Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No Day... I mean Snow Day!

First of all Merry Belated Christmas to those of you who are (unlike me) not Jewish!

Second of all: Have you ever had that disappointed feeling where you know that something's supposed to happen, then it doesn't; you know you're getting a puppy, but then you get a stuffed animal; you know you're getting a blizzard, but then you get a few inches of terrible packing snow?
  Oh, hey, that last one sounds familiar! Maybe that's because the surrounding states have gotten piles of snow, but we just got a few inches? Oh, that must be why! Anyway, (counting my blessings) at least it's pretty!

Friday, December 24, 2010


For my last English unit, I was assigned to write a sonnet, it was supposed to be 14 lines and on each line, 10 syllables. The rhythmic pattern is: A, B, A, B, C, D, C, D, E, F, E, F, G, G. (This is the Elizbethan Sonnet)
  Surprisingly, I actually liked mine, so I decided to post it here:

 Sonnet 1

Licking those furry paws to perfection
She turns now and blinks to greet the new day.
The sun in her eyes ruins perception
And she sees herself in a posh new way.

Lifting her chin, she now sees as a queen
And flicks her tail to and fro with disdain.
Pretending she doesn’t care where you’ve been
Her interest in food is easy to feign

Her brother no longer can torment her,
Her staff is very easy to ignore,
She blinks demurely and begins to purr
Then forgetting manners she starts to snore.

Waken by footfalls, a large shoe she sees
“Forget being queen” so turning, she flees.

[Unfortunately for my girl cat, this Sonnet describes her perfectly!]

 [the 'tormentor'...actually he's a sweetheart!]

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A 'Creative' Process

I am now going to show you the 'very creative' process of completely destroying your room, then completely undestroying it, and ending up with "whoa, that's not what my room used to look like!" (In other words; today was spent -until two thirty- pushing heavy items across the floor because for some strange reason I wanted to rearrange my room.)
[the completely destroyed room]

This would be my room in the middle of the 'creative process', at the point where; the bed was in place, but nothing else was!

[well, this is supposed to be my bed, but it was temporarily trying out for the part of bookshelf]

[need I say more?]


[You've guessed correctly, my jewelry is not supposed to be on top of my bookshelf! though I was seeing if I actually could live with it like that!]

Finally (around 1:00) I was able to start finishing my room, eg. putting books on there shelf, asking myself if  I really wanted my dresser on that wall, wondering where I could fit the mirror if I moved this that way a few inches... ...

[making some progress--at least, I have my bed back!]

[My jewelry collection-- the set-up was a wonderful surprise b-day present when I came home from camp]

[and now for my dresser...NOTE: it will not stay this clean for any more than 1 week]

["whoa that's not what my room used to look like!"]

After my room had -finally- been transformed, it was time to do some catching up in the civics department! Hmmm... how to write a brief paper on the differences between Democrats and Republicans? (It was completed as a surprisingly very nice poster, and somehow it was approved by the mother/teacher...yay!) Anyway, I had a pretty looooong day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sadly Enough...

For the past two weeks, I've been doing something that (not to brag) most home-schoolers don't get to do. I've been shadowing at possible High Schools that I could go to next year. That's right, next year I will no longer be able to call myself a home-schooler, because I'm going to go to a 'real school'.
  I suppose that there's no real reason that you want to hear me go on and on about  going to High School, but I guess it really just finally dawned on me that I'm going to HIGH SCHOOL. (then after that I go to college, but lets not get into that.)

Well, that's all...  I'll probably have a more entertaining post up on Sunday. (I'm -hopefully- rearranging my room, and who knows what I'm going to find... Not that you want to know this, but; we may have already discovered a dead mouse behind my bookcase, luckily this one -if it exists- is not because of my cat!)
[No, this is not the dead mouse behind my book shelf (or any of the other mice that have lived -and died- in my room),
 it's just a cute picture of my cat with his Hanukkah present]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiration {no words, just a scene}

“Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.” ~Unknown

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hannukah {and Ellis Island!}

December is a great season, I love seeing all the (tasteful) holiday decorations...candles in people's windows, wreaths, menorahs, etc..
 This year, Hanukkah was pretty low key, we ate latkes, lit the menorah, sang songs, exchanged presents, preformed in The Nutcracker on the Saturday and Sunday ( yes, that was just me...not my parents), we drove off to New York for Monday and Tuesday (my dad went to a conference)...okay, so maybe it wasn't as low key as I made it sound, anyway...
[the famous statue's better side, well...maybe not!]
On Monday, we visited Ellis Island. Though I got museumitis pretty quickly, it was very interesting walking around in the same place that my ancestors had probably walked through. (The cafeteria also had very good food!)

[Who, what, when, where...the only thing this exhibit was missing is 'how'!]

Probably my favorite room in the main museum was the statistics room, I know it sounds sort of boring, but it most certainly was not! In it, there were a bunch of fun looking exhibits, some showing how many people of what origin came to America in which years (above), and some showing how many people of which gender came to America in what year (below).
[ladies first!]

[lined up with a better view]

We also got to take a quick trip to the New Jersey half of the island (no passport required!) that was fairly entertaining, crossing from New York to New Jersey all the while being on the same piece of land (and in the same building!) The story behind that: here!
[One of the hospital buildings, yes, it actually is in New Jersey...I wasn't joking!]

[test: is this the same hospital building as above? Answer: I don't know, all three of them look the same in photographs!]

All in all, my mom and I had a great time, and to add to that: it snowed, and we got to check out some great vintage consignment shops...can't wait to go back!