Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

Marsh Marsh

September 5, 2009

Hello, all. The laptop’s back to its not-exactly-pristine condition, but hey, it’s working. I have the feeling that it may stop working again any day now…

Anyway. Today was my older brother’s twentieth birthday. It’s hard to believe he’s no longer a teenager. For his dinner, he requested that it be completely vegan. We had tofu curry and it was actually rather good. For dessert we had vegan chocolate cupcakes with avocado frosting.

Yesterday Rachel came over after school. We watched “3:10 to Yuma” (the original), so chosen because it has a song by the same people who did the hilarious and catchy song from “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” which was initially chosen because DeForest Kelley was in it. The same people also made the song in “Blazine Saddles.” After the movie, we went into the woods behind my house. In the space of ten minutes, we went back inside because the insects gave each of us dozens of bites. Aside from that, there were loads of thorns in the woods and we subsequently got burrs and cuts and all sorts of other horrible side effects (I am most certainly exaggerating the awfulness of the situation). Once we were partly recovered from the incident, we went with my family to the high school football game. Rachel and I played Star Trek Uno and people-watched and tooks pictures and watched the Color Guard there. The Guard’s flags were beautiful. We hardly played any attention to the game and were many times quite surprised upon seeing that another jumble of points had been made. Our team won, anyway. I suppose that was good.

School is going well, flying by very quickly each day and not being that much of a hassle. Did I ever mention that there is a foreign exchange student from Germany in my American Studies II class? His name is Max and he also rides my bus. I am eager to get to know him although intimidated at the thought as well.

One of these days I will finally get around to making kasha varnishkas, which is a delightful dish consisting of bowtie noodles and buckwheat. It sounds a tad ridiculous but my mother has made it twice, I believe, and each time I have loved it to bits.

Another thing I’m going to hopefully soon get around to is knitting a specific pair of mittens that has three finger sections. There are three finger sections because they are mittens perfect for DOING THE VULCAN SALUTE. It would be a grand old time to wear them come winter. Or fall. I’m so anxious to wear my woolly things that I feel like, pretty soon, I’ll start wearing them regardless of how warm it is. I’ve been wearing cardigans nearly every day to school, and it doesn’t matter that much that it’s hot outside because the majority of my classes are iceboxes.

Well, well, well, I better be off. The computer’s evil powers have kept me on here long enough.

Is it the turning of age?

May 3, 2009

I’m beginning to wonder whether my recent business (as in being busy every day) is in any way attributed to the fact that I am now sixteen years of age. In the past, I have never had anything to do in the evenings, or at least not this often. And yet…

Tuesday- went to the library for Tuesday Club with Rachel and Courtney

Wednesday- my birthday! lots of celebration there

Thursday- went to Rachel’s house after school. with Kaitlyn, we studied for the AP Euro exam and went to the playground

Friday- went to Ellicott City and Baltimore with Courtney

Saturday- went to the movies with Rachel to see The Soloist, which was every bit as fantastic as I expected it to be

I dunno, maybe my friends are becoming more into planning stuff to do? I don’t think I’ve changed much at all. I still haven’t even thought about having friends over or planning anything, out of habit, I guess. Although, I am planning my birthday party today. It will be this coming Friday, the day of the AP Euro exam. Gosh, I haven’t even given out invitations yet! Probably most everybody already has plans, but who knows…

Farewell, now, and, for goodness gracious, have a good day!

BEDA Installment Twenty-Nine: Pre-birthday festivities, an expected apology, and then some

April 29, 2009

Hooray, hurrah, huzzah! It’s my birthday! The actual celebration hasn’t taken place yet, so I don’t have much to say about it, but here is something I wrote today in Photography to give you some much-needed chitter-chatter.

From yesterday:

Now, bits and pieces from today that aren’t covered above:
At the start of the day, Lizzy gave me a huge and delicious (albeit partly smushed from the bus ride) corn muffin. I’ve only eaten a little of it so far, but it TASTES LIKE SOMETHING DELICIOUS.

Please excuse the unnecessary capitalization–whenever I’m excited, this happens, and of course I am VERY EXCITED today.

Today also happened to be club day. Firstly was Scrabble Club, in which Celesthe, Kayla and I played Scrabble, of course. I won, but not by much.

Next was German Club, which was MARVELOUS. Sarah, Celesthe, Lizzy, Courtney, and I played German Monopoly. Also, seriously, I’m going too try and switch out of Guitar II for next year and into German I. Guitar’s good fun and all, but I think I’d enjoy German much more, and I’d get more out of it.

Lastly was Improv Club, which is usually fun but unfortunately has recently turned into something awful. It’s so cliquey now, and exclusive, and only a select amount of people actually get to participate, and so eventually Kaitlyn, Rachel, Lizzy, and I went into our own corner and played Sit Around the Table. I wish we’d done that sooner, as pretty soon it was time to go home. It was also almost 2:07 pm, my birthtime, and I made a wish right then and there.

Now, goodbye! I am too excited to sit down and type. I must DO something!

Question Twenty-nine: What did you have for dessert on your last birthday?

P.S. I can’t believe tomorrow’s the last day of BEDA!
P.P.S. Thanks to everybody who wished me a happy birthday!

Now it’s after nine and the festivities have ended! I feel horribly terrible spoiled, as I got nearly everything on my list. There wasn’t an absurd amount on it, but still…

I WOULD take pictures of it all with my NEW CAMERA(!!!) but it’s still charging and the battery has to charge completely before being used. It looks like this:

I also received a lot of strange candies, including gummy pizza, fruit candy powder thingabambobbers, and this Wonka candy(!!!Gene Wilder!!!) that’s basically like pop rocks except made out of chocolate. Also, a word lover’s dictionary(!!!) (I guess from now on you all should just infer that there are three exclamation points after everything), a subscription to Mental Floss, an EPIC pair of orange, pink, and red sunglasses, and a tape recorder (which we’ll be exchanging for a different one because this particular one can’t be taken off of the recorder, onto the computer or tapes or whatever). This is WELL OVER enough, but my parents said there’s still some other stuff that hasn’t arrived in the mail yet! I feel so lucky and spoiled (as I mentioned not long ago) and like pulling a Rip van Winkle and sleeping for a hundred years.

And guess what? Jake just walked in and he got me a Rilo Kiley CD (The Execution of All Things)!!! I ADORE Rilo Kiley.

I must go and see if the camera’s done charging. Goodbye and love to all!

BEDA Installment Twenty-Seven: In which the weather contributes to an overabundance of homework

April 27, 2009

It was hot yesterday and the day before. I’ve mentioned that, many times, in fact. What I have not mentioned, however, is that this heat has had an unfortunate consquence on my school workload. It was inevitable, I suppose. Of course the teachers would want to add to the horrifyingly bad weather with a storm of work. I have received more work today than the whole of the work I have received for over a week of the recent past days. Not only did I get a large amount of math problems (never fun), but my Biology teacher also gave us a humongous project involving creating a colossal brochure (twenty-six inches by thirty-two inches) featuring a tour of the human systems. Think The Magic School Bus, but with ten times the vocabulary and information, swarming at you like a speeding silver bullet. This is even what with the brochure being a group project, a group OF THREE project. I’ve been working on it all for ages and I’m still not an ounce of the pound done.

Still, regardless of the above, I am in a positively splendid mood. There are only two days until my birthday, just in case I haven’t stressed the date enough (I know I’ve done that overly so). My nerves are all atingle with the prospect of turning SIXTEEN. Four years and I’ll be twenty. That’s TWO DECADES OLD.

Tomorrow I’m going to the library with Courtney. She asked if I wanted to go BEFORE I EVEN ASKED HER about it, which I was meaning to since I won’t be going on Wednesday (because of MY BIRTHDAY!!! sorry… I’m still elated). I have books to return!

Speaking of books, I’m pretty far in with A Girl named Zippy. It’s moderately good, and lighthearted, always a plus.

Grr, I feel like the hot weather is spoiling my last BEDA posts, turning them into MUSH.

I AM practically done witht my second plastic bag bag.

And now, and now, and now, I bid you farewell. Sorry about being so boring. I’ll try really hard to remember to write some stuff down during Photography. That’s bound to be more interesting than what I’m writing in this stove-like state.

Question Twenty-seven: If you had a balloon right now, what color would you want it to be?

EDIT: One of my BEDA buddies, Katie ( proposed a challenge (with a prize!) for our “group” of BEDA buddies. This involves creating a fake band name, album cover, and whatever else and including it in either today’s or tomorrow’s post. I just made mine, and here it is!!!:

“Teeny Koala Philosophies” is an anagram of our names (Katie, Hope, Allyson, Sophie).

BEDA Installment Twenty-Six: The day flew by like a wayward balloon

April 26, 2009

Today went by quick. I mean, technically it’s not over yet, as it’s 5:07 pm at this very moment, but still. It’s practically over. I went to Costco and Target earlier, and in a little while I’ll be going to the grocery store with my father.

Other than that, I did knit a little bit, and I also watched most of the newest episode of Dollhouse, compliments of Hulu, which really is one of the greatest websites ever.

Right now I’m eating dried mangoes, which are surprisingly good.

Last light I finished reading Bliss. It was pretty good, but it freaked me out and that, coupled with the fact that our house has recently turned into a boiler room, made it hard for me to get to sleep. Eventually I fell asleep while complaining about the heat in my mind.

In the middle of the night, apparently, I started yelling at somebody in my sleep. I actually vaguely remember it, though I’m not sure what I said.

There are only three days until my birthday! I’m wicked excited for it (see, I didn’t say ‘crazy excited’ or ‘super excited!’ my words are varying!). That, and also for the party, which will be a week or two afterwards. Speaking of which, I need to get invitations together.

Ooh, there are two more episodes of Twilight Zone recorded for me to watch. I need to remember that.

This weekend went by SO fast. I just realized that. I guess it’s because I was busy during it, whereas usually I just lie around the house doing nothing much at all.

UGH, it is SO HOT IN HERE! Hank Green’s “It’s Too Hot” immediately comes to mind and has been going through my head repeatedly for days now.

It’s so hard to think when it’s 90.3 degrees! (I just checked the weather online, and it is so)

Sorry I can’t think of anything intelligible to say. To make up for that, I will put some interesting pictures below:

Goodbye now!

Question Twenty-six: What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

BEDA Installment Twenty-One: But all I want’s a life that’s free

April 21, 2009

The above is a quote from a song that is in my Guitar book. I can’t recall the name at the moment, but I quite liked the words in the third verse, as the above are from.

My PreCalc grade went up two percent just recently, and that’s before the quiz grade from today was added, a quiz that I’m sure I did fairly well on.

Today is my sister Clara’s fourteenth birthday. For eight days now, we will be one year apart rather than two. These days feel weird every year.

I paused my viewing of M is for Murder to write this, just in case I get caught up in the birthday festivities later and thus forget to post. After M is for Murder is over (I’m pretty far with it) I will be watching The Confederate States of America, if all goes well.

It just now randomly started thunderstorming. I am pleased about this. I didn’t realize it had begun until the lights flickered on and off.

Earlier today I began reading I’m a Stranger Here Myself, a book by Bill Bryson, author of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I’m maybe halfway through and liking it.

Also earlier today, I prepared for a presentation for Biology. It is about mutations and includes a picture of a two-headed turtle.

I read an article by John Green about getting rid of high school proms (, and I completely agree. Proms are expensive and unnecessary, and above all an excuse to participate in a variety of dangerous and inappropriate activites.

Here’s a picture of my eye:

Doesn’t it look neat? You’d think I would have noticed before now what my eye looks like.

“He’d make a lovely corpse.”
-Charles Dickens

“Human beings, vegetables, or comic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.”
-Albert Einstein

Now, for sake of more words, let me tell you a little bit about a subsitute teacher I frequently had in elementary school.

His name may have began with a D or perhaps an R. I cannot remember it correctly, but if given multiple choice I would surely be able to remember.

He brought wooden puzzles with him. They were made of wooden blocks, each with holes in them in certain places, and there were nails with them too, but not ordinary nails, but nails that were not pointy on the thin end. Instead, they had been dulled, and there were other pieces to put on the other end of them. When our classwork was finished for the day, or while anybody was waiting for everybody else to finish their work, we would raise our hand, sitting quietly until he came over to us. “May I have a puzzle, please?” we would ask, and he would ask what level we were on. There were levels, you see, and the higher the level you were on the higher the level of difficulty you could master. The highest level I ever got to was level five, a level I never did complete.

When you finished a puzzle, which had to be put together in a specific way in order to use up all of the pieces, you would bring it up to him and receive a candy, most often a tootsie roll pop.

He is, without a doubt, the best substitute teacher I have had, to date.

Tallyhoo, goodbye to you!

Question Twenty-One: What is your favorite type of pasta?

BEDA Installment Twenty: They’ve got dogs with no noses!

April 20, 2009

The title is a quote from The Parting of the Ways, episode thirteen of season one of the newer version of Doctor Who. I am positively in love with this show. I watched two episodes today, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways. Unfortunately, that means that I’ve watched all of the episodes of season one that are available on Netflix Instance Queue, which also means that I will soon be suffering from Doctor Who withdrawal, at least until the next episodes arrive in the mail. That could take a while; my family is not the speediest at returning Netflix movies.

Other than the above, I went to school where I did not get very much accomplished, though I was one of the four people in my guitar class who didn’t get in big trouble today. Everybody, it seemed, could not stop talking, so that we didn’t end up getting to play at all.

After school, after the Doctor Who-watching, my family had tacos for dinner for my sister Clara’s early birthday dinner, and then I went to the supermarket with my father for dish detergent and sparkling flavored water (of the tangerine lime variety).

As of late, I’ve been searching high and low for stuffs to add to my birthday list. Whenever it’s near Christmas and whatnot, I collect up a ginormous list, but when it comes to birthdays I am forgetful and end up gallivanting off to list what I can remember wanting during the previous parts of the year. I am determined to compile a real and actual list soon. So far on it are: a Mental Floss subscription, a dictionary, a tape recorder, a gift card to Wonder Books (though I’m not sure that actually exists; if not, then a slip of paper that reads: “good for $XX to Wonder Books”), and any sort of Gene Wilder memorabilia. I’d also like a passing grade in PreCalc, though I’m sure that’s not possible.

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
-Oscar Wilde

My topics now are just about exhausted. Good day, sirs.

Question Twenty: What do you want to be when you grow up?

BEDA Installment Twelve: Just in Case (that sounds like Justin Time!)

April 12, 2009

I’m writing a probably brief post right now, on the offchance that I don’t have time to do it tonight, or some other reason for not posting. It is Easter, by the way. (Happy Easter, on the chance that you celebrate it!)

So, I think for a second or two last night, it was snowing. I had the sudden urge to go outside, despite it being past 11 pm and nearing midnight, and so I did. I kept seeing little white flecks in the air, about twice every fifteen seconds, but nothing more. Hmm, any thoughts?

Clara came back from New York last night, or this morning, rather, as I mentioned she would yesterday. She brought back hot chocolate that is colored, as in, I have purple hot chocolate powder! How awesome is that?

The “easter bunny” forgot to bring plastic colored easter eggs this year, as well as peeps! Is that not ridic…ulous? My parents looked at one another as if blaming the other for forgetting these vital basket goodies, and have almost agreed that we’ll get some in the Easter discount stuff grocery stores always have.

It was yesterday that I realized how unbelievably close my birthday is. I know I’ve said this before, but… my word, how can I be nearly sixteen? I don’t know if I want to be sixteen yet, if I’m ready to be sixteen.

I’m going to start gathering a birthday list soon.  I think I’ll mainly ask for a camera, so I can document my life before it’s too late, however melodramatic that may sound.  No matter how awkward a picture may be, how strange I or others may look in it, I can definitely appreciate that pictures tell stories.

Now, this has been much more than brief.  I leave you now.  I don’t know if I’ll end up posting later, but if I have time and all, then I’ll try.

(oh my goodness, Homeward Bound is on the telly and it’s at the part where the golden dog just found a little girl who’s lost… don’t cry, Hope, don’t cry…)

Ohohoh, but I got SNL Anthology of the first five years!  Joy!

I am happy, had a great Halloween, and am wishing my sister Emma a happy 11th birthday.

November 1, 2008

That is all.


A MUCH busier day than yesterday… or was it?

October 26, 2008

What even constitutes being busy?  I was out nearly all day, but I was not really busy.  Ah, well, who cares?

My father and I went out today.  Firstly we went to Target and bought an MP3 player for Emma’s birthday.  It is nice and shiny.  We also got a few other things, including a skirt, leggings, and a cardigan for me.  Yes, I said cardigan.  It is striped, if that gives you an image.  I have been wanting one for forever and now I have one.  The best part?  It was in the clearance section.  Only FIVE DOLLARS.  Is that not a deal?

Oh, and Danya, I think I saw your mother and brother in the Halloween costume section of Target.  It might not have been them, but if so then you should know that there are clones of the majority of your family running around buying Halloween costumes and quite possibly planning to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

So anyways, after Target we went to Super Fresh.  There was this deal where, if you buy forty dollars worth of General Mills products, you get a free turkey, and we did that, so today we got a FREE TURKEY for Thanksgiving. How great is that?

Oh, and for lunch we went to the Philly Cheesesteak Factory.  I like that place.  However, I filled up a cup with Birch Beer and it overflowed.  I do not think they noticed.  The floor was already plenty sticky.

The majority of my family is, at this moment, going out to dinner at Golden Corral.  I do not like that place plus I have had a long day out already, so I am staying home.  My father is as well, and he will be making us chicken fried rice for dinner.  Believe me, he is the king at making it.  It is delicious.

I STILL have yet to make or think of a Halloween costume.  I was planning on not waiting until the last minute this year but I fear that will soon not be an option.

Oh yeah, and guess what Benny’s costume is this year?  It is that skeleton thing where the blood squirts through the chest.  And he is only in kindergarten.  How ridiculous is that?  When I was in kindergarten, I was a princess.  That was back when my mother sewed out costumes, and I had lovely pink flowing robes with gold trim and a tall pointy princess hat to match.  When Jake was in kindergarten, she sewed him a dalmatian costume.  It was adorable, and we still have it.  Those days, costumes were made to last and lots of money was not spent on a costume you would only wear a few times, maybe even only on Halloween night.

Those were the days…

Oh, and Lydia will either be a tiger ballerina or baby spiderman.  We have both costumes already, and it will be great.

The end.