Hello my friends! Today was an exciting Tuesday for me. As a reward for washing lots and lots of dishes, I went to the American Museum of Natural History. Based on this photo of a painting, what do you think I saw? That's right, fossils! This painting is on the wall at the entrance to the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs. These dinos have a backward pointing pubis bone, which scientists believe was to support their very heavy bellies.
The first dinosaur fossils I saw were from Stegosaurus! Stegosaurus is one of the more famous dinos. There are lots of different theories about the plates on its back; why do you think they are there?
Behind me in this photo, you can see part of a small statue that shows how an artist thought Stegosaurus might have looked. I think the Stegosaurus looks very cute, don't you?!
Next up were a pair of Anatotitan dinosaurs. They were duck-billed dinosaurs! They lived in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and were probably pretty adorable.
The last dinosaur I saw in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs was the Triceratops. Their horn was made from the same material as fingernails!
After the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs came the Hall of Primitive Mammals. This photo shows me with a Dimetrodon, one of the earliest relatives of today's mammals. It has a large "sail" on its back. Another awesome animal I saw in the Hall of Primitive Mammals was the Lestodon, or giant ground sloth. When I was in Costa Rica this past winter, I wanted to see a sloth quite badly. I'm glad I didn't run into a Lestodon though!
The last hall I visited at the AMNH was the Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals! I like this hall because the animals look familiar. There is a really cool fossil of a tiny deer with antlers that were pretty big compared to its body size. Still, my favorite thing in the hall is the mammoth! Do you like this photo of me with the mammoth skeleton? I like it because the perspective makes me look very tall.
This is me with two globes that illustrate the difference in the position of the continents 65 million years ago and today.
One of the cool things about the American Museum of Natural History is that it is so big that I can visit something different every time I go. I love the dinosaurs though! My other favorites are the Hall of Biodiversity and the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Oddly, I am not afraid of dinosaurs (though the movie Jurassic Park scares me!), but ancient hominids frighten me. I like to visit the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins to learn, but also because I feel shivery from fear when I go!
Do you have a museum in your city? What have you learned from visiting it?
In this post I'm wearing: all clothing and shoes from American Girl.
Do you like the movie Now & Then? This photo reminds me of it! Yesterday, I met up with a bunch of my friends in Central Park for a meet-up for Asian American kids. There were kids with heritage from all over Asia! It was really fun. I met up with my friends Jess (on rollerblades), Yukari (riding the pink bike), and Chihiro (sitting on Yukari's bike basket) to go to the meet up. It was fun, but biking up hills is hard work!
When the hills got steep, Jess held onto the back of my bike so that I could help pull her up the slope. You may be wondering where our helmets are... I'm sorry to say we all forgot our helmets. Oops. If you are bike riding, don't EVER forget your helmet!
When the going really got tough, I rode by myself. Oof!
My friend Pearl was there too! Pearl is hapa- she's part Chinese American. We don't now each other very well, but she's very kind.
And finally, there was one more new girl there! Her name is Carey and she's from a gay family too! Carey has two dads. One of her dads is her biological dad; Carey was born with the help of a surrogate. I was especially excited to meet her, as I don't know very many other kids from LGBT families.
All in all, it was a great meet up! Have you ever been to a meet up? What was the theme?
Ready to meet another of my friends? This post is about my friend Jess. She's really cool and probably one of my friends who is most like me. We both love adventure! Jess and I met the year after she got back from living with her archaeologist parents in Belize. She is the one who turned me on to kayaking, something I enjoyed doing with my friend Raven in Sabino Canyon, Arizona. Of course, Raven and I didn't make any archaeological discoveries- but Jess did! In this photo we are getting ready to celebrate New Year. Jess knows how to make origami, so she taught me to fold paper cranes to put on my New Year's Tree!
Here's Jess practicing to perform the Lion Dance at a local celebration for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jess is quick to tell you that she is Japanese, not Chinese, which is the culture the Lion Dance comes from. She is proud of her Japanese background, but equally proud of her Irish heritage! Both of us understand what it's like to have a multicultural family. She and her siblings have one Japanese American parent and one Irish American parent. As for me? My mom is European American and my mama is American Indian- but I was born in Siberia!
I wish I had more photos of Jess! I haven't seen much of her since I moved to a new neighborhood in 2010. In fact, all these photos were taken in my old room, before we moved to a different part of NYC! In this photo, she's wearing her soccer jersey. Jess loves soccer! I do too, but I'm terrible at it. Jess is quite good and plays for her school team and a local team.
This post has inspired me to ask Jess over to hang out soon. Do you have any friends you've known for a long time, but that you don't see very often? The nice thing about Jess is that even when we haven't seen each other in ages, we get right back into the swing of things. So that's Jess!
Hello and Happy Friday! I'm here to introduce the next in my series of posts about my friends. This post will focus on Marisol, one of my oldest friends. I've known her as long as I've lived in New York. Marisol lives on the Lower East Side, which is a very fun neighborhood. She's a student at a prestigious ballet school in Midtown, near the Hudson River. You can see she's wearing her ballet school uniform in this photo!
Marisol is serious about dance and goes to lessons almost every day after school. Marisol attends a charter school for girls on the Lower East Side. She is also pretty serious about school! She loves to get empanadas from a little stall on Avenue C. We don't see each other very often as Marisol is quite busy, but when we do, we have a fabulous time together.
Marisol's best friend, Meritaten, goes to ballet school with her. I'll do a post on her later, as she is my friend as well. Marisol is a native New Yorker, which means she was born here! She is very proud of this and knows her way all around the city.
So that's Marisol! She is such a sweet friend and I'm really lucky to have her in my life. Do any of your friends have hobbies in common with you? How about hobbies that are different than yours?
Hello my friends! Today is St. Patrick's Day. I am not Irish (I was born in Russia), but my mom is! Every year my grandma sends us a package full of fun goodies to celebrate. This year, I received Girl Scout cookies (yum!), crayons, and Celtic-themed coloring books. Thank you Grandma!
I also received a small package from the UK! What could be in it?
Inside the package was a shamrock card with a lovely ribbon and badge, just for me! My friends Audra and Charlie at the Bruton School sent it. Thank you girls!
Of course I put on the badge right away! It's right on my green shirt. I've heard that you should wear green on St. Patrick's Day so no one pinches you. I hope I don't get pinched!
Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Are you of Irish descent? How do you celebrate? Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my friends!
Do you recognize this face? It's my friend Iris! I'm finally starting my series on my friends near and far. Iris is one of my oldest friends so I knew she needed to be first.
Iris and I met in 2006, back when I lived in Wisconsin. We went to the same ballet school. In fact, Iris even lived with me for a few months after I moved to New York City! She has a really cute dog- a chihuahua named Mulder! Mulder came to live with my family as well.
After we had settled into New York City life, Iris moved to England! She was a student at a prestigious ballet school that required her to live on the campus. I really missed her, but she did come back to visit occasionally.
During Iris's time in England, we e-mailed and chatted all the time, often about our ballet studies. However, I decided to stop dancing because it was too stressful for me. Imagine my surprise when Iris also stopped dancing! She has some issues with her hearing that were making it more and more difficult to hear music. She was devastated. Iris is an amazing dancer- definitely the best in our school back in Wisconsin! That's why she was picked to attend ballet boarding school in the UK.
So now Iris is living with her family again, back in the United States. They live in NYC now too, so I've gotten to see Iris much more often. I know she is facing a lot of heartache over having to leave ballet school, so I am actively working to be the best friend that I can be to her.
Hmm, what else can I tell you about Iris? She loves stuffed animals, Thai food (especially pad see euw and massaman curry!), and being silly with her friends. Her hero is Misty Copeland, the ballerina. She loves dogs, especially little ones!
I'm so happy to have Iris as a friend. She is my oldest friend, since she has known me since I lived in Wisconsin- even before I met Violet (who I will introduce soon).
Who is your oldest friend? What are they like? Tell me! :)
Do you ever just get overwhelmed by cleaning your room? I do! Today, my friend Mia came over and helped me to clean my room. There were clothes everywhere. We had to take everything off my shelves and dust the shelves and the knick knacks. It was a lot of work!
When we finished, Mia put on her new dress to show me. Doesn't she look lovely? I think she does!
Do you like to clean your room? How do you motivate yourself to do it?
Hello my friends! This Thursday there is a very special holiday- Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat). One of my favorite Lunar New Year traditions is making cards for my friends.
Here are my supplies. I use red cardstock (red is a lucky color!), white labels, scissors, and gold and red pencils. To decorate my cards, I use adorable pins with art by Joyce Wan of Wanart. I use her pins every year because they are so cute! Okay, are you ready to make cards with me?
The first thing to do is cut out cards from cardstock. I used a ruler to try to make sure they were the same size. Even so, they were not perfect. Oh well!
Next, I put white labels on the cards. You can make the cards without labels, but I like them because they make my name pop when I sign the cards. I use Martha Stewart brand kitchen labels, which I bought at Staples.
The next step is putting the pins on the cards! The pins are so, so cute. I love the little sheep. The pins are 1 inch wide and also have the Chinese character for sheep on them. You don't have to use the same pins; use your creativity!
I carefully put my pins near the top of the card. Be very careful not to prick yourself with the pin. That could hurt!
Next, I use a gold pencil to write "HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!" on each card. There are lots of fun greetings for Lunar New Year; try using the internet to find some!
My last step is signing my name on the white label. Remember, you don't have to use a label if you don't want to! I wrote "Love, Inky" on each card using red pencil.
The cards are done! Ta da! Now I'll ask my moms to help me address envelopes and take them to the post office so that I can send the cards to my friends. Happy Lunar New Year my friends!! Happy Happy Year of the Sheep to you!