanic since she was a little girl. When her mother gets sick and dies she is left only with her part fey house keeper and her father. When her father gets married to a woman and then later dies Alice is left as an orphin.

On the day pf her sixteenth birthday she finds out that her mothers workshop was never burned. She starts to make things and goes to sell them at the market. When she arrives she finds out she was supposd to reserve a stall. When she meets Caro and the mysterious Fin they let her shar a stall with then.

When Nicolete becomes closer with her two new friends what happens? What happens with her workshop? Does Nicolete ever get away from her cruel stepsisters and stepmother? Find out in Mecanicha!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

St. Jhons

Today we took a field trip to St. Jhons outreach center. It was an optional field trip that we had to sign up for. I loved this field trip a lot. With my partner we served a table. We served salad, pulled pork, and then desert.

When people first started to come in nobody came to our table. But that changed when a few people came over. After we served them some salad and got them a drink some more people came over to our table. I got them some salad when my partner got some pulled pork and baked beans for them to eat.

When they finished eating they left. There was one woman there that was really nice to us. She said we were amazing and I really appreciated that. (She also said I was her favorite.) After she left I was kind of sad because we put the chairs up at our table.

After we had cleared the table I went over to one of my friends tables to help her. After walking back and forth because the milk was in the kitchen the time to leave had come. Leaving on a good note I was haappy and I will most likely come back to the place if I can.

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Thoughts On Winter.

I know that everyone has their favorite season. Personally I like winter bit something bothers me about winter. Every single winter there are people who say things like, 'Oh I love winter!' or 'Winter is my favorite season!' This is really only to the people who say they love winter, then they complain about being cold.

I say that I love winter, and I mean it. And I get if you want to complain if its below zero. The people I know are complaining when its thirty degrees out, and they have been standing there for about a minute and a half. I also know some people that say they love winter because of hot chocolate, or candy canes. You can have those in the summer if you want, I don't care.

But I don't like summer. I hate everything about it, other than the fact that we don't have school. I hate the heat. People also say you can swim in the summer. I swim five times a week, for two hours. I am just not a summer person. What season do you like?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What Is An IMX?

So what is an IMX? Well I didn't know before this weekend but now I do. An IMX is an extreme IM. An IM is a race with one of every stroke. A IM is an abbreviation for individual medley. But how do we take this to the extreme?

People mostly swim a 200 IM. That means there is a 50 of each stroke. (Down and back in the pool.) There is also a 100 and a 400 IM. A 100 IM is a 25 of each stroke. (Just down or just back.) And a 400 IM is a 100 of each stroke. (Down and back twice.)

An IMX is multiple events. The one I did was spread out into two days. The first  I did a 500 freestyle. (Down and back ten times.) Next you do a 200 IM. Keep in mind that these are multiple events.

The second day I did a 100 back, a 100 Fly and a 100 breaststroke. They awarded first to sixth. the rest of the IMX swimmers would get points. If you get a 1800 points you qualify for another IMX meet. I got 1715 points. I placed seventh overall and came 11 points in front of the person I eighth place.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Wish Me Luck!

Tomorrow I have yet another meet. *silently cheers.* This is one of my least favorite meets but I have another chance at the 100 fly. if you have been reading my blog posts you would know that I'm trying to break my teams record for.

This is one of my least favorite meets because its all long distance. What do I mean by that you ask? Well that means that there are no 50 yard races. I have to swim two events tomorrow and three the next day I think, not positive.

Tomorrow I have to swim the 500 free. (Twenty laps.) and I am not looking forward to it. I also have to swim the 200 I.M the same day. (The 200 I.M is a 50 of each stroke in 1 race.) I am actually pretty good at this event, but the same day as the 500, Really?

Anyways my 100 fly is the next day. I am also swimming the 200 free and the 100 Breaststroke the same day. Cant you see why I just love this meet. *Cough* Sarcasm *cough cough*. I'm still going for the record and I have been doing a lot of fly at practice. Anyways, wish me luck!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments is a book series that I found really good. The first book is called City Of Bones, the second book is called City Of Ashes. I don't remember what the other books are called but I found them in the public library. I read the first book and about half of the second because they are long books. 

They made a movie off of the first book. I personally loved the movie even though they changed a lot of things from the book. One thing about the movie is they put a part from the second part in it. Don't worry it's not like it revels the whole plot buy it annoyed me a little bit.

They are also making a show. My friend also watches the show. The show is actually super cheesy but I really like the show. The show personally in my mind changes a lot of things too. In the book, movie and show there are portals but in both the book and the movie they are in very few places. In the movie they just make the portals.

All of these things confuse me but I still loved the book, the movie, and the show. I think the author really knows how to put in twists and turns. The book is really good and I think you should read it. I also think you should watch the movie and the show.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Selection

The selection is a book. Yes I know what your thinking, Oh my gosh Shannon you actually read! yes I do. So as I was saying the selection is a book and it is one of my favorites. This book is in the science fiction section of the library but it also has a little bit of a romance aspect to it. Ill just tell you about the book then. You decide if it is the book for you!

When it is announced that there will be held a selection all of the girls eligible to enter quickly like up. Well I should say most of them. America soon finds out she is eligible to enter for a chance to win prince Maxon's heart. The only thing is she does not even want to win his heart. America is already in love.

But what happens when she actually enters. America gets picked. She is soon taken to the palace. But soon America actually falls for Maxon. But will Maxon feel the same way? What secrets will be reveled along the way? There are three books fallowing Americas journey. There is so far only one book fallowing her daughters.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It Started Early

When I was little like every swimmer, or even most people I learned to swim. I learned to swim at the YMCA that I live closest to me. So When the day came I learned to swim. We did wheat everyone does, we jump to the lifeguard, learned how to dive. But after I learned to swim, I just loved it so much.

One reason I know I loved to swim even though I don't remember it I am constantly reminded by my mother. I would always try to go underwater. I had a belt, water wings, or really anything that floats because my mom thought I would drown. Eventually my mom took them off and I went underwater because I'm fish, I just needed to.

Then we eventually joined a country club, and keep in mind that I was six at the time. We joined because I'm a fish and my sister is always like I need to tan. Sometimes she says I can not look like a ghost when I go back to school blah blah blah. Well anyways my point is we joined the country club.

We were there with my mom's friend and her sons. One of her sons was on the swim team and I was dumbfounded. I was all like "You can swim on a team?" May I remind you once again I was six. So soon I was signed up for the swim team and well, you know the rest. No? Well I will just have to tell you another time then...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Will It Be Broken?

So as you know if you have read some of my winter witeout posts, I swam the 100 fly. I have been working on this stroke lately. One of the main reasons I have been working on this stroke is because I am trying to break out team record for the 100 fly. Right now I have a 1;12.92 because I swam it at a meet recently. I only have 2 more chances to beat the record. No pressure right?

I really do love this stroke but I am going to tell you how it all started for me. Hmm, lets start at the beginning. It was a hot summer day, I mean its summer, I was melting, it was hot. As I did 3 times a week (keep in mind I was about 8 at the time.) I was at practice but today was not the normal practice.

About halfway through practice I asked my coach "When are we going to learn fly?" my coach just shrugged. I guess we could do it now. And so for the rest of practice I did fly. Eventually the love for the stroke faded and I did not love it as much as I did before. But all of that changed at a USA meet last year.

The same as every single meet we were warming up. I was doing fly at this meet so I did my start as I would do every meet but I did fly. But this time I did something and I still to this day don't know what it was that I did. And so I swam and my love of this stroke kind of turned on. And still to this day I love the stroke. I like everything about it. But one question remains. The record, Will it be broken?

Friday, January 8, 2016

The 200 Freestyle At The Winter Witeout

This is the third event I will write about and i think it will be the last. As you know I swam many events, but I will not write about any more of them. I enjoyed this event all of these events but this is one of my favorites. So not to the 200 freestyle shall we?

This event was also on the first day of the meet and I swam it after the 100 fly. I was ready. My friend was also swimming this event with me in my heat and we were going to try to beat one another. We had been seated and the person seating us said my last name wrong. Anyways we went up to go swim. And on top of that this was my second favorite event!

This is one of the best events I swam because I had just figured out that it is a sprint. I got up on the blocks and I could see my mom ready to cheer she was sitting right by the railing. When I heard the beep[ I dove into the pool. Because my friend was swimming there were more people cheering for her but three of my friends were shouting at the top of their lungs cheering for me.

I did in fact sprint this. I also came out with my best time. As I finished swimming I looked up at the timing board to see my time. I smile when I see it. My time was 2:18.79. I was really proud of this and I still thing I can do better. I am going to swim this event again this weekend at a meet that I am really exited about.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

The 100 Fly At The Winter Witeout

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today I will be blogging about another event from The Winter Witeout. The event I will be blogging about today is the 100 fly or as some people know it as the 100 butterfly. This is the event I was most proud of at the meet. Even though I did super good in this event I did good in all of my events.

This event was on the same day as my 200 I.M which I blogged about yesterday. I had swam and event in between that I may blog about later, I may not. I had been super exited about this event because its my favorite stroke. This would be the first time that I swim The 100 fly and I was kind of nervous about it.

As I walk up to the blocks I see someone who I wasn't too happy about racing. I call her my evil Chinese twin. (Don't ask why.) I soon realized that I would be in the first heat of this because I didn't have a time. When they called up heat one I could hear my hear beat. I had met a girl who sadly I forget her name and she really wanted to win the heat. I also wanted to win the heat so I wasn't going to just  let her win.

If you win your heat you get a small rubber duck and the girl said there was a duck her friend got that she also wanted. When we got up to the blocks the girl was right next to me and we wished each other luck and got on the blocks to swim. When I heard the beep I quickly dove into the cater.

When I took my first stroke I saw my whole team on the other end of the pool. (sadly I must say only about 15 people came from my team and only about 6 of them were in my session.) I smile in my mind as I also see my coach cheering too. I took 1 breath down and continued swimming until I finished. My time was 1:12.95 and I won my heat as well as placing 4th in the event.

I was very proud of myself in that event and so was most of my team and my coach. As I look back to this day I can only smile because of the good memories I made with my friends that day. And then I remember how we would watch movies in my hotel room and the laughs we had. and then I remember how amazing I swam that day.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The 200 I.M At The Winter Witeout

A few weekends ago I went to Rochester for a swim meet. This meet was 2 days long and it was really fun. It started on the weekend before Christmas. The first day was on saturday. We had driven up the night before and stayed in a hotel. Most if the team stays in the same hotel so we can hangout. When we got up our coaches had set up a breakfast in a conference room.

After breakfast me, my mom, my friend, And her dad all went in my friends dads car. We arrived at R.I.T ready to swim. That day I swam the 200 I.M, The 200 free, The 100 fly and a relay. First was a relay. My relay was me and 3 of my friends. We got third in that relay. I had a 7 event break so I had to go to get lined up for my 200 I.M right after. 

After I got lined up for my event we waited for our heat to go up. I met the girl who was predicted to win. I was predicted to come in fourth. First to third at that meet get metals and I really wanted a metal. When our heat went up I was in the lane next to the girl who was predicted to win. The girl was actually really nice to me, but I still wanted to beat her. 

When they called for it we got up on the block I could feel the adrenaline. When they made the beeper beep we dove into the water. I was as predicted currently, I was in fourth place. But i changed that soon. Butterfly  is my best stroke A 200 I.M is 2 laps in the pool of each stroke in a special order. I soon was second right next to the girl who was predicted to be first.

On the last lap I was right next to her and when we finished I looked at the board. She beat me by .28 seconds. Even though she beat me I still had fun swimming with her. I also swam good in my other events. Those events are a story for another day though.