Snide! 04/22/2009
 

Quick Question:
What is the definition of the word 'snide'? 
Your answer can be serious or funny...
In a couple days, I'll post my favorite answer! So please leave a comment!! 

 
Boston! 04/17/2009
 

As you know, I went on a trip to Boston with my Homeschool group for 3 days. Well, actually to Plymouth and Boston. The first day was the driving day. We went up to Plymouth, which took 10 hours to drive!!!! Then we went on a long and tiring walking tour of Plymouth. The second day was actually the longest, because we left Plymouth and went to Boston!! I was sort of in a daze, because I didn't know that Boston was a modern day city.  I pretty much pictured a preserved town like Williamsburg. (Which the Homeschool group teens went to last year with the same touring company. That was FUN too!!!) So we would be walking along, right next to skyscrapers, and in the middle of the road would be a tree with a plaque that talked about a hero in the Revolution. While in Boston, we went to a church where we did a debate. We were handed out pieces of paper the day before to read up front in a church. Thankfully, no memorization was needed!!! We had 35 people on the tour, (20 students grade 7 to 12, and 15 adults grade parent to almost grandparent) and each person got one. All the characters on the cards were all male. Anyway, the debate was Patriots versus Loyalists, so of course, I was a Loyalist. My name was Sampson Blower, and I was a lawyer. I don't like acting, but reading something is fine with me! Especially a lawyer!!! : ) So whenever I went to hotels, I would ask for tea. (One of my favorite beverages) I figured that, as I loyalist, it would be perfectly okay! : ) Then at night, the group went up a skyscraper that had 52 floors. I stayed downstairs at the mall with one of the moms. It was the Prudential Center, which is really tall. And I don't really like heights. Or at least, skyscrapers. My friends took great pictures!!!! We got to sleep at the Hyatt in Boston. OHHHHHH! I LOVE it there!!! The glass elevators are the BEST!!!! The third day (and final day) was really packed with stuff to see and do. On all the days, we pretty much got up around 6:00, about an hour earlier than we were supposed to. Because, the girls I was rooming with insisted that we needed an hour and a half to get ready and pack...... 
We went to a big obelisk memorial which had 294 steps!!! The first third, I was tired, the second third, I wanted to give up, and the last part was when I could hardly breathe. Yes, I probably sound like a wimp.... Coming down was a pain too! When we all got to the bottom again, our legs were shaking! My legs are still sore.... : )  But it was interesting! We probably walked 2 miles a day. 
So here are my favorite highlights:
1. eating at a pizza place in Plymouth. A lot of my friends were there, so we had fun with cameras, etc. It was very relaxing. Especially watching from the window, when the older guys in our group got lost crossing the streets and finding the pizza place!!! The three girls sitting with me had fun snickering. As did I. And the guys STILL insist that they weren't lost!!!
2. Riding the elevators in the Hyatt Regency at night.
Wow! That was fun!!!! Me, my adventurous mom, and a couple others had fun riding the glass elevators at night up to the 15th floor! At one point, my mom went to to the 16th floor to check out the ballroom. My friends and I were sooooo worried that people were in there and partying, but in the end, I have a video of her riding the elevator confidently down to my level, where I was so worried for her. Ahhh... the joys of a panicking teen girl....
3. Having a debate over cameras.
My friend and I had a debate over who's camera was better, mine or his. It lasted for about a half hour. Don't tell him, but I still think I won!!! : ) 

All in all, we had a GREAT time on the bus, in Boston, and in Plymouth! 

 
 

I am soooo excited! Well, for three reasons. I finally finished my paper for my online class! It was about Aeneas, from the Aeneid by Virgil. I had to write from his point of view (aka his brain) during the battle of Troy. Which was kind of hard because I'm not 1. a man
2. a father  or 3. a soldier. I need to proofread it yet (I can't believe I said YET at the end of my sentence!), and then I can send it in!!! Tomorrow is Easter, and I have to do the song slides for the screen at church. I sit up front with the laptop and click the button. I know, soooo hard. (Not). But what if I do it wrong?! And on Tuesday, the Homeschool group is going to Boston for a field trip!
I'll be gone for a couple days. I'll be on a noisy bus for like 10 hours!!! With other teenagers!! The stress.... and noise.... but we're allowed to take our ipods so I can always put the earplugs in if it gets too loud. My weekend is soooo exciting!!! : ) And I also had to pick out an Easter outfit which is a girl thing. So, I'm going to wear pink which is my least favorite color. : ( 
It'll be a great time. And people won't be looking at me anyway in church, because we'll all be focusing on the REASON we're celebrating Easter!
Oh and I'm going to my friend's house and we'll lip synch two Christian contemporary songs. 
 Did you know that Virgil was like the top court guy for epic poem/literature during his time? To top it all off, he was in the court (did they call them courts?) of Caesar Augustus. Better than Homer in my opinion. Just saying. Homer was a traveling bard, whereas Virgil was favored by a Roman Emperor. And Emperors were considered gods at that time. And the best part is, (for me anyway), I can UNDERSTAND his work! In the Odyssey, (by Homer), I couldn't WAIT for the main character to die. My favorite character in the Odyssey, was the only character who hated Odysseus. In the Aeneid, I actually sympathize and understand Aeneas. 
Remember that I said, 'in my opinion.' :o)

 
 

By the way, if you melt crayons like I did, remember to use a container that you can throw away, definitely NOT your mom's favorite glass measuring cup.... : ( 
It's taking me DAYS to scrape it clean. 

 
Update 04/07/2009
 

Check out my new section, with a video with Karlene and I!

 
 

Right now my friend Karlene is visiting from Springfield, PA where she lives. Springfield is near Philadelphia. (She insists that I tell you this little fact.) We had fun dyeing Easter eggs. The first time we tried melting Crayons. It's really cool to put on your hands, because it's thicker than wax, so it stays on longer! Just an interesting fact to all those out there who like dipping their fingers in hot candle wax. Gotta go!
Karlene says 'hi'!
Signing off, Katie

 
Update! 04/03/2009
 

Be sure to check out the latest items in the Book Pond!

 
 

Today my friend and I went to the library. Yes, I know, the place I can't live without, or so my friends say. There's a nice park right next to the library, one where the Homeschool group I belong to goes to play (or talk as the teens like to do) every week. Well, I was the only one there because it was windy, cloudy, and rainy (my friend decided to hide out in the library; I don't blame her). Of course, rainy, cloudy, and windy is my favorite kind of day, so I had fun being there my myself. But, sometimes, I feel really out-of-touch with God. Life get's so busy, that sometimes it's even hard to just have a quiet talk-to-God time. So, while I was sitting on a swing in the rain, I decided to have a chat. It was AMAZING!! I could see green grass, and birds were constantly chirping! I know to some people that's not considered amazing, but it's honest-to-goodness, breathing life. And very complex. It was like my Father was saying that he loved me, and that life is a gift from Him! So, even if you have a busy schedule, of if you're mad at God thinking your life is messed up, just go outside and think of all He's done for you. All He's created. Maybe you prefer sunny days, or sunsets, or nighttime, but try to find a place to just be quiet, and listen to your Father. I know you won't be disappointed.