Sunday, August 14, 2011

Oh me, oh my, I really do hate making decisions!

School is getting closer and closer, and as it draws near I am becoming more and more agitated when I think about my poor blog and what I will be doing with it. (oh, vacation was wonderful, I ate delicious frozen yogurt and overall had a great time.) My first problem (with my blog) is that I feel very attached to it ... and feel like I would have abandonment issues if I started a new blog, and just forgot about this one. (Which I have been thinking of doing, given that I am no longer home-schooling.) You see, my blog just turned one (on the 8th) and I would feel SO bad leaving it that soon after it's first birthday!
(if you really couldn't care less about my reasons, just skip to the bullet points then  comment and tell me what you think I should do!)

On the other hand, I can't continue to have a blog named "homeschool diaries" when I am in fact no longer home schooled...I've never really liked that name and it just wouldn't make sense to keep that name on my blog when I am not home schooled.

So, I could
  • rename this blog something else and just keep writing
  • keep this blog (though not continue writing) and start another one which I would name differently
or, I could
  • do something else (please specify!)
What do you think I should do? Please Comment* and let me know what you think!

In other news, I'm FINALLY getting a cell phone...this is actually very exciting for me...and now I'm going to shut up to keep from further embarrassing myself with all this scatter-brained writing! (trust me, I'm not usually like this!)

Oh, one last thing: I want you all to go check out Jocee's post from a few days ago on The Cupcake Dictionary, I really enjoyed reading it, it was very descriptive of how I often feel...thanks Jocee!

*preferably comment on this post...not another one (It would also be really helpful if you could tell me why you think I should do whatever it is that you think I should do) THANKS!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Guess what? I'm creative!

This post is dedicated to stating the fact that I have a creative blog...

Thank you Deirdra  for the award (speaking of creative)!

Also, I am again leaving my house (and my blog), but this time only for a few days. Later today, my parents are going to drive me to my cousins, and I'm going to stay with her and her family for a few days, then I'll be taking the train back...all by myself! (Super excited for that!) So anyhow, that paragraph was just to tell you that I won't be blogging for a while!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Come to the Dark Side...we've got rainboots!

For my birthday, my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins sent me the Coolest Pair of Rain-Boots Ever! I had seen them in a nearby store, expressed (in front of my Aunt) how much I like them, and promptly forgot about them--the rain boots that is, not the Aunt. So, imagine my delight upon coming home, receiving a birthday package, and opening it to find the Coolest Pair of Rain-Boots Ever! (I was pretty delighted!)

I get mixed reactions on these boots, some people (like Emily Rose, who kindly modeled them for me) thought they were "WHOA-REALLY-AWESOME!!!!!!" (that was almost--but not quite--a direct quote), and others, like my mom, think that they're "really something" and that they're "very funky", but a little "scary". I have to say, all of these reactions are quite fitting... ... ... ... ... ... ...  so... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
... Come to the Dark Side...
we've got rain-boots

Monday, August 1, 2011

pictures of the past...

I decided that as a begining to the end of this blog (I am no longer homeschooling and feel that it would be fitting to start a new blog, one not called homeschool diaries), I have decided to revisit some favorite photos of the past year... ... ...

top tens of spring 

going away

some other post

fun with the fuse box!

winter wonderland! inspirational!

sunny day

mirror mirror on the wall...which of these is real?

Ellis Island of my first and most popular posts!

Well, at least on my new blog (which you are all going to follow, right?) I'll have more opportunities to showcase my photography.

Monday, July 25, 2011

hellooo- i'm back!

culture shock is a funny thing. One would never expect that one would experience culture shock coming home after only one month...but one does. Especially when one has just come home from camp, where one is very secluded from the outside world.  ~welcome home! hey look, it's a computer!~
 Camp was a really great experience this summer...last summer it was a little bit eh, but this year I really felt that me and the rest of my kvutsah (age group) grew a lot closer. From showering in the bik (the beit kisay-literally house of chairs-otherwise known as the bathrooms/communal shower...don't worry there was a boys' side and a girls' side) to planning the activity that my mom told you about (getting the entire camp safely into "Palestine" in the middle of the night) to having a sleepover with my kvutsah on the basketball court, the last night of camp...I actually felt very at home this summer.
 That said-I'm also glad to be back, and to be able to sleep in! I have many more stories to share, but there is a time limit on how long I can blog today, so I'll share them with you another time!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Another Nighttime Disturbance

As a guest writer and mother of this blogger I felt obligated to report more on the world of summer camp from the perspective of the "outsider".  We had the opportunity to go to summer camp on visitor's day to find our happy and exhausted daughter filled with glorious stories of learning, fun, bonding and leadership that happens at her camp in the normal course of events. 

It is still true that being awakened in the middle of the night for mishchief and fun is partially why these campers are so exhausted.  But in one such case, it was my daughter and her friends who planned the surprise activity to give the younger campers the thrill and sense of finding themselves in an unusual historical drama and then being asked to navigate their way through relying on skills and leaning from prior weeks.  Younger campers were awakened in the middle of the night and told that they needed to illegally escape their home country where they were being persecuted to try to make their way to Palestine and freedom during the British blockade of Palestine. This blockade was in place from the 1930's and continued until after WWII.  [Towards the end of this operation, many of these people would have been Holocaust survivors living in detention camps in Europe.]  Though many campers were caught and "jailed" and had many close brushes with "British soldiers", they were able to escape  and make it through to Palestine (the camp parking lot!!!) and could celebrate with delicious brownies and cookies (which my daughter helped bake) in their new safe Haven and home.  It did impress upon the campers a sense of fear and "not knowingness" that accompanies so many peoples trying to leave their homes to find a better life in a new country.  Whew! 

Despite such intense experiences, there are lots of fun sports and crafts and singing that accompany the campers through their summer as well as the nurturing of sweet life-long friendships !!  I look forward, as I am sure you do, dear readers, to your blogger's return next week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Night Activities at Camp

Well the Mom is not as clever as the Daughter, however, I said I would give this blogging a try.  The pace at home, especially since homeschooling has ended and summer has begun, has changed without the Daughter here.  Happily, I can report that camp life is busy and filled with new, fun and challenging activities on a daily basis.  My daughter, who loves to dance as you followers would know, is enjoying daily yoga and movement with some folk-dancing thrown in for good measure.  We get letters home detailing interesting tid-bits but we especially love the ones commencing :

"... and then they woke us up in the middle of the night to go into the woods and do ..." 
How fun is that?! 

You just don't do that with the same verve at home!  Here's an example from the camper herself (in the process you'll learn a little bit of camp Hebrew, good luck!!):

"I'm so tired today, last night at 11:30 pm we had an ep-ep (a midnight activity with only our age group).  We were told to put on long pants and hats, then we walked across the foggy field and into the woods, we were led to a wall that was literally a few boards (loft tall) nailed together with a platform on top.  We were told that by using teamwork, we had to get the whole kvutzah (group) over the wall.  We ended up sending three of the strongest people in the kvutzah to stand on top of the platform to drag the people up, and a bunch of people at the bottom to boost everyone up and to help spot.  It was sooooo hard to get a few of the larger people up, but we were able to get them all (except for 1).  The guys at the top, and the people boosting told me that I was the easiest person to get up, bu I was so scared that  I was shaking!!  Then at midnight everybody started shouting Happy Birthday to me, and it was very embarassing (in a good way).  The whole activity was very kvutzah-building...then when we wre done getting everyone up and over the wall...we went to the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) where the Madrichim (Counslors) and other campers surprised me ... with cake and song!  So, by the time we got back to the tsrif (bunk), it was 1 in the morning and today all of us are so sore and tired that we've complained all day!!"

Don't let that last sentence concern you; that means fun was had by all!  Happy camping everyone!

Friday, June 24, 2011

My Mother Will be Blogging

While I'm away at Summer Camp, my Mom will be doing some guest posts on the blog, so enjoy her company!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

summer camp {my silence shall last until the end of July}

Hello again, I'm writing a quick post to say that I'm leaving for camp on Sunday and won't be coming back for almost exactly a you won't be hearing very much from me until August.

(To rephrase that: I will not have access to a computer until August, so you won't hear anything from me.)

I may have time to put up one or two more posts before I leave, but packing is taking up WAY too much of my time. (time? What time?)

Anyhow thanks for being lovely readers and for your patience until the end of I said before (when I was not high on Tylenol): I love you all!

Excuse the mushiness of that statement, I'm in rare form today!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day! {and other random stuff}

Teeth are feeling a lot better! (I still can't eat hard things, like carrots...but no big loss there, I don't really like carrots anyway!) Thank you Emily for your kind wishes, the ice cream was wonderful!

I would like to wish a Happy Fathers Day to any fathers who might read my blog, and I'd also like to wish a Happy Father's Day to everybody else's fathers, I hope you're spending the day doing something fun and are actually going to read this post tomorrow (the 20th), because (unlike me) you guys are awesome daughters (or sons) and would never even think of going on the computer on Father's Day... (actually, the computer just happened to be on, and my father was doing some "manly work" somewhere...)
Anyhow, Happy Father's Day!

In other news; Friday was my last day homeschooling, ever! Now I am officially on Summer Break, and next year I won't be homeschooling...I'll be going to "real" high school. (Don't you other Home Schoolers hate when people call public school "real school", as though when you're home schooled you don't actually get an education?) Umm... so my point in saying this was...[scratches head]...oh yeah, that I may have to start a new blog, or at least rename this one (given that I will no longer be homeschooling), what do you think I should do, start a new blog, or rename this one?

Wow, that's a really depressing photo, sorry 'bout that!
I'm not actually packing up all my home school stuff, so don't start worrying about how depressed I am right now...I'm not!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

the pain of having straight teeth

braces hurt.

a lot.

On the other hand, at least they give me an excuse to eat ice-cream, however; even gold and purple bands don't feel so special when the person wearing them is in severe pain.

They're even less special feeling if this person wearing them is totally drugged up on Tylenol!
(which I am not)  (at least not yet!)
Anyhow, just to cheer me up out of this painful mood, I decided to share with you what pain I'm in, and I'm really enjoying making my pain sound a lot worse than it actually is... thanks for being today's pain relievers!
 I love you all!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

THe Sweetie Award {yummy!}

I would like to thank Emily Rose from Mist of the Blossom Rain for passing me the sweetie sweet!! (ha, ha)  ;D  Anyhow, thanks so much, Emily!

What are your favorite sweet things to eat (or drink)?
Ice cream is certainly #1 (ever tried fried ice-cream? yum!) anyhow, various types of chocolate come next along with home-made cakes and chocolate milk, I like gum (which is a definite problem...braces)...
Actually, give my anything sweet and I'll probably eat it (or at least most of it!)

Have you ever dreamed that Candyland was a real place?
No, I'm not that far gone in my sweet obsessions!

If there was a flavored brand of bubbles, what flavor would you get?
Orange citrus, Cozy Vanilla, or Icy Mint; yum, yum, and triple yum!

Have you ever been kicked out of a bakery for smelling something?
Not that I can remember...if people get kicked out for smelling things, I'd be more worried in the gum isle at the supermarket, I LOVE to smell gum (through the packet, of course)'s kind of a weird obsession.   Anyhow   [cough, cough]

What is your favorite kind of tea?
In the Herbal section, I prefer Mint or Chamomile, in the regular teas I LOVE vanilla or Lady Grey, but when it comes to specialtea drinks (hee hee) I can always go for a chai latte!

Strawberry or red velvet?
If we're talking cakes, home-made strawberry shortcake is where it's at!

Have you ever poured a jar of sprinkles into your mouth?
Ummm, only part of the jar...why do you ask?!?

Admit it: You've eaten icing straight out of a jar, haven't you?
My Mom usually makes the icing for cakes, but everybody buys a jar of icing once in a while, so I guess the answer would have to be yes!
(have you ever tried dipping pretzels into jars of icing and eating them? delish!)

Have you ever drooled while watching a cooking show?
yes, multiple times (though, i prefer not to admit that!)
who hasn't?

Now you lucky ducks get to have "the sweetness passed on!" SO:
1. Sandra from The Barefoot Duchess
3. Camille at Forever Feminine
Enjoy, Ladies!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shavuot {the jewish dairy holiday}

Coming up tonight? The Jewish Dairy Holiday, where we stay up all night and eat ice cream while we study.
 (Don't most High School students do that anyway?) ; D
But wait-- Shavuot isn't just about eating dairy and studying, it signifies something greater than that! Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that celebrates our receiving the Torah (otherwise known as the old testament). The story goes that Moses went up to Mount Sinai where G-d gave him the 'Ten' Commandments and the Torah, it is said that Moses spent 40 days on the top of that mountain, learning these commandments by heart, and then G-d dictated to Moses the Five Books of  Moses (or the words written in Torah scrolls). SO, this is why we celebrate Shavuot, to acknowledge the day when we were given the Torah.
  Now, why the dairy? We eat dairy because it is said that 'the Torah nurtures us like a mother's milk nurtures a baby', so to be even more nurtured on the celebratory day, we stay up all night and study Torah (so that the Torah may 'nurture' us) and we also eat lots and lots of dairy (I guess to symbolize that we are being nurtured by the Torah). I feel bad for those Jews who are lactose intolerant!
   Anyhow, looking forward to ice-cream until midnight!
To any Jews: HAPPY SHAVUOT!        To all others: I hope you learned something about Jewish tradition!

Monday, June 6, 2011

{this post has no name}

Let me tell you, there is absolutely NOTHING better than watching Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly for the one hundreth time, after dinner.

Then again, theres nothing worse than how tired one feels after staying up till 10:30, just to watch the best movie ever made.

Given this tiredness, I am quite unable to formulate comprehensive words for this blog post, hence: I might as well shut up while I'm ahead...but seriously, you should watch that movie!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Top Tens of spring

As spring comes to a close, I figured, everybody else always posts lists of some of their favorite things, so why not me? Therefore, dear readers, you are about to learn some of my favorite things about spring.

Top Ten Favorites of Spring
(not in any particular order)

1) The first flowers of the year

2) The smell after a rainstorm

(Unfortunately, people--me included-- don't usually take pictures of others playing in the mud, hence: I have no picture for number 3)
3) Putting one's feet in a nice slick mud puddle or in the dirt of a freshly hoed garden bed or the fresh mowed lawn

4) Having to wash ones feet before bed, due to how dirty one got them while playing outside

5) Actually, just playing outside

6) Lilacs.

7) Changing one's wardrobe from long to short sleeves,

8) Hearing children's laughter, wafting around the neighborhood...laaaaate into the evening,

9) Lying in the grass (or on the sidewalk) watching the birds (especially chimney swifts-not pictured, those are geese!),

10) Smelling the fresh earth and looking forward to summer!

What do you like about Spring? What are you looking forward to in the Summer?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Done, done, and done!


That was really annoying to do, but just because I love you, I changed my blog. That said, I would love to hear what you think of it, so if you have any suggestions, any *compliments*, or anything else that you'd like to say, feel absolutely free to tell me (as long as criticism is creative and not harmful*)...I'd especially like feedback on the colors and the text font/size. SO please, please, please let me know if you think I Should change anything (because it wasn't that hard to do).

Thanks I <3 you amazing people


*Creative criticism: I love that color of purple, it reminds my of  elephants eating green bananas!
                    Joking! Creative Criticism: I really like ___noun_____/ How you did____noun___.
             However _____noun___is really hard to read/____noun______might look better in __color__
    you get the idea, criticism should be counter parted by a (sincere) compliment...and no, I'm not fishing for compliments, as long as you say it nicely, say whatever you like [see elephant comment above].

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

new blog format?

For those of you who are slightly sane, please do not take offense at the following post, it seems that I've finally gone crazy!
It's kind of depressing, given that I will soon be needing to create a new blog (because I'm no longer homeschooling), that I am only now thinking of giving my blog a tiny bit of a makeover...but, I figured to heck with it! why not?
And just in case the world 'ends' again sometime in the near future, at least when we're all dead I can tell all the other dead people that I was productive, and I made my blog look nice...of course if I hang out with Vctorian people in heaven, they won't know what a blog is, but at least I can feel superior!

  Okaaay, now I really am starting to write like Edgar Allen Poe, I'm talking about dead people! (I hope i don't have a fever...)
   Nope no fever, anyhow, as long as we don't all die I the near future (which I certainly hope we don't), you can look forward to a possible change in my blog! Yay!
Sorry about that strange post, it seems that I'm feeling slightly out of sorts today...must be the heat!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reaction Paragraph to "I Write Like"

While on the plane to visit family last week, I wrote a reaction paragraph to my 'I Write Like' experience...It actually came out quite well, so I figured that I'd post it!

   When somebody reads my writing, usually, they don't immediately after say, "oh! You write like Edgar Allen Poe!" In fact, people have never told me that I write like Edgar Allen Poe. I don't even want to hear that I write like him. To a happy anti-depression person who hated morbidity, like me, that could even be seen as an insult!
     So when the computer analyzed my writing and told me that I wrote like Edgar Allen Poe, my sensible reaction was: "Ummm, WHAT?!?!" Maybe I was overreacting, but I write like Edgar Allen Poe? I don't think so!
     But then I began to notice a similarity: we both use a lot of adjectives...however on second though, so does Jane Austen.
     Hmmm, Jane Austen, now there's someone who I might enjoy writing like. It's not that I have anything against good ol' Edgar, but--to put it frankly-- he is morbid, I am not!
     I briefly wonder what other authors I might write like. After being told that I write like a famous Canadian blogger and the woman who wrote gone with the wind, I'm still not quite satisfied. I think of long gowns at tea, and immediately I have an idea:

"'It is a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.'
       As I opened the novel by Miss Jane Austen, I felt a thrill tremor through my body. How exciting it was to read a novel by one of the greatest female novelists of all time, and even more exhilarating: to memorize each line that Elizabeth Bennet, her sisters, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and of course Caroline Bingley
     This was in fact my sole reason for reading Pride and Prejudice as many times as I had, I could not get enough of dear, prideful Lizzy, or handsome, prejudiced Mr. Darcy, and of course I treasured reading about their intricate and convoluted relationship.
    Somehow, I could identify with Elizabeth, who wasn't as beautiful as her eldest sister, but would certainly be considered a beauty. She who judged harshly (though not without reason) but who was also a compassionate, loving, and loyal sister. I envied the relationship between Elizabeth and Jane Bennet and how protective they were required to be towards their youngest sisters, and I felt a connection with all of their family, no matter how foolish and unabashed the two youngest sisters and their mother were.
    This is a novel of which I cannot pretend to get enough, and which shall be opened, and treasured, many more times during my life and the course of history"

I click the analyze button and hold my breath...the image that pops up on the screen 1.5 secounds later? "I write like Jane Austen". My sensible reaction? "YESSS! I've always wanted to write like Jane Austen" [my father walks in the room] "guess what?! I write like Jane Austen!"
     He's excited for me, I can tell...not bad being told that you write like one of the best female novelists of all sort of boosts one's self confidence a couple degrees!
   Still if I ever publish a historical novel, what are the chances that someone will tell me, "Oh, you write like Jane Austen!"?
  After reading that last (morbid/depressing) paragraph, Edgar Allen Poe may be more likely.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'm still here {mostly} 2

I feel like I'm always apologizing for never writing on my blog...and I must say: its true, I don't often write on my blog, certainly not as much as I would like to...

So anyhow, I apologize, and instead of telling my excuse I'm just going to say that I do write posts very often when I can, but I am a very busy person, so sometimes I can't.
I'm going to leave it at that.

I just got back from a lovely trip to see some family and will hopefully have some cool pictures up as soon as I get them onto the computer!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I Write Like...

Through another blog, I recently came across a website that analyzes your writing and tells you who you write like...depressingly enough, the first time that I tried this I was told that I write like Edgar Allen Poe:

I write like
Edgar Allan Poe
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Happily, after that first try, I got less morbid results!

I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

I write like
Margaret Mitchell
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

...and most happily, I write like my favorite female author of all time:

I write like
Jane Austen
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

And now (to write like L.M. Montgomery might) my heart is exploding with happiness!
To see who you write like: click here!

Blog award!

Hey, guess what??? Emily (from Mist of the Blossom Rain) is a really nice person...(go check out her blog sometime)! Anyhow, she nominated me for the Magical Blogger award by Deirdra Eden-Coppel
This is my first award and I feel very specail.

So, thanks everyone for reading and following and commenting on my blog...I really appreciate that!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Animal Photo Contest

I just read about this photo contest on my dear friend Emily's blog...and I thought that I would enter a picture. The contest is being hosted by Little Somethings (who has an amazing blog), and the theme is here it goes!

Here is my picture (this is my cat Bonnie, and basically I captured her sweet--and scared--sides very well)!

a blur of a week

The last few weeks have been sort of a blur, with one family emergency (or tragedy) after another.
 First, a cousin of my mother's who was only 47 died very suddenly, then a half a week later my step grandfather died. So, we've been traveling a lot to go be with family and I haven't had much time to blog...
  I just read that last paragraph and realized that I sounded very much like I was searching for sympathy (which I am most certainly not!), so ignore the sadness and stop feeling bad for me...

[Random but nice photograph]
Anyhow, I still don't really have much time to blog, but I just wanted to quickly put a post up explaining (and apologizing for) my absence, thank you, my wonderful readers, for putting up with me and my blog!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Passover (yikes!)

Note: I am writing this post assuming that you have some knowledge about Passover, if you don't, click on the links that I posted, or look it up, but be careful: I am writing about the Jewish holiday of Passover (not the christian version), so if you find some information about a christian version of Passover, this post may not make much sense!
For the last few weeks I haven't been able to blog much, and it's all Passover's fault! (and no, I'm not just blaming Passover for my inattention to the blog...this is seriously true!) For the past few weeks I have been preparing for passover, not only have i been loading up on the carbs (basically all of which are not okay to eat during passover), but I have also been helping my mom change our kitchen from a bready cooking space to a passover friendly cooking space. This process included vacuuming about 5 times, mopping the floor, washing everything, and exchanging our normal everyday dishes for our special passover ones.
  We also spent two days cooking for our 19 guests who were attending the Seder (which includes a meal, not just Jewish rituals). One major part of prepping for passover (besides koshering the kitchen--getting it fit for passover) is what most people call 'SPRING CLEANING'. As you know, spring cleaning consists of vacuuming every corner of the house (which took over a week to do.) One of the highlights of this custom we call spring cleaning, was when my dad pulled out 100 year old dust from a little nook between the stairs (which evidently hadn't been cleaned since the house was built- I'm talking petrified dust!)
  Anyhow, after all that work, we had a wonderful Seder with some friends and family, we sang songs, the food was delicious, everybody had a good time...then they all went home, and I stayed up till 10:50 washing dishes. Then the next day (yesterday) we went to some other family for the second night's Seder. This family had just flown home from the my aunt put it: 20 minutes after she got home they were cooking for a Seder. All I can say is: impressive!
 Anyhow, I apologize for not blogging and for the somewhat all over the place post (I'm reeeeaaaally tired), but I feel that I have good reason!
[Quick Fact: Some (more traditional) women actually go crazy because of passover preparations...they have to go to the psychiatrist...'nuff said!]

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Critical Thinking Question 4 (by Atticus)

Although Atticus knows that defending Tom Robinson will bring much hardship to himself and his family, he takes the case anyway. Why? What reasons does he give? When does he address this question?

I’ve taken Tom Robinson’s case, even though I know that it will cause much trouble for our family, especially for Jem and Scout. However, I knew that I had to take to take the case, because not only do I like to think of myself as one who honors what is right (and defending the innocent is most definitely right), but also because I couldn’t face the world if I hadn’t taken the case. I would have felt as though I was running from a case that I couldn’t win, and I am determined to love everyone, blacks and whites, equally. When Judge asked me to take it, and I knew I had too…just got a sense of duty right then and there. I know that if I didn’t take the case, I wouldn’t be able to face my children, or tell them to mind me, ever again.

Scout asked me why I took the case, after Cecil Jacobs had been bothering her about it. I simply told her that by nature of the work, every lawyer has one case that changes them personally, every lawyer. I don’t believe that there’s ever been an exception. I told Scout to keep her head high, and not to let the others bother her about me taking the case, but I’m worried about her, she can’t resist fighting and to her, anyone who says something bad about her family had better watch out. I told her to fight with her head, not her fists…but I’m worried about her. I know that she’ll try to mind me, but there is always the exception, the one time where it gets to be too much and she feels that she has to defend me and our family’s pride through a fight. It's going to be hard for us all, but we must try.

Critical Thinking Question 3 (by Atticus Finch)

After the death of Mrs. Dubose, Atticus tells Jem that even "if you hadn't lost your head, I would have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her..." What is it that Atticus wants Jem to understand? Why is this so important? [Note to reader of blog: It is impossibly hard to capture Atticus's voice, so, if you have read To Kill a Mockingbird, you will know that I haven't quite been able to.]

I told Jem that I had wanted him to see something about Mrs. Dubose, that I would've sent him to read to her anyway. As usual, I wanted him to learn something. That seems to be what I most often do with my children. I teach them life lessons. However, I'm getting off topic. See, I wanted Jem to understand what real courage was. Not only to understand what it takes to say sorry for something that one has done, but also to understand the courage that Mrs. Dubose had. I wished for Jem to understand what Mrs. Dubose had been through with her morphine addiction, and all that she had been through, breaking the addiction and dying free. That took real courage.

I am not entirely sure why this was so important to me, however as I wrote above: my life is full of teaching the children life's lessons (and for that matter, many other people-I hope-learn from me). I teach the children the lessons that they won't be learning in school. They will never quite realize how important it is (what I teach them) until they must one day teach these things to someone else. However, I do my best to raise the children as properly as they may be raised without a mother. I feel that these little lessons, such as that of Mrs. Dubose's courage, are very important for them to learn...and for me to teach.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Critical Thinking Question 2 (by Scout/Jean Louise Finch)

Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird?

It was the only time that Atticus had said something was a sin, and I do remember him saying that killing a mockingbird was a sin.(though it's not in the bible.) When he said that it was a sin to kill a mockingbird,  how was i s'posed to know what he meant. Atticus is sometimes like that: talking all lawyer like so that I can't understand him.
Anyhow, then I went over to Miss Maudie's and asked her about what Atticus meant. She told me that it was'cause the mockingbird  never does anything but sing. He never ruins the garden or nests in corncribs, he just makes music and lets us listen to him while he sings.

I wish somebody'd want to listen to me singing pretty like that. They would say it would be a sin to kill me, but I s'pose it would be sin enough to kill me anyway...without me having to sing. I  guess I can see as how it might be a sin to kill something that hadn't ever done any harm but to sing...and they do sing aweful beautiful. Ha, if I told that to Dill, he would tell me that his momma sang beautiful just like a mocking bird for the opera. Dill sure is full of em', big whoppers they are too!

Well, Atticus was right again. I guess that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird, after all.

To Kill a Mockingbird (which I do not recomend that you do!)

Currently in English I am reading the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. My English curriculem (Oak Meadow) has me doing "Critical Thinking Questions" (in which, to answer, one must think critically). For a long time I have been getting bored of doing the same type of (boring, in my opinion) questions: over, and over again. So, because I am 'artistically inclined', my mom found a sheet listing some fun (artsy) projects that one could incorperate their work into. One such project was writing blog posts from the point of veiw of one a character in the book that one is reading (for English). Of course, how could I the following posts that include either the words 'Critical Thinking Question' or 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in the title are probably not coming from me...they are coming from a character who was invented about 52 years ago!

Characters that you should know:
  • Scout/Jean Louise Finch--main character (a 2nd grader living in Alabaama in the 30s, with her brother, her father, and their african american hired help)
  • Jem/Jeremy Finch-- Scout's older brother who is 12 years old
  • Atticus Finch-- Scout's father who works as a lawyer and will take cases from 'blacks' as well as 'whites'
  • Dill-- Scout and Jem's friend who stays with his Aunt (and their neighbor), Miss Rashel, during the summer. He is also 'engaged' to Scout. (They're both about the same age.)
  • Miss Maudie-- a neighbor their father's age, who is very friendly t Scout when she is left out of the boy's games
  • Calpurina--Scout's family's hired help
  • Mrs. Dubose--a sickly old woman who is always ready to insult the children when they walk by he house, and who after an 'incident' they must go read to
  • Tom Robinson--a  'black' man who Atticus will be defending in a tough case

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I've been tagged!

Wow, i'm very excited to announce that I have been tagged by Emily Rose (from Mist of the Blossom Rain) This is my first tag and I'm very excited! (Even though you're probably not supposed to tell other bloggers that this is your first tag..) Anyhow: "The Long Tag"

~Your Favorite~

Color?    It used to be yellow, but now I like purple...especially deep royal purple!

Candy?    Hmmm..thats a hard one! I really like lollipops, tootsie rolls, gum, and Reese's peanut butter cups
                ---> who doesn' t <---

Main Dish?    Veg-head meat balls and pasta..but really: I like anything!

Dessert?    Ice cream!

Drink?    I realy like Root beer and chocolate milk

Go to Starbucks Coffee?    less often than I wish!

Go to the mall a lot?    I also wish I went more...I'm not quite a shopoholic, but I do like to get new clothing!

Veggie?    I really like tomatoes, broccoli (cooked), and mushrooms (raw)

~Do you~

Talk on the phone everyday to someone you is not in your family? No

Read your bible everyday?     I'm jewish, so I don't read 'bibles' however I do read the jewish version of the bible (the Torah) every Saturday.

See your Grandparents everyday?    Unfortunatley: no

Bake a lot?    I also wish i did this more often: I like to bake but don't do it often enough!

Clean your room everyday?   No, I should, but no! (But don't think I'm a slob, I clean it every friday and tidy up at various   points during the week!)

Have to say your sorry to someone everyday?    No, i'm actualy a very kind person!  : D

~A certain thing you dislike of each category~

Veggie?      I don't like brussel sprouts or spinach: the former unless it has a good sauce, the latter unless its raw and has a good dressing.

Color?  Pepto Bismol pink/HOT pink and puke green!

Animal?    I don't know, i don't really like mosquitoes, scorpions, or centipeedes

Drink?    Onion Juice! (Joking!) (Well, maybe i'm not sounds pretty gross!)


Go shopping? Where?    Yes, I go shopping..I usually end up going to JCPenny's, Kohls, or TJ maxx... but I also like to go shopping at thrift stores!

Eat out?    Not usuallyparticularly often and NEVER to McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's or most other chains.

Go visit?    Family and friends

Read a good book at?    on my bed...or various other soft, comfortable places)

What color is your room?    White wallpaper with pink roses, green vines, and blue violets on came with  the house.

~Do you have a~

Pet?    Yes, two adorable kitties!

Gift card at the moment?    Probably somewhere in my purse!

Sewing machine?     Oh, yeah!

Big mess under your bed?     No way hozay!

Pack of gum in your bag or purse?     I wish, unfortuatley people who have metal in their mouth don't usually get to chew gum!

Computer in your room?

~Have you ever~

Been on a plane?     More times than I can count!

Been out of state?    Um, yes!

Been in an eighteen wheeler?    I'm not even quite sure what that would look like!

Been in a car accident?    Not really

Read about 150 page book in an hour?      Probably...I wouldn't put it passed me though!

~More Random~

Do you share a room with anyone?     As Emily said: No (yay)

Have you ever went swimming in a pond?    Swim Lessons!!!!!

How old are you?  13

What year were you born?    1997

Are you related to anyone important or famous?      I wish, maybe someday I'll just have to make myself famous!

Have you ever met a vice president?    No, but my parents once saw the president.

Are you getting bored yet?    Why do you ask?!?!

What are you thinking? For future reference: don't ask me that ever again...your just making me confuse myself!

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Well, that was Fun! And unfortunatley, some of you are about to get tagged!

How About AtomBender, Cherry, and Ceanna...Sorry guys: you've just been tagged

"Tag, you're it!"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Science Pics

Lately (before my mom went away briefly for a family emergency--everything's fine-- and I took a long road trip) I had been doing quite a bit of Physical Science that I found very photographic!

Most recently, I have been studying practical home electricity...Including (the very old fashioned) fuse boxes!

[One of the fuses] 

 [The box itself]

I found the sheet of yellowing paper which told us which fuses went to which parts of the house, it was very interesting to see the generations of  handwriting from our home's owners'... all on the same piece of paper!

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The week before, I had been studying circuits (and the likes) I got some great pictures of our experimental circuit!

[Pictured here is the coil...and the bit of blue covered wire that was causing all of our problems!]

[The contraption; two nails shoved into a cork-screw, with a bunch of wire...very easy!]

[Almost there, now we just have to hook it on to the battery and discover that it's not working]

Unfortunately, as I wrote above, the experiment didn't work. We were supposed to hook the 'contraption' to a battery and feel the coil heat up, however because of the stupid piece of blue coated wire, the experiment didn't exactly work and we had to go through the pains of stripping the tips of yet another piece of wire (this is where you're supposed to feel just a tad bit sorry for me!).

Well, another corkscrew wasted!* (what else were we supposed to do with it??)

*Note, when i say wasted, I don't actually mean it because we had a great time trying the experiment a second time and fooling around with the wires, the 'contraption', the battery, and a light bulb...later on