Personal Post!

Things have been going pretty well lately.  Having a life, learning and enjoying structure again is nice!  Last week was my first week at public school again so there wasn’t much to do except sit around and listen about disclosures.  This week is already feeling more like school, though.  I’m enjoying all of my classes and I’m really liking what I’m getting to learn.  At my age I am starting to realize that education is everything so even though I am not taking many core classes at all, I am still doing very well compared to previous years in school.  My favorite class so far is probably guitar just because I’m actually learning to play and I thought I never would.

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday as well.  We got him Oreos (DUH, it’s my dad), a really funny Darth Vader shirt and a gift certificate to Michael’s Craft Store for more supplies for his miniatures.  He seemed to enjoy his birthday.  I had the privilege of making his cake.  I’ve made him cake before, but this year I really wanted to try to make it look nice.  I made a double layer 8″ red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.  Let me tell you one thing.  I hate frosting.  I love the taste of it, but I hate working with it.  It’s not smooth like fondant and I have NO IDEA how to smooth it out to make it look flawless.  Plus, red crumbs on the cake got in the frosting as I was spreading it around, causing it to be some-what polka-dotted… Great, huh?  I also didn’t even know what I was going to do when I started decorating so there’s a straight line around the top of the cake and then wavy icing inside of it because I decided I wanted wavy but I had already put the straight line…. Yeah, here are some pictures:

Both layers baked and cooled.

Cake assembled.

Frosted… what does it look like?  This is the top icing.  See what I mean about the straight line and the waves?

Blurry.  Bottom of the cake.

Side view.  Polka dotted and uneven frosting.  Wah.

 Cake.  Yes, it’s on a blue Tupperware lid because we don’t have any cake stands.  Double wah.

So, the cake didn’t turn out looking too good but I guess it was an okay attempt for my first “somewhat fancy cake.”  It definitely tasted marvelous.  I love red velvet with cream cheese frosting…. mmmmmmmm…. it’s my favorite kind of cake.  (But I prefer razzleberry pie over cake any day.)

Other than school and cake… not much is going on.

My hair is growing out!  It only has another inch to go before it’s as long as it was before I cut it short in 2011.  I always cut my hair when it gets long and every single time I do, I always regret it.  Back in the day I used to have hair all the way down past my hips.  I want it long again!  It’s getting closer to my first goal though and after that, I will trim it (and that last inch will actually be gone, but still) and then grow it out three more inches before trimming again.  I know everyone says for healthy hair trim every month/every two months but I know my hair and how it works.

 I also haven’t been watching ANY Gossip Girl since school started… I turn it on every once in a while but I get too distracted since I don’t have as much time to relax as I did when I was doing home school.  I have homework and practice now! So, that’s kind of sad.  Gossip Girl is getting kind of boring too though, they seem to be drawing out the show too much right now and adding too much drama to keep it alive and also to keep up with.

That’s all I can think of update-wise.  I’ll see you Wednesday for Favorite Song Of The Week along with Movies Of The Month!

 

 

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Apologies

Sorry again.  This week was just too busy and stuff to watch a movie and review it.  I could have watched it last night, but I watch Star Wars with my dad every weekend and so I didn’t have any time.  Plus, last week I just barely started going back to public school so that took up a lot of time, as well.  I will include Dandelion in my list of movies to review next month since I couldn’t do it today.  I will do my very best not to skip any weeks next month!

By the way, happy birthday to my dad!  He’s turning 100 today! Ahaha, just kidding.  I bet he feels that way, though.

Anyways, I’m sorry, I’ll do the movie next month, happy birthday Dad and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  I would love to try these!  French dip sandwiches when made correctly are awesome.

French Dip Sandwiches
1 2.5-3 lb. beef roast (you can use a frozen roast if you want)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper

2 1-ounce packages dry onion soup mix

2 c. water

2 cans beef broth

6-8 large buns (or more…6 would be VERY generous servings!)

Swiss, provolone, or mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and rub roast with salt and pepper.
When very hot, carefully place roast in pan and sear on all sides. You’re not cooking the meat, you’re just browning it quickly on all sides to add flavor and seal in the juices.
Place in crockpot and sprinkle with onion soup mixes. Pour water and beef broth over roast.
Cook 8-10 hours on low or cook 4-5 hours on high and another 3-4 hours on low. It’s hard to screw this part up; basically, the longer it cooks, the more tender it will be. But you know it’s done when you pop a fork in it and the meat just falls apart. When meat is ready, shred with a fork.
Place meat in crusty rolls. Top with cheese and broil open-faced in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melty.
Ladle juices into small cups for dipping and enjoy!

Third! Personal Update:

This week was absolutely wonderful.  It feels good to have a life again.

Guitar and photography have been going the best.

In guitar, we’ve learned Am, Em, C and G7.  The chords for the song that goes “The ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah…” Etc.  Haven’t actually learned the song yet, but we’ve learned the chords.  I’m pretty sure Em is my favorite sound ever.  It reminds me of a Mexican Fiesta guitar song.  It’s lovely!  I am able to now go from Am to Em without looking, but I still struggle with C to G7.  I can do both on their own (even though G7 kills me, it’s so difficult to stretch my hand that far!) but I’m not too good at going from one to the other yet.  It usually still takes me a few seconds with those two to transition.  Hey, I’m learning something, though!  I’m so in love with guitar right now, even though my hands are very un-coordinated, I’m doing pretty well so far. Also, I had to rent a guitar from class so that I can play it in class everyday and not have to haul my guitar from home back and forth from school.  That would be a pain.  The one I rented from class is a Spanish guitar, closer to a classic than a steel, but kind of in between I guess.  It’s really nice, it’s also pretty small which is good since I’m very petite.  The guitar I own at home is pretty big.

In photography we haven’t learned much yet, but my teacher talks forever.  Most students would look at this as a great way to get out of doing work, but I really enjoy his stories, not just the fact he forgets about giving us work.  We actually don’t have any work yet, technically and I think we’re going to start our first project next week.  I’m very excited for that.  Anyways, he’s a really cool person and every day at lunch I sit in his classroom and eat talking to him.  He’s becoming like my best friend!  Is that appropriate for students and teachers to be friends?  I hope so.  It’s awesome though because we always talk about photography and cameras of course, so it’s like I’m getting an extra photography class every day.

Well, that’s all for now.  I don’t really have much news for other classes, as they’ve been a bit slow starting on the work just as photography has.

Oh!  I do have a bit more to talk about.

Tomorrow I don’t have much to do… probably just jam to guitar with my baby sister.  On Sunday though, it’s my daddy’s birthday!!!  I’m making his cake this year (yay) and I’m going to try to make it fancy!  No fondant… but just nicely and neatly decorated.  I won’t tell you how old he’s turning because he’d probably personally kill me, but I’m very excited.  We’re going over to his friend Jimmy and Jenna’s house, (they’re like our family’s best friend besides Justin) and having a gaming party.  We’re going to eat pizza, eat cake and play Arkham Horror all night I think.  (I pray to God that I spelled the game right.)  It’s hopefully going to be a blast.

Other than that, nothing much is going on.  I’m quite sick with a rough cold at the moment, I have just a tiny bit of sniffles, burning eyes and a very sore throat.  I don’t have a cough, though… That’s weird.  Well, I kind of do… Anyways… Yeah, I’ll hopefully see you Sunday for a movie review on “Dandelion.” 🙂  Have a great day/night/morning, everyone.

Personal Post!

Today was my first day back to public school after 8 months of home school.  It was… boring.  To be honest, it was great.  However, it was pretty boring.

Let’s focus on the positive first, yeah?  Well, the best things about it were I found all of my classes, wasn’t late to any of them, my locker is in the place I know best of the school (it’s a BIG school) and I made it through without any drama.

The classes in the school I am attending are in no specific order down the hallways.  As you walk down, you could see room C211, C324 and C 206 all right next to each other. So, if I get lost, there’s no just following the room numbers to find my way.  I have to ask somebody (which a lot of students at that school surprisingly don’t know where any of the classrooms are) or wander around with a pocket of hope.  So, I’m grateful that I didn’t have a problem with finding any of those classes and I wasn’t late to any of them.

I sat quietly in all of my classes, said hi to people who said it to me, smiled at people who smiled at me, but I did not initiate any conversations with anybody.  I’m really going to play it safe this year and avoid all drama (if possible).  I did get on a first name basis with a few girls in Aerobics, which is good since that class will be very interactive and such, but other than that, I made zero friends today.  Know what?  I’m okay with that.  I prefer that.  No friends is better than a lot of friends and a lot of drama.  I’m not saying I won’t eventually make friends, but I’m definitely going to give it time to make sure that the friends I do make are the right ones.

Now, for the negatives.  Actually… why does there need to be explanation on the negatives?  To be honest, there weren’t many negatives of today.  It was just really boring and kind of dull, but I guess I’d really prefer that over too much to handle!  Right?  The only negative thing I will say about today, is I have a very bad feeling about my guitar class.  I’m already the most obvious slow one in the class and I already have a huge (and extremely painful) blister on my thumb from strumming. I will definitely do my best, though.  I really would love to learn another instrument.

So, that was my first day… tomorrow I have 4 more classes and they’re the closest things to academics (only one of them is a technical academics- it’s a math class) so it might be the slightest bit difficult, but it’ll probably fly by like today.  I have to say, taking mostly electives for your classes is quite relaxing.

I’ll see you Wednesday for Favorite Song Of The Week.

Movie Review

This week is actually going to contain two movie reviews since I couldn’t do one last weekend.

My reviews never contain spoilers.

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Never Been Kissed

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 107 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance

Director: Raja Gosnell

Writer(s): Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Starring: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette & Michael Vartan

Pros: Funny, sweet, cheesy, Drew Barrymore

Cons: unrealistic, very predictable

My Biggest Problem: Although the story could be true, it’s pretty “amped up” and dramatic (I know it’s a drama, but still.) and that just always bugs me about comedy.  I like a movie that can be genuinely funny, without having to make things over-the-top.

My Favorite Feature: Even though this movie is SO cute and romantic, my favorite part was definitely Drew Barrymore.  Without her, this movie would have been a disaster.

IMDb’s Stars (out of ten): 5.7/10

My Stars (out of ten): 5/10

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Meet the Parents:

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 108 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Director: Jay Roach

Writer(s): Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro & Teri Polo

Pros: sweet

Cons: ridiculous, cliche, annoying, not funny

My Biggest Problem: I can’t pick my biggest problem for this movie… Like I said in the previous review, I like a movie that can be genuinely funny (witty) without having to put it over-the-top.  This is one of those movies that either a five year old or a drunk group of teenagers would laugh at.  It’s not funny at all and I found it extremely annoying.  I wanted to turn it off several times.

My Favorite Feature: None.

IMDb’s Stars (out of ten): 7/10 (wow!)

My Stars (out of ten): 1/10


Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

 Apologies for lack of (mark all that apply):

[x] caring

[x] quality

[x] editing to make the photo upright

(Feeling extremely lazy tonight and that’s okay.)

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  These look so death-fully delicious, oh my word.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus 1-4 tablespoons
  • 2 cups cinnamon baking chips
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process with six 1-second pulses.
  3. Remove cover of food processor and sprinkle the butter evenly over the dry ingredients. Cover and process with 12 1-second pulses. Transfer contents to a large bowl.
  4. Stir heavy cream into the flour mixture, adding up to 2 additional tablespoons of heavy cream just until moistened. Fold in cinnamon chips and knead the dough by hand 6 to 8 times  (do not overprocess or scones will be tough) then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough in half. With lightly floured hands press each half of dough into a 7-inch round. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 6 wedges. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place wedges on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the scones with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 13 minutes or until tops of scones are a lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before glazing.
  7. While the scones are cooling, make glaze. Combine 1 tablespoon heavy cream, and confectioners’ sugar until you achieve a thick, opaque icing. Drizzle over scones and serve.

Yields: 12 scones Prep Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 13 minutes

Third! Personal Update:

Today was my last day of homeschool.  I mean, not technically since I’ll still be doing homeschool on top of public school this year, but you get what I mean!  Yesterday my dad and I went around doing some stuff, set up my classes, and today I took a trip down to my school and picked up my official schedule!  I’m so happy, it’s most electives and that’s going to make everything so fun! 😀 Here’s a rough idea of my schedule (I can’t give some classes away because it will reveal my age/grade and that’s not appropriate for the interwebs n’ shtuff.)

A day:

Math

A fun writing class

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B day:

Photography! (so glad this school provides a photography class!)

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Aerobics

Guitar! 😀 (I have a guitar and don’t know how to play it.  At one time I taught myself a song or two, but I have forgotten and I’m taking a real class now to play/learn the right way!)

So, yeah! I also went shopping today with my brother and we went out to lunch as well.  I had a lot of fun, my brother is a really awesome person!  Oh!  He got me this backpack today from Urban Outfitters (favorite store EVER.) and I am SO in love with it!  I honestly can’t get enough of it.  It’s sitting right next to me right now!  I’m obsessed with it, it’s the cutest backpack I’ve ever owned!  I tried to look for it online, because the pictures I took of it aren’t the best (it’s nighttime, no good lighting, and I’m too lazy to go get my camera from down stairs) but they don’t have it online! Which is stupid because they have alllllll the ones on the shelf/aisle/hanging thing that were beside/below/above the backpack I got.  Ugh, whatever.  So anyways!  Here are some pictures!

It’s much brighter in person. I cannot stop drooling over it!

It has a pocket inside and that pocket you see on the front, which opens with a zipper.

Anyways, that’s pretty much all for now… I don’t have many plans this weekend, except for I need to get my room clean and organized so it can stay that way and not make me feel anxious when I go back to school, since I’ll already be loaded with tons of work to do.

See you Sunday for two movie reviews!