Monthly Archives: October 2010


So for my English class if we took a picture of ourselves in a Halloween costume and wrote 1-2 paragraphs about it we would get 5 bonus points. I decided to be Paul McCartney because I am a huge Beatles fan and I had the Hofner bass from Beatles Rock Band to make it complete. Here is a picture. I even held the bass how you would hold it if you were left-handed, which felt wrong since I am right-handed.

We got 18 trick or treaters today! That’s the most that have come to our house ever. My favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Twix. I used to not like dark chocolate but now I do. I didn’t go trick or treating. I just did this for the extra credit.

I’m about halfway done with the sleeves before the sleeve cap. Or, I’ve done about half of the sleeve increases. I don’t have a picture because the batteries on my camera died and I was too busy knitting to take a picture with my mom’s camera.

I am super pumped for NaNoWriMo! I came up with a plot yesterday thanks to the generators at Seventh Sanctum. I’ve been writing every day at, which is where you write 750 words of anything, whatever is on your mind, every day, and my WPM have increased. I think it helped to write everyday because then I can get warmed up for NaNoWriMo. My streak is up to 9 days! Also, it is fun because it analyzes your writing with some emotion thing or something.



Today was the windiest day ever. Holy cow. I woke up at 6:57am today and all I heard was wind and rain. About 15 minutes later, it got REALLY loud so I looked out my window. It was epic. It was raining and the wind was blowing and it nearly looked like a hurricane or something! They said the chance of thunderstorms was “near 100 percent” but I heard nothing. So I was woken up by the wind before I had to wake up, because I didn’t have class until 1. It’s okay though. 🙂

Since it was so cold and blustery we decided to make soup for supper. We made Turkey Vegetable Soup and it was just the thing for  a day like today! I wanted to make the Pioneer Woman’s Corn Chowder with Chiles but I was outvoted. Then we had Crescent Rolls with the soup. I LOVE Crescent Rolls. They’re so buttery and flaky and OMG. I could have eaten all of them but I only had one.

I started the sleeves on my CPH but my camera’s batteries died so I don’t have a picture. I’m at the very end of the 1st cable repeat, and I’m doing them 2 at a time. I’m glad I decided to do it that way because:

1. They’ll be the same length, exactly.

2. No second sleeve syndrome.

This is a crappy picture of the waves at the lake. They were huge!

Here is my dog Jasmine in the car. I love it when I get pictures of her licking her nose. It’s so cute!

My ukulele

I thought since my life has been pretty boring the past two days (with school) I would post about my ukulele.

Its name is Mr. Uke and it is a Lanikai LU-21. I got it for Christmas last year, along with the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1.

I wanted a ukulele because I like Ingrid Michaelson, who plays a ukulele. I saw her in concert last October, which was amazing! Also, Kate Micucci was on Scrubs playing her ukulele, and George Harrison played ukuleles. I just think ukuleles are neat.

The first Beatles song I learned to play on my ukulele was Something by the Beatles. I used the chords I found here. I love playing this song!

My ukulele was my demonstration for my 4-H club this past year. This was a big achievement for me because I played (and sang!) All My Loving by the Beatles in front of people. Normally I don’t like singing in public, but I did it!

My second favorite song to play is Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. (Are you sensing a theme here? I love the Beatles!) After several months of practice, I have it memorized! Well, actually, I mostly play the first page of it and leave it at that.

I made a cardboard ukulele in February 2009. It took me two hours and it matches up really nicely to my real ukulele. I was inspired to make a cardboard one after I participated in the 4-H Music & Drama Festival. One club made cardboard instruments for their play. So the next day I found some cardboard from a shoebox and found the measurements of a ukulele. Here is the end result.

I brought my ukulele to school on my last day of school in June so I could show it to my band teacher. Unfortunately, many people were talking during my band class that day (we had a party or “celebration of life”) so it was hard to hear the ukulele. I never realized how quiet one ukulele was until I brought mine to school. My band teacher came to my graduation party, though, so he was able to listen to it then.

My third favorite song to play is the Tetris theme song. Other songs I like are Scarborough Fair from my ukulele book and Hey Jude by the Beatles.

At the John Green book event in Waupaca, we were talking to some other Nerdfighters while waiting for the event to begin. A few of them have ukuleles, which is AWESOME.

That’s all I have to say about my ukulele. I’ll end this with a updated photo of my Central Park Hoodie.

Also, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo! It’ll be my third year. I was kind of unsure whether I would have enough time, but I have tons of time in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I should be able to make it work. Also, John Green is one of the authors who will be doing a pep talk!

A great day!

Today I got to sleep in because I don’t have any classes in the morning on Tuesdays. I made myself Apple Cinnamon Oats from Iowa Girl Eats. It was really yummy and kept me full a very long time!

1/3 cup oats

2/3 cup milk


Gala apple (chopped and nuked for 2 minutes with some brown sugar, water, and cinnamon)

Mmmm I love apples.

I went to school to go to my geography class but it was cancelled so I went home! I spent the time I would have been at school working on my Central Park Hoodie. I finished the armhole shaping today. I wrote out each row of the armhole shaping in a little notebook with one column each for the left and right sides. Otherwise I’m pretty sure I would have screwed up. I wanted to make sure they would end up with the same row count. I ended up doing them separately because it was just easier that way, than to do it 2 at a time.

Then I made roasted vegetable soup and cornbread for supper. The soup in the picture doesn’t look very good but it was yummy! The soup was from The cornbread was AWESOME. It smelled amazing. It’s from the Pioneer Woman. I love cornbread!

I found my dog Jasmine laying on the couch this afternoon in the living room. I had to take a picture, it was that cute!

This morning I played Beatles Rock Band and I got 99% and a 732 streak on medium drums on I Saw Her Standing There! I missed a note about 3/4 the way through and I thought I would get 100% before that. Oh well. That’s the biggest streak I’ve gotten yet!

It was a really great day, especially since I didn’t have any classes today! 🙂

More CPH Progress

I’ve been working on the fronts and it’s not as simple as the back was because I’m doing them 2 at a time. I have to keep checking and making sure I haven’t zoned out and started knitting only on one side. It’s happened a couple times now.

Oddly enough, today, TWICE, I had to fix the two stitches on the very edge that are supposed to be purls. They were about two rows down and I had been knitting them. It was my first time fixing a dropped stitch on the very edge of the knitting. But I did it!

The fronts measure about 13.5 inches right now. I made a lot of progress on them while watching The Princess Diaries on ABC Family today.

I am so excited about this sweater! It’s going so much faster than the other sweaters I’ve knitted.

This morning for breakfast I had oatmeal inspired by Iowa Girl Eats. It was Banana Almond Oatmeal. It’s 1/3 cup of oats and 2/3 cup of milk, with 1/2 sliced banana, nuked for 2 minutes. Then stir and nuke for 1 minute. Then add the rest of the banana and add cinnamon and almond butter. It was delicious! I had to finish eating it after church though because I ran out of time to eat it. And, I wasn’t hungry the whole morning! It was really filling.

Central Park Hoodie Progress

The Central Park Hoodie is going well. I’m about 13 inches into the back. It looks like it will fit, too. The cable pattern is easy to memorize and it’s been going faster than the ribbing, actually. Kind of funny. I’m going to add an inch or two in length because short clothes irritate me. I really like how it’s turning out and I can’t wait till it’s all finished!

On Monday John Green posted his vlogbrothers video and he talked about Waupaca and I commented on it. I mentioned my This is not a Pipe shirt and then he replied to my comment!! He wrote: Hi! I still love that shirt! -John

It was really exciting when he replied. I was like, WHOA! 😀

On Thursday in my lunch I had a salad, Honey Crisp apple, and a half almond butter and jelly sandwich. I felt like Iowa Girl Eats with my salad and Honey Crisp. Or I would have, if I’d remembered to pack the little container of salad dressing. I had it all packed and then I realized I forgot to put some tomato in my salad, and then I forgot to put everything back in. I LOVE Honey Crisp apples. They’re so sweet and crunchy, especially since we get ours from a local apple orchard! If I wasn’t still full from supper, I’d eat one now.

John Green!

Yesterday we went to the Waupaca Book Festival to see John Green. It was really amazing! I got Paper Towns signed and my sister got Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Abundance of Katherines signed. He loved my shirt. I knew he would like it but I didn’t expect him to say that it was his favorite shirt ever! Then he had to explain it to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who we saw along with John Green, because she didn’t get the pipe part of my shirt.

Here is my shirt.

Magritte painted a pipe and wrote below it, “This is not a pipe” (in French though” because since it was a painting of a pipe, it couldn’t really be a pipe. This shirt says This is not a pipe and has a pipe from the Mario games on it. Hank Green (John’s brother) has this shirt also.

In this picture John Green is saying, “The level of complexity of this joke is overwhelming!” or something to that effect. Amy Krouse Rosenthal is sitting next to John Green.

This is my sister and I with John Green.

After that, we were going to eat lunch but it was only like 10:30 am so we wandered into Edgewood Arts, which is a really neat store. They have art supplies, puzzles, both low-end and high-end yarn (Caron Simply Soft and Sugar N Cream, as well as sock yarn and Lamb’s Pride), and it was really cool.

I bought a very small sketchbook because I always end up doodling in my notebooks or assignment notebook and I never have paper to draw on. I can carry this anywhere and draw little horses and stuff.

Here’s what I drew in it while we were waiting for our food at Chez March Cafe.

At Chez March Cafe I got the Mini Breakfast which is one egg, one piece of toast, fried potatoes, and two pieces of bacon. It was so cute and yummy too! I got apple cider which was really good because it was hot apple cider.

Here is my progress on the baby sweater I’m making. All it needs is some sleeves and the ends to be woven in!

So I tried to start my Central Park Hoodie on Friday afternoon. I was doing well, about 2-3 inches into the ribbing when I realized I had used the wrong size needles. I forgot to use smaller needles for the ribbing.

On the way to Waupaca the next morning (around 6:30am) I ripped it out. I cast on again, and by the end of the day, I had 4 inches of ribbing completed.

Today, I wanted to start the first real row of the back. Only, it wasn’t coming out right. I didn’t seem to have enough stitches. Somehow, in the morning on the way to Waupaca, I cast on only 66 stitches. So I ripped it out again.

Then I had two or three false starts today because it looked funny, or the tail was too long, or too short. I think I’m finally on my way now. No picture, because it’s too dark now and I only have pictures of the false starts. I have about 1.5-2″ done on the ribbing right now.