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Last day in Costa Rica!

Sorry I haven't gotten much of a chance to blog. Today is the last day in Costa Rica, and I think we are going zip lining in the rainforest(in Costa Rica, zip lining is like really intense).

On Sunday, I got food borne illness from the restaurant mentioned in the last post. I could tell it was from there, because I had the ribs. Three other kids also got the ribs AND the food poisoning. I got to practice more Spanish with people from the church.  We went to the church to help out with the kids and run programs with them.  It was alright, but it wasn't as good as it could have been because it was our team's first ministry and I wasn't feeling well.

Monday was our first ministry and we went to two schools. Schools in Costa Rica(most of them) are poorer and very different. We were allowed to speak openly about the gospel in most of the schools. We did our pre-prepared programs/skits and played games.  The first school was very small and only had about four classrooms. Pas…


um today we went to a ministry conference at the church. The church is very awesome. it is made out of two buildings with corrugated tin over the alley in between so the middle is like a giant hallway with the sides of the building hanging over. And the back looks out over what looks like a rainforest(even though it's in the middle of the city.)

For lunch we had awesome chicken with rice and coleslaw and beans. For dinner I had an amazing rack of ribs. But my appetite was ruined because the restaurant was showing a scary science fiction genetic experimentation movie and they had like live animals without skin that they were operating on and exploding rats. For those of you who know me, I'm sensitive to scary/disturbing books/media so it pretty much sucked. :(

Tomorrow we're going  back to the church and helping with the kids!
Love ya

PS. I am practicing my spanish. :) It's fun! It's like magic.

PPS. There was a lady twirling fire batons in the street.

I'm in Costa Rica!

Currently, I am typing from my hotel room as we undergo a very loud and scary thunder/lightning/rainstorm. Apparently this is common...just a few minutes ago there was a huge red flash and a sound like a gunshot. My dad said lighting struck something(not us.)

So far, our trip has been very blessed. Although we have had to wait around quite a bit. Yesterday, we got to the church and drove an hour to the airport, then waited in a bunch of lines in the airport until we finally got to the gate, then waited for about two hours at the gate before the plane took off at 1:35 AM. Fun times.

Insert eight-hour plane trip here.

I ate dinner yesterday at about 6:15 at home...Red eye flights are not my favorite :(. it's hard to sleep on a plane and also they don't serve dinner, so I didn't really eat again until about 7 the following morning(not counting Goldfish and two granola bars).

Then it was more running around with luggage and customs, and then we FINALLY got to the hotel.

Our ho…

Going to Costa Rica on a mission trip tomorrow! :D

Somehow I'm not as excited as I feel I should be..probably because it hasn't sunk in yet. I haven't even packed. XD Our flight is at like 1:30 AM on Friday, but we're leaving for the church at 8PM Thursday. We're going to be going and helping out at a conference, as well as organizing ministry programs in poor areas of Costa Rica.
I'm really looking forward to it! I LOVE traveling, everything about traveling, packing, airports <3, name it! 
Our trip is for 8 days...I'll be back July 1st. We DO have internet access some times, but I'm not sure how often we'll get to use it...Hopefully I will take a bunch of pictures and make blog posts!
I'm reading four books right now: Brisingr, A Tale of Two Pretties(The Clique), Ender's Shadow, and Fruits Basket 22...Like a BOSS.

Brisingr: This series definitely has improved from Eragon,methinks. I'm firmly settled in the story the way I settle into blankets on a warm day.…

Going to see Les Miserables this afternoon!

I'm so excited! Les Mis has been my favorite musical forever, and I know all the songs by heart, and..yeah. I watched the 25th anniversary concert on youtube. And I want to see the movie when it comes out!
Here's the movie trailer:

My favorite characters are Gaveroche and Eponine and always have been.


One of my favorite things about blogging is..

...looking back at all my old posts and all the memories. :) It's like a legit journal! This time last year was when my blog was really starting to pick up..I averaged ten comments on a post, booyah. (hitting 17-20 a few times, even). T'was awesome. I danced, but I hadn't really gotten into it. I didn't even have my precious WIP! :D I didn't read Maximum Ride or Harry Potter yet. I had just found out CVI was going to be in Orlando (again!) ! ! !.

One thing's similar...I have my post from last year two hours before the piano recital..and I have the June recital yet again tomorrow! Yay. Whoohoo. Allright.

Please pray for me..I practiced a ton for this recital, and I have a regular piece as well as a duet(even though I get to use the music on the duet.) I always have bad stage fright...sigh...Piano stage fright is one of my worst fears. :PPPP Like legitly.

Last year I was really into intense blogging too. Like in January, I had 34 posts, meaning AT LEAST one post…

"when the dark unfolds its wings/do you sense the strangest things?"

2011 NaNoWriMo WIP stands at 69, 687 words today...gahhh I'll never finish.

Character model for Katrin.
(sophiawilhelmina on deviantart..LOVE HER)

I've been reading it over, and good news, I don't think it's crap. It's still unpublishable for copyright reasons(EXTREMELY loosely based on a video series by my church) but I'm really proud of it. It's getting near the end..there are still like three or four major scenes not to mention all the transitions/conclusion...

Someone ought to make a blog post on expletives/insults that Christians can safely put in their stories. A list would be handy. ("Hades" in place of  the other word is really useful. it's really cheesy though. I'll probably take it out if I can think of something better. "Dang" is a nice substitute for you-know-what and not as crotchety sounding as "darn".)

I can't really find anything properly excerptable for now, so I'll pass on that.

I'm going to …

flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss{life update}.

I accomplished something on my bucket list last Monday...I've always wanted to be, just for once,  one of those people in black SUVs in sunglasses who play hip hop music really loudly and tick off everybody at the crosswalk.  Well, I was with one of my friends on the way home from Girl Scouts, and we were in her pickup truck. She asked me if I minded loud music and when I said no, she turned it up and we were totally awesome for like, three quarters of the song. Then it cut to a commercial for albertsons and my moment was ruined :(. I got a free half hour ballet private yesterday! It was amazing and totally God's doing. It was recital picture week and our studio was in total chaos. We had a sub, but nobody showed up for my class but me! I thought the teacher was just going to tell me to go home, but she offered to give me a private! I was so nervous cause I had never had one before, and I didn't think I was ready. It was really fun! She fixed a lot of my techni…

the world just got a million times more awesome

cover and first chapter of Mark of Athena released.

October 2nd, 2012 can't come fast enough.


(spoiler free) review-Uglies by Scott Westerfield

"Like The Hunger Games, it's set in a warped future with a totalitarian government, only here all the kids are forced to get plastic surgery instead of fighting each other to the death.
It's, er, a lot more exciting than I'm making it sound, though. Honest."
-Epbot Jen
Uglies is a 2005science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a futurepost-scarcitydystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16. It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society's enforced conformity, after her new found friends Shay and David show her the downsides to becoming a "Pretty". They show Tally how being a "Pretty" can change not only your look but your personality. Written for young adults, Uglies deals with adolescent themes of change, both emotional and physical. The book is the first installment in what was originally a trilogy, the Uglies series, which…