Undeniably Adorkable

Earlier in the year, like February, my friend’s mom got a coupon for an ice cream themed nail salon. She invited me and another friend to go for her birthday, but the salon was booked. It’s pretty hard to get into. But, we finally made an appointment and just had our nails done the other day. I got a pretty purplish-blue on my fingernails with a red on my ring fingers. On my toes I got a pewter looking color that I really like. All three colors are really shiny and shimmery, which I like a lot :). K got dark, dark purple–pretty much black–on her fingers and toes, mostly just to see her parents’ reactions. She doesn’t really wear nail polish much. J got something of a sage green on her fingers and a pale, iridescent blue on her toes. Nails (August 20, 2013)The nail salon, Sweet Feet, is a really nice and clean salon. They use big bowls to put our feet in instead of machines, which is healthier. Machines can gather bacteria. The ladies were really friendly and we overall had a great time! They have ice cream scented fizzy things that you put in the water bowls, but we didn’t have enough time to do that unfortunately. Next time!

Impromptu sleepovers are so much fun, don’t you think? Well, that’s what we did. Originally, it was just a day out to get our nails done, but then, we decided we’d like to have a sleepover. Yeah, it was Tuesday, and I’m doing school, but my friends haven’t started yet and I just had to go home early.

I don’t know if I’ve said this already, but I absolutely LOVE Lord of the Rings. I had to read The Hobbit for school a couple years ago, and I fell in love with it. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and loved it even more. Needless to say, I CANNOT wait for The Desolation of Smaug to come out in December. Fortunately, my friends are also into LOTR. You’d be surprised just how much we have in common. And they’re mostly really geeky things. We call ourselves adorkable. Adorable dorks. 🙂

Anyway, that night we were doing three things that most teenagers probably wouldn’t do. 1) Singing along to our favorite 80s songs at the top of our lungs. (e.g. Jessie’s Girl, 867-5309/Jenny, You Give Love A Bad Name, etc.) 2) Eating hummus with bell peppers. I love hummus!! 3) Writing Elvish. Yep. That’s why I mentioned Lord of the Rings earlier. My friends taught me how to write LOTR Elvish. It’s actually REALLY fun to write. And very pretty. I’m a pretty fast learner, and I pick things up quickly, so I don’t even need my reference sheet anymore!

We also baked Elven lembas bread. There are recipes for it all over the internet. Unfortunately, one bite DOESN’T fill a man’s stomach, but they taste good all the same! Here’s the link for the recipe we used. Delicious! http://lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.net/other/recipes.html#lembasII But I think I’m going to do some more searching and try out some more lembas bread recipes. There are tons! Man, I’m really in the mood to watch Lord of the Rings now.

Adorkable, right?

How’s that for a random story! This is the pride and joy of my Random category.

P.S. Peace Child, the book I have to read for school, is steadily getting better. And apart from school, I’m currently reading Emma by Jane Austen. I LOVE Austen’s writing. Sure, it’s super complicated, I only  understand half of it, but she writes really good stories. I love Pride and Prejudice, too.

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Starting the New School Year

Okay, summer vacation’s over and I’m getting back into the groove of waking up early and spending the majority of my day behind a textbook. It’s pretty hard, I can tell you that. I’m used to going to bed late and sleeping in pretty much every day. Yeah, I know, it isn’t really good for me to sleep halfway into the day, but I’m growing. At least that’s my excuse. Now that I’m starting high school, I have to get serious with earning credits. I’ve already earned two biology credits (one of those is a lab credit) from taking Biology Dissections in 7th grade and Marine Biology last year. It’s nice to have those out of the way, since they were high school level classes.

This year’s schedule includes:

Latin (I’ve been taking Latin for a while now. LOVE IT!!)

Bible Study

U.S. History

American Historical Literature

World Geography

Algebra 1

Physical Science

Wordly Wise Vocabulary–book 9

My mom gets us Sonlight curriculum. It’s a Christian-based curriculum that we’ve been using for a while now and really like. This year is the first year that I get my own schedule to go by. In previous years, my mom got the schedule and told us what we needed to do. But this year, I can just look at what I need myself. I thought I wouldn’t need my mom to help me so much this year, but it turns out I have a lot of discussions and questions that we need to do with my history and literature. Plus, I have to do three current events reports a week. I’ve never done something like that before, so it’ll be a challenge.

I’m also going to a different homeschool co-op this year. I really liked the one I went to these past two years, but they just didn’t have any good classes for older students. They mostly had classes for younger kids. So this new one we’re going to is much bigger and the church they have it in is HUGE! The classes I’m taking there are:

Digital Photography (looking forward to that one)

Yearbook–My best friend and I tried making a yearbook for the homeschool group a couple years ago, but it utterly failed. (We were too shy to take pictures of everyone)

Personal Finance

I’m also on the wait list for Creative Writing for Publication, which was the one class that I ABSOLUTELY wanted, but also the only one I didn’t officially make it in. How many kids can possibly want to write? I thought I was an oddball for wanting to write so much. Oh well. All I can do is pray someone drops out. 🙂 If I don’t get into that class, I have to take Academic Writing. I’d MUCH rather take creative writing.

I’ll have third hour free, so I’ll be able to catch up on schoolwork that hour.

I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can this year. It’s a huge milestone. Even though I don’t particularly like the literature books Sonlight picks out for me (e.g. Peace Child–the first couple chapters make me want to be sick), but I’m reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer next, and I’m looking forward to that one. Plus, since I want to be an author, I have to get good grades in Lit, so I’ll just tough it out.

We started today because we tend to take a lot of vacations during the year. That’s one of the glories of being homeschooled. We work on our own schedules. It’s pretty nice that I don’t have to wake up at 6am to get ready for the bus. I’m NOT a morning person.

Anyway, good luck to all of you starting a new school year!

And P.S. Remember when I said I was working on my 45,000 word goal in July? I did it!!!! I made my goal!! I am SO happy! I haven’t looked at it since I finished it, just to clear my head. I don’t know how terrible my grammar is from typing so fast, but I can always fix that. 🙂