Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
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In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
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The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
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One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

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Weekend Aspirations and More

This weekend I hope to accomplish three important things:

1) Re-paint nails using one of these techniques

2) Get started making a braided rug, and

3) Get started with this art project from A Beautiful Mess.

I might post pictures of what I have done on Sunday or Saturday.

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Earlier today, I read the final (sniff) Trylle book, Ascended. I enjoyed the books very, very much; they are exciting, entertaining, and filled with details and amazing characters.

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A Confession and Making Cheese

Yesterday, I borrowed a trilogy from a friend. I started reading the first book, Switched, on the ride home. Then, — here’s the confession part — I stayed up until almost 1:00 am reading it. The three books are Switched, Torn, and Ascend by Amanda Hocking. I have to tell you, (although I can only speak for the first book), I LOVED it. I will definitely be doing a review for these books. Well, that’s my confession.

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Today, after lessons and an appointment, and after reading the ending of Switched and the beginning of Torn, I helped my mom make cheese. First, she stopped at the grocery store to pick up 1 gallon of whole milk (because we drink almond milk and soy milk), and then warmed it on the stove in a pot. Then, I added 16 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The reasoning behind adding 16 tablespoons of vinegar is that you add one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of milk. There are 16 cups of milk in 1 gallon. Anyway, I then stirred and stirred the apple cider vinegar into the milk on the stove, which of course created precipitate, or separation of the milk and vinegar into little flaky pieces. I kept stirring, and soon the little pieces turned into bigger clods and stuck together more. In a bit, the curds became a single, lumpy cheese. Over a thin strainer and a large bowl, we dumped out the clearish whitish liquid — whey — out, leaving the curds in the strainer. My mom used a metal ladle and her hands to press any leftover whey out. She kept pressing, and most of the whey was strained out. Right at this point, we forgot to add salt into the curds, but you should, along with any herbs for flavor. She then quickly transferred the pressed curds into a clean, linen dishtowel on a plate. With her hands, my mom shaped the cheese into a circle. Voila!! Cheese is done. Don’t forget to refrigerate once you’ve tasted it.

This recipe will be available on the Recipes page soon. Tell me how your cheese turned out!

New Reviews!!

So much for my promise to “update you regularly”, meaning post every day. As usual, I am late in my attempt to wish all of my readers a happy day. This time, it’s Easter. Whether you celebrate it religiously, as our neighbor put it, “by believing in a giant bunny that eats eggs and poops jellybeans,” or another way, or even not at all, I just wanted to post a quick note to say happy spring.

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I have added 4 new book reviews to the Reviews page, including Gingersnap, On the Day I Died, Shakespeare’s Secret, and The Summer of May.

The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante

When angry, 13-year-old May O’Toole spray-paints her least favorite teacher’s classroom, she must either choose expulsion or one-on-one summer school. Her father, who spends barely any time at home,…[read more]

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Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

Hero Netherfield, a misfit 6th-grader, living in household with Shakespeare fanatic parents and a popular older sister, hears a story about a priceless diamond hidden in her house. She decides to solve the mystery by herself,…[read more]

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Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff

In World War II, Jayna’s older brother Rob, a Navy cook, is announced as missing in action. Jayna leaves their house and travels with her turtle, Theresa, and an unnamed ghost to Brooklyn, New York. Rob believed that…[read more]

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On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming’s On the Day I Died is not for the faint-hearted. When teenage Mike Kowalski is driving home late at night, a strange girl stops him on the road. She brings him the cemetery where she is buried, where Mike realizes with horror that she’s a ghost. The other ghosts…[read more]

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Another thing — Happy April Fool’s Day! Here’s a trick to try:

Replace all of the photos in your house with these (either early in the morning or late at night.)

End of Spring Break Post

I have a few more days left of spring break, and I found this blog: www.abeautifulness.com. It has so many great craft ideas that I will try this weekend. It is so refreshing and exciting! Some of my favorite posts are here…:

Braided Rug

Geometric Photo Art

Horse Throw Pillows

Hanging Basket Garden

Lace Patterned Coffee Table

Anyway, I just got The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds interesting. I will do a review once I’ve read it — the whole 500+ pages.

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Today I made a horror movie trailer with my brother. We used iMovie on an iPad, and it turned out pretty well (if I do say so myself.) I also received a final grade on my class…94%!

I recently finished editing and adding captions to a couple pictures. I used PicMonkey, (and Repix) which are both great free sources.

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Don’t forget to comment and tell me what your favorite craft from A Beautiful Mess is!!