Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 28: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days

This thing was over really quickly. *sniff*.  But I'm happy because the first three months of the year are the worst, and only one more month to go!

I want to:
-finish editing my book
-Get all A's for the second semester of school!
-Read and read and read. Particularly Brian Jacques and Angie Sage.
-Learn lots of stuff. Like Greek and Photoshop.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 27: A physical feature you love


I'm having one of those days where it feels like everyone secretly hates me.

I'm reading the original Mysterious Benedict Society! I love it, but some parts creep me out. I like Milligan and Constance!

In response to your comments, no, I did not jump. XD. 

I had an okay piano test. Thanks for all your prayers!

A physical feature I love...hmm...

My face

My legs
My hair

Oh, I know! My arms!

I have really skinny hands and arms, from playing piano. My hands are so small, and you can see blood vessels and bones even through my Asian yellow skin. When I wiggle my fingers, you can see whatever-controls-your-fingers moving underneath the skin. And my hands are double-jointed. I don't know if that's attractive, but it is entertaining when I'm bored!

Please pray for allishmalli, one of my friends from The Lakehouse. Her church can't pay it's rent and is going to have to move out next week! Please pray that God sends a miracle and they either find a new, better, place or have to keep their old one. God causes change when change is needed. I still pray for them every time I pray.


Our church has moved once, from an elementary school to a high school. A lot of times I miss the old location, but it was for the better. I

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 26: A childhood memory

I just got back from biking to the library. It's freezing outside! Especially for dear old Southern Cali!

Today is my start-book-series day. I got Magyk(1st book of Septimus Prime series), The Mysterious Benedict Society(I already read the second book in the series), and Redwall(First book in the Redwall series), along with a book on Greek mythology and a PJatO graphic novel.

A childhood memory.. hm...gotta think about that.

I know.

This experience almost singlehandedly fostered my bravery and thirst for adventure.

I was taking this swim class when I was five or six, first learning to swim. After I passed all the levels, one of the final things was to jump off this diving board into this really deep pool.  It was super deep. Maybe 10 feet, 15 feet? There was an instructor sitting below in a noodle who said he would "catch" us. 

My firs thought was: "JUMPING JAMAICAN GYMNASTS! THAT'S A GAZILLION FEET DEEP! There is no way I'm jumping into that!" My second and third thoughts went pretty much the same way.

The instructor said "C'mon! Don't be scared! I'll catch you!"

I turned to mom.

"Didja hear that, mom? The guy said he's going to "catch" me. You're really falling for this?"He's going to "catch" me huh? Well, the other kids may have blindly trusted you with their lives, but no, this girl isn't going to be suckered by this unshaved guy in red swim trunks!"

She must not have heard me, because she said: "Go on. Don't be scared."

"Excuse me, mom? Didja hear me? Didja hear me? Do you want me to say it again?"

"You're holding up the line. Come on. I'll buy you a toy!"

Ooh. Now there was an offer. Almost willing to make me risk life and limb. But nah.

Those of you who know me and read my earlier sentences, may be thinking: "But, Amaranthine, you don't have a thirst for adventure. The most adventurous thing you've ever done was try that crab at that questionable Chinese restaurant! And that was just so you could have dessert!"

Yeah. Glad you realized that.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 25: A recipe

Can you believe this is almost over? *sniff* It passed so quickly.

I don't have it with me, but the BEST recipe for sugar cookies that you will ever find is in the back of  the Nate the Great And The Monster Mess children's book  by Marjorie Sharmat. Nate the Great is an awesome kids' series, and the recipe is great too!

One time we tried to make Star Wars cookies, but we didn't really pay much attention to things like the basic laws of baking, like keeping everything relatively the same size. So on one sheet we had a HUGE death star cookie the size of a dinner plate that wasn't cooked all the way, and a tiny lightsaber that was completely burnt.

The moderately sized ones, like the TIE fighter did okay.

The cause for most of my misery and stress.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 24: A movie no one would expect me to love

She's the Man.. I hate chick flicks. And that movie is like the chick flick of all chick flicks.

So no one would expect me to love it. And I don't! (The thingy didn't say I had to love it!)

PJatO has officially got me re-obsessed with Greek mythology. I'm looking out for Greek references EVERYWHERE. Yesterday I saw:

1 Janus reference
2 Omegas
1 Triton reference

I was reading the Odyssey today for fun. The real-but-translated version.
I logged on to Wikipedia to see if I could teach myself Greek. I teach myself a lot.
Then I saw this:

Ολοι οι άνθρωποι γεννιούνται ελεύθεροι και ίσοι στην αξιοπρέπεια και τα δικαιώματα. Είναι προικισμένοι με λογική και συνείδηση, και οφείλουν να συμπεριφέρονται μεταξύ τους με πνεύμα αδελφοσύνης.
And I was like, no.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
There's a joke about this.

Three guys are talking at dinner, and they begin talking about this. 
The first guy asked: "What do you want people to say at your funeral? I want people to say I was a great family man and leader of my family."
The second guy said: "I want people to say I was a great man of God. I want them to say that I lived my life to the fullest and served God the best I could here on earth."
The third guy thought a minute and said: "I want them to say: 'Look, he's moving!'"

Ha ha.

I want to give someone the password to my blog, or facebook, if I ever get one. That way they could keep on updating after I die and freak people out.

But seriously. I want people to remember me for how much I loved others, even when they were hard to love. Because that's the most important thing, isn't it?

Oh yeah. And my favorite actress, Annasophia Robb will be starring in a new Christian movie! It's called Soul Surfer about a 13 year old who was attacked by a shark while she was surfing.

She's so pretty. :) She's how I imagine my novel MC. If she looks familiar, she was also in Race to Witch Mountain, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Because of Winn Dixie.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Going to dance to see Satya and Nancy again. Wish me luck.

Oh! And our choreographer/teacher, Kellie,has some youtube videos! We're going to be using part of this routine:

I don't know where this video was taken, but it's not at the studio. This isn't my dance class.

Day 22: A website

I was going to do The Lakehouse, but Jedi~chick beat me to it.

I loathe Tumblr, but this is one of my favorites.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 21: Something you do differently
You know, that's an interesting question.
I don't really have many bizarre quirks. I like things to be neat and clean, but not OCD like, just normal-girl like.

I guess I think about limitations differently than most people. To me, limitations aren't walls, just hurdles. Like in piano, if I can't play a particular section because it's a tricky rhythm, I'm not going to go all: "Oh, I suck at this section, too bad, hope I don't fail at the recital!" I practice using different methods until I CAN play the thing!

It would seem obvious to most people for piano, but for me it expands to other things. Like art. When I realized that I failed at art, I began practicing and now I still fail, but I'm improving. When I couldn't do my splits, I practiced being flexible until I could do them.

It sometimes annoys me. People are like "Oh, I can't do this, I wish I could!" or "Oh, I'm so bad at this! I wish I was better!" And I'm like: "Well?"(as in, so what are you going to do about it?) And they give me a funny look back. I guess they didn't want it as badly as I thought.

An example:
Satya(remember her? Grr!) from dance class was watching our teacher do all three of her splits, and she said: "Wow! I wish I could do those." Back when she used to talk to me, she would watch me warm up before dance class and say: "I wish I were as flexible as you." 

Sometimes flexibility is genetic, but not often. She should see me practice every day! She doesn't even try very hard in class, so I doubt she practices much at home. Does she think flexibility will just randomly fall out of the sky?

That's my problem. When I can't do or get something, I start scheming up ways to get or do them. Because to me, the whole world's fair game.

Normally my plan fails and I get all frustrated and cry. Like one time I wrote an essay in the wrong person accidentally and my teacher wanted me to switch it to third person. So I wrote the teacher a long and sentimental email on why she should just let me turn it in the way it was. It was a good email. I must have worked harder on the email then on the essay itself.

Her response went something like: "Shut up, and switch all your pronouns to third person." Not in those words, exactly.



I have been gone all weekend(Day 19 and 20)

Been very, very, busy! My cousins were awesome, but they only stayed one night. We might go camping soon, though. Now I have a lot of posting to catch up on. And commenting, of course.

Day 19: A talent
A lot of people feel that they are not good at anything. That is not the case with me. I might stink at drawing, writing, blogging, dancing, or playing the piano, but I will always be good at toasting things. I never toast too much or too little. I'm good at judging how long and hot to toast something based on how thick and big it is. Everything I toast comes out crispy and golden....<3. Sometimes I'm convinced that toasting is my spiritual gift...

Day 20: A hobby
I am TERRIBLE at art. That is the one area of my life that has whomped me. But my hobby is teaching myself to get better at art.   So I doodle every spare moment, look up tutorials on the computer, etc. Here are some random stuff I've doodled. My favorite favorite type of art is realistic pencil drawing. <3 heck with color.
Two hands and a nose:
Hmm. It looks better in real life.

Oh, and I had two dreams last night. The first was that I met Qui and Endor in real life. Endor had really platinum blond hair. It was weird. The second was about Nico and Bianca Di Angelo. Bianca was only about five years old though. She stole this necklace from like a gift shop and people got mad at her. Then my brothers didn't like Nico and started chasing us around. I could jump really high. I jumped from the ground to the top of our house and down again to our fence.

I'll post again later.


Friday, February 18, 2011

:D(Day 18), responding to comments!

 This is how your lovely comments make me feel.

Thank you for all your comments! They are definitely helping me recover. Leave more! XD

Jedi~Chick: I'm glad you liked the post! The third book is definitely my favorite. The loudness of our  band depends on the drummer. When Rebecca(a girl my age) is drumming, it's okay, but when Connor(this big burly senior guy) is drumming, I think my ears are going to explode from all the noise!

Qui: Yes! Read Percy Jackson again! And again! And again!

Eldra: Yes, our band leader Jonny sings this song better than Chris Tomlin, at least in my book. :) He has a really soothing voice.

Abby aka The Director: (Hugs back). Yes, Janus is everywhere! My favorite minor god is Hecate, just because of her name. Say it! HECK-ah-tee.

Migillicuty: PJatO too modernized? Is there such a thing? But I thought it made a lot of sense, with "the flame of the west" moving and all that.

Endor: Yes! Read them!

Leia: Eyiheehee. What did she say?

Right now I'm in the hyper enthusiastic mood, encouraged by the meat eating horses in Battle of the Labyrinth.

I lost hope when I saw the horses’ teeth.

As I got closer to the fence, I held my shirt over my nose to block the smell. One stallion waded through the muck and whinnied angrily at me. He bared his teeth, which were pointed like a bear’s.

I tried to talk to him in my mind. I can do that with most horses.

Hi, I told him. I’m going to clean your stables. Won’t that be great? 
Yes! The horse said. Come inside! Eat you! Tasty half-blood! 
But I’m Poseidon’s son, I protested. He created horses.

Usually this gets me VIP treatment in the equestrian world, but not this time.

Yes! The horse agreed enthusiastically. Poseidon can come in, too! We will eat you both! Seafood! 
Seafood! The other horses chimed in as they waded through the field.

That right there is one of my favorite passages.
 Apparently, I have to write about a time I felt passionate and alive.
About what?

Most of the time, I am either a.) hyper and excited for no reason(aka now) b.) moody and depressed for no reason c.) happy for a particular reason or d.) scared out of my wits.
Don't ya just love teenage hormones?

I'm guessing "passionate and alive" is somewhere between c.) and d.)

c.) moments
Starting the Lakehouse
People leave happy comments
I win something
I do something nice
Someone does something nice to me.

We have udon noodles for dinner
All my work is done and no stress
We are on vacation
Long weekends!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

d.) moments
I have to play piano at a competition or test.
I mess up big time.
Something I did a long time ago comes back to haunt me

Who made these questions? Come out here where I can see you!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 16: An art piece.

:D I reread three Percy Jackson books today. And listened to the audiobooks.
*Kreamasuzi on DeviantArt
Percy Jackson boys. Nico refused to be seen in orange, so they had to dye his coat brown. Kreamasuzi has a strange obsession with Ethan(far left). I don't know why. Boo, Ethan!

*Kreamasuzi on DeviantArt
Cute! Cute cute cute.

PJatO(hefty acronym) has really changed my view of Greek Mythology. I used to be really into it when I was younger(I read the whole Odyssey) but PJatO reawakened it. There are Greek influences EVERYWHERE. My recent spotting was a Janus reference in a fashion junk magazine I was reading.

PJatO also has a special meaning to me. I was imagining what it would like to be a half blood, and which god I would want to be my father/mother. I would really like to be a daughter of Athena, but the PJatO Apollo is so much like me it's scary. I make up random poems!

But then it hit me. I didn't need to imagine what it would be like to be a child of a god because I already am! As Dionysus would say, "Well, duh!"  And our God is so much awesomer than all those Greek ones. Well, he's a lot more loving. He's not bound by stupid ancient laws. He's actually perfect. He will never love me any more or any less than he does now, because His love isn't based on what I do.

He will give us powers beyond imagination, if we will just have faith. In Battle of the Labyrinth, Hephaestus said about Daedalus: "Once a person is broken, you can't fix him."

God can do that. God can fix people and take what was shattered and make it whole again. He's the God of EVERYTHING.

And He's my father. <3


I am sick.

I think viruses go over the internet. I hope Padme gets better from her strep throat!

An art piece? What is that? XD It's no fun being sick, even if you get to sit in bed all day and only come down for meals.

Oh, I just have a cold, but I had a fever of 100 yesterday.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I am happy(Day 16)

Thanks for all your kind comments on the other post. It makes me feel better. (stews in anger) Uh, yeah.

Whales! They always manage to make me feel better. (sniff) And Nico. and Star Wars. And fish and seals.

I have a sore throat.
But I'm happy, because my cousins Caleb and Alex are coming this weekend. They're the cousins closest to my age. They're awesome! They live up in Northern California and are coming down for Christmas. They're neutral about Star Wars and Percy Jackson, but they love Adventures in Odyssey, just like I do.  Here's a transcript of a typical chat.

 me: go read percy jackson.
 Caleb: no.
 me: why not
 Caleb: no.
9:05 PM 
 Caleb: 2 busy
 me: and whne you do,
 Caleb: whine? wine? when?
9:06 PM me: and WHINE you do.
  says yoda
 Caleb: no, "and when whine, you do,"
9:07 PM The reason I don't want to read Percy Jackson is because, by your own confession, he is a seaweed brain.
 me: Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.
9:08 PM Caleb: reading certain things is an instant turn-off anywhere.
 me: "turn off"
9:09 PM this does not fit in with my analogy
  i reject it.
 Caleb: certain things meaning Seaweed head books.
  like percy jackson
 me: Seaweed BRAIN
9:10 PM ooh ooh ooh ooh
  did you hear the ads for the new album of adventures in odyssey
 Caleb: A list of all the words within brain
 me: rain?
 Caleb: ran
 me: air
 Caleb: ban
 me: nab
 Caleb: nab
9:11 PM you stole mine!
 me: Mine was first.
 Caleb: rib
 me: ooh, barn is a good one
 Caleb: thank you, [bow], thank you
9:12 P
 Caleb: My mom forgot who played in the super bowl.

9:15 PM Caleb: speaking of T, did you know that the world record for centipede (video game) is 16,389,547 points?
9:16 PM I bet you didn't know that
now you are a bit smarter
you're welcome
 me: I'm not sure I knew that.
  I'm not sure I know that now.
 Caleb: I bet you didn't know that
now you are a bit smarter
you're welcome
9:17 PM me: Would you like a list of seaweeds in South Africa?
 Caleb: I'll give you two guesses.
 me: gee, thanks.
 Caleb: Wow! first try!
 me: They are in kingdom Plantae!
 Caleb: I would never have guessed that plants are in the plant kingdom
9:19 PM me: PlantAE
  Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?
 Caleb: a ae ae am aA ae arum is as is
  o s t mus tis nt
9:20 PM me: Unk?
 Caleb: Bok?
 me: Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?
9:21 PM Caleb: If we must.
 me: Thank you.
9:22 PM I really appreciate it
 Caleb: now that we have agreed upon the assumed points, we may continue with the debate.
 me: Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
9:23 PM Caleb: No, but I do feel like a plastic bag wanting to be turned into usable energy by a machine some Japanese guy came up with.
 me: Ah.
  Do you ever wonder where butterflies go at night?
 Caleb: Sleep?
9:24 PM me: Do you ever think that they become mosquitos?
 Caleb: umm...
  they shrink and get big noses?
9:25 PM umm lemme think ummm NO
 me: good night
  g2g to bed
  read percy jackson
9:26 PM Caleb: Bye  It would be really sad if I was sick when they came. :'(. 
A song that makes me cry....well, I love listening to sad songs, but when you listen to them too many times, they loose their effect.
Here are some that I love:

Ooh, here's my new favorite song:


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What did I ever do to you? (Day 15)


I'm in a cranky mood because of something that happened at dance. Okay, so I have this "friend" named um, lets call her Nancy.

And there's this, um, other person named Satya. I never did anything to her, but she really gets on my nerves all the time. She always wears the wrong clothes to dance, like, skinny jeans and fancy shirts. She doesn't try very hard and always talks. She has short hair that will not stay up in a bun or ponytail, and she's always taking breaks to fix her hair and clothes. She has this weird grin that gets me in a bad mood too, like she's grinning about biting my head off.

And the teacher was dividing us into groups and I was confused at what I was supposed to do, and Nancy and Satya were both annoyed at my ignorance and trying to explain things to me. After I finally figured it out...
well, here, here's a transcript.

Satya(stares at me, loud, sarcastic voice): "What's wrong with her?"
Nancy(Takes a looonng look at me. Takes a loonng look at Satya. Speaks slowly.): "A lot of things."

Well, perdoneme.
 I exist, you know. I have ears.  And they work.

What did I ever do to you?

I would expect this from Satya. She's had it in for me since I accidentally butted into her conversation with the teacher and started talking about ballet when they were talking about bracelets. But Nancy's supposed to be my friend.

And later, when it was time to pick partners, Nancy partnered with someone else and not me!

I'm trying to remember what I did to her. Well, earlier we were talking about cookies and I gave her some tips and patted her on the head. Maybe my tips sounded a little thick headed. But she was shy! I told her not to be shy.

Okay, this is not "bullying". They're both smaller and younger than me. But what did I do? I like to be on good terms with everybody.

Oh, yeah, I have to pick someone I admire. Well, I'm not in a real positive mood right now. Not Nancy. And not Satya. Probably my mom and dad. And Percy Jackson and my grandmother. And Leia and Mon Mothma and Mina Bontarri.


And what do I say when I see them next week?

No, I'm not 8, but comments like that hurt whether you're 13 or 30. I'll hopefully be over it tomorrow. I pirouetted into her accidentally. Does that count as a satisfying form of revenge?

I am the worst blogger in the whole world.....

 Good morning!
Ever since this February "Challenge" thing started, I've been getting lazier and lazier. Sigh. It's not that I don't have post ideas. I have lots of post ideas. I just never get around to writing them. I've been doing heavy Percy Jackson Audiobook listening, piano practicing(3 hours a day), schoolwork-doing, movie-watching, fanart-browsing, etc. And that leaves me like this, during the daytime:

I'm a terrible digital artist, because I have nearly no mouse control at all. I can draw okay regular, though. Look, a five second sketch of Zoe and Juniper in my Spanish notebook:

I can draw much better given time and reference pictures, mind you.

Oh, and last week I was spending a disproportionate amount of time working on The Lakehouse Newsletter. Do you want to see it? Go to, "Welcome", and "Newsletter".

One of my drawing inspirations? Burdge_bug on DeviantArt:

Katniss, Ginny Weasley, and Annabeth.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Day :!4: A vacation you would like to take.Today I was going to post..

a very scalding review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie.
But in honor of Valentine's Day, I will save it for tomorrow.
You're welcome.

I watched How To Train Your Dragon last night. I was pretty surprised by it. The movie is spectacular, and may be Dreamworks best movie yet. I hope everyone gets a chance to see it!

Maybe I will post a review later.

Life is too short not to wear red shoes is having a giveaway.
You know, this is an interesting question.
Because in two years then my extended family is planning a trip. The location hasn't been decided yet. Everyone in the whole family gets one secret vote on where. Anywhere in the whole world. (Right now we are just voting on specific areas, like "Europe" or "Central America"
I haven't decided where to vote yet. If I can get my immediate family to agree on a location, we might make the decision because we are the largest immediate family in the extended family.
So where?

I was going to vote for The Cayman Islands, but I've already been to the Caribbean, and I wanted to go somewhere where I haven't gone before. So I think we should go to Europe, like around France and England, and hit up a bunch of countries at once. After all, members of the family have already gone and know what to see!

What do you think?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

OH, and

One of the youth pastors at my church and my brothers small group leader published a fantasy book! It's his first, and you can get it at Barnes and Nobles!

He sent it to about 30 publishers  before it got accepted!
You can see some of it here!,+Unicorns,+and+Mark+Kurrian&source=bl&ots=xXH8tGX2Gl&sig=hO2itW1N3td0FldlMKfAwPeDyjo&hl=en&ei=kntYTfyLF4i-sQOIo82cDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CE0Q6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false

It's part one of a series. He got a deal for the whole series! Here's the website for the series. LOL, his pic on the author bio doesn't look like him!

He started writing when he had cancer.

Day 13: A guilty pleasure.

Not even good magazines, like Star Wars Insider. Junk magazines.
See, the people that had our house before we moved in had a hair salon. And magazine companies give their extra magazines to hair salons. So we get tons of free magazines. And I read them:
We get(for free):

Real Simple
Us Weekly
Cosmopolitan(I don't read this one. XP)
Elle(I don't read this one)
Teen Vogue
Glamour(I don't read this one either)
All You
Weight Watchers
Modern Bride
In Style
Food-Martha Stewart
All You
All kinds of random magazines that we only get once.

We have no subscription to any magazines except Linux Journal(for my dad). I wonder when they will stop? Will they?

It's very irregular. We used to get People every week, but now we get it rarely. We stopped getting Real Simple for about a year, but now we get it again. I love Real Simple! :D Oh, we used to get Good Housekeeping and Family Fun. We don't get those anymore. I miss them! :'(

It's fun getting at least something in the mail every day, And I take it up to my room and read when I have a spare moment. And then I procrastinate throwing it away. I never reread them because we get something else every day. I have literally a big ol laundry basket in my room full of procrastinated, beat up US Weeklys. I should go throw them out.

I see the magazine aisles in the store and I'm like, people pay money for these? I just threw out a ton after tripping over them!


PS. Alex-Ha! Hopefully your bride lets you choose the song.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 12: A song you want played at your wedding

Okay, so my plan to watch "Witches of the Mist" "The Lightning Thief" and "Inception" in one night worked great!

Well, sort of.

First, I watched "Witches of the Mist" on the computer while my parents began Inception on the TV. It was only half an hour, so then I started "The Lightning Thief when that was over. About halfway through, I stopped and watched the second half of Inception upstairs.

Yeah, so Inception finished around 11:30, and I went to bed brain dead and confused. And I dreamed about Medusa and cornbread.

Don't worry, we have the Inception DVD and I have The Lightning Thief on the computer so I can actually watch the actual full movies sometime.

Okay, on to the post.
I want Star Wars music, but Across the Stars is too sad. At my funeral would be good for that song. So most likely, "The Throne Room."

Non Star Wars, I love the song "They Say It's Wonderful" from Annie Get Your Gun.

"Wedding Day at Trouldhaugen" by my favorite composer, Edvard Grieg:

Anyways, Inception was a good movie. The Lightning Thief, not as good. I didn't like it. I tried to avoid comparing it to the book, but even by itself I thought it was pretty poor. The characters were completely different, both inside and out. The only good part was Luke. The Luke in the movie was pretty awesome. But they took out:
Mr. D
The Oracle
All the campers
:( And what they didn't take out, they changed drastically.
Oh, and lets just say you won't understand the Wikipedia article on Inception until you've actually seen the movie. I totally recommend Inception though.

I still love Percy Jackson! And Nico! :)


Friday, February 11, 2011

Return of the Jedi

Day 11: A photo of you taken recently

I don't feel like putting up pictures of myself. I need to keep my "mystique" or what's left of it, anyway.
Actually, there is a recent picture of me on this blog. See if you can find it.

I'll just put up more baby pictures. :P

Oh, and the treehouse gang is having a giveaway. Woot. Go check it out!
That's my little brother on the table.

Well these aren't baby pictures. These are more like toddler pictures.

With my OTHER little brother.

Those pictures were awesome, right? Well here's even more awesome pictures!

It's Nico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 <3 <3. This picture is so awesome! I want a poster of it!He doesn't look twelve though.

He didn't color this one! He colored one of Piper though! It's not fair.

Ethan and Luke, dressed in preppy anime style clothes.

Oh, and I found this cool creepy pastel of Luke/Kronos. I won't post it here though.I'm in a major Percy Jackson phase. Can you tell?

If they make more movies and the characters don't look like this I will cry. :( Even though Nico is supposed to be italian, and that picture looks very un Italian.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 10: A picture of yourself taken over ten years ago.

I had fun trying to find the oldest picture of me I could find.
 I still have both those stuffed animals. :)

In other news, Grand Moff Tarkin will be appearing in The Clone Wars! What about Admiral Daala? I can only dream....


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 9: A picture you took

Heehee. At the USS. Midway.

A pretty lake!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed my life.

This letter is for my mom. It is long overdue.

Dear Mom,

There is a quote "One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters", by George Herbert. I believe you can relate to this! You've homeschooled me and my brothers for our entire lives! I wanted to say thank you for taking a job that is 24/7 but sometimes seems to have such little payoff. Thanks for being my mother and helping to realize, every day, my true potential as a child of God.

Some people have wondered at your decision to home school for our entire lives. We hear all the usual questions, mostly involving socialization and college and can we go to school in our pajamas?  But I'm so glad you did. I often wonder, if I had gone to public school, who would I be today? Would I still blog, dance, play piano? Would I even like Star Wars? GASP. The best years of my life were when Daddy worked at home, you homeschooled us, and we were just one family together all the time. Now things are a bit crazier, but we're all surviving,  After all, childhood is the foundation on which our entire life is built. And life is the test where our eternities our built. You knew better than to trust that foundation on a stranger!

You continue to do so much for us. I still wonder when you get up early in the morning, chase us all off the computer and make us do schoolwork, and alternately cook lunch while helping one brother with fractions and the other with Chinese homework, and do the laundry and bug me about my Spanish grades. Then, after lunch break, you chase us off the computer again and coach us through piano practice, chauffeur us wherever we need to go, and come back just in time to cook dinner! And after dinner, cleaning up the whole house while listening to your soundtrack of "Phantom of the Opera" over and over again. I don't want to tell you what sort of dreams I got while falling asleep to "Past the Point of No Return", but you get the idea.

You always supported me in everything I did or wanted to do. You encouraged me to take advantage of every opportunity I came across, whether it be giving a speech, playing piano in a competition, or entering an essay contest. I'll always remember when I practiced and practiced for a singing audition but was too nervous to actually audition when the day came. You were disappointed, but you assured me I would get another opportunity to do other things. When I entered the speech contest, and won, and gave the speech in front of 200+ 8th graders at 8th grade graduation, I was thinking of that day, and how glad I was that you emailed me that opportunity.   

Children often thank their parents for "letting them be themselves." Well, I want to thank you for helping me make myself.   You helped me learn that with God's help we can be anything, overcome anything, and become the person God dreamt up for us. 

I look forward to my future, the near future in becoming an adult, and the eternal future in heaven. God help me, I will stand up and make the most out of it. If I fall, I'll stand back up and learn from it, because of this strong foundation you and Dad and God laid down.

Thank you.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 7: Something you can't live without.

When people ask me this I normally say something sarcastic, like "Oxygen" or "Amino Acids" or "Mitochondria."
But my sarcastic function is running a little low, so I would have to say the obvious, "God", and the slightly less obvious "The Internet", and the slightly less obvious "Reading", and "Darths and Droids" and "Music" and "Writing" and "Love" and "Star Wars."

My brain doesn't seem to be working today.
Eggplant penguins.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive. (Galapagos!)

UPDATE: oh yeah. You probably can't see the pictures. Don't worry, I'll have it fixed.

Why are weekends always so CRAAZY?
We kicked it off with a Friday Night Children's ministry summit at church. Atina went. I spent Saturday alternately folding clothes, chatting on The Lakehouse, and stressing over my recital. At the recital, I sorta forgot how to start my piece and spent quite a while trying to find the right notes. It was terrible. I had this conversation about it on The Lakehouse.

 Amaranthine : hey jedi chick
Amaranthine : i had my recital!
Amaranthine : I couldn't start my piece
Amaranthine : i kept playing the wrong notes
Jedi~Chick : Aww, other than that, did everything go ok?

Well, I personally didn't see how it could get any worse, but okay...yeah, it was fine. It was my mom's birthday, so we went to California Fish Grill for dinner. We got home at like, 11. The next day(today) we left the house at 7 AM to go to church. There is a new children's ministry director. Then we went to a party. Then we went to go shopping, and we didn't get home until six. 

The challenge thing. Right. 

Well, I don't really see how you could just relive a moment. Because it would be over really fast, don't you think? But if there was a part of my life I would want to relive, it would be our vacation to the Galapagos Islands a couple of years back. It was amazing.

It was on a little boat, with only 16 people. It would sail to a different island each night, for hiking or snorkeling or anything.

 And it sailed during the day sometime, so I would just sit on the deck chairs flying over the ocean, with the big frigatebirds only a couple feet above my head, soaring on the updraft from the boat. It was during the afternoon, and the sun was pretty on the water, and we could see the dark shapes of the different  islands and looking out for sea turtles and dolphins. 

Or sleeping at night on my bunk, listening to the sound of the ocean and the comforting rumble of the engines.

Or getting up super early, and standing on the deck surveying where we were anchored at our new location. Watching the glorious sun come up over the water, and the birds flying around. And no one else but us.
The water was clear, and there was always fish in the water that we could see. One time there were sharks that we got to feed.

And the very first time we went snorkeling, with sea lions and reef and fish and turtles and eels.
And all the passengers gathering in the dining room going over the highlights of the day. To tell you the truth, the hiking was my least favorite part. It was still cool to walk right up to the fearless animals. No animals ran away from you. They just sat there. They weren't used to humans scaring them off(you aren't allowed to.)

Here are some pictures. 
Nothing in the Galapagos is afraid of people. You don't have to sneak up on animals to get good shots.


The early morning beauty I was talking about.


 Lots and lots of marine iguanas. We were this close to them. They don't care. They just stared at us and yawned. "Oh, more tourists?"
A video. Galapagos penguins. You can snorkel with them. They are curious. They swim right up to you and peck at your gear!

When we woke up one morning, there were sharks in the water. The cook let us feed them with fish scraps. My dad put his underwater camera on a pole and took some pictures.
ooh, colorful iguana.

Okay, I definitely need to do a separate post on this. The trip was a week long. And there are a ton of video clips and pictures of sharks and penguins and things. More later!

Oh, these pictures are my dad's by the way. Also he narrated the penguin video.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 5: A favorite quote.


If there's another thing I collect more than names, it's quotes. So here's what I'll do-five favorite non-star wars quotes and five Star Wars quotes-that I haven't posted here before. I know, it says "a"-just thank me for not posting a whole book of quotes.

Here goes:
"Reality is for people who lack imagination."
"When I'm right, no one remembers, and when I'm wrong, no one forgets."

"Health is merely the slowest possible rate one can die."

"A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic."

Tahiri: "That's funny."
Corran: "Funny ha ha or funny we're about to die?"
Tahiri Veila and Corran Horn, sizing up the situation on Yuuzhan'tar[src]
Tahiri: "Remember, you're supposed to be training me. What does the wise Jedi do in a situation like this?"
Corran: "The wise Jedi avoids situations like this.
"You know impossible is what Rogue Squadron does best of all."Corran Horn, to Admiral Ackbar[src]
  • I-5YQ: "See that landspeeder parked behind you?"
  • Den Dhur: "Yes."
  • I-5YQ: "Call it the past."
  • Den Dhur: "Why?"
  • I-5YQ: "Because it's behind you. See that trash bin ahead of you? That's the future."
  • Den Dhur: "For you, maybe. I try to be more optimistic."

  • 2JTJ: "Master Tahl! Please slow down! I must assist!"
  • Tahl: "Get lost! I'm in a hurry!"
  • 2JTJ: "I cannot get lost, sir. I'm a navigation droid."

  • "Time for blaster safety lesson #1... Pointing a blaster at me isn't safe."
    Plourr Ilo[src]
     This is six. Oh well.

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Day 4: Favorite TV program

     Good Morning!
    Come to think of it, I don't watch much TV either.

    Scratch that, I don't watch ANY TV. I don't even watch TCW on the TV. But The Clone Wars is my favorite TV show.
    We know the titles and dates of the episodes after the Mortis Trilogy!
    I'll put the dates and titles on The Lakehouse Calendar!

    We have...

    "The Citadel" on February 18th


    "Counter Attack" on March 4th

    Sounds exciting!

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    About Me(attempt no. 687)

    I am posting partly because a bunch of extended family members might possibly be seeing this, and partly to torture the people who vowed to comment on every post they read for the entire month of February. }:) Let's see if they can keep it up.

    Hi, and welcome to my blog! If you are here, you are awesome. I post about Star Wars, writing, and other stuff. 

    Follow me! (revolutionary chorus plays in the background) A little bit about me:

    Amaranthine Scylla Degada is a pianist, dancer, writer, reader, and Killer of Plants who still wishes she had been born a duck. She has very widespread interests and has a tiny smidgen of talent in almost every field except art and gardening. 

    As of February Third, 2011 she has written one novel and countless short stories with no plot. She has two pets, ahem, younger brothers.

    She lives in a nice big white house surrounded by daisy and rose bushes and scrawny fruit trees which only survive because her grandmother comes every week to take care of them.

    She loves Star Wars and has read almost every Star Wars novel published. She is a Christian who believes that life passes way too quickly, which is why she still has trouble writing "2008" on her school assignments.

    For more information, read about me on the ongoing, never ending,  sometimes-insensible February "challenge."

    Day 3: A favorite book

    What sort of crazy question is this?

    I can't wait to get to the good questions. Why are they all at the end? This isn't interesting for people to read. I'm being bored just writing it.

    I like: and lots of other Star Wars books.,%20To%20Kill%20A%20Mockingbird_files/0446310786.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

    Actually, this was fun.

    I'm trying to think of some more. Well, if I don't remember it, it couldn't have been that good, could it?

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011


    I know what this is. I know how it works. I just never joined because I didn't see what was in it for me. All the popular stories are Paranormal or Romance. Which is great, but I don't read or write those.  Except for Mariella's <3.
    You might see Mariella around my blog sometime. She goes to my school and she's on the top 15 list.(Autumn of Secrets.) You should read it! It's amazing!

    What I want to know is, what's so good about this? There doesn't seem to be a point in rising a rank or two if your story is still stuck in the 500+ zone.