What I’ve Been Up To

Sorry again! Always disappearing ;)

I’ve been up to alot. I have lots of really busy days to come! I have a play at the Arts Guild (Coffee House, to be exact. More on that later), recital is coming REALLY close, writing class, schoolwork and a “to read” list about this long. *gestures with hands* Now that I’ve mentioned said reading list, I must list it here.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Starlighter by Bryan Davis

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

Daniel X by James Patterson

Hunger by Micheal Grant

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Ballad: The Faerie Queen’s Desception by Maggie Steifvater

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Four Things My Geeky-Jock of a Best Friend Must Do in Europe by Jane Harrington

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Talent series by Zoey Dean

The Blue Bloods series by Melissa De la Cruz

The Alchemyst by Micheal Scott

The Faerie Path series by Frewin Jones

Fire by Kristen Cashore

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Emily Dunlap

Lies by Micheal Grant

The Dating Game by Natalie Standiford

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier

the Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld

And much, much more that I cannot remember.

I’ve been messing around with some pictures lately. I’ll try to get some put up by the end of this week. Thursday’s my best bet.

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Comics, Poe and Dance

Hello in there! Did I get lost? Hehe.

First off, COMICS! They are fun and easy to make :) I attended a comic-writing workshop at the library this past weekend and loved it. The instructors, Tim and Nick, were very helpful and nice. The comic we (Madison, Emma and I) made was “Princess Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe. I would have scanned it in, but our scanner doesn’t like me….*cue dramatic staredown with scanner* ^_^

POE! Edgar Allen Poe is arguably one of the best writers in history. The comic-writing workshop I went to was focused on the Fall of the House of Usher specifically, but we got a free Poe book and a resusable bag. Yesterday, we went up to CSCC (Columbia State Community College) to watch Murder by Poe, a reader’s theatre version of several Poe stories, including “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “William Wilson,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” I LOVED the play, especially being able to see Tammy, Erin, Theo, Gus, Shelby, Sarah and Beverly again. SO good! It was free, too, which helped, and I got to see two of my old Schoolhouse Rock buddies in the audience–Morgan F. and Ashley :) Hi!

DANCE! It is my calling! I’m sure you’ve heard my recital rant before, but I love it! It’s my chance to perform in front of friends, family and strangers! Haha. Recital time is getting closer and closer (two months) but I’m in….let’s see….8 dances. Three for ballet, one tap, one jazz, one hip-hop, and two extra dances because I’m in the finale and the opening. It’s exciting, scary and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Exciting, lol.

BYE!

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Today we have a book review on Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.I loved this book! The characters are well formed, the plot is twisty and unpredictable, and the twists…wow! Hunger Games follows 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen, a poor, skinny girl from District 12, the worst district out of all twelve, as she competes in the Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games, a cruel game that the Capitol, a dictating city, created to remind the Districts what would happen if the districts fought. So, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen to be tributes. Each person between 12 and 18 gets atleast one entry a year–but they accumulate–but if they need, they may risk extra entries for tesserae grain, a cheap grain that would keep the poor full. So, each year at the reaping, the two children are chosen.

To battle it out….to the death. That’s right. The 24 children, two from each district, battle it out to the death in a large arena, however long it takes for everyone but one person to die. Even if they die of natural causes-starvation, freezing to death, dehydration, etc. On top of that, there’s muttations-super-powered animals that are mixed breeds-on the loose. Plus the other 23 tributes after you. So, you die pretty easy. Oh, plus the supplies at the beginning, a large golden Cornucopia holds bows, swords, knifes, armor, and more.

So, Katniss doesn’t get choosen at the reaping, but her younger sister, Primrose, does. Katniss volunteers and she is the new female tribute. The boy, Peeta, is a boy who has had a secret crush on Katniss since they were five, revealed later in the games, is a boy Katniss feels she has a debt to pay back. He threw bread at her, risking a beating from his “witch of a mother”, because she was starving.

Anyways, the Games finally begin. Eleven tributes die the first day. Neither of them is Peeta or Katniss. Within the next few days, Katniss finds a nest of tracker jackets, dangerous little wasps that can kill with a few stings, which she throws down on the ground and kills two people. She forms an alliance with Rue, a little girl from District 11, who sadly dies a few days later, and then a new rule is announced-there can be two winners if both people from a district survived. A special rule created for the “star-crossed lovers of District 12,” Peeta and Katniss.

Katniss finds Peeta a few days later, covered in mud for camo. He is severly injured, a deep cut in his leg, several burns and smaller cuts, and a terrible fever. Soon, Peeta developes a blood infection, which Katniss is able to fix because the leader of the Gamemakers announces a feast at the Cornucopia, with a twist-each of the remaining districts gets a pack with their number on it with something they desperately need. Katniss retrieves the pack, watches one girl get killed, and then they are down to five tributes- Thresh from district 11, Cato from district 2, “Foxface” from district 5, and Peeta and Katniss. Cato kills Thresh and then they are down to four. Foxface is killed by posionous berries that Peeta had picked, which is basically the final round.

Katniss and Peeta walk down to the pond to find no water-a trick by the Gamemakers to draw them together-and run down to the lake right next to the Cornucopia. Cato is there-with visitors. Muttations for sure, these wolves look almost human-they’re the old tributes. Cato is pushed down by Katniss, and he is eaten, but not fully, and Katniss shoots him in the head.

Another twist-the rules have been changed again, only one winner can be announced now. Katniss and Peeta both eat a poisonous berry, not swallowing, when the Gamemakers change their minds again. They announce that Katniss and Peeta are winners, and they spit out the berries. They head back to a life full of interviews, crowds and important dinners. And then the book ends.

So now that I’ve told you the whole book in ten minutes, hope you read it for deets :D

~Morgie, a puffin~

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American Idol

Hello peeps!

Today I’ll be covering the nice week of American Idol we had. On Tuesday, we said “Hello!” to the top 12 girls, all of which did pretty good. My personal favs were Lacey (#7), Didi(#9) and Katy(#12). On Wednesday, we said “Hey!” to the top 12 guys, all of which SUCKED. Out of the twelve, the only ones who were any decent in my opinion were Tyler, Micheal, Casey and Tim. Four guys. Sucked. On Thursday, we said goodbye to Joe Munoz and Tyler Grady for the guys and Ashley Rodriguez and Janell Wheeler for the girls.

On another note, I’m bored. I was supposed to go to the movies with a friend, but she asked her mom and her mom forgot to ask my friend’s dad, and the dad was not okay with us going to the movies. I was mad. So, tonight I’ll be joining Mom and Dad in the grocery shopping. Not my idea of a fun night.

Meatball sandwiches for dinner! (I think…)

Bye!

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Help Haiti Bake Sale and Shaun :-D

Hello peeps :D How are you in there?

First, the Help Haiti Bake Sale. This is a bake sale that TAG, the teen adivisory group is holding to help the poor people of Haiti that got hit by a terrible earthquake last month. We sell cookies, brownies, whoopie pies, etc, trying to get money which we then donate to the American Red Cross for Haitian earthquake survivors. Last month we raised over 200 dollars for the survivors. We have already got 18 dollars from my grandma, Carol, my uncle, Micheal and Mrs. Brothers, a lady whose children participate in Shakespeare Club at the Library.

Next, Shaun! Shaun White, pro snowboarder, won gold :D I was so happy. He didn’t even have to take his second run, but I’m glad he did because he landed his McTwisty 1080. It was so cool! USA now has 20 medals, 6 of them gold. The lucky American gold winners are: Shaun White, 23, men’s snowboard halfpipe; Evan Lysacek, 24, men’s figure skating; Shani Davis, 27, men’s speed skating 1000 m; Lindsey Vonn, 25, women’s alpine skiing – downhill; Seth Wescott, 33, men’s snowboard cross; and Hannah Kearney, 23, women’s freestyle skiing – moguls. GO TEAM USA :D

That’s all :-D

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Book Review and the Olympics (and maybe a suprise)

Hi! Today I’m writing a book review about Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan boys by Kate Brian, author of the Private series and Fake Boyfriend. Well, the basic summary of the story is that Megan Meade, a sophmore in high school, moves to live with the McGowans when her parents, who are in the army, get called to South Korea. One problem: The McGowans have seven sons. Seven. Evan, Finn, Doug, Miller, Ian, Sean and Caleb are the seven sons of John and Regina, the parents. Megan is bummed and embarassed when she moves in: they find her bras and personal items, like a diary. She falls for two of the boys, makes a friend of one, and enemies of the other three. This book is funny, happy, sad and cool. I loved it.

The Olympics are here! I am rooting for Team USA, which as of right now has seven medals: one gold, two silver and four bronze. I am a Shaun White fan and can’t wait til Wednesday, when the men’s halfpipe is. I was excited when I found out that Charlotte Kalla from Sweden won the cross-country skiing, though. She’s amazingly fast.

Anyways, gotta go make tacos for dinner :D

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Math, The Farm and Percy

Hello :)

Okay, first off, math. Math is my least favorite subject in the world. In the world. I swear, I don’t hate it, it hates me. Anyways, this website, www.mathplayground.com, has some awesome games on it for up to high-school age. This site is so much fun! It makes math easy and tests all sorts of skills.

I’m sure you’re wondering what in the world The Farm is. The Farm, which is located in Summertown, TN is a eco-friendly vegetarian community. My friend Chloe goes to the Farm School, or the solar campus. Everything is solar-powered. {Hi Chloe :-) } We went down there yesterday to pick up a midwifery book my mom ordered. There is artwork and solar panels everywhere, horses, and people. It is so cool! If you live in this area, definetly take a trip down there sometime :-)

Now, I’m also sure you’re wondering, “Who in the world is Percy? And why is this chick blogging about him?” Well, I’ll tell ya. The new movie, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightning Thief, is coming out on Friday. I am going to see it on Saturday at 10 a.m. But, have you seen a picture of Logan Lerman, the star of the movie? Seriously, this kid is HOT. He starred in Hoot (a book by Carl Hiassen, turned into a movie, about owls) as Roy Eberhart, and now in Percy Jackson and the Olympians as Percy! And he’s cute! My favorite saying: “It’s just a pen…” :D

Pics! Here’s some links. First, Logan as Roy in Hoot: http://content7.flixster.com/photo/45/51/14/4551145_tml.jpg

And Logan currently: http://www.loganlermanonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/logan-lerman.jpg

Thanks!

~Morgie, a puffin~

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Five Paragraph Essays(Big Macs), Science and Valentine’s

Hello people of the world :) I’m back. Nice to see you again! *waves*

Five Paragraph Essays….are easy. For me, anyways. As most of you know, I am in a writing class with our children’s librarian, Miss Mecca. We call paragraphs “sandwiches”, so we call five paragraph essays “Big Macs.” Funny, huh. Anyways, I am writing on social statuses in the times of the Renaissance of Europe. I would love if anyone has URLs of good websites for info…thanks ahead of time.

Science….sucks. I strongly dislike my Plato Science program. It is Earth and Space science, and I am terrible. It takes me an hour or two….it really sucks and lowers my self-esteem. Anyways, the questions are difficult and a little over^^my head. Blech.

Valentine’s….is my favorite holiday :-) I love the colors red, pink and white, I love hearts and I  <3 love. Love, violin music, italian food and french kissing is in the air this week. I gave out valentines yesterday…it’s sooo much fun. I <3 glittery paper :-)

Talk to you later!

~Morgie, a puffin&hearts;~

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Cold!!

Okay, you know it’s cold when the low temps are below zero. The low last night was -2. Scary, huh? It’s been snowing, yesterday around 2 pm we had 1/2 an inch.

Sleepover tomorrow with Maddy!!! EEK!! We are so going to bounce on the trampoline in the snow…ha ha.

 

I’m such a gLeek…it’s not funny! I watch Glee all the time and I’m listening to their version of Sweet Caroline right now. My fave character is Rachel Berry, quote, ”Gold stars are kind of, my specialty.” Fichel all the way! (Finn+Rachel)

 

Goodbye for now,

~Morgie, a puffin~

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope everyone has a good, healthy, fun 2010. I have a prosperous 2009, and hope others have too. Well, it’s 2010, so the blog has gone..hmmm….three years. A funny fact about today…I beat my record of sleeping until 12:04 by an hour and 45 minutes…yeah, I was awakened by my mom&&dogs at 1:49 this afternoon. I was sooo tired because on Wenesday, I went to a friend’s house (hey laura) and spent the night, not going to sleep until 2:30 or 3:00….and waking up at 9:00. Then I stayed up until midnight (BARELY) and drank sparkling grape juice to celebrate. I brushed my teeth and such then slept and slept and slept. Hee. Hee.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR,

~Morgie, a puffin~

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