Friday, July 30, 2010

Love....Hmmm

Love.

Hey bloggers it's Friday and because I love you guys so much I'm not waiting until the last minute to write this blog.

So love. That is a huge topic and extremely vague. There are so many things I could talk about. There's the obvious have I ever been in love question and the answer is... I don't know. I've been in two relationships before. They were both in 8th grade. Robby was my first boyfriend and I dated him for three months. And yes before you start pestering Katie, Emily, or I it is the same Robby that Katie is dating and that Emily crushed on in 7th grade. I broke up with him a week after winter break ended. I guess I realized that I felt like we were more of just friends. And to this day he is still one of my best friends.

My second boyfriend was Chris. He was my giant teddy bear. He was 6 foot and had curly hair. I dated Chris for 6 months. It ended because I moved and he broke up with me over an email. I definitely saw it coming but I at least thought that he would have the decency to break up with me in person. He knew I was moving and I visited often enough. This is us at the Harry Potter Expedition. It was so fun.

I also love my family and friends. And food and everything else.

Sarah I'll read you tomorrow. Hopefully?

Always the Purplest,
        -Hannah

Reading: Same as last week
Listening: The Poets Dance
Quote:"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two." 
-St. Augustine

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm fairly sure I'm too young to have a good opinion on love

Hey lovers it's Thursday.


That is my nickname for tons of people.  I just go around calling people lover.  So, that connects?

So... love?  I'm not sure if a thirteen year old can actually go around talking about love with out sounding like an absolute idiot.  Even if you can pull it off it ought to be really hard.

I asked my friend Katie what to write about, she said that I should write about her and a boy named Ronnie.  It sounded like a good idea because, at least to me, the story is quite hilarious.

Ronnie. Ronnie is a boy, who probably doesn't shower as much as he should.  He is actually an idiot.  He isn't all that smart.  He dies his hair this unnatural black color, and I probably used to like him back in second grade or something.

One day when Katie was in her P.E. class sitting next to Ronnie and his annoying friend Austin (because all of their last names are really close together) they were being quite mean to her. Telling her that she was too white, tree hugging, and nerdy to be a "gangsta."  Then Austin told them that they should get married.  Katie saw an opportunity and she jumped on it.  From that day on she began to write songs for him.  Once in P.E. I told her that she should go sing for him.  So we walked over and in front of all of his wall ball playing dorky friends she sang for him.  It was hilarious.  The two of us were basically on the ground laughing.  Then his annoying best friend Sean, who called me Sweaty Butt Cheek Woman for the whole of seventh grade, asked us about our facebook profile pictures.  He said that no one's face should look like that.


Ronnie though told me that he liked me more than he liked Katie. Even though we have again and again told him that she is just joking.  Once Ronnie even sang to me in the library.  Granted he was singing "One is the loneliest number." Or whatever the title of that song is.  It went like this, it was the last real day of school, and marching band was over, the school library was done renting out books (or whatever you call it), and I had gotten to school way too early,  so I was sitting alone, and Ronnie came up and starting singing to me.  So I threw something at him, but since the school librarian hates him he didn't tell her.  I was very happy about this because she hates me too.  I'm not really sure why.  She kind of hates me book choices?  Actually when I come to think about it she might not hate me all that much.  She sits next to me sometimes in the library when the annoying girls who sit behind the counter and try to "help" get way too annoying. She hates that I read Stephen King and Lewis Carrol though.

Oh well.  I'll say that talking about my school librarian worked because I kind of love her.

I actually love a lot of things. Perhaps I actually don't know what love is because I through the word about rather nonchalantly.


Well bloggers after that all I have to say is... LOVE YOU!

Hannah I will read what you have written after you have wrote it.

Thing I heard my little sister say: Lindsay:"Sure mom I'll do the dishes- Does Haley really have to help? Can't she do something else? She's really terrible at doing the dishes."
Me: "I've just heard everything you just said!"
Lindsay: "Well it's true!"
I'm so terrible at doing the dishes that I'm not allowed to help anymore!

Lots of Love! :)  
-Haley

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

...and angst


Oh shit, girls, it’s Wednesday!
So I think the hard thing about blogging (at least for me) is the fact that it’s the summer and I’m off school and I totally forget what day it is until really late at night when I want to curl up in my bed and read while I listen to some radiohead or watch Mad Men… (I’ve decided it’s something I should dive into. My dad loves to buy seasons on TV shows used on amazon and watch an episode every day when he excersizes and he already ons the first two seasons; I’m going to watch the first episode tonight... tell me if you watch it, when I get into a TV show I can watch about a season a week so I should be caught up pretty soon and we can talk… anyways) …so I get to it late at night and I spend a shit load of time typing these out, but I have to try to write pretty quickly... I know blogger’s clock is on west coast time (*cough cough* I think blogger’s clock is on west coast time), but in my time zone it’s about four hours earlier than it says it is on blogger and, girls, let me bring you in on a little secret: I never actually make the midnight deadline.
…On to the theme…
So love. I’m pretty damn sure I’ve never been in it. I don’t have a boyfriend. I’ve never had a boyfriend. The closest I’ve gotten to having a boyfriend was a mutual like-ship… in seventh grade… with robby… we were both in set crew so we hung out a lot… I blame the paint fumes because, while Robby is a really great guy, I mean he’s one of my best friends, he is so not my type.
Believe me; I like some people like that, sometimes really intensely, but I’ve never romantically loved anybody… but that’s just romantic love. There are things I love in the world. I love my family and my friends and my dog. I love books, movies, music… I’m kind of really in love with Radiohead right now, but I also love Ben Folds and the Killers.
Speaking of book love… do you girls ever get book crushes? … as in you totally crush on characters from books? I do. I’ve had some book love for:
  • Zach from the Gallagher Girls series
  • Hale from Heist Society
  • Alex Rider from the Alex Rider series (my cousin Sam is going to be in a movie with the lead from the Mission Stormbreaker movie. I’m psyched. He’s hot {The actor, Alex Pettyfer, not my cousin Sam… he’s my cousin, that’d be gross})
  • Spencer from Suite Scarlett
  • The list goes on.
Especially the Weasly twins. I’ve always loved the Weasly twins. Fred and George are so my type.
What is my type?- You may not care, but I tend to like… ok every guy I’ve ever liked has been funny. I like funny guys… also I’m kind of a social studies fan girl so if you’re especially good in your history/ government/ econ. Class…bonus points. Also if you’re good in a debate or model UN or that type of thing because I love a good, well informed, but civil-ish, argument.
I should probably sign off now as this could go on a while if I get to talking about boys I like…
What I’m Watching: Mad Men Pilot
What I’m Reading: Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
What I’m  Listening To: Radiohead… right now it’s on Creep
Quote: "People are born with certain faces, like my father was born with a face that people want to hit." 

And "The others were all brought up to be polite. I wasn't." 

And "You will never make friends unless you like everyone genuinely. Oh well, I'm fucked then aren't I?" 

And "You will become a hypocrite, you'll become a liar. You'll try and paper up your own cracks... and that's what being an adult is all about. Then you have babies and... *shrug* that's it. *long pause* Sorry! *laughs*"

And 

"I'm not afraid of computers taking over the world. They're just sitting there. I can hit them with a two by four"
-Radiohead

...and I'm about to make deadline for the first time!

Haley, I'm looking forward to reading you tomorrow

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aww... Love

Hey bloggers, it's Tuesday! I'll be honest, I just slept for a really long time, kind of an absurd amount of time actually, but that's okay. I guess you could say I love sleeping. Get it... because of the theme... ooo, I'm smart. Anyways, for the theme, like Katie, I could talk about any number of things that I love, but to make it more interesting I'm going to describe my first date. Yup, I'm going to take you with me on that incredibly awkward... um, journey? Sure, anyways, let's start.

I was fourteen and a freshmen in high school (yeah, I'm one of those people that is always the youngest in their class) and so was he. His name was Kyle, well actually is name is Kyle (as far I know). Maybe it was a sign of my obsessions to come but he was a huge a nerd. But at the same time he was also that incredibly funny kid in your classes that irritates the teachers, but they still love him anyways. One day, I think about mid-year, he asked me if I wanted to go downtown with him after school and I said yes, of course otherwise why would I be telling you this story? Now you should know that walking downtown after school was a big thing in my town. It was like the popular hangout. Especially this shop called Uptown Coffee which I swear has the best coffee in the entire world. If you ever find yourselves in Howell, Michigan you might consider going there.

So after school we met up by the front doors and began the short walk downtown. Before this day we weren't exactly friends, I mean we certainly weren't enemies but we didn't talk much before is what I'm getting at. Thus, on the walk there it was mostly just a spur of those annoyingly awkward questions you get asked on dates. "what do you like to do", "favorite subject", "any siblings"* and so on... and so forth.

Finally we got downtown and naturally we went to Uptown Coffee, but because it was rather crowded (like I said, it was popular, everyone went there after school), we started walking down the streets while drinking and chatting. At first it felt like we were playing 20Q's because it was kind of awkward (I don't know if I ever mentioned this on this blog, but I used to be pretty shy). But after awhile I felt more comfortable around him and began to be my more natural, comical self.

Eventually our walk took us to (don't laugh), the library (I said no laughing!). Yeah, we were nerds even before I knew what nerdfighters were.While there we made up a game. Basically he would find a book title and then I would find another one and add it to the first one. We'd continue like that for awhile just continuing to expand the title and/or making up a story. It was fun, and occasionally I still do it.

When we finally got bored with that it was about time to leave and while waiting for out rides (we were freshmen so we didn't drive) we explored a store called Eclectic Twist (basically a vintage clothing store). But neither of us lived that far from town so it didn't take long for our parents to get there. And when they did (my Mom arrived first, his Dad arrived shortly after in case your curious) we saw their cars through the shop window, said our goodbyes, starred awkwardly at each other and then he leaned in and peaked me on the lips (I just re-wrote that sentence like 12 times trying to make it sound less cheesy). 


After that we started dating and thus went on many more dates, and with time they got less and less awkward and more and more fun. For the record we dated till mid-senior year. We broke up for several reasons two of which being 1) my family moved to Virginia before my senior year and 2) we were both going to college in different states in a few months. There were many other reasons but I don't remember them all and it was kind of one of those mutual break ups that I don't even remember that well. I guess, if you wanted to sound cheesy, you could say it was just time (oh wow, that did sound cheesy).


That being said, I have to get ready for work (I'm working the night shift... argh...), Emily, I'll read you tomorrow.
DFTBA
Tenley Nadine

Currently reading: Um... my books and stuff are all in our new house and I haven't been to the library so for the first time in awhile, nothing.
Currently listening to: "Jesse's Girl" the Glee version
Quote: ... um, idk, hold on I'll Google search one. Here's the first one I saw after searching "quotes about love" "Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence." by Eric Fromm


* I don't remember if these specific questions were asked I just remember that questions like these ones were asked. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

All you need is love (&food,water,&shelter)

Hey girls it's Sunday!

Since Sarah didn't blog again I decided that it's now my turn to coose the theme. Unfortunately I didn't know what to pick so I asked my roommate Kelsea to choose. So this weeks theme is love.
I've never been in love, but I love my friends, my family,and my fictional characters. I love my boyfriend, but that's just cause he's also my "bestest friend in teh intire universe"
I believe on true love, but I don't believe it to be flawless. This is really short cause my roomie and I have to get to class.


Currently listening to: be my witch
reading: for the win
quote: "anything in a public restroom is not love, it's gross"-Kelsea
jasmine I'll read ya tomorrow
less than three,
Katie z.
PS. Haven't seen avps nor doctor who yet. SAD

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vacation and a LOT to tell

Hey Girls it's Friday!


I'm sort of sick too but not in the "I have a cold or a virus" kind of way. It's allergies! So where I live my allergy season isn't bad anymore. But in Texas it is really bad and I didn't bring my allergy meds so I've been just miserable. And I might also have pink eye and/or an ear infection. And now I'm starting to lose my voice.


So this week:


Saturday:
I got on two planes and was really bored. The first plane was from O'Hare in Chicago to Des Moines Iowa. Then the second plane was from Des Moines to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Then we drove 5ish hours to San Antonio, Texas to visit my grand parents. Along the was we stopped at Spring Creek BBQ and it was amazing. Don't go there if you're on a low carb diet.


Sunday:
I don't remember. I think we went and got my grand pa out of the hospital because he just had a heart bypass surgery but that could have been monday.


Monday:
I don't remember. But what I said before.


Tuesday: 
I went to Sea World for the whole day and I got a ton of really good pictures from all of the shows that I went to. I'm a good photographer. 






Wednesday:
I went to the movie and saw The Last Airbender which was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! When I was younger that was my show. The cartoon series was amazing and now I can't wait for the other movies to come out.


Thursday:
I went to Fiesta Texas. I went on the Boomerang first and then I felt really sick and nauseous to I ended up having to go to the First Aid center for and hour while the rest of my family went and had fun but then I felt much better and had a great day.






Today(Friday):
I drove up to Dallas to see other relatives. And now I'm here and can no longer talk. Good thing this isn't a vlog.




Sarah I'll read you tomorrow!!!!!


Currently Reading: Same as last week. I'm procrastinating!


Currently Listening: AVPS


NO QUOTE!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Very Potter Sequel?

Hey Bloggers it is Thursday!

This blog will be short and sweet.

Maybe not sweet because I'm too sick to be sweet.

I'm sick, and tired.  Being sick is weird because you can sleep for fifteen hours and still be tired, what a strange occurrence that is!  Oh maybe it was because I didn't sleep for real last night, and it was actually just that type of sleep where you're kind of asleep, but also kind of awake.  You know?

I'm real tired.

Hannah I will read you tomorrow.

LOVE Haley

DFTBA

Currently watching: AVPS
(this is hilarious)


Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Back Home Again In Indiana"


Hey girls, it’s Wednesday.

I’m home from camp now and I’m glad to be back. I’m glad to be back. I’m glad to be back. Sorry, I’m hoping that if I tell myself I’m glad to be back over and over again it will become true. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be seeing my family again, but in the short three weeks I lived there I came to really love New York. I really miss my suite mates and the city already… but I’m hope now and I’m happy about it! #falseenthusiasm. I have all kinds of stories to tell about camp, but I have to figure out how to tell them first. So I’m going to tell you stories from camp in another post and instead use this post to spend a bit of time talking about my home state.

 I feel like the best way to talk about Indiana is by talking about the title of this post. Go ahead, scroll back up to see it, I’ll wait. That’s a quote from a song. It’s called “Back Home Again In Indiana”, I considered posting the lyrics here, but I decided against it. Why?... you may not really care why, but I want you to ask why. Alright Emily, “why?” There you go, now please stop being so demanding. I didn’t post the lyrics to the song because I feel like they don’t capture its true feeling. It’s a sentimental song. When you listen to it the song seems kind of sad and loving in this completely sweet way, at least that’s how I feel. The song is not Indiana’s official state song, but I feel like it should be because of the way it makes you imagine the Hoosier state (in case you didn’t know, people from Indiana are called “Hoosiers” or “hicks” but, to quote my uncle Ed [who is actually an intelligent man] “we like to prefer to be called Hoosiers.”). I invite you to look the song up, but first I’m going to tell you that, honestly, that’s not how I usually view the 19th state of the union. I will admit that I’m not really a proud Hoosier, I’m not sure anybody is… well maybe some few people from Indy… yeah, Indy’s a pretty nice place… anyways, I’m don’t there are very many proud Hoosiers out there. I can remember in my theater project class one of the plays had flag desecration. We wanted to perform the play, but we knew the American flag and the school flag were off limits and I remember someone saying “Could we use the state flag” Someone else then said “I bet we could, I mean when I drive past the state flag I don’t really feel any sense of pride… I mean I see an Indiana state flag and I guess I kind of laugh.” … While we didn’t end up performing the play the conversation really makes it obvious how Hoosiers, at least the Hoosiers at my school, feel about the state. Who can blame them?

  • With a population of 795,458, Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and 13th largest in the United States. Three other cities in Indiana have a population greater than 100,000: Fort Wayne (251,247), Evansville (116,253) and South Bend (104,069).
  • Indiana ties with South Carolina for 8th highest Obesity rate in the country.
  • In 2003, Indiana ranked 11th in the nation for the lowest percentage of adults lacking Basic prose literacy skills.
In Indiana’s second largest city 12.5% of the population and 9.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.5% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
·      In January of 2005 Men’s Health Magazine called Fort Wayne the Dumbest city in the United States… believe me, I remember when my 4th grade class found out. Articles about it:
o      USA Today, Looking For Signs of Intelligent Life in Fort Wayne: http://www.usatoday.com/life/2005-01-19-dumb-cities_x.htm


…Anyways, I’m home now and it’s bittersweet.

What I’m Reading: AH EVERYTHING, but recently I’ve been focusing on Noam Chompsky… Although, I got Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World books 4 through 6 (!!) today so…
What I’m listening to: Catching up on NPR’s “This American Life” but also “Ulysses” by Franz Ferdinand
What I’m Watching: Arrested Development Season 1
Quote:  "Certain motherfuckers think they can fuck with my shit, but you can't kill the Rooster. You might can fuck him up some times, but, bitch, nobody kills the motherfucking Roster. You know what I'm saying?"
— David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day (you should all read him)
Some Stuff You Should Check Out:
OH! OH! OH! MY NEW FAVORITE POEM: http://www.xs4all.nl/~ace/Literaria/Poem-Larkin.html

Oh, and the Indiana fact’s, I ripped them off the sites google recommended me, mostly wikipedia 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sweating, Jobs and Jaunting

Hey bloggers, it's Tuesday! Do you think heat is transferable through a blog? Because it wasn't that hot here until I read Jasmine's blog post yesterday. And now, well, I'm sweating. Btw, I don't know who came up with the phrase "girl's don't sweat they glisten" but it doesn't make any sense to me. Because if your sweating, your glistening. I don't know, maybe that's the point, and I just don't get it, but I never liked that phrase.

So in my first blog on here I believe I mentioned that I was looking for a job (I'd check, but my internet is kind of slow right now). Well, guess what, I got one! I mean, its just at Target, so no need for applause but still its money. Which brings me to something I've been thinking about, job interviews. I've been on several in the past couple of weeks as you can probably imagine. And my non-rhetorical question is, why do people always ask the question "why do you want this job". Every interviewer I had asked that question and everytime I was like; "why do I want this job... money, duh". I mean what other reason is there. But still, you don't want to say that because then you sound like a douche and will never get hired, so instead you say "work experience". If I ever interview someone and they say that, I'm gonna say "bullshit" and see what happens.

On an unrelated note, I'm moving! To a town about 15 minutes away so its really not a big deal, but still. Fun fact this will be the third time I moved in my life and the second time I moved to a place about 15 minutes away. My family doesn't move, we jaunt. Jaunt is a fun word, I should use it more.

Anyways, I'm going to go sweat and try to get up the motivation to do some packing, Emily, I'll read you tomorrow.

DFTBA
Tenley

Currently reading re-reading: "Blue is for Nightmares" by Laurie Stolarz.
Currently listening to: "Close to you" by Carpenters
Quote: "it's to hot, it's to hot in here, I'm probably going to pass out..." Hank Green

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's Getting Hot in Here

So please don't take off your clothes.

Hey bloggers, it's fricking Monday.

And it's hot! How can it be still so warm at night..? I really don't get it. Any ways, I'm in kind of a writer's block because I have NO IDEA what to blog about.

Okay, so I was going to tell you about what I did recently but I realize that not everyone would be comfortable with it. I know that we are a group of open-minded young woman but I didn't know if it was a good idea. The truth is, I was writing something personal about me that some people might not like and I was unsure if I should share it or not. I wrote all of this after I finished writing what I was going to post, but decided not to.

I saved what I wrote beforehand, and I would like to share it with you all, but I just want to know if everyone is okay with all subjects and topics. Are there any subjects that you would prefer not read about in our blogging project? If so, I totally understand and I won't share my experience. Otherwise, I would like add what I wrote and let everyone know a little more about myself.

So tell me how you feel, that would be great.

Tenley, I'll read you tomorrow.  

Sunday, July 18, 2010

'yo mama's jeans

Hey y'all it's sunday! Now a bunch of you girls haven't been blogging so we need a crackdown on that. Oh and this week in apparently free week ans sarah will choose for the next week. I'm at Vanderbilt summer academy and it's pretty awesome. We just finished rehersing our routine to 'mom jeans' for open night mic. I'm the tech person 'cause I don't like the spotlight all that much. Everyone says that this is nerd camp but I don't think it's nearly nerdy enough, but that's just probly cause I'm miss uber nerd :)
I will now say the pros and cons of vsa
Pros
Everyone is really nice
Saturdays are so much fun because we get to check out and go to the best ice cream place evar and pet cats and go to out of boundaries parks
I'm good at chem class even though I've never taken it before.
My floor at my dorm is more or less awesome
The dessert options here are pretty amazing
Playing volleyball in a giant sandbox and scoring a goal
We all make friendship bracelets for eachother
My roommate now likes nerd music
Everyone now has a crush on Charlie like I do
My friend Ana and I talk about Merlin and books all the time
And more

Cons
Food is just mediocre
We have to wakeup early
I have a wobbly bunkbed
The girls here lower my self confidence level cause they're all so freaking pretty
It either rains or is really hot or both
We have homework
I'm on thr fifth floor and the stairs are exhausting
I miss Robby. ( sorry ems, I can't miss you when youre constantly calling me)
Laundry takes forever
I had to tell the story about how robby asked me out like five million times

Jasmine I'll read you probly not tomorrow but eventually!!!
Less than three,
Katie Z


Currently reading: heir apparent again because I'm procrastinating huck finn
And for the win
Listening to: mom jeans (again and again and again)
Quote:
marcus: how do y'all pronounce c-r-a-y-o-n
Me: cran
Kelsea: cray-yon
Parker: crown
Everyone: WHAT?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod

Friday, July 16, 2010

Chicken And Rice

Hey girls it's Friday!!!!!! for about 40 more minutes.


So again I have forgotten that it was friday until I was about to go to bed. I only realized that it was Friday because I was going on youtube and there was a Liane video from fiveawesomegirls. And now I will have to type as quickly as I can to meet the deadline. Oh yah and this week's theme was my idea.
This was how it went:
(Text messages)(not exact)
Katie: Hey Hannah what is the theme going to be next week? I would like to get my blog done today(saturday) or in the wee hours of tomorrow since I am not sure if I will be able to blog at camp.
Hannah: Um... I don't know I'll think about it.


A few hours later....


Still thinking. Then I realized oh crap it's getting late I better get back to Katie about the theme. So I was making dinner for the kids that I was babysitting and I look down at the mac and cheese that looked really delicious and... bing lightbulb... I'll do the theme of favorite foods.


Hannah: Ok so the theme is favorite foods. Is that ok?
Katie: ok


And then I was freaking out because I thought that it was a really lame theme but I decided to forget about it and play American Idol with the kids I was babysitting.




So my favorite food of all time as any of my good close friends can tell you is chicken and rice. No it is not chicken or some kind with some rice like it sounds and it is also not a casserole. Here's how to make it:
So first you get a large baking dish and set it aside. Then get a cutting board and four or five chicken breasts and cube the pieces and put them in the baking dish. Then get another cutting board or wash the previous one and chop about cup of carrots(so they are like thick sticks) and a cup of onion and put this in the baking dish. Then open two cans of golden mushroom soup and two cans of cream of mushroom soup and put the contents of the cans in the baking dish. Then mix all of the ingredients together and cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Then it gets baked for a really long time in the oven at a certain temperature that I will post in the comments later. Next, when the baking is almost done boil water and cook a couple of cups of rice depending on how many people are eating. Finally, serve the chicken and sauce over a bed of rice and devour.


This recipe feeds my family of 6 and on occasion if I don't eat all that is not eaten by others there will be left overs.


I also will basically eat most other foods as long as they aren't seafood or have mayonnaise on them.


Always the Purplest
        -Hannah


Currently Reading: The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty (Still. It's a long book kind of)


Currently Listening: The purr of my computer.


Quote: Don't wait for you ship to come in- swim out to it.


Sarah I'll read you tomorrow!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Food? Well hmm, I can talk about that... I eat

Hello bloggers it's Thursday


Oh, I feel stupid. Umm.  Well.  Hey girls?  This may seem a little sad after all of you talked about how much you love to cook, and about how you eat all of these great exotic foods, but... well I don't really eat interesting stuff.


My favorite food is chicken schnitzel, and that is really boring.  So I made this picture to make my blog post a little more interesting.  



That is a picture of me being chased by chicken schnitzel.  Yes I am aware that it looks like I'm running the incorrect way, but that is only because in that picture I'm not running at all, but instead laughing my arse off.  I will show you.

I changed the picture so that I was running the correct way. :)



Yes in my group of friends I am the one cracking up hysterically, but that is only because my friends are hilarious.   I'm the idiot out of my friends. The one who, when we're pranking someone or something, and we're supposed to act serious I'm the one who starts giggling, and then makes everyone break out in to laughter.  Usually we still get the person to fall for whatever we want them to fall for. 

Girls, not only do I fill my blogs with pointless pictures that don't even adhere to the topic I also talk about the pictures so that it fills up space.

I'm very sorry that I'm not really interested in food. :)  I hope that you will not disown me.


I do like cookies though.  

Hannah, I will read you tomorrow! :)

Currently listening- Double Rainbow Song
Currently reading- A River Runs through it by Norman Maclean

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

-Douglas Adams... love quoting him... also, fits the food theme?



SO this is me blogging… really shortly… because I have to go ship my life… and I’m busy in this wonderful way.

Last Week:
Favorite things in no particular order: friends, a good book, liberalism, chipotle, boys, Ben folds, the killers, social commentary, writing, my computer, a good joke, your mother jokes, my suite mates, England, world cup soccer, my comedy writing class, lightning bugs, having enough quarters to wash AND dry my laundry, the color blue, the color gray, trees, maple leaves, paper cranes, drizzle (but not torrential rain), Columbia HSP, my school, the love cave (Katie may be the only one who gets that… and maybe Hannah), Douglas Adams, activism, USED BOOKSTORES, independent book stores, libraries, Vegetarian/ Vegan restaurants, cake batter flavored frozen yogurt, bubble tea, MINT, LIMES, hand sanitizer, the public transportation system, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE, Harry potter, apple, my comedy writing class, making fun of hipsters, nice people, indie/artsy people, nerds, my research project, notebooks, a fresh sheet of paper, David Sedaris, this American life, the rooster, dirty truth or truth in a room full of virgins, Vonnegut, Philosophy, Psychology, politics, political debates, debates, winning, music, Social Studies, History geeks, “a poem written by a bear” Vonnegut, etc.

This Week:
I adore chipotle.
I love everything that tastes like mint or lime… everything.
I’m a total omnivore, but I love vegan and vegetarian food, especially falafel with humus.
I love Jewish food, but matzo balls… wow.
Chicken wing sauce is good on pretty much everything.
I also love:
Ice cream, especially mint chocolate chip or blue moon.
John Jay (the dining hall) because, while the food isn’t amazing, it is, on some level, free because I have pre-paid meal plan.

I want to tell you more about life here, but I have to go write a dialog, but NEXT WEEK I swear. It’s amazing here, I love the people and I’m going to miss this place and all my friends so much.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mmm... Delicious

Hey bloggers, it's Tuesday and I love this week! *salivates* So many awesome recipes! Okay anyways, I have lot's of favorite foods but after thinking about it I picked out a few that I could not live without ever tasting.

1. Won ton soup. You may have had it because its served at like every Chinese restaurant ever. I don't think I've tasted any Won ton soup that I didn't love. But my favorite is the homemade kind my Mom makes. Absolutely delicious. 





2. Shrimp Alfredo. The first time I had it was at Olive Garden, I don't remember how old I was, but I think I was young and I loved it from the moment I tasted it. In general though, I love any Alfredo and any seafood so maybe I should have expected to love it.





3. Cheesy potatoes. My Mom's been making them as long as I can remember and everyone in my family loves them. Their cheesy and delicious, plus anything with potatoes is good, so yeah, um... *salivates*






4. Grilled cheese. Its definitely not as fancy as the others, but its still amazing. Seriously, grilled cheese is my weakness.






Also, I agree with Katie about the bread at Red Lobster, its amazing. So amazing that I would probably go to Red Lobster even if all they served was their bread.

Anyways, I'm sure your all hungry at this point so I'll let you go eat.
DFTBA
Tenley

Currently not listening to but I'm going to pretend I am so I can mention it because it fits nicely with the theme: "Candy" by Aaron Carter
Quote: "I'm learning how to be angry and sad and lonely and joyful and excited and afraid and happy. I am learning how to taste everything." from Wintergirls.

Monday, July 12, 2010

HALLELUJAH!

This is my subject. Because. I. LOVE. FOOD. 

HEY BLOGGERS, IT'S MONDAY. AND I'M CRAZY PUMPED!

As mentioned before on my first entry, I am an amateur foodie. I love to eat and try new things. However, I made a diet change a little more than a year ago and now I don't eat meat. I decided to become vegetarian because that just seemed like a better life style choice, but I eat seafood occasionally. I guess that would make me a pescetarian? 

Living in California gives me a lot of choices and varieties of foods that I can eat. It's easy being a vegetarian when you're Asian because there are so many dishes out there that don't have meat in it and tastes wonderful. My diet mainly comprises of carbs and produce. I love starchy foods, bread being one of my favorite things in the world to eat. Breads with crusty outsides and soft springy insides are the best. 

Food is one of my biggest passions. I watch Food Network and The Travel Channel a lot and I love Anthony Bourdain. I did my senior project on haute cuisine and made Julia Child's onion quiche for my class. Mincing 2 pounds of onions was worth it, because the quiche was spectacular.

So, I'd like to recommend some of my favorite things for everyone to try, because I think these are some must-have-before-you-die. 

MACARONS (NOT MACAROONS, TOTALLY NOT THE SAME THING)
The closest thing I can compare this to would be a cookie. A cookie made out of almonds clouds and rainbow dreams.
But basically, this is a French confection, and they're selling everywhere in big cities. I highly recommend it. It might be a little pricey for a cookie, but a good macaron is worth the price. They come in crazy flavors like lavender and rosewater, and they're worth the try. You can get them shipped frozen to your house, but the fresh kind is always the best. 



FALAFELS

This is very popular in eastern Europe, in places like the Middle East and so on. I don't know if you can get them locally, but Mediterranean food is pretty loved where I live so it shouldn't be that hard to get. Falafels are balls of mashed chick peas that have been deliciously spiced and then fried. You pair it with some fresh veggies and tasty sauces like tahini or hummus, and then stuff it all in fluffy pita bread. Or at least, that is how I like it. 



DURIAN
You've heard horror stories regarding this one, and I won't lie to you, this is definitely an acquired taste. Durian brings back childhood memories, because my grandpa loved durian and he would make my parents buy it. I remember my father wielding a sharp cleaver and hacking through the spiky rind to get to the pulp inside. The smell would be slightly rancid but with a sweet after-note. My dad could easily tackle this fruit, but my mother had to pinch her nose with her fingers to get the stuff anywhere near her mouth. Needless to say, we always finished this stuff off and we would look forlornly at the fleshless seeds that were left behind. Durian is a strange fruit, and it's hard to get it fresh. We bought the whole frozen kind and that was good as well. The flesh inside is strange, almost ice cream-like with a sweet taste and smooth texture. 

SO! Seriously, if you see this stuff anywhere, I want you to try it! If you have tasted these things, but didn't like it, I understand. I always try things a couple of times to make sure if I really don't like it. I don't let one bad experience deter me, and I hope you won't too.

Tenley, I'll read you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Camp, VidCon, Food, and more Food

Hey girls it's Sunday! I'm leaving for camp today at 5:30 AM and I'm unsure if I will be able to post a blog later tomorrow so that's why I'm posting early-ish. I don't know if I'll be able to blog for the next two weeks so we'll find out! I've been watching vidcon online because I wasn't able to go and it's still brilliant. Just watching the concerts live is excellent, but I still wish I was actually there in person.
Hannah chose the theme "your favorite food." I'm a complete wanna-be foodie so it's a good topic for me. I'm going to go with several categories because I'm horrid and choosing just one thing.
1. Sentimental Foods
My favorite foods that bring me memories are Hot Dogs with macaroni and cheese and the chocolate cookies that the recipe is passed down through my family.
My fetish with hot dogs with macaroni and cheese probably started in New Jersey where we always went to my favorite restaurant, Friendly's. They had simply the best hot dog ever and paired with macaroni and cheese it's delicious. Now, nearly Everytime my friends and I have a sleepover or movie fest at my house we have hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for dinner. It's easy to make and everyone likes it.  (Well, almost everyone. My boyfriend hates cheese. He's such a weirdo)
My family's chocolate cookies are just amazingly delicious and we make them about twice a year. They're just pretty much a delicious dark chocolate cookie rolled in powder sugar and then baked. As a child my mom made the cookie dough and I rolled in the sugar. I remember just devouring them when they were hot and fresh out of the over when I was little. Although they are amazing, I'm going to work on improving them to see if they can be even more delicious.
2. Best Dessert
The best thing I ever ate in a restaurant is most recently this delicious dessert at a local restaurant called Zianos. Their featured dessert is chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a small circular pan then topped with layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate fudge. It's simple and delicious. And they so have a secret because I've tried to make several different versions and it's never as good.
3. Favorite Home Meal
I love taco day, it's absolutely delicious. I mean, TACOS. 'Nuff said.
4. Best Cake Ever
The best cake EVAR is the chocolate fudge cake at a McCafree's in New Jersey. It's the best cake I've ever had ever in my life and it's one of the main reasons I didn't want to move to Indiana years ago.
5. Favorite Vegetable
Steamed Broccoli, lightly salted and buttered. Smokey Bones has the best Broccoli. Cheesecake Factory does not have good broccoli
6. Favorite Drink
MILK
7. Favorite side dish
Mashed Potatoes
8. Best Bread
Okay, it's between those amazing cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster or the amazing bread baked by Mrs. Harkenrider, my friend's mom

Okay, I've done talking about food. I like this theme and I look forward to reading everyone elses blogs.
Jasmine, I will (hopefully) read you tomorrow

Less than three,
Katie Z
(Do you like the signature? I like the signature. It rhymes!)
Listening to: By My Side - David Choi (live on livestream!)
Reading: The Cat Who Sniffed Glue and Huck Finn
Recently Watched: Doctor Who - The Lodger. It was awesome!!!
Quote:
"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."
"I'm not sure a book has ever changed me," said Will. "Well, there is one volume that promises to teach one how to turn oneself into an entire flock of sheep-"
"Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influence by literature and poetry," said Tess, determined no to let him run wildly off with the conversation.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire

Sarah is not copying

Hey girls, it's Saturday! And I'm writing that on my iPod because I'm on my way from Munich to home. Munich is a really big airport in Germany and about two hours away from my home.

I like the topic from this week. First I also wanted to make some collage, but then I didn't have much time and I'm lazy, so...

I'm not sure if I should write something about everything, but I'll start with a list:


My Macbook, because I couldn't live without Internet.
My iPod, because I listen to music always and everywhere.
My cameras, because a picture says more than thousand words.
My stuffed goat I have since I was 7.
My books, especially the Harry Potter books.
My boyfriend, because he is one of the greatest persons I have ever met and because he sometimes knows me better than I do.
Medicine, because it's my passion and future.
Nerdfighteria. DFTBA.
My friends, because I have so many great memories with them.
TV series, because I'm addicted.
Raspberry syrup, because it's the best beverage ever.

That's all I can think of right now. Maybe to be continued.

When I come home now I have to unpack and repack, because tomorrow we already go to Greece. It will be a bit stressful, but I don't really mind, because I could spend one more day with my boyfriend. Time is precious.

Sorry for the short post, I don't really have more time right now.

Katie, I'll read you tomorrow!

Listening to: Hank Green & Michael Aranda - DFTBA

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bonfires!!!!!!!

Hey girls it's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for like another hour ish.


So last week(I think) I fulfilled my punishment of going out of town and shouting nerdfighter stuff to random strangers. I did not have a camera with me at the time and I do apologize. If I have to do a different punishment that can be confirmed by like writing or something I will do so.  So I went to Cleveland, Ohio to visit my great-grandmother and my cousins and aunt and uncle. Yes I know that was a lot of ands. So when we went to lunch one of the days while we were there we went to a mall that had an apple store. TOTAL nerd paradise! And then my brother Luke had to go pee so I had to take him to the smoothie shop next door. My brother takes forever in the bathroom so I went outside to wait for him because I felt awkward standing in a store that I wasn't going to buy anything in(only really happens to me a food places) and I completed my punishment. I stood outside of the shop and as people passed by I shouted out the nerdfighter sayings and stuff and they looked at me like was insane and needed to be locked away in and insane asylum. By the way I want to mention that it was really busy at this outdoor mall because it was fourth of July weekend. So yah it was really kind of fun to do this challenge because normally I am very shy but I really let go because I was like "what the heck I'm never going to see any of these people ever again. go for it!" Sort of broke out of my shell temporarily. 


So........ on to this week's theme.
Ok so I really have no idea what my absolute favorite thing is and I really do not feel like making a list would do my favorite this justice so I'm just going to give the top six things that I think of off the top of my head.


1) My computer: basically is my life source as is for my nerds. 


2) My iTouch: I love listening to music. I think it really helps me through the hard times when I'm sad as well as makes me really happy when I'm in a good mood. I also use it to wake myself up in the morning and put myself to bed in the evening. 


3) My stuffed animal bear: his name is Stuart and he has a really awesome story as to why he is so close to my heart. So my dad got the bear for my mom on the first valentines day when they started dating and she used to sleep with it and spray my dad's cologne on it. Then when we moved into my last house about 6 ish years ago we found it while unpacking and I've had it ever since.


4) Books: Nothing to explain that hasn't already been said. I just pure and simple love my books.


5) TV: I'm really lazy most of the time because I'm a swimmer and I feel like if I'm going to swim for three hours in the morning during the summer then I'm going to at lease have some lazy time where I can just zone out and possibly learn something. I watch the cooking channel mainly. Or Dr. Who reruns that I record.


6) Bonfires: I just had a bonfire and I got to build the fire for the first time. My dad usually does it but I have discovered that I am much better at starting and maintaining a fire than my dad is. He used paper to start it while I use lots of cardboard and any pine cones that I can find. Plus smores are just the best.


Always the Purplest,
-Hannah 


Sarah I'll read you tomorrow!


Currently Reading: The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty (Still. It's a long book kind of)


Currently Listening: The loud shouts and laughs of my siblings and their friends in the basement as I hurry to finish this blog before time runs out.


Quote: If swimming were any easier it would be football.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My favorite things are sterotypical.

Hello bloggers, It has just come to my attention that it is Thursday.

I'm very sorry for coming up with such a hard topic, but I'll tell you the story.
*Flashback to Sunday*
There I was, just sitting listening to Pomplamoose when I get a facebook message. *Ping* (Or whatever sound it makes, I can't remember.) It's Katie reminding me that I have to think of a topic. I can't remember exactly what I said but it was along the lines of "Oh crap I forgot." Suddenly, as I was thinking, the song switched to "My Favorite Things" from Sound of Music. And VIOLA there is your theme. I'm sorry that it is so difficult, I didn't realize how hard it would be for everyone, including me. :)

I was going to make a collage, but then I realized that I was too lazy, and lists are much easier.

This is in no particular order, and I don't have much time because I'm trying to edit a video for my collab channel. rawr. Here's a link. http://youtube.com/user/thenerdvana My video is going up tomorrow. :)

Here is my list of a few of my favorite things (the list that Tenley left in the comments pretty much sums it up, except for maybe add, and take away a few things.)

John Green/Hank Green
books
John Green Books
Nerdfighting
the internet
the man who created the internet
Harry Potter
Dr.Horrible
Mystery Guitar Man
Music
Hank Green Music
Charlie McDonnell (this includes everything about him, and everything that he does. :) Fangirl much?)
Alex Day
Tom Milsom
wheezywaiter
youtubers in general because I'm not going to name them all
My fabulous epals
nerd/wrock bands
Star Wars
The HP Alliance
Harry Potter roleplaying on Quizilla because it is hilarious how bad those people are.
Molly Lewis
Youtube
Dear Girls Above Me
Muggle.net
My bestest friend
The Game

That list doesn't even nearly sum it up, but it does show you that I don't know how to pick favorites. :)

I don't even really have anything important, but I would say that my books are also the most sentimental item(s) that I own.


-Haley

Hannah, I will read you tomorrow.


Currently Listening- "Engines Make Me Hot," by Lauren Fairweather (I've never even watched the show, but I love that song.)
and the Double Rainbow Song
Currently Reading- "Shaggy Dog- A children's novel based on the movie (WITH PICTURES.)" I didn't have anything else to read okay?
Quote(s)-"The world is a mess, and I just need to rule it."-
Dr. Horrible
"What a crazy random happenstance!"-
Billy