I can happily report that I’ve accomplished 10 of 11 intentions I set on Monday!
If you count eating the pizza as support (and I definitely do), I accomplished helping @abbyo and @failspy with pizza-making on Monday. They made thin crust margarita-style pizza, and it was super tasty.
@legolad22 and @likeaboss joined me on Tuesday for a Razor scooter workshop. We disassembled one scooter completely, and the other two partially. As I detached some of the rustier, harder to move parts, Logan and Lescot used Simple Green and WD-40 to clean and lubricate the parts. We intend to continue work on the scooters next week.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest philosophy with @kingthanos was AWESOME. @likeaboss and @shadowjack joined Thanos and I to watch this classic. Everyone had great analysis and it was really interesting to see how everyone’s perception of McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) changed as the film progressed. We started off feeling like he was an antagonist, but ended up feeling empathy for him by the end.
In Wikitrails this week, we did a random wandering, ala version 1.0. Also, The Lorax joined us for a guest-star trail on Friday. We went from Wilhelm Reich to Arne Duncan and Lee Harvey Oswald to Michael Vick.
So Gueoguessr didn’t go as well as I’d hoped… we scored in the high 7,000’s, which was only slightly better than half of my intended goal from Monday. Declaring failure-
In Woodworking with @shadowjack this week, we began our bookshelf project. @kingthanos and I went to a lumber yard on 106th st. and 2nd ave to get some domestic birch plywood sheets. We actually wheeled them all the way back to the school on a dolly… really wish I had a picture or video to show from this. Anyway, Jack and I drew out our plans and made some initial cuts. Despite careful measurement, we couldn’t seem to get a straight edge and were baffled as to why… until we noticed that our T-square wasn’t square! So, I will be taking a trip to the hardware store this weekend to buy a new one so that we can continue this project next week.
That’s all I have time for this afternoon- Looking forward to a busy and exciting final week of 2014 @ALC that will feature a trip to see the third installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
With love and agility,
I’ll tell you where… to the BLOGS! =)
I want to lead with an awesome GIF (click the image below to see it) @abram made for me, which I woke up to this morning:
This week featured some good work in Minecraft. Today, I participated in “Blocks vs Zombies,” a fun game made by Seth Bling, a famous ‘Crafter. The object is to prevent wave after wave of zombies from reaching your position as you pick them off with bows and arrows. You can also purchase various upgrades, barriers, cannons, and even a scroll to spawn Iron Golems. I played with @theskycookie, @douglasawesome, @legolad22, @likeaboss, and @thewitchqueen908. We tried a few times, but couldn’t make it farther than 5 mins (you must survive for 20mins to win).
On Thursday, a group of Agile Philosophers met to discuss a topic we first opened last year… Spongebob! We watched 3 episodes (“Slide Whistle Stooges,” “Ripped Pants,” and “Sandcastles in the Sand”) and discussed our observations and questions afterwards. At first we focused on meta-questions of Bikini Bottom, which was sparked by some observations by @kingthanos. These included things like:
-Why would a squirrel want to live at the bottom of the ocean?
-(How) can a fish get sunburn?
-How is there a beach with waves (“The Goo Lagoon”) underwater?
…the final question led to some cool outside research about oceanography. We did some research on what a lagoon actually is and what sort of creatures can actually live at the bottom of the ocean, especially in the really deep parts where the sun’s rays have practically no effect on life there.
Most interesting was our discussion on some aspects of “Ripped Pants.” My personal favorite was a discussion on whether a lobster, a squirrel, or a sponge could best perform a clean and press. It led to a discovery of the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and ultimately it was decided the squirrel could do this the best, despite the relative strength of the lobster’s exoskeleton (mostly because of its limited range of motion). We also learned how a lobster must shed its entire shell when it grows!
That’s about all I have time for today. Until next week- stay agile, man.
With love and agility,
Nina wrote a new post, Painting, Pasta, Parent Interest Night, and Past = Present, on the site Agile Adventures of Nina Blanco 4 years, 10 months ago
As I slooowly begin to think about attempting to maybe one day utilize my digital Kanban board known as Trello to easily look back on all the wonderful things I get to do every week, here are some juicy reflections over the past few. How in the multiverse could I have forgotten to share these fun-filled, creative-juice-inducing, satiating activities with you? Forgive me.
This piece here was created through a technique called drip painting. Artists: Askani, Taina, Eva, and myself
My friend, Eva, came in a couple of weeks ago and offered to facilitate this activity; it was filled with imaginative role playing, creative collaboration, feminine forces, animal energies, explosions, brains, a cupcake, a blue cat, the last breaths of a grandmother wolf, and an eagle with three eggs. Big thanks to Askani @thewitchqueen908, Taina @pinkpanda, and Eva for gifting me with such a fulfilling experience.
Check out my epic battle scar! Taina @pinkpanda, has been practicing her make-up artist skills. I’ve given her free rein over my face as her blank canvas.
For our Comic Con field trip, she painted a version of Two-Face on me (photo coming soon, if I remember to ask @abbyo for it!). Because of this, Jacob @jacobcb was inspired to create a meme of me. Love it!
Huge thanks to my friend, Marian, who came in to offer her passion for cooking earlier this week. Check out Taina @pinkpanda, Lescot @legolad22, and Thanos @kingthanos–the super team of sous chefs! We made veggie ravioli from scratch… whaaaat?! Amazing.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns
Chop onion, celery and carrots to a small dice
Heat medium sauce pan with canola oil
Sweat down on slow heat
Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, caramelize
Deglaze with water or white wine
Add water and aromatics (thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns)
Bring to a boil and down to a simmer for about 45 min
Form volcano with flour
Crack egg inside volcano
Mix and add EVOO and water until sticky (but not wet) consistency
Roll on floured surface
Cut out ravioli shapes
Fill with *ricotta cheese and **egg-wash edges
Fold and seal
Bring whole milk and heavy cream (3:1) to a boil on medium heat
Add lemon juice until it curdles
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Strain through cheese cloth
Mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of water
BUON APPETITO !
Our second parent interest night (PIN) happened on Thursday. Listening to the questions of curious parents is something I’m learning so much from in terms of preparing myself for the kinds of questions I’ll need to be ready to answer in establishing an ALC on Oahu. It’s been a significant experience for me to hear the answers of our facilitators as well as parents of our own kids who were present to support in sharing their own testimonies and enthusiasm for the space we provide for young people.
It’s always inspiring to listen to @tomis, @abbyo, and @ryanshollenberger‘s responses to parent questions and concerns. Time and time again, I sense the internal and external challenges of parents/adults with trusting children. As I know very well, as Ryan mentioned at this event, and as quoted by John Holt:
“Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
I’m in the mood to travel a bit farther back…
I’ve been journaling since age 9 or 10. It’s something I personally consider immensely therapeutic. In retrospect, I see and know it as a very necessary processing tool for self-reflection toward deeper self-awareness. Over the past year or two, I’ve been journaling less for therapeutic purposes and more for setting intentions, stating desires and noting synchronicity after synchronicity. Here are a few short excerpts from two entries, which I just now realize, sit EXACTLY a year apart from each other. Whoa.
Ohh, the idealism. I wonder what I’ll be writing on March 23rd of 2015. Hopefully that I’ll have received an abundance of financial support, local resources, local interest/support in this vision, and physical space to establish ALC Oahu. Or better.
Beyond thrilled and thankful to be on the path I’ve chosen for myself.