Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Today, (at my Thanksgiving destination) I finished my NaNoWriMo novel. I accomplished my word count goal at 10,005 words and am now going to have a very satisfying Thanksgiving.
  As I keep saying, have a wonderful holiday!

PS. Now, lucky reader, I will have more time to blog, and more time to talk about things other than NaNoWriMo and being on google!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We are on google!

OK, just a quick post to say: this blog is officially what comes up when you search 'home school diaries' on Google. Okay, (to take me off cloud nine) I am the very last result (on the first page), but still. This officially might be one of the most exciting days in my blogging career! (well, it might not be, but I think it is.)

Lets just hope I stay there!

Have the most amazing, and the happiest, Thanksgiving ever!!
(I'll still be hyper about this when I get back!)
(But I do hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

NaNoWriMo {8 days left!}

Wow! NaNoWriMo has only eight days left, and I have exciting news! I am 92.58% done (meaning that I have 742 words left.) My Novel is coming along Super fantastically, and I am very excited because I'm thinking that this is a publishing worthy least I hope it is!
 All right, because I'm not sure that I'll have time to put up another post before Thanksgiving, I hope that everyone has a wonderful, safe holiday, and that (if you're driving somewhere) you don't get stuck in traffic!

Inspiration {no words, just a scene}

[Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein]

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mediterranean Dinner

One of the reasons that I love my civics curriculum is that it has such interesting, fun projects!
 My most recent (and possibly funnest) project was making a meal out of food brought to America after 1492.
I decided to have a Mediterranean themed meal, and my parents and I spent all afternoon on Saturday making food. The Menu included:
[the table...of course!]
Lubiya (a soup with lots of spices and black eyed peas--not pictured),

Caprese Salad-from Italy (Includes: Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil with a balsamic dressing)


 Mejadarah (an Egyptian dish with lentils, rice and caramelized onions)

Bulgar Pilaf and Noodles (It should be obvious that this dish includes Bulgar. Noodles and LOTS of butter)

We invited a Lebanese guest who told us that the food was marvelous...(yay, we passed the middle-eastern-person-liked-it test)  All in all, I can't wait for another fun opportunity to do something like this again!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hey, I'm still here {mostly}

Hi, just a quick post to say that I have not forgotten about my blog, but this month with NaNoWriMo its hard for me to blog at all, so expect more next month!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A bunch of random things that I feel like sharing:

"Sorry I haven't blogged in while"...wait, didn't I tell myself I would stop apologizing about my stuffed scheduale? (Answer: Yes, I fact I posted that!) Well, I'm sorry anyway!
  Exciting news: Last week I got the most amount of blog visitors since week one, so thank you to everyone who has visited my blog so far, I hoped you enjoyed it! (BTW: feel free to keep coming back, I dont mind AT ALL!)
Other exciting news: This morning it snowed for the first time this winter/fall! Aroung midnight or 3:00 am last night it started hailing (which of course woke me up!) Then eventually I fell asleep. This morning I woke up (at a normal time) and there was a light dusting of snow covering everything! It wasn't enough snow to transform the neighborhood into a magical wonderland, but it was enough to tempt me outside. So, I put a coat and boots on, over my pajamas, and walked outside. Then (this is the exciting part) I scooped some slushy, melting, snow off our car, shaped it into a perfect ball and threw it! The first snowball of the winter! I am finally satisfied with life! [for today...]

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo {did you know that I'm a good procrastinator?}

Well, yesterday NaNoWriMo started. I signed up (Oct 28th) and started writing...of course when I went to submit my work, the web page shut down!
Luckily it was up again before bedtime, so I was able to submit my stuff and go to sleep.

Now, a billion hours later, I'm supposed to be writing my story (so far I only have 1,092 words and my goal is 25000), but instead I'm writing a blog post about what a good procrastinator I am... [exhibit A]
  Well, I guess if I'm blogging anyway, I might as well share a snip-it of my NaNoWriMo story:

Dear Lucy, Monday

  Today was totally dreary! It hasn’t stopped raining since, like, a billion days ago and the people here seem not to get the idea that umbrellas are allowed to be more than one color e.g. BLACK!
   Mum has finally opened up the shop. She says that at least something will be colorful in our world…yeah; she’s right if you count pink and green as colorful! (I know you do, but I don’t…and yes, so far we only have pink flowers—no dresses or anything!) Dad thinks it’s a totally crazy idea for a shop, but Mum just rolls her eyes and says, “I NEED colour!” I gotta say, I agree with her, how much black can you get? Then again, I also agree with dad: who would own a flower and fashion shop…it’s kinda’ stupid. (Not to mention the fact that we’ve only had ONE customer so far!) Anyhow, I guess what I’m trying to say is: I’d rather be with you!
    So, how are things back home? have you gotten 200 [different] customers yet? I wish you could send a famous Apple Crisp in the mail…with ORANGE frosting. I really miss helping out in the bakery.
Your miserable niece AKA Fiona

Dear Lucy, Wednesday
   FINALLY it stopped raining! Not that you care, you’re probably too busy with your 201st customer…that’s right, I still haven’t heard from you!
     PLEASE write back!

Dear Lucy, FRIDAY!
  You do know that stamps cost money, right?

Well, you'll probably here more from me later today, but for now I'd better sign off and start writing...