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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love thanksgiving. My favorite part is that Daddy gets to stay home for FOUR WHOLE DAYS!!!!!!!!! It's wonderful.
Also, I love the food. Normally, we would make a divine vegan thanksgiving (with tofurky--my personal favorite--and corn and mashed potatoes and bunches of other stuff), but we're all going on a diet for my joint pains so we're sort of skipping that part.

Things to be thankful for:
  1. My most wonderful family.
  2. A nice cozy house.
  3. A computer (hehe).
  4. That I have delicious and healthy food.
  5. That the sky is blue (I love that color; if it were any other it just wouldn't be right).
  6. That Nana is coming over today.
  7. That Dear Sister and I are so very close.
  8. That my two little brothers are so wonderful.
  9. That my parents are so supporting and loving.
  10. And most of all, I'm thankful to be me. I wouldn't be anyone else, anywhere else, for anything.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Red Rose and Piano

A long time ago, I took up the Violin. I still think it's one of the most beautiful sounding instruments in the world, but I wasn't able to keep up with it... The teacher we had loved was replaced, and things just kept coming up until it had been quite a few years since I played a note on that wonderful instrument.

Dear Sister and I have a band--Red Rose--and we have some pretty cool songs down. Unfortunately, we don't have any music, just vocals. Rose started learning guitar recently, and we were hoping she could play for our band. As lovely as a guitar sounds, we both thought there should be something more... I'm not sure exactly how it was brought up, but somehow, we all ('we all' being my family and I) started thinking about me learning to play piano... and it just so happens that Dear Sister's and my Singing Instructor also teaches that instrument! It was so convenient we couldn't resist, and now I'm learning to play. It's really confusing, trying to get my hands to play different parts, but I think I'm getting it! Hopefully Rose and I will get good enough with our respective instruments that we can actually write some music for our songs... maybe I'll post one, one of these days...

With love,


Friday, November 21, 2008

Everyone Loves Smoothies

P.S. Pizza

Friday Fillins #32

Here we go! Another round of Friday Fillins!

1. The last band I saw live was River Dance, quite a few years ago, if that counts.
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is that wonderful holiday feel!(if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is stressful, usually, but the holidays are worth it.
4. Thoughts of joy, love and laughter fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear thick sweats and a flattering turtleneck so I could be warm, but unfortunately, I'm clear out of both. We need to do the laundry.
6. Bagpipes sound really cool, I think.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out with Daddy and eating some pizza (no cheese, no meat of course) tomorrow my plans include spending the night with Nana (YEAH!!!) and Sunday, I want to be wonderfully happy to come home (which no doubt I will)!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I've been making waffles for breakfast a lot lately, and I'm actually getting pretty good at it. It's taken quite a bit, but I think I finally have it down, and combined with Mom's almond-buttery-just-perfectly-cinnamony syrup, you've got something really good.

Something else that's absolutely divine is some home made Caroboca (hot coca, only with carob, and soymilk instead of chocolate and milk. We didn't have any chocolate so we used the carob) with a hand-made Candy Cane from Fred Meyers, either suck the drink through the candy cane, or just dip it.



Monday, November 17, 2008

Latin is amazing

You wouldn't believe how much fun I have, just sitting down and reading and learning this old language... I want to learn more words... I need to know it all... I just want to read more and more! I want learn it! I just dive into the words and come out with knowledge... I've never been this absorbed in a non-fiction book in my entire life. I'm amazed.

Get it. Read it. Learn Latin. You'll love it.


(the book is "Getting Started With Latin" by William E. Linney, by the way)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A fool is not one who makes mistakes...

...but one who makes the same mistake twice.

Sometimes, I can be foolish.


My Book Blog

I've had a book blog--A Book Worm's Journey--for quite some time, but I've never made an official "Post" about it, so here it is!

I started my book blog so I could keep track of the books I read, and see which ones I liked. I also made it so other people could skip over books they wouldn't like, and find books they might. My opinion to certain stories isn't necessarily the same that others would have, so I try to make my reviews describe about the details of the book, so you could decide whether or not it's your type, rather than just saying "this is a good book. I really liked it. Read it now." or "I hated this book. It's a real dud.".

Anyways, there's a link on my side-bar, as well as on this post, so hopefully you can come and see it!


Saturday: Including A Hike and Visiting Family

Yesterday we all went for a hike. Nana came over for a short visit before we left, but couldn't come because of her work.

The hike was really wonderful... besides this small building you could use to 'use the restroom' that had the worst smell you could possibly imagine (bad enough to make Mommy throw-up, and I am not exaggerating), and some feces that looked human on the ground (we think someone really had to go, but couldn't possibly have gone in there. I could almost empathise).
There were beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous trees, a good spot to stop and eat and some bridges that we couldn't help marching over (...until they started shaking like they would brake). We couldn't stay that long, since we had gotten up to a late start and it was nearly dark, but it was wonderful what we could do.

On our way back home we stopped by Aunt Katie and Uncle Bill's house, where Grandma Janie and Grandpa Ken are staying, and hung out with all of them for a while. Daddy's older sister stopped by with one of my cousins, and they stayed until we left.

I had a great time, yesterday! Hopefully you did too!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Fillins #31

1. Please feel free to comment on my blog! I always love that!
2. When I bring Mom and Dad their coffee I can't help sniffing it occasionally. I just love the smell, though I doubt I'll ever drink the stuff.
3. My favorite thing to cook is probably cookies, though waffles are loads of fun too.
4. Laughter is something I can't get enough of.
5. That's the thing I love most about life, the fact you can do anything with it.
6. Dear Sister's wonderful goofiness always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a MIDnight with Froggy and her brother (you might have seen her comment now and then), tomorrow my plans include going on a hike with Nana and maybe seeing Grandma Janie and Sunday, I want to have a ball!

Have a simply fantastic amazingly wonderful strangely spontaneous and weirdly glorious weekend!


Oh, thank god...

I've mentioned this now and then, but not that often, and I suppose it would be easy for you to missed this, since I haven't said much about it. But the fact of the matter is that I have been having joint pains since very early July. Yes, July.
It makes it hard me to move, painful to walk, type and pick up heavy objects, unable to dance Ballet, impossible to run, has me moving like a cripple of sorts and causes me a good amount of pain. I try not to think about it much, and I suppose that's why I don't post about it often; I don't want to be reminded of it. Every once in a while I brake down... and I think about how I used to move, like a ballerina, like a gazelle, leaping and running all over. I remember days when I could fold myself in half practically, and lift my leg not that far from my ear. I was so flexible, and strong... I was always proud of my strength, slightly-toned arms and great flexibility, and took every opportunity to show it off. Now it takes effort to even clamber on top of my bed (it is a high bed, I guess. All the way up to my hip bones, but that doesn't really matter. I used to get up without any trouble with my old flexibility)!

I suppose you're wondering why this post is titled 'Oh, thank god...' when the subject of this post sounds like it should be titled 'Why?', or 'How long must I go through this?' or 'Me whining uncontrollably'? Well, Mommy got me in for an appointment with a specialist this Tuesday, and I'm hoping against hope that he will help. Mom has been trying for a while now, but it's just taken a long time to find an opening.

I really am very, very grateful to the world. I have it much better than most anyone in the entire globe, in my opinion. I have a wonderful sister, two adorable brothers and two parents who love me more than anything. I just wish this would go away.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

IT'S OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, my, gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



What on this earth took me so long to CHECK?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

*Jumping, dancing, screaming, singing, leaping, laughing... et cetera (which means 'and the remaining things' in Latin, by the way)*

Inkdeath is out. Inkdeath is out. INKDEATH IS OUT.

I've got to put that book on hold... I've been waiting so, so long for it... I just can't believe it. I knew it was coming out some time around now, but I didn't realize it ALREADY WAS! Me oh my oh gosh...

On another topic, I'm typing K.o.D. again (yes, I took a break... I just wasn't sure what to do after the Nymphs, but now I think I'm going to bring in some boats! That should be fun, hehe)... and I'm super excited! Seeing that Inkdeath is out(!!!!!!!!!!) is really inspiring me to right more, for some strange reason. I intend to read Ms. Funke's book, and hopefully find some inspiration for my own book...

It's strange, because Kings of Darkness is ending up being an original story, but it has these... elements from books I've read and loved... The Villain, King Ronan, seems to remind me of Capricorn (the villain from Inkheart, one of the predecessors to Inkdeath), the feel of the book (though definitely different) makes me think of Alagaseia(sp?) from the Inheritance series. The Ma'Ge, mysterious, old and warm makes me think of Dumbledore, from Harry Potter, and other little things remind me of other books... Certainly, my book isn't a copy of anything, it's just got some cool elements from other stories. It's neat to see that what I've read affects what I write...
And, I thought I'd let you know, I've dropped the whole idea of my book having 200 pages. It could easily end up being that amount, it's not like I have too much story, it's just that that doesn't seem like enough... enough to make you love May, Fredric, Darren and Gloria... enough to make you care about Glorsifil, and the Rebels' fight for freedom, enough to make you hate Ronan with an amazing fire, and enough to get you hooked enough to buy the next book.

ANYWAYS, it's coming along great and I can't wait to finish it!

And I can't wait to read Inkdeath!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Semper Fidelis

As you might remember from this post, I'm attempting to learn Latin. I'm starting to grasp the grammar (which is rather confusing since you could say the words in almost any order you could possibly want) and learned quite a few words... I'm even getting to more complex sentences, such as these ones*....

Puella est portat aquam ad agricolam.

The girl is carrying water to the farmer.

Here's another one....

Nauta est navigat (the 'v' sounds like a 'w') circum (the 'c' sounds like a 'k') insulas (the 'i' like the 'ee' in sweet) ad patria.

The sailor is sailing around the islands to the homeland.

I've been trying to write a song in this forgotten tongue, but it's rather hard... I've got something of a melody, but it's a little repetitious and boring, and if you are going to write a song in a different language that no one can understand, the melody had better be pretty darn beautiful and exciting. Maybe I'll post it up when it's done....

Anyways, my Grandparents (on Daddy's side) have come down so I'm very excited to see them! They came and visited yesterday (with some awesome toy trucks they had made by hand for both brothers , and a couple pretty boxes and two necklaces they had made for Dear Sister and I), but we should get together again soon!

And why did I call this post Semper Fidelis? 'Cause it's a Latin phrase (meaning "always faithful") that I think sounds absolutely beautiful, and it's the name of my song.


*Please note that I composed these sentences in proper English order in case you wanted to translate them. Also note that there is no 'a', 'an', or 'the' in the Latin language, so you have to add it in yourself, and that there are also little marky thingys that go above some letters in some words that I am unable to add since I am using blogger to write this.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Friday Fillins #30

Hehe... I sort of forgot about it yesterday... Here you go!

1. My blueprint for success includes working very, very hard, being very, very committed and having fun.
2. A shaving of some of the best chocolate I've ever had was the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is Cetaphil??? (I don't really use 'facial moisturizers').
4. Ballet (no, I am not kidding) can be good physical and mental therapy.
5. I'd like to tell you about how positively lucky I am.
6. (I'm not quite sure how to answer this, but my fam says I'm) Outgoing, bold and kind is are my strongest characteristics(???).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hehe... yesterday I was looking forwards to Daddy staying home for the weekend, tomorrow today my plans include cleaning up and Sunday, I want to hang out with Grandma Janie and Grandpa Ken, who are coming to visit (super excited!!!)!

There you go, a day late but hopefully just as good as normal! If you'd like to do your own, find the link on my sidebar, or use this one.

Have a nice weekend!


Friday, November 7, 2008


Everyone is sick.

Yes, everyone.

Except me.

Today I was supposed to (not to mention immensely looking forwards to) go to a drama club and rehearse a skit at Gym Day (which is now on Fridays), have a MIDnight (Murder In the Dark-night) with some friends and have a load of fun doing it all. So now I can't go anywhere and it's very likely I'll get sick myself. Not to mention that for some strange reason I am really, really hot... I'm just rather upset right now. I've been looking forwards to this for a long time, especially since we missed last Gym Day (I'm not including Halloween).


Thursday, November 6, 2008

So I DID See the President...

Remember this post?

Well, what do you know? Hopefully Obama will make the world--or at least America--a better for homeschooling-vegan-13-year-olds.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Waffles, Frustration, and a Name At Last!

I've been trying to think of something to post about... unsuccessfully. It's quite frustrating, I mean, how can I post stuff if I can't think of anything to post?

Anyways, we just recently bought a waffle maker that is pretty okay. It makes nice big Belgian waffles, to be sure, and it cooks well enough (not to mention with a timer), and isn't too hard to clean... on the down side, it rips the waffles in half pretty often (not in half, but into two circles, the top of the waffle, and the bottom, not the left and right) and it's a bit tough to get them out (they don't stick, it's just it's hard to pull them out), besides that, it's pretty cool! Unfortunately, I probably won't be making them for a few days since we ran out of syrup, even though we dilute it with yummy things like almond butter, soy milk and cinnamon... time takes it's toll! Maybe we'll come up with some other toppings...

How is my movie coming? You probably aren't wondering that, but I'll tell you anyways: Slowly. I've got it all down, but I still have editing to do, and it takes time... *sigh* Oh, and I think I have a name for it! With Dear Sister's help, this is what I came up with:

Duel of Power

It's actually a pun, because 'duel' means 'two' in a different language, so that would be "Two of Power", and Duel also means a fight, so "Fight of Power", and there is both in the movie. Still, it's under debate... What do you think of the name? I'm not quite set on it yet, and your opinion would be invaluable!!!


Galaxy ;-)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Daylight savings

I like gaining an hour. That's fun. I don't like it being darker earlier, that's not fun...

But it sure is cool gaining an hour!

Happy daylight savings!