Sunday, August 30, 2009

Summer Summary

My break ends this weekend! I've been too lazy to go online much, so here's another list-blog.

This summer I read:
  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  2. FableHaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
  3. The Lightning Thief (#1 in a series called Percy Jackson & the Olympians- Thank you Kristen!!!)
  4. The Sea of Monsters(#2)
  5. The Titan's Curse(#3)
  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth(#4)
  7. The Last Olympian(#5)
  8. A Day with Wilbur Robinson (The picture book Meet the Robinsons is based off of. I bought it for $3!)
  9. Anastasia's Album. Found it for $1 at Half Price Books. It has old photographs of the Romanovs, a biography for children, etc. My best find of the summer!
  10. Currently in the middle of Brisingr (#3 in the Eragon series) and Rules
I sewed:
  1. A baby sleeper, which has an unfinished neckline because I ran out of ribbing
  2. A toddler dress. Turns out it's extra long... my bad!
  3. A fully lined jacket... Cute, but bigger is not always better, even with kids' clothing!
  4. A nursing cover for my aunt Peggy, and a matching wet wipes case.
  5. A little girl's nightgown
  6. Another Margaret Sling Bag in super cute paisley fabric, with matching wet wipes case.
  7. Tomorrow I will be making another lined jacket and another nightgown. Let's hope I can get the sizing right this time. =]
I saw:
  1. Terminator #The New One. I hadn't see any of the other ones, but it was pretty good.
  2. Imagine That-- loved it!!
  3. Harry Potter #6 - liked it a lot!
  4. Race to Witch Mountain (ended up getting a $10 fee from Redbox because I forgot about it...oops)
  5. A Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game! I'm the Diamondbacks' most ignorant fan! I don't know anything about baseball, I just like to yell. We each picked a random player to be our favorite. I lucked out and picked Ojeda, who happens to be one of their better ones. We also discovered that I am good luck-- the Diamondbacks won!
  6. "The Magic Flute," broadcasted from the Met. Awesome.
  7. Knowing, with Nicholas Cage. Prettttty creepy, but interesting
  8. Hannah Montana the Movie. Ohhhh yeah. I'm half adult, half kid. I've got the best of both worlds.
  9. Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie, in conjunction with a wizards party with my girlies (see photo below).

AND, best of all, I wrote:
  1. The first bits of my newest story! I'm going to put up a super rough draft of the opening on my writing blog. It's historical fiction with a bit of a time travel twist.
So pretty much, I've been having a blast.

The end.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

No place like home

I'm right there with you, Dorothy. But there's also no place like Rexburg. I really miss my friends, the way of life, my friends, my new bike, my friends, everything within walking distances, my friends.... did I mention my friends? Shout out to all of them, who are moving onto bigger and more exciting things.

Someone asked me today what I'm doing with all my time now that I'm home. I had to think pretty hard before figuring it out. lol. Most of the time the day is over before I realize that I haven't done anything. Pretty much, I've just been acting like a kid on summer break. Filling my days with a whole lot of relaxing nothingness.

  1. Playing with my nieces/nephews/sisters
  2. Running errands and hanging out with my mom
  3. Goofing off with Steph (see picture above)
  4. Earning frequent flyer miles with Redbox. (Do you think they do that???)
  5. Doing odd jobs for my grandma
  6. Reading books (Just finished the 4th Fablehaven and the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society. I love young adult fiction!)
  7. Jogging in the mornings with my friend Corinne from Institute. It's only the second day, and I'm sore.
  8. I got to meet two Ukrainian kids! They came with a foster children's group a week ago and are staying with a family in my ward. They called my dad and asked him to help translate, so I went with him. It was pretty exciting, but Alyona was really hard to understand.
Even though I have been productive in some ways, I know I need to earn money for next semester. Luckily, I found an opportunity! My aunt (who lives about three hours away) is having her baby next week and needs someone to drive her around, so my Grandma hired me. I'm leaving for Snowflake in a few hours to hang with her and my four cousins for a week. We'll also try and crank out the birth announcement.

Wish me luck!

P.S. The Critical Language Scholarship (that sends students to RUSSIA to learn RUSSIAN for FREE) is opening up applications for next summer's program soon!! Eeeeep! Since I'm already planning on going, I can't wait to apply. lol.