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!

 

 

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  She used winter themed Oreos (red filling), but I would personally use regular ones if you’re doing this for the holidays… because I don’t associate red with winter.  I know it has to do with Christmas, but not winter.  If red and green are together, I think of Christmas.  Winter’s color to me is blue because of blue snowflake jewelry and just… lots of winter things are blue!  I’m odd.  Anyways.

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Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped Oreo cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder until just blended.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and oreo pieces.
  5. Drop cookie dough by 2 tablespoons (or larger if you want bigger cookies) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. When out of the oven, let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Third! Personal Update:

This weekend should be great!  Tomorrow I am going to the knit meeting with my mom (as per usual) and then heading off to a Jewelry Party!  I love jewelry.  I don’t wear it a lot, but I LOVE it.  This jewelry party is going to be hosted by one of my friends from public school, too, so that’s exciting!  I’ll hopefully get to see a lot of people there that I’ve been missing!  (In case I haven’t mentioned it yet or you weren’t a follower of Kranberrie’s Juicies, I am currently being homeschooled and then I’m going back to public school on January 23rd if everything works out!)

Then, on Sunday, I might be doing a fashion shoot for somebody!  It’s also a friend from public school.  🙂 Since I am branching out further in photography this year, I put out a request for models on my Facebook page and Siobhan (pronounced Shuh-bawn) came to me saying she’d love the job!  So if everything works out on this shoot, she might be one of my permanent models for Espoir Photography.  This means I will work with her quite often, so if it happens, you’ll see a lot of posts about her!  I’m most excited for this because if the shoot happens, it’s going to be so much fun!!!

That’s all of my plans for this weekend, but I am very excited!  Oh, and of course I have to watch a movie and write a review for you guys. 😉

Anyways, hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday!

Personal Post!

Hello!

Today was a very good day.  I got four assignments done for a certain class (on a good day I can get two done) and also finished another class!  I just have to take that class’s final.  I’m not looking forward to that.  I also drank over 8 glasses of water!  Yay for me!

Yesterday I promised you pictures from Mo’s party!  I’m just going to put my favorites on here, but you can find all of the photos on the Facebook page for my photography. Click on any of the photos for increased quality and larger size.

Yum!

“Happy birthday to you…”

Beautiful birthday girl.

Tehe!

The three kiddos at the party.  There were also 7 or 8 adults there, too.  Didn’t photograph them, though.

The party was pretty fun.  I really enjoyed seeing Mo attack the cake!  Did I mention she got it on the dining room walls? HAHA!

On another note, I’m going for a run tomorrow morning.  I’m quite nervous.  I haven’t gone running in a long time and to be honest I haven’t exercised in over a week… *hangs head* I made a new schedule for myself for 20 weeks.  Over those 20 weeks I’m going to increase how much I run everyday (well, every day that I run) and end up running a half marathon!  On my own… not for an actual half marathon.  I know running is really good for you though, and I want it to be a part of my regular fitness routine.  I’m going to do this.  I have tried so many times before to get back into running but I always give up.  This time I will do it. I can do it!  I’m a new person this year and I don’t give up anymore. 🙂 Tehe.

Anyways, that’s pretty much all I have to say today, there’s not too much news over here.  See you Wednesday for my favorite song of the week!

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year’s!  I hope everybody had a safe night last night and your hangovers aren’t too bad.  I spent the night by first watching Star Wars (original episode 4) with my dad while eating lime & salt popcorn (yummy) and drinking a Strawberry Daquiri Sobe (if you’ve never heard of the drink, there is no alcohol in it.  Don’t worry.  It is my favorite store bought beverage ever).  It was a lot of fun!  Then, we played the game Elder Sign.  Kinda geeky, but I really like those kind of games and they’re my dad’s biggest hobby.  So it was fun!  That was my New Year’s night.

Just to let you know- I am adding in a blogging day for each week.  Sunday is going to be Movie Review day.  Each week this year (unless I am prevented during certain weeks for personal reasons) I will do one movie review.  At the beginning of each month, I will make a list of 4 movies for the month, and on each Sunday, I will review a movie!  Stay tuned until the end of this post for a few reviews I’ve already got done.

For New Year’s Day today, we had my baby sister, Momo’s first birthday party.  Her birthday is actually tomorrow, but it’s hard to have a party on a Monday.  A lot of family and family-friends came over, kids played, adults talked, and then we had cake.  She ripped into that cake so good!  She had it EVERYWHERE on her and on the walls in the dining room!  Everyone else had red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (so. good.) and Neapolitan ice cream.  Morgana got a picture with a poem from me, a rocking horse from Nan+Pops, a sippy cup from an aunt and clothes from another aunt and uncle.  It was a good party.  My mom did good cooking for that party so props to her!  I was the party photographer, of course.  I will probably have some pictures up tomorrow for my “Personal Post” (Check out my about page to see my weekly blogging schedule.)

Speaking of New Years, I have a few things to say about this year.  2011 was a horrible year for me.  It was wonderful in many ways, but I went through a very personal and difficult time and it denoted 2011 as awful.  2012 is a fresh start.  Each month I am going to make a goal for myself (personal goals- not anything I’ll be posting on here) and hopefully by 2013, I will have achieved a lot and brought myself back up to 100% as a person.  I am already a more positive person today and I’m doing my best to be extremely optimistic, kind and happy.  I also have a new mindset when it comes to relaxing.  My new thing is that I do not get to relax if I have things to do.  I can’t go to bed unless that laundry’s folded.  I can’t blog until I’ve gotten the sweeping done.  I can’t eat another cupcake until I’ve worked out.  You get the idea.  If I have a chore or obligation to be done, I can’t do anything fun or relaxing until it’s finished.  I’m hoping this will help me to get rid of any procrastinating gene left in my body.  Also, in my blog schedule, you might notice one thing on Friday’s post- it says “weekly picture.”  I’m pretty excited for this.  Unless for some reason I can’t blog on a certain Friday, I will post a picture of myself every Friday (taken that Friday) and by 2013, I’ll get to see how much I’ve changed over the year!  I think that’s a really fun idea.  So I’m happy to be getting that going this Friday.

Moving onto Movie Reviews!  I will do 3 reviews for you right now.  I watched 7 movies this weekend (I know!) but I’m only going to pick a few to review on here since this post is already a bit long.  Then, I will list my four movies to review this month! (There are 4 more Sundays this month!) BY THE WAY: My movie reviews NEVER contain spoilers.

Beauty and the Briefcase

Rated: TV-14

Time Run: 86 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Director: Gil Junger

Writer(s): Michael Horowitz & Daniella Brodsky

Starring: Hilary Duff, Jaime Pressly and Jennifer Coolidge

Pros: Funny, sweet, romantic, silly

Cons: A bit confusing, dull, un=realistic scenes, too cliché, annoying credits at the beginning, predictable

My biggest problem: It felt like there really wasn’t a climax in this movie, the whole thing ran a little dull and predictable.

My favorite feature: It definitely was an enjoyable movie, it was pretty silly and girly.  I wouldn’t recommend this to many guys, because it’s a bit too girly.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 5.2/10

My stars (out of ten): 3/10

 

Waiting For Forever

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 95 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Romance

Director: James Keach

writer(s): Steve Adams

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins

Pros: Beginning was intense and sad (amazing), main character boy is cute, touching, intense, heart breaking, spirit lifting, made me cry several times

Cons: None.

My biggest problem: The ending didn’t fall short, but I did feel like it needed a bit more to it still.

My favorite feature: It was just a very unique and touching movie, it moved me a lot and brought me to tears over five different times.  It is in fact my favorite movie now.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 6/10

My stars (out of ten): 10/10

 

The Others

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 101 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Writer(s): Alejandro Amenabar

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston and Fionnula Flanagan

Pros: Unexpected ending, suspenseful

Cons: Lighting too dark, drawn out

My biggest problem: I really dislike movies with really dark settings because it makes me feel like I can’t see what’s going on- even though in “dark setting movies” you can see what’s happening.  It just gives me a headache and frustrates me.  Almost this entire movie was in a very dark setting.

My favorite feature: The ending was very unexpected and surprised me.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 7.7/10

My stars (out of ten): 6/10

 

Now, my list of four movies to watch and review this month!

  1. Mao’s Last Dancer
  2. Never Been Kissed
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. Dandelion

That’s all for today!  See you!